Caundle Barn

Sherborne, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1963 251264

Drive through quiet hamlets and woodland to meet Sarah and Poppy the Jack Russell at this immaculate country B&B near Sherborne


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

Sarah’s love of her native West Country is infectious. You will taste it in breakfasts of local, seasonal produce, see it in the herbaceous borders and pristine lawn of the garden that runs down to the stream, and hear it as she chats about what to see in this beautiful part of Dorset.

Your bedroom is sunny and light, and as immaculate as the rest of the converted barn; there is a single room next door ideal for a child. Pad downstairs in the morning and pause at the huge picture windows to stroke Poppy, who’ll be rolling over for a belly rub.

The deeply rural setting is great for walks, and a 12-minute drive will bring you to Sherborne’s restaurants, independent shops and the Capability Brown gardens of the castle. Walk a couple of miles along the footpath to Stourton Caundle for a pint at the Trooper Inn. Head to The Ship Inn in West Stour for dinner (a 10-minute drive) and return to the comfortable drawing room – with a fire lit on cool evenings.

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We think you'll love

  • The light and space of the converted barn
  • Being the only guests, and getting to know Sarah and John
  • The peace and quiet of such a picturesque village, surrounded by country pubs with gourmet food
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You should know

  • There is no pub or shop in the village
  • The shower room is on the small side


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £60.
1 Double
From £80


Everything you could possibly ask for - beautiful bed linen, a DELICIOUS breakfast and the most warm and welcoming hosts. Our room was immaculate with gorgeous views over the fields. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Jess, Oxford

We do not usually write reviews but in the case of our stay at Caundle Barn it's a must. We didn't want to leave! Sarah and John are the lovliest of hosts. We were greated as old friends and made to feel so at home. We could not have been more confortable or happier. The bedroom was a perfect size with everything you need. Beautiful linen and exquisite touches. Delightful taste and attention to the smallest detail. Having the en suite bathroom gives total privacy. Breakfast was divine, fresh fruit, home made granola and anything you wish for! We will be back..and back..and back!

Giulia & luca, St moritz - switzerland

We have just spent three days in this delightful and peaceful home and Sarah and John couldn't have been more welcoming. The room was light and spacious with everything provided to a high standard. The delicious cooked breakfasts also included homemade muesli, jams and marmalade, fresh orange juice and fruit salad. There is plenty to see and do in the area and Sarah was helpful with suggestions of where to go and where to eat. We hope very much to return

Mike & jane, Crowborough, east sussex

We came for a three night visit and wished we'd stayed longer. The hosts, Sarah and John, and home are welcoming and in beautiful surrounds. Our room is private and well appointed. The bed and linen are so comfortable. I slept an age the first night. The tiny village is so quaint and Sherborne is a 10 minute drive and a real treasure. Nothing is a trouble to sarah and John and they go out of their way to make sure you are at home in their home and you know the best places to visit. I hope we will be back.

Joy, Port stephens

We had a wonderful stay for 5 nights in this beautiful house. The room was light and immaculate, breakfasts were delicious and we were made to feel so welcome. Poppy is adorable and John and Sarah delightful hosts. We would thoroughly recommend this lovely home.

Anne, Beaconsfield

Sarah and John are the most welcoming couple you could wish to meet. Their home is a delightful luxurious old barm with every comfort for your stay. We were made welcome as soon as we arrived with tea and homemade cake served in their very pretty garden. Poppy and friend soon got to know us with a wag of the tail and a paw up for a stroke. Breakfast is exactly what you hope for, fresh fruit salad, yogurt all types of cereals full English, finish with toast and homemade jam. The area is full of history, fantastic scenery, love,y people all in all a lovely three days. Thank you both.

Chris and gill, Nutley east sussex

Sarah and John are the epitome of welcoming hosts and from the moment you walk in Caundle Barn provides a beautiful and relaxing environment. The breakfasts encompass everything from healthy options of granola, fresh fruits, yoghurt to a downright gluttonous full English accompanied by toast, croissants marmalade, jam and lashings of tea and freshly brewed coffee. The bedroom is bright, spacious, warm and luxurious with beautiful crisp bedlinens and a fabulously comfy bed. Overall we couldn’t have wanted for a better place to stay, or a warmer welcome - especially from the lovely Poppy!

Laura, Lorca

We stayed at Caundle Barn for two nights in late September. We received a very warm welcome from Sarah, John and Poppy, their delightful Jack Russell. The B&B is in a beautifully converted barn with a peaceful and pretty garden in the sleepy village of Purse Caundle. We slept very well in our beamed bedroom with its small but efficient shower room. Sarah cooked us really delicious breakfasts in the large family kitchen and booked tables for us at local pubs with excellent meals. Sherborne is close by with its interesting castle and abbey. We are looking forward to another visit.

Marion, Woking

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend stay here with Sarah and John (and Poppy!), we were welcomed into their home, and looked after very well. We had a lovely ensuite room and had an amazing breakfast in the morning as well (fruit, yoghurt, cooked breakfast, croissant, toast, juice, tea), and use of their living room. Sarah and John were extremely helpful with places to eat and visit, and Sarah even booked a table for us for our first night. A truly wonderful place to come and stay and relax and in a lovely location too and we'd love to come back!

Amy, Reading

We had a very lovely stay in Caundle Barn. Sarah is a warm and welcome and the barn is comfortable. The room and bathroom are immaculate and the beds are perfect! We even had a hot water bottle to warm our feet! Breakfast was delicious with fresh fruits and home made jam. We would certainly recommend this B&B!

Ellen, Wassenaar

Only wish our stay had been longer. Delightful.

Philip, Aiken

A lovely B&B, with relaxing décor and friendly and informative hosts. A most enjoyable weekend.

Deborah, Portscatho, truro

Very quiet and lovely rural location. Fabulous accommodation, good breakfast, Very friendly owners and would definitely recommend staying there if you are visiting that area of Dorset. we will definitively make a return visit.

Liz, Basingstoke

An absolute gem! I felt so very welcome, relaxed and comfortable in the Howes stunning barn. The en suite double bedroom is perfect and immaculate, as is their garden with uninterrupted views across the fields. Following a most wonderful nights sleep, breakfast was a truly delicious feast: all that you would hope for and more from a talented Cordon Bleu cook! Thank you both for sharing your home and I will be back soonest.


A charming B&B and equally charming hosts. We were made very welcome and felt thoroughly at home. Poppy the jack Russell was a delight. All in all a perfect place to unwind. Highly recommended.


A delightful home, and Sarah and John were warm and generously welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and I would have liked to have taken Poppy home with me!


We were warmly welcomed by Sarah and John Howes who immediately made us feel relaxed and refreshed over a delicious afternoon tea in their beautiful garden. Our room was light, immaculately clean with a most comfortable bed. A very good night's sleep was folloed by a fantastic breakfast with more than enough choice all presented to the highest standard. We would certainly recommend this outstanding b&b. Given the opportunity we would certainly stay again. Thank you to Sarah,John and Poppy for a most memorable visit.


We broke our journey to Devon with a most delightful stay at Sarah's immaculate house. Our light filled bedroom was charming and cosy, with luxurious pillows & duvet to ensure the best of sleep. Breakfast the following morning was delicious and it was hard to tear ourselves away. Thoroughly recommended.


We enjoyed a relaxed and tasty breakfast and were very sorry we were not staying longer. It was a really great start to our holiday!


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The neighbourhood

Purse Caundle is a tiny village built around a beautiful manor house old enough to be referenced in the Domesday Book. There's a church, three working farms, a handful of cottages and little else - not even streetlights - meaning it's free of both noise and light pollution. The trails that crisscross the countryside through the Blackmoor Vale are less for big hikes and more for slow rambles. As well as Sherborne, there are many villages around with great pubs, and Sarah can give you routes and recommendations to her favourites and the area’s many gardens, castles and historic houses.

Local points of interest from Sarah Howes

  • Explore Sherborne with its Castles, Abbey, Almshouse,Restaurants, cafés and independent shops.
  • Visit the Historic houses & gardens of Stourhead, Mapperton, Minterne and Kingston Lacy
  • Walk or bicycle and discover the Blackmore Vale
  • Walk across footpaths to Stourton Caundle, for a pint at the Trooper Inn
  • visit Hauser & Wirth, Bruton and its world-class gallery of modern and contemporary art, garden designed by Piet Oudolf and the Roth Bar & Grill
  • Enjoy supper at one of the many Gastro pubs


Sarah Howes

Sarah was brought up in Devon and her heart has always been in the West Country. In 2012, she, husband John and Poppy the dog finally moved back and opened up their new home as a B&B. A career in catering and events, stretching from chalet work in the Alps to large-scale banking functions, has given Sarah all the experience she needs to make every detail of your stay, especially your meals, absolute perfection. Her love of the outdoors has not only taken her down all the footpaths and cycling routes of the lovely countryside, but also into the garden, which is blooming with herbs and roses.