Come on in, we are open………

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Comments Off on Come on in, we are open………

IMG_6785Opening the gates for our second season felt like playing 45 and in as a child.  It was a case of  our guests saying “coming ready, or not”.   I have to confess that when the gates were opened it was a further 3 hours, yes 3 hours before the bunting went up.

A colourful Easter visitor

Right up to opening, and indeed since opening but without neglecting our campers we have been continuing our work “down field”. The views from our new pitches are so lovely, and the setting secluded. We know our campers will really enjoy these pitches, and we are keen for them to be ready as early as possible.  The new pitches include some super size pitches, for those who prefer to be closer to nature, than closer to the shower block.

The meadow field is starting to green up very nicely and the yellow flag irises are coming up a treat.  They are now accompanied by some gunnera plants, so our guests can experience a little bit of Heligan Gardens on site.

Easter weekend has got our second season off to a great start.  There has been a lovely relaxed atmosphere on site, and our guests have been admiring our up cycled vintage farm machinery.  The weather was kind enough for our guests to sit on the deck in the sunshine enjoying their breakfast baguettes. Camp Chef John has loved downing the boiler suit, and putting his pinny back on.

imageIt has been great weather for walking and cycling, and that is what most of our guests seem to have spent their time doing.  The circular Mevagissey walk has been popular, stopping off for a pint or two along the way.  Some of our guests have taken advice from Camp Dog Harvey and walked the walk he did last Sunday making the most of his last day off duty until November!!!  We all enjoyed our day off and a fabulous long sunny circular walking starting from Caerhays, taking in four gorgeous dog friendly beaches – Caerhays, Hemmick, Vault and Gorran.  We walked on the SWCP to Gorran enjoying a coffee at the beach cafe before heading off up the road to the Barley Sheaf at Gorran Churchtown for a lovely 2 course (well it was a good walk) Sunday lunch.  The walk back was on lovely inland footpaths and the last downward hill gave fab views of the magnolias still in flower at Caerhays.

The above walk, albeit quite a long one got a 12 out of 10 from The Meadows Team.

Crown Inn

The Crown Inn – St Ewe

We continued our make the most of it whilst we can, and enjoyed a night out at The Crown at St Ewe which has fairly recently changed hands.  This pub is a very characterful dog friendly pub with a big log fire when you need it, and a lovely menu.  We shared mussels to start and then I had a Cornish Crab pancake and salad, and John had a rib eye steak with all the trimmings.  Excellent, and highly recommended.  We have also had very good reports from our guests, and so don’t just take our word for it.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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A day in the office

Well after six months of lighter duties, I am very pleased to get back to “proper work”.  So far, so good, and all my four legged visitors have behaved well, and so have their owners.  All site inspections have been good. This means, I have also been able to spend time in the office catching up on wee-mails, which I think is and twittering about happenings at the meadows.

Photo shoot

The down side of being open again is that my girls’ eggs are in demand, and my breakfasts of softly boiled egg with bakers, and eggy bread on a Sunday have come to an abrupt end.  I am holding out hope that my “on duty” breakfasts may consist of a full monty, but after the vet called me podgy I think my chances of this are fairly low.

Other Meadows news

Getting Mabel Caravan ready

Well after waving off our Easter guests, we were preparing for our caravans starring in a photo shoot, and then we are hosting a small rally at the end of this week.  Lottie and Mabel Caravans enjoyed getting all glammed up and the photo shoot was great fun. We should get some good pictures of Mabel soon for the website.

Bookings

We are getting booked up for July and August, especially for our hook up pitches. This year we have decided to keep a couple of causal pitches so they are available for last minute bookings and drive ins.   We are also limiting numbers for advance booking “proper camping” style.  This means that it is always worth giving us a try for a last minute stay especially when the weather is at it best and perfect for “proper camping” in our secluded meadow pitches. The popularity of being an adult only campsite site is still taking us by surprise.  The Meadows is ideally placed for enjoying the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and walking parts of the SWCP, and we are very dog friendly.

You can book here, or by calling 01726 844383.

Lottie and Mabel Caravans still have some availability during the season, and please check out our caravans.  Look out too for new pictures coming soon of Mabel which are on their way, as are two lovely vintage stripy deck chairs for her.

 

 

The Meadows welcomes campfires

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Comments Off on The Meadows welcomes campfires

IMG_7102The Meadows Team has recently spent a lot of time managing our “wood”. This means we have plenty of wood for our guests who enjoy a campfire which is of course a big part of traditional camping.

This has got us thinking about the reasons why campfires are so great, but I am sure we have missed out many :-IMG_0992

1. They are fantastic to cook on

2 They keep you warm

3. They dry your socks, and other items of clothing

4. They toast your fingers, and also your toes.

5. They make great crackling noises.

6. They stop you from watching TV.

7. They make people talk.

8. They smell amazing.

9. Marshmellows and jacket potatoes have never tasted so good.

image10. They keep away the midges.

News from Camp Dog Harveyimage

You know you need to eat a bit less when you sit on the passenger seat in the Landy and set off the seatbelt alarm.  Back to sitting in the back being chauffeured where I get away with it.

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I don’t like sharing – Crantock

My favourite beach at the moment is Crantock Beach and I have had several outings there in the last few weeks as my owners love it too. The walking around there is great, and you cannot beat a sea bath at the end of a long walk.  It beats a bath in the sink any day of the week.

My claim to fame – I recently sat under the table at The Roseland Inn, Philleigh. just before Jonty Hearnden off the BBC Antiques programme.  I also left my coat under the table, he put his foot on it, and camp daddy had to crawl right underneath the table to retrieve it. What do you mean, you are not impressed by my claim to fame.

2014 Heatwave is on its way – it was in the Daily Mail, not once but twice so it must be true.  Also there can only be a drought this summer now that our land drainage channels have been completed.  Any way just to remind all those doggies out there, that before they sell out get your owners to order your cool coat ready for your camping trip.

Other Meadows News

Before

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Before

We are counting down to opening, and time is flying by, and so many jobs are being ticked off.  The weather has finally been kind enough for the paint tins and brushes to come out.

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After a bit of tlc

At the minute we have taken on a task with the brush painting of the hay rake and plough. After much research by farmer and father Bowler we are right on colours. The machines should be painted up and in position by the time we open.

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After a bit of tlc

Latest update – this blog has been work in progress for a while as there has been so much dry weather we have been making hay while the sun shines. The machines are all painted up now and looking fab.

Planting – The Meadows is like an extension of our garden and we are very keen to develop this further.  Lots of wild flowers are of course doing their thing, and the meadow is coming alive. Heligan Gardens is on our doorstep and fantastic. Alex their head of nursery sales has been advising us and getting us some fine plants which are going in. Giants rhubarbs, grasess and hydrangeas are in. We have put in some lovely colourful plants to come in to fruition on our stream bank. The bluebells on the bank are already going to be fab this year. Our existing yellow flag irises should also put on a good show this year.

Mabel Caravan has now picked her spot on the campsite, and has decided on a corner stream side pitch.  Good choice Mabel. Her bright red sail has arrived and she is all ready for putting in position and getting dressed ready for her first guests. Mabel really is a classy caravan and is looking fabulous. Lottie and Mabel are taking part in a fashion shoot next week should be fun. We should also get some great new pictures for our website.

IMG_7106Bookings – We continue to be surprised at how popular our adult only campsite is, and it seems this is for a variety of reasons. This seems mainly for the attractiveness of a quieter site. With the terrible winter weather suffered by us all, it seems as well lots of people are booking up early to have a camping trip in the bag to look forward to. We are also ideally placed for camping and caravanning, Mevagissey, and for the gardens of Heligan and Eden.

To book a stay with us for the 2014 season you can do so here, or by telephoning 01726 844383. Lottie and Mabel Vintage Caravans are also popular with our adult guests looking for a special time away. With 2 caravans, we are able to be more flexible with changeover days. Please do always ask and we will try our hardest to accommodate your choice of stay.