Dimpsey Glamping

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Thought and attention put into every detail, resulting in an exquisite and exclusive hideaway
It was around the time Em and Andrew were thinking about a shepherd’s hut that Em began to consider designing and selling interior accessories. It’s now easy to see why. “The hut is like a five-star hotel in a field”, she explains as we swing open the grey-blue, two part door and inside the living arrangement certainly echoes that very sentiment. The eye for detail is incredible with not only every item you could possibly need but also the likes of artwork on the walls, rustic bronze fittings, candles, ornaments and a stash of comfortable pillows. It doesn’t feel cluttered either. There’s a wealth of goodies waiting in store but everything has its place – even the steaming welcome tea tray that’s there on your arrival!

Perhaps we gush a bit. Afterall, this is hardly humble shepherd’s camping, what with an en-suite toilet and shower, but that’s precisely the point of the incredible glamping setup! There’s still a very tangible element of the outdoors here too. Outside there’s a barbecue and firepit accompanied by a hanging grill, or grab the telescope under your bed to make the most of the night skies. It’s a top spot to enjoy relaxing on the farm and if the weather’s bad you can still shut yourself away, read a book and listen to the raindrops tapping teasingly on the rooftop.

“We wanted something that would suit the style of our 500 year old farm”, Em goes on, gesturing towards the animals and describing the “mosaic of countryside”. There’s something fitting about the shepherd’s hut within the rolls of open landscape. The Blackdown Hills have been a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1991 and here on Beetham Farm, Dimpsey Glamping does manage to match it all for beauty. The manor house interior of the hut, like something out of Country Living, emulates the beauty on the doorstep and the traditional types of activities that are best enjoyed here like walking, cycling or horseriding. It’s also an easy escape down to the coastline, half an hour away – there’s a flask in the shepherd’s hut so you can bring a cuppa with you.

It all fits into place like hand in glove. A place that shepherds of old could probably only dream of. If you look over the cupboard that’s in front of you when you very first step inside, though, there is a quaint ode to all their hard work – a tiny postcard painting of a shepherd in the field, leaning peacefully against his crook. Small, unnoticeable yet wonderfully well placed, it’s just another little feature that shows the thought that’s been put in.

Details

Facilities

The shepherd's hut is 18ft long and includes full en-suite facilities, including shower, flushing loo and bottles of bathroom products, right down to handmade soaps from Cornwall. The hut is sheep's wool insulated and has a log burning stove with a free, unlimited supply of wood. The double bed (linen and bedding provided) can be folded into the wall if more space is required, there is a long sofa, a practical area with gas hob, fridge, sink and all the utensils and cutlery you will need, plus a hand built oak table and benches for 4–6 people. Games, books, a radio, telescope, OS maps and star maps are all in there too. Outside there's a BBQ and campfire area plus ht and cold taps for washing up. Dimpsey is a small, mixed farm with 15 Dexter cows, 10 Jacobs sheep and 2 Tamworth pigs. 15 acres are a designated SSSI too, so expect plenty of varied wildlife and a blissful dawn chorus.

Suitable For

Glampers only. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs and pets – no.

Nearby

Walking and cycling routes surround the campsite and other activities (horse-riding, clay pigeon shooting, fishing trips and more) can be arranged on request. There are tourist attraction leaflets in the drawer above the fridge and they also provide an OS map of the local area. There is a lovely 3 mile circular walk, which starts and ends at the driveway. If you want to stretch your legs further then driving the 35 minutes to the coast is always a safe bet. Walk the beaches of Lyme Regis, explore Charmouth fossil beach or try Burton Bradstock. The National Trust properties of Barrington Court (01460 242614), a fine 16th-century Tudor Mansion, and Montacute House (01935 823289), Elizabethan and with exceptional gardens, are both well worth a visit.

Food & Drink

Subject to availability you can buy a selection of food direct from the farm including burgers made from their own Dexter beef, sausages from their pigs, lamb burgers and, of course, farm fresh eggs. Just ask what's available during your stay – or pre-order by email. Top pubs include the gastro stylings of The Candlelight Inn (01460 234476), a mile away, and one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s canteens, River Cottage (01297 630314), 23 minutes away in Axminster. For something different try Mark Hix Oyster & Fish House (01297 446910) overlooking the harbour in Lyme Regis, or Mint and Mustard (01823 330770) – innovative Indian cuisine not far away in Taunton. There's a farm shop (5 minutes) while Ilminster is a lovely market town about 10 minutes away and has a fantastic butchers and delicatessen, as well as a Co-op and large Tesco.

Opening Times

All year.

Accommodation

1 shepherd's hut sleeping 2 adults.

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Location

Contact Dimpsey Glamping, Dimpsey Glamping, Beetham Farm, Combe St Nicholas, Chard, Somerset TA20 3PY

Getting There

From M5 South: Exit M5 at J29. Continue on A30 signposted Honiton and then on the A303 to Yeovil for 24 miles. Turn right at crossroads signposted Whitestaunton, soon after the dual carriageway at Marsh. Continue for ½ mile, Beetham Farm is on the left opposite Higher Beetham Farm.

From M5 North: Exit M5 at J25. Continue on A358 signposted Ilminster, Langport & Chard. At the first roundabout turn right and take the 3rd exit onto A303 signposted Exeter, Honiton & Marsh. Continue for 5 miles and about ½ mile after the speed camera at the Eagle Tavern, turn left at crossroads signposted Crickleaze & Whitestaunton. Continue for ½ mile, Beetham Farm is on the left opposite Higher Beetham Farm.

The nearest train stations are Taunton (Paddington line), Honiton (Waterloo Line) and Crewkerne (Waterloo line).

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