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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

NEW for 2016: Lounge chairs, Futon couch in LR, Pressure-washed deck, up and down, more Solar outdoor lights! 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

More Details

Laura Owens
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

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 Smith Mountain Lake

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!


Huddleston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • 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
  • Stove ...
  • 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 , Fold out double Futon. Downstairs private room.
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Contains 1 queen bed and 1 fold-out single.
    Lakefront Bedroom - 1 queen , 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • 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.


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'La Casita Bonita' - Charming, Private, in a Natural Setting
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 30 reviews

Perfection squared

  • 5 of 5




  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 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

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 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!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice vacation place

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed the home very much. Very good location. A comfortable house with plenty of room for the four of us. Although the furniture was dated, it was still comfortable. We did miss having central air conditioning but we're able to stay cool with the window units. Would definitely consider staying again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you were comfortable and enjoyed the lovely location. Yes, the cooling works fine, since the house is not large. Hope to hear from you in the future! Thank you.
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We really enjoyed the location! We fished, swam, kayaked, canoed and floated. Love the private dock!

  • 5 of 5

La Casita Bonita was better than expected! Great location on SML and the private dock is the best. The cottage is very cute and with lots of decking to enjoy the outdoors and views of the water. Overall a wonderful stay! We will be back. Thanks Laura for sharing your little slice of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad the property gave you such Peace and Enjoyment. Thank you for a wonderful review.
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Wonderful May get away

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable cottage with a homey feel in a beautiful area. The views of the lake were wonderful in-spite of changeable Spring weather. The fishing was superb. Our guide Steve of Rod bender Guide Service knows the lake and we had fun Striper fishing. The marina near by had everything we needed. We look forward to a return stay. Owner responded quickly to our questions. We highly recommend this charming private cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am thrilled everything worked out well and you were comfortable. Hope you will come back in the future and thank you very much for a lovely and positive review!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70
Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

Owner'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.