An excellent, and different night out

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Comments Off on An excellent, and different night out

We are not “winos”, (honestly) but we do like wine, especially enjoyed with good food.

Being lucky enough to have family in NZ, we have visited lots of the NZ wineries and they make for the best S7000201lunches, and a very good experience.  One of our most memorable days was a day out cycling around the vineyards in Martinborough on the North Island sampling fantastic wine and food, until we could do no more!

We have had our eye on Knightor Winery for some time and heard great things about it, and it was also recently featured in Coast Magazine.

Feast Night happened to fall on Camp Daddy’s birthday (April fool) and so we booked tickets and off we went.  It was a feast of foraged food mixed in with local meat, fish and Knightor’s wine.  Drinks and lots of wonderful green dishes with homemade wild yeast bread on arrival and a glass of fizz!! Off to a great start.  We met local forager Rachel Lambert and lots of other very interesting people, who all like us enjoy trying different foods and wine.

The meal was absolute fantastic and as I like it from time to time a set menu to get you trying different things.  There were mussels, large clams, mackerel, rabbit, panacotta and lots of other delights. Each course included foraged items and I loved all of them from Alexander, Wild garlic – (my fave), Nettle, Three Corner leek and lots of others.  John and I offered up clean plates and dishes all round.  As it was John’s birthday, John enjoyed the different wines to go with every course.  What was really special was meeting very interesting people and just a generally very good experience.

Knightor Winery – gets The Meadow’s recommendation and we know our guests will enjoy the tours, platters and the pretty courtyard and barn where food is served.  It is open during the day and many evenings, and I understand they do a great Sunday roast.  The winery is close to The Eden Project, Clay Trails and on a National Cycle Route, so you could easily be just passing by.

News from Camp Dog Harvey –  I have been collecting pictures in my album as lots of you are kind enough toDSC_6723 send me snaps when making your bookings, and after your stay.  This picture is still my favourite but I am sure it is beatable.

whippets-tea-partyNow unfortunately I am not going to be able to attend due to a very busy weekend, but the Port Eliot Dog Festival  & Whippet Tea Party is being held on Saturday 7 May 2016.  This will be such great fun and so if you are in the area, or staying with us at that time.  For me, may be next year!

General Meadows News

Our gorgeous meadow when in flower

Neither John, or I can complain that we do not have variation to our work.  We have both been very busy getting all the jobs done.  The girls (our caravans) have got their covers off, and are having an airing. Mabel has been painted out, and Lottie is next. We have been out today to a few nurseries and have got quite a few new plants which will be going in very soon, and we have been mulching and composting, weeding and nurturing.  All the outside painting is complete and there was a lot this year, and the grass is now doing its thing. The wildflower meadow has been topped again, and this years pitches which is very exciting.

We have taken a few deliveries this week too, one of which was some new fire pits.  Well,  there is no chance of us running out of wood this year!

Bookings – we are so pleased with how many campers want to stay with us this year. IMG_7111 Whilst we are happy being on the smaller side, we are sorry that we cannot accommodate all requests.  We do still have some availability, but this may only be for those who can manage without electric I am afraid.  In this regard, we charge phones, freeze ice packs, and we have a complimentary salon style hairdryer in our shower block.  To make an enquiry please contact us here

For those who don’t already know, The Meadows Campsite, just for grown ups (and dogs), campfire friendly, and in walking distance of  Pentewan, Mevagissey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First season visitors…………………..

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Comments Off on First season visitors…………………..

As you may be able to tell from our website, we like “different”.  If everyone, and everything was the same, then Camp Life would be IMG_7102boring!!! Boring, it is not at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan,and indeed, that word is not in the Team’s vocabulary.

High summer season starts today, and so we have been reflecting on camp life so far.  What makes our camp so special is our visitors, and the atmosphere on site which is very friendly, relaxed and informal.

debs pictures lottie etc 120We feel blessed this season with the weather so far, and the  variety of guests. Our guests have included, a celebrity (Martin Dorey aka Campervan Cookbook Man), Mr Claus with his van decorated with reindeers,;), Alfie the champion body boarding Terrier and just so many lovely people turning up their own special camping unit.

This weekend we have to name a few Mr Claus, Nipper, (a flowery Bedford van), Bertie a VW Campervan, Blue Vintage, serving up pancakes, lots of pop up top VWs, and of course our very own Lottie, and Maisy with their guests.  All are having such a fab time.

It is great to see also bell tents and trailer tents on site with their bunting and fairy lights up. Here is a little gallery of some of our guests at The Meadows Campsite from the day we opened right up to today – Enjoy the line up, and apologies to any one we have missed out, as you are fabulous guests. I am trying to get in to the habit, of having camera full charged at hand, and ready to go.

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News from Camp Dog

imageOf course it would not be right of me to have favourite guests, BUT I have been spoilt by lots of lovely girls, and lots of lovely Alfies.  All dogs called “Alfie” can usually do a trick, such as permanently spit their tongue out, body boarding, or in the case of Alfie Strout just look extremely cut and gorgoues 24-7.

Thank you to the Strout family Millie, Molly & Alfie for my card and gravy bone.  Camp Daddy had to take my ID to the sorting office to collect my card and bone as Postman Pat said it was too heavy for the stamp :).  It was well worth it though, and looking forward to seeing you all in September xxxx from me, CD.

Oh and by the way, I have been injected with a good dose of female hormones by Church End Vets, so I may have a high bark, and be Camp Dog Harriet when you next visit in September :). Camp Mummy must have a photo of you on your next visit for our gallery, so lipstick, on girls, and lipstick in Alfie!!

Good on all those of you who have been swimming in the sea, and in the river, and a very well done to the 3 Hicks Jack Russells who swam all the way back from Pentewan to Camp.

Other News

Blue Vintage – The freshly made Crepes are going down a treat.  Thursday is to be the regular night.  However, Blue Vintage will also now be calling on a Saturday tea time opening up her hatch to cook for all those weekenders, and new arrivals setting up, and being worn out from their journey.

Charlestown Regatta – This is on from Saturday 3 August to Friday 9 August.  Check out what is happening for this here

Heligan – Check out what is happening

Bookings – are closed now for July & August, as we are up to capacity, so sorry to those we have had to disappoint this season. HOWEVER September is debs pictures lottie etc 114the new July, and October the new August!!!!  Even though all of the little tiddlywinks, have gone back to school, we still advise to book early if possible as The Meadows  Dog Friendly Campsite, is fairly small.  You can contact us here, or telephone – 01726 844383. We are in the Pentewan Valley, close to the Eden Project, and Mevagissey, and within walking distance of Heligan Gardens.

“Lottie” Caravan is also available to rent for September and October, and please do take a look at lots of lovely news pictures on Lottie’s page.  Thank you Camp Sister  (now on her way back to NZ for a rest) for the photo-shoot, it was great fun, and the results are amazing!!

 

 

“Maisy” the Meadow Flower Tipee Tent is up…………….

Posted on July 5, 2013 by Comments Off on “Maisy” the Meadow Flower Tipee Tent is up…………….

Maisy awaiting her first guests

Just in time for the July heatwave, our floral meadow tipee tent which we have named “Maisy” is up, and available to rent.

This tepee tent already up and ready to go is ideal for last minute fun holidays/weekends in a glorious meadow setting.  Bring your sleeping bags, towels, food and your favourite drinks! You can start relaxing as soon as you get here, without the hassle of packing and putting up a tent.

Maisy is set up in a lovely spot right in the meadow field, and gets more than her fair share of sun. There is plenty of standing room in there, and a shaded outdoor area.

This would be a very fun way of camping for a group and we will have Maisy set up at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan during all dry summer periods so just give us a call to book.  The pitch price is the standard pitch price, plus £15 pn for the rent of Maisy. Maisy sleeps up to 10 people.  Of course you get to enjoy all of the Meadows’ usual campsite facilities, including our top notch shower block.  John’s breakfast baguettes and homemade cake  can also be delivered to you.

Camp Dog checking out Maisy

We are The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, St Austell Cornwall,close to Pentewan Sands, Mevagissey, Fowey, the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens.  We are in a sunny sheltered spot with a cycle trail and bus stops right outside the gates. We are also dog friendly, welcoming, and permit campfires (off the ground). Other similar secluded pitches are available for “proper camping” during dry periods. This area is fabulous for walking and cycling around St Austell, visiting the different bays and Cornish villages.

Any questions, or queries call John, or Lynn 01726 844383/07712599745, or email us here.

The sign is up………………

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Comments Off on The sign is up………………

imageWell, it really is now “ours”, and our stamp is going on.

This weekend has been very exciting as our sign has gone up, and so we are here to stay and will soon be open for business.

Our sign is very special, as like our website, the graphics were designed by Jake who is our nephew, a very creative young man.  The sign itself was made by our very good friend Mark, who John and I both went to school with, and who is a sign expert.  Mark’s partner Gayle did the painting for the sign, and our brother in law Steve did all of the steel work. John and Mark’s muscles “popped” the post in and hung the sign, which was quite a job, but a job  very well done.

The post is quite a substantial one, and we think the sign is quite funky and bright and cheerful, and we hope eye catching!!!!  It took some getting in and it is certainly not going any where with the 15 bags of post mix, and hard core that went down the very large hole.

This week we have lots of jobs planned, mainlyimage outside as the forecast is dry.  By the weekend hopefully we will have some good pictures to post with the week’s achievements!

Bernard (the previous owner) left a couple of old tractor tyres, and so one of those came in handy, as a planter with lovely plants from Pentewan Nurseries who are our very good neighbours.

Hopefully, all the motor homes, caravans, walkers and cyclists with tents on their backs, will not miss our lovely site in the Pentewan Valley, and this will entice you all 🙂 to come and stay.

Please do come and stay at The Meadows dog friendly touring park close to St Austell this season You will be very well placed for exploring this lovely part of South Cornwall, whilst may be visiting the Eden Project (fab), Heligan Gardens (superb), or Mevagissey (beautiful). You can either enquire here, or telephone Lynn, or John on 07712599745/01726 844383.  Booking can be made in advance, but we are also more than happy for you to just turn, up and we will always try and find you a good place to pitch.  You cannot be camping and caravanning, in the Pentewan/Mevagissey area as there is just so much to do.

Signs of Spring are with us at The Meadows

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Comments Off on Signs of Spring are with us at The Meadows

Cornish pasty championship at EdenWe have been getting out and about looking for signs that Spring is well and truly on its way.

At Heligan Gardens early blooms have been the talk of the estate recently. Rhododendrons, snowdrops, camelias and daffs have all added colour to the gardens. Heligan Gardens are wonderful to visit at any time of the year.

On our Sunday off we went out walking with Camp Dog Harvey around the beautiful Caerhays Estate. The wonderful magnolia collection there was full of colour. We also saw periwinkles, red campion, snowdrops, daffodils, primroses, crocuses and new buds forming on the hydrangeas. Hellibores are also now having their final fling.

At the Eden Project, near to St Austell Spring talk is more along the lines of “Pasties” than “Pansies”. The World Pasty Championship 2013 has just taken place. You might be interested to note the following “pasty” facts:-

1. Cornwall produces around 170 million pasties per year. 120 million of these are the traditional variety.

2. Over 2000 people are directly employed in pasty production in Cornwall. If you take the whole supply chain in to account this rises to 13000 people.

3. Cornwall’s pasty producing business turnover is nearly 300 million per year.

4. At least £15 million is paid to Cornish farmers for the locally sourced pasty ingredients.

5. Pasty producers reinvest an estimated £70 million back in to the local economy.

We are very well placed here at The Meadows caravan and camping park in the Pentewan Valley for visiting the above attractions of Caerhays, Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. In the summer months these places will all be at their finest. At The Meadows touring park in the Pentewan Valley we cater for caravans, motor homes and tents.  You may prefer to book in advance, and if so please enquire here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745. Advance bookings are not always required and you can just “turn up” and where possible we will find you a pitch.