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California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Henrico 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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Sondra Sooke/Jeremy Showers
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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based on 37 traveler reviews

California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews
Richmond va

Outstanding property!

  • 5 of 5

Over the past 2 years we have stayed at 4 houses at Lake Gaston. All were good. This one was the best! It had a very nice view of the lake and was just tucked away off the main lake enough to not be too busy with boats. The nice thing about this location was that the house is close to the lake without hundreds of steps down to the boat dock like some of the other houses. I liked having the sandy beach area for my dog while the depth off the end of the dock was deep enough for the kids to jump off the top dock. The house was great! 2 full kitchens and an efficiency kitchen on the top floor that we didnt even use. 2 queen bedrooms and a bath on the bottom floor. One king bedroom and bath on the main floor. A king room, a queen room and a room with 8 singles on the top floor.We found the kids really enjoyed the ping pong on the top floor. Sondra was great to work with. Really recoment this property

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this house. There were 16 ladies and it was very comfortable arrangements. Lots of room to spread out and enjoy the gorgeous view of the lake and very tastefully decorated inside. Included everything we needed. Sondra was great to check on us and make sure everything was going well. Would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding Property, Wonderful landlord!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a beautiful, large house on the lake with tons of amenities. Our party totaled 14 in all, and we never felt cramped for space. Between the games, the hot tub, the lake, the ping pong, foosball, the two grills, we were never bored. The house is large enough for 20, and you would still feel comfortable. Sondra is a Class A proprietor, and a pleasure to deal with. We plan on staying again!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is a G-E-M gem! Tucked in the woods, several hundred feet from a small end road, this place is super quiet and peaceful. The property slopes gently toward the water with tons of shade from hardwood trees that are sufficiently tall to allow a clear view of the lake from the house. Those that seek sun can find plenty of it on the upper deck of the boathouse. But we mainly delighted in the serenity of the cool afternoon shade and the fellowship around the evening campfires in the yard. Having the lake right at our feet, we didn't so much need to PLAN the swimming, the fishing, or the boating; we could just DO IT! The house itself is magnificent too. The owner has clearly put a lot of thought into creating spaces that are conducive to memorable family gatherings. With full kitchens on the main and lower levels, and a mini bar on the third floor, several phases of food prep can be carried out simultaneously. The main kitchen is absolutely gorgeous (can you say 'kitchen envy'), encompassing a huge area and extensive granite counter space that allows a sizable crew to productively work without getting in each others' way. Features such as the one small and two large refrigerators, and the pantry in the hall by the kitchen help to make the logistics of a family reunion more manageable. The many common areas, including the great rooms on each level (3 total), the deck or patio spaces at each level, and the outdoor spaces, such as the yard and boat dock, provide comfortable enclaves for folks to chat, relax, and just enjoy visiting with one another in small or larger groups. Other reviewers have emphasized the splendid taste of the property's interior design, and so I'll not dwell on it too much. Suffice it to say that because the owner has poured so much of her personality into the decor, one feels less like a renter and more like a royal guest.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Virginia Beach, Va

2nd year, can't wait for more!

  • 5 of 5

Once again, an amazing week for year 2. Sandra was so accomidating as always, even offered to help us unload the trucks. We had 9 adults, 9 (2-17) children, 3 Labs and 2 boats. We have been so pleased making this our annual Summer Family Vacation spot, and feel so at home here. Every time we leave, we count the days down to our return. If you are looking for a multi-family vacation spot, this is it! Beautiful home, everything you need is there, a nice quiet cove; water, outdoor and indoor activities are unending! Come on "Summer 2016" we miss you "Caifornia Dreamin"

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you want a place to go where you can just sit and relax with a good book while the lake breeze keeps you cool, or maybe a place to go for a good time out on the water- THIS HOUSE IS IT! We had three families in this house. The house was so big each family had there own floor to call their own, but also had plenty of space on each level to all get together and hang out. Sondra Cooke's decorating style is absolutely beautiful and each room is it's own little oasis. Sondra is also an excellent hostess. She made herself readily available to answer any questions and solve any problems we had. (The only problem we had to be fair was not her fault- the Internet had reset itself and the password did not work anymore- but Sondra came right over and got it squared away). We have all decided to make this home our permanent family get together locale! See you in 2017 Sondra! P.S.- here's your challenge- we will probably be there the last week in July again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Henrico House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Oct 3 2016 - Nov 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2016/2017
Nov 21 2016 - Apr 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Pre Peak 2017
Apr 3 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Peak 2017
May 28 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
July 4th 2017 Holiday
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 9 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Peak 2017.
Jul 10 2017 - Sep 10 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Off Peak 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Oct 2 2017 - Nov 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 19 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 7.5%

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, crockpot, 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. Pontoon boat rental is $1,500/wk.

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Henrico 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
  • 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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