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Mary Lou Holtzman

Member since: 2015
Speaks english

Point waterfront home with a gradual slope located in Mariners Landing

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Huddleston holiday house

3 Bdr, 3FB, private, newly renovated waterfront home with over 300' of shoreline

The Sweet Retreat is a very private, totally renovated 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home with a gradually sloping lot to 312' of waterfront and a bonus, cozy(small) beach area. This beautifully decorated home includes a large living area with a gas fireplace, a large flat screen TV, and plenty of seating for friends and family. A large dining area has a custom dining table made from reclaimed lumber from a pre-1880 barn and is large enough to seat 10 adults comfortably with a combination of benchs and chairs. A fully stocked, updated kitchen features stainless appliances, granite countertops and a custom, natural slab wood bar. All three comfy bedrooms include new mattresses. The master suite, with a gorgeous lake view includes a large master bath with a walk--in shower and double bowl, granite-topped vanity. A full size washer and dryer is located on the main floor. The large sunroom finishes off the main living area with a sleeper sofa and and incredible views of both the lake and woods.

Outside is where you will want to stay after you step out onto the deck that runs the width of the home, complete with a dining area and plenty of seating. You will have plenty of peace and quiet as you enjoy the wide water view. A large open dock is just a short walk down a gradual slope. Deep water will make it easy to tie your boat up to the floater. And you don't have to be worried about boat traffic being too close to swimming areas. Just a few steps away is a fire pit just waiting to make both memories and s'mores. You can also enjoy a game of cornhole on a nice flat area of lawn. There is plenty of parking and an area to park a boat trailer.

This is an extremely private location at the end of a cul-de-sac with wide water views. The Sweet Retreat won't disappoint you!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mary Lou Holtzman (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english

About Mary Lou Holtzman

Mary Lou and her husband purchased the Sweet Retreat in December 2014 as a family retreat and rental property. We currently live in Elizabethtown, PA where both work for a chocolate company. We love being able to take long weekend trips down to the lake to enjoy all that the area has to offer. We look forward to making memories with family and friends and wish the same for all who stay at the Sweet Retreat.

Mary Lou Holtzman purchased this house in 2014

Why Mary Lou Holtzman chose Smith Mountain Lake

We chose this property for the spectacular water view. Just step out onto the deck and you can see why we fell in love with and ultimately purchased this property. The neighborhood is quiet and very private.

What makes this house unique

The Sweet Retreat is located at a more peaceful end of the lake in a large open cove. However, it won't take you long to reach the big open water if that is what you like. Everything you need is just a short drive away - groceries, entertainment, restaurants.


based on 22 traveller reviews

Point waterfront home with a gradual slope located in Mariners Landing
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Excellent place that has everything you need and more!

  • 5 of 5

Despite the rainy weather we had the weekend we stayed at Sweet Retreat, we enjoyed it very much. The house is comfortable, well designed and decorated and has everything you need to have a pleasant and relaxing time. View of the lake from the patio is beautiful, and the kitchen is very well equipped. Mary Lou called us to check if we need anything or have any questions, even though she was busy with her son's wedding! That tells a lot. Thanks again Mary Lou for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our visit to "Sweet Retreat at Smith Mountain Lake." The lake is beautiful, the water pristine and your location is perfect. We walked in the morning and golfed in the afternoon, spent time in the water with our dogs and sat on the deck each evening with our glass of wine. Truely a wonderful vacation. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The home was beautifully decorated.

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time at Sweet Retreat. The home was beautiful and spacious. We spent most of our time on the dock enjoying the sunshine, watching people on the lake and spotting the deer that would come out daily to graze on the lawns. I will definitely stay at the Sweet Retreat in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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How Sweet It Is!

  • 5 of 5

I just can't say enough about the Sweet Retreat. The house is so welcoming and cozy. The décor and open floor plan is great. The house is secluded and quiet. The large back deck has a gate so our beagle was able to run around and we didn't have to worry about him getting loose and chasing the deer! We absolutely fell in love with the house, the lake, and the area in general. What a beautiful and relaxing getaway! We went to Mitchell's Marina and rented a boat for the day. It is the closest one to the house and if you don't have your own boat, I highly recommend doing that for at least one day. The lake is gorgeous. Mary Lou was awesome to deal with. She really made sure that everything was the way it should be and that we had everything we needed. She also made sure we had a pack and play for the grandbaby. We will definitely be back next year and I highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly a home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have rented homes on the lake for many years and I can honestly say that this is the first time we have felt this comfortable and welcomed. Not only is everything - including the dock, the grill, the outside chairs, the outside toys and floats - clean and comfortable, Mary Lou treats you like one of the family from booking till departure.

Thank you, Mary Lou for sharing your beautiful lake home! You are such a wonderful hostess, how could we not visit again? Our only regret in staying at your home was that we couldn't stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to SML and the first time we stayed at "sweet retreat". We could not have been happier with the house, location, views, and amenities offered. My son and I enjoyed kayaking for the first time. We also enjoyed jumping of the dock and floating away hours in the lake. My husband rented a pontoon boat from a local marina and the dock at the house was very easy to use. The house itself is updated, clean and very comfortable. Our family hopes to return again next summer. We highly recommend "sweet retreat" as a fabulous family get-away.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Lynchburg Airport, Lynchburg, VA
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Mariners Landing
Nearest Train
39 Miles
Amtrak, Lynchburg, VA
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Heath's Waterfront Grill-seasonal/19th Hole Grill
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Huddleston, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
13 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
1 Jan 2017 - 27 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$131 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$522
Pet Fee A$98 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.3%

Please note: linens are not included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Huddleston, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2040 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Located downstairs - easy access from the lake
    Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , double bowl sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , king size bed, view of the lake, en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Single over double bunk bed
  • Linens are NOT provided. Rental linens are available at at a reasonable cost.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Cozy (small) beach area with sand for the little ones! Please note: Linens are NOT provided.