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Lake area home with its own dock and kayaks

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 7, two Master bedrooms.

The Gregory is a full time Vacation Rental, no owners closet or pictures of someone else family. It is used exclusively for rental purposes.

This home has private access to the lake, swim or fish off the private dock. It shares a stairway with Henry's Hideaway (one of our other properties) and each has it's own 14'x20' dock as well as a fish cleaning station.

This fine home sits within easy walking distance of beautiful Houston County lake near Crockett, TX. This spring fed lake has cool clean water year round and is the perfect lake to fish, boat or swim in. For all the details this well maintained home has to offer visit our web site.

Houston County Lake is a beautiful quiet lake nestled in the woods of East Texas. We consider it one of the areas best kept secrets and think you'll agree.

We live near by and are here to help but will not hinder.

We have many antique shops and one of a kind restaurants. Just take the time to do a little virtual exploring using our website before you arrive. We are eager to help you have a great stay and work hard to keep the home in great condition.

The Home: My wife and I decided to start our Vacation Rental business in 2007. We labored and built the Gregory from scratch.

Of course my building background in Houston was helpful in assuring a well built quality home.

All our homes are built to be full time Vacation homes. You will notice many touches you would only see in expensive custom homes. We consistently receive great and positive reviews and we work hard to keep it that way. Stay with us, you'll be glad you did. Mark & Brenda Copus

Please note we no longer have a hot tub available for use.

More Details

Property Manager
Mark & Brenda Copus
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Mark & Brenda Copus

Brenda and I were attracted to East Texas because of its natural beauty. The rolling hills, creeks and heavily forested areas reminded us of our native New England.

When we first visited Houston County Lake we were hooked. We left the hustle and bustle of Spring (Houston) and settled for the small town charm and the prospects of building a Vacation Rental Business.

We built our first home (The Gregory) in 2007. Of course my business had been a life time of owning my own construction/ remodeling company in Houston. We labored on all our homes and were able to build them for much less than market pricing. This gave us the opportunity to rent well built, clean and maintained homes for much less than most any others could.

The Gregory was followed by Awesome View and eventually Creekside. All our homes are used solely for Vacation Rentals.

I was originally born in England and was young when my folks emigrated to Canada and eventually the U.S. with 4 kids in tow. You may notice the English connection with my love of gardening, something I credit my late Mother for instilling in me.

We work hard to provide a clean, comfortable and quality home at an affordable price, we think we do quite well at providing just that! We look forward to providing the same for you, your family and friends.

As always, help is a phone call away.

Mark & Brenda Copus purchased this house in 2009

Why Mark & Brenda Copus chose Crockett

As mentioned, our love of the area stemmed from its natural beauty and the fantastic spring fed lake Crockett had to offer.

We felt the location between Houston and Dallas would afford many the opportunity of a more central meeting area that seemed to be lacking elsewhere. We also felt the proximity and short drive would attract people for short getaways as well as loner family vacations.

We attract motorcyclist that want to enjoy the twisty country roads with nice elevation changes as well as dirt bikers seeking of road experiences.

We attract, birders, hikers, fisherman, and all sorts of people….perhaps most importantly, we attract families. As parents of 5 children we most enjoy hearing of families “re-bonding” and leaving with big smiles and tales of monster fish being caught.

It’s these moments that make the job of providing homes for vacationing families so much fun.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time at "The Gregory" as we celebrated Thanksgiving!

Thanks you for all the wonderful touches the home provided.

We loved toasting marshmallows and relaxing in the Jacuzzi tubs.

Thank You!

The "T" family

Lafayette, La
Nov 2008
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Crockett House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Master Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All linens and towels are included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    3rd Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , (bunk beds)
  • Both Masters are 16' x 14' and have plenty of closet space. Bedroom three has a bunk with a double below and a twin on top. All bedrooms have t.v.'s and cable.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Lake area home with its own dock and kayaks
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 47 reviews

Peaceful, Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Feb. 19-21 2010

Thank you for the wonderful accommodations. It was such a peaceful & relaxing weekend away. We love your house and can tell you put a lot of time & love into building and decorating it. The hot tub, jacuzzi & decks were great. Everything was comfortable& felt just like home but better. I hope we can return this summer to enjoy the other home and bring our daughter. Thanks again

Jessica & John D. Lufkin, Tx

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Katy, TX

Beautiful! Comfortable! Private!

  • 5 of 5

We always enjoy our stay at Vacation Country Rentals! We've stayed at several of their houses, both on the water and off and all are fabulous. Always very clean and comfortable, with all the amenities of home. Can't wait until our next stay. Bonus - we saw 8 - 10 deer every single day of our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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So peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, peaceful and so restful. We have stayed at this location several times and will be making this a yearly trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Clean

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and cozy. Wish it would have been closer to the dock but i should have read better that it wasn't. Owner was very nice and very helpful. Thanks for a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place

  • 4 of 5

The house was lovely and the grounds very well landscaped. Each of the other properties were equally well maintained. However, don't expect the entire grouping of properties to look like the rendition on the website. That location is heavily forested and the buildings are very close to each other. Our access to the lake was a short walk around the corner to the stairs leading down to the water, but proved to be a little too steep for a couple of us to try. The living room sofas were comfortable, but were too low to get up out of easily if you have hip or knee issues. Also, even though we had to pay a cleaning fee, we were given instructions to take all towels to the laundry room, gather and take the trash outside to cans and load the dishwasher. I believe that should be covered by the cleaning fee. You might want to check behind the cleaning crew sometimes because we found dust and grit on the floor around the bed in the bunk room. The TV in the living room doesn't provide a program guide or menu to browse the channels. We also weren't able to turn off all of the outside lights and, because there are no curtains on the windows, too much light filtered into the rooms at night.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We take our job very seriously and value any input. We are however confused by some of your comments. We would like to address these as best we can to clear the air with future guests. There is a house beside The Gregory which can be seen in the picture, as well as the trees.The campground does have new small cabins across the street from The Gregory. We have no control over them and there has never been issue with noise or problems. The map "rendition" is designed (as mentioned under the picture) to show the locations of each property to each other in the case you wish to rent multiple properties. It is not to scale and does not show all trees and other homes not within our complex. We clearly state our property is in Linwood Estates, a subdivision. You are renting a home in the piney woods and should expect trees. We show a picture of the steps to the dock area, tell how many there are (66) and mention it's a climb with rest stops. We do ask towels be brought to the laundry room so we don't damage the laminate flooring with wet towels. Yes, we ask garbage to be placed in the barrel outside the door (which our crew empties morning and night) in case people leave something stinky. We also ask you place dish-ware in the dishwasher. Our cleaning charge is fair and below market, we have a few simple request to help stop damage in the event our crew has multiple cleans that day. We will note your concerns on the couch and see if future guests have issues. As far as we know this is a basic height couch and have not had any complaints to date. We did go to the home and there was a channel guide. The cable company is a small outfit and they do not offer on screen channels. You are renting in the country, sometimes services are less that perfect. We will speak to our cleaning crew that cleaned the home last, we have very few complaints but will address this issue. All the lighting switches are labeled. We have a notice on the refrigerator with a number for onsite management (you met Barb and Herb). We wish you had called so we could have shown you the lighting switching and prevented this issue. We do not have curtains, we do have faux wood blinds with larger slats (as pictured on the website). They should have blocked the light well, perhaps they were in the wrong position. We hope this cleared things up for you and future guests. As always we are here for any questions prior to, during or after your s
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Great Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The fish weren't biting, but our long weekend getaway was still a wonderful time and in no small part due to the accommodations at The Gregory. Back yard set up is awesome with a lit gazebo for relaxing and a firepit for all your s'mores and hot dog roasting needs. A great place to stay if you wanna stay inside or outside or mix it up. Docks make it convenient to fish with kayaks available to get out on the lake. Beautiful surroundings with plenty of wildlife to see. With kids or without, with friends or family, or just looking for a nice place to stay while getting in some fishing, The Gregory is perfect for all your needs.

Also, it should be mentioned that the few issues that did arise (as they always do) were met with quick and friendly responses by the owner who made sure everything was perfect for us. They even went above and beyond in offering help when they learned we were having trouble with our van.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located 9 miles outside of Crockett at Houston County Lake. It is Texas' best kept secret. This 1400 acre spring fed lake stays cool and great for swimming all summer long, 2.5 hours from Dallas and under 2 hours from Houston. ***** Please See Link at Bottom of Page for our Personal Website for More Information and Photos*****


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