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“What a wonderful week we had!”
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6 rocking chairs on screened porch for wide water view
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6 rocking chairs on screened porch for wide water view
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13 reviews
6 rocking chairs on screened porch for wide water view
stretch the photo for 180 degree panorama from our dock at sunrise
Great Room 29x29 for large groups
1300 SF of porches ... screened and open ... with spectacular views
Still waters of sunrise
Screened Upper Porch w Tables for a feast and Hammock for a siesta
More of the Great Rm
The View is Always Spectacular from the Rocking Chairs of the Screened Porch
The Lower Level Open-air Porch
Queen Bedroom of Upper Level
King BR of Lower Level w Picture Window View of Lake
Queen BR of Lower Level w Picture Window View of Lake
Twin Kalista Sinks in Upstairs Bath
The Bunk Rm of the Lower Level
Twin Beds of Upper Level
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Moneta, Virginia

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Very good - based on 13 reviews
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Go750439
1 review
“What a wonderful week we had!”
Reviewed August 16, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

Three generations of our family, ages 11-83, just spent a wonderful week in this beautiful home. The house was spotless, which was a big thing for us, and very well insulated so it was quiet. My husband and I had the bedroom right next to the great room and never heard those who woke up earlier than we did. The kids loved the paddle board. We rented a ski boat, skis, tube, wave runner and pontoon boat during the course of the week at The Parrot Cove which was a short drive away and very nice to deal with. There is a clean, large Food Lion less than ten minutes away. The one suggestion we would make is that anyone visiting during hot summer days not use the oven as it raised the temperature in the great room to 78 degrees for much of the evening. The outside grill is the better choice. Smith Mountain Lake is a good destination for anyone looking for lots of activity. If you are looking for a quiet serene lake vacation;however, SML is probably not the place for you. The coastline is heavily developed with houses, resulting in noise pollution of many boats and jet skis.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2018
Thank you for choosing Hickory Cottage, sharing your suggestions and taking such great care of our home! Looking forward to having you back again! The off-season at SML is altogether more divine as God shows off His creation!!
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Global539...
1 review
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“Exceeded All Expectations”
Reviewed July 29, 2018 for a stay in July 2018
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person found this review helpful

6 other family members joined me for vacation and everyone agreed it was our best vacation ever. Fished, kayaked, boated, swimming, paddleboarding, reading, porch sitting, hammock every day of our stay. Loved the wrap-around porch and the rockers. Loved the shade on the dock. Completely decompressed within two hours and loved every minute. We did not want the week to end. The owner is excellent and made sure that everything was ready for our visit and checked in during the week to ensure that everyone was satisfied. We will definitely return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 30, 2018
Thank you, Todd!! The cleaners reported that you left the house in meticulous condition! You are welcome back anytime!!
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Moorefam1...
1 review
“Nichole Moore”
Reviewed October 21, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Our stay has left me speechless! It was more than we ever expected for a wonderful anniversary getaway! Between the clean and comfy lake house and the spectacular view we couldn't have wished for more! So much to do within the property and close to lots of fun! The owner was so helpful and accommodating! We will definitely be returning whenever we visit Smith Mountain Lake!!!

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Management Response
Oct 23, 2016
Thank you, Nichole! We will have a new kitchen and new wood floor in the Great Rm when you come back!
Gary
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Franklin, Virginia
Reviewed October 19, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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people found this review helpful

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Oct 20, 2016
Margaret,,
You are so right on all points! We have indeed rented our home "as advertised at a lesser price other than FlipKey" through other avenues. Your other points are also conceded! Since your stay, my wife and I now personally inspect each week to assure the cleaning of the house exceeds expectations. Yes, I hope you will return after we renovate this winter!
Gary Blankenship
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Reviewed September 9, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 19, 2016
Jessica,
Thank you for your favorable review of your stay at Hickory Cottage! We are looking forward to having you back again!
Gary
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matthiasg...
Blacksburg, Virginia
1 review
“Beautiful Spot - Fantastic Home!”
Reviewed November 5, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

This was my first time to Smith Mountain Lake and I was not disappointed. We used this home as one of our lodging options for a church retreat, and it was awesome. The location is perfect, secluded but not too far away from everything, with a beautiful view of the water, a fantastic porch complete with hammock and rocking chairs, and a well-furnished, comfortable interior. The house is a good size! Big, but not so large that you feel separated from everyone else. Gary (the owner) was awesome and gracious, very communicative and kind. This is a great spot to watch God show off! Can't wait to come back!

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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EdieMcM
Reston, Virginia
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“Fun with old college friends!”
Reviewed October 13, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The house was perfect for the 5 of us staying there! We spent much time in the rockers on the porch, enjoying the beauty and serenity of the lake in front of us! The house is very well equipped with plenty of kitchen items, games, videos, and CD's. We enjoyed one night....it didn't rain.....down on the dock for our happy hour! Thank you Gary for the use of your great house! We DID hate to leave!!

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Liked best: Great room area and screened-in porch
Liked least: Was advertised as having 3 bathrooms, but only has 2 and an outdoor hot/cold shower, However the 2 bathrooms were very good.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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