We are almost ready to open the gates

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Comments Off on We are almost ready to open the gates

Well, the last winter flew by.  On the whole the Cornish weather was very kind to us and made light of all of the outdoor work.  It has not been all work this winter, and we have enjoyed some lovely holidays.  Our favourite holiday was a 3 week walking holiday in La Palma.  The Island made Cornwall walking seem like flat walking.  We certainly returned feeling fit, and as usual food and wine had been a big part of the holiday too!  Camp Dog Harvey has also had a couple of stays at his favourite health farm in Leicestershire.  Harvey also returned home after his 3 week stay looking a picture of health.

Our woods stocks have been replenished, which has now become the main part of our winter work.  We have stuck with our giant bee hive stacks as they are just the job, and hold so much in each one.  The majority of the wood is our own, with a few donations here and there of good unwanted stuff given to us for logging.  Plenty of wood for the ever popular campfires, and we are sure the stacks will be depleted as quickly as they went up.

We have also this winter put up a new “campers’ shed”.  This houses the ice pack freezer, and also a very nice handmade phone charging facility.  We realised that when our guests were on holiday they did not want to worry about getting back before our office closed.  Of course some of our guests also like a good lie in when on holiday and don’t want to be setting the alarm just to get up to collect ice packs.  The new shed will be open 24 7 on a help your selves basis.

We have been blessed recently with lots and lots of sunshine and so everything natural is coming in to its own nice and early.  The wildflower meadow has a few flowers already.  The yellow flag irises are coming on well too,  and the trees are already full of colour.  

There has been spotting on the campsite this winter of a Weasel, and not just a fleeing glimpse.  The woodpeckers are also still here, as is the nuthatch and of course the owls are always hooting well.

This week, we have been planning our pop ups for the season.  The bad news is that there will be no fish & chips this year.  Ross has swapped his chef whites for a nurses uniform and is now a fully qualified nurse.  We will miss Ross, Jen and their scrummy fish and chips and wish them both all the very best.

Wood fired pizzas are back – yeah :), and once again on a Tuesday.  Anna will accompany Simon and his team and will be serving up cocktails.  Anna has been working on a caravan this winter making a cocktail bar, and we cannot wait to see it.  If it is ready it will get a trial run for the first bank holiday weekend, but being a work in progress this is not a definite.

Pizza Simon has also now another string to his bow and will be here also on a Thursday with his griddle and oven.  Simon’s plan is to cook up his excellent burgers and may be also an oven dish.  There was a trial of Simon’s burgers last season, and our view was that The Hub Box would be given a run for its money.  As before Simon does look after the vegetarians out there.  Anna will also be making Thursday a regular night for cocktails, and so how lucky are we.

Anna and her cocktail caravan are also hoping to make some weekend appearances, but on a more pop up basis.  Anna is also hoping to do pop up food on certain weekend nights.  We will be getting all the boards ready to hang out to keep everyone posted as to what is popping up and when so you don’t miss out.

Breakfasts should also be happening here again at The Meadows.  Amanda has been on exotic solo travels this winter and so we are looking forward to hearing all about them.  We will keep you updated on breakfasts but we hope it will all be similar to last year.  

Bookings – these have come in thick and fast during the winter.  There are some weeks where all of our hook up pitches are booked out already.  There are not many weekly spaces available with electric, although there are still some if you get in there quick.

Our “proper camping” is also filling up as of our course our wildflower meadow with it’s secluded pitches is ever so popular.  We are hoping our campers’ shed will convert some of those usually taking electric to get further “down field”.

Map – for our first time visitors and as a memory joggers to our returning guests we now have a map.  It is we think a happy map, but it should give newbies a general idea of the layout of the site.  There is a pdf downloadable version on our website.

To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.  For those visiting for the first time, we are an adult only campsite (no offence kids), and dog friendly in Pentewan, South Cornwall.  We are situate on the Pentewan Valley Trail (Coast to Clay) cycle & walking trail, which links up to the SWCP. We are great for Heligan Gardens as you can walk there on the trail and receive a discount for doing so.  If you are fairly fit, you can cycle from our campsite to the Eden Project.  Mevagissey and Pentewan are also in walking distance (1 hr to Meva & 30 mins to Pentewan).  We look forward to seeing lots of familiar friendly faces soon, and some new faces too!

Well, the sun is shining and those last minute jobs and the fresh air are calling !

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey

 

 

School is nearly out, and The Meadows is in the full swing of summer.

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Comments Off on School is nearly out, and The Meadows is in the full swing of summer.

S7000293Well, we are ready for the arrival of the summer school. Next week, we should have a full compliment of teachers, school secretary,  head mistress, deputy head, mixed up with those campers who just enjoy high season holidays.

The forecast for the week ahead is looking good, and last week was all in all quite a good week.  I judge how much sunshine we have had, by how many squeals I hear in the shower block with our hot showers on sunburn ;).  There has been quite a number this week caught out.

John & I are always very interested to hear why first time visitor have chosen our campsite.  It is good for us to Lazys pichear that so many of our guests absorb so much of the information on our website prior to arrival, and know what to expect when they get here.  Most are already Facebook and Twitter friends with our Pop Up Hosts and have their walks, and days out planned way ahead. Lots have often already purchased tickets for gardens and theatre trips, including the very special Minack.

The Campsite is looking extremely colourful at the present time, with some very well dressed tents, caravans and campervans.  The wildflower meadow has been full this week, with our campers enjoying their secluded pitches, and one couple has been watching baby buzzards as there is a nest in the wood.

For those visiting this coming week, on Monday it is the Stitihians Agricultural Show, the biggest one day such show in Cornwall, with lots of farm animals, dogs and goats, vintage tractors, and just a lot to see. This show comes highly recommended by some of our guests who visited last year.

Our guests at the moment seem to be in to bike hire, and wineries!!! What a winning combination. Knightor Winery is fab, and directly on to a cycle route.  Polmassick Vineyard is also worth a cycle to if you have the energy for a vineyard tour.

If you have a bike with lights that could be useful if you are here for any of the Wine Tasting Events down on Carlyon Bay with Clio’s Van du Vin.  There is always also a lot of good food down at Carlyon Bay, especially from Sams on the Bay. The wine tasting events are

Friday 29th July – Battle of the Bubbles

Friday 5th August – Argentina vs Chile

Saturday 20th August Chardonnay Across the Spectrum

Saturday 3rd September- Oaked vs Unoaked Wine

Carlyon Bay is a really lovely setting, and you would manage it on a bike, or to walk to the nearest bus stop for the last bus home.

If we can get enough interest, then Clio would love to come with her Van du Vin to The Meadows and host  a couple of wine tasting sessions this season.  I will be seeing who is up for that, and trying to get something in the diary.

This week is also the Rock Oyster Festival for those heading over to the north coast.

As for happenings at The Meadows, we have our usual Pop ups all in attendance this week.  The Friday evening duck race has also started going again.  It also looks like a good week for fire pits and bbqs.

S7000534News from Camp Dog Harvey – this week has been a good one, as most of them are.  I have been extremely busy, welcoming lots of guests and doing my party trick trying to trip them up on their way in to the office.  My second job of top model is also keeping me busy, and lots of sales of dog bandanas are taking place.  There are lots of familiar faces around the campsite as the moment, as lots of guests are returning to us as they cannot resist the pizzas and cocktails!!

I got a rare night off this week, and headed back up to the Kingswood Restaurant in search of meat, and steak night to be precise.  Excellent food there, and we sat on the terrace on the last table to catch the evening sun rays.  Top night, and a lovely evening stroll there and back.  Not much steak for me, I would add, but an enjoyable evening out nonetheless.

Other Meadows News – well, it has been busy, busy, busy, and looks like it will be right through the season.  The fabulous atmosphere created by such a friendly lot of campers, campervanners and caravaners we get here week on week continues, and is a a pleasure to see.

Bookings – we still have some room for “proper camping” from mid August onwards, but not a lot.  However, we debs pictures lottie etc 028don’t overbook, and so often have space for those touring around and who call in to stay for a night or two.  September is a lovely month to get away and we are often blessed with an Indian Summer.  Please do get in touch should you wish to book a September stay and then you can start your holiday countdown.

Arriving under your own steam – there is still not a requirement to book in advance for those carrying their own gear. Indeed, John, Harvey & I really enjoy putting up hikers and cyclists for the night, or even for a longer stay.

IMG_7111If you don’t already know The Meadows Campsite is a smallish campsite, just for adults and dog friendly situate in South Cornwall.  We are a good campsite for those visiting Heligan Gardens, Mevagissey, the Eden Project and for those who love the outdoors, especially campfires.

Look forward to seeing lots of you soon.

Lynn

 

 

The Meadows Team welcomes SWCP walkers

Posted on June 17, 2016 by Comments Off on The Meadows Team welcomes SWCP walkers

S7000004As most of our guests know when they get talking to us, John, CD Harvey and I are very keen walkers. For us walking the SWCP is hard to beat for a long distance walk.  Indeed just walking sections, around this area, using the bus, or circular walks can make for a fantastic walking holiday in Cornwall.

All part of the service

Always happy to lend a hand

It is always a pleasure to put up hikers and also cyclists for the night who are on a personal walking, or cycling challenge and want to lay their head down for the evening. Our “park & pitch” is ideal for this and with the Pentewan Valley Trail linking up to the SWCP both in Mevagissey, and also Pentewan, The Meadows is an ideal stop.  Our guests who arrive under their own steam usually choose a spot out of the way and in our car free zones,  with a pitch in the wildflower meadow often being the chosen spot.

Once set up, which is usually a well oil machine when they reach us, time for one of our hot powerful showers, a S7004656free charge of the phone, and if timed well a feast of wood fired pizzas, fish & chips or chilli nachos with a cocktail or cider!  In our little store around the back, there is an assortment of chairs that we keep to loan out to our guests who arrive with just a pack on their back for a comfier evening. If the bar is open the green stripey deckchairs will be out!

S7000010For anyone planning on walking the SWCP, we have now signed up and are a Business Member to support the Association and to help walkers find our Campsite. The best point of exit is in Pentewan, and you will find us then 1 mile up the Pentewan Valley Trail walking alongside the river which is nice and flat!! If exiting at Mevagissey you can either walk on the Trail to us (50 minutes), or hop on the bus.

This week a group of four walkers stayed with us, and after hearing what was on offer, their words were – “you really have thought of everything, and so what time is breakfast”!  They were lost for words when our response was 8am courtesy of The Cornish Maid!!  With a doorstep sandwich and filter coffee  on our sunny deck, a catch up on wifi, off they went on their way to Charlestown.

So for you walkers and cyclists out there – The Meadows Campsite welcomes both, and will always find you a spot (advance booking not required).  You will get discounted pitch fees (25% off), and a very warm welcome indeed.  Being adults only (and dog friendly), the campsite is generally relaxing, being just what you want after a day of walking, or cycling. You can also enjoy a Campfire experience should you wish as part of your stop over.

Having walked ourselves all Coastal Sections of the 105 Ordnance Map, and the majority of the Fowey 107, one of us will always be happy to pass on our knowledge of things not to miss along the way, and how much fuel you need for the next section ahead!

For a walling holiday in Cornwall – I cannot recommend enough www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk for excellent walks, local to us and further afield

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Our “pop ups” are going down a storm already this season.  The last visit made by Kernow Forno saw 70 plus pizzas consumed, and our biggest concern was them running out before getting ours! They served topless once again as despite a little bit of a showery week, the sun shone on the righteous as it always does!

Judging by the queues I saw whilst on duty in the office, as many (or may be more) cocktails and ciders were served too.

Breakfasts courtesy of The Cornish Maid are being well received, now that word has got around that The Meadows once again does breakfast, even if this time they do not cook it themselves. This

Being a small business ourselves, the “pop ups” are a great opportunity for us to support other equally “small’ and themeadows-camping-food-and-drink-fish-and-chipslocal businesses. The combination works well and they team up together to do food and drink on an evening, which is ideal for our campers, who often like to spend the evening at camp. This evening we have Chilli Nachos, washed down with Mojitos.

Newspapers – this is something we have been toying with for a while now, and is something a lot of guests enjoy.   For any one visiting from this point onwards, Newspapers are available but on an order by 7pm the night before basis.  It will also mean more newspapers in the recycling which will get used by John for the fire pits, so that will be a bonus!

For those arriving with us this season for the first time, if you have not already done so please check out our facilities page, and also our FAQ page on our website should you have ??s.  You will find lots of  information that is felt to be useful to you before you arrive.

S7000534News from Camp Dog – thank you for all your lovely comments (sarcastic and otherwise) with regard to my new sign.  It is indeed a very true likeness as was painted from an actual photograph of me.  It seems to be working well, and there has not been any incidents  and all dogs have been very well behaved. Still counting down the days to my high season haircut, as am sure many dogs are doing similar for their holiday haircut!

Weather – after an unsettled week, the barometer is moving well, and fingers crossed more settled weather is on its way. Even with the showery weather, there has been good spells of very warm sunshine in between.  It has been a case of lucky with the showers, one day, and unlucky the next!!

Bookings – Introduced to our home page is a new section for late availability/cancellations and those IMG_7102who plan to just turn up and take a chance.  You can always call too to check what we have, or drop an email detailing any flexibility on your dates.

Look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Lynn ( on behalf of the meadows team)

 

 

 

 

Our campers have been getting in the water…….

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Comments Off on Our campers have been getting in the water…….

We have had a super couple of weeks of very warm and sunny weather, and with lovely warm evenings too.

Our guests have certainly been making the most of the fabulous weather, and getting out and on, and in the water.  A number of our guests have taken up my recommendation of kayaking down the Fowey Estuary, and have thoroughly enjoyed this.  Kingfishers and all sorts of wildlife have been spotted, and the less experienced guests have not found it too difficult. Have a look at Fowey River Hire for more information.

DSC_6727The sea must also have warmed up since we opened, and our Wild Swimmers had their first swim camp.  There has been lots of sea dipping, and swimming both by dogs and humans. Our most popular coves for swimming seem to be Caerhays, Gorran Haven and Duporth.

Also out on the water Mackerel fishing trips are also very popular already, and we have smelt them cooking on the BBQ, so campers are being very lucky and getting a good catch.

Lazys picJohn and I find every week to be a completely different week on the campsite, with a new group of campers.  Our guests always seem to be a friendly bunch, and this is probably one of the most commented upon points about our campsite.  With our pop ups, and our lovely sunny seated deck, guests love to share their experiences and enjoy a cocktail and fire pit together! There has been some impromptu (always the best), singing and guitar playing, and even The Cornish Maid gave us a lovely tune one evening.

The green stripy deckchairs are becoming the most used “communal” deckchairs out, being used for breakfast, pre-dinner beer and cocktails, and even for devouring pizzas and fish and chips around the fire pit.  I have even joined in with my outdoor office, when my little shed was just a tad on the warm side, and so Harv and I moved outdoors.

Now so far, based upon guests’ feedback, these are the most popular places so far this season:-

  1. Caerhays Beach  – for swimming and sunbathing, with a gorgeous cafe for drinks, ice and lunch. This cover Caerhaysis also popular for parking up with your campervan, with a sea view on a showery day, ready to make a sharp exit and put the kettle on !
  2. Duporth beach (close to Charlestown) – in recent fab weather times, it is like being in paradise.
  3. Knightor Winery – for wine tours, and lunch outside in the lovely terraced courtyard.
  4. Kayaking – for novices, the most popular is a trip down the Fowey Estuary to Golant with Fowey River Hire. Our more experienced kayakers, like Porthpean and have been seal spotting from here, and Pentewan and Polkerris are also popular.
  5. All our pop ups are going down a treat so far this season as already mentioned.  Our campers feel very lucky themeadows-camping-food-and-drink-pizzato be able to sample one of top ten pizzas in the Country (as featured in The Times).
  6. S7000414Homemade (not by me) dog bandanas and bunting. Ours campers love getting in the spirit of things. In one day, I sold 13 bandanas, and so The Meadows must have the best dressed dogs in Cornwall.
  7. For food, our guests are loving The Hub Box, Sams on the Beach, The Kingswood Restaurant, and The Polgooth when there isn’t any food on offer at the Campsite.
  8. Heligan Gardens and Trewithen Gardens are looking fabulous at the moment as reported by our guests. The majority of our guests are enjoying walking up to Heligan and the £3.50 pp discount for doing so is Henry Cav - Ferrygetting them up the hill.
  9. As always the Mevagissey to Fowey has been on a lot of our guests must do things, and the welcome cooler air out at sea has gone down a treat.
  10. Walking – we have a new favourite. Our guests are all enjoying a circular walk from Mevaggisey to Gorran Haven SWCP, and then back via footpaths taking in a lovely wooded valley bringing you back out at Portmellon.  If you want to do this walk, just ask us the way. Of course the Mevagissey circular walk remains as popular as ever, picking up Lobbs Farm Treats, and fish from Mevagissey harbour on route.
  11. Even during the heatwave,  our fire pits have been very popular.  Some days, delivery has required the use of the tractor and trailer with all fire pits, bbq and wood deliveries as the legs and wheelbarrow did just not cut it.

NEWS from Camp Dog Harvey –  If I was on commission for bandana sales, I would be holidaying inS7000534 Barbados this winter! Am always happy to pass my opinion on colour and style, and  whether it makes your bum look big ;).  I am counting down the days at the moment to my high season haircut, as I am starting to resemble a woolly sheep.

One of our regular guests arrived this week, with a new sign for me, and it is nice to see how seriously my role here is taken.

Arriving with us this week? – Falmouth is the place to visit.  Between 17-19 June there is the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, and the Falmouth Classics Regatta. Our pop ups will all be popping up too!

S7000293BOOKINGS – we are at present pretty full for both hook ups and “proper camping” from now really well in to August.   For late availability, you are best to give us a call to see what we can do.  Our booking system is a flexible one, so we have people coming and going every day, which means we do have the odd gaps here and there, and cancellations do come about.

 

For those who don’t know, we are a smallish adult only campsite in South Cornwall, close to Pentewan and Mevagissey.  We are a good campsite for walkers and cyclists and those who want to enjoy the gardens of Heligan and Eden. We are campfire and dog friendly, and we have visiting pop ups throughout the season.

Lynn x

 

Spring Bank Holiday Camping Bonanza……

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Comments Off on Spring Bank Holiday Camping Bonanza……

IMG_7106After a fabulous first bank holiday weekend, we have been working hard to make the second just as good.

Well, using our extensive powers of charm and persuasion, we have persuaded our local pop ups to pop along over the weekend.  This means there will be a way of escaping  the half term madness, and you can retreat back to camp in the evening.  We have new fire pits, and all of the old ones too, and our wood stacks, are still a plenty.

For all those booked in, here  is what is on offer for the weekend:-

  1. Sunday – we have Cornish breakfast including doorstep sandwiches made with Kittows Sausage and bacon, and other delights served up by the Cornish Maid.Lazys pic
  2. Saturday evening – the Cornish Maid will be here serving up Chilli Nachos or similar.
  3. Sunday evening, we have Kernowforno (as recently featured in The Times 😉 ) here, cooking up their amazing wood fired pizzas fresh to order.
  4. To go with our pop up food Lazys (by name, but not by nature) Travelling Bar will be here.  I understand that this time there will be some new cider cocktails on the menu amongst other things.

From the beginning of June, our regular nights will also be starting with pizzas on Tuesdays, and fish & chips on a Thursday. The pop up bar and Cornish Maid (breakfast) will also be making regular appearances

Our pop ups now have their own page on our website – please  check this out, with some great pictures that I will add to as the season revs up a gear, or two!

Now, as for the weather, it has to be kind and the long term forecast does look that way.  For long term, John andS7000509 I look at the farmers’ forecast.  For short term, after recent inaccurate BBC forecasting we came up with our own weather stone.

S7000242For bank holiday walking, Heligan Gardens is looking lovely.  The walk up there is also lovely and hopefully the bluebells will still be out.  The walkers discount offered by Heligan should be enough to get you up the hill. The SWCP is also looking fabulous as our walking guests are keeping us regularly updated.

The season so far has got off to a great start, and there has been lots of lovely guests visiting.  Last week Camp Dog Harvey made a new friend called Derek.  Derek has been a cavalier owner all of his life and is 94! A sole motor homer owner who had come a long way to see Cornwall once again, and certainly did not let his age stand in his way. Heligan Garden, Caerhays, Ferrying from Mevagissey to Fowey were all ticked off. With the great weather there was also plenty of time for relaxing on the campsite in a chair with a good book.  Derek did  lots of book swaps, and so if you pick up a Clive Cussler whilst you are here, it is probably one of his.

The wildflower meadow should be looking super by the time the bank holiday is upon us.  Everything has all of a sudden gone mad, and the ragged robin and yellow flag irises are shooting up.

If John can just catch our resident moles who are giving us a daily runaround all would be fabulous.  Moles are very cute creatures, but why do they like the greenest areas of the campsite.

News from Camp Dog – I am now back in the swing of everything.  I am first in the office in the morning, and S7000414last out at night (very true) ! Apart from being trodden on a few times, life is good being back on duty.  All of those on four legs have been extremely well behaved. With my stylish good looks I have made a few dog bandana sales and so am earning my keep.

IMG_7102Bookings – there is not a lot left now for hook ups until the end of August, except for the odd cancellations that come in.  For “proper camping” (none electric) there are many dates where we are down to our last couple of spaces for advance booking.  This means if you have us in mind, then please get in touch sooner rather than later.

 

Touring Cornwall the Cool Camping way – we are always worth a try if it is just for the odd night, or two.  Please give us a call, or email us, or just drop in should you be passing by. The Meadows is just for adults, and very dog friendly, and a great spot if you enjoy walking/cycling and don’t mind a few hills.  Situate in the Pentewan Valley, The Meadows is great for Mevagissey, Heligan and even the Eden Project.

Lynn ( on behalf of The Meadows Team)

 

What a great opening weekend

Posted on May 3, 2016 by Comments Off on What a great opening weekend

S7000293Well, 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.

S7000495A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too Lazys picfor 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, IMG_0992there 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.

S7000490Despite, 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 DSC_6544Mevagissey 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.

IMG_6785Bookings – 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 IMG_7102also 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!

Lynn x

Two more sleeps until we open again.

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Comments Off on Two more sleeps until we open again.

IMG_7111Being the last in the valley to open our gates this season, it feels like a big build up for us, especially for those last few days.

It is a joy getting ready in the sunshine, with the grass all growing, the bluebells out and Camp Dog Harvey sunbathing on the deck.

This is just a short one really to let you know that we are ready for you all.  Good job too, as this weekend looks to be a busy one.  Our “proper camping” is just about full and we just have a few electric hook up pitches left for the weather watchers! 🙂

IMG_7114We open our gates at 12 noon on Thursday bang on the dot, bunting up or not. This is always the last job we do and it has become a bit of a ritual.  We are still doing practical jobs and I can see a big pile of stone for road repairs which is tomorrow’s first job. However, I have recently managed to sneak quite a few beautifying jobs in for John and I with painting bird boxes, and making curtains for signs (don’t ask).

 

This weekend – we have on offer for you

Saturday – in the evening from 5.30pm we have wood fired pizzas, courtesy of Kernow Forno.  I am using my Kernow Forno pizzasextensive powers of charm and persuasion to get one of our two pop up bars to attend and fingers crossed. Kernowforno were recently featured in The Times Newspaper no less in an article about the best pizzas in the UK!

Lazys picUpdate – Lazy’s Cider Bar will be in attendance on Saturday evening. That makes the winning combination of pizzas, cider & campfires.

Sunday – for bank holiday Sunday, there will be a breakfast trailer on the campsite.  This is the first visit and I understand it will all be local produce and very tasty indeed.

Firepits –  there is lots of wood at the ready, and some new fire pits as well as our existing ones.

All are the above I am sure will be very welcome to the Wild Swimming Camp here this weekend.  Good on you guys!

imageCamp Dog Harvey is all ready for his duties and indeed every time the office door is open he is straight in there.  Nothing like a keen worker.  Harvey took pick yesterday of his new bandana as we had a large delivery of homemade bandanas and bunting.  This year he has opted for the pirate theme, and so chief security by day, and pirate by night.

Bookings – everything is back to normal now follow our recent jolly.  You can book either by completing theIMG_6785 contact form, or giving us a call (landline number is best).  In case you do not know, we are an adult only and dog friendly campsite close to Mevagissey, South Cornwall.

Happy Camping and keep everything crossed for lots of sunshine.

Lynn

PS – you never know what you might spot here on the campsite.  This was a deer visiting the other day checking S7000480out our meadow.

 

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

 

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