- What time of the year is the site open?
We are a seasonal campsite. For 2016 we are opening on 30 April, and closing at the end of September. Advance bookings requests can be made at any time during the year.
- Where can we walk our dog, on or close to the site?
There are excellent walks for dogs immediately adjoining the site, a good one being down to Pentewan Village along the Pentewan trail, following the Little Winnick River. Another favourite daytime circular walk is to Mevagissey on the trail, via Heligan Estate, returning on the SWCP. Please note that Pentewan Sands beach itself is not dog friendly during our season.
For good walkers wanting a full day out walking head off to Charlestown on the SWCP, returning the inland route via Roseweek and finishing off on the Pentewan Trail. Map required, and see John or Camp Dog if you require further explanation!
- What size are the pitches?
Our pitches vary in size and position. We advise you to let us know of any particular requirements with regard to size, and/or position at the time of booking. We will always try our hardest to accommodate your specific needs.
- What is the power supply to the pitches with an electric hook up?
Our electric hook up pitches are run on a 16amp power supply. We can lend you an extension lead should one be required, and we can also hire an RCD 3 pin lead for tents.
- How far away is the touring site from beaches and main attractions?
Pentewan Sands is a pleasant 20-25 minute walk away down the Pentewan Valley Trail. Alternatively it is 5 minutes away in the car and there is free parking in the village.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a similar walking distance in another direction, again down the Pentewan Valley Trail. You can walk to Mevagissey in around 45 minutes (off road).
Gorran Haven & Polkerris Beaches are approximately 10 minutes away in the car. Caerhays Beach and gardens is approximately 15 minutes in the car, and the same for the beautiful Hemmick Beach.
The Eden Project is approximately 20 minutes by car.
- How far is the nearest pub?
The Ship Inn is within walking distance of the Meadows, along the Pentewan Valley Trail (25 mins approx). This is a very friendly village pub, with a beer garden. The Polgooth Inn is also within walking distance (40 mins), part on an unlit lane so only advisable during daylight hours. You also need a torch to walk back from The Ship in the dark.
Pentewan, Fowey, Charlestown and Mevagissey are also on our local bus route Kernow First 24. The last bus whilst is not quite after last orders, but is good for getting home after an evening out. There are also plenty of local taxis should you miss the last bus home, and not have your torch.
During mid-high season Anna’s cocktail and cider bar will be popping up on the campsite, particularly to accompany the Kernow Forno’s pizzas and The Atlantic Fryer’s fish and chips.
- Can I bring my dog?
Yes, The Meadows is very dog friendly, and we realise that dogs are a big part of the family. Dogs should be kept on a lead/under close control when not in your unit, and not left unattended, especially in hot weather. Dogs are not to be taken in the shower block, nor exercised on the campsite due to our informal “proper camping” area. We have lovely footpaths directly adjoining the site, and we have a dog parcel bin on the campsite. Please also see our dog page for more information on things to do and places to go. Any dog/dog owner found misbehaving will have our very own Head of Security to answer to.
- Can I do my laundry?
We have on-site laundry facilities for our guests, including a tumble dryer. The current rate is £5 per load for a wash and dry.
- Is there an onsite warden?
John and Lynn the resident owners live on site and will be there at most times of the day and night. Our Head of Security is also always on duty aka Camp Dog Harvey.
- Is there wifi on site, and can I charge my phone/tablet?
We do have a free wifi zone and we also offer a phone/tablet charging facility. We discourage streaming to avoid the access of free wifi being restricted to your fellow campers.
- Are campfires allowed?
We allow, and encourage fires off the grass as we appreciate that campfires are part of the true camping experience. To protect the grass, fires and BBQs must be at least 30cm off the ground. Bricks and slates are freely available at the side of reception. BBQs and fire-pits are available for hire, on a first come first served basis. Firewood is also available to purchase, but you are also free to bring your own supply with you.
Please respect our rules, and protect our grass to keep campfires burning here at The Meadows!
- Can we wild camp?
We have a number of secluded “proper camping” (none electric) pitches in our beautiful wild camping meadow. For all “proper camping” we do not allocate pitches, and our campers choose their own spot on arrival and so specific pitches cannot be reserved.
For camper vans there are four “proper camping” (none electric) pitches on the fore meadow which is the closest thing to camping in the wild flower meadow pitches.
- Is there food on offer?
Please note sadly we are no longer serving John’s breakfast baguettes. Tea and filter coffee is available to enjoy on the deck during our office hours. We also have weekly visits (Tuesdays) by Kernowforno serving wood fired pizzas and by The Atlantic Fryer (Thursdays) serving fish and chips. We also have a visiting pop up cocktail and cider bar. Local take aways also deliver to the site and we keep a selection of menus in our little blue shed/office.
NEW for 2016 – in addition to the above, we will also have visintg Lazy Jacks Cider Bar serving cider and other tipples out of a converted horse box.
ALSO NEW for 2016 – The Cornish Maid will be here 2 or 3 times a week in the mornings (not set days) serving up scrummy breakfast, including doorstep sandwiches with Kittows sausage & bacon.
- What is a hardstanding grass pitch?
All of our electric hook up pitches are served by “grass protecta”. This is an extremely heavy duty plastic type matting. The grass grows through this, so the pitch looks like a standard grass pitch, which keeps us looking like 50 shades of green…… However the matting takes a ton per square metre so you know should you be very unlucky with the weather you won’t get stuck. We also have hardstanding grass parking areas as part of our “park & pitch scheme” for our “proper camping”.
The “grass protecta” is there to protect the grass from vehicle traffic so that it is good for the whole season. For this reason it is important that vehicles are pitched/parked on the “grass protecta” area which we will point out to you when showing you to your pitch.
NEW FOR 2015 – four hardstanding campervan grass pitches (none electric) on our fore meadow.
- What is the TV reception like?
We are in a valley setting, and so the reception is not always the best. TV reception is not guaranteed on any pitches, and varies greatly at different times of the year. You may get excellent TV reception with a 99p aerial, and not so good reception with an all singing all dancing system.
- Is The Meadows part of a group?
The Meadows is an individual and a little bit of a quirky site. We are recommended and indeed feature inCool Camping’s latest handbook. However, we are not striving to meet the standards of group campsites, in particular the Caravan Club! Please do not compare us to the CC, and we accept that we will never be all things to all campers ;). We encourage first time visitors to read independent reviews of our guests, and to have a good read through the information on our website, which is continually updated.
- What types of units do you accept?
All unit types are welcome, but our natural site is more suitable for smaller units. We do not want anyone to be disappointed, so please note motor homes and twin axle caravans are very limited as to where they can pitch. Motor homes and twin axle caravans are not able to pitch further down the site, and will be allocated a pitch “up field” in the more formal area of the campsite.
Please note that there are no electric pitches in the wildflower meadow. However, there are four none electric campervan pitches on our fore meadow which are hardstanding grass pitches. (NEW for 2015)
- What is situation with regard to road noise mentioned in reviews?
We are situate on a B road in the Pentewan Valley, which is the road to Mevagissey out of St Austell. This makes us a great base for getting out and about, meaning you do not have to navigate yourself down narrow lanes getting in and out of the campsite. However, there is road noise on site which affects some guests more than others.
The stream side of the campsite is furthest away from the road, and you can request a pitch this side. With everything there is always a trade off, as the stream side loses the sun earlier in the day. The shower block side is closest to the road, and gets the afternoon and evening sun. We have hedging, and then the Pentewan Valley Trail is between our site and the road and a further hedge, but please do bear this in mind when booking your stay.
You do also hear a lot of bird song on the campsite, and the owls hooting at night.
- Are group bookings accepted?
All guests are welcome at The Meadows, provided they are happy with our camping etiquette. We ask that all members of any group booking read our camping etiquette prior to booking and decide whether or not this is the campsite for you. However, we are a small site, and so often group bookings are only possible during the quieter times.
You are best to nominate a Tour Leader for general queries, and to deal with the availability checks.
- Can we pitch next to our car if we go for “proper camping”?
We operate a “park & pitch” scheme for our proper campers (none electric pitches). Campers choose their own spot to pitch on arrival after weighing up the options!! There are pitches in the fore meadow for campers who like to pitch next to their car.
It is not possible to reserve specific pitches.
- How far does the wifi zone extend?
We offer free wifi but this is a wifi zone. The zone is the communal decked seating area in the formal area of the campsite, which is for our guests to enjoy. Individual pitches do not come with wifi, but those closest to the deck may be lucky and pick up wifi. Please do not use wifi for streaming.
- What age do you class as an adult?
Any person aged 16 and over is classed as an adult here at The Meadows, and very welcome.
We get a very good mix of age groups here at all times of the season.
- Getting around on public transport
We are on a very good local bus route, linking up to a main bus and train station at St Austell. The local bus travels to Pentewan Village, Mevagissey, Gorran Haven, Heligan Gardens, St Austell, Fowey, Par and Charlestown.
There are also ferry crossings between Mevagissey and Fowey, and Fowey and Boddinick. Both the ferries and bus are “dog friendly”.
- How much is it to hire a firepit, and how do we book one?
Firepits – are hired out on a first come first served basis unless booked and paid for in advance. Refunds are not given, so it can be best to book when you are here and have a better idea of the weather, but decide early as we have been known to run out. We have just ordered more as they seem to get more and more popular!
Cost £10 for the first night including a barrow of wood, and £8 for any subsequent night (cleaned out and a barrow of wood each night), provided booked before taken away. Just wood if you bring your own is £6, but please ensure what you bring enables the fire to be 30cm minimum off the ground.
Last orders for fire pits and wood are 6pm on the day required.
- How much is it to hire a BBQ?
For a great BBQ experience, offering a much better chance to eat lovely food that that cooked on a disposable BBQ hire a Webber Smokey Joe BBQ from us.
The BBQs are all set up ready to light, delivered to your pitch and cleaned up for you afterwards. To hire a BBQ it is £7 pn, and last orders are at 6pm.
- What time can we arrive?
Pitches (not Our Caravans) are available from 12 noon on the day of arrival and should be vacated by 11am on day of departure. As we run the site as a couple, and without overflow parking facilities, please help the smooth running of the changeovers by observing these times. We only have an hour between departures and arrivals to “get ourselves ready for inspection”!
If you intend arriving on site after 6pm please let us know, and note arrivals after 8pm or dusk, whichever is earliest are not permitted.
Our Caravans – arrival time is after 3pm to allow time for cleaning,and beautifying, and departure is by 11am please.
- Can I plug my hair straighteners in if I “proper camp” ?(asked by as many males as females!)
Whilst we do not wish to appear mean, we do not have any open plug sockets on the campsite for this facility. There is a salon style hairdryer in the shower block which is free to use.
We see all sorts of gadgets that our campers bring now, including power packs, and chargeable straighteners and so please think about this in advance.
- Do you have other accommodation for those without their own unit?
We have two gorgeous Vintage Caravans, Lottie and Mabel for rent. These both come with electric, and are available for weekly and short stay bookings. Please see Our Caravans for more information, including lots of pictures.
- Can we choose where to pitch?
For electric hook up bookings, pitches are allocated at the point of booking. Should you have any special requirements, or pitch preference then please let us know when making a booking request. As everyone has their own idea as to an ideal camping spot, then for a general feel of the campsite please read independent reviews. These can be found on Cool Camping, Trip Advisor and UK Campsites.
For “proper camping” (none electric) campers (tents) choose their own spot on arrival from within our camping areas. We have two grass camping wings, secluded pitches in our wildflower meadow. We also have a further grassed area (fore meadow) at the front of the wildflower meadow, where you can pitch next to your car.
We have 3 “proper camping” campervan/caravan pitches on our fore meadow area. These are hardstanding grass pitches looking over the meadow area, also good for land rover tents, and trailer tents.
- Do you have a fridge for campers?
At the present time we don’t have this facility. However, we do have a freezer and we freeze ice packs. There are usually spares available to borrow.
- How far are you from the SWCP?
The Meadows (adult only campsite) is situate on the Pentewan Valley Trail. The Trail links up to the SWCP both in the Village of Pentewan, and also in Mevagissey as the trail goes in both directions. The trail is off the road, and so makes a lovely start/ finish, to a day of walking the Coast Path.
- Can we camp with you whilst walking the SWCP?
Being very keen walkers ourselves, we really enjoy having both walkers and cyclists stay with us as part of their, usually epic journey!
The Meadows Campsite is a member of the SWCP Association, and we also give discounted pitch fees, and a very warm welcome.
We are good for an exit from the SWCP at either Pentewan, or Mevagissey as we are right on the Pentewan Valley Trail which links up to the Coast Path. We are just a mile from Pentewan Village with a lovely flat walk up the river to finish off your day. The walk from Mevagissey is a little longer, and does involve a hill, but you will skirt by the edge of Heligan Gardens, so a nice off the road walk.
Advance booking – is not required, and you can just turn up, but please arrive before 8pm.
- What ground sheets are acceptable?
For awnings and pup tents, we insist on breathable ground sheets to protect our grass please for the season.
For tents, breathable ground sheets are required for the living area of the tent, or where they are an integral part of the tent. Other ground sheets are accepted for the sleeping area.