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Lower Drift, Nr Penzance

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Added on 19/01/2021
Jonathan Cunliffe, Cornwall
1,173 sq. ft.
(109 sq. m.)

Key features

  • Fabulous copper-clad exterior
  • Award winning design
  • 3 double bedrooms
  • 2 bath/shower rooms
  • Modern open plan living area
  • Private gardens and expansive decking
  • Superb eco-credentials
  • Water views
  • Gated parking
  • 1173 sqft area

Property description

Tenure: Freehold


Cornwall's unique character comes from its historic landscape, spectacular coastline and secret coves. Perhaps more than any other part of the county, West Cornwall embodies these qualities, being blessed stunning white powdered shell beaches and crystal blue water for some of the best surfing and diving in the UK.
The only residence on the Drift Reservoir, Driftways is privately positioned in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty yet is just minutes away from Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion. Some of the best seafood restaurants, the iconic clifftop Minack Theatre, Newlyn's warehouse cinema, Penzance's Art Deco sea water lido and geothermal heated Jubilee Pool and breathtaking coastal walks are all within easy reach.


Drift Dam was formed in the 1960s to flood the Drift Valley to form a reservoir to supply water to West Cornwall. Farmhouses and other buildings can be seen on maps from the late 1800s, but these were largely demolished, though parts of them remain underwater. The house was built by South West Water in 1961, for use by the manager of the dam and the reservoir. When the dam was automated, the house was sold off as a private dwelling and transformed in 2017 by architects Camillin Denny Design, winning an LABC Building Excellence Award the following year.

Spread over three floors, Driftways is the ultimate private 'lookout' with panoramic views taking in the reservoir and unspoilt surrounding countryside. The house has three double bedrooms, with two of these opening out onto private sundecks. On the upper level, a fabulous open-plan living area has a woodburner, fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and opens out onto a huge terrace overlooking the reservoir and dam. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, while the other two bedrooms share use of a stunning bathroom with separate shower.


Outside, landscaped lawns enclose Driftways and spill towards the reservoir below. Fishermen can hire a boat and enjoy the clear waters of the Drift Reservoir stocked with Rainbow and Blue Trout. Meanwhile, birdwatchers will be spoilt for choice, spotting herons, swans, geese and resident Muscovy duck enjoying the lake all from the vantage point of the private south-west deck. The deck also houses the hot tub.  The gated driveway provides parking for three cars.


Driftways is currently holiday let through Unique HomeStays under the name 'Nevada'. All photographs in this brochure were supplied by Unique Homestays.

Mains water and electricity. Underfloor heating by air source heat pump. Private drainage

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Lower Drift, Nr Penzance


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  • Penzance Station2.7 miles
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Jonathan Cunliffe, Cornwall


Jonathan Cunliffe, Cornwall

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