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Pura Vida - a Fun, Spacious, Uniquely Decorated Main Lake Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Enjoy Pura Vida (The Good Life) on Lake Gaston with a 'splash' of Mexican flavor. The uniqueness of this beautifully decorated home, complete with Mexican tile, mirrors, sinks, original paintings and artwork, will please you. The Mexican/South American decor throughout and the comfortable arrangement of the home create a warm atmosphere for your vacation. The expansive glass windows allow gorgeous main lake views from most rooms and decks.

The spacious, open main level has living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen areas and a half bath off the foyer. Featured on this floor are beautiful Australian cypress hardwood and tile floors and an 18 foot stone fireplace . The master bedroom with plush, comfortable King size 'Sleep Number' bed and a Double bed, master bath and sunroom with Queen sleeper sofa complete this level. Ample decks with tables and chairs are available on this level.

Upstairs you will find two bedrooms, one 'Sleep Number' Queen bed, one regular Queen bed and one King bed, and a bath.

The lower level has another living area with stone fireplace, a small kitchen, bedroom with Queen bed, bathroom and playroom. Off the playroom are two nice sets of bunk beds - 3 Single and 1 Double. There are many games, puzzles, air hockey, foosball, ping pong and several DVD's for family fun.

New for 2012 - expansive new lakefront decks, upper and lower, equipped with seating for enjoying the relaxing, peaceful lake ambiance and several dining tables and chairs. The lake can even be enjoyed without walking to the dock! The lower deck provides shade from the sun and is quite impressive with accents of Mexicn tile!

It is an easy stroll down to the double boat house and dock where you can tie your boat(s) and enjoy swimming, boating activities, sunning, or just relaxing and taking in the magnificent main lake views. The upper sun deck is a favorite gathering place.

Awesome sunsets can be viewed from the decks, living and dining rooms and dock! Book now for a wonderful vacation you will not soon forget!

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More Details

Sharon Perez
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us. We had a wonderful time enjoying the peaceful environment and watching nature. We watched turtles, fox, hummingbirds, blue herrings and many more of God's creatures. We enjoyed spending time with friends and each of them loved the Pura Vida experience. When I opened the front door and saw the lake, I literally gasped. My brother did not tell me how beautiful the main view was! Thank you for the quick return of our deposit and for the quick response to every email. You guys are truly the best and we hope we can spend another week at Pura Vida next year.

Thank you so much for making our vacation truly wonderful!
Jun 2013
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Boydton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (2) One has Sleep Number Mattress, Queen size Beds (3) One has Sleep Number Mattress, Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Sleeper sofa in sunroom off master bedroom, Bunk Beds (2) One set with twin beds; one set with double lower
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
4 Satellite TVs, (1 big flat screen), 3 DVDs, 2 Microwaves,3 Refrigerators, 2 Washers, 2 Dryers,Cleaning Service Included, Bed Linens and Towels NOT included, Pets considered with deposit,No Smoking.


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Pura Vida - a Fun, Spacious, Uniquely Decorated Main Lake Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful week at Pura Vida! Comfortable, fun, well equipped home. Beautiful sunsets.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing week at Pura Vida! The house had more than enough space for our family of 9 and we were happy to be able to bring our sweet dog as well. We love to cook and the kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed to prepare and serve great family dinners. Sharon and Carlos are very easy to communicate with and provided lots of helpful information. Among our favorite memories of the week...morning coffee on the dock, family dinners, and beautiful sunsets on a very peaceful part of the lake. Thanks, Sharon and Carlos, for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cherry Hill, NJ

Beautiful home on a great section of Lake Gaston

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Pura Vida for the week of 8/4 - 8/11 to celebrate my husband's birthday and retirement. My kids and extended family came from different states to surprise him. It was my first time In Lake Gaston as well as many of my family members and we truly loved it. We were a total of 16 and we all fit comfortably. The house is beautiful and we enjoyed the decor throughout the house. Everyday we noticed a new saying or piece of furniture that made us smile.

The house is located in a great section of the lake with less boat traffic which was great. We rented a boat for a couple of days, went fishing, swimming, and also jet skiing. We had family game nights and we took turns cooking. The best part is that the owners are very responsive when we had any questions and even send someone out to fix one of the beds.

We truly are grateful for such a great week. Thank you Sharon & Carlos for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best spot on the lake!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our three dogs stayed at Pura Vida and absolutely loved it! The setting was absolutely gorgeous - what a wonderfully landscaped path to the lake! As others have mentioned, it is most definitely the best spot on the lake for the amazing sunsets! And really it's a wonderful location overall. The house is beautiful, well kept, and has so many interesting things to look at - we loved the art and the culture! It was just the two of us, but the layout of the house lends itself well to having many stay at the same time. The house is tucked away at the end of a cul de sac and can't be seen from the road, which is also nice. There were people staying at the house right next door, but the properties are laid out in a way that we couldn't see or hear them - it was very secluded and private. We cooked out every evening and ate on the huge deck where we also watched the sunset every night.

We rented a boat for the week which we were able to keep at the dock. The lake is huge with so much shoreline, we saw something new on the lake every day while on the boat. We rented from Holly Grove Marina which is right across the lake from Pura Vida but about a 30 minute drive. They were very nice to deal with.

We didn't venture far from the house (aside from on the boat), as the house had everything we needed! What a wonderful, relaxing vacation - we loved everything about it!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed relaxing week with family (12 in all)

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the home, relaxed on the dock, kids and adults as well as family dog relaxed swimming. Did some kayaking, jet skiing, and fishing (didn't catch enough for a fish fry!) Beds were comfortable, living area inviting, kitchen has everything! We like to cook and eat at home, so were very happy!!Grill big enough to prepare for large group! Very quiet and relaxing!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time with Great Friends!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home to celebrate our recent marriage with our closest friends. The house provided the perfect backdrop for our weekend. There was plenty of space for everyone, the kitchen was well equipped, the views were incredible, and décor was incredibly unique! We had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hampton Roads Virginia

Another Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

For the second time in two years our families spent a week at Pura Vida. The experience is just wonderful. Sharon and Carlos are great hosts and helped us with all our concerns , questions, and even special needs. The location on the quiet end of the lake is just what we needed-- very quiet and peaceful. The home has everything for a large group to enjoy wonderful meals and hours of beautiful days on the dock (Shade or Sun is your choice). We cought catfish right in front of the house , went tubing, water skied, jet skied, kayaked, and waited patiently for the stunning sunsets every night. Key West sunsets have nothing on these at Pura Vida. We are making this our annual event and will keep coming back as long as we can. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $550

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.

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