1. Australia
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Jemma's on the Lake Lakefront

House, Smiths Lake

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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Min 2 - 4 nights stay

14 guests
5 bedrooms
11 beds
2 bathrooms


Enjoy a family visit at Jemma's on the Lake Room for 2 families or all of your extended family. Personalised service:~ you will be met upon arrival, and have the availability of high personal care throughout your stay.

PAYMENTS: For payment WITHOUT credit card scroll to bottom of page and send enquiry through "ASK A QUESTION”.

Please NOTE surcharge for extra guest over 6 people is not added to online booking total. See below.

Jemma's offers you a prime position on Smiths Lake right on the waters edge - with easy access to the waterfront - all very private, in a tranquil setting. The house overlooks the lake.

The 2 storey property is 5 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Upstairs is open plan living, with fabulous views of the lake and surrounds from most areas. The modern kitchen is well equipped complete with dishwasher, microwave, coffee/cappuccino maker, large sandwich maker and much more. A solid 8 person wooden dining table with leather chairs allow you to take in the fantastic views.

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, 2 with Queen sized timber beds and 1 room with 2 single beds. Downstairs there is another queen bedroom with timber bed and a spacious bunk room which comfortably sleeps 6. Quality bedding is provided throughout. The bunk room has a TV monitor and DVD for the kids. There is a modern bathroom with separate toilet upstairs and a second bathroom downstairs. Washing machine and dryer are provided.

There is a spacious deck overlooking the lake and offering 180 degrees of lake views. There is also significant glass to enjoy the views from most places inside. On the deck is a modern 8 person outdoor setting and BBQ.

Upstairs living also offers a very comfortable large lounge and wide-screen T.V connected to Austar/Foxtel. The majority of rooms have ceiling fans, including 4 bedrooms. Wall mounted fan in the bunk room.

There is a fireplace for cool winter nights. Portable electric heating is also provided.

A high chair and porta-cot are available upon request.

Downstairs there is a games room with Flatscreen TV also connected to Austar/Foxtel, complete with a pool table.

While in the garage there is a table tennis table, this opens to the house. The house is equipped with plenty of games to entertain the adults and kids alike.

Feel free to bring along your own Play Station, Wii, XBox etc to plug into either the games room or bunk room TV.

Stepping out from the games room onto the back lawn you can: ~ walk down to the lake and take a stroll ~ go for a paddle on one of the four kayaks ~ relax on the sun lounge or at the downstairs outdoor setting ~or simply admire the view from the 5/6 person hot spa.

Down by the lake there is also a 3.5m tinnie complete with 5HP motor ready for your enjoyment and for exploring the beautiful lake.

The property is surrounded by rolling lawns. These spacious grounds provide a tremendous area for the kids to roll around and spend their energy. There is an abundance of bird life including Nesting Hawks, Pelicans and a variety of Parrots and Kookaburras and beautiful natural surroundings with Smiths Lake lapping at the edges. Great views all year round and breathtaking sunsets.

Our aim is to make our place a complete holiday experience and I am sure we will not disappoint.


EXTRA GUESTS SURCHARGE OVER 6 PEOPLE: This is NOT calculated on online booking as we only change this once off and there is no facilitated for this as yet on the online booking function, please use “ask a question” ALTERNATIVELY you can put it through on online booking and I can amend the quote to be accepted by you prior to your booking.

Jemmas on the Lake has a base booking charge for up to 6 people, to allow the average family a chance to stay, and then from this there is a ONCE OFF surcharge per person of $100 per adult or $50 per child. Children under 3 yrs stay FREE. The surcharge is not calculated on your auto generated booking response however will be reflective in your email response by Kate.

There are no further charges all advertised amenities such as the 5hp motor boat and Kayak are inclusive in your rate of stay


We are most happy to take OUTDOOR pet stays, we have an enclosed yard area that leads up on to the gated back decking for your pets safety.

Behind the house on the lake is the perfect location should your pets like to swim.

Local Attractions

Smiths Lake is suitable for all water sports and is just a short 5 minutes away from some of the most spectacular beaches in NSW including Bluey's, Boomerang, and Elizabeth, and for the naturalist amongst us, the very beautiful Shelly's beach. The closest beach, Cellito, can be accessed via a short board walk through coastal rain forest or via Jemma's tinnie, kayaks or canoe.


The immediate area provides local clubs for great meals at affordable prices. Smiths Lake Bowling Club on Macwood Road and Pacific Palms Rec Club on Wallace Lake, well worthy of a visit

The Charlotte Bay fish shop on the Lakes Way is a must with fresh catches daily. A well known Seafood supplier to upmarket restaurants through out NSW.

The local village shops can cater for most of your needs with a butcher, baker, liquor store and general store. The Lakes cafe TLC has the best coffee and is a great spot for lunch and or dinner.

FROTHY COFFEE is on the lake front at Amaroo boasting fantastic views of the Lake and Sandbar. A very popular spot, alongside the boat ramp and BBQ grounds, where a variety of boat hire options are available. Fishing is also abundant at Smiths Lake.

Smiths Lake is located between Myall Lakes and Wallace Lakes and 6 minutes North of Seal Rocks. Only 20 Min's drive south of Forster and 2.5 hours from Sydney.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Dishwasher, Parking, Washing machine

Ceiling fan Child's high chair Children welcome Clothes dryer Coffee maker Cot Deck/Patio Dining Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Fireplace Games room Hot tub Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Living room Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Parking Pets allowed Refrigerator Satellite/Cable Stove Television Toaster Washing machine
Jemma's on the Lake (Lakefront) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 59.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Anywhere but Jemma's! My fond memories of the beautiful Smiths Lake evaporated from the moment we pulled up to the rather ugly building. The house was not what the photos and description promised it to be. Added to this was the negative greeting we got from the property manager on our arrival. There was no “Welcome to Smiths Lake!” A simple folder left on the table could have informed us all of the 'rules and regulations' that we were bluntly bombarded with upon arriving. Did we really need to know what day to put the bins out in the first 5 minutes of pulling up? This was definitely an expensive retail regret! Whilst we stay in lots of holiday houses, this one was not on our list of "must go back to's". Everything is cheap, breaking or broken and it is apparently the guests fault that it is this way. Some really irritating things were: a drawer full of really blunt knives (unusable), a broken knife sharpener, can openers that don't work, breaking chairs, cupboards adorned with ugly padlocks, a poor quality falling apart fridge that barely keeps things cold (our milk went off in two days) like beer, grotty thread bare carpets with tripping hazards, fishing rods that are all cheap and broken, beds that creek, disgusting, filthy stained pillows for guest use, chairs that wobble, a pool table with one functioning pool cue, no chalk, kayaks that leak and shabby life jackets, poorly maintained outboard motor - which was eventually replaced mid way through our stay as it kept breaking down (again we were made to feel that this was our fault), cheap crockery, knives and utensils that are chipped, stained, and a grotty horrible rusting BBQ that leaks oil onto a rotting hessian sack, poor or no roof insulation made it really unpleasant on hot days (ceiling fans not enough), I could go on...... The damp, stuffy, stale air, of which an attempt to disguise it with horrible air fresheners, greets you when you first enter the house. (That smell never really left). The downstairs area is a single skin brick garage with a cheap tack-on bedroom with a tiny window that offers poor ventilation. You are kind of sleeping in a sub floor. Our children were very hot and uncomfortable in the dingy poor ventilated room. The dampness was ever present. It is like someone got all of their old, cheap, breaking and broken household items and left if in the house for us to use. We were forced to go a buy many items just to get by. For the price you pay, you would expect, and this has been our experience with many holiday houses, a lot more for your money. A bunch more! If you mention this to the gruff and judgmental property manager Kate you will be reminded that it is "the guests fault!" and made to feel like you are somehow responsible for the house's poor state. Her entire defence for this is that the previous evil tenants broke it. We found the manager to be argumentative, petty, aggressive and down right rude. Eeeek! No doubt the rebuttal to this will be that maintenance was performed on some items, but the truth of the matter is that the number dysfunctional items were too numerous to deal with. Then we will be personally attacked, like other reviewers have been, who dared to write the truth. Why not stop defending the indefinable, spend a little on the house, upgrade furnishings and hire a professional and friendly property manager and make it pleasant for the money you are charging people. I would stay at Sally's, Mary's, Joanna's or anywhere else but Jemma's. We left early.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great place for the whole family We really enjoyed our stay. We being parents and kids, and kids of the kids (2 & 8yrs). Plenty of space to be together and then have a quiet moment away from the rabble. Dingy was an absolute hit (4 flathead for dinner anyone?) as were the early morning swims across the lake! The beds and house were comfy and easy to live with, nothing to break or scratch. We spent most of the time on the deck drinking cups of tea or freshly made coffee, (later a good red) as the light and weather changed over the lake. Great empty beaches and forest walks...perfect...and then a welcome bubbly spa...ahhhhh
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic stay What a wonderful property. Stayed with my sisters family from the UK, and the house easily fitted the 2 families (5 kids). Much fun had in the tinnie and kayaks, and the views were outstanding.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great family stay We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jemma’s and found there was something to do for everyone. The views of the lake and bush surrounds are fantastic and could be enjoyed from both the deck and inside the house. The kids just loved the pool table, the table tennis table, canoe and the kayaks and my husband thought the inclusion of the motorised tinnie on the lake’s edge just at the back of the property was fantastic and he spent hours fishing and unwinding on the beautiful lake. We also used the tinnie to travel to the Sandbar beach and I would recommend that to everybody. We all loved the spa! There was plenty of room for everyone with my boys loving the bunk room while my parents had their own space in a large downstairs bedroom and we had the choice of three bedrooms upstairs. The lounges upstairs and downstairs were comfortable, again with plenty of space for our extended family. The house was clean on arrival, the kitchen well stocked and although the house is not newly built, all the furniture and inclusions are modern and everything that a family could possibly want for a fun relaxing holiday. We will be sure to be returning with a few extra family members and have already recommended Jemma’s to our friends.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not such a Gem at Jemma's This property is very tired and not quite like many of the photos. The cleanliness was the biggest issue - with excessive mould in both showers, the main toilet stunk like a boys urinal, the couch in main upstairs lounge room felt, smelt and looked grubby not to mention the amount of rubbish under it. The linen provided (quilt covers) did not appear to have been freshly laundered either. Whilst the kitchen was very well stocked there was also a large amount of chipped crockery and broken utensils - a good audit of the kitchen is highly recommended.The dining room table chairs all needed attention while we were there and Kate was prompt in arranging for the maintenance man to see to this - unfortunately one was irreparable and another soon broke again during our stay - leaving our party of 11 with only 6 chairs to sit on for dinner. The billiard table was not in working order as screws were missing/broken to stabilise it. For the amount we paid per night we also did not expect to rent a property that had threadbare carpet being held down by screws!!! The addition of kayaks and a tinnie was well utilised by all of the family and provided hours of entertainment on the lake. Kate was very responsive when we contacted her with our concerns on day 2 and we hope following this review the owners will consider further necessary updates for this property to justify the rate charged per night. Would we stay there again??? - Yes but only on confirmation that all of the above had been addressed.
Date published: 2016-04-20
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