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Kentucky is famous for its bluegrass and its horses, but it also has nearly 50 lakes and 2,000 miles of navigable waterways. If you’re looking for a lake vacation in one of the state’s scenic destinations, whether you want to fish, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, swim or just relax, there’s a perfect lake house rental in Kentucky that’s sure to complete the package.
An easy jaunt from either Lexington or Cincinnati for a romantic weekend escape or longer, enjoy a memorable stay for two in this charming cottage. It offers a magnificent lake view from inside or out, with chairs placed beneath the pavilion for relaxing while taking it all in. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with coffee supplied, an indoor/outdoor bar area, a living room with comfy furniture, and a candlelit fireplace, all of which you can enjoy while soaking up that lake view too. Plus, free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included.
This two-bedroom cabin can accommodate six and sits on a 90-acre property with walking trails and two lakes for fishing and paddle boating (available at no extra charge). You’ll enjoy plenty of privacy although there is a grocery store and a few restaurants in the small town of Dixon three miles away. Some of the other highlights include a hot tub, a fire pit, and decks for relaxing. Of course, you’ll have the essentials like a fully stocked kitchen with all you need to make your own meals, plus a Keurig coffee maker. There’s also a grill on the back deck for cookouts, Wi-Fi, a 70″ TV, and TVs in the bedrooms.
This lakeside rental provides all you need for a fun time on the water. A picturesque private lake is just steps from the back porch and attracts abundant wildlife, including bald eagles. Water sports gear is included for fishing, paddle boating, and canoeing, and you can enjoy swimming too. You can even take a Honey Bee Tour for an additional fee if you want to learn more about honey bees, and when the season is right, purchase honey too. At the end of the day look forward to gathering around the fire pit under the stars. There’s a charcoal grill with all you need for cookouts as well as a full kitchen with a Keurig coffee maker and TV.
Located on Wood Creek Lake, this rental offers a peaceful stay for up to five with multiple places from which to enjoy views of the water, including the fire pit and the deck, furnished for outdoor dining. There are lots of windows so you can gaze out at the lake from inside too, perhaps next to the fireplace. There’s a dock where you can fish for record-size largemouth bass and the hosts provide a canoe and kayaks too. You’ll have a full kitchen for preparing your own meals (basics like herbs, spices, and cooking oil, plus coffee and snacks are provided. Other highlights include a 40″ HDTV with Roku, Wi-Fi, and a washer/dryer.
Enjoy magnificent water and sunset views along with waterfront access to the main lake on Lake Barkley by booking this home. It accommodates 11 in three bedrooms. Perfect for those who want to spend their days on the water, it includes two complimentary kayaks and a large boat dock for those who want to bring their boat or rent one at the nearby marina. Downstairs there’s a Ping Pong table and a dartboard, and you’ll find all the usual conveniences and then some too. The kitchen is fully stocked with many more appliances than one would expect, including an ice cream maker and an air fryer. There’s a washer and dryer, two Smart TVs, and DVD/Blu-ray player, among multiple other desirable amenities too.
This three-bedroom home for up to eight overlooks Kentucky Lake and includes a large deck with an oak tree right through the middle where you can enjoy views of the water and jaw-dropping sunrises. There’s another deck right at the shoreline if the water isn’t close enough. A dock that extends 70 feet out from the shore has a platform and is ideal for fishing, sunbathing, or for bringing your boat. Inside you’ll enjoy a cozy lake cottage feel, with a full-length sunroom for relaxing with a lake view, a well-equipped kitchen, stacked washer and dryer, cable TVand Wi-Fi.
Waters Edge is a three-bedroom cabin for up to six guests that sits on Lake Malone in the western half of the state, right across from Shady Cliff Marina. It includes more than 200′ of lake frontage and pets are allowed too. Spend your days jumping off the dock, fishing, kayaking, boating, or just relaxing, and your evenings around the fire pit. Inside you’ll have all the comforts of home too, like a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and TV.
This cozy lake house is located on Bullock Pen Lake and offers an ideal stay for a couple although it can accommodate up to four. You’ll be able to enjoy fishing, canoeing, paddleboarding, paddle boating, and kayaking (with vessels and gear included), and with a 10 hp limit, there are no worries about loud motors disturbing the tranquility. Between mid-May through mid-September, there’s an in-ground pool available too. Inside you’ll have a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and TV.
This adorable log cabin is nestled on a wooded hillside and overlooks a private lake. With its postcard-perfect good looks it’s no surprise that it’s been featured in many publications, including Log Cabin Homes. It includes a mix of modern conveniences and period furnishings with a huge stone fireplace, high-speed Internet, Bluetooth stereo, and a comfy bed with luxurious sheets. You can watch the local wildlife from the back porch swings and on weekends you’ll get a gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. Plus the kitchen includes a dishwasher and is very well-stocked, right down to the spices.
The two-bedroom Goose Branch Lake House is centrally located on the KY Bourbon Trail and comes with a dock that’s just a few steps from the back porch where you can fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and more. If you want to paddle around, kayaks and a canoe are available for rent. It sleeps up to eight and includes a master bedroom on the second floor with a balcony that overlooks the lake, and you’ll have all the necessities like a kitchen and a BBQ grill for cookouts. Plus, there’s a fire pit where you can roast marshmallows for S’mores.
This three-bedroom house can sleep a dozen guests and sits right along Trinity Lake, with a gently sloping yard that dips to the water and a private dock for complimentary guest use – you can also launch the included canoe or kayak. Enjoy spectacular views in every direction from inside or out, with lots of windows and skylights. There’s a living area with a large TV, a cozy gas fireplace, and plenty of seating to enjoy that lake view. The large deck has Adirondack chairs for taking it in along with the fresh air outdoors.