Tintagel Old Post Office
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
During the 19th century one room of the house was briefly used as a 'letter receiving station'; the fore-runner of a village post office. Inside the house are displays of Victorian era postal equipment, but most of the interior is given over to a recreation of family life over the centuries, with some pieces of 16th century furniture, and a collection of hand-made samplers.
There are 5 rooms to view; including the north and south bedrooms, tucked under the huge roof beams. The central Hall is still open to the rafters, and gives a taste of what the original building must have looked like. There is a cloam oven, and this is sometimes fired up during baking demonstrations.
The house is surrounded by a traditional cottage garden, with a changing display of blooms throughout the year, from snowdrops in spring to geraniums in June, and autumn colours later in the year. The garden is a haven of peace and quiet, though it is only a stone's throw from the village High Street.
Our family loved the Old Post Office. It provides a wonderful recreation of family life since the 14th century The parlour is a delight, with smoke-blackened beams and pewter plates set on the wooden table. The bedrooms tucked under the eaves have wobbly floors and nary a straight angle in sight. This is what a timber-framed medieval house ought to be like!
About Tintagel Old Post Office
Address: Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall, England, PL34 0DB
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: in the town centre, B3263
Website: Tintagel Old Post Office
Phone: 01840 770 024
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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