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Beauty, peace and calm combine in two romantic Cornish riverside retreats: the former Smithy and Captain's Office of a Victorian tin mine.

Okel Tor Mine consists of two very special cottage retreats, both perfectly positioned within an Ancient Monument and a World Heritage Site.

Dreamily set amongst sixteen glorious acres of wildlife-steeped woodland, the Grade II listed Count House and The Smithy are perfect for relaxation, romance and respite alike. Privately spaced, both feature outstanding views across the River Tamar to the soothing Devon hills.

Once a flourishing 19th century tin mine that also produced copper, lead and arsenic, Okel Tor Mine is located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a Site of Special Scientific Interest nearby that means you'll never tire of those wondrously diverse natural surroundings.  

If you're bringing your four-legged friend with you, so much the better - this is the ideal location for long, scenic riverside rambles! The pubs and National Trust's tea room at Cotehele are all dog-friendly.

You'll find each cottage has been lovingly restored, and decorated in a cosy style with all the comforts of home...including a crackling log burning stove, a squishy sofa and an irresistibly comfortable bedroom with king size bed.

Of course, you'll also be able to make the most of those amazing views, with outdoor seating that's perfect for morning coffee and evening tipples.   

Each cottage has its very own history too. The quirky Count House was the former mine captain's office, while The Smithy, with its vaulted ceiling and timber panelling, was once home to a forge and workshop.

Enjoy the comforts of your own kitchen and shower room, with a barbecue and a utility room with washing machine shared between the two cottages. There's a wealth of entertainment available too, from a thoughtfully-provided selection of books and DVDs, to sound system with Bluetooth and games for any competitive types.

With so much natural beauty all around, however, you might feel compelled to head outside and explore the area. Take a stroll along the river into nearby Calstock, a quaint village with narrow streets and colourful cottages...and as you're in Cornwall, the occasional stop for a pasty or a cream tea may just have to be made! You'll find two lovely pubs, a wonderful little cafe and a superb ice cream parlour too.

Carry on through the village, following the River Tamar, and you'll come to the enchanting medieval home that is the National Trust's Cotehele House - highly recommended.

If you're feeling in a more energetic mood, the Tamar Trails Centre is just nearby - why not hire a mountain bike, or head up into the woodland canopy for some truly awe-inspiring views? You can also enjoy some of Cornwall's trademark attractions, with the north and south coasts, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan all within easy reach.

But for now, why not take a gentle stroll along the river, and say hello to the passing otters, kingfishers and badgers on your way?  Linger as long as you like - with a warm stove and a steaming cuppa waiting for you back at Okel Tor Mine, you've got all the time in the world.

Things to note

Pets are permitted to stay at £25 per booking, and the owners will consider animals other than dogs, enquire for more information! Suitable for car-free holidays - easy public transport links with branch line railway station in nearby village. Minimum booking 3 nights, or 7 nights between end of May and end of September.

You can now reserve dates from 4th July 2020 onwards with only a £50 deposit - including 2021 dates at 2020 prices - with no more to pay until 8 weeks before your holiday start date or until the government confirms when holiday travel restrictions will be lifted (if it's not clear by then). Should guests not be able to stay due to lockdown, travel restrictions, illness or isolation related to COVID-19 they will be able to get a full refund. Changeovers will now include a rigorous disinfecting and steam cleaning protocol in accordance with the government's guidance "COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings" (15th May 2020). 

Tried and tested

"What a magical place!! A perfect week away in the Smithy, so peaceful and relaxing. Beautiful walks into Calstock and Cotehele, us and the dogs absolutely loved our stay here. Will definitely be returning."

"A blissful week, such a restful and carefully restored oasis of calm and tranquility. Just what we needed. Thank you."

"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."

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The basics

Region: Calstock, Cornwall
Cost (from): £249 (3 nights low season)
Sleeps: 2 per cottage
Bedrooms: 1 per cottage
Bathrooms: 1 per cottage
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 977

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The Smithy sleeps 2, double bedroom with king size bed, bedding & towels provided, shower room, living room with kitchen and dining ares, sofa (converts to fully spring bed), armchair, log burner, dining table & chairs for 4, shared utility room, washing machine, flat screen TV, DVD player, DAB music system with Bluetooth, CD player, Wi-Fi, covered veranda, barbecue, parking.

The Count House sleeps 2, double room with king size bed, bedding & towels provided, shower room,  living room with kitchen and dining ares, sofa (converts to fully spring bed), armchair, log burner, dining table & chairs for 4, shared utility room, washing machine, flat screen TV, DVD player, DAB music system with Bluetooth, CD player, Wi-Fi, timber deck,  barbecue, parking.

Local activities

National Trust Cotehele, Morwellham Quay, Treesurfers, Canoe Tamar, Tamar Trails, Dartmoor National Park, beaches, birdwatching, swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, cycling.

At a glance

  • Two romantic cottages for two, lovingly converted and set on the tranquil site of a former 19th century tin mine, within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cornwall.
  • The mine has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • An ideal setting for a car-free holiday: walking distance from Calstock with its pubs, cafe, art gallery, arts centre, railway station and National Trust's medieval gem Cotehele. There are also convenient bus services to travel further afield.
  • Each cottage features outdoor decking/veranda, a kitchen area and a shower room.
  • The site is dog-friendly, please ask if you'd like to bring your four-legged friend along.

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