BUSINESSES in Marlow took a large proportion of awards given out by a lifestyle blog, as voted for by residents.

This is the second year Muddy Stilettos has held the awards to celebrate the best places, spaces and businesses across Bucks and Oxon.

More than 10,000 people in the region voted across 25 categories for their favourite businesses, with Marlow's taking a large share.

Danesfield House took the best large hotel and best day spa awards, while Tom Kerridge's Hand and Flowers won top spot in the boutique hotel/ B&B section.

The best health club went to The Marlow Club, the top women's fashion spot to Plume in Marlow and the best beauty salon to Sunrise, also in Marlow.

Homebarn in Little Marlow won the interiors award.

Meanwhile in Thame, the men's boutique award went to Gallant and the best yoga/ pilates studio to The Space.

The Grocer at 91 in Amersham won the best deli, online retailer went to Lottie Nottie in Great Missenden and the independent producer award to Made By Mums in Haddenham.

Other awards in our area include the best bar to The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield and the best destination pub to The Jolly Cricketers in Seer Green. Further afield the best theatre went to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and the best family attraction to Waddesdon Manor.

All winners will receive a Muddy Stilettos Awards rosette, a trophy and help achieving regional press coverage.

Hero Brown, editor of Muddy Stilettos said, "The 2014 Awards have been a phenomenal success. These plucky high street businesses are the heart of the community and the locals are basically saying a big ‘thank you’ to them through their support."