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Affordable Cottage in a Quiet Cove on Beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy Cottage in a quiet cove with a great view. Two bedrooms and a fold out couch. Floating dock with a gentle slope. Paddle boat and canoe available for use. Screened in porch with wrap around deck. Horse shoe pits and fire ring. Public boat ramp near by. Boat rentals available at Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge Marina located in the same cove. Enjoy fishing, floating, or just relaxing on the deck. Come and see for yourself what all this beautiful lake has to offer. Over 500 miles of shoreline.

John and Sandee Key
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About John and Sandee Key

Welcome to The Key Hole. We have owned this property since 2003. It has been a blessing to our family. We are a family of five with three girls who have grown up paddle boating up to the “Carp Store,” tubing behind the boat, doing the polar plunge over Easter break, and catching hundreds of brim in their “nest.” We have our best family times here and are hoping you will too!

John and Sandee Key purchased this cottage in 2003


Penhook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 3 bunk bed
    Fold out Couch - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Affordable Cottage in a Quiet Cove on Beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Great Escape Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Three of my former students and I met in Smith Mountain Lake for a reunion. We had a blast!! This cottage was exactly what we needed. The photos do not do it justice, and we grew to love the back porch, especially the screened portion. We were initially concerned about the lack of wifi, but it ended up being a benefit. Also, the phone reception was good. There was plenty of space for the four of us to be comfortable, I only wish that we spent more time on the lake in the paddleboat or swimmimg, but that was our fault. If you are looking for a quiet place to spend time with friends, this is the place for you. Oh, and I almost forgot, the owners were very responsive to my texts! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My family and I recently stayed at the keyhole and we had a wonderful experience. The shallow lake water was great for my 6 year old to swim in as she is still a beginner swimmer. She thoroughly enjoyed going to feed the pet carp just across the cove at the Smith mountain lake dock. We loved having the paddle boat and canoe to take out on the lake. It's a great private setting in the back of a cove with an awesome yard and the back deck is the place to be! The only reason I am giving this 4 stars and not 5 is due to cleanliness. If they are paying someone to clean the house then I would have expected more. There was a lot of dust on the dressers, dirt and leaves on the kitchen floor when we walked in, and the grill has not been cleaned in a long time. We were looking forward to cooking out on the grill but there was about 2 to 3 inches of built up lard and aluminum in the bottom of it, that we didn't feel like it was safe to use and the cleaning brush provided was broken. Overall, it was a wonderful vacation and we will definitely be back next year!

Thank you John and Sandee for letting us stay at your lake house!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super nice quite lake house!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home with very nice owners. Very quite and peaceful cove. Can’t wait to go back and will be this year!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to escape to for a long weekend

  • 5 of 5

We came here to get away from the city for Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the lake. We loved the house. It's in a great location at the end of a quiet cove. It is fully equipped with a canoe, paddleboat, horseshoe pit, grill, board games, fire pits (yes, there were two). We caught fish right off of the dock. It has a huge deck, which is partially screened in (great if you want to enjoy the outdoors without the bugs). The owners, John and Sandee, were unbelievably nice and helpful. So is the neighbor, Dennis. We enjoyed breakfasts down the street at Lumpkins Grill and venturing out to wineries and breweries. Be sure to pack some towels, bed sheets and some water bottles. Would absolutely come back again. Nothing but great things to say.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to spend some time at lake

  • 5 of 5

The property was great and the key family made the rental simple and enjoyable. Great location on Smith Mountain Lake

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Once again Sandee and John over did it.

We have stayed there at the cottage on several occasions before and loved each time. This time, Sandee and John went the extra mile and had me flowers and a great scented candle waiting so when I walked in with my wife.. Bam!! The surprise on Sarah's face was priceless.

Thanks Sandee and John.

As always, we had a great time and thanks for everything!! Can't wait to return!! o)

Gary Woods

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.