An excellent, and different night out

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Comments Off on An excellent, and different night out

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 S7000201lunches, 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.

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 toDSC_6723 send me snaps when making your bookings, and after your stay.  This picture is still my favourite but I am sure it is beatable.

whippets-tea-partyNow 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. IMG_7111 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.

 

Local delights………

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Comments Off on Local delights………

2013 - the meadows no22As lots of you are asking, this is just to give you an idea of local delights on offer here for the season.  Nothing is set in stone, and of course people have other long standing commitments so will miss the odd night or two.  We are very sorry if it is bad timing, for you. If you don’t get to sample everything, we hope you get to try at least one!!

Anna’s cocktail & cider van – Saturday was the trial run for Anna. Whilst expecting just to be serving cocktails to John & I, andS7000290 her hubby, instead Anna did a roaring trade.  There was a fab atmosphere with lots of campers chilling on the bean bags which were so comfy.  The Mojitos, Tom Collins, Sea Breezes, and Dark and Stormy cocktails went down a treat.  Anna will be here for bank holiday on the Saturday and on many more nights throughout the season.

Kernow Forno Subject to them getting the staff, we hope to see pizzas being cooked up on this bank holiday Saturday evening to accompany the cocktails.  This will be confirmed as soon as possible and I will update the blog. Tuesday will once again be our regular pizza evening, and Kernow Forno will be cooking up between about 5.30pm and 8pm.  Start date to be confirmed, but it should be June.

KERNOW FORNO – pizzas now confirmed for this Bank holiday Saturday and serving between 5.30pm & 7.30pm. 

The Atlantic Fryer  new for 2015, and we expect to be very popular Fish and Chips on a Monday.  The reviews are fabulous for Ross and his team, and just like wood fired pizzas who does not like fish and chips.  Beef dripping, local fish…………… ooh my mouth is watering already. First night is 1 June.

and for dessert……………….. 

Our freezer is very well stocked up with the scrumptious and very Cornish Roskillys Ice Cream

Other Meadows News

Well, we cannot say we have had a slow start to the season, and for the majority we have been fully booked, even with mixed weather.  Our returning guests are enjoying seeing the changes we have made and the general development of the campsite, with the new flowers & plants, pitch signs and our new camper van pitches.S7000293

One of our returning guests even turned up with a gift for us of a new hand made and hand painted reception sign, which we love.

Well, we are all ready for a busy bank holiday weekend, and fingers crossed for lots of sunshine.  We are sure whatever the weather it will be lots of fun and our campers will be happy ones.

Bookings

For late availability (the 14 days ahead) you are best to give us a call to see what we have.  Also if you are now looking for June, July or  August, give us a call and we can get the diary up and look what gaps we have here and there, as there are not many. For those who don’t know we are an adults only campsite close to Pentewan and Mevagissey, South Cornwall. We are very well placed for visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden and for walking the SWCP and cycling the Coast to Clay Trail.  We are also a dog friendly, and indeed generally friendly campsite, with a nice relaxed atmosphere on site.

Our Caravans Lottie and Mabel – they have their own calendar, and so if you are thinking of a stay check our their page and debs pictures lottie etc 114then get in touch.  The girls are very popular and their first guests of the season have all had a great time, bbqing on the deck and then getting cosy.

Lynn

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The walk down to Hallane Beach

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Chapel Point (summer pic)

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

NEWS FROM CAMP DOG HARVEY

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

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Camp Dog enjoying Caerhays Beach

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

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

BOOKINGS

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

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

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

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

Lynn

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

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Camping and homemade pizzas

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Comments Off on Wild Camping and homemade pizzas

IMG_6785Our second season is now well underway, and the three of us are really back in the swing of it.

With the Pentewan Valley being such a beautiful spot, and so close to wonderful coastline, and the famous gardens of Heligan and Eden, it is a popular holiday choice.  Our decision to offer something a little different, and really based upon what we like is going down extremely well.

Park & pitch

Park & Pitch – our meadow field was a very popular place to be last year amongst the yellow flag irises, and ragged robin, and to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine. Whilst not wishing to spoil anyone’s fun  down the meadow field is not really a place for cars, and so it is now a car (and children) free zone.  Our campers love this, and indeed quite a few do anyway arrive under their own steam.  Those who don’t park up in the parking bay which has the ingeniously invented “grass protecta” under the grass.  They then have a wander around the meadow field, pick their spot and transport their gear in a barrow.  There are spots right behind the parking area, and as far back as our adventurous campers want to go.

Secluded meadow pitch

Our campers are loving park & pitch. We have a gentleman in his 70s who we offered one of our more formal pitches up field, but no he was not missing out on the meadow experience and was straight to the barrow.  The owls hooting, and tooting, and the hedgehog visiting for his supper, and listening to the dawn chorus, camping does not get much better than that!

Firepits and John’s breakfast baguettes can also be delivered even to the furthest part of the meadow field, and no-one is more than a max 2 minute walk to our top notch shower block.

The Carnival Campers

Up-field – this area is just a bit more civilised, with electricity for those creature comforts.  Everyone’s requirements are different, and so we have pitches to suit everyone and all formal pitches have hardstanding grass.  New tent pitches now have this just for a parking bay.

Kernow Forno pizzasVERY EXCITING NEWS – the first all singing all dancing wood fired pizza cooking date has been confirmed.  The date for the diary is Tuesday 17th June between 5-8pm on site here.  Check out Kernow Forno’s website for an idea as to what gastronomic delights you will be enjoying.

Whilst all advance bookable hook up pitches are booked up for that week, and indeed so really now until post August bank holiday, “proper camping” is still available.  We will charge your phone, ice pack exchange, and there is a hairdryer in the shower block.

Other Meadows News

Mabel Caravan has enjoyed her first guests who had a really fab time.

imageMackerel Fishing – we love mackerel and our first guests to go out this season caught 35!!  On the same day Chris from Aquila dropped off lots for us and our campers and it was a perfect evening for BBQing.

Dog Neckerchiefs & Bunting – our guests have many talents, and we like to find out what they are.  Thanks to Chris & Martin from Lincolnshire, we have lots of new handmade bunting up around the site, in particular between trees.  We are also now stocking this in our shop.  As Harvey gets asked many time by his four legged friends where they can buy a neckerchief from, Chris & Martin are going to make some which should arrive with us any time soon.  We shall have the best dressed units and dogs in Cornwall.Fat dog slim

Bookings – we are still taking enquiries for advance bookings for the summer weeks, but we have very limited availability, and just odd days here and there.  We are just about to change our calendar to fully booked.  When we do so, we will then take enquiries for last minute availability, for campers and tourers.  Of course we never turn away any one arriving under their steam, who also receive a 25% discount. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and we are “just for adults”.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

This week we have had an unofficial cavalier king charges convention at The Meadows.  Henry, George, Rusty and Jessie.  We have had great fun without breaking the campsite etiquette. All my friends have enjoyed some of my favourite walks, beaches and pubs and are going home very tired, but happy boys and girls. Look forward to you all coming back to see me again.

An ideal base for exploring

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Comments Off on An ideal base for exploring

IMG_7102We appreciate that campers put a lot of effort in to finding a campsite for their Cornwall holiday.  The campsite has  to tick the majority of their boxes.

If we are lucky enough to tick those boxes then we expect one may be that we are a great central south coast base for getting out to see lots of those special places.

This year The Meadows team became NT “Love the Outdoors” members.  There are lots of NT attractions in Cornwall, and many off the beaten track places including beaches and hidden coves well worth any scramble down, or good walk to them.

These are some of the fabulous NT places easily accessible whilst holidaying at The Meadows Campsite

“Open Country”

1. Lantic Bay and Lansallos – this is a long stretch of unspoilt coast between the lovely Fowey, and the just as lovely Polperro.  Steep coves, rocky shores, and beaches to explore.  Dog friendly.

“Open Country”

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A Roseland Cove

2. St Anthony’s Head and the Roseland – this is an absolutely fabulous part of Cornwall. This is the headland at the eastern entrance to Falmouth Harbour. Remote coastline dotted with gorgeous beaches. The walk around the head itself from St Mawes is highly recommended. A special place for lunch is The Hidden Hut Cafe on Porthcurnick Beach.  There is also a summer ice cream van at Carne Beach.

Dogs are welcome on the Roseland beaches and Camp Dog Harvey’s favourite is Towan Beach where you may see seals bathing.  His favourite pub on The Roseland at Philleigh which has a brewery next door.

3. Lanhydrock

This is described as “the ultimate victorian country house brimming with modern comforts”. There are lots of cycling and walking trails in and around the estate grounds.  The estate gardens are also stunning and well worth a walk around for all garden lovers out there. The cafe there also serves a mean Cornish Cream Tea.

The estate grounds and stable courtyard cafe are dog friendly.

“Open Country”

4. Respryn – this is the lower part of the Lanhydrock Estate with its own car park.  Don’t miss The Old Carriage Drive Walk to Bodmin Park Railway Station which houses a cafe for coffee.  Also don’t miss the easy access riverside path – keep eyes peeled for otters and kingfishers.  Pooches very welcome, and good bathing spots along the way

“Open Country”

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Crantock Beach

5. Crantock, Polly Joke & Holyswell Beaches – these beaches are absolutely fabulous and some of the best beaches in Cornwall.  There are great walks, including a circular one on the SWCP taking in all 3 beaches, and returning via Crantock Common, which is CD’s favourite and he also finds time for a skinny dip along the way. Great choice for your pooch – he/she will love it.

Meadows News

I am the farmer’s daughter after all

Our little old, but lovely tractor has arrived.  It has been working already, and is a good runner.  Here it is fitted with its box ready for bringing up logs from the wood for splitting as our piles have already been dented.

The secluded meadow pitches are already proving popular with our “proper campers”.  The new park and pitch scheme is working very well enabling the meadow field to be a car free zone. We have in flower ragged robin, pink campion and yellow flag irises, and lots of butterflies.

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Mabel Caravan

Mabel Caravan is at long last in situ and looking gorgeous. Mabel is sited next to the stream and at the moment there is a carpet of bluebells behind her on the bank.  Mabel’s first guests arrive at the end of the week for a birthday celebration and they will have lots of fun with her.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

Life here is pretty good at the moment. Spring sun, deck watch and sharing a tub of Roskillys ice cream with Camp Daddy every now and then.  It does not get much better than that.

I am enjoying meeting all of our four legged guests and we have had some very keen walkers staying who have enjoyed some of my favourite walks and beaches.

The first month of being back on duty has flown by and I look forward to seeing many more of you during the season.

CD Harvey x

Join our happy campers

Bookings

“Just for Adults” continues to be an extremely popular choice, especially dog friendly too. Please do check our availability calendar as there are only a few spaces left for most of the summer weeks on our bookable pitches.  For our casual pitches we are always worth a call for a last minute short get away.  For those arriving under their own steam, we will always find you a spot to set up camp.

 

Come on in, we are open………

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Comments Off on Come on in, we are open………

IMG_6785Opening the gates for our second season felt like playing 45 and in as a child.  It was a case of  our guests saying “coming ready, or not”.   I have to confess that when the gates were opened it was a further 3 hours, yes 3 hours before the bunting went up.

A colourful Easter visitor

Right up to opening, and indeed since opening but without neglecting our campers we have been continuing our work “down field”. The views from our new pitches are so lovely, and the setting secluded. We know our campers will really enjoy these pitches, and we are keen for them to be ready as early as possible.  The new pitches include some super size pitches, for those who prefer to be closer to nature, than closer to the shower block.

The meadow field is starting to green up very nicely and the yellow flag irises are coming up a treat.  They are now accompanied by some gunnera plants, so our guests can experience a little bit of Heligan Gardens on site.

Easter weekend has got our second season off to a great start.  There has been a lovely relaxed atmosphere on site, and our guests have been admiring our up cycled vintage farm machinery.  The weather was kind enough for our guests to sit on the deck in the sunshine enjoying their breakfast baguettes. Camp Chef John has loved downing the boiler suit, and putting his pinny back on.

imageIt has been great weather for walking and cycling, and that is what most of our guests seem to have spent their time doing.  The circular Mevagissey walk has been popular, stopping off for a pint or two along the way.  Some of our guests have taken advice from Camp Dog Harvey and walked the walk he did last Sunday making the most of his last day off duty until November!!!  We all enjoyed our day off and a fabulous long sunny circular walking starting from Caerhays, taking in four gorgeous dog friendly beaches – Caerhays, Hemmick, Vault and Gorran.  We walked on the SWCP to Gorran enjoying a coffee at the beach cafe before heading off up the road to the Barley Sheaf at Gorran Churchtown for a lovely 2 course (well it was a good walk) Sunday lunch.  The walk back was on lovely inland footpaths and the last downward hill gave fab views of the magnolias still in flower at Caerhays.

The above walk, albeit quite a long one got a 12 out of 10 from The Meadows Team.

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The Crown Inn – St Ewe

We continued our make the most of it whilst we can, and enjoyed a night out at The Crown at St Ewe which has fairly recently changed hands.  This pub is a very characterful dog friendly pub with a big log fire when you need it, and a lovely menu.  We shared mussels to start and then I had a Cornish Crab pancake and salad, and John had a rib eye steak with all the trimmings.  Excellent, and highly recommended.  We have also had very good reports from our guests, and so don’t just take our word for it.

News from Camp Dog Harvey

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A day in the office

Well after six months of lighter duties, I am very pleased to get back to “proper work”.  So far, so good, and all my four legged visitors have behaved well, and so have their owners.  All site inspections have been good. This means, I have also been able to spend time in the office catching up on wee-mails, which I think is and twittering about happenings at the meadows.

Photo shoot

The down side of being open again is that my girls’ eggs are in demand, and my breakfasts of softly boiled egg with bakers, and eggy bread on a Sunday have come to an abrupt end.  I am holding out hope that my “on duty” breakfasts may consist of a full monty, but after the vet called me podgy I think my chances of this are fairly low.

Other Meadows news

Getting Mabel Caravan ready

Well after waving off our Easter guests, we were preparing for our caravans starring in a photo shoot, and then we are hosting a small rally at the end of this week.  Lottie and Mabel Caravans enjoyed getting all glammed up and the photo shoot was great fun. We should get some good pictures of Mabel soon for the website.

Bookings

We are getting booked up for July and August, especially for our hook up pitches. This year we have decided to keep a couple of causal pitches so they are available for last minute bookings and drive ins.   We are also limiting numbers for advance booking “proper camping” style.  This means that it is always worth giving us a try for a last minute stay especially when the weather is at it best and perfect for “proper camping” in our secluded meadow pitches. The popularity of being an adult only campsite site is still taking us by surprise.  The Meadows is ideally placed for enjoying the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and walking parts of the SWCP, and we are very dog friendly.

You can book here, or by calling 01726 844383.

Lottie and Mabel Caravans still have some availability during the season, and please check out our caravans.  Look out too for new pictures coming soon of Mabel which are on their way, as are two lovely vintage stripy deck chairs for her.

 

 

The Meadows welcomes campfires

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Comments Off on The Meadows welcomes campfires

IMG_7102The Meadows Team has recently spent a lot of time managing our “wood”. This means we have plenty of wood for our guests who enjoy a campfire which is of course a big part of traditional camping.

This has got us thinking about the reasons why campfires are so great, but I am sure we have missed out many :-IMG_0992

1. They are fantastic to cook on

2 They keep you warm

3. They dry your socks, and other items of clothing

4. They toast your fingers, and also your toes.

5. They make great crackling noises.

6. They stop you from watching TV.

7. They make people talk.

8. They smell amazing.

9. Marshmellows and jacket potatoes have never tasted so good.

image10. They keep away the midges.

News from Camp Dog Harveyimage

You know you need to eat a bit less when you sit on the passenger seat in the Landy and set off the seatbelt alarm.  Back to sitting in the back being chauffeured where I get away with it.

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I don’t like sharing – Crantock

My favourite beach at the moment is Crantock Beach and I have had several outings there in the last few weeks as my owners love it too. The walking around there is great, and you cannot beat a sea bath at the end of a long walk.  It beats a bath in the sink any day of the week.

My claim to fame – I recently sat under the table at The Roseland Inn, Philleigh. just before Jonty Hearnden off the BBC Antiques programme.  I also left my coat under the table, he put his foot on it, and camp daddy had to crawl right underneath the table to retrieve it. What do you mean, you are not impressed by my claim to fame.

2014 Heatwave is on its way – it was in the Daily Mail, not once but twice so it must be true.  Also there can only be a drought this summer now that our land drainage channels have been completed.  Any way just to remind all those doggies out there, that before they sell out get your owners to order your cool coat ready for your camping trip.

Other Meadows News

Before

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Before

We are counting down to opening, and time is flying by, and so many jobs are being ticked off.  The weather has finally been kind enough for the paint tins and brushes to come out.

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After a bit of tlc

At the minute we have taken on a task with the brush painting of the hay rake and plough. After much research by farmer and father Bowler we are right on colours. The machines should be painted up and in position by the time we open.

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After a bit of tlc

Latest update – this blog has been work in progress for a while as there has been so much dry weather we have been making hay while the sun shines. The machines are all painted up now and looking fab.

Planting – The Meadows is like an extension of our garden and we are very keen to develop this further.  Lots of wild flowers are of course doing their thing, and the meadow is coming alive. Heligan Gardens is on our doorstep and fantastic. Alex their head of nursery sales has been advising us and getting us some fine plants which are going in. Giants rhubarbs, grasess and hydrangeas are in. We have put in some lovely colourful plants to come in to fruition on our stream bank. The bluebells on the bank are already going to be fab this year. Our existing yellow flag irises should also put on a good show this year.

Mabel Caravan has now picked her spot on the campsite, and has decided on a corner stream side pitch.  Good choice Mabel. Her bright red sail has arrived and she is all ready for putting in position and getting dressed ready for her first guests. Mabel really is a classy caravan and is looking fabulous. Lottie and Mabel are taking part in a fashion shoot next week should be fun. We should also get some great new pictures for our website.

IMG_7106Bookings – We continue to be surprised at how popular our adult only campsite is, and it seems this is for a variety of reasons. This seems mainly for the attractiveness of a quieter site. With the terrible winter weather suffered by us all, it seems as well lots of people are booking up early to have a camping trip in the bag to look forward to. We are also ideally placed for camping and caravanning, Mevagissey, and for the gardens of Heligan and Eden.

To book a stay with us for the 2014 season you can do so here, or by telephoning 01726 844383. Lottie and Mabel Vintage Caravans are also popular with our adult guests looking for a special time away. With 2 caravans, we are able to be more flexible with changeover days. Please do always ask and we will try our hardest to accommodate your choice of stay.

Going where the sun is shining

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Meadows News

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

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

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

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

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It’s a camp dog’s life

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

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

Q – My favourite treat –  A  -prawn crackers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Let’s not talk about the weather!

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Comments Off on Let’s not talk about the weather!
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We will be soon!

We are very busy looking forward to the start of season, and we remain extremely confident that both the campsite, and the owners will be sparkling by then. There is still lots to do on site, but our plan is all coming together, and everything is taking shape.

The team (that’s me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are really looking forward to sharing some of our new discoveries with our guests – old and new.

What’s New – well, that’s new to us

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Lanhydrock outdoor pool

Gardens – On a lovely sunny Sunday morning we headed off to Lanhydrock Estate as this is somewhere we have been longing to visit.  The formal gardens, and house were not open, however we actually really enjoyed a good long walk around the fabulous extensive estate grounds.  There were so many walks to choose from and we took ones off the main estate road walks and did not see another person.  In the summer, there would have been nothing better than a dip in the outdoor pool.  We were of course able to view the house itself and gardens from outside the gates, which look magnificent and definitely something to look forward to for a return visit.

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The view from our tip

Harvey’s new walk – Camp Dog has been feeling during the recent storms, that his little world has gotten a bit small as lovely as the Pentewan Valley Trail is.  As this winter we have been getting rid of lots recycling that we cannot up cycle, I managed to find a lovely walk to enjoy on the way back from my frequent tip run. Before the walk, I must just share with you the view from our local tip.

Charlestown lookout station

Charlestown Lookout Station

For this walk, or the alternative of just a good sandy beach walk we park up in the Carlyon Bay free beach car park. We have done the long beach walk returning on the coast path a few times now.  On one stormy day when we parked up the steps down to the beach were closed as the sea conditions were considered to be too dangerous to the public.  Of course, we did not want to get back in the car, so we headed off on the SWCP in the direction of Charlestown.  This turned out to be a fabulous alternative walk starting off through grass fields with fab views all the way, and passing at the back of the very exclusive Carylon Bay Hotel and some super smart house in Carlyon Bay and the Charlestown Coastguard Watch.  We walked all the way to Charlestown, had a meander around Charlestown, and then wandered back as the view walking in the other direction are of course different.  A very nice walk, indeed and Camp Dog Harvey’s tail was wagging all the way to Charlestown and back.

Eating out – Second visit recently, and just as good The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to St Mawes/King Harry Ferry).  This Inn is really something special, and very friendly to both humans, and dogs.  Fish is their speciality and their crab and pea risotto was excellent, and their home made chips are also very delicious.

Happenings on site

Trout – Since the de-silting of our stream large trout have been spotted.  The ducks are also more frequent visitors and so we may still get a resident duck in the duck house.  There has also been many sightings of the kingfisher doing a spot of fishing.

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Our top notch shower block

Shower Block – this has all been painted out.  The rather small basins in the wet room cubicles have been replaced with some better bigger ones.  There are also some extra shelves going up inside for make up/hair stations, and an extra dishwashing sink going in outside.

Planting – so far we have planted a nice row of holly “down field” to add to the existing row of boundary trees, and other plants.  We are waiting on the delivery to Heligan of their first stock of giant rhubarb (gunnera) which we will be planting next.  Also we de-brambled one area “down field” which is to be left somewhat to mother nature.  For this area we are going to be planting meadow grass, and meadow flowers  in particular for encouraging wildlife.  The RSPB have also sent us some very interesting ideas for planting up our ditches to both be more attractive, and to encourage wildlife.

Prior to getting some tlc

Groundwork – Please feel free to skip this section, but I do know lots of our guests who stayed last season were very interested in the next phase of our work. The campsite road originally stopped at the shower block and then it was grass, with grass protecta for the remanding access section.  The road has now been extended and forks off left and right with a small turning area.  The top coat still has to go on but this will be done just before opening, so that we have a nice clean road for our guests.  To demonstrate road ending, and the non vehicle/wild camping area, we are parking our up cycled plough and hay turner at the road ends.  These make lovely features, and will also stop any enthusiastic drivers driving in to the ditches!!

The Meadows is a natural site, but we want to ensure that when it does rain, the rain leaves the site as quickly as possible after we have been watered.  This work has been our main winter work, of which the ditches are a part, the de-silting another part, and land drainage pipes another.  The ditches and de-silting are all done, the Council have cleared all the adjoining ditches leading to the river then the sea, and so water fires off the site.  The land drainage pipes are all in now running alongside the road, and a lot of the spars off for individual pitches are done too.  During the next couple of weeks, this work should be finished and you can be that will be when the indefinite drought starts.

Lots more “grass protecta” is on order, as this works really well for protection of our grass, and in adverse weather. This will mean all our hook up pitches (including our new ones) will be served by grass protecta, and our camping pitches will also have parking areas with grass protecta.

The site will always have natural lumps and bumps, but some of our excess soil this winter, has been used to fill in any big dips, and to build up the stream bank.  One of the top stream side pitches is also being given up for Mabel our vintage caravan.  We will be getting on with Mabel’s garden very soon, as both caravans are been booked for a photo shoot at Easter.

Food, glorious, food – It is without any doubt that John’s breakfast baguettes will be on offer again this season.  It is also expected that the Blue Vintage Crepe Van will also be visiting at least one a week during busy times, and at least one regular night a week in high season.  New for this season is to be wood fired pizzas courtesy of Kernowforno.  At present we are still working out the detail, but Sarah and Simon should be cooking up pizzas here one regular night a week, which we feel looking at their menu is very exciting news indeed

Weather – I managed to get nearly to the end without doing so, but this has to get a mention.

Apparently, according to the experts there may be a very big up side to the winter wet and stormy weather.  It seems that the positioning of the jet streams means that a very hot summer is set to follow this wet and windy winter.  We will very happily take that, and so please do save all of those umbrellas purchased to keep you dry, as you will be needing them when that sun just get too hot to handle.

IMG_7106Bookings – Just for adults, is a lot more popular than we anticipated.  Whilst we have availability still for all weeks, some weeks hook up pitches are getting limited already.  We hope to see lots of new faces, but we do not want to disappoint the guests of our first season who want to return and see the changes we have made. If you know when you want to visit, please contact us here to book, or telephone 01726 844383.

Mabel – we are still without in situ pictures for Mabel Caravan, but Mabel’s set up will be on a par with Lottie Caravan, and we are now taking bookings from May. IMG_7114As we now have two caravans, there is flexibility on changeover days, and lengths of stay so please just ask and we will always try to accommodate you.

“whatever the weather you can cosy up and feel cosy in one of our caravans.”