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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Our home is located on Great Creek, about 1 mile north of Route 903 in Bracey, VA, on Lake Gaston. The house is just 1 mile from the local Holly Grove Marina and 2 miles from the lovely area award-winning winery! It is perfectly outfitted for a family trip or get-together with friends.
We have complimentary WiFi, dedicated flatscreen TV for Wii gaming system, Satellite TV's (4), 55 inch flat screen in basement gaming room, flat screen in living room, Blu-Rays (2), DVD (1), During warmer weather we have water bouncer/trampoline with attached slide for endless fun!, Verizon cell signal extender, Bluetooth stereo, large outdoor deck with outdoor dining area with patio umbrella and separate seating area, grill, double boat house w/1 covered slip available for guests and other spots to tie up additional boats or jet-skis, covered dining table on the dock, mini-fridge on dock, quiet swimming at the house with large adjacent open water for tubing or water skiing so kids can swim without traffic and the benefit of open water right there for big water sports, foosball table, indoor basketball hoop, outdoor full size basketball hoop, ping pong table, new outdoor furniture, highchair/pack-n-play/step stools for those traveling with little ones, chaise lounges, fire pit with benches, fully equipped kitchen w/gas range, granite counters, seated dining in the kitchen and dining room indoors, open living room/dining room floor plan, wood burning fireplace, Rinnai hot water heater for endless hot water (all four showers can be run at the same time without running out of hot water!), parking for 4-6 cars, 2-car attached garage for bikes, flat concrete driveway area for playing ball or riding scooters, and corn hole! We also have a special fishing license for all of our guests to be able to fish directly off of our dock without the need for their own separate licenses! That saves you $60/pp and you can fish to your heart's content right at the house! Amenities may change. Feel free to inquire.
The deck on the dock has both shaded areas under cover and a sunny deck area for drying off or soaking up some rays. The deck on the house gets afternoon sun and is nicely shaded for dinners at the outdoor dining table.
There are two boat ramps nearby, each less than a mile from the house. One is a private gated neighborhood ramp just for our community and our guests, the other is Holly Grove Marina just south of Highway 903.
We have redone so many features of the home with fantastic upgrades including new decking on the dock, new outdoor furniture and lovely interior upgrades. One of us is an architect/certified interior designer and the house has been made stylish with a classic updated vibe keeping comfort and family function in mind! There are so many gathering spaces in this home, everyone will find a comfortable and favorite spot. Kids and adults can have their own areas to watch different movies or play while the adults visit.
**JULY 4TH HOLIDAY: There are many special events including fireworks and live concerts close by for the holiday.
The bed count is:
2 kings (1 California king and 1 Eastern standard king), 1 queen, 1 double, 3 twins and 2 twin air mattresses, plus additional full size sofas (not sleeper sofas).
Guests provide their own linens, towels, paper products and soaps/shampoos.
5 BR (4BR + Sitting Room connected to the Master)/ 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 13-16*. We have comforters and pillows for all rooms, with allergy covers on the mattresses and pillows. The beds each have either a pillow top mattress or mattress topper for added comfort. The Master bedroom, Guest Room 1 and Guest Room 3 each have views of the lake.
Master - California King size bed with attached sitting room/vanity area with additional twin bed. There is a privacy door between the master and the sitting room. Off the sitting area is a closed shower/toilet/sink area, but there is also a second sink with great counter space and tub/shower in the main vanity area.
Guest Room 1 - Queen
Separate full bath upstairs with tub/shower, and lots of counter space.
Guest Room 2 - Twin over Full size bunk with twin trundle. Stairs, not a ladder, go up to the bunk! This is a favorite hangout for kids but can easily accommodate a family.
There is a half bath on the main floor.
Finished Walkout Basement:
Guest Room 3 - King size bed, standard East Coast King size.
Full bathroom with tub/shower just off the guest room on this level.
*Additional Sleeping Options:
There is a large gathering space in the finished basement with a sectional sofa. The sofa is comfortable but there is also plenty of space for an air bed or slumber party set-up for kids! Our experience is that air beds are far more comfortable than sleeper sofas (hate those bars in your back!), so we opted not to furnish with a sleeper sofa. The air mattresses have the added bonus of being able to be placed where it best suits your family.
The upstairs master bedroom and the main floor living area each have comfortable sofas that could be used for overflow sleeping (for single use, not sleeper sofas). The sectional in the game room downstairs would sleep two small children or 1 adult. The rooms are all spacious and several have enough floor space for twin air mattresses. Please email us with specific questions regarding how your group will be comfortable at the house!
There are restaurants, a lovely winery just a few short minutes from the house, and other attractions in nearby South Hill, VA and Littleton, NC. Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA, including King's Dominion amusement park and water park are easy day trips.
Rent a boat, get some ice cream or deli sandwiches at the easy to access marina 1 mile away. It's a quick trip there either by boat or car. Large, quiet cove swimming right at the house with a large area for tubing or water skiing just 1 house down at the cove's entrance. Only 3 minutes to the main lake for even bigger water if you wish to explore! Kayak or canoe up Great Creek and enjoy the scenery. Have fun trying your skills at fishing off the dock! Only 6 minutes from Rte 85, 1-2 miles from two convenience grocery stores, 17 minutes from South Hill, VA and Littleton, NC, each with large Food Lion grocery stores. South Hill has rainy day activities such as bowling, small movie theater, train museum, farmers' market. Several area restaurants, under 1.5 hours to day trips in Raleigh, NC, or Richmond, VA, local festivals and quaint shops in nearby historic Clarkesville, VA. The local winery has outdoor music concerts and other events throughout the year.
The water at our spot on the lake will warm up faster than the main lake, extending our season. However, we still have the benefits of wider water views, the convenience of a space right by the house for letting loose with the motor boat and having fun tubing, and the main lake is just minutes away. It's the best of both worlds!
Groups with Small Children:
We have a pack-n-play and highchair at the house for your use. We also have stepstools and a sizable set of BPA-free plates, cups and kid utensils that are dishwasher safe. The full size twin bed in the sitting room has optional bed rails that are very easy to add/remove. If you need to contain small roamers, it is simple to section off an area on the main floor that will keep little ones away from stairs. You can just close the door from the back hall to the foyer and insert a tension mounted child gate in the opening from the foyer to the living room/dining room open space. That will effectively create a level space that includes the powder room, kitchen, living room and dining room. Having traveled with our small children, we know that at certain ages having the ability to keep them away from stairs can be key! We have also installed a hotel lock on the main door so little ones can't run out unnoticed, and we have sliding door stops at the house you can clip on the doors (please ask if you need those).
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- 2935 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
From the paved driveway level, there are 2 steps up to front door to main level of the house. Main level includes the twin over full bedroom and half bath, and access to LR, DR, Kit and deck. The path to the boathouse is natural terrain hill, and unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. Please contact us with any specific accessibility questions....moreless
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 13-16
- In addition to the beds above, we have two twin air mattresses that you can place where it suits your group best. We also have a Graco Pack-n-Play and 3 full length sofas (not sleeper sofas). There is plenty of floor space in gathering rooms and the bedrooms to accommodate extra air mattresses. Note for coordinating your linens that the king upstairs is a California King and the king in the finished basement bedroom is a standard king. The twin off the Master is in the Sitting Room, and is separated by a door. It also has optional bed rails, but is a full size twin....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- DVD Player:
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable:
We have left a small collection of kids toys at the house for your children to enjoy! We also have new for 2015 a water bouncer/trampoline w/attached slide that floats on the lake next to the dock!...moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View:
Bulkheaded lakefront property with double boathouse, 1 guest slip +tie up 2 more. Quiet large cove w/deep water for jumping off dock/swimming/fishing + big open water for tubing/skiing 1 house down....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
Indoor dining room table seats 8 comfortably, & the adjacent kitchen table can seat up to 8 more with the leaf added. Deck dining table for 8-10 w/seating outside for 12. Covered dining on the dock....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning
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- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Christmas/New Year's 2015
Dec 22 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
Pres Day 2016
Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2016
2 night min stay
Easter/Spring Break 2016
Mar 19 - Apr 2, 2016
3 night min stay
Early Spring 2016
Apr 3 - Apr 29, 2016
2 night min stay
Apr 30 - May 25, 2016
2 night min stay
Memorial Day 2016
May 26 - May 31, 2016
4 night min stay
Early Summer 2016
Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2016
3 night min stay
Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay
July 4th Week 2016
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2016
7 night min stay
Jul 9 - Aug 19, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $150 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $325
- Tax Rate 10.3%
For those booking <30 days prior to arrival, we request full payment at time of booking. If you are bringing your own boat(s), please verify the boat width is under 10'0" (120") wide. Our second dock slip available for your use is approximately 25.5 feet long. Additional boats can be easily tied up alongside the dock. If renting, Holly Grove Marina says their boats are all under 10ft W (most are).
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Theme parks and water parks are available for day trips toward Ricmond or Raleigh, including children's museums and lovely family parks great for kids. King's Dominion amusement park and water park is near Richmond, and Busch Gardens amusement park is roughly 2 hrs away. The nearby town of Bracey roughly 15 minutes from Dragonfly has bowling, a small movie theatre and a bounce house. Check out the events in nearby historic Clarkesville, VA's first waterfront town, or just enjoy the charming shops. Spend a day on wine tours starting at the award winning Rosemont Winery just 5 minutes from the house! Special 4th of July fireworks from the main bridge on Lake Gaston!!
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: One of us is an architect and certified interior designer, and grew up in Virginia. The other works in IT and is a transplant from Northern NJ. We currently live in Northern Virginia, with our two small children. Over time, we have seen the slow transformation of Northern Virginia from areas of rolling hills and barn silos to highways and strip malls. It's possible this retreat is our escape from congestion and our chance to focus on nature, life's simple treasures and, well, quiet. On a daily basis we struggle like everyone else to balance the demands of work and our two wonderful small children. Most of the time, we are overworked and overstressed! Unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends is what this lake house is all about!
Why the Owner Chose Bracey:
We had been looking for a special lake house surrounded both by trees and lovely water views for several years as a place to vacation and share with others. Finding Lake Gaston, which enjoys consistent water levels and fixed docks, only about 3.25 hours from our main home has been ideal. The weather is often 10-12 degrees warmer than in Northern VA, and this particular spot enjoys 6-8 degrees warmer lake water than main lake properties, yet we have the benefit of large water right next to the house. We don't have to worry about high speed traffic with the kids swimming, and we love taking the boat down to the marina a mile away for an ice cream cone on a summer's day. The house fit our needs with plenty of space for multiple families, two great gathering spaces, hardwood floors and a real treehouse feel. It's truly our reprieve from the hustle and bustle of normal work and life! Having a lovely winery 2 miles away with special events and dinners is a big plus! We enjoy the convenience from Rte 85, and even the drive on 85 is more pleasant than 95 S. We love the terracing and gorgeous stone walls, and evenings on the deck or dock.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We enjoy the protection of the wide cove, with the views of bigger water and land with a lush canopy of trees. We love the view back of the house from the dock with the stacked stone landscaping walls and the covered eating area on the dock. We saw several homes that were nice houses but had horrible water views or bad water depth, but here we enjoy 7'-9' deep water off the end of the dock with gorgeous views in a fabulous lake location! The craftsman style touches of beadboard wainscot in the foyer and stair, the beadboard ceiling in the kitchen, the open floor plan, the vaulted living room ceiling, 85' of shoreline, flat concrete play space on the front of the house and many other features all made this property an ideal choice for our family. As new owners, and one of us in the design profession, we are adding so many new elements and updates both inside and out! Many of these are not yet pictured as we are updating faster than we can take the current pictures. We re-landscaped the back yard and outfitted the deck and dock for summer. For those of you who choose to stay here, you will enjoy all the benefits during your stay including the NEW water bouncer with attached slide! We painted inside and refurnished, so this is truly a special vacation spot for years to come!
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A perfect lake oasis! View of water, fire pit, and boat house from the deck.
Highchair and Pack-n-play provided. We also have step stools for little ones.
Master, showing 1 of the air mattresses, and (lockable) stained glass windows.
Upstairs guest room with queen bed.
Lower level master with king bed.
Lake side of the house viewed from the dock.
Beautiful wooded view out the picture window above the sink.
Master Bedroom with balcony.
Twin bed in master sitting room.
Main level bdrm, twin over full bunk w/ twin trundle underneath (not pictured).
Huge movie watching & game rm in basement, also perfect for slumber parties!
Double boat house has a covered boat slip for your boat, jetski, or rental.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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