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Waterfront Cabin - Beautiful Lake Wateree; Former Artist's Studio; Very Charming

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Very private and serene setting; Large lakefront lot and spacious dock

This lakefront cabin and lot is a charming and rustic setting, perfect for a vacation, honeymoon, or weekend get-away. Located about 20 minutes from Camden, the setting is serene and peaceful. The water is lovely and clean - ideal for swimming and fishing from the dock. The house accommodates two people. There are 2 bedrooms with a queen size bed and a double bed, living room, fully stocked kitchen, dining area, small bathroom, and magnificent front porch. There is a studio room with a single bed; there is also a fold out single bed. There is a spacious deck with built-in benches and posts for securing boats. There is a 'party' shed located right on the water's edge for grilling and relaxing. Picnic tables are abundant in the party shed and in the yard. There is also a hammock for naps on the water's edge.

The former owner, Jak Smyrl, was one of South Carolina's most noteworthy artists. He worked at the 'State Newspaper' for many years, designing cartoons, and bringing humor into people's homes with his varied features. His drawing table is still in the studio. The McKissick Museum, South Caroliniana Library, and the Camden Arts Center have all held exhibitions of Mr. Smyrl's work. Mr. Smyrl was recognized for his contributions to the State by the South Carolina Legislature. Mr. Smyrl's great love of life - and all of his fascinating interests and hobbies - is evident in the house. Here you will find art work, books, and charm galore!

This cabin is comfortable, homey, and an artist's paradise! The small deck (off the screened-in porch) is 'furnished' with one of Mr. Smyrl's hand crafted tables and benches and is the perfect place for drawing and sketching.

Here, you see will see a great variety of bird life. There are numerous aquatic birds, song birds, owls, etc. The large lot is fenced with a split rail fence so there is abundance of privacy.

The water is clean so swimming off the end of the dock is excellent. Throw in a line and catch bream, catfish, etc.

Please note that boats must be launched from the public marina which is two or three miles from the house (by land). You may find that the gate is too narrow for your boat trailer. If that's the case, boat trailers must be stored elsewhere. Also, there is no electricity on the dock or in the party shed on the water. This is due to lake levels that sometimes rise in winter time.

We cannot guarantee lake levels. You may check the Duke Power Company Lake Wateree website for current information of depth of water.

You will find a notebook on the kitchen counter that contains information about the house. Please note that we charge a 70.00 cleaning fee which must be left in cash or check upon departure. Also, renters must remove all household trash from the house upon departure.

Check in is 3:00 p.m. Check out is 11:00 a.m.

More Details

Property Manager
Scott Criste
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2017

About Scott Criste

My husband and I own several properties which we rent as vacation rentals. We like peace and quiet and unique places. We are both native South Carolinians and have traveled nearly every square inch of the state. We think the Lake Wateree property is just about the best vacation spot on the face of the earth!

Why Scott Criste chose Lakes & Blackwater Rivers

This cabin was build of reclaimed timbers from a 100+ year-old farmhouse. Decorated with antiques, art work, and charming vintage pieces, you'll feel like you've stepped back to a slower and more peaceful pace of life. You can see the lake from nearly every window in the house. The owners enjoy cooking so the kitchen is fully stocked with lots of extras. Dine inside or on the screened-in porch. Here, you will find all the comforts of home in a really beautiful setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming is terrific. Take your own canoe over to one of the three islands nearby. Enjoy a watermelon in the party shed! There is a wonderful vintage porch glider on the front porch. Enjoy its squeak while you watch the shore birds!

For your convenience, there is wireless internet and a landline phone. There is a large television set w/DISH t.v. service.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My husband and I (ages 28 and 30) stayed at this awesome waterfront Lake Wateree cottage April 3, 4, and 5. We have stayed at many places, on lakes, seashores, etc. and we found that this house has a very special charm.

The house is built of old timbers with wide plank hardwood floors. There are 2 bedrooms with very comfortable queen size beds and a studio room with 2 single beds. Art work of all types and techniques is everywhere!

The kitchen was very complete so meal preparation was a joy. My husband and I enjoy cooking so we prepared several delicious meals with all the utensils, etc. necessary. The screened porch is great! We had nice April weather so spent Saturday fishing

from the dock. We were able to leave the sliding door opened all day so a lovely breeze blew throughout the house. The water was gorgeous with ripply waves. We saw several turtles swim by. The lot is very pretty.

In fact, I picked a bunch of eucalyptus from the tree for the centerpiece on the table.

The house is furnished with antique and contemporary pieces. I especially liked the treasures tucked here and there - antique miniature pencil sharpeners, cloisonné boxes, etc. It was fun just looking at everything in the house!

This is a simple yet magnificent place to spend a vacation. We are returning in July and looking forward to another vacation at the lake.

The owners were very friendly and helpful and answered all of our questions readily.

I highly recommend this house for people who wish to have peace, quiet, and privacy in a beautiful setting.
Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Camden, South Carolina
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Beaver Creek Lake Wateree, South Carolina
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Camden, South Carolina
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Camden, South Carolina
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 97 Camden, South Carolina
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Beaver Creek Lake Wateree, South Carolina
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Charleston, South Carolina
Car: necessary

Camden, the nearest town, is a lovely historical southern town. There are antique shops, good restaurants, excellent bakery, charming 'Habitat' store located in an old hardware building, historic sites to view and an art center.


Camden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bathroom with Shower only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Sleeps 4.Please note that guests are to bring their own bed sheets, towels, washcloths, and kitchen linens. We provide blankets and bedspreads. There is no washer/dryer at the house. There is 1 queen size bed and one double bed. Bedroom 1- Queen Bed Bedroom 2- Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, wildlife, sailing, and relaxing on the Screened Porch. Enjoying the sun from two sun decks or adjacent islands (decks attached to porch and at end of pier over water). Antique shops, restaurants, Historic Camden (Revolutionary War Park) in Camden. In Columbia: Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens, S.C. State Museum, Columbia Art Museum, State Capital.


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Waterfront Cabin - Beautiful Lake Wateree; Former Artist's Studio; Very Charming
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Effingham Sc

Perfectly Charming ! Very cozy !

  • 5 of 5

Between the back porch and the dock we didn't spend much time in the cabin ,with that being said, we wish the yard was a little more maintained. Other than that a Perfect getaway with great fishing from the dock !

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place on the lake .

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for relaxing !

  • 5 of 5

Rustic and quiet for reading and relaxing. We really enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mount pleasant

You can go home again❤️

  • 5 of 5

I was born in Camden and grew up going to Lake Wateree. It is good to know that some places have remained almost the same. Love this place!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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chicago illinois

Yes Yes and Yes

  • 5 of 5

This was the most fun and relaxing get away from my city hometown life. The fishing was absolutely the best.

Would recommend it to all ages. The scenic views from the back porch and deck was just breathtaking. The décor of the cottage is impeccable

I will return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for all of the positive comments! Hope you can visit again!
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Liberty Hill, South Carolina

Absolutley Charming

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage with wonderful antique furnishings and artwork.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mrs. Laney, Thank you for your review and I am glad you all enjoyed your stay. I hope you will think of renting the lake house again in the future. Have a good evening. Sincerely, Scott Criste
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

The first payment of $100 holds the property and is non-refundable and is applied towards the rent. The balance is to be paid no later than 30 days prior to check in and will not be refunded if the reservation is canceled. Send a separate check for the damage deposit. The damage deposit is fully refundable provided there is no damage/misuse to the house. Please leave the $70 cleaning fee in the microwave or it will be deducted from the damage deposit and the balance returned to you. We only accept payment through PayPal. Damage deposit must be in check form.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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