The Travelling Post Office
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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 burner, as well as electric heating. Guests also have access to our ten acres of woodland, just a short walk away.
As for 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!), shower room, toilet room, and lounge diner room 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.
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 over 20 stopping trains per day. The St Germans Rail Users group produce a Train Timetable for St Germans. The railway siding on which the Travelling Post Office sits was used for loading agricultural produce. Guests have a key to a private gate onto the platform and access to ten acres of our own woodland.
The TPO measures 48 feet by 8 feet and offers the
following facilities :
- flushing toilet with washbasin, shaver socket and shower
- galley style kitchen with fridge, hob and microwave/conventional oven etc
- double bed room
- bunk room with 2 bunks c/w safety bars (top bunk suitable for child or agile adult only)
- dining/lounge area with colour TV/DVD and hi-fi with seating converting into 2 singles or a double bed
- enclosed garden area with seating and BBQ facilities
- free on-site car parking space
- ample electric heating included in prices
- 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
In addition guests to the Travelling Post Office can look forward to enjoying fresh flowers and our special Cornish welcome pack. For the full carriage inventory please see the Inventory Page
. To view our access statement, please click here
Pets are welcome by prior arrangement and a cot and high chair are available at no extra cost. Our prices are totally inclusive of all services, bedding, towels etc. If you're looking for somewhere to stay in St Germans close to Port Eliot, the elegant and spacious Travelling Post Office is the perfect place - only two minutes walk from the estate, with your own garden to relax in and ten acres of woodland to enjoy in the mornings.
Visit the TPO Gallery for full internal and external pictures of the carriage and our St Germans Village page for information about the village or the St Germans Area Page for the wider environs.
Travelling Post Office no 841 began its life as a narrow gauge body on broad gauge bogies, with three passenger compartments, a sorting area, gangway, 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
For maps and aerial photos try the St Germans Area page or for holiday planning ideas go to the Things To Do page.
Notes When Booking
- Changeover for The Travelling Post Office is normally Friday for week bookings and Monday and Friday for short breaks. We can offer flexibility - if you'd rather have a different start day please call us on 01503 230783 or 07776 261 192.
- The special deals, part weeks etc that we offer on the website can sometimes not be booked online. If this is the case then please call us on 01503 230783 or 07776 261 192.
- Pets are welcome subject to our terms and conditions and payment of the appropiate fee of £20 per week per pet.
Mail by Rail 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
The Travelling Post office - a brief guide to TPOs that have run in the UK
The gallery below was created by Luke Carter, a work experience student from Saltash.net.