If I was holidaying at The Meadows this month……..

September 8, 2014 2:18 pm Published by Comments Off on If I was holidaying at The Meadows this month……..

Well high season is over, and the county has started to quieten down just a little, but not that much in view of the current fabulous weather.  However, there might be less people about but there is still so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Country.

These are some of the ways we would spend our days holidaying at The Meadows, Pentewan, South Cornwall.

1. A walk to Mevagissey, and a nice one, at that starting with a good up.  The walk is on the Pentewan Valley Trail skirting around the edge of the Heligan Estate.  We would then have a wander around the village, and then devour fish and chips sitting on the harbour watching the boat and fishing activity.IMG_0957

The return leg would be on the SWCP taking in the amazing view of Black Head, and around to Fowey, then stopping off for a couple of drinks in our local, The Ship Inn right in the centre of Pentewan Village and then back to camp along the river.

2. Everyone is talking about the “Piglets” at the moment up at Heligan Gardens.  The gardens and wider estate grounds always look fabulous but seeing the two sets of piglets just tops it off.

Throughout September, Knee High Theatre are putting on a show Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).  The reports are that this is a great performance, and very funny indeed, so good for a laugh.  Heligan Kitchen are serving up a two course pre-theatre meal, and drinks are also being served from the Kneehigh Asylum Bar.

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Crantock Beach

3. Take a ride over to the north coast and visit the fabulous Crantock Beach, walking around on the SWCP to the just as lovely Polly Joke Beach.  You could time this with the Newquay Fish Festival and visit that too, picking up some lovely fishy delights.

4. Travel by ferry taking the Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry.  See dolphins and basking sharks (if it’s your lucky day), but a joyful ferry ride any way.

Whilst in Fowey hop on the ferry to Polruan and walk the famous hall walk returning back to Fowey.  When back in Fowey head to Sams or one of the other many delightful eating places.  Also whilst in Fowey visit the Fowey Fish and Wine Shop, or the pasty shop and purchase some tasty treats to bring back to camp.

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Gorran Haven

5. Spend the day on Gorran Haven, or Caerhays beach with a good book.  You will pass the fabulous Lobbs Farm Ship on the way for picnic goodies.  Walk between the adjoining and gorgeous beaches of Vault and Hemmick.  For the current fabulous weather conditions, of fried eggs, it is definitely beach weather, and we are sure Mabel and Lottie’s deck chairs will be making a few outings.

6. The Meadows team love the Roseland Peninsula, which is great for a day of exploring.  Here you can find secluded coves, pretty creeks and tranquil beaches.  It is an AONB and large parts National Trust and has many dog friendly beaches.

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St Just in Roseland Church

If you get chance visit the wonderful little church of St Just which is amazing.  St Mawes and the walk around St Anthony’s Head are also highly recommended.

For a good feed, The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to the King Harry Ferry) is a fabulous pub, with a brewery next door.

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The Pandora Inn

7. On a nice sunny day take a drive out to Mylor Bridge near to Falmouth and walk around the head to Restronguet and have lunch on the pontoon at The Pandora Inn with amazing views and lots of boating activity going on.

Here  is now hoping that you have booked the extra day for another day of fine walking those cornish ups and downs.

8. Walk on the SWCP to Charlestown taking in the beautiful beaches of Hallane, Porthpean and Duporth along the way.  This is a good walk, with lots of big ups, and fabulous views in return.  You will get a lovely crab sandwich and a bowl of chips for lunch.  The walk back along the lanes, and coming back through Kingswood is shorter,  and an even easier route back is on the good old bus.

Don’t miss the photo opportunity on Hallane Beach where there is Hallane Mill with a pretty waterfall and hole in the rock.

General Meadows News

Thank you guys for more of your amazing reviews. This is only our second season running a campsite, and so the feedback is extremely helpful, and we like to see happy campers.  We know we will never please everyone, but we do take negative feedback on board, and this year, we are still green, but a lighter shade of! There here are some things outside of our control, and also to run this site as a couple and still be sane at the end of the season,  we do have to have a few cut off points.  Sorry if this upsets anyone, as it is not intended, but The Meadows Team will not be in fear of trip advisor!!!

Our campsite is looking very green, and there are always new flowers coming up in the wild flower meadow, and the secluded meadow pitches remain popular.  We had a group camping on the stream wing last week who were very lucky to have a few sightings of the kingfisher.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen many guests arrive here under their own steam taking advantage of the reward they receive for this.  Carrying everything on your back, or on bike trailers deserves a 25% reduction on the pitch price.  There are also far less trips for them with the glamorous wheelbarrow for our “park and pitch” scheme, and we have put some benches in the meadow as walkers are usually chair less, but in need of a sit down.

September is a very busy month for us, and so this means Pizza Tuesday will be continuing for now, and is always very well supported by our guests.  The pizzas are delicious and it is great watching them being cooked fresh to order in the wood fired oven.  What will The Meadows team do on a Tuesday when we get to end of season?!  We are missing Mojito Steve since the opening up off Sams on the Bay.

We are getting around to thinking about work for the end of season.  There are unlikely to be any big changes taking places, as we did the major work last winter. This time, the work should be more about continuing to enhance the natural beauty of the site and more planting and adding character to the site. The first job to do is the topping of the meadow field with our little Dexta Tractor.

 

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It is very encouraging that lots of you are keen to book for next year.  At the moment, we are keeping all your requests in order, and will be in contact around the end of September/early October.  By this time, we will have made the changes we are being forced to make over deposits and balance payments.  Our late cancellation/no show numbers have now reached an unbelievably (to us),  and unacceptable  high number,  This is very unfair to those who have tried to book when we were officially fully booked, and not good for us as a small business, and it makes admin a nightmare.  However, we are sorry for those who are still in the majority who accept that a booking is just that.

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Apologies on behalf of the team for the recent blip in the weather.  We all tried very hard to chase off the rain, and send it up country, or to stay out to sea.  We failed for a short time, and it was a bit wet and cold.  However, the good weather is back, and we are once again basking in glorious sunshine so all is good for September.

Now is the time to come clean and admit that it was me that insisted Camp Daddy light the wood burning stove in the lounge with the smoke blowing over the site, whilst our campers and their four legged friends tried to stay warm and dry in their tents.  I have taken my punishment and spent time on the naughty seat and will not light the burner again until the gates have been firmly closed.

I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking guests for the many gifts I have received during the season. One can never have enough gravy bones, or prawn crackers, and the big bags of Bakers came in handy when my needs got missed off the weekly shopping list.

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It is at the moment, and fingers crossed the national press have reported it right as extended in to October and beyond.  We have availability for those who don’t mind “proper camping” late season in good weather.  For hook ups, we are quite limited until around 20th September, except for odd days here and there.  After that we have availability for 7 days plus, if you still have your holiday to book.  You can either telephone us, or send details online.

Our Caravans have been extremely popular this season, and they think they need another sister to help with demand.  A Cheltenham Springbok would be nice, if any body knows of one.

There are still dates available for Lottie and Mabel, and so do think about getting cosy in a caravan (both have heaters).

Well, bye for now

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team, consisting of John, Camp Dog Harvey and I.