The Library at the Old Post Office

Penzance, Cornwall

A cosy cottage set in a wooded valley and among fields, perfect for a peaceful getaway. Country views, good walks, three miles to Penzance


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Arrive in time to make tea and nibble homemade cake left by owners Tamara and Andrew – a tasty welcome to The Library, neatly built of granite and slate. It’s in the grounds of their own home, an old post office turned B&B, and most easily reached by car as it’s on the edge of a hamlet between the north and south Cornish coasts. Inside is a light-filled living and dining space, with slate floor and wood burner; the tiny kitchen has a multi-purpose microwave and a two ring hob, fine for simple meals. The nearest shops and restaurants are three or four miles away. If there’s space and you’re feeling idle join B&B guests for breakfast in the conservatory. Upstairs in the cottage, a mezzanine level leads to the double and twin rooms, all in white and with good firm mattresses. Prettily coloured hammam towels for the walk-in shower hang in the stairwell. Outside is a small patio, but you can also share the owners’ sheltered garden with pond and summerhouse. Plenty to do out and about – visit Lands End, walk to the Ding Dong mines, rise early for the Newlyn fish auction, wander among artists’ galleries in St Ives.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in school holidays. Parking on-site.
Breakfast by arrangement £7.50. Pubs/restaurants 3 miles


Nightly price
from £67
Weekly price
from £472
Extra daybed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 4
From £672 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tamara Zatman

  • Walk straight from the house and discover ancient quoits up on the moors. Head off the to many beaches around the peninsula, ask us for our favourite places to swim and surf. Watch the sunset on Sennen beach.
  • Visit our favourite place nearby, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Wander round the most beautiful gardens dotted with sculptures, a newly opened gallery and then eat in the delicious kitchen. From there wade across the causeway to St Michael's Mount.
  • It's beautiful to visit all year round and great to cosy up by the woodburner on cooler evenings or through the winter. See the famous Christmas lights in Mousehole and other nearby villages.
  • Go on a seaweed or hedgerow foraging course with Rachel Lambert. Visit St Ives and meander round the narrow streets, take in the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum and little hidden galleries.
  • Go to Newlyn for freshly caught fish to cook yourselves, or go to our favourite fish and chip shop Lewis's and sit in the harbour watching the fishing boats come in. Don't forget the famous Jelbert's for ice cream, only vanilla ice cream but so good
  • If you just want to relax without leaving the house you can enjoy the garden, lie in the hammock and listen to the birds. With virtually no light pollution on a clear night be amazed by the star filled sky, so beautiful.