Swim, Paddle, and Relax at These Lake House Vacation Rentals in the Carolinas

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Ready for a break and thinking about looking at lake house rentals? SC and NC have some of the best lakes to retreat to. We have a list of amazing homes on lakes that you can rent for your next family vacation! Loaded with peace, tranquility, and amenities for the family, these lake house vacation rentals are perfect for a spring break trip or a weekend away.

These lake home rentals are all nearby in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia.

Lake House Rentals in the Carolinas

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Find more vacation rentals near lakes in this list of vacation rentals that provide kayaks, canoes, and other water toys.

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Lake Home Rentals in the Carolinas
Bonus: Lake Home Rentals in Georgia

Sit back, and imagine you are sitting on the deck of a lake house, with an ice-cold sweet tea in your hand. The kids are playing, and you don’t have a care in the world. 

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Finding a lake house near me that aligned with my imaginary dream vacation home use to be a headache until I realized how many wonderful places there are so close to the Upstate. You can make that dream a reality with one of these lakeside rentals, that are not far from home! There are multi-family sized options and some that will have you enjoying water sports all day on the lake or relaxing in the hot tub. 

Lake House Rentals in the Carolinas

Seneca, SC
Peaceful Lakefront Home on Keowee
Lake Keowee offers some of the absolute best lake house rentals SC has to offer! This spacious lakefront home has gorgeous lake views, a private dock for easy access to Lake Keowee, and two kayaks to explore the lake with.

Peaceful Lake Keowee Rental
Peaceful Lake Keowee Rental, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom
  • Sleeps 8
  • Private dock with 2 kayaks for your enjoyment
  • Pets allowed up to 50lbs
  • Book Peaceful Lake Keowee Rental on VRBO

Seneca, SC
Estate on the Lake

Nothing compares to this immaculate lake house rental! SC’s Lake Keowee has lots of rentals available, but this 8,400 square foot home is top tier. With a private heated swimming pool, boathouse with a 24ft pontoon boat, and pet friendly accommodations, this home has everything for an epic lake vacation.

Keowee Estate on the Lake, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom
  • Sleeps 20
  • Private dock with pontoon boat for your use
  • Private, heated pool
  • Pet friendly
  • Book Estate on the Lake on VRBO

West Union, SC 
Relaxing Lake Front Getaway

This lakeside home is full of fabulous family amenities including multiple decks, one with a screen, dock for swimming and fishing, a ping pong table and more! It’s also the perfect destination for a Clemson Fan, just a short drive to Clemons for games!

Photo Credit: Airbnb
Relaxing Lake Front Getaway, West Union SC, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths 
  • 16 Guests 
  • Located on Lake Keowee, with a boat dock 
  • Beautiful views of the lake from 3 decks and a fire pit with seating 
  • Hot tub
  • Book the Relaxing Lake Front Getaway

Sunset, SC
North Side of Lake Keowee, Private Cove

This vacation home sits alongside a stunning private cove on Lake Keowee. Kayaks are included to explore the cove, and the home itself is full of games and things to do, including a ping pong table.

Lake Keowee Home, Photo Credit VRBO

Clemson, SC
Newly Renovated Lake House on Hartwell

Lake Hartwell offers some of the best lake house rentals in the Carolinas, and this retreat in Clemson has a lot to offer. With 3 docks on the property, you will have full access to the lake. The property has paddleboards and kayaks for your pleasure, newly renovated interior home, and spectacular views on clear mornings. This home is very cozy and will make an excellent home away from home lake house rental.

Lake House on Hartwell, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 private docks to accommodate water level changes
  • Gameroom and billiard room
  • Rocking chairs, private decks, and firepit
  • Book Lake House on Hartwell on VRBO

Greenwood, SC
Large Lakefront Cottage

If you are looking for lake house rentals, SC has plenty on Lake Greenwood that are spacious and right on the lake. This cottage offers a pier and dock, so you can bring a boat or rent a boat locally. There is also a screened in porch for avoiding those pesky mosquitos on warm summer nights.

large lakefront cottage Greenwood
Lake Greenwood Cottage, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Clean and spacious home/property
  • Bring your own boat, or rent a boat locally
  • Pier and dock for fishing and swimming
  • Book Large Lakefront Cottage on VRBO

Cashiers, NC
Lakefront Cabin on Lake Glenville

This cozy A-frame cabin is located on the shores of Lake Glenville near Cashiers, NC! Spend the day relaxing by the lake, or head out into the water in search of waterfalls! This is the “Land of Waterfalls” of course.

Nebo, NC
Lake James Retreat

Looking for lake house rentals? NC’s Lake James, located in McDowell County, has a special treat with this retreat! The home offers spectacular views of the lake, private dock, and even a small sandy beach at the water’s edge.

Lake James Lake House NC
Lake James Retreat, NC, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Private dock with small, sandy beach
  • Paddleboards and kayaks for use
  • Book Lake James Retreat on VRBO

Lake Lure, NC 
Cottage at Lake Lure

This cottage is perfect if you want to be near the lake with plenty to do off the lake. The home provides plenty of dry fun opportunities; a pool table, foosball table, koi pond, and more! 

Photo Credit: Airbnb
Photo Credit: Cottage at Lake Lure, Lake Lure NC -VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bath 
  • 8 Guests 
  • Located on Lake Lure, in a quiet neighborhood
  • The huge covered outdoor area includes a dining table and outdoor kitchen using a “Big Green Egg.” 
  • Book Cottage at Lake Lure on VRBO.

Lake Lure, NC
Lakefront with Wood-burning Fireplace

We love the outdoor wood-burning fireplace at this lakefront home in Lake Lure. THe home is perfect for a large family or a couple of families and even comes with canoes to use on the lake!

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Lakefront on Lake Lure
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Canoes available
  • Fish on the lake if you have a NC fishing license
  • Book Lakefront with Woodburning Fireplace on VRBO

Lake Lanier, NC
The Good House

If you are looking for cozy lake house rentals, NC has tons of options at Lake Lanier. This home is located lakeside, and offers romantic views, a cozy atmosphere, and is close to Tryon International Equestrian Center. The lake house is also excellent for fishing.

Lake Lanier Lake House
The Good House, Lake Lanier, Photo Credit VRBO
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Located on the lake with private dock
  • Cozy and romantic vibes
  • Book The Good House on VRBO

Lake Lanier, NC
Charming Waterfront Cottage

Lake Lanier has some of the best lake house rentals in the Carolinas due to its proximity to both the Upstate and Western North Carolina. This charming cottage has stunning lake and mountain views and is close to excellent hiking, kayaking, and more. The luxury cabin vibes seal the deal!

charming lake lanier lake house rental
Charming Waterfront Cottage, Lake Lanier, Photo Credit VRBO

Bonus: Lake House Vacation Rentals: Georgia

Hartwell, GA
Live The Lake Life

You will never want to leave the water with the provided kayaks and SUPs! That’s a shame because this beautiful house has lots of room to relax. 

Photo Credit: Airbnb
Photo Credit: Live The Lake Life, Hartwell GA – VRBO
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 
  • 8 Guests 
  • Located on the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell and situated over deep water to accommodate a boat at the dock 
  • Rental includes the use of provided kayaks, SUPs, grill, and dock 
  • Book Live The Lake Life on VRBO.

Looking for more fabulous vacation rental options?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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