Those seeking seclusion and tranquility surrounded by a breathtaking body of water should look to the beauty, charm, and calm of a lake house. The perfect way to unwind, we’ve curated a list of the most gorgeous and luxurious lake house rentals in the US where swimming, boating, fishing, and kayaking are right on your doorstep.
Lake House Rentals on Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada
Located in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and one of the most magical. Crossing from California into Nevada and is the go-to destination for California residents, looking to swim, wakeboard in the summer and ski and snowboard come winter.
Luxury for Two – Panoramic Lake View
California rustic design, a gourmet custom kitchen, and a deck with panoramic views of the lake are what you get at this luxury home. Perfect for a couples getaway, the one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath lake house is located in Carnelian Bay, a five-minute drive from Tahoe City and two minutes from the beach. The gorgeous home also has a cozy indoor fireplace and backyard for lounging under the Californian sun.
Villa De Lago
Literally called “The Lake House,” this beauty right on Lake Tahoe puts a spin on the classic mountain lodge with high vaulted ceilings, an open-concept living room, seating centered around the fireplace, and a pool table. There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and has a private dock for jumping into the water and launching your kayaks. The furnished terrace with barbecue is the place to be for stunning views as the sunsets. It’s also a 10-minute drive to the waterfront village of Zephyr Cove and Nevada beaches.
Renovated A-frame Cabin with Hot Tub
Built in 1966, this classic A-frame cabin was recently renovated into a modern-day oasis complete with a saltwater hot tub, oversized deck with a lounge area, dining area, and a private yard with barbecue. The interior has large windows with great views and is furnished with chic light colors giving it an open breezy feel. The cabin can sleep six guests in its three bedrooms and has two baths and tons of games like corn hole, giant Jenga, and Connect Four.
Lake House Rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
The largest Lake in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee surrounded by mountains, is a paradise for boaters. Many guests will ditch their cars for the entire visit, bouncing from one dock to the next to explore the quaint lakeside towns of Alton, Meredith, Wolfeboro, and Central Harbor.
Quaint Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront Home
Built in the early 1950s this quaint two-bedroom cottage offers quintessential New England lakeside charm. Inside is an upgraded kitchen and bathroom though much of the home’s original charm remains right down to the pine floors. The outdoor space is beautiful with lush green grass leading you down to a private sandy beach and deep water dock. The dockside fire pit surrounded by bright red Adirondack chairs is the ideal space for sipping a morning coffee or taking in a sunset, smores in hand of course.
Idyllic Lakefront Home on Lake Winnipesaukee
This Idyllic lakefront home on Lake Winnipesaukee has a private beach, and boat docks perfect for paddling out on a kayak, casting a line, or cruising on your boat. The design of this four-bed, three bath home maximizes the panoramic views of the lake and has exposed beams, bleached wood, and a large natural stone wall. There’s also a huge deck with a barbeque for grilling up any salmon or trout you were lucky enough to catch during a day on the lake.
Modern Masterpiece on Squam Lake
Tucked between the pine trees on the shores of Squam Lake this modern, award-winning architectural gem is as stylish as it gets. Large windows throughout the space have tons of natural light to create the illusion that you’re in a treehouse. The spring-fed Squam Lake, located 25 miles from Lake Winnipesaukee is known for its pristine waters perfect for trying out the canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards available at the private dock. This home has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
Lake House Rentals on Lake Norman, North Carolina
Constructed as part of the Cowans Ford Dam, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing or adventurous getaway any time of year and is near historic towns with boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Waterfront Lake Norman House with Private Deck
Named “Paradise Peninsula” due to its location on a private peninsula, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house boasts a luxurious interior and main channel lake views. The covered porch is perfect for your morning coffee and there’s easy access to the lake for fishing or swimming in the afternoon. After, pull up a chair by the outdoor fire pit under the stars to roast marshmallows and enjoying a vino.
Luxe Lakefront Private Getaway
Set on a flat lot with uninhibited views of the lake, this luxury home has a large covered furnished deck, a swimming dock, lake toys, and a fire pit. Recently remodeled, the home has a gourmet kitchen with brand new appliances, an open dining and living space connected to the kitchen, and light-colored decor to give it an airy feel. There are four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, and it can sleep up to 12 guests.
Luxury on Little Acorn – Panoramic Sunset and Sunrise Views
Panoramic sunset and sunrise views are the stand-out of this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath lakefront property in a secluded location at the end of a quiet road. Right next to the house is the coolest part of the property, a private bungalow with sliding doors that open to the lake, games, and a large TV (great for those who watch sports). but is still only ten minutes away from shopping, groceries, restaurants, and entertainment.
Lake House Rentals on Lake Placid, New York
Located in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is all about fresh, mountain air and incredible views, especially in the spring and summer when the peaks are covered in green and the valley lakes are filled with freshwater from increased rainfall.
Charming Adirondack Log Cabin
Only 120 feet from Lake Placid, this charming log cabin provides easy access to swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding (gear included with rental). Inside the living room has high ceilings with skylights and a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by stone for true log cabin vibes. It gets even better when you head outside to the large backyard, grill, six-person spa, and outdoor fire pit. With three bedrooms (two masters) and three baths, it sleeps eight guests comfortably.
This eco-friendly home with 100-year-old barn wood walls was designed to provide an abundance of sunlight and comes with an authentic wood-burning stove and rustic wooden accents. Inside it’s an open floor plan with kitchen, dining area, breakfast bar, and living room and stairs leading to the second level where you’ll find three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms.
An Adirondack Lodge and Boathouse with 300 feet of private waterfront, this “camp” sleeps ten guests in its five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The living room has a wide stone fireplace as its centerpiece and is accented by log and beam details. An adult’s playground, relax in the six-person hot tub, play ping pong in the game room, work out in the home gym, take a walk along the sweeping lawn to the boathouse, or kick your feet up in the sauna.
Lake House Rentals on Lake Travis, Texas
Lake Travis is an idyllic escape for those blistering hot Texas summer days. Located just 30 minutes from central Austin, Lake Travis, a reservoir built to control flooding from the Colorado River is perfect for those who enjoy boating, swimming, water sports, or lounging on lakeside beaches.
Peaceful Retreat on Lake Travis
This romantic home on Lake Travis was featured on HGTV’s Straw with Style showcasing its unique architectural features and intricate hand-painted tiles. An ideal romantic getaway, this one bed, 2 bath house has a chef’s kitchen and two fireplaces, one outside, and a dual-sided beauty in the master bed and bathroom. Take a short walk down the hill to discover your private air-conditioned floating cabin complete with hammocks so you can swim and chill to your heart’s content.
Glamping at its very best. This fully kitted-out safari tent located on the Pedernales River, just 19 miles outside of downtown Austin offers a romantic and experiential getaway. Shower under the stars, watch fish jumping in the cove, and lounge on your own hammock overlooking the river. The tent itself is as far from roughing it as you can get with air conditioning, hot water, a fridge, and even a hot tub. Kayaks, fishing rods, and tons of other lake day-related supplies are also on hand.
Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Retreat
If your favorite part of lake living is indoor-outdoor living then this beautiful four-bed, two-bath waterfront home on Lake Travis is perfect for you. The bright space is filled with floor-to-ceiling windows, chic white furniture, and a retractable door connecting the fully stocked kitchen to an expansive outdoor terrace. Just steps from the terrace is a large private pool with stunning views overlooking the lake. Guests also have access to a private dock for fun-filled lake adventures.
Lake House Rental on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Situated a few hours from Pittsburgh and Washington DC, Deep Creek Lake is a popular year-round escape in Western Maryland. Summer days are ideal for kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating while nearby hiking trails become the draw in cooler months. When winter rolls through you can ski or cozy up around the fireplace to watch the snowfall.
A-Frame Chalet on Deep Creek Lake
This stylish A-Frame cabin tucked away at the end of a road has three beds, two baths, and rustic light wooden floors and walls highlighted by dark metal beams and black accent walls. Though we suspect you’ll spend most of your time on the large back deck with a hot tub and barbeque. The property comes with community access to the lake and a sandy beach for swimming. While this lake house is perfect for a late summer escape, the indoor fireplace and cozy minimalist decor make it easy to dream of curling up on a snowy day.
Stylish Lakeside Yurt
Panoramic windows, high ceilings, vintage-inspired mint kitchen appliances, private wood barrel sauna, and quirky round design, this stylish lakeside yurt has all the cool, luxe touches for a romantic, experiential getaway. The space is open, but clever design elements were employed to divide the kitchen and create a private bathroom complete with a rainfall shower. Take a short walk to the lake for a swim or enjoy a slow morning on your front porch enjoying this unique vacation experience.
Lakefront Home with a Private Dock
When you close your eyes and picture a lake house you might be picturing this exact property. A classic A-frame house with two beds and two and a half baths, the interior decor is simple and rustic with wooden floors and dark steel beams accentuated by beautiful sage-colored kitchen cabinets. This quaint cabin also has a large front deck looking over the water, a private dock, fire pit, and a fully stocked basement game room, exactly what you’ll need after a day on the water.
Lake House Rentals on Flathead Lake, Montana
Created by Ice Age glaciers, Flathead Lake is almost thirty miles long and fifteen miles across at its widest point. The Flathead and Swan Rivers bring fresh water to the lake year-round making it the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Aside from regular lake activities like kayaking, waterskiing, and swimming, Flathead Lake is a huge draw for those who like to fish.
Modern Tiny House in Lakeside (The Kootenai)
The only tiny house on this list, this cutie is simple, modern and has everything you need including one bedroom (plus sofa sleeper), a bathroom fully equipped kitchen, living room, and large sliding glass windows that open to the woods. The property, which has a Shou Sugi Ban exterior, sits on 50 acres with three other tiny houses and is walking distance from Flathead Lake Waterfront Park where you can find restaurants, breweries, and shops.
Beautiful Log Cabin Retreat
Hidden away on four acres of land, this log cabin retreat offers true privacy and stunning views of the lake from the wrap-around deck that extends into the yard. The cabin has two bedrooms (one of which is an open loft style that looks down into the living room) and two baths. You’re truly going off the grid here with no wifi or TV (though there’s phone service), so expect to embark on a journey to connect with nature. A short walk from the cabin you’ll find public beach access.
Private Island Surrounded by Emerald Waters
Imagine staying not only near one of the most beautiful lakes in the U.S., but renting a three bedroom, two bathroom house in the middle of it on a private island. It really doesn’t get much better than this. The large, furnished patio has a barbecue, perfect for enjoying summer evenings and it’s on the lake location gives you instant access for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding is unmatched. A boat with an electric motor is also provided during your stay to really up the lake adventures and enable you to travel to and from shore with ease.