If its good enough for Chatsworth House …………..

Posted on March 30, 2013 by Comments Off on If its good enough for Chatsworth House …………..

We have had another very busy week at The Meadows.  We missed out on the snow, thank goodness, and whilst it has been cold, there has been a lot of lovely sunshine.  It seems only right to work outdoors on the sunny days and our site foreman agrees.Site Foreman

For those familiar with the site, how it was when we purchased, the natural look had been taken to the extreme.  The site had gotten a little wild, and some of the natural features like the stream were hidden away.

Taking out brambles, is hard work, but we are nearly there.  John has dug a few trenches this week to help with drainage, and these have been filled with pea gravel and should we get any rain :), the rainwater will go off in to the stream, and flow away to the sea, via the Little Winnick River.

Before....

Before…….

Post brambles & new steps

Post brambles & steps waiting for railings…..

Clearing the site as much as we have has been a huge task, but now we can start putting back, and making everywhere look good. The old tractor tyre, mangle and granite roller, harbour railings which we saved, have all been moved in to their positions ready. We can now start finishing off jobs such as the new steps, rockery, and laundry area and making them look nice.

Some more big work is set to commence next week, and involves a large flattening roller, and “grass protecta”.  We are so very keen to keep the natural look here at The Meadows and so we have spent a lot of time researching how to achieve this, whilst also ensuring “happy campers” in the event of not the kindest of weather.  “Grass Protecta” as recently installed at Chatsworth House seems to provide us with the ideal solution.  This needs to go down now, and so it is all systems go.  Grass Protecta is a form of heavy duty green plastic mesh, and can take a lot of weight on it.  Once down the grass goes through the mesh, and so will become invisible, but will provide hard standing and the site will stay Meadow like, and green.

We are taking delivery of 800 square metres, so we shall be eating lots of Easter Eggs this weekend, to build up our muscles, for rolling the grass first to get it flat, and then for the laying.  With the spring sunshine, and fast growing time of year, you will need to be quick to even know it is there, and not just grass.

Now the brambles are clear, we have identified a new pitching area by the stream.  With this in mind, and knowing how lots of campers like their comforts we have an extra Ehu box on order to be fitted in a week or so to provide four lovely pitches all with Ehu.

Another job for this week, is the relaying of the road way.  This won’t be green, but it is a road and roads are not usually green.

We are very disappointed at having to turn away Easter Campers, and please do come and stay with us when we open in May.  You can either enquire here or telephone Lynn or John 01726 844383/07712599745. The Meadows welcomes motor homes, caravans and tents of all shapes and sizes at our small, dog friendly park in the Pentewan Valley.  We are very close to the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, Fowey, Mevaggisey and lots of other popular Cornish attractions.  We look forward to welcoming you this season.

The sign is up………………

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Comments Off on The sign is up………………

imageWell, it really is now “ours”, and our stamp is going on.

This weekend has been very exciting as our sign has gone up, and so we are here to stay and will soon be open for business.

Our sign is very special, as like our website, the graphics were designed by Jake who is our nephew, a very creative young man.  The sign itself was made by our very good friend Mark, who John and I both went to school with, and who is a sign expert.  Mark’s partner Gayle did the painting for the sign, and our brother in law Steve did all of the steel work. John and Mark’s muscles “popped” the post in and hung the sign, which was quite a job, but a job  very well done.

The post is quite a substantial one, and we think the sign is quite funky and bright and cheerful, and we hope eye catching!!!!  It took some getting in and it is certainly not going any where with the 15 bags of post mix, and hard core that went down the very large hole.

This week we have lots of jobs planned, mainlyimage outside as the forecast is dry.  By the weekend hopefully we will have some good pictures to post with the week’s achievements!

Bernard (the previous owner) left a couple of old tractor tyres, and so one of those came in handy, as a planter with lovely plants from Pentewan Nurseries who are our very good neighbours.

Hopefully, all the motor homes, caravans, walkers and cyclists with tents on their backs, will not miss our lovely site in the Pentewan Valley, and this will entice you all 🙂 to come and stay.

Please do come and stay at The Meadows dog friendly touring park close to St Austell this season You will be very well placed for exploring this lovely part of South Cornwall, whilst may be visiting the Eden Project (fab), Heligan Gardens (superb), or Mevagissey (beautiful). You can either enquire here, or telephone Lynn, or John on 07712599745/01726 844383.  Booking can be made in advance, but we are also more than happy for you to just turn, up and we will always try and find you a good place to pitch.  You cannot be camping and caravanning, in the Pentewan/Mevagissey area as there is just so much to do.

More foodie research for our guests………..

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Comments Off on More foodie research for our guests………..

Our very good friends Andy & Steve Butcher from Norfolk have been staying in Fowey this week in a fab apartment. On our Sunday off we enjoyed coffee on their balcony with fabulous views over Fowey and Polruan, with the boats in the harbour.

What a view.........

What a view

To celebrate Andy’s birthday, our first meet up in Cornwall, and of course for research after coffee we headed off to Sam’s on the beach.  This is Andy’s favourite eating place, and for John and I it was our first visit but we have heard rave reviews. Sam’s sits right on Polkerris beach and so has the most wonderful sea views. The atmosphere is great, and it is clearly a very popular place and not surprisingly just for the view alone.

Perusing the menu......

Perusing the menu……….

www.samsfowey.co.uk/sams-on-the-beach/

We are all big fans of fish and seafood and there was an excellent choice.  We feasted on garlic pizza bread to start, followed by scallops, sardines, spaghetti, marinara, and seafood pizza. As it was fish seafood/fish all round, we enjoyed a bottle of the house white with our meal. All dishes were presented lovely, of a very generous size, and most of all they were absolutely delicious. Four clean plates, and an empty bottle :). Excellent value for such quality food, top service and a view you would find hard to beat. Highly recommended, and the only downside is that inside is not dog friendly, though in warmer weather there are lots of seats outside and which more or less touch the beach. For walkers, this place make a great lunch stop off if walking around to Polkerris from Fowey  along the south west coastal place.

John and I enjoy this sort of research, and we will have done lots more by the start of the season.  We will be very happy to guide you on great places to eat for foodies. Do come and stay with us this summer at The Meadows touring park in the Pentewn Valley, close to Mevagissey & St Austell. You can enquire here, or telephone 01726 844383/07712599745.  We cater for motor homes, caravans and tents of all shapes and sizes. You can either book in advance, or if you prefer to just turn up we will always try and find you a pitch.

Sundays were made for walking………………….& roast chicken

Posted on March 16, 2013 by Comments Off on Sundays were made for walking………………….& roast chicken

Camp Dog Harvey

I must be doing well in my role of Camp Dog/Security as I have been given yet another day off.

My owners have been wanting to walk around the beautiful Caerhays Estate since before they collected the keys, and today that is where we went.

Parking is great, right on the beach, and so we had a flask of coffee with a wonderful view of the beach and sea, and lots of four legged friends before setting off.

The walk started with a fairly steep climb, out of Caerhays, and as we set off we had views of the castle.  Oops, we realised the map had been left at home, though this was not a problem, as we joined the main South West Coastal path.  The coast path is always very well marked, and clear to follow.  I like the rugged coastal path, and so do my owners.  We passed some lovely coastal Caerhays Estate cottages, and lovely coves and I even got to do some rock climbing on the beach.

We followed the path all the way around to the gorgeous fishing village of Portloe.  We had a meander around Portloe and here there is the well known Lugger Hotel.  It also seems that lobster and crab are caught from Portloe, and my owners noticed that crab sandwiches were being served at the hotel. If I was not with my owners that day, they may have gone there for a pint & a crab sarnie 🙂  However, the Lugger Hotel is not dog friendly, and so we went to the local pub which was fine with me.  I should have guessed the pub would be called “The Ship”, and was Dog Friendly. Here my owners had a carvery which was what was being served, as it was Sunday.  Roast chicken, was not an option, but I was more than ok with the bits of beef and pork that I got in return for a hard week’s work.

As the map had been forgotten, then a circular walk was not really an option.  The view going the other direction is always different, as is the tide.  This really is lovely part of the coastal path, and the views out of Portloe were tremendous with the fishing boats and pretty coastal cottages.  Caerhays Estate is quite extensive and very well looked after.  The magnolias were a sight to see when we descended down the little lane back to the car park at the end of our walk.

Caerhays beach is very dog friendly, all year round and also very popular.  I had a good run on the beach to finish off my Sunday outing, and then it was back in the car to return home to The Meadows for a nap, after a fine walk.

This walk gets a score of 9 out of 10.  That is a very good score for a non circular walk, and is so because it was a beautiful walk.  Caerhays is very easy to get too, and is only about 10 minutes in the car from The Meadows, and is well worth the short drive.  You could easy spend the day there as the gardens are a delight at all times of the year – www.caerhays.co.uk

My owners have the map of this walk, back at Camp ;), and will be happy to show you the route, although it is a very easy one to follow.

Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows small, dog friendly touring park this season and enjoy this wonderful part of Southern Cornwall.  We cater for caravans, motor homes and tents of all shapes and sizes, and there is lots to do particularly for walkers and cyclists. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively, you can just turn up and we will endeavour to find you a pitch wherever possible.

 

Work continues, and all is looking good……………for May opening

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Comments Off on Work continues, and all is looking good……………for May opening
All you want after a hard day.......

All you want after a hard day’s work………………

Well, The Meadows team continue to be very busy, Camp Dog Harvey included getting ready for our first season.

First and foremost we would like to apologise to anyone who had hoped to visit us at Easter, or indeed in April.  Whilst we have made excellent progress, for saying we only “completed” on 31 January, with the best will in the world, we will not make an Easter opening and we are very disappointed, but we do have our guests in mind!!

 

For those of you who visited The Meadows touring park when it was owned by Bernard, you will more appreciate the task in hand!!! Now the site has been fully cleared, the important work such as plumbing, and electrics is taking place.

The tiling of the shower block is nearly complete, the steps rebuilt and we are in the process of erecting the “harbour” railings, new lighting, bits and bobs to make showering more pleasurable, and then the laundry fitments can go in.

John, is all set ready to go with the landscaping, but is still tackling our lovely hedge which has not been touched for years.  The cutting of the hedge is making the pitching area more spacious, and will ensure our campers no longer get lost in the wilderness just to plug in to the Ehu. The landscaping will include some of the best treasures gathered along the way of the site clearance.

We do not want to spoil the natural environment of The Meadows touring park, as this is what makes our site so special.  Whilst doing our work, we also want to be kind to the wildlife here, and we are trying very hard not to disturb them, as this is their home just as much as ours.

Camp Dog Harvey has been very busy supervising the work, and when not supervising, he is playing games with the pheasants, or sitting on the doorstep of his local waiting for it to open ;). (see pic above). Camp Dog did get out and about again last Sunday, and please keep an eye on his walking journal as he is keen to share his latest walk with you.

All three of us are really looking forward to opening in May and to welcoming guests to this fabulous area of Cornwall.  Some of our first guests are coming from New Zealand, and the New Zealanders really know how to camp, so we have to impress!!

It is at times like this when lists come in handy, and it is good to see works being ticked off, and the to do list getting shorter.  After clearing the site, we do get to see results for the work we are doing and the view out of our windows now we have actually taken residence in gets better and better. Who needs a kitchen, or carpets, when we have such a fantastic view ;).

Please do come and stay with us during our first season at our small, dog friendly touring park in  Sunny Southern Cornwall.  You will get a very welcome from us all, and you will be able to visit some wonderful places such as Mevagissey, Fowey, Charlestown, Heligan Gardens, Pentewan Sands, and the Eden Project. We are set up for motor homes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes.  You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John – 01726 844383/07712599745.  Alternatively, you can just “turn up” and we will always where possible find you a pitch. We look forward to welcoming you at The Meadows for our very first season.

 

Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Comments Off on Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

imageI, Harvey/Camp Dog am still with my owners in our temporary abode awaiting the installation of our kitchen and bathroom.

We are staying in the lovely harbour town of Mevagissey and so have lots of lovely walks direct from the door.  Our retreat is at the top of a very steep hill and so each walk finishes with a very big climb.

This walk was taken on a Sunday (our day off) and we joined the south west coast path in the harbour. We followed this passing through the picturesque Port Mellon, and the Rising Sun Inn although no pit stop there this time was it was before opening hours.  My owners are early risers!!

We then followed the coastal path round with a few climbs and descents down to Gorran Haven and past the chapel of St Just. I had a run here on the beach which was very quiet and the sun was shining. Gorran Haven is a very beautiful fishing village and I shall go back in the summer when the sea is a little warmer.

As it was nearly lunchtime we headed off through the lanes and along the “school path” up to Gorran Church Town, and the Barley Sheaf Pub for a snack. This is a very smart pub with good beer, treats for us dogs, and a nice log fire. The pub has lots of events of a music type and is very welcoming.

My owners seemed to enjoy their lunch of homemade soup, and smoked mackerel pâté.

We went a different way for part of the return over some grassy fields with one very steep descent. We then rejoined the coastal path and back in to Mevagissey, and the final climb back home.

There were lovely views of Gorran, Mevagissey, and Port Mellon along the way.

A good walk which I give a score of 8 out of 10. The walk has to be a full circular walk with no doubling up on the way back to get full marks.

My owners would be delighted to show you this walk on a map.  It would be possible to start this walk from The Meadows if you were feeling energetic. You would then pick up the coast path in Pentewan village.

Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows caravan and camping park this summer. We cater for caravans, motor homes tents of all sizes. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John – 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively just turn up and we will always find you a pitch if we can.

Signs of Spring are with us at The Meadows

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Comments Off on Signs of Spring are with us at The Meadows

Cornish pasty championship at EdenWe have been getting out and about looking for signs that Spring is well and truly on its way.

At Heligan Gardens early blooms have been the talk of the estate recently. Rhododendrons, snowdrops, camelias and daffs have all added colour to the gardens. Heligan Gardens are wonderful to visit at any time of the year.

On our Sunday off we went out walking with Camp Dog Harvey around the beautiful Caerhays Estate. The wonderful magnolia collection there was full of colour. We also saw periwinkles, red campion, snowdrops, daffodils, primroses, crocuses and new buds forming on the hydrangeas. Hellibores are also now having their final fling.

At the Eden Project, near to St Austell Spring talk is more along the lines of “Pasties” than “Pansies”. The World Pasty Championship 2013 has just taken place. You might be interested to note the following “pasty” facts:-

1. Cornwall produces around 170 million pasties per year. 120 million of these are the traditional variety.

2. Over 2000 people are directly employed in pasty production in Cornwall. If you take the whole supply chain in to account this rises to 13000 people.

3. Cornwall’s pasty producing business turnover is nearly 300 million per year.

4. At least £15 million is paid to Cornish farmers for the locally sourced pasty ingredients.

5. Pasty producers reinvest an estimated £70 million back in to the local economy.

We are very well placed here at The Meadows caravan and camping park in the Pentewan Valley for visiting the above attractions of Caerhays, Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. In the summer months these places will all be at their finest. At The Meadows touring park in the Pentewan Valley we cater for caravans, motor homes and tents.  You may prefer to book in advance, and if so please enquire here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745. Advance bookings are not always required and you can just “turn up” and where possible we will find you a pitch.

Camp Dog’s day off!!

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Comments Off on Camp Dog’s day off!!
Harvey

Harvey – Camp Dog

Camp dog has been given a day off from his main role………………..

I (Camp Dog Harvey) am making the most of a Sunday off and enjoying a walk with my owners.

In this beautiful part of Cornwall, we are spoilt for choice with walks, and we are all now getting used to the climbs once you get out of the sheltered Pentewan Valley setting.

For today’s walk, we set off from our new home The Meadows down the picturesque Pentewan Trail in to the Pentewan village itself. As it was a good sunny still day, we joined the well marked south west coastal path. The views out to sea were fabulous and also the sight of the fishing boats out there.  Provided I stay away from the cliff edge, coastal path walking is lead free for me and so I am happy.

The path is quite up and down in place, but with great views all the way to Mevagissey. It seems that there are seem good spots for fishing en route.

We arrived in Mevagissey in time for a lunchtime drink at The Ship Inn. Why are there so many pubs with the same name?! There is a new resident landlord and landlady and so my owners were sharing their new and exciting business stories with each other whilst I had a nap.

It was fairly quiet in Mevagissey itself and so we had a meander down the little lanes before heading back along the Pentewan Trail back to the Pentewan Valley.  This was an easier walk, well signed, and some lead free.

I give this walk 8 out of 10. If there had been any pheasants or squirrels to chase on the route back it would have been 9.

My owners have lots of walking books and maps and will be happy to show you this, and other circular walks in this very picturesque area of Cornwall, UK.  As I always join them on their walks then the pub lunch stop offs are Dog Friendly.

We hope you will come and stay with us at The Meadows touring park in the Pentewan Valley. Our friendly site welcomes motor homes, touring caravans and tents. We are well situated to enjoy Cornwall, and within walking distance of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Whilst advance booking is recommended we do cater for tourers turning up on spec and will always try and find a pitch for you if we can.  Please enquire here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383.”