Oh, another good week, and another good week, and another! Our guests have been soooooooo lucky this season, and even now when the sun shines it is very warm, and nobody minds a few showers in between. It has been fab seeing campers sitting out until late in the evening around the fire pits so late in the season, and thank goodness we had such a good stock of wood for our campers. There has been some very keen walkers and cyclists on site of late enjoying the cycle trails, and good long sunny walks on the SWCP. There has also been just so many beach days in September with swimming in the sea. Same again next year please would be nice.
Thank you to all of our guests and Simon and Sarah from Kernofornow Pizzas who supported our MacMillan Coffee Morning by eating lots of lovely cakes. We raised £152.10 for a very good cause, and John’s homemade lemon curd was a real hit.
At present we have guests on site who first visited when the site was nothing more than a farm site consisting of a field and a portaloo cabin some 25 years ago. It has been very interesting hearing their stories about the campsite and it’s eccentric former owner Bernard. We have found some old photographs and will be putting together a photo board for next year. Any visitors from the past holding photos we would love to borrow a couple for copying for our board, and they will be returned to you.
We (that’s me Lynn, John and CD Harvey) have been busy looking after our last guests of the season, and in between we having been making hay while the sun has been shining.
The wild flower meadow with it’s secluded pitches has been so popular and even more so with our “park and pitch scheme” and the secluded meadow pitches. Keen to get on the Dexta tractor, the meadow has now been topped right down, so that it will come back even lovelier next year. Farmers Bowler (my dad and mum), arrived just in time to help out with raking up all that we had topped off. We think for next year, especially with the horses next door we might invest in a little baler, as it did feel a bit like farming vintage style, after the third day of constant raking.
Our campers also woke the other day to find that a very large mole had paid us a visit. This mole left behind a mole hill consisting of 30 ton of top dressing. This is being put to very good use, and we are right in the middle of our pitch repairs and reseeding. The “grass protecta” has more or less disappeared, along with our drainage channels, and our grass should be more like a carpet next year, but note not manicured!! We know from last winter that when it starts a rainy spell, it may not stop for a very long time, and also the soil is lovely and warm at the minute for grass seed.
As our major works have been completed over the last two winters, this winter will involve lots of smaller jobs, and we have plenty of ideas. We take feedback very seriously, especially ideas that fit in with the general quirkiness and naturalness of our individual site. We are not striving for perfection, and indeed some of our imperfections we are extremely fond of, and some things we cannot do anything about!!
Bookings – we are almost ready to open our booking diary for 2015, and book all of you lovely guests in that are so keen to do so for 2015. Whilst we do not guarantee specific pitches, we do encourage you to make your wishes known as to pitch preference, especially as to your preferred side of the site. “Proper Campers” again will choose their own spot on arrival and “park and pitch” will continue. We have been invited to be included in the new Cool Camping Handbook out next year, which we know is the bible of lots of campers and so we hope this will help keep us busy next year. We are also about to start making some changes to our website, and adding new pictures from our 2015 season.
UPDATE – 14 OCTOBER – we are having “phone” problems due to a telephone coming down and have been without a line for 2 weeks. We will open up for bookings once this is fixed as without the phone it makes card payments tricky. Apologies and we are keen to get you booked in too.
For new guests, we are a small adult only dog friendly campsite in South Cornwall. We are within walking distance of Heligan Gardens (30 mins approx), and Mevagissey (1 hour), and we are on a good bus route, with the Pentewan Valley Trail that links up to the SWCP. The site is also directly adjoining to Coast to Clay Cycle Trail, but most walking and cycle routes from the site, do involve a good climb. Due to the naturalness of the site, we are more suited to smaller units, but we have limited pitches for motorhomes and twin axle caravans “up field”.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Life is generally good at the moment, and I have got my walking boots lined up next to those of my owners ready for “down time” which I believe I have earned. I have also managed a few outings recently to my favourite beaches of Vault, Gorran Haven, and as of 1 October the lovely Porthpean about 5 or so minutes drive up the road. It seems my first day off is going to be spent walking to Charlestown for a crab sandwich and chips lunch along the trail and SWCP, and then back on the inland route.
My girls are laying well, and with breakfast baguettes slowing down, I am back on my diet of softly boiled egg for breakfast with biscuits.
This week I overheard two young ladies on checking in off the night bus from London say that I was their reason for choosing this site. They were very big cavalier king charles fans and one even wore a badge of them on her jacket, and believe me and whist remaining modest, they are not the only ones!! This was good ammunition as it was also the day of my annual appraisal when a negative comment on trip advisor about me was raised, and a further comment about me being open to bribes ;).
It seems the majority of our guests have enjoyed their holidaying with us at The Meadows this season, and we hope to see many of you again during 2015. We will be opening on 30 April in time for the May Day bank holiday fully raring to go. Next year, we are likely to be closing at the end of September. The Meadows Team will be fully refreshed by the time we re-open and hopefully the small changes we make will be welcome ones.