Lottie is on her way to The Meadows………………….

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Comments Off on Lottie is on her way to The Meadows………………….

imageThe ratio of boys to girls changed recently at The Meadows when we got “our girls”, the chucks.  It is about to change again as another lady is joining the team.

Lottie is on her way to join us in Cornwall, and all members of the team are very excited.  Lottie, or Lotts, for short (as in lots of fun) is a 1960s vintage caravan kitted out”beach hut style”. Lottie is so stylish and will look fabulous sited here at our small sheltered campsite “The Meadows”.

We know (just from enquiries received since we arrived) there are lots of people who want to join in the camping experience, but don’t have all of the gear, enough room in their vehicle, or just want to camp in style!!image

Lottie is going to be all decked out and ready for guests to start their holiday on arrival. Lottie will come with a camp-fire pit, Smokey Joe BBQ, SouthSea deck chairs, and of course bunting.

There will be electric hook up for the essentials of life, although cooking will be alfresco so “proper camping” style.

The Meadows is very dog friendly, and so Lottie will be so also.  Lottie sleeps two, but there should be room for a small tent if older children want to camp alongside their parents.

imageWe are getting Lottie’s spot ready for her for when she arrives next Friday. John is setting up her deck and camp fire areas, and I am sourcing all the bits and bobs to settle Lottie in for welcoming guests.

If you want to book a stay in Lottie for her first season at The Meadows then contact us here. You can also telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383. For week stays it is £295 in low season (June, September & October) and £350 in high season (July & August). Shorter breaks are possible and please get in touch to let us know what is required.  Bed linen, crockery, bbq, campfire are all provided for you, and you just need to bring towels and food.

Just to remind you, we are very well placed at The Meadows Campsite for visiting Heligan Gardens, the Eden Project, Fowey, Mevagissey and all of the glorious beaches around the Pentewan Valley area.    The walking and cycling is fabulous, and there are great places to eat and so much to see and do, and lots of options for car free days. We welcome tents, motorhomes, and caravans here so give us a try for a Mevagissey/Pentewan, St Austell camping or caravanning holiday.

 

 

Camp Dog was up early today checking out a new walk…………..

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Comments Off on Camp Dog was up early today checking out a new walk…………..

Camp Dog Harvey has been feeling a little neglected over the last 7 days, as “the girls” (our chucks) have been getting lots of attention. CD also does not want to let his guests down by not follow up on information he is given on dog friendly walks, and beaches. Before recommending walks, and quite rightly Camp Dog insists on checking them out for himself.

Camp Dog on the descent down to Hallane Beach

This morning we were up at, 5.30am and set off out of camp gates to find “Hallane Beach”.  The most straightforward way, (of course, we did not do this) is to walk down in to the village along the Pentewan Valley Trail and pick up the South West Coast Path going in to the opposite direction to Mevagissey.  Walking along here for about 20-30 minutes, you reach access to two lovely, and very importantly “Dog Friendly” beaches.  The first is Polruddeen (very steep access), and the second is the gorgeous Hallane Beach.

We did not go for the straightforward route, as we took a path up through Kings Woods, out and through a farm with some cute little calves,and lots of cow dung (watch out), and then along the lanes.  We came through to Hallane via Trenarren, and this is a fabulous approach.  You walk through a little hamlet with gorgeous houses, past Hallane House, and Mill and then down a footpath which was full of wild garlic, pink & white campion,  and bluebells.  It is quite steep going down, but it is absolutely stunning, and the beach has a waterfall and we had it to ourselves when we were there.

Picking wild garlic for our Pesto

As the wild garlic there was prolific we are sure a little bit will not be missed.  After enjoying some wild garlic pesto recently that our friends made for us from a Fowey supply, John has been very keen to make some of his own for our shop stock.  The garlic has been picked, the rest of the ingredients sourced, and the whizzer is out.  This weekend is a busy one, and we can highly recommend to our campers cooking up a pan of pasta, throwing in some of our wild garlic pesto, and finishing with a sprinkling of black pepper and parmesan on top.  My mouth is watering at the thought of it, and we shall be trying some ourselves to quality check of course.

For the return walk, we joined the South West Coastal Path which is lovely in itself and headed back in to the village, and up the Pentewan Valley Trail back to Camp.  For all those campers who thought the owners had unusually had a lie in this morning, now you know that was not the case :).

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How to find the gorgeous Hallane Beach

This is a great walk, for quite keen walkers with or without their dog.  Limited parking is also available fairly close by, if you do not fancy such a good walk, and just want a shorter (but still steep- note) walk through the gorgeous hamlet and on to the beach.  To find the parking take the road out of Pentewan Village up the very steep hill. Up the hill when you reach the first cross roads of little lanes, take a right to Trenarren, and follow the road around to the left. You will reach a parking area, and for the walk you set off on the path to the right. See the little map extract taken from the Mevagissey Ferry leaflet.

Camp Dog Harvey really enjoyed this walk, and he is so annoying as he makes the very steep ups seem so easy.  He also often does double on the ups, as he comes back down to see how the one at the back is doing (which is usually me), and gives some moral encouragement to get me to the top.

The steep climbs are all more than worth the effort, and this place is a real Cornish beauty.  This will definitely be a walk The Meadows Team will be repeating quite regularly, especially in wild garlic season, and if the pesto goes down well for restocking.

As we made the walk a circular walk, it gets a 10 out of 10 from both Camp Dog, and I.  As we were concerned that there would be a queue of campers waiting to order breakfast baguettes, the return part of the walk was more of a march, but at least it got our appetites up for our breakfast.  It was indeed all quiet at camp when we returned, as of course holidays are for lying in, and quite rightly so.

Other news from Camp Dog Harvey

Four paws are "greener"

Four paws are “greener”

This weekend we had a visit from Three Hairy Bikers, but not the hairy bikers.  I got my first ride on a Harley Davidson.  It was ok, but I would rather keep my paws on the ground, and any way I refuse to wear a helmet.Three Hairy Bikers

No picture yet, but at the moment one of our campers is staying with two dogs (one like me & another fluffy one), and a parrot!!! Yes, I said a parrot. So far the parrot who is called Bertie has been following the camping etquette and has been on his best behaviour. Early days as they are here until the weekend, so watch this space.

No duck eggs yet in the duck house, although they have had a look as there is lots of duck poo on the roof.

Lots of scrummy eggs from some of “the girls”, and there are now eight girls.  The latest additions are two blue pekin bantams, though they have so far brought nothing to the party, and seem quite posh.   In view of lots of eggs from our “laying girls”, then along side sausage & bacon from Lobbs farm, we are now offering Smoked Salmon and scrambled eggs as a breakfast baguette option. Boxes of freshly laid eggs are also available for sale from our shop.

Twitching – woody woodpecker now visits us daily, and so is a “common” sighting.  The owls have been screeching so loud some nights, you can hear them above my snoring. There has also been further sighting of the Kingfisher, and The Meadows are now “tweeting”  on twitter, so follow us if you like.””

All part of the service

All part of the service

“All part of the personal service” – if you lose your key then the team will help you try to find it.  If that fails one of the team will saw off your lock for you to enable you to continue your journey.  On this occasion, our German visitor was also given a chocolate brownie and Cornish clotted cream for being our first visitor arriving under her own steam.

If you have still not booked your summer camping holiday, then you must be like us thinking this summer has to be a good one.  Our understanding is that June is looking to be dry, with lots of sunshine and so why not visit us before the mad summer rush.  To book in advance contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383  Alternatively, we are always happy for you to turn up, pitch up and relax at The Meadows. Our site is small and dog friendly and is a great campsite for camping close to Mevagissey and Pentewan. Tents, caravans and motor homes are all most welcome.

Our campsite, is right on National Cycle Route 3, which also forms part of the Pentewan Valley Trail.  This gives great access to Pentewan Sands, Mevagissey, Heligan Gardens (walking & cycling), and Charlestown, Fowey, and the Eden Project (cycling). This makes us an ideal place for an overnight stay for all your cyclists out there, and we will make you very welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

What a fab few first days………………….

Posted on May 5, 2013 by Comments Off on What a fab few first days………………….

imageWell, we have been blessed with sunshine and fantastic guests at The Meadows at the start of our new, and indeed first season here.

The site has really come alive with our guests setting up their pitches, and relaxing in the sunshine.image

Spot the tent - secluded pitch.

Spot the tent – what a secluded pitch.

All our facilities have gotten the thumbs up especially the hot power showers in our wet rooms, and our new deck.

The reception and shop are looking very colourful, and out of the window it is like spring watch with the bird feeders full of goldfinches, blue tits, great tits and coal tits. Unfortunately, the Kingfisher did not make an appearance this weekend, but the owls have been hooting well in the evenings.

To celebrate our opening weekend, we had a bbq on the new deck with John’s home-made burgers, sausages & home-made coleslaw. The stove was properly christened too with some onions and garlic slowing cooking – ooh ooh the smells at the Meadows this weekend.

Our first cakes have been made, and so our first guests were our guinea pigs and with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream everything went down a treat. We need to get baking again, to replenish stocks for our next guests.image

Martin Dorey was a guest here as well this weekend, with his lovely family. In true Campervan Cookbook style Martin cooked up a paella on a very smart dutch oven, so there was a trade of goodies, and aromas. The paella was delicious, and the recipe is on it’s way to us. There was also some traditional marshmallow toasting over the fire. We shall be looking in to one of those ovens for our “dish of the day” nights in the summer. There was certainly no shortage of food this weekend.

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The Meadows shop declared officially open by Martin Dorey

Martin was very kind enough to “officially” open The Meadows Camp Site shop, and try out our eggs, supplied by “friends with hens & ducks” in Pentewan. The eggs are already very popular, and so we hope the chucks can keep up with the demand. Hopefully, we will soon be getting some of our own chucks as well so that will take some of the pressure off.

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Camp Dog has been enjoying all of the fuss he has received from the guests, but I don’t think he quite knows what to make of it all.  At the moment he is sitting under my desk in the reception, and this spot seems to be second favourite to the deck, for sleeping of course, not working!!! He has been out walking down the Pentewan Trail this weekend, and he also participated at the BBQ

We have been very keen to get feedback from our guests this weekend, and so far so good.  Ladies (and any gents with a blow drying need) the complimentary hair dryer, and mirror are on order, and will be here soon. Ice cream will be on its way in to the shop, and I am just completing my ice cream research before placing the first order.  It is at present between Roskillys & Callelstick, and both are absolutely delicious, with lots of great flavours.  John is at this very moment making the phone charging cabinet to be installed in our reception, another example of up-cycling as it will be a bespoke wooden one!

All of our guests seem very pleased with the naturalness of the site, the setting and the general rustic feel. Our guests have also been admiring the restored treasures on display, and most now containing plants.image

It would be our pleasure to welcome you to The Meadows as your base to enjoy this beautiful area of Cornwall.  Why not leave the car on camp some days, and enjoy the walking to Pentewan Sands, Heligan Gardens, Mevagissey, and exploring Kings Wood.  We are happy for guests to just turn up, and pitch up.  However, to book in advance, please contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383/07712599745.  Our touring park is 3 miles from St Austell, dog friendly and caters for tents of all shapes and sizes, motor homes and caravans, and we look forward to seeing you this season.

 

 

Come on in we’re open…….

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Comments Off on Come on in we’re open…….

Well, The Meadows Team (that’s me Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) have pulled it off!  The camp gates are open and we have already had our first guests.

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The site on opening was looking so welcoming, with full sun, bright blue sky and lots of bunting, and a freshly mown meadow field.

Ready for guests

Ready for guests…..

 

Our first guests

Our first guests

Camp Dog was still studying his job description when John and I with big smiles on our faces opened the gate for our first season.  We have worked so hard over the last twelve weeks, on a project that was initially very daunting.  Our budget was limited, and so a lot of the work we have done ourselves, and we both feel extremely proud at what we have achieved in short space of time. At the same time making a house a home.

We are now really looking forward to looking after guests at The Meadows, and our guests enjoying the fruits of our labour, and enjoying this sunny spot in the Pentewan Valley. We are a small, dog friendly touring park very close to Mevagissey, and to the Lost Gardens of Heligan with great walks in all directions.

The last work to be done prior to opening was our new deck, and shop/office. The office arrived on Monday as just a pile of wood, and even the doors and windows had to be made up. The shop was literally being painted before and during assembly. Now that we are open we plan to do the nice quiet jobs such as planting up the beds and other landscaping, baking cakes, cooking breakfast baguettes for our guests, and keeping the burner burning, and logs flowing. We also look forward to chatting with our guests  and hearing all about the walks you do, and the places you visit.Our new deck, reception & shop

The tables and chairs for our new deck arrived today.  We will be offering coffee and cake. I have also been saving my Coast magazines, and putting together other reading material such as Martin Dorey’s Campervan Cookbook for guests to enjoy on the deck, together with lots of walking information.

Martin Dorey  is a seasoned campervan camper, and we are really looking forward to gaining some tips from him during his stay this weekend as to tasty and easy camping cooking that we can share with our guests. Martin may also help us out as to what we should stock in our shop, although I am aware Martin forages a lot of his food.

Now back to Camp Dog’s job description, he does not quite seem to have got it. We now think a few weeks working with the huskies in the winter would have been good training. Two days on official duty, and not even one eye has been open for most of the day.  Snoozing in the sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon, waking up just for his Boneo and gravy bones at lunchtime. We shall give him the benefit off the doubt, and hope that he is just conserving energy for the bank holiday weekend. If not we may have to have a quiet word in his spaniel ear and spell his role out more clearly ;).image

For all those last minute campers, there is still time to come and camp at The Meadows, St Austell this bank holiday weekend. It really is a great time of year for walking, especially the beautiful south west coastal path, or picturesque Pentewan Valley trail, or indeed cycling the trail covering more miles and seeing more. For something less energetic, Mevagissey, Fowey and Charlestown are always fab for a mooch. If you are foodies looking for somewhere good to eat, we will happily point you in the right direction as you are spoilt for choice.To book call 01726 844383/07712 599745.We do not expect to be full, so you can also just turn up with your tent, campervan, or caravan and pitch up, savouring the aromas from the camervan cookbook martin’s vvs campervan.

We want to share our first season with all you campers out there. Two of the team, are full of energy and raring to go. We are also confident that Camp Dog will step up to the mark.  If you cannot make this weekend and you like to plan ahead, contact us by telephone or email to make a booking.

 

All we need now is our camping guests…………

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Comments Off on All we need now is our camping guests…………

The sunshine is booked, for opening, bank holiday weekend, and beyond.Come on in campers

Thanks to having friends who enjoy a ‘working holiday’ we have got so much done the last week, and the facilities have been tested and given the thumbs up. In particular the hot push button showers have gone down a treat, as has the stove on the newly erected deck. The deck gets the sun until it sets, and Camp Dog has soon found the best spot for sun sitting. Whilst christening the deck and stove in very late evening, we have seen two deer strolling through the site.  We have also been listening to both barn and tawny owls, though it was too dark to actually see them, but they were most definitely there. imageShower cubicle/wet room

The shower block is looking fabulous if I say so myself, and finished off with some ‘quirky’ signs, and nice bits in the cubicles.  This was done late as I did lots of research as to what made a good shower facility, so you should not be missing anything – boys or girls.

 

imageBeing new campsite owners, we are a little nervous that one of our first guests is The Campervan Cookbook man Martin Dorey off the TV. Martin picked the site to visit and do an article for a camping magazine.  For anyone coming and pitching near his red van, you can expect some good camping food smells. I took one of his books on our campervan trip in NZ so I am hoping to get this signed. Camp Dog is hoping Beardie Bob, the camper van dog will give him some info on a camping dog’s life. In return Harvey will tell BB about life as Camp  Dog, and also his favourite walks, and dog friendly beaches.

It is not only the site that is looking great the Pentewan Valley itself is looking very colourful. Walking by the Little Winnick River you will still see lots of primroses, and we now also have blue bells. Although quite late everything is really greening up now, and the weather is also warming up a treat.

If you are still undecided about what to do for May bank holiday, you still have time to organise a trip to The Meadows our small touring park, three miles from St Austell. We are right on the Pentewan Valley trail close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, and the lost gardens of Heligan.  The Eden Project is also only a short drive away. We have lovely pitches next to the stream, and are dog friendly.  You can enquire here, or telephone 01726 844383.

If you cannot make it this weekend, then you might want to consider booking for the fabulous Mevagissey Feast week which is not that far away. Check out what is going on for this www.mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk

Countdown to opening has begun……………….

Posted on April 20, 2013 by Comments Off on Countdown to opening has begun……………….

Here at The Meadows, we (John, Camp Dog Harvey & me) are all really pulling all the stops out for opening to welcome guests on 1 May.

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Ready for laying……..

Well firstly we laid 800 square metres of ‘grass protecta’ finishing last Friday evening.  It took the  two of us almost three days to lay, with camp dog supervising.

Hardstanding grass pitch waiting for a mow

Hardstanding grass pitch ready for mowing

It is green in colour and so blended in straight away. After day one the grass was already coming through the first ones laid.  Now after a week a lot of it is barely visible which is just amazing. Good job I was quick off the mark getting an initial picture.  We cannot wait for our guests to try out our new pitches which are ‘hardstanding green grass pitches’. We are so pleased as the natural look of our small touring park has been retained.

The old harbour railings found on site have now been sanded, painted and finish off our new shower block steps lovely with a big thick rope though them.

There has been a lot of digging going on, and my dad got stuck in with this on a recent visit.     Having not been tended for many years there were some humongous weeds that came out of the ground. We are ready to plant up now our new beds which John has edged with old sleepers and stone found on the site. We are thinking of lavender and hydrangeas, and we also have an old granite trough to plant up too.

This weekend the shower block is being painted and there will be some more landscaping. going on. Erecting our shop will be last before opening.  I could name and shame the company who have let us down with delivery, as the first delivery was cancelled because we live in Cornwall!!!! We are at least getting on with the base and the deck where our guests can enjoy their breakfast baguette, or coffee and cake. John’s sister Jayne from Devon came to visit last weekend with a sticky date and ginger cake. It was the nicest cake I have ever eaten and so that is one ‘we’ will definitely be making.

Everything here is really greening up, and the birds seem to be having a great time. We seem to have our own resident kingfisher which has been spotted now a few times fishing in the stream.  We think this is really special and hope it stays.  We also have a large buzzard’s nest at the top of a tree which may get used this year.

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Quality control

Camp Dog has been keeping the pigeons at bay who have been trying to feast on grass seed. This has been in between fiinding all the best places to snooze in the sun, on site, whilst still managing to keep one eye open for his supervisory/security role ;). CD has also been testing the quality of the stream water for drinking. It has got the ‘paws up’ and indeed CD says he prefers it to his usual Evian.

Thank you to everyone who has already booked to stay at our lovely small & dog friendly touring park on the edge of Pentewan, St Austell, and close to Mevagissey.  We look forward to welcoming you with sunshine. If you have not already booked, then please do give The Meadows touring park a try.  The Pentewan Valley really is a beautiful spot, in Cornwall and so close to the likes of Heligan Gardens and Mevagissey.  John is also all geared up for cooking his breakfast baguettes, and we will both be baking.  You can enquire here, or telephone 01726 844383/07712599745. We welcome motor homes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes.

 

 

You are never too busy for a walk…………..

Posted on April 13, 2013 by Comments Off on You are never too busy for a walk…………..
CD in boots

CD in boots

It is very full on at the moment here at The Meadows with our site renovation work.  However, life is never too busy to put your boots on (even me) and get out for a walk. Just set the alarm clock an hour earlier. It is now light until at least seven in the evening, so two walks minimum a day is a good starting point, and then I work at my best ;).

PLEASE – no laughing at my boots!! These are not a fashion statement.  As you may all know, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the vet’s best friends, and hopefully although I have been better in this warmer climate these will help my sensitive pads.  These boots come highly recommended by dogs, who are proper working dogs, huskies, and mountain dogs and the like, so they must be good for Camp Dog.

We are so lucky here being situate in the Pentewan Valley, as we have so many walks on the doorstep.  So whilst no long jaunts as The Meadows Team (that is me Camp Dog, John & Lynn) have been very busy preparing for opening our gates on 1 May, I have done lots of short local ones.

As we are dog friendly here, and hope to see lots of you four legged friends this season, I want to tempt you with  what is waiting for you here and what a beautiful part of Cornwall this is. Camping and caravanning on the edge of Pentewan village, and close to Mevaggisey is great for everyone, and there is so much to see and do.

Turning directly right out of our gate, you are straight on to the Pentewan Valley Trail and heading off I will call it a gentle climb up out of the valley with woodland, and lovely views over the countryside.  After about 20 minutes, you will reach a sign, and you can either take a left and head off to Mevagissey for a stroll about this gorgeous harbour town with lovely shops, and eating places, a lot being dog friendly.  Alternatively you can carry straight on to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.  Dogs are welcome here, and there is also Lobbs Farm Shop and cafe where you can just enjoy coffee and cake, though I do think as it is a shop dogs must sit outside, and catch the crumbs.

At the moment for my morning walk, I join the Pentewan Valley Trail on the other side of the road.  Crossing the bridge, I decide depending on my mood of the day, whether to take a left or a right.  Both directions take you by the pretty Little Winnick River.  There are lots of opportunities and marked tracks to divert off in to the woods which I often do, and going round in a big circle back on to the trail crossing lots of bridges made out of tree trunks on the way.  The Kings Woods are also very good for mountain bikes, though I prefer exploring them on four legs.image

The walks above, are my normal day to day walks, and I do appreciate how lucky I am to have such fabulous walks right on the doorstep.

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Pentewan Sands

At the weekend, we often walk down in to the Pentewan Village down the trail, and to the Pentewan Sands beach.  Pentewan is a very pretty village, and the walks out of the village on to the coastal path make great walks though be prepared for some ups and downs, as of course you are in Cornwall.  Indeed without the climbs, you would not have the fabulous views.

I hope the above has made you want to call up my owners and book a stay this season at The Meadows Touring small and dog friendly park, and you can try these walks for yourselves. You can also be “green” by leaving the car on the park, and also your owners will not have to worry about getting a parking space!!!! You can enquire here, or telephone my owners Lynn & John 01726 844383/07712599745.  We all look forward to seeing you this season so you can explore this part of Cornwall in the UK, and you can may be find some doorstep walks that you can share with me, and that I have not yet discovered.

 

 

If its good enough for Chatsworth House …………..

Posted on March 30, 2013 by Comments Off on If its good enough for Chatsworth House …………..

We have had another very busy week at The Meadows.  We missed out on the snow, thank goodness, and whilst it has been cold, there has been a lot of lovely sunshine.  It seems only right to work outdoors on the sunny days and our site foreman agrees.Site Foreman

For those familiar with the site, how it was when we purchased, the natural look had been taken to the extreme.  The site had gotten a little wild, and some of the natural features like the stream were hidden away.

Taking out brambles, is hard work, but we are nearly there.  John has dug a few trenches this week to help with drainage, and these have been filled with pea gravel and should we get any rain :), the rainwater will go off in to the stream, and flow away to the sea, via the Little Winnick River.

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Before…….

Post brambles & new steps

Post brambles & steps waiting for railings…..

Clearing the site as much as we have has been a huge task, but now we can start putting back, and making everywhere look good. The old tractor tyre, mangle and granite roller, harbour railings which we saved, have all been moved in to their positions ready. We can now start finishing off jobs such as the new steps, rockery, and laundry area and making them look nice.

Some more big work is set to commence next week, and involves a large flattening roller, and “grass protecta”.  We are so very keen to keep the natural look here at The Meadows and so we have spent a lot of time researching how to achieve this, whilst also ensuring “happy campers” in the event of not the kindest of weather.  “Grass Protecta” as recently installed at Chatsworth House seems to provide us with the ideal solution.  This needs to go down now, and so it is all systems go.  Grass Protecta is a form of heavy duty green plastic mesh, and can take a lot of weight on it.  Once down the grass goes through the mesh, and so will become invisible, but will provide hard standing and the site will stay Meadow like, and green.

We are taking delivery of 800 square metres, so we shall be eating lots of Easter Eggs this weekend, to build up our muscles, for rolling the grass first to get it flat, and then for the laying.  With the spring sunshine, and fast growing time of year, you will need to be quick to even know it is there, and not just grass.

Now the brambles are clear, we have identified a new pitching area by the stream.  With this in mind, and knowing how lots of campers like their comforts we have an extra Ehu box on order to be fitted in a week or so to provide four lovely pitches all with Ehu.

Another job for this week, is the relaying of the road way.  This won’t be green, but it is a road and roads are not usually green.

We are very disappointed at having to turn away Easter Campers, and please do come and stay with us when we open in May.  You can either enquire here or telephone Lynn or John 01726 844383/07712599745. The Meadows welcomes motor homes, caravans and tents of all shapes and sizes at our small, dog friendly park in the Pentewan Valley.  We are very close to the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, Fowey, Mevaggisey and lots of other popular Cornish attractions.  We look forward to welcoming you this season.

The sign is up………………

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Comments Off on The sign is up………………

imageWell, it really is now “ours”, and our stamp is going on.

This weekend has been very exciting as our sign has gone up, and so we are here to stay and will soon be open for business.

Our sign is very special, as like our website, the graphics were designed by Jake who is our nephew, a very creative young man.  The sign itself was made by our very good friend Mark, who John and I both went to school with, and who is a sign expert.  Mark’s partner Gayle did the painting for the sign, and our brother in law Steve did all of the steel work. John and Mark’s muscles “popped” the post in and hung the sign, which was quite a job, but a job  very well done.

The post is quite a substantial one, and we think the sign is quite funky and bright and cheerful, and we hope eye catching!!!!  It took some getting in and it is certainly not going any where with the 15 bags of post mix, and hard core that went down the very large hole.

This week we have lots of jobs planned, mainlyimage outside as the forecast is dry.  By the weekend hopefully we will have some good pictures to post with the week’s achievements!

Bernard (the previous owner) left a couple of old tractor tyres, and so one of those came in handy, as a planter with lovely plants from Pentewan Nurseries who are our very good neighbours.

Hopefully, all the motor homes, caravans, walkers and cyclists with tents on their backs, will not miss our lovely site in the Pentewan Valley, and this will entice you all 🙂 to come and stay.

Please do come and stay at The Meadows dog friendly touring park close to St Austell this season You will be very well placed for exploring this lovely part of South Cornwall, whilst may be visiting the Eden Project (fab), Heligan Gardens (superb), or Mevagissey (beautiful). You can either enquire here, or telephone Lynn, or John on 07712599745/01726 844383.  Booking can be made in advance, but we are also more than happy for you to just turn, up and we will always try and find you a good place to pitch.  You cannot be camping and caravanning, in the Pentewan/Mevagissey area as there is just so much to do.

Sundays were made for walking………………….& roast chicken

Posted on March 16, 2013 by Comments Off on Sundays were made for walking………………….& roast chicken

Camp Dog Harvey

I must be doing well in my role of Camp Dog/Security as I have been given yet another day off.

My owners have been wanting to walk around the beautiful Caerhays Estate since before they collected the keys, and today that is where we went.

Parking is great, right on the beach, and so we had a flask of coffee with a wonderful view of the beach and sea, and lots of four legged friends before setting off.

The walk started with a fairly steep climb, out of Caerhays, and as we set off we had views of the castle.  Oops, we realised the map had been left at home, though this was not a problem, as we joined the main South West Coastal path.  The coast path is always very well marked, and clear to follow.  I like the rugged coastal path, and so do my owners.  We passed some lovely coastal Caerhays Estate cottages, and lovely coves and I even got to do some rock climbing on the beach.

We followed the path all the way around to the gorgeous fishing village of Portloe.  We had a meander around Portloe and here there is the well known Lugger Hotel.  It also seems that lobster and crab are caught from Portloe, and my owners noticed that crab sandwiches were being served at the hotel. If I was not with my owners that day, they may have gone there for a pint & a crab sarnie 🙂  However, the Lugger Hotel is not dog friendly, and so we went to the local pub which was fine with me.  I should have guessed the pub would be called “The Ship”, and was Dog Friendly. Here my owners had a carvery which was what was being served, as it was Sunday.  Roast chicken, was not an option, but I was more than ok with the bits of beef and pork that I got in return for a hard week’s work.

As the map had been forgotten, then a circular walk was not really an option.  The view going the other direction is always different, as is the tide.  This really is lovely part of the coastal path, and the views out of Portloe were tremendous with the fishing boats and pretty coastal cottages.  Caerhays Estate is quite extensive and very well looked after.  The magnolias were a sight to see when we descended down the little lane back to the car park at the end of our walk.

Caerhays beach is very dog friendly, all year round and also very popular.  I had a good run on the beach to finish off my Sunday outing, and then it was back in the car to return home to The Meadows for a nap, after a fine walk.

This walk gets a score of 9 out of 10.  That is a very good score for a non circular walk, and is so because it was a beautiful walk.  Caerhays is very easy to get too, and is only about 10 minutes in the car from The Meadows, and is well worth the short drive.  You could easy spend the day there as the gardens are a delight at all times of the year – www.caerhays.co.uk

My owners have the map of this walk, back at Camp ;), and will be happy to show you the route, although it is a very easy one to follow.

Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows small, dog friendly touring park this season and enjoy this wonderful part of Southern Cornwall.  We cater for caravans, motor homes and tents of all shapes and sizes, and there is lots to do particularly for walkers and cyclists. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively, you can just turn up and we will endeavour to find you a pitch wherever possible.