|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
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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.
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.
Coombe Cottages purchased this cottage in 1859
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.
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.
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!
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
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
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
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.
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.