Work in progress at The Meadows

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Comments Off on Work in progress at The Meadows

Laundry facilities.....Well we have now been at The Meadows for two weeks. The time has flown by and “The Meadows Team” have been very busy indeed.

We are blessed with a very sheltered sunny flat site in the naturally picturesque Pentewan Valley. Now we need to give the site some care and attention and bring the existing facilities and natural features back to life and put our own stamp on to the touring site.

After four days of cutting back brambles and overgrown shrubs and bushes to expose hidden parts, we decided to give our hands a break from that project and start work on the shower block ready for the tiler, who is due to arrive next week.

The gutters and whole block have been cleared out, and 170 metres of floor and wall tiles are on order.

The block is made up of 6 separate shower cubicles, and the plumbing is being upgraded to ensure the constant fast flow of hot water.  We understand that good hot showers, and a smart shower block will make for happy campers, that, and the sun!!!

We will be including a new laundry area, and we hope you like the attached picture. The old mangle will be perfect for hanging our sign on, and it one of the treasures discovered when clearing the site.

The shower block is just one of our many projects prior to our touring park re-opening for the Cornwall holiday season.  We will be inviting our guests to enjoy the revamped shower block and to let us know what you think.

As we are due a sunny summer this year we recommend advance booking.  However we are happy for you to just turn up, on spec, and if we can we will fit you in. Make an enquiry here, or by telephoning Lynn or John on 01726 844383 or 07712599745. The Meadows touring park caters for motor homes, caravans and tents on our site in the Pentewan Valley, Cornwall. UK and being within walking distance of the fabulous Lost Gardens of Heligan.”

A sample of good pubs and eateries

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Comments Off on A sample of good pubs and eateries
The Fountain Inn

The Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

In the name of research for our guests, and as we are without a working kitchen until the new one arrives we have been eating out more than we would usually.

The nearest pub to The Meadows, is the characterful and friendly Ship Inn in Pentewan. We frequented here on “move in” day with our “helpers” and have been a few times since.  The team there are all very welcoming, and the food is all good, particular favourites being the ploughmans lunch, and homemade fish pie.  Camp Dog Harvey has also been made very welcome too.  The beer is good too, especially the pear cider.  Cannot wait for the spring to enjoy the beer garden, and view.  The walk down to the pub on the Pentewan Trail is a scenic and enjoyable one.

After a very busy first day clearing out in site we decided to treat ourselves to a fish and chip supper. We made a good choice with the Fountain Inn in Mevagissey.  This is very popular and the fish and chips were superb, and extremely good value.  Fish and chips must be their speciality as plate after plate were coming out of the kitchens.  We will definitely be returning to this pub at Mevagissey for more of the same.  The fish and chips can be enjoyed take away style too.

As the local Indian takeaway Spice Merchant in Mevagissey delivers to The Meadows site. We thought we would do a taste test for our guests.  The choice was good and the food was all very tasty, the service was a little bit slow, but we expect in the summer months there are far more hands on deck, and the owner was on his winter break when we visited.

Being keen walkers, and on our first Sunday off we went on foot to the very popular Polgooth Inn, in Polgooth. This was just under an hours walk mainly on footpaths and bridle ways with a little bit of a climb.  The climb was well worth it as it provided lovely views over Pentewan beach, and also the Pentewan Valley.  When we arrived Sunday lunch was being served which looked a very generous portion and was clearly very popular.  At this point we had a temporary abode and a joint to cook for the evening so we shared a plate of tapas. This idea was a good one, and we had olives, stuffed peppers, garlic mushrooms, calamari, and fries with aioli.

After being here only a couple of weeks we are delighted with the local pubs and the quality and choice of food.  It is a good job The Meadows Teams has lots of hard work to do to keep up our appetites.

Lynn and John will be happy to show you any of the walks mentioned above, and always have walking maps and books to hand. Please join us this Sumer at The Meadows touring park in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, Cornwall, UK.  We cater for motor homes, touring caravans and tents. Please enquire here, or telephone Lynn and John on 01726 844383. Whilst advance booking is recommended, if we can fit you in we will always do so.

 

 

Walking Around St Austell

Posted on February 10, 2013 by Comments Off on Walking Around St Austell

Camp Dog HarveyIt really is a Dogs life out there … (especially in Cornwall)

Well just in case you don’t already know, I am Harvey, also known as Camp Dog/Security.  On my days off I am getting out and about testing walking routes, and places to eat so that I can share this information with guests of The Meadows, touring caravan and camping park that I run with my owners.  In particular I will guide you on dog friendly places in this beautiful part of Cornwall in the UK.

I will also let you know what places my owners say are good to eat, and those are usually the ones where I don’t get any leftovers!

As I am very busy in the holiday season with my various roles around the camp site, I tend to do my proper walks at quieter times.

For all your readers out there, this latest walk is exploring the coast and countryside where Daphne du Marier got the inspiration for some of her books.  If you are not a Daphne du Marier fan already, then you may soon become one.

This particular walk started at the charming Readymoney Cove in Fowey, and this is also where we parked.  We went up Love Lane and in to the trees of Covington Woods (I love the woods). The route at this point is inland across farmers fields, and then through a tunnel which leads on to Menabilly House, although we continued along the fields and track to Tregaminion Farm.

At this point depending on the time of day, you can divert to visit the lovely dog friendly Rashleigh Inn at Polkerris. The pub has nice seats looking over to the beach of Polkerris, although the beach itself is not dog friendly in the summer months.  Sam’s On The Beach is also at Polkerris, again right on the beach, and gets rave reviews. If your owners want to take you to Sam’s then I suggest booking. The third option for your owners is The Lifeboat House Beach Shop which sells sandwiches, and the much loved Cornish pasties, which could be popped in the rucksack ready for lunchtime, snacks and dog nap time.

From Polkerris we took the South West Coastal Path, so lots of scamping over rugged cliffs.  This path is very clearly marked. You pass Gribbin Head and I found it a good walk of typical South West Coastal Path walking and then you arrive at Polridmouth.  There is a nice area for picnicking/dog napping if your owners went for food option three, being the takeaway Cornish pastie. Us dogs are welcomed on Polridmouth beach, if you fancy a stop off to rest your legs, paddle in the sea, or just take in the view.  It was this cove that was used by Daphne du Marier for the setting for the death of heroine Rebecca.

We all then continued on our walk along the coastal path, in steeply to Coombe Hawne, back in to Covington Woods, passing the Rashleigh Mausoleum.  You then arrive at St Catherines Castle and descend back down to Readymoney Cove.

I was doing this walk out of season, and before our guests arrive.  If you do this walk in Spring/Summer then you should meet the ice cream van on Readymoney Cove to finish off with a cornet.

secondmapMy owners John, and Lynn enjoyed this walk, and the refreshments along the way. They will be happy to show you this walk, on a map, or even draw a map for you.  Come and see Lynn and John at reception, or on duty around the site at The Meadows Touring Caravan and Camping Park in the Pentewan Valley, near to St Austell. Ideally you should book your stay in advance, although my owners will always endeavour to fit you in if they can. Please telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383/07712599745, or make an enquiry by submitting the form here.

The Meadows caters for motor homes, touring caravans and tents.

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting New Facilities

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Comments Off on Exciting New Facilities

The old owner (Bernard) departing The MeadowsFacilities At The Meadows

These are exciting times taking over The Meadows Touring Caravan and Camping site. We are going to give our visitors the existing facilities tweaked, and offer you so much more. This will all be without losing the character of this well known touring park between St Austell & Mevagissey, which is beautifully set within the Pentewan valley.

One of our new additions is to offer Fire Pits & BBQ’s to rent, these are a real part of the true camping experience. Our BBQs for hire will be better than the disposable BBQ for cooking. Also the good news is, we will clean them up for you, and send them out with what you need to light & cook with them.

We are planning a better reception area to welcome you on your arrival.  Incorporated within this area we will offer a few things for you on your stay. Firstly there will be a small shop selling local produce, our eggs and bits and bobs you may need.

We also plan to give you the option of home cooked food to your camping unit. This could be John’s breakfast Baguettes, or John’s dish of the day like Lasagne served with garlic bread & salad. Alternatively, join us on a small decked seating area  where you can enjoy your hearty breakfast, or dish of the day in the evening and share your day with fellow campers.

We will also have a place within our reception where you can come to find out information about this special area, such as attractions, places to eat, takeaway services to the site, walks and lots more.  Being big walkers ourselves, we will be very happy to share some circular walks we have tried and tested, and involving a good lunch stop off along the way.

Above all we want to ensure that we provide as many excellent facilities as possible so that you can just go about the business of enjoying yourselves because, you will have earned it.

As all of our changes take place we will keep you updated so watch this space, and we hope you like what you see ……

We would love you to come and enjoy these changes at The Meadows in the Pentewan valley, near to St Austell.  To arrange to visit with your motor home,  touring caravan or tent, then please give Lynn or John a call on 01726 844383/07712599745, or use the enquiry form here.

Finally, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

 

Dog Friendly Walks and Pubs

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Comments Off on Dog Friendly Walks and Pubs

Camp Dog HarveyWhen I am not on duty as Camp Dog/Security I will be out and about as my favourite pastime is walking with my owners.

The best walks we like are circular walks, taking in part of the Cornwall coast, and also the lovely countryside of Cornwall. Any walk usually also takes in a dog friendly pub, either at the middle, or end, or sometimes both!!

My first walk after collecting the keys to our new home, started off very excitingly. I got to ride on a ferry with my owners over from the beautiful town of Fowey across the Estuary to Polruan where the walk commenced.  This walk takes in the famous Hall Walk and gives fabulous views of the Estuary and Pont Pill Creek, passing through Pont itself.  The second part of the walk is open coastal cliffs.

Before setting off on the actual walk, we spent time exploring Polruan. This is a fine little Cornwall port full of character and little alleyways.  There is still a rich sense of the former sea dominated days

The first part of the walk, the well signed “Hall Walk” passes through peaceful countryside that was once owned by wealthy gentry. I am advised by my owners that it is called the Hall Walk as it was a walk between two ferry crossings allowing fantastic views of the Hall and Fowey. It was only walked by the owners and invited guests of the Hall after taking the ferry over from Fowey. Being a Royal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel I am sure I would have been eligible to have walked it then, but I am not sure the same could be said for my owners ;).

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A map of the walk, click to make larger

After passing through the countryside we came to a lovely little Cornish Creek called Pont .  It was then a crossover to the other side where we followed the other side of the Creek until we came out at Boddinick .  We were early birds on this day, and so whilst the Old Ferry Inn looked very good, it was not yet open.  This pub I am advised is dog friendly, and the human menu looked good, with lots of fish dishes. My owners informed me that there is another ferry going over to Fowey from here which takes cars over and people.

All along this part of the walk, we had fantastic views of Fowey, and the Pont Pill Creek.  It was amazing to see all of the mooring buoys, and I shall be returning in the summer to see the boats themselves.

After Boddinick it was back across the fields where I resisted chasing the sheep in the fields and back to Pont.  From Pont we walked over to the Church of St Winwaloe where Daphne du Maurier was married.  My owners had to explain to me who Daphne du Maurier was, as I do not get much time for reading due to my many important roles!!!

After the Church we joined the coastal path close to the Pencarrow Car Park, for the last leg of the walk back to Polruan.  I have to say that coastal walking is my second favourite, after chasing squirrels in woods so I was very happy with this.  This bit of the walk was part of the South West Coast Path and so was very well signed, and once again afforded wonderful views of Cornwall, with rugged cliffs.

The walk ended in Polruan, and we ended with quite a steep climb down, which I do not mind, as I like a climb, up or down.  Then my owners seemed to have a dilemma – where to go for lunch?!  Polruan had a choice of two character pubs, both dog friendly.  Fowey also had a good choice of dog friendly places to eat.  As my owners take a pack up for me, I did not mind as they all looked good.  In the end my owners opted for The Ship Inn in Fowey near to the Quay.  Seafood Chowder, for one, and Cornish Sardines for the other, which I am advised was delicious.  I was happy as there was a comfy carpet, a log fire, and my pack up had all of my favourite treats.

My mark for this walk is – 10 out of 10.

If you are unable to make head or tail out of my drawing, then my owners will be more than happy to set you on the right track for this walk.

So in case you didn’t know I am Harvey (The Camp Dog), and I live at The Meadow touring camping and caravan site, Pentewan.  My owners cater for motor homes, touring caravans and tents. So if you are looking for a delightful campsite in Cornwall for your next UK holiday……and to meet me (of course) then give my owners Lynn, or John a call on 01726 844383/07712599745 or use the enquiry form here.

Looking forward to meeting you – woof/wagging tail.