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Cozy, Lakefront Log Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath Home With Panoramic Lakefront Views

Welcome to Hobo Haven! Hobo Haven, our family-built home named after our beloved dog Hobo, is a charming log cabin located on two acres on Lake Gaston in Bracey, Virginia. Our three story, three bedroom, three bath home is a classic log cabin, featuring plank hard wood floors, wood beam ceilings, and, of course, beautiful hand-hewn log walls.

Our home boasts three covered and one uncovered decks, all with beautiful views of the lake. It also features a large screened-in porch, perfect for eating lunch on a warm summer day. These covered outside spaces allow you to enjoy the outdoors even in the case of bad weather. The fully equipped, open concept kitchen is ideal for preparing any meal, and features a dinning room table with seating for ten, perfect for a lovely family dinner. Even on a cool autumn or winter day, cozy up next to one of two beautiful stone fireplaces, one located in the kitchen, the other in the second story family room area. Despite being a rustic log cabin, Hobo Haven still has standard modern luxuries we’ve come to expect, including four 32-inch flat screen TVs, cable, telephone, air conditioning, and heat.

Bedroom/sleeping Details:

• Master Bedroom (Second Floor)—1 double bed, with access to outside covered deck

• Bedroom One—(Third Floor Loft)—1 double bed, one twin bed

• Bedroom Two—(Third Floor)—1 double bed, with direct access to Jack and Jill bathroom

• One high quality, queen, blowup mattress is included. There is plenty of floor space available, if you’d like to bring additional air mattresses.

• Two full couches, one loveseat

Public boat launch is minutes away, both driving and by water, at the Holly Grove Marina. With one boat and two Jet Ski lifts there is more than enough room for your boats to be secured and protected from the elements. A huge sun deck above the lifts provides amazing, panoramic water views and great sunning opportunities. Water depth off the dock is about 14 feet, plenty deep for diving, swimming, floating and fishing. Water depth at the steps going into the water is between 3-4 feet deep, making it easy for children and pets to get in and out of the water. Please keep in mind, this rental does not include a boat. Boat rentals are available on the lake.

Nearby attractions and conveniences:

• 2 minutes away from Holly Grove Marina (food, drink, bait/tackle, boat launch, gas, air, etc.)

• 20 minutes away from Food Lion, ABC store, Wal-Mart and several fast food and more upscale dining options—all located in South Hill, Virginia

• 7 minutes away from Rosemont of Virginia Winery

• 5 minutes away from Tanglewood Shores Golf and Country Club

• 11 minutes away from River Ridge Golf course

• 20 minutes away from Pino’s Pizza, Food Lion, ACE Hardware, etc. all in Littleton, NC

• 5 miles from Interstate 85 providing easy access to nearby cities and towns

• Close access to the Tobacco Heritage Trail and Liberty Hill Hiking Trail

We prefer rentals to be from Friday-Friday.

*Additional holiday booking fees may apply.

Getting married, or know someone who is? Please ask us for more information about hosting a wedding at our home. We've had four weddings and one engagement take place on our property, and we love the idea of sharing our home for these special life moments. We'd also be happy to refer you to a rental company for all your wedding needs. Pictures are available upon request.

More Details

Gail Cox or Jennifer Thomas
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2017

About Gail Cox or Jennifer Thomas

I'm new to VRBO, but I'm excited for the opportunity to share the home that brings my family and me so much joy with you! I'm from Richmond, Virginia where I still live today. I have two adult daughters and am currently fostering a 5 year old child, which keeps me very busy!

Why Gail Cox or Jennifer Thomas chose Lake Gaston

This home was built by my father who was in construction. My ex-husband and I, as well as other family members, also helped in building the home. My daughter also just had her wedding at our home, which was very special and fun for all of us. For these reasons, the home has a very special place in my heart. It's been a place where my family and I have made many happy memories, and where we'll continue to in years to come. It's a very relaxing retreat from my busy life, and I hope it will be for you as well.

What makes this house unique

What I love most about this home, aside from the sentimental aspects of it, is the unique log cabin style. It's not every day that you see a true log cabin, but this is it. I love the way the sun glistens off the wood and tin roof on a bright day. I love the vaulted, wood beam ceilings. I love the decks surrounding the house providing panoramic views of the water. I love the brick walkways that contribute to the rustic feel of the home. There's nothing that I enjoy more than sitting on the porch swing, drinking a cup of hot tea while looking out onto the peaceful lake.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Access to side deck and bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Access to bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Loft Bedroom
    Living Space - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 Bunk Bed , Queen sleeper sofa, 2 twin beds (bunk bed)
    Other Sleeping Accommodations - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Double Bed , 1 queen air mattress, 2 double air mattresses
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • marina
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

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Cozy, Lakefront Log Cabin
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful Location for a Wedding

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely beautiful. The grounds is gorgeous and the scenery is perfect! My daughters wedding was all that she dreamed. The family was very accommodating and helpful.

My family all want to come back and spend their vacation here one day.

Thank you for a Wonderful Memories

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC

Amazing cabin on the water!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible weekend with friends! We can't say enough about this place. Looking forward to coming back with the family. Thank you so much for the memories!!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina

Unique charming house that sits perfectly on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a long Christmas weekend at this wonderful home. The house is lovely - rustic and elegant at the same time. The house has character and a unique charm.

There are so many things we liked about the house --

Many gathering spaces inside the house

Well stocked kitchen

Terrific outdoor spaces with many porches and patios

A multi-level dock with built in seating

Easy access to the interstate

Large drive with plenty of parking

Nice large yard

House sits at the end of dead end road

Lake views from most rooms

We enjoyed our stay and loved this house!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax, VA

Great Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent time in this cozy cabin. We had everything we needed for a great stay and the views over the lake are so relaxing. The owners were quick to respond to pre-trip inquires and provided all the information we needed to navigate around the house. We look forward to coming again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend getaway with fabulous views!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented "Hobo Haven" for a weekend getaway to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. Upon arriving I knew we had picked the right spot. The grounds are wonderful, secluded, and laid out to make the most out of every area. From the woods to walk in, the fire pit area, the gazebo, to the dock, each area worked great for us. The house was cozy, with the rich history of craftsmanship evident everywhere you looked. Gail and Jennifer were wonderful and very accommodating to work with. We have already talked about possibly booking for the holidays if available.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cabin, wonderful water, terrific fenced-in yard for the dogs, too many spiders

  • 4 of 5

We visited for 5 days in late September, and spent more time indoors than we wished because it rained... and rained. The property is well-described - the log cabin is very charming - and quirky- inside and out. Ceilings are low and dark on the first level. There are many doors, porches and decks to get outside and enjoy the lake. Our two dogs LOVED both swimming off the dock stairs and running loose in the fenced in yard. The amount of lake frontage is remarkable. Inside we had plenty of room. Bathrooms were fine, as were the bedrooms. We really appreciated the offer to use what was on hand in the kitchen (spices, condiments, etc.). The kitchen was well stocked for cooking and serving meals. As some others have noted, the light switch and outlet locations can be quirky, but we figured them out quickly. The sun did finally come out on the last day, and the place came into its own! Swimming in the lake was heavenly.

The house felt like it had not been thoroughly organized for a while - there was a lot of clutter, spiderwebs everywhere, a number of missing/burned out bulbs, a large lead acid battery left on the porch, a few missing gates or railings (to the second story deck, and top level of boat deck), some kitchen equipment that should be updated (the oven, lots of "sharp" knives, but none really). It would have been nice to find some empty drawers in bedrooms for us to unpack into, but all were full.

The main draw here is being at the lake, and it is beautiful. This place is charming, and has a wonderful setting. Taking care of the maintenance items would make it 5-star.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We will certainly look into the missing railings that you describe. There is a missing railing section on the top deck to allow people to jump off easily so that is intentional, but that's the only railing that should be missing. With that said, small children and pets should be watched closely on the top deck. As far as organization goes, we do organize the house every time we’re there, but with renters coming in and out, we recognize that items don’t always get put away in the most organized fashion. If ever you cannot find something, we’re always available via phone. As far as storage/drawer space, we do keep at least a couple of drawers empty for renters, if all linens are put away properly. With that said, this is our second home and we do keep some of our own clothes in the home. If you’re the type of person who wants a full closet/dresser for unpacking, this may not be the rental for you. As far as the stove and other kitchen updates, the kitchen has a brand new refrigerator and dishwasher. The stove and microwave aren’t brand new, but have always worked for us without issue, and we cook 3 meals a day when we’re visiting. We just got brand new cutlery, however we will look into getting new, sharper knives. The burnt out lightbulbs is something we’re aware of, but unfortunately there’s little we can do. The wiring is old and not meant for today’s lightbulbs which causes them to blow easier than normal. We always keep extra lightbulbs in the house for this very reason. Lastly, we do treat for spiders and other insects monthly, but unfortunately when the house isn’t lived in every day, spiders do take up residence overnight. This is mainly an issue on the outside patios and dock area. We keep a broom on the dock to knock their webs down in the mornings. Thanks again for all the suggestions!
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Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
South Hill, Gasburg
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
South Hill, Henrico
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Marina, for boat,jet ski rental and ramp
Car: necessary

The house is located about 5 miles off of I-85 and about 1 mile away from Holly Grove Marina (8826 Highway Nine O Three, Bracey, VA 23919)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bracey, Southern Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
5 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £57.71
Property Damage Protection £60.78
Pet Fee £38.47
Refundable Damage Deposit £153.88

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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