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20 of the Best CoolStays by Lakes and Rivers

Published: 14th May 2019

Whether you prefer relaxing with a book on a sunny riverbank or waterskiing at top speed across a lake, waterside holidays offer something fun for everybody. Take a look at 20 of our favourite CoolStays properties situated beside a lake or river.
Dart View

Dart View

Dittisham - Devon

Picturesque Devon holiday home situated above the River Dart with spectacular views

Sleeps 12

From 297/night

The Treehouse on the Lake

The Treehouse on the Lake

Praze-an-Beeble - Cornwall

Treetop hideaway nestled above the forest floor in the woodlands of Cornwalls luxurious Clowance Estate.

Sleeps 4

From 136/night

The Raft at Chigborough

The Raft at Chigborough

Chigborough - Essex

An exceptional way to experience life on the water, with room for four in this floating lake cabin on the Essex coast. Theres a hot tub, a boat and an inviting covered deck

Sleeps 4

From 195/night

The Dinham River House

The Dinham River House

Ludlow - Shropshire

A stunning house in a picture perfect location, The Dinham River House has special occasion written all over it. Theres room for 13 to enjoy its immaculate interiors and riverside gardens

Sleeps 12

From 387/night

Secret Water

Secret Water

Beccles - Suffolk

Secret Water offers visitors a truly unique experience with all the usual glamping fun but on the water in Suffolk

Sleeps 4

From 150/night

Rye River Cabin

Rye River Cabin

Rye - Sussex

Just minutes from Rye, Camber Sands and Romney Marsh is this inviting cabin and hideaway for two.

Sleeps 2

From 93/night

Water Lily Lodge

Water Lily Lodge

White Colne - Essex

A beautifully secluded farm location and lake views right outside - Water Lily Lodge will introduce you to the hidden countryside of the Colne Valley

Sleeps 6

From 120/night

Backwater

Backwater

Wroxham - Norfolk

Incredible architect-designed holiday home that shows you the Norfolk Broads up close. Room for eight and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy on the irresistible deck.

Sleeps 8

From 203/night

The Harpy Houseboat

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge - London

An historic London floating home with the postcard view of Tower Bridge,
The Harpy is like no houseboat youve ever seen!

Sleeps 10 adults and 2 small children

From 550/night

Orchard Lakehouse

Orchard Lakehouse

Lechlade - Gloucestershire

Let art into your life at this contemporary house with a lakeside view that also offers you access to a spa, full hotel services and activities for children.

Sleeps 10

From 496/night

Tenbury Treehouse

Tenbury Treehouse

Tenbury Wells - Worcestershire

Luxury thatched treehouse with private hot tub, perched on the banks of a Worcestershire lake.

Sleeps 4

From 256/night

Brompton Lakes Lodges

Brompton Lakes Lodges

Richmond - Yorkshire

Luxury, lakeside lodges on a private country estate, just a few miles away from the idyllic Yorkshire Dales

Sleeps 6 per lodge

From 185/night

The Boathouse at Knotts End

The Boathouse at Knotts End

Penrith - Cumbria

Perched on the water, this lake district bolthole offers plenty of romantic charm and views that go on forever - perfect for just the two of you

Sleeps 2

From 180/night

Waternook

Waternook

Ullswater - The Lake District

Inspiring holiday homes for large groups with breathtaking views of Ullswater and decadent five star gold accommodation.

Sleeps 8 - 12 per property

From 571/night

Another Place

Another Place

Ullswater - Cumbria

Stunning Lake District landscapes, acres of space and great food and drink There are many more reasons to get to know this boutique hotel in Ullswater

Sleeps 2-5 per room

From 180/night

Fisherman's Cabin

Fisherman's Cabin

Busserolles - Dordogne

An inspirational, handcrafted cabin, hidden off the beaten track in the Dordogne

Sleeps 2-4

From 84/night

Modern Boat Berlin

Modern Boat Berlin

Berlin - Germany

Discover a life on the water by hopping aboard this houseboat and taking in the natural surroundings of the city of Berlin.

Sleeps 4 (2 adults and 2 children)

From 185/night

Casas de Pousadouro

Casas de Pousadouro

Santa Cruz do Douro - Baio

Charming and luxury holiday homes nestled on the banks of the Douro River - Explore the valley or sit and admire the breathtaking scenery

Sleeps 16

From 106/night

GetAway Deluxe Cabin 03

GetAway Deluxe Cabin 03

Rotterdam - Zuid Holland

Totally lose yourself in this stylish cabin, situated on its own private island, yet just 15 minutes from the vibrant city of Rotterdam.

Sleeps 4

From 119/night

Marine Cabin Stockholm

Marine Cabin Stockholm

Bergshamra - Stockholm

Enjoy a comfy and unique stay in an aluminium vessel sat on the water in the beautiful city of Stockholm.

Sleeps 4-6

From 242/night

Author:
Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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