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Six Dreamy Lake Houses to Rent This Summer

Peek inside these laid-back New England getaways, from secluded cottages to rustic cabins.

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1. A Quiet Cottage on Chase Pond
Wilmot Flat, N.H.
2 bedrooms in a private home, accommodates 5 guests, $150 per night

If your goal is to truly get away from it all, opt for this two-bedroom cottage. Situated on Chase Pond—which only has about 10 other houses on it—the home is as quiet as it is peaceful. Take full advantage of the grill, kayaks, paddle boats, row boats, and raft.

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2. A Spacious Lakeside Lodge
Rangeley, Maine
4 bedrooms in a private home, accommodates 9 guests, $165 per night

Take a weeklong vacation at this six-bedroom home, situated a mere 15 feet from the water’s edge. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room look out to Rangeley Lake—and to the property’s huge wooden dock. It boasts built-in seating and plenty of room for sunbathing.

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3. A Lakeside Home with Panoramic Views
Westmore, Vt.
3 bedrooms in a private home, accommodates 6 guests, $198 per night

Glimpse the peaks that surround Vermont’s Lake Willoughby from the relaxing deck of this lakeside home. Or, head to the sprawling lawn, where there are Adirondack chairs beckoning you to take a snooze in them.

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4. A Rustic Cabin Atop a Bluff
Belgrade, Maine
1 bedroom in a private home, accommodates 2 guests, $49 per night

Perched atop a hill overlooking Maine’s Messalonskee Lake, this rustic cabin is where you go to completely unplug. It’s both secluded and off the grid (the bathroom is an outdoor porta potty) so there’s not a noisy neighbor in sight.

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5. A Squam Summer Cottage
Holderness, N.H.
5 bedrooms in a private home, accommodates 8 guests, $295 per night

This Victorian “cottage” is actually a 2,550-square-foot manor with a private tennis court, beach, and dock. Inside, a screened-in porch offers lovely views of Squam Lake, while two fireplaces warm the antique abode on chilly evenings.

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6. A Dreamy Log Cabin in Maine
Greenville, Maine
2 bedrooms in a private home, accommodates 4 guests, $276 per night

This home on Moosehead Lake checks all the boxes of a true log cabin. Woodstove? Check. Cathedral ceilings? Check. Mounted antlers? Check. French doors lead to a small balcony overlooking the water—a picture perfect spot for morning coffee.