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Great Escape, Quiet Cove, Gentle Slope, Covered Dock, Wi-Fi

Pete Mulligan

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Pete Mulligan

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015
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Great Escape, Quiet Cove, Gentle Slope, Covered Dock, Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Bracey House Rental Photos and Description

Lake House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14-17)

Relax at your own Great Escape on beautiful Lake Gaston! This lake house is in a protected cove for your kids to play with minimal boat traffic. Outside your quiet cove, you have 1.5 miles of an awesome cove to ski, wakeboard and fish. You also have a covered dock and boat lift. At most rentals, you will need to leave your nice ride in the water and out in the rain!

This lake house is a 2600 square foot, one and a half story contemporary home over a finished walkout basement. There are 5 bedrooms, 1 loft sleeping area and 4 full baths.

Bedroom configurations are:

Master Suite #1 - Upper level master has king bed, gas fireplace, balcony, office desk and full private bath.

Master Suite #2 - Main level master bedroom has queen bed and private bath.

Bedroom #3 - Main level guest bedroom has a queen bed.

Bedroom #4 - Lower level guest bedroom has a queen bed.

Bedroom #5 - Lower level bedroom with 2 bunk beds (4 twin beds).

Loft - Upper level has loft with 2 twin beds (over looking kitchen/great room).

Main level great room has 10 chair dining table convenient with kitchen and large deck overlooking lake. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Great room has Hi Def flat screen TV with sound bar and blue ray player. The deck has both a Weber gas grill and a Weber charcoal grill.

Lower level Family room has gas fireplace, wet bar, full bath, flat screen Hi Def TV, blue ray player and whole home DVR service. Outside the lower level is a ping pong table on the patio.

The home has a large yard with plenty of parking and playground for the kids. There is a gently sloping walkway to the covered double boathouse with one lift for renter, sundeck, jet ski lift and peddle boat for renter. The dock also has a guest slip to allow you to bring 2 boats plus a jet ski. The paved parking lot has a basketball hoop.

The Great Escape is located on Great Creek in the northwest quadrant of Lake Gaston. The home is a 10 minute drive from I-85. Great winery and golf only a few miles away.

What is the water skiing like in Great Creek? The creek is protected from the main lake by a no wake zone and box culvert. That keeps many of the main lake yahoos out of our 'private' creek. With 1.5 mile run, it makes a perfect spot for slalom skiing and wakeboarding. It's not uncommon to see some barefooting and great slalom skiing in the mornings. The jet skis and tubes generally don't come out until 11:00 AM.

How is the fishing in Great Creek? The fishing is pretty good right from the dock at the home. Bream (Blue Gill) and catfish are easy to catch from the dock. We also have large mouth bass all around the docks in the creek. There are many bass tournaments that run out of the nearby Holly Grove Marina and many of the fishermen tell me our cove is as good as any at holding large mouth 'keepers'. The main lake offers a variety of good fishing spots including large grass fields as you head up into the river.

How is the boat traffic in Great Creek? During the week is generally good throughout the day. The weekends in the summer can get busy in the creek between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. When it gets too much boat traffic to ski or wakeboard, you can get into calm water in the river in about 20 minutes. Going out of Great Creek and heading north, you enter the river portion of Lake Gaston. The river offers miles of calm water, straight runs and deep water (26 feet). Since the water comes from the bottom of Kerr Lake, the water is cool which is refreshing in the heat of the summer. Deep, cool water as calm as butter is awesome for skiing and boarding.

Lake Gaston is one of the truly superior lakes in the country, located in the piedmont area of northern NC and southern VA. It covers 20,300 acres, 34 miles long, and has over 350 miles of shoreline. The lake has very little water level fluctuation year round and has the highest water-quality rating in eastern USA (NC Stream Sanitation Commission, A2 rating). Lake Gaston is well stocked with game fish including striped and largemouth bass, bream, crappie, sunfish, and several varieties of catfish. Lake Gaston has an average depth of 40+ feet (~80+ ft. deep near eastern end at dam).

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More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pete Mulligan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015

About Pete Mulligan

I am an IT manager in the Pharmaceutical services industry.

Pete Mulligan purchased this house in 2003

Why Pete Mulligan chose Bracey

Our family loves the lake life. We rented house boats and homes on different lakes in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. We fell in love with Lake Gaston with the large number of secluded coves for great skiing and constant water level. The boat houses are awesome with power, water and boat lifts. Our location is convenient to I-85 which avoids long drives through tiny country towns and their tourist speed traps. You can't beat the lake life on Lake Gaston at the Great Escape!

What makes this house unique

I enjoy the early morning ski runs on glassy smooth water. Being on the calm water side of Lake Gaston's bridge culverts is crucial. I also enjoy the evenings on the deck looking out onto the lake and woods with tikki torches, fire, glass of wine and the company of my beautiful wife. Life doesn't get much better than that!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you again and again! We enjoyed each day of our stay at "The Great Escape". This is our first year staying in VA. We usually stay closer to Littleton but really liked it hear as well. When the lake got too crowded, we just headed up river!

From Raleigh, NC
Jul 2003
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Bedrooms 5
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Great Escape, Quiet Cove, Gentle Slope, Covered Dock, Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 23 reviews
Denton Nc

Great get away

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the house with family over Christmas. Nice comfortable relaxed setting. Kids enjoyed the paddle boat. I'm sure summer time on the lake would be great! Homeowner was easy to work with and quick to respond. Thanks,Pete for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Durham, NC

Truly a Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The living room was so comfortable and a great gathering place for our family. I was impressed by how well stocked the kitchen was. Had everything we needed to make meals there. Large pantry as well. We loved taking our boat out on the cove there, very calm and serene. Loved the chairs on the upper house deck, very comfy! I also loved the string lights under the patio umbrella as well... sometimes it's the small things! Also really enjoyed the Rosemont vineyard a few minutes away! The owner was very attentive and responded quickly to any questions we had. Would definitely consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Richmond, VA

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved spending the weekend at Lake Gaston. What a beautiful home that was stocked with everything we needed. The view is great and to be able to lay out on the top deck of the dock on an overly-sunny end of September weekend was a treat! The owner went out of his way to accommodate a late check out, ensure internet was up and running (when he noticed it was out a few days before our arrival) and he even changed the tv package to include a football game the whole family wanted to watch! We will definitely be going back as it was a great place to fit my parents, all five daughters and their significant others (+one grand baby). Memories were made and we can't wait to make more!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Don't stay here

  • 1 of 5

This house was a disappointment to us on our recent stay at the lake. It has lot of beds, but was not nicely appointed, so it did not have the feel of a vacation property. The living room and basement are filled with VERY old and heavily worn furniture. The upholstery was very dusty and gave most people in our party allergy problems. The provided blankets were also very old and dusty. There is a ping pong table but all of the ping pong paddles are so broken they can't even be used.

The only positive of this house is the proximity to the lake and the good-sized paved driveway with basketball hoop.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I assume this traveler is upset about the cost to fix the damage his teenagers caused to one of our bar stools. I ask all travelers to contact me immediately if there are any issues with the home. We certainly could have run over more ping pong paddles and clean blankets. We have added more paddles and have cleaned all blankets. We are also planning to replace the furniture in the family room in spring 2014. After his stay I requested his feedback and he replied with (before the damage was discovered): "Thanks so much, we had a great weekend. Weather was great. We appreciated your thorough instructions on how to use the house and the surrounding area...". He did not mention any of the issues in his negative review. After checkout, my cleaner reported an 8 inch tear in one of the bar stool seats. I am truly sorry that this renter is so upset over the cost that was required to repair the damage his teenagers caused. My wife and I worked very hard to find someone who could re-upholster the seat and we did not charge him for our time or mileage. We only deducted the actual cost of the repair from his security deposit. The basement bar stool has now been repaired. To avoid future similar issues, travelers may opt to purchase $1500 worth of damage insurance for only $49. Please inquiry for more information.
Favetteville, Pa

Another great family Thanksgiving at Lake Gaston

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 11 enjoyed The Great Escape for Thanksgiving for the second straight year. Owner very accommodating and the place was in excellent condition. New kitchen updates including granite countertops, stove and frig. Also, new big screen tv added since last year. Plenty of room inside and outside. Kids played basketballs, ping pong, football, swings, etc. kitchen table seated all of us comfortably.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Richmond, VA

Post stay review.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay with a large family gathering. Throughly enjoyed the house which was spacious and clean. Being on an inlet was great as it provided a wonderful place for the kids to swim, boat and fish (fishing was great!) without worrying about boat traffic. Plenty of parking and room for games and plenty of dishes, glassware and silverware. Kahill's is a fabulous restaurant in South Hill, well worth the 15 minute drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski


Rates & Availability

From $225 Per night

Bracey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 1
May 17 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 27 2015 - Jul 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Jul 12 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer 1 2016
May 14 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Bracey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Second Floor - toilet , shower , Upstairs bathroom inside master bedroom, serves loft
    First Floor Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath for main floor master
    Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bath next to kitchen, serves guest room
    Basement Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bathroom serves 2 bedrooms
  • 4 Full Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Second Floor Master - 1 king , with private bathroom
    First Floor Master - 1 queen , with private bathroom
    First floor guest bedroom - 1 queen , access to full bath across hall on first floor
    Basement guest bedroom - 1 queen , Basement has full bath
    Bunk Room - 4 bunk bed , Two sets of bunk beds sleeps 4 adults or kids
    Loft - 1 twin/ single , Two twin beds in the loft overlooking the great room
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Single Twin Beds (2), Bunk Beds (4 Twins)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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