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Okel Tor Mine

Calstock - Cornwall

Tucked in tranquil woodland with stunning views across the River Tamar these former mine buildings are now cosy hideaways for two.

  • Sleeps: 2 per property
  • Bedrooms: 1 per property
  • Bathrooms: 1 per property
£439-869 per week

How to book...

Okel Tor Mine is owned and managed by Greg Smith.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Greg Smith.

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Where we are: 

  The Highlights...

  • Grade II listed former mining buildings offering you an historic and comfy Cornish retreat.
  • The cottages are set in 16 acres of natural woodland with ivy-clad ruins and river frontage.
  • The mine is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and County Wildlife Site set within The Tamar Valley World Heritage Site and AONB.
  • Original features such as a vaulted ceiling and wonky walls.
  • Two one-bedroom pet-friendly romantic retreats to choose from, both having living rooms with log burners and king size bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms.
  • Outdoor decking or a covered veranda on offer with beautiful elevated views across the river.
  • Short walk to NT Cotehele and the village of Calstock with its pubs, caf, gallery, arts centre and railway station.

  You should know...

  • Pets welcome.

  The Detail...

Okel Tor Mine nestles into the wooded slopes of the Tamar Valley with the tidal river meandering below. The sixteen acre site is important for both its industrial archaeology and ecology - its a County Wildlife Site and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mine is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and these quirky cottages-for-two are both Grade II listed. In its heyday Okel Tor was a hive of industry and large quantities of tin and copper were extracted - and arsenic! Today all is peaceful. Nature has reclaimed what was once hers and amongst the trees youll find atmospheric ruins, including iconic engine houses and chimneys.

The Count House is the former mine captains office. This cosy one bedroom cottage, with its wonky walls and jaunty roof, has been sympathetically restored to create a cosy, comfortable retreat. Tastefully decorated and appointed, it reflects its 150 year old history but benefits from up to date features. Theres a large comfy sofa, a wood burning stove, a compact but fully functional kitchen area with modern appliances. The bedroom has a king size bed and an en suite shower room. In the morning you can lie in bed and take in the views across the valley. Enjoy breakfast on the decking and watch the river glide by

The Smithy was where the blacksmith made the iron work and sharpened the miners tools, some of which remain as reminders of its mining heritage. The glorious virginia creeper and grape vine create a very different image of what was once a busy, industrious little building. This cottage has also been renovated to a high standard and has similar accommodation. It does however benefit from the addition of a covered veranda so you can enjoy relaxing and eating outside whatever the weather.

Both cottages are south facing. They have dining tables to seat four and the Smithy has an additional arm chair. There is a separate utility room with a washing machine for joint use. Also, a barbecue is available. Central heating and hot water are provided by a carbon neutral wood pellet boiler.

Calstock is only a ten minutes walk and boasts two dog-friendly pubs, a delightful caf and an authentic gelateria! Its a sleepy little village and rarely crowded. Theres an excellent little art gallery and an arts centre hosting live music, comedy and other entertainment.

The National Trusts enchanting Cotehele is a pleasant walk from the mine - along wooded riverside footpaths with wonderful views up and down the valley. Venture further afield and you can enjoy the dramatic landscapes of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor as well as the stunning Cornish coast.

A branch line railway station with regular services to Plymouth and buses to the nearby historic market town of Tavistock and beyond mean you can easily enjoy a car-free holiday.


  Features...

Essential Features
  • Baby Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Heating
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
Kitchen/Utility
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Highchair
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
Bed/Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
Tech
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite TV/Freeview
  • Stereo music system
  • Television
Outside
  • BBQ
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Off road free parking
  • Walking distance to pub


  Nearby...

  • Beach (sea)
  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Markets
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Pub/Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Sailing
  • Supermarket/food shop
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife


  On the map...

  Nearest Airport

Newquay Airport Cornwall - 1hr / Exeter Airport - 1hr

  Detailed Pricing Information...

Minimum 3 night stay out-of-season from 267 flexible start day, Friday-Friday during summer months 689 - 869 minimum 7 nights.

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 Reviews

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James and Tracy says...
"What a brilliant ,unique, relaxing location.... perfect for getting away from it all ! Accommodation have everything you can think of, very clean and expertly managed by Greg and Nick

Easy little walk into Calstock.. recommend the coffee shop Lishe and you have to get the award winning Cornish pasties. We were only there for a few days but some truly beautiful walks (found in the guide book in the Count house).

Canoed down to Morwellham and back again... Grabbed a fantastic dinner at the The Cornish arms Tavistock

Will definitely be coming back and staying the Okel Tor Mine again...

Many thanks"
(Stayed: October 2020 )

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£439-869 per week
COVID-19 restrictions may affect your travel plans. Please ensure you are aware of local rules where you live and where this property is located.
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Okel Tor Mine is owned and managed by Greg Smith.

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