We visited all the country houses, mines, cliff walks, restaurant pubs, bridal-path walks, Dartmoor walks in the area and really appreciated the Count Hours as our base, especially on those days sitting on the deck reading looking over the valley.
We have just returned after the most amazing break away in The Count House. Nick and Jess live close by who are both so friendly. The property literally has EVERYTHING you could wish for - a real home from home and is immaculate. To wake up each morning eating breakfast out on the decked terrace was like a tranquil dream come true - all we could hear was birdsong and the view of the River Tamar/rolling hills/cattle was breathtaking. The week flew past as we enjoyed many lovely days out and the town and its people of Calstock were all so welcoming and friendly. Highly recommended if you are lucky enough to choose this beautiful place
The cottage is comfortable and well appointed. Nick, the owner, is on hand to give directions and details on possible excursions and points of interest. Maps and leaflets for places locally are available in the cottage.
Calstock, the village within 5 minutes walk, has two pubs and a wee coffee shop. It does not any longer provide a shop however, which can be inconvenient, as the nearest store is not within walking distance.
The cottage itself is very comfortable. It is scrupulously clean and tidy. My overwhelming impression was essentially of a no frills approach as there was basic provision of towels, tea towels and even basic condiments. While “bath towels will be provided”, was the case, an extra hand towel would make the visitor feel a bit more loved! Similarly, some fresh milk, maybe some bread/cake on arrival would be most welcome, particularly given the isolated nature of the cottage, and the potentially long journey experienced by some of us to get there.
With some additional consideration paid to things like having coffee, some basic foodstuffsn, and even a spare bin liner!, the Count House could be elevated from very good to excellent.
The setting is idyllic, tranquil, fabulous views, full of history. Best for walkers as I visited with my husband whose mobility had deteriorated after booking. A great retreat though. I am a writer and artist and the setting was perfect. But I found the parking is very challenging. Access is via an unmade road, then reversing through narrow gates to park alongside a drop.
The humans wanted to stay somewhere really tranquil and the unusual accommodation at Okel Tor Mine proved perfect. The position perched high on the banks of the Tamar provided incredible river views and superb bat watching! The Count House was clean, cosy and had everything you need, including a very comfortable bed for humans and a blanket especially for me.
Jess the resident dog was very welcoming, she did steal my breakfast one morning but this was my humans' fault for leaving the door open! Grr
We all loved exploring the woods and despite the secluded location, there are 2 dog-friendly pubs and a superb coffee house in all within walking distance. I would definitely recommend this place to other dogs who wanted to holiday with their humans.
We love this place and is the third time we have stayed here. A quiet tucked away place to switch off and recharge but not too tucked away with just a pleasant river walk to the village.
Good or bad weather can not spoil this place with fantastic views to while away the days, watching the numerous different birds go about their day.
The owner is just marvellous, friendly, nothing is too much and he is very helpful and knowledgeable. He does a tremendous job keeping this place looking so fabulous and ahs everything you need for a week or two away.
We will of course be back!
This is an unusual retreat and as the overview says it offers peace, tranquillity and beautiful elevated views across the River Tamar you can lay in bed and look straight down the Tamar valley and the only thing looking back at you will be the animals. The cottage is very tastefully and suitably decorated with all the facilities you need.
We stayed during the snow from the beast from the east 2 and the cottage was lovely and warm. I cannot recommend this place enough if you want peace and quite and enjoy walking then its a must. We tried both pubs in the village during our visit and enjoyed both as they had good beer and were welcoming.