Posted on July 27, 2013
As you may be able to tell from our website, we like “different”. If everyone, and everything was the same, then Camp Life would be boring!!! Boring, it is not at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan,and indeed, that word is not in the Team’s vocabulary.
High summer season starts today, and so we have been reflecting on camp life so far. What makes our camp so special is our visitors, and the atmosphere on site which is very friendly, relaxed and informal.
We feel blessed this season with the weather so far, and the variety of guests. Our guests have included, a celebrity (Martin Dorey aka Campervan Cookbook Man), Mr Claus with his van decorated with reindeers,;), Alfie the champion body boarding Terrier and just so many lovely people turning up their own special camping unit.
This weekend we have to name a few Mr Claus, Nipper, (a flowery Bedford van), Bertie a VW Campervan, Blue Vintage, serving up pancakes, lots of pop up top VWs, and of course our very own Lottie, and Maisy with their guests. All are having such a fab time.
It is great to see also bell tents and trailer tents on site with their bunting and fairy lights up. Here is a little gallery of some of our guests at The Meadows Campsite from the day we opened right up to today – Enjoy the line up, and apologies to any one we have missed out, as you are fabulous guests. I am trying to get in to the habit, of having camera full charged at hand, and ready to go.
News from Camp Dog
Of course it would not be right of me to have favourite guests, BUT I have been spoilt by lots of lovely girls, and lots of lovely Alfies. All dogs called “Alfie” can usually do a trick, such as permanently spit their tongue out, body boarding, or in the case of Alfie Strout just look extremely cut and gorgoues 24-7.
Thank you to the Strout family Millie, Molly & Alfie for my card and gravy bone. Camp Daddy had to take my ID to the sorting office to collect my card and bone as Postman Pat said it was too heavy for the stamp :). It was well worth it though, and looking forward to seeing you all in September xxxx from me, CD.
Oh and by the way, I have been injected with a good dose of female hormones by Church End Vets, so I may have a high bark, and be Camp Dog Harriet when you next visit in September :). Camp Mummy must have a photo of you on your next visit for our gallery, so lipstick, on girls, and lipstick in Alfie!!
Good on all those of you who have been swimming in the sea, and in the river, and a very well done to the 3 Hicks Jack Russells who swam all the way back from Pentewan to Camp.
Blue Vintage – The freshly made Crepes are going down a treat. Thursday is to be the regular night. However, Blue Vintage will also now be calling on a Saturday tea time opening up her hatch to cook for all those weekenders, and new arrivals setting up, and being worn out from their journey.
Charlestown Regatta – This is on from Saturday 3 August to Friday 9 August. Check out what is happening for this here
Heligan – Check out what is happening
Bookings – are closed now for July & August, as we are up to capacity, so sorry to those we have had to disappoint this season. HOWEVER September is the new July, and October the new August!!!! Even though all of the little tiddlywinks, have gone back to school, we still advise to book early if possible as The Meadows Dog Friendly Campsite, is fairly small. You can contact us here, or telephone – 01726 844383. We are in the Pentewan Valley, close to the Eden Project, and Mevagissey, and within walking distance of Heligan Gardens.
“Lottie” Caravan is also available to rent for September and October, and please do take a look at lots of lovely news pictures on Lottie’s page. Thank you Camp Sister (now on her way back to NZ for a rest) for the photo-shoot, it was great fun, and the results are amazing!!
Posted on July 18, 2013
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
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.
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
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.
News from Camp Dog
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 bookings 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.
Posted on July 9, 2013
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.
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.
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 ;).
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.
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.
Posted on July 5, 2013
Maisy awaiting her first guests
Just in time for the July heatwave, our floral meadow tipee tent which we have named “Maisy” is up, and available to rent.
This tepee tent already up and ready to go is ideal for last minute fun holidays/weekends in a glorious meadow setting. Bring your sleeping bags, towels, food and your favourite drinks! You can start relaxing as soon as you get here, without the hassle of packing and putting up a tent.
Maisy is set up in a lovely spot right in the meadow field, and gets more than her fair share of sun. There is plenty of standing room in there, and a shaded outdoor area.
This would be a very fun way of camping for a group and we will have Maisy set up at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan during all dry summer periods so just give us a call to book. The pitch price is the standard pitch price, plus £15 pn for the rent of Maisy. Maisy sleeps up to 10 people. Of course you get to enjoy all of the Meadows’ usual campsite facilities, including our top notch shower block. John’s breakfast baguettes and homemade cake can also be delivered to you.
Camp Dog checking out Maisy
We are The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, St Austell Cornwall,close to Pentewan Sands, Mevagissey, Fowey, the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. We are in a sunny sheltered spot with a cycle trail and bus stops right outside the gates. We are also dog friendly, welcoming, and permit campfires (off the ground). Other similar secluded pitches are available for “proper camping” during dry periods. This area is fabulous for walking and cycling around St Austell, visiting the different bays and Cornish villages.
Any questions, or queries call John, or Lynn 01726 844383/07712599745, or email us here.
Posted on July 4, 2013
Well staying dry for Glastonbury, and Wimbledon running on schedule, were good signs, but the best is yet to come!!!
Positive thinking, cosmic ordering, who knows, but the sunshine much needed by the Meadows Team for our first season in the Pentewan Valley is arriving this afternoon. It will not just be a fleeting glance, once here it is hanging around for the summer. Check out the weather forecast here!!
We have already had good spells of dry weather, which have also fell when we have been busy, like for whit sun, and also the last weekend for Eden Sessions campers. Our campers have already been enjoying our new secluded meadow pitches created recently. They are so popular as people like the feel of wild camping, and waking up to the sight of our yellow flag irises, and pitching by the stream is also very popular.
In view of the red hot July ahead, today’s task is to make a large secluded pitch right in the meadow area, for our Meadow Floral Tepee Tent which is going to arrive tomorrow. This is going to be available for festival style camping, with room to stand up in it and sleeping up to 10 people. This will be set up as a tent only, erected and ready to go, and in view of where it is to be sited, suitable for “fair weathered campers” only. This is going to be ideal for those last minute campers, and please telephone 01726 844383 or email us here to book. The tepee tent will be the usual pitch price, plus an additional £15 pn for the tent rent. Not bad shared between a group. Pictures to follow once pitch and tepee set up, which should be by lunchtime tomorrow!
Another late introduction is of course the gorgeous Lottie our 1960s vintage caravan decked out beach hut style. Again Lottie is great for hassle free camping, great fun, and ideal for last minute holidays in July. Lottie is all set up ready for guests, and please contact us here should you wish to book for Camping in Mevagissey/Pentewan. Please also see Lottie’s page for more information.
We are in walking distance of Pentewan Sands beach, and other beaches, and also two great pubs,The Ship Inn, Pentewan, and The Polgooth Inn, Polgooth (both dog friendly). You can also walk from our site to Mevagissey, and Heligan Gardens, and cycle to the Eden Project. We also have a freezer full of Roskillys Ice Cream.
For this weekend, and the coming week full of sunshine, we do still have pitches available, both for “proper camping”, and with electric hook up. You can just turn up, but if electric hook up is essential we advise that you telephone 01726 844383 or email first.