What a great opening weekend

Posted on May 3, 2016 by Comments Off on What a great opening weekend

S7000293Well, in our year one I think we had about 6 units on the campsite for the first bank holiday, and one of those was Martin Dorey with his Reporter hat on.  That meant we very slowly eased our way in to the season, which was good really as we were complete novices.

This year was a completely different story and we had  almost a full campsite.  That made for a fantastic weekend, as with some great sunshine, as well as a frost, and with foodie/drinkie delights all was good.  Being rather nesh myself, I was very impressed with the number of “proper campers” for our first weekend, especially those who woke to frozen tents.  Hardy, there were as after waking to a frost, about an hour later about 30 of them were swimming in the sea in costumes NO WETSUITS !! A shout out to Pauline Barker the organiser of the wild swimming camp and what a lovely group they were.  They had fire pit every night, a swim every day, and after there swim there was lots of ooh aaahing coming from the shower block at the delight of our lovely hot showers.

S7000495A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too Lazys picfor room.  Our wild swimming group, and also the rest of our guests on the campsite, were very pleased to make full advantage of the food offerings on site this weekend.  These were courtesy of Kerno Fornow cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order, The Cornish Maid cooking up doorstep breakfast sandwiches, porridge and hot drinks and Lazy’s Travelling Bar, who did not have time to be Lazy !! I made the mistake of saying to The Cornish Maid “don’t think you will be busy so early in the season” to then watch a constant queue from her starting serving to the end of her service.  Of course the brekkie had to get the swimmers from Porthpean to Charlestown & back!!

Saturday night with the pizzas and Lazy’s bar working in tandem, glorious sunshine and all our fire pits going, IMG_0992there was one of the best atmospheres I can remember.  John & I always say that The Meadows attracts lovely like minded people from all walks of life, and some extremely cute dogs.

S7000490Despite, being a bit slow for everything natural (like grass, plants, trees etc), we did look lovely when we opened.  We made up for the lack of natural colour with extra bunting and fairy lights.

It has been good walking weather, and our early guests have almost all enjoyed the DSC_6544Mevagissey circular walk with a stop of at The Ship (why not)!

This means next bank holiday has a lot to live up to, as the benchmark has been set high.  I am working on the next one to see what I can pull out of the bag with the support of our local lovelies.

IMG_6785Bookings – we have very little left for high season if electricity is a must, and “proper camping” pitches are getting booked up for those we book out in advance.  If you still have us in mind for your summer holiday then you can book by completing the contact form, or giving us a call.  We do keep a few casual electric and “proper camping” pitches for those touring around,  and those who like to book last minute.

For first time visitors, The Meadows Campsite, is an adult only quirky campsite, and we are dog friendly. We are good for camping and caravanning for Mevagissey, Heligan Gardens, and we are IMG_7102also close to Eden. For walkers and cyclists, we are situate directly on the Coast to Clay Trail and for walkers this links up to the SWCP. We love campfires, nature, bunting and anything on the quirky side.  We also love showing our guests the food and drink delights of this local area.

Look forward to seeing all of those booked in with us soon. Next weekend is set to be another busy one, and the weather forecast is looking very good – not a frost in sight!

Lynn x

Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Comments Off on Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

DSC_0439Spring has most definitely Sprung, and we have put away our working waterproofs for the time being.

We are on countdown to opening now which is fast approaching, but we have everything in hand, or at least we think we have.

It looks like for our opening weekend, we will have a regular group of “wild swimmers” staying with us for a training weekend.  If it is anything like last time it is wild swimming by day, and warming up around a fire pit by night.

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The “girls” like their pink house

The outside jobs, of which there are lots, are underway and the painting has begun.  We like being colourful and so we do this job every year to keep a nice fresh feel to the place.   There are even more things to paint this year.  Our grass which is of course extremely important is being well tended to and is far higher maintenance than I am!!  It has had a hard winter, but with sunshine and showers on the forecast ahead, it will soon start greening back up,  and growing.

The pressure washer has had his Spring outing and the deck is all smartened up, and oiled. We just now need new tablecloths, repotting of our table plants,  and of course the awning.

We have been doing a bird watch whilst working outside.  In one days we spotted great tits, blue tits, long tailed tit, chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Nuthatch and an Egret.  There are also Moorhens nesting on the stream bank which is nice.

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Cornish hedge and wood stacks

The biggest job of the winter was our Cornish hedge being built, and managing all of the conifer wood.  The former took much longer than anticipated, but we are extremely pleased with the end result.  Our entrance looks extremely smart, and with the conifers gone you can better views up the valley. That is it for this year with wood, but our stacks do look very attractive if we say so ourselves.

IMG_7111Bookings – we must be doing something right, as we get busier year on year.  Already almost all of our hook ups are booked out from mid June until mid August, except for the odd few nights here and there. This has caught us by surprise.  There is still quite a lot of room for “proper camping” (none electric), for both tents, camper vans and those caravanners with their solar panels on board.  You can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.

We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Pentewan, just for adults and very dog and campfire friendly. If you like walking, cycling, or just exploring then we are in an ideal location and just a mile from the South Coast.

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As it is staying lighter later, we have also been out after work down to Caerhays Beach, imageand also the lovely Vault beach.  These are two of my favourite beaches.  We also made it down on a Sunday morning to the Caerhays Beach Cafe.  It is great there for sitting outside, and I hear there are some great evening events planned for the summer season with guest chefs, music, and comedy.

It is so lovely to see in the booking diary so many doggies booked in already, including a lot of Cavs.  I am already booked in to the groomers, and I have one last stay at my “up country” health farm prior to opening.

Other Meadows News

Apologies if you got caught up with the blip in our “contact” enquiry system.  This was a temporary blip of which we were unaware as it was selective with those it did not transmit.

Posh Pasties & Cider – just mentioning this again as we think this is a great new addition to what will be Lazys pichappening here this season.

Well we are counting down to opening, and we hope that those booked in already are counting down too.  We know one of our guests has  even got a holiday countdown app on the go!

Happy Easter

Lynn

Happy New Year, and Happy Camping…………..

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Comments Off on Happy New Year, and Happy Camping…………..

DSC_0439Firstly and most importantly a very Happy New Year to all from The Meadows Team.

Time always seems to fly by when we are open, but it is also flying by just as fast for our “down time”.

Luckily we were full steam ahead when we first closed our gates, and took full advantage of the dry, sunny weather and got ahead of the game.  The grass has been growing even in December.

This time of year, we are a little at the mercy of the weather as to what jobs we can do. This means it has been the ideal time to holiday, explore the County and try out many of the fantastic eating places Cornwall has to offer.

For our main holiday this year we thought we would try something new, and so booked a cruise.  John was the organiser, and gave us absolutely no time to think about it, as research and booking took all of 5 minutes, after a night out at The Polgooth!!  With no flying involved it did seem a good idea at the time.  It was a cruise mainly around the Canaries, but also stopping at Lisbon and Madeira.  It was different, in a very good way and it was certainly a hassle free holiday.  The only things we really had to think about was  planning what to do when off the ship as arranged excursions are not really our thing.  We found the Canaries extremely well set up for walkers, with some great walks, and indeed we shall definitely return to La Palma another winter which was by far our favourite Island. We ate lunch in some lovely places and feasted on tapas, and enjoyed sitting outside in November, and we met some lovely people and had lots of laughs.

Whilst having to dress up on the ship was good fun, being a country girl, I was pleased to be reunited with my jeans and wellies!!

Back in Cornwall, we have done a great deal of exploring (the walking and eating kind), and we continue to be surprised.

Walking (our favourite pass time)

With having lots of woods on our doorstep, and the Luxlyan Valley close by, we have only just discovered Cardinham Woods (Bodmin way).  These really are super woods for both walking, and cycling, with one in particular very hairy cycle ride that nobody would ever get me to do! There is a fabulous cafe Woods Cafe which is known in particular for it’s scrummy carrot cake.

We have also been out walking on the Clay Trails again great for cycling and walking, and with some fantastic views.  You can pop in to Eden, or Wheal Martyn for coffee, or lunch, or even better literally just off the trail is the Knightor Winery doing tours, tasting and often coffee and lunch.

This year we had a quiet Cornish Christmas.  On Christmas Eve we were blessed with a day of sunshine and walked to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Valley Trail  for lunch at the Sharksfin, of beef tacos which were excellent.  When we lived in Norfolk we always used to have mussels and chips for supper on Christmas Eve.  When we saw mussels at Meva’s fish stall, we could not resist and so supper was sorted, and our return walk was on the coast path  A great day, all round.

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Crantock beach in the winter (NT)

Walking, beach style

I like a beach where you can get a good stride out and Pentewan Sands and Par are good for this, although for doggies Pentewan is only good for the winter months.

Another great beach, with a nice drive out to it is Pendower on the edge of the Roseland. There is a NT car park right on the beach  and some very good rock pools.  We headed out here on Boxing Day and then returned via The Roseland Inn at Philleigh.  This is a lovely pub and that day the fire was roaring and we had lovely prawn sandwiches and chips before heading home.

In 40 minutes, we can be over on the North Coast, and so based on which side has the better weather, we have been heading up north walking some days.  Our favourite beaches are Watergate Bay, Perranporth (2 miles long at low tide), Hayle and Crantock.  All of these are fairly close together and so it is possible to do a day of beach hopping with plenty of places for refuelling.

Eating (our second favourite pass time )

For one reason and another, until December, we had just not gotten around to trying The Hub Box on Pentewan Sands – big mistake!! We ventured out here for our Christmas Party and joined forces with Kernow Forno who were hub box regulars. If you like really, really good burgers then this place is a must visit, but go when you are hungry.  The sides are all home made and the coleslaw and burnt end beans were fab, and the burgers delicious and award winning!  Unfortunately it is not dog friendly in the summer months – boo hoo, and for us it is now closed until March.  However, we shall fit in another visit before we open and as it is right on the beach we hope by then be able to sit outside.

As a result of Storm Frank, we had a daytime without power. We saw this as an opportunity to have brunch out and went off to Griggs Farm Shop.  The shop itself is great for outdoor gear, work gear, eggs and pickled onions, but the cafe is just a real treat.  I had a half Cornish and John  a full Cornish breakfast and it was very, very tasty indeed and kept us going until power was restored. There was even enough for a doggie back for Harvey who had waited patiently in the landy.

On our trips out exploring, and with the guidance of Alistair Sawday’s website, and of course trip advisor we have tried new places.  We like cosy pubs, good food, and a friendly welcome so not much to ask! We got all of these at both The Halestown Inn, Halestown (near St Ives), and The Ship Inn at Wadebridge.  We always like to have a memory bank of dead certs, plus a few on our list still to try, and a few very special favourites.

Work on site

Our Cornish hedge is slowly but surely coming along.  The first part is complete, save for the hedge itself to be planted in the top.  The next section is well underway, but the weather has been making it tricky for hedger Tom.

Wood – our regulars will know that fire pits are a big thing here at The Meadows, and indeed many have commented on our woodLots of towers required for 2016 towers. We have a very good back up wood source, however, we would like eventually to keep up with supply and demand from our own towers.  After hearing such good reports from farmer Bowler about his log splitter run off an old Renault tractor, we have bought our own splitter to be delivered today.  The old Fordson Dexter had been feeling redundant since we bought our new tractor, and so is pleased to have been chosen to run the splitter.  We have made our very own mini production line, so trunk to stack should be a fairly slick operation, or that is the idea any way.

For everything else left to do, we are poised now waiting on the first signs of Spring.  However, wood will keep us busy until then, and will also keep us fit.

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Happy new year, and happy walkies to all my four legged friends out there.  It is nice enjoying my large garden once again, and getting out and about on some epic beaches.  Whilst my owners were away cruising I spent two weeks “up country” with the farming side of the family.  I was very happy as in reality I just went from one sofa and log burner to another!

I enjoyed a Christmas time feast of cockerel (lots of), roast ham joint, short rib of beef, and all the trimmings each time, except I don’t do peas! There has been lots of walks on the beach, 3 a day on some days and lots of dog friendly pubs with log fires, and hot chips under the table. Life for me is pretty good, and so on that basis I have signed a new contract for next season as Camp Dog.

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We are well in to taking bookings now, and indeed some summer weeks, we are already getting fairly limited on hook ups.  The system is the same as before, keeping it fairly simple, just how we like things.  We continue to add information to our FAQs and keep the information on the website up to date, useful and interesting!  To book you can contact us here, or if you would like to speak to us please call 01726 844383.  Our gorgeous caravans Lottie and Mabel are also available to rent again this year for a special stay.  For newbies The Meadows is an adult only campsite, dog friendly and quirky, on the South Cornwall Coast, and great for walking cycling and campfires.

Here’s to a great 2016 with lots of sunshine and fun along the way.

Lynn

 

 

 

What’s this “adult only” all about……..

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Comments Off on What’s this “adult only” all about……..

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When we made the decision to change to a campsite “just for grown ups” we did this not with our business hats on, and not because we don’t like kids, we do!  We made the change to offer something different in an area with lots of campsite choice.  We have always wanted to run the campsite, as a couple with the very personal touch.

This is now our second season as “just for grown ups” and it is being well received.  Lots of our guests have children, or work with children but when they are holidaying as a couple want to be around other grown ups, chilling and relaxing.  This also means they can enjoy a sleep in sometimes, and a light night around the fire pit.

From our point of view, it works well, as even when we are full, which we are a lot, with usually only two on a pitch we have the time to chat with our guests, and help them get the most out of their stay in the area.

IMG_7232With no little ones to wake them up early in the morning, we find there is no early morning mad rush for the shower block.  Indeed it is often just before lunchtime that the facilities are at their busiest – Oh yes it is…………..!!  I will qualify that to say that we do often have a very early brigade on too who usually beat me in there for my early morning clean.

We have had a few groups camping with us recently, all having a great time, and all observing our “camping etiquette”. We get a big mix of ages, and there is always a very chilled, relaxed, atmosphere on site, and that is not just when the cocktails and cider is being served!  We had a group of Exeter students here celebrating the end of their exams and they enjoyed campfires, bbqs with goodies from Lobbs Farm, walking the SWCP, and even some kayaking around the beautiful local coves.  Lots of our small groups have arrived under their own steam, and so have also benefitted from our discount.

Mevagissey Feast Week – is on this week, and is a week full of lots of fun events, and lovely food.  The fish feast was especially DSC_6544good, and we have seen some wonderful looking’s lobsters being cooked up here on the bbq.  The music events are also proving popular, and it is great for our guests being able to hop on the bus, or walk in, and so avoid the very busy car parks.

We are also keeping our eye on the Caerhays Cafe for news of pop up events, as with the weather warming and drying up at last these just make for a great evening out with music and food on the beach, and films too.  Indeed The Atlantic Fryer is having to give one Monday a miss here – boo hoo so on 3 August our guests will have to enjoy fish and chips on Caerhays Beach instead.

Lots of our guests have been heading off to the Eden Sessions to see Paolo Nutini, Elton John, Motorhead, the very lovely Paloma Faith. If staying here during the Eden Sessions it is always worth doing a check a couple of day before as they often have late returned tickets and it really is a fab venue.

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Did someone say pussycat????!!

This week we have had a family arrive on the campsite who will be staying with us until the end of our season.  We have mum and dad, two cats, two cockatiels and a parrot!! The parrot is I am sure going to keep their neighbours, and other guests entertained once he has settled in to his holiday abode.

Other Meadows news

This weekend it is the Padstow Vintage Rally, and also the end, and of course including the grand firework finale of Mevagissey Feast Week.

It is is also worth noting that The Miracle Theatre Company will be doing an open air performance of The Magnificent Three on 11 July up at Heligan Gardens should you be with us then.

Of course there are still The Charlestown and Fowey Regattas for our guests to look forward to, and The Asylum up at Heligan with Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Fish and Chips (Mondays), Wood Fired Pizzas (Tuesday)  and Cocktails are going down a storm with our guests so far this season.  They will be S7000002continuing through the season and hopefully in September too (subject to numbers).

This year “proper camping” is seeming to be even more popular, although with some of the gadgets we charge “proper” is being tested!!  Our “proper camping” areas are fully booked now through until September, unless you are of course arriving under your own steam and we will then always find you a place.

Reviews – thank you so very much indeed for all the lovely reviews we have received this season, and for all the pictures you have sent us.  There has been some great pictures of our resident woodpeckers.

Thank you also for the extra special effort being made dressing your units.  It is such good fun seeing all the fairy lights, bunting, IMG_7013handmade windbreaks, and so much more……………  This really seems to be a campsite full of very happy people, and we love it.  Our bunting stock has been depleted and our bunting boys are very busy making bunting for summer weddings.  This means if there is any one out there who is a handmade bunting queen we would be very happy to stock it in our little shop this summer so please do get in touch.

Of course The Meadows Team likes to join in with the oh so important finishing touches,  and so we now have lots more bunting on our stream bank, and blue fairy lights on our office.  We also have so many pots on our deck area and herbs which guests are welcome to help them selves to.

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Nothing much to report, as I am far too busy following up a rumour that two pussycats have been spotted on site………………… I will just say that I am very impressed with the long walks that some of my four legged guests have been subjected to by their owners recently, as I know these hills. Good on you getting out there and exploring, and working up an appetite for your sausages and burgers on the bbq.  Those only doing half a circle, and returning on the bus have been spotted!!

Top places for doggies this month – Duporth & Vault Beaches, both quieter as you have to walk some of the way. For food, the terrace at The Kingswood, who are now doing lovely lunches too Wednesday to Sunday, and of course The Polgooth Inn, both are in walking distance of The Meadows.

Heatwave – for mad dogs who like sunbathing Caerhays cove is the favourite place for a beach day, with the sea there being on the calm side so good for a cooling dip.

Well, that is all for now folks, and we look forward to seeing lots of you very soon.

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to opening has begun……………

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Comments Off on Countdown to opening has begun……………
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Last day of Feb

We seem to have returned in time for the first signs of Spring, and some lovely sunny days. January and February can be a little wet in Cornwall which limits the work we can do on site.  It was a good time to be away, but it was a good time to return, and we are loving working outdoors again.

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Porthcurno

Getting lots of jobs done in the week, we still have time for our Cornwall outings at the weekend.  If it is grey in one place in Cornwall, you can usually find sunshine in another part, so we tend to go where the weather looks best.  Last weekend we took a trip out to Porthcurno, and walked around on the SWCP past the Minack Theatre to another couple of beautiful coves, and a nice surprise of a little beach cafe for a coffee stop.  Cornwall is just so full of surprises.

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We drove back the scenic route, through Mousehole and stopping off at Newlyn and the very popular Tolcarne Inn for a late lunch A lovely old pub, serving delicious fish and dog friendly too. It was John Dory for me with mussels and my first taste of polenta, and good old fish and chips for John.  A small blackboard menu and the fish was as fresh as fresh, a good choice and one we shall definitely be returning to. Newlyn has a very good fresh fish shop so we picked up some scallops and squid and then returned home to light the fire.

On Sunday we headed off to Fowey and walked on the lower path to Golant which is very lovely, and then returned on the higher path for the fabulous views.  At the moment, we are trying out parts of The Saints Way, so that we can add this one to our walks, and give some first hand review of it. We stopped off for a drink at The Star at Tywadreath on the way back which is another good and proper pub, and then it was home for roast lamb.

Monday was back to work, and opening time is fast approaching, and there is still lots to do.

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Five towers, and all still standing

We now have a whole row of wood towers ready for the ever popular fire pits, and surely we cannot run out this year!  The hedge has had his hair cut, this week, and the chickens got new bedding as what comes off all goes through the shredder as we don’t like wasting anything here.

The butterflies are on order……………… watch this space – inspired by something I spotted whilst lunching in a NZ winery, and I have been on the hunt since!!

Pitch names – we downed tools early yesterday as it was bright blue sky and so very sunny, and headed out to Vault Beach and collected some material for our new signs.  The Brooks’ family are the artists and so when everything has been collected, Camp Daddy John will be getting in touch with his creative side, and I shall be directing!

New for 2015

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Gorgeous Mevagissey

Since we arrived in South Cornwall, we have noticed changes in Mevagissey, and it seems to be going up and up.  There are some lovely places to eat, and new places opening all the time.  Our favourite coffee stop is The Cafe on the Quay, and for lunch we like The Sharksfin, especially now it is warming up and the doors are open on to the quay.  There are some lovely little shops in Mevagissey, and of course being a fishing village there is no shortage of places to call in to for a pint or two. You can buy fresh fish on the quay, cornish pasties, and fish and chips.

Recently Fat Face have opened up on The Quay, and we look to be getting stand up paddle boarding opening up too.  Paddle boarding was huge in NZ, especially in the calmer harbour waters, and down the rivers.

If you like holidaying early summerthen Mevagissey Feast Week is a great time to visit. You can walk in to the Mevagissey on the trail which takes about an hour, or catch the bus and avoid car parks. Feast week this year is 28 June – 4 July and the first day is a usually a great day to head down, especially if you like food.  Check out what is happening for the week.

We all love Mevagissey and the neighbouring Port Mellon walking out on to Chapel Point too.

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Well, we will be soon

Bookings

After two great summers, we all seem to have faith in making it three in a row and our bookings reflect this.  Don’t hang around if you want to come and stay this summer, as nobody else is.  We appreciate that not everyone wants to holiday Saturday to Saturday, especially with the delightful A30 and so we offer a flexible booking system.  This does make our pitch planner, look a bit of a miss match sometimes, but we don’t mind that and it always allow space, for those just dropping by whilst touring this lovely county.  If you want to advance book a stay at The Meadows Campsite then you can contact us here or by telephone  – 01726 844383.  Just a reminder we are an adults (16 and over) only campsite.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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Vault Beach in the winter

It was nice having my early morning walks on Pentewan Sands, but unfortunately 1 March has passed, and so it is once again out of bounds for me.  However, Vault Beach and Gorran Haven are my favourites anyway and I quite like being chauffeured some days to my walks.

I cannot say I am working too hard at the moment, as being Head of Security is an easier role when the gates are closed. Now it is warming up, I shall be swapping the back of the settee for the sunny deck for my afternoon siestas.

 

 

Testing the one hour theory………

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Comments Off on Testing the one hour theory………

IMG_7106The Meadows Campsite is on the south coast of Cornwall, and one of the slimmer parts of the county.  This makes us situate in a very beautiful part of Southern Cornwall with lots to explore on our doorstep, but also a great base for getting out and about in the county.

We love our girls (the chucks), but during down time, they do restrict our getting away on short breaks, so days out are ideal.  We can then make sure we are back late afternoon when it is still light to give them theirdeb's pictures 019 tin of sweetcorn, and put them to bed at dusk.

IMG_0929Our walking is also a little restricted just at the moment, due to Camp Dog having poorly paws, and so it is short walks only until they are better, and so we combine these with scenic drives.

Being nice and central, we can be anywhere else in Cornwall in just about an hour, and so everywhere in the county is doable for a day trip.

This weekend we had a lovely mooch around Padstow on Saturday afternoon, and it was even warm enough to sit outside on the harbour front.  Padstow is never quiet even in the winter, and it even manages to have 3 pasty shops in a row, as well as lots of great eating  in places, and all the very popular shops if you like a spot of shopping.

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Seaton & Downderry

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Portwrinkle Cafe

My favourite magazine is Coast, and this is where you often learn about the not so talked about places.  I think this is often as these places are off the beaten track, and are beautiful just for their naturalness, and you really have to seek places out, and some of the best places you will only see if exploring on foot. On Sunday I was tour leader, and we headed off to the Rame Peninsula which is known as Cornwall’s forgotten  corner. We were heading for lunch in Kingsand, and our first stop on the way was Seaton & Downderry.  We parked up on the front and had a lovely walk on the sea wall, basking in lovely warm sunshine between the two villages, and back along the SWCP which runs on the village coast road where the lucky residents have the most amazing view around to Looe and beyond.

Next stop on the coast road was Portwrinkle, another gorgeous coastal village with a very popular country club and golf course.  We stopped for our morning coffee at the cafe which must have one of the best views in Cornwall right on the cliff top. Portwrinkle is at the start of Whitsand Bay which is quite simply stunning , with very dramatic scenery and sandy beaches.

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Kingsand & Cawsand

Still en route to Kingsand we passed three beautiful old forts and took in the view at Rame Head.  The head looks a fabulous section of the SWCP, but unfortunately H would not have managed the ups and down of the coast path that day, so back on the coast road to Kingsand.  By now the blue sky had changed to a more stormy setting and so we parked ourselves in The Devonport Inn in one of the window seats, and had lunch of fogey river mussels (me), and homemade Cornish pasty and a pint (Camp Daddy), and lots of treats for Harvey from the nice ladies in the pub.  Kingsand and Cawsand are very beautiful villages and fabulous to wander around, but the houses there do take frequent batterings, with all houses on the front having window shutters and flood gates. We have only visited here once before and it was summer time, and we caught the Plymouth ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe and walked around.  Then it was very busy, and a really hot day and we sat outside the same pub where they have trays attached to the habour railings which is a great idea as there is limited room for tables and chairs.

We took the direct route back home, but reading up about the area later, we should have stopped at a couple of places on the other side.  Next time we shall take a look at St John’s lake (twitchers’ paradise), and St Germans Church.   There are also the historic country properties of Anthony, Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot.

So for a great day hour whilst holidaying with us at The Meadows, the Rame Peninsula is highly recommended, and indeed we shall be visiting again before we open and exploring more on foot.

Other Meadows News

S7000019We have been getting on with our winter jobs, and a lot of time has been spent “doing” wood! A lot of trees have been taken down mainly random ones in our working area, and also a couple stream side. All the big stuff has been logged and we have completed our first huge log tower ready for fire pits. All the smaller stuff has been shredded and the chucks got the first lot for their pen, and we have ton sacks lined up ready for our new planting areas, along with some stumps for our new stumperry. Still lots of tree work to be done.

Next week is set to be drier and is our last good week to get our plants in, and we have lots of them.  We have some lovely granite boulders, trunks and stumps to make the beds.  All the planting is to be Cornish style, and informal.

We have also been collecting things on our outings, to use for our pitch name signs.  Just when our guests thought they had worked out our pitch numbering system, and you did well as I often get confused, we are giving our pitches names.

On the more practical side, our very skilled Cornish digger man Frank is coming back in the next few weeks to clear out all of our ditches, to keep the land drainage system flowing.  We are also going to be putting in more “grass protecta” soon on to the fore meadow to create our four none electric camper van pitches.  This will enable camper vanners to mingle with the tenters and enjoy the evening sun in the meadow with a view of the Mevagissey hill.

S7000002It seems from an article published in Practical Caravan Magazine this month that The Meadows is getting known as a bit of a foodie campsite.  We like this as we love food, and we do agree that there is so much wonderful food in the area, not just with Lobbs Farm Shop along the trail, and some amazing eateries, but also with wood fired pizzas, paella, breakfasts and cocktails made on site, we hope guests will continue to enjoy such delights.

Bookings – we are now taking bookings for 2015, and please do contact us by either email or telephone to book for next season.  We are a smallish friendly campsite just for grown ups one mile from the sea on the south coast.  We are close to Mevaggisey, Heligan Gardens, Charlestown and lots of other fabulous places.  We are also an ideal campsite if you are keen walkers, or cyclists with lots of walking and cycling routes  starting from the campsite gates.

Well, that’s all for now and it’s time to light the log burner…………

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

For those on jolly countdown…………..

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Comments Off on For those on jolly countdown…………..

IMG_6785We cannot believe that we have already reached the half way point of our second season, and time is certainly flying by. There is a very relaxed, informal atmosphere on site, with some very chilled guests who having been making the most of our pop up saviours.  Cream teas, wood fired pizzas and gooey choc brownies, and Steve’s Mojitos have been going down a storm.

The weather to date has been extremely kind for a UK Summer and fingers crossed it will be very similar for the rest of the summer, followed swiftly by an indian summer for the latter part of our season.  Surely this is not asking for too much.

For those with their jolly still to look forward to, and to help both our guests, and ourselves out as we are all busy people, I am setting out below some information for faqs on the days before arrival, and to save you trawling our site.  As those who have visited us will know, we run the campsite just the three of us, and one of the team, as cute as he is does not always pull his weight so most of the work is left to Camp Daddy and I.

Don’t upset the Head of Security

For those arriving Q “What is the earliest time we can arrive on site” 

We know you are very eager to start your jolly, but we can only dedicate our time to you from 12 noon on the day of arrival.  John’s breakfast baguettes are very popular in particular for those packing up and leaving us on the morning.  Also grown ups often don’t get up at the crack of dawn, especially if the cocktail van visited the night before!! To avoid mayhem on the site as there is nowhere to park you especially caravans and motorhomes, until we have waved off our guests departing the pitches, and then given them a mow and a tidy up.  We are ready for arrivals and inspection, for 12 noon.

This also means that you get personally shown to your pitch, and given the full run down on the local map, dog friendly information, and what’s hot and what’s not, and also what is happening on site that week.  It also means that when you are departing, we will have time to cook you a baguette and make you a pot of coffee to set you up for your journey should you so desire. We are just down the road from both Asda and Tesco, and the fabulous Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan for stocking up before setting up.

Also as you enter the valley you have the lovely Kingswood with a great parking area, and the dogs on board will leave you in peace to set up if they have exerted a bit of energy first.  Those guests who have been walking, or to Mevagissey for brunch pre set up have suffered far less from tent tourettes (not mentioning awnings 😉 on arrival, and that is fact!!

Q “What is the latest time we can arrive on site”  Our answer to this is at a reasonable time, and to be able to set up in the light .  We are “owls hoot softly after 10pm” and so we would not want you to be setting up any later than that.  If you are arriving after 7pm please do let us know so we know you are definitely coming.  If our office is closed, we live on site, and so please come on to the deck and wave your arms around. If that that does not work, our telephone numbers are on the office door.

Q “Where can we exercise our doggie” We are very dog friendly as those who have visited us will know.  However just as you would not want anyone DSC_6759exercising their dog on your pitch, we do not accept dogs being exercised on the areas that are for the “proper campers”, or other people’s pitches. The trail runs from right outside our gate and parallel to our site, and this is the best for early mornings, and before bed time.  We do of course have a dog parcel bin for you.  Of course the trail is also great for many lovely long day time walks and not having to take the car.

Q “What night is pizza night” This now seems to be important to those planning a short stay, and not wanting to miss out.  Pizza night is Tuesday 5-8pm and pre-ordering is required.  Cream tea and cake is usually Thursday afternoon, and sometimes Earl the van will call in on other days.

Q “Changes to Bookings” Please note that we are now more or less fully booked until early/mid September, and we have turned lots of people away, and made a pitch plan.  If you have to shorten your trip for any reason, then we are very sorry that you will miss part of your stay. However, please note that on arrival we require payment for the full balance of your booking, and refunds will not be given should you leave before the end of your booked stay. We feel we are very reasonable people, and we do not want to go down the line of the more commercial parks collecting payment, not less than 28 days prior to arrival.  Please play fair is what we ask and which the majority do, as we do have to run the campsite as a business, and it is, we feel a very relaxed one!!!

Extending your booking – we will try to accommodate this where possible, but we will not always be able to do so.  Please come and see us should you want to stay longer, and we will see what we can do.

IMG_7114Lottie & Mabel Caravans – as the beautifying takes far longer arrival is any time after 3pm, but again we don’t expect you to hand back the key until 11am on the day you leave.

For those who have reached the end of their stay, and are departing The Meadows Firstly, and most importantly  we hope by then you will have had a fabulous stay, and we hope you will leave wanting to return one day. Our departure time is 11am which we hope gives you time to pack up in an orderly fashion, and enjoy breakfast on our sunny deck should you wish before setting off home.

Reviews – you can give your  honest feedback on UK Campsites, Trip Advisor and Cool Camping.  This gives me the opportunity to say a very, very big thank you to the many of you who have given reviews, and trip advisor seems to be the current favourite.  Thanks to you guys we are presently ranked number 2 for St Austell speciality places to stay :).  We wish we had more hours in the day to respond to you all personally as we appreciate the reviews so much and they keep us confident that we are on the right track!!!!

General – “do we need to book” – unless you are arriving on foot, or on a bicycle an advance call would be wise even if just for an odd night.  However, we do often have gaps between bookings for the odd night  or two.  This means if you are in the area touring this beautiful County we are worth a try, and your luck could be in. And lastly, as of course I could not miss it out and for the final time

We are just for grown ups, and it is simple as that!!!!!!!!  We have now heard all the jokes and more, so please can we have some new ones for August to make us laugh all the way the end of the season:).  

You can also check out our faq for more information, and our website generally including our camping etiquette

Right a quick run down on what is still left to enjoy this summer in this delightful part of Cornwall Fowey and Charlestown Regattas St Ewe Country Fair  Boconnoc & Sticker Steam Fairs The Meadows Paella Nights, courtesy of Sams Vans – subject to there being enough interest.  We have quite a few takers already, so please let us know on arrival.

For any guests who stayed with us in early June you may recognise this fella “Milo”. “Milo” and the girls had a fabulous holiday, and really got out there and explored.  Thank you for the photos Anne, Sarah & Milophoto 4photo 3photo 1Milo pics

Lynn  on behalf of the team.

There’s camping, and there’s camping at The Meadows, Campsite

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Comments Off on There’s camping, and there’s camping at The Meadows, Campsite

IMG_7114Changing to “just for adults”, of course we expected a bit of banter, and it’s all been taken in good humour.  Indeed only this morning, we had a call from a gentleman who said he was ringing us as the adults only campsite he rang first asked if was ok with removing all of his clothes after checking in.  The poor man was horrified as he was only looking for a campsite, for a base for him and his dog to go out walking the SWCP.

Just so we are all singing of the same hymn sheet, here at The Meadows, it is clothes on, although in this heat just the basics are fine.  There is also no naked badminton, or ball games of any kind, and we have updated our camping etiquette accordingly.  Any more questions please, as I am extremely intrigued, and I have to say as a farmer’s daughter who grew up in the country quite naive even at the age of 44!!!  However, 15 months down the line, we feel we have learnt a lot about life on a campsite and it is all great fun.

Oneliners –  The Meadows team have a great sense of humour (good job), and so it seems have a lot of our guests. Just to share a few with you of our favourites IMG_6976– no naming names :-

1. “that’s it then now for you guys, from now until the end of the season, you just cut the grass and collect the money!”

2. “what do you (Lynn) do then after breakfast service, go to your proper job”.

3. “We would love to run to a campsite – I could carry on working as normal, and my wife could just mow the lawns…………….”

4. “I bet these shower blocks are more or less self cleaning” – note -what like the cleaning fairy!!!

5. “What did you both do before semi retirement”.

Supporting local small business

Holidays are extremely important and we want to give our guests the best experience possible.   We have been taken by surprise as to the work involved, especially on the has to be done administration side.  This has meant that our ideas for chef John/Camp Daddy and me Camp Waitress and GD have been put on hold for the time being.

However, we are very lucky to have some fabulous and talented locals who are happy to come add to our guests experiences, and so far these are a very big hit. Firstly, we have the regular Tuesday night pop up wood fired pizza night between 5-8pm.  This is going down extremely well with our campers, many of whom are real foodies and so the locally sourced produce for the toppings is a real treat. The pizzas are cooked freshly to order on the wood fired oven and many guests enjoy theirs on the deck.

To accompany the pizzas, when the sun is shining, and we he can we have Mojito Steve serving up cocktails out of Sams Van.  The first night was the perfect night for it, clear blue sky and a lovely chilled atmosphere on our deck.  Even Camp Mummy and Camp Daddy enjoyed a few gorgeous Mojitos.  Mojito Steve will be making impromptu cocktail visits throughout the season on fine evenings.

 

We also have regular visits especially at the weekend by Thirstea Company serving up tea, coffee and cakes out of Earl the Citreon H Van.  Seth and Jodi also do cream teas on the go. Being sited just inside our entrance holidaymakers and locals enjoying the trail are also welcome to pop in for a cuppa and cake.

 

Other Meadows News

Well this season has got off to a great start with so much hot and sunny weather.   Our campers have been enjoying the fine beaches around, and Gorran Haven, Hemmick, and Caerhays have been the particular favourites .  Swimming in the sea in June is a real treat.  It has also been so much warmer in the evenings, and there has been lots of bbqs and fire pits being enjoyed, and so lovely smells wafting over to the office.

Mevagissey Feast Week starts at the weekend, and that will be a real bonus for those campers coming in.  All the decorations are up ready, and there is a full programme of events.

As our new stock of handmade bunting, made by the “Bunting Boys” has arrived, we have seen some extremely well dressed tents, and all buntings are different. The Meadow field, and the secluded meadows pitches are still full of flower, and the meadow has been very popular during this very warm spell, in particular the soft meadow grass for siestas.

New pitches  – our new stream side “proper camping” pitches are now in use and the camper vans and tenters are loving these.  These pitches are for campers who like to pitch next to their car as opposed to opting for the wilder camping experience down in the meadow field.

Our new proper camping wing, also opens tomorrow, and we have a group of 10 in to christen the wing.

Bookings – We cannot believe how popular we are!  Some of it has to be down to the fantastic reviews that our guests have been very kind to give of The Meadows.  We are just so pleased that everyone is enjoying their stay with us.  Unfortunately, as a small natural site, we do have a limit on numbers, and we tend to go on the conservative side for advance bookings, as the weather is of course unpredictable and out of our control.  This means for you that we are now only taking booking for last minute stays, (i.e a couple of days before), or those who just like to turn up on foot, or not. You would be extremely lucky with hook up if we can accommodate you now, for anything other than a couple/frew days in between bookings.

News from Camp Dog HarveyDSC_6686

Loving the hot weather, and most of my day is spent under the tree keeping watch on my girls.  I have been very lucky to go out in an evening to Gorran Haven, which is quiet at night, and so good for a bit of skinny dipping.

Kingswood Bar & Restaurant – Just to let you know that dogs are welcome here when the weather is good for al fresco dining on the deck at the rear.  The bbq is lovely on a Sunday evening  On the very plus side, the walk to Kingswood is along the trail by the River and so nobody needs to drive either – happy owners, make happy dogs. This one is on the dog friendly list of places to go.