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On A Whim Rustic Lodge Near Smith Lake Park

Cullman, AL, USA
  • House3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

The best of lake living and relaxation…

We welcome you to a craftsman’s style cottage, nestled amongst the trees, in a quiet cove on Smith Lake. Enjoy a quiet evening sitting outdoors on one of the multiple decks overlooking the lake. Warm yourself from the evening chill wrapped in a blanket, comforted by the flickering light from the outdoor fire pit. The sounds of the woodlands at twilight are enhanced by the view of the moon glistening on the water. So very peaceful!

Awake in the morning, alive and refreshed. Serve yourself a steaming hot cup of coffee in a beautiful, well-stocked kitchen. Casually walk outside to the screen porch and settle in the quaint outdoor seating area. Here you smile and breathe in the fresh air as you listen to the sounds of the wildlife on the lake. You’ll find an unusual sense of energy in this 3000 sq ft, two story home, snuggled in, just a few steps from the lake.

Equal distance from both Birmingham and Huntsville, just 6 miles from Hwy 65 (Exit 304), this lake house cottage could be your getaway from it all.

'On A Whim' has an inviting covered front porch and plenty of parking for your family and friends. As you enter the front door, you are welcomed by the main living area, decorated in a rustic, but luxurious style with a gorgeous planked vaulted ceiling and large windows looking out over the lake.

The main level features a large Master with King size bed, and it’s own set of french doors leading out to the main deck. The ensuite bath features a Jacuzzi tub, large counter space and an over sized shower with a refreshing rain head. The Patriot bedroom is just down the hall from the Master, which offers two twin beds and is next to the main floor full bath.

The beautifully crafted kitchen is well stocked and features all stainless appliances. The island in the kitchen faces the open floor plan of the main living area and dining room, allowing you to always be a part of the action.

The dining area has a custom table that seats 9 with an additional 3 seats at the island. Additional folding tables and chairs are provided. The home has a laundry area equipped with a full size washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.

The Angel's Perch loft area is decorated in a sweet southern style with a daybed and pop-up trundle, the perfect little girls hang out, including a trunk of dolls to play with.

As nice as the upper levels are, the lower level is where all the fun is. Challenge your friends to a game of pool, air hockey or pinball. Then, settle into the leather sofas and watch the big game on the 51" Plasma HDTV, or just hang out on the lower patio and stare at the lake. In addition to the rec areas, the lower level also offers a third bedroom with a queen bed, decorated in a nautical theme and a fourth bedroom with two sets of bunk beds, decorated in a camping theme with a dedicated 36" video gaming tv. A full bath will make sure you're not running up and down stairs all day.

'On A Whim' gets good AT&T and Verizon 3G coverage, and has broadband WIFI Internet and DirecTV. Everything you need to ensure you can stay in contact with all your friends that are working while you chill out at the lake.

We'd love to host your vacation at 'On A Whim'. Use the form on the right and let us know how we can help you.

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Mark & Sherry

Member Since 2006
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Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
Why Mark & Sherry chose Cullman County

We purchased a lake house on Smith Lake, because we have enjoyed visiting and doing all the lake offers over the past few years. We knew that others would enjoy it too.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Angels Perch (loft) sleeps 2
        2 twin/ single, Twin daybed with trundle is great for the little ones.
      • Master Bedroom (main level) sleeps 2
        1 king, Luxury Master with deck access is perfect place to wake up.
      • Nautical Bedroom (lower level) sleeps 2
        1 queen, The Nautical room will get you in the lake spirit!
      • Patriot Room (main level) sleeps 2
        2 twin/ single, Stay in the USA themed room with two twin beds
      • Sleeper Sofa (lower level) sleeps 2
        1 sleep sofa /futon, TV area on lower level has a queen sleeper sofa
      • SummerCamp (lower level) sleeps 4
        4 bunk bed, Two sets of bunkbeds is the perfect kid's hangout.
      • Also have a folding cot in the SummerCamp closet


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master Bath
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, Your own private place to soak in the whirlpool tub
      • Main
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Full hall bathroom on main level
      • Lower
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Full bathroom on lower level.

        Location Type

          • Lakefront
            Swim Platform/Boat Dock


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        All bed sheets and bath linens are provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        main level
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        Property is the end of a cul-de-sac, and there is ample parking for both cars and boats.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath and Kitchen towels are provided. Please bring your own towels for the lake.
                      • Washing Machine
                        main level
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Coffee Maker
                            10 cup
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Stainless pots/pans, CrockPot, Blender, most anything you'd need to cook
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Enough to feed your whole crew!
                          • Dishwasher
                            You didn't think we were going to make you do them by hand, did you?
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Modern kitchen with island and great lighting
                          • Microwave
                            Stainless over the range microwave is great for popcorn or leftovers
                          • Pantry Items
                            Kitchen Linens, trash bags,
                          • Refrigerator
                            Side by side with ice maker
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Custom made table seats 9 and the island bar will seat another 3.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Air Hockey
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Pool Table
                                    Combination Pool/Air Hockey table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    51' Plasma / Blu Ray in Rec Room 32' LCD / DVD in Great Room DirecTV on both
                                  • Video Game Console
                                    Playstation 2 on dedicated 36' gaming TV in SummerCamp bedroom
                                  • Video Games
                                    Vintage Pinball machine. Bring your quarters!


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        1500 sq ft of decking surround the house.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill and charcoal grill. Propane is included, charcoal is not.

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • jetted tub


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • festivals
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water skiing

                                                        71 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Awesome Time With Family!

                                                        Holly M.

                                                        We spent Easter weekend at this lake house and had an awesome time. Loved the screened in porch and the different decks to hang out on. Spent a lot of time around the camp fire. I'm sure this place is great to stay at any time, but we will pick a warmer time of year next time. The kids wanted to swim, but it was pretty much unbearable for them. We tried fishing and didn't have any luck, but we still had a great time relaxing and trying. One thing I would consider, especially if you have older folks with you, is the chairs leading down to the dock...there are a lot of them, so it's a hike every time you need to go to the restroom. My parents were with us and that was a more difficult hike for them. The lake is beautiful...we rented a boat and spent one day on the lake just exploring.

                                                        We did have to exchange a propane tank in order to use the grill, but Mark was great about it and refunded me for that purchase. Easy owners to work with.


                                                        Michelle D.

                                                        Very nice place, so peaceful! Would highly recommend On A Whim

                                                        Just what we needed!

                                                        Nathan K.

                                                        We needed a place to accommodate our large family for our youngest daughter’s wedding and On a Whim met that need! There was plenty of privacy, sleeping accommodations, and well- stocked kitchen. When we weren’t tied up with wedding events, the family enjoyed playing in the downstairs area where the pool table, air hockey, game table and television allowed us to relax. We would definitely recommend On a Whim! Thanks Mark and Sherry for sharing your home!

                                                        Nice time with family!

                                                        Claire F.

                                                        Very nice home with plenty of space for our families, with room for togetherness and alone time if needed. Due to time of year, lake level very low and view was of a channel of water and a mud flat. This also made it necessary to go to nearby Smith Lake Park for better fishing access. Kitchen very well stocked. Pool table, air hockey, and downstairs bar a big plus. Younger kids disappointed that advertised pin ball machine out of order, only flat "paper dolls" in doll trunk, and PlayStation not working.

                                                        Good communication from owners! Overall, a very good experience, would recommend!

                                                        Beautiful lake home in a great location. Class act folks to deal with.

                                                        Kevin B.

                                                        Beautiful lake home in a great location. Very convenient grocery within 3 minutes. Home is well stocked with everything. We didn’t need it but the owner even has extra sunscreen in the closet if you forget yours. Lots of board games , pool table and air hockey table. Easy access to a boat launch if you need it. Thanks again Mark and Sherry !

                                                        On a Whim is Great!

                                                        GeauxgonzoDecatur, al

                                                        We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at On a Whim. The home is very spacious. We really enjoyed watching football and playing pool downstairs. The house is right next to Smith Lake Park so it was just a short boat ride to launch and trailer the boat. Having stayed at a few places on Smith lake I was very pleased to have a large boat ramp right next to the property as this was not the case in other places I've stayed on the lake. Mark was available to answer any questions I had and refunded the damage deposit in a very timely manner. Would stay again.


                                                        Cullman, AL, USA


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