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Sweet By and By... Your Escape to the Beauty of Smith Mountain Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2Bdrm, 2Bath Lakefront Vacation Rental Huddleston, Virginia USA

This two-bedroom, two-bath cottage offers the ambiance of gentler times with all the comfort and luxury of the present! Sweet By and By is a quaint and peaceful home located on a very quiet street directly across from the entrance to the State Park. The setting is beautiful in the spring and summer, and even lovelier in the long, warm Virginia fall. Yet, the wooded lot, fireplace, and hot tub make Sweet By n’ By very private and cozy, and also the perfect place for a long winter weekend getaway. This home is truly wonderful during anytime of the year and the ideal place for one or two couples, or a small family.

The one-level cottage style home is located on the Craddock Creek channel of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. The cove offers deep, wide water that is great for swimming, boating, or cruising around in its five-person paddle boat or canoe. The home has central air, a laundry room, and a kitchen that is fully equipped for all of your cooking needs. Appliances include a full-size refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, toaster, waffle maker, crock pot, and blender. The kitchen is also stocked with dishes, glasses, flatware, pots, pans, and cooking utensils. The hot tub and gas grill are located under the carport, so they remain functional even in the event of inclement weather.

In the living area, a 42” HDTV is connected to satellite TV with an expansive HD programming package, a DVD player, as well as a Netflix subscription. High speed wireless internet and a wireless Printer/Scanner/Copier office machine afford the opportunity to extend a weekend stay and work remotely if needed. A gas fireplace is available (except during the summer) to take the chill out of the morning air and provide a cozy, romantic setting in the evenings. Additional 32" and 24” HDTVs and DVD players are available in the bedrooms, as well as Netflix.

Looking out to the lake is a sunroom furnished with a rocking chair and lounge chairs, which are ideal for enjoying morning coffee or quiet evenings. It is a perfect way to appreciate those great lake views or to relax with a good book. The room opens to a lighted walkway. Off the top of the walkway is a fire pit equipped with a cooking grate and tools to enjoy campfire cooking. The walkway leads to a porch swing situated on a landing by the lake. The landing area can be warmed by a second fire pit. At the end of the walkway is a large dock with a sun deck. The dock’s amenities include: electrical outlets, lighting, a covered boat slip, a hoist that is designed to accommodate either one V-hull boat or up to two jet skis, and a floating dock that is outfitted for mooring boats. It is a great spot for swimming, fishing, waterskiing or just kicking back and enjoying the sun! After enjoying a day on water, spend a leisurely evening around the warmth of the fire pit or pitching horseshoes, if you are looking for some friendly competition.

An RV port (w/ water and electric) is available near the entrance of the property. The property is also conveniently located near Mariners Landing Golf Course and would be ideal for a foursome interested in a golf weekend. The 5th hole at Mariners Landing, a par 3 over water, can be seen directly across the cove from the property.

Amenities Include:

Private Wooded Lakeside Site, Near Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Central Air Conditioning and Heating

1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Full Sofa Beds

2 Full Bathrooms

4 Person Hot Tub

Wireless High Speed Internet

Wireless Printer/Scanner/Copier Office Machine

2 Fire Pits, 1 with a Cooking Grate

Gas Grill

Deep Water Dock with Sun Deck and Boat Lift

5 Person Paddle Boat

2 Person Canoe, with Oars

Personal Flotation Devices: 2 Adult, 1 Child and 1 Infant

Large Air Conditioned Lakeside Sunroom

Fully Equipped Kitchen with Ice Maker and Dishwasher

Custom Cabinetry Throughout

3 HDTVs, 3 DVD Players (2 Blu-ray capable), and Netflix

Portable Stereo

Fully Equipped Laundry

3 Person Swing at Lakeside Landing

Horseshoe Pit

Telephone with Local and Long Distance Service

Separate 30'x18' RV Shelter with Water and Electric Connections

The house is managed by Lake Retreat Properties. The calendar on this site will show you the home's availability.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Marc

I absolutely fell in love with Smith Mountain Lake on my first visit in 2004. Now I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the lake community. By making my home available to others, I sincerely hope many more can enjoy the lake as much as my son and I do.

Marc purchased this house in 2012

Why Marc chose Smith Mountain Lake

Sweet By and By is the quintessential lake cottage. It’s quaint, cozy, private, and everything you think of when imagining a place at the lake. It’s the ideal vacation place for a small family or romantic getaway for a couple.

What makes this house unique

Hot tub, gas logs fireplace, paddle boat, canoe, wireless internet, HDTV and HD programming, sun deck, sun room, deep water at the dock, horseshoes, and conveniently located near the state park.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hoping for snow we looked to take a mid-winter get-away. We ended up finding Marc's nice lake front home and 70 degree weather. It couldn’t have been better. Both Marc and the rental team were in touch making the rental process a positive and easy experience. We found the home clean and well-maintained. Everything needed was provided. Plenty of space especially for a two bedroom house. If you are looking for a modern, gee-whiz, total wow factor type of place, this is not for you. If you appreciate a well maintained, fully functional traditional home with fun factor and a caring owner, you’re at the Sweet By and By and smiling. Overall, it exceeded our expectations and were very pleased with our stay. See you on that beautiful shore!
Feb 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH) or Roanoke (ROA)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
R-11 Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mariners Landing
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Amtrak - Lynchburg (LYH)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
SML State Park (beach on the lake, fee required)

This area's great natural beauty--from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains--is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing.

Vacationers come from all over to fish, enjoy the water sports and play on the 500 miles of shoreline. They usually end up discovering many unexpected delights. Friendly people and genuine hospitality make everyone feel welcome and there’s always something new to do. World-class historical sites, unique shopping opportunities from antiques to art galleries, the latest fashions, fantastic dining and entertainment options, and simply sitting back and enjoying the glorious scenery make everyday complete. Sound too good to be true? Just wait until you see our beautiful sunsets.


Huddleston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There are two full baths, one in the master bedroom suite and one directly across the hall from the cozy second bedroom. Both baths are beautifully decorated with custom wood cabinetry and trim. Tenants need to bring their own bath towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The Master bedroom is very spacious and private with its own full bath, 32'' flat screen TV with satellite connection, and a DVD/Blu-Ray player. The second bedroom is cozy and comfortable with it's beautiful antique white iron headboard. It also has a 24'' flat screen TV and DVD player. Additionally, there are two full size sleeper sofas in the living room for even more comfort options. Tenants need to bring their own bed linens.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Sweet By and By... Your Escape to the Beauty of Smith Mountain Lake
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Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at this house. It was the perfect size for us with 2 kids and 2 dogs. The house is very clean and had everything we needed. The sun porch is just wonderful to enjoy the view with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. We loved the dock and party deck where we had dinner every night. The kids went fishing every day with great success. We had a fire in the fire pit every night and made smores and the kids enjoyed the hot tub as well. The house is located in a quite area and I enjoyed taking the dogs for walks every day. There is a wonderful winery nearby and grocery store pretty close by.

We rented a pontoon boat from a marina close by and it was a great way to explore the wonderful lake.

The only negative is that the stairs to the dock are steep but once you are on the dock and deck the views are wonderful.

I highly recommend this rental. The owner was fabulous and responded very quickly and was very informative.

We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nina, thank you for the kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you are able to return in near future.
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Lake Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We loved the house! It was just private enough. Great for our family! The dock was where we spent most of the days. We took an heavy duty cooler and left it down at the dock rather than hauling one up and down the stairs each day. The dock was great for fishing, swimming, or just hanging out. Having a canoe was also a perk. The kitchen is stocked perfectly. One side note: in the brochure that Lake Retreat gives the renters it has different check-in and check-out times than what is listed on the home away website.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your review. It seemed quite positive. If there is something that could have made it even better, please don't hesitate to send me a message. I hope you return again in future.
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Amazing stay, clean and lots of things to do

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for our stay we so enjoyed it, house was very clean !!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the compliment, Wendy. I certainly try to keep the house in the best condition possible. I hope you are able to return for another visit in the future.
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Marc and property management company. This nice and cozy place made our vacation perfect. House is very clean and had everything. Beds were comfortable and it gets very quiet at night. Many places to sit and relax. We regret that we stayed only three nights and we realized that we could have done more stuff here. At least we enjoyed golfing, fishing (and release) canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, renting a boat, listening live band from nearby marina, encountering wild animal and family time. We had never got tired of fishing (because fish won't leave you alone) from the dock so we ended up eating dinner at upper dock except one night at Heath's. (We bought fish license and bait at Food Lion on our first day grocery shopping)

Be careful with left over food outside from ants, as it's in the mountain.

Local golf courses (mariners landing and westlake) were nice and so were their staffs. Very reasonable rate.

We didn't know about SML until this vacation planning but we will be definitely back to this house and stay longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yumi, thank you for the review and kind words. I hope you are able to return in the future. If you do, please know that I have signed a waiver to allow my tenants to fish from the property. No license is required.
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Clean an well taken care of.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and look forward to another time that we can make it down to SML

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim, thank you for the review. I hope you have the opportunity to return again in the near future.
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Cutest getaway at Smith Mountain Lake!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property for my parent's anniversary and they loved it. They complimented how clean everything was, and absolutely loved the views. They were able to enjoy the seclusion of the property but also visit with some of the neighboring people as well when they wanted to. Marc was very accommodating to work with as well, and made the process go smoothly. My dad especially loved having access to the dock to go swimming, while my mom could enjoy watching with their little dog from the shaded areas. Marc has all the necessities covered so they were able to cook in every night. It was a much calmer part of the lake - so you didn't feel crowded even though it was a busy weekend. I was jealous I didn't get to go and they were sad they couldn't stay the whole week! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca, thank you for all of the kind words. I'm glad your parents enjoyed their anniversary getaway. I hope they can return for another stay and I hope you have the opportunity to come and enjoy the lake also.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

Partial week rentals during the summer period cannot cross over a Saturday and impact two rental weeks.

Minimum 3-night stay during holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, Memorial and Labor Day Weekends.

Reservation Fee covers accidental damage insurance.

Dog are welcome with a $50 pet fee.

HomeAway's Instant Quote application is not always 100% accurate. Please contact the owner for an official quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.