Blowing our own trumpet……………………well you have to sometimes!

June 10, 2013 9:53 am Published by Comments Off on Blowing our own trumpet……………………well you have to sometimes!

deb's pictures 019Well, our first month since opening our camp gates at The Meadows has flown by.

We are so lucky with the weather, as we have had some gorgeous deb's pictures 024sunny days. Being in a sheltered spot our campers have really felt the warmth of the sun.  Our campers have been going home looking relaxed, and with a very healthy glow about them.

All members of the team (that’s me Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey), are new to the campsite business. This 2013 venture has been a real adventure for an ex fire-fighter, ex lawyer, and ex settee/log burner hogger.

We have really enjoyed our first few weeks.  It has been hard (but in a nice way) work, but 2 out of the 3 of us like hard work. As for the 3rd member of the team we are very proud of Camp Dog as he has happily shared his playground with all visitors, even though he has yet to break out in a sweat.

Of course, we feel we have done well, but it is not what we think that matters, it is what our guests feel about their experience here that is really the judgement!!!

The main camping bible seems to be UK Campsites, and it is here our guests have been reviewing “The Meadows”.  We would invite you to have a look at our reviews, to see what our first guests say and you can do so here.

imageAfter only a couple of days of being open, Martin Dorey, the campevan cookbook man visited us with his family.  Martin was writing a feature for the “Camping” Magazine on the South West, and booked a visit after checking out our webiste. Our site has now been featured in the July issue as an ideal campsite for visiting gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project.

imageThis is an extract of the article:-

“John & Lynn have transformed what was not much more than an illegal caravan graveyard into a lovely meadow site with a heart of gold. With no mobile homes in sight, it’s just my kind of camping. The refurbished amenities block is spotless (and with some powerful showers too), there are no allotted pitches, or a long list of regulations……………………. and dogs are welcomed. The meadow itself is lovely – we saw kingfishers darting along the stream and heard owls hooting at night.”

Martin also said

“I think this little gem could be one to watch for the future”
“They plan to serve up cooked breakfasts, (note – we have now served about 70 of John’s baguettes,) put in a small lake (note – winter project), open up walks through the woods (note – winter project) and get chickens (note – our girls are settled in and now laying to order!!!). These plans will only add to the basic but friendly nature of the site. I’m looking forward to going back.” – Martin Dorey

Other news:-

image“Lottie” We are counting down the days until Lottie arrives as we are all very excited.  Lottie will be available for rental from 17 June, and please call 01726 844383 or email us for further details.

Meadows Springwatch – we have seen baby woodpeckers here, baby blue tits and our campers at the bottom of the meadow field spotted deer again this morning.  We also have a very cheeky squirrel at the moment, who fascinates Camp Dog.deb's pictures 017

My New Zealand sister Deb and my parents are here with us this week.  As a result of their visit, we have an owl box going up made by my dad, and some fantastic photographs of the site made in to collages which my sister has taken and which are amazing. Watch out for some changes to the gallery and there will be a board of photos going up in the office.

Mum and Dad Bowler came in their caravan, pitched stream side and have been enjoying caravanning at The Meadows and chatting to other campers.

Mevagissey feast week is fast approaching and is on between 23-29 June.  John is a member of a team for the Sunday Raft Race and with his fellow team members is busy planning and building the raft, and they are taking it all very seriously!!  Please give The Pentewan Pirates a cheer along if you are joining in Mevagissey Feast week.  There is a full programme of events so it is going to be a fabulous week.

Heligan & Eden are both getting geared up for the summer season and there is so much going on at both.

We have had some very keen walkers staying with us recently enjoying the South West Coastal path.  The area around Black Head is a particularly stunning part of the coast, and our guests all say the steep ups and downs are well worth it.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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Unfortunately, due to having a had a poorly paw, I have not much to report.  The last few days, I have been mainly office based, resting up.  I am now on the road to recovery so will be back out and about on inspection and exploring duties soon 🙂

This is a really lovely time to visit the Gardens of Cornwall, and to walk parts of the gorgeous and stunning coastal path, or just to explore the many beautiful coastal towns and villages, such as Mevagissey and Fowey.  Of course it is also a quieter time, as we still have a few weeks before the children break up from school.  We would invite you to give The Meadows a try, as we are a very welcoming and friendly small and dog friendly site.

We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes.  You can either book in advance and contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383.  Alternatively just pack your tent/van and turn up and just your pitch on arrival. The Meadows caravan and camping park is great for holidaying close to Pentewan, Mevagissey and St Austell.