A former waterworks bursting with spectacular Art Deco character, situated on the edge of a tree-lined quarry lake in the Cornish village of Ladock.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

It’s not often you come across a find as special as the Filter House!  This former waterworks is a vintage lover’s dream, boasting oodles of Art Deco character, period furniture and flourishes, and a marvellous village location in the Cornish countryside.

The Filter House sleeps six lucky guests in secluded luxury.  Found at the end of a quiet lane on the edge of charming Ladock, the location couldn’t be more perfect.  In this quiet and peaceful piece of paradise, the Filter House is set on the edge of stunning, tree-lined quarry lake, and surrounded by an extensive private garden. Beyond is a small wooded area, populated with rabbits who may pay a visit from time to time! 

Turn your attention to the Filter House itself and you’ll soon notice the loving restoration which has taken place here.  Built in 1954 by South Cornwall Water Board to pump water to the Roseland Peninsula, the building was retired in 1980 and simply left to fall into disrepair.  It was thankfully rescued by its current owners who, in 2005, set about the considerable task of turning this one-storey building into a truly unique home.

With the huge, cast-iron water filters now gone, today you’ll find an homage to the 1930s instead.  Step through the original sunburst glass front door to be greeted by the spacious half-tiled entrance hall, setting the mood for what’s to come!

Head on through to the large lounge and relax back in one of the antique Chesterfield armchairs, finished in stunning green leather.  You’ll soon notice the abundance of original 1930s furniture and fixtures, from the light fittings overhead to the magnificent sideboards and cabinets.  There are no half-measures here – the Filter House really does offer the chance to step back in time for authentic Art Deco style.

The theme continues throughout the home; Art Deco artwork hangs in the Music Room (where you can have a go at tinkling the ivories!), the monochrome kitchen complete with checkerboard floor brings a super sleek blast from the past, and even the bathroom features a reclaimed ‘30s suite in pink!

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At a glance

  • Restored waterworks offering unique Art Deco accommodation, near Truro, Cornwall
  • Sleeps 6 (1 double with en-suite; 1 double; 1 twin)
  • Original fixtures and furnishings throughout, blended with modern comforts
  • Peaceful location on edge of rural village
  • Central Cornwall location, prime for exploring north and south coasts


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Sleeps up to 6, 2 double bedrooms (master is ensuite), twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms (one art deco), modern fully fitted kitchen, oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, dryer,  lounge, Sky TV with surround sound, DVD player, WiFi, music/piano room, large garden, outdoor furniture,  parking, access to lake.

Local activities

Golf, horse riding, cycling, walking, beaches, coastal walks, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, castles, gardens, Eden Project.

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Rest assured, however, that you’ll also find modern comforts aplenty at the Filter House.  Wi-Fi, a FreeSat television, and a sound system are all provided for your entertainment, while underfloor heating throughout keeps everyone toasty, even at night time. 

Speaking of which, you’ll find three good-sized bedrooms at the Filter House – two double bedrooms and one twin room.  All are furnished with authentic pieces and finished with period posters for sweet Art Deco dreams.  Hang your clothes in the walnut wardrobe, and prepare yourself for the day in front of the gorgeous dressing table and mirror you’ll find in each room.

When you aren’t lapping up every bit of luxury inside the Filter House, you can enjoy the beautiful garden and patio, where outdoor seating offers the perfect place to soak up Cornwall’s sunshine.  Or, take a stroll into Ladock, where a shop for essentials and the popular Falmouth Arms are just three minutes away.

The Filter House also makes an ideal base for exploring Cornwall.  Truro is less than 10 miles away and is well worth a visit for the cathedral, Royal Cornwall Museum, and boundless foodie haunts!  You’re also perfectly positioned for exploring both the north and south coasts of the county, so whether you’re after a surfer’s paradise or a gentler seaside experience, the choice is yours.

There are many elements that make the Filter House unique – its singular history, its fabulous Art Deco style, its perfect holiday location… But whatever it is that draws you in, prepare to leave having fallen in love!

Things to note

Minimum stay is usually 3 nights, for shorter stays please enquire, no smoking permitted, dogs are permitted upon prior arrangement.

Where you'll be staying

Ladock, Cornwall

What the guests of Filter House say

“If you are
looking for a beautiful house in a quiet location, Filter House has
to be your choice. The Art-Deco is beautifully done. The House is very
well located for travelling around. Good local pub, friendly and good food.”
Mr P Monk

“The property
really is as good as it looks in the photographs. The location is quiet and
peaceful yet very well placed to access every part of Cornwall. The owner was
particularly pleasant and helpful and we recommend this property without any
reservation whatsoever. “
R Dudley

“We were so
impressed by the attention to detail the owner had given in creating not just
an excellent holiday retreat but giving it that extra interest in the Art Deco
fittings and furnishings. “
Mr A Briggs

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