It’s not often you sleep in a World Heritage Site in an AONB, where flora and fauna – badgers, kingfishers, otters, rare mosses – also mark it as an SSSI. The two cottages – converted buildings of a former Victorian copper and tin mine – sit in a fairytale landscape of ivy-clad chimneys and tree-covered hillsides. Screened from each other, with sweeping views over the river Tamar, their small but thoughtful layouts are perfect for a romantic retreat. Open-plan living areas are country-cottage cosy with wood-burning stoves, large sofas, rugs on flagstone floors and a table by the window for those views. A simple kitchen and, for wet-weather days, books, games and DVDs. Bedrooms, with king-size beds are fresh and unfussy country-pine, with equally neat shower rooms with handmade soaps. Stroll to the village shop and pubs in Calstock, walk along the river to the National Trust’s Cotehele House, enjoy walks on the Bere Peninsula or visit Morwellham Quay port and copper mine. Within 30 minutes you could be enjoying Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor or Whitsand Bay. Return to your private decking, birdsong, watery views and serenity.