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Okel Tor Mine

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Excellent 5/5 26 reviews

Okel Tor Mine & The River Tamar

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

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
Access Secure parking
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

Double sofabed

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


Further details

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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2 Aug 2014



We had a lovely restful stay at The Smithy. The walk to Calstock was scenic & the view from the property was gorgeous. The Smithy was well fitted out & very comfortable & I have no hesitation in rec… More

Thank you for taking time to review The Smithy. We're pleased you had a restful stay and enjoyed the scenic walks and views. We hope to see you again.

10 Jun 2014


"Count House"

We enjoyed a quiet and tranquil stay at the Count House in Calstock. The walks around the area and the scenery was stunning. The cottage itself was well equipped and had a lovely homely feel to it.The… More

Thank you for your review of The Count House. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the tranquility and scenery at Okel Tor and felt that the cottage was well equipped and homely. We hope to see you again.

23 May 2014


"The perfect way to spend my birthday"

Had the loveliest stay in the Smithy cottage this week. It was the perfect place to enjoy my birthday. We had a very warm welcome and the views were nothing short of spectacular. Will 100% be booking … More

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your birthday at Okel Tor Mine and the views from The Smithy. We look forward to welcoming you back!

28 Apr 2014


"Tranquillity in the Westcountry"

The location was stunning, the views breathtaking in the sunshine, the cottage perfect and cozy. Would definitely revisit and recommend.… More

Thank you for your review and for recommending Okel Tor Mine - we look forward to welcoming you back!

13 Apr 2014


"The perfect country hideaway"

We have stayed at Okel tor mine many times. It's the kind of place that draws you back again and again. We always stay in the Count House which is a one bedroom cottage that is perfect for two pe… More

Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We're delighted that you liked the recent improvements to The Count House - the new windows, central heating and cooking facilities - and Nick is looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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!

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