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

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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 500 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 family 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 a jet ski lift. 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 (one for renter) 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.

Checkin time is 4:00 PM and checkout 11:00 AM EST. Pets are considered, $150 per pet, must be crated trained and have flea/tick applied 30 days prior to stay. No smoking in home or screened in porch. Max occupancy is 19. Parties over 19 people are not allowed due to septic system limits and limited parking. Primary renter must be over 25 years old.

Pillows, blankets and comforters are provided. Sheets and towels can be rented for an additional $200.

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 any water toys? We provide a 2 person peddle boat and 2 floating lounge chairs. 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, perch 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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More Details

Pete Mulligan & Teresa McLaughlin
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Pete Mulligan & Teresa McLaughlin

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 & Teresa McLaughlin purchased this house in 2015

Why Pete Mulligan & Teresa McLaughlin chose Bracey

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bracey in Mecklenburg County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Approved dog(s) must be crated at night or whenever left alone in the home. Pets must have flea/tick medication applied 30 days before arrival.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • 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 19 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 ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 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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Great Escape! Spectacular Lake Front Views, Covered Dock, Gentle Slope!!!
average rating of 4.8301888 based on 64 reviews

Amazing House - great owner and fully stocked for fun and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We just love this house, it's the best house we've rented on Lake Gaston thus far. The owner Pete is very organized and easy to work with and the house is fully stocked with anything you need from kitchen supplies to games and has tons of room/storage. We had 4 families go and had plenty of room and were never on top of each other. One of the best things about this house is the yard and water access/view. It's incredible. Water on 3 sides and you are in an area that is away from a lot of boat traffic. Our kids had a BLAST! They loved jumping off the upper deck of the dock (even the parents did it too!) and I'm so glad we rented the paddle boards. The kids learned it very easily and even out-of -shape adults were able to use the paddle boards and had fun. The fire pit area was a favorite, plenty of comfortable chairs and it's right on near the water which was so great. We also really enjoyed the ping pong table and corn hole boards. I can't say enough good things about this house, we can't wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great home, and amazing views.

Owner is very responsive and accommodating. Will be choosing this property soon!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC

Great House/Location

  • 5 of 5

Hosted a weekend here for friends and family and it was so nice! The owner is extremely helpful, communicative, and responsive. We went during the off-season, and it was still an ideal house with a wonderful view of the lake.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures of this house and the property do not do it justice. It is absolutely beautiful. The house is extremely comfortable and well kept. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked with every pot, pan, bowl or utensil you will ever need. We had 6 adults and 4 children and were more than comfortable. We all enjoyed exploring outside, s'mores by the fire, corn hole, pingpong and of course a trip to Rosemont winery. The owner was very responsive during our stay and checked in to ensure all was running smoothly. We thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful, peaceful fall getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Great Escape on Lake Gaston lives up to all it says on the VRBO site.

  • 5 of 5

The Great Escape is surrounded by water on 3 sides with sunrise and sunset enjoyment. It was perfect for our fall family reunion, with amusements for all generations, paddle boat, corn hole, ping pong, 2 TVs with all the attachments, fire pit, games, etc. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and there is a huge pantry that made organization easy. The owners quickly responded to text message questions. The children of all ages enjoyed the big 2nd floor with many sleeping options while the parents slipped into the comfortable downstairs bedrooms. I am highly interested in staying here again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Vacation Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Great Escape! The home is beautiful, spacious, well kept, bright, full of various hang-out areas, and has a superior exterior location with copious activities available! The fire-pit is right at the tip of a peninsula overlooking the water tributary which is only a short distance to the main lake (easily reached by paddle board). Ping pong, two sets of corn hole, and basketball kept us entertained while we weren't on the water. The owner was super friendly and ultra-quick to respond and help us with any questions that arose before, during, and after our stay. I highly recommend this home as a top getaway choice for your vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Watersview Restaurant
Boat or drive to this restaurant. It has great view of the lake with amble outdoor seating ...
Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Awesome winery only 5 minute drive away. Call first as they may have a wedding or other pri...
Morningstar Marinas
Largest marina on the lake.
The Pointe & Tiki Hut at Lake Gaston
Perfect place to stop for an ice cream or casual lunch. They have gas at the dock and also ...
Holly Grove Marina
Only 1 mile away. They have gas at the road and dock. They rent pontoon boats and a well s...
Simmons Travel Center
Best price on gas in Bracey. They also have a Dunkin Donuts and is next to a Huddle House. ...
ACE Hardware of Lake Gaston
Great hardware store.
Shady Shack Grill
Best bar on the lake. Great bar food and atmosphere. Boat or drive over to this bar at the...
J B Jones Co & Bakery
Great place to order a cake for a special occasion.
Top This Pizza
Great pizza and they deliver!
Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £130.29
Pet Fee £111.68
Damage Deposit £297.8

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.