The Count House At Okel Tor Mine

Calstock, Tavistock, Cornwall, Countryside

Unique Retreat
Check-in Time: 16:00
Check-out Time: 10:30

Outside Description

In 2000 and 2001, some of the remaining buildings and all of the chimneys were consolidated and the shafts made safe as part of the Tamar Valley Regeneration Project. New paths enable you to walk through the site and view many of the original mining buildings and features.

Downstairs Description

The Count House was the mine captain's office of the mine where the ore was assayed and the miners were paid. The Smithy was where the miners tools were repaired. The cottages are about 15 metres apart and screened from each other with vegetation, both are Grade II Listed and situated in an elevated position within approximately 16 acres of natural woodland and lowland heath on the banks of the River Tamar with beautiful views of Devon. There are a number of interesting ruins and an abundance of flora and fauna.

The Smithy offers central heating and a log burning stove, 1 double bedroom, and 1 shower room, open-plan living room with sofa-bed, flat screen TV, music system with iPod dock, kitchen and dining areas. There is a south-facing covered verandah enjoying views across the river.

Windows Views Description

Uninterrupted views of the River Tamar to rolling Devon countryside from both the living room and bedroom.

Other Notes

The cottages are situated within 16 acres of woodland - access is via an unmade public bridle path which is suitable for most vehicles. The cottages feel quite remote yet are only a short walk from the village of Calstock. There is WiFi, albeit slow, and limited mobile reception - the best network being EE.

Dogs Welcome: 2 well behaved dogs welcome
Child Friendly: suitable for babies and supervised children
Eco Escape: Carbon Neutral wood pellet boiler, logs for log burner harvested on site, walking distance to shop, two pubs, NT Cotehele and railway station so ideal for car-free holidays
Open Fire/Multi Fuel Burner
Enclosed Garden/Patio
Romantic Hideaway: Secluded and romantic setting ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways
Tourist Attractions:
  • Cotehele House: Is within walking distance. This was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. Visit website
  • Morwellham Quay: A museum and visitor centre based around the historic port and mine workings on the River Tamar. Visit website
  • Lydford Gorge: The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m waterfall Visit website
  • Calstock Arts : Hosts a wide programme of events, ranging from opera, jazz, folk, blues, contemporary guitar and classical music. Visit website
Eating and Drinking:
  • The Boot Inn: In Calstock and offers a fine selection of ales, wines and traditional pub food in cosy surroundings. The regularly changing menu takes advantage of the year round availability of locally sourced produce. The skills of the Father/Son team in the kitchen offer an innovative and exciting choice to suit both taste and pocket. Visit website
  • Tamar Inn : With its pleasant surroundings and popular restaurant this riverside pub offering a wide selection of award winning ales, an extensive wine list and good old home cooking. Visit website
  • The Horn Of Plenty: In nearby Gulworthy. Seasonality is at the forefront of Horn of Plenty’s restaurant dishes with local ingredients sourced from across Devon and Cornwall. The restaurant menus are constantly changing to reflect seasonal produce, whilst incorporating an array of textures and flavours. Visit website
Food Stores:
  • Levines: At Calstock is open from 8am to 8pm and sells most things Visit website
  • Waitrose: In Saltash and you could always pre order your grocery delivery ready for your arrival. Visit website
Sporting Attractions and Activities:
  • Cholwell Riding Stables: A family-run business, provides escorted rides and riding lessons on Dartmoor. Catering for all types of rider from the complete novice to the most experienced rider and have a wide selection of quality, fit and well-mannered horses. Visit website
  • Canoe Tamar: Offers fun canoe trips on the River Tamar where you can discover the area’s rich mining heritage and spot an abundance of w Visit website
  • Tree Surfing: An adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping bird’s eye experience.A day that blows others away. Our incredible treetop eco-trail transports you to the truly awesome canopy of one of Britain’s prized woodlands. Visit website