Dimpsey Dapple Shepherd Hut

Sleeps 2 En suite Kitchen Outdoor copper bath Starlight LED ceiling


In a nutshell…

Our newest addition, an opulent shepherd hut stay space offering kitchen, en-suite lounge area and a star ceiling bedroom with outdoor copper bath, pizza oven and secluded location. 

The gorgeously styled interior provides perfect comfort, ideal for escaping from the busy and finally getting some quality time together.  Dimpsey is renowned for providing private luxury stay places and this new addition is perfectly & privately set in its own field with the expanse of sky outside providing perfect stargazing opportunities.

Starting from £225 per night, this truly is the place to relax and recharge.

Dimpsey has always been known for high-end luxury in a field and with our third addition to the Dimpsey experience, we wanted to step it up again and create something that totally immerses you in time together and perfect comfort.

Our vision for this project was ‘opulent wild’ – a totally opulent luxury interior, but maintaining the wildness of the outdoors and as always ensuring that you have your own private field, well away from anyone else.

Nestled at the back of a wild field, Dapple is a double shepherd hut, one of Blackdown Shepherd Huts luxurious Brace Huts, with a wide decking outside totally connecting you to the outdoors.

The front shepherd hut is 18 feet long with the second shepherd hut being a 16 foot long shepherd hut and connected by an interior walkway.

In the front hut, you have a stable door looking out on the glorious Blackdown Hills. This shepherd hut houses the kitchen, bench and table with a stargazer roof over, lots of comfy lounge seating and views out of every window.

The rear hut (we like to call it the celestial boudoir!) is a beautifully appointed bedroom, with a built-in bed from Naturalmat and a starlit LED ceiling – lay in bed and dream you are galaxies away.

A single door leads out onto the decking, which leads round to your decadent outdoor copper bathing platform.

Dimpsey Slumber Space

The feedback on our Naturalmat bed in the Dimpsey Hither Hut we have been running since 2015 has been so good, that they have become our mattress makers of choice. Lay in your bed and gaze at the LED stars above and then snooze away to your hearts content.

With Owen Barry sheepskins and Tom Raffield lighting setting the mood for you, we think you’ll be relaxed to the max in your celestial boudoir.

Opposite your bed, you’ll find a wardrobe and a generously sized en-suite shower room.

Dimpsey Dining

A Blackdown table and benches make an excellent area for the two of you to dine in, play games or just simply sit and watch the stars overhead through the stargazer ceiling panel.

If you’re venturing out you have the award winning Candlelight Inn, just a mile away, serving superb food. A little further afield you have the Cotley Inn, a Michelin Guide listed pub with a gorgeous drinks terrace.

We have an electric hob, fridge and small belfast sink within the hut – and we supply a starter pack of tea, coffee and sugar.

The kitchen is a real treat and is perfect for couples dining in.

All essential utensils and crockery are provided – there’s a list in the Welcome Pack.

We can also provide food to cook on the firepit upon request and have also provided Places to Eat recommendations on the site.

Dimpsey Wild

Our Dimpsey Dapple hut is set in a private space with only the fields and animals for company, the doors lead directly out onto the decking where you will find seating, and our copper bath, such a hit with all our guests.

The Dimpsey Welcome Tea Tray

The Dimpsey welcome tea tray will be waiting for you on arrival with a little sweet treat for you – there’s nothing better than a cuppa when you arrive!

Dimpsey Romance – Wood-fired log burners

There’s nothing better than a real fire so inside the Dimpsey hut there is a wood burning stove with a constant supply of wood to keep you toasty and warm – we don’t charge extra for this – it’s included in the price. You also have a radiator.

Dimpsey Showers and more

You have a shower room and a luxury slipper bath outside. We provide towels, a hair drier and a starter selection of luxury shower treats.

There’s plenty of room in the shower and there is also a washbasin and flushing loo (no compost loos!).


Private Parking

Dimpsey Dapple has private parking, as well as being set in its own field so you can be assured that you have all the privacy you need.

Views all round

Guests often remark how different the views are out of each window. With the Blackdown Hills to the front, protected moorland behind and a decadent copper bath on the deck outside, we're sure you will be entranced.

Copper William Holland outdoor bath under a curved roof

With a wide decking area outside your shepherd hut, a copper bath outside is just the perfect addition to your break, stargazing whilst bathing is simply sublime (with a shepherd hut outdoor roof providing protection in case of inclement weather). (If a shower is more your thing, an en-suite bathroom provides the perfect solution.)

Luxurious Kingsize Bed

We've created an out of this world celestial bedroom for you, with an LED starlit ceiling and surround sound speakers The double hut configuration of the Brace Hut allows the creation of a bedroom boudoir with a gorgeously appointed Naturalmat cabin kingsize bed, snoozing is obligatory!

Pizza Oven

With your very own pizza oven, and pizza kits available to purchase, you don't need to go very far at all for a delicious meal. If you're wanting to venture out we have two delicious eateries within a mile of Dimpsey.

Starry Skies

Dapple is the big sky one! Surrounded by a huge expanse of sky, our low light pollution means that you can sit out by the firepit and enjoy the most amazing star show in the sky above you.

Dimpsey Extras

We’ve tried to think of some extra bits and pieces that will be useful, like a lovely little flask and enamel mugs to take with you, as well as a local map, if you go walking, We also have a vintage picnic basket – for which we can provide sandwiches and treats for if you let us know in advance.


We style the hut with things that we think you will enjoy, so the contents do change now and then. We do this so that you have lovely and unique items to enjoy while you’re here – and we can also say, hand-on-heart that we don’t use anything that we haven’t tried ourselves. If you do fall in love with something, let us know as we can source you similar items.

We want make sure that you have a great Dimpsey experience, so we promise you the following:-

  • If you book to come and stay with us, we will do our very best to make sure that you have a great time.
  • If you want something and we can help, we will. If you have any problems, we will do our best to solve them.
  • If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us – we hope to meet you soon!

from £245/night

2023 charges per night for the Dimpsey Dapple Hut are as follows:

£245 – £295 per night for two adults including breakfast for the first night, all logs required for the woodburner and lots of little extras!  

For guidance –

The £295 per night price is for peak times including July & August and weekends.  Christmas is priced differently.

The £245-£285 per night is weekday in non-peak months.

Please note that our minimum stay is usually 2 nights.  

We do occasionally book one night breaks when there is an odd night left on its own – if you spot one and would like to book – we charge £295 for single night stays – please contact us by email to enquire about this option.

What does the price include?

What does the price include?

Our price includes logs for the wood-burner, and the fire-pit, a Welcome Tea tray (including chocs or cookies) and eggs, bacon, and milk for your first breakfast. 

Dimpsey Shepherd Huts are perfect summer and winter alike – for the chillier days you can light the logburner and hunker down with a good book – and the sunny days make it a great place to enjoy the sunshine and the fantastic views. The top step is a perfect place to sit with a cup of tea and drink in the scenery.

You can book your chosen dates on the calendar above which will take you through to a payments page to pay your deposit.  Once your deposit is received, we send you out a full Welcome Pack with information and directions.  Please email us or call us if you require any help prior to booking.


Where is Dimpsey based?
We’re based near Combe St Nicholas on the Somerset/Devon border, about half a mile from the A303. We have the advantage of being down a beautiful country lane and easy to find. Our farm is around 30 acres, was listed in the Domesday book and is home to Dexter Cattle, Jacob sheep and Tamworth pigs – so lots of animals and tractors to see. Dimpsey Hither Hut is located in Hither Orchard, so named as it has been replanted on the same spot as the orchard which served the farm for hundreds of years previously. Dimpsey Yonder Hut is over two fields away in its own private copse and overlooks Castlemoor, where a veritable nature safari awaits you during your stay! Our newest addition, Dimpsey Dapple stands in its own field with a starry expanse of sky soaring above it – totally magical, especially when viewed from a deep bath in the outdoor bathroom.
Are the huts private with their own hot tub?
Our shepherd huts are each set in their own field and are completely private. Each comes with it’s own wood-fired hot tub or outdoor bath, firepit and outdoor pizza oven.
What is your deposit and cancellation policy?
You pay 25% deposit on booking and 75% 4 weeks before your stay. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before your stay, the cancellation fee is 25% of your booking cost unless you rebook. If you cancel within 4 weeks of your stay, the cancellation is 100% of your holiday cost unless we manage to rebook your dates. We strongly encourage everyone to take out short trip travel insurance so that you are covered if you have to cancel for an insured reason – prices start around £20 for a weekend.
Arrival and departure times
The hut will be ready and waiting for you to arrive any time after 3pm for the Dimpsey Hither, 4.30pm for the Dimpsey Yonder and 330pm for Dimpsey Dapple – late arrivals are not a problem for us – so if you need to complete a day’s work and then drive here, just let us know and we’ll make sure everything’s ready for your arrival time. We understand that there is nothing worse than rushing around when you have to leave early so you don’t have to leave your Dimpsey stay until 11am for Dimpsey Hither, 12pm for Dimpsey Yonder and 1030am for Dimpsey Dapple on the day of departure.
What happens after I have booked?
When you book you will get a confirmation email and a Dimpsey Shepherd Hut welcome pack which will tell you about what to bring, how to get here and places to visit.
Before you get here
Once we’ve received your deposit, we send out your Welcome Pack, which we advise that you read through and then book tables for popular eating places and advise us if you would like to purchase any food from the farm. The Pack also covers nitty-gritty things like maps and useful numbers plus the little extras that make your stay in the Dimpsey hut unique, relaxing and enjoyable.
If I want to arrange a surprise, can you help?
Oh yes, we love to help with surprises! You can add on flowers and balloons when you book or if there is anything else you would like us to arrange, we’re always happy to help. We’ve been a secret organiser of many special occasions, Dimpsey is perfect for special event breaks like birthdays, anniversaries and engagements.
What’s in the welcome pack?
The welcome pack will have everything you need to make sure that your get away and stay is as enjoyable as possible. It will include the nitty gritty things like maps and useful numbers to the little extras that make your stay in the Dimpsey hut unique, relaxing and enjoyable. If you’re coming to Dimpsey for a special occasion and need to arrange any secret surprises, just let us know and we’ll help you to make someone’s day very special. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What do you need to bring?
Dimpsey is all about you-time, so the main thing is to leave your timetable and schedule at home and bring a willingness to step back and take things easy. The Welcome Pack will tell you all the things we have here and you can add your own personal choices to make it a really indulgent break!
What is there in the immediate area?
The nearest small towns are Chard and Ilminster, with Taunton (20 minutes) and Exeter (35 minutes) being the larger towns in the vicinity. The country lanes are perfect for walking and biking and the nearby Neroche woods offers access to a long walking, riding and cycle path. We’re about 30 minutes from Lyme Regis and the coastal paths if you fancy venturing out. In addition, this particular area of the Blackdown presents some stunning skies and opportunities for stargazing, the hot tub being a perfect place to view from.
Can I buy food from the farm?
Yes you can, when you book you can add a breakfast hamper, sausages, burgers, steak and eggs, or email us if you decide post-booking. The meat is all from our small farm and we use local produce and suppliers. We can also cater for other food preferences. We also sell a pizza pack for £12, so that you can cook your own pizza in the wood-fired garden oven that is outside your shepherd hut.
How accessible is Dimpsey?
Please note that the Shepherd Huts have 4 steps leading up to the door and the nature of the accommodation means that it may not be fully wheelchair accessible – please call us for further details and we can talk through your access requirements. We allow Assistance Dogs as part of a booking, but please do talk to us first, we ask that you leave other doggy friends at home please.
What about Dimpsey's sustainability?
Our shepherds huts were made less than 10 minutes away from our farm by Blackdown Shepherd Huts, we try wherever possible to use local suppliers or vintage pieces. We provide recycling facilities and we also compost all of your food waste. We grow herbs and some veg outside the shepherd’s hut for your use and if you order meat from our farm, your food miles can be measured in feet!
Covid cleaning
We follow all the latest government guidance on cleaning for guest accommodation and use recommended cleaning materials – we’re part of the Visit England ‘Good to Go’ scheme.
What if there's a lockdown again?
If there is a government lockdown in force and you can’t get here or we are unable to provide your break, then we will move your break to an alternative date or refund for you, just as we did with booked guests in the last lockdowns. The Post Office offers a really cost effective travel insurance policy which can cover you (depending on circumstances) in the case of illness preventing your trip.
Are you dog friendly?
Sorry, we aren’t so ask that you leave dogs at home please.
Can I come on my own?
Of course, we’re all about escaping the busy and our solo travellers enjoy all the luxuries that the shepherd huts have to offer, the retreat-like peace and love that they can be totally secure in the knowledge that we’re around to help if needed.
The perfect setting for the perfect proposal. We will be back to celebrate in years to come.
Dimpsey Yonder Shepherd Hut Guest