Golden Retreat

Bedrooms: 3
Bath (full/half): 3/1
Sleeps: 6


Soak In The September Sun! Off-Season Rate Begins August 24th @ Golden Retreat!

Golden Retreat is a 2,400 sq ft southern exposure lodge, providing spectacular main lake & Smith Mountain views. Prime location w/tranquil setting, nestled in wooded lot, is a nature lovers paradise, especially for bird watchers. Local wildlife sightings include: deer, rabbits, ducks, otters, herons, loons, ospreys & if lucky, bald eagles. Up to 3 dogs welcome – especially goldens ;) Saunders Point is a serene, family friendly residential neighborhood that is great for going on walks w/your pups.

Easy walk to both natural sand beach & swimming dock. Beach is behind dock w/gradual entry into protected, shallow wading area, ideal for kids and/or pups. Stand-up paddleboard, 2-person sit-in tandem kayak & NEW for 2024 – 5 sit-in single person kayaks (10')!! Paddleboard & kayaks are ready-to-go w/paddles.

Spacious dock offers loungers for sunning, adirondacks in covered area for shade, electricity & lighting. Set back from neighboring docks within quiet cove makes floating on SML's crystal clear emerald water relaxing for kids & adults alike :) Newer 12x12ft. floater w/steps allows for ease of entry into kayaks. Bring your fishing gear as shallow pocket coves surround dock w/abundant species. SML’s a premier angler’s fishery renowned for stocked trophy class bass (striped, small & largemouth). Covered boat slip & hoist not available for tenant use. Large flat area at entrance of property nicely accommodates boat trailer parking.

Soak in the surrounding beauty while lounging on expansive deck (off great room) & enjoy feeling of being up in the trees. Plentiful seating & umbrellas, perfect for your morning coffee w/a picturesque sunrise over the cove or stargazing at night. Deck includes Weber Spirit 3-burner propane grill. Share together time & cozy up by the lakeside firepit w/stunning scenery. Split firewood located on property.

Mitchell's Marina, the 1st place winner of best marina by Lake Life's Best of SML, is close by boat (5min) or walking (.8mi). Mitchell's has full service gas dock w/snacks, drinks, ice cream, merch & boat launch. Dogs are welcome at waterfront grass area w/outdoor picnic tables & cornhole boards, best spot to catch the most stunning SML sunsets. Newly added multi-use (basketball, roller/street hockey, pickleball, box lacrosse & soccer) sports court! Mitchell's is home to: SML Boat Rentals (also golf cart & water toys); Restaurant & Pizzeria (absolute best pizza around) w/take-out, outdoor patio dining & tiki bar featuring local artist live music Fri & Sat thru summer; Captain Scoop Hand Dipped Ice Cream shop; Captain Bert's Fishin' Charters; & Nevermind Marine Service (mobile boat repair). Marina & businesses are open seasonally.

Comcast Xfinity cable & high-speed internet throughout house. Faster 400 Mbps download & 10 Mbps upload speeds w/xFi Advanced Gateway supports running multiple web & streaming devices at once w/ease. Great room boasts 50" TV w/over 200 digital channels & DVD. Open concept main level w/abundant seating: large U-shaped sectional w/chaise, additional couch w/pullout bed, armchair & 2-person game/puzzle table. Room divider curtain for great room evening privacy from sunroom. Cozy movie room downstairs has 40" cable TV/DVD & adjacent game area w/air hockey & foosball tables provide additional entertainment.

Child & dog friendly amenities include gates at both house deck & dock areas & detachable gate for main level stairs. 1 small & 2 large dog crates available at the property. Additional: washer/dryer combo, cornhole boards, puzzles galore, games, DVD movies, books & deck treasure box w/noodles.

Three bedrooms & 1 flex room. Large main level master suite retreat w/king bed, 40" cable TV & attached full bath w/amazing 3-head shower & soaking tub. Main and lower level connected by stairs. Three bedrooms downstairs: queen w/cable TV & attached full bath, 2 doubles w/cable TV & pyramid bunkroom w/local channels TV & DVD. Double & bunk share full bath downstairs w/soaking tub.

No Smoking/No Vaping

3 Bedrooms, 1 Flex Room, 3½ Bathrooms:
King, Queen, 2 Full, Pyramid Bunk Bed, FSS

Bathroom Details:
Main Level - #1 ½ Bath, #2 Tub & Shower
Lower Level - #1 Shower, #2 Tub & Shower

Floor plan available upon request.

Located nearby to Captain's Choice, Off the Dock, Super Fun Exciting Times & Glendalough! -Also part of Lake Retreat's Vacation Rental Program!


Also Accepting 2025 Tentative Reservations w/Only $200 Down!

$180.00 CLEANING FEE, $100.00 PET FEE (Dogs Only, 3 Dog Max.), $200.00 RESERVATION FEE, 12.3% TAX ON RENT      

Items to bring: Lake towels, soap (shower, dish & hand), trash bags, paper goods (toilet tissue, paper towels & coffee filters), detergent (dish pods & liquid laundry), dryer sheets, firewood for fire pit, pup leash(es), life jackets.

Items NOT to bring:  Worries & stress.

Items you'll WISH you'd brought: Favorite floats & water toys, ice (bags or refreezable), sunscreen & live fishing bait.

If you are placing your reservation thru VRBO or one of the Expedia channels and your anticipated visit is more than 90 days away, you will see 2 separate charges within 72 hours of placing your booking.  The first charge will be the VRBO Service Fee* and the second charge will be $200 which is collected by Lake Retreat Rental Properties, LLC.  From that point on, additional payments will be made directed to Lake Retreat Rental Properties, LLC.
*this fee is charged by VRBO and is not linked to any of the charges collected by Lake Retreat.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If a reservation is cancelled with at least 90 days prior notice, 1/2 of the pre-paid rental payment will be refundable. If a reservation is cancelled within 90 days of your arrival date, no refunds will be issued. Notice of cancellation must be in writing, email is acceptable. Be sure to reference the rented property name and dates you had intended to visit.
Travel Insurance for trip cancellation and trip interruption may be available through Allianz Travel., 866-884-3556.  Allianz Travel is not an affiliate of Lake Retreat Inc or Lake Retreat Rental Properties, LLC.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: No one under the age of 25 may make a reservation. There must be one adult at least 25 years of age occupying the property. That qualifying person must provide payment via credit card for the rental deposit and is responsible for the leased property.

---Rent Smith Mountain Lake---

Street Address:
402 Saunders' Point Road
Huddleston, VA 24104

Location Map


= Already Reserved


Pets Allowed Yes, Dogs Only Internet Access Yes, Xfinity
Central A/C Yes Dishwasher Yes
Washer/Dryer Yes Keurig/Auto Drip Auto Drip
Grill Type Gas Fire Pit Yes
Water Depth 8' At Full Pond Floater Yes
Electric at Dock Yes Lights at Dock Yes
Kayak Yes, 6 Paddleboard (SUP) Yes
Foosball Table Yes Air Hockey Table Yes
Maximum Occupancy 6 Closest Boat Ramp Mitchell's Marina
Channel Marker C-2A
Pets Allowed Yes, Dogs Only
Internet Access Yes, Xfinity
Central A/C Yes
Dishwasher Yes
Washer/Dryer Yes
Keurig/Auto Drip Auto Drip
Grill Type Gas
Fire Pit Yes
Water Depth 8' At Full Pond
Floater Yes
Electric at Dock Yes
Lights at Dock Yes
Kayak Yes, 6
Paddleboard (SUP) Yes
Foosball Table Yes
Air Hockey Table Yes
Maximum Occupancy 6
Closest Boat Ramp Mitchell's Marina
Channel Marker C-2A


Start Date End Date Nightly Rate Weekly Rate Min Stay
06/01/24 06/28/24 $470.00 $2,800.00 7
06/29/24 07/05/24 $550.00 $3,300.00 7
07/06/24 08/23/24 $470.00 $2,800.00 7
08/24/24 09/04/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 3
09/05/24 09/30/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 2
10/01/24 10/10/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 2
10/11/24 10/14/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 3
10/15/24 11/15/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 2
11/16/24 11/30/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 3
12/01/24 12/13/24 $250.00 $1,500.00 2
12/14/24 01/15/25 $250.00 $1,500.00 3


-April 2024


We absolutely loved our stay at Golden Retreat.  We are 2 couples with 1 dog each - loved that the place was dog friendly and the pet fee wasn't ridiculous.  Except for the 3 steps down from the driveway (would recommend some sort of railing there) and the steps to the kitchen/sunroom, it was very convenient for our one person who had mobility issues.  King suite was massive with walk-in closet and master bath on main level.  Even some pet steps for smaller dogs :) Living room sectional couches were so comfortable for us and the canines - and the couch with light for reading was much appreciated.  Kitchen not overly large but adequate for our needs - had a dishwasher (our last rental did not, and that was not a lot of fun).  
The living room and 3 of the 4 bedrooms had a lake view with sliding glass doors for access.  Very nice!  Sunroom off the kitchen had a large table for dining.  I imagine in the summer that room gets quite hot, but in April it was perfect.  A curtain can be drawn for privacy at night (or in case your dogs bark at the infrequent traffic). The house is close to the end of road so not too much traffic at all.  Short walk to the Mitchell Point Marina.
Parking was great - plenty of room to park probably multiple cars and there was a traffic circle.  No problem parking our boat trailer there.  Three outdoor trashcans, which we used to store our recycling (SML disposal site separates plastics, bottles, cans, and cardboard).
Deck had plenty of nice outdoor furniture both above and below.
The downstairs area had 3 bedrooms - the queen had a master bath, and the hall bath had a very nice tiled shower with a bench and also a full sized tub that we enjoyed.  Since we were 2 couples, it was nice to have the downstairs all to ourselves for privacy, keeping our younger dog separate.  The gate to separate the downstairs, and on the deck, were great with our dog situation.  We also used one of the 3 different sized dog crates when we left the dogs alone (located in laundry room - which we also used to do a little laundry).  The heat and a/c were a little noisy downstairs, but not too terrible, and downstairs much cooler than upstairs - nice for sleeping.  Beds were all comfortable.  Lots of extra blankets in case needed.  All bedrooms had closets and also dressers for storing clothes.
Dock and boathouse very nice and the walk down not as sharp an incline as most houses on the lake.  Very doable.  We didn't use any canoes or kayaks but appreciated the availability of the assorted lifejackets that were in great condition.
The neighbors were very friendly, and their dog invited one of our dogs to romp around together, which was great.
Loved the packet from Lake Retreat upon retrieval of keys - all the pertinent info, including where to take trash and recycling, location of grocery stores, etc. was very helpful, even though we've stayed in Huddleston before.  We had a minor repair issue that we reported and heard back right away from Lake Retreat - who offered to send the repairman right away if we desired (it was minor so we declined).  Every time I called or e-mailed re:  reservation, questions about the rental, we heard back ASAP.
We have used VRBO previously but will look to Lake Retreat first in the future.  We are definitely considering another visit to Golden Retreat!!!
-June 2023 Needed at least one more day! Views were unbelievable. Location is perfect. Everything was great. Can’t wait to return next year. -October 2022 We really enjoyed how spacious Golden Retreat was, giving 5 of us and one, big dog, plenty of room to relax. We sooooo enjoyed kayaking, having smores every night at the firepit and playing air hockey. We LOVE that the house had a LARGE dog crate!!! It's such a pain to travel with our own!! The neighborhood is on a quiet very nice to go walking with our dog. -June 2022 The place was fantastic with everything and more for fun and relaxation. Check in was a breeze, description was spot on, and details of house procedures and nuances were all very well explained. Loved it! -March 2022 Love the house! -October 2021 Great location, quiet neck, marina access was convenient -July 2021 Loved this house. -June 2021 Thank you for letting us stay here :) -June 2021 Everything was great! -October 2020 Enjoyed the long weekend at this property. Great lake-front location with easy access to marinas. -July 2020 Great house, great location, had an awesome time! Thank you so much! -June 2020 We had a very relaxing week at the Golden Retreat. Love that it is dog friendly with built in gates on deck and dock and dog crates available for when we went out boating. Plenty of room for family of 6; well stocked kitchen; comfortable furniture. TVs in every room, but we didn't use them once - too much to do on the lake! Walkable to Mitchell's Point Marina - we rented a boat from them - super nice owners. Kids had a great time. We highly recommend this property!



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