Posted on January 27, 2014
The Meadows Team (that is me Lynn, Camp Daddy John, and Camp Dog Harvey) enjoy nothing more than a good long walk , especially in Cornwall.
Being very busy on site with our groundwork, this year we are staying in the County, but even so we will not get to do any where near all the walks we would love to do.
John and I both love the Cornish coastline (SWCP) and the lovely little bays, and fishing villages usually with a characterful and dog friendly pub for lunch. Camp Dog Harvey does love the coast path and can be encouraged in to the sea, but loves woods and chasing squirrels and pheasants.
Last weekend we had a mixed weather bag (typical Cornwall), but most of Sunday was gorgeous and sunny. We made the most of both days, and had two lovely walks.
One of the bays we came across on our walk
The first walk was one we had wanted to do for some time, as we have seen it from over the water. The walk around St Anthony’s Head had fantastic views all the way, and lots of interesting features including the lighthouse, and observation point. We extended this walk slightly parking at the NT Towan Farm car park and walking around Porth Creek. Approaching Towan Beach at the end of our walk we were lucky to see lots of seals on the beach and swimming in the sea. This was a good walk for a walk that had seen a lot of rain, as Harvey was able to take a bathe in the sea at Towan Beach, as when we got back to the car, we headed off to our lunch spot.
This walk is another one ticked off from the book that I will be selling this year in our small camp shop. 16 circular walks all close to the campsite, and we have done quite a number now. All so far have been great, with some real gems for great views and little coves.
Favouring holidaying in the UK, and never liking to intentionally leave Harvey out we use Alistair Sawday’s Pub and Inns Book as a bit of a Bible. There is nothing worse than having a less than average lunch in a characterless pub after a good few hours walking when you are ready for some really tasty local food. Last Saturday we had a gorgeous sandwich and bowl of very home made chips in the The Roseland Inn at Philleigh. A great little pub, and so warm and cosy with the fire, and bags of character and Camp Dog Harvey was made very welcome. This pub got full marks and would be a lovely pub for the summer too as there was a lovely outside seating area.
Another pub out of the book that we recently visited was The Kings Head at Ruan High Lanes which is a good one for on the way to or from Truro. This is described in the book as a pub with a heart, and I would very much agree with that. The village itself is a beauty with a Norman font, and a creek that is a haven for waders and waterfowl. John had an open ploughman’s sandwich, and I had pan friend prawns with garlic butter and we shared a portion of homemade chips . A cracking pub with a lovely dog friendly bar, and the restaurant was also extremely popular with some lovely catch of the day dishes on the menu. Another one we shall be returning to.
Last Sunday was a great day for seeing Polperro, and we walked over to Talland Bay which was a very popular walk, again with lovely views back over to St Austell Bay. This place is full of character, with lovely Cornish cottages, little lanes, boats and of course a little beach and the sea. Had it not been for some very black clouds looming in the distance, we would have walked on to Looe, but we are saving that for another time. The return car journey was on the scenic route through the back villages, and over on the ferry to Fowey where we stopped for a swift pint at The Ship Inn before heading home for lamb shanks and winter veg cooked by John.
Next weekend we are planning to visit Lanhydrock as the snowdrops should be looking lovely by then. The Estate grounds look ideal for a good Sunday morning walk.
Meadows Campsite News
We never expected changing to a site “just for grown ups” to be so popular, and campers are searching out adult only campsites in Cornwall. The interest has been amazing, and we are looking forward to meeting so many new guests this season, and also to the guests of our first season returning to see the changes. So far, most of the bookings are for guests liking a few more of their creature comforts and opting for electric hookup so it seems we made the right decision adding another 4 hook ups for this season further “down field” and on the sunniest side.
Our first wood tower
Work on site is progressing, albeit it slower than we would like due to Cornwall taking conditions that would usually fall on the Lake District. On showery days, we are managing our wood. There has been a lot of chopping, splitting, stacking and building of log towers, a skill that John learnt on a Norfolk woodland management course. Our logs stores are full too – yes there has been a lot of showery days, and luckily we still have lots of wood to chop and stack. There is still a lot to do, but everything is in place, and this week looks to be much better. It is still only January, and this time last year, we had not even landed in Cornwall. I keep telling John that every day we must wake up with a PMA (positive mental attitude), and the rest is easy!!!
News from Camp Dog Harvey
CD taking in the view of Polperro
As much as I love my mum and dad, I am now counting down to the start of the season and seeing new faces. Getting rid of my rain coat, and putting on my cool coat cannot come soon enough for me. As much as I love lounging in the evening in front of the log burner, there is not much to see in the dark. I much prefer sprawling out on the deck keeping one eye out on my guests, whilst soaking in the sunshine, and the extra daylight hours.
My girls “our chucks” are still laying well, and my favourite every day dinner is a soft boiled egg and bakers.
I am looking quite trim at the moment and am really enjoying getting out and about exploring new places, and returning to some of my favourites. As it is only a short drive away, Caerhays seems to be a popular choice for The Meadows team when time allows for just a hour or so end of sunlight down time. There are pheasants for me, in abundance, and sand and sea to keep the other members of the team happy.
We will be soon
For all you adults out there, looking for a traditional small quiet campsite in a lovely part of Cornwall, please do give us a try. We welcome tents (all shapes and sizes) caravans, campervans, motorhomes, converted buses, ambulances, and anything “quirky”. We are dog friendly, and great as a base for visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, and the gorgeous Fowey and Mevagissey. You can book by contacting us, The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan here, or by telephoning 01726 844383. If you prefer camping on a more hassle free basis, then we have our caravans available for rent on a weekly, or short break basis.
Posted on January 15, 2014
On 31 January, we will have been at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan for a year. It will be really exciting to have that first year under our belts, and be able to say, this time last year………..
Without giving anything away, we recently had an out of the blue phone call which resulted in a day’s film shoot taking place on site by a TV Crew. This was very exciting indeed, well compared with the days in-between when we were dealing with soil, brambles and ditches! It was a very welcome distraction, and also gave us a chance to look back with the film crew at some of our pictures taken over our first season. A further up side was a having lunch cooked al fresco by a celebrity chef, and although the morning started with icicles, it was a dry day.
I thought by sharing some pictures with you, they would encourage looking forward to spring and summer camping holidays. For spring, I am already thinking of wild garlic pesto made from the wild garlic growing in abundance on the paths down to Hallane Beach. I love our log burner in the winter, but I love more seeing the fires and bbqs burning on the campsite when our campers enjoy sitting outside in the evenings.
To book in with us for our second season, for an adults only holiday, you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. We are in a great spot for exploring this beautiful part of South & Sunny Cornwall. The Meadows remains dog friendly, and is an ideal campsite for the gardens of both Eden, and Heligan and for exploring Mevagissey, Fowey and Charlestown. If you love walking, then this is an ideal base and we can show you some fabulous walks linking up to the SWCP and direct from camp gates.
These are some of my favourite pictures taken during our first season at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan
Enjoy wild camping
A colourful pair of Vdubs
Lottie Caravan’s guests
The Meadows Campsite near to St Austell
A meadow pitch
Talking catch of the day
Official camp shop opening by Martin Dorey
Camp Dog carrying out his site inspection
Camp Daddy waiting for breakfast orders
Mrs Robinson enjoying some quiet time
Our customised AA sign
We love bunting
A streamside meadow pitch
Visting Blue Vintage
Mr Claus with reindeers – SC on holiday?
pitching by the meadow field
our stream side pitches are ideal for camper vans
Posted on January 6, 2014
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!!
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 :).
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.
Camp Dog’s recovery position
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.
News from Camp Dog
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!
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.
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.
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