Posted on June 29, 2013
Walking around Black Head
Everything is good here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan. All of our campers seem happy ones, and our visitors certainly get out and about. The walking maps and books are getting well used, and we really enjoy suggesting walks to our guests of varying lengths and difficulty. The particular favourite walk at the moment is walking around Black Head, taking in Hallane Beach, and The Ship Inn in Pentewan itself. Most guests take the route that means The Ship is at the end of their walk, so that they have walked up a good thirst, as there are a few climbs en route, but well worth it.
This week has of course been Mevagissey Feast week and most of our guests have enjoyed at least one event. One of our guests has particularly enjoyed the singing on the jetty and around the harbour. On the opening day the procession and the fishy food were enjoyed by lots. With the bus stop just a few paces outside our gates, a lot of our guests have hopped on the bus avoiding the hassle of parking, as feast week has been very well supported, meaning parking space were hard to come by.
What a stylish tent
Being a none commercialised, individual site we find this has a big up side. We are getting to meet lots of different people, pitching up in many ways. This weekend we have several guests who have arrived under their own steam, and who get a discounted rate for doing so. We have all sorts of tents on site, in varying shapes and sizes, including our first VW Campervan tent. There are lots of “proper campers” in this weekend, making a camping weekend of the Eden Sessions. Our firepits and bbqs are proving very popular, and John has been very busy with breakfast baguettes.
This week Jessie a VW van and her friend popped in with some high school children on board for a pre-prom photo session. At the same time, we had quite a few campervans in from the Netherlands, Germany & Spain, and really enjoyed watching the marking of end of high school. It is nice to have such a mix of tents, motorhomes, campervans, and caravans. In this lovely dry weather vans are venturing right down to the bottom of the stream, pitching along side tents.
Our gorgeous Lottie
Our vintage van Lottie is attracting lots of attention especially from walkers along the Pentewan Valley Trail. Lottie does look really lovely now that she is all decked out and fits in very well here at The Meadows. As she was a late arrival, there is still a lot of availability for this season. If you should want to book either a weekly stay, or short/weekend break, then please contact us by email or telephone 01726 844383. Please also check out Lottie’s web page for more information, and pictures.
News from Camp Dog
I continue to be very busy, but for most of the time I am happy, even if I don’t look like I am.
Canine drinking station – drink responsibly!
Since we opened camp gates, I have saved my pocket money and this week purchased two nice bowls for my canine friends, and set up a drinking station. Can I please ask that all four legged guests remember to drink responsibly whilst on their holiday.
Some of my guests this week took the ferry over to Fowey from Mevagissey. This comes highly recommended, as both places are pretty with nice walks, and dog friendly places. As I will be working all season, I might not get to try it out so thank you to my trusty advisers.
I am pleased that this week, someone has taken my title off me for the loudest snorer at The Meadows. Not naming a name, but on two legs, and in a one man tent – you know who you are ;).
One of our secluded pitches
We will always try and fit you in if we can, however we are a fairly small site. John has made some fabulous “proper camping” pitches further down our field, and which are proving very popular. For advance bookings, we limit our numbers, but in dry periods additional “proper camping” pitches will be available so it is always worth giving us a try for last minute trips. You can contact us here, or by telephone on 01726 884383. We are great for Mevagissey and Pentewan Camping, and very close to the Eden Project. We are also within walking distance of Heligan Gardens, and on the national cycle route, with a bus stop outside the gate. What more could you want/need from a campsite?!
Posted on June 22, 2013
The Meadows Team all like to be busy, and busy we are.
Our booking line has been very hot especially since we were featured in the “Camping”, magazine and we are nearly full for the peak weeks of the summer holidays. This is for advance bookings, but when we know a “scorcher”, is on the cards, the dry weather dependent pitches become available. It is always worth giving us a call, if you are last minute campers, and we will try and find you a spot to pitch. We have put in our order for buckets full of sunshine for this season, and this is on its way.
Lottie set up & waiting for the sun to come out
Lottie is now on site, and has settled in very nicely, and welcomed her first guests this weekend. With everything set up for her guests, they were relaxing in the deck chairs within 5 minutes of arriving for their long weekend break. I have tried to think of everything cook wise, and for a fun break in such a special caravan, but being practical too. Lottie as a late arrival, has availability, for the season for both short breaks, weekends and weekly rental. It is possible to also book the “camping pitch” next door, and Lottie is decked out with crockery for 4.
Our “hard-standing grass” pitches have also been tested this week, due to the English downpours our campers have had to endure. “Grass protecta” gets a very big thumbs up, and for something that enables our site to look so natural, it really does do its job. We had some big motorhomes and caravans pitched, and they all pulled straight off when they departed!! The rain has been very heavy when it has come down, but in between the sun has shone and we have also had some lovely days, and evenings of sun. For our new arrivals coming setting up today and tomorrow, the forecast now is looking really good for the week ahead. We also look very green and our new plants are flourishing.
John (Camp Daddy) is getting prepared for his raft race, and the raft is nearly complete. In case you missed the last blog, John is a team member for the Mevagissey Feast Week Raft Race taking place at 7pm on 28 June. I won’t be able to watch as Camp Dog Harvey and I are welcoming some Campervans on site for a Pre-Prom photo session with some children, and some pretend bubbles!!! We also have lots of guests arriving Friday and Saturday camping here for The Eden Sessions. There has not been much training going on for the raft race just a lot of talking tactics!!! No picture allowed at the moment, as the construction is a secret until it is launched in the water.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Camp Dog on duty
I sent two of our guests, off to Eden to test run the new “dog friendly” . I sent the two guests off as undercover agents, and they were in disguise as two sausages on leads ;). On their return back to camp, Eden got a very good report, as they had walked all around the gardens, been on the train, spent time in the visitor centre, eaten on the terrace, and found plenty of water spots. The two sausages on leads who I have to say were very lovely, had a great time, and can highly recommend the Eden experience for four legged pals out there. They did not feel they had missed out by not visiting the domes, but did say that they would not have minded too much spending an hour or so in the kennels there, should their owner who was on his own wanted to experience the domes.
It took me a few weeks to understand the concept of “sharing” my space with other four legged friends, but I have now got it!! We have now had lots of visitors here with four legs, and to date they are the most well behaved of all of our guests ;). They sometimes come in threes, such as three little Maltese terriers, three Jack Russells this week, three Collies at the same time, or twos as in the Sausages, Huskies, more Terriers, Two fluffy Bichons, and two just like me, but smaller versions. Today a Cockapoo has arrived on site, and she is very pretty indeed, but no romance, as I am such a professional!
We have also welcomed dogs from abroad, as the Germans and the Dutch also love their dogs, and they seem to love spending time in Cornwall, enjoying the trail, and our dog friendly pubs and beaches. On one hot day two dogs arrived in a camper van having come over on the ferry from France, got straight out and lay in the stream to cool off. I am keeping a close eye on a Terrier at the moment, who looks very cute. Apparently, he screams when he sees chickens, which could be quite entertaining!! As he is pitched away from the chickens, I am thinking of dressing up as a chicken and walking past, just to experience a screaming Terrier ;).
Outside of Camp Gates
This weekend it is the Beer and Mussels Festival at Fowey, which should be a great weekend. We hope some of guests will visit and tell us all about it.
Mevagissey Feast Week starts tomorrow(23/6), and the weather is looking very favourable. It is not too late to join us here to spend time in Mevagissey as there are lots of “foodie” events going on, and you could also cheer on the Pentewan Pirates for Friday’s Raft Race. We hope that our guests will be bringing back lots of goodies from the feast week, and that there will be some lovely smells wafting over the site from BBQs. As foodies, we shall certainly be finding time to pop down and pick up some treats. The firework finale should be great, and Mevagissey all decked out looks even more gorgeous than usual. You can walk or catch the bus to Mevagissey from The Meadows so you don’t even need to worry about parking.
All gardens around here are looking particularly lovely, and have appreciated the recent rain. Heligan is always worthy of a visit, with or without dogs. Whilst there be sure to pop in to Lobbs Farm Shop.
Walking parts of the SW Coastal Path in particular the area around Black Head is highly recommended and easily accessed from the Pentewan Valley Trail. Food tastes so much nicer after a good walk, and we know lots of great dog friendly walks.
If you want to book a stay at The Meadows Campsite in the Pentewan Valley, contact us here, or telephone the team on 01726 844383. We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes. Dogs are also most welcome, and they come along for free. If you do not have a tent or caravan, and would like to camp out in Lottie, then please call or email us to check availability and to book. We are great for camping and caravanning close to both Pentewan & Mevagissey on a small sheltered site, and we are very friendly.
Posted on June 13, 2013
News Flash from Camp Dog Harvey
Thank you to all my four legged friends who visited the famous Eden Project last month for the pilot weekend. You did all us four legged friends proud, and were all on your best behaviour and it was gold stars/gravy bones all round.
Eden are now welcoming us all as from Saturday 15 June, and being dog friendly, but we must all obey the RULES!!! Provided we all do this then we can enjoy a fabulous day out with our owners, as of course we are part of the family and do not see why we should be left out.
It makes sense to digest and learn the Rules prior to your visit to Eden. We don’t want any one spoiling it for others, especially me who now has to wait until the end of season before I can visit a place which I have heard so much about.
The Eden Project Rules:
1. Be kept on a lead at all times.
2. Be with their owners at all times.
3. Only be walked on paths
4. Be kept away from play areas
5. Not go in to any buildings, other than the Visitor Centre.
Please also ensure your owners do not forget their “pooh bags”!!
Eden are now showing their “dog friendly” side, and in return for best behaviour we get:-
1. Water bowls – not sure it will be my favourite Evian, but we can do tap, to visit such a special place.
2.Our own special undercover dining area on the terrace outside the Eden Bakery. Ensure your owners remember your pack-up. Mine will consist of 2 gravy bones, and one boneo.
3. Shaded parking areas in four of the car parks. The shelters in the Orange car park have a water tap, and stewards will supply us with water to the other three car parks. Your owners needs to park in either Melon, Orange, Lemon, or Cherry car park.
I would love you to come and stay here at “The Meadows” Campsitevwhilst you are in Cornwall to visit Eden, and tell me all about it so I know what to expect when I get to go. You may also visit the fabulous Heligan Gardens whilst you are staying here, which is Dog Friendly, and you can walk there from the site, along the Pentewan Valley Trail.
We (that is me Camp Dog Harvey), Lynn and John are very “Dog Friendly” and you are all most welcome here at “The Meadows”, so get your owners to ring up and book you in. The Meadows is a small, sheltered campsite in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, and look out for our sign with the caravan on the top.
We cater for motorhomes/campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), and caravans. We will also have our own Vintage Caravan Lottie from tomorrow which is available to rent, and is also dog friendly. Dogs come along to The Meadows free of charge, so your owners have no excuse, so ensure you do not get left behind as of course you are a very important member of the family!!!
This is a great site, if we say so ourselves for camping close to Mevagissey & Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall. There is also lots of great walking around St Austell Bay, and I am happy to put my tour guide hat on, and show you some of my favourite walks, and dog friendly pubs.
To book contact us here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745.
Posted on June 10, 2013
Well, our first month since opening our camp gates at The Meadows has flown by.
We are so lucky with the weather, as we have had some gorgeous sunny days. Being in a sheltered spot our campers have really felt the warmth of the sun. Our campers have been going home looking relaxed, and with a very healthy glow about them.
All members of the team (that’s me Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey), are new to the campsite business. This 2013 venture has been a real adventure for an ex fire-fighter, ex lawyer, and ex settee/log burner hogger.
We have really enjoyed our first few weeks. It has been hard (but in a nice way) work, but 2 out of the 3 of us like hard work. As for the 3rd member of the team we are very proud of Camp Dog as he has happily shared his playground with all visitors, even though he has yet to break out in a sweat.
Of course, we feel we have done well, but it is not what we think that matters, it is what our guests feel about their experience here that is really the judgement!!!
The main camping bible seems to be UK Campsites, and it is here our guests have been reviewing “The Meadows”. We would invite you to have a look at our reviews, to see what our first guests say and you can do so here.
After only a couple of days of being open, Martin Dorey, the campevan cookbook man visited us with his family. Martin was writing a feature for the “Camping” Magazine on the South West, and booked a visit after checking out our webiste. Our site has now been featured in the July issue as an ideal campsite for visiting gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project.
This is an extract of the article:-
“John & Lynn have transformed what was not much more than an illegal caravan graveyard into a lovely meadow site with a heart of gold. With no mobile homes in sight, it’s just my kind of camping. The refurbished amenities block is spotless (and with some powerful showers too), there are no allotted pitches, or a long list of regulations……………………. and dogs are welcomed. The meadow itself is lovely – we saw kingfishers darting along the stream and heard owls hooting at night.”
Martin also said
“I think this little gem could be one to watch for the future”
“They plan to serve up cooked breakfasts, (note – we have now served about 70 of John’s baguettes,) put in a small lake (note – winter project), open up walks through the woods (note – winter project) and get chickens (note – our girls are settled in and now laying to order!!!). These plans will only add to the basic but friendly nature of the site. I’m looking forward to going back.” – Martin Dorey
“Lottie” We are counting down the days until Lottie arrives as we are all very excited. Lottie will be available for rental from 17 June, and please call 01726 844383 or email us for further details.
Meadows Springwatch – we have seen baby woodpeckers here, baby blue tits and our campers at the bottom of the meadow field spotted deer again this morning. We also have a very cheeky squirrel at the moment, who fascinates Camp Dog.
My New Zealand sister Deb and my parents are here with us this week. As a result of their visit, we have an owl box going up made by my dad, and some fantastic photographs of the site made in to collages which my sister has taken and which are amazing. Watch out for some changes to the gallery and there will be a board of photos going up in the office.
Mum and Dad Bowler came in their caravan, pitched stream side and have been enjoying caravanning at The Meadows and chatting to other campers.
Mevagissey feast week is fast approaching and is on between 23-29 June. John is a member of a team for the Sunday Raft Race and with his fellow team members is busy planning and building the raft, and they are taking it all very seriously!! Please give The Pentewan Pirates a cheer along if you are joining in Mevagissey Feast week. There is a full programme of events so it is going to be a fabulous week.
Heligan & Eden are both getting geared up for the summer season and there is so much going on at both.
We have had some very keen walkers staying with us recently enjoying the South West Coastal path. The area around Black Head is a particularly stunning part of the coast, and our guests all say the steep ups and downs are well worth it.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Unfortunately, due to having a had a poorly paw, I have not much to report. The last few days, I have been mainly office based, resting up. I am now on the road to recovery so will be back out and about on inspection and exploring duties soon 🙂
This is a really lovely time to visit the Gardens of Cornwall, and to walk parts of the gorgeous and stunning coastal path, or just to explore the many beautiful coastal towns and villages, such as Mevagissey and Fowey. Of course it is also a quieter time, as we still have a few weeks before the children break up from school. We would invite you to give The Meadows a try, as we are a very welcoming and friendly small and dog friendly site.
We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes. You can either book in advance and contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383. Alternatively just pack your tent/van and turn up and just your pitch on arrival. The Meadows caravan and camping park is great for holidaying close to Pentewan, Mevagissey and St Austell.
Posted on June 6, 2013
The ratio of boys to girls changed recently at The Meadows when we got “our girls”, the chucks. It is about to change again as another lady is joining the team.
Lottie is on her way to join us in Cornwall, and all members of the team are very excited. Lottie, or Lotts, for short (as in lots of fun) is a 1960s vintage caravan kitted out”beach hut style”. Lottie is so stylish and will look fabulous sited here at our small sheltered campsite “The Meadows”.
We know (just from enquiries received since we arrived) there are lots of people who want to join in the camping experience, but don’t have all of the gear, enough room in their vehicle, or just want to camp in style!!
Lottie is going to be all decked out and ready for guests to start their holiday on arrival. Lottie will come with a camp-fire pit, Smokey Joe BBQ, SouthSea deck chairs, and of course bunting.
There will be electric hook up for the essentials of life, although cooking will be alfresco so “proper camping” style.
The Meadows is very dog friendly, and so Lottie will be so also. Lottie sleeps two, but there should be room for a small tent if older children want to camp alongside their parents.
We are getting Lottie’s spot ready for her for when she arrives next Friday. John is setting up her deck and camp fire areas, and I am sourcing all the bits and bobs to settle Lottie in for welcoming guests.
If you want to book a stay in Lottie for her first season at The Meadows then contact us here. You can also telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383. For week stays it is £295 in low season (June, September & October) and £350 in high season (July & August). Shorter breaks are possible and please get in touch to let us know what is required. Bed linen, crockery, bbq, campfire are all provided for you, and you just need to bring towels and food.
Just to remind you, we are very well placed at The Meadows Campsite for visiting Heligan Gardens, the Eden Project, Fowey, Mevagissey and all of the glorious beaches around the Pentewan Valley area. The walking and cycling is fabulous, and there are great places to eat and so much to see and do, and lots of options for car free days. We welcome tents, motorhomes, and caravans here so give us a try for a Mevagissey/Pentewan, St Austell camping or caravanning holiday.