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

  • Wonderful holiday in this cosy we found everything that we needed.

    / Sunnydene
  • This has been the best holiday ever...hope you have an enjoyable stay. We certainly did.

    / Hodge How Cottage
  • Lovely weather lovely cottage, very well equipped. Excellent location and very handy for the village

    / Thomas Fold Cottage
  • Lovely spacious house in a quiet location. Beautifully decorated throughout and comfy beds. Fabulous holiday!

    / Silver How
  • Great accommodation, perfect setting, home from home.

    / The Woolloft
  • Thanks to Heart of the Lakes for a super cottage - very clean & great value for money too! Hope to return.

    / Thirlmere Cottage
  • A real home from home in the most beautiful location. Looking forward to our next visit already.

    / Larch Cottage
  • We have had an amazing week in this beautiful cottage. A fantastic place to walk!!

    / Silverthwaite Cottage
  • A wonderful stay in the apartment. We had a fantastic time in Keswick and the sun shone for us....can't wait to come back

    / Riverside Park 1
  • Our 5th year running to Holly Cottage and we still love it. Great walks from the door. A great place for all our family to get together.

    / Holly Cottage
  • A fantastic week in a lovely cottage - a real home from home, everything we could possibly need and more. We will definitely be returning.

    / Hazelnut Cottage
  • We had a great two week stay here, we will be back.

    / Little Hallgarth
  • What a lovely stay.  The cottage is fabulous - nicely decorated and a great shower.  Would love to come back and stay. A great new year, thank you.

    / Bowman Cottage
  • Fantastic welcome and an amazing house (including the much appreciated Christmas touches) with snow, hot tub, deer and woodpeckers outside plus log fire indoors, we got the holiday we badly needed. Many, many thanks. See you again.

    / High Biggin
  • A return visit to Waterhead Cottage, we feel very comfortable here. Thanks again for the welcome pack and fresh eggs. Hope to return soon.

    / Waterhead Cottage
  • Another wonderful stay here and amazing weather- four days of walking, meals out, Christmas shopping....We feel so at home here. Thanks again

    / Fairview
  • We have both had a lovely stay in this cosy cottage. It had everything that we needed and was a perfect place to return to after a long walk. We will definately be returning.

    / Longsyke
  • We have had many holidays in the Lakes and Grassthwaite How has topped all our visits, the location and house are truly amazing, our best holiday for a long while.

    / Grassthwaite How
  • Liked it so much that we stayed another week! Had a meal at Davids restaurant next door - highly recommended.

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

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

    / 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
  • Another lovely Easter week in our favourite place.

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

    / Croft
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