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.

 

Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Comments Off on Enjoying a day off duty being Camp Dog!

imageI, Harvey/Camp Dog am still with my owners in our temporary abode awaiting the installation of our kitchen and bathroom.

We are staying in the lovely harbour town of Mevagissey and so have lots of lovely walks direct from the door.  Our retreat is at the top of a very steep hill and so each walk finishes with a very big climb.

This walk was taken on a Sunday (our day off) and we joined the south west coast path in the harbour. We followed this passing through the picturesque Port Mellon, and the Rising Sun Inn although no pit stop there this time was it was before opening hours.  My owners are early risers!!

We then followed the coastal path round with a few climbs and descents down to Gorran Haven and past the chapel of St Just. I had a run here on the beach which was very quiet and the sun was shining. Gorran Haven is a very beautiful fishing village and I shall go back in the summer when the sea is a little warmer.

As it was nearly lunchtime we headed off through the lanes and along the “school path” up to Gorran Church Town, and the Barley Sheaf Pub for a snack. This is a very smart pub with good beer, treats for us dogs, and a nice log fire. The pub has lots of events of a music type and is very welcoming.

My owners seemed to enjoy their lunch of homemade soup, and smoked mackerel pâté.

We went a different way for part of the return over some grassy fields with one very steep descent. We then rejoined the coastal path and back in to Mevagissey, and the final climb back home.

There were lovely views of Gorran, Mevagissey, and Port Mellon along the way.

A good walk which I give a score of 8 out of 10. The walk has to be a full circular walk with no doubling up on the way back to get full marks.

My owners would be delighted to show you this walk on a map.  It would be possible to start this walk from The Meadows if you were feeling energetic. You would then pick up the coast path in Pentewan village.

Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows caravan and camping park this summer. We cater for caravans, motor homes tents of all sizes. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John – 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively just turn up and we will always find you a pitch if we can.

Revamp of The Meadows

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Comments Off on Revamp of The Meadows

Work is about to commence!!

Bernard leaving The Meadows

Hoorah, hoorah completion date has arrived for our new adventure.  Lynn, John & Harvey aka Camp Dog today move in to our new home.  We are now the proud owners of The Meadows Touring Park, near St Austell and our new life in sunny Cornwall starts now!!

We have purchased the site from a lovely chap called Bernard, who is retiring and putting his feet up in the next village, in the Pentewan Valley.  Bernard has run the  touring caravan and camping site extremely well for 20 years, and we are sure will keep a close eye on the changes we are to make.

The site is in a naturally picturesque setting in the Pentewan Valley, and we understand is very well known, and will be staying dog friendly.  For nostalgic reasons we are keeping the existing name “The Meadows”, and our new sign is on its way. The new sign will be up as soon as the local planners give the go ahead.

As from now we will be counting down to our opening at Easter, and will keep you posted as the revamp develops.  This is a very exciting time for us, as we have lots of changes planned to make the caravan and camping experience with us a memorable one. There will be lots of new facilities, as well a good update of the existing ones.

One of the changes planned is to introduce a food service with our chef, who has appeared on TV!!  Stage one will be breakfast baguettes, which will be up and running at the start of the camping season.  Stage two will be a “dish of the day” and we will let you know when this will commence, but will include dishes such as paella, coq a van, chilli, and home baked pizzas.  All of these will be available to eat either on our deck, or can be delivered to your tent/caravan / motor home.

We will post regular pictures as the work develops, as we have quite a challenge ahead.  By the time our first visitors arrive, the place will be unrecognisable from our arrival, and we cannot wait to get stuck in!!

Harvey, aka Camp Dog will until we open take on the role of site manager, and security.  On his well earned days off, Harvey will be sniffing out and sharing with you all the top walks, places to eat and what else is going on in this delightful area of Cornwall.

Of course it goes without saying that we would love you to come and stay with us at The Meadows touring caravan and camping park so that you can enjoy places like Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fowey and lots of other wonderful places.  To arrange a UK Cornwall, trip with your motor home, caravan or tent please give Lynn or John a call on 01726 844383/07712599745or use the enquiry form here.

The Meadows caters for motor homes, touring caravans and tents.