Okel Tor Mine

Calstock, Cornwall

Two cosily converted cottages each sleeping two, tucked in peaceful woodland with breathtaking valley views. Short walk to pubs and store


2 places


Each sleep 2


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. Totally hidden, even 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, deep red 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 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 Morewell Ham 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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


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


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

& pricing

Special offer: The Count House: 27 Oct 2 nights £199, 31st Oct 2 nights £150, 4 Dec 3 nights £169, 9 Dec 5 nights £249. The Smithy: 4 nights from 2 Dec/10 Dec/ 17 Dec £199. 5 nights Sun-Fri in Jan 2019 only £249.

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights, 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

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

Dogs £25 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.


Nightly price
from £49
Weekly price
from £349
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 2
From £491 bed1 bedroom
1 Cottage for 2
From £491 bed1 bedroom


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 our third visit to Okel Tor Mine and our first to the Count House. We had an absolutely wonderful Christmas in the perfect cosy cottage for a winter getaway. The Count House is private and secluded with walks right from the doorstep. We loved waking up to the stunning views of the frost-covered valley in the morning or hunkering down in front of the log burner after a day's walking. There's lots to do in the area, a trip to Cotehele is highly recommended. We enjoyed the brand new sofa that had recently arrived. Okel Tor and the surrounding area are great for dogs.

Janice, London

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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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.


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.