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Peninsula Playgroud on Pea Hill with Kayaks, Tiki, Volleyball and MORE!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bed with 3.5 baths, watercraft, tiki bar and expansive play space!

Stunning peninsula lot in one of the most coveted locations on Lake Gaston! Enjoy evenings by the fire pit, yard games with the kids, picnics on a private peninsula or watch the family tubing from an expansive deck with 180 degree views! This is the kind of retreat that will be your family's second home for years as you come back again and again creating great memories to last a lifetime!

We have the perfect place for swimming with little ones in a shallow sandy area with over 200 feet of bulkheaded shoreline. Water gradually extends to 6 ft deep at the end of the oversized boat house for swimming, sail boarding, kayaking or any watersport!

Huge flat lot for yard games, relaxing in the hammock, picnicing or sunbathing!

Pour yourself an icy mojito from the dockside tiki bar and relax in one of the many lounge chairs provided or grab a book and melt into the waterside hammock and read until the sun goes down.

The home boasts 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with a shower on each floor and an outdoor shower for use after a long day of tubing. Second floor has water facing room with a balcony and 1 king, front facing room with 1 queen and side bunk room with 2 double beds. First floor has the master bed with a king mattress and private bath. Ground floor has additional sleeping space with 2 double beds.

Prepare meals in brand new kitchen fully furnished with everything you need. Plenty of seating, both inside and out, for all your guests (12 table seats and two bar seats inside)!

The boathouse has 2 boat lifts (1 pontoon and 1 set of bunks for a bow rider), a jet ski lift, lounge chairs, a dropped lounge platform and steps into shallow water for wading or small children! Spend evenings with family or friends and never leave the boat house because you're just arms length from the newly installed tiki bar!

What else could make your trip to the lake more fun? How about 6 kayaks, a canoe and a 5 person paddle boat so your whole crew can go out and explore together! There are 14 life jackets ranging in size from infant to 4XL! Feel like fishing? We also have 4 open-face Shakespeare rod and reel sets to help your crew catch the "Big One"!

You'll make memories at the Sophisticated Heron that will last a lifetime! Hey, don't forget to check back throughout the year for fall and winter specials so you can rekindle those warm summer days as the weather cools! :)

Have you stayed with us before and need a special getaway for just a couple of days during the off season? Reach out to the property manager and we will personally cater a package that we guarantee will be budget friendly with special discounts because of your continued loyalty!

Are you celebrating special days or events? Then let us help craft a special event for your group or loved one! From romantic weekend getaways to birthday celebrations to writers retreats we can make your mini-vaca a truly memorable and highly personal event. You tell us what you want to accomplish and we will work hand-in-hand with you to give you a weekend to remember!

4 miles from the Food Lion, Ace Hardware, Restaurants, Gas Station, etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Les and Bonnie Burleson
Member since: 2018
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Les and Bonnie Burleson

Bonnie and Les LOVE Lake Gaston and want to share the experience of living here with YOU and your family or friends! They will do everything possible to guarantee your stay is pleasant and hassle free!

Why Les and Bonnie Burleson chose Henrico

This property was once owned by an Admiral appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head our US Naval Forces in the North Atlantic. The Admiral chose this house as his personal sanctuary while not at sea, and could be seen many mornings on the deck, with a hot cup o' joe looking out over the broad expanse of Pea Hill Creek. He was no stranger to the water; his life and his career were the sea, but the sea raged and waves could swell as high as a 4 story building. When he had time, his time, he preferred the quiet waters of Lake Gaston. A place he considered calm and glassy and peaceful. He loved the stunning peninsula lot which allowed him to stroll about and relax from the immense responsibilities he undertook to serve our country. To him, this was a different world and a place to share good times with guests from all over the globe.

So, we invite you to come and stay with us! You who have responsibilities. You who face big waves. You who have the weight of the world on your shoulders. We invite you to be the Captain of your own ship; come and stand on the deck, right where the Admiral stood, and watch the sunrise with a cup o' joe, or stroll the peninsula under a full moon. We think you'll agree with the Admiral. It's a different world here...


Henrico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters must read and agree to Standard NC Rental Agreement
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1 - 1st Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Second floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , First floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
  • There are 3.5 baths and an outdoor shower for your convenience!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , First floor Master
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Second floor front with balcony
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Second floor bunk room
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , Basement sleeping area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second floor water view with balcony
  • Linens provided. There is a separate linen fee charged at checkout.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Peninsula Playgroud on Pea Hill with Kayaks, Tiki, Volleyball and MORE!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Beautiful location and toys for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it ! From the 9 year old to the 70+ members of our family-the dock, the water, the kayaks and canoe and pedal boat. So much fun. And a fire on our last night. Thanks for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect week!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing week at Lake Gaston! Les and Bonnie, the property managers, were fantastic. Les was very responsive and able to answer any and all questions. It was obvious that they are dedicated to their renters and passionate about service. This was a bonus because the house and property were outstanding. We had 4 teenage boys and a 6 year old with us, in addition to my 70 year old parents. All generations agreed that the house was one of the best we have stayed at. The boat house had everything you could need including kayaks, a canoe, paddle boat, and tons of life vests. They even had a smaller kayak that my 6 year old could use. There is a small fridge at the tiki bar and ample seating both in the shade and the sun. The property is in a little cove and it’s a low traffic area on the lake, which we loved. Beyond the boat house there were tons of other things to do including a volleyball net and supplies for badminton. There was also cornhole boards, which led to some serious cornhole tournaments. The lower floor was the perfect space for the teens. They had their own bathroom and bedroom, along with a tv and activities. They loved having their own area of the house. Our boys are already asking to come back next year. I don’t be want to say too many glowing things because I want to make sure we can rent it again :)

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing View, Perfect House, Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

My family (with two toddlers) stayed here for a week and within a few days we’re comparing dates for next year. The house is three levels but we spent most of the time in the main level which has kitchen and comfy living room and great deck. The main back deck has railings and gates for the two stairs so it’s already childproof! The stairwells in the house are steep but I felt I got good exercise and have hand railings and are carpeted so wasn’t a problem. There’s a grocery story and liquor store five minutes down the road. Make sure you use the fire pit and the kayaks! There are a variety of life jackets, including kids.

The only thing we noticed to be aware of and absolutely did not affect our stay but took us a day to figure out was the temperature in the double room, it’s on a different system and has its own thermostat and fan in the room.

As previous reviewer said, don’t think about it - just book it. You won’t regret it.

But don’t go July 2018 just yet, I want first dibs!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU sooooo much for coming to stay with us!! We are thrilled to know that you had a great experience! Also, thanks for pointing out all the child friendly measures that were taken for safety and to ensure a worry free stay by diligent parents! I know other moms and dads will appreciate your comments. The wide open peninsula and shallow wading water near the shore have been favorites of other parents as well for safe play. By the way, we are installing a new volleyball net but were wondering if our guests would prefer it to be set up on the peninsula or out in the water? The peninsula would give you the chance to play a game completely surrounded by water, which is really cool, but we have huge spaces in the water that would make for a great volleyball area as well. Since your family has all ages coming back to join us maybe you could let us know your thoughts if you get a chance?? Again, a huge THANKS for making our home your home and being part of our extended lake family!!! See you next year...or sooner!!! :)
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Great location easy to get to.

  • 4 of 5

Rental agents could not have been more helpful. The only problem we had was that the cleaning crew did not do a good job. The agents agreed and were very forth coming in helping us. Owners should make sure everything is in working order before they rent.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group was absolutely the most fun group we could have had! A multi generational gathering truly inclusive of the entire family and one of the most accomodating groups imaginable! There were times that I felt like I would wear out our welcome as a property manager from sitting and talking and laughing and sharing stories about how things are so different in various parts of the country. They were from the North and we are from the South so we made a big deal out of the "Pig Pickin' Cake" that the we brought them to celebrate their anniversaries. We think they loved it, but they haven't reached out for the recipe yet, but I expect a call any day... :) We felt terrible about the situation with the cleaning crew and felt that the client was completely correct. The cleaning crew should have caught the issues that were so disappointing. In the cleaning world we are completely dedicated to customer satisfaction which is why we pledged to refund 100% of the cleaning fee; not portion, but 100%. These folks were so nice they didn't even ask us to do that, but we felt it was the only right thing to do. I mean, why wait until asked? Go the extra mile! That's our motto!!!! They are also correct about items being in working order. We had a crew in there before them and, oh my goodness; they were 14 energetic Category 5 hurricanes. Nice group, and very respectful I should add, but they took an HDMI cable from the gaming system, broke a cotter pin on our paddle boat and we had to fix the remote to the TV. Ugh! So, what's a property manager to do between changeovers?? Well, it took us a day to circle back on getting all that taken care of once we learned about it, which we hated, so we really wanted to make it up to these folks. So, we provided 9 kayaks, life vests, fishing poles and we went and bought some new tow lines and got our own personal tow-behind tube for them to use - of course at no charge. I think it saved them a few hundred because those tow-behind units are really expensive! Anyways, no sense buying one if we have one we can loan out to our folks especially if we are talking a savings of two or three hundred dollars. Anyways, we felt bad about that mis-step with the cleaning, but felt fully refunding the cleaning fee and truly serving this awesome family in every possible was the best way to win them back and ensure they had a fabulous time!
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  • 5 of 5

It was amazing. Really Excallanet. Please don't miss this house. Recommended for everybody. Dont even think to get this house. Just do it..

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO MUCH for the GREAT review! We loved having you guys for the two week retreat and we hope you are indeed able to come back again soon! Also, thank you for the kind invite to dinner! You are quite the cook of great Middle Eastern cuisine!!!! Check back with us in the fall and see if we have the dates open that fit your schedule as I know you were looking to book again before the end of the year!!!
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect vacation home on the lake with beautiful views. The home had everything we needed. The peninsula made it more private and there was lots of space for even camping outdoors. We loved the boathouse which had plenty of space and a tiki bar that came in handy especially when we wanted a cold beverage. The kayaks were awesome! We did tons of fishing of the deck, boating and jet skiing! What’s not to love when you get back from water activities and jump into the outdoor shower. I personally loved the outdoor shower. Because of our family experience we are looking forward to a vacation on the lake in this wonderful home next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review! We are even more thrilled to know that you are planning to stay with us again!!! As always, please reach out to us anytime to allow us to personally cater to your group! Have a great summer and check back for off season specials!!!
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Car: necessary

The Sophisticated Heron is 4 miles from Food Lion, convenience stores, the Dollar Store and local restaurants. It is also only 3 minutes to Washburns Marina for food, fuel, snacks and sundries!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Insurance $59

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.