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Beautiful House in Cove. FOR SALE; CALL OWNER

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
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About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths: Max 10 people over age 2

Beautiful ranch home with a lower walkout finished basement, built in 2006. Nicely furnished; all you need to bring is your suitcases, groceries, trash bags, charcoal, hygiene supplies, and toilet paper and toiletries. You also may want to bring fire wood if you plan to use our outdoor fire pit so you don't have to scrounge around the area or buy it. Just about everything else is provided. If you're vacationing with your friends or have older children that want some privacy...this is it.

This house has a maximum approved occupancy for 10 people over age 2, plus 4 children under age 3 at the time of the rental.

The upper level has 3 bedrooms (2 king and 1 queen size beds), 2 full baths (1 in the master bedroom suite and the other in the hallway between the 2 bedrooms), a modern kitchen, dining room, living room with a 42' satelite TV, and a laundry room. Walk out to a large balcony with a stainless steel gas BBQ grill, and sit back in comfortable chairs and enjoy a nice view of the lake with beautiful evening sunsets.

The lower level is almost self-sustaining with 3 bedrooms (2 with queen beds and the 3rd with a bunk bed (1 full size bed on the bottom and 1 twin bed on top)). There's also a queen size sleeper sofa in the recreation room. There's 1 full bath next to the kitchen, a partial kitchen/wet bar with a full refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster oven, a huge recreation room with a 42' Satelite TV, pool table, dart board, 12' Shuffleboard table, and card table. Walk out to a covered patio with a chargoal grill and relax in the hammock with your favorite drink. There's also a picnic table and 6' square kennel next to the patio.

The master bedroom has gorgeous furniture and the king size bed is so soft and comfortable you may spend your vacation right there watching a movie on the wall-mounted 32' TV... Unless you take a few moments to relax in an oversized tub surrounded by wall candles. The second bedroom on the upper level has a semi-firm king size mattress, and the third bedroom has a new queen size mattress. The rooms are beautifully decorated and very spacious.

There are gas firelogs in the upstairs and downstairs fireplaces. Sit back and enjoy a nice warm fire with your loved ones on those cool Fall and Winter evenings. Please don't put anything into these fireplaces; if you want to cook some marshmellows or any other food items, we have a huge fire pit in the backyard for your enjoyment.

Linens and towels are provided as an option and the beds can be made prior to your arrival. You will need to strip the sheets and pillow cases off the beds, and wash and dry them and the towels before your departure. This is so our maid service can have the beds ready for the next guests if needed. Or, you can bring your own bed linens and towels and don't worry about doing the laundry on your last day of vacation. It does take a while to wash and dry all of the linens and towels, so if you choose to bring your own bed linens, you'll have to make the beds upon arrival. Please let me know at least 2 weeks ahead of time so I can notify the cleaning service.

There's plenty to do right at the lake house or within a few hundred yards. You can walk down to the beach for a swim, use our 12' water trampoline with a slide, or take the pedal boat out with 3 others for a fun spin around the cove or do some fishing. Or, pedal yourselves over to the Marina's sandy beach for sunbathing and fun stuff to do for the kids.

Children of all ages will have a blast running the 4 passenger golf cart around the yard or exploring the neighborhood...or taking the golf cart over to the Marina in the morning or afternoon for breakfast, lunch, or to use the playground... then you and yours can drive it over at night to enjoy the Tiki Bar with great food and live entertainment on weekends. The restaurant and tiki bar are seasonal; opening in mid April and closing the end of September.

If you're bringing a boat we do not have a dock available on the property; but, we do have a covered slip with a lift at the Marina (slip #E24); located just around the corner from the house. This is a short 5 minute walk or use the golf cart and zip right over. There's food, beverages, gas, and even ice cream, all at this convenient location. If you need a boat, don't worry, the Marina rents those too.

Our waterfront area is small, but it has a sandy and grassy beach. There's plenty of room to sit in a lounge chair and watch the kids play. There's also a fire pit near the beach so your family can enjoy an evening campfire and roast marshmellows. Our membership at the Marina offers the use of their beach that has a dock, swim platform, and swings for the kids.

And yes, we love our pets and if you need to bring your four legged friends along on your vacation it's okay. Some restrictions apply.

We'll try to make your vacation fun and relaxing. If there's something you need we'll do our best to make it happen!

Keep checking on the calendar for availability dates; some dates are temporarily blocked pending tentative reservations. I update the availability calendar every few days!

We have a Hughes Net wi-fi system for internet access!

Keywords: Waterfront home near buoy marker C2A. Level lot, 2 floors with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, adjacent to marina (covered slip available) and restaurant/tiki bar with entertainment, pedal boat, golf cart, and pet friendly.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bedford County Health Department has approved the septic system (and maximum occupancy for overnight guests) for a maximum of 10 people over age 2; there is no restriction for the number of children under age 3 (except for sleeping accommodations). There are enough beds and a futon to comfortably sleep up to 15 people.

IMPORTANT: Please refrain from using the neighbor's dock for any reason or going on to their property (your pets also). They will call the police and file trespassing charges.

More Details

Tom & Mary Kay Bartell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016

About Tom & Mary Kay Bartell

My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have 3 grown children and 6 grand children. In our younger years we raised and showed Golden Retrievers. Now..we try to get out to the lake as much as possible with the family and enjoy this fantastic lake.

Tom & Mary Kay Bartell purchased this house in 2008

Why Tom & Mary Kay Bartell chose Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake is a vacation paradise. There's nothing else in Virginia that can compare to this lake. We hope you'll enjoy your time here as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

Besides the fun you'll have on the water, you can find some one-of-a-kind places to experience. Take a 30 minute drive to Burnt Chimney and taste some homemade ice cream at the Amish-run Homestead Dairy, or take tour of the nearby SML Dam and Power Plant

If you're lucky enough to be here on July 4th week, this is the best spot on the lake. The biggest fireworks on the lake happens at the end of the cove. You can sit in the back yard, go over to the Marina where the fireworks are being lauched, or take a boat out into the cove and watch a spectacular display of lights as reflections shimmer off the water. You get an added benefit of seeing the County's fireworks just over the hill on the opposite side of the lake.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Beautiful House in Cove. FOR SALE; CALL OWNER
average rating of 4.757576 based on 33 reviews

Perfect Family Holiday Get-away

  • 5 of 5

My family returns back home every year for Thanksgiving. We combined three families together for the week with kids and dogs. We have been doing this for almost 20 years. This is the absolute best house for us that we have found. The lay-out of the bedrooms allows for main-floor living for those that need it. And allows for the separation of having the kids downstairs! The games available in the downstairs provided hours of enjoyment for kids and adults alike. The house was clean and was stocked above and beyond with items to make our stay a wonderful one. Definitely a repeat visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all enjoyed your stay at the lake and the hunting in Bedford County.
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Great Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Arrived home from an outstanding vacation at Smith Mountain Lake. This house will make anyone feel right at home. Mr. and Mrs. Bartell are very hospitable and it shows in their loving home. They have thought of everything and some. The house is very big and clean with lots of open space. I enjoyed my morning coffee and puzzles on the upper deck while taking in the view of the lake. Our 2 daughters, ages 21 & 17, and our niece and nephew, ages 29 &27, had a great time in the golf cart in the mornings around the neighborhood, catching Pokemon and "Hatching eggs." We rented a boat for the day at the marina that is within walking distance of the house. The views are breath taking. During the day we spent most of the time in the water, floating on rafts and playing water games. In the evenings, there was still plenty to do downstairs with music, dancing, shuffleboard, darts, pool table, and a poker table! We ended our vacation with s'mores, courtesy of the owners, around the firepit. We will absolutely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary Kay and I are really pleased that your family enjoyed the lake and the house. We pay attention to the feedback we get from our renters and really try to act on all of the recommendations. Every year we add more things to make things enjoyable while families vacation at Smith Mountain Lake. Thank you for the review and we hope to see you all again.
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Gorgeous house and views.

  • 5 of 5

Just stayed at this house for the new year and I can honestly say the house itself surpass my expectations. It was much larger than I thought it would be and the owner set up a poker table and all sorts of games for us. Yes it is secluded so most of the time was spent in the house but again the house had more than enough things to do. Definitely will be revisiting.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 4 of 5

We rented this home for a family gathering. There was plenty of room and we had everything we needed. It was hard to find a house that we could afford that had enough room for all of us and this house was PERFECT. The layout of the house was great because the kids could have the downstairs to themselves since they stayed up later and slept later than the adults. Some of our favorite things were the fire pit, the hammock, the shuffleboard table, the giant checkers and the golf cart. The owners were great to work with and the s’mores goodies were such a nice touch.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We know that vacation rentals at Smith Mountain Lake can be expensive, especially for the homes that can accommodate large groups. We don't have a dock so that can be a little inconvenience going to the marina around the corner where we have the boat slip. However, we try to make up for that my adding a lot of free "extras" for families to enjoy such as: the peddle boat, golf cart, plenty of house and yard games, and the linens and towels. We think we have a very nice, quality home at one of the best rates on the lake. We do our best to keep the costs down so families can enjoy Smith Mountain Lake at an affordable price. We'd also like to thank you for leaving the house in such great condition... you left everything so clean we almost didn't need our cleaning service. Thanks for choosing us and we hope you'll consider us again if your plans involve a trip to Smith Mountain Lake.
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Perfect Fall Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned home from Smith Mountain Lake and had a wonderful time. We rented this home as the lake is centrally located between my siblings and my mom, we were celebrating her 60th birthday. There is plenty of space to spread out and the home is wonderfully equipped. The owners were delightful to work with and when mailing the key, they even sent a "Happy Birthday" message to my Mom which was very kind.

The personal touches like the birthday message AND leaving all we would need to make s'mores was very thoughtful and well received. I don't think you could find nicer people to rent from.

I would recommend this home and location to anyone looking for a relaxing time spent with family or good friends (or both!). The only recommendation I have would be to bring your own bed linens as you are required to wash & dry them before you leave. We brought our and simply remade the beds which made the morning of departure far less hectic.

We hope to go back to this home again next year, it was an absolute blast.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to celebrate your Mom's birthday at our lake house. We're really pleased that everyone had a great time and we look forward to you and your family staying with us again at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.
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Great Space and Amenities

  • 4 of 5

We rented the home for a family vacation with visiting relatives close to Roanoke area. The house was very spacious and more than accommodating for the group we had. The layout offered privacy and space for naps for elderly or young if needed throughout day. There is a water trampoline, paddle boat, floats, lifejackets, golf cart all for guest use. There is a deck just off the living room upstairs that gives a good view of the yard and cove area. The kitchen was well equipped. They had linens provided, although we brought our own. The washer and dryer were HE and new....worked like a dream. Although, given early warning to stay within the homes boundaries, we found the neighbors to be pleasant. The owners were good with communication, answered when we had issues.... and were very easy to deal with. There was a small issues with the water trampoline at check in, from the last guests, of which the owners graciously offered to drive 3 hours to fix, although we were able to do for them instead. The last evening we had an issue with the kids getting lose in the golf cart and creating some damage to property.... owners were very calm with issue and assured us they would follow up with inspection. The home itself is great! A little more on the secluded side of SML, but well worth the drive. The bedding and furniture were all comfortable and the extras downstairs were great for rainy days (pool table, shuffle board). The house was so large we didn't use the downstairs kitchen. We did not use the guest amenities at the campground/marina nearby, but they are available for guests as well (playground, small beach and dock and tiki bar.) The small beach area that belongs with the property is great for kids being able to play with the rocks, build in sand or easily wade out in the there is a very gradual decline.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased that you all enjoyed your vacation at the lake and that the house had everything you needed. We really try to have a variety of things to do inside the house just in case the weather is bad.
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Rates & Availability

Huddleston House Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $25

All taxes are included
Each pet is an additional $25 one-time fee.
Maximum occupancy is 10 people age 3 and older. no limit for children under age 3.

These are New Rates for 2016

Check or money orders accepted. 20% deposit within days of receipt of rental agreement. Balance due nlt 21 days prior to arrival date

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Huddleston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , part of the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , located in the hallway between bedrooms 2&3
    Bathroom 3 lower level - toilet , combination tub/shower , located next to kitchen/bar
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Recreation Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The recreation room has a queen size sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Extra soft king mattress (16" deep). Full Bath. 32" TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , semi-soft queen mattress (13" deep)
    Bedroom 4 lower level - 1 queen , mildly firm queen mattress (13" deep)
    Adjoining room to bedroom 5 lower level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , full & twin mattresses on bunk ( both 8" deep); plus a futon
    Bedroom 5 lower level - 1 queen , semi-soft queen mattress (13" deep)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Mildly firm kingmattress (13" deep)
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3) plus the sleeper sofa, Bunk Beds (1) full size bottom mattress and twin on top. If bunk beds or sleeper sofa are used, these are the only beds that we need you to have made with clean linens before your departure.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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