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The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis

Muddy says: Get all the best of a traditional British inn while getting all the mod-cons at the newly refurbed, Wellington Arms.

Caterer

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Chewton Glen Hotel, The New Forest

Muddy says: We love this super-luxe yet family-friendly hotel where tradition meets 21st century edge — a hard balance to maintain, but this New Forest institution manages it with aplomb.

Courses

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Boho Betty

Muddy says: Boho Betty is an Andover based jeweller that designs fashion-forward bracelets, necklaces and accesories for all tastes and budgets.

Accessories

Kate Box Knit

Hampshire Pop Up Studios

Muddy says: Featuring the absolute best of Hampshire's crafters and creators, the Hampshire Pop Up Studio events are a must visit.

Accessories

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The Point, Eastleigh

Muddy says: Bringing a bit of that showbiz sparkle to Eastleigh, The Point opens its doors on a regular basis to amazing theatre shows, dance performances and other cultural pursuits.

Café

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Muddy Says: Home to one of the most famous gins in the world. Not only do they make the legendary drink here, but you can take a fascinating tour and even hire it out as a venue. Cheers!

Drink

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New Forest Classic Cars

Muddy says: Trade in that sensible motor for a real beauty on wheels. Not only do New Forest Classic Cars restore and sell vintage E-Types but, you can hire the car of your dreams for a spin.

Car Hire

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Greedo, Lymington

Muddy says: This hip little eatery in Lymington brings a bit of that London-metropolitan vibe (and rather fantastic food) to the Hampshire countryside.

Brunch

KookyTwo Jewellery

Muddy Says: Fashionable, understated and ideal for any occasion, the team behind KookyTwo jewellery have their fingers firmly on the style pulse and at a brilliant price point.

Accessories

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Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst

Muddy says: The perfect forest escape that oozes with laid-back luxury, not to mention a kitchen complete with celebrity chefs.

Fun Finder

The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst New Forest

The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst

Muddy says: A spot of rustic glamour in the New Forest, The Pig is known for their amazing culinary repetoire and sumptuous, but relaxing, rooms.

Fun Finder

Group paddle-boarding at dusk.

The New Forest Paddle Sports Company

Muddy says: The only way to explore The New Forest's heartbreakingly beautiful coastline.

Courses & workshops

Four children playing.

H Jones Photography

Muddy says: Helen is a Test Valley-based photographer with a natural, timeless style and a gentle, friendly manner which puts all her subjects at ease — from brides and business-people to newborns and pets.

Kids

Smiling woman in pink coat.

Victoria Hamilton Lifestyle

Muddy says: Honest, knowledgeable & heartfelt fashion advice on which colours and shapes will make you look (and feel) fantastic; if you want your personal style to shine through, Victoria's your woman.

Courses

G&T

The Gin Stall, Andover

Muddy says: With 150 artisan gins in its online store and a pop-up presence at weddings, markets & fêtes across Hampshire, we like The Gin Stall's style. Muchos.

Bartenders

Skin Logic Beauty, Romsey

Muddy says: The latest, London-standard facial treatments only minutes from the M3? Hello Skin Logic, a must-visit beauty salon whose therapists live and breathe skincare.

Facials

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Harry & Holly

Muddy says: We love these sparky, fun and inspirational gifts for teen & tween girls: pom-pom jewellery, metallic make-up bags, festival glitter and much more. Be warned, you'll be itching to treat yourself too.

Accessories

New Forest Escapes

Muddy says: From family-friendly stays to chic celebration venues, the energetic women behind New Forest Escapes have gathered the very best properties in this magical pocket of Hampshire where ancient woodland meets the Solent.

Cottages

Modern, scandi wine store.

Berry Bros & Rudd Wine, Basingstoke

Muddy says: Our award-winning wine merchant is a grape-lover's dream; all Champagne, fine wines, spirits and the very best, phew-the-kids-are-in-bed, easy-drinking bottles. 

Caterer

Gee Cartwright Cookery

Muddy says: Hampshire's kitchen-demo-dynamo runs sell-out sessions in Stockbridge and Wandsworth teaching everything from cooking with spices to filling the freezer.

Cookery Schools

Libélula, Odiham

Muddy says: A fab boutique, stocking beautifully cut clothes designed by McQueen and Temperley alumna, Sophie Cranston. Psst. a certain Ms Middleton's a fan.

Accessories

Moutan Florists

Muddy says: Based in Odiham, Hartley Wintney AND Newlyns Farmshop in North Warnborough, this plucky, Muddy Award winning florist is fast becoming a huge Hampshire success story.

Florists

A modern, expose brickwork kitchen.

Season Cookery School, Lainston House

Muddy says: Super whizzy training kitchen combined with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and zero high-octane, hell’s kitchen faff. Want to polish up your wooden spoon skills? Then this is the place to do it.

Cookery

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Hattingley Valley Wines

Muddy says: Park that prosecco, we're English Sparkling Wine girls all the way. Curious? Hattingley Valley produces some of the world's finest fizz... from grapes grown on Hampshire chalk. #proud

Drink

The Bias Cut

Muddy says: an online boutique that specialises in stylish pieces for fashion-loving older women who feel ignored by the high street. Get thee to the cashmere pronto, I say.

Accessories

Beautiful Bells Glamping

Muddy says: If bunting, bonfires and barefoot dancing are your thing, then you need to know about these bell tents for weddings, hens, festivals, family glamping and muchos more.

Culture

silver stacking rings and jewellery making equipment.

Jewellery Moves

Muddy says: Gather your dearest girls, be they friends or family, to make professional pieces that will tell their story for years, nay generations to come. Your teacher, the Royal College of Art trained Fiona Dowling, is a calm and deeply knowledgeable guide to the art of jewellery making.

Accessories

Exposed brick room, dining table, chrome signage.

The Green Man, Winchester

Muddy says: You'll love this quirky city-centre pub with its glorious, knowing interior: part Rovers Return gorblimey boozer, part eccentric Country House, and its focus on Hampshire food.

Food & Drink

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Leela B Photography

Muddy says: Whether she's shooting one-on-one portraiture or large events, Leela's laid-back, intelligent sense of style and composition shines through in her images.

Kids

White chairs, wedding ceremony, green floral decoration.

White Space, Alresford

Muddy says: A joyous, soaring event space. Holding The Muddy Hants Awards Drinks here for fifty people worked perfectly, although there is room for many more. The acoustics are a dream, no need for a microphone, and the clean background creates striking images.

Culture

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