Somerset – not just the road to Cornwall

Somerset is a destination in its own right

For a long time, Somerset was the place you drove through to get to your Cornish holiday, but it is fast becoming one of the go-to destinations in its own right.  So what are the attractions of Somerset??


The M5 and the A303 both run directly through Somerset, as do the main Paddington and Waterloo trainlines – giving great access to North And South Somerset respectively.  Dimpsey is based on the Blackdown Hills and is only a few minutes country lane drive from the A303, meaning that popping down for a weekend from London and the Home Counties is really easy – there’s nothing worse than driving around for hours trying to find your destination!

From our location in South Somerset, you can easily explore Somerset, but you can also be in Dorset and Devon within 10 minutes – so it really is a great base to explore the Southwest.

You can find out more about where we are here – Dimpsey, About the Location

Local places to visit

We’re based about half an hour from Lyme Regis and 40 minutes from Bridport, both of which are lovely seaside locations with bustling towns to explore.  Bridport boasts a renowned vintage quarter and has been the source and inspiration for many of the shepherd’s hut vintage pieces.

Within 15 minutes drive, we have Barrington Court, Montacute House and Forde Abbey – all of which boast beautiful buildings, gardens and tearooms, with especially delicious cakes.

A little bit further afield, at Bruton (about an hour away) we have the Hauser & Wirth gallery, Stourhead House Gardens and Farm Shop and Longleat Safari Park – all fabulous days out.

If you’re looking to go out on foot or by bicycle, we are based down a network of country lanes, with lots of footpaths nearby – perfect for exploring.

Local places to eat

Somerset is fast becoming a real foodie destination and we have listed a number of our favourite destinations on the website here – as well as local farm shops.  The hut has a gas hob and barbecue facilities, so you can buy meat and provisions straight from the farm and indulge your inner chef.

And to finish…

There are so many artisan product and food producers across the Blackdown Hills and South Somerset, that we come across new people nearly every day.  Many of them welcome visitors – so this provides another way to see inside Somerset – if you are interested we can recommend a whole host of people.

So there you go, Somerset has so much to offer as a holiday destination – so why not book up to come and explore and relax??

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