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"Hidden Gem" On Smith Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

"Hidden Gem" On Smith Lake, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 10+

Welcome to "Hidden Gem" on Smith Lake. A mountain lovin' girl married to a lake lovin' boy found the perfect home to fit both of our loves. Hidden Gem provides guests the feeling of being nestled in a mountain cabin retreat while being located on beautiful Smith Lake. Our home has brought many Woosah (defi: tell someone to calm down and relax) moments for us that we would like to extend to you.

This cabin is our family's vacation spot, but we would love to share with others when we are not there. Hidden Gem is a 3 bedroom 2 bath log cabin nestled in a cove located on the main channel in the central part of the lake. It is perfect for families with small children who want a secluded spot to swim or fish without worrying about boat traffic. The home is located just minutes from Duncan Marina (where boat rentals are available).

The upstairs loft boasts a fantastic owners suite with a queen size bed, private bath with a spa inspired shower and relaxing sitting area with large flat screen TV, DVD player, and Wii play station. Downstairs hosts the remaining two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, and kitchen and dining area. Bedroom 1 consists of a queen size bed and has a TV and DVD player. Bedroom 2 has two futon bunk beds (futon folds out to full-size on bottom and twin on top). The living room has all leather furniture, flat screen TV, DVD player. There is a large video library available for your viewing enjoyment.

The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, including a gas stove, fridge, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. There are also utensils and spices available for the avid cookers who like to whip up delicious meals! A charcoal grill is available for the grill masters as well.

In addition to lake access from our 10 X10 swim pier, our home is located across the street from the neighborhood rec area that has a tennis court, basketball court, and football/soccer field. We do offer the use of any equipment we have (soccer ball, tennis racquets and balls, basketball, archery equipment) for our guest to use during their stay.

The neighborhood boat launch is located just over 1/2 mile from our home and there is space available to store you trailer at the house.

The outside of the house has a sloping walk way down to the swim pier. We offer a canoe and aqua lily pad for guest to use for their enjoyment while here. There is a large fire pit for you to huddle around during the cool fall evenings and make s'mores or just enjoy some music from the outdoor speaker available. Or you might just want to enjoy some quiet reading time in the hammock that overlooks the lake. During chilly winter months you may just want to cozy up around the wood burning stove in the living room with a book or movie. The relaxing options are endless!

This home has been a wonderful place for our family to relax and reconnect, we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we have. We look forward to having you as guest in our home and sharing in your own Woosah moments!

(Is considered seasonal water and water levels fall low in late fall through the winter)

UPDATE 10/20/2016: We have recently added an additional vacation rental on Smith Lake that has year round water and a single slip boat dock with swim pier. Please feel free to check it out as well at VRBO #927680

More Details

Haley Smithing
Member since: 2015
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Haley Smithing

We are a busy family that lives in the Nashville, TN area. We decided we needed a place that we could escape the craziness of our everyday lives and reconnect with each other and nature. Hidden gem has been the best move we ever made! We want to be able to have other share in these types off moments too! We hope you will enjoy your time here as much as we do.

Why Haley Smithing chose Arley

This property offers seclusion while still being on the lake. We try to offer things that will allow you to take a step away from your busy life and just reconnect with your family and the outdoors.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Arley in Winston County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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"Hidden Gem" On Smith Lake
average rating of 4.745098 based on 51 reviews

Clean, comfortable, and as advertised

  • 5 of 5

The space was great and everything went just as planned. Everything was clean and comfortable. Very rustic feel with the comforts of home

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice cabin in its own secluded lot

  • 5 of 5

This was a very nice house with plenty of space for 4 adults and 4 young kids. It was nice to be in a more isolated lot than some of the surrounding houses.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Christmas Holiday Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The house was charming, well furnished and appointed with many amenities. It's location tucked away on a slough, made it feel like you are in the mountains. It's close to Duncan Bridge Marina and Arley for local shopping and Jasper is not that far away. The large kitchen had everything we needed to prepare a Christmas meal for our family and the dining table was great for a family gathering. The wood burning Buck stove provided added warmth and charm of a log cabin. We did miss TV but the movie selection kept us entertained. We would consider renting this again although we couldn't tell from the low water level that there would be enough room to navigate our boat in/out of the slough.

One of the best places we have stayed at on Smith Lake!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday time spent at Hidden Gem. I did want to let you know that in the spring when water levels are back up there is ample room to navigate a boat in/out of the slough. We have 26 ft. pontoon that we park at the swim pier on a regular basis with no problems. If you would like to visit again we would love to have you back! Thanks, Haley
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Family memories to keep for a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

Hidden Gem is a well maintained and immaculate property located in a great location. We spent the Thanksgiving holidays with our family and it was one of the best family time we ever had. We highly recommended it. It is a 4.5 stars because one of the rooms is shared as a laundry room. There are two bunkbeds and a washer and a dryer in the space. Needless to say that Haley (the owner), not only made herself available for any inquiries, but she anticipated any needs that we might had during the stay.

Thank you for allowing us to rent your property.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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LOVED this place! Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was spotless, and decorated nicely. The beds were comfy, the kitchen was very well stocked with all the cooking supplies needed, there were also tons of DVD's (kid friendly ones, too), a Wii, and lots of boardgames. The yard was landscaped and well-kept, there was plenty of firewood for the cabin, and for the firepit. We paddled the canoe around the shoreline, our children thought that was amazing! There wasn't internet service, but why would you need it anyway when the scenery is so beautiful and there's so much to do outdoors?! We had a great weekend in your cabin, and will definitely recommend it to our friends!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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house great, anything else a failure

  • 1 of 5

The house was beautiful. That is the only thing nice I can say about the rental. Otherwise, you must prepare yourself for NO television and NO internet. We were fore-warned, so I cant say there was deception. The biggest problem was getting to the pier. It was a 70-yard walk at a 45 degree angle. If you get that far, there a three wooden decks which get closer and closer to the water until you are above the pier. To make the last 10-12 feet to the pier, you have to climb down a 10-12 foot aluminum ladder which is strapped to a 5x10 foot wooden wall with cinch-straps, at a 70 degree angle. There was a canoe laying upside down on the pier, which left very little space to fish. Being older, it was impossible for us to move the canoe. If all someone wants is to sit in a beautiful house and read, sleep, eat, and take baths, then this is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela, I am terribly sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time at Hidden Gem. I wish you would have let me know your feelings upon your arrival. I would have gladly moved you to another property we have there that would have suited your needs better. As far as your critique of the property, I did let you know due to the amount of trees (which provide the secluded feeling) we did not have wifi or cable but there is a video library that has about 200 videos for you to enjoy. There is a sloping pathway to the water, I have pictures posted on the site so folks can see the walk they will make, not sure if maybe you didn't look at all of the pictures. Also, in concerns of the ladder on the gangway- I do post that our home is seasonal water so as the water levels drop, we put the ladder there to make it easier for folks to get up and down because it does get rather steep when the water drops 10 feet. During the summer months the gangway is level (however you may not be familiar enough with Smith Lake to realize the fluctuations in water levels after July). I'm sorry to see such a poor review when your husband sent such nice emails after your stay having never mentioned any problems.
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £72.21 + Tax
Pet Fee £72.21 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £361.05
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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