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'La Casita Bonita' - Charming, Private, in a Natural Setting

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This cabin is a Family Treasure. Built as the original vacation cabin on Island Lane, road created by my Dad (retired professor from UVA) forty-some years ago. Great Smith Mountain Lake location! Right on the main channel adjacent to lake marker R-8 where the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers meet. Expansive lake view with exquisite sunsets are yours for the taking. Peek at the lake from every window direction, face the lake from the deck (like on a boat, and could step out into the water) and just a few steps below will take you to a private stationary dock, where boats can be parked. A few steps up off the upper deck will lead you to perfect views of 4th of July fireworks from Saunders Parkway Marina.

Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, Chalet-style, A-frame, Lakefront, Smith Mountain Lake

More Details

Laura Owens
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2018

About Laura Owens

I am a musician and educator. The lake cottage provided to me a lot of special solace to practice and develope my musicianship on piano, violin, mandolin. Plus, I love swimming!

Why Laura Owens chose Huddleston

My father spotted Smith Mountain Lake over 40 years ago and bought a large track of land. In fact, he put the road on this peninsula. Several family homes were built and some lots sold. This cottage property was a gift from my father and was my home for 16 years. To eliminate a daily commute to work, I moved to town nearby, and created a beautiful short-term lake rental to share with visiting guests on vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

Amazing, breathtaking views of the Lake, brightness and light, peacefulness, serenity and privacy (during the week), lake liveliness on the summer weekends!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Huddleston in Lakes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large Sink area, Shower with regular size whirlpool tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Fold out double Futon. Downstairs private room.
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Contains 1 queen bed and 1 fold-out single.
    Lakefront Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Beautiful views of the lake from this room.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Our lovely downstairs 'Bamboo Room' features a double-size Futon that can be folded as a recliner or used as a bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There are bumper boards for safe boat docking. There is a huge amount of outdoor double deck space, stationary dock on the water, fabulous sunsets, lake views from every window, just walk off the deck a few steps to enjoy fabulous 4th of July fireworks from Saunders Parkway Marina, central lake location: the main channel where the Roanoke and Blackwater meet.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)

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'La Casita Bonita' - Charming, Private, in a Natural Setting
average rating of 4.4848485 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect romantic getaway. We had dinner outside on a huge deck with amazing view. Swimming, fishing, and kayaking with easy access to the lake made for a fun and relaxing getaway. I can't wait to find another time to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is wonderful and I am glad your stay was enjoyable. It's a lovely spot for couples or small families. Thank you for your positive review.
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Very Nice in the OFf Season!

  • 4 of 5

Let me first say we arrived during the historic Irma hurricane and there was a chance it was moving in our direction. However, we had only one day with breezy rainy weather, one day was cloudy but the rest were great. We decided to experience Smith Mountain Lake after the Labor Day season and it was peaceful and quiet. At first glance from the street, the property looked unassuming and small. Inside the home was spacious and rustic with a little bit of the worn look but it was quite comfortable. It was the view from the deck of the lake and dock that truly makes it. The home faces west and you can see the sun sets from the dock or from the sliding glass doors in the living/dining rooms. The homes amenities and plumbing are in great shape and were comfortable. The beds were quite nice and we slept well.

The walk down to the private dock is steep and the view is very nice. We were surprised to see how high the dock was over the water, around 5 or 6 feet, which makes the water right off the dock deep enough for diving. The water was 71 degrees and was refreshing but other than using the dock the water is, for all intents and purposes, inaccessible. So much so even our German shepherd had difficulty getting in and out of the lake. If I were to offer any criticism/suggestion it would be to create a shoreline entry point. It would be so much better if there was a spot where one could walk into the water, for boats, kids, and pets.

Much to my dismay I found there are no fish in the lake; I tried every kind of spinner, spoon, crank and jig I had, even night crawlers. I watched a few fishing off boats nearby and off the point but it appeared they weren’t pulling in anything either. Morning, noon, and night I had no luck, not even a nibble. Nonetheless, it couldn’t have been more quiet, enjoyable and relaxing.

I would certainly return again in the off season; a personal preference, but the area is far too urban for me. I like the quietude and placidity of the lake after the crowds have gone.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We felt the location was excellent and the house just as advertised The privacy was more than we expected. Thinking about next spring.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. And I do appreciate very much your saying in your review that the property was just “as advertised.” Thank you.
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Perfection squared

  • 5 of 5




  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very grateful for guests giving my property five star reviews. Thank you very much and I so appreciate your taking the time to share positive comments. I am very glad it was a wonderful stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely sunsets

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming! And I'm very glad your have a relaxing and pleasant stay.
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Step back in time on SML

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful open part of the lake with wonderful views from the house. Lovely deck to enjoy both up and on the lake. Owner is very responsive for any questions. The house was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Just a few steps down from the cottage deck takes you to a private stationary dock where you can relax in the sun, enjoy clean fresh water for swimming and dock your boat. Dine in the evening on the outside deck viewing the sunset. Vacationers come from all over to fish where striper, bass, crappies and bluegills abound. Marinas abound where you can rent jet skies, motor and pontoon boats. The Smith Mountain Lake State park offers a beach, hiking trails, and daily planned activities for children. The Booker T. Washington National Monument as well as the Smith Mountain Lake dam all make for a fun trip.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £49.87
Pet Fee £53.43
Damage Insurance £42.03
Damage Deposit £213.72

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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