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Visitor Reviews - The Trooper Inn

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The Trooper Inn
Stourton Caundle
Sturminster Newton
Dorset   (Browse area)
DT10 2JW   See Map
Tel: 01963 362405
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Pitches: 12
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 6 Reviews
                8/10 from 6 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up Area   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 No Shop   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Delboya 10 reviews from this member

Just had 5 nights at this little site. First the good points: It is set in an almost idyllic setting in a lovely village in a lovely area in Dorset, with plenty of things to see and do not too far away. There is a water tap by the first pitch, and (this must be a joke!) a plastic washing-up bowl attached by string to a stainless steel base unit – I assume this was the washing-up facility! The main facilities were at the back of the pub and although not new, were perfectly adequate for the size of the site and quite clean. One ‘undesignated’ toilet, one toilet designated ‘Ladies’, and a small communal bathroom with toilet, wash basin and electric shower. There were also waste emptying points (grey water, black water and refuse).

The pub is a lovely single-roomed country inn with a very limited food menu, but they do ‘specials’ which most people went for – One-pot surprise on Wednesday, Tapas on Thurs and fish & chips on Friday. These were served wrapped in paper just like you get them from the chippy – quite novel and excellent value at £7.

Now the negatives: All the facilities apart from the water (and washing-up facility!) were just behind the pub, which is around 100 meters from the camp site. After a while, this became a little impractical, especially on the one day when it rained for most of the day. The access into the site is a track which is part stone/gravel and part grass/mud, but the main issue is that there is a farm-type gate from the track to the road which does not stay open by itself – either has to be propped open with something or held by a second person.

Although not about the site per se, the pub does not open on Monday (quite common for country pubs), and does not open till 7. 00pm the rest of the week (6. 30 on Friday). If, like me, you like a pre-prandial pint or three, forget it or you have to drive elsewhere.

As has been said, approach the village via the A357 – it is well signposted.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pendywooley 10 reviews from this member

Good job I had read the reviews about access to the site as the other road in would be impossible. Signs to the site are reassuring after a long drive, maybe more needed.

Pitches on grass with nearby water tap, grass not cut, but that means no cuttings being walked in, but very wet shoes.

Didn't find a shower, toilets clean and adequate but poor flush. Seemed a long trek from pitch.

Dogs welcome in pub, didn't try any food as problems with kitchen re fit.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Samwillis 25 reviews from this member

Nice rural site on grass 100m behind the pub. Electricity on all pitches and fresh water tap next to the first pitch. CDP and hot showers, toilets at rear of pub. Nice pub serving good ales and food. We didn't eat but saw others having the fish & chips which looked good.

Warning about approaching the site : enter Staunton Caundle village from the A357 turning at the brown tourist sign 'the Trooper Inn', other routes into the village from the A30 are very narrow with little or no places to pass oncoming vehicles and some very low hanging branches.

We enjoyed our one day there and were able to get in at late notice (during August).

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Des8825 1 review from this member

This is a first class venue

We have stayed here twice this year already

We were fortunate enough to stay during the Trooper Inn Beer festival.

Take advantage of the Fish & Chip evening on Fridays - Excellent!

We hope to be visiting the Trooper Inn again in the near future as a stay here is highly recommended.

The owners are fantastic hosts and nothing was too much trouble!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mr Moss 1 review from this member

We spent August Bank Holiday in the campsite of this quiet friendly traditional pub in a tiny village in North Dorset.

The landlord is friendly, relaxed and easy-going. The facilities are good quality but there are no showers or washing-up sink (maybe some coming in 2011 though). There's lots of play things for the kids. Lots of public footpaths near by. Sea about half an hour away by car. We all would recommend if you want to avoid those huge packed sites. Worth just mentioning you need to park cars in parking spaces short stroll from field but can drive in to unload etc........!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: PipMoss 1 review from this member

We had a great stay here. The pub is small, very friendly and serves good food. The campsite just behind the pub is a small field but our group (3 family tents) fitted nicely! Few others were staying in the big field behind. There is no shower facilities (good pool though in Blanford Forum!) but the toilets are actually plush for a campsite because they are like a pub loo! The kids loved it as there is slide, playhouse etc. In garden. Some nosy hens too. Recommend if you want lovely country location away from the crowds and a nice pub right there! No shops in walking distance. We told the landlord a washing up sink would be useful. Excellent value and a really relaxed camping experience. The views are great and we even flew our kite in the big field at the back too.


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