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12,000 SF Lake Gaston French Country Luxury Estate - Sleeps 40!

Bedrooms 11
Half Baths1
Space 12,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 9 nights


About the property

11BR, 6-1/2BA, All Brick, 600+ Feet of Main Lake Shoreline with panoramic views!

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 of 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 and 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 out other boat rentals & local attractions at

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 reading enthusiasts!

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, this became & remains a standard tradition for us after a few visits to Lake Gaston: where several families vacation 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 unnecessary & repeat trips 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!

More Details

Dora Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Dora Smith

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. Being avid recreational skiers, after we wed, we received a post card advertising Lake Gaston & decided to check it out. Once was all it took to have us "hooked" & then we just couldn't get enough! We spent weekends at first, then started scheduling annual vacation weeks, gradually bringing family & friends with us & 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 & love the area. The water is always clean, refreshing & inviting, the sunsets & sunrises are 'to die for,' & as mom always said: 'The water keeps you young!' It is the best life imaginable! We are fortunate & Blessed to be able to live at Lake Gaston full-time, work here a& 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

Why Dora Smith chose Southern Virginia

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 mostly private 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 then it would be ours one day! Years later, here we are! And we 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!

What makes this estate unique

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!


Bracey Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 12000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 42
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7: Basement - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite, ceramic tile floor
    Bathroom 6: Penthouse - toilet , shower , Granite, ceramic tile floor, tiled walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2: Main Floor - toilet , Granite; ceramic tile floor, off great room beside wet bar
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Granite, ceramic tile, tiled walk-in shower
    Bathroom 4: 2nd Floor - toilet , shower , Granite, ceramic tile floor, ceramic tiled walk-in shower
    Bathroom 3: 2nd Floor - toilet , shower , Granite, ceramic tile floor, ceramic tiled walk-in shower
    Bathroom 1: Main Floor Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Granite, double sinks & tiled walk-in shower
  • Six (6) each full baths and one (1) each half bath are strategically placed throughout this luxury home, all with ceramic tile floors, granite countertops; ceramic tiled showers and double vanity countertops in all upper bathrooms and fiberglass tub on lower level! Main floor master bath features multiple shower heads (some are disabled to minimize water overflow) in over-sized walk-in tiled shower, huge dressing area with double sink vanities with granite and two separate private water closets. Lower level offers luxurious shower with built-in comfort seat! NOTE: INSURANCE REQUIRES THAT WATER IS TURNED OFF TO ALL INDOOR JACUZZI TUBS. POOL & HOT TUB ARE AVAILABLE SEASONALLY. (POOL IN SUMMER, HOT TUB IN WINTERTIME).
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 42
  • Bedroom 3: 2nd Floor - 1 king , Sleeps 2: Master suite overlooking pool and lakeside!
    Bedroom 4: 2nd Floor - 2 queen , Sleeps 4: Two each QN Beds
    Bedroom 5: 2nd Floor - 1 king , Sleeps 2: Master suite w/separate full bath & tiled shower
    Bedroom 6: 2nd Floor - 2 queen , Sleeps 4: 2 QN beds
    Bedroom 9: Basement - 2 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 7: 2 EA QN, 1 EA single bunk over double bunk
    Bedroom 10: Basement - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 6: 2 EA QN, 1 sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 7: Upstairs Penthouse - 1 queen , Sleeps 2: 1 each QN Bed
    Bedroom 8: Upstairs Penthouse - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 6: 2 QN beds, 1 sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 11 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2: 1 QN Bed, desk, sitting area
    Bedroom 1: Main Floor - 1 king , King Bed Sleeps Two!
    Bedroom 2: 1st Floor - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 3: Shared bath w/large tiled shower, on poolside
  • Lake views from any window! You can see the lake from practically everywhere in this home! The lake wraps around our property, making the view delightful from all angles! NOTE: Bedroom configurations are available. MAXIMUM 40 PERSONS sleeping in beds & queen sofa beds. All floors are available for you & your guests. Estate features 11 bedrooms/sleeping areas for ample sleeping & entertaining for your family! MAIN FLOOR: Master bedroom (BR 1) with king sized bed, shares bath with Bedroom 2 (Dbl bunk & single bunk). 2nd FLOOR: Bedrooms 3, 4, 5, 6: BR 3 has king bed with private bath; BR 4 has 2 EA QN beds with private bath; BR 5 has King bed with private bath (bath is open to game room); BR 6 has 2 EA QN beds. Penthouse: BR 7,8,11 all share ONE bath & kitchen, great room; BR 7 is private w/QN bed; BR 8 is open on main floor (2 QNs & sofa bed); BR 11 is private w/2 QNs; Basement: BR 9 & 10: Both share 1 bath, great room, huge bar, game room, tread mills & air hockey
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This home offers all the good stuff: from the gourmet main floor kitchen, to the ultimate theater room with 125'' widescreen display with 1000 watt dynamic surround sound, to the salt pool with lakeside covered pavilion (with wet bar) & the eight person hot tub located on the main lakeside lower deck (operates seasonally), to the private gym with professional tread mills, to the game room with Brunswick pool table AND MORE - NOTHING BUT THE BEST EXISTS HERE FOR YOUR ULTIMATE VACATION! COME ENJOY LAKE GASTON IN LUXURIOUS SPLENDOR FOR A WEEK OR FOR A LIFETIME! WHAT A WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE LAKE--IN THE LARGEST HOME ON THE WATER--WITH ULTIMATE VIEWS FROM EVERY ANGLE OF THE HOME & PROPERTY OF BOTH THE MAIN LAKE & COVE SURROUNDING THE PROPERTY! UPON ENTRY OF THE DRIVE AT FIRST GLIMPSE THE SPLENDOR & AMENITIES OF THIS PLACE WILL CAPTIVATE YOU & KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED THROUGHOUT YOUR VISIT! Come & create memories for a lifetime! Owner is licensed Builder & Realtor….to help fulfill your dreams!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

12,000 SF Lake Gaston French Country Luxury Estate - Sleeps 40!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Amazing house and stay, can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We were blown away by this house! We kept turning corners around the house and finding more rooms! It was everything you could need for a vacation with a large group and more. The open layout in the kitchen/family room was awesome for hanging out with a big group and feeling like you could all be together. Everything was top of the line and felt brand new - we didn't want to leave! The outside area was the best part, the pool was beautiful and had places for everyone to hang out and spend the day in the sun! We loved the dock area also and being able to swim not only in the pool but the lake! One of the best parts was being able to watch the sunset from the pool or one of the many decks overlooking the lake. Overall, can't say enough good things about this house! Can't wait to hopefully be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property for family reunion.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We strive to delight our guests, and do our best to ensure their enjoyment is fulfilled. We look forward to your return visit. Have a great day!
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Amazing property for our corporate outing!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fantastic family vacation house and location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay. Your feedback is helpful for future guests to better understand what the Lake Gaston area and our property has to offer them! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and we hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again as return guests!
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Youngstown, OH

Top Rating for Facility and Hosts

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Virginia

Fantastic Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deal Mullery family, It was a pleasure to have you as guests at our luxurious lake property! It is truly rewarding for us when our guests share their wonderful experiences! Thank you for providing a glimpse of your enjoyment and we are grateful that you selected our home. We would love to have you as return guests.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
KAVC - South Hill, VA
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Flip Flops - by land or water
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Four local golf courses within 5-20 minutes
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Petersburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Top This Pizza - delivery - alcohol included
Nearest Ski
Lake the dock and boathouse!!
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Virginia Beach
Car: recommended

Lake Gaston is one of the truly outstanding fresh water lakes in the country! It is over 20,000 acres of "high quality" water, 34 miles long, and approximately one and one half miles wide at the lower end of the lake. 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.

Lake Gaston begins on the western end at Kerr Dam, built in 1953 for flood control. Below Lake Gaston is Roanoke Rapids Lake, a smaller lake built in 1955 for hydroelectric power. The Gaston Dam was completed in 1963, and Lake Gaston borders the counties of Mecklenburg and Brunswick in Virginia and Warren, Halifax and Northampton in North Carolina. Normal height of the water is 200 feet above sea level and by regulation the water depth may vary only one foot plus or minus from the normal level except in case of emergency. And with virtually no pollution, the water is almost drinkable without treatment.

Lake Gaston is well stocked with game fish which include striped bass or rock fish, large mouth bass, crappie, sunfish and several varieties of catfish. Other species of fish sometimes caught are walleye, yellow perch and chain pickerel. Lake Gaston fishing tournaments are popular throughout the season. A valid fishing license for either Virginia or North Carolina permits fishing on Lake Gaston from a boat in either state. No license is required for those under 15.

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 seasonal festivals and outdoor 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! When all else fails and you just want to relax, excellent fishing is as close as the shoreline, right off the pier, or from your boat.

For the boating enthusiast, motor boating, sailing, tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing are all popular Lake Gaston water sports. Public boat ramps are available, and marinas are scattered around the shoreline, offering gas and supplies as well as lakeside dining.

Good restaurants, shopping, and cultural activities can be enjoyed year round in the cities & towns around the area. For offshore recreation there are golfing facilities, both public and private in close proximity. (Ask Owner for reservation). Area residents often participate in the many nearby clubs which offer a wide variety of choices, including gardening, travel, recreation & more.

Lake Gaston hosts several Pro Bass Fishing Tournaments annually, if that's any indication of the fishing opportunity that awaits you here! Where else can you sit on the lower boat dock and watch the fish jumping in the lakeside cove, watch the ospreys, otters and other area wildlife 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! Or catch a glimpse (or photos) of the row of turtles along the shoreline in the cove on the poolside 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! (Dora is a licensed Realtor). This location offers privacy and serenity in an "off the beaten path" main lake location. It is centrally located on the lake, with wide water for optimum views down the lake, resulting in 2-3 miles of open view.

Virginia has an ideal year round climate for your enjoyment.

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.


Rates & Availability

Bracey Estate Rental Rates

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Summer 2017
May 25 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Holiday
Aug 30 2017 - Sep 7 2017
9 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $350 + Tax
Refundable Security Dep $1,000
Tax Rate 10.3%

Online rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Owner reserves right to cancel based on availability and/or inability to damages.
Deposits are non-refundable effective 12/19/2015.
NOTE: In June 2015 my account's security was breached by a hacker. As a result, checks for payment are preferred. Contact owner for deposit and payment details.
Where online and/or credit cards are used for payments, Guest agrees to pay convenience fees and any other charges for use of credit card. E-checks or mailed checks are preferable to prevent this charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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