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.
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 tranquility, discover the flora, fauna and archaeological remains, perhaps sketch or paint, or simply relax with a book.
Okel Tor Mine is somewhere different and without doubt one of the most unusual places to stay in Cornwall.
Jess, our black Labrador, loves to make new friends and, as she knows so well, it’s a doggy heaven here. Lots of great walks and smells, a river to swim in plus dog-friendly pubs and cafés.
We also welcome other species too - within reason!
We have a simple goal - to not only become carbon neutral but carbon negative by 2030 (a key target date set by the IPCC). Already our electricity, boiler and wood supplies are net zero and, by encouraging the natural seeding of native trees, we're set to go beyond this.
Great care has been taken in furnishing our cosy cottages as ethically as possible to minimise their impact on the environment and ensure they're vegan-friendly. All the products we use and our welcome treats (for humans & dogs!) are Fairtrade or non-exploitative. Our suppliers use containers that can be returned and reused and other packaging is either recyclable or compostable. Further information can be found on our Ethics & Eco-credentials page.
For those who chose not to drive you can travel to Okel Tor Mine by train on the scenic Tamar Valley branch line - the station is less than a mile away. There are several attractions within walking distance and a good bus service for exploring further afield. To discover more of the Tamar Valley by river you can hire a canoe or stand up paddle board - maybe take a trip boat to Plymouth. Find further information about the local area here and here.
Our changeovers still involve an extended rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocol.
Further information regarding the measures we are taking and COVID related cancellation can be found on the COVID-19 page of our website.