A HISTORIC cottage at the heart of a Lake District village for centuries is ready for its latest owners to take it into the future.

Thorneycroft is thought to have been the first property built in Blindcrake near Cockermouth and is a pretty, whitewashed property with period features carefully blended with a modern makeover.

The result is a charming and comfortable home and gardens made for parties, with a fire pit and covered hot tub for year-round entertaining, as well as drinking in the stunning views of surrounding fells.

The gardens also host a summerhouse with a living area, bedroom and bar.

The detached cottage has a sitting room with French doors out to the back garden and an open fireplace, a character detail also in the kitchen where it is complemented by an Aga.

Wall and floor cabinets have contrasting granite worktops, there is a dishwasher and two windows, an exposed stone wall and timber beams.

A separate utility room is plumbed for a washing machine and the ground floor is completed by a shower room, central hallway and rear hall while upstairs are three double bedrooms.

The largest bedroom has a decorative fireplace, built-in cupboard, radiator, double glazed window and the benefit of a three-piece en-suite shower room with roof window.

The remaining two bedrooms also have decorative fireplaces and share the luxurious main bathroom which includes a whirlpool bath and shower cubicle with eaves storage.

The front garden is lawned and a side driveway leads to ample rear parking.

The landscaped back garden has different areas, including a patio with seating, and a gate leads to another lawn with greenhouse.

The hot tub is in the centre of this lawn next to the summerhouse.

Thorneycroft, Blindcrake, near Cockermouth, is for sale at £495,000 from Hunters Estate Agents, tel. 01900 85900.