Before Christmas, I was trawling through Canopy and Stars looking for somewhere where Paul and I could maybe go for a late January weekend getaway and came across the Dimpsey Shepherds Hut in Somerset. We loved the look of it and so with Christmas and moving in with Paul’s parents out of the way and being back at work a couple of weeks, we decided to book it for the last weekend in January.
We set off on Friday morning and since check in wasn’t until 3pm, we popped into Axminster for a late lunch at one of the River Cottage canteen and delis. When we got over to the farm where the Shepherds Hut is situated, I couldn’t wait to get inside and have a look around! Once we got there, homemade cake was waiting for us along with all the supplies to make tea and hot chocolate, a big thumbs up from me! ;-)
The hut is beautiful and the attention to detail is amazing. The way the space works with the hidden storage, the bed that folds down and all of the decor makes the hut a lovely place to spend a weekend. Emma and Andrew have also thought of everything: books, games, trendy magazines and even an adult colouring book to keep you occupied if it took your fancy. All of the homeware in the hut was either locally sourced, made in England or vintage, which I thought was a nice touch.
When you look out of the window, you are met with beautiful rolling countryside as well as the farm’s chickens and resident goose George. When we woke up on Saturday morning we also had the company of a herd of black sheep, two of which naughtily escaped their enclosure and were munching on the lawn around the hut!
We were quite lucky with the weather on Saturday, but the rain and wind howled on Friday night, meaning we were pretty cosy with our wood burning stove and dinner indoors. We decided to buy supplies from the nearby farm shop and have a night in making the most of the hut and our tranquil surroundings.
We had a chat with the lovely owner Emma when she came round to give us our basket of local breakfast things for the next day, who told us a bit about the hut and the area and the fact that in Somerset, the word ‘dimspey’ means the time in the evening just before dusk. She also told us of the plans they have for the hut in the summer, which we would very much like to come back and check out!
Thanks for a lovely weekend away Dimspey and we hope we will be back soon!