Posted on May 3, 2016
Well, 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.
A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too for 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, there 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.
Despite, 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 Mevagissey 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.
Bookings – 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 also 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!
Posted on May 28, 2015
Hi di Hi from The Meadows Campsite
The season is continuing as it started, nicely busy, jolly campers, and a few cocktails and pizzas being enjoyed along the way.
Thank goodness we worked so hard with stock piling wood ready for the season. We have piles, and piles of wood all nicely arranged in our wood towers, and the first tower is down to the bucket we used to ensure our tower was circular and would not topple over. The evenings have been a little on the chilly side, and those without fire pits must have had fire pit envy, as night on nights the numbers increase. During the bank holiday, John upgraded the usual delivery mode of the wheelbarrow for our old tractor to make lighter work.
Lots of our guests have been avoiding the crowds of the St Austell Supermarket and instead enjoying a walk and a stock up of goodies from the fabulous Lobbs Farm Shop, a must for foodies, especially those liking a good bit of steak on their bbq. If you prefer fish to meat, or surf and turf Mevagissey has a fresh fish stall right on the harbour front.
This week has been beach weather, and swimming in the sea, not in a wetsuit weather. Our guests are particularly enjoying Caerhays, aka Porthluney Cove. The revamped Cafe, has new very enthusiastic owners making a big effort, with music and events happening regularly, and a Shepherd Hut Ice Cream kiosk.
Our guests have also been enjoying Duporth Beach walking out to it from Charlestown and, of course walking between Gorran Haven and Vault Beach. Some of our recent guests have seen all of the beaches around here as they are walking the full extent of the SWCP coast path. Our last walkers had a full on evening here with a fire pit and a take away delivered to them from the fabulous Gurkha Restaurant in St Austell. They even had left over samosas to enjoy for their lunch on Hallane Beach the next day. We highly recommend this restaurant eating in, or take away style, and all guests who have eaten their food have given very positive feedback.
Now we are not ones to blow our own trumpets, as that is just not our thing. However, we would like to share a couple of things with you, as we always like our guests to hear what others think of our campsite.
Firstly, we were featured in last Saturday’s Travel Section of The Guardian Newspaper. This was as a complete surprise to us, but did explain why email and telephone enquiries, were coming through faster than they have ever done previously!! Not being Guardian Readers ourselves on the Sunday we were hoping to find a copy in our recycling bin, but unfortunately not, although we do now have a copy. Thank you Cool Camping for including us in this feature.
Here is the link if you want to have a look, at us and also some other great independent campsites
Secondly, here is a link to a new blog set up by one of our recent camper vanners who stayed here bank holiday weekend. There are some good pictures and we were pleased to have made a camper banner happy.
Bookings – following our feature in the paper, I have as chief booking administrator been working just about at the speed I used to in my previous life as a lawyer, and that is saying something!! We are just about fully booked now until around 22 August, except for the odd few days here and there, and a few spaces in June. For “proper camping” we have plenty of spaces, but limited parking. This means for those arriving under their own steam (including bus, train and taxi) we will always have a space for you. For short stays, we are always worth a try, but for main holiday, please bear us in mind for next year.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
It is my birthday today, but apparently that does not warrant the day off duty!! Instead I got taken to the vets to have a needle stuck in my backside. Some birthday present that was.
I have been very busy looking after all my four legged guests, and sharing my knowledge of walks, and dog friendly pubs that hand out dog treats. I have seen lots of sandy bottoms returning back to camp, and very tired legs. This week I was very impressed with the dog who did the circular Mevagissey walk and made it up and down the 200 steps to run around on the very dog friendly Polstreath beach. I bet that dog had the beach almost to himself as a reward. Just to remind you, The Meadows is a dog friendly campsite, with great walks straight from the campsite gates.
Finally, upcoming Diary Dates
1 June – first visit by The Atlantic Fryer cooking up Cornish fish and chips on the campsite, and then every Monday, just missing the odd one or two.
6 & 9 June – visit by Kernow Forno cooking up wood fired pizzas, and then visiting every Tuesday evening.
28 June – 5 July Mevagissey Feast Week
There will be far more happening than that, and I will get myself finding out, but in the meantime do check out Visit Cornwall so you don’t miss anything.
June – start of Eden Sessions, and worth having a look who is performing as it looks like there are returned tickets still available for some events.
Right time, to open my little blue shed/reception office/tourist information board and shop.
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team (Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey)- The Meadows, Campsite, South Cornwall, Dog friendly, adult only campsite………………….
Posted on April 3, 2015
Spring is definitely here, and the county is full of primroses, and some early wild garlic, and of course lots of daffs. Our bank looks like it will be full of bluebells again this year which will be great for our early guests, and we also look like we will have lots of foxgloves this year.
We have not got long left now before our first guests arrive, and we have been busy, busy, busy, but there are still lots of jobs to do.
Even the hen house needs painting
Two pairs of hands never seem enough at this time of year, however, it is surprising what gets done in a day now with the extra hour on the end. Of course, on a campsite the grass is a very important element, and we spend lots of time on ours. This year will be the second year for the camping wings, and the grass is thickening and greening up lovely. The wild flower meadow has had extra seeding and so hopefully we shall be seeing different flowers, although we do love the ragged robin and yellow flag irises. The meadow has been topped for the second time since closing, and we shall soon be picking out the new spots for this years’ secluded pitches.
Most of the good old grass protecta that we have added to year on year, for our natural effect hardstanding has disappeared. All hook up pitches are now hardstanding grass pitches, but just look like and are grass. We also now have four new campervan hardstanding grass pitches for the vanners who like to “proper camp”. It seems there are quite a few of those, as the pitches are already proving popular, and are situate on the fore meadow.
The paint brushes and ladders have been out, and most of the painting is finished, but some Cornish mizzle has got in the way today for outside. The girls Lottie & Mabel are going to be painted next week, and then we can start getting them ready for the bank holiday weekend when they both have guests.
We are now on to making lists! Nothing like a must be done by…………….. to get some jobs done. The last day before opening is the best, as that is for bunting, butterflies, table plants, and full on beautifying.
Spring is the time for weeding and all the beds have been weeded, hedges cut, and we are about to plant some more plants. Heligan gardens is a great place for new plants, and we shall be making a visit next week. We shall first do some research about plants that rabbits do not find tasty.
Others news and happenings…….
For those who like a very tasty burger, the Hub box is opening down on Pentewan Sands in what was formerly Driftwood Beach Bar. Our guests will be able to walk down and have a burger and a Cornish beer looking out to sea. Unfortunately, the Hub Box is not likely to be pooch friendly.
Knee High Theatre and the Asylum are returning to Heligan Gardens this year, for another month of theatre entertainment. The 2015 show is 946. This event was extremely popular last year and well worth booking tickets if you are staying with us between 25 July- 23 August . Check out the details including early bird tickets. The little video certainly makes it seem a must do. It would be a dark walk back to The Meadows, but some of our guests did do it last year, but a large bright torch would be a definite must.
Since returning from our winter jolly, Mevagissey has been very busy with a large film crew. I had never realised how many people and units were involved in this sort of thing. The village had more bunting up than The Meadows, and there was quite a bit of filming too at The Rising Sun pub at Portmellon. The filming was for Bad Eduction The Movie.
Bedruthan Steps – oh what a wonderful beach. We had guests, who went back here day after day during there stay so we thought we would check out why. A very beautiful beach, and lovely walking either way on the south west coast path.
Pentewan Cycle hire – if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own biles down to Cornwall, Stuart has got lots, including some brand new ones for this season. Hire can be arranged so they can be dropped off and collected direct from The Meadows
Food & cocktails –
The very popular wood fired pizzas cooked by Simon Sarah of Kernow Forno and their team will be back this season, which is great news.
Fish & Chips – being worked on, so watch this space.
Some form of cocktail and cider bar – just waiting on the approval of our Licence, and then the camp genie may rub the magic lamp and it could appear!
News from Camp Dog
I have had my cousins visiting this week from “up country” and so we have been out and about and I have been showing them my favourite dog friendly walks. We are all very hardy and so walked in gale force winds on the SWCP to Padstow, luckily with the wind from behind so we literally blew there. Our favourite day was walking the Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan with two ferry rides, and a gorgeous lunch at the Lugger Inn in Polruan. My second favourite day was walking on the SWCP from Carne Beach on the Roseland around to Portloe with lunch at The Ship, Portloe (carpet & log burner). Of course, we also had to do the Mevagissey circular walk and climb down the 200 steps to have a run around on the beach, and a pint at The Fountain Inn. There are so many dog friendly walks taking in dog friendly pubs in this area, and so my cousins made a great choice of holiday destination.
There has been a few deck bathing days and so I have been twitching. Spottings this week are lots of buzzards, pheasants, kingfisher, woodpeckers, jay, and so many tits and finches. Unfortunately, as well as the very generous amount of bird food, they also have been munching on the grass seed.
Bookings – these are certainly keeping us busy especially with our flexible booking system! We do still have availability for advance booking, but for some weeks it is a little tight. If you are flexible with dates please let us know when enquiring in the special requirements section. We do always try and give you other options. The Meadows Campsite is for adults only (and dogs), and is close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens. To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. We are usually working outside during the day, so please do leave a message as we always check and return calls during our refreshment breaks.
Posted on February 26, 2015
NZ high season
One of the questions we both get asked the most is “what do you do in the winter?”
Well, so far for our first two seasons of campsite life, our answer has always been “working on the campsite, and walking with Harvey on the SWCP on our days off”. Working very hard for the last two years, we have completed the major work on site, gone through two seasons as real novices to this, and so we thought we had earned some good down time this winter to recharge our batteries. We also thought we may be find a few good new ideas along the way to bring back to The Meadows.
We enjoyed lots of walking
We like a summer holiday very much ourselves, as you cannot beat sitting out in the warm evenings, swimming in the sea and walking in shorts and T-shirts. Well, everything looks so wonderful if the sky is blue, and the sun is shining and generally everything is blooming. England is our favourite Country, but we do both love NZ. As our desire to run a campsite came about during our own NZ campervan trip, we thought we would make another trip there this winter. We spent a wonderful 7 weeks, only experiencing one day of rain, and exploring many amazing places along the way.
We stayed on many campsites, as well as a few farm stays, including one with family. We spent time both on the North and South Island and we enjoyed wonderful long walks, wineries, visiting family, and just generally had a fabulous time. So as work on site, came to a temporary halt whilst we were away, I will share with you some pictures of camping the NZ way.
Most easterly campsite in the world
News from Camp Dog Harvey
I am not very good in the heat anyway, but it would have been nice to meet my cousin Monty. Nz did not include me, but I have had my very own holiday at the Woodthorpe Health Farm in the Midlands. I enjoyed some lovely winter walks with my new coat around Charnwood, and a trip to Norfolk. It has been early to bed and early to rise, two good square meals and not too many treats, and evenings in front of the log burner. My extra padding has been reduced, my six pack is back and I have returned home in fine form. I am now back in Cornwall and this morning enjoyed a lovely walk on Pentewan Sands in the sunshine to see the big waves.
Now that I am back, I shall be getting out and about enjoying my favourite local walks, and also hopefully finding some new ones to add to my walking journal. As well as dog friendly walks, I am always on the lookout for new dog friendly pubs, even though I have a good list already.
Other Meadows News
Prior to downing tools at Christmas, we were very busy completing jobs, most of which involved wood in one form or another. Now we are back, and feeling reenergised, we are ready to get stuck in with our list of jobs to be done in time for opening on 30 April. Our first job is creating our four new campervan pitches on our fore meadow. The grass protecta to make the grass hardstanding is on order, the pitch names have been chosen and so these pitches should be done next week. These new pitches are already proving popular with our early VW Campervan bookers.
We have come up with the names now for all our pitches, but we still have the signs to make, and we are hoping to make these out of left over materials, and things found whilst out and about.
It is still a little early to get the paint brushes and bunting out, and we are keeping Mabel and Lottie with their covers on for a while still yet.
Working on basic admin, i.e notebook, pen and iPad, and being away for such a long time, we carried on with bookings as usual whilst away. Once again the theme is book early and have a camping trip to look forward to. Even “proper campers”, the hardy bunch are booking early this year, and we are keeping everything crossed for a good summer like the last.
Already, for the height of the season, electric hook up pitches are very limited. If you are thinking of staying with us for your main summer holiday then please do think about booking early. Our vintage and quirky caravans Mabel and Lottie are also proving to be very popular again this season. The Meadows is an adult only campsite close to Mevagissey, so very handy for The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Charlestown and Fowey. We are a dog friendly and indeed a generally very friendly campsite.
Thank you to all those who have booked to stay with us so far for the 2015 season and we look forward to seeing you all in a few months time.
Lynn, John and Harvey
Posted on January 2, 2015
Our giant bee hives
We 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on May 8, 2014
Exploring the SWCP around Black Head
Well Spring is definitely springing, here in South Cornwall, and everywhere is turning very colourful indeed.
Walking down to Hallane Beach
Here at The Meadows Campsite, we are extremely fortunate to have such great walks on our doorstep, and a beautiful trail linking up to the SWCP. The Meadows’ Team view is that if you are prepared to do some of your exploring on foot, you will find places that you won’t see out of a window.
The part of the SWCP around Black Head, and the gorgeous Hallane Beach is particularly stunning at the moment with the wildflowers, in particular wild garlic and bluebells. We have enjoyed our first taste of John’s homemade wild garlic pesto and it was just as delicious as I remembered. Another part of the SWCP looking particularly lovely, and great for those with dogs is Gorran Haven through to Caerhays (Porthluney Cove). This section takes in four dog friendly beaches, two of which you may get more or less to yourself.
Camp Dog checking out his guests
Our own bluebells on the bank are also extremely colourful, and Camp Dog Harvey has been taking the path along the bank recently to carry out his daily inspection.
As well as our SWCP circular walks book, we are now stocking pocket size local ordnance survey maps for just £4. Shower proof and pocket size showing all the footpaths, bridleways and trails nearby they are great for planning walks from the campsite, and also covering Gorran and Caerhays. These are proving very popular indeed, and you are unlikely to get lost.
The Mevagissey Ferry is now running, and indeed a group of our guests were on the first sailing, and extremely lucky to be following a basking shark for most of the journey. This trip cannot be recommended enough and is a great way to visit Fowey. If you get carried away and miss the last ferry back, then there is always the option of returning on the bus.
The Driftwood Cafe is also open once again on the beach at Pentewan Sands, and lovely for a lunch looking out to sea, with tables and chairs on the verandah.
Things are now starting to get going in Cornwall, and so if you have booked, or are still to book a trip then here’s some great diary dates:-
9-10 May – The Big Produce Market, Truro’s Lemon Quay
10-17 May – St Ives Literature Festival & Fowey Festival of Words & Music (lots happening to celebrate the best of literature and arts.
11 May – Lostfest in Losthwithel – Arts & Crafts, stalls and live music and dance
23 May – 1 June – Fal River Festival (Roseland Penisula) 150 plus events
23-26 May – Run to the Sun Festival, Nequay. This is where to go for VW spotting as there will be lots and lots of them.
26-31 May – The Pendennis Cup. Best vantage point to see the super yachts is Pendennis Point
5-7 June – The Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
13-15 June – Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
21-22 June – Fowey Mussel Festival
21-22 June – St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally
29 June – 4 July – Mevagissey Feast Week
4-6 July Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
4 July – Sundowner Sessions, The Fisherman’s Friends, Newquay
12 July – Liskeards Agricultural Show
14 July – Stithians Agricultural Show
18-20 July – Bocconoc Steam Fair – an extremely popular event.
26 July – 7 August – Charlestown Regatta
17-23 August – Fowey Regatta & Carnival week
17 August – St Ewe Country Fair – this is a fantastic proper country fair, and is well worth a visit.
Early Spring camping in the meadow
After our winter groundwork, our campsite is really now starting to come back to life. We have had quite a number of campers, camping in the meadow field already. It has also been great to see the fire pits burning again, enabling our campers to sit outside in the evenings keeping warm. Whilst our rally was here, we also had the stove lit on the deck on a couple of lovely evenings, which they found was a lovely accompaniment to a couple of glasses of their favourite tipple.
Our new pitches are coming along nicely, and our newly planted gunneras are growing well, as are our foxgloves. Our guests are going to love the views, and being pitched a little out of the way by the stream. This year for camping in the meadow itself in our secluded pitches, you will be doing so by “park and roll” . Parking bays will be on the edge of the meadow, and you can transport your gear in style. We will have camping pitches in the summer with pitch parking too, but the middle of the meadow will be a car free zone.
Since clearing “down field” we have acquired so much more grass and after waving good bye to digger and dumper, we have bought a little tractor. It’s not one of the big shiny tractors at the rear, its the little and lovely Fordson Dexta at the front. We are just now awaiting its arrival which should be any day soon. It will be great for “down field” and indeed up field, and bringing up wood and lots of jobs really. Father and Farmer Bowler is coming to stay this month to give John and I a few little tractor lessons.
There must be something very exciting happening else where in the country in early June. Early June is a fabulous time for going away (my own view) as you get such long days, and it is generally that bit quieter. We are very busy indeed at the end of May, and almost booked up from the middle of June until the end of August, but early June is still quite quiet. Whilst we really do not mind some quiet time, for those lucky folk who can suit themselves, we do have room for early June and would love to see you. The Meadows is just for grown ups, and ideally placed for visiting Mevaggisey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
For all those guests, we have been unable to accommodate this season, please do try us again either later on in the year, or book earlier next year. We are also keeping a few casual pitches to accommodate those last minute short stays, and also if you are just passing by on a tour and want to stay an odd night or two. We also always ensure that we have space in our camping area for those arriving on foot, or by cycle.
“Our Caravans” – Lottie & Mabel. Lottie has already entertained a number of guests this season, who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mabel is getting ready for her first guests who are staying for whit sun bank holiday. We do still have some availability for our caravans during the summer weeks. Please get in touch should you wish to book one of our lovely caravans for a special stay. You can book here, or by telephoning 01726 844383
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Crossing back from the other side
I am still really enjoying being back on duty. So far, so good with all four legged visitors on site and none have been cheeky enough to catch any of my pheasants. As I look good in bluebells, I am carrying out my site inspections from the other side, whilst being careful not to get lost down any rabbit holes in the process.
ALL WE NEED NOW FOR 2014 IS LOTS OF SUNSHINE :), & FOR OUR FRIEND MOLLY FROM ROTHLEY TO WIN THE EUROVISION
Posted on March 13, 2014
Cd meeting new guests
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.
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.
Bookings – 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.
Posted on March 2, 2014
Well March is here, and everything crossed that this is the turning point for the weather. The weather is certainly a lot quieter, and there is a lot of lovely warmth in the sun when it is shining.
We are very well placed here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan for getting out and about, and no part of Cornwall is very far away. As we have had less than our fair share of sunshine recently, we like to ensure that on the occasions the sun is just with the North Coast, that we go in search of it and enjoy.
It is a half an hour drive over to the north coast, and of course the contrasting coastline is lovely to see any way. Camp Dog Harvey and I thought we would go and check out a particular area for our guests good for a day trip. It is always good to have someone do the research for you.
First stop – Crantock Beach. Camp Dog’s favourite beach in Norfolk was Holkham, and this beach did remind us of so much of the Holkham dunes. Crantock itself is a beautiful village, with lots of lovely little cottages, and a cafe, 2 pubs and a shop. For the beach there is a large NT car park right next to the beach itself. The beach is dog friendly, large, so great for a good run around, and absolutely gorgeous. Joining the SWCP there are then some lovely walks, and we set off in the direction of Holywell Bay, and the other direction would take in the River Gannel Estuary.
This walk was fantastic with lots of little diversions on the way, depending how close to the edge you like to get. It started over a grassy common area, with views over Crantock and passing by a nice bar and bistro which getting the timing right would make a good place for a stop off. On this occasion, we had taken our flask with us.
In the summer, there looks to be a super cafe accessed by a foot ferry. Check out www.fernpit.co.uk
En route we came across the most fantastic beach, and I have to say on a par with Caerhays and Hemmick. It is a much smaller beach than Crantock, dog friendly again, golden sands, rocks and caves. It was very quiet indeed, and Camp Dog had warmed up enough to appreciate a dip in the sea. We then sat on the hill at the top of the path out, and enjoyed coffee and chocolate biscuits (me) and water and boneo (CD). There is also a pub along the way, so more than one option for a stop off.
Holywell Bay was also very nice, and there is a pub, and also a car park next to the beach so the walk could be done the other way around, as Crantock is better for lunch (in my opinion). This walk is 3.5 miles, so a nice length. Returning, with the diversions on the path, you can make it a different walk, and as soon as we could, we dropped down on to Cranctock Beach, and so walked the last mile on the beach.
Marks for the walk – 10 out of 10 from both CD & I. Also CD had a bath in the sea, and then straight in the car, so no proper bath required.
Second Stop – Perranporth – lots of our guests last season talked about Perranporth. It came highly recommended as a sandy dog friendly beach with a dog friendly pub right on the beach (The Watering Hole). We did not think that much to Perranporth itself, not for any particular reason, but yes the beach is good. The pub has lots of tables outside with great views, and so I enjoyed a proper coffee after our lovely walk on the beach, and took in those views. Yes, I can see why this beach is popular and worth a ride out to.
Third stop – St Agnes. This is now a bit further down and towards Truro. Lovely large picturesque village, and the best of both. Very nice little shops, choice of eateries, galleries, and also a lovely beach, (one of 4) with a pub, fish and chip shop and great walking. We did not spend long enough here, and indeed thought it a place that warranted a full day for a good explore. However, we did head off on the St Agnes Beacon Scenic drive, before our last stop which was
Fourth and final Stop – Chapel Porth – as members of the NT Love my Outdoors, I had seen this in the guide book, and as we were so near thought I would drive down. It is a very steep narrow drive down (not my favourite), but there is a lovely cove, and a very nice cafe. There was a stream running through, and this looked to be a good place for walking that part of the SWCP, which lots were doing. Again, another place to return to, as on googling Chapel Porth on my return, it looks for scenic walking, and this is now a walk on my list www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/201
All in all a great day out, and CD snored loudly all the way back to camp, in the back of the Landy
Other Meadows News
The land drainage work is now complete on site for which we breathed a huge sigh of relief. The weather was very unkind for work of this type, but now onwards and upwards. The pitches are all now getting ready for guests, and we are “beautifying” the campsite. We still have lots to do, and one job I keep trying to get to the top of the list if Mabel Caravan’s garden. Mabel is having a pitch by the stream. For the gorgeous summer on order, there is to be al fresco dining, and lots of sitting in the sunshine.
Plants and the like are now starting to grow. Primroses are on their way on our pretty stream bank, and the yellow flag irises are starting to sprout too in the meadow and wooded area.
As there is still lots to do, we always do a list at the start of the week to keep us all focused and working hard.
STILL HOT NEWS – new for 2014 – Kernowforno will be visiting weekly through the season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas for our guests. We are indeed very excited about this, as you can never eat too many homemade pizzas.
It’s a camp dog’s life
News from Camp Dog Harvey – a little q & a, to give you a little more insight in to my world
Q – My favourite sleeping spot – A – On the back of the settee
Q – My favourite treat – A -prawn crackers
Q – My favourite walk – A – a round walk on the Pentewan Valley Trail to Mevagissey, and back on the SWCP.
Q -My favourite beach A – Hemmick Beach, closely followed by Crantock Beach just discovered.
Q My favourite pub – A The Polgooth Inn, very closely followed by the Roseland Inn
Q – My favourite haircut – A – short school boy style, and definitely not the woolly sheep look.
Bookings – we remain extremely surprised, and very pleased at the popularity of our change to “just for adults”. Indeed, my next job is to mark up some weeks where we now have limited availability for hook up pitches. If you are wanting to holiday with us here at The Meadows, especially in July and August, then please confirm your booking as early as possible so as not to be disappointed. You can book here, or by telephone – 01726 844383.
Posted on January 27, 2014
The Meadows Team (that is me Lynn, Camp Daddy John, and Camp Dog Harvey) enjoy nothing more than a good long walk , especially in Cornwall.
Being very busy on site with our groundwork, this year we are staying in the County, but even so we will not get to do any where near all the walks we would love to do.
John and I both love the Cornish coastline (SWCP) and the lovely little bays, and fishing villages usually with a characterful and dog friendly pub for lunch. Camp Dog Harvey does love the coast path and can be encouraged in to the sea, but loves woods and chasing squirrels and pheasants.
Last weekend we had a mixed weather bag (typical Cornwall), but most of Sunday was gorgeous and sunny. We made the most of both days, and had two lovely walks.
One of the bays we came across on our walk
The first walk was one we had wanted to do for some time, as we have seen it from over the water. The walk around St Anthony’s Head had fantastic views all the way, and lots of interesting features including the lighthouse, and observation point. We extended this walk slightly parking at the NT Towan Farm car park and walking around Porth Creek. Approaching Towan Beach at the end of our walk we were lucky to see lots of seals on the beach and swimming in the sea. This was a good walk for a walk that had seen a lot of rain, as Harvey was able to take a bathe in the sea at Towan Beach, as when we got back to the car, we headed off to our lunch spot.
This walk is another one ticked off from the book that I will be selling this year in our small camp shop. 16 circular walks all close to the campsite, and we have done quite a number now. All so far have been great, with some real gems for great views and little coves.
Favouring holidaying in the UK, and never liking to intentionally leave Harvey out we use Alistair Sawday’s Pub and Inns Book as a bit of a Bible. There is nothing worse than having a less than average lunch in a characterless pub after a good few hours walking when you are ready for some really tasty local food. Last Saturday we had a gorgeous sandwich and bowl of very home made chips in the The Roseland Inn at Philleigh. A great little pub, and so warm and cosy with the fire, and bags of character and Camp Dog Harvey was made very welcome. This pub got full marks and would be a lovely pub for the summer too as there was a lovely outside seating area.
Another pub out of the book that we recently visited was The Kings Head at Ruan High Lanes which is a good one for on the way to or from Truro. This is described in the book as a pub with a heart, and I would very much agree with that. The village itself is a beauty with a Norman font, and a creek that is a haven for waders and waterfowl. John had an open ploughman’s sandwich, and I had pan friend prawns with garlic butter and we shared a portion of homemade chips . A cracking pub with a lovely dog friendly bar, and the restaurant was also extremely popular with some lovely catch of the day dishes on the menu. Another one we shall be returning to.
Last Sunday was a great day for seeing Polperro, and we walked over to Talland Bay which was a very popular walk, again with lovely views back over to St Austell Bay. This place is full of character, with lovely Cornish cottages, little lanes, boats and of course a little beach and the sea. Had it not been for some very black clouds looming in the distance, we would have walked on to Looe, but we are saving that for another time. The return car journey was on the scenic route through the back villages, and over on the ferry to Fowey where we stopped for a swift pint at The Ship Inn before heading home for lamb shanks and winter veg cooked by John.
Next weekend we are planning to visit Lanhydrock as the snowdrops should be looking lovely by then. The Estate grounds look ideal for a good Sunday morning walk.
Meadows Campsite News
We never expected changing to a site “just for grown ups” to be so popular, and campers are searching out adult only campsites in Cornwall. The interest has been amazing, and we are looking forward to meeting so many new guests this season, and also to the guests of our first season returning to see the changes. So far, most of the bookings are for guests liking a few more of their creature comforts and opting for electric hookup so it seems we made the right decision adding another 4 hook ups for this season further “down field” and on the sunniest side.
Our first wood tower
Work on site is progressing, albeit it slower than we would like due to Cornwall taking conditions that would usually fall on the Lake District. On showery days, we are managing our wood. There has been a lot of chopping, splitting, stacking and building of log towers, a skill that John learnt on a Norfolk woodland management course. Our logs stores are full too – yes there has been a lot of showery days, and luckily we still have lots of wood to chop and stack. There is still a lot to do, but everything is in place, and this week looks to be much better. It is still only January, and this time last year, we had not even landed in Cornwall. I keep telling John that every day we must wake up with a PMA (positive mental attitude), and the rest is easy!!!
News from Camp Dog Harvey
CD taking in the view of Polperro
As much as I love my mum and dad, I am now counting down to the start of the season and seeing new faces. Getting rid of my rain coat, and putting on my cool coat cannot come soon enough for me. As much as I love lounging in the evening in front of the log burner, there is not much to see in the dark. I much prefer sprawling out on the deck keeping one eye out on my guests, whilst soaking in the sunshine, and the extra daylight hours.
My girls “our chucks” are still laying well, and my favourite every day dinner is a soft boiled egg and bakers.
I am looking quite trim at the moment and am really enjoying getting out and about exploring new places, and returning to some of my favourites. As it is only a short drive away, Caerhays seems to be a popular choice for The Meadows team when time allows for just a hour or so end of sunlight down time. There are pheasants for me, in abundance, and sand and sea to keep the other members of the team happy.
We will be soon
For all you adults out there, looking for a traditional small quiet campsite in a lovely part of Cornwall, please do give us a try. We welcome tents (all shapes and sizes) caravans, campervans, motorhomes, converted buses, ambulances, and anything “quirky”. We are dog friendly, and great as a base for visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, and the gorgeous Fowey and Mevagissey. You can book by contacting us, The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan here, or by telephoning 01726 844383. If you prefer camping on a more hassle free basis, then we have our caravans available for rent on a weekly, or short break basis.
Posted on September 24, 2013
Driving in to Mevagissey today, I heard on the radio that we are in for a fabulous October! The Indian Summer was apparently delayed due to the good old jet stream, but is now en route to Cornwall.
Today’s weather news got me thinking, that really Autumn is such a good time to get away, and set yourselves up for the winter months. With all the mod cons now in the caravans, motorhomes and tents for keeping warm on chilly evenings, our hot showers & breakfast delivered to your unit, there really is no excuse not to take time out and visit us here at The Meadows Campsite near to Mevagissey.
I am going to try and encourage and tempt you now to get away, by highlighting some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Autumn, close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and St Austell, South Cornwall.
Long walks on the nearly deserted Cornish Beaches.
These walks are best enjoyed with your pooch, and a good way of blowing away the cob webs, and enjoying the sun lying low in the sky.
Check out Camp Dog Harvey’s page for some suggestions, or if you are without a pooch then Pentewan Sands beach is a good beach to start with. A must for me is to take your coffee from the Gorran Haven Cafe in a “proper” mug and sit and drink it on the beach, watching the waves. This would then be followed by a good walk over the cliffs to the very deserted long sandy Vault Beach.
At the end of the returning leg of the Gorran – Vault walk, you could stop off and enjoy lunch in the lovely Barleysheaf Pub just up the road at Gorran Church Town.
For some more suggestions for walks in the area check out the South West Coast Path website, and in particular the Autumn Ambles for South East Cornwall.
For some fabulous pictures of the walk from The Meadows to Charlestown, and for just some fab pictures generally, check out www.skoobyblue.blogspot.com. Skooby Blue and Simon stayed with us here for a few nights this month. Prior and post Simon’s visit, we had been enjoying the pictures of his trip around Cornwall, on twitter, as he is a fantastic photographer. We felt honoured when Simon did a photo blog on The Meadows, so please take a look and see if you agree.
A cosy pub lunch
With an “r” in the month, Autumn is the best time to feast on a lunch of mussels and chips.
We can show you the route to walk from The Meadows to the lovely Polgooth Inn along bridleways and foothpaths with gorgeous views of the bays. So far on our mussel test, the Polgooth’s come out top. If the day is an autumnal one, then you can cosy up in front of the log fire. However, with the promise of an Indian summer , you could be sitting in the Polgooth’s garden basking in the midday sunshine.
For Sunday lunch, the best we have had so far is at The Crown Inn, St Ewe. This is a traditional inn, and the Sunday lunch is just like your mum would cook, and the pub is dog friendly.
Visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan or Eden
Due to Cornwall’s milder climate, the gardens are fabulous to visit in the Autumn months. You can expect to see lots of the more exotic plants, and lots of spectacular autumn colours. Heligan also have foraging events, and Eden have a beer festival taking place in October. Gardens and beer, surely go together!
Whilst at Heligan Gardens, take a mooch around Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some delicious treats for dinner, or supper.
Whilst being completely biased of course, all of the above, are best finished off with a night at The Meadows. You can snuggle up in your tent or caravan, or indeed our Vintage Caravan Lottie. Here you can watch the night drawing in, and listen to the owls tooting, whilst playing a game of cards or scrabble. Electric hook up is a near must, or for the very hardy pack your crocheted blankets to keep out the evening chill. Our favourite autumn warming drink is the South Devon Chilli Farm’s Chilli Hot Chocolate drink.
If you are more than a little bit tempted, hold off putting your tent away for the year, or caravan in to storage. You don’t need to book in advance, but you can if you want to. We are happy for you to arrive just as the Indian Summer makes the promised appearance and pick your sunny spot on site. Should you wish to book, or let us know you are on your way you can do so here, or by calling 01726 844383/07712599745.
News from Camp Dog
37 days left until I am off official duties, and can enjoy all of the above, and more!! Yes, I am now on countdown :), but will continue working very hard until the end of season to keep my guests happy, and well looked after.
Mabel – our new, but old caravan is still in Leicestershire, where my granny and grandpa are enjoying sitting in her having their afternoon pot of tea. Mabel will be arriving on site in October and we are all really excited.
For all your new four legged visitors planning on making your first visit to The Meadows, I can show you dog friendly pubs where they let you sit by the fire and the best dog friendly beaches. Here at The Meadows we are a very dog friendly, and generally friendly and relaxed campsite, in a walkers and cyclists haven.