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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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…

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Photo Credit © Ben Carpenter Photography

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After all that Winter brings: the snow, the sparkly lights, the festivities, the dark evenings and of course warming up around the cosy fire – Spring is here!

We have some new Spring additions at Dimpsey Glamping. We have welcomed some new members to our farm, our gorgeous laying hens, who will be providing delicious eggs for everyone. They are real characters too!

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And we are very pleased to announce… the build of our brand new outdoor kitchen! We are extremely excited about this as it will give a whole new meaning to eating al fresco! New slabs are down and the joinery is already going up. Huge thanks to Blackdown Shepherd Huts for their stunning carpentry as always. Dimpsey Glamping guests will be able  to cook and eat outside in our fully working outdoor kitchen, perfect for summer relaxing and romantic evenings under the stars.

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Spring brings it’s own beautiful natural bounties. The daffodils and crocuses are popping up in bloom and we have already had a few ‘blue sky warm sun’ days. It’s amazing how that warm sun but very slightly chilly breeze feeling on your face can give you a real lift in the mornings! Spring has sprung and the Dimpsey Glamping hut looks beautiful as it shines in the Springtime sun.

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More updates to come as the outdoor kitchen is finished and we look forward to seeing you soon here at Dimspey Glamping.

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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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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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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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Seeing as we have our own Shepherd Hut here at Dimpsey, we thought it would be an idea to look at the very beginning and the origin of the word Shepherd. Shepherd – a person who tends to, looks after and guards sheep (the dictionary definition) – originates here in England and is the combination of the words sheep and herd.

From Old English to English in the present day, the word has seen a few alterations both in the spelling and in the pronunciation. The main alteration pattern is through the different eras: scēphyrde, shepherde to shepherd; however, this is not the only way that the word has evolved over time. Depending on where you come from, and the dialect you use, shepherd has also been spelt shepard, sheperd, sheppard and sheppherd.

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Although the use of the word has decreased over the years when it comes to talking about the profession, we as a nation see this word popping up constantly as it has been used as a surname, as a name of a certain homely food – Shepherd’s Pie – and of course, you also have your Shepherd’s Huts and that is where Dimpsey comes in 🙂

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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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The best thing about winter coming as I have said before, is winter food. Food that makes you feel warm and cosy inside! Jam Roly Poly is one of those puddings that makes you feel just like that. This is our recipe and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125g suet (veggie suet is fine for this as well as the normal beef suet)
  • 120ml water (you may not need it all)
  • 8 tablespoons of strawberry jam – warmed through so slightly runny
  • a little sugar to sprinkle on top
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C /400F /Gas Mark 6
  2. Add the flour, suet, light brown sugar and salt to a bowl and add enough of the water to make a soft ‘puggy’ dough.  Make sure the dough is not too sticky, if it becomes too sticky just add a little extra flour.
  3. Sprinkle some extra flour over your work surface/table and roll out your dough until you have a rectangle approx 30cm x 20cm.
  4. On the upside of your dough, spread the warmed jam all over leaving a border of about 1cm thick all the way around.
  5. Fold the border without jam in on itself and brush with milk to help it seal when you roll it.
  6. Turn the dough so the shorter side of the rectangle is facing you and start to roll the dough into roll, don’t force it to be a tight roll otherwise it will crack and split.  Seal the ends with more milk.
  7. Add the roly poly to a greased baking tray, seal side down and then brush with beaten egg.  Once the egg is on then sprinkle with sugar on top.
  8. Bake in the centre of the oven for approx 30-45 minutes (keep an eye on it after about 25 minutes as it can catch and burn very quickly) until it is golden brown.
  9. Slice in thick slices and serve with custard or clotted cream mmmm!

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As the winter months approach and the chill starts to fill the air, we start to reach for the comfort food and what is more comforting than a luscious moist light carrot cake with lashings of cream cheese frosting.  This is an original Dimpsey recipe from our very own Sally who works in the office. Nom nom nom!

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Ingredients

Cake:

  • 250 ml sunflower oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225 g light muscovado sugar
  • 200 g carrots, coarsly grated
  • 350 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice and zest of 1 orange

Frosting:

  • 110g butter, softened
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange (keep the juice for something else!)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C
  2. Mix together the sugar and butter until fully beaten and mixed
  3. Add everything else in and mix. The mixture will be loose and almost runny, this is good, it is a very moist cake.
  4. Add to a lined and greased cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Depending on your oven it may take longer, simply place a knife or skewer into the centre of the cake, when it comes out clean, your cake is cooked.
  5. When cooked, remove and allow to cool.
  6. To make the frosting whisk everything together in a bowl, allow to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes then add to the top of the cooled cooked cake.
  7. Enjoy!
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