Nothing gently whispers in your ear ‘relaxation’ like a hot tub, so you can imagine how delighted we are at Dimpsey Glamping to have our very own woodfired hot tub. Just like the rest of your Dimpsey Glamping experience, our hot tub is there to help you wind down, chill out and make your stay at Dimpsey a peaceful, idyllic getaway. But what makes our hot tub so different and so special?

Our hot tub comes from the luxurious Swedish Company Hikki who bring their inspiration from not only Swedish relaxation methods but also Native American. Hikki’s wonderful difference to their hot tubs is that they are woodfired hot tubs and not electricity powered. Making their hot tubs more natural and at one with the surroundings which seemed a perfect fit as an addition to our shepherd’s hut and the whole Dimpsey Glamping retreat.

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Made from salt-water resistant aluminium and oak wood, Hikki hot tubs can hold any type of water and won’t erode, so you can be assured that our hot tub will last and be here every time you come and stay. The hot tub holds up to 600L of water, so you can start heating up woodfired hot tub and then start prepping your dinner. Our hot tub is next to our beautiful outdoor kitchen, so you can prepare, cook and eat a delicious homemade meal and by the time you have cooked and eaten, you will be able to float your stresses away. Being just over 2m long and fitting two people inside at any one time, it’s perfect for a romantic evening, just the two of you. Of course, a bottle of chilled Champagne is also the perfect companion to a night under the stars in our woodfired hot tub. Enjoy…

Dimpsey Glamping - Luxury Glamping Somerset UK - Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

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A stay at Dimpsey Glamping isn’t just a place to lay your head at night. We want our guests to feel relaxed and pampered and that’s why we provide a full luxury retreat experience.

The Dimpsey Shepherd’s Hut not only has a woodfired hot tub (more about that next week!) but also a functional outdoor kitchen.

The kitchen was designed by the lovely people over at Blackdown Shepherd Huts who also made the Dimpsey Hut. They based the shape of the outdoor kitchen on the shape of the hut so it would blend in and to make blend in even more, they even used the materials including green oak, which will beautifully weather over time.

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Photo Credit: © Ben Carpenter Photography

The outdoor kitchen provides space, cover, a prepping area, sink, table and woodfired garden oven from The Garden Oven Company and we always have logs to burn on hand.

The most popular food that guests cook in our outdoor kitchen is pizza, chicken and potato dishes, but you can cook anything you like in the oven. We can even provide recipe baskets for our guests that include everything you need to make the perfect romantic meal under the stars. Not only that, but we can also make you freshly made pizza dough and provide steak, sausages, beef and lamb directly from our own farm. Around the hut you will find thyme, sage, chives, mint and rosemary growing, so you can help yourself to fresh organic herbs to add to your meals too.

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We want every part of your stay to feel unique and special. A meal under the stars, perfect.

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Photo Credit: © Ben Carpenter Photography

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Dimpsey is all about rest and relaxation, but we also know our guests like to keep fit and embrace the great outdoors. Dimpsey is perfectly placed for those who love to walk and cycle. Cycle routes are in abundance in the magnificent hills of the Blackdowns. 

The Blackdown Hills have excellent on-road cycling on mainly quiet country lanes. For reasonably fit and experienced cyclists, the trails are a perfect way to spend a day getting out and about and exploring Dimpsey’s neighbouring sites. Some cyclists have noted some challenging hill climbs, but they are so worth it for the amazing views and exhilarating downhill stretches. 

Imagine a day with a breakfast cooked in the purpose built outdoor kitchen, then a cycle route that we can help with, accompanied by a packed lunch that we can make for you to take with you, real fresh air as you whizz up and down the rolling hills, spotting birds and wildlife, and then coming on back to the fantastic hot tub, which you can fire up whilst your tea is cooking, and relaxing inside or outside the hut with a home-cooked meal! Perfection! 

These are the recommended cycle routes in the area: http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Routes.html

Glamping and cycling are a match made in the Blackdown Hills!

 

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We set out to provide…an inspiring, luxury stay place where you can see great places, eat great food, find cool stuff and chill out…

When we first decided that we wanted to offer a Stay Place on our little farm in the Blackdown Hills, we sat down and had a good old think about what we liked and disliked about staying away from home – and the vagaries of staying a field.  With two boys in the family, we do spend time camping and staying in fields – but as we also run two businesses between us, hubby & I escape every now and again to a luxury hotel here and there – our current favourite being www.babingtonhouse.co.uk 

 

Dimpsey Glamping - Luxury Glamping Somerset UK - Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography
Dimpsey Glamping – Luxury Glamping Somerset UK – Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

 

So, for us glamorous camping (Glamping) was definitely the way to go – and we decided that we would try and create a Babington-style place in a field – with high end accommodation and interiors. A place where you can get away from it all and also be inspired by the things you see and use whilst here.

Next we needed to decide exactly what sort of Glamping we wanted to offer – yurts, bell tents, huts, log cabins???  A long list of options was considered, but in the end we decided to go for something that would suit the style of our 500 year old farm, which was not weather dependent and would allow us to put together a self-contained Luxury Stay Place.  So a Shepherd’s Hut was the solution for us.

When we started looking at huts, we found quite a few manufacturers and looked at a number of them.  All of them had different things to offer and we were really impressed by different elements of each of the businesses we looked at, but we were particularly looking for a high end bespoke solution, so in the end we went with www.blackdownshepherdhuts.co.uk.  They are based not far from us and really liked the concept of what we were trying to do.  Since we placed the order with them we have been really impressed with their innovation and customer service – so much so that we are working with them on other projects now!

So we had our aim – create an Inspiring Luxury Stay Place, and we had the space to do it in – what was next??

Dimpsey Glamping - Luxury Glamping Somerset UK - Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography
Dimpsey Glamping – Luxury Glamping Somerset UK – Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

Styling the Interior…

Somewhere along the line, we all do some, if not all, of the above when we’re on holiday.  These became our watchwords and informed a lot of our decisions along the way – even when thinking about things like – Which plug sockets to put in the hut?? (At the moment they’re copper and made in the UK) – and the bed (it’s got to fold away into the wall so you don’t have to assemble it every day).  Thanks to the www.blackdownshepherdhuts.co.uk team we’ve achieved more of our wish list than we ever thought possible!

So…cool stuff – we started talking to UK designers about pieces for the hut and have carefully selected what we want to put in there – as well as designing things like the cushions ourselves.  We’ve also sourced some quirky vintage pieces to add to the character that the Hut has become. We’ll be changing the hut style as we go – as well as encouraging designers to come and stay there for inspiration, so hopefully we’ll hit the cool stuff target soon.

Great food…we’re real foodies, so we’ve listed our recommendations for great places in the area and we will be adding more.  We’re lucky enough to be near some really great butchers and farm shops – and in addition we can supply meat from the farm, as well as picnics – a real gourmet break if you so wish!

Dimpsey Glamping - Luxury Glamping Somerset UK - Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography
Dimpsey Glamping – Luxury Glamping Somerset UK – Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

What we want for you…

Chill out…

We want you to have a great time when you come to stay with us – and we’ve geared everything around making that happen – so from relaxing music to snuggly beds, hearing the owls hoot at night and watching the animals during the day, we think we might have chill out covered.

However, if you would like to get a bit more active and do a course, some sightseeing or just a bit of walking around the lanes – we can arrange most things to suit, so please don’t be afraid to ask.

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Who doesn’t love a sangria on a warm Summer’s evening? The fruity, easy to drink cocktail is a real hit all over the world but originates from Spain. However, here at Dimpsey we like to have our own spin on things so we have created, just for you, our Dimpsey Sangrietta Cocktail. A nod to the traditional sangria but with a light fresh taste. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 litre of lemonade (the fizzy kind!)
  • 1/2 bottle of sparkling white wine
  • 175ml rum
  • 150g raspberries
  • 1 orange (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1 green apple (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1/2 lemon (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1/2 lime (sliced with peel left on)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger OR cut into chunks and peel – add as a taste (grated) or to nibble on whilst drinking (chunks)
  • A few fresh mint leaves (ripped by hand)

METHOD

  1. Add everything to a large bowl or pitcher and stir to mix for at least a minute
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better)
  3. Serve in chilled, or even better, frozen glasses!
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We have been enjoying the Summer weather here at Dimpsey Glamping, and the sun doesn’t appear to be disappearing anytime soon! With the weather still warm, and with those Summer Holidays creeping up, we have put together The Dimpsey Guide To Local Somerset Summer Festivals so when you are travelling around the Chard area, you’ll be able to find the best activities for you and your family!

The Half Moon Inn Beer Festival – 22nd July (4pm-11pm)

This festival is great for the adults! With live music, food and of course good beer, it will definitely be a fun day out! Free to attend, but food and drinks will be on sale.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-festival-tickets-35963970203?aff=es2

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The Chard Summer Festival – 22nd July (9am-10pm) & 23rd July (12pm-5pm)

Being a two day event, this festival is packed with things to enjoy and is suitable for the entire family. There will be music, free entry to museums, a dog show and archery, meaning that there is something for everyone to get involved with!

http://www.chard.gov.uk/news/chard-summer-festival/

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Taunton Flower Show – 4th & 5th August (10:30am-6pm)

If spending a day with nature is more your thing, then what about the Taunton Flower Show? You can enjoy walking around the designer gardens or even take part in some of their competitions! £14 each for Friday Admission, £12 each for Saturday Admission.

https://tauntonfs.co.uk

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Music by the Lakes at Thorney Lakes – 12th August

Wanting to simply sit back and relax? Then pack your picnic, grab the best view and indulge in the music by the lakes at Thorney Lakes. Charity Event £8.50.

http://thorneylakes.co.uk/events/

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Enjoy!

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The warm and bright Summer days are here. Hazy sunny mornings and long warm evenings mean we can enjoy eating and entertaining outside for longer.  We all love desserts but in this hot weather they need to be light and fresh.  This is why I love Panna Cotta. It has the creaminess and luxuriousness of a comforting dessert but it is light in texture. Topped with strawberries – how can you go wrong? 😉

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Ingredients

  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 450ml double cream
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 150g white caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 400g strawberries
  • 100ml of champagne or sparkling white wine
  • handful of blueberries
  • springs of fresh mint

Method

  1. Add the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften, this will take about 5 minutes or so, so whilst this is softening, let’s make the panna cotta.
  2. Pour the cream, milk and 100g of white caster sugar into a pan, split the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife or a teaspoon and add the seeds and also the now empty pod to the cream, milk and sugar.
  3. Heat gently until hot, but do not let it boil. Remove the gelatine leaves from the water, gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid then add the leaves one at a time to the hot cream. Stir until dissolved. Leave to stand for 20-30 minutes until cooled by which time the vanilla pods should be suspended in the liquid. Strain the mixture through a sieve into 4-6 serving glasses (depending on how much you want in each glass!), then chill for four hours (if the weather is very warm, you may need to chill for 5 hours).
  4. Add the strawberries, the last 50g of white caster sugar and the champagne to a pan and gentle simmer (do not boil!) until strawberries start to break down and sugar dissolves. With the back of a wooden spoon gently mash the strawberries. Once strawberries are slightly mashed and warmed through, leave to cool and then chill until ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving, add a generous topping of the chilled strawberry mix to each panna cotta, sprinkle on a few blueberries for an extra burst of freshness and decorate with a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy!
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Dimpsey Glamping loves pretty things, we’re honest about that! We’re inspired by nature too, and that’s why we’ve got a sprinkling of pretty porcelain in the hut made by the very talented KT Ceramics. Katie’s work is inspired by the natural world, in particular the coastline with its breaking waves and eroding rocks, but equally the British countryside – leaves, flowers as well as organic patterns and surfaces. So, naturally it fits perfectly with the ethos of Dimpsey.

Here’s more about Katie aka @ceramicmagpie

1. Where are you located?
I’m located in a small light-filled garden studio, adjacent to my house in the suburbs of Kings Heath, Birmingham.

2. How long have you been up and running?
My business is KT Robbins Ceramics, and @ceramicmagpie was originally my Pinterest and then more recently my Instagram handle. I took part in my first exhibition in June 2014 and have had my studio for around two years now.

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3. Who or what are your inspirations?
These are diverse! In terms of a colour palette I look to the coast – for blues, sea-greens, greys and the pretty pinks of shells; these colours are also used by the artist Georgia O Keefe and I just love her soft, feminine large-scale works. The coast and its fauna also provide direct inspiration in terms of sea-creatures, and sea-urchins with their prettily patterned bodies, and my love of piercing the clay.

4. What have been your favourite projects/pieces?
Driven by my love of botanicals, as well as vases I really enjoy making hanging planters as a more unusual and sculptural way to show off the beauty of the house plant. So not only do I make the pot, but I also make a detailed macramé hanger sometimes incorporating porcelain, copper or wooden beads.

5. Where can people find your pieces?
You’ll find me hanging around all over the globe as my pieces often head out to America for some crazy reason. But to buy I have an etsy and a folksy shop, and I’ll be taking part in exhibitions and an open studio later in the year (check the website for most recent details).

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6. What are your favourite home/design magazines?
I really love 91 Magazine as they always feature airy homes which tend to be have a strong botanical base. I also enjoy this magazine as they have a regular maker slot and they came and did a studio tour last year.

7. Describe your products…
My products blend into different environments, ranging from the contemporary to vintage.

8. Do you design bespoke products?
I’ve been asked to design a range of apothecary bowls for luxury skin products so that’s an exciting commission. I also have plans for exclusive ranges with on-line shops.

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9. Anything else you would like to add?
My studio always gets lots of attention as I did a number of artist exchanges when I was establishing myself as an artist. I also love to support other makers and I run a tag called #wipsandblooms where I encourage artists and artisans to show their behind the scenes work in progress images. I’m also a founding member of #leaf_ladies a group of makers from around the world who share a common love of plants.

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You can visit Kate’s website here: http://www.ktrobbinsceramics.com

Thanks Kate for a wonderful interview!

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Phew! It’s hot and it’s about to get hotter this weekend with a mini heatwave hitting the UK.  However, we know just the way to cool down by making these very tasty (and adult only) mojito ice lollies. They are easy to make and are a great way to relax during a summer evening outside the Dimpsey Glamping Shepherd’s Hut after you have cooked your meal in the outdoor kitchen!  If you want to make these for children you can simply leave out the rum, but for a delicious fun grown up treat, leave the rum in ;). These would be also perfect for a summer’s afternoon picnic or even a garden party!

mojitoicelollies - Recipe: Mojito Ice Lollies! An ice lolly for the grown ups.

Ingredients

  • Juice of 9 limes
  • 300ml water
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves- slightly crushed
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 tbsp white rum

Method

  1. Pour the lime juice and water into a jug and leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the mint, sugar and rum.
  3. Blend all of the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour into a lolly mold and leave to freeze for approx 6-8 hours.
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We are so excited today to reveal that we have made it through to the finals of the Somerset Muddy Awards for best Glamping category, hosted by Muddy Stilettos (Somerset). We cannot thank all of you enough for nominating us and now we ask for you help just once more. Please vote for DIMPSEY GLAMPING in the GLAMPING category, we would be so grateful. Dimpsey Glamping is not only our work but also our life. We love what we do and do it with care and passion for Dimpsey. Thank you once again.

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We’re in the finals of the Somerset Muddy Awards for best Glamping and it’s all thanks to you!

Please take a minute to vote for us in the finals by clicking the Muddy Awards logo above or by clicking the link HERE if the logo is not showing.

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Photo credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

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