Driftways 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.

The dam was formed in the 1960s to flood the Drift valley and form a reservoir to supply water to west Cornwall, there had been farmhouses and other buildings in the Drift valley, these can be seen on maps from the late 1800s, they were demolished though parts of them remain and are now underwater at the bottom of the Reservoir.