Welcome to Okel Tor Mine - one of the most unusual places to stay in Cornwall

Changes to booking terms & conditions due to COVID-19

The Government has now outlined a three-step process to easing lockdown measures in their "COVID-19 Recovery Strategy”. They have indicated that hospitality accommodation will open no earlier than 4th July - subject to five tests being met and further scientific advice. We are therefore now taking bookings for 4th July onwards and have made a few changes to our booking terms and conditions for new and existing bookings.

Dates can now be reserved for only £50 with nothing more to pay until 8 weeks before the holiday start date - or until the government announces when restrictions will be relaxed to permit holidaying at Okel Tor (if it’s not clear by then). If the dates you wish to book are within the next 8 weeks please email us in order that you only pay £50 when booking.

If guests can’t stay due to lockdown, travel restrictions, illness or isolation related to COVID-19 they will be able to get a full refund or change their booking to another period.

We hope guests will understand that, as changeovers will now involve an extended rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocol, check-out time is now 10am and check-in 5pm for existing and new bookings.


Two quirky romantic retreats in a tin mine on The Tamar

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.


Book The Count House

Book The Smithy


Somewhere unique for a romantic break or honeymoon

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.


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Pets are welcome

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!




  • Unique riverside setting
  • Log fires, views, wildlife, ruins
  • AONB & World Heritage Site
  • Short walk to village with its pubs, cafe, gallery and branch line railway station
  • Near Morwellham Quay and National Trust's Cotehele
  • Pets welcome
  • WiFi, barbecue, parking
  • Suitable for car-free holidays

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