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Lake Gaston - Swim, Ski, Fish...Relax!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Come and enjoy one of Virginia’s and North Carolina’s best kept secrets! Lake Gaston is a clear and beautiful lake located in the Piedmont 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 four hour drive of Washington DC, an hour and a half to two hours from Raleigh North Carolina and Virginia Beach Virginia.

The property is located in the Quail Ridge subdivision on Lizard Creek, which is a major tributary on the northeast shore of the lake. Lizard Creek is a favorite with skiers and tubers because its water is usually calmer than the water on the main lake. It is also centrally located, has easy access to the main lake and is close (15-25 minutes) to three full service marinas.

A Food Lion grocery, an Ace Hardware store, a Subway sandwich shop, Dollar General, miniature golf course and an indoor/outdoor flea market (Friday through Sunday) are all located less than ten minutes from the house. Thursday night, it’s bingo at the local fire hall. Restaurants are scattered around the lake and they range from diner style to more upscale. The closest large town is Roanoke Rapids, and is a 35 minutes drive from the house. There's a Belk Store, Lowes, Penney's, Super Wal-Mart, movie theater, and numerous eateries located there.

Our lake house is a comfortable, Non-Smoking, Pet-Free, single-level home with most everything you will need to make your stay at Lake Gaston an enjoyable one. (Please note that renters are responsible for providing their own bed linens and towels). Each bedroom has a view of the lake with access to the deck through a sliding glass door. We have Cable TV, a video and DVD player (movies are provided), WiFi, board games, books and puzzles...everything that will provide inside entertainment for fun family evenings or during inclement weather.

Outside is where the real fun is! Our level lot leads to the water and the boat dock, which is the center of lake life. We have a small sandy beach that's perfect for young children, plus the water off the dock is about 5 feet deep which is great for older kids and adults. Swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and relaxing on the glider all happen right there. It’s a great place to view the beautiful evening sky and sunsets. Skiing and tubing can be started right in front of the dock.

A paddleboat is provided, and is a fun way to explore the local waters. There is a boat ramp next to the dock which makes for convenient launch and recovery. There is also a covered boat lift, plus room for a boat of up to 25 foot to be tied up to the dock.

Besides the water sports, fishing is excellent at Lake Gaston! Available species include striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch, sunfish, and our favorite dinner fish, channel catfish. Fishing from the dock is a favorite pastime for both young and old alike. Early mornings and evenings are usually better, but when is fishing not good? We want to remind our guests that it's necessary to have a NC or VA fishing license, even if just fishing off the dock (obtainable online from the Dept of Fish and Game).

Lastly, one of the best pastimes at the lake is RELAXING! Whether it be enjoying the view, reading a book, or napping in the shade on our wonderful hammock. There is something about the lake that lets you leave everyday stress behind for awhile. This is what we most enjoy about our lake house, and we invite you to come and see for yourselves.

***** During the peak summer months we rent from Saturday to Saturday.

***** PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE 60+ POSITIVE 'GUESTBOOK COMMENTS' that we've received from our satisfied customers (they're in addition to the Traveler Reviews). They've been collected from emails and handwritten notes left in our lake house binder. Click on "Read More About the Owners", and then scroll to "Guest Book Comments." *****

P.S. Spring and fall are great times to enjoy Lake Gaston. The water is warm, the scenery is grand, and it feels like your own private lake.

P.P.S. We respond to each inquiry within 48 hours. If you feel that you haven't heard from us, please be sure to check your 'spam' mail...thanks!

P.P.S. If you own a home on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk (or within walking distance), we'd be happy to talk to you about a vacation trade!

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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About The Owner

We've been married for 37 years and have always enjoyed vacationing by the water. When our children were young we decided to buy a home that would provide a fun retreat for our family.

The Owner purchased this house in 1993

Why The Owner chose Quail Ridge

We lived in Raleigh when we bought the house and it was an easy drive. When we had to relocate, our first priority was to make sure we still lived close enough to Lake Gaston to enjoy our family time there.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location! One of the reasons we chose our home is because it has lots of waterfront on Lizard Creek, yet it's right around the corner from the main lake. Plus the house is very close to the dock and's fun to look out window and watch family and friends fishing off the dock. It's also neat to join them by sitting on the dock swing, especially in the evening while watching the sunset together...what a life!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carol, I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know what a beautiful place you have. We had a great couple days on the lake and would love to come back again. Although my wife and I were needing some alone time- the first thing we both said was that we should have invited our son and grandbabies. That little beach behind the dock would be perfect for the little ones. Appreciate the hospitality!
Oct 2017
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Quail Ridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We provide toilet paper.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-out bed in the family room sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
  • Three queen beds and one set of bunk beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is a small fire pit on the point...perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores! We have a hammock on the front lawn and a three-person swing on the dock (great for viewing the sunset!) *If you are looking to rent two houses close to each other, be sure to check out our neighbor's home, Lizard Creek Retreat #35350


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Lake Gaston - Swim, Ski, Fish...Relax!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 79 reviews

Exactly what we needed

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing stay. Fishing wasn't the greatest but we enjoyed sitting on the dock. The weather was warm for October, which had lot's of folks out on the water. The house had everything we needed and was comfortable. Although we didn't come to watch TV, we were trying to catch some of Post Season Baseball, but the channels were very limited. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great, just replace that deck soon

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Relaxing, fun, lots of room!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable, great location on the lake, just beautiful. We absolutely loved our time at this house. We'll definitely want to rent this house in the future when we come back. Thanks for the opportunity to stay at your house.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Week!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Lake Gaston. The weather was perfect and the fishing was great in the evening. We had easy access to the main lake and Lizard Creek was a lot of fun with the jet skis and floats etc. Carol and Dave were awesome to work with and we have rented several times from them. We will return!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quantico, Virginia

Family Vacation To Remember!

  • 5 of 5

This will be our "go-to" lake spot from now on. Everything was absolutely wonderful. The home was spacious and CLEAN. Kitchen had all the tools needed to make a large family meal. Dining table sat us all! The home is a ranch (all one level), which was nice for my in laws.

My boys perused the video collection and started watching "Men in Black"; when I shut it off for dinner they panicked and we laughed as we explained VHS will not "lose your spot". The wifi was fast, too, if you're concerned. Water pressure was good. I loved having a washer and dryer and the one here works well.

This was a very relaxing vacation for sure. The men and boys would go out on the boat (rented from local marina) early in the morning, return for lunch and do some family activities. Our small boys enjoyed fishing right from the dock and swimming right at the shoreline. The home is at the end of a private cul-de-sac with plenty of yard for the kids to run around in. We celebrated birthdays on the large back deck and I often could be found reading a book in the hammock with views of the lake. There is a Food Lion and Dollar General so very close, which was helpful to get milk and any ingredients I needed for our meals. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Perfect Lake Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house for 3 nights in June 2014 and really enjoyed everything about it. The dock is spacious for soaking up the sun, fishing (we caught two Catfish and even a Bass!) and just relaxing all day. We used the grill for dinners and the campfire late at night to sit outside with no bugs around us. All in all we had a wonderful vacation at the lake and can't wait to revisit this great lake house in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lake Gaston Golf Club and Lakeside MINI golf
Car: recommended

Knee-boarding, Wake-boarding (lessons available from Adam Fields), Bingo, Flea Market, Feed the fish and ducks at Morningstar Marina. Lakeside Mini Golf on River Rd...perfect family entertainment! Lots more activities and information listed in a large 3-ring binder located in the kitchen.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

During the peak summer months we rent from Saturday to Saturday...arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 11am. We accept shorter rentals over the Memorial and Labor Day weekends. We will also consider shorter summer stays (3 night minimum) when a full week hasn't been rented and it is getting close to the arrival date. During the off-season we accept a 2 night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.