The 5 Top Holiday Homes to Rent near a Lake in the UK

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A white house in the distance on a tall hill behind a large lake in the Lake District, England, UK

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The greatest homes near a lake in the UK

Take a look at 5 of the very best holiday homes near a lake in our UK collection. Your high standards are guaranteed to be met by the quality and character that these homes have to offer.

Dukes & Duchesses, Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Dukes & Duchesses, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Dukes & Duchesses, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

Click to book Dukes & Duchesses now: from £600 per night At Ullswater Lake, the second biggest in the Lake District, you’ll find a diverse range of landscapes and activities as you hike around its enormous perimeter. From the quaint village of Pooley Bridge, with traditional pubs and cute restaurants, take a fourteen-minute stroll to reach an altogether different scene – an isolated, romantic boathouse. As you arrive, its stone walls and wooden balcony look gloriously rustic. You could even plan to arrive by boat and pull up to the private jetty. From every angle, the surroundings of this home are striking – leafy trees, the glistening lake, and rolling mountains across the water make this setting feel quite special. Inside, the traditional theme continues with chunky beams and vintage furniture. We love the glossy, lacquered wooden pieces in the lounge, as well as the understated chandelier bringing a romantic glow in the evening. Take a look around while you wait for the wood-burning stove to heat up – the bedroom is quite magnificent. A luxurious cushioned headboard, freestanding copper bathtub, and private balcony set over the water are just a few of the fabulous features. Wrap up in your fluffy bathrobes and settle into lakeside living. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Willow Lodge, Cotswolds, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Willow Lodge, Plum Guide home in Cotswolds, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Willow Lodge, Plum Guide home in Cotswolds, UK

Click to book Willow Lodge now: from £1215 per night Set on a lake on the edge of the Cotswolds, this modern villa is all glass and wood against a backdrop of mature trees. The deck juts out onto the lake, where a couple of kayaks are moored for a quiet paddle. There are also bikes, boats, and use of the estates luxury spa and swimming pool on offer. Outdoor sofas and egg chairs are set up on the lower deck and second-floor balcony for a bit of seclusion. Inside, it’s all about social spaces with the huge open-plan living kitchen and dining room dominating the ground floor. A concrete-get breakfast bar rivals the chandeliered dining table for a place to dine. It’s the living room that really draws you in, set around a modern wood-burning stove. Be sure to pack your walking boots – you'll want to spend time exploring the rolling countryside and abundant wildlife that makes this corner of England so special. At the end of a long day, you'll be delighted to come home to the crackling sound of the fire, the lavish beds and, if you've bagged the master bedroom, a relaxing soak in the freestanding bathtub. Sleeps up to 12 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms

The Ribbon Lake, Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from The Ribbon Lake, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from The Ribbon Lake, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

Click to book The Ribbon Lake now: from £400 per night Some of the Lake District’s most striking scenery can be found at Ullswater, with its mountainous landscape and unusual z-shaped, ‘ribbon lake’, which is the second largest in the region. But even better than simply visiting this beautiful spot, you can see it all from the windows of this lakeside home. Although it’s just a five-minute drive from the quaint town of Pooley Bridge, this home feels truly rural and isolated. Park up the 4x4 in the gravel drive and head into this warm and welcoming abode. Light up the wood-burning stove in the plush lounge, with its horseshoe sofa that can fit the entire family. Or you can even have your own private hideaway in the second sitting room, with yet another fireplace – this time a sleek, modern hearth set into the wall. For balmy English evenings, another space can be found outdoors, with your very own patio complete with comfy garden furniture. Alfresco drinking and dining will certainly be on the cards out here. While you can see the water from the comfort of your own home, it’s just a seven-minute walk down to Ullswater Marina. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Waterside, Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Waterside, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

A view of the nearby lake from Waterside, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

Click to book Waterside now: from £170 per night Set on a riverside estate that was once owned by William Wordsworth’s son, this eco cottage makes for an idyllic break in the Lake District. It’s all about lacing up those hiking boots here with country paths over hills and fells and a riverside walk taking you into Ambleside in twenty minutes. Just beyond the garden, a set of stepping stones take you across the River Rothay and into the land that’s inspired poets for centuries. The cottage itself has some cool eco-credentials – walls crafted from local slate and stone, a water supply fed by borehole and underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove providing the warmth. The curved facade has been designed to blend into the surrounding fells. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living area and bedrooms invite the trees and fields inside and at the end of the day, an egg-shaped soaking tub is ready to soothe tired muscles in the master ensuite. The real bonus here is the patio, surrounded by the tranquillity of countryside vistas and the perfect spot for a morning coffee or evening drink. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

The Wild Goose, Cotswolds, UK

A view of the nearby lake from The Wild Goose, Plum Guide home in Cotswolds, UK

A view of the nearby lake from The Wild Goose, Plum Guide home in Cotswolds, UK

Click to book The Wild Goose now: from £200 per night The Cotswolds Water Park might just be Gloucestershire’s best-kept secret. Acres and acres of lakes, teeming with wildlife, stretch out across the countryside. This lodge sits right on Spring Lake, where you can spot woodpeckers, herons and great crested glebes alongside the resident geese and ducks from the private deck over the water. Those seeking a little adrenaline rush can opt for watersports on the lakes – water skiing or paddle boarding – or following the hiking and biking trails through the park. The lodge itself is a vision of pastel cladding where you’ll find an open-plan living area on the ground floor. Dining for six at the pine table can accommodate the bustle of family breakfast time and the big, squashy sofa can fit the whole group. Slide open the glass doors to the terrace on the lake, where a table and chairs are set for alfresco dining as ducks putter by. A collection of books in the living room and toys in the kids’ bedroom lets you know this place has families in mind and there are plenty of playparks across the lakeland grounds. There are loads of little villages to explore by car and Cirencester is just a fifteen-minute drive away for a day trip. Sleeps up to 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

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