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Fantastic Lake Front Home With Huge Decks and Dock!

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 - 3 nights


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3 beds, 2 baths Sleeps 7

Awesome view is just that, an awesome home with an awesome view. This lake front home is located on the cool spring fed waters of Houston County Lake. Texas' best kept secret is nestled in the piney woods of East Texas.

You will not feel that you are 2 hours from Houston or Dallas. This new home is clean and loaded with decks and a massive dock with two boat slips and shade cover. Swim from the dock or cast a line and land a trophy bass.

Or use the 4 complimentary kayaks and explore the quiet coves and islands (Bring Life Jackets).

We offer lighted fishing on the dock or shut the light off and amaze yourself with some of the best stargazing this side of West Texas.

***** Please See Link at Bottom of Page for our Personal Website for More Information and Photos*****

Our Lake: Houston County Lake is a real gem. It is relatively unknown to most people outside of the area. It seems all our guest that have stayed have fallen in love with the quaint lake and the great swimming and fishing.

The area is reminiscent of small New England towns. Historic Churches and festivals abound.

The hills, trees and creeks make touring an enjoyable past time.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Mark & Brenda Copus
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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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 2007

Why Mark & Brenda Copus chose East Texas

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.

What makes this house unique

Awesome View has, well, an awesome view. It's a picturesque home with beautiful gardens and a tremendous amount of decking and dock. It is a great place to get married or simple enjoy family time. We have other homes within and easy walk that make for other possibilities regarding renting.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I am truly looking at an awesome view.

The fireworks are gorgeous, caught tons of fish, will stay here a year. Better than Meme's house!

Joey and Casey

What a fantastic place you have!

The week spent here will be etched in our memories forever!

Your home is beautiful and you have thought of everything!!

Your warm welcome and wonderful hospitality truely made us feel special.

We hope to return in the fall to enjoy this wonderful place whent he landscape is changing.

We will be sure to tell our friends about this perfect spot for a vacation!

Jon and Emily G

Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 2009
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Fantastic Lake Front Home With Huge Decks and Dock!
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Successful Girls Getaway Weekend

  • 4 of 5

This was our 4th year at Vacation Country Rentals, and our first year to stay at Awesome View. The house is appropriately named - the view is amazing. We lucked out and even got some gorgeous pics of the moon setting over the lake our last morning here. It had plenty of room for the 3 of us, and tons of deck choices for lounging, playing games, or just enjoying the view. Kudos to Mark and Brenda for building such a nice place for folks like us to share and relax.

Cathey, Monica, & Tina

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Awsome Views

  • 5 of 5

I very pleased with our stay at Awsome Views. Sometimes pictures of houses are not always accurate . This one was accurate. The owners are very nice and friendly. The grounds are kept clean and well landscaped . It is very quite in the area. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Fantastic, Relaxing and Fun for all!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay and play. We took the family (5 kids) for a lake vacation and that's what we got, a vacation. This is a fantastic place to visit and enjoy the lake. Decks to accommodate swimming, fishing, cooking or just relaxing. The location on the lake is perfect. Great for the kids to swim without boat traffic yet a short troll with our boat to the main part of the lake for wakeboarding. We all had a great time and appreciate the hospitality. We will return again and again.

Troy & Donnette Sheppard

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review. It's always rewarding seeing families bond as we had 5 kids ourselves and understand the value of family time together. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Richmond, TX

Another "Awesome" stay at Awesome View!!

  • 5 of 5

As always it was hard to leave the tranquility of the lake to return to the hustle and bustle of Houston. "Awesome View" was perfect as usual. We caught a few fish and enjoyed kayaking in the early morning and at sunset. This property has everything you need for a perfect lake retreat. Cannot wait to return. Thank you Mark and Brenda for our little piece of "Paradise in the Pines".

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Awesome View was amazing

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Awesome View. The place was clean and spacious. There was an amazing view of the lake from one bedroom and the kitchen and living area, so beautiful and peaceful! They checked on our needs daily! Access to you own dock and kayaks was the best we could of asked for! It was such a wonderful place for enjoying family and bonding! So much to do for all! We will be returning next year!

I will highly recommend any one to go and enjoy a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Richmond, TX

Another "Awesome" stay at Awesome View!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd time staying in one of Marc and Brenda's properties. Their is every ammenity one could ask for! The homes are extremely clean and well maintained. We loved fishing and kayaking! LookLooking forward

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words!
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Car: necessary

Boating, hiking, antiquing, Palestine Rusk railroad, and small festivals abound in the heavily forested East Texas areas.


***** Please See Link at Bottom of Page for our Personal Website for More Information and Photos*****

Other Activities: Texas State Railroad


Rates & Availability


  • Cleaning fees are included. Plus 8% tax $350 refundable security deposit.
  • Cleaning fees are included.
    ***** Please See Link at Bottom of Page for our Personal Website for More Information and Photos*****
  • Holiday weekends 3 night minimum $900
    One nights stays are $385.00
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Grapeland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Granite counter tops with Ceramic tile showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , bunk
  • 3 bedroom home. We request guest hold to a maximum of 7 overnight guest.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The home has an outside shower. Absolutely no smoking or pets. There is no carpet in the home. All floors are Laminate (wood) or tile. The home was completed early 2008. It was totally redone after being gutted. Even the roof was replaced as well as all wiring, insulation and plumbing. The kitchen has accent lighting and Granite counters. ***** Our personal website is VacationCountryRentals dot Com*****

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