Posted on November 24, 2014
The Meadows Campsite is on the south coast of Cornwall, and one of the slimmer parts of the county. This makes us situate in a very beautiful part of Southern Cornwall with lots to explore on our doorstep, but also a great base for getting out and about in the county.
We love our girls (the chucks), but during down time, they do restrict our getting away on short breaks, so days out are ideal. We can then make sure we are back late afternoon when it is still light to give them their tin of sweetcorn, and put them to bed at dusk.
Our walking is also a little restricted just at the moment, due to Camp Dog having poorly paws, and so it is short walks only until they are better, and so we combine these with scenic drives.
Being nice and central, we can be anywhere else in Cornwall in just about an hour, and so everywhere in the county is doable for a day trip.
This weekend we had a lovely mooch around Padstow on Saturday afternoon, and it was even warm enough to sit outside on the harbour front. Padstow is never quiet even in the winter, and it even manages to have 3 pasty shops in a row, as well as lots of great eating in places, and all the very popular shops if you like a spot of shopping.
Seaton & Downderry
My favourite magazine is Coast, and this is where you often learn about the not so talked about places. I think this is often as these places are off the beaten track, and are beautiful just for their naturalness, and you really have to seek places out, and some of the best places you will only see if exploring on foot. On Sunday I was tour leader, and we headed off to the Rame Peninsula which is known as Cornwall’s forgotten corner. We were heading for lunch in Kingsand, and our first stop on the way was Seaton & Downderry. We parked up on the front and had a lovely walk on the sea wall, basking in lovely warm sunshine between the two villages, and back along the SWCP which runs on the village coast road where the lucky residents have the most amazing view around to Looe and beyond.
Next stop on the coast road was Portwrinkle, another gorgeous coastal village with a very popular country club and golf course. We stopped for our morning coffee at the cafe which must have one of the best views in Cornwall right on the cliff top. Portwrinkle is at the start of Whitsand Bay which is quite simply stunning , with very dramatic scenery and sandy beaches.
Kingsand & Cawsand
Still en route to Kingsand we passed three beautiful old forts and took in the view at Rame Head. The head looks a fabulous section of the SWCP, but unfortunately H would not have managed the ups and down of the coast path that day, so back on the coast road to Kingsand. By now the blue sky had changed to a more stormy setting and so we parked ourselves in The Devonport Inn in one of the window seats, and had lunch of fogey river mussels (me), and homemade Cornish pasty and a pint (Camp Daddy), and lots of treats for Harvey from the nice ladies in the pub. Kingsand and Cawsand are very beautiful villages and fabulous to wander around, but the houses there do take frequent batterings, with all houses on the front having window shutters and flood gates. We have only visited here once before and it was summer time, and we caught the Plymouth ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe and walked around. Then it was very busy, and a really hot day and we sat outside the same pub where they have trays attached to the habour railings which is a great idea as there is limited room for tables and chairs.
We took the direct route back home, but reading up about the area later, we should have stopped at a couple of places on the other side. Next time we shall take a look at St John’s lake (twitchers’ paradise), and St Germans Church. There are also the historic country properties of Anthony, Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot.
So for a great day hour whilst holidaying with us at The Meadows, the Rame Peninsula is highly recommended, and indeed we shall be visiting again before we open and exploring more on foot.
Other Meadows News
We have been getting on with our winter jobs, and a lot of time has been spent “doing” wood! A lot of trees have been taken down mainly random ones in our working area, and also a couple stream side. All the big stuff has been logged and we have completed our first huge log tower ready for fire pits. All the smaller stuff has been shredded and the chucks got the first lot for their pen, and we have ton sacks lined up ready for our new planting areas, along with some stumps for our new stumperry. Still lots of tree work to be done.
Next week is set to be drier and is our last good week to get our plants in, and we have lots of them. We have some lovely granite boulders, trunks and stumps to make the beds. All the planting is to be Cornish style, and informal.
We have also been collecting things on our outings, to use for our pitch name signs. Just when our guests thought they had worked out our pitch numbering system, and you did well as I often get confused, we are giving our pitches names.
On the more practical side, our very skilled Cornish digger man Frank is coming back in the next few weeks to clear out all of our ditches, to keep the land drainage system flowing. We are also going to be putting in more “grass protecta” soon on to the fore meadow to create our four none electric camper van pitches. This will enable camper vanners to mingle with the tenters and enjoy the evening sun in the meadow with a view of the Mevagissey hill.
It seems from an article published in Practical Caravan Magazine this month that The Meadows is getting known as a bit of a foodie campsite. We like this as we love food, and we do agree that there is so much wonderful food in the area, not just with Lobbs Farm Shop along the trail, and some amazing eateries, but also with wood fired pizzas, paella, breakfasts and cocktails made on site, we hope guests will continue to enjoy such delights.
Bookings – we are now taking bookings for 2015, and please do contact us by either email or telephone to book for next season. We are a smallish friendly campsite just for grown ups one mile from the sea on the south coast. We are close to Mevaggisey, Heligan Gardens, Charlestown and lots of other fabulous places. We are also an ideal campsite if you are keen walkers, or cyclists with lots of walking and cycling routes starting from the campsite gates.
Well, that’s all for now and it’s time to light the log burner…………
Posted on November 6, 2014
More wood piles required
Our last few days of the season were quiet ones, and so it got us used to the idea of being “quiet”, but it still seems strange to have the gates closed and the place to ourselves.
Making the most of the continued good weather, we have been getting stuck in to the jobs where there is a big plus sign to getting them done as soon as. The grass is growing under our feet, and we are really pleased about that. The meadow has been topped and we are making the most of Heligan’s half price plant sale and getting down to planting and further beautifying the site. We have also been “logging” as we can never have too much wood with the popularity of our fire pits, and our own love of our wood burner in the winter.
As a lot of our guests will know The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very keen walkers. Some of you now know better than to ask one of us for a suggestion for a good walk, as we do sometimes get carried away wanting our guests to see as much as possible!!
Pont Pill (Hall Walk)
The Mevagissey circular walk starting right from our gate which is about 6.5 miles is one of our favourites, and we are now very used to the good climbs. It is a great walk for stop off whether it be coffee and cake at Heligan, or at the new Cafe on the Quay at Mevagissey serving proper homemade delicious cakes. Depending on the time of day it could be fish and chips, or Cornish pasty time. We usually stop for a drink in our local pub The Ship Inn, in Pentewan before setting off on the last mile home up the trail. Polstreath beach which you pass along the way between Meva and Pentewan is lovely and quiet even in the summer as the only way down is via 200 steps!!!
Lantic Bay, near Fowey
Another of our favourite walks is the Fowey Hall Walk, with an extension to include Pencarrow Head, and Lantic Bay (dog friendly). We talked ourselves in to diverting down to the bay, and we were sooooo pleased we did. We had the beach to ourselves and the sky was blue, and it was just amazing. It is a very tricky climb down, but apart from the steepness the climb back up seems somehow easier. Lunch stop was at The Luggar Inn, Polruan and the walk has two different ferry rides along the way.
To go with a very good walk, we like a good lunch and have enjoyed a few lunches out as we have really been missing those. The Sharksfin at Mevagissey is excellent for fish, and I love their crab sandwich with a bowl of chips. One of our favourite areas for walking is the Roseland Peninsula. On Sunday we had a walk around St Anthony’s Head, a paddle in the sea, and a cup of tea with Thirstea the old Citreon H Van that visited us here in the summer at Town Farm. On the way home, we stopped off at the very cosy Roseland Inn at Philleigh for lunch which was lovely, and the pub was full.
One of our other favourite pub lunches is at The Pandora Inn near Mylor on the Carrick Roads. This is a beautiful area with lovely creekside walking. The walk around to the pub from Mylor is lovely with great views of the boats and fabulous waterside properties. It was a very sunny day, but the wind was a little too chilly to brave lunch sitting on the pontoon. We opted for mussels (me) and our two friends, and John had a pulled pork sandwich with spiced apple chutney. Food was all delicious, the sandwich was huge and full of pork, and another cosy pub with log fires. Both pubs highly recommended, and both dog friendly, as of course Harvey accompanied us on both occasions.
Our guests shady walk during the many really hot days last season as the Luxulyan Valley, known as the hidden valley. This is our mizzly walk as there is lots of tree cover, although soon to be less when all the leaves are off. This walk is beautiful whatever time of year, and great if you like walking next to water. The pub in the village itself is on our list of ones to try as we have good reports.
Whilst out and about, we have been getting inspiration for our winter work at The Meadows, and we have some good ideas. As we have now uncovered the whole of the campsite, from beneath the brambles, and completed our major work, any more changes will be smaller ones. We are just as excited about this year’s work, and this is of course phase 3 for us with our second season of learning behind us.
Deer “up country”
A few days after closing we made a trip up country to visit our families. We all had a lovely time, and enjoyed lots of walks along the River Soar, and around Bradgate Park, pub lunches, and a visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market. Harvey enjoyed spending times with his cousins, well most of them any way (sorry Billy).
General Meadows News
Bookings – we have now opened our diary for 2015, and have booked lots of guests in already. Always good to have a holiday to look forward to and we are certainly looking forward to ours! In case any one is wondering, yes our holiday does involve camping, walking, wine, beaches and sunshine – our winter version of a camping holiday at The Meadows! If you would like to be an early booker with us for next year then you can contact us here, or call 01726 844383. For new guests, we are a quirky smallish adult only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall. The Meadows is also a very dog friendly campsite. We are an ideal campsite, for those who like the gardens, particularly Heligan and Eden, and those who enjoying walking the SWCP, or cycling as we are right on the Coast to Clay Trail.
We are pleased to say that Kernowforno will be here again next season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas. John will also be serving up breakfast baguettes again, although this may not be every day. We are thinking of tasty porridge for some days as we know this is popular with campers. We are also hopeful that Big Pan Parties will come again to cook up their delicious paella on site, and Sams Cocktail Van with Mojito Steve on board knows he is always very welcome here.
What a good idea
Harvey has been thinking up new ideas for his guests on four legs, whilst also getting out there finding new walks and dog friendly eating places. Harvey has also been finding life rather strange since the gates closed. He still makes his way to the french doors in the morning, but cannot understand where everyone has gone.
Hope you like the pictures, which are a bit of a mix, and I shall keep them coming over the winter as it is a good way of keeping in touch. It also answers the ? we get asked most in the summer ……… “what do you do in the winter?” :).
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team