Dimmet in Devon – The perfect seaside staycation

Sorry for the silence on here but I’ve taken a little break. May was not my easiest month, I was unwell, had to have an operation, and then lots of bad news arrived all at once.

I’m a firm believer in knowing when your body and mind need a rest,  realising you have to start saying ‘no’ to some things and trying not to feel guilty when you take that time.

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When I’m feeling low, my favourite place in the world is home: Devon. I grew up in Plymouth but love to explore the coast all over the area, there is something so calming and healing about the sea.

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And one of my favourite memories is walking along a beach at the end of the day, at half-light when the sun is warm but shadows are beginning to appear on the sand… the Devonshire name for this time of day? Dimmet

And that’s where I went…

Dimmet is a small bungalow by the sea fashioned with 1970s décor and furnishings.

The two-bedroom home was designed by Marina Morris and owner Emma Warren, who have both poured love, nostalgia and impeccable attention to detail into the place. It sits in North Devon, close to the village of Braunton and a stone’s throw away from beautiful natural beaches like Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Dimmet in Devon - The perfect seaside staycation | Criddle Me This

Dimmet in Devon - The perfect seaside staycation | Criddle Me This

The bungalow has bright Coloroll wallpaper, with vivid 70s patterns. There’s also classic kitchenware and furry shag rugs, as well as retro records, books and magazines to enjoy. I visited with my parents who said the place brought back so many fond childhood memories.

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And those were such simpler times, summer holidays in the UK spent building sand castles, collecting shells and eating fish and chips on the beach. When home, you’d gather round a log fire and play your favourite records while fighting with your family about who gets to be the banker in Monopoly.

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Although Dimmet was delightfully Seventies, all the essential amenities were new. The modern bathroom, shower, cooker, TV and wireless Dyson hoover mean that you have all the comfort and luxury of 2018, while revelling in the retro atmosphere.

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Apart from this old-school hairdryer!

And PLEASE let me devote a few words to the beds at Dimmet. Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve never slept better in my life. Their organic mattresses handmade in Devon by a local company called Naturalmat – honestly, the dreamiest of sleeps.

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Emma makes every effort to turn Dimmet into a home away from home. The thorough Welcome Pack made sure we located the bungalow and let ourselves in without any trouble. We were welcomed with a basket with local food – crisps, eggs and cake – waiting on the table when we arrived and there was a recommended list of beaches, restaurants and pubs to visit nearby.

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The top eating spots include The Quay, Damien Hirst’s Ilfracombe bar and restaurant, just 15 minutes’ drive away, and Stoned, a pizza place with a wood-fired oven.  But, for the ultimate seaside experience, we went to Squires fish bar in Braunton for a mega portion of fresh fish and chips – it was delicious.

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During our stay, we took advantage of the fresh air and scenery. The closest beach, Saunton Sands is only a 5 minute drive away from Dimmet. (I’d recommend taking a car, as you can make the most of the countryside surrounding the area.) The beach is a three-mile long stretch of sand and sea, with cute colourful beach huts dotted on the side. You can also walk the South West Coast Path, cycle along the Tarka Trail nearby.

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I’d definitely recommend Dimmet for a staycation. We had the best time listening to old vinyls, eating fish and chips and going for long walks. If you need a little break by the sea, Devon is your place.

Prices at Dimmet start at £525 per week for up to four people including breakfast for the first night, starter pack of logs for the log burner and some extra treats!

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We were guests at Dimmet for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own

41 thoughts on “Dimmet in Devon – The perfect seaside staycation

  1. The beach is hands down one of the best places to be. I love the beach! I’m 20 minutes from one of the many beautiful beaches in Florida but I don’t go as often as I like. I love your photos. And I hope your health is much better now.

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  2. Very cool retro style home! I can see how it would help to make one feel better. There’s nothing like being home when you don’t feel well. Hope you are back on your feet soon. In the meantime, keep enjoying this fantastic place!

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  3. I am in love with those little beach huts! Here in Florida I am surrounded by beaches. There are 6 within a 10-30 minute drive from me and none of them have beach huts… These would be a beautiful addition to add to them! I love walking along the water listening to the waves break on shore. It’s so calming and relaxing. Loved all your pictures, makes me wish I was there!

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  4. London is my happy place. But, I’ve been obsessed with Devonshire because of clotted cream. I love the history, the beaches, everything, but it’s the cream and scones that make me really want to visit. Don’t judge me, lol. I actually plan to visit on my next trip to the UK just for the cream. Right now, I’m sufficing with an imported cream in my local grocery. But, I’d like to settle the debate in my mind on who has the best cream Devon or Cornwall.

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  5. Wow! It looks so nice and homey here. And I love the beach scene. So peaceful. I don’t like crowded beaches so this is already nice for me 😀

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