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.

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 * private parking for two cars maximum * quiet village centre location.

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What our guests say

  • Another great visit to Newlands and thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities at Underscar. Everything very clean and tidy. Bistro and Health Spa excellent.

    / Newlands
  • Our first visit to Grisedale and in deed to Keswick itself. Very impressed with both. Had a lovely weeks holiday here which has gone far too quickly. Thanks very much for the bottle of wine much appreciated.

    / Grisedale
  • Thanks so much - the cottage was a great base for walks and a cosy sanctuary in the evenings. Hope to return again next year. 

    / Sheilings
  • A dreamy weekend in a dreamy house - thank you. One to remember for next time.

    / Brathay View Cottage
  • Enjoyed our stay, best we have had for so many years that we have been coming to the Lake District

    / Merewood Lodge
  • The cottage was lovely with a stunning view over the river and below the mountains.

    / Beckside Studio
  • Back for a fourth visit, we still love this house and hope to be back.

    / Little Hallgarth
  • Thank you for a nice stay, the house was one of the best we have stayed in, with a view to die for. We will miss that from our bedroom window every morning. Hope to come back soon.

    / Low House
  • We had a wonderful, family holiday with our two daughters, husbands and grandchildren. Views from the hot tub are amazing. Weather was beautiful, so we dined on the terrace most evenings. Many thanks.

    / High Biggin
  • Have had such a lovely week, don't want to leave - lovely cottage in lovely location - we'll be back.

    / Park Cottage
  • Very impressed with the cottage and the wonderful views from so many rooms. We appreciated the warmth and the cosy atmosphere of the cottage.

    / Park Cottage
  • Great cottage in a lovely location. Fab views. Facilities were second to none. We will definitely return.

    / Old Mill Cottage
  • Excellent location for all our explorations. we have so enjoyed the tranquillity of the setting here and the wildlife.

    / Park Cottage
  • Another enjoyable stay, looking forward to the next time.

    / Merewood Lodge
  • What a relaxing comfortable place to return to after climbing the Old Man of Coniston and various peaks en route.

    / Cringol Cottage
  • Loved this quirky and spacious flat - excellent for couples as plenty of room to spread out.

    / The Gables
  • Thanks for a wonderful stay! Lovely cottaeg with everything we needed, including the fire for those cold evenings.  Nice to have the welcome pack, magazines and maps to use.

    / The Woolloft
  • Excellent cottage - very comfortable & superbly equipped. Brilliant location - terrific scenery, great walks, fantastic wildlife - ospreys & red squirrels. All the ingredients for a great holiday. Thanks.

    / Cygnet Cottage
  • I love this cottage!!  Lovely bedrooms and amazing views. I would recommend this cottage to every one.

    / Kent Cottage
  • Our 9th visit to Park Cottage...I'm sure we'll be back next year.

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

    / Croft
  • Another lovely Easter week in our favourite place.

    / 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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