Owner Testimonials

We want to thank SML Vacation Rentals for all you do to manage our property at the lake. We tried several companies before we found you on a recommendation of friends. You take great care of our home and do a phenomenal job renting it and keeping it in top shape for us. We never have to worry about maintenance issues because we know you are on top of everything. Your company has been an excellent resource for helping us locate honest, dependable folks for yard work, gutters, cleaning, heating, plumbing, and other tasks. 

When the tornado hit our area, you reached out to let me know that our property was fine before I even knew that there had been a storm.   When I got your call, I didn’t know about the tornado, but you had already been to our house to assess the situation. That was amazing and so indicative of your level of service. Having you manage the house puts our minds at ease and eliminates any stress in trying to keep the house up ourselves.   You help keep it our “happy place”! We’re so lucky we found you!! 

Claire Marble- Almost Heaven

Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals has been a local, not national, business since the beginning. My house is being cared for more now than it has ever been by any other company! I appreciate that the staff is constantly checking in on my property and making suggestions on upgrades and easy changes. Other property management companies have asked me to switch, but why mess up a good thing? I have recommended others talk with this group of dedicated and hardworking people. I am so pleased with every phase of the services they have provided me and feel no one could ask for more from a management group! I have no reason to look elsewhere as they have met my every need. They have always been there for us when we have a problem, no matter how big or small. They have even handled situations for us that were above and beyond what rental management companies are usually responsible for. We feel confident in leaving our rental property in their hands and would give them a five-star rating in all areas. 

Grace & Bud Cairns- The Cairns Home

We cannot thank Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals enough for their personal and professional assistance placing our home in a vacation program. After looking at several companies, it was easy for us to choose SMLVR. You have consistently kept us informed, handled tenant problems, made excellent suggestions, and rented our home far more than we ever expected! We highly recommend you to anyone considering putting their property in a program to use Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals.
We look forward to working with you for many years to come!

Joseph and Diane Kesterson- Autumn Holiday

My husband and I chose Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals to manage our lake home at Bernard’s Landing as a rental property several years ago. This was our first experience at such a venture, and we were novices, to say the least. The staff has been professional, instructional, patient, and responsive to our questions and concerns at every turn. We intended to have our home be a premier destination on the lake, and they have helped us achieve that. They respond to our calls, texts, and emails as soon as possible and treat us with respect and concern. We have been delighted with our decision to work with SML Vacation Rentals and plan to for many more years.

Debbie Kingan- Gunner’s Lookout

From the very first meeting, we knew this company was different! We interviewed several companies, and SML Vacation Rentals had it all together from the start. They provided a beautiful portfolio, including a comprehensive list of what is needed to make a successful short-term rental. The description and pictures highlight our home in a way that makes people want to visit. As we upgrade and change furnishing in the home, they update our site to keep it accurate. We love that what you see is what you get. We have not been disappointed yet! Communication about issues that arise and facilitation to remedy those problems is quick and easy. The repair cost is deducted from the house commission to pay vendors, so I never had to worry about receiving an invoice and writing a check to pay for it. My house is well maintained. My cleaner is wonderful and goes above and beyond to ensure that each guest has the same positive experience as the last guest. We love reading our guest book and online reviews to know that our visitors have a wonderful time and make memories at our lake home that are almost as good as ours! We highly recommend SML Vacation Rentals, and we will not leave…until we retire!

Nancy Suddarth- A Quiet Sunset

As renters, our family visited SML several times and had some of our most memorable vacations there. Our first experience with Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals was as renters during one of these vacations. We stayed at one of their homes and were very pleased with the home and the service provided by Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals. They were very responsive to any concerns that we had.

Because of how much we enjoyed the lake, we decided to purchase a home at SML – our first endeavor of this kind. We had engaged with a different management company initially but were very disappointed with that company and ended that relationship before it started. We called Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals, and the team there has been a great partner – super responsive and helpful to us since then. The team helped us get started, prepare our home for renters, and help keep the house clean, comfortable, and functional for our renters and us.

We know our home is in good hands when we are not there. The cleaning team does a great job keeping the house clean. The few times there have been issues (power outages, mechanical issues, etc.), the team was always quick to communicate with us and resolve the problem so that our renters could fully enjoy their time at our home. Our experience with Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals is always 5-star! Thank you, Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals!

Todd & Alice – Livin’ the Lake Dream