The house at Tintagel Old Post Office
The building was first built over 600 years ago, as a farmhouse during the Middle Ages. Slowly modified over the centuries, it became more fashionable than functional. The house has served many purposes over time, but it has always been a home. Its final use was as the letter-receiving office for the village during the 1870s. Today, there are five rooms to explore.
The house was built in c.1380 as a medieval thatched house of three rooms with a through-passage. The building would originally have been a single storey dwelling, open to the roof, and would have housed livestock in the northern partition.
A central hearth in the hall would have offered warmth and provided smoke that would seep through the thatch above, killing off woodworm and preserving the wooden frames.
Step back in time as you enter the first room of the house. In here you can listen to the longcase clock strike the hour and admire the samplers that were worked on by girls as young as nine.
The north bedroom
This room, dominated by its 16th century roof structure, is now furnished with a simple iron bedstead and oak and pine furniture.
The nearby sleeping platform and its commanding views can be appreciated during quieter times of the year. Please see the short film at the bottom of this page.
The hall is open to the roof and keeps the original height of the early structure, offering ample views of the slate and beams that make up the iconic wavy roof. See the traditional cloam oven fired during baking events or get creative by adding to our work-in-progress rag rug.
The South bedroom
This room has been furnished as the letter-receiving office that served the village during Victorian times, with postal and telegraph equipment located behind the counter. Here you can play post office and personalise your postcards with our decorative stamps.