Posted on May 16, 2016
After a fabulous first bank holiday weekend, we have been working hard to make the second just as good.
Well, using our extensive powers of charm and persuasion, we have persuaded our local pop ups to pop along over the weekend. This means there will be a way of escaping the half term madness, and you can retreat back to camp in the evening. We have new fire pits, and all of the old ones too, and our wood stacks, are still a plenty.
For all those booked in, here is what is on offer for the weekend:-
- Sunday – we have Cornish breakfast including doorstep sandwiches made with Kittows Sausage and bacon, and other delights served up by the Cornish Maid.
- Saturday evening – the Cornish Maid will be here serving up Chilli Nachos or similar.
- Sunday evening, we have Kernowforno (as recently featured in The Times 😉 ) here, cooking up their amazing wood fired pizzas fresh to order.
- To go with our pop up food Lazys (by name, but not by nature) Travelling Bar will be here. I understand that this time there will be some new cider cocktails on the menu amongst other things.
From the beginning of June, our regular nights will also be starting with pizzas on Tuesdays, and fish & chips on a Thursday. The pop up bar and Cornish Maid (breakfast) will also be making regular appearances
Our pop ups now have their own page on our website – please check this out, with some great pictures that I will add to as the season revs up a gear, or two!
Now, as for the weather, it has to be kind and the long term forecast does look that way. For long term, John and I look at the farmers’ forecast. For short term, after recent inaccurate BBC forecasting we came up with our own weather stone.
For bank holiday walking, Heligan Gardens is looking lovely. The walk up there is also lovely and hopefully the bluebells will still be out. The walkers discount offered by Heligan should be enough to get you up the hill. The SWCP is also looking fabulous as our walking guests are keeping us regularly updated.
The season so far has got off to a great start, and there has been lots of lovely guests visiting. Last week Camp Dog Harvey made a new friend called Derek. Derek has been a cavalier owner all of his life and is 94! A sole motor homer owner who had come a long way to see Cornwall once again, and certainly did not let his age stand in his way. Heligan Garden, Caerhays, Ferrying from Mevagissey to Fowey were all ticked off. With the great weather there was also plenty of time for relaxing on the campsite in a chair with a good book. Derek did lots of book swaps, and so if you pick up a Clive Cussler whilst you are here, it is probably one of his.
The wildflower meadow should be looking super by the time the bank holiday is upon us. Everything has all of a sudden gone mad, and the ragged robin and yellow flag irises are shooting up.
If John can just catch our resident moles who are giving us a daily runaround all would be fabulous. Moles are very cute creatures, but why do they like the greenest areas of the campsite.
News from Camp Dog – I am now back in the swing of everything. I am first in the office in the morning, and last out at night (very true) ! Apart from being trodden on a few times, life is good being back on duty. All of those on four legs have been extremely well behaved. With my stylish good looks I have made a few dog bandana sales and so am earning my keep.
Bookings – there is not a lot left now for hook ups until the end of August, except for the odd cancellations that come in. For “proper camping” (none electric) there are many dates where we are down to our last couple of spaces for advance booking. This means if you have us in mind, then please get in touch sooner rather than later.
Touring Cornwall the Cool Camping way – we are always worth a try if it is just for the odd night, or two. Please give us a call, or email us, or just drop in should you be passing by. The Meadows is just for adults, and very dog friendly, and a great spot if you enjoy walking/cycling and don’t mind a few hills. Situate in the Pentewan Valley, The Meadows is great for Mevagissey, Heligan and even the Eden Project.
Lynn ( on behalf of The Meadows Team)
Posted on February 22, 2016
Well, the weather appears to be on the turn, for the better at last. This means it is now all systems go with preparations for the coming summer season here at The Meadows Campsite.
Now that the opening of the gates is getting closer, we are putting our thoughts to this years”pop ups” here at The Meadows.
Good food plays a very important part in a holiday, well it does in ours, and food events will continue I am sure to be popular here.
We realise that tents, camper vans, caravans are like second homes, of course some more luxurious than others. Campers like to spend time sitting outside their second home enjoying the Cornish air, and soaking up the atmosphere on the campsite. When you have been out and about all day walking, exploring the gardens, or mooching around our lovely harbours of Mevagissey and Fowey, it is nice to relax back at camp.
It seems now, that is getting known that here at The Meadows, you are unlikely to go hungry during your stay. So for all you foodie campers, we will keep trying to keep things interesting and of course very tasty.
This is Cornwall, and so nothing is ever set in stone. However, to get your taste buds tingling, here is what we hope to be on offer for the forthcoming season.
1. Breakfasts are back…………….. PLEASE SEE UPDATE – AS I APPEAR TO HAVE SPOKEN TOO SOON…..
John hung up his Chef’s apron at the end of 2014, and that is where it stays. However this season we will once again have breakfast on offer on regular days, courtesy of Amanda’s breakfast Van. The menu I have seen looks great, with the theme being very much local produce and very tasty. Unlike John’s baguettes, there will also be more healthy options! For those returning guests, our deck is a sunny spot in the mornings and so guests can once again enjoy their breakfasts there which also happens to be the wifi zone.
We will also have an awning for part should a bit of shade/dry be needed.
13/3/2016 – UPDATE. This is currently on hold due to catering van issues. Keeping everything crossed that there may be something in a more basic form. If not and you don’t want to cook it yourself it will be heading up the hill to Heligan, or down the Valley to The Little Bay Cafe in Pentewan Village.
2. Tuesday night has to be wood fired pizza night….
This will be the third year that we have had the delight of Simon, Sarah and the rest of the Kernow Forno team cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order for our guests, neighbours, and villagers. Not only are their pizzas delicious, but they always seems to have the sunshine on board too, so it does not get much better.
3. Fish & Chips – at present the jury is out, but we are keeping everything crossed. It was Fish & Chip Monday last season, courtesy of Ross and Jess from The Atlantic Fryer Portscatho. Homemade tartare sauce, homemade pickled onions and mushy peas, Cornish hake and beef dripping chips………… mouth watering stuff!
UPDATE – looks like Fish & Chips Thursday is on for Jun, Jul & Aug :).
4. Anna’s Cocktail and Cider Bar – we were also able to tell from the “empties” in the glasses box collected the following morning how popular this had been. Who brings with them all the ingredients to mix a cocktail on holiday, not many, but everyone enjoys a Mojito, or something just as tasty. The Old Rosie Cider went down just as well even though it is not Cornish. We are pleased to say that Anna will be returning this season.
5. Lazy Jack’s Cider Bar – can you tell this is an adults only campsite! Details to be confirmed, but Lazys (anything but) have promised to visit this season serving cider out of their converted horse box. Lazys also do food too, and so we are hoping they can combine the two and may be make a regular weekend visit, so watch this space.
For all your BBQ, and good food options for cooking up your own feast we of course also have Lobbs Farm Shop up at Heligan Gardens. This is either a 30 minute nice walk, or a 5 minute drive from the campsite, if you think your bags will be too heavy to carry.
Other Meadows news
Just when we finished chopping the last of the wood on the pile, we had storm Imogen. We had a few trees fall on the bank, which have all now been chopped, split and stacked. This is a year of wood, as we have more trees to take down this week, and big piles of wood to bring up from our little wood from the efforts of a couple of years back.
The shower block has been painted out and some new shelves have gone up. The toothbrushes will be out soon for the annual super, super, clean!
We have just had a delivery of more “grass protecta” to extend the hard standing on some of our pitches. This will mean that some tent pitches will also be good for camper vans in all weathers. That should hopefully be going down this week, which will be a quick job as we are now experts on the art of laying grass protecta.
John is itching to get the mower out as the campsite is in real need of a good mow, but it is just that bit too early. I am the same with my paintbrush for all of our fencing, office, hen house, bird boxes and signs.
The Cornish Hedge is nearing completion, and we are just hoping we have not missed the slot for bare root planting in the top. Yes, this is the hedge that was started back in October, but it is quite a lot of hedge!
Bookings – it is always interesting to see the pattern of bookings as they come in. Mondays is our busiest bookings day of the week. It also seems that whilst we are missing out visiting the NEC Caravan show this month, we will get to see some of the new funky retro style caravans here this season. Variety is the spice of life. We like to mix it all up here and have units of all types visiting here with campers from all walks of life. We are busy with bookings, and so are keeping our availability calendar updated. We expect to have our own school once again during July and August with headmaster, teachers of all subjects teaching assistants and school secretaries holidaying here. If you want to book then you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – I am ticking off the days on my calendar until my little world changes. You know me, keen to be on duty and I was in the office like a shot the other day when the door was open for defrosting the freezer. However, it was still a bit cool in there for my liking and so I soon retreated back indoors to the comforts of the log burner.
Whilst out and about this weekend, I visited Caerhays for a bit of beach walking and pheasant chasing. There was an extremely low tide and so the beach was enormous, with lots of lovely rock pools. Put this one on your list of places to visit, as it is a gorgeous little beach. The cafe owners were there as well and it looked like they were tidying up, and getting ready for opening again for the season, and you can park right on the beach.
This year I will be continuing with my part time modelling, as well as my security duties. Once again I will be modelling the bandanas that will be stocked in our campsite shop. In case you don’t know The Meadows is a dog friendly and adults only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall
Posted on August 13, 2015
With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite. Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.
Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather. There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.
The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”. Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea. Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay. Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.
Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days. A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs. The current favourite walks are:-
1. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River. A lovely day walk. This one I expect will always stay at number 1.
Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown. Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path. The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home. Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.
Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach. Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.
Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.
Chapel Point & Colana Beach
Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach. There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.
Number 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk. Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views. Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month. There is never any shortage of boats to look at.
Other highly recommended “doing” days:-
1. Heligan Gardens, of course. At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ. Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.
2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant. This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it. We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….
Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!
3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month. This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip. The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night. Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper. We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.
4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions. Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!
5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.
Pictures – here are some taken over the past few weeks.
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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found. Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks. We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast. There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others. The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.
We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite. All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is. Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!
Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received. Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.
Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by. The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.
Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much. For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September. For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September. In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.
We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens. We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings. All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.
Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up. We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides. There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year. As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite. We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats. One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.
Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows. Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send. These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us. For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.
Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)
Posted on May 18, 2015
As lots of you are asking, this is just to give you an idea of local delights on offer here for the season. Nothing is set in stone, and of course people have other long standing commitments so will miss the odd night or two. We are very sorry if it is bad timing, for you. If you don’t get to sample everything, we hope you get to try at least one!!
Anna’s cocktail & cider van – Saturday was the trial run for Anna. Whilst expecting just to be serving cocktails to John & I, and her hubby, instead Anna did a roaring trade. There was a fab atmosphere with lots of campers chilling on the bean bags which were so comfy. The Mojitos, Tom Collins, Sea Breezes, and Dark and Stormy cocktails went down a treat. Anna will be here for bank holiday on the Saturday and on many more nights throughout the season.
Kernow Forno – Subject to them getting the staff, we hope to see pizzas being cooked up on this bank holiday Saturday evening to accompany the cocktails. This will be confirmed as soon as possible and I will update the blog. Tuesday will once again be our regular pizza evening, and Kernow Forno will be cooking up between about 5.30pm and 8pm. Start date to be confirmed, but it should be June.
KERNOW FORNO – pizzas now confirmed for this Bank holiday Saturday and serving between 5.30pm & 7.30pm.
The Atlantic Fryer – new for 2015, and we expect to be very popular Fish and Chips on a Monday. The reviews are fabulous for Ross and his team, and just like wood fired pizzas who does not like fish and chips. Beef dripping, local fish…………… ooh my mouth is watering already. First night is 1 June.
and for dessert………………..
Our freezer is very well stocked up with the scrumptious and very Cornish Roskillys Ice Cream
Other Meadows News
Well, we cannot say we have had a slow start to the season, and for the majority we have been fully booked, even with mixed weather. Our returning guests are enjoying seeing the changes we have made and the general development of the campsite, with the new flowers & plants, pitch signs and our new camper van pitches.
One of our returning guests even turned up with a gift for us of a new hand made and hand painted reception sign, which we love.
Well, we are all ready for a busy bank holiday weekend, and fingers crossed for lots of sunshine. We are sure whatever the weather it will be lots of fun and our campers will be happy ones.
For late availability (the 14 days ahead) you are best to give us a call to see what we have. Also if you are now looking for June, July or August, give us a call and we can get the diary up and look what gaps we have here and there, as there are not many. For those who don’t know we are an adults only campsite close to Pentewan and Mevagissey, South Cornwall. We are very well placed for visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden and for walking the SWCP and cycling the Coast to Clay Trail. We are also a dog friendly, and indeed generally friendly campsite, with a nice relaxed atmosphere on site.
Our Caravans Lottie and Mabel – they have their own calendar, and so if you are thinking of a stay check our their page and then get in touch. The girls are very popular and their first guests of the season have all had a great time, bbqing on the deck and then getting cosy.
Posted on April 3, 2015
Spring is definitely here, and the county is full of primroses, and some early wild garlic, and of course lots of daffs. Our bank looks like it will be full of bluebells again this year which will be great for our early guests, and we also look like we will have lots of foxgloves this year.
We have not got long left now before our first guests arrive, and we have been busy, busy, busy, but there are still lots of jobs to do.
Even the hen house needs painting
Two pairs of hands never seem enough at this time of year, however, it is surprising what gets done in a day now with the extra hour on the end. Of course, on a campsite the grass is a very important element, and we spend lots of time on ours. This year will be the second year for the camping wings, and the grass is thickening and greening up lovely. The wild flower meadow has had extra seeding and so hopefully we shall be seeing different flowers, although we do love the ragged robin and yellow flag irises. The meadow has been topped for the second time since closing, and we shall soon be picking out the new spots for this years’ secluded pitches.
Most of the good old grass protecta that we have added to year on year, for our natural effect hardstanding has disappeared. All hook up pitches are now hardstanding grass pitches, but just look like and are grass. We also now have four new campervan hardstanding grass pitches for the vanners who like to “proper camp”. It seems there are quite a few of those, as the pitches are already proving popular, and are situate on the fore meadow.
The paint brushes and ladders have been out, and most of the painting is finished, but some Cornish mizzle has got in the way today for outside. The girls Lottie & Mabel are going to be painted next week, and then we can start getting them ready for the bank holiday weekend when they both have guests.
We are now on to making lists! Nothing like a must be done by…………….. to get some jobs done. The last day before opening is the best, as that is for bunting, butterflies, table plants, and full on beautifying.
Spring is the time for weeding and all the beds have been weeded, hedges cut, and we are about to plant some more plants. Heligan gardens is a great place for new plants, and we shall be making a visit next week. We shall first do some research about plants that rabbits do not find tasty.
Others news and happenings…….
For those who like a very tasty burger, the Hub box is opening down on Pentewan Sands in what was formerly Driftwood Beach Bar. Our guests will be able to walk down and have a burger and a Cornish beer looking out to sea. Unfortunately, the Hub Box is not likely to be pooch friendly.
Knee High Theatre and the Asylum are returning to Heligan Gardens this year, for another month of theatre entertainment. The 2015 show is 946. This event was extremely popular last year and well worth booking tickets if you are staying with us between 25 July- 23 August . Check out the details including early bird tickets. The little video certainly makes it seem a must do. It would be a dark walk back to The Meadows, but some of our guests did do it last year, but a large bright torch would be a definite must.
Since returning from our winter jolly, Mevagissey has been very busy with a large film crew. I had never realised how many people and units were involved in this sort of thing. The village had more bunting up than The Meadows, and there was quite a bit of filming too at The Rising Sun pub at Portmellon. The filming was for Bad Eduction The Movie.
Bedruthan Steps – oh what a wonderful beach. We had guests, who went back here day after day during there stay so we thought we would check out why. A very beautiful beach, and lovely walking either way on the south west coast path.
Pentewan Cycle hire – if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own biles down to Cornwall, Stuart has got lots, including some brand new ones for this season. Hire can be arranged so they can be dropped off and collected direct from The Meadows
Food & cocktails –
The very popular wood fired pizzas cooked by Simon Sarah of Kernow Forno and their team will be back this season, which is great news.
Fish & Chips – being worked on, so watch this space.
Some form of cocktail and cider bar – just waiting on the approval of our Licence, and then the camp genie may rub the magic lamp and it could appear!
News from Camp Dog
I have had my cousins visiting this week from “up country” and so we have been out and about and I have been showing them my favourite dog friendly walks. We are all very hardy and so walked in gale force winds on the SWCP to Padstow, luckily with the wind from behind so we literally blew there. Our favourite day was walking the Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan with two ferry rides, and a gorgeous lunch at the Lugger Inn in Polruan. My second favourite day was walking on the SWCP from Carne Beach on the Roseland around to Portloe with lunch at The Ship, Portloe (carpet & log burner). Of course, we also had to do the Mevagissey circular walk and climb down the 200 steps to have a run around on the beach, and a pint at The Fountain Inn. There are so many dog friendly walks taking in dog friendly pubs in this area, and so my cousins made a great choice of holiday destination.
There has been a few deck bathing days and so I have been twitching. Spottings this week are lots of buzzards, pheasants, kingfisher, woodpeckers, jay, and so many tits and finches. Unfortunately, as well as the very generous amount of bird food, they also have been munching on the grass seed.
Bookings – these are certainly keeping us busy especially with our flexible booking system! We do still have availability for advance booking, but for some weeks it is a little tight. If you are flexible with dates please let us know when enquiring in the special requirements section. We do always try and give you other options. The Meadows Campsite is for adults only (and dogs), and is close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens. To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. We are usually working outside during the day, so please do leave a message as we always check and return calls during our refreshment breaks.
Posted on May 30, 2014
Our second season is now well underway, and the three of us are really back in the swing of it.
With the Pentewan Valley being such a beautiful spot, and so close to wonderful coastline, and the famous gardens of Heligan and Eden, it is a popular holiday choice. Our decision to offer something a little different, and really based upon what we like is going down extremely well.
Park & pitch
Park & Pitch – our meadow field was a very popular place to be last year amongst the yellow flag irises, and ragged robin, and to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine. Whilst not wishing to spoil anyone’s fun down the meadow field is not really a place for cars, and so it is now a car (and children) free zone. Our campers love this, and indeed quite a few do anyway arrive under their own steam. Those who don’t park up in the parking bay which has the ingeniously invented “grass protecta” under the grass. They then have a wander around the meadow field, pick their spot and transport their gear in a barrow. There are spots right behind the parking area, and as far back as our adventurous campers want to go.
Secluded meadow pitch
Our campers are loving park & pitch. We have a gentleman in his 70s who we offered one of our more formal pitches up field, but no he was not missing out on the meadow experience and was straight to the barrow. The owls hooting, and tooting, and the hedgehog visiting for his supper, and listening to the dawn chorus, camping does not get much better than that!
Firepits and John’s breakfast baguettes can also be delivered even to the furthest part of the meadow field, and no-one is more than a max 2 minute walk to our top notch shower block.
The Carnival Campers
Up-field – this area is just a bit more civilised, with electricity for those creature comforts. Everyone’s requirements are different, and so we have pitches to suit everyone and all formal pitches have hardstanding grass. New tent pitches now have this just for a parking bay.
VERY EXCITING NEWS – the first all singing all dancing wood fired pizza cooking date has been confirmed. The date for the diary is Tuesday 17th June between 5-8pm on site here. Check out Kernow Forno’s website for an idea as to what gastronomic delights you will be enjoying.
Whilst all advance bookable hook up pitches are booked up for that week, and indeed so really now until post August bank holiday, “proper camping” is still available. We will charge your phone, ice pack exchange, and there is a hairdryer in the shower block.
Other Meadows News
Mabel Caravan has enjoyed her first guests who had a really fab time.
Mackerel Fishing – we love mackerel and our first guests to go out this season caught 35!! On the same day Chris from Aquila dropped off lots for us and our campers and it was a perfect evening for BBQing.
Dog Neckerchiefs & Bunting – our guests have many talents, and we like to find out what they are. Thanks to Chris & Martin from Lincolnshire, we have lots of new handmade bunting up around the site, in particular between trees. We are also now stocking this in our shop. As Harvey gets asked many time by his four legged friends where they can buy a neckerchief from, Chris & Martin are going to make some which should arrive with us any time soon. We shall have the best dressed units and dogs in Cornwall.
Bookings – we are still taking enquiries for advance bookings for the summer weeks, but we have very limited availability, and just odd days here and there. We are just about to change our calendar to fully booked. When we do so, we will then take enquiries for last minute availability, for campers and tourers. Of course we never turn away any one arriving under their steam, who also receive a 25% discount. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and we are “just for adults”.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
This week we have had an unofficial cavalier king charges convention at The Meadows. Henry, George, Rusty and Jessie. We have had great fun without breaking the campsite etiquette. All my friends have enjoyed some of my favourite walks, beaches and pubs and are going home very tired, but happy boys and girls. Look forward to you all coming back to see me again.
Posted on May 8, 2014
Exploring the SWCP around Black Head
Well Spring is definitely springing, here in South Cornwall, and everywhere is turning very colourful indeed.
Walking down to Hallane Beach
Here at The Meadows Campsite, we are extremely fortunate to have such great walks on our doorstep, and a beautiful trail linking up to the SWCP. The Meadows’ Team view is that if you are prepared to do some of your exploring on foot, you will find places that you won’t see out of a window.
The part of the SWCP around Black Head, and the gorgeous Hallane Beach is particularly stunning at the moment with the wildflowers, in particular wild garlic and bluebells. We have enjoyed our first taste of John’s homemade wild garlic pesto and it was just as delicious as I remembered. Another part of the SWCP looking particularly lovely, and great for those with dogs is Gorran Haven through to Caerhays (Porthluney Cove). This section takes in four dog friendly beaches, two of which you may get more or less to yourself.
Camp Dog checking out his guests
Our own bluebells on the bank are also extremely colourful, and Camp Dog Harvey has been taking the path along the bank recently to carry out his daily inspection.
As well as our SWCP circular walks book, we are now stocking pocket size local ordnance survey maps for just £4. Shower proof and pocket size showing all the footpaths, bridleways and trails nearby they are great for planning walks from the campsite, and also covering Gorran and Caerhays. These are proving very popular indeed, and you are unlikely to get lost.
The Mevagissey Ferry is now running, and indeed a group of our guests were on the first sailing, and extremely lucky to be following a basking shark for most of the journey. This trip cannot be recommended enough and is a great way to visit Fowey. If you get carried away and miss the last ferry back, then there is always the option of returning on the bus.
The Driftwood Cafe is also open once again on the beach at Pentewan Sands, and lovely for a lunch looking out to sea, with tables and chairs on the verandah.
Things are now starting to get going in Cornwall, and so if you have booked, or are still to book a trip then here’s some great diary dates:-
9-10 May – The Big Produce Market, Truro’s Lemon Quay
10-17 May – St Ives Literature Festival & Fowey Festival of Words & Music (lots happening to celebrate the best of literature and arts.
11 May – Lostfest in Losthwithel – Arts & Crafts, stalls and live music and dance
23 May – 1 June – Fal River Festival (Roseland Penisula) 150 plus events
23-26 May – Run to the Sun Festival, Nequay. This is where to go for VW spotting as there will be lots and lots of them.
26-31 May – The Pendennis Cup. Best vantage point to see the super yachts is Pendennis Point
5-7 June – The Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
13-15 June – Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
21-22 June – Fowey Mussel Festival
21-22 June – St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally
29 June – 4 July – Mevagissey Feast Week
4-6 July Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
4 July – Sundowner Sessions, The Fisherman’s Friends, Newquay
12 July – Liskeards Agricultural Show
14 July – Stithians Agricultural Show
18-20 July – Bocconoc Steam Fair – an extremely popular event.
26 July – 7 August – Charlestown Regatta
17-23 August – Fowey Regatta & Carnival week
17 August – St Ewe Country Fair – this is a fantastic proper country fair, and is well worth a visit.
Early Spring camping in the meadow
After our winter groundwork, our campsite is really now starting to come back to life. We have had quite a number of campers, camping in the meadow field already. It has also been great to see the fire pits burning again, enabling our campers to sit outside in the evenings keeping warm. Whilst our rally was here, we also had the stove lit on the deck on a couple of lovely evenings, which they found was a lovely accompaniment to a couple of glasses of their favourite tipple.
Our new pitches are coming along nicely, and our newly planted gunneras are growing well, as are our foxgloves. Our guests are going to love the views, and being pitched a little out of the way by the stream. This year for camping in the meadow itself in our secluded pitches, you will be doing so by “park and roll” . Parking bays will be on the edge of the meadow, and you can transport your gear in style. We will have camping pitches in the summer with pitch parking too, but the middle of the meadow will be a car free zone.
Since clearing “down field” we have acquired so much more grass and after waving good bye to digger and dumper, we have bought a little tractor. It’s not one of the big shiny tractors at the rear, its the little and lovely Fordson Dexta at the front. We are just now awaiting its arrival which should be any day soon. It will be great for “down field” and indeed up field, and bringing up wood and lots of jobs really. Father and Farmer Bowler is coming to stay this month to give John and I a few little tractor lessons.
There must be something very exciting happening else where in the country in early June. Early June is a fabulous time for going away (my own view) as you get such long days, and it is generally that bit quieter. We are very busy indeed at the end of May, and almost booked up from the middle of June until the end of August, but early June is still quite quiet. Whilst we really do not mind some quiet time, for those lucky folk who can suit themselves, we do have room for early June and would love to see you. The Meadows is just for grown ups, and ideally placed for visiting Mevaggisey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
For all those guests, we have been unable to accommodate this season, please do try us again either later on in the year, or book earlier next year. We are also keeping a few casual pitches to accommodate those last minute short stays, and also if you are just passing by on a tour and want to stay an odd night or two. We also always ensure that we have space in our camping area for those arriving on foot, or by cycle.
“Our Caravans” – Lottie & Mabel. Lottie has already entertained a number of guests this season, who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mabel is getting ready for her first guests who are staying for whit sun bank holiday. We do still have some availability for our caravans during the summer weeks. Please get in touch should you wish to book one of our lovely caravans for a special stay. You can book here, or by telephoning 01726 844383
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Crossing back from the other side
I am still really enjoying being back on duty. So far, so good with all four legged visitors on site and none have been cheeky enough to catch any of my pheasants. As I look good in bluebells, I am carrying out my site inspections from the other side, whilst being careful not to get lost down any rabbit holes in the process.
ALL WE NEED NOW FOR 2014 IS LOTS OF SUNSHINE :), & FOR OUR FRIEND MOLLY FROM ROTHLEY TO WIN THE EUROVISION
Posted on March 13, 2014
Cd meeting new guests
If you are wanting company on your next camping trip, then your doggie is likely to be the most enthusiastic member of the party.
Dogs love camping for dog and people watching, and for just getting out there and exploring the area for all the new sniffs, and exciting places to be discovered.
These are our very own Camp Dog Harvey’s tips for any pooch about to embark on its first camping trip
Out & about in the name of research
1. Gen up on the local dog friendly beaches, pubs and other attractions prior to the trip. If you are staying with me here at The Meadows, then I have done this research for you so please check out my page.
2. If your owners snore (like one of mine does) consider taking your own dog tent with your favourite bed to ensure you get a good peaceful nights sleep.
3. Talking sleep, be sure to get lots in prior to the trip and a health check so that you are bursting with energy for all of those long walks, and swims in the sea and rivers.
4. For summer camping get a “holiday haircut” and consider treating yourself to a Cool Coat for staying cool in the hot summer months.
Head of Security doing his rounds
5. Check out the campsite’s camping etiquette prior to travel as misbehaving dogs are not popular with fellow campers, so likely to miss out on gravy bones. For any short comings, consider attending an intense dog behavioural class, or you might get on the wrong side of Head of Security (at The Meadows its me!)
6. Ensure your owners pack a good supply of your own beach towels for drying your sandy bottom.
7. Be sure to check that your collar is tagged up with a mobile telephone number, just in case your owners try to lose you ;).
8. Find room in the cool box for all your favourite meats for cooking on the BBQ. After all this is your holiday as much as theirs, and you will need lots of good food after enjoying long walks on the coastal path.
Enjoying fat dog slim bics
9. One tip just for the lasses – if you like the idea of a holiday romance with the campsite’s camp dog, then like me working out pre-season on my six pack, you might want to go on my fat dog slim diet for a few weeks prior to your trip.
Other Meadows News
Blue Jobs – for all you men out there, who love a gossip we now have an extra dish washing sink. This means when picking the sink in the middle, if the person on the left is gossipless, then you might be luckier with the person on the right. Apparently all the top tips are learnt whilst washing up.
Land drainage – if anyone had told me even 6 months ago I would be excited watching water flowing out of a pipe, and checking ditch levels I would never have believed it. I think the challenge the weather placed upon us only made us hardier and more determined to complete this work, even if this meant working on planks for weeks!! Now on to the beautifying stage, The Meadows is once again coming in to its own, and with the current sunshine The Meadows really is a special place.
Spottings – we love wildlife at The Meadows. We have regulars such as woody woodpecker, a nuthatch, a resident pheasant, and tits and finches in abundance. We are also very lucky to have lots of vocal owls, and a camera dodging kingfisher, and the trout in the stream are no longer considered tiddlers.
Bookings – advance bookings are always most welcome for a camping/touring pitch, or to stay in one of our caravans. You can book here or telephone 01726 844383. For any returning guests, we are sure you will really enjoy seeing the changes we have made on site. For new guests, The Meadows is an adult only, and very dog friendly campsite in South Cornwall, near to Mevagissey, and ideally placed for Heligan (walking distance) and Eden. We look forward to seeing you all during this season.
Posted on March 2, 2014
Well March is here, and everything crossed that this is the turning point for the weather. The weather is certainly a lot quieter, and there is a lot of lovely warmth in the sun when it is shining.
We are very well placed here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan for getting out and about, and no part of Cornwall is very far away. As we have had less than our fair share of sunshine recently, we like to ensure that on the occasions the sun is just with the North Coast, that we go in search of it and enjoy.
It is a half an hour drive over to the north coast, and of course the contrasting coastline is lovely to see any way. Camp Dog Harvey and I thought we would go and check out a particular area for our guests good for a day trip. It is always good to have someone do the research for you.
First stop – Crantock Beach. Camp Dog’s favourite beach in Norfolk was Holkham, and this beach did remind us of so much of the Holkham dunes. Crantock itself is a beautiful village, with lots of lovely little cottages, and a cafe, 2 pubs and a shop. For the beach there is a large NT car park right next to the beach itself. The beach is dog friendly, large, so great for a good run around, and absolutely gorgeous. Joining the SWCP there are then some lovely walks, and we set off in the direction of Holywell Bay, and the other direction would take in the River Gannel Estuary.
This walk was fantastic with lots of little diversions on the way, depending how close to the edge you like to get. It started over a grassy common area, with views over Crantock and passing by a nice bar and bistro which getting the timing right would make a good place for a stop off. On this occasion, we had taken our flask with us.
In the summer, there looks to be a super cafe accessed by a foot ferry. Check out www.fernpit.co.uk
En route we came across the most fantastic beach, and I have to say on a par with Caerhays and Hemmick. It is a much smaller beach than Crantock, dog friendly again, golden sands, rocks and caves. It was very quiet indeed, and Camp Dog had warmed up enough to appreciate a dip in the sea. We then sat on the hill at the top of the path out, and enjoyed coffee and chocolate biscuits (me) and water and boneo (CD). There is also a pub along the way, so more than one option for a stop off.
Holywell Bay was also very nice, and there is a pub, and also a car park next to the beach so the walk could be done the other way around, as Crantock is better for lunch (in my opinion). This walk is 3.5 miles, so a nice length. Returning, with the diversions on the path, you can make it a different walk, and as soon as we could, we dropped down on to Cranctock Beach, and so walked the last mile on the beach.
Marks for the walk – 10 out of 10 from both CD & I. Also CD had a bath in the sea, and then straight in the car, so no proper bath required.
Second Stop – Perranporth – lots of our guests last season talked about Perranporth. It came highly recommended as a sandy dog friendly beach with a dog friendly pub right on the beach (The Watering Hole). We did not think that much to Perranporth itself, not for any particular reason, but yes the beach is good. The pub has lots of tables outside with great views, and so I enjoyed a proper coffee after our lovely walk on the beach, and took in those views. Yes, I can see why this beach is popular and worth a ride out to.
Third stop – St Agnes. This is now a bit further down and towards Truro. Lovely large picturesque village, and the best of both. Very nice little shops, choice of eateries, galleries, and also a lovely beach, (one of 4) with a pub, fish and chip shop and great walking. We did not spend long enough here, and indeed thought it a place that warranted a full day for a good explore. However, we did head off on the St Agnes Beacon Scenic drive, before our last stop which was
Fourth and final Stop – Chapel Porth – as members of the NT Love my Outdoors, I had seen this in the guide book, and as we were so near thought I would drive down. It is a very steep narrow drive down (not my favourite), but there is a lovely cove, and a very nice cafe. There was a stream running through, and this looked to be a good place for walking that part of the SWCP, which lots were doing. Again, another place to return to, as on googling Chapel Porth on my return, it looks for scenic walking, and this is now a walk on my list www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/201
All in all a great day out, and CD snored loudly all the way back to camp, in the back of the Landy
Other Meadows News
The land drainage work is now complete on site for which we breathed a huge sigh of relief. The weather was very unkind for work of this type, but now onwards and upwards. The pitches are all now getting ready for guests, and we are “beautifying” the campsite. We still have lots to do, and one job I keep trying to get to the top of the list if Mabel Caravan’s garden. Mabel is having a pitch by the stream. For the gorgeous summer on order, there is to be al fresco dining, and lots of sitting in the sunshine.
Plants and the like are now starting to grow. Primroses are on their way on our pretty stream bank, and the yellow flag irises are starting to sprout too in the meadow and wooded area.
As there is still lots to do, we always do a list at the start of the week to keep us all focused and working hard.
STILL HOT NEWS – new for 2014 – Kernowforno will be visiting weekly through the season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas for our guests. We are indeed very excited about this, as you can never eat too many homemade pizzas.
It’s a camp dog’s life
News from Camp Dog Harvey – a little q & a, to give you a little more insight in to my world
Q – My favourite sleeping spot – A – On the back of the settee
Q – My favourite treat – A -prawn crackers
Q – My favourite walk – A – a round walk on the Pentewan Valley Trail to Mevagissey, and back on the SWCP.
Q -My favourite beach A – Hemmick Beach, closely followed by Crantock Beach just discovered.
Q My favourite pub – A The Polgooth Inn, very closely followed by the Roseland Inn
Q – My favourite haircut – A – short school boy style, and definitely not the woolly sheep look.
Bookings – we remain extremely surprised, and very pleased at the popularity of our change to “just for adults”. Indeed, my next job is to mark up some weeks where we now have limited availability for hook up pitches. If you are wanting to holiday with us here at The Meadows, especially in July and August, then please confirm your booking as early as possible so as not to be disappointed. You can book here, or by telephone – 01726 844383.
Posted on February 20, 2014
We will be soon!
We are very busy looking forward to the start of season, and we remain extremely confident that both the campsite, and the owners will be sparkling by then. There is still lots to do on site, but our plan is all coming together, and everything is taking shape.
The team (that’s me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are really looking forward to sharing some of our new discoveries with our guests – old and new.
What’s New – well, that’s new to us
Lanhydrock outdoor pool
Gardens – On a lovely sunny Sunday morning we headed off to Lanhydrock Estate as this is somewhere we have been longing to visit. The formal gardens, and house were not open, however we actually really enjoyed a good long walk around the fabulous extensive estate grounds. There were so many walks to choose from and we took ones off the main estate road walks and did not see another person. In the summer, there would have been nothing better than a dip in the outdoor pool. We were of course able to view the house itself and gardens from outside the gates, which look magnificent and definitely something to look forward to for a return visit.
The view from our tip
Harvey’s new walk – Camp Dog has been feeling during the recent storms, that his little world has gotten a bit small as lovely as the Pentewan Valley Trail is. As this winter we have been getting rid of lots recycling that we cannot up cycle, I managed to find a lovely walk to enjoy on the way back from my frequent tip run. Before the walk, I must just share with you the view from our local tip.
Charlestown Lookout Station
For this walk, or the alternative of just a good sandy beach walk we park up in the Carlyon Bay free beach car park. We have done the long beach walk returning on the coast path a few times now. On one stormy day when we parked up the steps down to the beach were closed as the sea conditions were considered to be too dangerous to the public. Of course, we did not want to get back in the car, so we headed off on the SWCP in the direction of Charlestown. This turned out to be a fabulous alternative walk starting off through grass fields with fab views all the way, and passing at the back of the very exclusive Carylon Bay Hotel and some super smart house in Carlyon Bay and the Charlestown Coastguard Watch. We walked all the way to Charlestown, had a meander around Charlestown, and then wandered back as the view walking in the other direction are of course different. A very nice walk, indeed and Camp Dog Harvey’s tail was wagging all the way to Charlestown and back.
Eating out – Second visit recently, and just as good The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to St Mawes/King Harry Ferry). This Inn is really something special, and very friendly to both humans, and dogs. Fish is their speciality and their crab and pea risotto was excellent, and their home made chips are also very delicious.
Happenings on site
Trout – Since the de-silting of our stream large trout have been spotted. The ducks are also more frequent visitors and so we may still get a resident duck in the duck house. There has also been many sightings of the kingfisher doing a spot of fishing.
Our top notch shower block
Shower Block – this has all been painted out. The rather small basins in the wet room cubicles have been replaced with some better bigger ones. There are also some extra shelves going up inside for make up/hair stations, and an extra dishwashing sink going in outside.
Planting – so far we have planted a nice row of holly “down field” to add to the existing row of boundary trees, and other plants. We are waiting on the delivery to Heligan of their first stock of giant rhubarb (gunnera) which we will be planting next. Also we de-brambled one area “down field” which is to be left somewhat to mother nature. For this area we are going to be planting meadow grass, and meadow flowers in particular for encouraging wildlife. The RSPB have also sent us some very interesting ideas for planting up our ditches to both be more attractive, and to encourage wildlife.
Prior to getting some tlc
Groundwork – Please feel free to skip this section, but I do know lots of our guests who stayed last season were very interested in the next phase of our work. The campsite road originally stopped at the shower block and then it was grass, with grass protecta for the remanding access section. The road has now been extended and forks off left and right with a small turning area. The top coat still has to go on but this will be done just before opening, so that we have a nice clean road for our guests. To demonstrate road ending, and the non vehicle/wild camping area, we are parking our up cycled plough and hay turner at the road ends. These make lovely features, and will also stop any enthusiastic drivers driving in to the ditches!!
The Meadows is a natural site, but we want to ensure that when it does rain, the rain leaves the site as quickly as possible after we have been watered. This work has been our main winter work, of which the ditches are a part, the de-silting another part, and land drainage pipes another. The ditches and de-silting are all done, the Council have cleared all the adjoining ditches leading to the river then the sea, and so water fires off the site. The land drainage pipes are all in now running alongside the road, and a lot of the spars off for individual pitches are done too. During the next couple of weeks, this work should be finished and you can be that will be when the indefinite drought starts.
Lots more “grass protecta” is on order, as this works really well for protection of our grass, and in adverse weather. This will mean all our hook up pitches (including our new ones) will be served by grass protecta, and our camping pitches will also have parking areas with grass protecta.
The site will always have natural lumps and bumps, but some of our excess soil this winter, has been used to fill in any big dips, and to build up the stream bank. One of the top stream side pitches is also being given up for Mabel our vintage caravan. We will be getting on with Mabel’s garden very soon, as both caravans are been booked for a photo shoot at Easter.
Food, glorious, food – It is without any doubt that John’s breakfast baguettes will be on offer again this season. It is also expected that the Blue Vintage Crepe Van will also be visiting at least one a week during busy times, and at least one regular night a week in high season. New for this season is to be wood fired pizzas courtesy of Kernowforno. At present we are still working out the detail, but Sarah and Simon should be cooking up pizzas here one regular night a week, which we feel looking at their menu is very exciting news indeed
Weather – I managed to get nearly to the end without doing so, but this has to get a mention.
Apparently, according to the experts there may be a very big up side to the winter wet and stormy weather. It seems that the positioning of the jet streams means that a very hot summer is set to follow this wet and windy winter. We will very happily take that, and so please do save all of those umbrellas purchased to keep you dry, as you will be needing them when that sun just get too hot to handle.
Bookings – Just for adults, is a lot more popular than we anticipated. Whilst we have availability still for all weeks, some weeks hook up pitches are getting limited already. We hope to see lots of new faces, but we do not want to disappoint the guests of our first season who want to return and see the changes we have made. If you know when you want to visit, please contact us here to book, or telephone 01726 844383.
Mabel – we are still without in situ pictures for Mabel Caravan, but Mabel’s set up will be on a par with Lottie Caravan, and we are now taking bookings from May. As we now have two caravans, there is flexibility on changeover days, and lengths of stay so please just ask and we will always try to accommodate you.
“whatever the weather you can cosy up and feel cosy in one of our caravans.”