23rd Aug 2018
25th Oct 2018
- Type: Detached house
- Bedrooms: 3
- Listing status: sale
- Country: England
Lying in an extraordinary position overlooking the Drift Reservoir, this immaculately remodelled house sits in perfect isolation surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside. Originally built in 1961 as the ‘Water Baliff’s’ residence for the manager of the Drift Dam and reservoir, the house was converted by architects Camillin Denny in 2016 and became the Regional winner of the labc Residential Design Award for Building Excellence in 2017.
Set in the hillside, the house is approached along a country lane where it sits alongside the reservoir and Drift Dam. The two-storey house cuts a dramatic form against the bucolic backdrop, consisting of two distinct parts; an original heavy granite base, with a copper-clad upper level that is capped with a striking mono-pitch roof. A large first-floor balcony wraps around the upper level, maximising the building’s connection to the water.
Internal accommodation is arranged in a scissor-like fashion, a configuration that was popular in mid-century design. Entrance is to a raised lobby area positioned on a middle floor that contains a utility room, a bathroom and guest bedroom. Half a level up is an outstanding open-plan living space, with the kitchen at one end, an area for a dining table and a reception space, flanked by an extended run of glazing that gives access to the wrap-around balcony and offering breathtaking views of the reservoir and countryside beyond.
The house is run by the current owners as a very successful holiday let. More information can be provided on request.
The dam was constructed in the 1960s to flood the Drift valley and form a reservoir to supply water to west Cornwall. Originally there had been farmhouses and other buildings in the Drift valley, though these structures have been demolished over time leaving Driftways as the sole property on the banks of the reservoir.
The house is situated in beautiful Cornish countryside between the hamlet of Buryas Bridge and the village of Lower Drift, around two miles from the centre of Penzance and the seaside. The historic port of Penzance is the last major town on the Lands End Peninsula and has one of the mildest climates in the UK. Chapel Street, the most historic area of the town, contains an excellent selection of restaurants and pubs. The Isles of Scilly ferry sails regularly to the islands throughout the summer. The recently re-opened Jubilee Pool, originally built in the 1930s, is one of the last remaining salt-water tidal pools in Europe.
Penzance station runs direct mainline services to Plymouth (around two hours), Exeter (around three hours) and London Paddington (in around five and half hours). Newquay Airport is reachable by road in around an hour, for direct flights to London.
Local info for TR19