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1865 Plantation house near Lake Gaston!

Bracey, VA, USA
  • Farmhouse3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

The homestead of the Isle of Rest Planation.


The Isle of Rest Plantation was once a 4,000 acre working plantation originally built around 1810. The main house burned down after being struck by lightening and the current home was completed in 1865. The property was divided into two parcels by the family in the mid 1920's. Most of the land was sold to developers in the 1950's when Lake Gaston was formed by damming the Roanoke River. The homestead was lived in until 1973 when the matriarch of the family passed away. Her heirs allowed the land to sit for thirty years and fall into disrepair. I purchased the homestead and 25 acres in 2005 and set off to restore the grand old house. My family and I use it as a weekend getaway throughout the year and stay for a week several times during the summer. We put the boat in down the street at Holly Creek Marina, shoot skeet, take nature walks, enjoy the deer and other wildlife, and just relax. We recently decided to try renting the house out to help with the expenses and to share the wonderful setting with others. If you are a nature lover, reader, writer, boater, hunter or all the above you will really enjoy staying at the Isle of Rest. We have allowed two weddings and two business retreats to use the property and everyone loved it. Events, like a wedding, will be charged the weekly rate regardless of number of days on the property.


Adam Jones

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Adam Jones

I live in Chapel Hill, NC about a one hour drive to the farm house, as we call it. I own a small real estate company and have been married for ten years. I have two adorable daughters (5 & 8) and two great dogs. We all love going to the farm house.

Adam Jones purchased this Farmhouse in 2005

Why Adam Jones chose Bracey

I always wanted a farm house since I grew up in the city. When I stumbled over this property years ago I simply fell in love with it. Even though it had been neglected I saw the potential in the 140 year old buildings. I was single at the time, so I spent weekends and vacations cleaning up the land and renovating the main house and out buildings. It's been a love affair ever since I drove down the 300 yard driveway.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

I doubt there is another home like this one that is open for rental. It's a unique experience to stay in a property with such history and beauty. All of the woodwork in the house, except in the kitchen, is original to 1865. There are six fireplaces in the main house (four working). The office (once a doctor's office and the plantation office) is a usable guest house with it's own wood stove, but no plumbing. Perfect for the teenagers or the big snorer in the group. The pond is stocked with bass and we have our duck friends paddling around. Blackberries, figs and other fruits grow in summer and are there for the picking.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Master
        1 king
      • Nursery
        1 child bed, 1 baby crib, Off Master bedroom
      • Green Room
        1 queen, 1 double, 1 baby crib
      • Hunt Room
        3 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Davis Room
        1 queen
      • The house can sleep 10 people in beds, which includes a single pull out couch. That does not include the nursery, which has a crib and a young person bed (4-7 year old). The master has a king, two bedrooms have fulls and there are four singles (including the pull out).


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
      • There is one full bath on the main floor and a half bath on the second floor. The full has a tub/shower.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          The Isle of Rest sits on 25 acres of open fields and woods. A stone's throw from Lake Gaston.
        • Water View
          A one acre pond from the front porch or from various seating options around the property.


            • Family
            • Historic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                    • Living Room
                      Has 42' hi def television and fireplace.
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          An updated kitchen with electric stove, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          General spices, salt, pepper, sugar, etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              One large 6-top dining table and a smaller 4-top table.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Board games and some video games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Public courses nearby
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak at the pond for kids.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Smoking allow ONLY outside. Not in the house.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • marina
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • photography
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing


                                                            • Renters must bring their own linens. Cleaning service includes before arrival and after departure, however we ask that renters leave the house picked up and broom clean. Renters take their own trash to the drop off at I-85.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Wonderful Experience

                                                              Sara B.Washington DC

                                                              The house is gorgeous with comfortable beds. The air conditioning worked great, despite the heat wave. The pond and the resident ducks made afternoons lovely. You can see all the stars and the Milky Way from the front porch. Overall, this was a wonderful property for a gathering away from the city.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm so glad you and your large group enjoyed the farmhouse and property. I hope to see you again next year! Thanks

                                                              Absolute relaxation

                                                              Melissa P.

                                                              We had the most amazing relaxing time. The house is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this amazing place

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. I'll look forward to seeing you all again next year! Thank, Adam

                                                              Beautiful property with so much history!

                                                              Tara A.

                                                              I rented this house to share with family during a 60th birthday celebration for my mom! We all loved the place! It's tucked away in a nice, private secluded area. It's only a few min from the lake & very close to Tanglewood Shores, which is why I decided to rent it.

                                                              The only drawback is the one full bathroom but we made it work! Enjoyed the views & even hopped in the kayaks in the pond!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm so glad you had a good time and a successful celebration for your mother. Please come back anytime! Thanks, Adam

                                                              Absolutely Amazing!!!!!

                                                              Melissa P.

                                                              This was one of the best trips my family has ever had. The homestead was beautiful. It was a very relaxing family oriented trip filled with fishing, kayaking water fights and lots of laughing. Adam, the owner was super sweet and accommodating. We cannot wait to visit again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm so happy you and your family had a great time at the farmhouse! It was great working with you and feel free to come back anytime. Thanks, Adam

                                                              Thanksgiving At The Farm

                                                              Anne R.

                                                              My family and I spent the week of Thanksgiving at "the farm". We could not have selected a better location for our family celebration. Our ages ranged from 75 to 2 and there was something for all of us to do if we so chose. Three of our granddaughters enjoyed kayaking on the gorgeous pond closely supervised by two resident ducks who welcomed having a little company. The perfect weather kept us outside most of the time during the day and early evening. We played corn hole, softball, rode on our four wheeler, fished/catch and release of course; and the wonderful fire pit that everyone gathered around early evening for "toast the sunset" time, making s'mores, and happy conversations.

                                                              The front porch swing was so inviting and we enjoyed having a little quiet time to read and relax. The inside of the house is quite spacious and accommodated our family very nicely. Everyone had a comfy bed and slept so good every night. This beautiful plantation home is beautifully restored and takes one back in time....(if you're old enough to relate to "golden" times:) The living room was inviting and each evening we sat by the fire and played games, read, played the cherished piano, and reminisced about our good ole days. Thanksgiving Day we enjoyed a hearty feast and the dining room table is large enough to accommodate our crew. This was so much fun!

                                                              May I recommend this lovely VRBO rental for any family/friend event. Having 25 acres to roam was the icing on the cake.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I am delighted you and your family had such a wonderful time at the farm house! I host my family's Thanksgiving up there ever other year and it is always a great time. Please do come back to visit again soon. Thanks, Adam

                                                              Plantation stay

                                                              Anita s.

                                                              We stayed 3 nights. Lovely surroundings. The duck pond and deer sightings were a plus. The owner was great and was available if needed.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves and were able to relax. Come back anytime!




                                                              Bracey, VA, USA

                                                              The Isle of Rest plantation home sits on 25 secluded acres, but only a few miles from Lake Gaston and the nearest boat ramp. It's a nice change of pace from being on the water all day to grilling out at the farm house in the evening. There is not much to do other than relax, read, rock and enjoy nature.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              EVENT RENTALS (IE. WEDDINGS) ARE CHARGED A $3,000 FEE REGARDLESS OF DAYS USED. Pet fee covers up to two pets. Additional fee if more than two pets. Pricing includes all utilities.

                                                              11 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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