Stourton Caundle is a perfect, secluded base from which to explore Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire!
Our private CS Hideaway camping and caravan site is recommended by the Evening Standard: ’10 of Dorset’s best attractions and camping spots’. For glampers, we have a comfortable bell-tent for hire.

There are great walks from the Trooper (we have handouts for you to borrow). The BBC website has details of a walk along the River Stour by the house which Thomas Hardy once rented. And there’s plenty more to see out and about!

Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale and less than an hour’s drive from the spectacular Jurassic Coast, Stourton Caundle is a perfect, secluded base from which to explore Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire!

Our private CS Hideaway camping and caravan site, nestled in a small field to the rear of the pub, is recommended by the Evening Standard (April 2016): ’10 of Dorset’s best attractions and camping spots’.
For glampers, we have a comfortable bell-tent for hire.


There are many wonderful walks from the Trooper (and back to the Trooper!). We have hand-outs here with details of local circular walks for you to borrow.
The BBC website has details of a walk along the River Stour close to the house in Sturminster Newton which Thomas Hardy once rented.

And there’s plenty more to see out and about!

  • Exploring on Holiday

    Exploring on Holiday

    If on holiday here, you will find wonderful sandy beaches, cliff walks, secluded coves and bustling seaside towns in easy reach by car!
    The Dorset coastline has something for everyone - swimmers, shoppers, hikers, fossil-hunters, bird-watchers and of course it's also a great place to relax and unwind!
  • Over the Hills

    Over the Hills

    There are delights to explore in every direction.
    We're close to the Somerset border.
    An hour's drive north over the Mendip Hills is the beautiful Chew Valley Lake, with a host of bird life and a lovely cafe, the Salt & Malt, by the lake - with some friendly ducks!
  • Cheese, Caves & Goats

    Cheese, Caves & Goats

    Also an hour away, in the Mendip Hills, is Cheddar Gorge, with the renowned caves and cheese and, now, feral goats too.
    And of course plenty of rock-climbers!
    Though you can buy 'cheddar cheese' almost anywhere, real cheddar has a distinctive flavour and there are plenty of cheese shops in Cheddar!
  • Exploring Locally

    Exploring Locally

    The Blackmore Vale is Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of Little Dairies' in his 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' novel.
    Thomas Hardy lived in Sturminster Newton for nearly two years, when newly married to his first wife.
    Riverside Villa was their first home together and is still there now, as a private home.
    Hardy later described his time in Sturminster Newton, by the banks of the lovely River Stour, as 'idyllic' and amongst the happiest days of his life.
    There is a beautiful walk by the River Stour, close to Thomas Hardy's home, which you can be sure he has also enjoyed.
  • Market Towns

    Market Towns

    We're five miles from our local market town, Sturminster Newton, and the lovingly restored watermill on the River Stour.
    Once a major cattle market centre, the town hosts an annual cheese festival in September - with a variety of interesting stalls, as well as cheese!
    For shopping outings, and much more, there is the bigger market town of Sherborne, just over six miles to the west. There you can browse the pedestrianised 'Cheap Street', enjoying the boutiques, antique dealers, delicatessens and cafes.
    You can also visit Sherborne Abbey - and the castles!
  • Shaftsbury

    Shaftsbury

    Towards the Wiltshire border, is the historic Saxon town of Shaftesbury, perched on top of a hill overlooking the Blackmore Vale, with spectacular views over three counties and its picturesque cobbled street, 'Gold Hill'.
    The foundations of Shaftesbury Abbey can be visited in the peaceful walled garden with medieval orchard.
    It is said that the Abbey was founded by Alfred the Great as a nunnery for his daughter Aethelgifu, the first abbess - and the the first religious house solely for women. It is also said to be the last nunnery to close when Henry VII ordered the closure of religious houses.
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The Carriage Company – Stourton Caundle
Fully Licensed 5 seater vehicle
Tel: 07436 531 880

Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405
Email: enquiries@thetrooperinn.co.uk
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Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 7-11pm
Wednesday 7-11pm
Thursday 7-11pm
Friday 12-2pm, 6.30-11pm
Saturday 12-2pm, 7-11pm
Sunday 12-3pm, 7-11pm

Trooper Kitchen

Wednesdays One Pots 7-8.30pm
Thursdays Tapas 7-8.30pm
Fridays Fish & Chips 6.30-8pm

The Trooper Kitchen is now also open on Saturday evenings. Booking essential.

Camping

Our camping season starts around the 1st April and ends around the 30th September, depending on the weather.
Advance booking is advisable.

Tariffs:
£12.00 per night - unit & 2 persons
£2.00 per person per night thereafter
£3.00 electric per night
50p per dog per night