Posted on June 11, 2016
We have had a super couple of weeks of very warm and sunny weather, and with lovely warm evenings too.
Our guests have certainly been making the most of the fabulous weather, and getting out and on, and in the water. A number of our guests have taken up my recommendation of kayaking down the Fowey Estuary, and have thoroughly enjoyed this. Kingfishers and all sorts of wildlife have been spotted, and the less experienced guests have not found it too difficult. Have a look at Fowey River Hire for more information.
The sea must also have warmed up since we opened, and our Wild Swimmers had their first swim camp. There has been lots of sea dipping, and swimming both by dogs and humans. Our most popular coves for swimming seem to be Caerhays, Gorran Haven and Duporth.
Also out on the water Mackerel fishing trips are also very popular already, and we have smelt them cooking on the BBQ, so campers are being very lucky and getting a good catch.
John and I find every week to be a completely different week on the campsite, with a new group of campers. Our guests always seem to be a friendly bunch, and this is probably one of the most commented upon points about our campsite. With our pop ups, and our lovely sunny seated deck, guests love to share their experiences and enjoy a cocktail and fire pit together! There has been some impromptu (always the best), singing and guitar playing, and even The Cornish Maid gave us a lovely tune one evening.
The green stripy deckchairs are becoming the most used “communal” deckchairs out, being used for breakfast, pre-dinner beer and cocktails, and even for devouring pizzas and fish and chips around the fire pit. I have even joined in with my outdoor office, when my little shed was just a tad on the warm side, and so Harv and I moved outdoors.
Now so far, based upon guests’ feedback, these are the most popular places so far this season:-
- Caerhays Beach – for swimming and sunbathing, with a gorgeous cafe for drinks, ice and lunch. This cover is also popular for parking up with your campervan, with a sea view on a showery day, ready to make a sharp exit and put the kettle on !
- Duporth beach (close to Charlestown) – in recent fab weather times, it is like being in paradise.
- Knightor Winery – for wine tours, and lunch outside in the lovely terraced courtyard.
- Kayaking – for novices, the most popular is a trip down the Fowey Estuary to Golant with Fowey River Hire. Our more experienced kayakers, like Porthpean and have been seal spotting from here, and Pentewan and Polkerris are also popular.
- All our pop ups are going down a treat so far this season as already mentioned. Our campers feel very lucky to be able to sample one of top ten pizzas in the Country (as featured in The Times).
- Homemade (not by me) dog bandanas and bunting. Ours campers love getting in the spirit of things. In one day, I sold 13 bandanas, and so The Meadows must have the best dressed dogs in Cornwall.
- For food, our guests are loving The Hub Box, Sams on the Beach, The Kingswood Restaurant, and The Polgooth when there isn’t any food on offer at the Campsite.
- Heligan Gardens and Trewithen Gardens are looking fabulous at the moment as reported by our guests. The majority of our guests are enjoying walking up to Heligan and the £3.50 pp discount for doing so is getting them up the hill.
- As always the Mevagissey to Fowey has been on a lot of our guests must do things, and the welcome cooler air out at sea has gone down a treat.
- Walking – we have a new favourite. Our guests are all enjoying a circular walk from Mevaggisey to Gorran Haven SWCP, and then back via footpaths taking in a lovely wooded valley bringing you back out at Portmellon. If you want to do this walk, just ask us the way. Of course the Mevagissey circular walk remains as popular as ever, picking up Lobbs Farm Treats, and fish from Mevagissey harbour on route.
- Even during the heatwave, our fire pits have been very popular. Some days, delivery has required the use of the tractor and trailer with all fire pits, bbq and wood deliveries as the legs and wheelbarrow did just not cut it.
NEWS from Camp Dog Harvey – If I was on commission for bandana sales, I would be holidaying in Barbados this winter! Am always happy to pass my opinion on colour and style, and whether it makes your bum look big ;). I am counting down the days at the moment to my high season haircut, as I am starting to resemble a woolly sheep.
One of our regular guests arrived this week, with a new sign for me, and it is nice to see how seriously my role here is taken.
Arriving with us this week? – Falmouth is the place to visit. Between 17-19 June there is the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, and the Falmouth Classics Regatta. Our pop ups will all be popping up too!
BOOKINGS – we are at present pretty full for both hook ups and “proper camping” from now really well in to August. For late availability, you are best to give us a call to see what we can do. Our booking system is a flexible one, so we have people coming and going every day, which means we do have the odd gaps here and there, and cancellations do come about.
For those who don’t know, we are a smallish adult only campsite in South Cornwall, close to Pentewan and Mevagissey. We are a good campsite for walkers and cyclists and those who want to enjoy the gardens of Heligan and Eden. We are campfire and dog friendly, and we have visiting pop ups throughout the season.
Posted on September 24, 2013
Driving in to Mevagissey today, I heard on the radio that we are in for a fabulous October! The Indian Summer was apparently delayed due to the good old jet stream, but is now en route to Cornwall.
Today’s weather news got me thinking, that really Autumn is such a good time to get away, and set yourselves up for the winter months. With all the mod cons now in the caravans, motorhomes and tents for keeping warm on chilly evenings, our hot showers & breakfast delivered to your unit, there really is no excuse not to take time out and visit us here at The Meadows Campsite near to Mevagissey.
I am going to try and encourage and tempt you now to get away, by highlighting some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Autumn, close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and St Austell, South Cornwall.
Long walks on the nearly deserted Cornish Beaches.
These walks are best enjoyed with your pooch, and a good way of blowing away the cob webs, and enjoying the sun lying low in the sky.
Check out Camp Dog Harvey’s page for some suggestions, or if you are without a pooch then Pentewan Sands beach is a good beach to start with. A must for me is to take your coffee from the Gorran Haven Cafe in a “proper” mug and sit and drink it on the beach, watching the waves. This would then be followed by a good walk over the cliffs to the very deserted long sandy Vault Beach.
At the end of the returning leg of the Gorran – Vault walk, you could stop off and enjoy lunch in the lovely Barleysheaf Pub just up the road at Gorran Church Town.
For some more suggestions for walks in the area check out the South West Coast Path website, and in particular the Autumn Ambles for South East Cornwall.
For some fabulous pictures of the walk from The Meadows to Charlestown, and for just some fab pictures generally, check out www.skoobyblue.blogspot.com. Skooby Blue and Simon stayed with us here for a few nights this month. Prior and post Simon’s visit, we had been enjoying the pictures of his trip around Cornwall, on twitter, as he is a fantastic photographer. We felt honoured when Simon did a photo blog on The Meadows, so please take a look and see if you agree.
A cosy pub lunch
With an “r” in the month, Autumn is the best time to feast on a lunch of mussels and chips.
We can show you the route to walk from The Meadows to the lovely Polgooth Inn along bridleways and foothpaths with gorgeous views of the bays. So far on our mussel test, the Polgooth’s come out top. If the day is an autumnal one, then you can cosy up in front of the log fire. However, with the promise of an Indian summer , you could be sitting in the Polgooth’s garden basking in the midday sunshine.
For Sunday lunch, the best we have had so far is at The Crown Inn, St Ewe. This is a traditional inn, and the Sunday lunch is just like your mum would cook, and the pub is dog friendly.
Visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan or Eden
Due to Cornwall’s milder climate, the gardens are fabulous to visit in the Autumn months. You can expect to see lots of the more exotic plants, and lots of spectacular autumn colours. Heligan also have foraging events, and Eden have a beer festival taking place in October. Gardens and beer, surely go together!
Whilst at Heligan Gardens, take a mooch around Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some delicious treats for dinner, or supper.
Whilst being completely biased of course, all of the above, are best finished off with a night at The Meadows. You can snuggle up in your tent or caravan, or indeed our Vintage Caravan Lottie. Here you can watch the night drawing in, and listen to the owls tooting, whilst playing a game of cards or scrabble. Electric hook up is a near must, or for the very hardy pack your crocheted blankets to keep out the evening chill. Our favourite autumn warming drink is the South Devon Chilli Farm’s Chilli Hot Chocolate drink.
If you are more than a little bit tempted, hold off putting your tent away for the year, or caravan in to storage. You don’t need to book in advance, but you can if you want to. We are happy for you to arrive just as the Indian Summer makes the promised appearance and pick your sunny spot on site. Should you wish to book, or let us know you are on your way you can do so here, or by calling 01726 844383/07712599745.
News from Camp Dog
37 days left until I am off official duties, and can enjoy all of the above, and more!! Yes, I am now on countdown :), but will continue working very hard until the end of season to keep my guests happy, and well looked after.
Mabel – our new, but old caravan is still in Leicestershire, where my granny and grandpa are enjoying sitting in her having their afternoon pot of tea. Mabel will be arriving on site in October and we are all really excited.
For all your new four legged visitors planning on making your first visit to The Meadows, I can show you dog friendly pubs where they let you sit by the fire and the best dog friendly beaches. Here at The Meadows we are a very dog friendly, and generally friendly and relaxed campsite, in a walkers and cyclists haven.
Posted on September 19, 2013
Lottie, our gorgeous vintage caravan has been so popular this summer. We have been saying Lottie Caravan was on the lookout for a sister, and we have now found her one. No pictures available just yet, but watch this space……. Lottie and her sister will both be available to rent for vintage caravan holidays in 2014. Lottie can still be rented this season for a cosy autumn stay, as she comes with a heater. Her beach hut lights also now look lovely with the nights starting to draw in.
The Meadows Team were very quick to christen our new caravan, and she is called “Mabel”. At the moment Mabel is still in Leicestershire, getting ready for her journey down to Cornwall to meet her sister Lottie. Mabel is another Castleton Vintage Caravan, but a different model to Lottie, and has her own personality. Castleton Caravans are quality caravans, (the Rolls Royce of their time) and it is unfortunate that their members’ club closed down in August this year. We had hoped for a members trip to The Meadows, and a line up of different Castleton Caravans. Mabel is going to be sited next to the stream, looking down the meadow field, and is a good sized two berth caravan. My head is full of ideas, for making Mabel beautiful and fun, and so I cannot wait for her to arrive on site, so that I can get stuck in. This is one of many autumn/winter projects for The Team, and Camp Daddy will be in charge of Mabel’s outdoor space.
We have had some very hardy campers staying with us this week, who have managed to smile through the rather poor weather. Those who picked this week, have been very unlucky, but they have still had a good time. Our campers still got out and about in their wet weather gear and wellies, enjoying the local walks, and escaping the rain in the many fine pubs, that we are lucky to be near to. The lucky campers are going to be those joining us this weekend, as next week looks to be lovely and warm, with quite a lot of sunshine. That will make next week a fabulous week for long walks, pub lunches, and back to camp for a cosy evening in your caravan, campervan, or tent. Looks like great evenings next week for sitting out with a firepit, toasting marshmellows :).
We have hook up pitches available next week, and “proper camping” pitches for the hardy autumn campers out there. Hardy campers, can visit at least knowing that they have fab hot and powerful showers to warm them up. Lottie Caravan is also available Friday, to Friday for either a weekly or short break stay. Lottie has a lovely view right down the meadow field so great for watching camp life, and it looks like deckchairs on the beach weather so they are all there ready to go.
So for all those lucky folk out there, who have either picked this coming week to take their holiday, or those who can just pack up and go we would love to see you. You can book in advance, or just turn up and choose your spot on arrival. Contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. Check out my last blog, to see all the events still happening in the area, for those days off from walking & cycling!
News from Camp Dog Harvey
The ratio of females to males in this Meadows Team is rather worrying!! I now understand we have Mabel arriving on site shortly. I shall be checking Mabel out, as soon as she arrives on site. Camp Daddy and I have our own ideas to balance up the numbers.
I have had a school boy hair cut recently, and so am looking very smart. My shorter hairstyle also shows off my neckerchief to a treat. Unfortunately (for me) the “its all hair” not longer works, so it has to be muscle from all the hard summer work.
The best news of all is that in return for all of my hard work over the season, and ready for “down time” my wish for a log burner for my lazy winter evenings has been granted. I do not have any difficulty with communicating that I want the burner lighting, as I had lots of practice in my old home. There is also no doubt in the house, about who has pole position when the burner is lit. All my hard work over the summer has been worth it just for that!!!
The deer have been spotted on site again recently, and the owl continue to hoot and toot loudly at night.
I enjoyed my first night out since Camp Gates opened this month. The choice as to where to go was mine, and I opted for The Polgooth Inn. Being seated under, not around the table the carpet is comfy, I get treats, and my owners are very happy as the food is so good. The Polgooth is very dog friendly, and just as humans like people watching, the Polgooth is good for a bit of dog watching.
We hope to see you soon, and before the end of our season if you can make it. If you have not been before, The Meadows is a small dog friendly campsite in Cornwall, on the edge of Pentewan, and close to Mevagissey. We are ideally placed for walking as there are lots of walks on the doorstep including a walk up to Heligan Gardens on the Pentewan Valley Trail. We are also close to Charlestown, Fowey and the famous Eden Project. The site directly adjoins the Pentewan Valley Trail, which forms part of National Cycle Route 3, and also links up for walkers to the SW Coast Path. We also have bus stops either side of the road, and so this makes holidaying in a motor home much easier.
Posted on August 6, 2013
The Meadows Team themselves (including CD Harvey) love their food, especially when on holiday. As well as advising our guests about local walks, cycle rides and beaches, we are very happy to “talk and advise” about food!!!
The Polgooth Inn
In Cornwall our Campers are so lucky with such a great choice of local food available, and so many fabulous restaurants and foodie pubs. A lot of our campers start their day with one of John’s breakfast baguettes. The most popular filling is the traditional British Bacon & Eggs. The Bacon is scrumptious and supplied by the superb Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan Gardens. Eggs are freshly laid, if not by our girls then by other local Cornish girls with bright yellow yolks, and very very tasty. Our girls are feeling under even more pressure than normal, as the cakes we have been making are also being snapped up, and we have lots of guests at the moment to feed. Our deck is full this morning, with breakfasting, as our deck is soooo sunny in the mornings.
The topic is “catch of the day”
As we are by the sea it is so nice so have so much fresh fish available. Lots of our campers have been out on very successful mackerel fishing trips, and have been kind enough to let us sample some of their catch. Catches recently have been good, and one of the local Mevagissey fisherman very generously dropped off a whole big bag of mackerel fresh off the boat which I handed round the campsite. There were some lovely bbq smells that evening, as you cannot beat fresh mackerel on the bbq.
Anyone for a Crepe?
Thursday night is our regular evening for Blue Vintage, and our very lovely Crepe Lady Gill. The Crepes cooked fresh to order on the van, with sweet and savoury fillings have been going down a storm. The Meadows Special is Banana & Toffee. Blue Vintage also calls in when possible on a Saturday which is the main setting up day, with lots of tired people needing a Crepe to perk them up and save them cooking!!!
On the days the weather has been good, which have been more so than not, our campers love to bbq. As well as cooking their mackerel, our campers have been cooking up some real delights from Lobbs Farm Shop, as it is nice to have special treats on holiday.
Camp Dog waiting for his local to open
When the weatherman has been mean, and sent some rain over the Campsite, our campers have been heading off out to eat. Dodging the showers, lots of our campers enjoy the walk down in to the Village at The Ship Inn at Pentewan. In the daytime lots of campers enjoy the circular Mevagissey walk, stopping off for fish and chips in Mevagissey Harbour, and stopping again for a drink at The Ship Inn, Pentewan on the return leg.
For evening meals, especially larger party bookings, the Polgooth Inn is proving extremely popular indeed. The food is all home cooked, with vegetables and herbs grown in their own garden. The menu has a fab choice, with lots of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes. Without any exception all visitors to the Polgooth have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we even have guests eating there almost every evening !!
The gorgeous Sams on the Beach
One of our guests who was camping alone treated himself to one very special meal as he was camping on a budget. After asking my advice of place, and what to eat (no pressure!!!) he trotted off to the Salamander in Mevagissey and feasted on scallops and John Dory. Our guest enjoyed feasting like a Mevagissey King, and the whole atmosphere of such a lovely small restaurant and service. Big thumbs up. Another fabulous place for a special meal is Sams, or Sam’s on the Beach. Booking at Sam’s on the Beach is advisable and for Sam’s there is a nice bar area upstairs to enjoy a drink whilst waiting as there is no booking at Sams.
The Meadows Team are still favouring fish and chips at The Fountain Inn Mevagissey, and as I type this Lottie Caravan’s guests have just shared with me their Fountain fish & chip experience last night. They also got to hear the Mevagissey Choir who were singing both on the harbour, and then in the Fountain Inn itself.
We also must mention Roskillys Ice Cream as today one of our guests was on to a caramel crunch tub before 9am!! It is gorgeous organic ice cream and our favourite is the Salt Caramel although unfortunately it only comes in a big tub, and it is not advisable to put the lid back on.
Food always tastes better when you are very hungry and so it is good that our guests are all so active. Most venture out for the day on either two feet, or two wheels, and if in the car there is often a boat or bikes on board.
Our “Lottie” Caravan
Keep fishing, eating, and generally being foodies whilst in Cornwall staying at The Meadows Campsite.
My new neckerchief
Whilst I am still Camp Dog, I am also living back up to my old name of “HRH”. My heinz 57 friend “Tubs” as in Tubs by name and Tubs by nature 😉 very kindly bought me a neckerchief. I had been admiring Tubs’ red one for a while, and now I have one the same in Blue for Blue Vintage, as Tubs is a member of the Blue Vintage Crepe Van Team.
I am still very busy in my role of Security, in particular continuing to guard the Roskillys ice cream.
We have lots of four legged friends on site for their summer holiday, and I have been sharing all of my knowledge on the local area, including the best beaches, river and wood walks, pubs that give you gravy bones, and as to the best breakfast baguette filling – if you are lucky.
Such temptations for Cd
I very nearly broke Camp Dog rule last week and fell in love, but I held back and remained professional, and we are “just good friends”.
Look out for our sign
For all those not committed to school holidays, September can be gorgeous, and we still have availability. To book a stay with us here at The Meadows small, and dog friendly campsite, Pentewan contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383. Lottie is also available for some of September and for October too. Have a look at Lottie’s page and see if you can be tempted for a special stay. We are so conveniently placed for Heligan Gardens & Mevagissey (walking distance), the Eden Project, Fowey & Charlestown.
Posted on July 9, 2013
Camp Dog Harvey keeping cool
What fabulous weather is upon us, there is plenty more to come, and so how lucky are we?! Camp Dog Harvey is staying cool with a cold flannel as he continues to work very hard on site.
England is the place to be this year, and everything is rosy with Wimbledon, the Royal baby soon to arrive, and all in the sunshine.
Pitching by the stream to enjoy the shade
The Meadows Campsite is in a lovely sheltered spot, and so everyone is basking in the sunshine, and the site is so green. We have seen quite a few people moving their chairs to take advantage of the shade given by the trees next to the stream. It is so lovely to see our guests now being able to sit out so late in the evenings still in T-Shirts. This is how we all remember British Summers and we are now just like the good old days!! Being a farmer’s daughter I remember my dad not even having to think about rain in July & August when harvesting.
This hot weather is seeing everyone take off to the beach after devouring John’s breakfast baguettes and Camp Dog Harvey and I would like to share with you our favourite beaches:-
The best beaches everywhere are usually those that involve a little walk, and have no facilities.
One of Camp Dog’s girls enjoying Hemmick Beach
Camp Dog’s favourite beach is “Hemmick”. Whilst you could be lucky to find a parking spot at the bottom, the road down is rather a hairy drive. You are best to park in the National Trust Car Park in Penare and enjoy the walk down which gives lovely views. Hemmick is a good sized beach with rock pools, great for swimming and dog friendly. It is usually fairly quiet and is popular with locals. There are no facilities at this beach, but it is a natural beauty.
Gorran Haven beach where you can walk around to Vault Beach
Gorran Haven – this is a great beach, and is very popular as there is parking, and also a cafe and toilets. You will see lots of boats here as boat launching takes place here. If you want a nice walk, you can walk around to Vault beach and both are dog friendly. Note – Vault beach does have a nudist area ;).
Our local beach – Pentewan Sands
Porthpean Beach & Pentewan Sands – these beaches are not dog friendly, but Camp Dog Harvey still can give advice as he has visited out of season. Both beaches are very family friendly, and have food options and toilet facilities in the villages. Great for swimming and playing the usual beach games. You can walk to Pentewan Sands from the campsite along the lovely Pentewan Valley Trail. The Ship Inn is also in the village with a good sized beer garden.
Camp Dog Harvey on the walk down to Hallane Beach
Hallane Beach & Polrudden Cove – these are small little coves accessed from the South West Coast Path joining the path in Pentewan Village. Alternatively, there is a small parking arriving in Trenarren which shortens the walk down to Hallane Beach. Hallane beach is particularly beautiful with an old house on the beach, and a waterfall. Walking around Black Head makes a lovely walk and beach outing. Hallane and Polrudden are friendly to those on four legs.
Polkerris – this is a gorgeous beach, but not friendly to those on four legs. Sams on the Beach is a fabulous place for a Pizza and Sams Vans often rock up in an evening serving cocktails and food out of the back of the van. This beach is great for those looking for watersports.
Caerhays (Porthluny Cove) is another great beach, with parking and a small cafe. This is a great beach for a picnic, swim and is also dog friendly. If you are feeling energetic you can walk over to Portloe and enjoy fish at The Ship Inn
Other “Meadows” news
Our Meadow Tipee Tent looks just the part in the Meadow area in this gorgeous hot weather. Great fun for a stay and only an extra £15 pn on top of the usual pitch price, for having a tent all set up ready to go, in a prime spot. Plenty of standing room and sleeps up to 10. Ring Lynn, or John to check availability, as this is great for last minute getaways.
Lottie – has had lots of admirers and even people wanting to hire out the deckchairs. Lottie really does make for a special time away, and still has availability. If you are looking to rent a caravan for a holiday in July, or a break in August then please take a look at Lottie’s page.
Some of our campers have reported hearing “boar” type noises at night outside of their tent, and so Camp Dog Harvey put his security jacket on and went out to investigate. Unfortunately, nothing was spotted by his bed time, and so he handed over the investigation to the campers. The boar turned out to be a very large round hedgehog, now named Harry the hedgehog. It turns out Harry is very partial to sausage rolls, and stale buns, which is why he is so round. He does make very loud “boar” type sounds, particularly impressive for a hedgehog.
To book a stay at The Meadows Campsite please contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383. Whilst we are almost booked up for the main summer holiday weeks, in good weather we will have other “dry weather” pitches available. This is particularly so for “proper camping” – ie those camping in the old fashioned way without electric. We are ideally situate for camping Mevagissey, Pentewan and for visiting Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project. There are also bus stops a few paces either side of the road, though you can access lots of places by walking the Pentewan Valley Trail.
Posted on July 5, 2013
Maisy awaiting her first guests
Just in time for the July heatwave, our floral meadow tipee tent which we have named “Maisy” is up, and available to rent.
This tepee tent already up and ready to go is ideal for last minute fun holidays/weekends in a glorious meadow setting. Bring your sleeping bags, towels, food and your favourite drinks! You can start relaxing as soon as you get here, without the hassle of packing and putting up a tent.
Maisy is set up in a lovely spot right in the meadow field, and gets more than her fair share of sun. There is plenty of standing room in there, and a shaded outdoor area.
This would be a very fun way of camping for a group and we will have Maisy set up at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan during all dry summer periods so just give us a call to book. The pitch price is the standard pitch price, plus £15 pn for the rent of Maisy. Maisy sleeps up to 10 people. Of course you get to enjoy all of the Meadows’ usual campsite facilities, including our top notch shower block. John’s breakfast baguettes and homemade cake can also be delivered to you.
Camp Dog checking out Maisy
We are The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, St Austell Cornwall,close to Pentewan Sands, Mevagissey, Fowey, the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. We are in a sunny sheltered spot with a cycle trail and bus stops right outside the gates. We are also dog friendly, welcoming, and permit campfires (off the ground). Other similar secluded pitches are available for “proper camping” during dry periods. This area is fabulous for walking and cycling around St Austell, visiting the different bays and Cornish villages.
Any questions, or queries call John, or Lynn 01726 844383/07712599745, or email us here.
Posted on July 4, 2013
Well staying dry for Glastonbury, and Wimbledon running on schedule, were good signs, but the best is yet to come!!!
Positive thinking, cosmic ordering, who knows, but the sunshine much needed by the Meadows Team for our first season in the Pentewan Valley is arriving this afternoon. It will not just be a fleeting glance, once here it is hanging around for the summer. Check out the weather forecast here!!
We have already had good spells of dry weather, which have also fell when we have been busy, like for whit sun, and also the last weekend for Eden Sessions campers. Our campers have already been enjoying our new secluded meadow pitches created recently. They are so popular as people like the feel of wild camping, and waking up to the sight of our yellow flag irises, and pitching by the stream is also very popular.
In view of the red hot July ahead, today’s task is to make a large secluded pitch right in the meadow area, for our Meadow Floral Tepee Tent which is going to arrive tomorrow. This is going to be available for festival style camping, with room to stand up in it and sleeping up to 10 people. This will be set up as a tent only, erected and ready to go, and in view of where it is to be sited, suitable for “fair weathered campers” only. This is going to be ideal for those last minute campers, and please telephone 01726 844383 or email us here to book. The tepee tent will be the usual pitch price, plus an additional £15 pn for the tent rent. Not bad shared between a group. Pictures to follow once pitch and tepee set up, which should be by lunchtime tomorrow!
Another late introduction is of course the gorgeous Lottie our 1960s vintage caravan decked out beach hut style. Again Lottie is great for hassle free camping, great fun, and ideal for last minute holidays in July. Lottie is all set up ready for guests, and please contact us here should you wish to book for Camping in Mevagissey/Pentewan. Please also see Lottie’s page for more information.
We are in walking distance of Pentewan Sands beach, and other beaches, and also two great pubs,The Ship Inn, Pentewan, and The Polgooth Inn, Polgooth (both dog friendly). You can also walk from our site to Mevagissey, and Heligan Gardens, and cycle to the Eden Project. We also have a freezer full of Roskillys Ice Cream.
For this weekend, and the coming week full of sunshine, we do still have pitches available, both for “proper camping”, and with electric hook up. You can just turn up, but if electric hook up is essential we advise that you telephone 01726 844383 or email first.
Posted on June 29, 2013
Walking around Black Head
Everything is good here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan. All of our campers seem happy ones, and our visitors certainly get out and about. The walking maps and books are getting well used, and we really enjoy suggesting walks to our guests of varying lengths and difficulty. The particular favourite walk at the moment is walking around Black Head, taking in Hallane Beach, and The Ship Inn in Pentewan itself. Most guests take the route that means The Ship is at the end of their walk, so that they have walked up a good thirst, as there are a few climbs en route, but well worth it.
This week has of course been Mevagissey Feast week and most of our guests have enjoyed at least one event. One of our guests has particularly enjoyed the singing on the jetty and around the harbour. On the opening day the procession and the fishy food were enjoyed by lots. With the bus stop just a few paces outside our gates, a lot of our guests have hopped on the bus avoiding the hassle of parking, as feast week has been very well supported, meaning parking space were hard to come by.
What a stylish tent
Being a none commercialised, individual site we find this has a big up side. We are getting to meet lots of different people, pitching up in many ways. This weekend we have several guests who have arrived under their own steam, and who get a discounted rate for doing so. We have all sorts of tents on site, in varying shapes and sizes, including our first VW Campervan tent. There are lots of “proper campers” in this weekend, making a camping weekend of the Eden Sessions. Our firepits and bbqs are proving very popular, and John has been very busy with breakfast baguettes.
This week Jessie a VW van and her friend popped in with some high school children on board for a pre-prom photo session. At the same time, we had quite a few campervans in from the Netherlands, Germany & Spain, and really enjoyed watching the marking of end of high school. It is nice to have such a mix of tents, motorhomes, campervans, and caravans. In this lovely dry weather vans are venturing right down to the bottom of the stream, pitching along side tents.
Our gorgeous Lottie
Our vintage van Lottie is attracting lots of attention especially from walkers along the Pentewan Valley Trail. Lottie does look really lovely now that she is all decked out and fits in very well here at The Meadows. As she was a late arrival, there is still a lot of availability for this season. If you should want to book either a weekly stay, or short/weekend break, then please contact us by email or telephone 01726 844383. Please also check out Lottie’s web page for more information, and pictures.
News from Camp Dog
I continue to be very busy, but for most of the time I am happy, even if I don’t look like I am.
Canine drinking station – drink responsibly!
Since we opened camp gates, I have saved my pocket money and this week purchased two nice bowls for my canine friends, and set up a drinking station. Can I please ask that all four legged guests remember to drink responsibly whilst on their holiday.
Some of my guests this week took the ferry over to Fowey from Mevagissey. This comes highly recommended, as both places are pretty with nice walks, and dog friendly places. As I will be working all season, I might not get to try it out so thank you to my trusty advisers.
I am pleased that this week, someone has taken my title off me for the loudest snorer at The Meadows. Not naming a name, but on two legs, and in a one man tent – you know who you are ;).
One of our secluded pitches
We will always try and fit you in if we can, however we are a fairly small site. John has made some fabulous “proper camping” pitches further down our field, and which are proving very popular. For advance bookings, we limit our numbers, but in dry periods additional “proper camping” pitches will be available so it is always worth giving us a try for last minute trips. You can contact us here, or by telephone on 01726 884383. We are great for Mevagissey and Pentewan Camping, and very close to the Eden Project. We are also within walking distance of Heligan Gardens, and on the national cycle route, with a bus stop outside the gate. What more could you want/need from a campsite?!
Posted on June 13, 2013
News Flash from Camp Dog Harvey
Thank you to all my four legged friends who visited the famous Eden Project last month for the pilot weekend. You did all us four legged friends proud, and were all on your best behaviour and it was gold stars/gravy bones all round.
Eden are now welcoming us all as from Saturday 15 June, and being dog friendly, but we must all obey the RULES!!! Provided we all do this then we can enjoy a fabulous day out with our owners, as of course we are part of the family and do not see why we should be left out.
It makes sense to digest and learn the Rules prior to your visit to Eden. We don’t want any one spoiling it for others, especially me who now has to wait until the end of season before I can visit a place which I have heard so much about.
The Eden Project Rules:
1. Be kept on a lead at all times.
2. Be with their owners at all times.
3. Only be walked on paths
4. Be kept away from play areas
5. Not go in to any buildings, other than the Visitor Centre.
Please also ensure your owners do not forget their “pooh bags”!!
Eden are now showing their “dog friendly” side, and in return for best behaviour we get:-
1. Water bowls – not sure it will be my favourite Evian, but we can do tap, to visit such a special place.
2.Our own special undercover dining area on the terrace outside the Eden Bakery. Ensure your owners remember your pack-up. Mine will consist of 2 gravy bones, and one boneo.
3. Shaded parking areas in four of the car parks. The shelters in the Orange car park have a water tap, and stewards will supply us with water to the other three car parks. Your owners needs to park in either Melon, Orange, Lemon, or Cherry car park.
I would love you to come and stay here at “The Meadows” Campsitevwhilst you are in Cornwall to visit Eden, and tell me all about it so I know what to expect when I get to go. You may also visit the fabulous Heligan Gardens whilst you are staying here, which is Dog Friendly, and you can walk there from the site, along the Pentewan Valley Trail.
We (that is me Camp Dog Harvey), Lynn and John are very “Dog Friendly” and you are all most welcome here at “The Meadows”, so get your owners to ring up and book you in. The Meadows is a small, sheltered campsite in the beautiful Pentewan Valley, and look out for our sign with the caravan on the top.
We cater for motorhomes/campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), and caravans. We will also have our own Vintage Caravan Lottie from tomorrow which is available to rent, and is also dog friendly. Dogs come along to The Meadows free of charge, so your owners have no excuse, so ensure you do not get left behind as of course you are a very important member of the family!!!
This is a great site, if we say so ourselves for camping close to Mevagissey & Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall. There is also lots of great walking around St Austell Bay, and I am happy to put my tour guide hat on, and show you some of my favourite walks, and dog friendly pubs.
To book contact us here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383/07712599745.
Posted on June 10, 2013
Well, our first month since opening our camp gates at The Meadows has flown by.
We are so lucky with the weather, as we have had some gorgeous sunny days. Being in a sheltered spot our campers have really felt the warmth of the sun. Our campers have been going home looking relaxed, and with a very healthy glow about them.
All members of the team (that’s me Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey), are new to the campsite business. This 2013 venture has been a real adventure for an ex fire-fighter, ex lawyer, and ex settee/log burner hogger.
We have really enjoyed our first few weeks. It has been hard (but in a nice way) work, but 2 out of the 3 of us like hard work. As for the 3rd member of the team we are very proud of Camp Dog as he has happily shared his playground with all visitors, even though he has yet to break out in a sweat.
Of course, we feel we have done well, but it is not what we think that matters, it is what our guests feel about their experience here that is really the judgement!!!
The main camping bible seems to be UK Campsites, and it is here our guests have been reviewing “The Meadows”. We would invite you to have a look at our reviews, to see what our first guests say and you can do so here.
After only a couple of days of being open, Martin Dorey, the campevan cookbook man visited us with his family. Martin was writing a feature for the “Camping” Magazine on the South West, and booked a visit after checking out our webiste. Our site has now been featured in the July issue as an ideal campsite for visiting gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project.
This is an extract of the article:-
“John & Lynn have transformed what was not much more than an illegal caravan graveyard into a lovely meadow site with a heart of gold. With no mobile homes in sight, it’s just my kind of camping. The refurbished amenities block is spotless (and with some powerful showers too), there are no allotted pitches, or a long list of regulations……………………. and dogs are welcomed. The meadow itself is lovely – we saw kingfishers darting along the stream and heard owls hooting at night.”
Martin also said
“I think this little gem could be one to watch for the future”
“They plan to serve up cooked breakfasts, (note – we have now served about 70 of John’s baguettes,) put in a small lake (note – winter project), open up walks through the woods (note – winter project) and get chickens (note – our girls are settled in and now laying to order!!!). These plans will only add to the basic but friendly nature of the site. I’m looking forward to going back.” – Martin Dorey
“Lottie” We are counting down the days until Lottie arrives as we are all very excited. Lottie will be available for rental from 17 June, and please call 01726 844383 or email us for further details.
Meadows Springwatch – we have seen baby woodpeckers here, baby blue tits and our campers at the bottom of the meadow field spotted deer again this morning. We also have a very cheeky squirrel at the moment, who fascinates Camp Dog.
My New Zealand sister Deb and my parents are here with us this week. As a result of their visit, we have an owl box going up made by my dad, and some fantastic photographs of the site made in to collages which my sister has taken and which are amazing. Watch out for some changes to the gallery and there will be a board of photos going up in the office.
Mum and Dad Bowler came in their caravan, pitched stream side and have been enjoying caravanning at The Meadows and chatting to other campers.
Mevagissey feast week is fast approaching and is on between 23-29 June. John is a member of a team for the Sunday Raft Race and with his fellow team members is busy planning and building the raft, and they are taking it all very seriously!! Please give The Pentewan Pirates a cheer along if you are joining in Mevagissey Feast week. There is a full programme of events so it is going to be a fabulous week.
Heligan & Eden are both getting geared up for the summer season and there is so much going on at both.
We have had some very keen walkers staying with us recently enjoying the South West Coastal path. The area around Black Head is a particularly stunning part of the coast, and our guests all say the steep ups and downs are well worth it.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Unfortunately, due to having a had a poorly paw, I have not much to report. The last few days, I have been mainly office based, resting up. I am now on the road to recovery so will be back out and about on inspection and exploring duties soon 🙂
This is a really lovely time to visit the Gardens of Cornwall, and to walk parts of the gorgeous and stunning coastal path, or just to explore the many beautiful coastal towns and villages, such as Mevagissey and Fowey. Of course it is also a quieter time, as we still have a few weeks before the children break up from school. We would invite you to give The Meadows a try, as we are a very welcoming and friendly small and dog friendly site.
We cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents of all shapes and sizes. You can either book in advance and contact us here, or by telephone 01726 844383. Alternatively just pack your tent/van and turn up and just your pitch on arrival. The Meadows caravan and camping park is great for holidaying close to Pentewan, Mevagissey and St Austell.