We like to check out all the local eateries in a bid to ensure that we can recommend somewhere to suit you, your tastes and your budget if we are asked by our guests – and after a good meal at The Firehouse as part of a Christmas party we were invited to, we thought we would go along and try them out again.

With wooden beams and contemporary fireplaces, they describe themselves as “a village pub that has been restored with a modern twist yet full of traditional charm” – and that’s definitely the feeling you get when you walk in there. 

The Firehouse Somerset - http://thefirehousesomerset.co.uk/

Photo Credit: The Firehouse Somerset – http://thefirehousesomerset.co.uk/

From steak to calamari, there truly is something for everybody on the menu, including vegetarian options. Not only is there fine dining, you can also enjoy homemade, rustic pizzas which you can watch being made on the pizza oven as you walk in. As you can imagine, the smell of good food as you walk in is delightful and certainly makes you hungry.

Using the finest, local produce, as well as local cider, we can truly say you are in good hands when it comes to The Firehouse Somerset, and definitely worth a try, whether you want to experience the delicious food, or to simply enjoy the experience by sitting by the wood burner. The good news is that The Firehouse is only 25 minutes away from Dimpsey Glamping, so your next special meal isn’t that far away!

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The Firehouse Somerset – http://thefirehousesomerset.co.uk/

The Firehouse website: http://thefirehousesomerset.co.uk/


Somerset has been famous for making good scrumpy for hundreds of years. The local dialect for a strong or sharp tasting cider, made in Somerset is ‘scrumpy’ and has been consumed and made within Somerset as well as being distributed around the world for centuries. With Somerset being one of the biggest cider counties in the UK, the West Country is known for the traditional method of cider making, using original, sharper types of cider apples. But, where did the cider process come from and how did it become so vastly enjoyed in Somerset?

Cider and cider production have been established in the UK since the Roman era, with Cider being recorded in history from the 11th Century onwards, with Kent, Hampshire and Somerset being the three main apple growing and cider producing counties in England. Since the 11th Century, most houses were producing cider and selling cider to the public as well cider being used as a wage for workers. Also being noted in various medical folklore as a health supplement, cider and cider apples were enjoyed not only as an alcoholic beverage, but also as a beauty luxury, with ointments and facial washes being created and sold due to apples having health properties which was used to smooth and clean the skin, causing a boom in the sales of cider.

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Cider Apples

Being loved throughout history, there is no surprise that cider is still very popular in Somerset in the present day. Despite most cider producing companies now farming their apples abroad, true Somerset cider can still be enjoyed with some famous cider companies such as Sheppy’s and Thatchers still using their apple orchards and cider breweries in Somerset. Good on them!

Cider is produced using a pulping, pressing and fermentation process, where the juice is extracted from the apples and mixed with yeast. The first step taken when creating cider is crushing the apples in order to remove all pips from the apples and to make the pressing stage easier. This stage is carried out within a large mill, with the pulp almost resembling apple sauce.

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Traditional Cider Wheel

The extraction of the apple juice is the second stage, with the pulp being placed in a tank and mixed with other pulps from other variations of apple. Up to as many as 6 different types of apple can be combined in this stage in order to create the desired taste, depending on what type of cider is being made. The pulp is then layered in forms, a piece of nylon cloth with apple pulp on top, ready for the extraction process to take place. The nylon cloth is removed, leaving behind a square of apple pulp. This stage is repeated around 10 times in order to create a stack blocks of apple pulp, also known as a cheese. This stack is then placed in a tray and pressed by a hydraulic pump.

Preservatives are passed through the juice as the mixture cools down as well as the juice being pasteurised if it isn’t being fermented. If the juice is being fermented, the chemicals needed to start the fermentation process is added to the juice, which can take up to a month to fully ferment. After fermentation, the last stage is packaging ready to be shipped to the stores that we love. So next time you sip an ice cold glass of scrumpy, remember that you a drinking a little piece of Somerset history!

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Today is National Coffee Day and on Sunday it is International Coffee Day so we thought we would celebrate the only way we could here at Dimpsey Glamping, with Coffee Cake 😉

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For The Coffee Cake

  • 200g unsalted softened butter, plus an extra 10g softened butter for greasing 
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coffee essence
  • 250g self raising flour

For The Coffee Buttercream

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

For The Coffee Glaze

  • 2 teaspoons coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 100g icing sugar



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 23cm cake tin.
  2. Start to make the cake by adding the butter and sugar to a bowl and beat and mix until fluffy and lighter in colour
  3. Add the eggs and carry on beating and mixing, add the coffee essence, mix in and then sieve in the flour and fold the flour into the mix until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Pour the cake mix into the cake tin and gently shake the tin so settle the cake mix.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and risen, but start to check the cake after 20 minutes and cook until golden.
  6. When baked, remove from the cake tin and allow to cool.
  7. Now make the buttercream by adding the softened butter in a bowl and whisk until fluffy, then sieve in the icing sugar and whisk again. Dissolve the coffee granules into the boiling water and then add to the buttercream and whisk once more. Then leave to stand.
  8. To make the glaze, dissolve the coffee granules into the water, then sieve in the icing sugar and whisk until mixed. Add a little more boiling water a few drops at a time if required so that the glaze is spreadable and pourable.
  9. Slice the cake horizontally into 3 slices. Add buttercream to two of the slices and then assemble back together to make a coffee cake sandwich with 3 layers of cake and 2 layers of buttercream. Pour or spread over the glaze on the top of the cake and allow to cool. Serve once glaze has set.

As the nights draw closer and the very first few leaves start to drop from the trees, you can just start to feel a little chill in the air in the evening here at Dimpsey Glamping. I always feel that with each season Dimpsey comes to life with it’s very own sense of comforting magic. Autumn is no exception, with the nip in the air, the deep golden sunsets, the bronze and copper leaves as they change from the lush summer vibrant green and the stars shining brightly as the sky becomes clearer at night. All these things herald the start of Autumn.

The Dimpsey Glamping Shepherd’s Hut is built to last. And as the oak cladding changes colour, just as the leaves do at this time of year, the hut ages into a majestic dwelling nestled in the Blackdown Hills that is warm and cosy yet full of whimsy and luxury.

So next time you visit Dimpsey in the Autumn time, why not spend some time just enjoying all the wonder and colour this season brings. Light the campfire, watch the stars, take a dip in the woodfired hot tub or cook a meal in our outdoor kitchen. Autumn is here….

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As the Summer fades out and the rainy season fades in, there are still plenty of things to do in South Somerset even with an umbrella at the ready. Dimpsey Glamping is situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Somerset and even in the rain the Blackdown Hills are an amazing and beautiful place to visit. But there are many attractions and interesting places to visit that are inside and therefore not affected by rain, so your holiday can continue with all the fun and relaxation that you need, whatever the weather.

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Chard Museum & Heritage Centre – http://www.chardmuseum.co.uk/

Distance from Dimpsey: 1 mile

Just around the corner from Dimpsey Glamping is the delightful Chard Museum & Heritage Centre. Full of exhibitions and artifacts from the local area, this little local museum receives rave reviews and always a well worth visit. The museum is open until the end of October.


The Cider Works at Perry’s Cider – http://www.perryscider.co.uk/visit-us/35/the-cider-works

Distance from Dimpsey: 6 miles

Soak up the atmosphere of real working cider mills, grab a cider or a bite to eat in their tea room & eatery, before checking out the local foods, drinks, gifts and art in the farm shop, or just stock up on your favourite ciders which can all be tasted before buying.

They also have a small museum on site – housed in the original 16th century thatched cider barn where the company first started from. The barn is stocked to the roof full of old cider making and farming equipment, as well as two hydraulic presses that they still use every autumn to press their ciders.


Shakespeare Glass – Taunton Gallery – https://www.shakspeareglass.co.uk/pages/taunton-gallery

Distance from Dimpsey: 14 miles

Based in the heart of Taunton, Shakespeare Glass and it’s Taunton gallery has a large range of contemporary artists as well as their own glass. Their stock is always changing but they generally have a selection including unique glass jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paintings, prints, wood turning and stone carving. Along with all this, there’s a large display of Will’s work, from his brand new Coasts and Somerset ranges to our ever popular baubles and goblets.


The Museum Of Somerset – https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

Distance from Dimpsey: 14 miles

Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th Century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present.


Fleet Air Arm Museum – http://www.fleetairarm.com/default.aspx

Distance from Dimpsey: 21 miles

Representing the Royal Navy In the Air, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is a must for all air travel enthusiasts. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artifacts, the Museum is Europe’s largest naval aviation Museum. In addition. it houses the first British Concorde which you can go on board, view the cockpit and visit the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience.


So whatever the weather, you’ll always find something to do…





Although Summer is starting to slowly drift away, it doesn’t mean the that relaxing holiday time is at an end. At Dimpsey Glamping, no matter what time of the year it is, there is always something to enjoy and ways to let your stresses slip away.

We are proud to be based in the Blackdown Hills, and so now that the nights are starting to draw in quicker, the end of Summer is the perfect time to relax under the stars, and with our stargazing maps this couldn’t be any easier.

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

But why not make a complete romantic evening out of it? Nothing beats cooking a homemade meal with fresh produce in our Outdoor Kitchen, and then unwinding in our Wood Fired Hot Tub

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

Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

Whether you want a quick bite to eat or a full Sunday Roast and you enjoy watching the world go by, the Quantock Belle Dining Train is a must! Not only do you get to indulge in good food but also a lovely view as you travel from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back, plus a constant waiter service for tea or coffee.

Throughout the transition between Summer and Autumn, we definitely suggest walking or cycling around the Blackdown Hills. The Blackdown Hills AONB is beautiful at all times of the year, but there is nothing quite like walking or cycling through the leaves that have just started to fall, listening to the birds and wind rustling through the branches. To make a complete day out of it, why not take a picnic with you and relax with the outstanding natural beauty that the Blackdown Hills has to offer, we can even help you prepare your picnic.

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Photo Credit: Visit Somerset

If the sun isn’t shining as much as you would like, don’t panic. Taunton, which is only 14 miles away from Dimpsey, is full of interesting things to do – including a Town Tour in the Museum of Somerset, ideal for those slightly duller days. The tour is filled with information about the history of Taunton, including a little meet up with the inspiration of Frankenstein!

Forde Abbey House & Gardens is just around the corner from us here at Dimpsey and is open until October.  Home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. 

From food to relaxation and from adventure to days out, there is plenty you can do, even when the Summer sun leaves us eventually.


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


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


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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