The Fal River…………

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Comments Off on The Fal River…………

Well, we are almost all ready for inspection, and we think it is the best The Meadows has ever looked.

Our pitch signs are all in place, the wheelbarrows have been painted, shade sails up on Lottie and Mabel, and even the plants are springing in to action.  The S7000233mower has had a service and the blades are nice and sharp, and so we should have some great green stripes for Thursday when the gates open.

This years secluded pitches have been strimmed out in the wildflower meadow, but it is not quite wild yet, but it is growing by the day.  Our combined, office and shop has been painted and spring cleaned, and the communal deck is looking very colourful.

At this time of the year, we get visits from local representatives providing us with lots of information for our guests during their stay.  One particular guide caught my eye this week, and that was the updated Fal River Guide.  A good way to explore is to purchase a Fal Mussel Card, and experience some of the many ferry trips, including the chain ferry, and it also covers some buses, and even a train.  The 3 day pass for £28 seems very good value indeed as there are 7 ferries.

My favourite bits of the fal river

1. Falmouth (great foodie place), with umpteen places to eat – crossing over by ferry of course to either St Mawes, or Flushing for a meander.

2. St Just in Roseland Church – just beautiful, and lovely creekside walking.image

3. Mylor Harbour – coffee at The Mylor Cafe and watching the boaty goings on.

4. A crossing on the King Harry Ferry (this is the chain ferry) to explore  the gardens of Trelissick surrounded by water on three sides.

Caerhays5. I struggle to pick a favourite beach as there are just so many gorgeous ones.  Two of my favourites are Caerhays, and Pendower beaches.

6. As for pubs, there are again so many great ones to choose from, but on a sunny day it has to be The Pandora Inn, and lunch on the pontoon at Restronguet, and, we would walk there from Mylor as parking is a nightmare! Second is the Roseland Inn at Philleigh which is on the way to the King Harry Ferry.

The birds at the meadows are busier than we are, and there is a lot of “tweeting” going on. There has been pied wagtails making a nest on the Dexta tractor, 12 Mallard ducklings hanging around the stream with mother duck, and baby woodpeckers feeding daily on the fat balls.  The kingfisher has also been in residence, and we know buzzards are nesting down in the wooded area.  As for “our girls” they are still on their down time, and so Camp Dog has lined up all the empty egg boxes and had a word with them.

Fish & Chips –  it is looking like fish and chips Mondays is a goer, and so we are very pleased indeed.  This will be courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer coming over from Portscatho.

Breakfasts – sadly breakfast baguettes will not be on offer this season.  Camp Dog Harvey has turned vegetarian and so is refusing to be subjected to the smells of bacon and sausage. The other reason is due to ever changing regulations, and our difficulty in keeping up with these without having a stand alone kitchen which is not currently an option for us.  We will still be offering tea and coffee on the deck during our office hours, and we encourage you to byo breakfast on to the deck and enjoy the lovely morning sunshine, and wi fi of course!

Cocktails and Cider – we could not take away breakfasts, without offering something else.  This is happening and will be on a pop up basis, but either regular evenings and we are just firming up the details.  This will be hosted by a very nice local lady called Anna.

News from Camp Dog Harvey 

Nothing to report from the back of the settee at present.  Looking forward to getting back to my Head of Security duties next week, and will be making the most of my last weekend off duty.

Bookings – we have a little bit of availability still for June, July and August and good availability for September and most of May.  However, we have been IMG_7102warned to stand by the phone once the new Cool Camping Bible is issued at the beginning of May.  If you want to book you can contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383.  If you have just dissevered us, then we are an adults only campsite in South Cornwall close to Mevagissey.  If you are visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, or walking the SWCP then we are a good base.  We are a natural site, and a little bit quirky, and we are dog friendly.

 

We will accept a season full of sunshine………..

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Comments Off on We will accept a season full of sunshine………..

IMG_7102Well with less than two weeks to go until opening for our third season, we are feeling very excited.

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Our new pitch signs

The Meadows has never looked so smart in the weeks coming up to opening, as we have not had to recover from any major disruption this winter. With all the painting now completed, and the grass as green as can be, we are looking very colourful.  The bluebells are starting to flower, and we have been adding plants, and repotting existing ones, and the leaves are all coming on the trees.

This week we have been painting by numbers, and making our new pitch signs. They are very “handmade”, but just really a better way we think than just a number.  Once varnished, they will be put in place next week.

It will soon look like this

Our popular wildflower meadow is starting to grow and John has mown a pathway through it whilst he still can.  We have also made a board walk for part of it, but we are still waiting to see where the flowers are going to be best before strumming out the secluded pitches.  The new camper van pitches are proving popular and we have a few savvy campers who are to be operating solar style!

The bank and hedgerows are looking lovely, and there are some good signs of some lovely wild flowers starting to come.  We have filled a few ton sacks of old wood to make room for the new life coming through.

S7000232The weather has been gorgeous and so it makes sense to concentrate on the outdoor jobs first.  The sun just keeps shining, and so we should get all our outdoor work completed this week.  Next week will be a super clean, setting up Lottie and Mabel for their first guests, and erecting bunting and butterflies.

We have got ourselves out and about quite a bit recently too and we are loving the SWCP.  The flowers and colour are amazing, and you can still often have sections of the path to yourselves.  You won’t find that peace and quiet at Trago Mills!!

A great walk from the campsite is a circular walk taking in Charlestown on the SWCP joining it in Pentewan off the trail, and back via Roseweek and the trail.  This is a very good strenuous walk, but fab.  The cafe in Porthpean made a great cool drink stop, and of course there is a choice of refreshment stops in Charlestown. The walk back is shorter so no stop needed!  You should allow a good 4 hours walking for this, but a beautiful walk.

S7000206Another great section of the SWCP is parking at Carne Beach on the Roseland and walking around to Caerhays.  We did this the other weekend, but we did do the walk in two halves, and made a circular walk each time.  The first time we had lunch at The Ship Inn, S7000198Portloe which was very nice indeed.  The second time with the leg from Portloe to Caerhays we stopped off at Portholland to check out the latest film set and had coffee at Pebbles Cafe.  There was no filming as it was Sunday, but the set itself was amazing and so very S7000201real.

Today we met up with friends at Porth Farm on the Roseland and walked around St Anthony’s head with a very good wind blowing.  We were lucky to see seals and again lots of lovely wildflowers along the way, and sandy bays.  We stopped off at The Plume and Feathers at Portscatho for our first crab sandwich of the season, and a bowl of Cornish chips – gorgeous.

 

Well, as for other meadows news ……………….

Fish & Chips – this is now pretty much a definite for the season courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer.  Check them out and we are sure you will agree they look good!  Just need to sort out the start date, and numbers are good so hoping it could be June.

Cocktails & Cider – this is still part of the plan for this season, but we are just sorting out the finer details. This is likely to be on a pop up type of basis on sunny days (hoping there are lots of those).

The Hub Box – is now open for business on Pentewan Sands, and the early reports are very good indeed, but busy!

Buses – The Western Greyhound unfortunately closed for business.  There are plenty of buses around, and so the bus is still a good and reliable way to get around.  Of course you can also walk and cycle to lots of places from the campsite, which is cheaper and much healthier, but probably the bus is best when it gets dark, or for further afield.

News from HRH aka Camp Dog Harvey

I am doing very well indeed, and loving the sun, especially as I have just had a drastic pre season haircut.  My haircut is a smart one so as not to let the side down, and I was even given a dash of aftershave.

The long walks during “down time” have worked wonders for my waistline.  The vet weighed me this week and confirmed I had lost 10% of my body weight since we closed the gates, so handsome I am.

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Caerhays beach

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Caerhays gardens

I have been enjoying helping out this week, checking out the wildflower meadow, and with the mulching of the flower beds.  However, there has also been a few lazy afternoons where I have been caught snoozing in the shade under the tables on the deck.  Of course, I do not want to peak too early in the season, as with the booking numbers, it looks to be a busy time for some.

Cornwall is so very pooch friendly, and I can highly recommend for the early visitors Caerhays.  Great for garden lovers, and lovers of all sniffs like me, a fab sun trap courtyard cafe, and then a paddle in the sea afterwards. What more could a dog and his owners want. The Caerhays fete on 21 June should be a jolly affair and I would say worth a visit.

Bookings – for July and August, we are very nearly fully booked, especially for hook up pitches.  There are a few odd gaps, if just a short break is the order of the day.  We are once again this season keeping casual pitches, for last minute bookers, and those doing the Poldark tour of Cornwall, or similar.  If you want to book then you can contact us by email, or telephone – 01726 844383.  The new Cool Camping Book is out very soon, and we are looking forward to seeing our entry, as three years ago we would never have imagined featuring in that.

 

 

 

 

Our new gates will soon be opening………

Posted on April 3, 2015 by Comments Off on Our new gates will soon be opening………

Spring is definitely here, and the county is full of primroses, and some early wild garlic, and of course lots of daffs.  Our bank looks like it will be full of bluebells again this year which will be great for our early guests, and we also look like we will have lots of foxgloves this year.

We have not got long left now before our first guests arrive, and we have been busy, busy, busy, but there are still lots of jobs to do.

Even the hen house needs painting

Two pairs of hands never seem enough at this time of year, however, it is surprising what gets done in a day now with the extra hour on the end.  Of course, on a campsite the grass is a very important element, and we spend lots of time on ours.  This year will be the second year for the camping wings, and the grass is thickening and greening up lovely.  The wild flower meadow has had extra seeding and so hopefully we shall be seeing different flowers, although we do love the ragged robin and yellow flag irises.  The meadow has been topped for the second time since closing, and we shall soon be picking out the new spots for this years’ secluded pitches.

Most of the good old grass protecta that we have added to year on year, for our natural effect hardstanding has disappeared.  All hook up pitches are now hardstanding grass pitches, but just look like and are grass. We also now have four new campervan hardstanding grass pitches for the vanners who like to “proper camp”.  It seems there are quite a few of those,  as the pitches are already proving popular, and are situate on the fore meadow.

The paint brushes and ladders have been out, and most of the painting is finished, but some Cornish mizzle has got in the way today for outside.  The girls Lottie & Mabel are going to be painted next week, and then we can start getting them ready for the bank holiday weekend when they both have guests.

We are now on to making lists!  Nothing like a must be done by…………….. to get some jobs done.  The last day before opening is the best, as that is for bunting, butterflies, table plants, and full on beautifying.

deb's pictures 017Spring is the time for weeding and all the beds have been weeded, hedges cut, and we are about to plant some more plants.  Heligan gardens is a great place for new plants, and we shall be making a visit next week.  We shall first do some research about plants that rabbits do not find tasty.

Others news and happenings…….

For those who like a very tasty burger, the Hub box is opening down on Pentewan Sands in what was formerly Driftwood Beach Bar.  Our guests will be able to walk down and have a burger and a Cornish beer looking out to sea.  Unfortunately, the Hub Box is not likely to be pooch friendly.

Knee High Theatre and the Asylum are returning to Heligan Gardens this year, for another month of theatre entertainment.  The 2015 show is 946. This event was extremely popular last year and well worth booking tickets if you are staying with us between  25 July- 23 August . Check out the details including early bird tickets. The little video certainly makes it seem a must do.  It would be a dark walk back to The Meadows, but some of our guests did do it last year, but a large bright torch would be a definite must.

Since returning from our winter jolly, Mevagissey has been very busy with a large film crew.  I had never realised how many people and units were involved in this sort of thing.  The village had more bunting up than The Meadows, and there was quite a bit of filming too at The Rising Sun pub at Portmellon.  The filming was for Bad Eduction The Movie.

Bedruthan Steps – oh what a wonderful beach.  We had guests, who went back here day after day during there stay so we thought we would check out why.  A very beautiful beach, and lovely walking either way on the south west coast path.

Pentewan Cycle hire – if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own biles down to Cornwall, Stuart has got lots, including some brand new ones for this imageseason. Hire can be arranged so they can be dropped off and collected direct from The Meadows

Food & cocktails – 

The very popular wood fired pizzas cooked by Simon Sarah of Kernow Forno and their team will be back this season, which is great news.

Fish & Chips – being worked on, so watch this space.

Some form of cocktail and cider bar – just waiting on the approval of our Licence, and then the camp genie may rub the magic lamp and it could appear!

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I have had my cousins visiting this week from “up country” and so we have been out and about and I have been showing them my favourite dog friendly walks. We are all very hardy and so walked in gale force winds on the SWCP to Padstow, luckily with the wind from behind so we literally blew there.  Our favourite day was walking the  Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan with two ferry rides, and a gorgeous lunch at the Lugger Inn in Polruan. My second favourite day was walking on the SWCP from Carne Beach on the Roseland around to Portloe with lunch at The Ship, Portloe (carpet & log burner).  Of course, we also had to do the Mevagissey circular walk and climb down the 200 steps to have a run around on the beach, and a pint at The Fountain Inn. There are so many dog friendly walks taking in dog friendly pubs in this area, and so my cousins made a great choice of holiday destination.

A regular

There has been a few deck bathing days and so I have been twitching.  Spottings this week are lots of buzzards, pheasants, kingfisher, woodpeckers, jay, and so many tits and finches. Unfortunately, as well as the very generous amount of bird food, they also have been munching on the grass seed.

IMG_7102Bookings – these are certainly keeping us busy especially with our flexible booking system! We do still have availability for advance booking, but for some weeks it is a little tight.  If you are flexible with dates please let us know when enquiring in the special requirements section.  We do always try and give you other options.  The Meadows Campsite is for adults only (and dogs), and is close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens. To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.  We are usually working outside during the day, so please do leave a message as we always  check and return calls during our refreshment breaks.