With 2020 holiday trends evolving to focus on a more back-to-nature way of living closer to home, there has never been a better time to explore the many wonders the UK & Ireland have on offer. Looking ahead, we round-up the best lakeside retreats to inspire your autumn-winter escape.


If it is a remote escape you are in search of, then look no further than Elemental. Its powerful position on Loch Rannoch makes this luxury architectural marvel, the perfect place to hunker down and witness mother nature in all her wintery charm. With four kayaks provided for the loch, enjoy the surroundings before the water and the land rising around it succumb to the falling snow; savour the quintessential view of the Lochside beach below as it becomes a sheet of white.


Perched above Haweswater Reservoir as it keeps a steady eye over the waters below, this former industrial building, turned eco-friendly conscious, luxury homestay, provides a picture-perfect view of the alluring mountains it sits between. Brave the elements of the Lake District with adrenalin-filled adventures by day and unwind around the amber warmth of the fire by night; Aquila is a contemporary property with sustainability a key component of its grandeur.

Walden Lakehouse

Containing a plethora of retro references, Walden Lakehouse is situated in an enviable position on the edge of the middle lake on the River Shannon. As the water glistens into each window at this romantic bolthole, the lure of the tranquil setting will be difficult to resist; while away the days as the winter sun attempts to break through the fresh haze and allow the melodic tones of the water to transport you to another world. To experience true Irish culture, take a short trip to the ever-popular Galway City and revel in the winter festivities, whilst sipping on a hot whisky to warm the senses. 


As soon as you arrive at this North Wales dwelling, you will feel the enchantment of its ambience. Enjoy the atmospheric view of the lake from the hot tub barn or the private jetty resting on the surface of the water; after creating memories in the rowing boat provided, gather the blankets and relax among the tones of the winter season, all whilst watching the world go by. Located close to the charming village of Ruthin, delve into the countries medieval past as the snow settles on the tips of the Clwydian hills.

Dragonwood Boat House

A nod to a bygone era, this Victorian bolthole with a modern twist, is located at the heart of a 60-acre estate in the quaint yet mighty county of Rutland. As you take a short walk down to the private lake, the calming sound of the water’s ensemble and birdsong echoing through the snow-clad trees will ensure that the outside world fades into insignificance. This luxury self-catering retreat, perfect for solo travellers and couples, comes complete the use lifejackets and kayaks for the lake. If you can tear yourself away from this hidden gem, the pretty town of Oakham is home one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe; the 25-mile long track is a Site of Special Scientific interest and a nature lovers paradise.

Secure your winter escape and discover the full waterside collection.