Dimpsey: Noun (Cornwall, Devon & the West Country) the time in the evening just before dusk.
Hidden down a narrow lane in Somerset you will find a gravel track leading to a farm, which was listed in the Doomsday Book. On that farm sits the beautiful Dimpsey Hut. A wonderful traditional Shepherd’s Hut custom designed into a contemporary glamping and luxury hideaway. Surrounded by open fields containing a few sheep, Dexter cows, horses, chickens and a goose, this is the perfect place if you need a little R&R for a couple of days.
Before we arrived we were recommended a few local places to enjoy some lunch before checking in. Being situated near the Somerset/Devon border and the towns of Chard and Ilminster, it’s the ideal location to explore places like the Jurassic Coast, Glastonbury and the market town of Bridport. As we were traveling from London, we decided to stop off at the small town of Bruton and have a bite to eat at at The Chapel. We were told we had to try the pizzas and we weren’t disappointed. In fact, we ordered far too much and ended up heating it up on the open fire at the shepherd’s hut later in the evening! After lunch we continued on to Dimpsey via a couple of recommended farm shops to pick up supplies and a few bottles of local cider.
On arrival we were greeted by Emma, one of our hosts, tending to the plant pots outside the hut. She gave us a little tour and made sure we settled in OK. If you think staying here might be a bit like camping you’d be very wrong; the hut has all of the mod-cons. It’s hooked up to the mains water so no need to worry about cold showers, there’s a proper flushing loo, a kitchen with a two-burner stove, a fridge to store the meat in that you can order direct from the farm, a log burner to keep you warm on the cold evenings and enough space to fit in two bunk beds and a clever dining table, which folds down into a double bed.
The hut inside is magnificent – you can tell that it’s been created with a lot of love and care. Emma and Andrew, the owners, have focused on using British products and producers to decorate, and of course build, this impressive hut. There are wonderful woolen curtains made out of picnic blankets, vintage nick-knacks adorning the walls, traditional board games for those rainy days and an outside oven made by the Garden Oven Company. Every detail has been carefully thought through: the ingenious beds that fold down, the spice rack that’s hidden in the wall and the surprisingly spacious bathroom all make the use of space rather remarkable.
Outside the hut there is a fire pit, the ideal place to toast a few marshmallows and keep warm whilst stargazing with a delicious mug of hot chocolate. A new addition is the fantastic outdoor oven where you can smoke or BBQ your meat and vegetables to absolute perfection. After filling our bellies we retired to the warmth of the hut, folded down the bed and fell asleep watching the embers of the wood burner slowly fade.
I honestly cannot recommend this place enough – I just wish we could have stayed a little longer. If you’re in need of escaping the city or your hectic everyday life then you need not look any further. I’m sure we’ll be returning soon.
Thank you Emma and Andrew for a brilliant stay!