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California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston

Sondra Cooke

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Sondra Cooke

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Lake Gaston House Rental Photos and Description

The house sits at the end of a 300 ft driveway.A flat terrain takes you to lake

Are you ready for the Ultimate Lake Experience' ? If so, 'California Dreamin' is the place for your dream vacation. The house is a tri-level, with each level having a full kitchen and a kitchenette on the third floor. The house was decorated by Creative Designs By Sondra, who's list of client's include rap singer Missy Elliott and was featured on MTV 'CRIBS'. Sondra has also won many awards at the Home-A-Rama in Tidewater, VA and has won the Golden Award for the best swimming pool design.

This lake house is decorated 'to the MAX' and you will feel like you are in the penthouse of Lake Gaston. Amenities include Jacuzzi tubs on all three levels, Foosball table in the basement, Ping Pong table on the upper level, Work Out room with eliptical and free weights on the main level and of course an awesome view of the lake with a boat lift and pier to tie up to, if needed. The boat ramp is about 5 miles up River Road and is maintained by Dominion Power for public use. Pontoon boats can easily be launched with no hassles.

The house is perfect for multi-family rental, weddings, and family reunions. The main level ''room over garage' has two bunk beds and two trundle beds. Will sleep 9 kids total. The kids will feel like they have their own separate area to 'be kids'. A toddler bed is also ready to set up and can be easily moved.

The house is complete with satellite T.V. and wireless internet service. Phone service is limited to 911 service only, so you will want to bring your cell phone.

Each level of the house has it's own deck area, complete with lounges, patio furniture, and that amazing view of the lake! A gas grill is provided on the basement patio and man level deck. So, come on down, ready to 'chill and grill', swim, fish, boat, ski, relax and soak up the most beautiful lake Carolina has to offer.

**The water is clear, warm, and beautiful. Located in the Piedmont area of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. It is the last major impoundment on the Roanoke River, and offers excellent water quality and water level fluctuations that are less than one foot. It is 35 miles long and has over 350 miles of shoreline. Lake Gaston is within a three hour drive of Washington DC, an hour and a half to two hours from Raleigh North Carolina and Virginia Beach Virginia.


Please call, text, or e-mail Sonda Cooke with at 757-418-2444 or e-mail me at

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sondra Cooke (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2015

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 28 traveler reviews

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California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

No other can compare

  • 5 of 5

After several years of using VRBO for our family vacation needs we were left speechless. Outstanding property. There's so many perks I don't know where to begin. The owner, Sondra is kind, hospitable, and very easy to work with. I wish ALL vacation owners were the same. The photos of the home doesn't do it justice. You have to see it to truly appreciate the quality furnishings, signature style and décor, spacious accommodations, and view to name a few. My family and I will definitely be back again. You can also tell the owner has invest a great deal of money, time and effort to ensure you have a wonderful stay. The property had many things you will not find at MOST vacation rentals. That in itself saves renters a ton of money. You can tell she went out of her way to be accommodating and make your stay convenient. The price point is actually relatively cheap for what you're getting. Also, the bedding. I'm a stickler about beds and bedding. I had the BEST sleep there. If you have a chance, rent the linen. *Superb* AMAZING bed. The children also loved their rooms as well. I could go on and on raving about Sondra and her special property. Also, please read the literature regarding the property. Beautiful story you may want to check out. All I can say is, you have to see it to believe it. Oh BTW VERY pet friendly property. The details alone for the pets were astounding. The owner truly went above and beyond in every facet of this property. See for yourself. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Marriage retreat

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this lovely home to anyone planning a spacious house to entertain your guest with beauty and posies throughout this tri-level home. The paintings alone will mesmerize you with alone, along with the three kitchens/ kitchenette . I have nothing but great things to say about this place. Sondra is very kind and easy to work with as well". She made sure we were ok from start to finish! Thanks sondra." Hope to sys.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Awesome House!

  • 5 of 5

I reserved this home for the Thanksgiving holiday as a meeting point for family from FL and NY. This is the first time our family has done this and the first time we have had Thanksgiving together in many years. The layout of this house is perfect for large groups. Our group was 18 people ranging from 8mos to 72yrs. There was plenty of sleeping room all of which was comfortable. We did not venture from the house other than to the grocery store. I was amazed with all of the cookware and utensils in the kitchen(s). In past rental homes you get minimum cookware, often times hard to cook a meal for 4 let alone a large group. Sondra has this house stocked with everything you need to prepare meals. Everyone in our group loved this location and would love to go back again. Sondra was very easy to contact through the process and I had the pleasure of meeting her upon arrival. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Sondra is awesome

  • 5 of 5

I had my wedding here, it was real casual like a family reunion. Nothing went according to plan, but everything was perfect. All my guests (age a couple months to 70+) had an amazing time and just loved the house and the property. It's way more beautiful in person and when it's full of your family and friends. Most importantly, it was the first time our family ever did something like this and Sondra was so accommodating. She is very cool, down to earth and straightforward. Thank you so much, Sondra, for trusting us to visit your place. I had the time of my life and look forward to returning again! #Aloversrock 10♥4♥14

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

This is my families fifth year at the lake for Labor Day weekend and California Dreamin' was one of the best experiences to-date. There are a lot of great things to say about Sondra's house starting with the owner and her property manager Robbie. They both were very nice to deal with and I enjoyed speaking with them throughout the whole process. We have never dealt with a homeowner who made herself more available/reachable than Sondra. She was extremely motivated in making sure my family and I were comfortable and had everything we needed. The house itself was just as the pictures depicted, beautiful and comfortable. The lot was wonderful also. You had main lake views without main lake traffic which made for the most family friendly swimming environment we've experienced at Lake Gaston so far. We had several little ones that had a great time swimming off Sondra's little beach while the big kids were tubing and skiing out on the lake, the best of both worlds. I could go on and on, but trust me when I tell you that you will not regret renting California Dreamin' if you chose to do so. 5- Stars all the way!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Our amazing family vacation at "California Dreamin"

  • 5 of 5

This house was absolutely amazing!!!! The lay out, the decor, the surroundings, everything about it is absolutely breathtaking!!! The house is so well stocked with anything you could possibly need to cook with, all you need to do is shoot around the corner to the local FoodLion and start grilling. Sondra and Robbie were very helpful and so very accommodating. We had 8 children ranging from 1-16, they had so much to do...swimming, tubing, fishing, boating, foosball, ping pong, s'mores, cards, and so much more!! There was so much space and rooms, that the adults (8 of us) all easily found quiet places to just relax. Our labs so enjoyed the water, they pouted for days after returning home.

We can't wait to return again next year and are counting down the days!

I can't wait to see what Sondra does with the new house she is building!!!!

Everyone in my family highly recommends this beautiful home!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon , thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your experience at California Dreamin'. We pride ourselves in hoping to make our guests' vacation stay the very best that we can make it. We want to officially welcome you to our growing list of our "rental family". We look forward to seeing you again next summer for another fun week at California Dreamin'. Please call anytime , if not just to chat for a while. Best of luck to you and your family for the ongoing year.


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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
halifax regional
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Lakehouse
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Country Club Shores
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
route 46 is approx 4 takes you to I-95
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
The Lakehouse
Car: necessary

Bingo at the Fire station, local Flea Market. Front yard area large enough to accommodate a volleyball set, croquet set, corn hole, etc. The property is ideal for weddings.

There is also wake boarding competions held locally (seasonal). Fishing tournaments are held on many weekends, in season.


Rates & Availability

From $325 Per night

Lake Gaston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak 2015
May 17 2015 - Sep 13 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Off Peak 2015
Sep 14 2015 - Oct 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Oct 5 2015 - Nov 21 2015
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Nov 22 2015 - Apr 3 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75.00
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 7.5%
Notes Dogs must be 50 lbs or less in weight, and must be treated with flea/tick preventative meds before arrival. Towels are $75/week for use and optional as you can bring your own. Sheets and all bedding are the same at $75/week. You are not allowed to use the washer and dryer for your personal bedding and or towels, only your clothing. Paper towels, toilet paper, and trash bags and laundry detergent are not supplied. You must bring your own. House comes fully stocked with all dishes, pots, pans, croockpot, silverware, coffee pots, etc. Use of grills is authorized but you must turn the propane handle off when not in use. No reservations will be confirmed or held until we receive the signed/dated contract by mail with enclosed security deposit check in the amount of $500. All checks are to be made out to Sondra Cooke and mailed to Sondra Cooke, 1681 Tulls Creek Road, Moyock, NC 27958. Security deposits on weekly rentals is $500 enclosed with a signed contract. 1/2 of remaining balance is due 90 days prior to arrival date. The final balance is due 60 days prior to arrival date. Security deposits on 3 night stays is $500, plus 50% of the balance is due 90 days prior to your arrival date. The final payment is due 60 days prior to your arrival date. House must be left in good cleaning condition it was found before departure. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rates are weekly $2000, or $350/night with a 3 night minimum. Weddings and family reunions have an additional cost of $500 to the listed rate(s). There is a cleaning fee of $250. Kayaks, 1 kayak is $150/wk, 2 kayaks are $275/wk, and 3 kayaks are $375/wk. Lost paddles are $35 each charge. There are no one day rentals on kayaks. Boat rental is $1000/wk.
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Lake Gaston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 21 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , basement level...large countertop..heater fan...
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , main level..large contemporary pedestal sink..mirror
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , upper shower dbl sinks..murals..columns
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , main level glass shower...dbl sinks..wall murals..
  • 3.5 the wall muraling on the main and upper level are truly gorgeous....the jetted tubs are surrounded in ceramic tile with faux finished columns..both baths have large glass showers. The basement bath is also beautifully decorated with faux finished walls and jetted tub with shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 Basement Level - 1 queen , tv in room....not hooked to satellite....dvd and vcr only
    Bedroom 2 Basement level - 1 queen , tv in room....not hooked to satellite...dvd and vcr only
    Bedroom 3 Main entry level - 1 king , 1 child bed , tv in room with direct tv..master bathroom attached
    Bedroom 4( third floor) - 1 queen , no tv in room...large screen tv in game/ping pong room
    Bedroom 5 (third floor) - 1 king , no tv, but door opens to large screen direct tv and pingpong
    Bedroom 6(room over garage) - 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed , There are also 2 trundle beds that sleep 4 room
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), 2 Trundle beds (sleeps 4 ) Child Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2 sets...sleeps 4 ) total: sleeps 21 people
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Main floor sun room has an elliptical machine and free weight (dumb bells). You can work out while catching the view of the lake. Don't forget about the Foosball table in the basement and the Ping Pong table is located on the main level. Direct TV is provided on all three levels , and many teenagers hook up their video games.PLEASE hook tv back up the way you found it. Also, there is a Fire Pit.. Bring the marsh mellows and coat hangers.. it's time for s'mores..Relax in the hammock , in the shade , or ease back on either of the two sundecks above the boat lifts. As mentioned previously , the use of the hot tub is determined by the owner , due to previous neglect.

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