The Smithy

Calstock, Cornwall, England

A rural retreat in a beautiful location to explore, near Calstock. Enjoy log fires, views, wildlife, water activities & a walk to the pub. Bring your dog!

Key Points

  • Enjoy the tranquility at this historic former Cornish mine building set in woodland and with great views over the River Tamar.
  • Perfect for a romantic getaway for 2 or just an escape from the everyday busyness of life.
  • Property is eco-friendly but still comes with mod cons such as Wifi, TV + DVD and full kitchen.
  • The cottage is kept warm and cosy with a wood burner.
  • Up to 2 large dogs welcome for a cost of £30.
  • There are pubs within walking distance plus many countryside walks too.
  • River access - bring your kayak or SUP. Watersports centre in the village too.
  • Take the train from Calstock to Plymouth and get the boat back.


Historic former Cornish-mine building cloaked in woodland with breathtaking elevated views across the River Tamar - peace and tranquillity guaranteed! The Smithy sleeps 2. Dogs accepted by arrangement.

It's not often you get to sleep in a Scheduled Ancient Monument, World Heritage Site, AONB and SSSI where there are badgers, kingfishers, cettis warblers, herons, barn owls, otters and rare mosses! The cottage is a converted building of a former Victorian tin and copper mine and sits in a fairytale landscape of ivy-clad ruins and tree-covered hillsides. It has sweeping views over the river Tamar, and its small but well-considered layout is perfect for a romantic retreat.

It has an open-plan living area which is cosy with a wood-burning stove, comfy sofa, rug on flagstone floor, simple but functional kitchen area and a table by the window for the views. The bedroom is a king-size double and is fresh, bright and unfussy. There is an ensuite shower room with Faith In Nature soaps.

Stroll to the village of Calstock and have a meal in one of its pubs, a coffee in the quirky cafe or perhaps enjoy an ice cream by the river. After browsing the art in the gallery walk further along the river, past the charming Danescombe pottery to the National Trust's enchanting Cotehele House. Have a day exploring the Tamar Valley Trail or visit Morwellham Quay port and copper mine. Within 30 minutes you could be enjoying Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor or Whitsand Bay. Return to your private decking, birdsong, river views and serenity...

Calstock with its railway station and regular bus services to Tavistock is a 10/15 walk away meaning you can easily enjoy a car-free holiday! The cottage is centrally heated by a carbon-neutral wood pellet boiler and has a log burner with a supply of wood harvested on-site. Electricity is from a green energy supplier and there are full recycling and composting facilities.

Short breaks are available out of season (min 3 nights) with 7 nights Friday to Friday throughout the summer months. Up to 2 dogs are welcome at £30 per booking.

Please note there is another property on site called The Count House, just a short stroll from this one. They are screened from each other so privacy is assured. 


COVID-19 secure 

The owners ensure that changeovers involve an extended rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocol in accordance with the government’s guidance, alternating and quarantining all cushions, pillows and duvets for 72 hours and facilitating self check-in for guests.

If guests can’t stay due to COVID-19 restrictions or are required to self-isolate they will be able to change their booking to another period or get a full refund.


Room Types

Double Ensuite








 Clothes rack

 Dining area


 Ironing board

 Plug sockets

 Sofa bed


Paid Extras





 Dining area

 Private entrance

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Pub within walking distance


 Board games


 DVD player




On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

Safety & Security

 First aid kit

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil






 Kitchenware / Utensils



 Tea & Coffee



 Free parking



 Set alone

 Small site (2-4 accoms)

Nearest Airport/s

Exeter / Newquay

Content updated on 30th April 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Greg Smith from The Smithy