Spacious, Large hot tub, amazing views! Full amenities, linens always included.
Jim Erler, Manager LakeAway Vacation Rentals
About Jim Erler, Manager LakeAway Vacation Rentals
Jim and Catriona Erler have been managing Silver Bay View Cottages since 1993. Helping visitors find the best way to enjoy the lake or helping them organize a great family reunion is what makes this business so enjoyable. When not helping visitors, Jim designs Arts & Crafts houses and Catriona is a garden photographer and author. She has written and provided photos for eight books and also writes for a local magazine on Smith Mountain Lake.
Jim Erler, Manager LakeAway Vacation Rentals purchased this House in 2002
Why Jim Erler, Manager LakeAway Vacation Rentals chose Huddleston
We grew up in Southern California, vacationing on a lake in the nearby mountains. When we moved east, we searched for a lake with the same feel, and found that the eastern end of Smith Mountain Lake, with the mountains a trees, was just the right spot.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Dogs allowed. Ask owner about cats
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
VRBO should add filter for garbage pickup Y/N
This is a nice property with great access to the lake, with a good location for boating, water sports. Beautiful scenery with Smith Mountain in the back ground. It was great that we could bring our dog, which was the main reason for renting this property.. Owner should add TV in main floor den area, and provide full cable listings rather than basic cable. I don't understand why so many lake properties do not have garbage collection. This a big headache and why we will stay at mariners landing next time and forgo bringing the dog.
Everyone loved this place.
Have been to SML multiple times, this is the best house we've stayed in so far.
Very comfortable, clean and convenient setup and stay!
Overall I would give this property a Good rating. This reservation was setup for a family reunion of sorts recognizing a milestone birthday for the patriarch. The bedroom setup was convenient for the 11 of us, the kitchen and dining table easily served us with ample space and plenty of amenities. The wrap around deck was great for gathering and taking in the beautiful view of the lake and surroundings. Having a fire pit for S'mores was great and the dock served us well with easy access when we rented a boat and jet skis for fun in the sun. There was a minor issue with a ceiling fan not working, Jim was responsive to the phone call, no resolution however there was a floor fan available which substituted in a pinch. Since our patriarch was turning 90, the steps down to the dock are numerous and steep so be prepared with alternative plans if you are in the same situation. The only other observation I would make is the shared bathroom upstairs between the 2 bedrooms with the queen beds and the bathroom downstairs have quite antiquated showers. Don't get me wrong, the water flows warm and strong, just don't be expecting anything other than a 1970's era fiberglass enclosure.
The fan had indeed failed, so a new more modern one has been installed. We like to think of the 1970's shower as a tribute to mid-century modern design. It does work well while bringing back some memories!
Beautiful Weekend Getaway
We had a great time! The house was clean and the view was amazing. Jim was very friendly and helpful. Our fall pictures turned out beautiful. We plan to go back in the warmer weather to enjoy the lake. Thanks for a much needed weekend getaway.
Great location and very spacious.
The owner is extremely friendly, and the house is very accommodating for a large group.
Would not rent again.
I hesitate to write this review with the golden rule in mind, If you don't have anything nice to say; on the other hand we always read reviews before booking homes. Therefore I will only point out what seem to be the on going issues. We have elderly and disable family, we were told we could use a road taking us directly to a dock to use, problem is the house owner does not own said dock; this create awkward situations with the actual dock owner and his guest to the point of those family members not wanting to go boating us rest of us. The dock owner didn't want us using the dock and said he didn't know why the house owner keeps telling renters they can use the dock. We did use couple of times. We rent a pontoon boat for the week, this was our 4th year at SML. We rented this house plus the Cedar Cabin because each year we bring more family with us and this seem like the perfect solution to needing extra room with houses next to each other. We spend all our time on the lake. The whole dock situation was very disappointing and stressful. The Main house does have a dock , but on a very steep hill.
The ice maker was broken the entire week, house owner brought us a bag of ice from his freezer the 1st day and told us to buy bags and he would reimburse us. The owner said the repair guy couldn't figure out what was wrong when he is called out to work on it, so owner keeps bags of ice in his freezer, which he lives next to main house. Sewer system, they came to work on it beginning our stay; all week long strong smell of sewer in downstairs' bathroom. Apparently, on going issue since there was a tattered paper on lower bathroom door asking if you are not the renters of house to walk back to your cabin to use the facilities there. The owner has the main house plus 3 cabins. There was low water pressure at both house, not sure if that was an on going issue but happen all week long to the point where we couldn't shower or wash clothes at times.
Yes they have internet, what we didn't know was there is one connection that serves 5 houses (owner 's house included) he came to house to check one day since it was down, Main house had the modem. We were asked not to stream any videos or games during visit. One renter in past stream soccer games and owner ended up with extra charges. We did have family that needed to be online for work, it was an issue.
Good - They allow dogs which are family to us and a dinning room table large enough to seat 14 people .
When I met with this particular guest during their stay, he was extremely angry that the two master bedrooms share a bathroom. To remedy this problem, he forced the occupants of the second master bedroom to use the lower level bathroom. He stated that no rental property should have shared bathrooms and advised me that I should not be offering the house for rent. While he did not mention this issue in the review, it explains why he gave the lowest possible rating to the two properties that his group rented.
Dock for an elderly/disabled person:
The community dock at our neighboring properties is not normally included with the rental of the Main House. However we do offer it to elderly or disabled individuals who need easier access to a dock. This guest ignored our directions and chose to repeatedly use a private dock in the neighboring community, even after the owner objected. He should have contacted us immediately. He did not.
Stairs to the dock at the Main House:
All properties on the lake have some steps down to the dock. Relative to other properties on the lake, ours is moderate. Please check out the photos on the web site and judge for yourself.
I let the guest know that I provided a full bag of ice in the freezer since the ice maker works intermittently, and that I had more bags of ice at my home should they run out. They never called and there was ice left in the original bag after they departed.
The guest complained about a sewer smell in the downstairs bathroom. I immediately checked it and did not smell anything. The other guest in his party did not notice the smell either. This was not an issue.
Low Water Pressure
The guest never contacted us regarding water pressure. If they had it could have been resolved immediately.
The guest is confused. Our Internet connection does NOT serve five homes. However, while we have the fastest available, Internet is provided by a wireless (i.e. microwave) ISP that slows down during peak usage. To address this, the provider asks their customers to minimize streaming audio and video, and charges extra fees for excessive data usage. Most of the time download speeds are adequate for normal business use and even streaming. This guest was angry because we encourage guests not to stream video, and he needed to stream for work. I told him to feel free to use the Internet as he needed. It was not an issue.
Grand and spectacular views of the lake and Smith Mountain in a quiet, private setting populated with beautiful Loblolly pines and sweeping lawns. Private deep-water dock offers easy access for boating, swimming, sunbathing and world class fishing.
Ideal for Family Reunions
The house is located on a point that marks the entry to Witcher Creek, one of the best fishing areas on the lake. The Main House is a large, modern home that can comfortably accommodate 10 people.
Two large public rooms and a large deck are designed for entertaining, making it the ideal gathering place for up to 24 people staying in the Silver Bay View Cottages properties.
* Beautiful lake views
* Hot Tub
* Harvest Dining Table seats up to 14
* Kitchen with all the modern conveniences
* Dishes for 24 place settings
* Spacious deck with seating for 12
* Large Floating Dock
* Game room (Foosball, Air Hockey, Large TV)
* High Speed Wireless Internet