An excellent, and different night out

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Comments Off on An excellent, and different night out

We are not “winos”, (honestly) but we do like wine, especially enjoyed with good food.

Being lucky enough to have family in NZ, we have visited lots of the NZ wineries and they make for the best S7000201lunches, and a very good experience.  One of our most memorable days was a day out cycling around the vineyards in Martinborough on the North Island sampling fantastic wine and food, until we could do no more!

We have had our eye on Knightor Winery for some time and heard great things about it, and it was also recently featured in Coast Magazine.

Feast Night happened to fall on Camp Daddy’s birthday (April fool) and so we booked tickets and off we went.  It was a feast of foraged food mixed in with local meat, fish and Knightor’s wine.  Drinks and lots of wonderful green dishes with homemade wild yeast bread on arrival and a glass of fizz!! Off to a great start.  We met local forager Rachel Lambert and lots of other very interesting people, who all like us enjoy trying different foods and wine.

The meal was absolute fantastic and as I like it from time to time a set menu to get you trying different things.  There were mussels, large clams, mackerel, rabbit, panacotta and lots of other delights. Each course included foraged items and I loved all of them from Alexander, Wild garlic – (my fave), Nettle, Three Corner leek and lots of others.  John and I offered up clean plates and dishes all round.  As it was John’s birthday, John enjoyed the different wines to go with every course.  What was really special was meeting very interesting people and just a generally very good experience.

Knightor Winery – gets The Meadow’s recommendation and we know our guests will enjoy the tours, platters and the pretty courtyard and barn where food is served.  It is open during the day and many evenings, and I understand they do a great Sunday roast.  The winery is close to The Eden Project, Clay Trails and on a National Cycle Route, so you could easily be just passing by.

News from Camp Dog Harvey –  I have been collecting pictures in my album as lots of you are kind enough toDSC_6723 send me snaps when making your bookings, and after your stay.  This picture is still my favourite but I am sure it is beatable.

whippets-tea-partyNow unfortunately I am not going to be able to attend due to a very busy weekend, but the Port Eliot Dog Festival  & Whippet Tea Party is being held on Saturday 7 May 2016.  This will be such great fun and so if you are in the area, or staying with us at that time.  For me, may be next year!

General Meadows News

Our gorgeous meadow when in flower

Neither John, or I can complain that we do not have variation to our work.  We have both been very busy getting all the jobs done.  The girls (our caravans) have got their covers off, and are having an airing. Mabel has been painted out, and Lottie is next. We have been out today to a few nurseries and have got quite a few new plants which will be going in very soon, and we have been mulching and composting, weeding and nurturing.  All the outside painting is complete and there was a lot this year, and the grass is now doing its thing. The wildflower meadow has been topped again, and this years pitches which is very exciting.

We have taken a few deliveries this week too, one of which was some new fire pits.  Well,  there is no chance of us running out of wood this year!

Bookings – we are so pleased with how many campers want to stay with us this year. IMG_7111 Whilst we are happy being on the smaller side, we are sorry that we cannot accommodate all requests.  We do still have some availability, but this may only be for those who can manage without electric I am afraid.  In this regard, we charge phones, freeze ice packs, and we have a complimentary salon style hairdryer in our shower block.  To make an enquiry please contact us here

For those who don’t already know, The Meadows Campsite, just for grown ups (and dogs), campfire friendly, and in walking distance of  Pentewan, Mevagissey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

 

Getting ready for inspection by our campers!

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Comments Off on Getting ready for inspection by our campers!

The opening of the gates is fast approaching, and all the jobs are getting completed.IMG_7111

At this time of the year, we always think back to the previous seasons and most importantly what we have learnt along the way.  As a lot of regular guests will know, we were complete novices when we arrived here back in 2012, and so we had to learn quickly.

One thing we learnt quickly is that we cannot be all things to all campers.  We came here with a good idea of how we wanted our campsite to be, and we have pretty much stuck to this.  Our general idea and ethos,  seems to work well. So many of our guests comment on the extremely relaxed, respectful and very friendly atmosphere on the campsite, which is created by our guests.

However, we do also like to learn from our guests, and there are always ways we can improve the campsite, even if it is just tweaking, whilst staying true to ourselves and not resting on our laurels.  This is where our guests reviews come in very useful indeed, although of course this is only one way to use independent reviews.  Reviews are great for us, and it enables new guests to get independent views of The Meadows before making the all important decision as to is it a campsite for them!

John and I, of and of course Harvey too who often gets a mention really appreciate the feedback you give us, and it is great for us to know that we are making our guests happy.

To read some of our 2015 season Trip Advisor reviews see here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g528878-d3451499-Reviews-or10-The_Meadows_Campsite-St_Austell_Cornwall_England.html

Some of our favourite comments, although there are so many that make us smile, 

“WOW!! That just about sums up the The Meadows…
Lovely owners, Lynn is very attentive and knows just about everywhere to go to have a good time.

We loved the pop up cocktail bar and pizza guys. The pizza was soooo delicious.
They had two very happy campers even if the weather was a bit hit and miss. Loved the campfires and the IMG_0992decorated tents. I would highly recommend The Meadows. Peaceful, fun and delightful. Thanks for having us!”- August 2015.

“We loved it so much we have already sent in a request to go back next year!! We arrived as guests and left as friends. Can’t wait to go back! Thank you again”  – August 2015

“the best compliment that we can pay is that we had booked for a 2 week holiday, but enjoyed the area and site so much that we booked for my wife to stay for an extra week whilst I had to return to work 🙁 – the benefits of working in a school I suppose!!!!
We will be back to this great site – well done to John and Lynn for creating a fantastic place to stay” – August 2015
 “We have just returned from a week ‘proper camping’ at The Meadows and I would happily turn the car around and drive back and stay there forever”  August 2015

“We had yet another wonderful week at The Meadows. Lynn, John and Harvey are the warmest, friendliest owners you could wish to meet. They have all the information you could possibly need for a fantastic break in St Austell. The campsite is refreshingly relaxed as far as bringing along your additional family members, ie dogs, cats, and even parrots – although, of course, common sense must prevail. We enjoyed freshly made pizzas and cocktails which were delicious. Sadly we missed Fish and Chip night but are assured these are just as good. The amenities are exceptionally clean and up-to-date, ie the shower rooms are very spacious. Everything you can possibly need to have a fabulous holiday is here in this wonderful little campsite.” July 2015

 

“In five or so years of touring in our campervan, this has to be one of the best – if not THE best – site we’ve stayed at. Striking the right balance between rural, small and friendly and yet professionally run with immaculate facilities isn’t always easy, it seems, but The Meadows has got it spot on. From the moment we arrived, to be greeted by Lynn with a warm welcome and helpful and practical information about the area, we felt at home. The site is relaxed and casual, but there’s no mistaking the ongoing work that Lynn and John put into making this such a wonderful place to stay.”

 

“We booked as a group some months back as stumbled across this delightful adult only campsites website by accident. What a find!

John and Lynne made us feel incredibly welcome as soon as we arrived, guiding us to our pitch and explaining about all the amazing things to see and visit in the area.

The site is excellently maintained and both John and Lynne work tirelessly to ensure the site is extremely clean, tidy and pleasant, we don’t think that we have ever seen a couple work so hard and such long hours on a campsite before.

The toilets and showers are spotlessly clean, with regular cleaning done throughout the day.

Decent sized pitches and the added bonus of John replenishing the fire pit each night was very welcome.

These two have certainly got a campsite to be proud of and do an amazing job, just a shame that their weather forecasting skills are not up to par ha ha.

A lot of campsites in Cornwall could learn a lot of from these two.”

And the one that got Camp Dog Harvey his last warning….
“I have to say though that Harvey the chief of camp security has clearly been promoted well beyond the limit of imagehis guard dog ability and might need a new job description such as chief snoozer.”
Bookings
For those wanting to stay with the comfort of electric, then you need to hurry up and book as pitches are now very limited during high season, and for the second part of June.  You can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.
28 days to opening and counting down …………..
Finally, for those who have just stumbled upon us, we are a smallish campsite just for grown ups, dog and campfire friendly, close to the coast, Eden, Heligan and Mevagissey.  We are good for walkers, cyclists, and foodies, and those who just want a relaxing holiday with lots to see and do close by.
Lynn

 

Walking & Camping go hand in hand…………

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Comments Off on Walking & Camping go hand in hand…………

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If you are going to be visiting this season, then you will have seen from our website and my  previous blog that you are not going to go hungry.

This means you need to “walk” up an appetite and, how nice is it to combine foodie camping with walking.

Top tip

DSC_6544Prior to your trip have a look at a fantastic website for walking in Cornwall which we use a lot – iwalkcornwall.co.uk.  There are lots of very local circular walks around Pentewan, Mevagissey, and Charlestown, which can be walked straight from the campsite gates and without getting in the car.  There are also walks if you are staying longer and venturing further afield.

For keen walkers it is worthwhile getting the app and then for a very modest fee (worth it not to get lost)  you can download individual walks to your phone.

It is also worth looking at our own cycling & walking page for our walking highlights, of which there are so many. The location of The Meadows Campsite, (adults only & dog friendly) on the local bus route, and close to Mevagissey for the Fowey Ferry, means there are so many options to leave the car behind.

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All you camping dog owners have got to agree that there is nothing better than a tired out pooch back at camp! Also most walks around here can include a dog friendly pub!

Just a short one for now as I need to work off all those Easter Eggs.

Lynn x

 

 

Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Comments Off on Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

DSC_0439Spring has most definitely Sprung, and we have put away our working waterproofs for the time being.

We are on countdown to opening now which is fast approaching, but we have everything in hand, or at least we think we have.

It looks like for our opening weekend, we will have a regular group of “wild swimmers” staying with us for a training weekend.  If it is anything like last time it is wild swimming by day, and warming up around a fire pit by night.

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The “girls” like their pink house

The outside jobs, of which there are lots, are underway and the painting has begun.  We like being colourful and so we do this job every year to keep a nice fresh feel to the place.   There are even more things to paint this year.  Our grass which is of course extremely important is being well tended to and is far higher maintenance than I am!!  It has had a hard winter, but with sunshine and showers on the forecast ahead, it will soon start greening back up,  and growing.

The pressure washer has had his Spring outing and the deck is all smartened up, and oiled. We just now need new tablecloths, repotting of our table plants,  and of course the awning.

We have been doing a bird watch whilst working outside.  In one days we spotted great tits, blue tits, long tailed tit, chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Nuthatch and an Egret.  There are also Moorhens nesting on the stream bank which is nice.

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Cornish hedge and wood stacks

The biggest job of the winter was our Cornish hedge being built, and managing all of the conifer wood.  The former took much longer than anticipated, but we are extremely pleased with the end result.  Our entrance looks extremely smart, and with the conifers gone you can better views up the valley. That is it for this year with wood, but our stacks do look very attractive if we say so ourselves.

IMG_7111Bookings – we must be doing something right, as we get busier year on year.  Already almost all of our hook ups are booked out from mid June until mid August, except for the odd few nights here and there. This has caught us by surprise.  There is still quite a lot of room for “proper camping” (none electric), for both tents, camper vans and those caravanners with their solar panels on board.  You can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.

We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Pentewan, just for adults and very dog and campfire friendly. If you like walking, cycling, or just exploring then we are in an ideal location and just a mile from the South Coast.

S7000414News from Camp Dog – this is my favourite time of the year.  Being a little on the nest side, I tend to stay indoors on work days until the weather is good enough for sun bathing on the deck.  The last couple of weeks I have been outside and it has been lovely.

As it is staying lighter later, we have also been out after work down to Caerhays Beach, imageand also the lovely Vault beach.  These are two of my favourite beaches.  We also made it down on a Sunday morning to the Caerhays Beach Cafe.  It is great there for sitting outside, and I hear there are some great evening events planned for the summer season with guest chefs, music, and comedy.

It is so lovely to see in the booking diary so many doggies booked in already, including a lot of Cavs.  I am already booked in to the groomers, and I have one last stay at my “up country” health farm prior to opening.

Other Meadows News

Apologies if you got caught up with the blip in our “contact” enquiry system.  This was a temporary blip of which we were unaware as it was selective with those it did not transmit.

Posh Pasties & Cider – just mentioning this again as we think this is a great new addition to what will be Lazys pichappening here this season.

Well we are counting down to opening, and we hope that those booked in already are counting down too.  We know one of our guests has  even got a holiday countdown app on the go!

Happy Easter

Lynn

Camping for foodies……………..

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Comments Off on Camping for foodies……………..

Well, the  weather appears to be on the turn, for the better at last.  This means it is now all systems go with preparations for the IMG_0992coming summer season here at The Meadows Campsite.

Now that the opening of the gates is getting closer, we are putting our thoughts to this years”pop ups” here at The Meadows.

Good food plays a very important part in a holiday, well it does in ours, and food events will continue I am sure to be popular here.

We realise that tents, camper vans, caravans are like second homes, of course some more luxurious than others.  Campers like to spend time sitting outside their second home enjoying the Cornish air, and soaking up the atmosphere on the campsite.  When you have been out and about all day walking, exploring the gardens, or mooching around our lovely harbours of Mevagissey and Fowey, it is nice to relax back at camp.

It seems now, that is getting known that here at The Meadows, you are unlikely to go hungry during your stay. So for all you foodie campers, we will keep trying to keep things interesting and of course very tasty.

This is Cornwall, and so nothing is ever set in stone.  However, to get your taste buds tingling, here is what we hope to be on offer for the forthcoming season.

1. Breakfasts are back……………..  PLEASE SEE UPDATE – AS I APPEAR TO HAVE SPOKEN TOO SOON…..

John hung up his Chef’s apron at the end of 2014, and that is where it stays.  However this season we will once again have breakfast on offer on regular days, courtesy of Amanda’s breakfast Van.  The menu I have seen looks great, with the theme being very much local produce and very tasty.  Unlike John’s baguettes, there will also be more healthy options!  For those returning guests, our deck is a sunny spot in the mornings and so guests can once again enjoy their breakfasts there which also happens to be the wifi zone.

We will also have an awning for part should a bit of shade/dry be needed.

13/3/2016 – UPDATE.  This is currently on hold due to catering van issues.  Keeping everything crossed that there may be something in a more basic form.  If not and you don’t want to cook it yourself it will be heading up the hill to Heligan, or down the Valley to The Little Bay Cafe in Pentewan Village. 

2. Tuesday night has to be wood fired pizza night….

This will be the third year that we have had the delight of Simon, Sarah and the rest of the Kernow Forno team cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order for our guests, neighbours, and villagers.  Not only are their pizzas delicious, but they always seems to have the sunshine on board too, so it does not get much better.

3. Fish & Chips – at present the jury is out, but we are keeping everything crossed.  It was Fish & Chip Monday last season, courtesy of Ross and Jess from The Atlantic Fryer Portscatho. Homemade tartare sauce, homemade pickled onions and mushy peas, Cornish hake and beef dripping chips………… mouth watering stuff!

UPDATE – looks like Fish & Chips Thursday is on for Jun, Jul & Aug :).

4. Anna’s Cocktail and Cider Bar – we were also able to tell from the “empties” in the glasses box collected the following morning how popular this had been.  Who brings with them all the ingredients to mix a cocktail on holiday, not many, but everyone enjoys a Mojito, or something just as tasty. The Old Rosie Cider went down just as well even though it is not Cornish. We are pleased to say that Anna will be returning this season.

Lazys pic5. Lazy Jack’s Cider Bar – can you tell this is an adults only campsite! Details to be confirmed, but Lazys (anything but) have promised to visit this season serving cider out of their converted horse box.  Lazys also do food too, and so we are hoping they can combine the two and may be make a regular weekend visit, so watch this space.

For all your BBQ, and good food options for cooking up your own feast we of course also have Lobbs Farm Shop up at Heligan Gardens.  This is either a 30 minute nice walk, or a 5 minute drive from the campsite, if you think your bags will be too heavy to carry.

Other Meadows news

Just when we finished chopping the last of the wood on the pile, we had storm Imogen.  We had a few trees fall on the bank, which have all now been chopped, split and stacked.  This is a year of wood, as we have more trees to take down this week, and big piles of wood to bring up from our little wood from the efforts of a couple of years back.

The shower block has been painted out and some new shelves have gone up.  The toothbrushes will be out soon for the annual super, super, clean!

We have just had a delivery of more “grass protecta” to extend the hard standing on some of our pitches.  This will mean that some tent pitches will also be good for camper vans in all weathers.  That should hopefully be going down this week, which will be a quick job as we are now experts on the art of laying grass protecta.

John is itching to get the mower out as the campsite is in real need of a good mow, but it is just that bit too early. I am the same with my paintbrush for all of our fencing, office, hen house, bird boxes and signs.

The Cornish Hedge is nearing completion, and we are just hoping we have not missed the slot for bare root planting in the top.  Yes, this is the hedge that was started back in October, but it is quite a lot of hedge!

IMG_7106Bookings – it is always interesting to see the pattern of bookings as they come in. Mondays is our busiest bookings day of the week. It also seems that whilst we are missing out visiting the NEC Caravan show this month, we will get to see some of the new funky retro style caravans here this season.  Variety is the spice of life. We like to mix it all up here and have units of all types visiting here with campers from all walks of life. We are busy with bookings, and so are keeping our availability calendar updated. We expect to have our own school once again during July and August with headmaster, teachers of all subjects teaching assistants and school secretaries holidaying here.  If you want to book then you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.

IMG_0475News from Camp Dog Harvey – I am ticking off the days on my calendar until my little world changes.  You know me, keen to be on duty and I was in the office like a shot the other day when the door was open for defrosting the freezer.  However, it was still a bit cool in there for my liking and so I soon retreated back indoors to the comforts of the log burner.

Whilst out and about this weekend, I visited Caerhays for a bit of beach walking and pheasant chasing.  There was an extremely low tide and so the beach was enormous, with lots of lovely rock pools.  Put this one on your list of places to visit, as it is a gorgeous little beach.  The cafe owners were there as well and it looked like they were tidying up, and getting ready for opening again for the season, and you can park right on the beach.

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Top Model

This year I will be continuing with my part time modelling, as well as my security duties.  Once again I will be modelling the bandanas that will be stocked in our campsite shop. In case you don’t know The Meadows is a dog friendly and adults only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year, and Happy Camping…………..

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Comments Off on Happy New Year, and Happy Camping…………..

DSC_0439Firstly and most importantly a very Happy New Year to all from The Meadows Team.

Time always seems to fly by when we are open, but it is also flying by just as fast for our “down time”.

Luckily we were full steam ahead when we first closed our gates, and took full advantage of the dry, sunny weather and got ahead of the game.  The grass has been growing even in December.

This time of year, we are a little at the mercy of the weather as to what jobs we can do. This means it has been the ideal time to holiday, explore the County and try out many of the fantastic eating places Cornwall has to offer.

For our main holiday this year we thought we would try something new, and so booked a cruise.  John was the organiser, and gave us absolutely no time to think about it, as research and booking took all of 5 minutes, after a night out at The Polgooth!!  With no flying involved it did seem a good idea at the time.  It was a cruise mainly around the Canaries, but also stopping at Lisbon and Madeira.  It was different, in a very good way and it was certainly a hassle free holiday.  The only things we really had to think about was  planning what to do when off the ship as arranged excursions are not really our thing.  We found the Canaries extremely well set up for walkers, with some great walks, and indeed we shall definitely return to La Palma another winter which was by far our favourite Island. We ate lunch in some lovely places and feasted on tapas, and enjoyed sitting outside in November, and we met some lovely people and had lots of laughs.

Whilst having to dress up on the ship was good fun, being a country girl, I was pleased to be reunited with my jeans and wellies!!

Back in Cornwall, we have done a great deal of exploring (the walking and eating kind), and we continue to be surprised.

Walking (our favourite pass time)

With having lots of woods on our doorstep, and the Luxlyan Valley close by, we have only just discovered Cardinham Woods (Bodmin way).  These really are super woods for both walking, and cycling, with one in particular very hairy cycle ride that nobody would ever get me to do! There is a fabulous cafe Woods Cafe which is known in particular for it’s scrummy carrot cake.

We have also been out walking on the Clay Trails again great for cycling and walking, and with some fantastic views.  You can pop in to Eden, or Wheal Martyn for coffee, or lunch, or even better literally just off the trail is the Knightor Winery doing tours, tasting and often coffee and lunch.

This year we had a quiet Cornish Christmas.  On Christmas Eve we were blessed with a day of sunshine and walked to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Valley Trail  for lunch at the Sharksfin, of beef tacos which were excellent.  When we lived in Norfolk we always used to have mussels and chips for supper on Christmas Eve.  When we saw mussels at Meva’s fish stall, we could not resist and so supper was sorted, and our return walk was on the coast path  A great day, all round.

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Crantock beach in the winter (NT)

Walking, beach style

I like a beach where you can get a good stride out and Pentewan Sands and Par are good for this, although for doggies Pentewan is only good for the winter months.

Another great beach, with a nice drive out to it is Pendower on the edge of the Roseland. There is a NT car park right on the beach  and some very good rock pools.  We headed out here on Boxing Day and then returned via The Roseland Inn at Philleigh.  This is a lovely pub and that day the fire was roaring and we had lovely prawn sandwiches and chips before heading home.

In 40 minutes, we can be over on the North Coast, and so based on which side has the better weather, we have been heading up north walking some days.  Our favourite beaches are Watergate Bay, Perranporth (2 miles long at low tide), Hayle and Crantock.  All of these are fairly close together and so it is possible to do a day of beach hopping with plenty of places for refuelling.

Eating (our second favourite pass time )

For one reason and another, until December, we had just not gotten around to trying The Hub Box on Pentewan Sands – big mistake!! We ventured out here for our Christmas Party and joined forces with Kernow Forno who were hub box regulars. If you like really, really good burgers then this place is a must visit, but go when you are hungry.  The sides are all home made and the coleslaw and burnt end beans were fab, and the burgers delicious and award winning!  Unfortunately it is not dog friendly in the summer months – boo hoo, and for us it is now closed until March.  However, we shall fit in another visit before we open and as it is right on the beach we hope by then be able to sit outside.

As a result of Storm Frank, we had a daytime without power. We saw this as an opportunity to have brunch out and went off to Griggs Farm Shop.  The shop itself is great for outdoor gear, work gear, eggs and pickled onions, but the cafe is just a real treat.  I had a half Cornish and John  a full Cornish breakfast and it was very, very tasty indeed and kept us going until power was restored. There was even enough for a doggie back for Harvey who had waited patiently in the landy.

On our trips out exploring, and with the guidance of Alistair Sawday’s website, and of course trip advisor we have tried new places.  We like cosy pubs, good food, and a friendly welcome so not much to ask! We got all of these at both The Halestown Inn, Halestown (near St Ives), and The Ship Inn at Wadebridge.  We always like to have a memory bank of dead certs, plus a few on our list still to try, and a few very special favourites.

Work on site

Our Cornish hedge is slowly but surely coming along.  The first part is complete, save for the hedge itself to be planted in the top.  The next section is well underway, but the weather has been making it tricky for hedger Tom.

Wood – our regulars will know that fire pits are a big thing here at The Meadows, and indeed many have commented on our woodLots of towers required for 2016 towers. We have a very good back up wood source, however, we would like eventually to keep up with supply and demand from our own towers.  After hearing such good reports from farmer Bowler about his log splitter run off an old Renault tractor, we have bought our own splitter to be delivered today.  The old Fordson Dexter had been feeling redundant since we bought our new tractor, and so is pleased to have been chosen to run the splitter.  We have made our very own mini production line, so trunk to stack should be a fairly slick operation, or that is the idea any way.

For everything else left to do, we are poised now waiting on the first signs of Spring.  However, wood will keep us busy until then, and will also keep us fit.

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Happy new year, and happy walkies to all my four legged friends out there.  It is nice enjoying my large garden once again, and getting out and about on some epic beaches.  Whilst my owners were away cruising I spent two weeks “up country” with the farming side of the family.  I was very happy as in reality I just went from one sofa and log burner to another!

I enjoyed a Christmas time feast of cockerel (lots of), roast ham joint, short rib of beef, and all the trimmings each time, except I don’t do peas! There has been lots of walks on the beach, 3 a day on some days and lots of dog friendly pubs with log fires, and hot chips under the table. Life for me is pretty good, and so on that basis I have signed a new contract for next season as Camp Dog.

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We are well in to taking bookings now, and indeed some summer weeks, we are already getting fairly limited on hook ups.  The system is the same as before, keeping it fairly simple, just how we like things.  We continue to add information to our FAQs and keep the information on the website up to date, useful and interesting!  To book you can contact us here, or if you would like to speak to us please call 01726 844383.  Our gorgeous caravans Lottie and Mabel are also available to rent again this year for a special stay.  For newbies The Meadows is an adult only campsite, dog friendly and quirky, on the South Cornwall Coast, and great for walking cycling and campfires.

Here’s to a great 2016 with lots of sunshine and fun along the way.

Lynn

 

 

 

The third and most fun season so far……….

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Comments Off on The third and most fun season so far……….

IMG_7102Well, we have survived another season and in so many ways (other than the weather) it was the best so far. This year we did feel a little mean expecting our guests to leave right slap bang in the middle of a fab Indian Summer.  We thought we might have to tow the last ones off.

First and foremost is a big thank you from the three of us (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) for all guests who have stayed with us during this season).  We think this is a special place, but it is our guests who make it come alive and help create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere on the campsite, and which keeps people coming.

Due to the mixed bag of weather, we finished looking  still very green on the campsite. Taking full advantage of the Indian Summer all pitch repairs, and reseeding has already been done.  The new tractor and tools made much lighter work of the 30 ton of loam soil, as our lovely Fordson Dexta did struggle last year. The meadow has also been topped, and sadly all the bunting has been packed away until next year.

It is always nice to sit down (yes we do sometimes) and think back over the season, which always seems to fly by.  There has been so many highlights, surprises, and so many lovely people, and dogs that have passed through our gates.

Biggest surprise – that our wood piles diminished so quickly!  We were determined not to run out, but we imagedid as the fire pits get more and more popular.   With the extra wood brought on to the site, it would be very interesting to know actually how much wood our campers did get through keeping campfires burning.

Most memorable event (unfortunately for the wrong reason).  This was the Saturday night when Mr Bee the African Grey Parrot staying with guests on the campsite escaped.  Kevin and Pearl were with us for 3 months, and so I mention this as many of their neighbours met and took a shine to Mr Bee who was an extremely well behaved Parrot. There was  just the odd wolf whistle here and there, and definitely no swearing.  Unfortunately this tale does not have an ending, as despite hours spent looking for Mr Bee he has not been seen again since.

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Top Model

Another thing that sticks in my mind is the flurry of activity around the office/shed/tourist info board, small shop when the first box of handmade dog bandanas arrived on site in August.  Harvey was top model, and we had dogs of all shapes and sizes looking the part with camper vans, and all things camping., boating, spotting, flowering and just gorgeousness and fun. The group photo opportunity was just not happening.

On a similar note the effort made this year has been incredible with bunting, lights, flags, flower pots, bird feeders, butterflies, and so many enter in to the spirit of it.  I had to check out for myself a recent rumour of a campsite in Cornwall that does not allow any of these things – I thought my leg was being pulled, but it is true!! Next year we are thinking of having a weekly best dressed unit competition, but this year some weeks that would have been a tough call.

Very well received – a big thank you to Simon & Sarah, Ross & Jen and of course Cocktail Anna for looking after our guests with fabulous wood fired pizzas, scrumptious fish & chips and very grown up cocktails and cider.

What happens now…………..

We get asked this quite a lot as our guests show a genuine interest in what happens when the guests close.  Our guests also like to know plans for the campsite.

The first thing we did was head off to The Pandora Inn at Restronguet taking full advantage of the gorgeous sunshine for a celebratory lunch on the pontoon. We had already slipped out of the gates a few days prior to enjoy the Mevagissey circular walk, and Scallops on the harbour from The Fish Grill caravan.

Well, right at the moment, Operation Conifer Removal is in full swing. All the big conifers that start at our gate running up the lane are coming out.  This is an historical problem and had to happen at some point.  These will be replaced by a Cornish hedge.  For our campers it just really means a better view up the valley towards the Polgooth Inn.  The Cornish hedging is being done by a local chap called Tom and so he will be working here now for a good few weeks, as there is a lot of hedging to build with 50 ton of Cornish stone being delivered tomorrow.

Our holiday plans are still in discussion, but we think for the most part it will be Uk holidaying for us, which we love.  Log burner, great walks, and great cosy pub are on tick list, but we think we shall do a bit of a tour.

As for the campsite itself, we have the usual maintenance works and of course wood stock replenishment, which will all be taking place over the winter and spring. There is also a desire to add another Quirky let to our two gorgeous caravans.  At the moment the sticking point is what and where to put this, so watch this space.

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View from my daily circuit walk

I am deserting the team tomorrow and off on a family jaunt to Spain.  For this I have been on a last minute get fit campaign just really so I can eats lots of Paella and tapas.  I seized the opportunity to find even more local walks and variations from the gate, especially taking in to the Heligan hill which is a great initial workout.  One of my tasks for the winter is to put together some of the walks for our guests, as I am even still amazed myself at the number of fantastic off road walks there are.

News from Camp Dog

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Where has everyone gone?

Thank you all for coming, and I am presently wondering where you have all gone as my garden is empty. I have been saving up all of my treats, and shall enjoy putting them in the rucksack for my walking treats over the winter months.  I have just been put on a new drug by the vet for one of my conditions! My mum did smile when reading the info as one of the possible side effects is anorexia, and another is lethargy.

Bookings – we shall be doing our little review, and start taking bookings at the start of November.

Well, I shall shall save the rest of the news for my next blog which I plan to be a walking one.

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team

 

 

 

Great weather for doing…………

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Comments Off on Great weather for doing…………

IMG_6820With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite.  Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.

Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose  all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather.  There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.

The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”.  Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea.  Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay.  Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.

Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days.  A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs.  The current favourite walks are:-

DSC_65441. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River.  A lovely day walk.  This one I expect will always stay at number 1.

DSC_6758Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown.  Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path.  The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home.  Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.

Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach.  Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.

Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.

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Chapel Point & Colana Beach

Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach.  There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.

ferryNumber 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk.  Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views.  Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month.  There is never any shortage of boats to look at.

Other highly recommended “doing” days:-

1. Heligan Gardens, of course.  At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ.  Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.

2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant.  This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it.  We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….

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Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!

3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month.  This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip.  The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night.  Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper.  We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.

4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions.  Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!

5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.

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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found.  Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks.  We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast.  There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others.  The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.

We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite.  All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is.  Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!

Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received.  Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.

Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by.  The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.

IMG_6785Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much.  For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September.  For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September.  In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.

We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens.  We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings.  All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.

Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up.  We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.

News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides.  There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year.  As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite.  We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats.  One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.

Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows.  Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send.  These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us.  For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.

Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

What’s this “adult only” all about……..

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Comments Off on What’s this “adult only” all about……..

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When we made the decision to change to a campsite “just for grown ups” we did this not with our business hats on, and not because we don’t like kids, we do!  We made the change to offer something different in an area with lots of campsite choice.  We have always wanted to run the campsite, as a couple with the very personal touch.

This is now our second season as “just for grown ups” and it is being well received.  Lots of our guests have children, or work with children but when they are holidaying as a couple want to be around other grown ups, chilling and relaxing.  This also means they can enjoy a sleep in sometimes, and a light night around the fire pit.

From our point of view, it works well, as even when we are full, which we are a lot, with usually only two on a pitch we have the time to chat with our guests, and help them get the most out of their stay in the area.

IMG_7232With no little ones to wake them up early in the morning, we find there is no early morning mad rush for the shower block.  Indeed it is often just before lunchtime that the facilities are at their busiest – Oh yes it is…………..!!  I will qualify that to say that we do often have a very early brigade on too who usually beat me in there for my early morning clean.

We have had a few groups camping with us recently, all having a great time, and all observing our “camping etiquette”. We get a big mix of ages, and there is always a very chilled, relaxed, atmosphere on site, and that is not just when the cocktails and cider is being served!  We had a group of Exeter students here celebrating the end of their exams and they enjoyed campfires, bbqs with goodies from Lobbs Farm, walking the SWCP, and even some kayaking around the beautiful local coves.  Lots of our small groups have arrived under their own steam, and so have also benefitted from our discount.

Mevagissey Feast Week – is on this week, and is a week full of lots of fun events, and lovely food.  The fish feast was especially DSC_6544good, and we have seen some wonderful looking’s lobsters being cooked up here on the bbq.  The music events are also proving popular, and it is great for our guests being able to hop on the bus, or walk in, and so avoid the very busy car parks.

We are also keeping our eye on the Caerhays Cafe for news of pop up events, as with the weather warming and drying up at last these just make for a great evening out with music and food on the beach, and films too.  Indeed The Atlantic Fryer is having to give one Monday a miss here – boo hoo so on 3 August our guests will have to enjoy fish and chips on Caerhays Beach instead.

Lots of our guests have been heading off to the Eden Sessions to see Paolo Nutini, Elton John, Motorhead, the very lovely Paloma Faith. If staying here during the Eden Sessions it is always worth doing a check a couple of day before as they often have late returned tickets and it really is a fab venue.

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Did someone say pussycat????!!

This week we have had a family arrive on the campsite who will be staying with us until the end of our season.  We have mum and dad, two cats, two cockatiels and a parrot!! The parrot is I am sure going to keep their neighbours, and other guests entertained once he has settled in to his holiday abode.

Other Meadows news

This weekend it is the Padstow Vintage Rally, and also the end, and of course including the grand firework finale of Mevagissey Feast Week.

It is is also worth noting that The Miracle Theatre Company will be doing an open air performance of The Magnificent Three on 11 July up at Heligan Gardens should you be with us then.

Of course there are still The Charlestown and Fowey Regattas for our guests to look forward to, and The Asylum up at Heligan with Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Fish and Chips (Mondays), Wood Fired Pizzas (Tuesday)  and Cocktails are going down a storm with our guests so far this season.  They will be S7000002continuing through the season and hopefully in September too (subject to numbers).

This year “proper camping” is seeming to be even more popular, although with some of the gadgets we charge “proper” is being tested!!  Our “proper camping” areas are fully booked now through until September, unless you are of course arriving under your own steam and we will then always find you a place.

Reviews – thank you so very much indeed for all the lovely reviews we have received this season, and for all the pictures you have sent us.  There has been some great pictures of our resident woodpeckers.

Thank you also for the extra special effort being made dressing your units.  It is such good fun seeing all the fairy lights, bunting, IMG_7013handmade windbreaks, and so much more……………  This really seems to be a campsite full of very happy people, and we love it.  Our bunting stock has been depleted and our bunting boys are very busy making bunting for summer weddings.  This means if there is any one out there who is a handmade bunting queen we would be very happy to stock it in our little shop this summer so please do get in touch.

Of course The Meadows Team likes to join in with the oh so important finishing touches,  and so we now have lots more bunting on our stream bank, and blue fairy lights on our office.  We also have so many pots on our deck area and herbs which guests are welcome to help them selves to.

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Nothing much to report, as I am far too busy following up a rumour that two pussycats have been spotted on site………………… I will just say that I am very impressed with the long walks that some of my four legged guests have been subjected to by their owners recently, as I know these hills. Good on you getting out there and exploring, and working up an appetite for your sausages and burgers on the bbq.  Those only doing half a circle, and returning on the bus have been spotted!!

Top places for doggies this month – Duporth & Vault Beaches, both quieter as you have to walk some of the way. For food, the terrace at The Kingswood, who are now doing lovely lunches too Wednesday to Sunday, and of course The Polgooth Inn, both are in walking distance of The Meadows.

Heatwave – for mad dogs who like sunbathing Caerhays cove is the favourite place for a beach day, with the sea there being on the calm side so good for a cooling dip.

Well, that is all for now folks, and we look forward to seeing lots of you very soon.

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey x

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been in full swing, very early this season

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Comments Off on We have been in full swing, very early this season
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Happy Campers

Hi di Hi from The Meadows Campsite

The season is continuing as it started, nicely busy, jolly campers, and a few cocktails and pizzas being enjoyed along the way.

Thank goodness we worked so hard with stock piling wood ready for the season.  We have piles, and piles of wood all nicely arranged in our wood towers, and the first tower is down to the bucket we used to ensure our tower was circular and would not topple over.  The evenings have been a little on the chilly side, and those without fire pits must have had fire pit envy, as night on nights the numbers increase.  During the bank holiday, John upgraded the usual delivery mode of the wheelbarrow for our old tractor to make lighter work.

imageLots of our guests have been avoiding the crowds of the St Austell Supermarket and instead enjoying a walk and a stock up of goodies from the fabulous Lobbs Farm Shop, a must for foodies, especially those liking a good bit of steak on their bbq. If you prefer fish to meat, or surf and turf Mevagissey has a fresh fish stall right on the harbour front.

This week has been beach weather, and swimming in the sea, not in a wetsuit weather. Our guests are particularly enjoying Caerhays, aka Porthluney Cove. The revamped Cafe, has new very enthusiastic owners making a big effort, with music and events happening regularly, and a Shepherd Hut Ice Cream kiosk.

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Caerhays Beach

Our guests have also been enjoying Duporth Beach walking out to it from Charlestown and, of course walking between Gorran Haven and Vault Beach.  Some of our recent guests have seen all of the beaches around here as they are walking the full extent of the SWCP coast path. Our last walkers had a full on evening here with a fire pit and a take away delivered to them from the fabulous Gurkha Restaurant in St Austell.  They even had left over samosas to enjoy for their lunch on Hallane Beach the next day. We highly recommend this restaurant eating in, or take away style, and all guests who have eaten their food have given very positive feedback.

Now we are not ones to blow our own trumpets, as that is just not our thing.  However, we would like to share a couple of things with you, as we always like our guests to hear what others think of our campsite.

Firstly, we were featured in last Saturday’s Travel Section of  The Guardian Newspaper.  This was as a complete surprise to us, but did explain why email and telephone enquiries, were coming through faster than they have ever done previously!! Not being Guardian Readers ourselves on the Sunday we were hoping to find a copy in our recycling bin, but unfortunately not, although we do now have a copy.  Thank you Cool Camping for including us in this feature.

Here is the link if you want to have a look, at us and also some other great independent campsites

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/may/23/uk-cool-campsites-camping-glamping-yurts-britain

Secondly, here is a link to a new blog set up by one of our recent camper vanners who stayed here bank holiday weekend.  There are some good pictures and we were pleased to have made a camper banner happy.

http://campervanner.com/2015/05/25/the-meadows-pentewan-saint-austell-south-cornwall/

Bookings – following our feature in the paper, I have as chief booking administrator been working just about at the speed I used IMG_7111to in my previous life as a lawyer, and that is saying something!!  We are just about fully booked now until around 22 August, except for the odd few days here and there, and a few spaces in June.  For “proper camping” we have plenty of spaces, but limited parking.  This means for those arriving under their own steam (including bus, train and taxi) we will always have a space for you.  For short stays, we are always worth a try, but for main holiday, please bear us in mind for next year.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

It is my birthday today, but apparently that does not warrant the day off duty!! Instead I got taken to the vets to have a needle stuck in my backside.  Some birthday present that was.

I have been very busy looking after all my four legged guests, and sharing my knowledge of walks, and dog friendly pubs that hand out dog treats.   I have seen lots of sandy bottoms returning back to camp, and very tired legs.  This week I was very impressed  with the dog who did the circular Mevagissey walk and made it up and down the 200 steps to run around on the very dog friendly Polstreath beach.  I bet that dog had the beach almost to himself as a reward.  Just to remind you, The Meadows is a dog friendly campsite, with great walks straight from the campsite gates.

Finally, upcoming Diary Dates

1 June – first visit by The Atlantic Fryer cooking up Cornish fish and chips on the campsite, and then every Monday, just missing the odd one or two.

6 & 9 June – visit by Kernow Forno cooking up wood fired pizzas, and then visiting every Tuesday evening.

28 June – 5 July Mevagissey Feast Week

There will be far more happening than that, and I will get myself finding out, but in the meantime do check out Visit Cornwall so you don’t miss anything.

June – start of Eden Sessions, and worth having a look who is performing as it looks like there are returned tickets still available for some events.

Right time, to open my little blue shed/reception office/tourist information board and shop.

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team (Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey)- The Meadows, Campsite, South Cornwall, Dog friendly, adult only campsite………………….