The Travelling Post Office
The spacious lineside holiday carriage with a stove
St Germans - Cornwall - PL12 5LU
The Travelling Post Office offers fine self catering holiday accommodation with lots of character, sleeping up to four comfortably, or up to 6 using a sofa bed in the lounge. It is located on a railway siding adjoining the station platform at St Germans, in South East Cornwall, UK. There are fine views of passing trains on the adjacent GWR Plymouth to Penzance main railway line and over the Lynher
valley. The Travelling Post Office has a wood burning stove, as well as electric heating with all fuel included. Pets are welcome and will enjoy the enclosed garden and the ten acres of private woodland just a few minutes walk away. Our pets page has lots of pet freindly places in Cornwall.
As with all our projects, we have aimed to combine authenticity with all the comforts you could wish for on holiday. The TPO is very well equipped, with a comfortable double bedroom, bunk-room (with views through the clerestory windows!), wc with shower and lounge diner with a leather sofa bed. A cot and children’s toys can be provided on request. The TPO still retains its original letter boxes, and letters can be posted through the garden side box. We have designed the interior to reflect its original purpose as a mail coach, and of course all the usual Railholiday touches, such as our Cornish welcome pack and variety of interesting games and railway books are included. Visit the St Germans page for pictures and more about this beautiful area.
The TPO measures 47 feet by 8 feet and offers the following facilities :
- Flushing toilet with washbasin, shaver socket and shower
- Galley kitchen with fridge, hob and microwave with convection oven etc
- Double bedroom with bespoke wrought iron bed frame and DAB radio
- Bunk room with 2 bunks c/w safety bars (top bunk suitable for child or agile adult only)
- Lounge diner with TV/DVD and hi-fi, fireside chair, double sofa bed and wood burning stove c/w kettle
- Enclosed garden area with seating and BBQ facilities
- Free on-site car parking space
- Ample electric heating. All logs and electricity are included in holiday price
- mains electricity, water and drainage
- Use of childrens play area, games room with air hockey table, washing m/c and dryer, freezer, swing ball, etc
- Unrestricted free WIFI or wired broadband access
Travelling Post Office no 841 began its life as a standard gauge body on broad gauge bogies, with three passenger compartments, a sorting area, gangway, mail bag net and four delivery arms. It was numbered 2086. In 1896 the compartments were removed to increase the sorting area, and the vehicle was renumbered 841. In 1904 it made history by being pulled behind the City of Truro when it made its record-breaking 100mph run. Perhaps it held the gold bullion? More regularly it was used for Bristol to Penzance runs until it was taken out of service in 1934, after which for many years it formed part of a house in Wales. For more on the the history of the TPO click here.
St Germans is a small village with a population of 600. Only a ten minute reasonably level walk from the carriage is a great village pub, The Eliot Arms, (01503 232733) serving Cornish ales and excellent food.
Beside the Eliot Arms is the St Germans Community Shop and Post Office (01503 232887) a general store with an excellent range of stock including food, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, local products, alcohol and tobacco amongst many other things. It is open 7 days a week: Mon to Fri 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm; Sat and Sun 8am to midday with the Post Office open the same hours as the shop.
The railway station at St Germans was built in 1858 to a design by Brunel. Although the main railway station building is now lived in by your hosts, the platform is still in use - served by 12 stopping trains per day each way including 3 direct London trains.
The St Germans Public Transport Users group produce a Train Timetable for St Germans - or you can like St Germans Rail Users Group on Facebook for the latest news and up to date information. For much more information on St Germans and the environs, please visit our St Germans page.
Book your holiday on-line now!
Just click on your start date in the calendar below to first check prices and then book your holiday in minutes. If you prefer, we are pleased to accept telephone enquiries and bookings at any time on 01503 230 783 or 07776 261 192.
Notes When Booking
- All bookings are accepted subject to our Terms and Conditions
- Changeover day for week stays in The Travelling Post Office is usually Friday. Short breaks normally run from Monday to Friday (4 nights) or Friday to Monday (3 nights). We can be flexible in the quieter months and last minute so please call us (01503 230 783 or 07776 261 192) or email
- The deposit required when booking is £150 with the balance due 12 weeks before the holiday start. If you are booking within 12 weeks of the your holidays start date, full payment will be required.
- Short breaks are offered throughout the winter period, and within twelve weeks of the holiday start date at other times. Sometimes it is not possible to book these online so if you cannot find the break you want, please call Lizzy on 07776 261192 to discuss your requirements.
- Pets are welcome (except in Mevy) subject to our Terms and Conditions and payment of the appropiate fee of £15 per pet.
Mail by Rail Web Sites
Mail by Rail - photos and history of the Mail by Rail story
Mikes' Railway History - The Western Postal - details about the postal service in the 1930s
Mikes' Railway History - Driverless Subway Trains carrying the mails under London's streets - about the Post Office Tube between Paddington and Whitechapel, which was built with the object of speeding up the distribution of letters and parcels between the railway termini and the principal district post offices
The TPO and Seapost society - caters for all who are interested in Travelling Post Office and Maritime (seapost/ paquebot/ naval) philatelic material, whether as a main collection or as part of some other collecting field