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California Dreamin' at Lake Gaston

Henrico, NC, USA
  • House6200 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps21
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

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.

Extra Optional Amenities/Fees:

Pontoon Boat - $1,500/week

1 Kayak/1 Paddle Board - $150/week

2 Kayaks/2 Paddle Boards - $275/week

3 Kayaks - $375/week

4 Kayaks - $450/week

Pets - $75 per pet

Property Manager

Jeremy Showers/Sondra Cooke

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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 people..kids 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


      • 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 2
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, main level glass shower...dbl sinks..wall murals..
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, upper level..glass shower dbl sinks..murals..columns
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          The closest cities are Roanoke Rapids,N.C. or Emporia , Va. Both are about 30 minutes away and both have Walmart and Food Lion and pharmacies.
        • Golf Course View
          Country Club Shores offers the areas excellent golf course. Make a left from Pino's Pizza...make a right on Baird Road....just down on the right. Fore!!!
        • Lakefront
          Main Lake View with Single Deep Water boathouse with lift for pontoon, ski boat, or jet skis with upper sundeck and storage. Sandy beach front. Also we have an offer a double boathouse with an upper d
        • Rural
          If you like quiet and serenity , Lake Gaston is the spot. It is a 32 mile man made lake carved from a timber valley. Lots of trees , unpaved roads , and not much commercial development.
        • Water View
          A flat terrain walk (no hills or rocks to climb) takes you to a rare , natural , sandy beach area.shallow swimming for kids....gradual depth increase for adults.Boating and jet skiing are a must.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                      central air.......2 units .....4 zones
                    • Covered Parking
                      Double Car Garage
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      eliptical , hand weights , and toning ball
                    • Garage
                      Double Car attached
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      heat pump
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      (2) Main floor and basement
                    • Living Room
                      one on all 3 levels
                    • Parking
                      additional parking for cars and trailers available on owner's extra lot
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      on owner's additional lot
                    • Telephone
                      911 feature only ( bring your cell phones)
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      (2) Main floor and basement
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                          microwaves in main kitchen , basement kitchen , and small microwave in 3rd floor kitchenette
                        • Coffee Maker
                          one on all 3 levels
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          available on all 3 levels of house
                        • Dishwasher
                          dishwashers in main level kitchen and in basement kitchen
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchens on main level and basement. Kitchenette on 3rd level
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Pots, pans, silverware and serving dishes. Blenders , coffee makers , crock pot , toaster oven. Fully stocked.
                        • Oven
                          ovens in main level kitchen and in basement kitchen
                        • Pantry Items
                          miscellaneous items , varies from week to week....bring what you think you may need
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          one stove on main level....one stove in basement kitchen.......hotplate in 3rd level kitchenette
                        • Toaster
                          one in both kitchens and in 3rd floor kitchenette


                            • Dining
                              There is a dining table on all 3 levels. Additional bistro tables on 2nd and 3rd levels.Also 3 bar stools on main level. There are also 3 outdoor patio tables , which seats a total of 14 people.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 21 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                • Games
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Boat
                                      see water sports below for info.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      country club golf club
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      2 kayaks now on the premises... 1 kayak may be rented for $150/wk or both kayaks may be rented for $275/wk
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      We have a pontoon boat for renters use- life vest included. Rates are available upon request.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • alternative lifestyle

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Due to problems incurred with certain renters resulting in sizable repairs, owner reserves the right to include hot tub as an amenity.


                                                • 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

                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  43 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great Experience

                                                                  Chris J.

                                                                  Our family absolutely loved at stay. Perfect location and everything you could ask for in a rental house for the week. Sondra was incredibly helpful and responsive, and always had our family's enjoyment of our stay as her #1 priority. We would stay at California Dreamin' - and rent from Sondra - again in a heartbeat!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I so much appreciate you taking the time CHRIS to write me a review on your experience of your stay at California dreaming. I thank you very much for your kind words and write up about my home and myselfI enjoy my renters and I really enjoyed getting to know them and most of all making sure they are happy during their visit here. I hope to see you and your family here once again in the future you are always welcome back to my home. Sincerely sondra cooke property owner

                                                                  Wonderful getaway

                                                                  alan f.

                                                                  Sondra always goes above and beyond to make sure your stay in enjoyable. This is our 4th time renting the house. Plenty of room and plenty of things to do.

                                                                  PERFECT VACATION DESTINATION

                                                                  Aubrey F. C.

                                                                  California Dreamin was a perfect blend of fun and sun. The house was beautiful and clean. The decor was very fun and invited fun moods, games, and gatherings. My family loved the house, all 6200sqft.

                                                                  Sondra was welcoming and accommodating, we had a couple small issues at first but Sondra was on top if it and eager to make certain her guest were happy and comfortable.

                                                                  The boat dock was great, the water deep enough to jump of and swim in water that just seemed to be a perfect temperature. We rented the pontoon and kayaks and everything was great, if you enjoy coffee at 0730 on the porch or dock, then a 30-45 minute kayak trip by 0830, this is the spot for you. The cove was quiet enough for family but fun enough for a party. The main lake body is 150 200 yards away, just far enough away from high speed traffic but close enough to get to quickly and start the boating fun.

                                                                  My family totalled 13 at one point with AMPLE ROOM.

                                                                  Sondra and her California Dream house was perfect.

                                                                  With any luck we are going back next year.

                                                                  See you in 2018

                                                                  Great house in a nice location!

                                                                  Matthew Z.San Mateo, California

                                                                  Had a beautiful couple days on Lake Gaston at this large house on the water. Sondra was a pleasure to work with, and everyone loved the decorations in the house. Plenty of kitchen space as well!

                                                                  Family Reunion

                                                                  musab m.

                                                                  The house is Huge and sits nicely on the lake with a great view. Lots of space from Kitchen to living room to Bedroom. 19 of us stayed (9 Adults and 10 kids). We had a great time being together. It was private and quite. The house was clean and they had two kayak we used. However, the reason for my 2 star is because I think the beds (esp. the ones in the twin and bunk beds) need a good cleaning or replaced. All of the kids had bug bites. One of the Jacuzzi was not working and we were not offered a discount. Finally, $95.00 was taken off our deposit for booking fees (this was not disclosed to us prior to booking).

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Musab, since your stay in November, I have had all of my mattresses checked by exterminators to ensure that there are no bed bugs in any of my mattresses. The surrounding lake area has chiggers in the woods, so I believe this is where the bug bites came from. Also, please note that there were 2 other jacuzzi bathtubs for guests to use. Due to excessive usage, a leak occurred in the 3rd floor bathroom, at which we have to had to repaired until after all our renters left after this past winter. Also, there is a hot tub located on the basement floor for usage at an additional cost of $100 per stay, but you did not opt to use this - the extra cost is due to having to drain the tub and resupplying it with water & chemicals. There is also a booking fee charged to every renter if renters choose to book through VRBO. This fee was disclosed to you prior to booking, but was not paid so it was deducted from the security deposit (as all renters are responsible for paying this fee)... other than that, we returned the full security deposit ,less the booking fee. We go beyond our means to ensure that all our guests are happy and satisfied with our home.

                                                                  Great House

                                                                  Paul H.

                                                                  Very spacious and clean home with three separate floors to divide up the group or congregate together. Everything you could possibly need and some small issues we had were resolved with a quick telephone call.


                                                                  Henrico, NC, USA

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Dogs must be 50 lbs or less in weight, and must be treated with flea/tick preventative meds before arrival. It's $75 per pet. 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.

                                                                  43 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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