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The Old Post Office, A Slice Of History Almost Unchanged For 150 Years



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Cottage in the Picturesque Hamlet of Coombe near St Stephen, St Austell, Newquay & Truro - Picturesque Hamlet Nestling In Woodland Ideally Located To Explore All Sorts Of Cornish Attractions

Grade II Listed, Built originally built as the post office and general store that served the tiny hamlet of Coombe this cottage is a cozy reminder of life here for the past hundred and fifty years.

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You'll see from the photographs taken 150 years ago that this end of the hamlet has hardly changed at all and you'll be able to compare the march of time with elsewhere in the county. The cottage is easily reached from both the A30 and the A390 but has hardly any traffic and the locals will often hold long conversations in the middle of the road. There are many quiet lanes and walks to explore in and around Coombe and the cottage comes with its own private orchard picnic area a few short steps from the front door, there is also a public football field with swings, slide and full size tennis court free for local use just 500 meters way through the hamlet.

Some of our mining heritage can be seen around the village in the prominent form of the engine houses and smoke-stacks.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I'm the great-great grandson of the original builder and this house has been my home and my grand-parents home all the way back to it's being built in the 1850's.

I have been at pains to keep this cottage as original as possible while introducing such things as modern indoor plumbing (with as little impact on the cottage as I could manage) and a kitchen that's a delight to work in.

My work and life make it impractical for me to live in the cottage but with all the family history I am loath to let it go so I'm sharing some of it's history with you.

On the walls you'll see pictures of the cottage and it's environs as they were 150 years ago and can compare this timeless corner of Cornwall then and now, with but only the smallest changes noticeable nearby.

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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


A real home from home

  • 5 of 5

As described in the listing the property has been sympathetically restored with all the modern conveniences to make for a comfortable stay. The Old Post Office provided a wonderful base for our holiday for seven from three generations of our family ranging from two years old upwards. Everything was provided that we could possibly need including a tea pot, essential to our family, and even a printer together with a supply of paper in case we needed to print any e-tickets. The kitchen was also well stocked with goodies to start us off including tea, coffee, milk, squash and even fresh scones and jam.

The owner was incredibly helpful especially in ensuring the safety of the two year old. He provided stair gates and a high chair and even devised a method of blocking off the ladder on the bunk beds to remove the temptation to climb! The house was beautifully clean when we arrived and we were delighted when the cleaner contacted us to arrange to change the linen and clean in the middle of our two week stay, something we have never had at other holiday properties.

The outside space is limited but the enclosed courtyard with the picnic table and barbeque was ideal for al fresco meals. This was not a problem as the whole family were able to make the most of the playground, field and tennis court a short walk away through the village.

Although there is no designated parking space we managed to park our three cars alongside the road close to the house and under the railway bridge. Thanks to the age of the house and the resulting thickness of the walls there was no disturbance from the trains passing on the railway line, although our two year old took great pleasure in declaring "train" whenever he heard one!

We found plenty of activities to suit all our tastes in the surrounding area including some challenging cycling (it is very hilly!), picturesque walking especially along the coastal paths and beautiful beaches, particularly sandy on the north coast. Attractions various parts of our party enjoyed included: the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, Lappa Valley, the Bodmin and Wenford steam railway, Loe Beach Watersports Centre for paddle board and canoe hire, the Minack Theatre and Hidden Valley. We also enjoyed visits to Fowey, Mevagissy and Truro.

I would thoroughly recommend this area and especially the Old Post Office. The owner has at least one smaller cottage in Coombe which I am sure will be up to the same standard should there not be so many guests!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bags of character

  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable and located in a charming village. A lucky choice on a last minute booking.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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From the Owner

This is where my family has been for countless generations, the post-office was built by my great-great grandfather (as were many of the cottages still surrounding it) and this cottage has been in our care since new, I have lived in it as did my grand-parents before me and now you can sample life as it was 150 years ago... albeit with an indoors power-shower! Cars passing are numbered less than the hours and often the locals will have full conversations in the middle of the road. There are some newer buildings as you walk through the village but hardly visible from the Old Post Office, the original and interesting cottages still form the heart of the village and range from a tiny Sunday-school to a chapel, all now lived in.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 12.5 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Stephen at 1.8 Miles Nearest Golf : St.Austell Golf Club at 3.9 Miles Nearest Train : St Austell at 5.3 Miles Nearest Motorway : A30 (dual carriageway) at 5.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : KingsWood (there are many lovely country pubs) at 4.6 Miles Nearest Beach : Charlestown Harbour at 6.6 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

15mins (5 miles) to The Lost Gardens of Heligan

21mins (9 miles) to the Eden Project who run gardening courses

3 mins (1.2 miles) Rosland observatory as our night sky is one of the clearest in the UK.

26mins (18.5 miles) Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm tours, home of Rattler Cider.

12mins (5.5 miles) St Austell Brewery tours

Walkers and Ramblers will find a wealth of places to explore with the first stunning foot-path only 15 meters from the back gate.

Vintage, classic and steam shows run from April till November and for a small extra charge a lockable garage can be made available for a vintage or classic car if you wished to arrive in one and there are several enthusiasts with interesting vehicles living in the village.

If travelling by or with a horse there is local livery and a safe unloading area for your van can be provided.

There's a myriad of other sights and attractions throughout Cornshire which we will try to help you find if you make your special interest known.


6.5 miles (15mins) to closest south-coast beach in the stunning St Austell bay,

12.5 miles (25 mins) to the rugged North coast beaches at Newquay and beyond


it is recommended to have a car in Cornwall as there is little public transport but a bicycle is a lovely way to see the countryside.

Newquay international airport 22 mins (13.5 miles)

Closest Bus 1.5 miles

Closest mainline train station is St Austell 5.5 miles

A30 is 11 mins (5 miles)

A390 is 4 mins (1.5 miles)


Local Pub and shops are 5 mins (1.8 miles) from the cottage.

Closest supermarket 12mins (5.5miles) from the cottage

Further Details:

Sainsbury, Tesco and Asda all deliver to the cottage.

Eggs can be purchased via honesty-box from many farm gates around the village

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Changeover Fee £200
Pet Fee £55

Booking Notes:
We strongly urge everyone to take out holiday insurance before planning any trip.
A deposit of £200 is taken at time of booking & we mark property as unavailable. 50% of the full amount is due at 60 days or before and the balance 30 days in advance of the booking.
There is a £55 surcharge for a pet which must be declared at time of booking.

Changeover Day:
Flexible and dependent on bookings but Friday is preferred as this gives you the whole weekend to explore and means you can check-in having travelled down after work on Friday.
Standard Checkout is by 10:00am and Check-in is after 16:00 on the agreed day

Notes on prices:
Guide price per week £1111 peak £888 mid and £666 the rest, Weekend £444 three day weekends £555, for ten days and more please enquire. Discounts for people returning and those booking two weeks and more or booking in the low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Whilst this is a quiet backwater you are only minuets drive from most of the attractions of mid-Cornwall and both ends of the county can be reached within an hour. This means that you are able to switch between the rugged and harsh experience of the north coast and the gentle emerald green of the south coast all within 20 minuets from the cottage. An ideal place to kick-back and rest between the excitement and fast pace that surrounds this picturesque hamlet.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • playground

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 72 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • one generous size bathroom with shower, full-size tub, lavatory and wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Small double room
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, adult size bunk beds
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Setup On request between Twin-bed or SuperKing double room
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, King size master bedroom.
  • A cozy and well laid out comfortable cottage, all bedrooms are upstairs as is the bathroom, downstairs are two reception rooms with dining area and kitchen equipped with roasting and baking options. Please contact us if specialist equipment like a sushi-mat or similar will be wanted.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: This was my and previous generations of my family's home so the history runs deep and I care about it tremendously. It is well tended and as a listed building it has many irreplaceable original features which make it such a unique holiday home and I hope you'll share in its history. I would be grateful if care could be taken when staying that none of the 150 year old fittings, windows or features are forced and that if something doesn't work as you think it should a call be made to the on-hand maintenance/emergency number so that advice can be given or the fault rectified immediately. There'll be tea, toilet rolls, salt, pepper and a few other bits and bobs so you'll not be caught short but we recommend you pack carefully and remember beach-towels wellington boots and bugblatter-beast repellent. However there is a huge Asda only10 minuets away that sells everything from towels and DVD's to coffee makers and a farm store 5 mins away that has wellys, riding-crops and barber-jackets. Outside: Just 14 paces from the cottage gate is your very own private woodland and picnic area where often deer can be disturbed early in the morning, an enclosed courtyard from the kitchen door has table, chairs and gas barbecue. 500 meters from the property through the village is the public tennis court, play park and football field. Utility Room: Fridge freezer for extra food space, washing-machine and storage space for bicycles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding is provided and changed either when you leave or by prior arrangement if your stay is more than one week. extra cleaning can be negotiated at your expense before your holiday but without forewarning the cleaning service may be booked up. Other: I will allow a well behaved pet provided you give prior notice and deposit, the pet has to be fully vaccinated and must have had Stronghold or similar flea treatment at the recommended intervals No pets upstairs or left unattended in the cottage please.

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