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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking (our favourite pass time)

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

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

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

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Crantock beach in the winter (NT)

Walking, beach style

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

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

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

Eating (our second favourite pass time )

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

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

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

Work on site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn

 

 

 

Food, glorious food…………………..

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Comments Off on Food, glorious food…………………..

The Meadows Team themselves (including CD Harvey) love their food, especially when on holiday. As well as advising our guests about local walks, cycle rides and beaches, we are very happy to “talk and advise” about food!!!

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The Polgooth Inn

In Cornwall our Campers are so lucky with such a great choice of local food available, and so many fabulous restaurants and foodie pubs. A lot of our campers start their day with one of John’s breakfast baguettes.  The most popular filling is  the traditional British Bacon & Eggs. The Bacon is scrumptious and supplied by the superb Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan Gardens.  Eggs are freshly laid, if not by our girls then by other local Cornish girls with bright yellow yolks, and very very tasty.  Our girls are feeling under even more pressure than normal, as the cakes we have been making are also being snapped up, and we have lots of guests at the moment to feed.  Our deck is full this morning, with breakfasting, as our deck is soooo sunny in the mornings.

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The topic is “catch of the day”

As we are by the sea it is so nice so have so much fresh fish available.  Lots of our campers have been out on very successful mackerel fishing trips, and have been kind enough to let us sample some of their catch.  Catches recently have been good, and one of the local Mevagissey fisherman very generously dropped off a whole big bag of mackerel fresh off the boat which I handed round the campsite.  There were some lovely bbq smells that evening, as you cannot beat fresh mackerel on the bbq.

Anyone for a Crepe?

Thursday night is our regular evening for Blue Vintage, and our very lovely Crepe Lady Gill.  The Crepes cooked fresh to order on the van, with sweet and savoury fillings have been going down a storm.  The Meadows Special is Banana & Toffee.  Blue Vintage also calls in when possible on a Saturday which is the main setting up day, with lots of tired people needing a Crepe to perk them up and save them cooking!!!

On the days the weather has been good, which have been more so than not, our campers love to bbq.  As well as cooking their mackerel, our campers have been cooking up some real delights from Lobbs Farm Shop, as it is nice to have special treats on holiday.

All you want after a hard day.......

Camp Dog waiting for his local to open

When the weatherman has been mean, and sent some rain over the Campsite, our campers have been heading off out to eat.  Dodging the showers, lots of our campers enjoy the walk down in to the Village at The Ship Inn at Pentewan.  In the daytime lots of campers enjoy the circular Mevagissey walk, stopping off for fish and chips in Mevagissey Harbour, and stopping again for a drink at The Ship Inn, Pentewan on the return leg.

For evening meals, especially larger party bookings, the Polgooth Inn is proving extremely popular indeed.  The food is all home cooked, with vegetables and herbs grown in their own garden.  The menu has a fab choice, with lots of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes.  Without any exception all visitors to the Polgooth have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we even have guests eating there almost every evening !!

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The gorgeous Sams on the Beach

One of our guests who was camping alone treated himself to one very special meal as he was camping on a budget.  After asking my advice of place, and what to eat (no pressure!!!) he trotted off to the Salamander in Mevagissey and feasted on scallops and John Dory.  Our guest enjoyed feasting like a Mevagissey King, and the whole atmosphere of such a lovely small restaurant and service.  Big thumbs up. Another fabulous place for a special meal is Sams, or Sam’s on the Beach.  Booking at Sam’s on the Beach is advisable and for Sam’s there is a nice bar area upstairs to enjoy a drink whilst waiting as there is no booking at Sams.

The Meadows Team are still favouring fish and chips at The Fountain Inn Mevagissey, and as I type this Lottie Caravan’s guests have just shared with me their Fountain fish & chip experience last night.  They also got to hear the Mevagissey Choir who were singing both on the harbour, and then in the Fountain Inn itself.

We also must mention Roskillys Ice Cream as today one of our guests was on to a caramel crunch tub before 9am!!  It is gorgeous organic ice cream and our favourite is the Salt Caramel although unfortunately it only comes in a big tub, and it is not advisable to put the lid back on.

Food always tastes better when you are very hungry and so it is good that our guests are all so active.  Most venture out for the day on either two feet, or two wheels, and if in the car there is often a boat or bikes on board.

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Our “Lottie” Caravan

Keep fishing, eating, and generally being foodies whilst in Cornwall staying at The Meadows Campsite.

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My new neckerchief

Whilst I am still Camp Dog, I am also living back up to my old name of “HRH”.  My heinz 57 friend “Tubs” as in Tubs by name and Tubs by nature 😉 very kindly bought me a neckerchief.  I had been admiring Tubs’ red one for a while, and now I have one the same in Blue for Blue Vintage, as Tubs is a member of the Blue Vintage Crepe Van Team.

I am still very busy in my role of Security, in particular continuing to guard the Roskillys ice cream.

We have lots of four legged friends on site for their summer holiday, and I have been sharing all of my knowledge on the local area, including the best beaches, river and wood walks, pubs that give you gravy bones, and as to the best breakfast baguette filling – if you are lucky.

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Such temptations for Cd

I very nearly broke Camp Dog rule last week and fell in love, but I held back and remained professional, and we are “just good friends”.

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Look out for our sign

For all those not committed to school holidays, September can be gorgeous, and we still have availability.  To book a stay with us here at The Meadows small, and dog friendly campsite, Pentewan contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.  Lottie is also available for some of September and for October too. Have a look at Lottie’s page and see if you can be tempted for a special stay. We are so conveniently placed for Heligan Gardens & Mevagissey (walking distance), the Eden Project, Fowey & Charlestown.

 

 

 

 

The best Sunday lunch out so far……..

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Comments Off on The best Sunday lunch out so far……..

Unfortunately, or fortunately for the cook, our oven has been delayed.  We have managed very well so far, but cooking a roast dinner on a camping stove is a bit tricky.

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Crown Inn, St Ewe

Having heard excellent reports, and after seeing how full the car park was at The Polgooth Inn we ventured out to The Crown at St Ewe. Camp Dog came as well as the pub is dog friendly.

John and I did not really need to look at a menu as we both craving a proper Sunday lunch just like we would have at home.  This is what we got, in front of a roaring fire, and with all the trimmings to go with our roast beef :).  Lunch got full marks from both of us, our plates were clean, and we could not manage dessert!!  The people there were all very welcoming and the service was as good as the food.  We understand why this pub is so popular and is has a lovely cosy atmosphere and is full of character.

That was to be our last Sunday roast out for a while as our long awaited oven will be with us tomorrow.  John is somewhat of a chef, even starring on tv, and so has missed ‘proper’ food at home.

Cooking Twins

Cooking Twins

We also need to get some practice in with our new oven ready for the start of our season as we will be cooking for our guests. Cooking is part of our improved facilities as new owners of The Meadows.  There should will even be some outdoor summer cheffing by the cooking twins, likely to be in the form of grand Paellas or similar delights. We will be hoping for some foodie guests coming to stay with us this season.

Summer is fast approaching and we would love to see you here at The Meadows in the Pentewan Valley, St Austell with your tent, caravan, or motor home/campervan.  We are a small dog friendly touring park in a beautiful part of South Cornwall in the Uk.  Please contact us here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745. You will be spoilt for choice as to what to do during your stay as we are located close to the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, Mevagissey and lots of lovely Cornish beaches.

More foodie research for our guests………..

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Comments Off on More foodie research for our guests………..

Our very good friends Andy & Steve Butcher from Norfolk have been staying in Fowey this week in a fab apartment. On our Sunday off we enjoyed coffee on their balcony with fabulous views over Fowey and Polruan, with the boats in the harbour.

What a view.........

What a view

To celebrate Andy’s birthday, our first meet up in Cornwall, and of course for research after coffee we headed off to Sam’s on the beach.  This is Andy’s favourite eating place, and for John and I it was our first visit but we have heard rave reviews. Sam’s sits right on Polkerris beach and so has the most wonderful sea views. The atmosphere is great, and it is clearly a very popular place and not surprisingly just for the view alone.

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Perusing the menu……….

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We are all big fans of fish and seafood and there was an excellent choice.  We feasted on garlic pizza bread to start, followed by scallops, sardines, spaghetti, marinara, and seafood pizza. As it was fish seafood/fish all round, we enjoyed a bottle of the house white with our meal. All dishes were presented lovely, of a very generous size, and most of all they were absolutely delicious. Four clean plates, and an empty bottle :). Excellent value for such quality food, top service and a view you would find hard to beat. Highly recommended, and the only downside is that inside is not dog friendly, though in warmer weather there are lots of seats outside and which more or less touch the beach. For walkers, this place make a great lunch stop off if walking around to Polkerris from Fowey  along the south west coastal place.

John and I enjoy this sort of research, and we will have done lots more by the start of the season.  We will be very happy to guide you on great places to eat for foodies. Do come and stay with us this summer at The Meadows touring park in the Pentewn Valley, close to Mevagissey & St Austell. You can enquire here, or telephone 01726 844383/07712599745.  We cater for motor homes, caravans and tents of all shapes and sizes. You can either book in advance, or if you prefer to just turn up we will always try and find you a pitch.

Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Comments Off on Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

imageI, Harvey/Camp Dog am still with my owners in our temporary abode awaiting the installation of our kitchen and bathroom.

We are staying in the lovely harbour town of Mevagissey and so have lots of lovely walks direct from the door.  Our retreat is at the top of a very steep hill and so each walk finishes with a very big climb.

This walk was taken on a Sunday (our day off) and we joined the south west coast path in the harbour. We followed this passing through the picturesque Port Mellon, and the Rising Sun Inn although no pit stop there this time was it was before opening hours.  My owners are early risers!!

We then followed the coastal path round with a few climbs and descents down to Gorran Haven and past the chapel of St Just. I had a run here on the beach which was very quiet and the sun was shining. Gorran Haven is a very beautiful fishing village and I shall go back in the summer when the sea is a little warmer.

As it was nearly lunchtime we headed off through the lanes and along the “school path” up to Gorran Church Town, and the Barley Sheaf Pub for a snack. This is a very smart pub with good beer, treats for us dogs, and a nice log fire. The pub has lots of events of a music type and is very welcoming.

My owners seemed to enjoy their lunch of homemade soup, and smoked mackerel pâté.

We went a different way for part of the return over some grassy fields with one very steep descent. We then rejoined the coastal path and back in to Mevagissey, and the final climb back home.

There were lovely views of Gorran, Mevagissey, and Port Mellon along the way.

A good walk which I give a score of 8 out of 10. The walk has to be a full circular walk with no doubling up on the way back to get full marks.

My owners would be delighted to show you this walk on a map.  It would be possible to start this walk from The Meadows if you were feeling energetic. You would then pick up the coast path in Pentewan village.

Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows caravan and camping park this summer. We cater for caravans, motor homes tents of all sizes. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John – 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively just turn up and we will always find you a pitch if we can.

A sample of good pubs and eateries

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Comments Off on A sample of good pubs and eateries
The Fountain Inn

The Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

In the name of research for our guests, and as we are without a working kitchen until the new one arrives we have been eating out more than we would usually.

The nearest pub to The Meadows, is the characterful and friendly Ship Inn in Pentewan. We frequented here on “move in” day with our “helpers” and have been a few times since.  The team there are all very welcoming, and the food is all good, particular favourites being the ploughmans lunch, and homemade fish pie.  Camp Dog Harvey has also been made very welcome too.  The beer is good too, especially the pear cider.  Cannot wait for the spring to enjoy the beer garden, and view.  The walk down to the pub on the Pentewan Trail is a scenic and enjoyable one.

After a very busy first day clearing out in site we decided to treat ourselves to a fish and chip supper. We made a good choice with the Fountain Inn in Mevagissey.  This is very popular and the fish and chips were superb, and extremely good value.  Fish and chips must be their speciality as plate after plate were coming out of the kitchens.  We will definitely be returning to this pub at Mevagissey for more of the same.  The fish and chips can be enjoyed take away style too.

As the local Indian takeaway Spice Merchant in Mevagissey delivers to The Meadows site. We thought we would do a taste test for our guests.  The choice was good and the food was all very tasty, the service was a little bit slow, but we expect in the summer months there are far more hands on deck, and the owner was on his winter break when we visited.

Being keen walkers, and on our first Sunday off we went on foot to the very popular Polgooth Inn, in Polgooth. This was just under an hours walk mainly on footpaths and bridle ways with a little bit of a climb.  The climb was well worth it as it provided lovely views over Pentewan beach, and also the Pentewan Valley.  When we arrived Sunday lunch was being served which looked a very generous portion and was clearly very popular.  At this point we had a temporary abode and a joint to cook for the evening so we shared a plate of tapas. This idea was a good one, and we had olives, stuffed peppers, garlic mushrooms, calamari, and fries with aioli.

After being here only a couple of weeks we are delighted with the local pubs and the quality and choice of food.  It is a good job The Meadows Teams has lots of hard work to do to keep up our appetites.

Lynn and John will be happy to show you any of the walks mentioned above, and always have walking maps and books to hand. Please join us this Sumer at The Meadows touring park in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, Cornwall, UK.  We cater for motor homes, touring caravans and tents. Please enquire here, or telephone Lynn and John on 01726 844383. Whilst advance booking is recommended, if we can fit you in we will always do so.