Homes give quarry a new lease of life
Perched on the edge of a glistening lake, this luxury lodge marks the completion of a vision first conceived eight years ago in West Cornwall.
The building is the first of 10 glass and timber holiday eco-lodges which will be positioned around a 10-acre clearwater lake at Trevassack quarry on the Lizard Peninsular.
The development, known as 'Serpentine', finally received planning consent last year after a local surveyor first spotted the potential for the redundant quarry at Goonhilly Downs in 2005.
It was developed by Charteroak Estates, which recently gained consent to put a luxury holiday development on the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park.
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Michael Shaw, a director for the developer, said he was extremely pleased to finally see this development underway.
He said: "This is an environmentally friendly use of a derelict site. We're not disturbing wildlife, but in fact, sensitively enhancing the environment.
"The lodges are to be placed on already existing hard surfaces of the former quarry.
"We have already received a lot of interest from potential buyers."
The developer said the dedicated holiday homes will prevent second home buyers from further depleting the existing market infrastructure.
Brian Botting, partner at chartered surveyors Miller Commercial, was asked to initially appraise the site for a mining conglomerate who owned the quarry.
He said: "My initial thoughts were this was an obvious site for some sort of leisure complex."