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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

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As for the property itself -- 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
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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!
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Huddleston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Sweet By and By... Your Escape to the Beauty of Smith Mountain Lake
average rating of 4.8125 based on 33 reviews

A short but great romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Amazing. We loved it!!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I hope you are able to return in the future.
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It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, the view, and the entire experience. I would definitely recommend staying in this home and hope to be able to return again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and nice comments. I hope you are able to return in the near future.
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Great North East Ohio Pre-Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint and peaceful. Enjoyed all the amenities this SML home had to offer. Covered boat slip with lift, close to marina, covered RV parking which was nice for storing the boat trailer, hot tub, fire ring and even cut firewood, very nice of the owner to provide that. The home is very clean, tastefully decorated and offered numerous great features, i.e. washer/dryer, satellite TV, WIFI, fully stocked kitchen, close to SML State Park for walking trails and SML Dam, which we would recommend a short day trip to the visitor center, very interesting. We loved the lake and had a great time. Will definitely return next year for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Scott, I appreciate the very nice comments about the home and the details you provided for other travelers. As you indicated, I hope you are able return for a longer visit in the near future.
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Wonderful cabin on the lake

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy, well equipped home. Despite a rainy few days throughly enjoyed our stay. Hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you do have the opportunity to return.
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Fantastic place on the lake

  • 5 of 5

This home is fantastic!!!!! Great great view in a great cove! The most well equipped kitchen I have encountered! I can't wait to go back!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words, Cindy. I'm glad you enjoyed the lake and your time at Sweet By and By. I hope you have the opportunity to return in the near future.
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One word....Beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing. We rent a vacation "place" somewhere every year and this may be the cleanest property we have ever encountered. The house is adorable. It has all the country cabin charm with all the modern day conveniences of home. Furniture was comfortable, beds were comfortable, everything was arranged great. I should have only brought half of what I brought because it was all there and waiting for us. Games, movies, and activities for every age. More than enough room for a two adult/ two child family to enjoy. The water was deep and soooo clean. The deck was great for swimming and fishing. This girl doesn't camp and I never once felt like I was too deep "in the woods" because of the gorgeous house and water. We rented a jet ski for the first time and simply fell in love. It was our first time here but we will most certainly be back to enjoy Smith Mountain Lake again. Thank you so much for sharing your place with us!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Samantha, thank you for the extremely kind words. I try very hard to provide a clean and well maintained property, so I'm very pleased that you found the house to be in exceptional condition. Additionally, since the house is promoted as a place that offers the ambiance of gentler times with all the comfort and luxury of the present, I'm happy you found the home lived up to its billing. Thank you again for the very nice comments. I hope you are able to return in the near future.
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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.


Rates & Availability

Huddleston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green - Spring
Mar 18 2017 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Red - Peak Summer
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Green - Late Summer
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Blue - Fall
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Blue - Fall 2
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Blue - Fall 3
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Blue - Fall 4
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Blue - Fall 5
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Reservation Fee $50
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 12.3%

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.

The property can be reserved with a $200 rental deposit, if reservations are made 90 days prior to arrival. Full payment is due 90 days prior to arrival, or if reservations are made inside of 90 days of the arrival date.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations cancelled with at least 90 days prior notice, 1/2 of the pre-paid rental deposit (less any pre-paid Travel Insurance fees) will be refunded.

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