£62 / night
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The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine – Home 1501373 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine – Home 1501373

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 99 reviews

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Cottage / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Unusual romantic retreat for 2 people in a Victorian tin & copper mine! - 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 two pubs which serve food, a cafe with gluten-free and vegan options, 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 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 Smithy 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, sound system with Bluetooth, kitchen and dining areas and a south facing covered verandah with elevated views across the river.

Please note there is a £25 charge for pets per week or part of. All bookings include cancellation and curtailment insurance.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

It is possible to enjoy a car-free holiday as the mine is within a short walk of the village of Calstock which has a couple of pubs which serve food, a cafe with gluten-free and vegan options, an art gallery, bus stop and branch line railways station. National Trust's Cotehele House is within walking distance and during the summer months there are ferry services to Morewellham Quay and Plymouth. There are also many regular local events/activities in the village, including live music and exploring the river by canoe.

Interaction with guest

Nick, the owner, lives on site and is to hand if you should have any problems or would like suggestions of places to visit and things to do, however he respects the privacy of guests.


Check in time: 04:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

No parties or events permitted without permission of the owner.


About the owner

Greg S.
Average reply time:
5 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
14 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 24 Mar 2014. Located in Calstock, it has 99 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £367 to £779.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 14 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

99 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 27 Nov 2016

What a delightful piece of the country side! Perfect location to recharge our batteries! Wonderful scenery and peaceful vibe all round! We will definitely be returning! My dog loved it too!

“A truly relaxing location”

Reviewed 22 Feb 2016

A relaxing location, wonderful unspoilt views across that Tamar valley. Navigating the final approach and departure is a little tortuous but that only adds to the charm.

“Relaxing break in stunning location”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2015

The Smithy is an absolutely perfect spot to enjoy stunning views, gentle walks and a sense of seclusion. The property is very comfortable, well-furnished, quiet and ideal for a couple wishing to get away from it all (possibly with an energetic dog to exercise). We stayed with our two young kids which put indoor space at a bit of a premium, but we spent so much time outdoors enjoying fascinating local walks (some of which led direct from the property) that this wasn't a problem. It also has the bonus of being a 15-minute stroll from Calstock allowing the opportunity for a star/torchlit amble home after an evening in the pub.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. It's good to know that guests find the cottage very comfortable and the area fascinating - we're delighted you enjoyed your stay and your star-lit walks home from the pub!

“Amazing Location”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2015

We had a fantastic stay at The Smithy. The view is simply amazing, looking over the River Tamar. Even though The Smithy is small has everything you need and was furnished lovely. Nick was very helpful, and the remains of Okel Tor Mine were very interesting and easily accessible. We enjoying sitting on the veranda just enjoying the silence and the changing landscape.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your recent review of The Smithy. We're pleased that you appreciated the cottage furnishings, the views, tranquility and mine ruins, and had everything that you needed. We hope to see you again!

“Wonderful peaceful hideaway”

Reviewed 31 Aug 2015

The Smithy is a wonderful get-away-from-it-all place but with pubs, shops and amenities only a short walk away in Calstock. The views are simply stunning and despite the (relative) proximity of the other cottage and owner's house, The Smithy feels very private and secluded. The verandah offers great shade when it's sunny and shelter when it rains (both of which it did when we were there!). There are some lovely walks right from your door and it's great for dogs. There's lots to do around the Tamar Valley and further afield. We will definitely return.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your review of The Smithy. We're delighted to hear that you appreciated the views, feeling of seclusion and proximity of the village. We're also pleased that the verandah came in useful! We look forward to welcoming you back!

“Stunning cottage and location”

Reviewed 5 Aug 2015

Tucked away down a bridle path is this lovely cottage, set in a stunning location. Ideal for both the north or south coasts. Never short of places to see! Breakfast outside taking in the wonderful views, very relaxing.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your review. We're pleased to hear you loved the cottage and location, and enjoyed having breakfast on the verandah whilst taking in the views! We hope to see you again.

“Relaxing and Peaceful Holiday”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2015

A quirky holiday hideaway, but with everything you need. The interior is clean and tastefully decorated with those added extras that make all the difference. Its in beautiful secluded surroundings but within a 10 minute stroll of the local village and pubs, both of which serve lovely food. There are plenty of lovely walks nearby. Easily drivable to both north and south coast beaches or nearby country homes or gardens. Had a lovely time and will go back.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your recent review of The Smithy. We're pleased you had a relaxing and peaceful holiday, appreciated the cottage decor and enjoyed the local walks and pubs. We look forward to welcoming you back!

“A beautiful peaceful hideaway overlooking the River Tamar”

Reviewed 18 Feb 2015

A magical location on the wooded banks of the Tamar. It's a beautiful spot, and with only the owner Nick, and the small Count House for neighbours, it is a peaceful place to be. Well organised, clear and prompt communication when booking. The Smithy was furnished to a high spec, with everything you need from logs for the burner, to a local books, to a fully equipped kitchen. Would certainly recommend a visit.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your review and kind recommendation. We're pleased to hear that you had everything you needed for an enjoyable and peaceful stay.

“Perfect venue in a beautiful, peacfull location.”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2015

We'd really been looking forward to our week away for some time and could not have been more delighted when we arrived at The Smithy. It was stylish and comfortable with real thought having been put into creating the perfect getaway for anyone staying. Arriving in the dark meant that waking up the next morning to discover the wonderful views was an added bonus. Lots of great walks with our dog Eric and only a 10min stroll from the local village with shops and 2 pubs meant not using the car for a few days was perfectly do-able. The friendly relaxed atmosphere created by the owner Nick makes you feel completely at ease and we really look forward to returning again hopefully this year.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your Trip Advisor review and lovely comments about The Smithy. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with your dog Eric and we look forward to welcoming you back!


Reviewed 3 Dec 2014

This was our second visit, It is really amazing, relaxing & beautiful. We took our friends the second time & they couldn’t believe how beautiful it really was. The firework were amazing as well, that made the weekend even more special. We will be returning soon as we love it at the Okel Tor Mine

Owner's reply: A belated thank you for your review. We're delighted to hear that your friends enjoyed their stay too, and we look forward to seeing you again in November!

Review 1-10 of 99


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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Greg (the owner) a message.

If Greg (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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