Camping and caravanning in Autumn is ideal for………………….

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Comments Off on Camping and caravanning in Autumn is ideal for………………….

IMG_6785Driving in to Mevagissey today, I heard on the radio that we are in for a fabulous October!  The Indian Summer was apparently delayed due to the good old jet stream, but is now en route to Cornwall.

Today’s weather news got me thinking, that really Autumn is such a good time to get away, and set yourselves up for the winter months.  With all the mod cons now in the caravans, motorhomes and tents for keeping warm on chilly evenings, our hot showers  & breakfast delivered to your unit, there really is no excuse not to take time out and visit us here at The Meadows Campsite near to Mevagissey.

I am going to try and encourage and tempt you now to get away, by highlighting some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Autumn, close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and St Austell, South Cornwall.

Long walks on the nearly deserted Cornish Beaches.  

These walks are best enjoyed with your pooch, and a good way of blowing away the cob webs, and enjoying the sun lying low in the sky.carlyon

Check out Camp Dog Harvey’s page for some suggestions, or if you are without a pooch then Pentewan Sands beach is a good beach to start with.  A must for me is to take your coffee from the Gorran Haven Cafe in a “proper” mug and sit and drink it on the beach, watching the waves.  This would then be followed by a good walk over the cliffs to the very deserted long sandy Vault Beach.

At the end of the returning leg of the Gorran – Vault walk, you could stop off and enjoy lunch in the lovely Barleysheaf Pub just up the road at Gorran Church Town.

For some more suggestions for walks in the area check out the South West Coast Path website, and in particular the Autumn Ambles for South East Cornwall.

For some fabulous pictures of the walk from The Meadows to Charlestown, and for just some fab pictures generally, check out www.skoobyblue.blogspot.com.  Skooby Blue and Simon stayed with us here for a few nights this month.  Prior and post Simon’s visit, we had been enjoying the pictures of his trip around Cornwall, on twitter, as he is a fantastic photographer. We felt honoured when Simon did a photo blog on The Meadows, so please take a look and see if you agree.

A cosy pub lunch

With an “r” in the month, Autumn is the best time to feast on a lunch of mussels and chips.

polgoothinnWe can show you the route to walk from The Meadows to the lovely Polgooth Inn along bridleways and foothpaths with gorgeous views of the bays. So far on our mussel test, the Polgooth’s come out top. If the day is an autumnal one, then you can cosy up in front of the log fire. However, with the promise of an Indian summer , you could be sitting in the Polgooth’s garden basking in the midday sunshine.

For Sunday lunch, the best we have had so far is at The Crown Inn, St Ewe.  This is a traditional inn, and the Sunday lunch is just like your mum would cook, and the pub is dog friendly.

Visiting the Lost Gardens of  Heligan or Eden

Due to Cornwall’s milder climate, the gardens are fabulous to visit in the Autumn months.  You can expect to see lots of the more exotic plants, and lots of spectacular autumn colours.  Heligan also have foraging events, and Eden have a beer festival taking place in October.  Gardens and beer, surely go together!

Whilst at Heligan Gardens, take a mooch around Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some delicious treats for dinner, or supper.

Whilst being completely biased of course, all of the above, are best finished off with a night at The Meadows.  You can snuggle up in your tent or caravan, or indeed our Vintage Caravan Lottie.  Here you can watch the night drawing in, and listen to the owls tooting, whilst playing a game of cards or scrabble. Electric hook up is a near must, or for the very hardy pack your crocheted blankets to keep out the evening chill.  Our favourite autumn warming drink is the South Devon Chilli Farm’s Chilli Hot Chocolate drink.   

If you are more than a little bit tempted, hold off putting your tent away for the year, or caravan in to storage.  You don’t need to book in advance, but you can if you want to.  We are happy for you to arrive just as the Indian Summer makes the promised appearance and pick your sunny spot on site.  Should you wish to book, or let us know you are on your way you can do so here, or by calling 01726 844383/07712599745.

News from Camp Dog

37 days left until I am off official duties, and can enjoy all of the above, and more!!  Yes, I am now on countdown :), but will continue working very hard until the end of season to keep my guests happy, and  well looked after.

Mabel  – our new, but old caravan is still in Leicestershire, where my granny and grandpa are enjoying sitting in her having their afternoon pot of tea. Mabel will be arriving on site in October and we are all really excited.

For all your new four legged visitors planning on making your first visit to The Meadows, I can show you dog friendly pubs where they let you sit by the fire and the best dog friendly beaches.  Here at The Meadows we are a very dog friendly, and generally friendly and relaxed campsite, in a walkers and cyclists haven.

 

 

Lottie Caravan is getting a sister…………….

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Comments Off on Lottie Caravan is getting a sister…………….

LottieLottie, our gorgeous vintage caravan has been so popular this summer.  We have been saying Lottie Caravan was on the lookout for a sister, and we have now found her one.  No pictures available just yet, but watch this space……. Lottie and her sister will both be available to rent for vintage caravan holidays in 2014. Lottie can still be rented this season for a cosy autumn stay, as she comes with a heater.  Her beach hut lights also now look lovely with the nights starting to draw in.

The Meadows Team were very quick to christen our new caravan, and she is called “Mabel”.  At the moment Mabel is still in Leicestershire, gettingIMG_7013 ready for her journey down to Cornwall to meet her sister Lottie.  Mabel is another Castleton Vintage Caravan, but a different model to Lottie, and has her own personality. Castleton Caravans are quality caravans, (the Rolls Royce of their time) and it is unfortunate that their members’ club closed down in August this year. We had hoped for a members trip to The Meadows, and a line up of different Castleton Caravans. Mabel is going to be sited next to the stream, looking down the meadow field, and is a good sized two berth caravan.  My head is full of ideas, for making Mabel beautiful and fun, and so I cannot wait for her to arrive on site, so that I can get stuck in. This is one of many autumn/winter projects for The Team, and Camp Daddy will be in charge of Mabel’s outdoor space.

We have had some very hardy campers staying with us this week, who have managed to smile through the rather poor weather.  Those who picked this IMG_7085week, have been very unlucky, but they have still had a good time. Our campers still got out and about in their wet weather gear and wellies, enjoying the local walks, and escaping the rain in the many fine pubs, that we are lucky to be near to.  The lucky campers are going to be those joining us this weekend, as next week looks to be lovely and warm, with quite a lot of sunshine.  That will make next week a fabulous week for long walks, pub lunches, and back to camp for a cosy evening in your caravan, campervan, or tent. Looks like great evenings next week for sitting out with a firepit, toasting marshmellows :).

We have hook up pitches available next week, and “proper camping” pitches for the hardy autumn campers out there.  Hardy campers, can visit at least knowing that they have fab hot and powerful showers to warm them up.  Lottie Caravan is also available Friday, to Friday for either a weekly or short break stay.  Lottie has a lovely view right down the meadow field so great for watching camp life, and it looks like deckchairs on the beach weather so they are all there ready to go.

IMG_6785So for all those lucky folk out there, who have either picked this coming week to take their holiday, or those who can just pack up and go we would love to see you.  You can book in advance, or just turn up and choose your spot on arrival. Contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. Check out my last blog, to see all the events still happening in the area, for those  days off from walking & cycling!

News from Camp Dog Harvey

The ratio of females to males in this Meadows Team is rather worrying!! I now understand we have Mabel arriving on site shortly.  I shall be checking Mabel out, as soon as she arrives on site.  Camp Daddy and I have our own ideas to balance up the numbers.

 

I have had a school boy hair cut recently, and so am looking very smart.  My shorter hairstyle also shows off my neckerchief to a treat.  Unfortunately (for me) the “its all hair” not longer works, so it has to be muscle from all the hard summer work.

The best news of all is that in return for all of my hard work over the season, and ready for “down time” my wish for a log burner for my lazy winter Fat dog slim evenings has been granted.  I do not have any difficulty with communicating that I want the burner lighting, as I had lots of practice in my old home.  There is also no doubt in the house, about who has pole position when the burner is lit.  All my hard work over the summer has been worth it just for that!!!

The deer have been spotted on site again recently, and the owl continue to hoot and toot loudly at night.

Polgooth InnI enjoyed my first night out since Camp Gates opened this month.  The choice as to where to go was mine, and I opted for The Polgooth Inn.  Being seated under, not around the table the carpet is comfy, I get treats, and my owners are very happy as the food is so good.  The Polgooth is very dog friendly, and just as humans like people watching, the Polgooth is good for a bit of dog watching.

 

We hope to see you soon, and before the end of our season if you can make it. If you have not been before, The Meadows is a small dog friendly campsite in Cornwall, on IMG_7102the edge of Pentewan, and close to Mevagissey. We are ideally placed for walking as there are lots of walks on the doorstep including a walk up to Heligan Gardens on the Pentewan Valley Trail.  We are also close to Charlestown, Fowey and the famous Eden Project.  The site directly adjoins the Pentewan Valley Trail, which forms part of National Cycle Route 3, and also links up for walkers to the SW Coast Path. We also have bus stops either side of the road, and so this makes holidaying in a motor home much easier.

 

 

 

The last of Cornwall’s Summer Festivals, and they say the best are left until last….

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Comments Off on The last of Cornwall’s Summer Festivals, and they say the best are left until last….

With this being our first season, The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very much in to getting “in the know”. We want to ensure that our guests experience as much as possible during their stay with us, whether this be on a foodie element, or walking and cycling around the area.IMG_6820

We are extremely pleased to learn that there is still so much going on during the months of September and October.  This makes September and October an ideal time to spend some time down in the South West where the colder weather arrives much later than up North.

With Camp Dog Harvey’s assistance, I have been carrying out my research, and here are some of the things The Meadows Team would be enjoying if we were on holiday in Cornwall, basing ourselves at the lovely Meadows Campsite, Pentewan.

imageFirstly, what is happening at Eden – Camp Chef would have been down to Eden this week checking out the celebrity chefs, and picking up some top tips, and foodie treats.  If you are already here, then you can still hot foot it to Eden for the latter part of Celebrity Chefs Week which finishes on 15 September. There is then only a small break in between, and The Chilli Festival starts on 21 September, followed fairly swiftly after by Beer, Wine & Cider Week, and then a just beer day. How good does all of that sound, as it sounds great to me.

After all of the above, visit the Baobab Festival 7-13 October, and find out more about the super fruit, which you may by then be in need of for Vitamin C.

For more information on these extra special events visit www.edenproject.com

Secondly, we have “Festivals” – These festivals, appear on the whole to be geared towards food, drink, art and music, so “very nice” things that most of us enjoy.  The only down side is that a lot of very good events are being held on the same weekend – not the best planning, but if you want to visit more than one at least make it a long weekend trip.

Healey’s Cyder Farm are holding their first ever cyder and music festival in their famous orchards.  100 ciders (and ales) and 100 live acts during the weekend 27-29 September.

Cornwall, Food & Drink Festival– this will be held on Lemon Quay, Truo.  The regular and the giant farmer’s markets are extremely popular, and this festival will be a great one, as the local produce is so fabulous and plentiful.  Truro is also a great place for a festival, and around 40k visitors are expected.  I expect a certain member of The Meadows Team to go and check this one out, and report back to the other team members with some goodies and to cook up something nice.

Looe Music Festival – this is a little further afield from us at The Meadows.  However, if you just want to dip your toe in and attend one of the performances, and not be slap bang in the middle of music all weekend, a good place to visit during an extended weekend break. Again 27-29 September is the date for this festival!!

The Greenway Pro Charity Event – again, a little further afield from us at St Ives, but looks very good. This festival brings together surfing, live music arts and friendships.  A great event for non-surfers just to watch some of Europe’s finest surfers out on the water competing. This festival runs 17-21 September.

Boscastle Festival – This is a food, arts and crafts event.  Paul Ainsworth of Number 6, and Andy Appleton of Fifteen Cornwall, are to be doing cookery demonstrations, so Camp Daddy would like to be attending this one. Just the picture I have seen of fresh lobsters, and crab is enough of a temptation.

Thirdly, we have a local event. M. A. Grigg Country Store Open Day –  Another event for the popular September weekend, this one being Saturday 28th September.  We love Griggs any way, especially lunch at their cafe.  This open days include trade and craft stands, pets corners, and an auction. Griggs Country Store, is just up the road from The Meadows Campsite at Pendennis, Sticker.

deb's pictures 024Now, we know Campers are hardy people, and Cornwall is known for its much milder temperatures. Forget an expensive Hotel, or B&B, as it is too early to spend evenings indoors.  Save your money to spend at The Festivals, on lovely food to cook on the BBQ back at Camp. Enjoy being wrapped up in a blanket in the evening next to your firepit with a glass of Cornish Rattler Cider.   We are known for our hot powerful showers to keep you warm, and enjoy one of John’s breakfast baguettes and a pot of coffee or tea to set you up for the day ahead.  You could also cosy up in Lottie Caravan, enjoying dinner by beach hut lights, looking out over the meadow field.  I hope I am setting the scene, and getting you all on your way to The Meadows, for a late season camping or caravanning trip.

In between all of the above festivals, there are so many lovely walks and cycle rides to be enjoyed and best of all these and fresh air are free!!  The south west coast path and the Pentewan Valley Trails  are all so much quieter now, and all of the little coves look lovely, and very different out of high season.

Of course, also on this popular weekend of 27-29 September, we have our guests visiting us for the Geo Caching Event.  It is not too late to book for this, and this is a great out doors event in a lovely area, spending time with like minded people.

Other Camp News

The Team are very busy planning our winter work.  We know our guests love the wildlife our site attracts, and the informal way of our pitches, and the natural features such as the stream and meadow flowers.  All of these things, we love too, and our work is to further enhance the natural special features, but to improve the condition of the land which before we arrived had been unmanaged for many years. One of our first jobs is the expose the rest of the stream right down to the woodland, as pitching next to the stream has been so popular. We will keep you updated on the changes as they are made whilst camp gates are closed.  Other works involves a digger, lots of wood, stilts, and the need some big muscles, and lots of hard work!!

News from Camp Dog Harvey image

I am really enjoying September as it is that bit cooler, and my day time sleeps are less disturbed.  I have also enjoyed some down time, and so have been making lists of all of the lovely places my four legged guests have visited, and which I shall be off to when camp gates close. September has been the month for “one man and his dog”, with the “dog” usually being a Collie, and camping in the meadow.  I never like to stand too close to a Collie, as they give me a “tubby” complex.

We had a visit from a genetleman from the Environment Agency this week, testing our stream.  It would seem there are Otters in the valley, and so Camp Daddy is going to make some Otter houses to encourage them to make homes here at The Meadows.

The Owls and from the hoots, there are many of them are particularly vocal at the moment.  I like to go out in the garden and listen to them last thing at night before retiring to my Harvey bed for the night.  The owl box is still vacant, but I think it will be snapped up soon.

IMG_7102If you want to come and spend time at The Meadows, dog friendly Campsite, on the edge of Pentewan, close to Mevagissey, Fowey and Charlestown we would love to see you.  You can contact us here if you want to book, or telephone 01726 844383.  If you want to surprise us, or keep us on our toes, you should be safe to just pitch up and choose a spot. If you want to book a stay in gorgeous Lottie Vintage Caravan, then please call, or email us with your preferred dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lottie and her guests have been having “Lotts” of fun this season…..

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Comments Off on Lottie and her guests have been having “Lotts” of fun this season…..

debs pictures lottie etc 086The Meadows Team (me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are so enjoying having our Lottie Caravan on the campsite.  Lottie’s  guests have been enjoying her too, and have all had so much fun especially with the good weather they have enjoyed.

Lottie has attracted lots of interest from passers by including caravan enthusiasts, and just fans of all things “Vintage”.  Indeed, our neighbours are convinced that the recent increase in knocks to the bollard in the middle of the road, and loss of wheel trims is entirely down to Lottie gazers!

I have had great fun keep adding to Lottie’s already well kitted out  interior.  This week I just could not resist these gorgeous Beach Hut Lights for inside.  The outside  deck area is also lit up at nights with fairy lights hanging from the sail.

For a late addition to The Meadows Campsite, Lottie has had lots of guests over the summer.  As it is starting to feel just a little chilly in the mornings, and evenings, I have just bought Lottie a little heater to keep her guests cosy.

debs pictures lottie etc 114The met office are still saying that September will be fairly dry on the whole, with temperatures above average, so very good for a Lottie Vintage Caravan break.  We have one weekend break in September still available, and availability for the Monday to Friday breaks, starting this coming Monday.

If you would like to come and enjoy The Meadows Campsite, and this beautiful area, and camp in vintage style then Lottie Caravan is highly recommended. Please have a look at Lottie’s page for more information and pictures, and contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383 with any questions or should you wish to book. A fabulous place to rest your tired legs  whilst enjoying a walking holiday in Cornwall.

The Meadows Campsite is a small dog friendly site, situate in the Pentewan Valley, close to Mevagissey, IMG_7111Charlestown, Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project. We cater for campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), caravans and motorhomes. September and October are great months for walking (south west coast path), cycling and having a good old mooch about.  We are in a great location for exploring the south coast of Cornwall, but you can also be over in Padstow in around 30 minutes.

Note – there is only one Lottie, and we have not yet found her a sister, but we are very much looking.