Dimmet Devon – a Seventies throwback staycation
Think 70s style, think seaside. Gorgeous refurbished holiday bungalow, five mins drive from Saunton Sands and an easy walk into Braunton – Dimmet Devon is perfectly located for a family holiday, or retro weekend away for two.
We have historically ‘celebrated’ special birthdays – with staycation weekends away for Grandad’s 70th, and eldest’s 13th a well known forest water park staycation; so as our youngest approached teenagedom (is that a word?) he pestered us to book something SPECIAL too. Both kids love the water, so a trip to the seaside was proposed, and maybe some surfing lessons thrown in for good measure?
Croyde – that’s the place to learn surfing right? And Croyde is REALLY close to this amazing 70s style bungalow Dimmet Devon – so that’s totally win-win!
We traveled down from London, a fair old drive granted, but we had a clear run and listened to podcasts from Adam Buxton (something for all the family!) so we were there in no time, picking up some supplies from the Co-op, and takeaway Fish and Chips in Braunton, for our Friday night supper.
Arriving in the dark of the night, we let ourselves in to Dimmet Devon bungalow – Emma, the owner, talked us through the booking and collecting of keys – all very easy – and wow we were all skipping around in WONDER at this amazing place – It’s seriously incredible, the furnishing, decor and detail – all wonderful – as you can see from the photographs – That chaise longue in the window – we were squabbling about who was going to sit (lie) on that!
Good morning and I’ll have to be quick as it’s it’s A BIRTHDAY Morning here so we’re about to do the pressie-opening – Happy Birthday to my youngest… we had a fab weekend celebrating with a stay down at @dimmet_devon and surf lessons with @surfingcroydebay and today is all about (we shall ignore the interruption of school) cake and home made pizza – so let’s get unwrapping! . . #littlestoriesofmylife managed to squeeze some seventies annuals into shot… so worth a #sgiew_bookworm right?! #sgiew #seventiesstyle #seventies #interiordesign #momentsofmine #littlelifestories #theartofslowliving #theyearinbooks
The styling at the bungalow is incredible – Emma has thought of everything, from the crockery to the books and records on the shelf.
And there’s a GARDEN too so we picked some gorgeous Hydrangeas to attempt to style up the already super styled sitting room – honestly – it’s all just divine.
Surfing was also incredibly easy to book, we had a group lesson (two adults, three kids) and what a total revelation a wetsuit is!! Warm as toast in the September sea – I will admit to being totally rubbish (dodgy shoulder, no strength to pull myself up onto the board) but the boys LOVED it, and were mini-experts by lunch time…
The cafe at Lyndon Wake has an amazing view of the bay (see below), and after a quick toasted sandwich we were back in the sea with bodyboards (go on, I’ll admit that was MUCH more fun for me).
All in all, a fabulous weekend away – thank you Emma, for being a terrific host, (the bed was so comfy I can’t tell you!) and we’ll be back again in the summer, with more time to have ‘a bit of a do’ (one of the wardrobes has some fun 1970’s fashion for dressing up time too!) and to enjoy that wonderful garden as well as more time beside the seaside.
To book Dimmet Devon click here
To book Lyndon Wake Surf School click here
Read more about Emma and Andrew’s other holiday spot Dimpsey Shepherds Hut in Somerset, over on Beach Hut Cook’s blog here.