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Croft

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042900)

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

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  • “We had a lovely week at the Croft and were lucky with the weather.”

    Having 2 parking spaces in centre of town was massive plus. The beds were comfortable and the downstairs area spacious. Kitchen well kitted out and plenty of hot water/radiators for drying things. The cottage is steeped in history but really need some modernisation - especially the main bathroom and the en-suite. It really lacks a downstairs loo. The main shower (inside the bath) of the main bathroom requires very awkward move just to get under the shower (no hand rail and have to navigate ...

    Having 2 parking spaces in centre of town was massive plus. The beds were comfortable and the downstairs area spacious. Kitchen well kitted out and plenty of hot water/radiators for drying things. The cottage is steeped in history but really need some modernisation - especially the main bathroom and the en-suite. It really lacks a downstairs loo. The main shower (inside the bath) of the main bathroom requires very awkward move just to get under the shower (no hand rail and have to navigate around glass enclosure) - really don’t know anyone of old/without agility would get under it without falling over and injuring themselves - that needs sorting urgently and is dangerous. We have booked somewhere more updated next year for the same week (round the corner) which hopefully won’t have the same issue.

    - Mr Sheridan, August 2021

The property

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) 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.

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bah, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD Player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Shared parking for two cars only (shared with the gallery/cafe)
  • Enclosed garden with a veranda and lawn with patio furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

GRASMERE

Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family have been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century and Grasmere Lake, plus Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas