Okel Tor Mine
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Unusual romantic retreats for 2 people - offering peace, tranquility and beautiful elevated views across the River Tamar. Ideal for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries (especially 10th which is "Tin"!), birthdays or just as a cosy hideaway to get away from it all. You will feel like you are miles away from anywhere, yet the village of Calstock is only a short 10/15 minute walk along the river bank - this quaint Cornish village has a shop open from 8am to 8pm, two pubs which serve food, an art gallery, and branch line railway station with regular services to Plymouth. The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House is also within walking distance and the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail actually passes through Okel Tor. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches at Whitsand Bay on the south coast are just a short drive away.
Okel Tor is acknowledged by English Heritage to be one of the best surviving 19th century tin mines nationally. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and World Heritage Site and lies within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Perched high up on a meander of the river, and cloaked in natural woodland, there are 2 cottages which are about 15 metres apart and screened from each other with vegetation, both are Grade II Listed and situated within approximately 16 acres of natural woodland on the tidal reaches of the River Tamar with beautiful views of Devon. There are a number of interesting ruins and an abundance of flora and fauna - there is some lowland heath with heather and gorse, marshland with wild garlic and irises, reed beds and about 400 metres of river frontage on The Tamar. There are numerous picturesque romantic ruins in the woodland - an evocative reminder of the region's industrial past.
The Count House (main photo) offers central heating and a log burning stove, 1 double bedroom, and 1 shower room, open-plan living room with sofa-bed, flat screen TV, music system with iPod dock, kitchen and dining areas and a south facing timber deck. The elevated views across the river can be enjoyed from the bedroom, living room and garden.
Please note there is a £25 charge for pets per week or part of. All bookings include cancellation and curtailment insurance.
For more information:
+44 (0) 7976 799 663
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitsand Bay|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Plymouth 28 km, Nearest railway: Calstock 1.6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Tastefully refurbished to reflect the period of the building. From the bedroom and living room you can relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Log burning stove
Satellite TV, DVD player, CD player with radio and iPod dock
Gas cooker & hob, microwave & fridge
One double bedroom
Ensuite shower room
Cotton linen and towels
High chair available if required
|Further details outdoors|
Walk outside into the garden and enjoy a drink or perhaps a barbecue on the timber decki in this tranquil woodland setting.
Garden furniture and barbecue
Full terms and conditions and booking details are on our website - please enquire if you have further questions
All bookings include cancellation and curtailment insurance as detailed on our website.
The West Country region
Cornwall has some of the most stunning scenery and rich variety of landscapes in the British Isles: dramatic rugged cliffs, coves, sandy beaches, exposed moorland and rias with woodland spilling down to the water's edge. The region is famous for it's quaint fishing villages, food, art and heritage.
Cornwall is also internationally important for it's contribution to mining - ruined engine houses and chimneys, some covered with ivy and cloaked in woodland, others in more exposed sites, provide atmospheric reminders of the region's industrial past... Several areas of the county and parts of West Devon have World Heritage Site Status and these archaeological remains are arguably as important as the Taj Mahal and the pyramids of Egypt.
The Tamar Valley is at the heart of one of these areas, and is very much an undiscovered and un-commercialised part of the county - enjoying peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of the more well known crowded resorts.
It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with it's own micro-climate, being remarkably mild throughout the year - locally grown strawberries, cherries, apples and flowers used to be some of the first in the country to be sent to the Covent Garden market...
Okel Tor Mine lies within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is also within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Calstock is a small village on the tidal reaches of the Tamar, with a village store open from 8pm to 8pm 7 days a week, stocking virtually everything you might need, there are also an art gallery, a pub which serves food and branch line railway station with regular services along this scenic Tamar Valley line to Plymouth.
The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House with it's working corn mill and quay-side restaurant is within walking distance, as is Morewellham Quay historic port and copper mine - a living museum where you can journey underground on a narrow gauge railway into the workings of The George & Charlotte Mine - as featured on the BBC TV series The Edwardian Farm.
The attractive market town Tavistock and Dartmoor are approximately 20 minutes drive from the Mine. The Michelin star Country House Hotel and Restaurant The Horn of Plenty is about 10 minutes drive and St Mellion Golf & Country Club is about 15 mins away.
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22 Feb 2014
"Perfect. Don't think twice."
If you are looking for a trip away from the day to day grind, away from the world. Then don't think twice. The location is quiet but in distance of Calstock, with all it's local amenities. T… More
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor - we're pleased to hear you liked the cottage, location and tranquility of Okel Tor and we hope to see you again!
18 Feb 2014
"Amazingly relaxing and beautiful."
My Partner and I stayed at The Count House and it was stunning. The owner, Nick was welcoming and the cottage was a dream. Never felt so relaxed! We will be rebooking for later in the year. We also ve… More
Thank you for your Trip Advisor review! Delighted you had a relaxing holiday at Okel Tor and an enjoyable evening at The Boot Inn - we very much look forward to welcoming you back!
13 Feb 2014
"amazingly lovely, chilled and beautiful!"
Despite being a little hard to find, it is the most beautiful place. Views from the cottage are something else and the village very arty and ever so friendly. Owners lovely and the cottage was stunnin… More
Thank you for your review - delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again!
7 Feb 2014
"Pure Nourishment For The Soul"
This was our second visit to this national treasure and we were as entranced and spellbound as our visit last year. We stayed in The Count House.As soon as you open the door on this unremarkable looki… More
Thank you for your wonderful comments about the magic of Okel Tor - it was lovely to see you again and we look forward to welcoming you back next January!
7 Jan 2014
"The best Birthday .... EVER!!"
We stayed in The Smithy just before Christmas for my birthday and absolutely loved it. We arrived in the dark and woke up the next morning to a view of the mist over the Tamar Valley which was spectacular. There was a Christmas tree in the house too which was a lovely touch. This little place is a real gem, so peaceful, cosy and warm with wonderful views. We've already booked again for this year.
Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your birthday so much! We look forward to welcoming you back in December 2014!
2 Dec 2013
"If you need to relax, it's here"
Just got back from a weekend away at Okel Tor and I have to say that I couldn't be happier. If you are looking for a quiet, cosy weekend away then this place will tick all the boxes. Due to putting off my booking too long we actually got to stay in both cottages on the same visit and both are as good as each other. They are well set out and comfortable places to stay, the Smithy has a slightly better kitchen but that doesn't mean that you can't cook in the Townhouse (we certainly did). It is just a short walk in to Calstock which has a lovely local pub (The Boot Inn) and a very useful shop. A word of warning, there is no wifi and no phone reception at the cottage so when you are getting away from it all, you are really getting away from it all but thats a good thing in my view. I can't wait to come back here soon.
Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed a relaxing stay in both The Smithy & Count House. Many guests like the fact that the mobile reception is poor so they can get away from it all! You can pick up Orange/T-mobile/EE in the garden and occasionally inside the cottages, but we have the landline phones in each cottage which guests can use if they need to. We look forward to welcoming you back!
26 Nov 2013
We enjoyed two nights at The Count House, the perfect place to relax and unwind. We had a warm welcome from the owner, and found everything we needed at the cottage. The scenery was beautiful - lots of walks and fresh air.
I wouldn't arrive after dark as the drive down to the house is not for the faint hearted! and take slippers as the flagstone floor is cold!!
Thank you for your review of The Count House - we're pleased to hear that you found the cottage and location perfect for relaxing and enjoyed the scenery and walks. Thank you also for liking our Facebook page - we look forward to welcoming you back!
5 Nov 2013
"Pure serenity and relaxation"
A perfect cosy hidey hole ideal for couples in a peaceful location, but within walking distance there are a couple of pubs. Stunning views across the valley.
Thank you for your Trip Advisor review - we're pleased you enjoyed the tranquility and views at Okel Tor and hope to see you again.
5 Nov 2013
On a scale of 1 to 5 I would have to score everything as a 10! What an amazing place! I fly for British airways and have seen a lot of the world as part of my job... But I can honestly say okel tor mi… More
Thank you for your wonderful review and comments, and for liking our Facebook page! We're always pleased to receive feedback from our guests and we very much look forward to welcoming you back to Okel Tor!
7 Oct 2013
"If you want to get away from it all, this is where to go . . ."
Almost monastic in it's isolation and seclusion, Okel Tor mine cottages provide peace, quiet and a totally relaxed stay - very relaxing. The view from our 19th Century Assay Office across the Tam… More
Thank you for your review of The Count House. We're delighted that you enjoyed the peace and tranquility at Okel Tor and your trip on the mine train at Morwellham Quay! We hope to see you again soon.
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