Lakes and lochs | Holidays in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District

Lakes and lochs (302)

Stay near a loch or lake on your next holiday and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all. Whatever the weather, staying in one of these cottages, farmhouses or other rural retreats will lift your spirits and help you completely unwind and relax.


Visit Scotland for breathtaking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands – you could stay near Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or one of the 600+ other lochs. Or wake up to the tranquillity of Windermere in the Lake District, the valleys and llyns,of Wales or the many lakes dotted around France, Italy and Spain.


Lakes and lochs make great bases for activity holidays. You could have a go at fishing or get out onto the water by going kayaking or windsurfing. Mostly nestled inside pretty valleys, the surrounding area is almost always ideal for hiking and mountain biking too.

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

3 2 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

from £79 / night

£1094 / week

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from £79 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Jyväskylä

Central Finland / Jyväskylä

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £259 / night

£1496 - £2246 / week

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from £259 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly

from £217 / night

£1517 / week

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from £217 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat letting

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great accommodation and location to explore Amsterdam” I travelled to Amsterdam to visit friends and was very fortunate to stay on this fabulous houseboat. It was very well equipped, homely, warm and comfortable. I was surprised to find how spacious t
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from £187 / night

£1240 - £1593 / week

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from £187 / night

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Schleswig-Holstein / Laboe

2 6 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 6 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £141 / night

£986 / week

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from £141 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

15 30 1 night min

  • 15 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Air conditioning

from £110 / night

£925 - £16237 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Excellent 

43

San Diego holiday houseboat rental

California / San Diego

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly

from £195 / night

£1362 / week

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from £195 / night

(8) Average 

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Haute-Garonne / Ramonville Saint-Agne

6 11 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Air conditioning

from £175 / night

£825 / week

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from £175 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Houseboat accommodation in Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 11 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.” From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fa
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from £250 / night

£1510 - £2160 / week

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from £250 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly

from £100 / night

£669 - £774 / week

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from £100 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat with shared pool in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £175 / night

£1167 - £1750 / week

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from £175 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Labuan Bajo

Flores / Labuan Bajo

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £2305 / night

£16133 / week

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from £2305 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Key West holiday houseboat rental

Florida Keys / Key West

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £317 / night

£1954 - £5196 / week

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from £317 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £133 / night

£930 / week

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from £133 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Mallacoota

Gippsland / Mallacoota

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £153 / night

£736 - £1000 / week

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from £153 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Dublin

Dublin / Dublin 2

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £105 / night

£730 / week

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from £105 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Great Stay” We had a wonderful time staying on this beautiful boat, the owners where very helpful without being intrusive. The boat had everything you needed for a self catering break, the bed rooms and bathrooms both matched our expectations based o
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from £234 / night

£1634 / week

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from £234 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great accommodation in Amsterdam” The barge is extremely comfortable and well situated close enough to visit all the attractions but in a quiet location. Frank and Marlijn made sure everything was ready for us even leaving a bottle of wine for us. We
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from £146 / night

£1021 / week

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from £146 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

20 40 1 night min

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 40
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £192 / night

£1340 / week

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from £192 / night

(19) Excellent 

12

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £100 / night

£500 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

2 7 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly

from £133 / night

£930 / week

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from £133 / night

5

Alappuzha holiday houseboat rental

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £266 / night

£1860 / week

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from £266 / night

7

Vermenton holiday houseboat rental

Yonne / Vermenton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

from £239 / night

£1667 - £2667 / week

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from £239 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“The stay exceeded all expectations.Ideally situated near Rembrandplein” The accommodation was very tidy and especially the roomy livingroom was a plus.Wi-fi also a welcome addition and we realy enjoyed staying in the centre of Amsterdam with all the c
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from £275 / night

£1830 / week

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from £275 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Holsworthy

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £81 / night

£450 - £830 / week

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from £81 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / New West

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min

from £175 / night

£1167 - £1517 / week

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from £175 / night

5

Houseboat accommodation in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

from £97 / night

£673 / week

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from £97 / night

19

Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £136 / night

£950 / week

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from £136 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly

from £156 / night

£1040 / week

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from £156 / night

15

Houseboat rental in Key West

Florida Keys / Key West

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Pet friendly

from £133 / night

£781 - £1054 / week

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from £133 / night

(161) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolute value for money..!!!” We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thoroughly relaxing cruise
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from £239 / night

£1407 / week

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from £239 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Kariba

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

4 14 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £313 / night

£1954 / week

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from £313 / night

(120) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Ultimate houseboat experience” Me and my partner stayed for 4 days at Houseboat Tante Piet and it was fantastic. Siet, the owner, received us with coffee and 'stroopwafels', and made us feel at home right away. She showed us our cosy bedroom (which wa
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from £117 / night

£792 - £1375 / week

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from £117 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

from £9 / night

£59 / week

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from £9 / night

5

Alappuzha holiday houseboat rental

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £97 / night

£678 / week

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from £97 / night

(39) Very Good 

18

Kumarakom holiday houseboat rental

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations” We are a couple from Germany in our mid-thirties and spent 2 days/1 night at the Jumbo Houseboat early January. We booked from Germany by contacting the owner Akhil directly. Was a bit of
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from £157 / night

£1133 - £2204 / week

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from £157 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Oost-knollendam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting
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from £209 / night

£834 - £917 / week

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from £209 / night

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Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £75 / night

£450 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

from £125 / night

£870 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ille-et-Vilaine / Chevaigne

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

from £163 / night

£1138 / week

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from £163 / night

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