Great weather for doing…………

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Comments Off on Great weather for doing…………

IMG_6820With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite.  Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.

Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose  all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather.  There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.

The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”.  Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea.  Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay.  Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.

Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days.  A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs.  The current favourite walks are:-

DSC_65441. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River.  A lovely day walk.  This one I expect will always stay at number 1.

DSC_6758Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown.  Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path.  The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home.  Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.

Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach.  Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.

Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.

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Chapel Point & Colana Beach

Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach.  There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.

ferryNumber 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk.  Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views.  Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month.  There is never any shortage of boats to look at.

Other highly recommended “doing” days:-

1. Heligan Gardens, of course.  At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ.  Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.

2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant.  This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it.  We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….

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Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!

3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month.  This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip.  The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night.  Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper.  We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.

4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions.  Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!

5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.

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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found.  Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks.  We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast.  There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others.  The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.

We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite.  All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is.  Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!

Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received.  Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.

Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by.  The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.

IMG_6785Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much.  For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September.  For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September.  In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.

We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens.  We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings.  All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.

Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up.  We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.

News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides.  There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year.  As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite.  We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats.  One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.

Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows.  Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send.  These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us.  For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.

Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

Local delights………

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Comments Off on Local delights………

2013 - the meadows no22As lots of you are asking, this is just to give you an idea of local delights on offer here for the season.  Nothing is set in stone, and of course people have other long standing commitments so will miss the odd night or two.  We are very sorry if it is bad timing, for you. If you don’t get to sample everything, we hope you get to try at least one!!

Anna’s cocktail & cider van – Saturday was the trial run for Anna. Whilst expecting just to be serving cocktails to John & I, andS7000290 her hubby, instead Anna did a roaring trade.  There was a fab atmosphere with lots of campers chilling on the bean bags which were so comfy.  The Mojitos, Tom Collins, Sea Breezes, and Dark and Stormy cocktails went down a treat.  Anna will be here for bank holiday on the Saturday and on many more nights throughout the season.

Kernow Forno Subject to them getting the staff, we hope to see pizzas being cooked up on this bank holiday Saturday evening to accompany the cocktails.  This will be confirmed as soon as possible and I will update the blog. Tuesday will once again be our regular pizza evening, and Kernow Forno will be cooking up between about 5.30pm and 8pm.  Start date to be confirmed, but it should be June.

KERNOW FORNO – pizzas now confirmed for this Bank holiday Saturday and serving between 5.30pm & 7.30pm. 

The Atlantic Fryer  new for 2015, and we expect to be very popular Fish and Chips on a Monday.  The reviews are fabulous for Ross and his team, and just like wood fired pizzas who does not like fish and chips.  Beef dripping, local fish…………… ooh my mouth is watering already. First night is 1 June.

and for dessert……………….. 

Our freezer is very well stocked up with the scrumptious and very Cornish Roskillys Ice Cream

Other Meadows News

Well, we cannot say we have had a slow start to the season, and for the majority we have been fully booked, even with mixed weather.  Our returning guests are enjoying seeing the changes we have made and the general development of the campsite, with the new flowers & plants, pitch signs and our new camper van pitches.S7000293

One of our returning guests even turned up with a gift for us of a new hand made and hand painted reception sign, which we love.

Well, we are all ready for a busy bank holiday weekend, and fingers crossed for lots of sunshine.  We are sure whatever the weather it will be lots of fun and our campers will be happy ones.

Bookings

For late availability (the 14 days ahead) you are best to give us a call to see what we have.  Also if you are now looking for June, July or  August, give us a call and we can get the diary up and look what gaps we have here and there, as there are not many. For those who don’t know we are an adults only campsite close to Pentewan and Mevagissey, South Cornwall. We are very well placed for visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden and for walking the SWCP and cycling the Coast to Clay Trail.  We are also a dog friendly, and indeed generally friendly campsite, with a nice relaxed atmosphere on site.

Our Caravans Lottie and Mabel – they have their own calendar, and so if you are thinking of a stay check our their page and debs pictures lottie etc 114then get in touch.  The girls are very popular and their first guests of the season have all had a great time, bbqing on the deck and then getting cosy.

Lynn

 

 

Bunting, butterflies and fifty shades of green…….

Posted on May 1, 2015 by Comments Off on Bunting, butterflies and fifty shades of green…….

IMG_6785Well, we are now in to day two of our third season, and the fun has already begun.  For our first evening our guests enjoyed fire pits and bbqs, with campers making the most of the evening sunshine.

Our guests were so keen they were waiting outside the gates before they were open.  At that point, we were still up a ladder doing the most important job that always gets left until the last minute – bunting!

We cannot be more pleased with how the campsite looks.   As guests who have stayed with us previously will know, we have had a lot to do since arriving here three years ago.  The last two winters, we have concentrated on major and mucky site work, and so we have always been disturbing what was already there, to get to where we are now.

This year, we have been concentrating more on general maintenance, and there is always a lot of that, wood, and  general beautifying of the site.

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The new Edition is out, and what a fab book.  There is a lovely new cool campsite in Cornwall featuring in it on page 34.  For anyone who tours this is a great book to have on board.  We keep a copy for our touring guests in our deck reading, and it has been used lots in the past.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Fat dog slim I love it when we open the gates, as there is always so much going on.  It is just so exciting for the first few weeks, that I give up my position on the back of the settee and am usually found on the deck or in the office.  My first guests are all enjoying themselves, and we have a party of 3 dogs who yesterday enjoyed my favourite circular Mevagissey walk.

Other Meadows news

This weekend does not look like a weekend of sunbathing on the beach, and so here are our spring suggestions for enjoying this part of Cornwall:-

DSC_65441. Time it in between any rain showers and walk in to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail for a good old mooch around the harbour, followed by fish and chips at either The Fountain, or The Sharksfin.  Options for the return journey back are on two feet the other way via SWCP, the good old bus, or the quicker walking route of back the way you went!

S70001982. Head out to Caerhays and Portholland and check out the film set, as it won’t be there for too much longer.

3.  The most popular place on a wet day, and so expect to share with lots of others is Eden.  Better in my view to visit on a sunshine and showers day as there is lots inside, and also lots outside too.  The food is great there to.  You might be tempted to purchase tickets for one of the fab Eden Sessions acts and make a return journey to Cornwall in early summer as there are some fab acts lined up.

4. Be prepared in case it should rain, but head off anyway for a stunning spring walk on the SWCP to Charlestown, and if you have been watching Poldark (has any one not) then the harbour will look very familiar.  There are some lovely eating places, little beaches, and caves and there is a shorter route back as this is a good walk. The SWCP is a mass of wild garlic, pink campion, primroses and cow parsley.

This weekend we should see our fair share of sunshine too this bank holiday, and the extended forecast is looking good too.

Bookings

Well they are coming in thick and fast, and we cannot believe how many people are looking for “just for grown ups”. If you have not IMG_7013stayed with us before, then we are an adults only campsite, and dog and other pet friendly. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Charlestown, and we love campfires and bunting.  You can book by email or telephone 01726 844383. If you like walking and/or cycling and then we are an ideal site.

Hi di hi and ho di ho from The Meadows Team – Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey x

 

Now it’s time to think about holidays………..

Posted on January 2, 2015 by Comments Off on Now it’s time to think about holidays………..
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Our giant bee hives

IMG_7111We hope you had a very merry Christmas and happy new year to you all.

The Meadows Team (me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) spent a very enjoyable Christmas “up country”.  We were very busy ticking off jobs on our outside to do list before heading off,  making the most of the relatively dry and mild winter weather to do so.  There has been lots of chainsawing, chopping, splitting, shredding, digging, planting and wheel-barrowing various materials around the site.

We have now planted all of our lovely new plants, some behind a granite stone miniature wall which we have built with some fabulous small granite boulders.  The new fern bed on the stream side, has a gorgeous tree fern as the centre piece and lots of tree stumps keeping the plants company.

Our log pyramids have multiplied and have been compared to giant bee hives.

To ensure the continued great workings of our new land drainage system we have had a digger on site clearing out all ditches, and our “proper camping” area has been verti drained, or spiked.  We have also put in a couple of new drainage runs, and so we are pleased we had got all this done prior to our Christmas break.

The walk down to Hallane Beach

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Chapel Point (summer pic)

Of course, we are never to busy for getting out walking, and we have put some miles on the clock.  We have had some lovely walks including a lovely walk on Par Beach following our delicious pre Christmas lunch at Sams on the Beach.  We also enjoyed a Sunday walk that we know was one of the favourite of our guests in 2014 and that was a walk on the trail picking up the SWCP and walking to Charlestown, returning via the little lanes.  This really is a fabulous walk at any time of the year, and we always have a stop off at the gorgeous Hallane Beach.  We have also extended our top favourite Mevagissey circular walk, to include walking on to Chapel Point and the gorgeous Colona Beach via Portmellon (and the Rising Sun Pub).

NEWS FROM CAMP DOG HARVEY

Well there is only so much cockerel and turkey a dog can eat, and so it is back to a diet of softly boiled egg, ham and bakers for me.  Before heading off to spend Christmas with my cousins I made sure I fitted in lots of trips to my favourite beaches.  One of my current favourites has been Pendower Beach on the Roseland with lunch at The Roseland Inn at Philleigh, including a pint of shag (brewed next door) for Camp Daddy, and lots of dog treats and a big roaring log fire for me.  On our last visit out that way we also walked the woodland walk at Trellisick Gardens, and crossed back over on the King Harry Ferry which made it a full day out.

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Camp Dog enjoying Caerhays Beach

I have also been enjoying winter beach walks at Gorran Haven, Vault and Caerhays, the latter especially because there are pheasants there in abundance and we all know that spaniels love pheasants.

It seems that The Meadows is growing in popularity, not only with humans.  For 2015 I already have 2 cats, 2 cockatiels, and a African Grey Congo Parrott booked in, all of whom have assured my owners that they are happy with the meadows’ camping etiquette and like us dogs.

BOOKINGS

Of course, now that the Christmas period is over, we know lots of campers will start thinking about planning their camping trips for 2015.  We are looking forward to seeing both returning guests and new guests and we will all keep our fingers crossed for another great summer filled with lots of glorious sunshine.

Please note that at the present time due to telephone issues the only way to book is by email contact, and you can do so here.

For those of you not in the know, and doing your research, The Meadows Campsite is a smallish adult only campsite, great for camping close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens.  We are situate in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall and we are very dog friendly, and ideally situate for those who like walking, cycling and visiting the gorgeous gardens of Cornwall. This year we will have new campervan pitches at the fore of our fabulous and very popular wild flower meadow.

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Just a reminder of summer camping at The Meadows, and this year our grass will be greener, and our wildflower meadow even more colourful and wild.  There will also be added extras as now that the essential work has been completed, this year there is far more time for beautifying.

Lynn

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

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Dog Harvey walking off all those summer treats

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Comments Off on Camp Dog Harvey walking off all those summer treats
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More wood piles required

IMG_7111Our last few days of the season were quiet ones, and so it got us used to the idea of being “quiet”, but it still seems strange to have the gates closed and the place to ourselves.

Making the most of the continued good weather, we have been getting stuck in to the jobs where there is a big plus sign to getting them done as soon as.  The grass is growing under our feet, and we are really pleased about that. The meadow has been topped and we are making the most of Heligan’s half price plant sale and getting down to planting and further beautifying the site.  We have also been “logging” as we can never have too much wood with the popularity of our fire pits, and our own love of our wood burner in the winter.

 

As a lot of our guests will know The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very keen walkers.  Some of you now know better than to ask one of us for a suggestion for a good  walk, as we do sometimes get carried away wanting our guests to see as much as possible!!

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Gorgeous Mevagissey

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Pont Pill (Hall Walk)

The Mevagissey circular walk starting right from our gate which is about 6.5 miles is one of our favourites, and we are now very used to the good climbs.  It is a great walk for stop off whether it be coffee and cake at Heligan, or at the new Cafe on the Quay at Mevagissey serving proper homemade delicious cakes.  Depending on the time of day it could be fish and chips, or Cornish pasty time.  We usually stop for a drink in our local pub The Ship Inn, in Pentewan before setting off on the last mile home up the trail. Polstreath beach which you pass along the way between Meva and Pentewan is lovely and quiet even in the summer as the only way down is via 200 steps!!!

Lantic Bay, near Fowey

Another of our favourite walks is the Fowey Hall Walk, with an extension to include Pencarrow Head, and Lantic Bay (dog friendly).  We talked ourselves in to diverting down to the bay, and we were sooooo pleased we did.  We had the beach to ourselves and the sky was blue, and it was just amazing.  It is a very tricky climb down, but apart from the steepness the climb back up seems somehow easier.  Lunch stop was at The Luggar Inn, Polruan and the walk has two different ferry rides along the way.

 

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Roseland Peninsula

To go with a very good walk, we like a good lunch and have enjoyed a few lunches out as we have really been missing those.  The Sharksfin at Mevagissey is excellent for fish, and I love their crab sandwich with a bowl of chips.  One of our favourite areas for walking is the Roseland Peninsula.  On Sunday we had a walk around St Anthony’s Head, a paddle in the sea, and a cup of tea with Thirstea the old Citreon H Van that visited us here in the summer at Town Farm.  On the way home, we stopped off at the very cosy Roseland Inn at Philleigh for lunch which was lovely, and the pub was full.

One of our other favourite pub lunches is at The Pandora Inn near Mylor on the Carrick Roads.  This is a beautiful area with lovely creekside walking. The walk around to the pub from Mylor is lovely with great views of the boats and fabulous waterside properties.  It was a very sunny day, but the wind was a little too chilly to brave lunch sitting on the pontoon.  We opted for mussels (me) and our two friends, and John had a pulled pork sandwich with spiced apple chutney.  Food was all delicious, the sandwich was huge and full of pork, and another cosy pub with log fires.  Both pubs highly recommended, and both dog friendly, as of course Harvey accompanied us on both occasions.

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Luxulyan Valley

Our guests shady walk during the many really hot days last season as the Luxulyan Valley, known as the hidden valley. This is our mizzly walk as there is lots of tree cover, although soon to be less when all the leaves are off.  This walk is beautiful whatever time of year, and great if you like walking next to water.  The pub in the village itself is on our list of ones to try as we have good reports.

Whilst out and about, we have been getting inspiration for our winter work at The Meadows, and we have some good ideas.  As we have now uncovered the whole of the campsite,  from beneath the brambles, and completed our major work, any more changes will be smaller ones.  We are just as excited about this year’s work, and this is of course phase 3 for us with our second season of learning behind us.

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Deer “up country”

A few days after closing we made a trip up country to visit our families.  We all had a lovely time, and enjoyed lots of walks along the River Soar, and around Bradgate Park, pub lunches, and a visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market.  Harvey enjoyed spending times with his cousins, well most of them any way (sorry Billy).

General Meadows News

Bookings – we have now opened our diary for 2015, and have booked lots of guests in already.  Always good to have a holiday to look forward to and we are certainly looking forward to ours!  In case any one is wondering, yes our holiday does involve camping, walking, wine, beaches and sunshine – our winter version of a camping holiday at The Meadows!  If you would like to be an early booker with us for next year then you can contact us here, or call 01726 844383. For new guests, we are a quirky smallish adult only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall. The Meadows is also a very dog friendly campsite.  We are an ideal campsite, for those who like the gardens, particularly Heligan and Eden, and those who enjoying walking the SWCP, or cycling as we are right on the Coast to Clay Trail.

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We are pleased to say that Kernowforno will be here again next season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas.  John will also be serving up breakfast baguettes again, although this may not be every day.  We are thinking of tasty porridge for some days as we know this is popular with campers.  We are also hopeful that Big Pan Parties will come again to cook up their delicious paella on site, and Sams Cocktail Van with Mojito Steve on board knows he is always very welcome here.

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What a good idea

Harvey has been thinking up new ideas for his guests on four legs, whilst also getting out there finding new walks and dog friendly eating places.  Harvey has also been finding life rather strange since the gates closed.  He still makes his way to the french doors in the morning, but cannot understand where everyone has gone.

Hope you like the pictures, which are a bit of a mix, and I shall keep them coming over the winter as it is a good way of keeping in touch.  It also answers the ? we get asked most in the summer ……… “what do you do in the winter?” :).

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team

 

 

 

How lucky are our campers

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Comments Off on How lucky are our campers

It has been, and still is very hot down here in the valley of sunshine.

All campers are happy ones,  basking in the sunshine, and the lovely warm evenings have made our fire pits nearly redundant.  There has been ots of fabulous bbq smells and tonight is cocktail and paella night, courtesy of Sams Vans.  This means a double dose of cocktails this week, but I am sure no-one will mind that judging by the queue on Tuesday which resembled a festival.  Mojitos and Dark and Stormies were the order of the night, to go with freshly baked pizza from the lovely KernowForno.

It has been a little warm for our campers to do the usual long walks that they so enjoy.  Instead, there has been lots of beach hopping, kayaking and swimming in the sea with early morning, and late evening strolls. The current favourite beaches are for those without a doggie friend Porthpean, and of course our local Pentewan Sands.  For those with their four legged friends, Caerhays, closely followed by the quieter side of Gorran Haven, are hitting the spot, and lots have been having a drive out to the oh so gorgeous Crantock Beach on the north coast.  For the snorkelers out there, Vault beach is a good one, and kayaking at Porthpean, Polkerris and around Black Head is a great way to find the secret coves.

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Bettyboo

Camp life is never boring, and each week is so different, with all the comings and goings and different people coming on and off.  This week has been a campervan and bell tent week, with some lovely colourful vans and tents to brighten up the campsite.

Here are a few pictures of our week of sunshine, blue skies, pizza, cocktails and all things different.

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Think of wearing a fluffy onesie all day, and that has been me this week.  Luckily the Little Winnick River is on my doorstep and so each evening, after my duties are done, I go for a big dip in the river to cool off.  Most of our four legged guests are doing similar,  and they are also enjoying long swims in the sea and sunbathing.

photo 4As it is very hot everyone is out side all of the time, and boy are there some nosey dogs on site.  They don’t miss a trick, especially where pheasants and squirrels are concerned.

Charlestown – lots of you like to visit this lovely historic port.  Next time you are there, get your owners to take a walk out on the SWCP towards Porthpean and to take you on to Duporth Beach.  We are most welcome on this quiet beach provided your owners behave themselves, if you know what I mean.

 

Other Meadows News

Wood Fired Pizzas are still proving extremely popular, and so far it has been sunny for every visit, and so that is the season standard.  Cocktails are also very popular indeed, and so far nobody has fallen over, or if they have we missed seeing it!

Camping wings – these are now fully open, and our guests are sussing out the best spots for sunshine, and for enjoying camp life next to the stream.  The secluded meadow pitches are also still popular, and there are always different wild flowers and butterflies making an appearance.

Breakfast Baguettes & Ciabattas – during our very busy period, and in view of the distance to the end of our new wings,  our delivery service will not be available. This means enjoying your breakfasts on our sunny deck, or ordering and returning to collect them.

Bookings – it is now late availability only until the second week in September I am afraid –  the teachers, are taking up all the pitches!!  Please give us a call if you are wanting to come just for a few days, and we will see what we can do.  Cancellations do happen, and it might just be your lucky day. We are a campsite just for grown ups, situate in the lovely Pentewan Valley close to Mevagissey and we are very dog friendly.

Well it is a hi di hi from me, and a ho de ho from Camp Daddy and Camp Dog Harvey.

For those making their way down to sunny Cornwall, have a safe journey and ensure you pack your swimmers.

Lynn