Posted on January 8, 2016
Firstly and most importantly a very Happy New Year to all from The Meadows Team.
Time always seems to fly by when we are open, but it is also flying by just as fast for our “down time”.
Luckily we were full steam ahead when we first closed our gates, and took full advantage of the dry, sunny weather and got ahead of the game. The grass has been growing even in December.
This time of year, we are a little at the mercy of the weather as to what jobs we can do. This means it has been the ideal time to holiday, explore the County and try out many of the fantastic eating places Cornwall has to offer.
For our main holiday this year we thought we would try something new, and so booked a cruise. John was the organiser, and gave us absolutely no time to think about it, as research and booking took all of 5 minutes, after a night out at The Polgooth!! With no flying involved it did seem a good idea at the time. It was a cruise mainly around the Canaries, but also stopping at Lisbon and Madeira. It was different, in a very good way and it was certainly a hassle free holiday. The only things we really had to think about was planning what to do when off the ship as arranged excursions are not really our thing. We found the Canaries extremely well set up for walkers, with some great walks, and indeed we shall definitely return to La Palma another winter which was by far our favourite Island. We ate lunch in some lovely places and feasted on tapas, and enjoyed sitting outside in November, and we met some lovely people and had lots of laughs.
Whilst having to dress up on the ship was good fun, being a country girl, I was pleased to be reunited with my jeans and wellies!!
Back in Cornwall, we have done a great deal of exploring (the walking and eating kind), and we continue to be surprised.
Walking (our favourite pass time)
With having lots of woods on our doorstep, and the Luxlyan Valley close by, we have only just discovered Cardinham Woods (Bodmin way). These really are super woods for both walking, and cycling, with one in particular very hairy cycle ride that nobody would ever get me to do! There is a fabulous cafe Woods Cafe which is known in particular for it’s scrummy carrot cake.
We have also been out walking on the Clay Trails again great for cycling and walking, and with some fantastic views. You can pop in to Eden, or Wheal Martyn for coffee, or lunch, or even better literally just off the trail is the Knightor Winery doing tours, tasting and often coffee and lunch.
This year we had a quiet Cornish Christmas. On Christmas Eve we were blessed with a day of sunshine and walked to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Valley Trail for lunch at the Sharksfin, of beef tacos which were excellent. When we lived in Norfolk we always used to have mussels and chips for supper on Christmas Eve. When we saw mussels at Meva’s fish stall, we could not resist and so supper was sorted, and our return walk was on the coast path A great day, all round.
Crantock beach in the winter (NT)
Walking, beach style
I like a beach where you can get a good stride out and Pentewan Sands and Par are good for this, although for doggies Pentewan is only good for the winter months.
Another great beach, with a nice drive out to it is Pendower on the edge of the Roseland. There is a NT car park right on the beach and some very good rock pools. We headed out here on Boxing Day and then returned via The Roseland Inn at Philleigh. This is a lovely pub and that day the fire was roaring and we had lovely prawn sandwiches and chips before heading home.
In 40 minutes, we can be over on the North Coast, and so based on which side has the better weather, we have been heading up north walking some days. Our favourite beaches are Watergate Bay, Perranporth (2 miles long at low tide), Hayle and Crantock. All of these are fairly close together and so it is possible to do a day of beach hopping with plenty of places for refuelling.
Eating (our second favourite pass time )
For one reason and another, until December, we had just not gotten around to trying The Hub Box on Pentewan Sands – big mistake!! We ventured out here for our Christmas Party and joined forces with Kernow Forno who were hub box regulars. If you like really, really good burgers then this place is a must visit, but go when you are hungry. The sides are all home made and the coleslaw and burnt end beans were fab, and the burgers delicious and award winning! Unfortunately it is not dog friendly in the summer months – boo hoo, and for us it is now closed until March. However, we shall fit in another visit before we open and as it is right on the beach we hope by then be able to sit outside.
As a result of Storm Frank, we had a daytime without power. We saw this as an opportunity to have brunch out and went off to Griggs Farm Shop. The shop itself is great for outdoor gear, work gear, eggs and pickled onions, but the cafe is just a real treat. I had a half Cornish and John a full Cornish breakfast and it was very, very tasty indeed and kept us going until power was restored. There was even enough for a doggie back for Harvey who had waited patiently in the landy.
On our trips out exploring, and with the guidance of Alistair Sawday’s website, and of course trip advisor we have tried new places. We like cosy pubs, good food, and a friendly welcome so not much to ask! We got all of these at both The Halestown Inn, Halestown (near St Ives), and The Ship Inn at Wadebridge. We always like to have a memory bank of dead certs, plus a few on our list still to try, and a few very special favourites.
Work on site
Our Cornish hedge is slowly but surely coming along. The first part is complete, save for the hedge itself to be planted in the top. The next section is well underway, but the weather has been making it tricky for hedger Tom.
Wood – our regulars will know that fire pits are a big thing here at The Meadows, and indeed many have commented on our wood towers. We have a very good back up wood source, however, we would like eventually to keep up with supply and demand from our own towers. After hearing such good reports from farmer Bowler about his log splitter run off an old Renault tractor, we have bought our own splitter to be delivered today. The old Fordson Dexter had been feeling redundant since we bought our new tractor, and so is pleased to have been chosen to run the splitter. We have made our very own mini production line, so trunk to stack should be a fairly slick operation, or that is the idea any way.
For everything else left to do, we are poised now waiting on the first signs of Spring. However, wood will keep us busy until then, and will also keep us fit.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Happy new year, and happy walkies to all my four legged friends out there. It is nice enjoying my large garden once again, and getting out and about on some epic beaches. Whilst my owners were away cruising I spent two weeks “up country” with the farming side of the family. I was very happy as in reality I just went from one sofa and log burner to another!
I enjoyed a Christmas time feast of cockerel (lots of), roast ham joint, short rib of beef, and all the trimmings each time, except I don’t do peas! There has been lots of walks on the beach, 3 a day on some days and lots of dog friendly pubs with log fires, and hot chips under the table. Life for me is pretty good, and so on that basis I have signed a new contract for next season as Camp Dog.
We are well in to taking bookings now, and indeed some summer weeks, we are already getting fairly limited on hook ups. The system is the same as before, keeping it fairly simple, just how we like things. We continue to add information to our FAQs and keep the information on the website up to date, useful and interesting! To book you can contact us here, or if you would like to speak to us please call 01726 844383. Our gorgeous caravans Lottie and Mabel are also available to rent again this year for a special stay. For newbies The Meadows is an adult only campsite, dog friendly and quirky, on the South Cornwall Coast, and great for walking cycling and campfires.
Here’s to a great 2016 with lots of sunshine and fun along the way.
Posted on August 13, 2015
With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite. Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.
Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather. There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.
The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”. Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea. Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay. Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.
Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days. A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs. The current favourite walks are:-
1. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River. A lovely day walk. This one I expect will always stay at number 1.
Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown. Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path. The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home. Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.
Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach. Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.
Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.
Chapel Point & Colana Beach
Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach. There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.
Number 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk. Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views. Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month. There is never any shortage of boats to look at.
Other highly recommended “doing” days:-
1. Heligan Gardens, of course. At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ. Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.
2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant. This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it. We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….
Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!
3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month. This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip. The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night. Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper. We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.
4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions. Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!
5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.
Pictures – here are some taken over the past few weeks.
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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found. Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks. We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast. There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others. The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.
We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite. All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is. Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!
Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received. Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.
Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by. The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.
Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much. For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September. For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September. In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.
We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens. We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings. All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.
Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up. We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides. There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year. As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite. We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats. One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.
Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows. Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send. These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us. For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.
Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)
Posted on May 16, 2013
Our girls’ little palace by the stream
During the last few days, The Meadows Team has tripled in size. We have been delighted to welcome “The Girls” (our gorgeous chickens) to The Meadows Campsite.
We are still to name the chucks as we are working out their personalities. John, CD Harvey, and I are to name two each. CD has put forward gravy and bread-sauce for his two ;), but he has been told that he must be nice, and come up with some better suggestions.
Already we have had 3 eggs and they only arrived yesterday, which is a fantastic start, so go girls!!
The girls seems to love their new home, which John made from leftover wood, and I painted and put the hen sign up. They also seem to like their pitch by the stream with a good view over the campsite. The idea is that the girls can watch the campers, and the campers can watch the girls.
Well, hello Mrs Robinson
Today we welcomed the gorgeous Mrs Robinson on site, with her two occupants who are spending the last couple of days of their holiday here. It was our sign with the yellow camper van that enticed Mrs Robinson, on their way for some camping Mevagissey style. It looks so apt here, it would be rude not to put her picture on our website. Mrs Robinson is available for hire from www.cornishcampers.co.uk.
Heligan Gardens – are coming alive at this time of year, and Kate Humble did a book signing there this week.
Eden Project – This weekend for the first time ever they are letting dogs visit. If you and your pooch are still undecided as to what to do this weekend why not go to see the Eden gardens as they are looking fabulous. Heligan are dog friendly all year round.
Kings Wood Restaurant – just up the road from us at London Apprentice came to see us this week with their new menu. It all looks delicious, and you can walk there from our site along the Pentewan Valley Trail. Wednesday night is the ever popular Steak & Seafood night. The car park is always full lunchtime and evenings, so that is a very good sign. You can even walk back, though you might want to take a torch if you intend making a late evening of it.
The Pentewan Valley Trail is looking really lovely and full of bluebells. Our guests are all enjoying the walk down to the Village, a stroll on the beach, dinner at The Ship Inn, and then walking it off back to camp. Those making a “walking day” have walking to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail, and then returning along the coastal path.
A customised AA sign
We do still have availability for the summer season and if you would like to book please contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383. We cater for motor homes, tents (all shapes and sizes) and caravans. We are also dog friendly and campfires are allowed provided they are off the ground. To assist we hire out fire-pits, which all you have to do is light and enjoy. For your own fires, we can also supply wood. Our campsite is ideal for camping close to the lovely town of Mevagissey and camping close to Pentewan Sands Beach and we are a small friendly site.
Posted on February 20, 2013
The Fountain Inn, Mevagissey
In the name of research for our guests, and as we are without a working kitchen until the new one arrives we have been eating out more than we would usually.
The nearest pub to The Meadows, is the characterful and friendly Ship Inn in Pentewan. We frequented here on “move in” day with our “helpers” and have been a few times since. The team there are all very welcoming, and the food is all good, particular favourites being the ploughmans lunch, and homemade fish pie. Camp Dog Harvey has also been made very welcome too. The beer is good too, especially the pear cider. Cannot wait for the spring to enjoy the beer garden, and view. The walk down to the pub on the Pentewan Trail is a scenic and enjoyable one.
After a very busy first day clearing out in site we decided to treat ourselves to a fish and chip supper. We made a good choice with the Fountain Inn in Mevagissey. This is very popular and the fish and chips were superb, and extremely good value. Fish and chips must be their speciality as plate after plate were coming out of the kitchens. We will definitely be returning to this pub at Mevagissey for more of the same. The fish and chips can be enjoyed take away style too.
As the local Indian takeaway Spice Merchant in Mevagissey delivers to The Meadows site. We thought we would do a taste test for our guests. The choice was good and the food was all very tasty, the service was a little bit slow, but we expect in the summer months there are far more hands on deck, and the owner was on his winter break when we visited.
Being keen walkers, and on our first Sunday off we went on foot to the very popular Polgooth Inn, in Polgooth. This was just under an hours walk mainly on footpaths and bridle ways with a little bit of a climb. The climb was well worth it as it provided lovely views over Pentewan beach, and also the Pentewan Valley. When we arrived Sunday lunch was being served which looked a very generous portion and was clearly very popular. At this point we had a temporary abode and a joint to cook for the evening so we shared a plate of tapas. This idea was a good one, and we had olives, stuffed peppers, garlic mushrooms, calamari, and fries with aioli.
After being here only a couple of weeks we are delighted with the local pubs and the quality and choice of food. It is a good job The Meadows Teams has lots of hard work to do to keep up our appetites.
Lynn and John will be happy to show you any of the walks mentioned above, and always have walking maps and books to hand. Please join us this Sumer at The Meadows touring park in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, Cornwall, UK. We cater for motor homes, touring caravans and tents. Please enquire here, or telephone Lynn and John on 01726 844383. Whilst advance booking is recommended, if we can fit you in we will always do so.