Our new gates will soon be opening………

Posted on April 3, 2015 by Comments Off on Our new gates will soon be opening………

Spring is definitely here, and the county is full of primroses, and some early wild garlic, and of course lots of daffs.  Our bank looks like it will be full of bluebells again this year which will be great for our early guests, and we also look like we will have lots of foxgloves this year.

We have not got long left now before our first guests arrive, and we have been busy, busy, busy, but there are still lots of jobs to do.

Even the hen house needs painting

Two pairs of hands never seem enough at this time of year, however, it is surprising what gets done in a day now with the extra hour on the end.  Of course, on a campsite the grass is a very important element, and we spend lots of time on ours.  This year will be the second year for the camping wings, and the grass is thickening and greening up lovely.  The wild flower meadow has had extra seeding and so hopefully we shall be seeing different flowers, although we do love the ragged robin and yellow flag irises.  The meadow has been topped for the second time since closing, and we shall soon be picking out the new spots for this years’ secluded pitches.

Most of the good old grass protecta that we have added to year on year, for our natural effect hardstanding has disappeared.  All hook up pitches are now hardstanding grass pitches, but just look like and are grass. We also now have four new campervan hardstanding grass pitches for the vanners who like to “proper camp”.  It seems there are quite a few of those,  as the pitches are already proving popular, and are situate on the fore meadow.

The paint brushes and ladders have been out, and most of the painting is finished, but some Cornish mizzle has got in the way today for outside.  The girls Lottie & Mabel are going to be painted next week, and then we can start getting them ready for the bank holiday weekend when they both have guests.

We are now on to making lists!  Nothing like a must be done by…………….. to get some jobs done.  The last day before opening is the best, as that is for bunting, butterflies, table plants, and full on beautifying.

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Others news and happenings…….

For those who like a very tasty burger, the Hub box is opening down on Pentewan Sands in what was formerly Driftwood Beach Bar.  Our guests will be able to walk down and have a burger and a Cornish beer looking out to sea.  Unfortunately, the Hub Box is not likely to be pooch friendly.

Knee High Theatre and the Asylum are returning to Heligan Gardens this year, for another month of theatre entertainment.  The 2015 show is 946. This event was extremely popular last year and well worth booking tickets if you are staying with us between  25 July- 23 August . Check out the details including early bird tickets. The little video certainly makes it seem a must do.  It would be a dark walk back to The Meadows, but some of our guests did do it last year, but a large bright torch would be a definite must.

Since returning from our winter jolly, Mevagissey has been very busy with a large film crew.  I had never realised how many people and units were involved in this sort of thing.  The village had more bunting up than The Meadows, and there was quite a bit of filming too at The Rising Sun pub at Portmellon.  The filming was for Bad Eduction The Movie.

Bedruthan Steps – oh what a wonderful beach.  We had guests, who went back here day after day during there stay so we thought we would check out why.  A very beautiful beach, and lovely walking either way on the south west coast path.

Pentewan Cycle hire – if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own biles down to Cornwall, Stuart has got lots, including some brand new ones for this imageseason. Hire can be arranged so they can be dropped off and collected direct from The Meadows

Food & cocktails – 

The very popular wood fired pizzas cooked by Simon Sarah of Kernow Forno and their team will be back this season, which is great news.

Fish & Chips – being worked on, so watch this space.

Some form of cocktail and cider bar – just waiting on the approval of our Licence, and then the camp genie may rub the magic lamp and it could appear!

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I have had my cousins visiting this week from “up country” and so we have been out and about and I have been showing them my favourite dog friendly walks. We are all very hardy and so walked in gale force winds on the SWCP to Padstow, luckily with the wind from behind so we literally blew there.  Our favourite day was walking the  Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan with two ferry rides, and a gorgeous lunch at the Lugger Inn in Polruan. My second favourite day was walking on the SWCP from Carne Beach on the Roseland around to Portloe with lunch at The Ship, Portloe (carpet & log burner).  Of course, we also had to do the Mevagissey circular walk and climb down the 200 steps to have a run around on the beach, and a pint at The Fountain Inn. There are so many dog friendly walks taking in dog friendly pubs in this area, and so my cousins made a great choice of holiday destination.

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There has been a few deck bathing days and so I have been twitching.  Spottings this week are lots of buzzards, pheasants, kingfisher, woodpeckers, jay, and so many tits and finches. Unfortunately, as well as the very generous amount of bird food, they also have been munching on the grass seed.

IMG_7102Bookings – these are certainly keeping us busy especially with our flexible booking system! We do still have availability for advance booking, but for some weeks it is a little tight.  If you are flexible with dates please let us know when enquiring in the special requirements section.  We do always try and give you other options.  The Meadows Campsite is for adults only (and dogs), and is close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens. To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.  We are usually working outside during the day, so please do leave a message as we always  check and return calls during our refreshment breaks.

 

 

Countdown to opening has begun……………

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Comments Off on Countdown to opening has begun……………
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Last day of Feb

We seem to have returned in time for the first signs of Spring, and some lovely sunny days. January and February can be a little wet in Cornwall which limits the work we can do on site.  It was a good time to be away, but it was a good time to return, and we are loving working outdoors again.

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Porthcurno

Getting lots of jobs done in the week, we still have time for our Cornwall outings at the weekend.  If it is grey in one place in Cornwall, you can usually find sunshine in another part, so we tend to go where the weather looks best.  Last weekend we took a trip out to Porthcurno, and walked around on the SWCP past the Minack Theatre to another couple of beautiful coves, and a nice surprise of a little beach cafe for a coffee stop.  Cornwall is just so full of surprises.

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We drove back the scenic route, through Mousehole and stopping off at Newlyn and the very popular Tolcarne Inn for a late lunch A lovely old pub, serving delicious fish and dog friendly too. It was John Dory for me with mussels and my first taste of polenta, and good old fish and chips for John.  A small blackboard menu and the fish was as fresh as fresh, a good choice and one we shall definitely be returning to. Newlyn has a very good fresh fish shop so we picked up some scallops and squid and then returned home to light the fire.

On Sunday we headed off to Fowey and walked on the lower path to Golant which is very lovely, and then returned on the higher path for the fabulous views.  At the moment, we are trying out parts of The Saints Way, so that we can add this one to our walks, and give some first hand review of it. We stopped off for a drink at The Star at Tywadreath on the way back which is another good and proper pub, and then it was home for roast lamb.

Monday was back to work, and opening time is fast approaching, and there is still lots to do.

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Five towers, and all still standing

We now have a whole row of wood towers ready for the ever popular fire pits, and surely we cannot run out this year!  The hedge has had his hair cut, this week, and the chickens got new bedding as what comes off all goes through the shredder as we don’t like wasting anything here.

The butterflies are on order……………… watch this space – inspired by something I spotted whilst lunching in a NZ winery, and I have been on the hunt since!!

Pitch names – we downed tools early yesterday as it was bright blue sky and so very sunny, and headed out to Vault Beach and collected some material for our new signs.  The Brooks’ family are the artists and so when everything has been collected, Camp Daddy John will be getting in touch with his creative side, and I shall be directing!

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Gorgeous Mevagissey

Since we arrived in South Cornwall, we have noticed changes in Mevagissey, and it seems to be going up and up.  There are some lovely places to eat, and new places opening all the time.  Our favourite coffee stop is The Cafe on the Quay, and for lunch we like The Sharksfin, especially now it is warming up and the doors are open on to the quay.  There are some lovely little shops in Mevagissey, and of course being a fishing village there is no shortage of places to call in to for a pint or two. You can buy fresh fish on the quay, cornish pasties, and fish and chips.

Recently Fat Face have opened up on The Quay, and we look to be getting stand up paddle boarding opening up too.  Paddle boarding was huge in NZ, especially in the calmer harbour waters, and down the rivers.

If you like holidaying early summerthen Mevagissey Feast Week is a great time to visit. You can walk in to the Mevagissey on the trail which takes about an hour, or catch the bus and avoid car parks. Feast week this year is 28 June – 4 July and the first day is a usually a great day to head down, especially if you like food.  Check out what is happening for the week.

We all love Mevagissey and the neighbouring Port Mellon walking out on to Chapel Point too.

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Well, we will be soon

Bookings

After two great summers, we all seem to have faith in making it three in a row and our bookings reflect this.  Don’t hang around if you want to come and stay this summer, as nobody else is.  We appreciate that not everyone wants to holiday Saturday to Saturday, especially with the delightful A30 and so we offer a flexible booking system.  This does make our pitch planner, look a bit of a miss match sometimes, but we don’t mind that and it always allow space, for those just dropping by whilst touring this lovely county.  If you want to advance book a stay at The Meadows Campsite then you can contact us here or by telephone  – 01726 844383.  Just a reminder we are an adults (16 and over) only campsite.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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Vault Beach in the winter

It was nice having my early morning walks on Pentewan Sands, but unfortunately 1 March has passed, and so it is once again out of bounds for me.  However, Vault Beach and Gorran Haven are my favourites anyway and I quite like being chauffeured some days to my walks.

I cannot say I am working too hard at the moment, as being Head of Security is an easier role when the gates are closed. Now it is warming up, I shall be swapping the back of the settee for the sunny deck for my afternoon siestas.

 

 

If I was holidaying at The Meadows this month……..

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Comments Off on If I was holidaying at The Meadows this month……..

Well high season is over, and the county has started to quieten down just a little, but not that much in view of the current fabulous weather.  However, there might be less people about but there is still so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Country.

These are some of the ways we would spend our days holidaying at The Meadows, Pentewan, South Cornwall.

1. A walk to Mevagissey, and a nice one, at that starting with a good up.  The walk is on the Pentewan Valley Trail skirting around the edge of the Heligan Estate.  We would then have a wander around the village, and then devour fish and chips sitting on the harbour watching the boat and fishing activity.IMG_0957

The return leg would be on the SWCP taking in the amazing view of Black Head, and around to Fowey, then stopping off for a couple of drinks in our local, The Ship Inn right in the centre of Pentewan Village and then back to camp along the river.

2. Everyone is talking about the “Piglets” at the moment up at Heligan Gardens.  The gardens and wider estate grounds always look fabulous but seeing the two sets of piglets just tops it off.

Throughout September, Knee High Theatre are putting on a show Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).  The reports are that this is a great performance, and very funny indeed, so good for a laugh.  Heligan Kitchen are serving up a two course pre-theatre meal, and drinks are also being served from the Kneehigh Asylum Bar.

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Crantock Beach

3. Take a ride over to the north coast and visit the fabulous Crantock Beach, walking around on the SWCP to the just as lovely Polly Joke Beach.  You could time this with the Newquay Fish Festival and visit that too, picking up some lovely fishy delights.

4. Travel by ferry taking the Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry.  See dolphins and basking sharks (if it’s your lucky day), but a joyful ferry ride any way.

Whilst in Fowey hop on the ferry to Polruan and walk the famous hall walk returning back to Fowey.  When back in Fowey head to Sams or one of the other many delightful eating places.  Also whilst in Fowey visit the Fowey Fish and Wine Shop, or the pasty shop and purchase some tasty treats to bring back to camp.

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Gorran Haven

5. Spend the day on Gorran Haven, or Caerhays beach with a good book.  You will pass the fabulous Lobbs Farm Ship on the way for picnic goodies.  Walk between the adjoining and gorgeous beaches of Vault and Hemmick.  For the current fabulous weather conditions, of fried eggs, it is definitely beach weather, and we are sure Mabel and Lottie’s deck chairs will be making a few outings.

6. The Meadows team love the Roseland Peninsula, which is great for a day of exploring.  Here you can find secluded coves, pretty creeks and tranquil beaches.  It is an AONB and large parts National Trust and has many dog friendly beaches.

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St Just in Roseland Church

If you get chance visit the wonderful little church of St Just which is amazing.  St Mawes and the walk around St Anthony’s Head are also highly recommended.

For a good feed, The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to the King Harry Ferry) is a fabulous pub, with a brewery next door.

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The Pandora Inn

7. On a nice sunny day take a drive out to Mylor Bridge near to Falmouth and walk around the head to Restronguet and have lunch on the pontoon at The Pandora Inn with amazing views and lots of boating activity going on.

Here  is now hoping that you have booked the extra day for another day of fine walking those cornish ups and downs.

8. Walk on the SWCP to Charlestown taking in the beautiful beaches of Hallane, Porthpean and Duporth along the way.  This is a good walk, with lots of big ups, and fabulous views in return.  You will get a lovely crab sandwich and a bowl of chips for lunch.  The walk back along the lanes, and coming back through Kingswood is shorter,  and an even easier route back is on the good old bus.

Don’t miss the photo opportunity on Hallane Beach where there is Hallane Mill with a pretty waterfall and hole in the rock.

General Meadows News

Thank you guys for more of your amazing reviews. This is only our second season running a campsite, and so the feedback is extremely helpful, and we like to see happy campers.  We know we will never please everyone, but we do take negative feedback on board, and this year, we are still green, but a lighter shade of! There here are some things outside of our control, and also to run this site as a couple and still be sane at the end of the season,  we do have to have a few cut off points.  Sorry if this upsets anyone, as it is not intended, but The Meadows Team will not be in fear of trip advisor!!!

Our campsite is looking very green, and there are always new flowers coming up in the wild flower meadow, and the secluded meadow pitches remain popular.  We had a group camping on the stream wing last week who were very lucky to have a few sightings of the kingfisher.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen many guests arrive here under their own steam taking advantage of the reward they receive for this.  Carrying everything on your back, or on bike trailers deserves a 25% reduction on the pitch price.  There are also far less trips for them with the glamorous wheelbarrow for our “park and pitch” scheme, and we have put some benches in the meadow as walkers are usually chair less, but in need of a sit down.

September is a very busy month for us, and so this means Pizza Tuesday will be continuing for now, and is always very well supported by our guests.  The pizzas are delicious and it is great watching them being cooked fresh to order in the wood fired oven.  What will The Meadows team do on a Tuesday when we get to end of season?!  We are missing Mojito Steve since the opening up off Sams on the Bay.

We are getting around to thinking about work for the end of season.  There are unlikely to be any big changes taking places, as we did the major work last winter. This time, the work should be more about continuing to enhance the natural beauty of the site and more planting and adding character to the site. The first job to do is the topping of the meadow field with our little Dexta Tractor.

 

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It is very encouraging that lots of you are keen to book for next year.  At the moment, we are keeping all your requests in order, and will be in contact around the end of September/early October.  By this time, we will have made the changes we are being forced to make over deposits and balance payments.  Our late cancellation/no show numbers have now reached an unbelievably (to us),  and unacceptable  high number,  This is very unfair to those who have tried to book when we were officially fully booked, and not good for us as a small business, and it makes admin a nightmare.  However, we are sorry for those who are still in the majority who accept that a booking is just that.

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Apologies on behalf of the team for the recent blip in the weather.  We all tried very hard to chase off the rain, and send it up country, or to stay out to sea.  We failed for a short time, and it was a bit wet and cold.  However, the good weather is back, and we are once again basking in glorious sunshine so all is good for September.

Now is the time to come clean and admit that it was me that insisted Camp Daddy light the wood burning stove in the lounge with the smoke blowing over the site, whilst our campers and their four legged friends tried to stay warm and dry in their tents.  I have taken my punishment and spent time on the naughty seat and will not light the burner again until the gates have been firmly closed.

I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking guests for the many gifts I have received during the season. One can never have enough gravy bones, or prawn crackers, and the big bags of Bakers came in handy when my needs got missed off the weekly shopping list.

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It is at the moment, and fingers crossed the national press have reported it right as extended in to October and beyond.  We have availability for those who don’t mind “proper camping” late season in good weather.  For hook ups, we are quite limited until around 20th September, except for odd days here and there.  After that we have availability for 7 days plus, if you still have your holiday to book.  You can either telephone us, or send details online.

Our Caravans have been extremely popular this season, and they think they need another sister to help with demand.  A Cheltenham Springbok would be nice, if any body knows of one.

There are still dates available for Lottie and Mabel, and so do think about getting cosy in a caravan (both have heaters).

Well, bye for now

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team, consisting of John, Camp Dog Harvey and I.

 

 

 

 

 

Camping and caravanning in Autumn is ideal for………………….

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Comments Off on Camping and caravanning in Autumn is ideal for………………….

IMG_6785Driving in to Mevagissey today, I heard on the radio that we are in for a fabulous October!  The Indian Summer was apparently delayed due to the good old jet stream, but is now en route to Cornwall.

Today’s weather news got me thinking, that really Autumn is such a good time to get away, and set yourselves up for the winter months.  With all the mod cons now in the caravans, motorhomes and tents for keeping warm on chilly evenings, our hot showers  & breakfast delivered to your unit, there really is no excuse not to take time out and visit us here at The Meadows Campsite near to Mevagissey.

I am going to try and encourage and tempt you now to get away, by highlighting some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Autumn, close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and St Austell, South Cornwall.

Long walks on the nearly deserted Cornish Beaches.  

These walks are best enjoyed with your pooch, and a good way of blowing away the cob webs, and enjoying the sun lying low in the sky.carlyon

Check out Camp Dog Harvey’s page for some suggestions, or if you are without a pooch then Pentewan Sands beach is a good beach to start with.  A must for me is to take your coffee from the Gorran Haven Cafe in a “proper” mug and sit and drink it on the beach, watching the waves.  This would then be followed by a good walk over the cliffs to the very deserted long sandy Vault Beach.

At the end of the returning leg of the Gorran – Vault walk, you could stop off and enjoy lunch in the lovely Barleysheaf Pub just up the road at Gorran Church Town.

For some more suggestions for walks in the area check out the South West Coast Path website, and in particular the Autumn Ambles for South East Cornwall.

For some fabulous pictures of the walk from The Meadows to Charlestown, and for just some fab pictures generally, check out www.skoobyblue.blogspot.com.  Skooby Blue and Simon stayed with us here for a few nights this month.  Prior and post Simon’s visit, we had been enjoying the pictures of his trip around Cornwall, on twitter, as he is a fantastic photographer. We felt honoured when Simon did a photo blog on The Meadows, so please take a look and see if you agree.

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With an “r” in the month, Autumn is the best time to feast on a lunch of mussels and chips.

polgoothinnWe can show you the route to walk from The Meadows to the lovely Polgooth Inn along bridleways and foothpaths with gorgeous views of the bays. So far on our mussel test, the Polgooth’s come out top. If the day is an autumnal one, then you can cosy up in front of the log fire. However, with the promise of an Indian summer , you could be sitting in the Polgooth’s garden basking in the midday sunshine.

For Sunday lunch, the best we have had so far is at The Crown Inn, St Ewe.  This is a traditional inn, and the Sunday lunch is just like your mum would cook, and the pub is dog friendly.

Visiting the Lost Gardens of  Heligan or Eden

Due to Cornwall’s milder climate, the gardens are fabulous to visit in the Autumn months.  You can expect to see lots of the more exotic plants, and lots of spectacular autumn colours.  Heligan also have foraging events, and Eden have a beer festival taking place in October.  Gardens and beer, surely go together!

Whilst at Heligan Gardens, take a mooch around Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some delicious treats for dinner, or supper.

Whilst being completely biased of course, all of the above, are best finished off with a night at The Meadows.  You can snuggle up in your tent or caravan, or indeed our Vintage Caravan Lottie.  Here you can watch the night drawing in, and listen to the owls tooting, whilst playing a game of cards or scrabble. Electric hook up is a near must, or for the very hardy pack your crocheted blankets to keep out the evening chill.  Our favourite autumn warming drink is the South Devon Chilli Farm’s Chilli Hot Chocolate drink.   

If you are more than a little bit tempted, hold off putting your tent away for the year, or caravan in to storage.  You don’t need to book in advance, but you can if you want to.  We are happy for you to arrive just as the Indian Summer makes the promised appearance and pick your sunny spot on site.  Should you wish to book, or let us know you are on your way you can do so here, or by calling 01726 844383/07712599745.

News from Camp Dog

37 days left until I am off official duties, and can enjoy all of the above, and more!!  Yes, I am now on countdown :), but will continue working very hard until the end of season to keep my guests happy, and  well looked after.

Mabel  – our new, but old caravan is still in Leicestershire, where my granny and grandpa are enjoying sitting in her having their afternoon pot of tea. Mabel will be arriving on site in October and we are all really excited.

For all your new four legged visitors planning on making your first visit to The Meadows, I can show you dog friendly pubs where they let you sit by the fire and the best dog friendly beaches.  Here at The Meadows we are a very dog friendly, and generally friendly and relaxed campsite, in a walkers and cyclists haven.

 

 

First season visitors…………………..

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Comments Off on First season visitors…………………..

As you may be able to tell from our website, we like “different”.  If everyone, and everything was the same, then Camp Life would be IMG_7102boring!!! Boring, it is not at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan,and indeed, that word is not in the Team’s vocabulary.

High summer season starts today, and so we have been reflecting on camp life so far.  What makes our camp so special is our visitors, and the atmosphere on site which is very friendly, relaxed and informal.

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This weekend we have to name a few Mr Claus, Nipper, (a flowery Bedford van), Bertie a VW Campervan, Blue Vintage, serving up pancakes, lots of pop up top VWs, and of course our very own Lottie, and Maisy with their guests.  All are having such a fab time.

It is great to see also bell tents and trailer tents on site with their bunting and fairy lights up. Here is a little gallery of some of our guests at The Meadows Campsite from the day we opened right up to today – Enjoy the line up, and apologies to any one we have missed out, as you are fabulous guests. I am trying to get in to the habit, of having camera full charged at hand, and ready to go.

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News from Camp Dog

imageOf course it would not be right of me to have favourite guests, BUT I have been spoilt by lots of lovely girls, and lots of lovely Alfies.  All dogs called “Alfie” can usually do a trick, such as permanently spit their tongue out, body boarding, or in the case of Alfie Strout just look extremely cut and gorgoues 24-7.

Thank you to the Strout family Millie, Molly & Alfie for my card and gravy bone.  Camp Daddy had to take my ID to the sorting office to collect my card and bone as Postman Pat said it was too heavy for the stamp :).  It was well worth it though, and looking forward to seeing you all in September xxxx from me, CD.

Oh and by the way, I have been injected with a good dose of female hormones by Church End Vets, so I may have a high bark, and be Camp Dog Harriet when you next visit in September :). Camp Mummy must have a photo of you on your next visit for our gallery, so lipstick, on girls, and lipstick in Alfie!!

Good on all those of you who have been swimming in the sea, and in the river, and a very well done to the 3 Hicks Jack Russells who swam all the way back from Pentewan to Camp.

Other News

Blue Vintage – The freshly made Crepes are going down a treat.  Thursday is to be the regular night.  However, Blue Vintage will also now be calling on a Saturday tea time opening up her hatch to cook for all those weekenders, and new arrivals setting up, and being worn out from their journey.

Charlestown Regatta – This is on from Saturday 3 August to Friday 9 August.  Check out what is happening for this here

Heligan – Check out what is happening

Bookings – are closed now for July & August, as we are up to capacity, so sorry to those we have had to disappoint this season. HOWEVER September is debs pictures lottie etc 114the new July, and October the new August!!!!  Even though all of the little tiddlywinks, have gone back to school, we still advise to book early if possible as The Meadows  Dog Friendly Campsite, is fairly small.  You can contact us here, or telephone – 01726 844383. We are in the Pentewan Valley, close to the Eden Project, and Mevagissey, and within walking distance of Heligan Gardens.

“Lottie” Caravan is also available to rent for September and October, and please do take a look at lots of lovely news pictures on Lottie’s page.  Thank you Camp Sister  (now on her way back to NZ for a rest) for the photo-shoot, it was great fun, and the results are amazing!!

 

 

Things are livening up in the Pentewan Valley

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Comments Off on Things are livening up in the Pentewan Valley

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Well summer has now been well and truly upon us for some weeks now.  I am beginning to think there may be something in my very old school friends calling me “Mrs Jam”.  We could not have wished for better weather for our first season, and it seems very well set in.  We have noticed lots of umbrellas on site, but this time it just for shade.  The dogs on site are loving the stream, and their owners are loving the pitches with some lovely shade from the trees next to the stream.

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Lots of campers have booked to stay with us this summer, and apologies to all those we have not been able to accommodate.  Being a fairly small site, our numbers are limited.  Please do try us may be for an Indian summer break later in the season when things are quieter. If you are a “pc” – proper camper, then it is always worth giving us a call if you want a short camping stay in the summer holidays.  If you are “on tour” and just want hook up for an odd night, again do try but for anything longer

Regular Events for the Summer 

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Blue Vintage

1. Here at The Meadows Campsite close to Mevagissey, and Pentewan, we are very lucky to have are regular visitor booked in for the season, cooking up a treat.  Blue Vintage run by the lovely Gill will be visiting us here at The Meadows, every Thursday tea time (5pm ish).  Gill has a gorgeous blue vintage van, out of which she cooks up fresh pancakes with sweet and savoury fillings. Other snacks and cool drinks will also be served.  Gill will park up next to the deck so guests can enjoy the delights on the deck.

Thursday will be Gill’s regular day, but Gill and her van will also pop in over the weekend also, around the time campers are returning from the beach.

Go ducks go,

2. Duck Race – The Friday night duck race in the Pentewan Valley has already started.  The race is a charity even organised and run by the Lions Club of St Austell.  On a Monday tea time the club visit The Meadows, selling “Ducks” for a £1.  The Duck Race is every Friday, and the starting point is the stone bridge on the White River at Kings Wood. The first week around 600 ducks were released in to the water. Camp Dog Harvey and I went to watch to see our ducks race.  Camp Dog Harvey wanted to get in the water and help his duck along a little, but I had to explain that would be breaking the race rules!!  All very good fun I have to say, and very well supported.  Thank you to the Lions Club as I am sure the race takes a lot of organising.

3. Heligan Gardens – News and Events. You can rely on Heligan to make a real effort for the season to put lots of events on.  There is to be quite a few outdoor theatre events this season, which I am sure will be very popular indeed.  Have a look at Heligan’s News & Events and see if there is anything to take your fancy.

 

 

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John finding out about the catch of the day for the BBQ

4. Fishing with a Celebrity Fisherman as seen on TV – Chris from Aquila has been to see us and we are sure many guests will be going out on trips this summer. Unfortunately, we cannot try this one out ourselves first, so we intend sending out very keen fishermen from New Zealand who are staying with us next week.  The Meadows Team hope that our guests have super catches, much more than they can eat themselves, and they might be looking to offload some of their catch!!

Other Meadows News

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Henry the very round hedgehog doing his rounds

Henry the Hedgehog – I mentioned our visiting hedgehog in my last blog.  Henry continues to visit our campers, and we now have a picture of him. Henry has been seen dragging bags out of porches to  devour “take away” style.

Secluded Meadows Pitches – Our “proper campers” cannot get enough of these.  As the heatwave is set to continue, John will be out later creating some more.  As one camper moves off one, the next camper is straight on in there.

 

Lottie caravan enjoying her guests

Lottie & Maisy – both had guests at the weekend and lots of fun was had by all.  There is still availability for our “late additions” and please call, or email should you wish to enquire about availability or to book.

News from Camp Dogimage

Not much – I am sorry to say that this weather has beat me.  I have taken myself out of the office as this does not have air con ;.  My new spot is behind the bench next to “my girls”.  With a birthday suit like mine, it is too warm to do anything other than lie in the shade with a flannel on my head to keep cool.

 

Availability at The Meadows Dog Friendly Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall – Camping and Caravanning

Except for odd nights here and there, our electric pitches are now booked out until the end of August.  Our camping area is also filling up, though we do still have a little room in August. Maisey and Lottie both have availability still. Lots of IMG_6785bookings are already coming in for those people who holiday later in the season, and now is the time to book for September and October.  You can book by contacting us here, or by telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383. We are of course very close to both Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project which are both fantastic to visit all year round.

 

 

Things are hotting up at The Meadows……………………

Posted on June 22, 2013 by Comments Off on Things are hotting up at The Meadows……………………

The Meadows Team all like to be busy, and busy we are.IMG_7102

Our booking line has been very hot especially since we were featured in the “Camping”,  magazine and we are nearly full for the peak weeks of the summer holidays. This is for advance bookings, but when we know a “scorcher”, is on the cards, the dry weather dependent pitches become available.  It is always worth giving us a call, if you are last minute campers, and we will try and find you a  spot to pitch. We have put in our order for buckets full of sunshine for this season, and this is on its way.

Lottie set up & waiting for the sun to come out

Lottie is now on site, and has settled in very nicely, and welcomed her first guests this weekend.  With everything set up for her guests, they were relaxing in the deck chairs within 5 minutes of arriving for their long weekend break.   I have tried to think of everything cook wise, and for a fun break in such a special caravan, but  being practical too. Lottie as a late arrival, has availability, for the season for both short breaks, weekends and weekly rental.  It is possible to  also book the “camping pitch” next door, and Lottie is decked out with crockery for 4.

Our “hard-standing grass” pitches have also been tested this week, due to the  English downpours our campers have had to endure.  “Grass protecta” gets a very big thumbs up, and for something that enables our site to look so natural, it really does do its job.  We had some big motorhomes and caravans pitched, and they all pulled straight off when they departed!!  The rain has been very heavy when it has come down, but in between the sun has shone and we have also had some lovely days, and evenings of sun. For our new arrivals coming setting up today and tomorrow, the forecast now is looking really good for the week ahead.  We also look very green and our new plants are flourishing.

John (Camp Daddy) is getting prepared for his raft race, and the raft is nearly complete.   In case you missed the last blog, John is a team member for the Mevagissey Feast Week Raft Race taking place at 7pm on 28 June.  I won’t be able to watch as Camp Dog Harvey and I are welcoming some Campervans on site for a Pre-Prom photo session with some children, and some pretend bubbles!!!  We also have lots of guests arriving Friday and Saturday camping here for The Eden Sessions. There has not been much training going on for the raft race just a lot of talking tactics!!!  No picture allowed at the moment, as the construction is a secret until it is launched in the water.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Camp Dog on duty

I sent two of our guests, off to Eden to test run the new “dog friendly” .  I sent the two guests off as undercover agents, and they were in disguise as two sausages on leads ;).  On their return back to camp, Eden got a very good report, as they had walked all around the gardens, been on the train, spent time in the visitor centre, eaten on the terrace, and found plenty of water spots.  The two sausages on leads who I have to say were very lovely, had a great time, and can highly recommend the Eden experience for four legged pals out there.  They did not feel they had missed out by not visiting the domes, but did say that they would not have minded too much spending an hour or so in the kennels there, should their owner who was on his own wanted to experience the domes.

It took me a few weeks to understand the concept of “sharing” my space with other four legged friends, but I have now got it!! We have now had lots of visitors here with four legs, and to date they are the most well behaved of all of our guests ;). They sometimes come in threes, such as three little Maltese terriers, three Jack Russells this week, three Collies at the same time, or twos as in the Sausages, Huskies, more Terriers, Two fluffy Bichons, and two  just like me, but smaller versions.  Today a Cockapoo has arrived on site, and she is very pretty indeed, but no romance, as I am such a professional!

We have also welcomed dogs from abroad, as the Germans and the Dutch also love their dogs, and they seem to love spending time in Cornwall, enjoying the trail, and our dog friendly pubs and beaches.  On one hot day two dogs arrived in a camper van having come over on the ferry from France, got straight out and lay in the stream to cool off. I am keeping a close eye on a Terrier at the moment, who looks very cute.  Apparently, he screams when he sees chickens, which could be quite entertaining!! As he is pitched away from the chickens, I am thinking of dressing up  as a chicken and walking past, just to experience a screaming Terrier ;).

Outside of Camp Gates

This weekend it is the Beer and Mussels Festival at Fowey, which should be a great weekend.  We hope some of guests will visit and tell us all about it.

Mevagissey Feast Week starts tomorrow(23/6), and the weather is looking very favourable.  It is not too late to join us here to spend time in Mevagissey as there are lots of “foodie” events going on, and you could also cheer on the Pentewan Pirates for Friday’s Raft Race.  We hope that our guests will be bringing back lots of goodies from the feast week, and that there will be some lovely smells wafting over the site from BBQs.  As foodies, we shall certainly be finding time to pop down and pick up some treats. The firework finale should be great, and Mevagissey all decked out looks even more gorgeous than usual.  You can walk or catch the bus to Mevagissey from The Meadows so you don’t even need to worry about parking.

All gardens around here are looking particularly lovely, and have appreciated the recent rain.  Heligan is always worthy of a visit, with or without dogs. Whilst there be sure to pop in to Lobbs Farm Shop.

Walking parts of the SW Coastal Path in particular the area around Black Head is highly recommended and easily accessed from the Pentewan Valley Trail.  Food tastes so much nicer after a good walk, and we know lots of great dog friendly walks.

IMG_6785If you want to book a stay at The Meadows Campsite in the Pentewan Valley, contact us here, or telephone the team on 01726 844383.  We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes.  Dogs are also most welcome, and they come along for  free. If you do not have a tent or caravan, and would like to camp out in Lottie, then please call or email us to check availability and to book. We are great for camping and caravanning close to both Pentewan & Mevagissey on a small sheltered site, and we are very friendly.

 

 

Camp Dog Harvey has always wanted to go to Eden & now he can.

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Comments Off on Camp Dog Harvey has always wanted to go to Eden & now he can.

News Flash from Camp Dog Harvey 

Thank you to all my four legged friends who visited the famous Eden Project last month for the pilot weekend.  You did all us four legged friends proud, and were all on your best behaviour and it was gold stars/gravy bones all round.

Eden are now welcoming us all as from Saturday 15 June, and being dog friendly, but we must all obey the RULES!!!  Provided we all do this then we can enjoy a fabulous day out with our owners, as of course we are part of the family and do not see why we should be left out.

It makes sense to digest and learn the Rules prior to your visit to Eden. We don’t want any one spoiling it for others, especially me who now has to wait until the end of season before I can visit a place which I have heard so much about.

The Eden Project Rules:image

Thou shall:

1. Be kept on a lead at all times.

2. Be with their owners at all times.

3. Only be walked on paths

4. Be kept away from play areas

5. Not go in to any buildings, other than the Visitor Centre.

Please also ensure your owners do not forget their “pooh bags”!!

Eden are now showing their “dog friendly” side, and in return for best behaviour we get:-

1. Water bowls – not sure it will be my favourite Evian, but we can do tap, to visit such a special place.

2.Our own special undercover dining area on the terrace outside the Eden Bakery.  Ensure your owners remember your pack-up. Mine will consist of 2 gravy bones, and one boneo.

3. Shaded parking areas in four of the car parks.  The shelters in the Orange car park have a water tap, and stewards will supply us with water to the other three car parks.  Your owners needs to park in either Melon, Orange, Lemon, or Cherry car park.

I would love you to come and stay here at “The Meadows”  Campsitevwhilst you are in Cornwall to visit Eden, and tell me all about it so I know what to expect when I get to go. You may also visit the fabulous Heligan Gardens whilst you are staying here, which is Dog Friendly, and you can walk there from the site, along the Pentewan Valley Trail.

IMG_7102We (that is me Camp Dog Harvey), Lynn and John are very “Dog Friendly” and you are all most welcome here at “The Meadows”, so get your owners to ring up and book you in.  The Meadows is a small, sheltered campsite in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, and look out for our sign with the caravan on the top.

We cater for motorhomes/campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), and caravans.  We will also have our own Vintage Caravan Lottie from tomorrow which is available to rent, and is also dog friendly. Dogs come along to The Meadows free of charge, so your owners have no excuse, so ensure you do not get left behind as of course you are a very important member of the family!!!

This is a great site, if we say so ourselves for camping close to Mevagissey & Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall.  There is also lots of great walking around St Austell Bay, and I am happy to put my tour guide hat on, and show you some of my favourite walks, and dog friendly pubs.

To book contact us here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745.

 

 

 

 

 

How lucky are we……………………

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Comments Off on How lucky are we……………………

This weekend has been fabulous at The Meadows Campsite, thanks to our guests, and also to the weather.  The small team of three has worked very hard, but it has been most enjoyable looking after our lovely guests of which we had quite a few.

The weather has been so kind most of the time, and we have had buckets full of sunshine.  Yes, it has been a little chilly at night, but our campers are very hardy, and came well prepared, and have been very snug in their units.  Our hot push button showers have passed the campers test, and in particularly were very welcomed on Sunday morning after our campers woke up to see jack frost had visited overnight.

Our fire pits have also gone down well this bank holiday weekend, for a birthday celebration, and just those enjoying the clear sky in the evening sitting out, relaxing and enjoying “camping” life.  John has been up and down the field a lot setting up the fire-pits, so they were ready to light, delivering the barrows of wood and collecting and cleaning the fire-pits out in the morning ready to set up again for the next night. We were well prepared as a lot of chopping had taken place beforehand and our wood store was pretty full, and one job for this week is more chopping for restocking.

All of our guests have enjoyed getting out and about on foot and on bikes this weekend, enjoying the beautiful area, and the sunny weather.  The Pentewan Valley Trail, in particular the part up to Heligan Gardens has been walked and cycled a lot, as have the gardens themselves, and the coffee and cake enjoyed at Lobbs Farm Shop Cafe. This walk really is a lovely walk from The Meadow up to Heligan and gives lovely views, and really adds to what is a fabulous car free day out.

One of this weekend’s visitors

The prize goes to this VW for being our most gorgeous visitor this bank holiday.

Almost all of our guests have also had at least one outing to the beach this weekend, and a drink at The Ship in the centre of Pentewan Village.  The keener walkers have  walked the round walk to Mevagissey along the trail, and then back via the south west coast path and this is the current favoured walk.  The four legged walkers have been keen to try out Camp Dog Harvey’s recent recommended walk and scamp down to Hallane beach.  All of Harvey’s new friends that persuaded their owners to take them there, gave it the “paws up”, and most also stopped off at Harvey’s local for a pint before walking back to camp.

Guests enjoying breakfast on our sunny deck

This weekend has made us feel quite European, as we have welcomed Swiss, Italians, and a few German families as guests  here at The Meadows.  John’s food seems to have gone down extremely well, in particular with the German families who have been enjoying breakfast baguettes on the deck, home-made cakes with Cornish clotted cream, and our home-made wild garlic pesto.  The pesto was so popular, the first batch had gone by Saturday morning.  We made a second early morning trip to Hallane and picked more wild garlic for another batch.

Our “girls” have felt the pressure this weekend, keeping the supply of eggs going just for the breakfast baguettes.   It was also great ice cream weather, and our choice of Roskillys Ice Cream flavours seems to have been a good one, though we shall soon be ordering more.

As there was a big German football match on Saturday, and our pub were hosting the quiz so the tv was off, we happily gave up our lounge so some of our German guests would not miss it.  We had supporter for both sides, and crowd control was not required.

This is our first season, and we really appreciate campers giving us a try for the first time, supporting us and for all the positive feedback we have received.  John’s breakfast baguettes delivered to the unit were the most popular of our “extras” this weekend, and the favoured filling by far was good old bacon & eggs. Lobb’s farm shop bacon really is the best bacon, and although we are biased our “girls” really do lay tasty eggs.

It is our guests that have now brought our campsite alive, and seeing so many happy faces makes all the hard work getting ready well and truly worth it.

Well the sun shone, for bank holiday weekend, the bbqs and campfires have been burning, and summer is now well and truly on its way. The forecast is also good now for some dry and warm weather.  For those, preferring the quieter times out of school holidays, then there are now a good few weeks of those for getting away.  You are more than welcome to book in advance with us, or to just hook up your van/pack your tent after watching the good old Countryfile weather forecast and just turn up.  If you want to book in advance, you can contact us by email here, or telephone me (Lynn), or John – 01726 844383.  Let us know whether you prefer the morning, afternoon, or the evening sun, and we will do our best to reserve a pitch most suited to you for when you arrive.

The Meadows small and sheltered campsite,  is great for Mevagissey and Pentewan camping and caravanning.  Our campsite is also  ideally situate for visiting the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan  (walking distance), and also the Eden Project. We cater for caravans, motor homes, camper vans, and tents (of all shapes and sizes).  If you arrive under your own steam (i.e without a car) then you will receive a discount off your pitch fee. Dogs are most welcome to camp  here with their owners of course, and we like to see campfires (off the ground).

The last few days have been all about the girls………..

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Comments Off on The last few days have been all about the girls………..

Our girls’ little palace by the stream

During the last few days, The Meadows Team has tripled in size.  We have been delighted to welcome “The Girls” (our gorgeous chickens) to The Meadows Campsite.

We are still to name the chucks as we are working out their personalities. John, CD Harvey, and I are to name two each.  CD has put forward gravy and bread-sauce for his two ;), but he has been told that he must be nice, and come up with some better suggestions.

Already we have had 3 eggs and they only arrived yesterday, which is a fantastic start, so go girls!!

The girls seems to love their new home, which John made from leftover wood, and I painted and put the hen sign up.  They also seem to like their pitch by the stream with a good view over the campsite. The idea is that the girls can watch the campers, and the campers can watch the girls.

 

Hello Mrs Robinson

Well, hello Mrs Robinson

Today we welcomed the gorgeous Mrs Robinson on site, with her two occupants who are spending the last couple of days of their holiday here.  It was our sign with the yellow camper van that enticed Mrs Robinson, on their way for some camping Mevagissey style. It looks so apt here, it would be rude not to put her picture on our website. Mrs Robinson is available for hire from www.cornishcampers.co.uk.

Other News:-

Heligan Gardens – are coming alive at this time of year, and Kate Humble did a book signing there this week.

Eden Project – This weekend for the first time ever they are letting dogs visit.  If you and your pooch are still undecided as to what to do this weekend why not go to see the  Eden gardens as they are looking fabulous.  Heligan are dog friendly all year round.

Kings Wood Restaurant – just up the road from us at London Apprentice came to see us this week with their new menu.  It all looks delicious, and you can walk there from our site along the Pentewan Valley Trail.  Wednesday night is the ever popular Steak & Seafood night.  The car park is always full lunchtime and evenings, so that is a very good sign. You can even walk back, though you might want to take a torch if you intend making a late evening of it.

The Pentewan Valley Trail is looking really lovely and full of bluebells.  Our guests are all enjoying the walk down to the Village, a stroll on the beach, dinner at The Ship Inn, and then walking it off back to camp. Those making a “walking day” have walking to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail, and then returning along the coastal path.

Customising our AA sign

A customised AA sign

We do still have availability for the summer season and if you would like to book please contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383.  We cater for motor homes, tents (all shapes and sizes) and caravans.  We are also dog friendly and campfires are allowed provided they are off the ground. To assist we hire out fire-pits, which all you have to do is light and enjoy.  For your own fires, we can also supply wood.  Our campsite is ideal for camping close to the lovely town of Mevagissey and camping close to Pentewan Sands Beach and we are a small friendly site.