Okel Tor Mine

Calstock, Cornwall
Self-catering
+44 (0)7976 799663
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Two cosily converted cottages each sleeping two, tucked in peaceful woodland with breathtaking views across the Tamar. Short walk to the pub

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Each sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dogs

Throws provided, doggy towels available and wonderful road-free walks.

Dogs £30 per stay. Max. 2 large or 3 small due to cottage size.

River to swim in, woodland and heathland walks from doorstep, far from any roads. Short walk from 2 dog-friendly pubs.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £63
Weekly price
from £439
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 2
From £631 bed1 bedroom
1 Cottage for 2
From £631 bed1 bedroom

Accommodation

Reviews

The Smithy has been very thoughtfully and affectionately restored to become an unusual and unique holiday experience. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet easily accessible to all towns and places of interest. The tranquility of Okel Tor is inspiring and soul rejuvenating leaving those that visit feeling fresh and cognitively revitalised. We have visited in the months of January and March, finding both experiences unique but equally breathtaking. Hosts Nick & Greg share their knowledge of the area, with freedom to explore, or just rest and refresh.

Charmaine, Portsmouth

This is one of the most relaxing and restorative places I have stayed. It is a little corner of heaven, whatever the weather may bring. Welcoming, secluded and utterly peaceful. Stunning surroundings and walks and the local village of Calstock has great food at the Boot Inn and Tamar Inn with wonderful homemade cakes at Lishe cafe, all a short walk away. We have already booked our next stay!

Lesley, London

A much needed break at the beautifully tranquil Okel Tor. We missed a visit last year due to Covid and were pleased to see the precautions being taken at the cottage to make our stay as safe as possible. The cottage was prepared to the usual excellent standard, we were able to go straight in and make ourselves at home. The log burning stove makes for a cosy ambiance but the heating in The Smithy means we were always toasty! Despite having some rainy days we were able to sit out every day due to the veranda, which is always a great place to sit whatever the weather! Highly recommended, try it!

Jo, Devizes

This was our second stay and we have immediately booked another one! We love the location- it’s very peaceful and beautiful but within easy walking distance of Calstock amenities. We enjoy waking to the view of the river, hearing barn owls at night time and wandering round the old mine site. The cottages have everything you need (including cosyness) and the owners are very helpful. I don’t really want to recommend it too much in case it’s booked up when we want to visit! A real gem of a place

Anne, Tring

We stayed at the Count House for a long weekend. The Count House is warm and comfortable and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. The bed is very comfortable and we slept well. The Count House and Smithy are located away from roads so we felt able to let our dog off the lead to meet the owners friendly dog. The location of the cottages is superb. They are on a terrace on a south facing slope overlooking the river Tamar. A 10 minute walk along a quiet lane takes you into Calstock where there are pubs, a few shops and the Railway Station which provides easy access to Plymouth.

Edmund, Swindon

Very nice, quiet relaxing stay. One of our favorite places to visit.

Martin, Swindon

First visit to Okel Tor certainly lived up to expectations. The Smithy proved to be entirely suited to our needs being very comfortable and fully equipped. The location is perfect - close enough to the village (which boasts good pubs) to enjoy the walk but remote enough to be tranquil. Exploring the old mine workings with interesting walks around the site was a bonus. We have already booked a return visit next year.

George, Farnham

What a great place to stay. It was good to see the history of the place & how tastefully it's been done too. The view of the river Tamar from the cottage and garden is just so beautiful. Everything you need in the kitchen to cook up a lovely meal was there. Great shower & a very comfy bed too. The main living area was great too. Fab stove for colder nights. All in all, an amazing place to use as a base for exploring local & wider areas. Loved exploring the old mining area & walking some amazing walks locally. Great little village just down the road too. One of our best stays anywhere.

Nigel, Nottingham

Wonderful place to stay-we regularly return and are booked again-this place feels like our ‘bolt-hole’. Beautifully situated cottages in a peaceful woodland setting. Ideal for dog walkers. Beautiful stretch of River Tamar to walk by. Cottages very clean and well appointed. A wonderful place to stay.

Marie, Leicestershire

This was our second stay at the Count House. We love it here and would highly recommend a stay to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. We've rebooked again for early 2021... yes, we like it that much!

Paul, Bristol

An excellent holiday for those seeking rest and recuperation

Jo, Devizes

What a magical place!!! Beautiful peaceful setting, the Smithy was so cosy and relaxing, A perfect week away for us and the dogs, we will definitely be returning. Janet & Micky

Janet, Hayle

Okel Tor Mine is a perfect getaway for nature lovers. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. The cottage was tastefully decorated, cosy and well equipped. The location is perfect for exploring Cornwall and Devon. Our host was welcoming and helpful. We really didn't want to leave and look forward to visiting again.

Sarah, Battle

This was not our first visit to The Smithy and it certainly won't be our last. This is the perfect get away to relax and unwind but still only a short walk in to the village. Our dogs love it too!

Pam, Bridport

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Greg Smith

  • The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele is a short walk along the river - a medieval house with gardens spilling down to an historic quay where you can enjoy a cream tea or ice cream with your dog! There are also many estate walks & a working water mill.
  • Morwellham Quay historic port & copper mine featured on the BBC's Edwardian Farm. It's a living museum on the banks of the Tamar. Learn how the Victorians used to make rope & venture underground on the narrow gauge railway into The George & Charlotte mine.
  • Explore the charming villages and mining heritage along the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail which passes through Okel Tor Mine. Take a train on the Tamar Valley branch line to explore the historic Barbican & Hoe in Plymouth & catch the ferry back to Calstock.
  • Visit the market town of Tavistock with its interesting independent shops & lively farmers' market. Drive up to Kit Hill for amazing far-reaching views to Plymouth Sound or explore the tors on Dartmoor followed by a bite to eat & pint of local Jail Ale!
  • Join Canoe Tamar for a leisurely guided tour up the river in a Canadian canoe. Spot a kingfisher, an otter or if you're lucky a seal visiting with the tide! For the more energetic hire a mountain bike & explore the Tamar Trails through Devon Great Consols.
  • The sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay are a short drive away - explore the coastal footpath & charming former fishing villages of Kingsand & Cawsand & visit Rame Head. Trebarwith Strand on the dramatic North coast is also within easy reach & ideal for surfing.

Introducing

Greg Smith

Greg and Nick stumbled across this amazing place twenty years ago and fell in love with it immediately. A shared interest in nature and industrial archaeology meant they were drawn to the atmospheric appeal of the ruined engine houses, nestling in the advancing heather and woodland. The timing was excellent as the site was to become an Ancient Monument (and subsequently a World Heritage Site). Their dream of living here and turning a couple of the old mine buildings into cosy little holiday cottages soon became a reality.