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Wonderful cottage with a large screened porch is heaven. Swim and fish!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Looking for an easy, relaxing vacation? Rent “Pop’s Pleasure”, our comfortable home at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia!

* Enjoy cooking in our spacious, well-equipped kitchen

* Eat your meals on the large screened-in porch, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

* Our extensive shoreline is perfect for hours of fishing fun!

* The large stationary dock with 2 floating extensions easily accommodates 2 boats while leaving plenty of room for sunbathers and swimmers.

* Enjoy the afternoon breeze in the hammock while reading, relaxing, and watching as the boats go by.

Complete with secure Wi-Fi, this cottage is the perfect choice for a family getaway! Conveniently located near the Westlake shopping area (grocery, drugstore, theater) and Bridgewater Plaza (ice cream, putt-putt, shops, boat rental), the house has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8.

Located in deep water near marker R27, Pop's Pleasure makes it easy for swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen to have fun together!

Main floor -

Master bedroom with Queen bed and private 1/2 bath

Twin bedroom

Full bath

Full kitchen

Dining area

Great room

Downstairs -

Additional Queen bedroom

Additional Twin bedroom (convertible to King if desired)

Full bathroom

Laundry room

Game room with lots of games and movies

Keywords: Smith, Mountain, Lake, Water-Front House, Screened Porch, Deep Water, Large shoreline, Full Kitchen, Swimming, cottage

More Details

Property Manager
Steve Strand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

About Steve Strand

My parents built this house in the 1980's and we've spent many weekends and holidays together here through the years. Now that our children are teenagers, our lives are busy and we don't get together as often. But we all have fond memories of our times at SML!

Our entire family loves the lake house! From swimmers to sunbathers and fishermen to porch-rockers, our family includes them all. And everyone's unique pasttime is readily available at Pop's Pleasure.

My mother loves to sit on the porch, listening to the birds and enjoying the beautiful trees. I spend most of my time floating in the water or sunbathing with a book. My nephews are great fishermen, and our girls love to ski and knee-board.

At night, we play games, work jigsaw puzzles, watch movies/TV, or visit Bridgewater Plaza for ice cream and live music. There is something for everyone at Smith Mountain Lake!

Steve Strand purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Steve Strand chose Moneta

Crisp air, clear water and beauty surround you at Smith Mountain Lake. Birds and deer are plentiful and the lake has more than 500 miles of shoreline. And our cottage is only minutes away from grocery stores, pharmacies and other modern conveniences.

What makes this cottage unique

Wonderful wineries are only a few minutes away!

Visit the Booker T Washington birthplace to learn about slavery and education.

Drive on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway or visit the Peaks of Otter and enjoy a meal in its historic lodge.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a fabulous time! The weather was perfect. There was one nasty storm which we watched from the screened porch. The children loved the lake - the adults did, too! The boys were so worn out from simming and fishing by Wednesday, they took a four hour afternoon nap. I was also able to visit with several cousins while here. Thanks you for sharing your home!
Aug 2011
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Moneta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both full bathrooms have traditional tubs with showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) 1 set of Twin Beds may be converted to KING size, Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen UPSTAIRS AND 1 Queen DOWNSTAIRS, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 Twin Beds UPSTAIRS AND 2 Twin Beds DOWNSTAIRS
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Wonderful cottage with a large screened porch is heaven. Swim and fish!
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 30 reviews

Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

We picked Pop's place based on the location & loved it. The porch became everyone's favorite place to hang in the morning was the best. One really nice feature the owners did was label every light switch, made it very helpful. We're six adults & finding a place that doesn't have bunk beds is difficult & this place worked for us. we were able to put our kayaks in off the dock without any trouble. From the water, I thought the path up to the house was going to be very steep, but it wasn't difficult at all. My hubby fished a couple days off the dock. Thanks for a special vacation. We hope to be back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed the lake, the porch and the dock! It is a special place and early fall is a colorful time at the lake. Kayaking is perfect this time of year. We look forward to having you as our guests again next year. Have a wonderful rest of 2017!
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It's a perfect place to make memories...

  • 5 of 5

I have to say that the owner is top notch and communicates very well. This cottage is the perfect home to make memories with your family. Pop's Pleasure is a homey, warm cabin style home. There is a ton on space! Closets and places to hide your bags and cases. Saturday and Sunday the lake was BUSY, not what I had originally expected. However, Bridgewater is maybe a 5 minute boat ride and the grocery store is less than 10 minutes by car. This is truly a home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and the owner was extremely efficient in returning communication via email with us. Thank you for sharing such a special place with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christine, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home at the lake! Yes, it is a special place and it has brought our family many special memories through the years. Thanks for the review. Wishing you and your family a wonderful year and we hope to have you stay with us again sometime. Be well.
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alexandria, va

great week at the lake

  • 5 of 5

Fishing, jet skiing, wake boarding, rubber tubing and fresh air. Life is good! The house, pop's place, was terrific. We really loved the screened in porch and view of the lake. A great time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity at The Lake

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a beautiful Fall weekend at Pops Place at Smith Mountain Lake. The excellent communication leading up to our visit made check in and out very convenient. The house was very cozy, clean, and well kept. We found the kitchen to be very functional and well equipped for the cooking we chose to do.

While the weather was not the best, but the large screened in porch allowed us to really enjoy the outside surroundings despite the rain, in fact we were able to leave the french doors to the house open and hear the rainfall. The lot had lots of trees that allowed us to enjoy the early fall colors from the comfort of the house and screened in porch.

All in all, a great house for a weekend or week long get away, we will be back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Lake House

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for our family of four (with kids age 5 and 7) to enjoy a few days of rest. We loved this house and wish it were closer so that we could come back more often! This is obviously a family house, so it felt like we were staying in someone's home - very comfortable and neat, but not a pristine and over-decorated showhome. The kitchen is very well-equipped, and we had a great time, even on a rainy day. The screened porch was heaven for me! My only word of advice is to bring your own water as there is a sulfer-type smell that my kids wouldn't use to brush their teeth or drink. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again! Thank you, Strand family, for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax, VA

Perfect Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Pop's Pleasure. The cottage is very clean, nicely furnished, and tastefully decorated. We especially loved the screened porch that runs the length of the back of the house and has wonderful views of the lake. The porch is even larger than it appears online and with the ceiling fan and breeze off the lake is quite comfortable even on hot days. The kitchen is well equipped with just about anything you might need. The TV upstairs has cable, and there is a second TV downstairs, along with a good selection of DVDs.There are also games and a foosball table downstairs.

We had four kids with us ranging from 9 to teen and they all had a great time. The swimming and fishing off the dock was a lot of fun for all ages. When entering the water using the dock step ladder closest to shore, the depth of the water ranged from upper thigh to waist deep while we were there. There is a good sized area near the step ladder where our 9-year-old could stand up, but the depth of the water increases quickly as you head towards the end of the dock. A big plus is that there is sand where you step into the water (not mud) which makes for a very pleasant swimming experience. We also rented a boat for part of the time and it was so convenient to be able to dock it at the house. We highly recommend this cottage and would definitely rent it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Pop's this year, and that you found the house, dock and swimming area lots of fun with or without a boat! Many thanks for the detailed review. We hope to see you again next summer.
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Booker T Washington birthplace is 10 minutes away. Tours offered daily.

Close proximity to Blue Ridge Parkway and Peaks of Otter.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.3%

Reservation is contingent upon satisfactory phone call with property manager within 24-48 hours and renter must be 25 years or older.
Summer rental is Saturday to Saturday only and house accommodates up to 8 people.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
All renters must sign rental agreement and mail to owner.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.