|Minimum Stay||3 - 9 nights|
Approximately 12,000 SF luxury home filled with everything needed to just relax & enjoy lake living: HUGE master suite on main floor has large bedroom with King sized bed & a massive bath room with two water closets (water is turned off to all Jacuzzi tubs for insurance purposes) separating master bedroom from the main floor bunk bedroom (single over double bed), writing table in master bedroom overlooks cove/pool side & main lake deck; expansive great room with oversized stone gas fireplace that encompasses half of the wall opposite the kitchen while overlooking the main lake deck and lakeside, separate wet bar with built-in wine cooler that overlooks lake, custom culinary kitchen stocked with all your cooking needs (including two sets buffet style server systems, crock pots, griddle for pancakes) with room for all (includes gas cooktop, microwave & wall oven with warming drawer, Bunn commercial coffee station) with wide view to main lake across the dining room & great room; half bath powder room; laundry room featuring front load washer & dryer with a view to the main lake side; great room leads out to lakeside deck overlooking the main lake with double boathouse & sun deck, pool and pavilion area! Second floor boasts three master suites with picturesque lake views & one additional sleeping room with double queen beds, game room with solid wood cabinetry, granite tops, wet bar & original Brunswick pool table & Foosball table, hallway book case with a variety of books for reading enthusiasts & small book case in sleeping room located off the game room with selection of children's books (Nancy Drew series & others); two of the master suites on this floor offer private lakeside deck access that spans across the entire back of home which is situated nicely to allow unobscured views of the main lake & side cove, pool & pavilion areas & leads to staircases to these lower levels. Lower level offers full wet bar with commercial ice machine, full-size Viking refrigerator, a third laundry room complete with heavy duty extra capacity washer & dryer, full bath, open gym area equipped with two commercial tread mills & an exercise bicycle, air hockey table, an amazing surround sound in theater room with Lane recliners (luxurious seating for minimum of 8 adults & additional floor space for children to lounge around on the carpeted flooring), two bedrooms (one undesignated with no windows & another with main lake views), & covered patio leading to salt water pool, concrete patio & pavilion lakeside--with wet bar, commercial beverage refrigerator for keeping your beverages just right & granite countertops which offer hours of leisurely entertainment while relaxing outside, overlooking the lake, cove & double boathouse with sun deck! Pool pavilion provides shade & shelter with lighting & ceiling fans (with more than ample seating) overlooking the lakeside to ensure comfort for everyone! Lakeside and poolside pavilion is completely & nicely finished for poolside comfort & leisure, including full wet bar with hickory cabinets & granite countertops! Sit back & relax with your favorite beverage while the kids enjoy the slide! Or relax while reading a book or playing a game or cards, either inside or out! Lower level lakeside deck offers covered gas fire pit for simplicity & comfort seasonally on cool evenings!
Penthouse suite on top floor hosts large suite with open kitchen/dining & bedroom with panoramic views that span several miles down the main lake, also with private kitchen equipped with all appliances including dishwasher & assortment of cooking utensils, large bath with separate water closet & walk-in tiled shower & separate laundry room with heavy duty extra capacity washer & dryer.
Home offers total of 11 bedrooms (including two undesignated sleeping areas) with sleeping arrangements for more than 40 individuals, 6-1/2 baths, all but one with tiled walk-in showers (huge shower located in main floor master bath!), THREE laundry rooms, lakeside covered decks on main & 2nd levels with concrete lower covered patio leading to pool & outside covered pavilion area! Hardwood floors throughout main house, mix of hardwood & carpet in upper penthouse suite for comfortable living, ceramic tile throughout basement for durability & cleaning ease, & flatscreen LED TVs placed throughout each floor. Circle drive & parking deck combine for ample parking for all. Relax and enjoy the outdoors, while the 'chef of the day' cooks on the GOURMET gas grill (which includes piped in gas line for convenience) or in the culinary gourmet kitchen located on main floor deck with ample seating for all!
Lower level is completed & furnished nicely with entertainment & relaxation in mind, with theater room, great room and oversized wet bar. Double boathouse offers large open sun deck & lake side deck with two boat slips for your boating convenience while you enjoy your vacation!
We are located on the main lake of Lake Gaston just past mile marker 21--when you see the large island in the middle of the lake, look for our property on the northwest side--the deep water side!
For boat and lake rentals, contact Holly Grove Marina or Poplar Pointe Watersports in Bracey (5-10 minutes away), or check other boat rentals and local attractions at www.lakegastonchamber.com.
What does our property offer differently from other rentals?
1) Here everyone can stay together under one roof, enjoy waking up, cooking, eating, hanging out & socializing together for the duration of your stay! So be prepared to just lounge around, doing whatever you want…together! No carpooling required--everyone's already here!
2) There is something to entertain everyone: From the boathouse to the lake to the pool to the game room to the theater room to the poolside pavilion wet bar & the lower level bar & hot tub (Seasonal) or fire pit--you don't have to try to figure out where everyone can gather or what is there to do!
3) Games and puzzles are located throughout the property in closets.
4) A library (actually a bookcase full) of books located on the second floor contains various collections of books, for differing book lovers!
5) Each level thoughtfully features full length wall mirrors & additional wall mirrors for convenience: most bedrooms have one full length mirror in each of them, with additional mirrors placed at select locations throughout the estate.
6) An eight person lakeside hot tub is located on the lower level patio (operates seasonally, September through April)! Seating 8 persons, it features 112 jets with specially designed two pump, 12 horsepower dual-valve power plant to provide five individually adjustable hydrotherapy zones for unmatched relaxation. Unique eight-seat shell design on the Blacksburg offers: three custom contour seats, three deep bucket therapy seats, a unique captain's chair and a powerplant footwell designed to sooth sore calves and feet. Relax just outside the lower level bar on the deck overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Gaston's main lake!
7) Our property fills quickly, so don't delay in booking your grand vacation! This will be the vacation your family talks about for years to come!
Just call to discuss plans for your perfect summer vacation, inquire about local attractions & events (calendar of annual events can be emailed for your review) & we will get you scheduled. Once you've been here for your first visit, I'm sure you'll reserve & come back next year!
If I might make one suggestion for a comfortable, leisurely week of true vacationing, I'll let you know what became & remains a standard tradition for us after a few visits to Lake Gaston: where you have several families renting together, have each family plan, prepare & provide meals for one day; then save the leftovers for later in the week for snacking. It has worked out wonderfully well for us for years, allowing everyone to prepare & present their favorite dish or delicacy for all, while preventing regular trips out to the grocery store during our vacation. This allowed us time to just have fun on the water & not even think about 'what's for dinner' or 'who's cooking?!'
For the sports enthusiast, Lake Gaston offers a wake boarding school on the lake--this may require scheduling or prior reservations (owned by none other than the infamous Adam Fields-AF Wake, Inc.); annual local area events sponsored by the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, including the following, are sure to delight all: Memorial Day weekend brings the Battle of the BBQ at the Lake Gaston Chamber, June offers the Art & Wine Festival on the 2nd Saturday, July brings the fireworks display at the Eaton Ferry bridge on the Saturday closest to the 4th, the Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival brings in Labor Day (featuring local custom & exotic car show), & the Annual Seafood Festival falls in October, just to mention a few. All of these events are enjoyable & relaxing & may offer something for everyone right here in Lake Country! Lake Gaston celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013!
The covered pavilion, conveniently accessible from the lower level floor or the front parking area sidewalk & with stairs to the main & second levels, offers comfortable seating for 20-30 people easily at the tables & the tiered bar, all while keeping all your beverages cool within an easy distance of your pool &/or lake side gatherings! This way no one has to worry about stocking the cooler & dragging it out to the pool--all with your convenience in mind! Oh yes, there is also a stereo system (compatible with most phones) located under the pavilion for radio stations &/or all your favorite tunes!
Telephone (landline) is available with intercom to five locations, for ease in keeping everyone informed of plans!
NOTE: Chef service is available for hire for meal preparation with advance appointment! Home owner has contact information if your party requires additional resources.
Call for any questions! We look forward to your visit!
Mike and I grew up and met in North Carolina. He is a former Army Ranger and received his bachelor's engineering degree from the University of Texas. I graduated from Wake Tech and Campbell University with an associate's degree in engineering and a bachelor's degree in business management. A few years after we married, we received a post card advertising Lake Gaston, and being avid water skiers, we decided to check it out. Once was all it took to have us "hooked" and then we just couldn't get enough! We spent weekends at first, then started scheduling annual vacation weeks, gradually bringing family and friends with us and introducing them to Lake Gaston. After a few years we made a plan to work our way to the lake--it took a little while but it was worth it! We are full-time Lake Gaston residents now and love the area. The water is always clean, refreshing and inviting, the sunsets and sunrises are 'to die for,' and as mom always said: 'The water keeps you young!' It is the best life imaginable! We are fortunate and blessed to be able to live at Lake Gaston full-time, work here and raise our family on the majestic shores of Lake Gaston! Life is good...! Each day offers new beginnings, so once our life was transitioned to Lake Gaston living, we have never looked back, so to speak! Once you get a taste of heaven on earth, it's hard to imagine life anywhere else!
Dora Smith purchased this estate in 2011
We bought this property with the idea of offering the ultimate vacation home rental ever! The location on the lake is superb, offering 600+ feet of waterfront shoreline with a gradual slope to the boathouse. Mike & I stumbled upon this exact unique location several years ago & dreamt of how it would be most excellent to gaze at this awesome view everyday, but had no idea it would actually be ours one day! Ten years later, here we are! And we'd like to share it with you! Nature abounds here, from osprey to eagles, turtles & more in & on the property! Watch these magnificent birds as they go about their daily life & routine, even swooping down and bringing up HUGE catfish for dinner, right before your eyes! This is the ultimate vacation home at Lake Gaston, a place we live, love & enjoy. We started visiting the lake area & renting waterfront homes ourselves a few years ago, then decided this was where we enjoyed life the most. The folks around the lake want to be here, so life is good & most people are friendly! Our yellow lab loves the water almost as much as we do--maybe more--she jumps in the lake at least once everyday, whether we do or not! She comes out with icicles in the winter time! The water always feels good to you & mornings are amazing! We are morning people, so if you are too, just get your cup of coffee & sit out on the deck & watch the sun rise off the water. We have fresh water otters that like to visit the dock next door, so you might catch a peek at them too! Take in all the pleasures you can all day long, then return to the deck for the grand finale--the sun sets are 'to die for!' Visit restaurants by boat, cruise the lake after dinner, whatever you enjoy is right here in front of you! This is the moment you've been waiting for, so take some time together to enjoy your friends & family now & share a lifetime of memories! What a tradition it can be! If you get just a taste of this lake lifestyle, I'm sure you'll love it too, just as we do!
I love the pool & pavilion, the lakeside hot tub, the grand great room, the unbelievable spacious gourmet kitchen featuring nothing less than the best, w/BUNN commercial coffee maker w/on demand automatic hot water supply for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. & two burners for warming up to 24 cups of coffee w/quick (almost instant) brewing. (Just remember to turn the coffee pots off after breakfast!) Another favorite is the game room & the lower level den w/air hockey & private gym w/treadmills. The overall openness of this home, from the catwalk to the massive fireplace to the arched window that opens to the 2nd floor's lake side deck, will charm & pamper you with it's elegance and style! No disappointments here--entertainment abounds, whether you like to be a spectator or get involved! On a lazy day, just sit on the back deck with your morning coffee or evening beverage, swim in the pool in the afternoon or just enjoy watching those that do, cruise on the lake, read a book or watch a movie in the theater room--just taking it all in! Play a little foosball or shoot a little pool, whatever you like! There is something here for everyone! Summer nights offer pleasant temperatures and comfy water for floating & swimming to wrap up a perfect day! Or just float in the water off the dock while sipping your favorite beverage. But in the end, it's really the WATER that you remember--clean, crisp & inviting! Whether it's the lake or the pool, you'll leave feeling rejuvenated & clean! The osprey are entertaining seasonal; eagles are around year round! You never know what surprise nature has in store for you during your stay here--just come & see! For a wonderful vacation to remember & talk about for a lifetime, here's your chance! We have several repeat guests. Call for any questions. Thank you for looking at our listing & we hope you can come & enjoy it, even if only for a week, to experience it for yourselves! It is truly a taste of HEAVEN ON EARTH!
We had a terrific week at this home. The home was huge and allowed everyone their own space. The location on the lake is a bit remote but nice and quiet. Pool was terrific and we loved the outdoor pool and bar area. Decks and sunsets were awesome. The owners were very responsive to any issues we had. We would have liked to have used the hot tub but it was not allowed during July. We were used to using hot tubs in OBX family vacations. We found the dining room table a bit small for our large group so we had to separate at meals. Overall a great house for big groups.
We had our corporate branch outing this past Friday for the day. Not only did it meet our expectations, but we are hoping to have our outing there again next year. Everything was immaculate and we had no issues with anything. Our group works hard and were able to relax and enjoy the swimming pool, theater room and just hanging out in general on the gorgeous porches overlooking the lake. The owners were more than accommodating to our needs and very easy to work with. We did not utilize the entire house, but even touring it, could not believe the spaciousness - almost like having your own private hotel/retreat. Very nicely appointed property!
The property is perfect for a large family vacation, especially with children. We spent a lot of time in the wonderful pool and had many fishing and tubing expeditions on the family-size boat. We hired full time cooks for all meals, so the spacious gourmet kitchen with lots of refrigerator, freezer and storage space was just want we needed. There were more entertainment amenities and things to do than we had time for. You can't go wrong staying here.
Start off with the ONLY issue we had: the hot tub was foamy when we got there. Dora and her husband came out Sunday after church to take a look at it and skimmed it off. However, being a hot tub owner, it should have been drained or at the least added an anti-foam agent. Was not used much.
The good: The most luxurious and well-maintained house I have ever stayed at in 6 years of summer extended HUGE family gatherings. Top of the line appliances, granite countertops, phenomenal pool with slide, PLENTY of seating outside with the outside bar perfect for late night adult rowdiness. Windows kept the sound out from partying at night while kids were asleep, and the theatr was a big hit with everyone.
I wish we could go back but the odds of getting all 27 people together again are slim to none. They were most gracious and responsive to all my questions leading up to our stay, and as I said, came personally to "attend" to my complaint.
We visited with three generations of a family, aging in range from 3-71, and had a wonderful long weekend. The pictures don't do justice to how spectacular this home is. It is truly designed for fun for all ages and large groups: the pool with colored lights, outdoor speakers, built in volleyball net and bar; the huge hot tub and gas fire pit; wonderful deck seating; foosball, pool, air hockey, game tables; incredible movie room; large very nice and well-appointed kitchen; and the great lakeside dock with a tall platform for jumping off and canoes for exploring the lake. And I could go on! We had so much fun and I don't think you could ever run out of things to do or great spots to relax. Thank you for sharing your home with us, we hope we can come back again someday!!
This home was exceptional! We had 21 persons that included infants, teens, young adults, and adults. Space was never a problem! The homes was very clean and had bathrooms in most of the bedrooms. The owner answered all our questions or concerns. There was something for everyone to do. We rented the pontoon boat for our stay. The owners gave a great explanation on how to use it. We enjoyed using it for fishing and taking after jaunts on the lake. We were able to rent jet skis for several days. All had a great time! The theater room was exceptional with a nice selection of movies to watch in the evening. I would recommend visiting the Waterview Restaurant during your stay. The vacation house was excellent and we would highly recommend it to anyone considering a family vacation. We did not want to leave!
Lake Gaston offers 350 miles of shoreline for your fresh water lake and sports enjoyment, whether you favor water sports, fishing, kayaking or just watching breath-taking sunrises and sunsets and wildlife from the dining room, pool or one of the lakeside decks. With prior arrangements, Top This Pizza delivers food and cold beverages (alcohol included) to your door, pool or lakeside! Rosemont Winery, just 5-10 minutes away, offers guided tours, wine tasting and summer activities, including Art Shows, car shows, etc. Several local restaurants, waterfront clubs and fast food facilities offer food and entertainment, with an easy commute by car and boat. Or bring in a chef to prepare and manage all your meals! Excellent fishing right off the dock or from your boat. Lake Gaston hosts several Pro Bass Fishing Tournaments annually, if that's any indication of the fishing opportunity that awaits you here! Sit on the lower boat dock and watch the fish jumping in the lakeside cove, or watch the ospreys from the lakeside pool, boathouse or main lake decks--even from the lakeside windows! The upper deck is a great place to watch the Osprey perform their morning and late afternoon fishing survival routines! Photo opportunities include wonderful observation of both the Osprey and the fresh water otters jumping off the boathouse dock next door and playing in the beautiful, crystal clear water! If you like nature, you've got a lot waiting for you right here! It's not unusual when starting down the driveway to discover a family of deer grazing on the lawn, and watch them scurry off along the shoreline of the subdivision, hurriedly and frightfully scampering across the back yards of the other homes until they are out of sight! Discover the peace and serenity of Lake Gaston living, for a week or for a lifetime!
Lake Gaston is located minutes for I-85, for easy access to area shopping: in South Hill, VA: Food Lion, Hibbets Sports, restaurants (BoJangles, Sonic, Five Guys, Burger King, McDonalds, Hardees, Kahills, Horseshoe Restaurant, Brian's Steakhouse, etc.) Wal-Mart, etc. - approx. 15 minutes away.
Bracey, VA: Poplar Pointe Marina & Flip Flops grill, Pizza Hut Express, Quiznos, Top This Pizza, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Papa John's Pizza & more - approximately 5-10 minutes away.
Littleton, NC/Lake Gaston shopping: Food Lion, Ace Hardware, Auto Parts, marinas, etc. - approximately 20 minutes away.
Kings Dominion - approximately 1-1/2 hours away.
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
|Cleaning Fee||$350 + Tax|
|Refundable Security Dep||$1,000|
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