Posted on July 3, 2016
Well June has come and gone. Qhilst the weather has not been the usual dead cert weather wise we say June is, our campers have still had a great time, and lots of fun.
John & I always say that our campsite attracts lots of “doers” and everyone has been out and about enjoying the County. When the weather is not so good, then people tend to go off further afield during the day, and The Meadows is such a great base. Armed with a rain coat, sunglasses, suncream, and sturdy footwear, you are set up for anything. Lots of guests visit Lands End and the Minack Theatre from here, and of course a trip to St Ives makes a great day out.
Almost all of our guests visit and love Heligan Gardens, and walking up there is worth it for the £3.50 discount. Most guests return with a bag of goodies from Lobbs Farm Shop to enjoy some of the local delights back at Camp. Heligan Gardens is lovely throughout the season and comes very highly recommended, as does a Heligan Cream Tea.
We have had a number of guests recently arriving under their own steam, and then making the most of the local bicycle hire in the village, and testing out some local routes. You can cover a little bit more ground on a bike, than on foot, and so guests are heading out on the trail and the Cornish lanes. A couple of good routes, are the Mevagissey circular route, and Charlestown on the cycle trail, returning via Porthpean Beach on the lanes, and in to the village for a stop off at the ship before heading back along the river. Everyone loves Sams and just around from Charlestown is Carlyon Bay, and Sams on the Bay. This is a great day time stopping place for a drink, lunch and a chilled out time. Fabulous pop up food there too.
Bikes & Dogs – Should your dog have tired paws and wants a day off from long walks, then Pentewan Cycle Hire has a dog trailer for hire. Good feedback on this, especially for owners with more mature dogs.
Happenings on the Campsite – our pop ups get more and more popular, and this week, we have more nights on than off!!
We have wood fired pizzas Tuesday, and an extra slice on Saturday (9th) too. Superb, Fish & Chips on Thursday courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer, and Chilli Nachos, with may be Brownies, or Cheesecake on Friday. Where there is food, there are cocktails, cider and beer. Of course the deckchairs make an appearance for all events! Breakfast will also be available this week from The Cornish Maid on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
The most commented thing about our campsite is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere! A lot of thought and organisation goes in to what goes on here with the pop ups, and so it is good to know it is being well received.
Our campers always seem to be a sociable and friendly bunch and there has been lots of laughter and chatting at cocktail o’clock. This is a great way to pick up some tips on what to do for the rest of your holiday, as there is so much around.
There has been plenty of evenings for fire pits and bbqs and sitting out in an evening soaking up the Campsite atmosphere and listening to the owls, and may be Otters in the stream. Otters have been spotted in the valley, and there has been unconfirmed sightings here!!!
At the moment, we have a lovely female Mallard duck wandering around the Campsite, with her 10 duckings in tow, often to be seen on our stream. If any one has grabbed a photo opportunity please send me one.
Agricultural Shows – these are always great in Cornwall, and most people like a good farming show, with animals.
This month we have Liskeard Agricultural Show on the 9th, and Stithians Agricultural Show on the 11th, and last year we had great reports of both.
News from Camp Dog Harvey aka top model –
For dogs of all shapes and sizes, we have new bandanas in stock, and lots of them. There are some really lovely ones for both big boys, and little girls, and how nice to get dressed up on your jollies. Best dressed units, and best dressed dogs here at The Meadows Campsite, and all your efforts make us smile. In one day I clocked up 15 sales and I took my commission in the latest style.
I cannot pass opinion on the dog bike trailer, as I have yet to test it, but may do so when the opportunity arises. To me it seems a great idea for a more leisurely (dog, not owner) day out.
It was nice to see a dutch pussy cat staying here recently, and very boldly sitting in the middle of the pitch teasing all us dogs. Well done doggies, as not one of you gave in to the temptation to chase it around the campsite.
Bookings – we are always worth a call for late availability, or do drop in if your are touring around, as we often have a last minute space. For advance bookings of long stays, there is not a lot now available, until the end of August. For those who don’t know, The Meadows is an adult only, dog friendly (and generally friendly) campsite in South Cornwall. We love bunting, fairy lights, campfires, bbqs and our own foodie and drinkie “pop ups”
For all those coming to stay in July, we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Posted on June 17, 2016
As most of our guests know when they get talking to us, John, CD Harvey and I are very keen walkers. For us walking the SWCP is hard to beat for a long distance walk. Indeed just walking sections, around this area, using the bus, or circular walks can make for a fantastic walking holiday in Cornwall.
Always happy to lend a hand
It is always a pleasure to put up hikers and also cyclists for the night who are on a personal walking, or cycling challenge and want to lay their head down for the evening. Our “park & pitch” is ideal for this and with the Pentewan Valley Trail linking up to the SWCP both in Mevagissey, and also Pentewan, The Meadows is an ideal stop. Our guests who arrive under their own steam usually choose a spot out of the way and in our car free zones, with a pitch in the wildflower meadow often being the chosen spot.
Once set up, which is usually a well oil machine when they reach us, time for one of our hot powerful showers, a free charge of the phone, and if timed well a feast of wood fired pizzas, fish & chips or chilli nachos with a cocktail or cider! In our little store around the back, there is an assortment of chairs that we keep to loan out to our guests who arrive with just a pack on their back for a comfier evening. If the bar is open the green stripey deckchairs will be out!
For anyone planning on walking the SWCP, we have now signed up and are a Business Member to support the Association and to help walkers find our Campsite. The best point of exit is in Pentewan, and you will find us then 1 mile up the Pentewan Valley Trail walking alongside the river which is nice and flat!! If exiting at Mevagissey you can either walk on the Trail to us (50 minutes), or hop on the bus.
This week a group of four walkers stayed with us, and after hearing what was on offer, their words were – “you really have thought of everything, and so what time is breakfast”! They were lost for words when our response was 8am courtesy of The Cornish Maid!! With a doorstep sandwich and filter coffee on our sunny deck, a catch up on wifi, off they went on their way to Charlestown.
So for you walkers and cyclists out there – The Meadows Campsite welcomes both, and will always find you a spot (advance booking not required). You will get discounted pitch fees (25% off), and a very warm welcome indeed. Being adults only (and dog friendly), the campsite is generally relaxing, being just what you want after a day of walking, or cycling. You can also enjoy a Campfire experience should you wish as part of your stop over.
Having walked ourselves all Coastal Sections of the 105 Ordnance Map, and the majority of the Fowey 107, one of us will always be happy to pass on our knowledge of things not to miss along the way, and how much fuel you need for the next section ahead!
For a walling holiday in Cornwall – I cannot recommend enough www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk for excellent walks, local to us and further afield
Other Meadows News
Our “pop ups” are going down a storm already this season. The last visit made by Kernow Forno saw 70 plus pizzas consumed, and our biggest concern was them running out before getting ours! They served topless once again as despite a little bit of a showery week, the sun shone on the righteous as it always does!
Judging by the queues I saw whilst on duty in the office, as many (or may be more) cocktails and ciders were served too.
Breakfasts courtesy of The Cornish Maid are being well received, now that word has got around that The Meadows once again does breakfast, even if this time they do not cook it themselves. This
Being a small business ourselves, the “pop ups” are a great opportunity for us to support other equally “small’ and local businesses. The combination works well and they team up together to do food and drink on an evening, which is ideal for our campers, who often like to spend the evening at camp. This evening we have Chilli Nachos, washed down with Mojitos.
Newspapers – this is something we have been toying with for a while now, and is something a lot of guests enjoy. For any one visiting from this point onwards, Newspapers are available but on an order by 7pm the night before basis. It will also mean more newspapers in the recycling which will get used by John for the fire pits, so that will be a bonus!
For those arriving with us this season for the first time, if you have not already done so please check out our facilities page, and also our FAQ page on our website should you have ??s. You will find lots of information that is felt to be useful to you before you arrive.
News from Camp Dog – thank you for all your lovely comments (sarcastic and otherwise) with regard to my new sign. It is indeed a very true likeness as was painted from an actual photograph of me. It seems to be working well, and there has not been any incidents and all dogs have been very well behaved. Still counting down the days to my high season haircut, as am sure many dogs are doing similar for their holiday haircut!
Weather – after an unsettled week, the barometer is moving well, and fingers crossed more settled weather is on its way. Even with the showery weather, there has been good spells of very warm sunshine in between. It has been a case of lucky with the showers, one day, and unlucky the next!!
Bookings – Introduced to our home page is a new section for late availability/cancellations and those who plan to just turn up and take a chance. You can always call too to check what we have, or drop an email detailing any flexibility on your dates.
Look forward to seeing many of you soon.
Lynn ( on behalf of the meadows team)
Posted on June 11, 2016
We have had a super couple of weeks of very warm and sunny weather, and with lovely warm evenings too.
Our guests have certainly been making the most of the fabulous weather, and getting out and on, and in the water. A number of our guests have taken up my recommendation of kayaking down the Fowey Estuary, and have thoroughly enjoyed this. Kingfishers and all sorts of wildlife have been spotted, and the less experienced guests have not found it too difficult. Have a look at Fowey River Hire for more information.
The sea must also have warmed up since we opened, and our Wild Swimmers had their first swim camp. There has been lots of sea dipping, and swimming both by dogs and humans. Our most popular coves for swimming seem to be Caerhays, Gorran Haven and Duporth.
Also out on the water Mackerel fishing trips are also very popular already, and we have smelt them cooking on the BBQ, so campers are being very lucky and getting a good catch.
John and I find every week to be a completely different week on the campsite, with a new group of campers. Our guests always seem to be a friendly bunch, and this is probably one of the most commented upon points about our campsite. With our pop ups, and our lovely sunny seated deck, guests love to share their experiences and enjoy a cocktail and fire pit together! There has been some impromptu (always the best), singing and guitar playing, and even The Cornish Maid gave us a lovely tune one evening.
The green stripy deckchairs are becoming the most used “communal” deckchairs out, being used for breakfast, pre-dinner beer and cocktails, and even for devouring pizzas and fish and chips around the fire pit. I have even joined in with my outdoor office, when my little shed was just a tad on the warm side, and so Harv and I moved outdoors.
Now so far, based upon guests’ feedback, these are the most popular places so far this season:-
- Caerhays Beach – for swimming and sunbathing, with a gorgeous cafe for drinks, ice and lunch. This cover is also popular for parking up with your campervan, with a sea view on a showery day, ready to make a sharp exit and put the kettle on !
- Duporth beach (close to Charlestown) – in recent fab weather times, it is like being in paradise.
- Knightor Winery – for wine tours, and lunch outside in the lovely terraced courtyard.
- Kayaking – for novices, the most popular is a trip down the Fowey Estuary to Golant with Fowey River Hire. Our more experienced kayakers, like Porthpean and have been seal spotting from here, and Pentewan and Polkerris are also popular.
- All our pop ups are going down a treat so far this season as already mentioned. Our campers feel very lucky to be able to sample one of top ten pizzas in the Country (as featured in The Times).
- Homemade (not by me) dog bandanas and bunting. Ours campers love getting in the spirit of things. In one day, I sold 13 bandanas, and so The Meadows must have the best dressed dogs in Cornwall.
- For food, our guests are loving The Hub Box, Sams on the Beach, The Kingswood Restaurant, and The Polgooth when there isn’t any food on offer at the Campsite.
- Heligan Gardens and Trewithen Gardens are looking fabulous at the moment as reported by our guests. The majority of our guests are enjoying walking up to Heligan and the £3.50 pp discount for doing so is getting them up the hill.
- As always the Mevagissey to Fowey has been on a lot of our guests must do things, and the welcome cooler air out at sea has gone down a treat.
- Walking – we have a new favourite. Our guests are all enjoying a circular walk from Mevaggisey to Gorran Haven SWCP, and then back via footpaths taking in a lovely wooded valley bringing you back out at Portmellon. If you want to do this walk, just ask us the way. Of course the Mevagissey circular walk remains as popular as ever, picking up Lobbs Farm Treats, and fish from Mevagissey harbour on route.
- Even during the heatwave, our fire pits have been very popular. Some days, delivery has required the use of the tractor and trailer with all fire pits, bbq and wood deliveries as the legs and wheelbarrow did just not cut it.
NEWS from Camp Dog Harvey – If I was on commission for bandana sales, I would be holidaying in Barbados this winter! Am always happy to pass my opinion on colour and style, and whether it makes your bum look big ;). I am counting down the days at the moment to my high season haircut, as I am starting to resemble a woolly sheep.
One of our regular guests arrived this week, with a new sign for me, and it is nice to see how seriously my role here is taken.
Arriving with us this week? – Falmouth is the place to visit. Between 17-19 June there is the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, and the Falmouth Classics Regatta. Our pop ups will all be popping up too!
BOOKINGS – we are at present pretty full for both hook ups and “proper camping” from now really well in to August. For late availability, you are best to give us a call to see what we can do. Our booking system is a flexible one, so we have people coming and going every day, which means we do have the odd gaps here and there, and cancellations do come about.
For those who don’t know, we are a smallish adult only campsite in South Cornwall, close to Pentewan and Mevagissey. We are a good campsite for walkers and cyclists and those who want to enjoy the gardens of Heligan and Eden. We are campfire and dog friendly, and we have visiting pop ups throughout the season.
Posted on April 15, 2016
We are not “winos”, (honestly) but we do like wine, especially enjoyed with good food.
Being lucky enough to have family in NZ, we have visited lots of the NZ wineries and they make for the best lunches, and a very good experience. One of our most memorable days was a day out cycling around the vineyards in Martinborough on the North Island sampling fantastic wine and food, until we could do no more!
We have had our eye on Knightor Winery for some time and heard great things about it, and it was also recently featured in Coast Magazine.
A Feast Night happened to fall on Camp Daddy’s birthday (April fool) and so we booked tickets and off we went. It was a feast of foraged food mixed in with local meat, fish and Knightor’s wine. Drinks and lots of wonderful green dishes with homemade wild yeast bread on arrival and a glass of fizz!! Off to a great start. We met local forager Rachel Lambert and lots of other very interesting people, who all like us enjoy trying different foods and wine.
The meal was absolute fantastic and as I like it from time to time a set menu to get you trying different things. There were mussels, large clams, mackerel, rabbit, panacotta and lots of other delights. Each course included foraged items and I loved all of them from Alexander, Wild garlic – (my fave), Nettle, Three Corner leek and lots of others. John and I offered up clean plates and dishes all round. As it was John’s birthday, John enjoyed the different wines to go with every course. What was really special was meeting very interesting people and just a generally very good experience.
Knightor Winery – gets The Meadow’s recommendation and we know our guests will enjoy the tours, platters and the pretty courtyard and barn where food is served. It is open during the day and many evenings, and I understand they do a great Sunday roast. The winery is close to The Eden Project, Clay Trails and on a National Cycle Route, so you could easily be just passing by.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – I have been collecting pictures in my album as lots of you are kind enough to send me snaps when making your bookings, and after your stay. This picture is still my favourite but I am sure it is beatable.
Now unfortunately I am not going to be able to attend due to a very busy weekend, but the Port Eliot Dog Festival & Whippet Tea Party is being held on Saturday 7 May 2016. This will be such great fun and so if you are in the area, or staying with us at that time. For me, may be next year!
General Meadows News
Our gorgeous meadow when in flower
Neither John, or I can complain that we do not have variation to our work. We have both been very busy getting all the jobs done. The girls (our caravans) have got their covers off, and are having an airing. Mabel has been painted out, and Lottie is next. We have been out today to a few nurseries and have got quite a few new plants which will be going in very soon, and we have been mulching and composting, weeding and nurturing. All the outside painting is complete and there was a lot this year, and the grass is now doing its thing. The wildflower meadow has been topped again, and this years pitches which is very exciting.
We have taken a few deliveries this week too, one of which was some new fire pits. Well, there is no chance of us running out of wood this year!
Bookings – we are so pleased with how many campers want to stay with us this year. Whilst we are happy being on the smaller side, we are sorry that we cannot accommodate all requests. We do still have some availability, but this may only be for those who can manage without electric I am afraid. In this regard, we charge phones, freeze ice packs, and we have a complimentary salon style hairdryer in our shower block. To make an enquiry please contact us here
For those who don’t already know, The Meadows Campsite, just for grown ups (and dogs), campfire friendly, and in walking distance of Pentewan, Mevagissey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Posted on March 23, 2016
Spring 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.
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.
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.
Bookings – 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.
News 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, and 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 happening 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!
Posted on May 8, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey
Posted on May 1, 2015
Well, 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.
Here are just a few pictures taken a couple of days before opening – prior to bunting and butterflies!
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
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:-
1. 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!
2. 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.
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 stayed 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
Posted on April 24, 2015
Well, we are almost all ready for inspection, and we think it is the best The Meadows has ever looked.
Our pitch signs are all in place, the wheelbarrows have been painted, shade sails up on Lottie and Mabel, and even the plants are springing in to action. The mower has had a service and the blades are nice and sharp, and so we should have some great green stripes for Thursday when the gates open.
This years secluded pitches have been strimmed out in the wildflower meadow, but it is not quite wild yet, but it is growing by the day. Our combined, office and shop has been painted and spring cleaned, and the communal deck is looking very colourful.
At this time of the year, we get visits from local representatives providing us with lots of information for our guests during their stay. One particular guide caught my eye this week, and that was the updated Fal River Guide. A good way to explore is to purchase a Fal Mussel Card, and experience some of the many ferry trips, including the chain ferry, and it also covers some buses, and even a train. The 3 day pass for £28 seems very good value indeed as there are 7 ferries.
My favourite bits of the fal river
1. Falmouth (great foodie place), with umpteen places to eat – crossing over by ferry of course to either St Mawes, or Flushing for a meander.
2. St Just in Roseland Church – just beautiful, and lovely creekside walking.
3. Mylor Harbour – coffee at The Mylor Cafe and watching the boaty goings on.
4. A crossing on the King Harry Ferry (this is the chain ferry) to explore the gardens of Trelissick surrounded by water on three sides.
5. I struggle to pick a favourite beach as there are just so many gorgeous ones. Two of my favourites are Caerhays, and Pendower beaches.
6. As for pubs, there are again so many great ones to choose from, but on a sunny day it has to be The Pandora Inn, and lunch on the pontoon at Restronguet, and, we would walk there from Mylor as parking is a nightmare! Second is the Roseland Inn at Philleigh which is on the way to the King Harry Ferry.
The birds at the meadows are busier than we are, and there is a lot of “tweeting” going on. There has been pied wagtails making a nest on the Dexta tractor, 12 Mallard ducklings hanging around the stream with mother duck, and baby woodpeckers feeding daily on the fat balls. The kingfisher has also been in residence, and we know buzzards are nesting down in the wooded area. As for “our girls” they are still on their down time, and so Camp Dog has lined up all the empty egg boxes and had a word with them.
Fish & Chips – it is looking like fish and chips Mondays is a goer, and so we are very pleased indeed. This will be courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer coming over from Portscatho.
Breakfasts – sadly breakfast baguettes will not be on offer this season. Camp Dog Harvey has turned vegetarian and so is refusing to be subjected to the smells of bacon and sausage. The other reason is due to ever changing regulations, and our difficulty in keeping up with these without having a stand alone kitchen which is not currently an option for us. We will still be offering tea and coffee on the deck during our office hours, and we encourage you to byo breakfast on to the deck and enjoy the lovely morning sunshine, and wi fi of course!
Cocktails and Cider – we could not take away breakfasts, without offering something else. This is happening and will be on a pop up basis, but either regular evenings and we are just firming up the details. This will be hosted by a very nice local lady called Anna.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Nothing to report from the back of the settee at present. Looking forward to getting back to my Head of Security duties next week, and will be making the most of my last weekend off duty.
Bookings – we have a little bit of availability still for June, July and August and good availability for September and most of May. However, we have been warned to stand by the phone once the new Cool Camping Bible is issued at the beginning of May. If you want to book you can contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383. If you have just dissevered us, then we are an adults only campsite in South Cornwall close to Mevagissey. If you are visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, or walking the SWCP then we are a good base. We are a natural site, and a little bit quirky, and we are dog friendly.
Posted on April 20, 2015
Well with less than two weeks to go until opening for our third season, we are feeling very excited.
Our new pitch signs
The Meadows has never looked so smart in the weeks coming up to opening, as we have not had to recover from any major disruption this winter. With all the painting now completed, and the grass as green as can be, we are looking very colourful. The bluebells are starting to flower, and we have been adding plants, and repotting existing ones, and the leaves are all coming on the trees.
This week we have been painting by numbers, and making our new pitch signs. They are very “handmade”, but just really a better way we think than just a number. Once varnished, they will be put in place next week.
It will soon look like this
Our popular wildflower meadow is starting to grow and John has mown a pathway through it whilst he still can. We have also made a board walk for part of it, but we are still waiting to see where the flowers are going to be best before strumming out the secluded pitches. The new camper van pitches are proving popular and we have a few savvy campers who are to be operating solar style!
The bank and hedgerows are looking lovely, and there are some good signs of some lovely wild flowers starting to come. We have filled a few ton sacks of old wood to make room for the new life coming through.
The weather has been gorgeous and so it makes sense to concentrate on the outdoor jobs first. The sun just keeps shining, and so we should get all our outdoor work completed this week. Next week will be a super clean, setting up Lottie and Mabel for their first guests, and erecting bunting and butterflies.
We have got ourselves out and about quite a bit recently too and we are loving the SWCP. The flowers and colour are amazing, and you can still often have sections of the path to yourselves. You won’t find that peace and quiet at Trago Mills!!
A great walk from the campsite is a circular walk taking in Charlestown on the SWCP joining it in Pentewan off the trail, and back via Roseweek and the trail. This is a very good strenuous walk, but fab. The cafe in Porthpean made a great cool drink stop, and of course there is a choice of refreshment stops in Charlestown. The walk back is shorter so no stop needed! You should allow a good 4 hours walking for this, but a beautiful walk.
Another great section of the SWCP is parking at Carne Beach on the Roseland and walking around to Caerhays. We did this the other weekend, but we did do the walk in two halves, and made a circular walk each time. The first time we had lunch at The Ship Inn, Portloe which was very nice indeed. The second time with the leg from Portloe to Caerhays we stopped off at Portholland to check out the latest film set and had coffee at Pebbles Cafe. There was no filming as it was Sunday, but the set itself was amazing and so very real.
Today we met up with friends at Porth Farm on the Roseland and walked around St Anthony’s head with a very good wind blowing. We were lucky to see seals and again lots of lovely wildflowers along the way, and sandy bays. We stopped off at The Plume and Feathers at Portscatho for our first crab sandwich of the season, and a bowl of Cornish chips – gorgeous.
Well, as for other meadows news ……………….
Fish & Chips – this is now pretty much a definite for the season courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer. Check them out and we are sure you will agree they look good! Just need to sort out the start date, and numbers are good so hoping it could be June.
Cocktails & Cider – this is still part of the plan for this season, but we are just sorting out the finer details. This is likely to be on a pop up type of basis on sunny days (hoping there are lots of those).
The Hub Box – is now open for business on Pentewan Sands, and the early reports are very good indeed, but busy!
Buses – The Western Greyhound unfortunately closed for business. There are plenty of buses around, and so the bus is still a good and reliable way to get around. Of course you can also walk and cycle to lots of places from the campsite, which is cheaper and much healthier, but probably the bus is best when it gets dark, or for further afield.
News from HRH aka Camp Dog Harvey
I am doing very well indeed, and loving the sun, especially as I have just had a drastic pre season haircut. My haircut is a smart one so as not to let the side down, and I was even given a dash of aftershave.
The long walks during “down time” have worked wonders for my waistline. The vet weighed me this week and confirmed I had lost 10% of my body weight since we closed the gates, so handsome I am.
I have been enjoying helping out this week, checking out the wildflower meadow, and with the mulching of the flower beds. However, there has also been a few lazy afternoons where I have been caught snoozing in the shade under the tables on the deck. Of course, I do not want to peak too early in the season, as with the booking numbers, it looks to be a busy time for some.
Cornwall is so very pooch friendly, and I can highly recommend for the early visitors Caerhays. Great for garden lovers, and lovers of all sniffs like me, a fab sun trap courtyard cafe, and then a paddle in the sea afterwards. What more could a dog and his owners want. The Caerhays fete on 21 June should be a jolly affair and I would say worth a visit.
Bookings – for July and August, we are very nearly fully booked, especially for hook up pitches. There are a few odd gaps, if just a short break is the order of the day. We are once again this season keeping casual pitches, for last minute bookers, and those doing the Poldark tour of Cornwall, or similar. If you want to book then you can contact us by email, or telephone – 01726 844383. The new Cool Camping Book is out very soon, and we are looking forward to seeing our entry, as three years ago we would never have imagined featuring in that.
Posted on February 26, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Most easterly campsite in the world
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.
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.
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