Camping, grown up style……

Posted on May 26, 2016 by Comments Off on Camping, grown up style……

IMG_7102After you have ensured that you are not booking in to anything other than an “adults only campsite”, (we are dog friendly too) it is time to check out the best of what is on offer for grown ups.

I have done lots of posts about walking (which I love), food (which I also love), and so for some other ideas if you are visiting soon:-

  1. Last year quite a number of our guests ventured out with Fowey River Hire this was for the guided canoe expeditions, and also hiring kayaks out.  The feedback was excellent and indeed guests have even told us that they enjoyed it so much they have bought their own kayaks for this year. This years dates and times are out with regular expeditions and for more information prior to arriving check out their website. The Fowey Estuary really is a great place to try out kayaking and is not only beautiful, but the waters are far calmer than out on the open sea.  If it is a guided tour, then my understanding is that there is usually a stop off at the pub in the pretty Golant village.
  2. imageOur guests seem to be a fit bunch, and so I am sure some of you would be up for cycling along the trail and country lanes to visit a few of the local vineyards. In one direction, there is Polmassick Vineyard and also very close by Bosue Vineyard.  Both do tasting and tours, and at Polmassick cream teas are also available.  A good cycle ride, but well worth it in another direction you will find Knightor Winery. As well as tasting and tours, Knightor has a lovely cafe & restaurant open in the daytime and evenings, and they host also feast nights which make for a great night out. Need a bike then contact Stuart at Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire
  3. Campers who venture out to Falmouth always seem to have a good day out, and Falmouth is one our favourite Cornish towns.  There are lots of little independent shops, a huge choice of restaurants, and lots of Henry Cav - Ferrylittle ferry crossings to the likes of St Mawes, Flushing and other boaty places. Head out there 17-19 June and you will see the Falmouth Classics Regatta. A little bit later in June 27 June-2 July it is the Pendennis Cup. Whilst out that way, it would be a good time to take a little diversion and head off to The Pandora Inn at Restronguet.  This was last year voted the best pub in Cornwall and you will not be disappointed.
  4. ferryMy idea of a great car free day out would be an early start and catch the first ferry over to Fowey. On landing in Fowey, I would head off to Pinky Murphys for coffee.  After a mooch around Fowey, I would walk round on the SWCP to Polkerris and feast outside at Sams on the Beach with a bowl of gorgeous Fowey River Mussels. Depending if time was in my favour, it would be the bus or ferry back.  If time was in my favour I would walk back from Mevagissey via Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some goodies for supper.

cyderfarmNot forgetting for the beer/cider lovers out there St Austell Brewery Tour, Skinners Brewery Tour, and Healeys Cider Farm.  Well, I say tour, but of course it is tour and sample, as the two go hand in hand.  If heading to Skinners you can catch the bus or train to st-austell-breweryTruro then nobody has to drive.  St Austell Brewery is just up the road, but again on the bus route.

Food 

I don’t think I can write a post without including food!!

For the foodies out there, our regular wood fired pizza and fish & chips start in June, and also breakfasts.   Also on in June locally are

18-25 June 2106 St Austell Feast Week

21-22 June Fowey Mussel Fest

News from Camp Dog Harvey (aka HRH)S7000414

For all you handbag dogs out there I have passed on the bandana feedback and hopefully a selection of smaller ones will arrive in time for Summer.  Great for the forthcoming heatwave as you can wet it and keep cool, in more ways than one.

What I have learnt this week from under the desk!  New answer for “can you walk to the Eden Project from here” – technically, yes you can, and around it and back as someone did from here the other day.  I was well impressed but now in my more mature years, I won’t be following suit ;).

IMG_7106Bookings – our diary is a very busy one, with only the odd gaps here and there, and a couple of cancellations available.  This is except at the moment for “proper camping” between 3-10 June.  There must be something really, really exciting going on elsewhere in the Country.  However, if you are a spur of the moment camper, why not take up this opportunity of lots of space and book.  This could of course all change very quickly if the anticipated 90 day heatwave transpires.

The Meadows Campsite is an adult only (and dog friendly) campsite/caravan site in South Cornwall, close to Heligan, Eden, Mevagissey and Charlestown.  We love campfires, bunting, all things quirky and people from all walks of life.

To book call 01726 844383, or complete the contact form and you will get a swift response.

 

Walking & Camping go hand in hand…………

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Comments Off on Walking & Camping go hand in hand…………

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If you are going to be visiting this season, then you will have seen from our website and my  previous blog that you are not going to go hungry.

This means you need to “walk” up an appetite and, how nice is it to combine foodie camping with walking.

Top tip

DSC_6544Prior to your trip have a look at a fantastic website for walking in Cornwall which we use a lot – iwalkcornwall.co.uk.  There are lots of very local circular walks around Pentewan, Mevagissey, and Charlestown, which can be walked straight from the campsite gates and without getting in the car.  There are also walks if you are staying longer and venturing further afield.

For keen walkers it is worthwhile getting the app and then for a very modest fee (worth it not to get lost)  you can download individual walks to your phone.

It is also worth looking at our own cycling & walking page for our walking highlights, of which there are so many. The location of The Meadows Campsite, (adults only & dog friendly) on the local bus route, and close to Mevagissey for the Fowey Ferry, means there are so many options to leave the car behind.

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All you camping dog owners have got to agree that there is nothing better than a tired out pooch back at camp! Also most walks around here can include a dog friendly pub!

Just a short one for now as I need to work off all those Easter Eggs.

Lynn x

 

 

Camping for foodies……………..

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Comments Off on Camping for foodies……………..

Well, the  weather appears to be on the turn, for the better at last.  This means it is now all systems go with preparations for the IMG_0992coming summer season here at The Meadows Campsite.

Now that the opening of the gates is getting closer, we are putting our thoughts to this years”pop ups” here at The Meadows.

Good food plays a very important part in a holiday, well it does in ours, and food events will continue I am sure to be popular here.

We realise that tents, camper vans, caravans are like second homes, of course some more luxurious than others.  Campers like to spend time sitting outside their second home enjoying the Cornish air, and soaking up the atmosphere on the campsite.  When you have been out and about all day walking, exploring the gardens, or mooching around our lovely harbours of Mevagissey and Fowey, it is nice to relax back at camp.

It seems now, that is getting known that here at The Meadows, you are unlikely to go hungry during your stay. So for all you foodie campers, we will keep trying to keep things interesting and of course very tasty.

This is Cornwall, and so nothing is ever set in stone.  However, to get your taste buds tingling, here is what we hope to be on offer for the forthcoming season.

1. Breakfasts are back……………..  PLEASE SEE UPDATE – AS I APPEAR TO HAVE SPOKEN TOO SOON…..

John hung up his Chef’s apron at the end of 2014, and that is where it stays.  However this season we will once again have breakfast on offer on regular days, courtesy of Amanda’s breakfast Van.  The menu I have seen looks great, with the theme being very much local produce and very tasty.  Unlike John’s baguettes, there will also be more healthy options!  For those returning guests, our deck is a sunny spot in the mornings and so guests can once again enjoy their breakfasts there which also happens to be the wifi zone.

We will also have an awning for part should a bit of shade/dry be needed.

13/3/2016 – UPDATE.  This is currently on hold due to catering van issues.  Keeping everything crossed that there may be something in a more basic form.  If not and you don’t want to cook it yourself it will be heading up the hill to Heligan, or down the Valley to The Little Bay Cafe in Pentewan Village. 

2. Tuesday night has to be wood fired pizza night….

This will be the third year that we have had the delight of Simon, Sarah and the rest of the Kernow Forno team cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order for our guests, neighbours, and villagers.  Not only are their pizzas delicious, but they always seems to have the sunshine on board too, so it does not get much better.

3. Fish & Chips – at present the jury is out, but we are keeping everything crossed.  It was Fish & Chip Monday last season, courtesy of Ross and Jess from The Atlantic Fryer Portscatho. Homemade tartare sauce, homemade pickled onions and mushy peas, Cornish hake and beef dripping chips………… mouth watering stuff!

UPDATE – looks like Fish & Chips Thursday is on for Jun, Jul & Aug :).

4. Anna’s Cocktail and Cider Bar – we were also able to tell from the “empties” in the glasses box collected the following morning how popular this had been.  Who brings with them all the ingredients to mix a cocktail on holiday, not many, but everyone enjoys a Mojito, or something just as tasty. The Old Rosie Cider went down just as well even though it is not Cornish. We are pleased to say that Anna will be returning this season.

Lazys pic5. Lazy Jack’s Cider Bar – can you tell this is an adults only campsite! Details to be confirmed, but Lazys (anything but) have promised to visit this season serving cider out of their converted horse box.  Lazys also do food too, and so we are hoping they can combine the two and may be make a regular weekend visit, so watch this space.

For all your BBQ, and good food options for cooking up your own feast we of course also have Lobbs Farm Shop up at Heligan Gardens.  This is either a 30 minute nice walk, or a 5 minute drive from the campsite, if you think your bags will be too heavy to carry.

Other Meadows news

Just when we finished chopping the last of the wood on the pile, we had storm Imogen.  We had a few trees fall on the bank, which have all now been chopped, split and stacked.  This is a year of wood, as we have more trees to take down this week, and big piles of wood to bring up from our little wood from the efforts of a couple of years back.

The shower block has been painted out and some new shelves have gone up.  The toothbrushes will be out soon for the annual super, super, clean!

We have just had a delivery of more “grass protecta” to extend the hard standing on some of our pitches.  This will mean that some tent pitches will also be good for camper vans in all weathers.  That should hopefully be going down this week, which will be a quick job as we are now experts on the art of laying grass protecta.

John is itching to get the mower out as the campsite is in real need of a good mow, but it is just that bit too early. I am the same with my paintbrush for all of our fencing, office, hen house, bird boxes and signs.

The Cornish Hedge is nearing completion, and we are just hoping we have not missed the slot for bare root planting in the top.  Yes, this is the hedge that was started back in October, but it is quite a lot of hedge!

IMG_7106Bookings – it is always interesting to see the pattern of bookings as they come in. Mondays is our busiest bookings day of the week. It also seems that whilst we are missing out visiting the NEC Caravan show this month, we will get to see some of the new funky retro style caravans here this season.  Variety is the spice of life. We like to mix it all up here and have units of all types visiting here with campers from all walks of life. We are busy with bookings, and so are keeping our availability calendar updated. We expect to have our own school once again during July and August with headmaster, teachers of all subjects teaching assistants and school secretaries holidaying here.  If you want to book then you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383.

IMG_0475News from Camp Dog Harvey – I am ticking off the days on my calendar until my little world changes.  You know me, keen to be on duty and I was in the office like a shot the other day when the door was open for defrosting the freezer.  However, it was still a bit cool in there for my liking and so I soon retreated back indoors to the comforts of the log burner.

Whilst out and about this weekend, I visited Caerhays for a bit of beach walking and pheasant chasing.  There was an extremely low tide and so the beach was enormous, with lots of lovely rock pools.  Put this one on your list of places to visit, as it is a gorgeous little beach.  The cafe owners were there as well and it looked like they were tidying up, and getting ready for opening again for the season, and you can park right on the beach.

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Top Model

This year I will be continuing with my part time modelling, as well as my security duties.  Once again I will be modelling the bandanas that will be stocked in our campsite shop. In case you don’t know The Meadows is a dog friendly and adults only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

Great weather for doing…………

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Comments Off on Great weather for doing…………

IMG_6820With 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:-

DSC_65441. 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.

DSC_6758Number 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.

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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.

ferryNumber 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………….

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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.

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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.

IMG_6785Bookings – 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)

 

 

 

 

 

What’s this “adult only” all about……..

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Comments Off on What’s this “adult only” all about……..

One of the best things about running a campsite is that we get to meet people from all walks of life.S7000293

When we made the decision to change to a campsite “just for grown ups” we did this not with our business hats on, and not because we don’t like kids, we do!  We made the change to offer something different in an area with lots of campsite choice.  We have always wanted to run the campsite, as a couple with the very personal touch.

This is now our second season as “just for grown ups” and it is being well received.  Lots of our guests have children, or work with children but when they are holidaying as a couple want to be around other grown ups, chilling and relaxing.  This also means they can enjoy a sleep in sometimes, and a light night around the fire pit.

From our point of view, it works well, as even when we are full, which we are a lot, with usually only two on a pitch we have the time to chat with our guests, and help them get the most out of their stay in the area.

IMG_7232With no little ones to wake them up early in the morning, we find there is no early morning mad rush for the shower block.  Indeed it is often just before lunchtime that the facilities are at their busiest – Oh yes it is…………..!!  I will qualify that to say that we do often have a very early brigade on too who usually beat me in there for my early morning clean.

We have had a few groups camping with us recently, all having a great time, and all observing our “camping etiquette”. We get a big mix of ages, and there is always a very chilled, relaxed, atmosphere on site, and that is not just when the cocktails and cider is being served!  We had a group of Exeter students here celebrating the end of their exams and they enjoyed campfires, bbqs with goodies from Lobbs Farm, walking the SWCP, and even some kayaking around the beautiful local coves.  Lots of our small groups have arrived under their own steam, and so have also benefitted from our discount.

Mevagissey Feast Week – is on this week, and is a week full of lots of fun events, and lovely food.  The fish feast was especially DSC_6544good, and we have seen some wonderful looking’s lobsters being cooked up here on the bbq.  The music events are also proving popular, and it is great for our guests being able to hop on the bus, or walk in, and so avoid the very busy car parks.

We are also keeping our eye on the Caerhays Cafe for news of pop up events, as with the weather warming and drying up at last these just make for a great evening out with music and food on the beach, and films too.  Indeed The Atlantic Fryer is having to give one Monday a miss here – boo hoo so on 3 August our guests will have to enjoy fish and chips on Caerhays Beach instead.

Lots of our guests have been heading off to the Eden Sessions to see Paolo Nutini, Elton John, Motorhead, the very lovely Paloma Faith. If staying here during the Eden Sessions it is always worth doing a check a couple of day before as they often have late returned tickets and it really is a fab venue.

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Did someone say pussycat????!!

This week we have had a family arrive on the campsite who will be staying with us until the end of our season.  We have mum and dad, two cats, two cockatiels and a parrot!! The parrot is I am sure going to keep their neighbours, and other guests entertained once he has settled in to his holiday abode.

Other Meadows news

This weekend it is the Padstow Vintage Rally, and also the end, and of course including the grand firework finale of Mevagissey Feast Week.

It is is also worth noting that The Miracle Theatre Company will be doing an open air performance of The Magnificent Three on 11 July up at Heligan Gardens should you be with us then.

Of course there are still The Charlestown and Fowey Regattas for our guests to look forward to, and The Asylum up at Heligan with Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Fish and Chips (Mondays), Wood Fired Pizzas (Tuesday)  and Cocktails are going down a storm with our guests so far this season.  They will be S7000002continuing through the season and hopefully in September too (subject to numbers).

This year “proper camping” is seeming to be even more popular, although with some of the gadgets we charge “proper” is being tested!!  Our “proper camping” areas are fully booked now through until September, unless you are of course arriving under your own steam and we will then always find you a place.

Reviews – thank you so very much indeed for all the lovely reviews we have received this season, and for all the pictures you have sent us.  There has been some great pictures of our resident woodpeckers.

Thank you also for the extra special effort being made dressing your units.  It is such good fun seeing all the fairy lights, bunting, IMG_7013handmade windbreaks, and so much more……………  This really seems to be a campsite full of very happy people, and we love it.  Our bunting stock has been depleted and our bunting boys are very busy making bunting for summer weddings.  This means if there is any one out there who is a handmade bunting queen we would be very happy to stock it in our little shop this summer so please do get in touch.

Of course The Meadows Team likes to join in with the oh so important finishing touches,  and so we now have lots more bunting on our stream bank, and blue fairy lights on our office.  We also have so many pots on our deck area and herbs which guests are welcome to help them selves to.

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Nothing much to report, as I am far too busy following up a rumour that two pussycats have been spotted on site………………… I will just say that I am very impressed with the long walks that some of my four legged guests have been subjected to by their owners recently, as I know these hills. Good on you getting out there and exploring, and working up an appetite for your sausages and burgers on the bbq.  Those only doing half a circle, and returning on the bus have been spotted!!

Top places for doggies this month – Duporth & Vault Beaches, both quieter as you have to walk some of the way. For food, the terrace at The Kingswood, who are now doing lovely lunches too Wednesday to Sunday, and of course The Polgooth Inn, both are in walking distance of The Meadows.

Heatwave – for mad dogs who like sunbathing Caerhays cove is the favourite place for a beach day, with the sea there being on the calm side so good for a cooling dip.

Well, that is all for now folks, and we look forward to seeing lots of you very soon.

Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to opening has begun……………

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

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

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Porthcurno

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

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

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

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

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Five towers, and all still standing

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

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

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

New for 2015

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Gorgeous Mevagissey

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

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

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

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

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Well, we will be soon

Bookings

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

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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Vault Beach in the winter

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

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

 

 

Our winter holidays…….

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Comments Off on Our winter holidays…….
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NZ high season

One of the questions we both get asked the most is “what do you do in the winter?”

Well, so far for our first  two seasons of campsite life, our answer has always been “working on the campsite, and walking with Harvey on the SWCP on our days off”.  Working very hard for the last two years, we have completed the major work on site, gone through two seasons as real novices to this, and so we thought we had earned some good down time this winter to recharge our batteries. We also thought we may be find a few good new ideas along the way to bring back to The Meadows.

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We enjoyed lots of walking

We like a summer holiday very much ourselves, as you cannot beat sitting out in the warm evenings, swimming in the sea and walking in shorts and T-shirts. Well, everything looks so wonderful if the sky is blue, and the sun is shining and generally everything is blooming.  England is our favourite Country, but we do both love NZ. As our desire to run a campsite came about during our own NZ campervan trip, we thought we would make another trip there this winter.  We spent a wonderful 7 weeks, only experiencing one day of rain, and exploring many amazing places along the way.

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Freedom camping

We stayed on many campsites, as well as a few farm stays, including one with family.  We spent time both on the North and South Island and we enjoyed wonderful long walks, wineries, visiting family, and just generally had a fabulous time.  So as work on site, came to a temporary halt whilst we were away, I will share with you some pictures of camping the NZ way.S7000142S7000145 S7000135

 

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Most easterly campsite in the world

 

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News from Camp Dog Harvey

I am not very good in the heat anyway, but it would have been nice to meet my cousin Monty.  Nz did not include me, but I have had my very own holiday at the Woodthorpe Health Farm in the Midlands.  I enjoyed some lovely winter walks with my new coat around Charnwood,  and a trip to Norfolk. It has been early to bed and early to rise, two good square meals and not too many treats, and evenings in front of the log burner.  My extra padding has been reduced, my six pack is back and I have returned home in fine form. I am now back in Cornwall and this morning enjoyed a lovely walk on Pentewan Sands in the sunshine to see the big waves.DSC_6754

Now that I am back, I shall be getting out and about enjoying my favourite local walks, and also hopefully finding some new ones to add to my walking journal.  As well as dog friendly walks, I am always on the lookout for new dog friendly pubs, even though I have a good list already.

Other Meadows News

Prior to downing tools at Christmas, we were very busy completing jobs, most of which involved wood in one form or another.  Now we are back, and feeling reenergised, we are ready to get stuck in with our list of jobs to be done in time for opening on 30 April. Our first job is creating our four new campervan pitches on our fore meadow. The grass protecta to make the grass hardstanding is on order, the pitch names have been chosen and so these pitches  should be done next week. These new pitches are already proving popular with our early VW Campervan bookers.

We have come up with the names now for all our pitches, but we still have the signs to make, and we are hoping to make these out of left over materials, and things found whilst out and about.

It is still a little early to get the paint brushes and bunting out, and we are keeping Mabel and Lottie with their covers on for a while still yet.

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Working on basic admin, i.e notebook, pen and iPad, and being away for such a long time, we carried on with bookings as usual whilst away.  Once again the theme is book early and have a camping trip to look forward to. Even “proper campers”, the hardy bunch are booking early this year, and we are keeping everything crossed for a good summer like the last.

Already, for the height of the season, electric hook up pitches are very limited.  If you are thinking of staying with us for your main summer holiday then please do think about booking early.  Our vintage and quirky caravans Mabel and Lottie are also proving to be very popular again this season.  The Meadows is an adult only campsite close to Mevagissey, so very handy for The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Charlestown and Fowey.  We are a dog friendly and indeed a generally very friendly campsite.

Thank you to all those who have booked to stay with us so far for the 2015 season and we look forward to seeing you all in a few months time.

 

Lynn, John and Harvey

 

 

Testing the one hour theory………

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Comments Off on Testing the one hour theory………

IMG_7106The Meadows Campsite is on the south coast of Cornwall, and one of the slimmer parts of the county.  This makes us situate in a very beautiful part of Southern Cornwall with lots to explore on our doorstep, but also a great base for getting out and about in the county.

We love our girls (the chucks), but during down time, they do restrict our getting away on short breaks, so days out are ideal.  We can then make sure we are back late afternoon when it is still light to give them theirdeb's pictures 019 tin of sweetcorn, and put them to bed at dusk.

IMG_0929Our walking is also a little restricted just at the moment, due to Camp Dog having poorly paws, and so it is short walks only until they are better, and so we combine these with scenic drives.

Being nice and central, we can be anywhere else in Cornwall in just about an hour, and so everywhere in the county is doable for a day trip.

This weekend we had a lovely mooch around Padstow on Saturday afternoon, and it was even warm enough to sit outside on the harbour front.  Padstow is never quiet even in the winter, and it even manages to have 3 pasty shops in a row, as well as lots of great eating  in places, and all the very popular shops if you like a spot of shopping.

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Seaton & Downderry

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Portwrinkle Cafe

My favourite magazine is Coast, and this is where you often learn about the not so talked about places.  I think this is often as these places are off the beaten track, and are beautiful just for their naturalness, and you really have to seek places out, and some of the best places you will only see if exploring on foot. On Sunday I was tour leader, and we headed off to the Rame Peninsula which is known as Cornwall’s forgotten  corner. We were heading for lunch in Kingsand, and our first stop on the way was Seaton & Downderry.  We parked up on the front and had a lovely walk on the sea wall, basking in lovely warm sunshine between the two villages, and back along the SWCP which runs on the village coast road where the lucky residents have the most amazing view around to Looe and beyond.

Next stop on the coast road was Portwrinkle, another gorgeous coastal village with a very popular country club and golf course.  We stopped for our morning coffee at the cafe which must have one of the best views in Cornwall right on the cliff top. Portwrinkle is at the start of Whitsand Bay which is quite simply stunning , with very dramatic scenery and sandy beaches.

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Kingsand & Cawsand

Still en route to Kingsand we passed three beautiful old forts and took in the view at Rame Head.  The head looks a fabulous section of the SWCP, but unfortunately H would not have managed the ups and down of the coast path that day, so back on the coast road to Kingsand.  By now the blue sky had changed to a more stormy setting and so we parked ourselves in The Devonport Inn in one of the window seats, and had lunch of fogey river mussels (me), and homemade Cornish pasty and a pint (Camp Daddy), and lots of treats for Harvey from the nice ladies in the pub.  Kingsand and Cawsand are very beautiful villages and fabulous to wander around, but the houses there do take frequent batterings, with all houses on the front having window shutters and flood gates. We have only visited here once before and it was summer time, and we caught the Plymouth ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe and walked around.  Then it was very busy, and a really hot day and we sat outside the same pub where they have trays attached to the habour railings which is a great idea as there is limited room for tables and chairs.

We took the direct route back home, but reading up about the area later, we should have stopped at a couple of places on the other side.  Next time we shall take a look at St John’s lake (twitchers’ paradise), and St Germans Church.   There are also the historic country properties of Anthony, Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot.

So for a great day hour whilst holidaying with us at The Meadows, the Rame Peninsula is highly recommended, and indeed we shall be visiting again before we open and exploring more on foot.

Other Meadows News

S7000019We have been getting on with our winter jobs, and a lot of time has been spent “doing” wood! A lot of trees have been taken down mainly random ones in our working area, and also a couple stream side. All the big stuff has been logged and we have completed our first huge log tower ready for fire pits. All the smaller stuff has been shredded and the chucks got the first lot for their pen, and we have ton sacks lined up ready for our new planting areas, along with some stumps for our new stumperry. Still lots of tree work to be done.

Next week is set to be drier and is our last good week to get our plants in, and we have lots of them.  We have some lovely granite boulders, trunks and stumps to make the beds.  All the planting is to be Cornish style, and informal.

We have also been collecting things on our outings, to use for our pitch name signs.  Just when our guests thought they had worked out our pitch numbering system, and you did well as I often get confused, we are giving our pitches names.

On the more practical side, our very skilled Cornish digger man Frank is coming back in the next few weeks to clear out all of our ditches, to keep the land drainage system flowing.  We are also going to be putting in more “grass protecta” soon on to the fore meadow to create our four none electric camper van pitches.  This will enable camper vanners to mingle with the tenters and enjoy the evening sun in the meadow with a view of the Mevagissey hill.

S7000002It seems from an article published in Practical Caravan Magazine this month that The Meadows is getting known as a bit of a foodie campsite.  We like this as we love food, and we do agree that there is so much wonderful food in the area, not just with Lobbs Farm Shop along the trail, and some amazing eateries, but also with wood fired pizzas, paella, breakfasts and cocktails made on site, we hope guests will continue to enjoy such delights.

Bookings – we are now taking bookings for 2015, and please do contact us by either email or telephone to book for next season.  We are a smallish friendly campsite just for grown ups one mile from the sea on the south coast.  We are close to Mevaggisey, Heligan Gardens, Charlestown and lots of other fabulous places.  We are also an ideal campsite if you are keen walkers, or cyclists with lots of walking and cycling routes  starting from the campsite gates.

Well, that’s all for now and it’s time to light the log burner…………

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Dog Harvey walking off all those summer treats

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Comments Off on Camp Dog Harvey walking off all those summer treats
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More wood piles required

IMG_7111Our last few days of the season were quiet ones, and so it got us used to the idea of being “quiet”, but it still seems strange to have the gates closed and the place to ourselves.

Making the most of the continued good weather, we have been getting stuck in to the jobs where there is a big plus sign to getting them done as soon as.  The grass is growing under our feet, and we are really pleased about that. The meadow has been topped and we are making the most of Heligan’s half price plant sale and getting down to planting and further beautifying the site.  We have also been “logging” as we can never have too much wood with the popularity of our fire pits, and our own love of our wood burner in the winter.

 

As a lot of our guests will know The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very keen walkers.  Some of you now know better than to ask one of us for a suggestion for a good  walk, as we do sometimes get carried away wanting our guests to see as much as possible!!

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Gorgeous Mevagissey

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Pont Pill (Hall Walk)

The Mevagissey circular walk starting right from our gate which is about 6.5 miles is one of our favourites, and we are now very used to the good climbs.  It is a great walk for stop off whether it be coffee and cake at Heligan, or at the new Cafe on the Quay at Mevagissey serving proper homemade delicious cakes.  Depending on the time of day it could be fish and chips, or Cornish pasty time.  We usually stop for a drink in our local pub The Ship Inn, in Pentewan before setting off on the last mile home up the trail. Polstreath beach which you pass along the way between Meva and Pentewan is lovely and quiet even in the summer as the only way down is via 200 steps!!!

Lantic Bay, near Fowey

Another of our favourite walks is the Fowey Hall Walk, with an extension to include Pencarrow Head, and Lantic Bay (dog friendly).  We talked ourselves in to diverting down to the bay, and we were sooooo pleased we did.  We had the beach to ourselves and the sky was blue, and it was just amazing.  It is a very tricky climb down, but apart from the steepness the climb back up seems somehow easier.  Lunch stop was at The Luggar Inn, Polruan and the walk has two different ferry rides along the way.

 

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Roseland Peninsula

To go with a very good walk, we like a good lunch and have enjoyed a few lunches out as we have really been missing those.  The Sharksfin at Mevagissey is excellent for fish, and I love their crab sandwich with a bowl of chips.  One of our favourite areas for walking is the Roseland Peninsula.  On Sunday we had a walk around St Anthony’s Head, a paddle in the sea, and a cup of tea with Thirstea the old Citreon H Van that visited us here in the summer at Town Farm.  On the way home, we stopped off at the very cosy Roseland Inn at Philleigh for lunch which was lovely, and the pub was full.

One of our other favourite pub lunches is at The Pandora Inn near Mylor on the Carrick Roads.  This is a beautiful area with lovely creekside walking. The walk around to the pub from Mylor is lovely with great views of the boats and fabulous waterside properties.  It was a very sunny day, but the wind was a little too chilly to brave lunch sitting on the pontoon.  We opted for mussels (me) and our two friends, and John had a pulled pork sandwich with spiced apple chutney.  Food was all delicious, the sandwich was huge and full of pork, and another cosy pub with log fires.  Both pubs highly recommended, and both dog friendly, as of course Harvey accompanied us on both occasions.

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Luxulyan Valley

Our guests shady walk during the many really hot days last season as the Luxulyan Valley, known as the hidden valley. This is our mizzly walk as there is lots of tree cover, although soon to be less when all the leaves are off.  This walk is beautiful whatever time of year, and great if you like walking next to water.  The pub in the village itself is on our list of ones to try as we have good reports.

Whilst out and about, we have been getting inspiration for our winter work at The Meadows, and we have some good ideas.  As we have now uncovered the whole of the campsite,  from beneath the brambles, and completed our major work, any more changes will be smaller ones.  We are just as excited about this year’s work, and this is of course phase 3 for us with our second season of learning behind us.

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Deer “up country”

A few days after closing we made a trip up country to visit our families.  We all had a lovely time, and enjoyed lots of walks along the River Soar, and around Bradgate Park, pub lunches, and a visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market.  Harvey enjoyed spending times with his cousins, well most of them any way (sorry Billy).

General Meadows News

Bookings – we have now opened our diary for 2015, and have booked lots of guests in already.  Always good to have a holiday to look forward to and we are certainly looking forward to ours!  In case any one is wondering, yes our holiday does involve camping, walking, wine, beaches and sunshine – our winter version of a camping holiday at The Meadows!  If you would like to be an early booker with us for next year then you can contact us here, or call 01726 844383. For new guests, we are a quirky smallish adult only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall. The Meadows is also a very dog friendly campsite.  We are an ideal campsite, for those who like the gardens, particularly Heligan and Eden, and those who enjoying walking the SWCP, or cycling as we are right on the Coast to Clay Trail.

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We are pleased to say that Kernowforno will be here again next season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas.  John will also be serving up breakfast baguettes again, although this may not be every day.  We are thinking of tasty porridge for some days as we know this is popular with campers.  We are also hopeful that Big Pan Parties will come again to cook up their delicious paella on site, and Sams Cocktail Van with Mojito Steve on board knows he is always very welcome here.

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What a good idea

Harvey has been thinking up new ideas for his guests on four legs, whilst also getting out there finding new walks and dog friendly eating places.  Harvey has also been finding life rather strange since the gates closed.  He still makes his way to the french doors in the morning, but cannot understand where everyone has gone.

Hope you like the pictures, which are a bit of a mix, and I shall keep them coming over the winter as it is a good way of keeping in touch.  It also answers the ? we get asked most in the summer ……… “what do you do in the winter?” :).

Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team