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Great Escape! Spectacular Lake Front Views, Covered Dock, Gentle Slope!!!

Sleeps19
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
19
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

Description

Bracey House Rental Photos and Description

Lake House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, (Sleeps 19)

Relax at the Great Escape, one of the best rental homes on lake Gaston! This lake house has 486 feet of shoreline on a unique peninsula lot with spectacular lake views from three sides of the home! One side has a protected cove for your kids to swim with minimal boat traffic at your dock with 10 feet deep water (enough to jump from sundeck). Outside your quiet cove, you have 1.5 miles of an awesome cove to ski, wakeboard and fish. You also have a covered dock with boat lift plus 2 jet ski lifts. You can rest assured your boat will be protected from rain and wake chop.

This lake house has it all: spectacular views from 3 sides of the home, deep water at dock, gentle slope only 30 yards from the back deck of the home and a quiet dock area to swim without worrying about your kids getting run over by a jet ski or having hundreds of wakes hammer your boat.

The home is a beautiful, brick, two story contemporary home with first floor master and laundry. There are 5 bedrooms, loft game room, rec room, screened in porch and 3 1/2 baths. Total square footage is 4000. Internet WI-FI, DirecTV, whole home DVR, great cell service for Verizon and land phone line is included.

Bedroom configurations are:

Master King Suite #1 - First floor luxurious master suite with king bed, balcony to deck, lake views on 2 sides and full private bath with lake views and walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom #2 - First floor bedroom has queen bed, full bath, lake view and office desk with laser printer.

First floor bedroom #3 - First floor guest bedroom has a queen bed next to full bath.

Second floor bedroom #4 - Upstairs bedroom has a queen bed with lake view next to full bath.

Second floor bedroom #5 - Upstairs bunk room with 3 sets of bunk beds (6 twin beds) plus 1 twin bed and access to full bath down hall.

Loft - Upper level has loft with 3 twin beds and 1 futon (over looking kitchen/great room).

Rec Room - Upstairs rec room has 1 twin bed with flat screen, DirecTV and whole home DVR service.

Main level great room has 10 chair dining table convenient with kitchen and large deck overlooking lake. The kitchen has new stainless steel refrigerator (with 2 ice makers) and granite counter tops. Great room has Hi Def flat screen TV with blue tooth enabled sound bar and blue ray player. The deck spans the width of the home and has a drop down section designed to lower the hand rail allowing awesome views of the lake from the upper deck and inside the home. The deck also has a Weber gas grill, Weber charcoal grill and 5 person dining table with umbrella.

The home is on a secluded 1.5 acre lot. There is a gently sloping stone walkway from house to the covered double boathouse with one lift for renter, sundeck, 2 jet ski lifts and paddle boat for renter. The concrete 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.

Do you rent any water toys? We have 2 stand up paddle boards available for rent. Cost is $150 for one and $275 for both. They are 10'8" Isle boards with adjustable paddles.

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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More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
Pete Mulligan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016

About Pete Mulligan

We live in Cary, NC. Pete is an IT manager for a contract research organization. Teresa is a retired finance analyst and owns a real estate business.

Pete Mulligan purchased this house in 2015

Why Pete Mulligan chose Southern Virginia

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 and boat lifts. Our location is convenient to I-85 which avoids long drives through numerous rural towns. You can't beat the lake life on Lake Gaston at the Great Escape!

We purchased a home on Lake Gaston in 2003 that is only 2 lots down from our current home so we know Great Creek and Lake Gaston very well. We upgraded to the new home to provide more finished space, awesome lake views, larger great room, screened in porch and deeper water at the dock.

What makes this house unique

Our home sits on a very unique penisula lot with 486 feet of shoreline. The water views are really awesome (from 3 sides of home) and the yard is filled with beautiful hardwood trees that provide a mix of shade and privacy while still providing excellent views of the water. A gentle slope to the dock, 10 feet deep water, a quiet cove around the dock to swim, shade at both the house deck and the dock sundeck, first floor luxurious master suite, screened in porch, enormous kitchen great room all together make this home truly unique and thus one of the best homes on Lake Gaston. This is The Great Escape!

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
Jul 2003
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Great Escape! Spectacular Lake Front Views, Covered Dock, Gentle Slope!!!
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 46 reviews
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Very impressed

  • 5 of 5

This home was excellent for our thanksgiving get together. Family from Australia and all over the States enjoyed both the comfort of the house and the picturesque setting on the lake.

The owners were very easy and obliging to deal with.

We would rent this property again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just the right amount of water, trees, family and fun.

  • 5 of 5

This house was spacious and uncluttered but had everything that was needed for a weekend getaway.

5 family units and we never felt anyone was on top of anyone. The large dining space was a wonderful place we could share meals. We brought a small folding table for the kids and there was still plenty of room.

Fall was the perfect time for this house. The trees on the lake were breathtaking.

The Forest/Dyson family

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing House - great owner and fully stocked for fun and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We just love this house, it's the best house we've rented on Lake Gaston thus far. The owner Pete is very organized and easy to work with and the house is fully stocked with anything you need from kitchen supplies to games and has tons of room/storage. We had 4 families go and had plenty of room and were never on top of each other. One of the best things about this house is the yard and water access/view. It's incredible. Water on 3 sides and you are in an area that is away from a lot of boat traffic. Our kids had a BLAST! They loved jumping off the upper deck of the dock (even the parents did it too!) and I'm so glad we rented the paddle boards. The kids learned it very easily and even out-of -shape adults were able to use the paddle boards and had fun. The fire pit area was a favorite, plenty of comfortable chairs and it's right on near the water which was so great. We also really enjoyed the ping pong table and corn hole boards. I can't say enough good things about this house, we can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful long weekend at the lake

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing views from every room. The photos don't come close. A corner property so you have a view of the whole lake but also a great channel for the dock. Dock has wonderful upper level with comfy seating to sit with a glass of wine as you watch the kids take the plunge into ten feet of water. (Or join them in jumping like my husband). Rent the paddle boards - they are super fun and easy. There is also a nice four seater paddle boat to cruise around the lake. Fire pit for roasting marshmallows and lots of shady trees to hang your eno (invest in one for the trip) and spend

the afternoon lazing with a book. House has

Everything you need - kitchen has ample pots, pans, etc and there is a great outdoor gas grill. Property is huge and private. Bedrooms and baths great. Owner was fantastic - sends you lots of info before you come to help plan your trip and a great house manual. Good fishing spot - you can get worms and minnows at the country grocery about ten minutes away. Huddle House for breakfast nearby and Dunkin Donuts as well. I want to go again as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property, Fantastic House, Awesome Owners

  • 5 of 5

We came here with a group of friends for a long relaxing weekend. The pictures don't do this house justice. It comfortably slept and housed 14 of us. The property is huge and very well maintained. It's on a peninsula so you have views of lake on 3 sides. The boat dock is large and was able to accommodate the three boats we brought. Its located on a very low-traffic area of the lake and we made wakeboarding runs up and down right by the house all day. The only thing to be aware of is the very narrow tunnel you need to go through in order to get to the main body of the lake. My 23ft Chaparral Sunesta fit through with 2 inches on either side (recommend you have 3-4 passengers when going through the tunnel. The owner (pete) was extremely responsive on all my questions and had the house ready to roll for us when we got there. Its in a nice quite area and we enjoyed our stay. I highly recommend this property as its one of the nicest we've rented in quite a while. Cheers to Pete for allowing us to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The tunnels, or box culverts, are a blessing in a way and are common on lake Gaston. The four culverts under Hwy 903 are 10 feet wide and about 7 feet high so most boats can get through them without dropping their towers or biminis. While going through can be a bit nerve wracking, culverts reduce boat traffic in our "private" 1.5 mile creek, which we really like. Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Pete and his home are both fantastic. We felt like we had the lake to ourselves and it truly was The Great Escape. The house was clean, much larger than the photos and very welcoming. We have already mentioned the home to friends for future bookings!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-85
Nearest Ski
Backyard

Rates & Availability

Bracey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,895
 
 
Summer 1 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,995
 
 
July 4 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,395
 
 
Summer 2 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,995
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,595
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Bracey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 19 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • First Floor Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Spacious main floor master bathroom with custom shower
    First Floor Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , First floor full bath with door to 2nd master and foyer
    Second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bathroom with 2 sink vanity
    Main floor half - toilet , Main floor 1/2 bath next to kitchen
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • First Floor Master 1 - 1 king , Luxurious private bath, jet tub, large walk-in closet
    First Floor Master 2 - 1 queen , 2nd master has direct access to shared full bath
    First floor guest bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Across hall from 2nd master full bath
    Second floor guest bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Next to full bath
    Second floor bunk room bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 6 bunk bed , Three sets of bunk beds plus 1 twin, sleeps 7 adults or kids
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Single Twin Beds (5), Bunk Beds (6 Twins), futon (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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