Ebike in St Ives from Wildflower Wood




Next time you’re on holiday in Cornwall, take a break from the car, too, and try a few different ways to explore the county.

The fun alternatives to four wheels include pedal power, a set of hooves or a pair of stout boots. Here’s the first instalment of Beersheba’s guide to getting around Cornwall without a car.

Pop on a bike

Kalkhoff Ebike at Wildflower Wood

As you read in our previous blog, Beersheba now has two new hybrid electric bikes, which are available for our glampsite guests to hire. If you’ve never tried an electric hybrid bike before, trust us, they’re awesome. Hills have never been so easy.

If our bikes are booked and you’d rather not bring your own, there are several cycle hire places near St Ives. Try St Ives eBikes or for pedal power, Lands End Cycle Hire has a good choice.

If you want to make a real outing of it, try one of West Cornwall’s beautiful cycle routes, including The Cornish Way.

Take the train

St Ives Rail Line

The closest station to Beersheba is Carbis Bay (near the beach). From here, you can take the branch line train to the main line hub at St Erth, or go in the other direction towards St Ives.

This short stretch of rail is often voted the prettiest in Britain, and you can see why. If you embark at St Erth, it runs right along the coast, taking in Hayle estuary, the sand dunes, and the sweep of tree-fringed beaches towards St Ives. The station in St Ives is just above Porthminster Beach: you couldn’t arrive in a lovelier spot.

Taking the train into town really cuts down on the strain of parking in summertime St Ives.  Find out more on the Devon & Cornwall Rail website.

By water

SUP Image by Brian Tucker from Pixabay

Less of a practical suggestion and more of a fun idea, you can also explore the Cornish coast by sea. Pop down to Ocean Sports on Carbis Bay Beach to hire a kayak or SUP (maybe try the MegaSUP which takes the whole family), and see the bay from a whole new angle.

Learn to surf or brush up your skills at St Ives Surf School on Porthmeor Beach. Prefer to be a passenger? Catch the Dolly P out towards Seal Island.

If you’d like to find out more, or hire a Beersheba e-bike for your stay here, please drop us a line.

Love a way of life

Love of a way of life



Love means different things to different people, and as well as partners, family and friends, it can also be about your surroundings. At Beersheba, we love where we live, and that’s something we want to share with our guests.

We take a look at some of the reasons why we love our local landscape and the experience of woodland glamping in Cornwall.

Love of the sea

The Greeks have a word, thalassophilia, which translates as loving the sea. It’s often the love of the sea that brings people to Cornwall. They say that if you grow up by the sea, you never forget it, which could be why so many Cornish people return here.

Of course, if you don’t usually live by the sea, that’s a big part of the appeal, because there’s nothing like stepping out of your landpod or onto your patio and taking a big, deep breath of ozoney coastal air. It’s not unusual for visitors to fall in love with the sea itself – which in extreme cases, results in upping sticks and moving to the coast.

We appreciate how lucky we are at Beersheba. There’s this wonderful moment as you drive or walk from the farm to the road, and the sea suddenly comes into view. You can see Godrevy Lighthouse and the curve of the coast around Hayle, and it’s a breathtaking moment.

And if you’re looking for romance? The sea is your ally, providing backdrops that vary from warm sunsets to wild waves. There’s nothing quite as romantic as a walk along the beach or the coast paths, whatever the weather.

Love of the woods

We love our woodland at Beersheba. Wildflower Wood is a compact, friendly little forest: big enough to explore, small enough to feel welcoming.

In Japan, shinrin-yoku (a “forest bath”) is a recognised form of mindfulness, recommended as a wellbeing activity. There’s a lovely German word for solitary contemplation in the woods: Die Waldeinsamkeit. In the UK, we’re now realising the significance of walks in the woods, and our own Woodland Trust has recommended that forest bathing should be offered as a non-medical therapy.

There’s a scientific reason behind our need to be among trees. There are chemicals called phytoncides, a term that literally means “exterminated by plants”, which are released by trees. Exposure to phytoncides boosts our immune systems, and the positive effects last for a few days after the trip.

Love of simplicity

One of the many things about spending time in Wildflower Wood is how simple life can become. The routine of setting and lighting the fire pit, for example, is one of those perfect little rituals that brings a sense of mindfulness. It’s hardly bush survival level; however, because making a brew outdoors is more involved than switching on the kettle, it becomes an absorbing task in its own right. Take your coffee with a sense of achievement.

Learn to love the small things, like a toasted marshmallow or a glimpse of sea through the trees. If there are any positive takes from our lockdown lives, it’s that simple pleasures have become more significant.

Loving nature is a big part of our love of the simple life. The phrase “getting back to nature” may be a bit of a cliché, but we completely understand that need, whether it’s going for a walk or a sea swim or simply having breakfast outdoors while watching the local wildlife. Observing a squirrel search for a buried nut can be every bit as fascinating as the latest box set; and picking out the musicians in the dawn chorus is the best live gig ever.

Love of company

Easier said than done at the moment (February 2021) but one of the benefits of the outdoor life is the way we connect with the people around us. The popular Scandinavian concept of hygge isn’t only about the open fire, the mulled wine and the woolly socks – it’s also about the people you choose to hygge with (if you can phrase it like that).

We’ve found that woodland glamping, especially with friends and our combined children, brings us together like nothing else. The kids love chopping the kindling or foraging for twigs. Away from the easy entertainments of the house, family and friends chat more. Creating a meal in the woods can be a real team effort and it’s so much more rewarding because of that.

And of course, camping or glamping as a couple is such a romantic experience. A nighttime campfire outside your glamping pod creates an intimate space: the focus is just on the two of you, in that lit-up, cosy circle. It feels like there’s no one else in the world.

Sunrise in Wildflower Wood Rejuvenate in 2021

Rejuvenate this New Year



The best way to refresh and rejuvenate in 2021 will be in the fresh air. Simply being outside is the new going out (and staying in). At Beersheba, we definitely plan to embrace this advice, and spend as much time in the great outdoors as we can.

Bringing the Inside Out

When we first set up our glamping Landpods in Wildflower Woods, we wanted our guests to be able to do everything they do indoors, outdoors. From showering to family feasts, you can have the full holiday experience under the leafy canopy.

You can easily swap your entire indoor existence for a life outdoors. While you’re in West Cornwall, switch indoor-based hobbies for new outdoor ones. Try cycling, running, hiking or horse riding, and we can recommend the best places and providers for all of these.

It may have become one of the great cliches of 2020; however, nature is healing. Breathe in the ozoney hit from the ocean combined with the ever-changing scents of the woods, and you’ll know exactly what we mean. Here’s the Beersheba guide to a rejuvenating 2021 in the Cornish open air.

Forest Bathing

The Japanese theory of shinrin yoku, forest bathing, reached us Brits a few years ago. You simply spend time in the woods, breathing in the woody, musty and zesty-green scents while quietly observing and listening out for the wildlife around you. Of course, we’ve always known that trees have a calming quality, but it’s nice to put a name to it.

Cornwall isn’t famous for its forests. We may not have as many places to forest bathe as sea swim; however, there are lots of accessible woods across the county. As a family, we regularly go to Tehidy Woods near Pool, which has a choice of easy-to-navigate trails and Cornwall’s cheekiest squirrels. Closer to home, Steeple Woods above St Ives gives you stunning views across the bay, or take the short drive to Gulval near Penzance for locals’ favourite walking spot, Trevaylor Woods.

If a walk in the wood soothes the spirit, how about a whole holiday under the canopy? Our eco glamping pods place you right in the heart of the woodlands. Every rustle, every hoot, every snapping twig is an experience to be immersed in and enjoyed.

Wild(ish) Food

You can go the full wild and book onto a foraging tour. Or in season, take a fishing trip from St Ives and grill your own catch in the fire pit. There’s nothing like freshly caught mackerel, barbecued near the sea. Or you can do what we do: shop at the local farm shops and fishmongers, then cook outdoors. One of the best bits about forest glamping is having your morning cuppa outside, watching the sun rise through the leaves. You might even glimpse a shy deer…

Cooking near the Landpods always felt really important to us. The cosy conviviality of a campfire meal appeals to something in all of us. We set up fire pits, and graduated to fire pits plus cooking areas with worktops and stoves. The camp kitchens are undercover, so a bit of Cornish mizzle needn’t mean the end of cooking.

But don’t feel pressured to be the cook on the wild side. Grab a takeout coffee and drink it on Porthminster Beach. Eat a pasty on the coast path. Order a pizza to come to your glamping pod and eat it sitting on a log. As the Famous Five kids told us in almost every book, food always tastes better when it’s eaten outdoors.

Vitamin Sea

Wild swimming became popular during 2020, possibly because most pools were closed, or maybe because of the feeling of freedom it imparts. Communities of swimmers expanded or sprung into life in 2020. Try Porthminster Beach, Battery Rocks (Penzance) or go for full immersion at the much-loved naturist spot, Pedn Vounder near Porthcurno (please check tide times). At Beersheba, we’re just a mile and a half from the Blue Flag beach at Carbis Bay. Even if you don’t want to swim, its Mediterranean-esque setting sets the soul sparkling (and there are great places to eat and drink on the beach…).

The local lidos kept us all going in 2020, and we hope they’ll continue to flourish. Penzance’s architecturally perfect Art Deco lido, the Jubilee Pool, has become a must-visit place for those in search of a refreshing treat. They have recently added a geothermal spa pool, heated naturally, and gently steaming in the bracing Cornish air. Recommended. Closer to Beersheba, the unassuming and friendly Hayle lido is another favourite place for a swim and chill.

For an indoor dip, Una St Ives is a high-end holiday resort that’s just a ten-minute walk from Beersheba. There’s a swimming pool and spa that welcomes day members, as well as a lovely bar and restaurant. (And you get the child-like excitement of the torchlit walk back in the evening.)

Underneath the Stars

Star trails over woodland

Then it’s nighttime, and this is when the real outdoor magic happens. There’s the glow of the campfire, which appeals to the ancestor in all of us, against the background blackness of the woods. When it’s time for bed, the cosiness of your tent or (if you’re staying at Beersheba) Landpod contrasts with the shadowy, nighttime outside.

It’s probably on many of those “must-do-bucket-list” type articles to sleep under the stars, at least once. Yes, you can find a bivvy bag and an accommodating farmer and spend a night beneath the open sky. I have to confess that we went for a comfier version when we commissioned our glamping pods: simply raise the outside flap and clip it up, and the side of the pod opens out. You can lie in the comfort of your own bed, gazing out at the dark canopy and the distant lights.

If you’re staying in Brea Cottage, delay bedtime. Switch on the hot tub and lie back in the gently bubbling water (ideally with a lightly bubbly drink), enjoying the darkness of the rural night. Fascinating fact: hot tub sales rose by 1000% in 2020 in the UK, and we completely understand this.

Get in Touch

If you like the idea of unwinding in the woodlands, or relaxing in our cosy cottage, please get in touch with us at Beersheba, St Ives.

Kurt Jackson Following the Surfer

Following the Surfer



Kurt Jackson surfboard

Kurt Jackson surfboard

Popped down to see the fantastic exhibition – Obsession: Following the Surfer by Kurt Jackson this month.  A real gem with a series of large and small paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics inspired by the coastline and surfing.  One of our favourite pictures (featured top) really did have such power and depth you could dive right in.

This gallery space in St Just is a clean, fresh canvas to display the wide variety of works that local artist Kurt produces and is well worth a visit.

We look forward to the next exhibition Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet – that runs from 25 March  – 19 August 2017.

More info here