- Baby Equipment
- Internet Access
- Beach nearby
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Other rental properties on site
- Pet Friendly
Once a carriage on the Great Western Railway, the Travelling Post Office is bursting with character. Nestled beside the village station in picturesque St Germans in Cornwall with access to 10 acres of private woodland, this Victorian coach is a real gem.
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.
St Germans is a small village with a population of just 600, and as such it is a lovely tranquil setting for a stay in a train carriage. Just a 5 minute walk from the carriage is The Eliot Arms, a charming village pub which serves Cornish ales and delicious food all day, and next door is a traditional community shop and post office, which has an excellent stock of food, household supplies, alcohol and newspapers. The impressive Port Eliot Estate (open from March to late June) is just a few minutes’ walk away, and the local area is also home to Antony House and Mount Edgcumbe. If you’re looking for beaches, head for Whitsand Bay, and the fishing towns like Looe and Saltash are absolutely charming. Plymouth, just 15 minutes away by train, has plenty to offer visitors, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are not far away, and there are lots of opportunities in the local area for walking, cycling, horse riding or water sports. You’ll never be bored!
Directions provided on booking.
Nearest Train Station:
St Germans next to platform 1!
The Eliot Arms in St Germans
The elegant, spacious carriage measures 48 by 8 feet and comprises a galley style kitchen, a double bedroom, a bunk bedroom with two bunks and a dining/lounge area with a colour TV/DVD player and convertible seating. There is also a washroom with a flushing toilet, basin and shower, and the kitchen is equipped with a hob, fridge and oven. A cot and high chair are available at no extra cost and all linen and towels are provided.
Outside the carriage there is an enclosed garden area with seating and BBQ facilities, and guests also have access to 10 acres of beautiful woodland.
Guests will be welcomes with fresh flowers and a special Cornish welcome pack. You can also make use of unrestricted free broadband and a children’s play area and games room. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement. Electricity, water and heating are included in the price. 2015 winners of the Gold Awards for Sustainable Tourism and for Wildlife Friendly Business in the Visit Cornwall Awards.
Conditions of Rental
The balance of the rental must be received 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. For holidays booked within 8 weeks of the start date, full payment of the rental must be made at the time of booking. No smoking. The property will be available from 3.30pm on the holiday start day and must be vacated by 10.30am on the finish day except by special arrangement. Please see the website for full terms and conditions about your railway carriage holiday.