The paper presents the results of partially categorized interviews conducted among the inhabitants of the nine lakeside villages located in the Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie lakeland. The aim of the study was to show how the inhabitants of rural areas featuring high natural values perceive the environment of their own village and what are their landscape preferences. The article presents the landscape elements which, according to the respondents, are the most and the least attractive in terms of aesthetics values as well as are considered to be characteristic or distinctive for a given village. Besides, a set of characteristics features and factors determining the landscape values of the analysed areas were presented. The results showed that the inhabitants attach little importance to the aesthetics values of their dwelling-place. It was also shown that lakes are considered, by the majority of the respondents, as landscape elements of the minor significance. The most important feature deciding on the villages aesthetic qualities occurred to be the law and order referring to the spatial, technical and visual aspects of buildings and sites resulted from the fact that an owner is taking care of a given place. Recently renovated or new sites and objects obtained the highest rate.
Cultural landscape indicators are quantitative and qualitative measures which related to the diverse features of the environment, including the material and non-material cultural heritage and the landscape physiognomy. They can be analysed in relation to architectural, spatial, social, visual, perceptual, and economic aspects. This article aims to identify such an extensive set of indicators in relation to seven villages located in the Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie Lakeland. The com-mon feature of the analysed areas is their strong association with the lake or river, which was emphasized by the use of specific indicators related to the characteristics of the waterside areas. As a result, for each locality 18 indicators were defined. The result showed that the highest quality of the cultural landscape possess Wola Uhruska, Lake Krasne and Bug river in Wola Uhruska, the lowest feature Grabniak and river Wieprz in Kijany. Besides, it was showed that villages generally are of higher quality of cultural landscape than water areas connected to them.