Getting ready for inspection by our campers!

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Comments Off on Getting ready for inspection by our campers!

The opening of the gates is fast approaching, and all the jobs are getting completed.IMG_7111

At this time of the year, we always think back to the previous seasons and most importantly what we have learnt along the way.  As a lot of regular guests will know, we were complete novices when we arrived here back in 2012, and so we had to learn quickly.

One thing we learnt quickly is that we cannot be all things to all campers.  We came here with a good idea of how we wanted our campsite to be, and we have pretty much stuck to this.  Our general idea and ethos,  seems to work well. So many of our guests comment on the extremely relaxed, respectful and very friendly atmosphere on the campsite, which is created by our guests.

However, we do also like to learn from our guests, and there are always ways we can improve the campsite, even if it is just tweaking, whilst staying true to ourselves and not resting on our laurels.  This is where our guests reviews come in very useful indeed, although of course this is only one way to use independent reviews.  Reviews are great for us, and it enables new guests to get independent views of The Meadows before making the all important decision as to is it a campsite for them!

John and I, of and of course Harvey too who often gets a mention really appreciate the feedback you give us, and it is great for us to know that we are making our guests happy.

To read some of our 2015 season Trip Advisor reviews see here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g528878-d3451499-Reviews-or10-The_Meadows_Campsite-St_Austell_Cornwall_England.html

Some of our favourite comments, although there are so many that make us smile, 

“WOW!! That just about sums up the The Meadows…
Lovely owners, Lynn is very attentive and knows just about everywhere to go to have a good time.

We loved the pop up cocktail bar and pizza guys. The pizza was soooo delicious.
They had two very happy campers even if the weather was a bit hit and miss. Loved the campfires and the IMG_0992decorated tents. I would highly recommend The Meadows. Peaceful, fun and delightful. Thanks for having us!”- August 2015.

“We loved it so much we have already sent in a request to go back next year!! We arrived as guests and left as friends. Can’t wait to go back! Thank you again”  – August 2015

“the best compliment that we can pay is that we had booked for a 2 week holiday, but enjoyed the area and site so much that we booked for my wife to stay for an extra week whilst I had to return to work 🙁 – the benefits of working in a school I suppose!!!!
We will be back to this great site – well done to John and Lynn for creating a fantastic place to stay” – August 2015
 “We have just returned from a week ‘proper camping’ at The Meadows and I would happily turn the car around and drive back and stay there forever”  August 2015

“We had yet another wonderful week at The Meadows. Lynn, John and Harvey are the warmest, friendliest owners you could wish to meet. They have all the information you could possibly need for a fantastic break in St Austell. The campsite is refreshingly relaxed as far as bringing along your additional family members, ie dogs, cats, and even parrots – although, of course, common sense must prevail. We enjoyed freshly made pizzas and cocktails which were delicious. Sadly we missed Fish and Chip night but are assured these are just as good. The amenities are exceptionally clean and up-to-date, ie the shower rooms are very spacious. Everything you can possibly need to have a fabulous holiday is here in this wonderful little campsite.” July 2015

 

“In five or so years of touring in our campervan, this has to be one of the best – if not THE best – site we’ve stayed at. Striking the right balance between rural, small and friendly and yet professionally run with immaculate facilities isn’t always easy, it seems, but The Meadows has got it spot on. From the moment we arrived, to be greeted by Lynn with a warm welcome and helpful and practical information about the area, we felt at home. The site is relaxed and casual, but there’s no mistaking the ongoing work that Lynn and John put into making this such a wonderful place to stay.”

 

“We booked as a group some months back as stumbled across this delightful adult only campsites website by accident. What a find!

John and Lynne made us feel incredibly welcome as soon as we arrived, guiding us to our pitch and explaining about all the amazing things to see and visit in the area.

The site is excellently maintained and both John and Lynne work tirelessly to ensure the site is extremely clean, tidy and pleasant, we don’t think that we have ever seen a couple work so hard and such long hours on a campsite before.

The toilets and showers are spotlessly clean, with regular cleaning done throughout the day.

Decent sized pitches and the added bonus of John replenishing the fire pit each night was very welcome.

These two have certainly got a campsite to be proud of and do an amazing job, just a shame that their weather forecasting skills are not up to par ha ha.

A lot of campsites in Cornwall could learn a lot of from these two.”

And the one that got Camp Dog Harvey his last warning….
“I have to say though that Harvey the chief of camp security has clearly been promoted well beyond the limit of imagehis guard dog ability and might need a new job description such as chief snoozer.”
Bookings
For those wanting to stay with the comfort of electric, then you need to hurry up and book as pitches are now very limited during high season, and for the second part of June.  You can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.
28 days to opening and counting down …………..
Finally, for those who have just stumbled upon us, we are a smallish campsite just for grown ups, dog and campfire friendly, close to the coast, Eden, Heligan and Mevagissey.  We are good for walkers, cyclists, and foodies, and those who just want a relaxing holiday with lots to see and do close by.
Lynn

 

Testing the one hour theory………

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Comments Off on Testing the one hour theory………

IMG_7106The Meadows Campsite is on the south coast of Cornwall, and one of the slimmer parts of the county.  This makes us situate in a very beautiful part of Southern Cornwall with lots to explore on our doorstep, but also a great base for getting out and about in the county.

We love our girls (the chucks), but during down time, they do restrict our getting away on short breaks, so days out are ideal.  We can then make sure we are back late afternoon when it is still light to give them theirdeb's pictures 019 tin of sweetcorn, and put them to bed at dusk.

IMG_0929Our walking is also a little restricted just at the moment, due to Camp Dog having poorly paws, and so it is short walks only until they are better, and so we combine these with scenic drives.

Being nice and central, we can be anywhere else in Cornwall in just about an hour, and so everywhere in the county is doable for a day trip.

This weekend we had a lovely mooch around Padstow on Saturday afternoon, and it was even warm enough to sit outside on the harbour front.  Padstow is never quiet even in the winter, and it even manages to have 3 pasty shops in a row, as well as lots of great eating  in places, and all the very popular shops if you like a spot of shopping.

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Seaton & Downderry

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Portwrinkle Cafe

My favourite magazine is Coast, and this is where you often learn about the not so talked about places.  I think this is often as these places are off the beaten track, and are beautiful just for their naturalness, and you really have to seek places out, and some of the best places you will only see if exploring on foot. On Sunday I was tour leader, and we headed off to the Rame Peninsula which is known as Cornwall’s forgotten  corner. We were heading for lunch in Kingsand, and our first stop on the way was Seaton & Downderry.  We parked up on the front and had a lovely walk on the sea wall, basking in lovely warm sunshine between the two villages, and back along the SWCP which runs on the village coast road where the lucky residents have the most amazing view around to Looe and beyond.

Next stop on the coast road was Portwrinkle, another gorgeous coastal village with a very popular country club and golf course.  We stopped for our morning coffee at the cafe which must have one of the best views in Cornwall right on the cliff top. Portwrinkle is at the start of Whitsand Bay which is quite simply stunning , with very dramatic scenery and sandy beaches.

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Kingsand & Cawsand

Still en route to Kingsand we passed three beautiful old forts and took in the view at Rame Head.  The head looks a fabulous section of the SWCP, but unfortunately H would not have managed the ups and down of the coast path that day, so back on the coast road to Kingsand.  By now the blue sky had changed to a more stormy setting and so we parked ourselves in The Devonport Inn in one of the window seats, and had lunch of fogey river mussels (me), and homemade Cornish pasty and a pint (Camp Daddy), and lots of treats for Harvey from the nice ladies in the pub.  Kingsand and Cawsand are very beautiful villages and fabulous to wander around, but the houses there do take frequent batterings, with all houses on the front having window shutters and flood gates. We have only visited here once before and it was summer time, and we caught the Plymouth ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe and walked around.  Then it was very busy, and a really hot day and we sat outside the same pub where they have trays attached to the habour railings which is a great idea as there is limited room for tables and chairs.

We took the direct route back home, but reading up about the area later, we should have stopped at a couple of places on the other side.  Next time we shall take a look at St John’s lake (twitchers’ paradise), and St Germans Church.   There are also the historic country properties of Anthony, Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot.

So for a great day hour whilst holidaying with us at The Meadows, the Rame Peninsula is highly recommended, and indeed we shall be visiting again before we open and exploring more on foot.

Other Meadows News

S7000019We have been getting on with our winter jobs, and a lot of time has been spent “doing” wood! A lot of trees have been taken down mainly random ones in our working area, and also a couple stream side. All the big stuff has been logged and we have completed our first huge log tower ready for fire pits. All the smaller stuff has been shredded and the chucks got the first lot for their pen, and we have ton sacks lined up ready for our new planting areas, along with some stumps for our new stumperry. Still lots of tree work to be done.

Next week is set to be drier and is our last good week to get our plants in, and we have lots of them.  We have some lovely granite boulders, trunks and stumps to make the beds.  All the planting is to be Cornish style, and informal.

We have also been collecting things on our outings, to use for our pitch name signs.  Just when our guests thought they had worked out our pitch numbering system, and you did well as I often get confused, we are giving our pitches names.

On the more practical side, our very skilled Cornish digger man Frank is coming back in the next few weeks to clear out all of our ditches, to keep the land drainage system flowing.  We are also going to be putting in more “grass protecta” soon on to the fore meadow to create our four none electric camper van pitches.  This will enable camper vanners to mingle with the tenters and enjoy the evening sun in the meadow with a view of the Mevagissey hill.

S7000002It seems from an article published in Practical Caravan Magazine this month that The Meadows is getting known as a bit of a foodie campsite.  We like this as we love food, and we do agree that there is so much wonderful food in the area, not just with Lobbs Farm Shop along the trail, and some amazing eateries, but also with wood fired pizzas, paella, breakfasts and cocktails made on site, we hope guests will continue to enjoy such delights.

Bookings – we are now taking bookings for 2015, and please do contact us by either email or telephone to book for next season.  We are a smallish friendly campsite just for grown ups one mile from the sea on the south coast.  We are close to Mevaggisey, Heligan Gardens, Charlestown and lots of other fabulous places.  We are also an ideal campsite if you are keen walkers, or cyclists with lots of walking and cycling routes  starting from the campsite gates.

Well, that’s all for now and it’s time to light the log burner…………

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

For those on jolly countdown…………..

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Comments Off on For those on jolly countdown…………..

IMG_6785We cannot believe that we have already reached the half way point of our second season, and time is certainly flying by. There is a very relaxed, informal atmosphere on site, with some very chilled guests who having been making the most of our pop up saviours.  Cream teas, wood fired pizzas and gooey choc brownies, and Steve’s Mojitos have been going down a storm.

The weather to date has been extremely kind for a UK Summer and fingers crossed it will be very similar for the rest of the summer, followed swiftly by an indian summer for the latter part of our season.  Surely this is not asking for too much.

For those with their jolly still to look forward to, and to help both our guests, and ourselves out as we are all busy people, I am setting out below some information for faqs on the days before arrival, and to save you trawling our site.  As those who have visited us will know, we run the campsite just the three of us, and one of the team, as cute as he is does not always pull his weight so most of the work is left to Camp Daddy and I.

Don’t upset the Head of Security

For those arriving Q “What is the earliest time we can arrive on site” 

We know you are very eager to start your jolly, but we can only dedicate our time to you from 12 noon on the day of arrival.  John’s breakfast baguettes are very popular in particular for those packing up and leaving us on the morning.  Also grown ups often don’t get up at the crack of dawn, especially if the cocktail van visited the night before!! To avoid mayhem on the site as there is nowhere to park you especially caravans and motorhomes, until we have waved off our guests departing the pitches, and then given them a mow and a tidy up.  We are ready for arrivals and inspection, for 12 noon.

This also means that you get personally shown to your pitch, and given the full run down on the local map, dog friendly information, and what’s hot and what’s not, and also what is happening on site that week.  It also means that when you are departing, we will have time to cook you a baguette and make you a pot of coffee to set you up for your journey should you so desire. We are just down the road from both Asda and Tesco, and the fabulous Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan for stocking up before setting up.

Also as you enter the valley you have the lovely Kingswood with a great parking area, and the dogs on board will leave you in peace to set up if they have exerted a bit of energy first.  Those guests who have been walking, or to Mevagissey for brunch pre set up have suffered far less from tent tourettes (not mentioning awnings 😉 on arrival, and that is fact!!

Q “What is the latest time we can arrive on site”  Our answer to this is at a reasonable time, and to be able to set up in the light .  We are “owls hoot softly after 10pm” and so we would not want you to be setting up any later than that.  If you are arriving after 7pm please do let us know so we know you are definitely coming.  If our office is closed, we live on site, and so please come on to the deck and wave your arms around. If that that does not work, our telephone numbers are on the office door.

Q “Where can we exercise our doggie” We are very dog friendly as those who have visited us will know.  However just as you would not want anyone DSC_6759exercising their dog on your pitch, we do not accept dogs being exercised on the areas that are for the “proper campers”, or other people’s pitches. The trail runs from right outside our gate and parallel to our site, and this is the best for early mornings, and before bed time.  We do of course have a dog parcel bin for you.  Of course the trail is also great for many lovely long day time walks and not having to take the car.

Q “What night is pizza night” This now seems to be important to those planning a short stay, and not wanting to miss out.  Pizza night is Tuesday 5-8pm and pre-ordering is required.  Cream tea and cake is usually Thursday afternoon, and sometimes Earl the van will call in on other days.

Q “Changes to Bookings” Please note that we are now more or less fully booked until early/mid September, and we have turned lots of people away, and made a pitch plan.  If you have to shorten your trip for any reason, then we are very sorry that you will miss part of your stay. However, please note that on arrival we require payment for the full balance of your booking, and refunds will not be given should you leave before the end of your booked stay. We feel we are very reasonable people, and we do not want to go down the line of the more commercial parks collecting payment, not less than 28 days prior to arrival.  Please play fair is what we ask and which the majority do, as we do have to run the campsite as a business, and it is, we feel a very relaxed one!!!

Extending your booking – we will try to accommodate this where possible, but we will not always be able to do so.  Please come and see us should you want to stay longer, and we will see what we can do.

IMG_7114Lottie & Mabel Caravans – as the beautifying takes far longer arrival is any time after 3pm, but again we don’t expect you to hand back the key until 11am on the day you leave.

For those who have reached the end of their stay, and are departing The Meadows Firstly, and most importantly  we hope by then you will have had a fabulous stay, and we hope you will leave wanting to return one day. Our departure time is 11am which we hope gives you time to pack up in an orderly fashion, and enjoy breakfast on our sunny deck should you wish before setting off home.

Reviews – you can give your  honest feedback on UK Campsites, Trip Advisor and Cool Camping.  This gives me the opportunity to say a very, very big thank you to the many of you who have given reviews, and trip advisor seems to be the current favourite.  Thanks to you guys we are presently ranked number 2 for St Austell speciality places to stay :).  We wish we had more hours in the day to respond to you all personally as we appreciate the reviews so much and they keep us confident that we are on the right track!!!!

General – “do we need to book” – unless you are arriving on foot, or on a bicycle an advance call would be wise even if just for an odd night.  However, we do often have gaps between bookings for the odd night  or two.  This means if you are in the area touring this beautiful County we are worth a try, and your luck could be in. And lastly, as of course I could not miss it out and for the final time

We are just for grown ups, and it is simple as that!!!!!!!!  We have now heard all the jokes and more, so please can we have some new ones for August to make us laugh all the way the end of the season:).  

You can also check out our faq for more information, and our website generally including our camping etiquette

Right a quick run down on what is still left to enjoy this summer in this delightful part of Cornwall Fowey and Charlestown Regattas St Ewe Country Fair  Boconnoc & Sticker Steam Fairs The Meadows Paella Nights, courtesy of Sams Vans – subject to there being enough interest.  We have quite a few takers already, so please let us know on arrival.

For any guests who stayed with us in early June you may recognise this fella “Milo”. “Milo” and the girls had a fabulous holiday, and really got out there and explored.  Thank you for the photos Anne, Sarah & Milophoto 4photo 3photo 1Milo pics

Lynn  on behalf of the team.

Time to start thinking holidays, and camping in particular

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Comments Off on Time to start thinking holidays, and camping in particular

The Meadows Team spent their Christmas having lots of fun “up country”, with our families and friends.  Camp Dog Harvey got to meet his new cousins, Boris the spanish water spaniel, Barney the Puggle and Malcolm a very handsome and playful Jack Russell cross. We enjoyed some fabulous old walks in the Leicestershire countryside, and lots of scrumptious food, wine and laughter. Christmas day afternoon we sat down with the “Bowler” extended family and watched Carry on Camping – that was never not going to happen at some point over the Christmas Break!!

New hardstanding grass pitches

The grass protecta when first laid last year (2013)

Prior to the big storms of the New Year, we had enjoyed a very dry November and early December, and so had achieved lots before our break.  At least the first stage of our ditching, and the de-silting of the stream has been put to the test as we have had a stormy start to the New Year. The stream has been very high and flowing fast, but luckily the banks did not break.  Unfortunately Fowey, and Mevagissey did not fair very well, but they were extremely well prepared for damage limitation.  It seems the North Coast got the biggest battering.

Our existing customers will be familiar with our “hardstanding grass pitches”.  In just one season the grass protecta became very well established with a full blown lawn grown through it, and the new grass seed was for strong camping site grass which is certainly is.  For a lot of the work we are doing, it has been necessary to take up a lot of the grass protecta which will then be relaid. By the time we took up the final roll last Saturday, we had just about mastered the best technique, but once relaid this year it is not coming up again!  Very tough stuff though, and it is now all in rolls and looking like new, and John and I should be standing up straight again by the time we open :).

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Sam’s on the beach

It has not been just storms, and in between we have had some gorgeous sunny still dry days.  This was one such day, when we enjoyed another helping of mussels and chips at Sams on the Beach in Polkeris which were once again delicious, and the view is as good.

This month is going to be a very busy month starting from today, and so the improving weather picture is just what we need.  Our road (posh track) extension work starts tomorrow.  This and other ground work has been carefully planned from what we have learned about the land during our first year, and about what our guests want from their campsite experience.  12 weeks from purchase to opening last year, did not give us time, though we did do well with what we achieved.  Indeed this is what has given us the confidence about what we can achieve this year before opening, with 5 and a half months on our side.  So far, so good, and we expect to even get in lots of outings in the county.

We are very excited about the work taking place and the changes being made, and we  are already looking forward to the start of our second season.

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Camp Dog’s recovery position

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Stormy seas at Lizard Point

Yesterday, on stormy Sunday we took a trip out to the Lizard.  It was mainly a driving tour as there was not much let up with the heavy rain, but we did walk down to the point which blew away a few cobwebs. This was Camp Dog in the back of the landy in  his recovery position after his cobwebs were blown away.  We did the trip via Portleven and Cadgwith, and both places looked a little battered with dramatic seas.

Changing to a site “just for grown ups” was for us a big change to make, and so we did wonder what effect this would have on our enquiries.  This time last year, we were still planning our move to Cornwall, and our website was being created, and so we had no other January to compare it to.  We have been very pleasantly surprised and encouraged for both December and January, and our booking numbers are very healthy.  It is lovely to hear from old guests of 2013, and we also look forward to meeting new guests in 2014 visiting us for the first time.  It seems there are lots of grown ups out there who want to be around grown ups, both young and mature and liking a traditional small campsite, in a beautiful area.

We continue to be very dog friendly, and indeed some of you on four legs are also ahead of the game with planning your 2014 camping trips.  Camp Dog Harvey is feeling energised after his Christmas over indulgence, and is getting out and about checking out some new walks, and frequenting his very places.

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Oh so Royal King Charles

Fighting fit now, but this was me in December being chauffeured around whilst recovering from a minor op on my paw. It would be unfair not to every so often reminder my parents that I am after all a “King”. I have still not got over my name change from HRH to Camp Dog.

Storm watching – most of mine has been done from the back of the settee. However I did assist Camp Daddy with the rescue of a labrador from the River Winnick when the river was at it fiercest, and we were out following a storm.  That was quite a scary sight, and I did not get the labrador’s name, but he or she looked very frightened and very relieved when the humans managed to catch up with it and haul it out from the bank.  Lesson to self – stay away from the raging rivers, and the raging sea, and stick with the settee, and log burner!

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Pentewan Sands

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View on the return leg of our walk from Mevagissey on the SWCP

This was the calm before a storm.  A beautiful calm sunny afternoon on Pentewan Sands.  This was also the calm the day after a storm.  My favourite circular walk from camp to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail and back on the south west coast path.  Fabulous as always, and with a few plump pheasants to chase along the way.

Camping for dogs – just as a reminder for those thinking of booking a camping trip with us here.  The Meadows Campsite is  a very dog friendly campsite, and welcomes all well behaved dogs, together with their owners.  There are excellent dog friendly walks for you from camp gates, though you can also take the bus, and the ferries as alternative means of transport. There are also some fabulous dog friendly pubs, foodie, and serving great beer.

Beaches – please take time to check out my page and whet your appetite for some fabulous beaches.  My favourites are Caerhays and Hemmick Beach.

Bookings

We are opening the gates at Easter, in time for wild garlic pesto, Easter eggs laid by our girls, and Easter Sunshine.  If you want to book in with us for 2014 for either a caravan, campervan, motorhome, or tent pitch please contact us here, or give us a call.  Lottie and Mabel Caravans are also available to rent should you wish to enjoy a more hassle free camping experience. The Meadows is a great site for visiting the gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan, and the Eden Project, and for a Mevagissey camping holiday.

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Happy New Year from me Lynn, (Camp Mother), John (Camp Daddy), and Camp Dog Harvey – The Meadows Team.  We hope to see you during our second season here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall

 

 

 

Lottie Caravan is getting a sister…………….

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Comments Off on Lottie Caravan is getting a sister…………….

LottieLottie, our gorgeous vintage caravan has been so popular this summer.  We have been saying Lottie Caravan was on the lookout for a sister, and we have now found her one.  No pictures available just yet, but watch this space……. Lottie and her sister will both be available to rent for vintage caravan holidays in 2014. Lottie can still be rented this season for a cosy autumn stay, as she comes with a heater.  Her beach hut lights also now look lovely with the nights starting to draw in.

The Meadows Team were very quick to christen our new caravan, and she is called “Mabel”.  At the moment Mabel is still in Leicestershire, gettingIMG_7013 ready for her journey down to Cornwall to meet her sister Lottie.  Mabel is another Castleton Vintage Caravan, but a different model to Lottie, and has her own personality. Castleton Caravans are quality caravans, (the Rolls Royce of their time) and it is unfortunate that their members’ club closed down in August this year. We had hoped for a members trip to The Meadows, and a line up of different Castleton Caravans. Mabel is going to be sited next to the stream, looking down the meadow field, and is a good sized two berth caravan.  My head is full of ideas, for making Mabel beautiful and fun, and so I cannot wait for her to arrive on site, so that I can get stuck in. This is one of many autumn/winter projects for The Team, and Camp Daddy will be in charge of Mabel’s outdoor space.

We have had some very hardy campers staying with us this week, who have managed to smile through the rather poor weather.  Those who picked this IMG_7085week, have been very unlucky, but they have still had a good time. Our campers still got out and about in their wet weather gear and wellies, enjoying the local walks, and escaping the rain in the many fine pubs, that we are lucky to be near to.  The lucky campers are going to be those joining us this weekend, as next week looks to be lovely and warm, with quite a lot of sunshine.  That will make next week a fabulous week for long walks, pub lunches, and back to camp for a cosy evening in your caravan, campervan, or tent. Looks like great evenings next week for sitting out with a firepit, toasting marshmellows :).

We have hook up pitches available next week, and “proper camping” pitches for the hardy autumn campers out there.  Hardy campers, can visit at least knowing that they have fab hot and powerful showers to warm them up.  Lottie Caravan is also available Friday, to Friday for either a weekly or short break stay.  Lottie has a lovely view right down the meadow field so great for watching camp life, and it looks like deckchairs on the beach weather so they are all there ready to go.

IMG_6785So for all those lucky folk out there, who have either picked this coming week to take their holiday, or those who can just pack up and go we would love to see you.  You can book in advance, or just turn up and choose your spot on arrival. Contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. Check out my last blog, to see all the events still happening in the area, for those  days off from walking & cycling!

News from Camp Dog Harvey

The ratio of females to males in this Meadows Team is rather worrying!! I now understand we have Mabel arriving on site shortly.  I shall be checking Mabel out, as soon as she arrives on site.  Camp Daddy and I have our own ideas to balance up the numbers.

 

I have had a school boy hair cut recently, and so am looking very smart.  My shorter hairstyle also shows off my neckerchief to a treat.  Unfortunately (for me) the “its all hair” not longer works, so it has to be muscle from all the hard summer work.

The best news of all is that in return for all of my hard work over the season, and ready for “down time” my wish for a log burner for my lazy winter Fat dog slim evenings has been granted.  I do not have any difficulty with communicating that I want the burner lighting, as I had lots of practice in my old home.  There is also no doubt in the house, about who has pole position when the burner is lit.  All my hard work over the summer has been worth it just for that!!!

The deer have been spotted on site again recently, and the owl continue to hoot and toot loudly at night.

Polgooth InnI enjoyed my first night out since Camp Gates opened this month.  The choice as to where to go was mine, and I opted for The Polgooth Inn.  Being seated under, not around the table the carpet is comfy, I get treats, and my owners are very happy as the food is so good.  The Polgooth is very dog friendly, and just as humans like people watching, the Polgooth is good for a bit of dog watching.

 

We hope to see you soon, and before the end of our season if you can make it. If you have not been before, The Meadows is a small dog friendly campsite in Cornwall, on IMG_7102the edge of Pentewan, and close to Mevagissey. We are ideally placed for walking as there are lots of walks on the doorstep including a walk up to Heligan Gardens on the Pentewan Valley Trail.  We are also close to Charlestown, Fowey and the famous Eden Project.  The site directly adjoins the Pentewan Valley Trail, which forms part of National Cycle Route 3, and also links up for walkers to the SW Coast Path. We also have bus stops either side of the road, and so this makes holidaying in a motor home much easier.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Things are livening up in the Pentewan Valley

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Comments Off on Things are livening up in the Pentewan Valley

A secluded and sunny pitch

Well summer has now been well and truly upon us for some weeks now.  I am beginning to think there may be something in my very old school friends calling me “Mrs Jam”.  We could not have wished for better weather for our first season, and it seems very well set in.  We have noticed lots of umbrellas on site, but this time it just for shade.  The dogs on site are loving the stream, and their owners are loving the pitches with some lovely shade from the trees next to the stream.

Maisy the tipee tent

Lots of campers have booked to stay with us this summer, and apologies to all those we have not been able to accommodate.  Being a fairly small site, our numbers are limited.  Please do try us may be for an Indian summer break later in the season when things are quieter. If you are a “pc” – proper camper, then it is always worth giving us a call if you want a short camping stay in the summer holidays.  If you are “on tour” and just want hook up for an odd night, again do try but for anything longer

Regular Events for the Summer 

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Blue Vintage

1. Here at The Meadows Campsite close to Mevagissey, and Pentewan, we are very lucky to have are regular visitor booked in for the season, cooking up a treat.  Blue Vintage run by the lovely Gill will be visiting us here at The Meadows, every Thursday tea time (5pm ish).  Gill has a gorgeous blue vintage van, out of which she cooks up fresh pancakes with sweet and savoury fillings. Other snacks and cool drinks will also be served.  Gill will park up next to the deck so guests can enjoy the delights on the deck.

Thursday will be Gill’s regular day, but Gill and her van will also pop in over the weekend also, around the time campers are returning from the beach.

Go ducks go,

2. Duck Race – The Friday night duck race in the Pentewan Valley has already started.  The race is a charity even organised and run by the Lions Club of St Austell.  On a Monday tea time the club visit The Meadows, selling “Ducks” for a £1.  The Duck Race is every Friday, and the starting point is the stone bridge on the White River at Kings Wood. The first week around 600 ducks were released in to the water. Camp Dog Harvey and I went to watch to see our ducks race.  Camp Dog Harvey wanted to get in the water and help his duck along a little, but I had to explain that would be breaking the race rules!!  All very good fun I have to say, and very well supported.  Thank you to the Lions Club as I am sure the race takes a lot of organising.

3. Heligan Gardens – News and Events. You can rely on Heligan to make a real effort for the season to put lots of events on.  There is to be quite a few outdoor theatre events this season, which I am sure will be very popular indeed.  Have a look at Heligan’s News & Events and see if there is anything to take your fancy.

 

 

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John finding out about the catch of the day for the BBQ

4. Fishing with a Celebrity Fisherman as seen on TV – Chris from Aquila has been to see us and we are sure many guests will be going out on trips this summer. Unfortunately, we cannot try this one out ourselves first, so we intend sending out very keen fishermen from New Zealand who are staying with us next week.  The Meadows Team hope that our guests have super catches, much more than they can eat themselves, and they might be looking to offload some of their catch!!

Other Meadows News

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Henry the very round hedgehog doing his rounds

Henry the Hedgehog – I mentioned our visiting hedgehog in my last blog.  Henry continues to visit our campers, and we now have a picture of him. Henry has been seen dragging bags out of porches to  devour “take away” style.

Secluded Meadows Pitches – Our “proper campers” cannot get enough of these.  As the heatwave is set to continue, John will be out later creating some more.  As one camper moves off one, the next camper is straight on in there.

 

Lottie caravan enjoying her guests

Lottie & Maisy – both had guests at the weekend and lots of fun was had by all.  There is still availability for our “late additions” and please call, or email should you wish to enquire about availability or to book.

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Not much – I am sorry to say that this weather has beat me.  I have taken myself out of the office as this does not have air con ;.  My new spot is behind the bench next to “my girls”.  With a birthday suit like mine, it is too warm to do anything other than lie in the shade with a flannel on my head to keep cool.

 

Availability at The Meadows Dog Friendly Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall – Camping and Caravanning

Except for odd nights here and there, our electric pitches are now booked out until the end of August.  Our camping area is also filling up, though we do still have a little room in August. Maisey and Lottie both have availability still. Lots of IMG_6785bookings are already coming in for those people who holiday later in the season, and now is the time to book for September and October.  You can book by contacting us here, or by telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383. We are of course very close to both Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project which are both fantastic to visit all year round.

 

 

A true British Summer just like the good old days…………

Posted on July 9, 2013 by Comments Off on A true British Summer just like the good old days…………
Camp Dog Harvey keeping cool

Camp Dog Harvey keeping cool

What fabulous weather is upon us, there is plenty more to come, and so how lucky are we?!  Camp Dog Harvey is staying cool with a cold flannel as he continues to work very hard on site.

England is the place to be this year, and everything is rosy with Wimbledon, the Royal baby soon to arrive, and all in the sunshine.

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Pitching by the stream to enjoy the shade

The Meadows Campsite is in a lovely sheltered spot, and so everyone is basking in the sunshine, and the site is so green.  We have seen quite a few people moving their chairs to take advantage of the shade given by the trees next to the stream.  It is so lovely to see our guests now being able to sit out so late in the evenings still in T-Shirts.  This is how we all remember British Summers and we are now just like the good old days!!  Being a farmer’s daughter I remember my dad not even having to think about rain in July & August when harvesting.

This hot weather is seeing everyone take off to the beach after devouring John’s breakfast baguettes and Camp Dog Harvey and I would like to share with you our favourite beaches:-

The best beaches everywhere are usually those that involve a little walk, and have no facilities.

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One of Camp Dog’s girls enjoying Hemmick Beach

Camp Dog’s favourite beach is “Hemmick”.  Whilst you could be lucky to find a parking spot at the bottom, the road down is rather a hairy drive.  You are best to park in the National Trust Car Park in Penare and enjoy the walk down which gives lovely views.  Hemmick is a good sized beach with rock pools, great for swimming and dog friendly.  It is usually fairly quiet and is popular with locals. There are no facilities at this beach, but it is a natural beauty.

Gorran Haven beach where you can walk around to Vault Beach

Gorran Haven – this is a great beach, and is very popular as there is parking, and also a cafe and toilets.  You will see lots of boats here as boat launching takes place here.  If you want a nice walk, you can walk around to Vault beach and both are dog friendly.  Note – Vault beach does have a nudist area ;).

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Our local beach – Pentewan Sands

 

Porthpean Beach & Pentewan Sands – these beaches are not dog friendly, but Camp Dog Harvey still can give advice as he has visited out of season.  Both beaches are very family friendly, and have food options and toilet facilities in the villages. Great for swimming and playing the usual beach games.  You can walk to Pentewan Sands from the campsite along the lovely Pentewan Valley Trail.  The Ship Inn is also in the village with a good sized beer garden.

Camp Dog Harvey on the walk down to Hallane Beach

 

Hallane Beach & Polrudden Cove – these are small little coves accessed from the South West Coast Path joining the path in Pentewan Village.  Alternatively, there is a small parking arriving in Trenarren which shortens the walk down to Hallane Beach. Hallane beach is particularly beautiful with an old house on the beach, and a waterfall.  Walking around Black Head makes a lovely walk and beach outing.  Hallane and Polrudden are friendly to those on four legs.

 

Polkerris – this is a gorgeous beach, but not friendly to those on four legs.  Sams on the Beach is a fabulous place for a Pizza and Sams Vans often rock up in an evening serving cocktails and food out of the back of the van.  This beach is great for those looking for watersports.

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Caerhays Beach

 

Caerhays (Porthluny Cove) is another great beach, with parking and a small cafe.  This is a great beach for a picnic, swim and is also dog friendly.  If you are feeling energetic you can walk over to Portloe and enjoy fish at The Ship Inn

 

 

Other “Meadows” news

Our Meadow Tipee Tent looks just the part in the Meadow area in this gorgeous hot weather.  Great fun for a stay and only an extra £15 pn on top of the usual pitch price, for having a tent all set up ready to go, in a prime spot.  Plenty of standing room and sleeps up to 10.  Ring Lynn, or John to check availability, as this is great for last minute getaways.

Lottie – has had lots of admirers and even people wanting to hire out the deckchairs. Lottie really does make for a special time away, and still has availability.  If you are looking to rent a caravan for a holiday in July, or a break in August then please take a look at Lottie’s page.

Some of our campers have reported hearing “boar” type noises at night outside of their tent, and so Camp Dog Harvey put his security jacket on and went out to investigate.  Unfortunately, nothing was spotted by his bed time, and so he handed over the investigation to the campers.  The boar turned out to be a very large round hedgehog, now named Harry the hedgehog.  It turns out Harry is very partial to sausage rolls, and stale buns, which is why he is so round.  He does make very loud “boar” type sounds, particularly impressive for a hedgehog.

To book a stay at The Meadows Campsite please contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383.  Whilst we are almost booked up for the main summer holiday weeks, in good weather we will have other “dry weather” pitches available.  This is particularly so for “proper camping” – ie those camping in the old fashioned way without electric. We are ideally situate for camping Mevagissey, Pentewan and for visiting Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project.  There are also bus stops a few paces either side of the road, though you can access lots of places by walking the Pentewan Valley Trail.

 

Things are hotting up at The Meadows……………………

Posted on June 22, 2013 by Comments Off on Things are hotting up at The Meadows……………………

The Meadows Team all like to be busy, and busy we are.IMG_7102

Our booking line has been very hot especially since we were featured in the “Camping”,  magazine and we are nearly full for the peak weeks of the summer holidays. This is for advance bookings, but when we know a “scorcher”, is on the cards, the dry weather dependent pitches become available.  It is always worth giving us a call, if you are last minute campers, and we will try and find you a  spot to pitch. We have put in our order for buckets full of sunshine for this season, and this is on its way.

Lottie set up & waiting for the sun to come out

Lottie is now on site, and has settled in very nicely, and welcomed her first guests this weekend.  With everything set up for her guests, they were relaxing in the deck chairs within 5 minutes of arriving for their long weekend break.   I have tried to think of everything cook wise, and for a fun break in such a special caravan, but  being practical too. Lottie as a late arrival, has availability, for the season for both short breaks, weekends and weekly rental.  It is possible to  also book the “camping pitch” next door, and Lottie is decked out with crockery for 4.

Our “hard-standing grass” pitches have also been tested this week, due to the  English downpours our campers have had to endure.  “Grass protecta” gets a very big thumbs up, and for something that enables our site to look so natural, it really does do its job.  We had some big motorhomes and caravans pitched, and they all pulled straight off when they departed!!  The rain has been very heavy when it has come down, but in between the sun has shone and we have also had some lovely days, and evenings of sun. For our new arrivals coming setting up today and tomorrow, the forecast now is looking really good for the week ahead.  We also look very green and our new plants are flourishing.

John (Camp Daddy) is getting prepared for his raft race, and the raft is nearly complete.   In case you missed the last blog, John is a team member for the Mevagissey Feast Week Raft Race taking place at 7pm on 28 June.  I won’t be able to watch as Camp Dog Harvey and I are welcoming some Campervans on site for a Pre-Prom photo session with some children, and some pretend bubbles!!!  We also have lots of guests arriving Friday and Saturday camping here for The Eden Sessions. There has not been much training going on for the raft race just a lot of talking tactics!!!  No picture allowed at the moment, as the construction is a secret until it is launched in the water.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Camp Dog on duty

I sent two of our guests, off to Eden to test run the new “dog friendly” .  I sent the two guests off as undercover agents, and they were in disguise as two sausages on leads ;).  On their return back to camp, Eden got a very good report, as they had walked all around the gardens, been on the train, spent time in the visitor centre, eaten on the terrace, and found plenty of water spots.  The two sausages on leads who I have to say were very lovely, had a great time, and can highly recommend the Eden experience for four legged pals out there.  They did not feel they had missed out by not visiting the domes, but did say that they would not have minded too much spending an hour or so in the kennels there, should their owner who was on his own wanted to experience the domes.

It took me a few weeks to understand the concept of “sharing” my space with other four legged friends, but I have now got it!! We have now had lots of visitors here with four legs, and to date they are the most well behaved of all of our guests ;). They sometimes come in threes, such as three little Maltese terriers, three Jack Russells this week, three Collies at the same time, or twos as in the Sausages, Huskies, more Terriers, Two fluffy Bichons, and two  just like me, but smaller versions.  Today a Cockapoo has arrived on site, and she is very pretty indeed, but no romance, as I am such a professional!

We have also welcomed dogs from abroad, as the Germans and the Dutch also love their dogs, and they seem to love spending time in Cornwall, enjoying the trail, and our dog friendly pubs and beaches.  On one hot day two dogs arrived in a camper van having come over on the ferry from France, got straight out and lay in the stream to cool off. I am keeping a close eye on a Terrier at the moment, who looks very cute.  Apparently, he screams when he sees chickens, which could be quite entertaining!! As he is pitched away from the chickens, I am thinking of dressing up  as a chicken and walking past, just to experience a screaming Terrier ;).

Outside of Camp Gates

This weekend it is the Beer and Mussels Festival at Fowey, which should be a great weekend.  We hope some of guests will visit and tell us all about it.

Mevagissey Feast Week starts tomorrow(23/6), and the weather is looking very favourable.  It is not too late to join us here to spend time in Mevagissey as there are lots of “foodie” events going on, and you could also cheer on the Pentewan Pirates for Friday’s Raft Race.  We hope that our guests will be bringing back lots of goodies from the feast week, and that there will be some lovely smells wafting over the site from BBQs.  As foodies, we shall certainly be finding time to pop down and pick up some treats. The firework finale should be great, and Mevagissey all decked out looks even more gorgeous than usual.  You can walk or catch the bus to Mevagissey from The Meadows so you don’t even need to worry about parking.

All gardens around here are looking particularly lovely, and have appreciated the recent rain.  Heligan is always worthy of a visit, with or without dogs. Whilst there be sure to pop in to Lobbs Farm Shop.

Walking parts of the SW Coastal Path in particular the area around Black Head is highly recommended and easily accessed from the Pentewan Valley Trail.  Food tastes so much nicer after a good walk, and we know lots of great dog friendly walks.

IMG_6785If you want to book a stay at The Meadows Campsite in the Pentewan Valley, contact us here, or telephone the team on 01726 844383.  We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes.  Dogs are also most welcome, and they come along for  free. If you do not have a tent or caravan, and would like to camp out in Lottie, then please call or email us to check availability and to book. We are great for camping and caravanning close to both Pentewan & Mevagissey on a small sheltered site, and we are very friendly.

 

 

Camp Dog Harvey has always wanted to go to Eden & now he can.

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Comments Off on Camp Dog Harvey has always wanted to go to Eden & now he can.

News Flash from Camp Dog Harvey 

Thank you to all my four legged friends who visited the famous Eden Project last month for the pilot weekend.  You did all us four legged friends proud, and were all on your best behaviour and it was gold stars/gravy bones all round.

Eden are now welcoming us all as from Saturday 15 June, and being dog friendly, but we must all obey the RULES!!!  Provided we all do this then we can enjoy a fabulous day out with our owners, as of course we are part of the family and do not see why we should be left out.

It makes sense to digest and learn the Rules prior to your visit to Eden. We don’t want any one spoiling it for others, especially me who now has to wait until the end of season before I can visit a place which I have heard so much about.

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Thou shall:

1. Be kept on a lead at all times.

2. Be with their owners at all times.

3. Only be walked on paths

4. Be kept away from play areas

5. Not go in to any buildings, other than the Visitor Centre.

Please also ensure your owners do not forget their “pooh bags”!!

Eden are now showing their “dog friendly” side, and in return for best behaviour we get:-

1. Water bowls – not sure it will be my favourite Evian, but we can do tap, to visit such a special place.

2.Our own special undercover dining area on the terrace outside the Eden Bakery.  Ensure your owners remember your pack-up. Mine will consist of 2 gravy bones, and one boneo.

3. Shaded parking areas in four of the car parks.  The shelters in the Orange car park have a water tap, and stewards will supply us with water to the other three car parks.  Your owners needs to park in either Melon, Orange, Lemon, or Cherry car park.

I would love you to come and stay here at “The Meadows”  Campsitevwhilst you are in Cornwall to visit Eden, and tell me all about it so I know what to expect when I get to go. You may also visit the fabulous Heligan Gardens whilst you are staying here, which is Dog Friendly, and you can walk there from the site, along the Pentewan Valley Trail.

IMG_7102We (that is me Camp Dog Harvey), Lynn and John are very “Dog Friendly” and you are all most welcome here at “The Meadows”, so get your owners to ring up and book you in.  The Meadows is a small, sheltered campsite in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, and look out for our sign with the caravan on the top.

We cater for motorhomes/campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), and caravans.  We will also have our own Vintage Caravan Lottie from tomorrow which is available to rent, and is also dog friendly. Dogs come along to The Meadows free of charge, so your owners have no excuse, so ensure you do not get left behind as of course you are a very important member of the family!!!

This is a great site, if we say so ourselves for camping close to Mevagissey & Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall.  There is also lots of great walking around St Austell Bay, and I am happy to put my tour guide hat on, and show you some of my favourite walks, and dog friendly pubs.

To book contact us here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745.