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 50% deposit on booking and 50% 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!
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.
Are you child friendly?
We’re all about escaping the busy and rediscovering yourselves, so Dimpsey is a child-free (& dog-free) site.
We understand that if you’re a parent it feels very indulgent to escape on your own, but we believe it’s really important to have time to remember who you were before the children/fur babies came along, – and that’s what we’re here for.