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Nevada | Luxury Self-Catering Retreat | Drift Reservoir, Penzance


Drift, Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

The only residence on the Drift Reservoir, Nevada is located in an AONB near Mousehole and Penzance in South West Cornwall. Formerly a water bailiff’s home, this award-winning copper-clad pad is the ultimate waterside lookout. Welding colonial interiors with the latest eco-technology, families and friends can revel in a truly unique self-catering hideaway.


Encased by a wraparound deck and glinting in the light, this luxury self-catering home mirrors the style of a Californian lakehouse. With the reservoir as the backdrop and sunsets melting into the waters below, Nevada is an idyllically positioned haven perfect for those wanting to experience ultimate relaxation. If you can manage to tear yourself away, explore Cornwall's charming west coast by moseying around the quintessential harbour town of Mousehole, diving into the Art Deco sea pool at Penzance or exploring the iconic St Michael's Mount.


Sprawling over three spacious floors, Nevada is the ultimate scenic lookout where the panoramic views are exclusively yours. Spend mornings through to evenings in content marooned bliss on the plump sofas or around the window-side dining table, with only sounds of the reservoir wildlife to disturb. Perfect for families or friends, this waterside haven flaunts three zip-and-link bedrooms. The lower deck comprises two bedrooms, each with private sun decks, while the middle deck features the third bedroom and luxurious family bathroom.


Outside, landscaped lawns enclose Nevada and seemingly spill into the reservoir below. The secret garden gate opens out onto the waterside pathway where couples can enjoy romantic moonlit wanders. Keen fisherfolk 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 Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,550 per week, £1,150 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are two zip-and-link bedrooms (which can be set up as either super king-size doubles or twins) on the ground floor, one with an en suite shower room, and one zip-and-link bedroom on the first floor. On the first floor is the family bathroom with bath and separate shower.
    View bedrooms
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 5:30pmDeparture Time: 9:30amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe driveway provides parking for three cars. There is a washer-dryer, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and Nespresso coffee machine. There is underfloor heating. Please visit the fisherman’s timber hut for a permit should you wish to use the reservoir pathway, or to fish. Please note, no dogs are permitted on the reservoir pathway.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, The White Company toiletries, spotting scope/ bird-watching telescope, Smart TV with Netflix, DVD player, iPad, DAB Bluetooth radio, WiFi internet, games, gas barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The bubbling hot tub awaits
Golden light floods over the deck in time for summertime suppers

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A tangle of fishermen’s cottages, winding alleyways, and a tiny harbour with bobbing boats; just add a scoop of ice cream and a holiday by the sea in Mousehole is a classic Cornish idyll.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Nevada is situated in a large valley just three miles west of Penzance, in the west of Cornwall on Cornwall’s South Coast.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The best train route from London is the five hour forty minute train from London Paddington. There are 12 trains per day travelling from Penzance Paddington and the scenery is just beautiful.
  • By Air Newquay airport is just over an hour away.

From the owner

“Nevada is all about the view and location, the whole place is full of light reflected off the reservoir. Level with the birds like you are staying in a tree house, slide open the doors and walk onto the wooden terrace and the most amazing panoramic view hits you, like your own private lake.”

From the owner

Nevada was originally built in 1961 alongside the Drift Dam as the ‘Water Bailiff’s’ House. It was developed by South-West Water for use by the manager of the dam and reservoir. When the dam was automated, the house was sold off as a private dwelling.

In March 2016 Camillin Denny Architects purchased the property and turned it into something quite magical. We met previous owners Mark and Liam in October 2018 and were thrilled to agree on the purchase of this little gem. Their innovative design and attention to detail meant they were grand final winners at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018, proving what an amazing success their venture has been.

The location is stunning. Nevada is completely private; it's the only house on the Drift Reservoir and yet is just minutes away from Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion. Some of the best white sand beaches, surfing, boating, seafood restaurants, open-air theatre, warehouse cinema and walks to be found in Cornwall are all within easy reach.

The Tarr Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Mousehole with an insider’s perspective.

South West Coastal Path
To Do

South West Coastal Path

Turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline which makes up the longest National Trail in the UK?

The Eden Project
To See

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world, along with a calendar of special events which are always sure to inspire children about the natural world.

Gwithian Academy of Surfing
To Do

Gwithian Academy of Surfing

Learn the basics of surfing or fine tune your technique with a surfing lesson at the Gwithian Academy of Surfing - one of Cornwall´s longest running and most highly regarded surf schools.

2 Fore Street, Mousehole
To Eat

2 Fore Street, Mousehole

This chic and stylish French bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole harbour front is a popular spot, with views across Mount´s Bay as far as Lizard point. Be sure to book early.

Guest Testimonials

Heading home after a great week at Nevada. This has been the fourth Unique Homestays property we have stayed at and this was our favourite! Home comforts in a wonderful secluded setting yet still close to the fabulous coastline. We´d love to return and would like to wish the owners a wonderful summer.

We loved Nevada, it was so comfortable and perfect in every way. A cool house with an amazing setting and brilliant location to access great areas in this part of Cornwall.

We had a wonderful time at Nevada, the house was beautifully presented and comfortable and the quiet location yet closeness to all the fabulous beaches was just perfect for us. This made for a great stay in Cornwall.

Staying at Nevada was an unbeatable experience, it was such a special and secluded location whilst still giving great access to both of Cornwall´s coasts and the amazing Minack Theatre. The house was immaculate and had everything we needed for a small family group to relax.

We had a truly fantastic time at Nevada. The owners have done a wonderful job on the property! Everything was perfect and it was in a fantastic location to explore the area. After exploring and experiencing the hustle and bustle of St. Ives, it was a treat to return to the tranquillity of Nevada. Many thanks!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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