Jens and Michelle, who live nearby and settle you in, have transformed this modern house into a wonderful escape for families. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and huge windows let you gaze out to the lake and mountains beyond – a soul-soothing sight. Inside all is airy and spacious; the simple, beautiful décor is an unfussy mix of old and new: splashes of colour from local art on white walls, Persian rugs on pale hardwood floors, a beautiful Irish antique carved bureau. The house is on one level with the living/dining areas and kitchens all lake-facing; the calming bedrooms (except for one double) face the garden. The open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge is the hub of the house for all to gather for late breakfasts, lazy lunches and simple suppers. Spill out to the large kitchen (you’ll find all you need for serious cooking; or onsite catering can be arranged), formal dining room and lounge when the occasion or mood takes your fancy. The approach alone, down a long wooded road, will blow the cobwebs away. Add to that your own private lakeshore, a verdant garden and heaps of outdoor activities to leave you feeling utterly soporific.