Bracey House Rental Photos and Description
4 Bedroom + Sitting Room W/twin, 3.5 Baths, Waterfront, Double Boathouse, WiFi
Our home is located on Great Creek, about 1 mile north of Route 903 in Bracey, VA, on Lake Gaston. The house is just 1 mile from the local Holly Grove Marina and 2 miles from the lovely area winery! It is perfectly outfitted for a family trip or get-together with friends.
We have complimentary WiFi, dedicated flatscreen TV for Wii gaming system, Satellite TV's (4), 55 inch flat screen in basement gaming room, flat screen in living room, Blu-Rays (2), DVD (1), Verizon cell signal extender, Bluetooth stereo, large outdoor deck with outdoor dining area with patio umbrella and separate seating area, grill, double boat house w/1 covered slip available for guests and other spots to tie up additional boats or jet-skis, covered dining table on the dock, mini-fridge on dock, quiet swimming at the house with large adjacent open water for tubing or water skiing so kids can swim without traffic and the benefit of open water right there for big water sports, foosball table, indoor basketball hoop, outdoor full size basketball hoop, ping pong table, new outdoor furniture, highchair/pack-n-play/step stools for those traveling with little ones, chaise lounges, fire pit with benches, fully equipped kitchen w/gas range, granite counters, seated dining in the kitchen and dining room indoors, open living room/dining room floor plan, wood burning fireplace, Rinnai hot water heater for endless hot water (all four showers can be run at the same time without running out of hot water!), floating island 'Relaxation Station', parking for 4-6 cars, 2-car attached garage for bikes, flat concrete driveway area for playing ball or riding scooters, and corn hole! Amenities may change. Feel free to inquire.
The deck on the dock has both shaded areas under cover and a sunny deck area for drying off or soaking up some rays. The deck on the house gets afternoon sun and is nicely shaded for dinners at the outdoor dining table.
There are two boat ramps nearby, each less than a mile from the house. One is a private gated neighborhood ramp just for our community and our guests, the other is Holly Grove Marina just south of Highway 903.
We have redone so many features of the home this past winter with fantastic upgrades including new decking on the dock (complete), new outdoor furniture (complete) and lovely interior upgrades. One of us is an architect/certified interior designer and the house is getting a new stylish and classic updated vibe with comfort and family function in mind! There are so many gathering spaces in this home, everyone will find a comfortable and favorite spot. Kids and adults can have their own areas to watch different movies or play while the adults visit.
The bed count is:
2 kings (1 California king and 1 Eastern standard king), 1 queen, 1 double, 3 twins and 2 twin air mattresses, plus additional full size sofas (not sleeper sofas).
Guests provide their own linens, towels, paper products and soaps/shampoos.
5 BR (4BR + Sitting Room connected to the Master)/ 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 13-16*. We have comforters and pillows for all rooms, with allergy covers on the mattresses and pillows. The beds each have either a pillow top mattress or mattress topper for added comfort. The Master bedroom, Guest Room 1 and Guest Room 3 each have views of the lake.
Master - California King size bed with attached sitting room/vanity area with additional twin bed. There is a privacy door between the master and the sitting room. Off the sitting area is a closed shower/toilet/sink area, but there is also a second sink with great counter space and tub/shower in the main vanity area.
Guest Room 1 - Queen
Separate full bath upstairs with tub/shower, and lots of counter space.
Guest Room 2 - Twin over Full size bunk with twin trundle. Stairs, not a ladder, go up to the bunk! This is a favorite hangout for kids but can easily accommodate a family.
There is a half bath on the main floor.
Finished Walkout Basement:
Guest Room 3 - King size bed, standard East Coast King size.
Full bathroom with tub/shower just off the guest room on this level.
*Additional Sleeping Options:
There is a large gathering space in the finished basement with a sectional sofa. The sofa is comfortable but there is also plenty of space for an air bed or slumber party set-up for kids! Our experience is that air beds are far more comfortable than sleeper sofas (hate those bars in your back!), so we opted not to furnish with a sleeper sofa. The air mattresses have the added bonus of being able to be placed where it best suits your family.
The upstairs master bedroom and the main floor living area each have comfortable sofas that could be used for overflow sleeping (for single use, not sleeper sofas). The sectional in the game room downstairs would sleep two small children or 1 adult. The rooms are all spacious and several have enough floor space for twin air mattresses. Please email us with specific questions regarding how your group will be comfortable at the house! Additional photos coming soon to the Gallery page!
There are restaurants, a lovely winery just a few short minutes from the house, and other attractions in nearby South Hill, VA and Littleton, NC.
Rent a boat, get some ice cream or deli sandwiches at the easy to access marina 1 mile away. It's a quick trip there either by boat or car. Large, quiet cove swimming at the house with a large area for tubing or water skiing right at the cove's entrance. Only 3 minutes to the main lake for even bigger water if you wish to explore! Kayak or canoe up Great Creek and enjoy the scenery. Have fun trying your skills at fishing off the dock! Only 6 minutes from Rte 85, 1-2 miles from two convenience grocery stores, 17 minutes from South Hill, VA and Littleton, NC, each with large Food Lion grocery stores. South Hill has rainy day activities such as bowling, small movie theater, train museum, farmers' market. Several area restaurants, under 1.5 hours to day trips in Raleigh, NC, or Richmond, VA, local festivals in nearby Clarksville, VA.
The water at our spot on the lake will warm up faster than the main lake, extending our season. However, we still have the benefits of wider water views, the convenience of a space right by the house for letting loose with the motor boat and having fun tubing, and the main lake is just minutes away. It's the best of both worlds!
Groups with Small Children:
We have a pack-n-play and highchair at the house for your use. We also have stepstools and a sizable set of BPA-free plates, cups and kid utensils that are dishwasher safe. The full size twin bed in the sitting room has optional bed rails that are very easy to add/remove. If you need to contain small roamers, it is simple to section off an area on the main floor that will keep little ones away from stairs. You can just close the door from the back hall to the foyer and insert a tension mounted child gate in the opening from the foyer to the living room/dining room open space. That will effectively create a level space that includes the powder room, kitchen, living room and dining room. Having traveled with our small children, we know that at certain ages having the ability to keep them away from stairs can be key! We have also installed a hotel lock on the main door so little ones can't run out unnoticed, and we have sliding door stops at the house you can clip on the doors (please ask if you need those).
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- pets not allowed
One of us is an architect and certified interior designer, and grew up in Virginia. The other works in IT and is a transplant from Northern NJ. We currently live in Northern Virginia, with our two small children. Over time, we have seen the slow transformation of Northern Virginia from areas of rolling hills and barn silos to highways and strip malls. It's possible this retreat is our escape from congestion and our chance to focus on nature, life's simple treasures and, well, quiet. On a daily basis we struggle like everyone else to balance the demands of work and our two wonderful small children. Most of the time, we are overworked and overstressed! Unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends is what this lake house is all about!
We had been looking for a special lake house surrounded both by trees and lovely water views for several years as a place to vacation and share with others. Finding Lake Gaston, which enjoys consistent water levels and fixed docks, only about 3.25 hours from our main home has been ideal. The weather is often 10-12 degrees warmer than in Northern VA, and this particular spot enjoys 6-8 degrees warmer lake water than main lake properties, yet we have the benefit of large water right next to the house. We don't have to worry about high speed traffic with the kids swimming, and we love taking the boat down to the marina a mile away for an ice cream cone on a summer's day. The house fit our needs with plenty of space for multiple families, two great gathering spaces, hardwood floors and a real treehouse feel. It's truly our reprieve from the hustle and bustle of normal work and life! Having a lovely winery 2 miles away with special events and dinners is a big plus! We enjoy the convenience from Rte 85, and even the drive on 85 is more pleasant than 95 S. We love the terracing and gorgeous stone walls, and evenings on the deck or dock.
We enjoy the protection of the wide cove, with the views of bigger water and land with a lush canopy of trees. We love the view back of the house from the dock with the stacked stone landscaping walls and the covered eating area on the dock. We saw several homes that were nice houses but had horrible water views or bad water depth, but here we enjoy 7'-9' deep water off the end of the dock with gorgeous views in a fabulous lake location! The craftsman style touches of beadboard wainscot in the foyer and stair, the beadboard ceiling in the kitchen, the open floor plan, the vaulted living room ceiling, 85' of shoreline, flat concrete play space on the front of the house and many other features all made this property an ideal choice for our family.
As new owners, and one of us in the design profession, we are adding so many new elements and updates both inside and out! Many of these are not yet pictured as it's still winter and we haven't set up the yard, deck and dock for summer. But for those of you who choose to stay here, you will enjoy all the benefits during your stay! We are also painting inside and refurnishing, so this will truly be a special vacation spot for years to come!