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The Homestead Camping Site

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  • Peaceful and back to basics retreat in a scenic rural setting
  • A mile from Sturminster Newton and 30 minutes' drive from Dorchester
  • Walking paths from the site and soft play within five minutes' walk

If you like your Dorset camping home to be remote, rural and mighty peaceful – but within easy reach of beaches, towns and miles of countryside rambles, The Homestead Camping Site is the one for you.

Just pitch up and camp here on a wide open grassy field, on a back to basics site in quiet green countryside where you and yours can make your own amusement in these roomy surroundings: a bug hunting or nature spotting expedition, perhaps... a wander into the Blackmore Vale (with dog, is poss) using one of the several paths leading direct from the site... or a long lazy evening by the barbecue coals idly plotting what you might fancy doing around Dorset the following day.

Which is rather a lot. The Homestead's setting just outside Sturminster Newton is half an hour's drive from the splendid old city of Dorchester (yes, Thomas Hardy land), 20 minutes from Shaftesbury (that of the high hill) and 40 from the sandy beach and world-famed harbour at Poole. On days you don't want to stir even that far, a soft play centre is five minutes' walk away to get the tiddlers tuckered out at – all the better for the grownups' long lazy evening by the barbecue coals later.

Shops, pubs and a Monday market are all at Strewminster Newton, a mile away.

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Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access



Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Small (11-25 sites)


Hikers’ paradise


Remote location

Spectacular scenery


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  • The Homestead, Hole House Lane, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England, DT10 2AA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9159°N 2.3161°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Train stations
Templecombe Rail Station — 7.4 miles
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 8.4 miles
Sherborne Rail Station — 8.8 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 20.1 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 20.2 miles
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 22.0 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 23.2 miles


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Those of a certain age might like a trot along to Shaftesbury and Gold Hill, the setting for Ridley Scott's Hovis ad where the knackered bakery boy pushes his bike all the way up the slope to then whizz delightedly down. Also in Shaftesbury are splendid views of the Blackmore Vale (yes, from the top of the hill) and the  Gold Hill Museum – yes, also at the top of that hill...

Literary types and Thomas Hardy fans must surely visit Dorchester to see his former home Max Gate; it's well worth a day in town after that to potter around its museums including the Roman Town House, Dorset County Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition and – if your offspring are now revolting – the dinosaur museum and the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum,

For family days, Longleat and Monkey World are within 40 and 45 minutes, Lulworth Cove and Swanage within 40, and the New Forest within an hour. And travellers of an especially immature disposition (hurrah) should also enjoy a chuckle at the giant naked chalk man of Cerne Abbas, 25 minutes' drive from The Homestead.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (13.2 miles)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (13.2 miles)
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (13.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (13.1 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (13.3 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • Does The Homestead Camping Site have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Homestead Camping Site dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Homestead Camping Site? Those of a certain age might like a trot along to Shaftesbury and Gold Hill, the setting for Ridley Scott's Hovis ad where the knackered bakery boy pushes his bike all the ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Homestead Camping Site?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  5 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Bookings must not be for more than 3 consecutive nights.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.