Camping, grown up style……

Posted on May 26, 2016 by Comments Off on Camping, grown up style……

IMG_7102After 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:-

  1. 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.
  2. imageOur 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
  3. 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 Henry Cav - Ferrylittle 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.
  4. ferryMy 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.

cyderfarmNot 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 st-austell-breweryTruro then nobody has to drive.  St Austell Brewery is just up the road, but again on the bus route.

Food 

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)S7000414

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 ;).

IMG_7106Bookings – 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.

 

Battle of the brambles – round two!!

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Comments Off on Battle of the brambles – round two!!

Mabel Caravan

Last week, and so far this week we have enjoyed lots of sunshine in the Pentewan Valley.  Mabel Caravan has indeed been basking in the sunshine, getting acquainted with her new surroundings.

We are about to start where we left off in May, when opening the Meadows Campsite gate took place.  Since opening, all “big jobs” were put on hold whilst we looked after our guests, and the day to day running of the campsite.

This year has been about learning, getting stuck in to running a Campsite, putting our own stamp on the place, and most importantly looking after our guests. The natural beauty of the site has helped, and the fabulous location, being able to walk on the coast path to Mevagissey and Charlestown, and walk to Heligan Gardens. However, with all that we have learnt fresh in our minds, we are now getting ready to move on to the next stage of this adventure to give our guests even more to enjoy next season.

Our sunny communal deck (icluding wood burning stove) , hot powerful showers, and “grass protecta” pitches have been given very favourable reviews this season. Lots of people have also fallen for “Lottie” our Caravan who joined us in late Spring, and has had many guests, and the wildlife especially the owls have been very popular.

We have of course been saying throughout the season, that The Meadows is still very much a work in progress.  Of course, natural beauty is a 2013 - the meadows no22great  feature and everything we have done, and will do won’t spoil that in any way, but we want to further enhance it.  We also want to make a feature out of the far end of the site, as this land has not been managed for many years.

Last week, we firmed up our plans, and located the right machinery within our budget to recommence ground-works.  A  old, but fully working digger and dumper are arriving early next week, as they will make tackling this work far easier. Camp Daddy will be in charge of the digger, and watch out, as I will be driving the dumper truck, with Camp Dog as my co-pilot.

This is the area, we saved for later

Starting at the point we left off, our first job is to expose the remainder of the stream right up to where it meets our small wooded area.  This area is currently just a mass of brambles, very similar to the area cleared before we opened.  Earlier in the year when clearing the brambles for the deck and office, we found a Toyota Starlet, and not a toy one!!  Already down the bottom, we have had glimpses of a hay turner, horse trailer, and a front tractor bucket.  The hay turner looks like it could make an interest feature for up-cycling, and might sit alongside our vintage David Brown plough currently being restored.

Working with the Local Authority and Environment Agency we are also de-silting our stream later this month.  There is not much life in there at the moment due to the silting up so by doing this we hope to encourage lots of new activity,including hopefully the Otters of the valley, and improve the flow. Our stream side pitches have been very popular this season, and so with more stream exposed, there will be more pitches on this side for our guests to choose from. John is also going to put his woodland management skills learnt in Norfolk to use before he goes rusty and coppice the woodland.

That is just the start………………………………………… the winter list is a long one! The idea is if we start early, we can space it out, and fit in some nice walking, general exploring and foodie fairs in between. My National Trust “Love the Outdoors” sticker arrived this week, and I intend for us to make good use of it.

Right here, for the before pictures before battle of the brambles recommences.

 

 

 

 

 

Other Meadows News

We are now open for 2014 Bookings.  We are set to open in the middle of April next year in time for Easter.  Our website will be updated in the next few days but you can telephone, or contact us here at any time should you wish to book early. For returning guests, please do not hesitate to let us know your preferred area.

This week we ventured out to Fowey to Sams for an early end of season, yes we nearly made it meal with our visiting friends.  John devoured an excellent home-made burger, although he has saved  the Beast for a returning visit! I love fish and have heard soooooo many excellent reviews of the tempura red mullet that I just had to try it.  It was fantastic, and being a salad and an olive lover, the salad was as good as the fish.  We shall definitely be returning, and it was a lovely autumn evening, so we had a stroll around the harbour afterwards.  Sams is not dog friendly, and so we did feel a little mean, but Harvey is always happy to spend time in the boot of the landy as long as he has a pillow to lie on.

imageWe shall be stocking this book in our shop next season.  By then we will have walked walks 3-14 inclusive with only 15 walks in the book! These walks are all those very local to us here. It seems the book was written especially for The Meadows Campsite guests.

I am also preparing a folder containing other walks which guests will be able to borrow, and then return.  I am going to include a place where guests can add a comment on the walk, so you won’t need to just take our word for it that the walk hardly has any ups, and is a fairly easy one!!

News from Camp Dog Harvey

The log burner has been installed, and has already been fired up every night since.  That is my winter sunshine sorted, and I am one happy camp dog.  I am of course in pole position when it is lit.

For all the changes taking place this whilst camp gates are closed, I shall be looking after the interests of all of those on four legs. A majority vote was passed this week that all dogs will still visit free of charge.

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As mentioned in our last blog, we will now be an adults only campsite as from 2014, even though this was a hard decision for us to make.

As mentioned above, we are now taking bookings for 2014.

Please keep your eye on our blog, over the next few month, so that you can see the changes as they take place, and I promise to keep the camera close at hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, glorious food…………………..

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Comments Off on Food, glorious food…………………..

The Meadows Team themselves (including CD Harvey) love their food, especially when on holiday. As well as advising our guests about local walks, cycle rides and beaches, we are very happy to “talk and advise” about food!!!

Polgooth Inn

The Polgooth Inn

In Cornwall our Campers are so lucky with such a great choice of local food available, and so many fabulous restaurants and foodie pubs. A lot of our campers start their day with one of John’s breakfast baguettes.  The most popular filling is  the traditional British Bacon & Eggs. The Bacon is scrumptious and supplied by the superb Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan Gardens.  Eggs are freshly laid, if not by our girls then by other local Cornish girls with bright yellow yolks, and very very tasty.  Our girls are feeling under even more pressure than normal, as the cakes we have been making are also being snapped up, and we have lots of guests at the moment to feed.  Our deck is full this morning, with breakfasting, as our deck is soooo sunny in the mornings.

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The topic is “catch of the day”

As we are by the sea it is so nice so have so much fresh fish available.  Lots of our campers have been out on very successful mackerel fishing trips, and have been kind enough to let us sample some of their catch.  Catches recently have been good, and one of the local Mevagissey fisherman very generously dropped off a whole big bag of mackerel fresh off the boat which I handed round the campsite.  There were some lovely bbq smells that evening, as you cannot beat fresh mackerel on the bbq.

Anyone for a Crepe?

Thursday night is our regular evening for Blue Vintage, and our very lovely Crepe Lady Gill.  The Crepes cooked fresh to order on the van, with sweet and savoury fillings have been going down a storm.  The Meadows Special is Banana & Toffee.  Blue Vintage also calls in when possible on a Saturday which is the main setting up day, with lots of tired people needing a Crepe to perk them up and save them cooking!!!

On the days the weather has been good, which have been more so than not, our campers love to bbq.  As well as cooking their mackerel, our campers have been cooking up some real delights from Lobbs Farm Shop, as it is nice to have special treats on holiday.

All you want after a hard day.......

Camp Dog waiting for his local to open

When the weatherman has been mean, and sent some rain over the Campsite, our campers have been heading off out to eat.  Dodging the showers, lots of our campers enjoy the walk down in to the Village at The Ship Inn at Pentewan.  In the daytime lots of campers enjoy the circular Mevagissey walk, stopping off for fish and chips in Mevagissey Harbour, and stopping again for a drink at The Ship Inn, Pentewan on the return leg.

For evening meals, especially larger party bookings, the Polgooth Inn is proving extremely popular indeed.  The food is all home cooked, with vegetables and herbs grown in their own garden.  The menu has a fab choice, with lots of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes.  Without any exception all visitors to the Polgooth have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we even have guests eating there almost every evening !!

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The gorgeous Sams on the Beach

One of our guests who was camping alone treated himself to one very special meal as he was camping on a budget.  After asking my advice of place, and what to eat (no pressure!!!) he trotted off to the Salamander in Mevagissey and feasted on scallops and John Dory.  Our guest enjoyed feasting like a Mevagissey King, and the whole atmosphere of such a lovely small restaurant and service.  Big thumbs up. Another fabulous place for a special meal is Sams, or Sam’s on the Beach.  Booking at Sam’s on the Beach is advisable and for Sam’s there is a nice bar area upstairs to enjoy a drink whilst waiting as there is no booking at Sams.

The Meadows Team are still favouring fish and chips at The Fountain Inn Mevagissey, and as I type this Lottie Caravan’s guests have just shared with me their Fountain fish & chip experience last night.  They also got to hear the Mevagissey Choir who were singing both on the harbour, and then in the Fountain Inn itself.

We also must mention Roskillys Ice Cream as today one of our guests was on to a caramel crunch tub before 9am!!  It is gorgeous organic ice cream and our favourite is the Salt Caramel although unfortunately it only comes in a big tub, and it is not advisable to put the lid back on.

Food always tastes better when you are very hungry and so it is good that our guests are all so active.  Most venture out for the day on either two feet, or two wheels, and if in the car there is often a boat or bikes on board.

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Our “Lottie” Caravan

Keep fishing, eating, and generally being foodies whilst in Cornwall staying at The Meadows Campsite.

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My new neckerchief

Whilst I am still Camp Dog, I am also living back up to my old name of “HRH”.  My heinz 57 friend “Tubs” as in Tubs by name and Tubs by nature 😉 very kindly bought me a neckerchief.  I had been admiring Tubs’ red one for a while, and now I have one the same in Blue for Blue Vintage, as Tubs is a member of the Blue Vintage Crepe Van Team.

I am still very busy in my role of Security, in particular continuing to guard the Roskillys ice cream.

We have lots of four legged friends on site for their summer holiday, and I have been sharing all of my knowledge on the local area, including the best beaches, river and wood walks, pubs that give you gravy bones, and as to the best breakfast baguette filling – if you are lucky.

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Such temptations for Cd

I very nearly broke Camp Dog rule last week and fell in love, but I held back and remained professional, and we are “just good friends”.

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Look out for our sign

For all those not committed to school holidays, September can be gorgeous, and we still have availability.  To book a stay with us here at The Meadows small, and dog friendly campsite, Pentewan contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.  Lottie is also available for some of September and for October too. Have a look at Lottie’s page and see if you can be tempted for a special stay. We are so conveniently placed for Heligan Gardens & Mevagissey (walking distance), the Eden Project, Fowey & Charlestown.