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Brand new home for 2009 rental! 4 bedroom, 3 bath multilevel living area with universal design on lower level. All furnishings brand new and selected by interior designer. Open upstairs plan with 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, living area with stone fireplace, spacious kitchen and dining room as well as laundry and pantry. 3 sets of patio doors exiting to large deck overlooking quiet cove. Sectional sofa with large screen TV in family area and TVs in all bedrooms except bunk room. Lower level has wet bar, refrigerator, large TV w/surround sound and game room. Downstairs bedroom has queen plus 2 singles, perfect for in-laws or separate family. Lower level has a covered deck and patio doors leading into bedroom and game room. A short concrete walk leads down to the beautiful deep water, no wake cove. Dock hosts Tiki bar, shaded deck, sun deck and floater dock. Home very close to bridge, shopping, and touring.
Relaxing yet Elegant: Large glass patio doors and windows add open feel to both upper and lower level. Outstanding views of lake from the comfort of couches or relaxing outside on the decks. Huge downstairs game room with pool table and ping pong for entertainment. Large screen TV in upstairs living area as well as large screen TV downstairs with surround sound and 3 comfortable, leather, lounge couches for family gathering. All furnishings brand new and top quality being selected by an intererior designer from Stedman House, Roanoke. Beautiful hard wood floors in upstairs along with granite countertops in kitchen and baths.
Secluded but Close to it All: The Frances is situated on a deep water, no wake cove with very few surrounding properties. It is perfect for a family, fun, get away with lots of water activities or soaking up the sun. Quiet setting is excellent for fishing and observing nature. However for those who are restless, there are plenty of close by activities. Hales Ford Bridge is just around the corner and offers boat and jet ski rentals as well as putt-putt, night-life, restaurants and shopping. The cities of Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roanoke are all within a short drive. The National World War II Memorial is in Bedford and the Peaks of Otter Mountains are on the outskirts. Several wineries and orchards are close by.
Lower Level Design: The lower level was finished based on a universal design. A private hallway leads from this bedroom to the bathroom so that occupants do not have to enter through the game room area. The lot gently slopes down to the lake and has a short concrete walkway leading to the dock area. Covered, shaded area allows for viewing activities while not being in the sun. Tiki bar with fridge keeps drinks and food in easy access.
Owned by Chuck Vailes & Family and Robert Vailes & Family
Vailes Brothers, Inc. purchased this house in 2009
Relaxing, vacation, home with easy access.
What an amazing time we had at "The Frances" in July!! This beautiful house is equiped with everything needed for fun and relaxation! The sylish, comfortable Jamaican decoration gave us the feel of the beach, as did the georgeous view of the water out back. There was plenty of space for more than one family to spread out with loads of indoor and outdoor activities to keep everyone happy. We made use of the many televisions, VCRs, CD players, the great decks, the Wii, the pool table, air hockey, ping pong, the hot tub and kayaks. Since "The Frances" backs up to a "no wake" inlet our children had a great time jumping and swinmming both close to and farther away from the dock.
The spacious, open kitchen even made cooking a fun family activity! We were well pleased with every aspect of our vacation here and would love to spend time in "The Frances" again!! Many Thanks for the amazing vacation!!
Hi Chuck and Julie,
First, I'd like to apologize for writing this so long after our stay. Which was 3/25 - 4/3/16. I lost my dad. This is actually why we took this last minute trip. The house is amazing, so, you deserve this review. The drive from Indiana to the house was great btw. The weather turned out much better than expected as well! The property is absolutely wonderful. From the steep drive to the dock. Contact began with Chuck. He's great! We arranged everything through Homeaway and email. We made direct payment with no problem. Final contact and arrangements were finalized with Julie. She is very thorough, answering all of my messages quickly as well. We received our deposit back in a timely manner. Just a few suggestions for your stay. You will need to supply your own sheets and all types of towels... etc. They do have a 3rd party that you can rent from. I found it to be more valuable to buy our own. They don't have trash collection. The owners suggest that you use the Moneta Recycle Center. Info can be found in the kitchen. The kitchen is well stocked. Personally, I wish I brought my large electric skillet but we got by. We grilled out most of the time. We did get carry out from Vinny's... pretty good Italian for a chain. The hot tub is amazing and out under the stars! Loved the rec room too. It's been awhile since we have played pool, taught the kids a lesson or two. Fishing is great, right off the dock! We caught plenty keepers, many catch and release and even (lost a couple trophies) gained a couple stories...lol! You do need a licence. You can easily get it online, go to... dgif.virginia.gov/fishing .
I hope this helps you in your decision to rent this property. You won't be disappointed, so, what are you waiting for. I hope we can get the opportunity to enjoy your home again. Thank you Chuck and Julie!
This was our time to SML. We were only there over the weekend and it rained most of the time. However, we still had an amazing getaway. I work in the home improvement industry and notice all things building related. From the boathouse to the landscaping to the furnishings, everything was really nicely done, which made us feel at home immediately.
There is a ton of room in this home. We liked it so much that we may have our family get togethers there at some point this summer. If so, or whenever we visit SML, I will not even look for another property.
Remember to bring your own sheets.
The Frances at Bridgewater will be my go to place for Smith Mountain Lake trips from this point forward. Everything you need is there for you. The owner was super helpful when I had lost track of my entry information and had no service for emails. He was easy to reach and didn't bother us during the duration of our stay. This was our first family getaway in about 15 years and everyone made it. We had ages ranging from 5 to 55 literally and everyone was more than satisfied. My children didn't ask me for my phone or any electronics the entire time we there. All of the kids learned how to kayak and we really enjoyed that. They lived in swim suites and bare feet all weekend ready to jump in at anytime. Being right across from Jakes place to fill up the boat with fuel and have a few fun nights was convenient as well. The kitchen was completely stocked for everything you may need. We used Lake Linen service which was also amazing. My mom enjoyed the upper deck while my dad enjoyed canoeing(provided) and the dock which gave great fishing opportunity (perch and catfish among others were biting all weekend). Everyone enjoyed the hot tub which came in very handy on Sunday when it rained most of the day. The game room and air hockey table and pool table came in good use that day as well. We had a very relaxing and fun weekend all around and I am ready to get back to this lake oasis.
Loved the house and the entertainment area. A wonderful home to stay in while we celebrated my daughters graduation. The owner went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. Could not have asked for a better weekend. Kayaks and canoe was an added bonus! Thank you so much.
We spent our Thanksgiving holiday at this home and had a wonderful stay. The property is warm and inviting from the moment you pull in the driveway. The condition is excellent both inside and out, showing pride of ownership. The home was clean and neat upon arrival, allowing us to walk in and begin to enjoy our time immediately. Floor plan is laid out well for a group with 3 bedrooms up and one down; living area up and down and both provide easy access to outdoors. The house is well equipped with anything you may need provided in the kitchen, game tables in the lower level, hot tub, boat house and dock with water toys to enjoy. While the house provides plenty of privacy and a beautiful view, the location is very near grocery, banks, salons, restaurants etc, offering the best of both worlds.
Finally, we truly enjoyed working with the owners. They are very kind and accommodating, making the whole transaction terrific.
National World War II Memorial located in Bedford, 20 miles away. Peaks of Otter Mounains also in Bedford.
|Cleaning||$200 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
$3,400.00 per week in season; rates vary for off season.
Sleeps 8+! Rates in season: $3,400. Off season rates vary.
If you would like linens there is a linen service is available. Please request for additional information.