Down a country lane and exquisitely set on a 30 acre, family-run farm within Somerset's breathtaking Blackdown Hills, you will find Dimpsey, an idyllic heritage-steeped retreat that's bathed in natural luxury.
‘Dimpsey' is a West Country expression for the beautiful half-light dusk that arrives at the end of every day... a welcome sign that the working day is over and it's time to start relaxing!
You'll soon find that a stay at Dimpsey is the perfect setting for relaxing and indulging your senses - whichever of the locally-crafted huts, Hither or Yonder, you decide to unwind in.
Both privately spaced huts are sumptuous and elegant; so much so that it might be easier to think of them as luxury hotel suites in the Great Outdoors! Each is a spacious 18 feet long, though Yonder boasts almost double the room, with a second, interconnected hut that's home to a beautiful ‘boudoir'.
Both huts have access to a private, wood-fired hot tub - the ideal place from which to contemplate life as the first stars appear in the sky (you'll find a star map and a telescope inside the hut). Kitchen facilities are amply provided too, with Hither's charming garden kitchen promising to convert even the most reluctant of cooks.
Everything has been taken care of at Dimpsey, with its emphasis firmly upon switching off and enjoying all that nature has to offer. There is no distracting WiFi, allowing you to fully reconnect with your loved one in endlessly long conversation... all surrounded by fresh country air and green views across lush hills.
Inside your chosen hut awaits pure sanctuary worthy of a fine hotel suite, with a roomy double bed dressed in luxury linen and downy blankets (Yonder's bed was bespoke-crafted especially for the hut), together with plenty of stylish and well-chosen accessories. Hither features a bathroom suite with a refreshing shower and a granite sink, while Yonder is equipped with a gleaming, freestanding bath and a copper-lined shower. And of course, you'll only find ‘proper' flushing loos here!
You'll find plenty of thoughtful touches throughout, including fine sheepskin rugs, board games and twinkling fairy lights, to help make your stay complete. On colder evenings, snuggle up next to the warming log burner and get blissfully cosy!
Order meat and eggs direct from the farm - you'll find herbs and vegetables growing on site especially for you to use during your stay - or for an extra touch of indulgence, why not arrange for freshly-prepared meals to be delivered directly to the hut? The owners are also happy to make suggestions for popular dining places if you prefer to eat out.
Once you've enjoyed your welcome tea tray - ready and waiting for your arrival - why not plan the rest of your stay? If ordered in advance, a vintage picnic basket can be packed with tasty treats for you to take on an exploration of the Blackdown Hills, with their truly stunning valleys, ridges and springs, and skies that provide the perfect backdrop for stargazing.
Taunton and Exeter are easily accessible, as are smaller towns including Chard, while the winding country lanes are ideal for whizzing through on your bike! And of course, there is always plenty to see on the Doomsday Book-listed farm itself, with its team of friendly rare-breed animals.
So if you're in need of a romantic stay with more than a little touch of extra indulgence included, come and experience glamping at its memorable best with a blissful stay at Dimpsey.
Things to note
Check-in time is 3pm, check out is noon, minimum stay 2 nights, although one night stays are sometimes available so enquire for details, please note there are 4 steps up to the huts, so may not be fully wheelchair accessible, pets are not permitted except for assistance dogs, no smoking.
Tried and tested
"A very short note just to say thanks once again for the wonderful stay we had at your beautiful Shepherds Hut on the 9th/10th July, and also for the lovely, lovely soaps that you so kindly gave to me as we departed. The Hut itself was an absolute joy - decorated and filled so beautifully, comfortably and thoughtfully, and we had an amazing stay. The hot tub was also superb - I think Andy could happily have spent the whole two days in there! For me it was the peace and quiet and the view across the fields that I especially loved - being able to read a book in such beautiful surroundings and looking out at such a glorious setting was a treat indeed. We also had two fabulous meals at the Candlelight Inn, which I would recommend without hesitation to anyone and everyone. I know that we will be back to visit as soon as we possibly can."
"We were warmly welcomed by Emma on arrival and she showed us to the beautiful Shepherd's hut and how everything worked. She had also left us tea and cake with a lovely vase of wild flowers which was a beautiful touch and wonderful supplies for our first breakfast. The Shepherd's hut is absolutely stunning - beautifully and constructed, very spacious and the interior decoration has been thoughtfully chosen and carefully styled. The bed is incredibly comfortable, the bathroom is fantastic and every attention to detail was perfect. This is an excellent base to explore Somerset and Dorset but also a beautiful place to relax, unwind and listen to the sheep munching grass. We were lucky enough to have very clear nights with no cloud and had a wonderful view of the nights sky and twinkling stars. I could not recommend Emma and her beautiful Shepherd's hut highly enough - a fantastic place to stay!"
"We had a fantastic few days in the shepherds hut; despite it being December and really rather cold, the hut was cosy and warm. The wood burning stove is a real asset! The interior perfectly matched the beautiful view over the valley from Beetham Farm, an idyllic location. We were very comfortable in the hut with everything you need to be self sufficient and get a great nights sleep, the bathroom was particularly luxurious and we loved the carved granite sink, very functional in the compact space. Andrew and Emma are great hosts and make you feel very welcome."
Region: Chard, Somerset
Cost (from): £125 per night
Sleeps: 2 per hut
Bathrooms: 1 per hut
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 512
Hither: 18 feet hut sleeps 2, double bed, bedding, towels, blankets, bathroom, shower, hair dryer, flushing toilet, gas hob, fridge, belfast sink, starter pack, condiments, tea, coffee, seating, kitchen area, oak table, bench seats, fairy lights, board games, log burner, free wood supplies, outdoor covered kitchen area, wood-fired garden oven, kitchen equipment, crockery, welcome pack & tea tray, wood-fired hot tub, parking.
Yonder: 18 feet hut with second rear interconnected 16 feet hut sleeps 2, front hut: kitchen, dining area, seating, log burner, bathroom with mains drainage, bespoke copper-lined shower. Rear hut: bespoke freestanding bed, raised, lit platform with freestanding bath, doors to decking and wood-fired hot tub platform. Supplies and extras as for Hither.
Electric bikes, abbeys, horse riding, swimming, cycling, beaches, coastal walks, fossil hunting, fishing, boat trips, markets, galleries, caves, tennis, cinema.
At a glance
- Two idyllic off-grid shepherd's huts, Hither and Yonder, each featuring a wood-fired hot tub and en-suite bathroom facilities, set within a 30-acre farm in Somerset, within the AONB Blackdown Hills.
- Easily found by road. A Welcome Pack featuring specific directions will be forwarded upon booking.
- Both huts are locally crafted and 18 feet long. Yonder features double the space, with a second, interconnected 16-feet hut that is home to a sumptuous bedroom.
- Kitchen and bathroom essentials are provided, along with games, walking maps, an unlimited supply of wood and picnic accessories. Food can be pre-ordered from the farm if required.
- The farm site is within an array of walking and cycling routes, with towns including Chard nearby. Taunton and Exeter are easily accessible.