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Prattshayes Farm, Maer Lane, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon
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Prattshayes Farm, Maer Lane, Littleham, Exmouth, DevonThe National Trust didn't make a big song and dance about this site until recently when regulars put the word out about their top camping snug in Exmouth s locale, and its sudden popularity nudged the Trust into sprucing up this old favourite.

The long, stone farmhouse and small adjoining field were bequeathed to the Trust in the eighties, but Prattshayes has been operating as a campsite for twice as long. Although you can expect a fair few caravans here, don't be put off; at most there's a 50/50 split between vans and tents.

To maximise privacy, campers aim for the corners of the square-shaped field. The farmhouse borders one side, while the other three are flanked by views of hills, and Exmouth's family-friendly beach - Britain's first ever seaside resort - is a 30-minute stroll along a coastal path. Families are the campsite's target market, too.Young arrivals throw themselves on to the plastic garden toys as their parents hammer in pegs. And after a day of beachcombing, communal games spring into gear. Then, as the moon rises, you might hear a guitar or king whistle serenading your nightcap.

Prattshayes Farm, Maer Lane, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon

COOL FACTOR A sheltered site by a lovely stretch of coast.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, dogs (breeds are vetted), big groups-yes. Groups of under-18s without adults - no.

ON SITE Thirty pitches; 20 electric hook-ups; 3 well-kept hot (although not very private) showers, loos, a baby-changing stand, and potties. Basic tuck shop. A covered veg prep area, sinks (no plugs), and recycling. Comfy bunkhouse (sleeping 14) for group hire. No campfires. BBQs fine (and free to borrow).

OFF SITE The coast awaits, with rock pools perfect for crabbing. From the docks catch a water ferry with Explorer Water Taxis (07970 918418) across the estuary to Dawlish Warren, a gorgeous nature reserve and beach (no dogs).

FOOD AND DRINK All palates are catered for in Exmouth. The chicest has to be Les Saveurs (01395 269459) tucked down a side street and offering cooking with French twists.

GETTING THERE Head to Exmouth on the A376. At the traffic lights go left, following signs to Littleham. Turn right at the Clinton Arms (Maer Lane), the site is ½ mile on the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train to Exeter then Exmouth, where bus no. 95 runs the 30-minute journey to Littleham village, alight at the Clinton Arms and walk for 10 minutes.

OPEN 1 April-31 October.

THE DAMAGE Adult Ј5-Ј6; child Ј2-Ј2.50. Hook-up £2.50.

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