History on your doorstep at My Sleepy Hollow... a dog walker's delight.

Many of our guests love to go for an early morning walk direct from the their apartment, many with their four legged friend who has joined them on holiday.

Here at My Sleepy Hollow, two of our luxurious 5* adults only apartments welcome the addition of a canine companion. There's plenty of space for your fur baby in in both Garth Konin and Broghva, and we'll happily ensure that you arrive to a dog bed, bowls, blankets and towels... you'll even find a spare lead and doggy bags in case you need them in an emergency. After all, it's essential your family pet feels just at home on holiday as you do.

Locally, there's plenty to see, but here's a little information on a local spot discovered by a current guest... the Prince of Wales Mine.

Just a short walk from My Sleepy Hollow you will find this mine which, together with others, forms an amalgamation which together were known as Calstock United Tin and Copper Mines.

In 1940, during World War II, a processing floor was established at the mine to rework the earlier dumps and material from nearby small mines and Devon Great Consols.

Around 1971 a Canadian company carried out exploratory work including drilling and finally in 1977 an exploratory adit was driven into the hillside.

Between 1861 and 1914 output from the mine was 10,845 tons of copper ore, over 1000 tons of black tin and 7,720 tons of arsenic yielding iron pyrites.

The western engine house at SX 40003 70550, was built in 1888 and powered stamping machinery. It was modified during the 1940’s reprocessing event and at this time the stamping floor, loading and boiler house were demolished.

The middle engine house at SX 40078 70609, built in 1879, once held a 50-inch pumping engine extracting water from the adjacent Watson’s Shaft and its boiler house is attached to its eastern wall. Its detached chimney, stands a short distance to the north-west and they are connected to each other by an underground flue.

The third engine house, installed in 1888, held an all-indoor beamed rotative engine for winding from Watson’s Shaft. The bedstone remains in its original position and to the south is the crankshaft loading and a rectangular pit which would have held the winch drum. Traces of the boiler house survive to the north.

We're always happy to have a chat if you have time during your visit, and love that guests find our local history so intriguing... Thanks to Mike and his canine companion Cassie for telling us about their visit to the mine whilst out for an early morning walk, and for sharing their photos.

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