Five Gorgeous New England Lake Houses to Relax at All Summer Long

Still looking for a summer home for weekends by the lake? These houses in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont should do the trick.

You might have spent Fourth of July weekend looking at photos on social media and wishing you had a place to go and relax to make the long weekends feel a little bit more like vacation. If you’ve been having major FOMO, you’re in luck: This is New England, where we have some of the best lakes in the country, so you don’t have to go too far to find a waterfront vacation home. And there’s still time this summer to score an excellent lake house. From Maine to Vermont, here’s some luxurious lake houses you can indulge in before the end of summer.

lake house 1

Photo by Francois Gagne

58 Sunset Chimneys Rd, Raymond, ME
Size: 6,154 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5

You don’t just get a permanent dock in Schooner Cove in this house on Sebago Lake. The inside and outside of this sprawling Maine estate have been meticulously designed for artful vacation living. With over 15 acres of land, this vacation home is for the nature lover whose idea of a perfect day is spent out gardening.The grounds here feature a sandy beach, perennial gardens, and multiple walking paths and stone terraces. Inside the post and beam house are two stone fireplaces for warming up on chilly summer nights.

For more information, contact Karen Reiche, Landvest,

lake house 2

Photo by Casey Kreitzer Photography

24 Sawmill Shores Rd, Meredith, NH
Size: 2,400 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

Brand new sliding doors open up to a backyard with a spacious deck overlooking the Waukewan Lake at this newly renovated New Hampshire home. And you’re not just looking at the lake: You’ll get waterfront access and a large dock where you can sit in the sun after a long swim. This lake house’s recent revamp included the addition of central air, a heating system, and skylights with built-in shades, so you could really stay here all year long if you really fall for life on the lake.

For more information, contact Bronwen Donnelly, Maxfield Real Estate,

lake house 3

Photo by Jim Abts

296 Edgewater Dr, Gilford, NH
Price: $10,000,000
Size: 20,504 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 8.5

This home on Lake Winnipesaukee is almost as expansive as the lake itself. You’ll never be bored on rainy vacation days thanks to this home’s many, many spaces for activities, including a spa, billiards room, and home theater with custom seating and sound. When you want to get your sweat on, you can do more than just swim. There’s a home gym with a hot tub and a private tennis court out back. When you’re done exploring inside, you have access to a sandy beach and covered dock that houses multiple boats for some waterfront action.

For more information, contact Sue Bradley, Coldwell Banker Realty,

lake house 4

Photo by Orchard Cove Photography

25 Kibbe Farm Rd, South Hero, VT 
Size: 3,821 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4

Lake Champlain might be a bit of a drive from Boston, but this waterfront home makes it worth it. You’ll not only get Adirondack Mountain views, but a private beach, deep water mooring and a boat ramp—all rare opportunities for this Vermont lake. Wraparound porches and bluestone terraces greet you as you head inside to find heart pine plank flooring and antique hand-hewn beams framing floor-to-ceiling windows for gorgeous views of the grounds from this well-crafted house.

For more information, contact Wade Weathers, LandVest, Inc-Burlington,

lake house 5

Photo by Nicholas LaRiviere Owner/ Firefly Aerial Solutions LLC.

648 Railroad Bed Road, Lake View Plt, ME
Size: 3,620 square feet
: 4
Bathrooms: 3

Stroll out of the walkout basement of this Maine house and head straight into the cool embrace of Schoodic Lake. Not only does this home have a finished basement with sleeping options (in addition to the three other bedrooms), great room, and eat-in kitchen, but you can also enjoy stunning sunsets on the water from your screened-in porch or back patio with a fire pit. There’s more than enough space to host a guest or two when you want to have a party during a long holiday weekend.

For more information, contact Lori Lavoie, Lori Lavoie Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Realty,