For those who have been following our adventure, you will be aware that this has been our first season. We took a very big personal gamble buying “The Meadows”, and we have learnt so much from day one. We are so committed to the Campsite, and indeed people often comment that it has the feel of staying in an extension of our home! However, business is business, and can be tough at times especially for new ventures, and we want to be around for a long time yet.
Firstly, we want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to every one who has stayed with us this season, and made our time so enjoyable. The weather on the whole has been kind, and we have learnt so much, along the way. We did only have 12 weeks between purchase, and opening and so we always had our work cut out just to get open. Running a campsite, is a full on job, but a very enjoyable and rewarding one, and we have, by working very hard managed to run it as a small team of three (including Camp Dog Harvey). All feedback, that our guests have been kind enough to share with us, has been very much appreciated, as you are the experts.
The Pentewan Valley is a beautiful place to be, and the area is a wonderful one with lots going on. The two neighbouring parks have also changed hands this year, and most people are also familiar with Pentewan Sands holiday park in the village, so there is a lot of choice. All of these parks, are very geared up for “families”, and are run by a much bigger team.
Being a small site, run as a couple, we cannot compete, nor do we want to with our neighbours. We want to continue running the campsite, as a small, natural site further enhancing the natural features of the stream, and wooded area. With four “family friendly” parks, within a few paces of our site, and two more within just a mile or so, we feel we have to stand out and be different to survive!!
We have made a decision, partly with our “business heads” on, as we have really enjoyed families staying with us on the site. As from next season we will be a campsite/touring park for “grown ups” and “dog friendly”. This means we can offer something different in the Valley/wider area, and also continue running the site as a couple ( and Camp Dog, of course) . The latter is also very important to us , in leading a simpler life which is what we wanted to do.
We hope that our guests will try and understand our decision. Feedback was invited this season, and we had lots of requests for a “children’s play park”, and all options open to us have been considered.
I am in the process of updating our website, but need some assistance, on the technical aspects, so it may be another week or so. This is the major change, and there are a few other small changes. For this winter, there will be a lot of further improvement work carried out on site, and plans are already in place. There will be no “resting on our laurels”, but lots of walking of the South West Coastal Path is also planned.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
My theory is that the above decision has been taken in the interests of my waistline only. Who will feed me all of my treats now?! Boot-camp starts on November 1st, and I am shaking under the desk at the thought.
For all of my past and present guests on four legs, I can personally reassure you that there are no real changes for you.
If, we have not upset you, with the above news, and any grown ups (between 18 & 105), would like to book for 2014, then we are now taking bookings. You can either contact us here, or telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383. For any parents wishing to throw tomatoes, or similar at us then please try and see this as a positive. We know now that grandparents take a far more active role, and you now have a Campsite you can escape when the opportunity arises for a romantic weekend away. For those those families who stayed with us, and who fell in love with the area, which we do understand, our neighbours are much better experienced at running “family friendly” sites, and have special facilities for little people, and more people to look after them.