We are almost ready to open the gates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey

 

 

What a great opening weekend

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

S7000293Well, in our year one I think we had about 6 units on the campsite for the first bank holiday, and one of those was Martin Dorey with his Reporter hat on.  That meant we very slowly eased our way in to the season, which was good really as we were complete novices.

This year was a completely different story and we had  almost a full campsite.  That made for a fantastic weekend, as with some great sunshine, as well as a frost, and with foodie/drinkie delights all was good.  Being rather nesh myself, I was very impressed with the number of “proper campers” for our first weekend, especially those who woke to frozen tents.  Hardy, there were as after waking to a frost, about an hour later about 30 of them were swimming in the sea in costumes NO WETSUITS !! A shout out to Pauline Barker the organiser of the wild swimming camp and what a lovely group they were.  They had fire pit every night, a swim every day, and after there swim there was lots of ooh aaahing coming from the shower block at the delight of our lovely hot showers.

S7000495A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too Lazys picfor room.  Our wild swimming group, and also the rest of our guests on the campsite, were very pleased to make full advantage of the food offerings on site this weekend.  These were courtesy of Kerno Fornow cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order, The Cornish Maid cooking up doorstep breakfast sandwiches, porridge and hot drinks and Lazy’s Travelling Bar, who did not have time to be Lazy !! I made the mistake of saying to The Cornish Maid “don’t think you will be busy so early in the season” to then watch a constant queue from her starting serving to the end of her service.  Of course the brekkie had to get the swimmers from Porthpean to Charlestown & back!!

Saturday night with the pizzas and Lazy’s bar working in tandem, glorious sunshine and all our fire pits going, IMG_0992there was one of the best atmospheres I can remember.  John & I always say that The Meadows attracts lovely like minded people from all walks of life, and some extremely cute dogs.

S7000490Despite, being a bit slow for everything natural (like grass, plants, trees etc), we did look lovely when we opened.  We made up for the lack of natural colour with extra bunting and fairy lights.

It has been good walking weather, and our early guests have almost all enjoyed the DSC_6544Mevagissey circular walk with a stop of at The Ship (why not)!

This means next bank holiday has a lot to live up to, as the benchmark has been set high.  I am working on the next one to see what I can pull out of the bag with the support of our local lovelies.

IMG_6785Bookings – we have very little left for high season if electricity is a must, and “proper camping” pitches are getting booked up for those we book out in advance.  If you still have us in mind for your summer holiday then you can book by completing the contact form, or giving us a call.  We do keep a few casual electric and “proper camping” pitches for those touring around,  and those who like to book last minute.

For first time visitors, The Meadows Campsite, is an adult only quirky campsite, and we are dog friendly. We are good for camping and caravanning for Mevagissey, Heligan Gardens, and we are IMG_7102also close to Eden. For walkers and cyclists, we are situate directly on the Coast to Clay Trail and for walkers this links up to the SWCP. We love campfires, nature, bunting and anything on the quirky side.  We also love showing our guests the food and drink delights of this local area.

Look forward to seeing all of those booked in with us soon. Next weekend is set to be another busy one, and the weather forecast is looking very good – not a frost in sight!

Lynn x

Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Comments Off on Counting down to opening for our season number 4…..

DSC_0439Spring has most definitely Sprung, and we have put away our working waterproofs for the time being.

We are on countdown to opening now which is fast approaching, but we have everything in hand, or at least we think we have.

It looks like for our opening weekend, we will have a regular group of “wild swimmers” staying with us for a training weekend.  If it is anything like last time it is wild swimming by day, and warming up around a fire pit by night.

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The “girls” like their pink house

The outside jobs, of which there are lots, are underway and the painting has begun.  We like being colourful and so we do this job every year to keep a nice fresh feel to the place.   There are even more things to paint this year.  Our grass which is of course extremely important is being well tended to and is far higher maintenance than I am!!  It has had a hard winter, but with sunshine and showers on the forecast ahead, it will soon start greening back up,  and growing.

The pressure washer has had his Spring outing and the deck is all smartened up, and oiled. We just now need new tablecloths, repotting of our table plants,  and of course the awning.

We have been doing a bird watch whilst working outside.  In one days we spotted great tits, blue tits, long tailed tit, chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Nuthatch and an Egret.  There are also Moorhens nesting on the stream bank which is nice.

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Cornish hedge and wood stacks

The biggest job of the winter was our Cornish hedge being built, and managing all of the conifer wood.  The former took much longer than anticipated, but we are extremely pleased with the end result.  Our entrance looks extremely smart, and with the conifers gone you can better views up the valley. That is it for this year with wood, but our stacks do look very attractive if we say so ourselves.

IMG_7111Bookings – we must be doing something right, as we get busier year on year.  Already almost all of our hook ups are booked out from mid June until mid August, except for the odd few nights here and there. This has caught us by surprise.  There is still quite a lot of room for “proper camping” (none electric), for both tents, camper vans and those caravanners with their solar panels on board.  You can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.

We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Pentewan, just for adults and very dog and campfire friendly. If you like walking, cycling, or just exploring then we are in an ideal location and just a mile from the South Coast.

S7000414News from Camp Dog – this is my favourite time of the year.  Being a little on the nest side, I tend to stay indoors on work days until the weather is good enough for sun bathing on the deck.  The last couple of weeks I have been outside and it has been lovely.

As it is staying lighter later, we have also been out after work down to Caerhays Beach, imageand also the lovely Vault beach.  These are two of my favourite beaches.  We also made it down on a Sunday morning to the Caerhays Beach Cafe.  It is great there for sitting outside, and I hear there are some great evening events planned for the summer season with guest chefs, music, and comedy.

It is so lovely to see in the booking diary so many doggies booked in already, including a lot of Cavs.  I am already booked in to the groomers, and I have one last stay at my “up country” health farm prior to opening.

Other Meadows News

Apologies if you got caught up with the blip in our “contact” enquiry system.  This was a temporary blip of which we were unaware as it was selective with those it did not transmit.

Posh Pasties & Cider – just mentioning this again as we think this is a great new addition to what will be Lazys pichappening here this season.

Well we are counting down to opening, and we hope that those booked in already are counting down too.  We know one of our guests has  even got a holiday countdown app on the go!

Happy Easter

Lynn

It is all in the planning………….

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Comments Off on It is all in the planning………….
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The Meadows – for camping close to Mevagissey

Most of our visitors for the 2015 season are now booked in, and counting down to their holiday.  With a bit of good planning and thinking ahead, you are sure to get the most out of your jolly.

Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your Cornish camping trip, especially for all those Cornish virgins out there:-

1.  First and foremost, buy a map of the local area.  The ordnance survey explorer maps are great for “exploring”, and also a great tool for planning walks, cycle rides and scenic drives.  For us, covering Mevaggisey, Truro, Falmouth and the Roseland, Map 105 is the best one.  We do sell here the little yellow maps which are very popular and may be enough if you are just on foot/bicycle.

2. Have a look at the What’s On guide for Cornwall, and check out what is happening in the county during your stay.  It is so easy to get around the county from base camp, The Meadows, and so worth the drive for something special.  There are some great country fairs and vintage rallies, such as The St Ewe Country Fair and the Bocconnoc Steam Rally.

For the month of May, I have done this research for you, and here are just a few of events happening, and most of these are near by.

May –

Helston Flora Day – today, and so one to think about for next May!

Fowey Festival of Words and Music 9-16 May

Port Elliot Dog Festival – 9/5.  This has to be lots of fun.

Eden Classic Cycle Ride  – 10 May.  A chance to cycle around the whole of the Eden Project.

Lostfest – a one day Festival, with lots packed in with stalls, foodie, cider/cornish ale, music and just generally lots of things happening to make for a full day of fun. This is in Lostwithiel.

Not an event, but always a wonderful place, Heligan Gardens and the fabulous little piglets.

My understanding is that the film set at Portholland will be in place until around the end of this month.  Good idea to park at Caerhays and walk around to it on the SWCP.

3. Check out any offers for the Gardens of Cornwall, in particular those local to us, Eden and The Lost Gardens of 

Heligan. Last year Gardeners World did a great offer, and the gardens themselves had a great offer for those visiting both.  You should also look at arriving at the gardens under their own steam as there is often a reward for doing so.

4. Whilst away on holiday, this is a time to check out the lovely Country pubs that a stay cation is so great for. One of our favourite books, for ensuring you are heading for a great pub is to check out those in the area in Aistair Sawday’s Special Pub Book, or the Sawday website.  For those bringing their four legged friend, doggie pubs is also a great app to have on your phone, although Cornish Landlords and Landlies are far more accepting of dogs than other areas of the country, and it is unusual for a dog not to be welcome.

5. Check out your camping gear before you get here.  This will avoid spending the first day of your holiday visiting the camping shops to replace, buy things you have forgotten, or that you broke last time, and intended to replace, but never got around to it.

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Catch mackerel with Chris from Aquila

6. This high season we hope to be offering food on two evenings of the week, but we know our campers like to cook up their own delights.  Holidays are a great time to try out new dishes, and being a fishy area Paella is a good one, and of course freshly caught (by you) mackerel on the bbq.  Bring some recipes with you, and have on board all your essential ingredients.  For campervanners we like the list The Campervan Cook Martin Dorey did in his book, and we have tasted his cooking, and it is good!!

 

Other Meadows News

We had a great turn out for May day bank holiday weekend, even though the weather was not the kindest.  However, early campers are we find a hardy bunch, and they all had their bbqs and fire pits going and did not let a bit of the wet stuff spoil their first camping trip of the season.  We had dogs in coats and hoodies, adults in hats and scarves one minute and tee shirts and shorts the next.

Cosy up in Mabel

Lottie and Mabel Caravans both were blessed with guests for the weekend who cozied up in them as they both have heaters, and thick duvets and so guests keep toasty warm.

The meadow flower is growing nicely, and at bank holiday a lot of the secluded pitches were occupied, and once again, those furthest in were the most popular.

Poldark – nearly all our visitors so far have made a visit to Charlestown to check out the harbour that featured in Poldark.  We even had guests walk there on the SWCP on one of the blustery days, which was very well done indeed.

Buses 

Following the sudden ending of the Western Greyhound busy company, we are now getting used to the new local bus services.  This service First Service 24 is proving very popular and reliable  John has even made a new bus stop sign as before it was a very Cornish bus stop and nobody wants to upset the bus driver by standing in the wrong spot.

It is great news that we now have a bus going to Gorran Haven, and also to Polgooth, handy for the Polgooth Inn.

Checking everything out from the bank of bluebells

News from Camp Dog Harvey –

Bank holiday was great for me, not too hot for working, and lots going on for me to look at. I also managed to fit in some nice walks along the river to the village checking out the bluebells, campion, a dipper, yellow wagtails  and some swifts along the way.

My girls’ eggs were very popular over the bank holiday weekend and sold out quickly.  At present I am trying to increase productively, but so far this is not going well.

Bookings

It is great that we appear to be popular, and we like being on the smaller side, but this does mean we cannot accommodate all who want to stay. For the coming bank holiday, we are fully booked now on our main pitches, so all we have are our casual pitches and “proper camping”  (none electric).  However last bank holiday, we did have a few cancel at the 11th hour so we are always worth a try for cancellations and telephoning is best. For first time visitors, we are an adults only campsite, and dog friendly, close to Mevagissey, South Cornwall.  We make a great base for a walking or cycling holiday in Cornwall.

For the rest of the season, give us a try and let us know if your dates are flexible in any way, as we try to be ourselves.

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Look out for our camper van signs

You can call 01726 844383 or contact us by email .

For those who are booked to stay with us at Bank holiday, we are hoping that there will be fried eggs in the sky this time.  As usual if the weather is not so kind John and I will take full responsibility as Campsite Owners.

 

Happy Friday

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunting, butterflies and fifty shades of green…….

Posted on May 1, 2015 by Comments Off on Bunting, butterflies and fifty shades of green…….

IMG_6785Well, we are now in to day two of our third season, and the fun has already begun.  For our first evening our guests enjoyed fire pits and bbqs, with campers making the most of the evening sunshine.

Our guests were so keen they were waiting outside the gates before they were open.  At that point, we were still up a ladder doing the most important job that always gets left until the last minute – bunting!

We cannot be more pleased with how the campsite looks.   As guests who have stayed with us previously will know, we have had a lot to do since arriving here three years ago.  The last two winters, we have concentrated on major and mucky site work, and so we have always been disturbing what was already there, to get to where we are now.

This year, we have been concentrating more on general maintenance, and there is always a lot of that, wood, and  general beautifying of the site.

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The new Edition is out, and what a fab book.  There is a lovely new cool campsite in Cornwall featuring in it on page 34.  For anyone who tours this is a great book to have on board.  We keep a copy for our touring guests in our deck reading, and it has been used lots in the past.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Fat dog slim I love it when we open the gates, as there is always so much going on.  It is just so exciting for the first few weeks, that I give up my position on the back of the settee and am usually found on the deck or in the office.  My first guests are all enjoying themselves, and we have a party of 3 dogs who yesterday enjoyed my favourite circular Mevagissey walk.

Other Meadows news

This weekend does not look like a weekend of sunbathing on the beach, and so here are our spring suggestions for enjoying this part of Cornwall:-

DSC_65441. Time it in between any rain showers and walk in to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail for a good old mooch around the harbour, followed by fish and chips at either The Fountain, or The Sharksfin.  Options for the return journey back are on two feet the other way via SWCP, the good old bus, or the quicker walking route of back the way you went!

S70001982. Head out to Caerhays and Portholland and check out the film set, as it won’t be there for too much longer.

3.  The most popular place on a wet day, and so expect to share with lots of others is Eden.  Better in my view to visit on a sunshine and showers day as there is lots inside, and also lots outside too.  The food is great there to.  You might be tempted to purchase tickets for one of the fab Eden Sessions acts and make a return journey to Cornwall in early summer as there are some fab acts lined up.

4. Be prepared in case it should rain, but head off anyway for a stunning spring walk on the SWCP to Charlestown, and if you have been watching Poldark (has any one not) then the harbour will look very familiar.  There are some lovely eating places, little beaches, and caves and there is a shorter route back as this is a good walk. The SWCP is a mass of wild garlic, pink campion, primroses and cow parsley.

This weekend we should see our fair share of sunshine too this bank holiday, and the extended forecast is looking good too.

Bookings

Well they are coming in thick and fast, and we cannot believe how many people are looking for “just for grown ups”. If you have not IMG_7013stayed with us before, then we are an adults only campsite, and dog and other pet friendly. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Charlestown, and we love campfires and bunting.  You can book by email or telephone 01726 844383. If you like walking and/or cycling and then we are an ideal site.

Hi di hi and ho di ho from The Meadows Team – Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey x

 

Now it’s time to think about holidays………..

Posted on January 2, 2015 by Comments Off on Now it’s time to think about holidays………..
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Our giant bee hives

IMG_7111We hope you had a very merry Christmas and happy new year to you all.

The Meadows Team (me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) spent a very enjoyable Christmas “up country”.  We were very busy ticking off jobs on our outside to do list before heading off,  making the most of the relatively dry and mild winter weather to do so.  There has been lots of chainsawing, chopping, splitting, shredding, digging, planting and wheel-barrowing various materials around the site.

We have now planted all of our lovely new plants, some behind a granite stone miniature wall which we have built with some fabulous small granite boulders.  The new fern bed on the stream side, has a gorgeous tree fern as the centre piece and lots of tree stumps keeping the plants company.

Our log pyramids have multiplied and have been compared to giant bee hives.

To ensure the continued great workings of our new land drainage system we have had a digger on site clearing out all ditches, and our “proper camping” area has been verti drained, or spiked.  We have also put in a couple of new drainage runs, and so we are pleased we had got all this done prior to our Christmas break.

The walk down to Hallane Beach

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Chapel Point (summer pic)

Of course, we are never to busy for getting out walking, and we have put some miles on the clock.  We have had some lovely walks including a lovely walk on Par Beach following our delicious pre Christmas lunch at Sams on the Beach.  We also enjoyed a Sunday walk that we know was one of the favourite of our guests in 2014 and that was a walk on the trail picking up the SWCP and walking to Charlestown, returning via the little lanes.  This really is a fabulous walk at any time of the year, and we always have a stop off at the gorgeous Hallane Beach.  We have also extended our top favourite Mevagissey circular walk, to include walking on to Chapel Point and the gorgeous Colona Beach via Portmellon (and the Rising Sun Pub).

NEWS FROM CAMP DOG HARVEY

Well there is only so much cockerel and turkey a dog can eat, and so it is back to a diet of softly boiled egg, ham and bakers for me.  Before heading off to spend Christmas with my cousins I made sure I fitted in lots of trips to my favourite beaches.  One of my current favourites has been Pendower Beach on the Roseland with lunch at The Roseland Inn at Philleigh, including a pint of shag (brewed next door) for Camp Daddy, and lots of dog treats and a big roaring log fire for me.  On our last visit out that way we also walked the woodland walk at Trellisick Gardens, and crossed back over on the King Harry Ferry which made it a full day out.

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Camp Dog enjoying Caerhays Beach

I have also been enjoying winter beach walks at Gorran Haven, Vault and Caerhays, the latter especially because there are pheasants there in abundance and we all know that spaniels love pheasants.

It seems that The Meadows is growing in popularity, not only with humans.  For 2015 I already have 2 cats, 2 cockatiels, and a African Grey Congo Parrott booked in, all of whom have assured my owners that they are happy with the meadows’ camping etiquette and like us dogs.

BOOKINGS

Of course, now that the Christmas period is over, we know lots of campers will start thinking about planning their camping trips for 2015.  We are looking forward to seeing both returning guests and new guests and we will all keep our fingers crossed for another great summer filled with lots of glorious sunshine.

Please note that at the present time due to telephone issues the only way to book is by email contact, and you can do so here.

For those of you not in the know, and doing your research, The Meadows Campsite is a smallish adult only campsite, great for camping close to Mevagissey and Heligan Gardens.  We are situate in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall and we are very dog friendly, and ideally situate for those who like walking, cycling and visiting the gorgeous gardens of Cornwall. This year we will have new campervan pitches at the fore of our fabulous and very popular wild flower meadow.

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Just a reminder of summer camping at The Meadows, and this year our grass will be greener, and our wildflower meadow even more colourful and wild.  There will also be added extras as now that the essential work has been completed, this year there is far more time for beautifying.

Lynn

You can see so much if you are on two feet, or four if a dog

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Comments Off on You can see so much if you are on two feet, or four if a dog

Exploring the SWCP around Black Head

Well Spring is definitely springing, here in South Cornwall, and everywhere is turning very colourful indeed.

Walking down to Hallane Beach

Here at The Meadows Campsite, we are extremely fortunate to have such great walks on our doorstep, and a beautiful trail linking up to the SWCP.  The Meadows’ Team view is that if you are prepared to do some of your exploring on foot, you will find places that you won’t see out of a window.

The part of the SWCP around Black Head, and the gorgeous Hallane Beach is particularly stunning at the moment with the wildflowers, in particular wild garlic and bluebells.  We have enjoyed our first taste of John’s homemade wild garlic pesto and it was just as delicious as I remembered. Another part of the SWCP looking particularly lovely, and great for those with dogs is Gorran Haven through to Caerhays (Porthluney Cove).  This section takes in four dog friendly beaches, two of which you may get more or less to yourself.

Camp Dog checking out his guests

Our own bluebells on the bank are also extremely colourful, and Camp Dog Harvey has been taking the path along the bank recently to carry out his daily inspection.

As well as our SWCP circular walks book, we are now stocking pocket size local ordnance survey maps for just £4. Shower proof and pocket size showing all the footpaths, bridleways and trails nearby they are great for planning walks from the campsite, and also covering Gorran and Caerhays.  These are proving very popular indeed, and you are unlikely to get lost.

The Mevagissey Ferry is now running, and indeed a group of our guests were on the first sailing, and extremely lucky to be following a basking shark for most of the journey.  This trip cannot be recommended enough and is a great way to visit Fowey.  If you get carried away and miss the last ferry back, then there is always the option of returning on the bus.

The Driftwood Cafe is also open once again on the beach at Pentewan Sands, and lovely for a lunch looking out to sea, with tables and chairs on the verandah.

Things are now starting to get going in Cornwall, and so if you have booked, or are still to book a trip then here’s some great diary dates:-

9-10 May – The Big Produce Market, Truro’s Lemon Quay

10-17 May – St Ives Literature Festival & Fowey Festival of Words & Music (lots happening to celebrate the best of literature and arts.

11 May – Lostfest in Losthwithel – Arts & Crafts, stalls and live music and dance

23 May – 1 June – Fal River Festival (Roseland Penisula) 150 plus events

23-26 May – Run to the Sun Festival, Nequay.  This is where to go for VW spotting as there will be lots and lots of them.

26-31 May – The Pendennis Cup.  Best vantage point to see the super yachts is Pendennis Point

5-7 June – The Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge

13-15 June – Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

21-22 June – Fowey Mussel Festival

21-22 June – St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally

29 June – 4 July – Mevagissey Feast Week

4-6 July Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair

4 July – Sundowner Sessions, The Fisherman’s Friends, Newquay

12 July – Liskeards Agricultural Show

14 July – Stithians Agricultural Show

18-20 July – Bocconoc Steam Fair – an extremely popular event.

26 July – 7 August – Charlestown Regatta

17-23 August – Fowey Regatta & Carnival week

17 August – St Ewe Country Fair – this is a fantastic proper country fair, and is well worth a visit.

Meadows News

Early Spring camping in the meadow

After our winter groundwork, our campsite is really now starting to come back to life. We have had quite a number of campers, camping in the meadow field already.   It has also been great to see the fire pits burning again, enabling our campers to sit outside in the evenings keeping warm.  Whilst our rally was here, we also had the stove lit on the deck on a couple of lovely evenings, which they found was a lovely accompaniment to a couple of glasses of their favourite tipple.

Our new pitches are coming along nicely, and our newly planted gunneras are growing well, as are our foxgloves.  Our guests are going to love the views, and being pitched a little out of the way by the stream.  This year for camping in the meadow itself in our secluded pitches, you will be doing so by “park and roll” . Parking bays will be on the edge of the meadow, and you can transport your gear in style.  We will have camping pitches in the summer with pitch parking too, but the middle of the meadow will be a car free zone.

IMG_0175Since clearing “down field” we have acquired so much more grass and after waving good bye to digger and dumper, we have bought a little tractor.  It’s not one of the big shiny tractors at the rear, its the little and lovely Fordson Dexta at the front.  We are just now awaiting its arrival which should be any day soon.  It will be great for “down field” and indeed up field, and bringing up wood and lots of jobs really.  Father and Farmer Bowler is coming to stay this month to give John and I a few little tractor lessons.

 

 

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There must be something very exciting happening else where in the country in early June.  Early June is a fabulous time for going away (my own view) as you get such long days, and it is generally that bit quieter.  We are very busy indeed at the end of May, and almost booked up from the middle of June until the end of August, but early June is still quite quiet.   Whilst we really do not mind some quiet time, for those lucky folk who can suit themselves, we do have room for early June and would love to see you.  The Meadows is just for grown ups, and ideally placed for visiting Mevaggisey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

For all those guests, we have been unable to accommodate this season,  please do try us again either later on in the year, or book earlier next year.  We are also keeping a few casual pitches to accommodate those last minute short stays, and also if you are just passing by on a tour and want to stay an odd night or two.  We also always ensure that we have space in our camping area  for those arriving on foot, or by cycle.

Mabel Caravan

Our Caravans” – Lottie & Mabel.  Lottie has already entertained a number of guests this season, who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Mabel is getting ready for her first guests who are staying for whit sun bank holiday.  We do still have some  availability for our caravans during the summer weeks.  Please get in touch should you wish to book one of our lovely caravans for a special stay. You can book here, or by telephoning 01726 844383 

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Crossing back from the other side

I am still really enjoying being back on duty.  So far, so good with all four legged visitors on site and none have been cheeky enough to catch any of my pheasants.  As I look good in bluebells,  I am carrying out my site inspections from the other side, whilst being careful not to get lost down any rabbit holes in the process.

 

ALL WE NEED NOW FOR 2014 IS LOTS OF SUNSHINE :), & FOR OUR FRIEND MOLLY FROM ROTHLEY TO WIN THE EUROVISION

Going where the sun is shining

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Comments Off on Going where the sun is shining

Well March is here, and everything crossed that this is the turning point for the weather.  The weather is certainly a lot quieter, and there is a lot of lovely warmth in the sun when it is shining.

IMG_7106We are very well placed here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan for getting out and about, and no part of Cornwall is very far away.  As we have had less than our fair share of sunshine recently, we like to ensure that on the occasions the sun is just with the North Coast, that we go in search of it and enjoy.

It is a half an hour drive over to the north coast, and of course the contrasting coastline is lovely to see any way.  Camp Dog Harvey and I thought we would go and check out a particular area for our guests good for a day trip. It is always good to have someone do the research for you.

First stop – Crantock Beach.  Camp Dog’s favourite beach in Norfolk was Holkham, and this beach did remind us of so much of the Holkham dunes.  Crantock Crantock Beach 2itself is a beautiful village, with lots of lovely little cottages, and a cafe, 2 pubs and a shop.  For the beach there is a large NT car park right next to the beach itself.  The beach is dog friendly, large, so great for a good run around, and absolutely gorgeous.  Joining the SWCP there are then some lovely walks, and we set off in the direction of Holywell Bay, and the other direction would take in the River Gannel Estuary.

This walk was fantastic with lots of little diversions on the way, depending how close to the edge you like to get.  It started over a grassy common area, with views over Crantock and passing by a nice bar and bistro which getting the timing right would make a good place for a stop off.  On this occasion, we had taken our flask with us.

In the summer, there looks to be a super cafe accessed by a foot ferry. Check out www.fernpit.co.uk

polly jolly beachEn route we came across the most fantastic beach, and I have to say on a par with Caerhays and Hemmick.  It is a much smaller beach than Crantock, dog friendly again, golden sands, rocks and caves. It was very quiet indeed, and Camp Dog had warmed up enough to appreciate a dip in the sea.  We then sat on the hill at the top of the path out, and enjoyed coffee and chocolate biscuits (me) and water and boneo (CD).  There is also a pub along the way, so more than one option for a stop off.

Holywell Bay was also very nice, and there is a pub, and also a car park next to the beach so the walk could be done the other way around, as Crantock is better for lunch (in my opinion).  This walk is 3.5 miles, so a nice length.  Returning, with the diversions on the path, you can make it a different walk, and as soon as we could, we dropped down on to Cranctock Beach, and so walked the last mile on the beach.

Marks for the walk – 10 out of 10 from both CD & I.  Also CD had a bath in the sea, and then straight in the car, so no proper bath required.

Second Stop – Perranporth – lots of our guests last season talked about Perranporth.  It came highly recommended as a sandy dog friendly beach with a dogperranporth beach friendly pub right on the beach (The Watering Hole).  We did not think that much to Perranporth itself, not for any particular reason, but yes the beach is good.  The pub has lots of tables outside with great views, and so I enjoyed a proper coffee after our lovely walk on the beach, and took in those views.  Yes, I can see why this beach is popular and worth a ride out to.

photo - st agnesThird stop – St Agnes. This is now a bit further down and towards Truro.  Lovely large picturesque village, and the best of both.  Very nice little shops, choice of eateries, galleries, and also a lovely beach, (one of 4) with a pub, fish and chip shop and great walking.  We did not spend long enough here, and indeed thought it a place that warranted a full day for a good explore.  However, we did head off on the St Agnes Beacon Scenic drive, before our last stop which was

Fourth and final Stop – Chapel Porth – as members of the NT Love my Outdoors, I had seen this in the guide book, and as we were photo - chapel porthso near thought I would drive down.  It is a very steep narrow drive down (not my favourite), but there is a lovely  cove, and a very nice cafe.  There was a stream running through, and this looked to be a good place for walking that part of the SWCP, which lots were doing.  Again, another place to return to, as on googling Chapel Porth on my return, it looks for scenic walking, and this is now a walk on my list www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/201

All in all a great day out, and CD snored loudly all the way back to camp, in the back of the Landy

Other Meadows News

The land drainage work is now complete on site for which we breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The weather was very unkind for work of this type, but now onwards and upwards.  The pitches are all now getting ready for guests, and we are “beautifying” the campsite. We still have lots to do, and one job I keep trying to get to the top of the list if Mabel Caravan’s garden.  Mabel is having a pitch by the stream. For the gorgeous summer on order, there is to be al fresco dining, and lots of sitting in the sunshine.

Plants and the like are now starting to grow.  Primroses are on their way on our pretty stream bank, and the yellow flag irises are starting to sprout too in the meadow and wooded area.

As there is still lots to do, we always do a list at the start of the week to keep us all focused and working hard.

Kernow Forno pizzasSTILL HOT NEWS – new for 2014 – Kernowforno will be visiting weekly through the season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas for our guests. We are indeed very excited about this, as you can never eat too many homemade pizzas.

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It’s a camp dog’s life

News from Camp Dog Harvey – a little q & a,  to give you a little more insight in to my world

Q – My favourite sleeping spot –  A – On the back of the settee

Q – My favourite treat –  A  -prawn crackers

Q – My favourite walk –  A – a round walk on the Pentewan Valley Trail to Mevagissey, and back on the SWCP.

Q -My favourite beach A – Hemmick Beach, closely followed by Crantock Beach just discovered.

Q My favourite pub – A The Polgooth Inn, very closely followed by the Roseland Inn

Q – My favourite haircut – A – short school boy style, and definitely not the woolly sheep look.

IMG_7102Bookings – we remain extremely surprised, and very pleased at the popularity of our change to “just for adults”.  Indeed, my next job is to mark up some weeks where we now have limited availability for hook up pitches.  If you are wanting to holiday with us here at The Meadows, especially in July and August, then please confirm your booking as early as possible so as not to be disappointed. You can book here, or by telephone – 01726 844383.

 

These feet were made for walking……..

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Comments Off on These feet were made for walking……..

The Meadows Team (that is me Lynn, Camp Daddy John, and Camp Dog Harvey) enjoy nothing more than a good long walk , especially in Cornwall.IMG_7102

Being very busy on site with our groundwork, this year we are staying in the County, but even so we will not get to do any where near all the walks we would love to do.

IMG_0146John and I both love the Cornish coastline (SWCP) and the lovely little bays, and fishing villages usually with a characterful and dog friendly pub for lunch.  Camp Dog Harvey does love the coast path and can be encouraged in to the sea, but loves woods and chasing squirrels and pheasants.

Last weekend we had a mixed weather bag (typical Cornwall), but most of Sunday was gorgeous and sunny.  We made the most of both days, and had two lovely walks.

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One of the bays we came across on our walk

The first walk was one we had wanted to do for some time, as we have seen it fromimage over the water.  The walk around St Anthony’s Head had fantastic views all the way, and lots of interesting features including the lighthouse, and observation point. We extended this walk slightly parking at the NT Towan Farm car park and walking around Porth Creek.  Approaching Towan Beach at the end of our walk we were lucky to see lots of seals on the beach and swimming in the sea.  This was a good walk for a walk that had seen a lot of rain, as Harvey was able to take a bathe in the sea at Towan Beach, as when we got back to the car, we headed off to our lunch spot.

This walk is another one ticked off from the book that I will be selling this year in our small camp shop. 16 circular walks all close to the campsite, and we have done quite a number now.  All so far have been great, with some real gems for great views and little coves.

Favouring holidaying in the UK, and never liking to intentionally leave Harvey out we use Alistair Sawday’s Pub and Inns Book as a bit of a Bible.  There is nothing worse than having a less than average lunch in a characterless pub after a good few hours walking when you are ready for some really tasty local food.  Last Saturday we  had a gorgeous sandwich and bowl of very home made chips in the The Roseland Inn at Philleigh.  A great little pub, and so warm and cosy with the fire, and bags of character and Camp Dog Harvey was made very welcome.  This pub got full marks and would be a lovely pub for the summer too as there was a lovely outside seating area.

Another pub out of the book that we recently visited was The Kings Head at Ruan High Lanes which is a good one for on the way to or from Truro.  This is described in the book as a pub with a heart, and I would very much agree with that.  The village itself is a beauty with a Norman font, and a creek that is a haven for waders and waterfowl.  John had an open ploughman’s sandwich, and I had pan friend prawns with garlic butter and we shared a portion of homemade chips .  A cracking pub with a lovely dog friendly bar, and the restaurant was also extremely popular with some lovely catch of the day dishes on the menu.  Another one we shall be returning to.

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Gorgeous Polperro

Last Sunday was a great day for seeing Polperro, and we walked over to Talland Bay which was a very popular walk, again with lovely views back over to St Austell Bay. This place is full of character, with lovely Cornish cottages, little lanes, boats and of course a little beach and the sea.  Had it not been for some very black clouds looming in the distance, we would have walked on to Looe, but we are saving that for another time.  The return car journey was on the scenic route through the back villages, and over on the ferry to Fowey where we stopped for a swift pint at The Ship Inn before heading home for lamb shanks and winter veg cooked by John.

Next weekend we are planning to visit Lanhydrock as the snowdrops should be looking lovely by then.  The Estate grounds look ideal for a good Sunday morning walk.

 

 

Meadows Campsite News

We never expected changing to a site “just for grown ups” to be so popular, and campers are searching out adult only campsites in Cornwall. The interest has been amazing, and we are looking forward to meeting so many new guests this season, and also to the guests of our first season returning to see the changes.  So far, most of the bookings are for guests liking a few more of their creature comforts and opting for electric hookup so it seems we made the right decision adding another 4 hook ups for this season further “down field” and on the sunniest side.

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Our first wood tower

Work on site is progressing, albeit it slower than we would like due to Cornwall taking conditions that would usually fall on the Lake District.  On showery days, we are managing our wood.  There has been a lot of chopping, splitting, stacking and building of log towers, a skill that John learnt on a Norfolk woodland management course.  Our logs stores are full too – yes there has been a lot of showery days, and luckily we still have lots of wood to chop and stack.  There is still a lot to do, but everything is in place, and this week looks to be much better.  It is still only January, and this time last year, we had not even landed in Cornwall.  I keep telling John that every day we must wake up with a PMA (positive mental attitude), and the rest is easy!!!

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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CD taking in the view of Polperro

As much as I love my mum and dad, I am now counting down to the start of the season and seeing new photofaces.  Getting rid of my rain coat, and putting on my cool coat cannot come soon enough for me.  As much as I love lounging in the evening in front of the log burner, there is not much to see in the dark.  I much prefer sprawling out on the deck keeping one eye out on my guests, whilst soaking in the sunshine, and the extra daylight hours.

My girls “our chucks” are still laying well, and my favourite every day dinner is a soft boiled egg and bakers.

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Caerhays

I am looking quite trim at the moment and am really enjoying getting out and about exploring new places, and returning to some of my favourites.   As it is only a short drive away, Caerhays seems to be a popular choice for The Meadows team when time allows for just a hour or so end of sunlight down time.  There are pheasants for me, in abundance, and sand and sea to keep the other members of the team happy.

 

Bookings

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We will be soon

For all you adults out there, looking for a traditional small quiet campsite in a lovely part of Cornwall, please do give us a try.  We welcome tents (all shapes and sizes) caravans, campervans, motorhomes, converted buses, ambulances, and anything “quirky”.  We are dog friendly, and great as a base for visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, and the gorgeous Fowey and Mevagissey.  You can book by contacting us, The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan here, or by telephoning 01726 844383.  If you prefer camping on a more hassle free basis, then we have our caravans available for rent on a weekly, or short break basis.

 

 

 

Time to start thinking holidays, and camping in particular

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Comments Off on Time to start thinking holidays, and camping in particular

The Meadows Team spent their Christmas having lots of fun “up country”, with our families and friends.  Camp Dog Harvey got to meet his new cousins, Boris the spanish water spaniel, Barney the Puggle and Malcolm a very handsome and playful Jack Russell cross. We enjoyed some fabulous old walks in the Leicestershire countryside, and lots of scrumptious food, wine and laughter. Christmas day afternoon we sat down with the “Bowler” extended family and watched Carry on Camping – that was never not going to happen at some point over the Christmas Break!!

New hardstanding grass pitches

The grass protecta when first laid last year (2013)

Prior to the big storms of the New Year, we had enjoyed a very dry November and early December, and so had achieved lots before our break.  At least the first stage of our ditching, and the de-silting of the stream has been put to the test as we have had a stormy start to the New Year. The stream has been very high and flowing fast, but luckily the banks did not break.  Unfortunately Fowey, and Mevagissey did not fair very well, but they were extremely well prepared for damage limitation.  It seems the North Coast got the biggest battering.

Our existing customers will be familiar with our “hardstanding grass pitches”.  In just one season the grass protecta became very well established with a full blown lawn grown through it, and the new grass seed was for strong camping site grass which is certainly is.  For a lot of the work we are doing, it has been necessary to take up a lot of the grass protecta which will then be relaid. By the time we took up the final roll last Saturday, we had just about mastered the best technique, but once relaid this year it is not coming up again!  Very tough stuff though, and it is now all in rolls and looking like new, and John and I should be standing up straight again by the time we open :).

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Sam’s on the beach

It has not been just storms, and in between we have had some gorgeous sunny still dry days.  This was one such day, when we enjoyed another helping of mussels and chips at Sams on the Beach in Polkeris which were once again delicious, and the view is as good.

This month is going to be a very busy month starting from today, and so the improving weather picture is just what we need.  Our road (posh track) extension work starts tomorrow.  This and other ground work has been carefully planned from what we have learned about the land during our first year, and about what our guests want from their campsite experience.  12 weeks from purchase to opening last year, did not give us time, though we did do well with what we achieved.  Indeed this is what has given us the confidence about what we can achieve this year before opening, with 5 and a half months on our side.  So far, so good, and we expect to even get in lots of outings in the county.

We are very excited about the work taking place and the changes being made, and we  are already looking forward to the start of our second season.

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Camp Dog’s recovery position

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Stormy seas at Lizard Point

Yesterday, on stormy Sunday we took a trip out to the Lizard.  It was mainly a driving tour as there was not much let up with the heavy rain, but we did walk down to the point which blew away a few cobwebs. This was Camp Dog in the back of the landy in  his recovery position after his cobwebs were blown away.  We did the trip via Portleven and Cadgwith, and both places looked a little battered with dramatic seas.

Changing to a site “just for grown ups” was for us a big change to make, and so we did wonder what effect this would have on our enquiries.  This time last year, we were still planning our move to Cornwall, and our website was being created, and so we had no other January to compare it to.  We have been very pleasantly surprised and encouraged for both December and January, and our booking numbers are very healthy.  It is lovely to hear from old guests of 2013, and we also look forward to meeting new guests in 2014 visiting us for the first time.  It seems there are lots of grown ups out there who want to be around grown ups, both young and mature and liking a traditional small campsite, in a beautiful area.

We continue to be very dog friendly, and indeed some of you on four legs are also ahead of the game with planning your 2014 camping trips.  Camp Dog Harvey is feeling energised after his Christmas over indulgence, and is getting out and about checking out some new walks, and frequenting his very places.

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Oh so Royal King Charles

Fighting fit now, but this was me in December being chauffeured around whilst recovering from a minor op on my paw. It would be unfair not to every so often reminder my parents that I am after all a “King”. I have still not got over my name change from HRH to Camp Dog.

Storm watching – most of mine has been done from the back of the settee. However I did assist Camp Daddy with the rescue of a labrador from the River Winnick when the river was at it fiercest, and we were out following a storm.  That was quite a scary sight, and I did not get the labrador’s name, but he or she looked very frightened and very relieved when the humans managed to catch up with it and haul it out from the bank.  Lesson to self – stay away from the raging rivers, and the raging sea, and stick with the settee, and log burner!

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Pentewan Sands

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View on the return leg of our walk from Mevagissey on the SWCP

This was the calm before a storm.  A beautiful calm sunny afternoon on Pentewan Sands.  This was also the calm the day after a storm.  My favourite circular walk from camp to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail and back on the south west coast path.  Fabulous as always, and with a few plump pheasants to chase along the way.

Camping for dogs – just as a reminder for those thinking of booking a camping trip with us here.  The Meadows Campsite is  a very dog friendly campsite, and welcomes all well behaved dogs, together with their owners.  There are excellent dog friendly walks for you from camp gates, though you can also take the bus, and the ferries as alternative means of transport. There are also some fabulous dog friendly pubs, foodie, and serving great beer.

Beaches – please take time to check out my page and whet your appetite for some fabulous beaches.  My favourites are Caerhays and Hemmick Beach.

Bookings

We are opening the gates at Easter, in time for wild garlic pesto, Easter eggs laid by our girls, and Easter Sunshine.  If you want to book in with us for 2014 for either a caravan, campervan, motorhome, or tent pitch please contact us here, or give us a call.  Lottie and Mabel Caravans are also available to rent should you wish to enjoy a more hassle free camping experience. The Meadows is a great site for visiting the gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan, and the Eden Project, and for a Mevagissey camping holiday.

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Happy New Year from me Lynn, (Camp Mother), John (Camp Daddy), and Camp Dog Harvey – The Meadows Team.  We hope to see you during our second season here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall