Slightly different to the usual designs featured in this section, Dimpsey is a five-star luxury retreat and is described as an “all-in experience helping busy people to get some quality time together”. The glamping-style hut aims to leave its guests feeling “rejuvenated, relaxed and reconnected”.
The unique concept is run by couple Emma and Andrew Warren and is located on their small farm – shared with cows, sheep, a few chickens and a goose named George – on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. It has been the winner of the Small Business Sunday award as well as picking up gold in the Glamping Business of the Year category at the Tourism Awards for Bath, Bristol and Somerset towards the end of 2016.
Speaking about the the concept, Emma comments: “The idea of the glamping experience is to chill out and reconnect with each other, and we have geared everything around making that happen – so from relaxing music to snuggly beds, hearing the owls hoot at night and watching the animals during the day, we’ve totally got chill out covered.”
The 18-foot long hut features a double bed, seating, kitchen area and a bathroom with a shower and flushing toilet. Designed and kitted out to feel like a luxury hotel, Emma and Andrew have ensured that all of its styles are from British designers. Other features include a hot tub, garden oven, logs for the log burner and fire pit, as well as welcome tray and eggs, bacon, butter, milk and bread for breakfast.
Despite its relatively small appearance, the owners of Dimpsey say that it always surprises people with the spaces that it offers. “We wanted the ability to have bunk beds with the top bed folding away and being unobtrusive when not in use – as well as a concealed ladder,” says Emma. The top bed fits perfectly against the wall when not in use and the ladder can be tucked away in a wall slot.
Meanwhile, the bottom bunk is a daybed and has space underneath for storage baskets, while a number of cubby holes are recessed into the wall with power sockets hidden in them. Also featured is a ‘wall bed’, which folds down out of the wall fully made. During the day the space is a bench and tables and then at night the table drops and the bed folds down.