Okel Tor Mine

Self-catering holiday cottages

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Suitable For

  • For Couples
  • Dog Friendly
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Honeymoon/Anniversary

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Hidden in 16 acres of woodland, just upstream from the village of Calstock in Cornwall, you’ll find the ivy-clad ruins of Okel Tor Mine. In its heyday a thriving tin, copper, lead and arsenic mine – today a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a haven for wildlife and the location of our two romantic retreats. The Grade II listed Count House and Smithy nestle amongst oak and beech trees but have stunning panoramic views across the River Tamar to the rolling Devon hills the other side.

Each cottage has been carefully restored, tastefully decorated and fitted with a log burning stove to create a comfortable and cosy retreat for one or two people, perfect for the solo traveller looking to holiday alone, or a couple seeking a romantic break in Cornwall, a honeymoon or just an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life. You might consider celebrating your tin anniversary here (tenth), or even your seventh, which is copper. Maybe you’ll hire both cottages and visit with family or friends, enjoy time together yet have the privacy of your own place to retire to.

Explore the woodland paths, experience the tranquillity, discover the flora, fauna and archaeological remains, perhaps sketch or paint, or simply relax with a book. It’s a doggy heaven here too; lots of great walks and smells, a river to swim in plus dog-friendly pubs and cafés.

Okel Tor Mine is somewhere different and without doubt one of the most unusual places to stay in Cornwall.

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Each cottage has a double bedroom and a sofa bed. Both cottages can be booked together to sleep a maximum of eight.


Our Ethics & Eco Credentials We do our best to minimise our impact on the environment and hope that our guests will too. Our cottages are vegan friendly and furnished as ethically as possible. Where we have to use synthetic products – our duvets and pillows for example – we aim to ensure they are from sustainable sources and can be recycled at end-of-life. We have a simple goal – to not only become carbon neutral but carbon negative by 2030 (a key target date set by the IPCC). Our electricity comes from 100% renewable sources. Our heating and hot water are supplied by a carbon-neutral wood pellet boiler. The appliances are chosen for their energy efficiency and all the lights are fitted with low energy bulbs. Our hand soap, body wash and shampoo are by Faith in Nature. Their products are vegan and contain no artificial colouring, fragrances or preservatives. The bottles are made from recycled plastic and refillable. Ingredients are Fair trade where possible – if not, they ensure that the source is non-exploitative. Cleaning products are by Delphis Eco. They are plant and mineral based and guaranteed not to have been tested on animals. Palm oil use is kept to the minimum and is RSPO certified. The bottles are made from recycled plastic and refillable. Kitchen and bathroom bin liners are plastic-free and fully biodegradable. Both humans and dogs are presented with their own welcome treats. Flapjackery is based in Tavistock and makes our delicious rustic chocolate “dollops” which are dairy and gluten free. Apawtiser make the irresistible healthy doggy snacks – home baked with the best ingredients. All treats are vegan. We encourage guests to use our recycling and composting facilities and to avoid unnecessary plastic, packaging and waste. As the cottages are within walking distance to the village with its amenities, bus stop and railway station, and to nearby attractions such National Trust’s Cotehele it’s possible to enjoy a car-free holiday. We’ll gladly collect you from the train station.



  • Unique riverside setting
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Wildlife
  • Mine ruins
  • AONB & World Heritage Site
  • Short walk to village with its pubs, cafe, gallery and Tamar Valley Line railway station
  • Near Morwellham Quay and National Trust's Cotehele
  • Pets welcome
  • WiFi
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Suitable for car-free holidays

Special Offers

Loyalty discount.

10% loyalty discount for returning guests.

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