Cornwall

Godrevy Landpod Wildflower Wood

The Landpods have landed in St Ives!

07Aug

There is a special little pocket of wild woodland at Beersheba Farm, St Ives. On a hill, overlooking St Ives Bay, with views towards Godrevy Lighthouse, it’s a peaceful setting for a new eco-glamping adventure – Wildflower Wood.

Owner Andrew is opening an off-grid, low impact, family-friendly site, where the guests can stay in one of his fantastic Landpods. “It’s a special place where you can get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. You are surrounded by the woodland and farm wildlife – even shy deer visit from time to time.

“The Landpods are brilliant as they don’t disturb the protected woodland. They are carried in by foot, sitting on little legs & pads. They are assembled in situ and can sit quite happily under the trees without impacting them,” he added. “Other than tackling some vulnerable deadwood, the site preparation around the pods is minimal”.

Although off-grid, the Landpods have LED lighting (and can also charge mobile devices), are well insulated, have comfortable mattresses and can sleep a family of up to 5 in comfort. Kids absolutely love the bottom double bunk whilst the adults get a roomy top double bed. The L-shaped sofa seating also can be used as an extra bed. The unique roll back roof can open to reveal the sea views glimpsed through the trees from the beds!

Wildflower Wood enjoying marshmallows

Wildflower Wood enjoying marshmallows

Each pod has been named after local landmarks that form part of the stunning bay view. Godrevy is the lighthouse across the sea, Gwithian is the popular surfing and world-class windsurfing beach, Towans is the Cornish word for dunes that sit along the bay from Gwithian to Carbis Bay.

An outdoor kitchen area, picnic table and fire pit is provided for each Landpod. It’s an antidote to modern living – where the space and peace of relaxing, cooking and eating surrounded by the trees really nourishes the soul. “We have some fun forest challenges for the children and they just love making up woodland games and exploring. At the end of the day there’s nothing like sitting around the fire to unwind as the sun sets through the trees. The kids can test out their fire building skills and toast marshmallows.” said Andrew.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms with Swedish waterless toilets

The site facilities are also off-grid. There are state of the art Swedish waterless toilets and waterless urinals, low energy lighting and water saving gas powered hot showers. Eco-friendly toiletries and loo paper are provided. Andrew’s wife and interior designer Vicki has helped with the design, “We don’t want to sacrifice comfort, but everything has been planned to minimise any impact on the woodland environment and designed as sustainably as possible.”

Wildflower Wood at Beersheba Farm is between St Ives and Hayle, just a mile from the sea. Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, kite-surfing, rock-pooling, building sandcastles or just sunbathing on the golden sands are all available nearby – there is something for everyone in this beautiful Cornish bay.

This unique holiday experience doesn’t stop there. Standing Stone Stables also offers pony treks around the farm and through the woodland for guests. Beersheba Farm has excellent routes for walkers – the South West Coast Path is just a mile away and St Michael’s Way adjoins the farm, linking the north Cornish coast at Lelant to the south coast and St Michael’s Mount at Marazion.

Wildflower Wood cooking

Wildflower Wood cooking

Cyclists can enjoy a variety of coastal routes in West Cornwall such as the Coast to Coast trail, the Penzance to Marazion trail or the Camel Trail to Padstow. Guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport. The nearby Carbis Bay bus and rail links beyond Cornwall and to St Ives are excellent. The closest beach at Carbis Bay is walkable (1.5 miles down a hill). Bedding is provided and cooking equipment can be hired so that guests can travel light.

Wildflower Wood is open until the autumn – book online here.

Spring daffodils

Spring into family fun in St Ives

29Mar

Cornwall really bursts into life in spring, and there are loads of fantastic family friendly holiday activities in and around St Ives. Get the most out of your stay in St Ives with our favourite activities:

Looking for a scenic and exciting egg hunt?  The National Trust and Cadbury team up for their Easter trails (6/7 – 22 April), follow the clues to get your tasty Easter treat. Our favourites are Trelissick and Godolphin for gorgeous gardens, and Trengwainton and St Michael’s Mount for stunning scenery. Or just head to Marazion beach to look for special dragon’s eggs amongst all the pebbles. If you want to have your own trail on the farm you can roam around the fields and the woods and look for spring treasures on your doorstep!

Easter at Eden

Easter at Eden

The best family days out!  The Eden Project never fails to entertain in the school holidays and this Easter (6-25 April), you can go Down on the Farm and enjoy lots of indoor and outdoor games and activities, story telling, the Great Eden Egg Hunt and trails for the whole family, in their farm-themed Easter event. In Hayle, at Paradise Park, you can get close to goats, rabbits, mini sheep and donkeys in their fun farm field, be a Wildlife Hero or enjoy the Easter Golden Egg Challenge (6-22 April), and the race around indoor soft play area – the Jungle Barn.

Why not get creative?   If you want to get more hands on with chocolate – try a fun Chocolate Workshop at Coco Kitchen with St Ives’s very own artisan chocolatier. Or get messy with clay at the Leach Pottery who run clay days for 6-12 year olds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the school holidays.  At Tate St Ives children can get hands on with Tate Create and explore the exhibition by Anna Boghiguian before making their own art figure.

Get out on the coast path – with the gorse and daffodils bursting into colour and the warm spring sunshine its a great time to walk and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. This spring there have been regular dolphin sightings, even a humpback whale being spotted in St Ives Bay, so make sure you have your binoculars and get out early to get the best chance.  Seals love the sunshine and from the clifftops at Godrevy Point you can see crowds of them peacefully sunbathing in the coves below.

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Get in the water!!  With the warm spring sunshine its a great time to take to the water – stand up paddle boarding or kayaking from Carbis Bay beach, or surfing at Gwithian or Porthmeor are all fantastic fun and just minutes away – remember (or hire!) your wetsuit!

Have a bit of drama in your holiday! The famous, award-winning Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare (12-22 April) takes you on a magical journey of immersive outdoor theatre through the wild wood to the Woodland King. Or the Minack Theatre, with its spectacular clifftop setting has family friendly shows throughout the school holidays with the highly enjoyable Squashbox Theatre (Mon/Weds am – book in advance – for younger children), and this Easter are showing Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.