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Tennessee has a lot to offer when it comes to lakes. With more than 15 across the state, including the ever-popular Center Hill Lake, Watts Bar Lake, and Douglas Lake, it’s easy enough to find one that suits your vacation mode. These picturesque spots are home to plenty of different lake houses, ranging from romantic Airbnbs to enjoy with your other half to spacious houses with room for the whole family.
Many of the best lake houses in Tennessee come with private lake access as well as water toys like standup paddle boards and kayaks. You’ll be just steps away from all the fun, like swimming, fishing, boating, and more. Not sure where to stay? Read on for all of the best lake house rentals in Tennessee.
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Lake House Rentals for Couples
This one-bedroom lake house may be part of a larger property but, with its own kitchen, living room and bathroom, it’ll certainly feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. Based only three feet away from the water’s edge, you couldn’t really stay much closer to the lake here unless you actually set up camp on the water itself. That means you’ll probably fall asleep listening to the water lap against the shore and wake to its relaxing noises, too. This spot is perfect for a romantic getaway, with space for two guests in a beautiful setting. Staying here comes with not just direct lake access but also all of its amenities: stand up paddle boards, canoes and kayaks. You’re free to swim or fish all day long here, before heading back to the house and falling asleep on its memory foam mattress.
Designed for romance, “Two’s Company” is a cozy studio space located in the small Mennonite community of Muddy Pond. It’s the only dwelling along the banks of a 1.5-acre private lake, offering the chance to enjoy plenty of privacy and seclusion. It has a porch with a swing and rocker for enjoying the views along with a gas fireplace and a king-size bed with a two-person heart-shaped Jacuzzi right next to it. Fishing is possible and you’ll find tranquil lanes for strolling hand-in-hand.
This modern A-frame cabin is the rustic getaway of your dreams, designed to let you truly appreciate your surroundings. It’s hard not to feel the magic when you’re staying here, as, from every part of the cabin, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the lake and woodlands. With space for two guests in its one bedroom, this cabin provides a wonderful backdrop for a romantic vacation with your other half. Snuggle up on the sunroom couch and enjoy your own million-dollar view of the sunset over Soddy Lake with the mountains in the distance. Inside, you’ll find a queen bed, two bathrooms with walk-in showers, a full-size kitchen with a deluxe continental breakfast and a living room. There’s free high speed Internet and cable TV, but chances are you’ll spend most of your time here exploring the beautiful outdoors.
Lake House Rentals for Large Groups
This lakefront house is beautiful on a year round basis but it particularly shines from May through to the end of October, if you’re looking to take a dip in the water or venture out on a boat. This stunning spot comes complete with everything you could need throughout your stay and a few little extras to ensure you’re always suitably comfortable. With three bedrooms, this lake house has space for eight guests in total, although the sheer size of this house means it looks like it could definitely fit a few more. Based in Spring City, Tennessee, it’s surrounded by safe, shallow coves and comes with access to a paddleboat. You’re free to bring your own kayaks or boat while staying here, as the property also has its own covered dock slip. Inside, you’ll find Bunn and Keurig coffee makers, an air fryer, gas cooktop, dishwasher, and everything needed to prepare and serve meals.
The problem with some lake houses is their rural setting. That’s not so great if you’re looking for a vacation but can’t spend hours and hours driving through the countryside. This Chattanooga vacation spot is the perfect fusion of urban and rural living, far away enough from civilization that it feels completely remote, but actually within easy distance to the city itself. This three-bedroom house brings together everything you could need from a lakeside vacation, with space for six people. An ideal family spot with king and queen size beds throughout, it offers both lake and mountain views and is surrounded by peaceful woodlands. After spending a day fishing or hiking on the many trails that Chattanooga, Harrison, Ooltewah and surrounding spots have to offer, you’ll be able to head inside and enjoy the stone fireplace with gas burning logs.
Killian’s View is most definitely a charming Airbnb, filled with enough homely comforts that you’ll feel like you’re staying in a friend or relative’s house. This popular spot has three bedrooms with space for six guests, making it ideal for all groups of travelers. Here, escape from the hustle and bustle of life with a perfect blend of luxury and lodging. This picturesque lake house has an incredible view of Watts Bar Lake from its back deck that almost goes from one end of the house to the other. There’s plenty of room to relax, grill, or play games with your family and friends no matter where you decide to spend most of your time. This fairly remote spot is a 20-minute drive from the nearest store and neighbors come in the form of wildlife. It’s just as peaceful as you’d expect from such a location.
As many as eight guests can stay in this dreamy lakefront home. It includes four bedrooms plus a playhouse with power and bunk beds for the kids. The outdoors is the place to be during the warmer months, with the water level in the lake coming up to the deck in the summertime. You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing with a spectacular view from the deck that sits on the lake, taking advantage of the four complimentary kayaks when you want to get out on the water, and cookouts on the BBQ grill. Other highlights inside include a fireplace, washer/dryer, and a rec room with a Ping Pong table.
Located on Old Hickory Lake, this gorgeous lakefront home is only 40 minutes from downtown Nashville while offering plenty to do on-site, indoors or out. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen, a huge living room with a wood-burning fireplace and flat-screen TV along with a bonus room that includes a large flat-screen TV for watching the big game or movies. Relax with a picturesque lake view, gather around the fire pit under the stars, and enjoy cookouts on the grill followed by alfresco dining in the outdoor dining area.
The two-bedroom “Loon Tunes” cottage is nestled in a tranquil cove providing magnificent views of Watauga Lake and the Cherokee National Forest in an area filled with abundant wildlife, including bald eagles, great blue herons, and the loons that gave the dwelling its name. By booking this rental you’ll have your own dock with deep water access for fishing and boating, with two kayaks, a canoe, and an oasis pad all included. There’s a fire pit to cozy up to after dark while enjoying the stars and everything you need for a comfortable stay inside too. That includes a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and HDTV with Roku.
This lakefront property includes 200 feet of private lakefront with a huge covered dock that can typically be used from April through mid-October and a fire pit close to the water. Kayaks are available for rent and if you want to rent a boat you’ll find them available at a marina nearby. There’s a deck for unwinding while gazing out at the water and a gas grill for cookouts too. Inside, there are three bedrooms, sleeping up to six, and you’ll be able to whip up meals in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and take advantage of the washer and dryer. There is a TV but no Wi-Fi, making it perfect for more of an unplugged stay.
Take a trip to Smithville, Tennessee to stay in a beautiful lake house cut into a hill and spread across multiple levels. The best part about this Tennessee lake house? It’s home to a little of everything. The multi-level aspect of this Airbnb ensures pretty views from higher up than many lake houses, while its ideal location only steps from the water allows for plenty of lake-side fun during your vacation, too. This spacious house has room for up to 10 guests across its three bedrooms, making it perfect for a few small families looking to vacation together or a group of friends heading to the lake. Inside you’ll find what looks almost like a barn conversion, with double height rooms, modern decor, and cozy bedrooms. This luxurious neighborhood offers a community pool and fitness center, which you’re free to use throughout your stay.
This incredible property sits on a three-acre peninsula on Watts Barr Lake, located in Spring City. Incredible to look at both inside and out, it’s worth spending some time simply wandering through each room of this lakeside Airbnb before you’ve even decided how to spend your time here. With a private beach, dock, kayaks, canoe, paddle boat, trails, and waterfalls to explore, you could easily find yourself wanting to extend your stay just to squeeze everything in. A wonderful place to enjoy family time, it’s got space for 10 guests in total and plenty of communal spaces to enjoy together. Look out of the bedroom windows and take in the forest views all around, or wander down to the lake first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise in pure tranquility.
This riverfront Decatur home is definitely one of the most luxurious in the area. It’s a place you’ll check in and feel like you’re starring in your very own vacation movie, thanks to its impressive facilities and stunning views. This incredible house is also on the larger side, with room for 10 guests and four bedrooms filled with a mixture of bed sizes. Just as suitable for families as it is for a group of friends, it’s nestled on the shore of the Tennessee River and provides easy access to Chickamauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake. If you’re someone who loves fishing or swimming, you’ll definitely find yourself right at home here. After a day of swimming, lounge on the deck while taking in the views, splash in the pool or soak in the hot tub. Up for a day trip? Chattanooga’s attractions, like Ruby Falls, are also only an hour away.
This lake house mon Old Hickory Lake may be ideal for those who want to enjoy the city attractions and time around the water. The space is on the second floor of the three-story home with a private entrance. It includes three bedrooms, each of which has a TV, while the open concept main area features a 60″ 3DTV, pool table, massage chair, workout equipment, and a kitchenette with a dining table. You’ll have your own temperature control, a washer/dryer, and a private furnished balcony/porch with a grill and fire table too.
You’ll feel like you’ve got the whole lake to yourself once you’ve checked into this magical spot. Snuggled into the Tennessee River Valley, this waterfront retreat is tucked away into a secluded location that’s pretty much picture perfect. It’s designed for a whopping 10 guests across four bedrooms. Surrounded by trees on one side and water on the other, it’s a place you’ll feel free to switch off and relax in nature, no distractions in sight. This beautiful home is quiet and secluded but still only 30 minutes from the charm of Chattanooga – the best of both worlds. With free access to the lake, you’re more than welcome to bring your own boat for adventures here. Or, if you’d rather keep it simple, the owners can arrange a rental for your adventures during your time here. With gorgeous, vaulted views of the Tennessee River and the rolling hills and woods, it’s a place you’ll never forget.
“Sugar Hollow Point” is a three-bedroom lakefront home for up to eight, with the lakefront very close, water on two sides, and fabulous views from multiple vantage points. You’ll even have a private island to explore which lies beyond the fire pit where you can look forward to making S’mores. From the wrap-around patio, watch the kids swim in the lagoon, or enjoy fishing on your own secluded peninsula at the tip of the island considered to be the very best fishing spot on the lake. You’ll have a BBQ grill, full kitchen, washer/dryer, TV, and Wi-Fi here too.
This 4,000-square-foot lakefront home is just 30 minutes from the attractions in Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry, while providing an idyllic retreat on a one-acre property with magnificent views from both of its two floors. There’s a large deck that overlooks the lake, a screened-in porch with a TV, two living rooms, and much more. You’ll have complimentary kayaks, a dock, foosball, and a Ping Pong table too.
Accommodating up to a dozen guests, the Edgewater Escape offers over 3,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, located on a 2.5-acre property along Tims Ford Lake. It comes with a private, covered dock and swim platform along with many complimentary perks like two kayaks, a canoe, fishing poles, life jackets, and floats. There’s a propane grill, large deck, and corn hole boards too, providing plenty of fun for all. You’ll have laundry facilities, a well-stocked kitchen with two full-size refrigerators, and there’s a mini-fridge available too. Indoor entertainment includes a TV with cable channels, HBO, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.
This beautiful lake house takes Tennessee charm to a whole new level. A place appreciated on a year-round basis, it’s incredible during the summer months when its deck comes bathed by sunlight, or visit during fall to watch warm-toned leaves fall from the trees all around. This hillside property is a dream come true with a staircase leading down to the beach, dock, and boardwalk on the water’s edge. It’s designed for those who don’t just want a lake view, but also desire easy access to the water itself. Here, you’ve got a stunning, unobstructed four mile view of the lake, with plenty of impressive amenities inside as well. This five-bedroom house is well equipped for large groups, with enough space to comfortably fit 16 people without treading on anybody’s toes.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows of this lake house ensure you never forget where you’re staying once you’ve checked in here. This stunningly beautiful lake house may only have two bedrooms but there’s space for up to 14 guests, with 10 beds spread throughout. You’ll probably appreciate this spot the most if you’re traveling with a large group of friends, thanks to its vast communal space where you’re free to spend the evenings chilling out together. While the inside is modern and functional, the outdoors is where this Airbnb truly shines. Wander around the wrap-around deck with its two screen porches that offer breathtaking lake views all around. Bring your boat or jet ski and enjoy the private boat ramp and dock that surrounds the property or make use of the included kayaks, picnic area, and fire pit.
Watts Bar Lake House’s spacious deck backs onto the lake itself, which means you’re free to start each morning here practicing yoga overlooking the water or simply enjoying a mug of coffee on one of its comfortable seats. This tranquil lake house is the perfect lakefront vacation home, with its four bedrooms and space for up to 16 guests. Spacious both inside and out, there’s plenty of room here for all to enjoy, whether you’re traveling with adults or children. Each room of this lake house comes with warm, homely design elements, like the fully equipped kitchen or the living room with its comfy corner sofas. Bring a boat, swim off the dock, step into the hot tub or sit back and kick your feet up on the screened in porch and enjoy the view. Once you’ve checked in here, you’ll never want to leave.
The first thing you’ll fall in love with at this oversized lake house is its tree-shrouded balcony, which overlooks the lake with a gentle breeze flowing through on a 24/7 basis. This stunning property looks more like it should be on the pages of a countryside magazine than someone’s actual home. Set in a picturesque, quiet setting, it’s somewhere you’ll be free to enjoy the wonders of the lake without any outside distractions. However, if you do fancy heading out for supplies or checking out the local area, you’re only 35 minutes from downtown Chattanooga while staying here. There’s access to a private dock at the back of the house with a swim deck and plenty of cool amenities inside including standup paddle boards, an espresso maker, a theater-style room and a dart board.
This large four-bedroom lakefront home can accommodate as many as 13. It sits on a 1.5-acre lot along a private lake offering resort living just 15 minutes from downtown Memphis. The outdoor patio includes a huge fire pit and BBQ area, while games like darts and corn hole are included too. Many prefer to simply revel in the tranquility enjoying a panoramic view from the sun deck overlooking the water. You’ll find plenty to love indoors too, including a spacious high-end kitchen, a living room with large picture windows showcasing a lake view, a gas fireplace, and a 65″ Smart TV that includes Netflix, Disney+, ESPN, and Hulu.
Enjoy what feels like your own little resort, accommodating as many as 14 in six bedrooms. It sits on a 1.5-acre lot with lots of glass to showcase spectacular views of nature from every room, including the living room, game room, gourmet kitchen, dining room, and library. The home was impressively designed by a local architect with cozy nooks and unusually shaped windows and features lots of entertainment inside like cable TV, a Ping Pong table, pool table, and game console. You’ll also have a large deck ideal for enjoying the lake view and the fresh air outdoors.
This Airbnb calls itself a hidden gem and, with its perfect location, included hot tub, and wonderfully cozy terrace, that’s a name that seems pretty fitting. This lakefront home is a spacious one, complete with space for 14 guests across its five bedrooms and plenty of nature-filled surroundings to enjoy together. Here, there’s ample room for a large gathering of friends or family. This high-end craftsman-style lake house is ideal for making fun memories together year-round, whether that’s outside the house on the lake itself with the rental’s stand-up paddle board or kayak or inside with the large TV, grill, and other amenities. Whether you are looking for a peaceful quiet sanctuary or are planning a full-energy family vacation with the kids, you’ll find yourself suitably comforted here. The best part? The wrap-around decking with its fairy lights and gorgeous views.
Lake House Cabins
This log cabin in Ten Mile, Tennessee certainly is a little more on the rustic side but comes with an authentic charm that you’ll fall in love with pretty quickly. This budget-friendly lake house is best suited for a group of friends heading to Tennessee together, with two large bedrooms and room for up to eight guests. This cabin offers both solace and nature as well as a gateway to miles of fun on the lake, so you’ll never run out of places to explore together. The screened in porch is great for the late evenings of relaxing after a day on the lake, while the inside of the cabin is homely and familiar. There’s also a private boat slip included in the rental price, if you weren’t already convinced and figuring out which dates to come along to this spot.
Located on Tims Ford Lake, this log cabin has 450 feet of lakefront and a private dock for use between April and October. Look forward to all sorts of water fun, including swimming, with a beach and swim area. You can bring your boat to launch it here too. Afterward, enjoy cookouts on the grill, relax in the hot tub, and gather around the fire pit. Inside, you’ll have a full kitchen, fireplace, and a 52″ HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Roku, and standard cable channels.
This lakefront cabin for up to 11 is private and secluded yet it’s just minutes from the interstate. “Nauti Pines” sits on 5.5 acres and comes with 1100 feet of water frontage and a 1 slip-covered dock with a swim platform. Enjoy swimming and relaxing, or rent a boat at the nearby Twin Coves Marina. The cabin is handicapped accessible, with a ramp at the back for access to the main level which includes a kitchen, dining room, living room, washer/dryer, and one of the four bedrooms. There’s also a spacious deck, a covered porch, and a small bar.
Ocoee Lake is practically in the backyard of Laine’s Lodge which backs to national forest for lots of privacy. It includes two bedrooms plus a loft with a futon bed, sleeping six, with a covered front porch that’s the place to be for relaxation, complete with rockers. Enjoy fun on the lake and activities like hiking, biking, and zip-lining, all accessed within just five minutes. At the end of the day, look forward to stargazing from the fire pit or cozying up to the wood-burning fireplace inside. Your firewood is supplied, so there’s no need to bring it. It includes all the essentials too, with a washer/dryer and two TVs with Direct TV, a DVD player, movie library, and video games.