Posted on April 19, 2017
Well, the last winter flew by. On the whole the Cornish weather was very kind to us and made light of all of the outdoor work. It has not been all work this winter, and we have enjoyed some lovely holidays. Our favourite holiday was a 3 week walking holiday in La Palma. The Island made Cornwall walking seem like flat walking. We certainly returned feeling fit, and as usual food and wine had been a big part of the holiday too! Camp Dog Harvey has also had a couple of stays at his favourite health farm in Leicestershire. Harvey also returned home after his 3 week stay looking a picture of health.
Our woods stocks have been replenished, which has now become the main part of our winter work. We have stuck with our giant bee hive stacks as they are just the job, and hold so much in each one. The majority of the wood is our own, with a few donations here and there of good unwanted stuff given to us for logging. Plenty of wood for the ever popular campfires, and we are sure the stacks will be depleted as quickly as they went up.
We have also this winter put up a new “campers’ shed”. This houses the ice pack freezer, and also a very nice handmade phone charging facility. We realised that when our guests were on holiday they did not want to worry about getting back before our office closed. Of course some of our guests also like a good lie in when on holiday and don’t want to be setting the alarm just to get up to collect ice packs. The new shed will be open 24 7 on a help your selves basis.
We have been blessed recently with lots and lots of sunshine and so everything natural is coming in to its own nice and early. The wildflower meadow has a few flowers already. The yellow flag irises are coming on well too, and the trees are already full of colour.
There has been spotting on the campsite this winter of a Weasel, and not just a fleeing glimpse. The woodpeckers are also still here, as is the nuthatch and of course the owls are always hooting well.
This week, we have been planning our pop ups for the season. The bad news is that there will be no fish & chips this year. Ross has swapped his chef whites for a nurses uniform and is now a fully qualified nurse. We will miss Ross, Jen and their scrummy fish and chips and wish them both all the very best.
Wood fired pizzas are back – yeah :), and once again on a Tuesday. Anna will accompany Simon and his team and will be serving up cocktails. Anna has been working on a caravan this winter making a cocktail bar, and we cannot wait to see it. If it is ready it will get a trial run for the first bank holiday weekend, but being a work in progress this is not a definite.
Pizza Simon has also now another string to his bow and will be here also on a Thursday with his griddle and oven. Simon’s plan is to cook up his excellent burgers and may be also an oven dish. There was a trial of Simon’s burgers last season, and our view was that The Hub Box would be given a run for its money. As before Simon does look after the vegetarians out there. Anna will also be making Thursday a regular night for cocktails, and so how lucky are we.
Anna and her cocktail caravan are also hoping to make some weekend appearances, but on a more pop up basis. Anna is also hoping to do pop up food on certain weekend nights. We will be getting all the boards ready to hang out to keep everyone posted as to what is popping up and when so you don’t miss out.
Breakfasts should also be happening here again at The Meadows. Amanda has been on exotic solo travels this winter and so we are looking forward to hearing all about them. We will keep you updated on breakfasts but we hope it will all be similar to last year.
Bookings – these have come in thick and fast during the winter. There are some weeks where all of our hook up pitches are booked out already. There are not many weekly spaces available with electric, although there are still some if you get in there quick.
Our “proper camping” is also filling up as of our course our wildflower meadow with it’s secluded pitches is ever so popular. We are hoping our campers’ shed will convert some of those usually taking electric to get further “down field”.
Map – for our first time visitors and as a memory joggers to our returning guests we now have a map. It is we think a happy map, but it should give newbies a general idea of the layout of the site. There is a pdf downloadable version on our website.
To book you can contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. For those visiting for the first time, we are an adult only campsite (no offence kids), and dog friendly in Pentewan, South Cornwall. We are situate on the Pentewan Valley Trail (Coast to Clay) cycle & walking trail, which links up to the SWCP. We are great for Heligan Gardens as you can walk there on the trail and receive a discount for doing so. If you are fairly fit, you can cycle from our campsite to the Eden Project. Mevagissey and Pentewan are also in walking distance (1 hr to Meva & 30 mins to Pentewan). We look forward to seeing lots of familiar friendly faces soon, and some new faces too!
Well, the sun is shining and those last minute jobs and the fresh air are calling !
Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey
Posted on July 10, 2016
Well, we are ready for the arrival of the summer school. Next week, we should have a full compliment of teachers, school secretary, head mistress, deputy head, mixed up with those campers who just enjoy high season holidays.
The forecast for the week ahead is looking good, and last week was all in all quite a good week. I judge how much sunshine we have had, by how many squeals I hear in the shower block with our hot showers on sunburn ;). There has been quite a number this week caught out.
John & I are always very interested to hear why first time visitor have chosen our campsite. It is good for us to hear that so many of our guests absorb so much of the information on our website prior to arrival, and know what to expect when they get here. Most are already Facebook and Twitter friends with our Pop Up Hosts and have their walks, and days out planned way ahead. Lots have often already purchased tickets for gardens and theatre trips, including the very special Minack.
The Campsite is looking extremely colourful at the present time, with some very well dressed tents, caravans and campervans. The wildflower meadow has been full this week, with our campers enjoying their secluded pitches, and one couple has been watching baby buzzards as there is a nest in the wood.
For those visiting this coming week, on Monday it is the Stitihians Agricultural Show, the biggest one day such show in Cornwall, with lots of farm animals, dogs and goats, vintage tractors, and just a lot to see. This show comes highly recommended by some of our guests who visited last year.
Our guests at the moment seem to be in to bike hire, and wineries!!! What a winning combination. Knightor Winery is fab, and directly on to a cycle route. Polmassick Vineyard is also worth a cycle to if you have the energy for a vineyard tour.
If you have a bike with lights that could be useful if you are here for any of the Wine Tasting Events down on Carlyon Bay with Clio’s Van du Vin. There is always also a lot of good food down at Carlyon Bay, especially from Sams on the Bay. The wine tasting events are
Friday 29th July – Battle of the Bubbles
Friday 5th August – Argentina vs Chile
Saturday 20th August Chardonnay Across the Spectrum
Saturday 3rd September- Oaked vs Unoaked Wine
Carlyon Bay is a really lovely setting, and you would manage it on a bike, or to walk to the nearest bus stop for the last bus home.
If we can get enough interest, then Clio would love to come with her Van du Vin to The Meadows and host a couple of wine tasting sessions this season. I will be seeing who is up for that, and trying to get something in the diary.
This week is also the Rock Oyster Festival for those heading over to the north coast.
As for happenings at The Meadows, we have our usual Pop ups all in attendance this week. The Friday evening duck race has also started going again. It also looks like a good week for fire pits and bbqs.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – this week has been a good one, as most of them are. I have been extremely busy, welcoming lots of guests and doing my party trick trying to trip them up on their way in to the office. My second job of top model is also keeping me busy, and lots of sales of dog bandanas are taking place. There are lots of familiar faces around the campsite as the moment, as lots of guests are returning to us as they cannot resist the pizzas and cocktails!!
I got a rare night off this week, and headed back up to the Kingswood Restaurant in search of meat, and steak night to be precise. Excellent food there, and we sat on the terrace on the last table to catch the evening sun rays. Top night, and a lovely evening stroll there and back. Not much steak for me, I would add, but an enjoyable evening out nonetheless.
Other Meadows News – well, it has been busy, busy, busy, and looks like it will be right through the season. The fabulous atmosphere created by such a friendly lot of campers, campervanners and caravaners we get here week on week continues, and is a a pleasure to see.
Bookings – we still have some room for “proper camping” from mid August onwards, but not a lot. However, we don’t overbook, and so often have space for those touring around and who call in to stay for a night or two. September is a lovely month to get away and we are often blessed with an Indian Summer. Please do get in touch should you wish to book a September stay and then you can start your holiday countdown.
Arriving under your own steam – there is still not a requirement to book in advance for those carrying their own gear. Indeed, John, Harvey & I really enjoy putting up hikers and cyclists for the night, or even for a longer stay.
If you don’t already know The Meadows Campsite is a smallish campsite, just for adults and dog friendly situate in South Cornwall. We are a good campsite for those visiting Heligan Gardens, Mevagissey, the Eden Project and for those who love the outdoors, especially campfires.
Look forward to seeing lots of you 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 January 8, 2016
Firstly and most importantly a very Happy New Year to all from The Meadows Team.
Time always seems to fly by when we are open, but it is also flying by just as fast for our “down time”.
Luckily we were full steam ahead when we first closed our gates, and took full advantage of the dry, sunny weather and got ahead of the game. The grass has been growing even in December.
This time of year, we are a little at the mercy of the weather as to what jobs we can do. This means it has been the ideal time to holiday, explore the County and try out many of the fantastic eating places Cornwall has to offer.
For our main holiday this year we thought we would try something new, and so booked a cruise. John was the organiser, and gave us absolutely no time to think about it, as research and booking took all of 5 minutes, after a night out at The Polgooth!! With no flying involved it did seem a good idea at the time. It was a cruise mainly around the Canaries, but also stopping at Lisbon and Madeira. It was different, in a very good way and it was certainly a hassle free holiday. The only things we really had to think about was planning what to do when off the ship as arranged excursions are not really our thing. We found the Canaries extremely well set up for walkers, with some great walks, and indeed we shall definitely return to La Palma another winter which was by far our favourite Island. We ate lunch in some lovely places and feasted on tapas, and enjoyed sitting outside in November, and we met some lovely people and had lots of laughs.
Whilst having to dress up on the ship was good fun, being a country girl, I was pleased to be reunited with my jeans and wellies!!
Back in Cornwall, we have done a great deal of exploring (the walking and eating kind), and we continue to be surprised.
Walking (our favourite pass time)
With having lots of woods on our doorstep, and the Luxlyan Valley close by, we have only just discovered Cardinham Woods (Bodmin way). These really are super woods for both walking, and cycling, with one in particular very hairy cycle ride that nobody would ever get me to do! There is a fabulous cafe Woods Cafe which is known in particular for it’s scrummy carrot cake.
We have also been out walking on the Clay Trails again great for cycling and walking, and with some fantastic views. You can pop in to Eden, or Wheal Martyn for coffee, or lunch, or even better literally just off the trail is the Knightor Winery doing tours, tasting and often coffee and lunch.
This year we had a quiet Cornish Christmas. On Christmas Eve we were blessed with a day of sunshine and walked to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Valley Trail for lunch at the Sharksfin, of beef tacos which were excellent. When we lived in Norfolk we always used to have mussels and chips for supper on Christmas Eve. When we saw mussels at Meva’s fish stall, we could not resist and so supper was sorted, and our return walk was on the coast path A great day, all round.
Crantock beach in the winter (NT)
Walking, beach style
I like a beach where you can get a good stride out and Pentewan Sands and Par are good for this, although for doggies Pentewan is only good for the winter months.
Another great beach, with a nice drive out to it is Pendower on the edge of the Roseland. There is a NT car park right on the beach and some very good rock pools. We headed out here on Boxing Day and then returned via The Roseland Inn at Philleigh. This is a lovely pub and that day the fire was roaring and we had lovely prawn sandwiches and chips before heading home.
In 40 minutes, we can be over on the North Coast, and so based on which side has the better weather, we have been heading up north walking some days. Our favourite beaches are Watergate Bay, Perranporth (2 miles long at low tide), Hayle and Crantock. All of these are fairly close together and so it is possible to do a day of beach hopping with plenty of places for refuelling.
Eating (our second favourite pass time )
For one reason and another, until December, we had just not gotten around to trying The Hub Box on Pentewan Sands – big mistake!! We ventured out here for our Christmas Party and joined forces with Kernow Forno who were hub box regulars. If you like really, really good burgers then this place is a must visit, but go when you are hungry. The sides are all home made and the coleslaw and burnt end beans were fab, and the burgers delicious and award winning! Unfortunately it is not dog friendly in the summer months – boo hoo, and for us it is now closed until March. However, we shall fit in another visit before we open and as it is right on the beach we hope by then be able to sit outside.
As a result of Storm Frank, we had a daytime without power. We saw this as an opportunity to have brunch out and went off to Griggs Farm Shop. The shop itself is great for outdoor gear, work gear, eggs and pickled onions, but the cafe is just a real treat. I had a half Cornish and John a full Cornish breakfast and it was very, very tasty indeed and kept us going until power was restored. There was even enough for a doggie back for Harvey who had waited patiently in the landy.
On our trips out exploring, and with the guidance of Alistair Sawday’s website, and of course trip advisor we have tried new places. We like cosy pubs, good food, and a friendly welcome so not much to ask! We got all of these at both The Halestown Inn, Halestown (near St Ives), and The Ship Inn at Wadebridge. We always like to have a memory bank of dead certs, plus a few on our list still to try, and a few very special favourites.
Work on site
Our Cornish hedge is slowly but surely coming along. The first part is complete, save for the hedge itself to be planted in the top. The next section is well underway, but the weather has been making it tricky for hedger Tom.
Wood – our regulars will know that fire pits are a big thing here at The Meadows, and indeed many have commented on our wood towers. We have a very good back up wood source, however, we would like eventually to keep up with supply and demand from our own towers. After hearing such good reports from farmer Bowler about his log splitter run off an old Renault tractor, we have bought our own splitter to be delivered today. The old Fordson Dexter had been feeling redundant since we bought our new tractor, and so is pleased to have been chosen to run the splitter. We have made our very own mini production line, so trunk to stack should be a fairly slick operation, or that is the idea any way.
For everything else left to do, we are poised now waiting on the first signs of Spring. However, wood will keep us busy until then, and will also keep us fit.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Happy new year, and happy walkies to all my four legged friends out there. It is nice enjoying my large garden once again, and getting out and about on some epic beaches. Whilst my owners were away cruising I spent two weeks “up country” with the farming side of the family. I was very happy as in reality I just went from one sofa and log burner to another!
I enjoyed a Christmas time feast of cockerel (lots of), roast ham joint, short rib of beef, and all the trimmings each time, except I don’t do peas! There has been lots of walks on the beach, 3 a day on some days and lots of dog friendly pubs with log fires, and hot chips under the table. Life for me is pretty good, and so on that basis I have signed a new contract for next season as Camp Dog.
We are well in to taking bookings now, and indeed some summer weeks, we are already getting fairly limited on hook ups. The system is the same as before, keeping it fairly simple, just how we like things. We continue to add information to our FAQs and keep the information on the website up to date, useful and interesting! To book you can contact us here, or if you would like to speak to us please call 01726 844383. Our gorgeous caravans Lottie and Mabel are also available to rent again this year for a special stay. For newbies The Meadows is an adult only campsite, dog friendly and quirky, on the South Cornwall Coast, and great for walking cycling and campfires.
Here’s to a great 2016 with lots of sunshine and fun along the way.
Posted on August 13, 2015
With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite. Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.
Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather. There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.
The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”. Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea. Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay. Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.
Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days. A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs. The current favourite walks are:-
1. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River. A lovely day walk. This one I expect will always stay at number 1.
Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown. Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path. The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home. Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.
Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach. Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.
Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.
Chapel Point & Colana Beach
Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach. There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.
Number 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk. Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views. Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month. There is never any shortage of boats to look at.
Other highly recommended “doing” days:-
1. Heligan Gardens, of course. At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ. Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.
2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant. This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it. We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….
Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!
3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month. This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip. The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night. Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper. We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.
4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions. Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!
5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.
Pictures – here are some taken over the past few weeks.
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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found. Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks. We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast. There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others. The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.
We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite. All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is. Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!
Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received. Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.
Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by. The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.
Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much. For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September. For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September. In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.
We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens. We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings. All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.
Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up. We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides. There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year. As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite. We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats. One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.
Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows. Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send. These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us. For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.
Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)
Posted on May 28, 2015
Hi di Hi from The Meadows Campsite
The season is continuing as it started, nicely busy, jolly campers, and a few cocktails and pizzas being enjoyed along the way.
Thank goodness we worked so hard with stock piling wood ready for the season. We have piles, and piles of wood all nicely arranged in our wood towers, and the first tower is down to the bucket we used to ensure our tower was circular and would not topple over. The evenings have been a little on the chilly side, and those without fire pits must have had fire pit envy, as night on nights the numbers increase. During the bank holiday, John upgraded the usual delivery mode of the wheelbarrow for our old tractor to make lighter work.
Lots of our guests have been avoiding the crowds of the St Austell Supermarket and instead enjoying a walk and a stock up of goodies from the fabulous Lobbs Farm Shop, a must for foodies, especially those liking a good bit of steak on their bbq. If you prefer fish to meat, or surf and turf Mevagissey has a fresh fish stall right on the harbour front.
This week has been beach weather, and swimming in the sea, not in a wetsuit weather. Our guests are particularly enjoying Caerhays, aka Porthluney Cove. The revamped Cafe, has new very enthusiastic owners making a big effort, with music and events happening regularly, and a Shepherd Hut Ice Cream kiosk.
Our guests have also been enjoying Duporth Beach walking out to it from Charlestown and, of course walking between Gorran Haven and Vault Beach. Some of our recent guests have seen all of the beaches around here as they are walking the full extent of the SWCP coast path. Our last walkers had a full on evening here with a fire pit and a take away delivered to them from the fabulous Gurkha Restaurant in St Austell. They even had left over samosas to enjoy for their lunch on Hallane Beach the next day. We highly recommend this restaurant eating in, or take away style, and all guests who have eaten their food have given very positive feedback.
Now we are not ones to blow our own trumpets, as that is just not our thing. However, we would like to share a couple of things with you, as we always like our guests to hear what others think of our campsite.
Firstly, we were featured in last Saturday’s Travel Section of The Guardian Newspaper. This was as a complete surprise to us, but did explain why email and telephone enquiries, were coming through faster than they have ever done previously!! Not being Guardian Readers ourselves on the Sunday we were hoping to find a copy in our recycling bin, but unfortunately not, although we do now have a copy. Thank you Cool Camping for including us in this feature.
Here is the link if you want to have a look, at us and also some other great independent campsites
Secondly, here is a link to a new blog set up by one of our recent camper vanners who stayed here bank holiday weekend. There are some good pictures and we were pleased to have made a camper banner happy.
Bookings – following our feature in the paper, I have as chief booking administrator been working just about at the speed I used to in my previous life as a lawyer, and that is saying something!! We are just about fully booked now until around 22 August, except for the odd few days here and there, and a few spaces in June. For “proper camping” we have plenty of spaces, but limited parking. This means for those arriving under their own steam (including bus, train and taxi) we will always have a space for you. For short stays, we are always worth a try, but for main holiday, please bear us in mind for next year.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
It is my birthday today, but apparently that does not warrant the day off duty!! Instead I got taken to the vets to have a needle stuck in my backside. Some birthday present that was.
I have been very busy looking after all my four legged guests, and sharing my knowledge of walks, and dog friendly pubs that hand out dog treats. I have seen lots of sandy bottoms returning back to camp, and very tired legs. This week I was very impressed with the dog who did the circular Mevagissey walk and made it up and down the 200 steps to run around on the very dog friendly Polstreath beach. I bet that dog had the beach almost to himself as a reward. Just to remind you, The Meadows is a dog friendly campsite, with great walks straight from the campsite gates.
Finally, upcoming Diary Dates
1 June – first visit by The Atlantic Fryer cooking up Cornish fish and chips on the campsite, and then every Monday, just missing the odd one or two.
6 & 9 June – visit by Kernow Forno cooking up wood fired pizzas, and then visiting every Tuesday evening.
28 June – 5 July Mevagissey Feast Week
There will be far more happening than that, and I will get myself finding out, but in the meantime do check out Visit Cornwall so you don’t miss anything.
June – start of Eden Sessions, and worth having a look who is performing as it looks like there are returned tickets still available for some events.
Right time, to open my little blue shed/reception office/tourist information board and shop.
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team (Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey)- The Meadows, Campsite, South Cornwall, Dog friendly, adult only campsite………………….
Posted on May 18, 2015
As 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, and 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.
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.
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 then 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.
Posted on January 2, 2015
Our giant bee hives
We 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on November 6, 2014
More wood piles required
Our last few days of the season were quiet ones, and so it got us used to the idea of being “quiet”, but it still seems strange to have the gates closed and the place to ourselves.
Making the most of the continued good weather, we have been getting stuck in to the jobs where there is a big plus sign to getting them done as soon as. The grass is growing under our feet, and we are really pleased about that. The meadow has been topped and we are making the most of Heligan’s half price plant sale and getting down to planting and further beautifying the site. We have also been “logging” as we can never have too much wood with the popularity of our fire pits, and our own love of our wood burner in the winter.
As a lot of our guests will know The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very keen walkers. Some of you now know better than to ask one of us for a suggestion for a good walk, as we do sometimes get carried away wanting our guests to see as much as possible!!
Pont Pill (Hall Walk)
The Mevagissey circular walk starting right from our gate which is about 6.5 miles is one of our favourites, and we are now very used to the good climbs. It is a great walk for stop off whether it be coffee and cake at Heligan, or at the new Cafe on the Quay at Mevagissey serving proper homemade delicious cakes. Depending on the time of day it could be fish and chips, or Cornish pasty time. We usually stop for a drink in our local pub The Ship Inn, in Pentewan before setting off on the last mile home up the trail. Polstreath beach which you pass along the way between Meva and Pentewan is lovely and quiet even in the summer as the only way down is via 200 steps!!!
Lantic Bay, near Fowey
Another of our favourite walks is the Fowey Hall Walk, with an extension to include Pencarrow Head, and Lantic Bay (dog friendly). We talked ourselves in to diverting down to the bay, and we were sooooo pleased we did. We had the beach to ourselves and the sky was blue, and it was just amazing. It is a very tricky climb down, but apart from the steepness the climb back up seems somehow easier. Lunch stop was at The Luggar Inn, Polruan and the walk has two different ferry rides along the way.
To go with a very good walk, we like a good lunch and have enjoyed a few lunches out as we have really been missing those. The Sharksfin at Mevagissey is excellent for fish, and I love their crab sandwich with a bowl of chips. One of our favourite areas for walking is the Roseland Peninsula. On Sunday we had a walk around St Anthony’s Head, a paddle in the sea, and a cup of tea with Thirstea the old Citreon H Van that visited us here in the summer at Town Farm. On the way home, we stopped off at the very cosy Roseland Inn at Philleigh for lunch which was lovely, and the pub was full.
One of our other favourite pub lunches is at The Pandora Inn near Mylor on the Carrick Roads. This is a beautiful area with lovely creekside walking. The walk around to the pub from Mylor is lovely with great views of the boats and fabulous waterside properties. It was a very sunny day, but the wind was a little too chilly to brave lunch sitting on the pontoon. We opted for mussels (me) and our two friends, and John had a pulled pork sandwich with spiced apple chutney. Food was all delicious, the sandwich was huge and full of pork, and another cosy pub with log fires. Both pubs highly recommended, and both dog friendly, as of course Harvey accompanied us on both occasions.
Our guests shady walk during the many really hot days last season as the Luxulyan Valley, known as the hidden valley. This is our mizzly walk as there is lots of tree cover, although soon to be less when all the leaves are off. This walk is beautiful whatever time of year, and great if you like walking next to water. The pub in the village itself is on our list of ones to try as we have good reports.
Whilst out and about, we have been getting inspiration for our winter work at The Meadows, and we have some good ideas. As we have now uncovered the whole of the campsite, from beneath the brambles, and completed our major work, any more changes will be smaller ones. We are just as excited about this year’s work, and this is of course phase 3 for us with our second season of learning behind us.
Deer “up country”
A few days after closing we made a trip up country to visit our families. We all had a lovely time, and enjoyed lots of walks along the River Soar, and around Bradgate Park, pub lunches, and a visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market. Harvey enjoyed spending times with his cousins, well most of them any way (sorry Billy).
General Meadows News
Bookings – we have now opened our diary for 2015, and have booked lots of guests in already. Always good to have a holiday to look forward to and we are certainly looking forward to ours! In case any one is wondering, yes our holiday does involve camping, walking, wine, beaches and sunshine – our winter version of a camping holiday at The Meadows! If you would like to be an early booker with us for next year then you can contact us here, or call 01726 844383. For new guests, we are a quirky smallish adult only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall. The Meadows is also a very dog friendly campsite. We are an ideal campsite, for those who like the gardens, particularly Heligan and Eden, and those who enjoying walking the SWCP, or cycling as we are right on the Coast to Clay Trail.
We are pleased to say that Kernowforno will be here again next season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas. John will also be serving up breakfast baguettes again, although this may not be every day. We are thinking of tasty porridge for some days as we know this is popular with campers. We are also hopeful that Big Pan Parties will come again to cook up their delicious paella on site, and Sams Cocktail Van with Mojito Steve on board knows he is always very welcome here.
What a good idea
Harvey has been thinking up new ideas for his guests on four legs, whilst also getting out there finding new walks and dog friendly eating places. Harvey has also been finding life rather strange since the gates closed. He still makes his way to the french doors in the morning, but cannot understand where everyone has gone.
Hope you like the pictures, which are a bit of a mix, and I shall keep them coming over the winter as it is a good way of keeping in touch. It also answers the ? we get asked most in the summer ……… “what do you do in the winter?” :).
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team
Posted on September 8, 2014
Well high season is over, and the county has started to quieten down just a little, but not that much in view of the current fabulous weather. However, there might be less people about but there is still so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Country.
These are some of the ways we would spend our days holidaying at The Meadows, Pentewan, South Cornwall.
1. A walk to Mevagissey, and a nice one, at that starting with a good up. The walk is on the Pentewan Valley Trail skirting around the edge of the Heligan Estate. We would then have a wander around the village, and then devour fish and chips sitting on the harbour watching the boat and fishing activity.
The return leg would be on the SWCP taking in the amazing view of Black Head, and around to Fowey, then stopping off for a couple of drinks in our local, The Ship Inn right in the centre of Pentewan Village and then back to camp along the river.
2. Everyone is talking about the “Piglets” at the moment up at Heligan Gardens. The gardens and wider estate grounds always look fabulous but seeing the two sets of piglets just tops it off.
Throughout September, Knee High Theatre are putting on a show Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). The reports are that this is a great performance, and very funny indeed, so good for a laugh. Heligan Kitchen are serving up a two course pre-theatre meal, and drinks are also being served from the Kneehigh Asylum Bar.
3. Take a ride over to the north coast and visit the fabulous Crantock Beach, walking around on the SWCP to the just as lovely Polly Joke Beach. You could time this with the Newquay Fish Festival and visit that too, picking up some lovely fishy delights.
4. Travel by ferry taking the Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry. See dolphins and basking sharks (if it’s your lucky day), but a joyful ferry ride any way.
Whilst in Fowey hop on the ferry to Polruan and walk the famous hall walk returning back to Fowey. When back in Fowey head to Sams or one of the other many delightful eating places. Also whilst in Fowey visit the Fowey Fish and Wine Shop, or the pasty shop and purchase some tasty treats to bring back to camp.
5. Spend the day on Gorran Haven, or Caerhays beach with a good book. You will pass the fabulous Lobbs Farm Ship on the way for picnic goodies. Walk between the adjoining and gorgeous beaches of Vault and Hemmick. For the current fabulous weather conditions, of fried eggs, it is definitely beach weather, and we are sure Mabel and Lottie’s deck chairs will be making a few outings.
6. The Meadows team love the Roseland Peninsula, which is great for a day of exploring. Here you can find secluded coves, pretty creeks and tranquil beaches. It is an AONB and large parts National Trust and has many dog friendly beaches.
St Just in Roseland Church
If you get chance visit the wonderful little church of St Just which is amazing. St Mawes and the walk around St Anthony’s Head are also highly recommended.
For a good feed, The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (en route to the King Harry Ferry) is a fabulous pub, with a brewery next door.
The Pandora Inn
7. On a nice sunny day take a drive out to Mylor Bridge near to Falmouth and walk around the head to Restronguet and have lunch on the pontoon at The Pandora Inn with amazing views and lots of boating activity going on.
Here is now hoping that you have booked the extra day for another day of fine walking those cornish ups and downs.
8. Walk on the SWCP to Charlestown taking in the beautiful beaches of Hallane, Porthpean and Duporth along the way. This is a good walk, with lots of big ups, and fabulous views in return. You will get a lovely crab sandwich and a bowl of chips for lunch. The walk back along the lanes, and coming back through Kingswood is shorter, and an even easier route back is on the good old bus.
Don’t miss the photo opportunity on Hallane Beach where there is Hallane Mill with a pretty waterfall and hole in the rock.
General Meadows News
Thank you guys for more of your amazing reviews. This is only our second season running a campsite, and so the feedback is extremely helpful, and we like to see happy campers. We know we will never please everyone, but we do take negative feedback on board, and this year, we are still green, but a lighter shade of! There here are some things outside of our control, and also to run this site as a couple and still be sane at the end of the season, we do have to have a few cut off points. Sorry if this upsets anyone, as it is not intended, but The Meadows Team will not be in fear of trip advisor!!!
Our campsite is looking very green, and there are always new flowers coming up in the wild flower meadow, and the secluded meadow pitches remain popular. We had a group camping on the stream wing last week who were very lucky to have a few sightings of the kingfisher.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen many guests arrive here under their own steam taking advantage of the reward they receive for this. Carrying everything on your back, or on bike trailers deserves a 25% reduction on the pitch price. There are also far less trips for them with the glamorous wheelbarrow for our “park and pitch” scheme, and we have put some benches in the meadow as walkers are usually chair less, but in need of a sit down.
September is a very busy month for us, and so this means Pizza Tuesday will be continuing for now, and is always very well supported by our guests. The pizzas are delicious and it is great watching them being cooked fresh to order in the wood fired oven. What will The Meadows team do on a Tuesday when we get to end of season?! We are missing Mojito Steve since the opening up off Sams on the Bay.
We are getting around to thinking about work for the end of season. There are unlikely to be any big changes taking places, as we did the major work last winter. This time, the work should be more about continuing to enhance the natural beauty of the site and more planting and adding character to the site. The first job to do is the topping of the meadow field with our little Dexta Tractor.
It is very encouraging that lots of you are keen to book for next year. At the moment, we are keeping all your requests in order, and will be in contact around the end of September/early October. By this time, we will have made the changes we are being forced to make over deposits and balance payments. Our late cancellation/no show numbers have now reached an unbelievably (to us), and unacceptable high number, This is very unfair to those who have tried to book when we were officially fully booked, and not good for us as a small business, and it makes admin a nightmare. However, we are sorry for those who are still in the majority who accept that a booking is just that.
News from Camp Dog
Apologies on behalf of the team for the recent blip in the weather. We all tried very hard to chase off the rain, and send it up country, or to stay out to sea. We failed for a short time, and it was a bit wet and cold. However, the good weather is back, and we are once again basking in glorious sunshine so all is good for September.
Now is the time to come clean and admit that it was me that insisted Camp Daddy light the wood burning stove in the lounge with the smoke blowing over the site, whilst our campers and their four legged friends tried to stay warm and dry in their tents. I have taken my punishment and spent time on the naughty seat and will not light the burner again until the gates have been firmly closed.
I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking guests for the many gifts I have received during the season. One can never have enough gravy bones, or prawn crackers, and the big bags of Bakers came in handy when my needs got missed off the weekly shopping list.
It is at the moment, and fingers crossed the national press have reported it right as extended in to October and beyond. We have availability for those who don’t mind “proper camping” late season in good weather. For hook ups, we are quite limited until around 20th September, except for odd days here and there. After that we have availability for 7 days plus, if you still have your holiday to book. You can either telephone us, or send details online.
Our Caravans have been extremely popular this season, and they think they need another sister to help with demand. A Cheltenham Springbok would be nice, if any body knows of one.
There are still dates available for Lottie and Mabel, and so do think about getting cosy in a caravan (both have heaters).
Well, bye for now
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team, consisting of John, Camp Dog Harvey and I.