The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine

Calstock, Cornwall
+44 (0)1822 833566
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£52 - £118
per night
£399 - £829
per week

A vine-clad stone house hideaway for lovers, walkers, artists and hermits with a sweet veranda overlooking woodland down to the river


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£52 - £118 per night

£399 - £829 per week

The Experience

Originally the Smithy for the Okel Tor Mining Company, this dear little house has been nicely renovated. You’re kept cosy with double glazing and a wood-burning stove, there is plenty of squishy seating and the tiny kitchen has some basics for cooking and all the kit you need to make supper. You’ll also find some local snacks waiting for you.

You can sit on the covered veranda to read a book even when it’s raining and the views are stupendous – early morning river mist will be romantic, and don’t forget binoculars as the birdlife is pretty spectacular too. The calming bedroom has a super-comfy bed and good linen and you can see that view through the window. Join public footpaths down through the woods to the river; a short walk will take you into the village or to a couple of pubs.

This is the place to come if you want to paint, write, enjoy nature and the river. Or simply to be alone with your beloved – and your dog.

The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The peace and tranquility of the surrounding woodland and the river
  • The abundant wildlife right on your doorstep and just beyond
  • The rich heritage and mining history embedded in your cottage and in its surroundings
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You should know

  • The road down is unmade and can be leaf-strewn and muddy
  • The mobile signal is poor but there's good WiFi
  • There may be guests staying in the other nearby cottage


  • 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


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


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


Nightly price
from £52
Weekly price
from £399
1 House for 2
From £521 bed1 bedroom


Special offer: Last remaining July and August weeks now available as three-night weekend or four-night midweek short breaks, both at £497. Seven-night stays also available at £829. 26 July-2 August and 23-30 August.

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog treats and blanket are provided.

Up 2 dogs, £30 per stay

Washing area for muddy paws. River to swim in, woodland and heathland walks from doorstep, far from any roads. Two dog-friendly pubs.


The Smithy, now a place of utter tranquillity and birdsong, was once a place of noise and industry and there are little decorative reminders of its mining heritage dotted all around it. The morning river mist and the ever-shifting seasonal panorama of the woodland are gentle on the eye and ear. Wind down in this cosy little cottage and from it, explore the quirky village of Calstock and beyond.

Melissa, Sawday's Inspector

The Smithy a perfect bolthole, with extraordinary views of woodland, abandoned mine-workings, a sliver of river, and Devon beyond, and the sound of tawny owls calling to each other and geese in the wetlands below. Gird your loins for the last bit of the 'road' up there, but it's completely worth it once you're there. Jon and Jenny, despite only taking over 2 weeks before our visit, were delightful, generous hosts.

Pete, Bristol

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

It just goes to prove that you can always trust Sawdays when looking for somewhere to holiday! Our stay was wonderful in lots of ways. Beautiful surroundings which are off the beaten track but a short walk to the delightful village of Calstock. A place to really relax and immerse yourselves in the tranquility of a cosy cottage and the local area. We stayed in a heat wave but are looking forward to our stay in December, keeping warm around the log burner! We fell in love with it and highly recommend.


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 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.

Charmaine, Portsmouth

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

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The neighbourhood

You're on the outskirts (a 15 to 20-minute walk) from the quirky, picturesque, riverside village of Calstock. The village has pubs, a café, a small art gallery/shop, an amazing ice cream shop and an active village community. The river is focal to the village and there are boat trips up and down the Tamar to Plymouth. The Boot Inn and The Tamar Inn are less than a mile away from the cottage.

Local points of interest from Jon & Jenny Tully

  • The National Trust's 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.
  • Morwellham Quay historic port & copper mine featured on the BBC's Edwardian Farm. 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. 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 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.
  • 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! For the more energetic hire a mountain bike & explore the Tamar Trails.
  • Whitsand Bay is a short drive away - explore the coastal footpath & former fishing villages of Kingsand & Cawsand & visit Rame Head. Trebarwith Strand on the dramatic North coast is ideal for surfing.


Jon & Jenny Tully

Friendly and engaging Jon and Jenny, both with a services background and a passion for the great outdoors, bought the site as a going concern in 2023. They live in another building nearby and will let you get on with your holiday unless you need anything.