This 4 bedroom/3 bath home offers breathtaking views from all 3 levels. The bonus to this private retreat, nestled in a cove on Rock Creek, is that you can step out of the front door and be on the lake. The home is conveniently located and features a single slip boat dock, with a large swim platform and jet ski dock. It is also very close to a free public boat launch. Swayback Bungalow calls out to families, church retreats, holiday vacations and romantic getaways.
- House2500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
Sleeps 10. 4 Bedrooms. 3 Baths.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 16, 2018
Why Chad Warden chose Arley
This was a favorite family campsite for many years before building this dream home on beautiful Smith Lake.
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Fantastic layout for privacy! Hits all the high points that were important to us!
Most important thing for us was privacy for each couple in the house, easy lake access, fantastic view, pet friendly and fire pit! This setup was perfect for Mimi and PawPaw and their 2 grown children with their families. Each portion of our family had their privacy. We were told the lake is the 2nd cleanest in the country by the guy who owns the nearby marina where refilling the boat with gas was easy peasy. People in the area were very friendly and helpful. There is a very small walk to the floating boat dock, which appears to be rare in the area and was fantastic for swimming. Owner lives onsite, which is a definite plus. Pet friendly but renters should be aware that the hardwood floor is very nice and owner only allows small and well-trained dogs because of those beautiful hardwood floors throughout the home, which is perfectly understandable. We brought our own boat, but we saw lots of signs for pontoon boat rentals near Duncan Bridge (approx. 20-30 minutes away). Owner's kayak rental is additional $$, but not much, and hot tub is not available for use (which, from the owner's comments, appears to be due to prior bad renters not respecting the property; again, totally understandable). As far as the kitchen is concerned, it is basically equipped, but as with most of these house rentals, bring your own knives if you want sharp knives and bring an additional big pot if you plan to cook for a large group. We would rate this a 5-star property but for some admittedly minor issues, which can be common in house rental situations: 1) HVAC issue requires leaving downstairs door open for proper air flow (which was unsafe with us with a 4-year old), and 2) cleaning issues include: (a) house could use a deeper cleaning involving moving furniture and ensuring no leftover hairy soap in bathrooms, (b) ensure dishes in kitchen don't require washing before using, which many did, and (c) oven has fuzz along the gasket rim and oven generally needs a good cleaning. Please don't let those very small and tedious issues deter you from renting this amazing place! I have recommended this place to my brother, who also does yearly house rental vacations, and would definitely return with my family for more of such an enjoyable experience. This place was really is everything you see in the pictures and more, and having Chad onsite gave us extra piece of mind and help when we had a flat tire issue and a boat issue!!!!! Thanks, Chad, for such a great time!
Normally don’t respond but since you took the time to write such a thoughtful critique
I’m so glad y’all had a good time! If any future guests have housekeeping concerns my 76year old housekeeper is a call away. I’m usually not far away for other concerns. Also never advertised hot tub; health and general liability are the reasons.
So glad y’all came and looking forward to seeing you next season!😊�
Home was roomy, clean and in good repair, owner was pleasant and accommodating. The water was slightly cloudier than we generally expect at Smith Lake, not sure if it's the area or some temporary condition. However, the easy slope and lack of stairs to reach the swim pier is wonderful.
The House was great and provided everything we needed! The owner was super helpful and answered all our questions. Short walk to the water and a great quiet place on the lake. Would definitely recommend staying here!!
Great house, great location!
We had 2 families and there was plenty of room. The house was nice and clean and sits in a great cove on the lake. We will be back next year.
awesome, everything was wonderful!
I would highly recommend.
Wonderful place to relax on Smith Lake
Wonderful place to stay on the lake. Plenty of space in the house and outside to relax.