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Old Cotmore Farm (Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon)
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Old Cotmore Farm (Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon)When Cornwall is too far, Dorset not far enough, and Somerset too 'inland', then Devon is the perfect West Country destination.To discover the county's true countryside charm and primeval serenity, it's better to journey as far south as possible. Feel all your cares evaporate along the scenic coastal road from Dartmouth all the way to Stokenham, home to Old Cotmore Farm, nuzzled between pretty Torcross and picture-postcard Kingsbridge.

The campsite's run by people who know how to enjoy the finer things in life, and extra touches encourage a comfy stay: spotless facilities, prudent and colourful planting, flat pitches with sweeping views, and an exhaustive choice of walking maps. Tent pitches can be found beyond a field dominated by caravans; three in the Vegetable Patch, and more in the field (above the house) that opens in August.

There's a beach for everyone on the doorstep: Beesands (sandy), Slapton Sands (shingle), Blackpool Sands (award-winning). Mill Bay (dog-friendly), and Pilchards Cove (naturist); and dinky eateries such as the Winking Prawn Beach Cafe at Salcombe - a must for its popcorn shrimp and creamy ice creams.


Old Cotmore Farm (Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon)


COOL FACTOR A glimpse into the 'real' rural Devon.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs - yes. Groups (even large family groups) - no.

ON SITE Thirty pitches (with hook-ups) in 'the Park' field, where you leave the car; 30 tent-only pitches in the upper field in August, 3 in the Vegetable Patch. A washing block in the Park has power showers (4W, 3M) and loos; 2 loos in the other field. Baby-changing space and a bathroom for the disabled; laundry; small shop; children's play area; games garage. Use of freezers. Quiet curfew 10pm. No campfires.

OFF SITE Salcombe's Island Cruising Club (01548 844300) offers sailing courses, water-skiing, and banana-boat rides.

FOOD AND DRINK Pre-order a luxury Shack Picnic (salmon and crab baguettes, oysters, prawns, strawberries and clotted cream) online from the famous Oyster Shack (www.oystershack.co.uk), a 30-minute drive west.

GETTING THERE Head to Stokenham (at the foot of the A379 between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge) then to Beesands village and after a mile you'll see signs to the farm.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Bus no. 93 runs between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge every half-hour, stopping at Stokenham.

OPEN Mid March-end October.

THE DAMAGE Tent/motorhome plus 2 adults £ 11- £ 19.



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