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Lazy days tanning on the deck, mornings spent fishing, firing up the grill, and afternoons kayaking, paddling, or swimming: a lakeside vacation is the true definition of pure relaxation. And where better to do just that than Lake Hartwell? Spanning the South Carolina – Georgia border, this man-made lake is a popular choice for anyone who appreciates picturesque water views and nature-filled days. Rentals here come complete with everything you need to make the most of the lake, before heading back inside at the end of the day to cook up a feast, watch a movie and settle into a seriously cozy bed. Read on for some of our top picks in the area.
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True relaxation is the name of the game at this lakefront Airbnb. It’s hard to feel anything other than refreshed and reinvigorated waking up here, with views over the lake from almost every room. This five-bedroom rental has space for up to 16 guests, with spacious bedrooms kitted out with all of the essentials. It’s a perfect spot for a weekend getaway, with lots of extra facilities just adding to the sense of relaxation. The marbled hot tub is one of the best features at this spot, overlooking the calming waters. There’s also a two-story boat dock and a screened porch for chilling in the sunshine. Inside, there’s a huge Smart TV and a large kitchen, ideal for cooking up a storm after a long day on the lake. The best days here are spent tanning, boating, fishing, and family bonding.
This six-bedroom Vrbo might call itself a cabin but that’s a word that doesn’t really do it justice. Suitable for large groups and family getaways, there’s room for up to 20 guests at this lake-side spot. This waterfront retreat shows off both inside and outside, with endless balconies overlooking more than 1100 feet of unobstructed lake views. It’s also a very private spot, with no other Airbnbs within viewing distance. Along with the six bedrooms, this Vrbo is home to two fully-stocked kitchens and plenty of living space. Enjoy handcrafted wooden features throughout, a private study area, a billiards space, a poker table area, and even a chess and checkers nook for cozy evenings by the fire. This is also a wonderful spot for nature lovers: it’s officially located on a protected shoreline area and is home to a bird sanctuary.
This modern, airy Airbnb is a firm favorite for anyone visiting Lake Hartwell. Shrouded in greenery from every direction, it’s got space for up to 10 guests across four bedrooms and enough facilities to keep everyone amused. One of the best parts of this Airbnb is its swimming pool, for anyone who wants to cool off without getting into the lake itself. It’s also recently been renovated from top to bottom with new decking, fancy interiors, and charming decor. Its open kitchen is where you’ll likely find yourself at the end of each day, cooking up a feast with your family. And then it’s time to head downstairs to the converted basement, with its large screen TV that’s brilliant for movie nights.
Looking to bring things back to basics? Check out this authentic, lake-front, three-bedroom Vrbo. Lovingly restored from its prime back in 1968, this is a rental that comes complete with its own character as well as all the essentials. Rustic charm and unique personality shine through each room here, with long-range views of the dam across deep water and only a few other rentals situated on the same cove. It’s a place you’ll want to fill with memories, in the romantic master bedroom with a fireplace, the large lakeside porch suitable for snuggling into the hammock with a book, and the relaxing dock ready for fishing or laying in the sun. Watch the sunrise from across the lake and pat yourself on the back for choosing this rental for your family vacation.
The essentials list looks a little different at The Cobb Lake House. As well as obvious staples like bathrooms, a kitchen and places to sleep, this Airbnb also comes complete with all of the extras needed for a wonderful day out on the lake. Two kayaks, noodles, and floats are included in the list here, which means all you need to bring along is your toothbrush and closest friends. Suitable for up to 16 guests in five bedrooms, this quaint rental looks out directly onto the lake, with some carefully positioned sun loungers for optimum tanning opportunities. A kitchen and dining room sets the scene for the evening when you’ve worked up an appetite after adventures in the kayaks.
The unique design of this Airbnb means you’ll never lose sight of the spectacular lakeside views. This two-story manor is specially designed for large groups, with space for up to 16 guests across seven bedrooms and more room than you could possibly ever need for activities. The muted design of Hartwell Manor looks even more beautiful with the natural sunlight coming through. And that’s something you can enjoy from almost every room, with forest views from one side of the house and lake views from the other. A large deck lets you get up close to nature and a hot tub will keep you warm during the evenings.
It’s basically impossible to have a bad time at this beautiful lake house. Designed to fully maximize the outdoors, it’s an ideal, spacious family getaway for anyone who loves fishing, swimming, tanning or simply being at one with nature. With four bedrooms and space for 16 guests, it’s a place most enjoyed by large families looking to spend more time together. Boasting a large deck, lush yard, and a private boat dock and ramp area, it’s a perfect location for a whimsical few days on the water. While this Airbnb might seem fairly remote, it’s actually in a great location if you’re looking to explore more of the area. When you’re not on Lake Hartwell, you’re not far away from visiting Sadlers Creek State Park to swim by the sandy beach or hike the mountain trails all around.
This five-bedroom Airbnb calls itself “Lake House Dreams” and it’s fully deserving of such a title. Huge and airy, this rental takes cabin living to the next level, with double-height ceilings and modern interiors. You’ll never forget you’re vacationing by the lake thanks to the endless windows and skylights looking out on picturesque views in every direction. Inside this rental, you’ll find pastel-hued bedrooms and bathrooms, a large kitchen with all of the amenities, and a games room for added enjoyment. One of the best features about this spot is the upstairs terrace, complete with a grill, fire pit, chairs, and decking for al fresco dining and evenings under the stars.
You’ll never run out of things to do at this three-bedroom Vrbo. Designed to perfectly fit two families under one roof, it’s kitted out with all kinds of fun. But the range of activities here means you’ll more than likely want to spend your days in the sunshine. This rental comes with three kayaks, a paddleboard, oars, one boating tube, and life vests for all guests to enjoy. One kayak can hold three people, which is all the information you need for a day of adventures. A wonderful spot for unwinding, you’ll love the comfortable beds, spacious kitchen, Smart TV (with Netflix), and games in the living room. There’s a basement with a 40 inch TV, video game console, DVD player, and board games and also a sunroom that you’ll love for spontaneous afternoon naps.
This stunning lakefront chalet is one of the most popular Vrbo rentals in the area and for a very good reason: everything about it is designed with its guests in mind. This five-bedroom place has amazing long water views and is situated on a deep cove. Right on the front of tranquil Lake Hartwell, it’s nestled on one full acre of woods and rolling lawns without any neighbors or external noise coming from any direction. You’ll want to check in here for at least a few days to fully make the most of everything it offers. There are multiple decks overlooking the backyard and lake, a private covered boat dock, a pool table, and a custom fire-pit deck with a 42-inch fire pit at the edge of the yard. The star of the show inside is the oversized master bedroom suite taking up the entire third level of the house.
A cute and cozy log cabin takes lakeside living to the next level – and this one covers a huge 3800 square feet. This Vrbo comes complete with four bedrooms and space for up to 10 guests, who’ll love its proximity to the deep water and the cozy features all around the property. This is an especially great location if you’re a fan of fishing, with an outside grill just waiting to be fired up with the day’s catches. Step inside to enjoy the large bedrooms, full kitchen with double oven, and open plan living room with TV. It’s a place you’ll feel almost immediately at home, surrounded by wooden beams with soft furnishings.
This four-bedroom, recently renovated lakehouse is suitable for adults, kids, and even furry friends, with individual areas of the house designed for each of the above. Cool and modern, there’s room for up to 15 guests at this Airbnb, with plenty of amenities both inside and out to ensure a jam-packed vacation with stunning views. This large property enjoys almost endless water frontage, which means it’s perfectly located for waking up and enjoying a cup of coffee while gazing out at the water. There’s a beautifully maintained beach and a huge, covered, double-slip dock if you want to get a little closer to the water, and two new kayaks if you’d like to adventure across it. Inside, you’ll find huge bedrooms with queen-size beds, a full kitchen, and multiple living rooms. Outside the main rental, there’s a separate games room that kids will love with a new flatscreen TV, pool table, and couches.
This cute and cozy two-bedroom rental is cabin living, authentic style. A place where you’ll want to come prepared with your favorite games and a large range of hot drinks, it’s a rental designed for small families looking to spend more quality time together in the middle of nature. With space for up to six guests, this pet-friendly Airbnb has all of the essentials needed for both indoor and outdoor fun on the lake. It’s a perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, or paddling into the sunset. Then, when you’re done for the day, you can step back inside to the fully equipped kitchen, comforting interiors, and even a furnished deck if you’re in the mood for a summer cookout.
This six-bedroom Vrbo has the perfect fusion of indoor and outdoor space, with floor-to-ceiling windows that promise spectacular lakeside views from the moment you wake up until it’s time for bed. With room for up to 12 guests, it’s large and welcoming: the perfect spot for a family vacation. This rental covers a huge 4,500 square feet of space and that’s before you’ve even wandered around the surrounding grounds or taken the kayaks out onto the lake itself. Outside, there’s a screened porch for dining with cushioned outdoor seating and a gas grill. You can chill out on the deck overlooking the lake, accessible by sliding glass doors from three of the bedrooms. Inside there’s a games room in the basement and a living area with space for plenty of fun.