Posted on September 29, 2016
Well, we are almost at the end of season number 4, and this one has definitely been the best!
Our last week is usually the quietest of the season, and so gives us a chance to reflect back on the five months that have flown by.
We continue to be lucky that we attract such a great bunch of guests to our smallish campsite, week on week which makes our job so much more enjoyable. It gives us so much pleasure to see our guests enjoy their holiday here, and to hear about their adventures out and about around Cornwall.
This Summer there has been some fab evenings with impromptu entertainment to go with our Pop ups. Some guests have great party tricks which you would never know guess when they check in.
After a couple of seasons without breakfast, it has been great to have our visits by The Cornish Maid who always has a smile on her face when cooking up her delights. Also new for this season was Lazys Travelling Bar, and our guests have really enjoyed this experience. The green stripey deck chairs have been in and out almost every day this season, and it has been a great indicator that something is happening at The Meadows, so don’t miss out!
There has been plenty to smile and laugh about this season on the campsite. However, of course what happens at camp stays at camp.
What is noticeable year on year, is the effort our guests make to dress up their units, dogs, pitch area, and of course themselves to get in to the joys of camping. The Campsite is an abundance of colour at all times of the season, and only a part of that is our doing. Thank you for this, and keep on doing it, as we love it :).
So, just a short one, as before we head off on our jolly, as we have a big mole hill to get stuck in before then. Those tired pitches, will soon be brought back to life, and the wildflower meadow like its owners is getting a good end of season haircut.
Thank you to all our guests of 2016 for making our fourth season a busy, but very enjoyable one.
Thank you also very much to all of our Pops ups – Kernow Forno, The Atlantic Fryer, Anna’s Alfresco Lounge, Lazy’s Bar, and The Cornish Maid. Our guests have been so lucky this year with all of the food and drink offerings, and the sociable atmospheres these create.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Thank you to all those four legged guests. It has been just great, and I am pleased to report that I have not been required to deal with any major security incidents.
It was lovely to finish the season off with 8 Cavaliers on the campsite, even though the photo opportunity was missed.
I far exceeded my sales of dog bandanas, and so I expect to retain the role of model for next season’s designs.
General Meadows News
Once the gates close at the end of our 2016, and the essential repair work (to the site, not us) is complete will be taking a break. This means we will not be starting up our booking diary for next season until after this time, when our batteries are fully recharged. For those wanting to book, please keep an eye on our home page banner, towards the middle/end of November. In the meantime keep practicing your party tricks as we like everything to get better and better, year on year.
Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing many of you again in 2017.
For those who don’t yet know it, The Meadows is a quirky adult only campsite in South Cornwall, close to Mevagissey. We are dog friendly and campfire friendly too.
Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey – The Meadows
Posted on July 3, 2016
Well June has come and gone. Qhilst the weather has not been the usual dead cert weather wise we say June is, our campers have still had a great time, and lots of fun.
John & I always say that our campsite attracts lots of “doers” and everyone has been out and about enjoying the County. When the weather is not so good, then people tend to go off further afield during the day, and The Meadows is such a great base. Armed with a rain coat, sunglasses, suncream, and sturdy footwear, you are set up for anything. Lots of guests visit Lands End and the Minack Theatre from here, and of course a trip to St Ives makes a great day out.
Almost all of our guests visit and love Heligan Gardens, and walking up there is worth it for the £3.50 discount. Most guests return with a bag of goodies from Lobbs Farm Shop to enjoy some of the local delights back at Camp. Heligan Gardens is lovely throughout the season and comes very highly recommended, as does a Heligan Cream Tea.
We have had a number of guests recently arriving under their own steam, and then making the most of the local bicycle hire in the village, and testing out some local routes. You can cover a little bit more ground on a bike, than on foot, and so guests are heading out on the trail and the Cornish lanes. A couple of good routes, are the Mevagissey circular route, and Charlestown on the cycle trail, returning via Porthpean Beach on the lanes, and in to the village for a stop off at the ship before heading back along the river. Everyone loves Sams and just around from Charlestown is Carlyon Bay, and Sams on the Bay. This is a great day time stopping place for a drink, lunch and a chilled out time. Fabulous pop up food there too.
Bikes & Dogs – Should your dog have tired paws and wants a day off from long walks, then Pentewan Cycle Hire has a dog trailer for hire. Good feedback on this, especially for owners with more mature dogs.
Happenings on the Campsite – our pop ups get more and more popular, and this week, we have more nights on than off!!
We have wood fired pizzas Tuesday, and an extra slice on Saturday (9th) too. Superb, Fish & Chips on Thursday courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer, and Chilli Nachos, with may be Brownies, or Cheesecake on Friday. Where there is food, there are cocktails, cider and beer. Of course the deckchairs make an appearance for all events! Breakfast will also be available this week from The Cornish Maid on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
The most commented thing about our campsite is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere! A lot of thought and organisation goes in to what goes on here with the pop ups, and so it is good to know it is being well received.
Our campers always seem to be a sociable and friendly bunch and there has been lots of laughter and chatting at cocktail o’clock. This is a great way to pick up some tips on what to do for the rest of your holiday, as there is so much around.
There has been plenty of evenings for fire pits and bbqs and sitting out in an evening soaking up the Campsite atmosphere and listening to the owls, and may be Otters in the stream. Otters have been spotted in the valley, and there has been unconfirmed sightings here!!!
At the moment, we have a lovely female Mallard duck wandering around the Campsite, with her 10 duckings in tow, often to be seen on our stream. If any one has grabbed a photo opportunity please send me one.
Agricultural Shows – these are always great in Cornwall, and most people like a good farming show, with animals.
This month we have Liskeard Agricultural Show on the 9th, and Stithians Agricultural Show on the 11th, and last year we had great reports of both.
News from Camp Dog Harvey aka top model –
For dogs of all shapes and sizes, we have new bandanas in stock, and lots of them. There are some really lovely ones for both big boys, and little girls, and how nice to get dressed up on your jollies. Best dressed units, and best dressed dogs here at The Meadows Campsite, and all your efforts make us smile. In one day I clocked up 15 sales and I took my commission in the latest style.
I cannot pass opinion on the dog bike trailer, as I have yet to test it, but may do so when the opportunity arises. To me it seems a great idea for a more leisurely (dog, not owner) day out.
It was nice to see a dutch pussy cat staying here recently, and very boldly sitting in the middle of the pitch teasing all us dogs. Well done doggies, as not one of you gave in to the temptation to chase it around the campsite.
Bookings – we are always worth a call for late availability, or do drop in if your are touring around, as we often have a last minute space. For advance bookings of long stays, there is not a lot now available, until the end of August. For those who don’t know, The Meadows is an adult only, dog friendly (and generally friendly) campsite in South Cornwall. We love bunting, fairy lights, campfires, bbqs and our own foodie and drinkie “pop ups”
For all those coming to stay in July, we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Posted on May 26, 2016
After you have ensured that you are not booking in to anything other than an “adults only campsite”, (we are dog friendly too) it is time to check out the best of what is on offer for grown ups.
I have done lots of posts about walking (which I love), food (which I also love), and so for some other ideas if you are visiting soon:-
- Last year quite a number of our guests ventured out with Fowey River Hire this was for the guided canoe expeditions, and also hiring kayaks out. The feedback was excellent and indeed guests have even told us that they enjoyed it so much they have bought their own kayaks for this year. This years dates and times are out with regular expeditions and for more information prior to arriving check out their website. The Fowey Estuary really is a great place to try out kayaking and is not only beautiful, but the waters are far calmer than out on the open sea. If it is a guided tour, then my understanding is that there is usually a stop off at the pub in the pretty Golant village.
- Our guests seem to be a fit bunch, and so I am sure some of you would be up for cycling along the trail and country lanes to visit a few of the local vineyards. In one direction, there is Polmassick Vineyard and also very close by Bosue Vineyard. Both do tasting and tours, and at Polmassick cream teas are also available. A good cycle ride, but well worth it in another direction you will find Knightor Winery. As well as tasting and tours, Knightor has a lovely cafe & restaurant open in the daytime and evenings, and they host also feast nights which make for a great night out. Need a bike then contact Stuart at Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire
- Campers who venture out to Falmouth always seem to have a good day out, and Falmouth is one our favourite Cornish towns. There are lots of little independent shops, a huge choice of restaurants, and lots of little ferry crossings to the likes of St Mawes, Flushing and other boaty places. Head out there 17-19 June and you will see the Falmouth Classics Regatta. A little bit later in June 27 June-2 July it is the Pendennis Cup. Whilst out that way, it would be a good time to take a little diversion and head off to The Pandora Inn at Restronguet. This was last year voted the best pub in Cornwall and you will not be disappointed.
- My idea of a great car free day out would be an early start and catch the first ferry over to Fowey. On landing in Fowey, I would head off to Pinky Murphys for coffee. After a mooch around Fowey, I would walk round on the SWCP to Polkerris and feast outside at Sams on the Beach with a bowl of gorgeous Fowey River Mussels. Depending if time was in my favour, it would be the bus or ferry back. If time was in my favour I would walk back from Mevagissey via Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some goodies for supper.
Not forgetting for the beer/cider lovers out there St Austell Brewery Tour, Skinners Brewery Tour, and Healeys Cider Farm. Well, I say tour, but of course it is tour and sample, as the two go hand in hand. If heading to Skinners you can catch the bus or train to Truro then nobody has to drive. St Austell Brewery is just up the road, but again on the bus route.
I don’t think I can write a post without including food!!
For the foodies out there, our regular wood fired pizza and fish & chips start in June, and also breakfasts. Also on in June locally are
18-25 June 2106 St Austell Feast Week
21-22 June Fowey Mussel Fest
News from Camp Dog Harvey (aka HRH)
For all you handbag dogs out there I have passed on the bandana feedback and hopefully a selection of smaller ones will arrive in time for Summer. Great for the forthcoming heatwave as you can wet it and keep cool, in more ways than one.
What I have learnt this week from under the desk! New answer for “can you walk to the Eden Project from here” – technically, yes you can, and around it and back as someone did from here the other day. I was well impressed but now in my more mature years, I won’t be following suit ;).
Bookings – our diary is a very busy one, with only the odd gaps here and there, and a couple of cancellations available. This is except at the moment for “proper camping” between 3-10 June. There must be something really, really exciting going on elsewhere in the Country. However, if you are a spur of the moment camper, why not take up this opportunity of lots of space and book. This could of course all change very quickly if the anticipated 90 day heatwave transpires.
The Meadows Campsite is an adult only (and dog friendly) campsite/caravan site in South Cornwall, close to Heligan, Eden, Mevagissey and Charlestown. We love campfires, bunting, all things quirky and people from all walks of life.
To book call 01726 844383, or complete the contact form and you will get a swift response.
Posted on May 3, 2016
Well, in our year one I think we had about 6 units on the campsite for the first bank holiday, and one of those was Martin Dorey with his Reporter hat on. That meant we very slowly eased our way in to the season, which was good really as we were complete novices.
This year was a completely different story and we had almost a full campsite. That made for a fantastic weekend, as with some great sunshine, as well as a frost, and with foodie/drinkie delights all was good. Being rather nesh myself, I was very impressed with the number of “proper campers” for our first weekend, especially those who woke to frozen tents. Hardy, there were as after waking to a frost, about an hour later about 30 of them were swimming in the sea in costumes NO WETSUITS !! A shout out to Pauline Barker the organiser of the wild swimming camp and what a lovely group they were. They had fire pit every night, a swim every day, and after there swim there was lots of ooh aaahing coming from the shower block at the delight of our lovely hot showers.
A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too for room. Our wild swimming group, and also the rest of our guests on the campsite, were very pleased to make full advantage of the food offerings on site this weekend. These were courtesy of Kerno Fornow cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order, The Cornish Maid cooking up doorstep breakfast sandwiches, porridge and hot drinks and Lazy’s Travelling Bar, who did not have time to be Lazy !! I made the mistake of saying to The Cornish Maid “don’t think you will be busy so early in the season” to then watch a constant queue from her starting serving to the end of her service. Of course the brekkie had to get the swimmers from Porthpean to Charlestown & back!!
Saturday night with the pizzas and Lazy’s bar working in tandem, glorious sunshine and all our fire pits going, there was one of the best atmospheres I can remember. John & I always say that The Meadows attracts lovely like minded people from all walks of life, and some extremely cute dogs.
Despite, being a bit slow for everything natural (like grass, plants, trees etc), we did look lovely when we opened. We made up for the lack of natural colour with extra bunting and fairy lights.
It has been good walking weather, and our early guests have almost all enjoyed the Mevagissey circular walk with a stop of at The Ship (why not)!
This means next bank holiday has a lot to live up to, as the benchmark has been set high. I am working on the next one to see what I can pull out of the bag with the support of our local lovelies.
Bookings – we have very little left for high season if electricity is a must, and “proper camping” pitches are getting booked up for those we book out in advance. If you still have us in mind for your summer holiday then you can book by completing the contact form, or giving us a call. We do keep a few casual electric and “proper camping” pitches for those touring around, and those who like to book last minute.
For first time visitors, The Meadows Campsite, is an adult only quirky campsite, and we are dog friendly. We are good for camping and caravanning for Mevagissey, Heligan Gardens, and we are also close to Eden. For walkers and cyclists, we are situate directly on the Coast to Clay Trail and for walkers this links up to the SWCP. We love campfires, nature, bunting and anything on the quirky side. We also love showing our guests the food and drink delights of this local area.
Look forward to seeing all of those booked in with us soon. Next weekend is set to be another busy one, and the weather forecast is looking very good – not a frost in sight!
Posted on March 31, 2016
The opening of the gates is fast approaching, and all the jobs are getting completed.
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 decorated 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
Posted on March 23, 2016
Spring 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.
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.
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.
Bookings – 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.
News 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, and 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 happening 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!
Posted on February 22, 2016
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 coming 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.
5. 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!
Bookings – 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.
News 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.
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
Posted on January 8, 2016
Firstly 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.
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 wood 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.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
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.
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.
Posted on October 6, 2015
Well, 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 did 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.
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.
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
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
Posted on August 13, 2015
With 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:-
1. 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.
Number 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.
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.
Number 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………….
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.
Pictures – here are some taken over the past few weeks.
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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.
Bookings – 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)