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The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine

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The Smithy
Okel Tor Mine
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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
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COVID secure - thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocol and self check in. Unusual romantic retreat for 2 people in a Victorian tin & copper mine! - offering peace, tranquility and beautiful elevated views across the River Tamar. Ideal for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries (especially 10th which is 'Tin'!), birthdays or just as a cosy hideaway to get away from it all. You will feel like you are miles away from anywhere, yet the village of Calstock is only a short 10/15 minute walk along the river bank - this quaint Cornish village has two pubs which serve food, a cafe with gluten-free and vegan options, an art gallery, and branch line railway station with regular services to Plymouth. The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House is also within walking distance and the Tamar Valley Di...COVID secure - thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocol and self check in. Unusual romantic retreat for 2 people in a Victorian tin & copper mine! - offering peace, tranquility and beautiful elevated views across the River Tamar. Ideal for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries (especially 10th which is 'Tin'!), birthdays or just as a cosy hideaway to get away from it all. You will feel like you are miles away from anywhere, yet the village of Calstock is only a short 10/15 minute walk along the river bank - this quaint Cornish village has two pubs which serve food, a cafe with gluten-free and vegan options, an art gallery, and branch line railway station with regular services to Plymouth. The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House is also within walking distance and the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail actually passes through Okel Tor. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches at Whitsand Bay on the south coast are just a short drive away. Okel Tor is acknowledged by English Heritage to be one of the best surviving 19th century tin mines nationally. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and World Heritage Site and lies within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perched high up on a meander of the river, and cloaked in natural woodland, there are 2 cottages which are about 15 metres apart and screened from each other with vegetation, both are Grade II Listed and situated within approximately 16 acres of natural woodland on the tidal reaches of the River Tamar with beautiful views of Devon. There are a number of interesting ruins and an abundance of flora and fauna - there is lowland heath with heather and gorse, marshland with wild garlic and irises, reed beds and about 400 metres of river frontage on The Tamar. There are numerous picturesque romantic ruins in the woodland - an evocative reminder of the region's industrial past. The Smithy offers central heating and a log burning stove, 1 double bedroom, and 1 shower room, open-plan living room with king size sofa-bed, flat screen TV, sound system with Bluetooth, kitchen and dining areas and a south facing covered verandah with elevated views across the river. Please note there is a £30 charge for pets per week or part of.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
No parties or events permitted without permission of the owner.
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Manager
Greg S
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2011
Interaction with guests
Self check-in although Nick, the owner, lives on site and is to hand if you should have any problems or would like suggestions of places to visit and things to do, however he respects the privacy of guests.
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Reviewed 6 April 2022 via mobile

A wonderful place to stay to get away from everything would recommend the views and scenery are great

Date of stay: April 2022
Thank Whisper1901
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2022

Thank you for your comments - most appreciated. We hope to see you again one day...

Reviewed 23 February 2022

Sweet little place with French windows and a lovely verandah to make the most of the views over the Tamar valley. Warm and cosy with central heating and a wood burner. Really comfy bed. Great for one person or a couple. Calstock is easy to...More

Date of stay: February 2022
Thank rosemarydewhurst
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2022

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Smithy. Yes, we have a great passion for this very special place and we love to share it...

Reviewed 13 February 2022 via mobile

The Smithy is beautifully done out, immaculately clean and extremely well equipped. It is dog friendly. The setting is very tranquil with gorgeous views of the river, the rolling hills and the wildlife. The old mines are beautiful and well preserved in a nature reserve....More

Date of stay: January 2022
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Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2022

Thank you for your 5-bubble review - we really appreciate it.

Reviewed 25 October 2021

What a fabulous historic place to stay. Very tastefully done in keeping with its history. Fantastic views over the Tamar valley. Accommodation was great. Comfortable & relaxing place & furnished well. Kitchen had all the right equipment to cook properly. Nick was very knowledgeable of...More

Date of stay: October 2021
Thank alisonr661
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2022

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We absolutely love being able to share this wonderful part of Cornwall and are delighted that you (and Zippy!) loved the cottage and all the little extras.

Reviewed 10 September 2021

The Smithy is situated in Calstock with glorious views and mins from the disused tin mines that are being excellently preserved through Cornwall Council, as well as the wonderful preserved countryside - home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Smithy itself is...More

Date of stay: September 2021
Thank Melanie Y
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2021

It was great to see you return - thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted you (and your dogs!) enjoyed your stay in the Smithy. Jess always has a waggy tail when she meets both humans and dogs. She, and Nick look forward to...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2021

It’s the second time this year we have stayed at Okel Tor Mine - April in the Count House and this time in The Smithy. The facilities are excellent, the views stunning and the ambiance infectious, all within a nature reserve, a 20 minutes walk...More

Date of stay: August 2021
Thank cpowell0
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2021

Thank you for your kind words - it was lovely to see you again!

Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

We stayed in The Smithy when we visited Okel Tor and it had everything needed for a relaxing holiday, perfectly clean and well equipped with welcoming hosts. The location was peaceful and quiet with lots of birdsong and the veranda was a lovely place to...More

Date of stay: June 2021
Thank Mimo99
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2021

Thank you so much for your glowing review and for giving us 5 Bubbles! We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay in the Smithy and that you loved being able to do so much from the doorstep - without having to...More

Reviewed 12 May 2021

Okel Tor is such a special place, tucked away in the woods with a truly absorbing view. Both cottages are cosy, with wonderful character. The woodburner is a novelty for us, which we really enjoy. I can spend hours watching the view from the picture...More

Date of stay: April 2021
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Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2021

Thank you for your glowing words! It was so nice to welcome you back to Okel Tor after the hiatus of the last 18 months. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

We had an earlier booking postponed due to lockdown. Our stay was well worth the wait! The cottage has everything you need and has wonderful views and walks from the doorstep. Nick welcomed us and checked all was ok. We love Calstock and the local...More

Date of stay: October 2020
Thank peugot1
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2021

Oops! We missed your lovely review and 5-bubbles. A belated thank you. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 24 October 2020 via mobile

My husband, me and our 3 dogs had a three night stay and wish I had booked for 6, so relaxing, very comfy bed and sofa. Our dogs loved the walks and very quickly thought the smithy was home, they were that comfortable there. Nick...More

Date of stay: October 2020
Thank debrabevan
Vacation57333739931, VR Owner at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2020

So pleased to hear that you (and dogs!) enjoyed your short break in The Smithy. Oh, and we love the quirky "Lishe" café too!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Books
Central Heating
Fireplace
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Patio
Porch
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Okel Tor Mine lies within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is also within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Calstock is a small village on the tidal reaches of the Tamar, with an art gallery, a pub which serves food and branch line railway station with regular services along this scenic Tamar Valley line to Plymouth. The National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House with its working corn mill and quay-side restaurant is within walking distance, as is Morewellham Quay historic port and copper mine - a living museum where you can journey underground on a narrow gauge railway into the workings of The George & Charlotte Mine - as featured on the BBC TV series The Edwardian Farm. The attractive market town Tavistock and Dartmoor are approximately 20 minutes drive from ...
Getting around
It is possible to enjoy a car-free holiday as the mine is within a short walk of the village of Calstock which has a couple of pubs which serve food, a cafe with gluten-free and vegan options, an art gallery, bus stop and branch line railways station. National Trust's Cotehele House is within walking distance and during the summer months there are ferry services to Morewellham Quay and Plymouth. There are also many regular local events/activities in the village, including live music and exploring the river by canoe.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine

The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine is able to accommodate up to 2 guests. See all property details.

The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine has one bathroom available. See all property details.

The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.