The Gate House at Smith Mountain Lake

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“ Excellent ”
6 Reviews
1489 Gate Ln, Smith Mountain Lake, VA 24121


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
Type: Home
Per night: $250 - $370
Per week: $1,100 - $2,200
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Smith Mountain Lake vacation home rental
The Gate House was built in 2009 and is a beautiful place to spend a week on the lake. The 3000 square foot house is well laid out for relaxing and entertaining. In a place where most rental houses have a long set of stairs to the lake, the Gate House has a meandering concrete walkway.

The house is beautifully decorated in a "beachy-cabin" style and has all the amenities. The Gate House is located on a private cove that is great for swimming off the private dock. It has main channel views, but is off the channel enough to be secluded. Close to the action without all the "action". You can see more on our FB page, (search "smlgatehouse" and it should show up).

You can have lunch and afternoon fun at Bridgewater Plaza (5 minutes by boat) (search "bridgewaterplaza"), go out to a nice restaurant on the lake for dinner, and return to Bridgewater Plaza for dancing and ice cream without ever having to get in your car! Boat rentals are available at Bridgewater Marina, Captain's Quaraters, Halesford Harbour, and Parrot Cove, for everything from pontoon boats, to ski boats, to jet skis.
Area Information
Smith Mountain Lake has often been called the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains". It is about 30 miles from either Roanoke or Lynchburg. It has 20,000 acres of fantastic fishing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing surface! You can spend a week on the lake, never go to the same cove twice and still not see it all!

And, of course, there is history nearby. Appomattox is less than an hour away. The birthplace of Booker T. Washington is just minutes from the lake. And the National D-Day Memorial is only 25 minutes down the road in historic Bedford (the site was chosen because Bedford lost a higher percentage of its soldiers on D-Day than any other community in the country).

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 05 2015 Apr 03 2015 $250 $250 $1,100 - 2 Nights
Apr 04 2015 May 29 2015 $250 $250 $1,650 - 2 Nights
May 30 2015 Aug 28 2015 $370 $370 $2,200 - 1 Week
Aug 29 2015 Jan 04 2016 $275 $275 $1,650 - 2 Nights
Sep 27 2015 Jan 04 2016 $275 $275 $1,650 - 2 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: INCLUDED
Deposits: $300 security deposit. The Gate House is a NON-SMOKING home.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: $100 Cleaning fee included in weekly rate only. Shorter stays require payment of cleaning fee.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Game Room
  • Lakefront
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Parking Included
  • View (Lake)
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Heating
  • Pet Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Full Kitchen
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Boating
  • Lake
  • Bicycling
    (10 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (10 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Golf
    (10 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (15 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Miniature Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Winery
    (15 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
  • Restaurant
    (5 miles)
  • Hiking
    (10 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (20 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Beach
    (10 miles)
  • Park
    (10 miles)

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Reviews for this vacation home rental in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

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Peggy Miller

Peggy Miller


A Winner

September 29, 2014

The Gate House was the perfect setting for our family get together of four couples. As others have said, the house is lovely, spacious and comfortable. The views of the lake and cove are restful. The owners, John and Sharon, are amiable and responsible. We are fortunate to have found The Gate House and expect to return next year.

Jim Schonfeld

Jim Schonfeld

Nanticoke pa


April 9, 2013

The place is outstanding, would recommend it to anyone looking for a clean well maintained house to rent. The owners are very accommodating and the house is well stocked. It has all the amenities, a great sound system, access to the lake and just a wonderful place to relax. Going back 2 more times this year. Can't Wait.

John and Sharon Hansen

Owner's reply:

Thanks Jim. It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. We look forward to having you guys back again.

Carolyn Jarvis

Carolyn Jarvis

Prince George, Va.

The Gate House at Smith Mountain Lake

November 27, 2012

We spent the Thanksgiving Holiday 6 adults and 2 children plenty of room and space we were not on top of each other. We had to bring our own sheets and towels everything else was provided the kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans,dishes everything you would need in a kitchen. The lake view is gorgeous. I highly recommend The Gate House

Debbie Reuss

Debbie Reuss

Sicklerville, NJ

Loved The Gate House!

July 16, 2012

It was more than we could have expected! The home was beautiful and very functional for our family with "space" when we needed it! The location was terrific and key to privacy AND availability all at the same time! Would recommend to my greatest friends! Hope to spend another vacation at The Gate House!

John and Sharon Hansen

Owner's reply:

We are delighted that you found our rental home so comfortable. We built it with folks like you in mind. Hope to see you again soon! John and Sharon Hansen

Jeff Fylstra

Jeff Fylstra

Etters, PA & Simpsonville, SC

A perfect spot for a long weekend getaway

May 1, 2011

My family shared the Gate House with a friend's family and we were all extremely pleased with the accommodations. It was great to be able to give the kids the downstairs while the adults enjoyed the lake views and two seating areas upstairs. The furnishings were comfortable and the decorating was outstanding. We spent hours on the dock soaking up the sun and catching small fish. The decks were also a welcome spot to enjoy the last couple hours of daylight. We will certainly return to the Gate House for our next Smith Mountain Lake vacation!

Dennis Burks

Dennis Burks

Daniels, West Virginia

Wonderful Vacation

October 19, 2010

The Gate House is a great place to spend your vacation. The house is well equipped, clean, spacious, with great views, and in a peaceful setting. The owners are friendly and very easy to work with. I highly recommend the Gate House for your next vacation retreat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Gate House available for Holiday Rentals?
A: Yes it is. With the exception of Independence Day, most holiday weekends are available for 2 or 3 night rentals at the regular rate. Thanksgiving rentals have a minimum stay of 3 days.
Q: Is there room to dock our boat?
A: The Gate House has it's own very protected dock. The floater is great for boats 25 feet or more. A second boat can be put on the inboard side of the floater, but is limited to about 20 feet. That still allows room for sitting or swimming off the dock.
Q: Does Rent include linens and towels?
A: No. We do not provide linens and towels. However there is an excellent service nearby that does. It is Lake Linen Service and they do an excellent job. Search "smllakelinen".
Q: Is there WIFI in the Gate House?
A: Unfortunately, the price of staying in paradise is that we don't have high speed internet. The only way people at this part of the lake connect to the internet is through Wireless Air Cards. We use Verizon and the service is always good. It's slower than a cable connection, but the best we got! So sorry, no WIFI.
Q: What are we required to do with trash?
A: Trash service is another thing that the wilderness is not very good at. Tennants have to take their trash to a nearby collection center. Instructions are in the house.

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John and Sharon Hansen

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    We built the Gate House in 2009 specifically as a short term rental. So unlike many rentals on the lake, it is NOT old and in need of updating, etc. It has a great cottage/beach house feel to it without being too rustic. It has high quality fixtures and appliances without feeling "stuffy" or "elegant"....
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