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 March 9, 2015
Last day of Feb
We seem to have returned in time for the first signs of Spring, and some lovely sunny days. January and February can be a little wet in Cornwall which limits the work we can do on site. It was a good time to be away, but it was a good time to return, and we are loving working outdoors again.
Getting lots of jobs done in the week, we still have time for our Cornwall outings at the weekend. If it is grey in one place in Cornwall, you can usually find sunshine in another part, so we tend to go where the weather looks best. Last weekend we took a trip out to Porthcurno, and walked around on the SWCP past the Minack Theatre to another couple of beautiful coves, and a nice surprise of a little beach cafe for a coffee stop. Cornwall is just so full of surprises.
We drove back the scenic route, through Mousehole and stopping off at Newlyn and the very popular Tolcarne Inn for a late lunch A lovely old pub, serving delicious fish and dog friendly too. It was John Dory for me with mussels and my first taste of polenta, and good old fish and chips for John. A small blackboard menu and the fish was as fresh as fresh, a good choice and one we shall definitely be returning to. Newlyn has a very good fresh fish shop so we picked up some scallops and squid and then returned home to light the fire.
On Sunday we headed off to Fowey and walked on the lower path to Golant which is very lovely, and then returned on the higher path for the fabulous views. At the moment, we are trying out parts of The Saints Way, so that we can add this one to our walks, and give some first hand review of it. We stopped off for a drink at The Star at Tywadreath on the way back which is another good and proper pub, and then it was home for roast lamb.
Monday was back to work, and opening time is fast approaching, and there is still lots to do.
Five towers, and all still standing
We now have a whole row of wood towers ready for the ever popular fire pits, and surely we cannot run out this year! The hedge has had his hair cut, this week, and the chickens got new bedding as what comes off all goes through the shredder as we don’t like wasting anything here.
The butterflies are on order……………… watch this space – inspired by something I spotted whilst lunching in a NZ winery, and I have been on the hunt since!!
Pitch names – we downed tools early yesterday as it was bright blue sky and so very sunny, and headed out to Vault Beach and collected some material for our new signs. The Brooks’ family are the artists and so when everything has been collected, Camp Daddy John will be getting in touch with his creative side, and I shall be directing!
New for 2015
Since we arrived in South Cornwall, we have noticed changes in Mevagissey, and it seems to be going up and up. There are some lovely places to eat, and new places opening all the time. Our favourite coffee stop is The Cafe on the Quay, and for lunch we like The Sharksfin, especially now it is warming up and the doors are open on to the quay. There are some lovely little shops in Mevagissey, and of course being a fishing village there is no shortage of places to call in to for a pint or two. You can buy fresh fish on the quay, cornish pasties, and fish and chips.
Recently Fat Face have opened up on The Quay, and we look to be getting stand up paddle boarding opening up too. Paddle boarding was huge in NZ, especially in the calmer harbour waters, and down the rivers.
If you like holidaying early summer, then Mevagissey Feast Week is a great time to visit. You can walk in to the Mevagissey on the trail which takes about an hour, or catch the bus and avoid car parks. Feast week this year is 28 June – 4 July and the first day is a usually a great day to head down, especially if you like food. Check out what is happening for the week.
We all love Mevagissey and the neighbouring Port Mellon walking out on to Chapel Point too.
Well, we will be soon
After two great summers, we all seem to have faith in making it three in a row and our bookings reflect this. Don’t hang around if you want to come and stay this summer, as nobody else is. We appreciate that not everyone wants to holiday Saturday to Saturday, especially with the delightful A30 and so we offer a flexible booking system. This does make our pitch planner, look a bit of a miss match sometimes, but we don’t mind that and it always allow space, for those just dropping by whilst touring this lovely county. If you want to advance book a stay at The Meadows Campsite then you can contact us here or by telephone – 01726 844383. Just a reminder we are an adults (16 and over) only campsite.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Vault Beach in the winter
It was nice having my early morning walks on Pentewan Sands, but unfortunately 1 March has passed, and so it is once again out of bounds for me. However, Vault Beach and Gorran Haven are my favourites anyway and I quite like being chauffeured some days to my walks.
I cannot say I am working too hard at the moment, as being Head of Security is an easier role when the gates are closed. Now it is warming up, I shall be swapping the back of the settee for the sunny deck for my afternoon siestas.
Posted on June 25, 2014
Changing to “just for adults”, of course we expected a bit of banter, and it’s all been taken in good humour. Indeed only this morning, we had a call from a gentleman who said he was ringing us as the adults only campsite he rang first asked if was ok with removing all of his clothes after checking in. The poor man was horrified as he was only looking for a campsite, for a base for him and his dog to go out walking the SWCP.
Just so we are all singing of the same hymn sheet, here at The Meadows, it is clothes on, although in this heat just the basics are fine. There is also no naked badminton, or ball games of any kind, and we have updated our camping etiquette accordingly. Any more questions please, as I am extremely intrigued, and I have to say as a farmer’s daughter who grew up in the country quite naive even at the age of 44!!! However, 15 months down the line, we feel we have learnt a lot about life on a campsite and it is all great fun.
Oneliners – The Meadows team have a great sense of humour (good job), and so it seems have a lot of our guests. Just to share a few with you of our favourites – no naming names :-
1. “that’s it then now for you guys, from now until the end of the season, you just cut the grass and collect the money!”
2. “what do you (Lynn) do then after breakfast service, go to your proper job”.
3. “We would love to run to a campsite – I could carry on working as normal, and my wife could just mow the lawns…………….”
4. “I bet these shower blocks are more or less self cleaning” – note -what like the cleaning fairy!!!
5. “What did you both do before semi retirement”.
Supporting local small business
Holidays are extremely important and we want to give our guests the best experience possible. We have been taken by surprise as to the work involved, especially on the has to be done administration side. This has meant that our ideas for chef John/Camp Daddy and me Camp Waitress and GD have been put on hold for the time being.
However, we are very lucky to have some fabulous and talented locals who are happy to come add to our guests experiences, and so far these are a very big hit. Firstly, we have the regular Tuesday night pop up wood fired pizza night between 5-8pm. This is going down extremely well with our campers, many of whom are real foodies and so the locally sourced produce for the toppings is a real treat. The pizzas are cooked freshly to order on the wood fired oven and many guests enjoy theirs on the deck.
To accompany the pizzas, when the sun is shining, and we he can we have Mojito Steve serving up cocktails out of Sams Van. The first night was the perfect night for it, clear blue sky and a lovely chilled atmosphere on our deck. Even Camp Mummy and Camp Daddy enjoyed a few gorgeous Mojitos. Mojito Steve will be making impromptu cocktail visits throughout the season on fine evenings.
We also have regular visits especially at the weekend by Thirstea Company serving up tea, coffee and cakes out of Earl the Citreon H Van. Seth and Jodi also do cream teas on the go. Being sited just inside our entrance holidaymakers and locals enjoying the trail are also welcome to pop in for a cuppa and cake.
Other Meadows News
Well this season has got off to a great start with so much hot and sunny weather. Our campers have been enjoying the fine beaches around, and Gorran Haven, Hemmick, and Caerhays have been the particular favourites . Swimming in the sea in June is a real treat. It has also been so much warmer in the evenings, and there has been lots of bbqs and fire pits being enjoyed, and so lovely smells wafting over to the office.
Mevagissey Feast Week starts at the weekend, and that will be a real bonus for those campers coming in. All the decorations are up ready, and there is a full programme of events.
As our new stock of handmade bunting, made by the “Bunting Boys” has arrived, we have seen some extremely well dressed tents, and all buntings are different. The Meadow field, and the secluded meadows pitches are still full of flower, and the meadow has been very popular during this very warm spell, in particular the soft meadow grass for siestas.
New pitches – our new stream side “proper camping” pitches are now in use and the camper vans and tenters are loving these. These pitches are for campers who like to pitch next to their car as opposed to opting for the wilder camping experience down in the meadow field.
Our new proper camping wing, also opens tomorrow, and we have a group of 10 in to christen the wing.
Bookings – We cannot believe how popular we are! Some of it has to be down to the fantastic reviews that our guests have been very kind to give of The Meadows. We are just so pleased that everyone is enjoying their stay with us. Unfortunately, as a small natural site, we do have a limit on numbers, and we tend to go on the conservative side for advance bookings, as the weather is of course unpredictable and out of our control. This means for you that we are now only taking booking for last minute stays, (i.e a couple of days before), or those who just like to turn up on foot, or not. You would be extremely lucky with hook up if we can accommodate you now, for anything other than a couple/frew days in between bookings.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Loving the hot weather, and most of my day is spent under the tree keeping watch on my girls. I have been very lucky to go out in an evening to Gorran Haven, which is quiet at night, and so good for a bit of skinny dipping.
Kingswood Bar & Restaurant – Just to let you know that dogs are welcome here when the weather is good for al fresco dining on the deck at the rear. The bbq is lovely on a Sunday evening On the very plus side, the walk to Kingswood is along the trail by the River and so nobody needs to drive either – happy owners, make happy dogs. This one is on the dog friendly list of places to go.