Self-Catering Lake District Cottages - Enjoy in the Heart of the Lakes

Here at Heart of the Lakes we offer you a fine selection of Lake District cottages sleeping from just two up to the largest sleeping ten. Whatever time of year you choose to stay you will find one of our self-catering cottages in the Lake District that fits the bill. Our Lake District cottages come in all shapes and sizes with a range of quality to suit every taste and pocket. Locations vary from village centre to remote and rural but all are in the most sought after parts of the National Park.

Many of our guests return year after year to their favourite cottages in the Lake District so, if this is your first visit to the Lake District, we hope you will enjoy exploring our website to maybe find your own favourite cottage in which to enjoy many delightful holidays.

The area abounds in places to visit, beautiful scenery, lakes and mountains, wonderful food, country pubs, pretty villages, lake cruises and boat hire. In fact there is so much to do that you may not have time to fit it all in... but make the most of your busy days out and return to your comfortable Lake District cottage to relax and plan your next activity.

Every holiday booked with Heart of the Lakes includes free Leisure Club membership in the price - a facility much enjoyed by our guests. Many of our Lake District cottages are pet friendly and most are family friendly. Don't miss our fine selection of luxury cottages in the Lake District for couples, perfect for that romantic break or just simply for a relaxing getaway at any time of the year.

If you have any queries please do contact us for individual attention. Our expert booking staff will be able to answer any questions to make sure that you choose the most perfect spot your holiday in one of our delightful Lake District cottages.



  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Facility Rating 5
  • Short breaks
  • Character Features
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Wordsworth Leisure Club

Where is Croft?

Next to Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SX

Information about Croft

Property ref: 7057

Croft is a real hidden gem. Tucked quietly away in the heart of Grasmere village this delightful character cottage has been home to the Heaton Cooper family for more than four generations. Firstly home to William Heaton Cooper, who built the studio and Croft in 1938, and his wife, the sculptor, Ophelia Gordon Bell and then their children, including the now internationally acclaimed painter, Julian Cooper. Croft adjoins the Heaton Cooper Studio itself, offering a unique opportunity to stay in the artists' former home, experiencing the creative ambience that drew them to Grasmere and its surrounding countryside.

The family have tastefully and sympathetically refurbished Croft with a nod towards 1940s style but with no compromise on modern amenities. Paintings by the Heaton Cooper artists hang on the walls along with photographs of William and Alfred climbing and painting in the Fells. Croft is a very special property and an important part of Grasmere's cultural heritage. There is an abundance of walks from the door which include Alcock Tarn and the famous Lion and Lamb, along with a varied choice of eateries ranging from cafes and pubs to an award-winning restaurant.

Accommodation: Entrance through covered walkway into the hall. Leading off the hall is the separate dining room, which then leads on to the lounge (flat screen TV, DVD) with remote control gas fire and windows looking out to the picturesque garden. Useful understair cupboard for storing boots and outdoor gear. Well equipped kitchen with tiled floor and access out to the garden.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms. The first room is a double with king-size bed and new en-suite shower room (shower, basin and wc). The second very spacious double overlooks the garden and is light and airy with king-size bed and shares the family bathroom (shower over bath, basin and wc) along with the twin room.

The property is beautifully furnished throughout, using a mix of antique and contemporary furniture alongside muted colours and co-ordinated soft furnishings. Paintings by many members of the Heaton Cooper family add to the property's local connections.

Outside: The private parking available is strictly for two cars only. Well appointed enclosed garden with large lawn and a variety of mature plants including a charming espalier pear tree which grows up the side of the cottage. Patio furniture provided on the lawn. Attractive stone flagged undercover veranda supported by slate-built columns is an ideal spot to enjoy a book out of the sun. The cottage is attached to the working Heaton Cooper Studio and occasionally a member of the family may need access to the small storage shed at the end of the garden.  Village amenities immediately to hand.

Note: Parking is strictly limited to 2 cars.

Sorry no pets * non-smokers please * duvets/beds made up for arrival * electric oven/gas hob * dishwasher * microwave * fridge/freezer * auto washer/dryer * gas central heating * all fuel included * towels available - please order * travel cot and high chair available - please order

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What our guests say

  • Staying here with my daughter. Fabulous views, birds and lake. Who could want more. We have had a wonderful time and the weather was fabulous

    / High View
  • Just finished our second visit here - appreciated the new very comfortable bed.

    / Over Ghyll
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our week despite the indifferent weather. We particularly enjoyed our stay at the new Four Seasons Cottage - completely up to date and much more cosy and comfortable. Thank you and hope to be back next year.

    / Four Seasons Cottage
  • Thank you for your excellent service over many years

    / Lowfold Barn
  • Very enjoyable week, cottage and owners first class. No complaints. Hope to be back.

    / The Woolloft
  • Really great cottage and so well equipped. Thank you.

    / Elind
  • Thank you very much for a lovely holiday and a very warm welcome from Amanda. Appreciated the kettle being on and cake and beer on arrival. We very much appreciated the local knowledge from Amanda with suggestions of places to visit and the tour of the farm was very enjoyable.                  

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • A marvellous place, we'll definitely be back again.

    / Squirrel Bank
  • This is our first time together in a holiday cottage, and we have been so happy here and had such an amazing time. We are actually feeling relaxed and hope to be back soon.  Thank you so much.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Scenery and walks spectacular. Location ideal and quiet.

    / Ecclerigg Old Farm
  • Just a most wonderful & relaxing week. Cottage is in a perfect location for walking & biking. Felt very at home - thank you.

    / Walker Ground Barn
  • A lovely warm comfortable home from home, stunning views from the patio, which is a super sun trap. Thanks for the wine and biscuits. One of the best homes we have stayed in.

    / Willow Green
  • Wonderful week's walking with a lovely apartment to return to at the end of the day. Stunning views.

    / Easedale
  • An excellent cottage, very handily placed for visiting locations thorughout the Lake District

    / Courtyard Cottage
  • Have been to the Lakes many times, but this is the best apartment we have stayed in. Views simply stunning - we regret leaving!

    / High Borrans
  • A good base from which to explore Keswick and its surroundings.

    / High Corner
  • Thank you for a fantastic holiday in such a lovely cosy cottage. Cant believe the week is over, sorry we have to leave.

    / Willow Hill
  • Wonderful apartment.......excellent location and well appointed...we hope to return. Many thanks

    / The Gallery
  • After many years of coming to the Lakes this is by far the best house we have stayed in.

    / Grassthwaite How
  • An excellent stay in Gt. Gable,  everyone very helpful and friendly. Underscar is well looked after and presented.

    / Great Gable
  • Another lovely Easter week in our favourite place.

    / Croft
  • Wow we all loved the house and the beautiful art work and family photographs. A perfect location in the heart of Grasmere. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

    / Croft
  • This was our first visit to the cottage and loved the setting and the history plus the beautfiul art work

    / Croft
  • An excellent holiday, we have really enjoyed our stay in this wonderful house.

    / Croft
  • Our third stay in this lovely cosy cottage.  We have had a great time despite plenty of rain

    / Croft
  • Had a lovely stay in this delightful cottage, can sense the history in the place and very child friendly.

    / Croft
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