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Great Escape! Spectacular Lake Front Views, Covered Dock, Gentle Slope!!!

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Bracey - Great Escape on Lake Gaston

Lake House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, (Sleeps 19)

Relax at the Great Escape, one of the best rental homes on lake Gaston! This lake house has 486 feet of shoreline on a unique peninsula lot with spectacular lake views from three sides of the home! One side has a protected cove for your kids to swim with minimal boat traffic at your dock with 10 feet deep water (enough to jump from sundeck). Outside your quiet cove, you have 1.5 miles of an awesome cove to ski, wakeboard and fish. You also have a covered dock with boat lift plus 2 jet ski lifts. You can rest assured your boat will be protected from rain and wake chop.

This lake house has it all: spectacular views from 3 sides of the home, deep water at dock, gentle slope only 30 yards from the back deck of the home and a quiet dock area to swim without worrying about your kids getting run over by a jet ski or having hundreds of wakes hammer your boat.

The home is a beautiful, brick, two story contemporary home with first floor master and laundry. There are 5 bedrooms, loft game room, rec room, screened in porch and 3 1/2 baths. Total square footage is 4000. Internet WI-FI, DirecTV, whole home DVR, great cell service for Verizon and land phone line is included.

Bedroom configurations are:

Master King Suite #1 - First floor luxurious master suite with king bed, balcony to deck, lake views on 2 sides and full private bath with lake views and walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom #2 - First floor bedroom has queen bed, full bath, lake view and office desk with laser printer.

First floor bedroom #3 - First floor guest bedroom has a queen bed next to full bath.

Second floor bedroom #4 - Upstairs bedroom has a queen bed with lake view next to full bath.

Second floor bedroom #5 - Upstairs bunk room with 3 sets of bunk beds (6 twin beds) plus 1 twin bed and access to full bath down hall.

Loft - Upper level has loft with 3 twin beds and 1 futon (over looking kitchen/great room).

Rec Room - Upstairs rec room has 1 twin bed with flat screen, DirecTV and whole home DVR service.

Main level great room has 10 chair dining table convenient with kitchen and large deck overlooking lake. The kitchen has new stainless steel refrigerator (with 2 ice makers) and granite counter tops. Great room has Hi Def flat screen TV with blue tooth enabled sound bar and blue ray player. The deck spans the width of the home and has a drop down section designed to lower the hand rail allowing awesome views of the lake from the upper deck and inside the home. The deck also has a Weber gas grill, Weber charcoal grill and 5 person dining table with umbrella.

The home is on a secluded 1.5 acre lot. There is a gently sloping stone walkway from house to the covered double boathouse with one lift for renter, sundeck, 2 jet ski lifts and paddle boat for renter. The concrete parking lot has a basketball hoop.

The Great Escape is located on Great Creek in the northwest quadrant of Lake Gaston. The home is a 10 minute drive from I-85. Great winery and golf only a few miles away.

What is the water skiing like in Great Creek? The creek is protected from the main lake by a no wake zone and box culvert. That keeps many of the main lake yahoos out of our 'private' creek. With 1.5 mile run, it makes a perfect spot for slalom skiing and wakeboarding. It's not uncommon to see some barefooting and great slalom skiing in the mornings. The jet skis and tubes generally don't come out until 11:00 AM.

How is the fishing in Great Creek? The fishing is pretty good right from the dock at the home. Bream (Blue Gill) and catfish are easy to catch from the dock. We also have large mouth bass all around the docks in the creek. There are many bass tournaments that run out of the nearby Holly Grove Marina and many of the fishermen tell me our cove is as good as any at holding large mouth 'keepers'. The main lake offers a variety of good fishing spots including large grass fields as you head up into the river.

How is the boat traffic in Great Creek? During the week is generally good throughout the day. The weekends in the summer can get busy in the creek between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. When it gets too much boat traffic to ski or wakeboard, you can get into calm water in the river in about 20 minutes. Going out of Great Creek and heading north, you enter the river portion of Lake Gaston. The river offers miles of calm water, straight runs and deep water (26 feet). Since the water comes from the bottom of Kerr Lake, the water is cool which is refreshing in the heat of the summer. Deep, cool water as calm as butter is awesome for skiing and boarding.

Do you rent any water toys? We have 2 stand up paddle boards available for rent. Cost is $150 for one and $275 for both. They are 10'8" Isle boards with adjustable paddles.

Lake Gaston is one of the truly superior lakes in the country, located in the piedmont area of northern NC and southern VA. It covers 20,300 acres, 34 miles long, and has over 350 miles of shoreline. The lake has very little water level fluctuation year round and has the highest water-quality rating in eastern USA (NC Stream Sanitation Commission, A2 rating). Lake Gaston is well stocked with game fish including striped and largemouth bass, bream, crappie, sunfish, and several varieties of catfish. Lake Gaston has an average depth of 40+ feet (~80+ ft. deep near eastern end at dam).

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Pete Mulligan
Member since: 2011
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21 October, 2016

About Pete Mulligan

We live in Cary, NC. Pete is an IT manager for a contract research organization. Teresa is a retired finance analyst and owns a real estate business.

Pete Mulligan purchased this house in 2015

Why Pete Mulligan chose Lake Gaston

Our family loves the lake life. We rented house boats and homes on different lakes in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. We fell in love with Lake Gaston with the large number of secluded coves for great skiing and constant water level. The boat houses are awesome with power and boat lifts. Our location is convenient to I-85 which avoids long drives through numerous rural towns. You can't beat the lake life on Lake Gaston at the Great Escape!

We purchased a home on Lake Gaston in 2003 that is only 2 lots down from our current home so we know Great Creek and Lake Gaston very well. We upgraded to the new home to provide more finished space, awesome lake views, larger great room, screened in porch and deeper water at the dock.

What makes this house unique

Our home sits on a very unique penisula lot with 486 feet of shoreline. The water views are really awesome (from 3 sides of home) and the yard is filled with beautiful hardwood trees that provide a mix of shade and privacy while still providing excellent views of the water. A gentle slope to the dock, 10 feet deep water, a quiet cove around the dock to swim, shade at both the house deck and the dock sundeck, first floor luxurious master suite, screened in porch, enormous kitchen great room all together make this home truly unique and thus one of the best homes on Lake Gaston. This is The Great Escape!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you again and again! We enjoyed each day of our stay at "The Great Escape". This is our first year staying in VA. We usually stay closer to Littleton but really liked it hear as well. When the lake got too crowded, we just headed up river!

From Raleigh, NC
Jul 2003
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Great Escape! Spectacular Lake Front Views, Covered Dock, Gentle Slope!!!
average rating of 4.7419353 based on 42 reviews

Great Property, Fantastic House, Awesome Owners

  • 5 of 5

We came here with a group of friends for a long relaxing weekend. The pictures don't do this house justice. It comfortably slept and housed 14 of us. The property is huge and very well maintained. It's on a peninsula so you have views of lake on 3 sides. The boat dock is large and was able to accommodate the three boats we brought. Its located on a very low-traffic area of the lake and we made wakeboarding runs up and down right by the house all day. The only thing to be aware of is the very narrow tunnel you need to go through in order to get to the main body of the lake. My 23ft Chaparral Sunesta fit through with 2 inches on either side (recommend you have 3-4 passengers when going through the tunnel. The owner (pete) was extremely responsive on all my questions and had the house ready to roll for us when we got there. Its in a nice quite area and we enjoyed our stay. I highly recommend this property as its one of the nicest we've rented in quite a while. Cheers to Pete for allowing us to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The tunnels, or box culverts, are a blessing in a way and are common on lake Gaston. The four culverts under Hwy 903 are 10 feet wide and about 7 feet high so most boats can get through them without dropping their towers or biminis. While going through can be a bit nerve wracking, culverts reduce boat traffic in our "private" 1.5 mile creek, which we really like. Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Pete and his home are both fantastic. We felt like we had the lake to ourselves and it truly was The Great Escape. The house was clean, much larger than the photos and very welcoming. We have already mentioned the home to friends for future bookings!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home. Comfortable beds - nice arrangement of bedrooms/sleeping areas. Large well appointed kitchen was the center of the great room where everyone gathered. Lake views and access on three sides was fabulous and allowed for fishermen, swimmers, floaters, paddle boards and kayaks to happen all at one time and no one got in anyone's way, Decks were roomy and comfortable. Clean, comfortable, well appointed, well stocked, simply a nice place to go.

We would go back again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It really is an awesome place to paddle. Please come again next year!
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Raleigh, NC

Didn't want to leave!!

  • 5 of 5

The Great Escape was perfect for our annual summer vacation with family! We normally go to the beach and agreed that a lake vacation is way more relaxing and accommodating for all age groups. At the height of our stay, we had 13 people staying (4 of them teenagers and 2 little ones) - there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out! The kitchen was fully stocked with more than enough of what we needed for cooking almost every night. Our two favorite spots to relax were on the top deck area of the boat dock and the fire pit area. Both were great for morning and evening conversations. We never stopped with water activities - the weather was so hot, there was no other place to be than in the water! The location of this property is ideal since it is closed off from the main lake and on a point for spectacular views and calm waters. Thank you, Pete and family, for helping us create wonderful family memories of our own!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The sundeck is a great spot for sure. Even on hot days, the river birch tree provides shade for the sundeck for most of the afternoon. The firepit is a favorite spot for all. Nothing like having a fire at the point with water all around you while enjoying the night sky. Please come back again soon!
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Great 2016 Lake Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great Escape is just that! Our ATT phones had no cell service - not a bad thing! There is a land line for emergencies and also internet connection. Verizon is the service that is available. This is our 1st time at Lake Gaston. The home was beautiful. The lake temp was comfortable. The surrounding area of the home allowed for a lot of bird watching. We were able to have 4 families peacefully co-habitating. The kitchen was able to have too many cooks in the kitchen. The dining room had enough room for the gang of kiddos and the living room had lots of room for napping. We were blessed to have hot, sunny days for water play. We had many firsts - wake boarding, knee boarding, paddle boarding, and also, lots of good food! We are looking forward to booking this "Great Escape" again! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved the home. Great kitchen for those of us stuck there but open to the Great Room and Dining. That way you can see what fun is like! Plenty of space to roam in the house and outside. Loved the screened in porch. Read a book and found some peace.

The deck dive was great for children and Lcompetitive adults. A 3 year old overcame his fears and went for it. Happy camper.

The Goodriches are thankful for "The Great Escape" and new memories. Thanks Mulligans.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The screened in porch is a favorite of ours as well. Great to hear the kids and adults enjoyed jumping off the sundeck. That is a lot of fun. Please come again soon!
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Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bracey, Lake Gaston

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 1 2017
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 4 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £123 + Tax
Pet Fee £123 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £328
Tax Rate 5.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bracey in Southern Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • First Floor Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Spacious main floor master bathroom with custom shower
    First Floor Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , First floor full bath with door to 2nd master and foyer
    Second floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs bathroom with 2 sink vanity
    Main floor half - Toilet , Main floor 1/2 bath next to kitchen
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • First Floor Master 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Luxurious private bath, jet tub, large walk-in closet
    First Floor Master 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd master has direct access to shared full bath
    First floor guest bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Across hall from 2nd master full bath
    Second floor guest bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Next to full bath
    Second floor bunk room bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , 6 Bunk Bed , Three sets of bunk beds plus 1 twin, sleeps 7 adults or kids
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Single Twin Beds (5), Bunk Beds (6 Twins), futon (1)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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