The time of year has arrived when I start getting excited by frost and ice and find myself walking very carefully to make sure I don’t fall over (I often do). And there’s something about an icy-looking lake on a winter’s morning that really makes me smile. Yes, I want to wake up and look at a lovely Christmas card image of children ice skating across a frozen lake (don’t try this at home, kids).
So whilst I’m imagining I live in a Raymond Briggs cartoon, why not take a look at these lovely lakeside homes.
Snowdonia – £1,950,000
So, what do you get for your millions? Well, this isn’t so much a house as a small hamlet that you’d have all to yourself. There’s an eight-bedroom Victorian main house, a workshop/studio and four additional cottages currently used as holiday lets.
Not only that, but it also comes with its very own fishing lake, and it’s located in Snowdonia National Park. You’re surrounded by nature and can expect to spot kestrels and buzzards flying about while you do a spot of fishing on the lake.
I love the notion that this country house comes with a ‘small lake and island’. Let’s face it – a lake with an island isn’t exactly small, is it?
Lake size aside, this property is pretty special anyway. It’s a Grade II-listed exclusive estate with eight bedrooms. The tree-lined drive and the Aga in the kitchen mean you’ll be living the country dream.
Want that lakeside view to be a little more literal? Then this Cheshire home is perfect – look how close! The house couldn’t be any closer to the lake unless it was actually in it (and that’s not very practical).
The lake might be gorgeous, but what else do you get? Six bedrooms, a games room, stables, landscaped gardens, a paddock and even a moat.