Stay in Retro Style at Devon’s Surfers’ Paradise
Ercol and Schreiber furniture, original Coloroll wallpaper, Hornsea pottery, and a host of authentic Seventies memorabilia await at a new holiday rental moments from some of Britain’s best surf beaches.
Dimmet, formerly a family holiday bungalow, overlooking the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows nature reserve on the north Devon coast, is a retro gem for anyone who wants to unwind while rewinding to the Seventies.
Sleeping four, Dimmet is being launched this autumn by Somerset farmers Emma and Andrew Warren, who run award-winning vintage-inspired Somerset shepherd hut holidays at Dimpsey Glamping.
Impeccable period décor has been recreated at Dimmet with the help of film set decorator, Marina Morris, who has worked on movies such as Star Wars and Tamara Drewe.
Now guests can chill out on classic peacock chairs or authentic orange leather sofas in their own vintage bolthole to the sounds of Abba and Fleetwood Mac (on vinyl, of course), relax with a box set of DVDs such as American cop show, Starsky and Hutch, and British TV’s The Good Life or Follyfoot, and even slip into costume with a wardrobe of psychedelic mini-dresses, crochet tops and flares.
The Seventies experience doesn’t mean compromising on comfort. Dimmet offers ‘an old-fashioned but luxury holiday,’ says Emma who supplies fresh eggs, steaks and homemade burgers from their farm in Somerset (or try the recipe books by Marguerite Patten, the Mary Berry of the day). The Warrens ensured Dimmet has all mod cons, too, from organic mattresses handmade in Devon by Naturalmat and a modern woodburner in the sitting room to Rangemaster cooker and Dualit appliances in the kitchen.
The spectacular surrounding area offers surf at nearby Croyde Bay and three-mile each at Saunton Sands, walking the South West Coast Path, cycling the Tarka Trail, exploring pretty villages and market towns such as Bideford or enjoying the vibe at The Quay, Damien Hirst’s Ilfracombe bar and restaurant, just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Dimmet, Devon www.dimmet.co.uk can be booked direct or through Sawday’s and Cool Stays. From £450 for a three-night weekend break or from £875 pw.
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THE DIMPSEY AND DIMMET STORY
Dimpsey and Dimmet are owned by ex-management accountant, Emma Warren, and her engineer husband, Andrew Warren, who swapped Cambridge for Somerset in the late-Nineties. They live with their two sons on a small farm in the beautiful, little known, Blackdown Hills where they keep Dexter cattle, Tamworth pigs and an assortment of chickens,ducks, geese and dogs.
Inspired after taking a yurt holiday in Wales, they approached local shepherd hut company, Blackdown Shepherd Huts, to design a hut with creature comforts in mind. In 2015, the Warrens launched Dimpsey Glamping. Dimpsey is local dialect for dusk. The bespoke hut, on a quiet corner of their smallholding, exemplifies vintage-style cosiness and comes with extra treats such as an outdoor kitchen with wood-fired oven and a Swedish wood-fired hot tub for starlit bathing.
Despite Emma’s admission that launching was ‘really nerve-wracking’, devotion to guest comfort and extras such as fresh eggs and options to order their beef and pork meant that in just one year, the Warrens achieved South West Tourism’s Silver Award for Glamping Business of the Year, Visit England’s Gold rating, and is a top booking destination on websites such as Canopy and Stars
The Warrens were keen to emulate Dimpsey’s success, thinking up new ways to enhance guest experience and make their UK-based holidays fabulous. In 2017 they are launching Dimmet (which means the same as Dimpsey, in Devon dialect), a Seventies bungalow in the surfers’ paradise of Braunton on the north Devon coast. Carefully sourced vintage furnishings and accessories will reflect the era of the house and offer an unusual holiday for multi-generational parties who want to share a little retro fun or young couples keen to inject some glam rock or Simon and Garfunkel into an evening after a day’s surfing.