English poet William Wordsworth said of lakes,
“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”
To capture those feelings of exclusivity and an unyielding nature, it is no wonder many flock to lake houses for vacation getaways, weddings, events and even corporate retreats. Being near a lake has a way of soothing, relaxing and restoring a person ever so simply. The glassy and calm waters often take on dramatic settings, wedged in between mighty mountains and lush forests.
For some of the most restorative and impenetrable lake experiences, luckily the globe is covered with plenty of luxurious properties that appreciate the status of “lake house.” Here are five perches you can hire out where the placid waters of the lake are right outside your window.
BG Lake Cottage
Part of BG Signature Properties, the BG Lake Cottage perches on a mile of shoreline along Lake Rosseau in Ontario, Canada. The Muskoka region is conveniently located just a two-hour drive from Toronto, making it easy to host a corporate retreat, wedding or even just a family vacation at this lake house. Set up in central Ontario, the region has attracted visitors since the 19th century. It was once only accessible by boat. Home to 1,600 lakes, a number of celebrity cottages, countless golf courses and picturesque villages, BG Lake Cottage invites guests to have their own cottage experience in luxury cottage country.
The lakefront estate venue features eight bedrooms. However, there are guest cottages on site that can accommodate up to 28 people for overnight stays. The whole office, wedding party or even just your vacation crew can take advantage of the many activities offered on site. BG Lake Cottage boasts a 55-foot high rock climbing wall, a 50-foot high waterfall, a 200-foot long water-slide and a boathouse complete with a number of pleasure craft and restored antique speedboats.
New Zealand always tends to do scenery well. When it comes to lakes, the country doesn’t skip a beat, especially with lightening bolt shaped Lake Wakatipu. Located just twenty minutes from Queenstown Airport and seven minutes from Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, the third largest lake in New Zealand covers in luxury properties, namely Matakauri Lodge.
For a lake house experience in New Zealand like no other, the lodge places guests right in the action. Lake Wakatipu also appreciates stunning company on all sides, tall and towering mountains. The area clouds in wineries and art galleries to always keep travelers busy.
The lakefront property boasts rooms with views, namely every room for that matter. All suites on site have a view of the water along with a sitting area and open fireplaces. Modern comforts are also offered such as Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions, perfect for those corporate retreats that still require a good connection. Also, the location of Matakauri Lodge makes it possible for companies, wedding parties and travelers to easily reach the site from Queenstown. For those corporate or leisure getaways, Matakauri Lodge also supplies the means to truly relax and unwind with the spa services on location.
Within reach of the resort area of Steamboat Springs, this Colorado ranch nestles in the small town of Clark. Home Ranch provides a secluded perch and also waterside calm. The property gazes out on a private pond stocked with rainbow trout. It also appreciates the flow of the Elk River. Three miles of the river run right through the property.
The accommodations at Home Ranch include six rooms in the Western-themed main lodge and eight cabins for rent for additional privacy and space. All of the rooms have views of the surrounding meadows and mountains. If you arrive in the fall, you can expect to see the golden yellow color of the area's many aspen trees. From destination weddings to corporate retreats and summer vacations, groups and individuals can stay active on the ranch with its wealth of activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, rafting and rock climbing.
Also located on Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island, travelers looking to effortlessly blend into the natural landscape will find Aro Hā up to the task. The wellness center has been constructed so that each room has unblocked views of the lake and the mountains. Postcard perfect with mountain peaks and forests, this lakeside location boasts a main studio area for lectures and yoga sessions.
Whether you are here on a corporate retreat or just a healthy getaway, the property serves up gourmet vegetarian cuisine and plenty of outdoor pursuits in the area. In addition, guests will find their rooms blend naturally into Lake Wakatipu. Rooms feature earth-friendly touches such as organic linens and sustainably sourced building materials.
For the look and feel of a castle set on a lake in Europe, you would have to travel great lengths to find it. Even when you did, you might only be able to tour the property for the afternoon. For couples, families and travelers seeking a private and exclusive getaway castle that appreciates a lakeside location, Highlands Castle fits the bill. The private estate rests in Bolton Landing in Upstate New York. For over 200 years, travelers have flocked to Bolton Landing for the restorative and soothing waters of Lake George. The long and narrow body of water occupies a dramatic position right at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains.
Highlands Castle very much lives up to its name, complete with suits of armor and a stony construction. Built by a man in fulfillment of a promise to his son that they would live in a castle, the property has since opened up to those seeking a romantic honeymoon, family gathering space or simply a luxury vacation rental. The space can accommodate up to 50 guests for small and intimate gatherings. Highlands Castle surveys Lake George in the best of fashions, from a high perch on top of a mountain. The lake views extended to the Adirondack Mountains from the estate.
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