This was our fourth visit to Okel Tor but our first time in the Count House. Both the Count House and The Smithy are very comfortable and well equipped but the Count House has amazing views out over the river Tamar. We had some lovely walks along the river to Cotehele and up Kit Hill. Our dogs were pleased to see their good friend Jess again.
We booked the Count House for a week at the end of January, not the ideal time of year, but it looked such a nice place to have a week away from everything for my partner's birthday.
The owners were really helpful through the booking process and went out of their way to answer every question I asked. On arrival we were greeted and shown around by the owner that lives in another nearby cottage, and a nice touch was the tea, coffee and even some lovely local fudge waiting for us.
The cottage is exactly how it looks in the photos, small and cosy with everything you need. The log burner is great and the log store to restock is right outside. The weather was pretty bad, as expected in January, but it actually made it better as we stayed in the cottage more which just made it more relaxing.
The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need, the bathroom although small is immaculately clean and has a great shower, and the bed (which to be fair, I found a little uncomfortable) has a perfect view out the window and across the Tamar valley below.
There's decent enough wifi in the cottage but no mobile phone signal (we didn't care), although there is a land-line phone you can use if you really need to.
The views are lovely, loads of wildlife around you, and it's so peaceful. We put birdfood out on the decking and grass in front of the cottage and sat eating our breakfast each morning watching pheasants, blackbirds, crows, jackdaws, black-caps, wrens, robins, blue tits, coal tits, long-tailed tits, dunnocks, bullfinches and even gold crests (along with some squirrels too). We also saw barn owls in the mine ruins, and heard foxes and tawny owls at night.
If you want to get away from the hussle and bussle of normal life then this really is the perfect place to do it.
One word of warning, it's a rough track to get down to the cottages and if you have a low car you'll need to be really careful, although the slow, careful drive down the hill is well worth the effort.
If you want to get-away-from-it-all, look no further. Bird song and rustling leaves are the only thing that disturbs the surrounding peace and quiet. And the birds are such fun entertainment too! So yes, I've enjoyed another delightful stay in the Count House. It's such a cosy warm charming nook. And with the mild Devon weather here, it does offer the best of times for this (winter) season. It's lush green valley is very picturesque, and once again most of my days were bright and sunny and perfect to go walking (I choose a couple of new routes which were enjoyable adventures). The local pub was also on my way back to enjoy a half in, and the food looked very tempting too (I've dietary restrictions so have to be very careful with all my food).
It's location is off the beaten track but Nick was the perfect welcoming party and chauffeur in collecting and returning me to the local station (approx 5 minutes by car), which is a godsend in knowing that I didn't have to worry about this logistical part of the journey. And of course the well equipped and comfy cottage was sparkling clean and fresh on my arrival.
There's also a log fire, but still haven't got round to trying this out, so shall go back and make this a top priority on my next visit!
I think this was my 18th or 19 visit to Okel Tor... what more do l need to say. The accommodation is excellent and the hosts are always very helpful. Can’t wait for my next trip.
Myself and the wife visited 5years ago, our 2nd visit was just what we needed, peaceful and relaxing.