Back in time staycation: Dimmet in Devon offers quirky 1970s time travel holiday

Devon has a new staycation experience, and it’s all based around the 1970s.

Dimmet in Devon has launched for 2017 as the perfect staycation for couples or family, taking you back to an age of fun and family time.

Dimmet is a unique 1970s style holiday home close to the large village of Braunton (recently voted in the top 40 British beaches) and the award-winning beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Owned by Andrew & Emma Warren (Emma also runs the award-winning Dimpsey shepherd’s hut on their farm in Somerset), Dimmet has had a total 70s style refurbishment and combines the best of the old with the best of the new.

Emma explains how Dimmet came about: ‘Dimmet has been in Andrew’s family for years and when we took it on we wanted to retain its quirky seventies appeal. Andrew spent many happy family holidays there with his family in the 1970’s and we’re both big on nostalgia.  So we felt a dimnetbit of old-fashioned holidaying at the seaside is exactly what we needed in this modern world, so we’re celebrating the canvas windbreak and old-fashioned sun chairs, the quirkier the better.’

Emma set about creating an authentic 1970s interior for Dimmet. ‘Nearly all of the interior accessories are either vintage or local and what makes the Dimmet staycation extra special is the time travel element with its 70's experience. From vintage wallpaper to crockery and furniture, the vibe is all about bringing back on of the most loved, iconic decades.

‘You can just enjoy a luxury holiday as the beds and furniture have been chosen with comfort in mind.  However for the full 70s immersion, pineapple on sticks, Kiln Craft crockery, and flares are all obligatory at Dimmet! If dancing to ABBA, eating fondue and having your tea from a Teasmade are dimnet1your thing, then Dimmet is the perfect place to holiday.’

Dimmet’s design had the talented hand and inspiration of specialist designer Marina Morris, who has worked in the film industry as a set decorator on films and a stylist on television commercials.

Marina says: ‘Dimmet evolved from Emma asking me to help her refurbish their house in Braunton as a holiday let. Being the late’60’s/ ’70’s property that it is, we decided to pay homage to its origins and design the interior in a 60’s/70’s style and give it a funky Abigail’s Party look.

‘The idea was also to make staying there a little experience of the era, a time capsule where you could cook recipes from 70s cookbooks, serve it on 70s tableware, play 70s music on a record player, dry your hair under a 70s drier and dress up in fabulous retro clothes while watching all those classic 70’s films.’

dimnet2However, while much of the interior dressing is from the period, including the genuine 70’s wallpaper; extreme modern comfort has been afforded to all appliances, with new mattresses and bed linen, a new bathroom and kitchen and drapes - but all with a feel of the era.

Marina adds: ‘I used film contacts to source the wall coverings for Dimmet, and much of the dressing was found in online auctions, local auctions and charity shops as well as vintage shops.  

‘We think the mixture of genuine retro pieces together with the modern comforts and luxuries guests expect today combine to give a rather unique experience.’

Guests at Dimmet can enjoy all the facilities and local areas available to them. There is a beach kit, BBQ and garden equipment, all of which guests are welcome to use.

With British staycations on the rise as stress-free holidays for everyone, Dimmet adds that extra dimension of 70s fun.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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