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

An excellent, and different night out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General Meadows News

Our gorgeous meadow when in flower

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Camping and homemade pizzas

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Comments Off on Wild Camping and homemade pizzas

IMG_6785Our second season is now well underway, and the three of us are really back in the swing of it.

With the Pentewan Valley being such a beautiful spot, and so close to wonderful coastline, and the famous gardens of Heligan and Eden, it is a popular holiday choice.  Our decision to offer something a little different, and really based upon what we like is going down extremely well.

Park & pitch

Park & Pitch – our meadow field was a very popular place to be last year amongst the yellow flag irises, and ragged robin, and to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine. Whilst not wishing to spoil anyone’s fun  down the meadow field is not really a place for cars, and so it is now a car (and children) free zone.  Our campers love this, and indeed quite a few do anyway arrive under their own steam.  Those who don’t park up in the parking bay which has the ingeniously invented “grass protecta” under the grass.  They then have a wander around the meadow field, pick their spot and transport their gear in a barrow.  There are spots right behind the parking area, and as far back as our adventurous campers want to go.

Secluded meadow pitch

Our campers are loving park & pitch. We have a gentleman in his 70s who we offered one of our more formal pitches up field, but no he was not missing out on the meadow experience and was straight to the barrow.  The owls hooting, and tooting, and the hedgehog visiting for his supper, and listening to the dawn chorus, camping does not get much better than that!

Firepits and John’s breakfast baguettes can also be delivered even to the furthest part of the meadow field, and no-one is more than a max 2 minute walk to our top notch shower block.

The Carnival Campers

Up-field – this area is just a bit more civilised, with electricity for those creature comforts.  Everyone’s requirements are different, and so we have pitches to suit everyone and all formal pitches have hardstanding grass.  New tent pitches now have this just for a parking bay.

Kernow Forno pizzasVERY EXCITING NEWS – the first all singing all dancing wood fired pizza cooking date has been confirmed.  The date for the diary is Tuesday 17th June between 5-8pm on site here.  Check out Kernow Forno’s website for an idea as to what gastronomic delights you will be enjoying.

Whilst all advance bookable hook up pitches are booked up for that week, and indeed so really now until post August bank holiday, “proper camping” is still available.  We will charge your phone, ice pack exchange, and there is a hairdryer in the shower block.

Other Meadows News

Mabel Caravan has enjoyed her first guests who had a really fab time.

imageMackerel Fishing – we love mackerel and our first guests to go out this season caught 35!!  On the same day Chris from Aquila dropped off lots for us and our campers and it was a perfect evening for BBQing.

Dog Neckerchiefs & Bunting – our guests have many talents, and we like to find out what they are.  Thanks to Chris & Martin from Lincolnshire, we have lots of new handmade bunting up around the site, in particular between trees.  We are also now stocking this in our shop.  As Harvey gets asked many time by his four legged friends where they can buy a neckerchief from, Chris & Martin are going to make some which should arrive with us any time soon.  We shall have the best dressed units and dogs in Cornwall.Fat dog slim

Bookings – we are still taking enquiries for advance bookings for the summer weeks, but we have very limited availability, and just odd days here and there.  We are just about to change our calendar to fully booked.  When we do so, we will then take enquiries for last minute availability, for campers and tourers.  Of course we never turn away any one arriving under their steam, who also receive a 25% discount. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and we are “just for adults”.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

This week we have had an unofficial cavalier king charges convention at The Meadows.  Henry, George, Rusty and Jessie.  We have had great fun without breaking the campsite etiquette. All my friends have enjoyed some of my favourite walks, beaches and pubs and are going home very tired, but happy boys and girls. Look forward to you all coming back to see me again.

Dogs just love camping, and the great outdoors

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Comments Off on Dogs just love camping, and the great outdoors
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If you are wanting company on your next camping trip, then your doggie is likely to be the most enthusiastic member of the party.

Dogs love camping for dog and people watching, and for just getting out there and exploring the area for all the new sniffs, and exciting places to be discovered.

These are our very own Camp Dog Harvey’s tips  for any pooch about to embark on its first camping trip

Out & about in the name of research

1. Gen up on the local dog friendly beaches, pubs and other attractions prior to the trip.  If you are staying with me here at The Meadows, then I have done this research for you so please check out my page.

2. If your owners snore (like one of mine does) consider taking your own dog tent with your favourite bed to ensure you get a good peaceful nights sleep.

3. Talking sleep, be sure to get lots in prior to the trip and a health check so that you are bursting with energy for all of those long walks, and swims in the sea and rivers.

4. For summer camping get a “holiday haircut” and consider treating yourself to a Cool Coat for staying cool in the hot summer months.

Head of Security doing his rounds

5. Check out the campsite’s camping etiquette prior to travel as misbehaving dogs are not popular with fellow campers, so likely to miss out on gravy bones. For any short comings, consider attending an intense dog behavioural class, or you might get on the wrong side of Head of Security (at The Meadows its me!)

6. Ensure your owners pack a good supply of your own beach towels for drying your sandy bottom.

7. Be sure to check that your collar is tagged up with a mobile telephone number, just in case your owners try to lose you ;).

8. Find room in the cool box for all your favourite meats for cooking on the BBQ. After all this is your holiday as much as theirs, and you will need lots of good food after enjoying long walks on the coastal path.

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Enjoying fat dog slim bics

9. One tip just for the lasses – if you like the idea of a holiday romance with the campsite’s camp dog, then like me working out pre-season on my six pack, you might want to go on my fat dog slim diet for a few weeks prior to your trip.

Other Meadows News

Blue Jobs – for all you men out there, who love a gossip we now have an extra dish washing sink. This means when picking the sink in the middle, if the person on the left is gossipless, then you might be luckier with the person on the right. Apparently all the top tips are learnt whilst washing up.

Land drainage –  if anyone had told me even 6 months ago I would be excited watching water flowing out of a pipe, and checking ditch levels I would never have believed it. I think the challenge the weather placed upon us only made us hardier and more determined to complete this work, even if this meant working on planks for weeks!! Now on to the beautifying stage, The Meadows is once again coming in to its own, and with the current sunshine The Meadows really is a special place.

Spottings –  we love wildlife at The Meadows. We have regulars such as woody woodpecker, a nuthatch, a resident pheasant, and tits and finches in abundance. We are also very lucky to have lots of vocal owls, and a camera dodging kingfisher, and the trout in the stream are no longer considered tiddlers.

IMG_7111Bookings – advance bookings are always most welcome for a camping/touring pitch, or to stay in one of our caravans. You can book here or telephone 01726 844383.  For any returning guests, we are sure you will really enjoy seeing the changes we have made on site.  For new guests, The Meadows is an adult only, and very dog friendly campsite in South Cornwall, near to Mevagissey, and ideally placed for Heligan (walking distance) and Eden.  We look forward to seeing you all during this season.

 

 

 

Let’s not talk about the weather!

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Comments Off on Let’s not talk about the weather!
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We will be soon!

We are very busy looking forward to the start of season, and we remain extremely confident that both the campsite, and the owners will be sparkling by then. There is still lots to do on site, but our plan is all coming together, and everything is taking shape.

The team (that’s me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are really looking forward to sharing some of our new discoveries with our guests – old and new.

What’s New – well, that’s new to us

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Lanhydrock outdoor pool

Gardens – On a lovely sunny Sunday morning we headed off to Lanhydrock Estate as this is somewhere we have been longing to visit.  The formal gardens, and house were not open, however we actually really enjoyed a good long walk around the fabulous extensive estate grounds.  There were so many walks to choose from and we took ones off the main estate road walks and did not see another person.  In the summer, there would have been nothing better than a dip in the outdoor pool.  We were of course able to view the house itself and gardens from outside the gates, which look magnificent and definitely something to look forward to for a return visit.

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The view from our tip

Harvey’s new walk – Camp Dog has been feeling during the recent storms, that his little world has gotten a bit small as lovely as the Pentewan Valley Trail is.  As this winter we have been getting rid of lots recycling that we cannot up cycle, I managed to find a lovely walk to enjoy on the way back from my frequent tip run. Before the walk, I must just share with you the view from our local tip.

Charlestown lookout station

Charlestown Lookout Station

For this walk, or the alternative of just a good sandy beach walk we park up in the Carlyon Bay free beach car park. We have done the long beach walk returning on the coast path a few times now.  On one stormy day when we parked up the steps down to the beach were closed as the sea conditions were considered to be too dangerous to the public.  Of course, we did not want to get back in the car, so we headed off on the SWCP in the direction of Charlestown.  This turned out to be a fabulous alternative walk starting off through grass fields with fab views all the way, and passing at the back of the very exclusive Carylon Bay Hotel and some super smart house in Carlyon Bay and the Charlestown Coastguard Watch.  We walked all the way to Charlestown, had a meander around Charlestown, and then wandered back as the view walking in the other direction are of course different.  A very nice walk, indeed and Camp Dog Harvey’s tail was wagging all the way to Charlestown and back.

Eating out – Second visit recently, and just as good The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to St Mawes/King Harry Ferry).  This Inn is really something special, and very friendly to both humans, and dogs.  Fish is their speciality and their crab and pea risotto was excellent, and their home made chips are also very delicious.

Happenings on site

Trout – Since the de-silting of our stream large trout have been spotted.  The ducks are also more frequent visitors and so we may still get a resident duck in the duck house.  There has also been many sightings of the kingfisher doing a spot of fishing.

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Our top notch shower block

Shower Block – this has all been painted out.  The rather small basins in the wet room cubicles have been replaced with some better bigger ones.  There are also some extra shelves going up inside for make up/hair stations, and an extra dishwashing sink going in outside.

Planting – so far we have planted a nice row of holly “down field” to add to the existing row of boundary trees, and other plants.  We are waiting on the delivery to Heligan of their first stock of giant rhubarb (gunnera) which we will be planting next.  Also we de-brambled one area “down field” which is to be left somewhat to mother nature.  For this area we are going to be planting meadow grass, and meadow flowers  in particular for encouraging wildlife.  The RSPB have also sent us some very interesting ideas for planting up our ditches to both be more attractive, and to encourage wildlife.

Prior to getting some tlc

Groundwork – Please feel free to skip this section, but I do know lots of our guests who stayed last season were very interested in the next phase of our work. The campsite road originally stopped at the shower block and then it was grass, with grass protecta for the remanding access section.  The road has now been extended and forks off left and right with a small turning area.  The top coat still has to go on but this will be done just before opening, so that we have a nice clean road for our guests.  To demonstrate road ending, and the non vehicle/wild camping area, we are parking our up cycled plough and hay turner at the road ends.  These make lovely features, and will also stop any enthusiastic drivers driving in to the ditches!!

The Meadows is a natural site, but we want to ensure that when it does rain, the rain leaves the site as quickly as possible after we have been watered.  This work has been our main winter work, of which the ditches are a part, the de-silting another part, and land drainage pipes another.  The ditches and de-silting are all done, the Council have cleared all the adjoining ditches leading to the river then the sea, and so water fires off the site.  The land drainage pipes are all in now running alongside the road, and a lot of the spars off for individual pitches are done too.  During the next couple of weeks, this work should be finished and you can be that will be when the indefinite drought starts.

Lots more “grass protecta” is on order, as this works really well for protection of our grass, and in adverse weather. This will mean all our hook up pitches (including our new ones) will be served by grass protecta, and our camping pitches will also have parking areas with grass protecta.

The site will always have natural lumps and bumps, but some of our excess soil this winter, has been used to fill in any big dips, and to build up the stream bank.  One of the top stream side pitches is also being given up for Mabel our vintage caravan.  We will be getting on with Mabel’s garden very soon, as both caravans are been booked for a photo shoot at Easter.

Food, glorious, food – It is without any doubt that John’s breakfast baguettes will be on offer again this season.  It is also expected that the Blue Vintage Crepe Van will also be visiting at least one a week during busy times, and at least one regular night a week in high season.  New for this season is to be wood fired pizzas courtesy of Kernowforno.  At present we are still working out the detail, but Sarah and Simon should be cooking up pizzas here one regular night a week, which we feel looking at their menu is very exciting news indeed

Weather – I managed to get nearly to the end without doing so, but this has to get a mention.

Apparently, according to the experts there may be a very big up side to the winter wet and stormy weather.  It seems that the positioning of the jet streams means that a very hot summer is set to follow this wet and windy winter.  We will very happily take that, and so please do save all of those umbrellas purchased to keep you dry, as you will be needing them when that sun just get too hot to handle.

IMG_7106Bookings – Just for adults, is a lot more popular than we anticipated.  Whilst we have availability still for all weeks, some weeks hook up pitches are getting limited already.  We hope to see lots of new faces, but we do not want to disappoint the guests of our first season who want to return and see the changes we have made. If you know when you want to visit, please contact us here to book, or telephone 01726 844383.

Mabel – we are still without in situ pictures for Mabel Caravan, but Mabel’s set up will be on a par with Lottie Caravan, and we are now taking bookings from May. IMG_7114As we now have two caravans, there is flexibility on changeover days, and lengths of stay so please just ask and we will always try to accommodate you.

“whatever the weather you can cosy up and feel cosy in one of our caravans.”

 

 

Lottie and her guests have been having “Lotts” of fun this season…..

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Comments Off on Lottie and her guests have been having “Lotts” of fun this season…..

debs pictures lottie etc 086The Meadows Team (me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are so enjoying having our Lottie Caravan on the campsite.  Lottie’s  guests have been enjoying her too, and have all had so much fun especially with the good weather they have enjoyed.

Lottie has attracted lots of interest from passers by including caravan enthusiasts, and just fans of all things “Vintage”.  Indeed, our neighbours are convinced that the recent increase in knocks to the bollard in the middle of the road, and loss of wheel trims is entirely down to Lottie gazers!

I have had great fun keep adding to Lottie’s already well kitted out  interior.  This week I just could not resist these gorgeous Beach Hut Lights for inside.  The outside  deck area is also lit up at nights with fairy lights hanging from the sail.

For a late addition to The Meadows Campsite, Lottie has had lots of guests over the summer.  As it is starting to feel just a little chilly in the mornings, and evenings, I have just bought Lottie a little heater to keep her guests cosy.

debs pictures lottie etc 114The met office are still saying that September will be fairly dry on the whole, with temperatures above average, so very good for a Lottie Vintage Caravan break.  We have one weekend break in September still available, and availability for the Monday to Friday breaks, starting this coming Monday.

If you would like to come and enjoy The Meadows Campsite, and this beautiful area, and camp in vintage style then Lottie Caravan is highly recommended. Please have a look at Lottie’s page for more information and pictures, and contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383 with any questions or should you wish to book. A fabulous place to rest your tired legs  whilst enjoying a walking holiday in Cornwall.

The Meadows Campsite is a small dog friendly site, situate in the Pentewan Valley, close to Mevagissey, IMG_7111Charlestown, Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project. We cater for campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), caravans and motorhomes. September and October are great months for walking (south west coast path), cycling and having a good old mooch about.  We are in a great location for exploring the south coast of Cornwall, but you can also be over in Padstow in around 30 minutes.

Note – there is only one Lottie, and we have not yet found her a sister, but we are very much looking.

 

Late season is the time to get away if you can

Posted on August 31, 2013 by Comments Off on Late season is the time to get away if you can

IMG_7111Well July, and August were very busy indeed, and we had lots of very happy campers.  The weather was very kind to us in the main, but was a little mean for parts of August.  Being a natural site, we do suffer rather when the rain comes down and we get 6cm just in a morning!!  However when the sun comes out, with our sheltered spot, we do recover well, and of course there has to be some price, to camp in  natural beauty.  It is absolutely gorgeous now and has been for the past couple of weeks. We have lots of wild camping going on in the Meadow field, and all pitches by the stream are full. Our campers pitching up in the more secluded meadow spots have mighty fine views of the colourful hill over to Mevagissey, which lots walk, or cycle over daily.

The long term weather forecast for the South West for September is higher than average temperatures, and dry settled weather.  How fabulous is that, for all who take their breaks outside of the school holidays. This is an ideal time for walking the south west coastal path, and generally relaxing and mooching around, as everywhere will now be much quieter.

Walking around Black Head

Our site is still looking very green and lovely, and of course this beautiful area looks gorgeous whatever time of year it is. The coastal path is being well walked, and it is such a fabulous part of the path, around Charlestown, Mevagissey, and Gorran Haven.  Black Head is still our favourite part and we are going to start off again with our early morning visits to Hallane Beach, and we probably won’t see anyone else.

If you are reading this blog, I hope you are doing so as a guest of ours to keep in touch and see what is happening.  My camera has not been out as much as it should have for the last few weeks.  I have missed a photo opportunity for a full decked out Ambulance on site with a lovely dutch couple on board. I have to say when it first pulled in as it was still with full signs, I did do a double take.  We have also had so many colourful V dubs on site this summer, a lot on tour, and lots decked out with bunting and twinkly lights.  Again, photo opportunities unfortunately missed.  This was an interesting motorhome, and although new it was full of wood, and so beautifully made.  It came complete with fresh sweet peas in the window.image

A matching pair of Vws departing

For any guests going through their holiday photies, who have stayed with us, and have great “camping” pictures, it would be lovely to see them.   I would hope to add lots of pictures to our website, and the more colourful the better.

Other Meadows News

We have been asked, and have agreed to host a Geo Caching Event held here at the end of September.  A similar event was held last year very nearby and was very popular. We hope that there will be lots of enthusiastic guests attending this one, and we have taken quite a few camping bookings already.  The event is to be held on the weekend of 27-29 September, and if you want to find out please then check out the GeoCaching.com website for more information.  All very exciting, good fun, and a great way to see get out their enjoying the Pentewan Valley Trail, and Kingswood.

Come & get your Crepes

Gill on board “Blue Vintage” continues to be extremely popular with our guests, and I often see quite a queue.  I think there might be a bit of competition going on between Camp Chef John and Blue Vintage Gill on numbers.  All healthy competition of course.  Gill will continue visiting The Meadows Campsite in September as we look to be having a busy month, although we do still have space available if you have not yet booked.  The new flavour of Lemon Curd with lemon meringue is scrumptious.

As September is likely to see lots of adults at The Meadows, I thought it the time to test out Roskillys Lemon & Ginger Ice Cream.  I like it, and so hoping our guests will do too.  Of course I also ordered lots more Caramel Crunch as it seems people cannot get enough of that one.

Cooking Twins

Paul Merritt’s advice has come in handy this season

Camp Chef John continues to give the guests what they want in the morning to start their day.  Breakfast is now so popular our campers are waiting outside the door to place their orders, and sit on our sunny deck, that is if they have not placed their orders the night before.  John’s breakfast baguettes can be enjoyed with a pot of tea, cafetiere of coffee, or a glass or orange watching camp life, or at your unit in your pjs if you prefer. Yes, between 8 & 11, the team is very busy indeed, as of course Camp Chef needs a waitress/delivery girl, drinks maker, washer upper, whilst still being shop keeper & receptionist.  Camp Dog Harvey takes this time to chill under the desk and keep well out of it.

It would be nice to share some of our really  funny stories of camp life, but some of what goes on at camp, must stay at camp!!!

Fat dog slim

Oh what a smart neckerchief that is.

News from Camp Dog

“My girls” (the chickens) are doing very well indeed, and are enjoying the sunshine and having me watch over them.  We, that is “the girls” and I have a team meeting in the afternoons, whilst I am resting on my picnic blanket under the tree next to them.  We have decided that this is not a bad place to be, and that we will be back on board in 2014, not that I am wishing away September and October in any way.  We also know what valuable members of the team we are as we hear the majority of guests asking after us on arrival, that means we must have rights!

Camp Dog on his rounds

I am on my best behaviour at the moment, as Camp Mummy has found out about a Boarding Kennel close by.  I keep hearing her talking about it to guests, and how you can send your dogs for day care, or longer.  Some of our guests have brought their dog, but then have taken them to spend the day/days, at Gover Valley Kennels.  Reports please from doggies not owners, as to how you found it, and whether or not you were well fed, fussed, and walked, and if it is better than being on camp dog duty!

Thank you for the many nice comments about my neckerchief.  I now feel naked without it, so I might get a woolly one for the winter.

Another dog friendly outing to add to my list is Healey’s Cider Farm.  Oh, I have heard many excellent reports of this local attraction, and there is lots to see and do.  Lots of you will have seen Caroline Quentin on her many visits to the Farm, as we have a feeling Caroline was partial to a glass or two of cider, as is Camp Mummy.

IMG_6785Well, the Meadows Team, that is me Lynn, John, Camp Dog Harvey & “the girls” want to continue looking after our guests well for October and September.  We still have availability for “hook ups” on our hardstanding grass pitches, and  for”proper camping” pitches in our very sunny camping field.  Our small, dog friendly Campsite is close to Mevagissey, Pentewan, Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project, Cornwall.  Heligan, Mevagissey and Pentewan are within walking distance along the Pentewan Valley Trail. You can just turn up, and we will always try and fit you in.  If you prefer to book in advance to secure your pitch, then please telephone 01726 844383, or contact us by email here.

Our fabulous, fun Lottie Caravan, and Maisy Tipee Tent also have availability for part of September.  Lottie has just debs pictures lottie etc 086been treated to a set of Beach Hut Lights for extra indoors lighting.  If staying in Lottie, all you need to bring really is towels, foods and beverages of your choice, oh and of course your clothes and  washbag!!! Please check out Lottie’s page for lots of pictures and more information.

 

 

 

 

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

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

Maisy awaiting her first guests

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

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

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

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

Camp Dog checking out Maisy

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

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