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

Lakes and lochs (153)

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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153 Holiday homes

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday boathouse rental

Amsterdam / De Pijp

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £229 / night

£1755 - £2062 / week

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from £229 / night

(17) Excellent 

24

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 £229 / night

£1597 / week

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avg. 1 hour 8 minutes

from £229 / night

(18) Very Good 

37

Loch Awe holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic place” The cabin was ideal for just the two of us, the double bed/room was comfortable with a small window at the foot of the bed, perfect for early morning views across the Loch. The bunk room is cosy and would suit kids best. Shower room/t
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from £65 / night

£360 - £520 / week

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from £65 / night

(26) Excellent 

87

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 £115 / night

£799 / week

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from £115 / night

(123) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“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 £115 / night

£799 / week

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avg. 3 hours 12 minutes

from £115 / night

(2) Excellent 

5

Worsley holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo
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from £150 / night

£1050 / week

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from £150 / 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 £104 / night

£698 - £808 / week

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avg. 1 hour 35 minutes

from £104 / night

(32) Very Good 

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Loch Awe holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Kilchurn Cabin” Great great stay in a great great cabin. Loch view is awesome. If only we could control the weather.
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from £65 / night

£390 - £510 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Excellent 

26

Cottage rental in Loches with golf nearby

Loire Valley / Loches

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £86 / night

£662 - £1141 / week

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from £86 / night

(13) Very Good 

16

Boathouse rental in Chessy

Marne-la-Vallee / Chessy

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £53 / night

£295 - £430 / week

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from £53 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets

from £101 / night

£658 - £702 / week

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avg. 1 hour 34 minutes

from £101 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Boathouse accommodation in Leiden with shared pool

South Holland Province / Leiden

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Come for the View, Stay for the Tranquility” We enjoyed a long weekend at the WaterNest in late April and wished we could have stayed longer. With a beautiful view of the Dutch countryside (Windmills included) we found it a tranquil refuge great for
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from £132 / night

£878 - £2193 / week

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avg. 2 hours 20 minutes

from £132 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Whitebridge holiday cottage rental

Loch Ness / Whitebridge

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £250 / night

£995 - £1200 / week

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avg. 2 hours 29 minutes

from £250 / night

(8) Very Good 

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26

Loches holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Loches

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

Certificate of Excellence

from £49 / night

£522 - £669 / week

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avg. 2 hours 18 minutes

from £49 / night

23

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 £272 / night

£1575 - £2365 / week

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from £272 / night

4

Holiday boathouse in Federación

Province of Entre Rios / Federación

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

from £62 / night

£430 / week

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from £62 / night

(2) Excellent 

12

Holiday narrowboat in Worcester

Worcestershire / Worcester

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

from £250 / night

£999 / week

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from £250 / night

(4) Excellent 

24

Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 12 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

from £316 / night

£2211 / week

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from £316 / night

(34) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

12

Holiday houseboat rental

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
“Quaint and Well Situated Houseboat” We had a lovely stay on the Oasis Houseboat as a family of three adults. It was far enough away from the main hub but still easily accessible to a grocery store. The sunset over the canal and other houseboats each
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from £176 / night

£1053 - £1843 / week

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avg. 3 hours 7 minutes

from £176 / night

(1) Very Good 

20

Houseboat rental in Alappuzha

Alappuzha District / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £70 / night

£700 - £805 / week

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from £70 / night

15

Kumbalam holiday boathouse rental

Kochi (Cochin) / Kumbalam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £225 / night

£1400 - £1750 / week

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from £225 / night

(2) Excellent 

29

Holiday boathouse in Metz

Moselle / Metz

1 3 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £58 / night

£329 - £435 / week

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from £58 / night

(4) Excellent 

16

Amsterdam holiday boathouse rental

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £158 / night

£1050 - £1898 / week

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from £158 / night

(1) Excellent 

3

Houseboat rental in Chioggia

Province of Venice / Chioggia

2 7 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £159 / night

£1109 - £1710 / week

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from £159 / night

(23) Very Good 

22

Amsterdam holiday boathouse rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £150 / night

£1050 / week

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from £150 / night

8

Holiday boathouse in Valmadrera

Lake Como / Valmadrera

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly

from £106 / night

£615 / week

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from £106 / night

(23) Very Good 

25

Boathouse rental in Lymington

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“How the other half live for a few days...” I was looking for somewhere to stay with my at short notice. I stumbled upon this little gem. It was great that it did not have a minimum stay, as I only needed it for a few nights. It was a great little gimm
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from £69 / night

£700 / week

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from £69 / night

(1) Excellent 

10

Emsworth holiday boathouse rental

Hampshire / Emsworth

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

from £135 / night

£850 / week

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from £135 / night

(3) Excellent 

7

Holiday boathouse in Foligno

Province of Perugia / Foligno

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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avg. 2 hours 52 minutes

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(4) Excellent 

26

Manaus holiday houseboat rental

Amazon River / Manaus

1 6 1 night min

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

from £22 / night

£166 - £910 / week

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from £22 / night

7

Holiday boathouse with shared pool in Tuan Chau Island

Halong Bay / Tuan Chau Island

18 27 1 night min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 27
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

from £197 / night

£1378 / week

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from £197 / night

(3) Excellent 

18

Holiday boathouse with shared pool in Tuan Chau Island

Halong Bay / Tuan Chau Island

18 2 1 night min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £223 / night

£1556 / week

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from £223 / night

26

Town of Gibraltar holiday boathouse rental

Town of Gibraltar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £299 / night

£2093 / week

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from £299 / night

(27) Excellent 

21

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £128 / night

£737 / week

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from £128 / night

(62) Very Good 

24

Apartment rental in Loches

Loire Valley / Loches

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £79 / night

£430 / week

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avg. 1 hour 18 minutes

from £79 / night

(7) Very Good 

24

Cottage rental in Loches

Loire Valley / Loches

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £98 / night

£685 / week

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avg. 1 hour 14 minutes

from £98 / night

(36) Excellent 

15

Holiday narrowboat in Bath

Somerset / Bath

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Very enjoyable short break on 'Topsy'” Mark and Lynda provided excellent tuition and couldn't have been more helpful throughout our trip. The boat was very well equiped and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the canal and would certainly d
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from £300 / night

£1005 - £2310 / week

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from £300 / night

(12) Average 

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Boathouse accommodation in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Visit from Scotland” Perfect for our trip we were 2 couples for 3 days in Amsterdam and the boat is a fantastic base in a great area.
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from £242 / night

£1229 / week

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avg. 3 hours 42 minutes

from £242 / night

(29) Very Good 

16

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 £195 / night

£1294 - £1663 / week

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avg. 2 hours 23 minutes

from £195 / night

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Holiday boathouse in Portopalo di Capo Passero

Province of Syracuse / Portopalo di Capo Passero

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £89 / night

£620 / week

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from £89 / night

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