Here at Dimpsey, we love to help people create special moments in their life – sometimes we do that just by sharing the peace and the views that our shepherd’s hut affords and other times we are privileged to get even more involved. From birthday flowers to hidden presents to cakes and surprises, we love being part of the secret squirrel planning that goes on.  Every occasion is special and often a number of our local friends help us out too, so as our lovely guests suggested that we could share this one, we thought it might be a good time to recognise them and say a big thank you.

So, it all started with a response to our booking confirmation for a Canopy & Stars guest – asking if we could help out with planning a proposal, but with a twist as our guest wanted a gift in the shepherd hut on arrival, which would actually say “Will you marry me?” – so we put our plotting heads on and came up with a few suggestions and the chosen gift was a handmade Harvest Mug from nearby Barrington Pottery. We love Paul and Marion’s pieces and have quite a few in our collection, so it was lovely to be able to work with them.  They were quite happy to produce a commissioned item and our guest approved the design.  I have to admit to a slight worry when I knew the pot was in the kiln – but Paul & Marion kept us informed and we took delivery of the mug on the appointed day.

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Our guest also wanted some flowers – so we worked with Cottage Flowers in Ilminster and armed with the information on flower colours and types from our guest, we decided on a small harvest posy to for the Harvest Mug and then a larger bouquet of lilies and seasonal flowers. We picked the flowers up late morning, ready for our guest arrival at 3pm – as you can see from the photo, Cottage Flowers did us proud.

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Finally, the finishing touches were champagne and chocolates of course. The Somerset sparkling wine was from a local vineyard a few miles away and one of our favourites – Wayford Vineyard – and is always well received by our guests.

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We’re very happy to report that the lucky lady said yes – and here’s what they had to say in their review on the Canopy & Stars site :-

“Well what can I say , this was a stay with a difference, the idea was I was going to ask my partner to marry me in a special way , Emma was at hand right from the start to find the ideal way to do this. She had a jug made with a special message on it , supplied flowers bubbly and chocolates and it all went to plan , the hut itself was brilliant nice location and well setup and Emma was on hand for everything we needed , nothing was too much trouble even on her birthday

Thanks Em”

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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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Happy National Somerset Day everyone! We are thankful here at Dimpsey Glamping to be situated in the beautiful county of Somerset but there is a lot more to Somerset than Cider and Cheddar Cheese 😉 Here are our top 10 facts about Somerset which some of you may not know. Enjoy!

1. With an area of 4,171 sq km and a population of about 508,000, Somerset is England’s seventh-biggest county by area but only the 22nd-biggest by population.

2. Somerset has 11,500 listed buildings, 523 ancient monuments, 192 conservation areas, 41 parks and gardens, 36 English Heritage sites, and 19 National Trust sites.

3. Designed by artist Serena de la Hey, the Willow Man near Bridgwater in Somerset, also known as the ‘Angel of the South’ is over 40 feet tall and made from willow branches woven on to a steel frame.

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4. The oldest human skeleton in it’s complete form was found in Cheddar Caves, based in the Mendip Hills. The skeleton is estimated to be over 9,000 years old.

5. According to weather archives, it snows in Somerset more than anywhere else in England.

6. Wells in Somerset, is England’s smallest city.

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7. Skittles, a game of pins which are to be knocked down by a ball, originated in Somerset. This then became the more popular, ten pin bowling which is known all over the world.

8. Somerset has a lot of celebrity names under it’s belt. Mary Berry, John Cleese, Charlie McDonnell, Jenson Button, Maisie Williams, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Bill Bailey, James Purefoy, Sir Peter Blake, Don McCullin, Russell Howard, Richard J. Roberts and the entire band of Portishead were all born in Somerset.

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9. The Ancient Welsh, Celts and Saxons called Somerset ‘The Land Of The Summer’. They called it this because they could only ‘live off the land’ in this area during the Summer because the area flooded in the Winter.

10. Taunton in Somerset was the first town in England to be permantly lit by electric street lighting in 1881.

How many facts did you already know? Have a wonderful National Somerset Day!

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The Dimpsey hut’s interior design and knickknacks are always commented upon by our guests. We take a lot of joy in sourcing fabulous British designers who add real character to the Dimpsey hut. One of our very favourites is The Antique Kitchen, run by the talented Mikki Towler.

Here’s our interview with Mikki to find out more about the wonderful things she creates that bring so much warmth to our little shepherd’s hut.

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Hi, I’m Mikki and I’m located in Norfolk. I have a website www.theantiquekitchen.co.uk.

My business is all from my website since there is no shop. I sell antiques linked to the kitchen in some way. I don’t sell any reproduction items of any kind, which customers love. A courier delivers larger pieces the smaller pieces are posted.

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The Antique Kitchen website started 5 years ago, but I have been an antiques dealer for 26 years. 3. I have always been inspired by beautiful antiques and most of my projects are in private homes.

My customers are all ages. People that want a decorative item to serious collectors frequent my website.

My favourite magazines are Period Living and Homes & Antiques although Reclaim Magazine is a good new one.

Antiques for the kitchen are always versatile since they will fit into a period or contemporary home. Customer favourites are small items that they can collect a display from. i.e. matching storage jars etc.

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I love working with Dimpsey because it is a great concept and because of Emma; she is a great client – very personable and easy to deal with.

We love having you in the hut, Mikki! Thanks for sharing an insight into the world of The Antique Kitchen.

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Well that headline surely got your attention! Of course, we’re talking about glamping at the Dimpsey hut. We’ve had some wonderful visitors over 2016, and we weren’t surprised by the news this week that there has had a huge surge in people partaking in this outdoor trend.

Apparently four in ten Britons spent a night in a tent, hut, yurt or caravan in 2016 as more than 17 million trips were taken.

We’ve always believed at Dimpsey that there is much to be gained from taking time out and reconnecting with each other, and of course we adore our idyllic shepherd’s hut located at the foot of the Blackdown Hills. Everyone who visits has a unique experience, but the feedback is always that our guests felt rejuvenated, refreshed and revived. That’s our aim – to give you a true glamping experience that you won’t forget.

The UK stats stated this week read:

  • The total number of trips taken is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017
  • The biggest reason for the camping trip was ‘getting away from it all’
  • One in seven relish the chance of being away from wi-fi or internet

With our cosy bed, fire pit, hot tub, and log burner the Dimpsey hut is the perfect place to get away from it all. According to our recent reviews from Dimpsey visitors, people really appreciated the time together to relax and reconnect and we are so proud of all the wonderful testimonials we have received so far. There is something so very peaceful about being in the Dimpsey hut, and yet there are also the options for local walks and pub lunches, trips to the coast and towns for a bit of gentle exercise. It’s the best of both worlds.

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We’re delighted to be part of the growing glamping trend. If we can continue to offer people the change to disengage from their hectic lives and to take some quality time out in luxurious surroundings through 2017 and beyond, then we’ve achieved our goal.

Happy 2017 to you all!

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When I met Emma Bradshaw at Lou Archell’s lovely Sisterhood Camp hosted at Fforest earlier in the year – she was just in the process of finalising taking on a new family venture in the form of The Daneway pub near Sapperton in the Cotswolds.  Roll forward 6 months and Emma and her family are fully ensconced in their new life and fast approaching their first Christmas as Innkeepers.
 
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Our boys have been asking for ages to go to Rush Indoor Skatepark near Cirencester – and when I saw that Emma was running a wreath making morning at the pub (which is nearby), a happy family plan was hatched.  So last Sunday, we set off up the M5 on a gloriously sunny day.  Mr W dropped me off at the pub for the morning and took the boys to an outdoor skatepark, then they all headed back to the pub for lunch, with the final visit being the famed Rush Skatepark!  We think it may have been up there with Christmas anticipation for the boys…
 
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I made my first Christmas wreath last year and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.  The process of making it as part of a group made it much easier for me not to lose heart and give up when it was looking straggly in the early stages! When I got there, Emma’s welcome coffee hit the spot: a really excellent coffee, setting me up for the holly trials I was sure were ahead of me.  Debs Edmonds, from Wild Is Best Flowers, was running the session and showed us how to neatly start adding greenery and decoration to the moss hoop, and slowly but surely, a passable wreath started to emerge.  It was a really lovely group to be part of, and a healthy bartering in ivy between tables soon began to emerge.  Everyone made a wreath that they could take home and justifiably be proud of – and it was really surprising how different they all were, given that we all used the same materials!
 
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Then, most deliciously, I had 15 minutes spare to sit and drink in the sunshine pouring through the window.  The Daneway has that really special ambience reserved for places well used to welcoming people and making them feel at home.  When you add in great food, plus Emma and her husband, Pete, as your friendly hosts – I’m thinking that I might need to book our next trip up early or we’ll risk not getting a table. As words gets round about this place (and it will), I’m expecting that they’ll be busy bees!
 
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Being a Sunday, most of us ordered the Roast – choosing from lamb or beef, with one warm egg and bacon salad & chips.  The food arrived, beautifully served and most excellent of taste.  The cauliflower cheese was a particular favourite, as were the delightfully crispy roast potatoes and the heavenly chips.  Our eldest son was most pleased about the fact that he got a Yorkshire pudding with his Roast Lamb – as he was behind the initiative in our house that led to Yorkies with all roast dinners!  Really good portion sizes and not overly expensive at £12 each, a full house of top marks from our table.
 
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We were too full for pudding really, but with chocolate brownie on the menu, I felt that I had to force myself – and dear reader, it was so worth it!  Delicious chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, accompanied by big fat bramble berries – I really didn’t need to eat it all, but it was far too delicious to leave.
 
An appointment at the skatepark meant we had to leave without enjoying the delightful walks available straight out of the pub – but in the car we were already plotting return visits, with an overnight stay in the shepherd’s hut and boy camping firmly on the agenda for our Gifford’s circus trip next year at nearby Minchinhampton – maybe I should get that one booked in now!  Yes, you did hear right, Emma has a shepherd’s hut that you can rent out – and as you know I have a bit of a thing about shepherd’s huts?  This one has been beautifully styled by Emma and I can’t wait to go and try it out – take a look at Emma’s Instagram feed for pics.
 
Our very heartfelt thanks and all the best for the future to the Daneway team – we will be back soon ????
 
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Days are becoming shorter and the brisk, winter’s nights are beginning to settle here at the Dimpsey Hut; however, the Dimpsey Magic has not dwindled away like our summer weather. After being named after the half-light period in Somerset, Dimpsey, this is a perfect time of the year for us to start cosying up next to the log fire with a mug of hot chocolate to enjoy the Christmas festivities.

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Imagine being able to escape from the business of your everyday life. Perhaps Christmas shopping has just started to take its toll as the holidays creep ever closer. But, as we all know, Christmas isn’t just about receiving the presents, and what better way to spend a day than playing games with the ones you love. Luckily, we have you covered with this, as in our hut we have vintage games to get you in the festive mood, such as the classic dominoes. Or listening to carols as you sit by the log burner and read your favourite book. Even waking up early and sitting on the Dimpsey hut steps to see in the seasonal sun rise, will start your day with a positive and jolly vibe.

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without all the decorations and trimmings now would it? There is a little twist however at Dimpsey when it comes to decorations and your stay here with us. Seeing as Christmas is all about spending it with your loved ones, we believe that it should be your choice how you decorate the hut during your stay. Nothing can make it feel more homely than having your unique touch when it comes to putting the ornaments onto our Dimpsey Hut tree.

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With winter and the holiday season, it is easy to forget about indulging in the luxuries that the colder months have to offer, and when we say luxuries, it doesn’t have to be the finest gifts around. Sometimes, all you need is a warm hot chocolate to keep you feeling snug inside, but don’t forget to find your surprise merry mince pie whilst you are enjoying your drink!We enjoy bringing the Christmas Spirit to everyone here at Dimpsey Glamping, but we don’t want you to feel like you cannot share, even though you may want to keep your fairy tale shepherd’s hut stay a secret… The holidays are a time of giving, and there isn’t a more loving way to share the festive cheer to your loved ones than giving them time for themselves in our shepherd’s hut. We have a variety of gift vouchers for you to choose from so both you and your friends and family can now enjoy the relaxation and the Christmas Magic that is sprinkled over the hut at this time of year.

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Christmas time at Dimpsey Glamping, is always full of festive magic…

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Who doesn’t love a bit of nature, and of course, luxury? And if you can combine the two, then why not we say! So imagine our delight when we came across Hikki.

Hikki aim to bring indoors, out. Through previous experiences in his life, and the sheer love for nature, Per, founder of Hikki, wanted to be able to combine both modern designs and the ancient concept of hot tubs to provide an ultimate relaxing sensation.

The really exciting news is that we now have a Hikki Hot Tub at Dimpsey Glamping! The wood fired hot tub adds a touch of sheer luxury to the beautiful surrounding natural landscape, allowing you to enjoy pure bliss as you relax outside.

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We sourced the hot tub from the UK distributor and have found it to be an excellent addition to the shepherd hut set-up.  It is perfect for guests to use themselves and as it only takes just over two hours to warm up, it becomes part of a perfect Dimpsey evening.  Fill and light the hot-tub, and light the garden oven.  Prepare and cook your supper whilst feeding the fire in the hot tub every now and again.  Eat supper and then sit and watch the dusk come in with a coffee – allowing your supper to go down, the hot tub to get up to heat and the star curtain to fall into place in the sky.

Step into the tub and sit back and watch the cosmos overhead – at this point you start realising what a small part of a large universe we are, and how amazing it is to spend time just ‘being’.

Then away to the shepherd’s hut for snuggly hot chocolate before bed. Watch our video below to see just how it all works!

It isn’t just Hikki Hot Tubs though that have sparked the love for nature in Dimpsey. Beetham Farm, where Dimpsey Glamping is located, has always had a magical connection to nature and has been enjoyed by many people over the generations such as Arthur C Clarke. Until the age of 8, Arthur lived here at Beetham Farm and was able to enjoy the night sky every night. He then became the co-writer for ‘A Space in Odyssey’, which we like to believe was inspired by watching the stars in the same place that Dimpsey Glamping guests stay today.

With the addition of Hikki Hot Tubs, we want you to be able to feel like you can simply sit back, relax and watch those stars, as Clarke once did, to make you feel at home and peaceful. We love being here and we hope you do too!

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I am currently sitting in my kitchen with a cup of tea working away on my iPad and feeling very content. Why? As I sit here and look around, I feel the warmth from memories and history that this farm house is full of. Especially here in the kitchen where we cook and eat together as a family. But it’s not just that, its more. It’s about appreciating the land around me.

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Dimpsey Glamping is based in Chard, Somerset. We are a small working farm with nature in abundance. We have everything we need to make your break away perfect because the land we live on is so beautiful. To wake up hearing the bird song and to go cuddle up at night with the one you love with the sound of a crackling camp fire are both wondrous things, and these natural things add to your experience here with us. Today I am feeling very proud of what we have achieved and also very proud of where we are in the world.

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Before we bought this farm a few years ago, I sent the ‘farm for sale’ brochure to my friend Sally to show her. I was so excited that we had found this farm and her reply was “it looks so…. magical”.  And she was right, the farm makes everyone feel content and relaxed. It really is a great place to be.

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Somerset is a beautiful county with so much to do from nature reserves and walks across the Mendip Hills to the medieval history of Glastonbury. From the quite village of Chard to the busier town of Minehead. From bustling shopping centres, to the small tea rooms and from woodlands to beaches, Somerset really does have it all. And we are here. Dimpsey Glamping is right here in the middle of it all. Surrounded by all these amazing and beautiful places, including our own little farm.

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So as you can see, I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face. We are Dimpsey Glamping and we love being here 🙂

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Wow the first week of 2016 is already almost over and we have been looking over the past year with a sense of achievement and more importantly a huge smile on our faces. We accomplished so much in 2015, overcame challenges and had a fantastic year with amazing reviews and testimonials.

In 2016 we want to continue our journey and expand on all of our ideas and options. With new packages and offers as well as positioning ourselves at the very forefront of luxury glamping but also keeping our friendly and happy outlook. Dimpsey Glamping is the perfect place to unwind and we want to keep it that way!

So all that is left is for us to say is “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” And we hope to see you in 2016 🙂

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