Posted on May 16, 2016
After a fabulous first bank holiday weekend, we have been working hard to make the second just as good.
Well, using our extensive powers of charm and persuasion, we have persuaded our local pop ups to pop along over the weekend. This means there will be a way of escaping the half term madness, and you can retreat back to camp in the evening. We have new fire pits, and all of the old ones too, and our wood stacks, are still a plenty.
For all those booked in, here is what is on offer for the weekend:-
- Sunday – we have Cornish breakfast including doorstep sandwiches made with Kittows Sausage and bacon, and other delights served up by the Cornish Maid.
- Saturday evening – the Cornish Maid will be here serving up Chilli Nachos or similar.
- Sunday evening, we have Kernowforno (as recently featured in The Times 😉 ) here, cooking up their amazing wood fired pizzas fresh to order.
- To go with our pop up food Lazys (by name, but not by nature) Travelling Bar will be here. I understand that this time there will be some new cider cocktails on the menu amongst other things.
From the beginning of June, our regular nights will also be starting with pizzas on Tuesdays, and fish & chips on a Thursday. The pop up bar and Cornish Maid (breakfast) will also be making regular appearances
Our pop ups now have their own page on our website – please check this out, with some great pictures that I will add to as the season revs up a gear, or two!
Now, as for the weather, it has to be kind and the long term forecast does look that way. For long term, John and I look at the farmers’ forecast. For short term, after recent inaccurate BBC forecasting we came up with our own weather stone.
For bank holiday walking, Heligan Gardens is looking lovely. The walk up there is also lovely and hopefully the bluebells will still be out. The walkers discount offered by Heligan should be enough to get you up the hill. The SWCP is also looking fabulous as our walking guests are keeping us regularly updated.
The season so far has got off to a great start, and there has been lots of lovely guests visiting. Last week Camp Dog Harvey made a new friend called Derek. Derek has been a cavalier owner all of his life and is 94! A sole motor homer owner who had come a long way to see Cornwall once again, and certainly did not let his age stand in his way. Heligan Garden, Caerhays, Ferrying from Mevagissey to Fowey were all ticked off. With the great weather there was also plenty of time for relaxing on the campsite in a chair with a good book. Derek did lots of book swaps, and so if you pick up a Clive Cussler whilst you are here, it is probably one of his.
The wildflower meadow should be looking super by the time the bank holiday is upon us. Everything has all of a sudden gone mad, and the ragged robin and yellow flag irises are shooting up.
If John can just catch our resident moles who are giving us a daily runaround all would be fabulous. Moles are very cute creatures, but why do they like the greenest areas of the campsite.
News from Camp Dog – I am now back in the swing of everything. I am first in the office in the morning, and last out at night (very true) ! Apart from being trodden on a few times, life is good being back on duty. All of those on four legs have been extremely well behaved. With my stylish good looks I have made a few dog bandana sales and so am earning my keep.
Bookings – there is not a lot left now for hook ups until the end of August, except for the odd cancellations that come in. For “proper camping” (none electric) there are many dates where we are down to our last couple of spaces for advance booking. This means if you have us in mind, then please get in touch sooner rather than later.
Touring Cornwall the Cool Camping way – we are always worth a try if it is just for the odd night, or two. Please give us a call, or email us, or just drop in should you be passing by. The Meadows is just for adults, and very dog friendly, and a great spot if you enjoy walking/cycling and don’t mind a few hills. Situate in the Pentewan Valley, The Meadows is great for Mevagissey, Heligan and even the Eden Project.
Lynn ( on behalf of The Meadows Team)
Posted on July 2, 2015
One of the best things about running a campsite is that we get to meet people from all walks of life.
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.
With 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 good, 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.
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 continuing 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, handmade 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.
News from Camp Dog
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
Posted on April 24, 2015
Well, we are almost all ready for inspection, and we think it is the best The Meadows has ever looked.
Our pitch signs are all in place, the wheelbarrows have been painted, shade sails up on Lottie and Mabel, and even the plants are springing in to action. The mower has had a service and the blades are nice and sharp, and so we should have some great green stripes for Thursday when the gates open.
This years secluded pitches have been strimmed out in the wildflower meadow, but it is not quite wild yet, but it is growing by the day. Our combined, office and shop has been painted and spring cleaned, and the communal deck is looking very colourful.
At this time of the year, we get visits from local representatives providing us with lots of information for our guests during their stay. One particular guide caught my eye this week, and that was the updated Fal River Guide. A good way to explore is to purchase a Fal Mussel Card, and experience some of the many ferry trips, including the chain ferry, and it also covers some buses, and even a train. The 3 day pass for £28 seems very good value indeed as there are 7 ferries.
My favourite bits of the fal river
1. Falmouth (great foodie place), with umpteen places to eat – crossing over by ferry of course to either St Mawes, or Flushing for a meander.
2. St Just in Roseland Church – just beautiful, and lovely creekside walking.
3. Mylor Harbour – coffee at The Mylor Cafe and watching the boaty goings on.
4. A crossing on the King Harry Ferry (this is the chain ferry) to explore the gardens of Trelissick surrounded by water on three sides.
5. I struggle to pick a favourite beach as there are just so many gorgeous ones. Two of my favourites are Caerhays, and Pendower beaches.
6. As for pubs, there are again so many great ones to choose from, but on a sunny day it has to be The Pandora Inn, and lunch on the pontoon at Restronguet, and, we would walk there from Mylor as parking is a nightmare! Second is the Roseland Inn at Philleigh which is on the way to the King Harry Ferry.
The birds at the meadows are busier than we are, and there is a lot of “tweeting” going on. There has been pied wagtails making a nest on the Dexta tractor, 12 Mallard ducklings hanging around the stream with mother duck, and baby woodpeckers feeding daily on the fat balls. The kingfisher has also been in residence, and we know buzzards are nesting down in the wooded area. As for “our girls” they are still on their down time, and so Camp Dog has lined up all the empty egg boxes and had a word with them.
Fish & Chips – it is looking like fish and chips Mondays is a goer, and so we are very pleased indeed. This will be courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer coming over from Portscatho.
Breakfasts – sadly breakfast baguettes will not be on offer this season. Camp Dog Harvey has turned vegetarian and so is refusing to be subjected to the smells of bacon and sausage. The other reason is due to ever changing regulations, and our difficulty in keeping up with these without having a stand alone kitchen which is not currently an option for us. We will still be offering tea and coffee on the deck during our office hours, and we encourage you to byo breakfast on to the deck and enjoy the lovely morning sunshine, and wi fi of course!
Cocktails and Cider – we could not take away breakfasts, without offering something else. This is happening and will be on a pop up basis, but either regular evenings and we are just firming up the details. This will be hosted by a very nice local lady called Anna.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Nothing to report from the back of the settee at present. Looking forward to getting back to my Head of Security duties next week, and will be making the most of my last weekend off duty.
Bookings – we have a little bit of availability still for June, July and August and good availability for September and most of May. However, we have been warned to stand by the phone once the new Cool Camping Bible is issued at the beginning of May. If you want to book you can contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383. If you have just dissevered us, then we are an adults only campsite in South Cornwall close to Mevagissey. If you are visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, or walking the SWCP then we are a good base. We are a natural site, and a little bit quirky, and we are dog friendly.
Posted on April 20, 2015
Well with less than two weeks to go until opening for our third season, we are feeling very excited.
Our new pitch signs
The Meadows has never looked so smart in the weeks coming up to opening, as we have not had to recover from any major disruption this winter. With all the painting now completed, and the grass as green as can be, we are looking very colourful. The bluebells are starting to flower, and we have been adding plants, and repotting existing ones, and the leaves are all coming on the trees.
This week we have been painting by numbers, and making our new pitch signs. They are very “handmade”, but just really a better way we think than just a number. Once varnished, they will be put in place next week.
It will soon look like this
Our popular wildflower meadow is starting to grow and John has mown a pathway through it whilst he still can. We have also made a board walk for part of it, but we are still waiting to see where the flowers are going to be best before strumming out the secluded pitches. The new camper van pitches are proving popular and we have a few savvy campers who are to be operating solar style!
The bank and hedgerows are looking lovely, and there are some good signs of some lovely wild flowers starting to come. We have filled a few ton sacks of old wood to make room for the new life coming through.
The weather has been gorgeous and so it makes sense to concentrate on the outdoor jobs first. The sun just keeps shining, and so we should get all our outdoor work completed this week. Next week will be a super clean, setting up Lottie and Mabel for their first guests, and erecting bunting and butterflies.
We have got ourselves out and about quite a bit recently too and we are loving the SWCP. The flowers and colour are amazing, and you can still often have sections of the path to yourselves. You won’t find that peace and quiet at Trago Mills!!
A great walk from the campsite is a circular walk taking in Charlestown on the SWCP joining it in Pentewan off the trail, and back via Roseweek and the trail. This is a very good strenuous walk, but fab. The cafe in Porthpean made a great cool drink stop, and of course there is a choice of refreshment stops in Charlestown. The walk back is shorter so no stop needed! You should allow a good 4 hours walking for this, but a beautiful walk.
Another great section of the SWCP is parking at Carne Beach on the Roseland and walking around to Caerhays. We did this the other weekend, but we did do the walk in two halves, and made a circular walk each time. The first time we had lunch at The Ship Inn, Portloe which was very nice indeed. The second time with the leg from Portloe to Caerhays we stopped off at Portholland to check out the latest film set and had coffee at Pebbles Cafe. There was no filming as it was Sunday, but the set itself was amazing and so very real.
Today we met up with friends at Porth Farm on the Roseland and walked around St Anthony’s head with a very good wind blowing. We were lucky to see seals and again lots of lovely wildflowers along the way, and sandy bays. We stopped off at The Plume and Feathers at Portscatho for our first crab sandwich of the season, and a bowl of Cornish chips – gorgeous.
Well, as for other meadows news ……………….
Fish & Chips – this is now pretty much a definite for the season courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer. Check them out and we are sure you will agree they look good! Just need to sort out the start date, and numbers are good so hoping it could be June.
Cocktails & Cider – this is still part of the plan for this season, but we are just sorting out the finer details. This is likely to be on a pop up type of basis on sunny days (hoping there are lots of those).
The Hub Box – is now open for business on Pentewan Sands, and the early reports are very good indeed, but busy!
Buses – The Western Greyhound unfortunately closed for business. There are plenty of buses around, and so the bus is still a good and reliable way to get around. Of course you can also walk and cycle to lots of places from the campsite, which is cheaper and much healthier, but probably the bus is best when it gets dark, or for further afield.
News from HRH aka Camp Dog Harvey
I am doing very well indeed, and loving the sun, especially as I have just had a drastic pre season haircut. My haircut is a smart one so as not to let the side down, and I was even given a dash of aftershave.
The long walks during “down time” have worked wonders for my waistline. The vet weighed me this week and confirmed I had lost 10% of my body weight since we closed the gates, so handsome I am.
I have been enjoying helping out this week, checking out the wildflower meadow, and with the mulching of the flower beds. However, there has also been a few lazy afternoons where I have been caught snoozing in the shade under the tables on the deck. Of course, I do not want to peak too early in the season, as with the booking numbers, it looks to be a busy time for some.
Cornwall is so very pooch friendly, and I can highly recommend for the early visitors Caerhays. Great for garden lovers, and lovers of all sniffs like me, a fab sun trap courtyard cafe, and then a paddle in the sea afterwards. What more could a dog and his owners want. The Caerhays fete on 21 June should be a jolly affair and I would say worth a visit.
Bookings – for July and August, we are very nearly fully booked, especially for hook up pitches. There are a few odd gaps, if just a short break is the order of the day. We are once again this season keeping casual pitches, for last minute bookers, and those doing the Poldark tour of Cornwall, or similar. If you want to book then you can contact us by email, or telephone – 01726 844383. The new Cool Camping Book is out very soon, and we are looking forward to seeing our entry, as three years ago we would never have imagined featuring in that.