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. New for 2014 is a 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 and a full bath. New for 2014 is flat screen, Hi Def TV and blue ray player in family room with 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 paddle 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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- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
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