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Dragonfly, Amazing Views & Hot Tub! Kayaks, Firepit, Water Sports-Ideal Getaway

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom + Sitting Rm W/twin/3.5 Baths/Waterfront/Hot Tub/Double Boathouse/WiFi

Dragonfly is a stunning property, perfectly outfitted for a family trip or get-together w/friends! NEW 8 person hot tub!! (OPTIONAL, lockable, included in reservations made after 5/15/18. Bookings before that can add it to their rental). Our guests say the photos don’t do it justice! We include TWO 10' KAYAKS w/paddles & life jackets. We ALSO have a variety of super fun water sports equipment available for rent to help you make the most out of your lake vacation, just inquire. Kids of all ages LOVE them! Sheet rental & lake towels (as of 4/30/18) ARE included.

In Great Creek Landing, 1 mile N of Route 903 in Bracey, VA, on Lake Gaston, Dragonfly is ideally located just 1 mile from the local Holly Grove Marina & 2 miles from the lovely area award-winning winery! Boat or drive to nearby waterfront entertainment or enjoy all the fun at the house. The water, location & amenities are ideal for families & gatherings!

One of us is an architect & the house is newly professionally decorated & stylish w/a comfortable, fresh lakeside vibe keeping comfort & family function in mind! There are so many gathering spaces, everyone will find a cozy & favorite spot. Kids & adults can have their own areas to watch different movies or play while the adults visit. Kids LOVE the bunk room & the fun themed video game area. Many homes advertise 5 bedrooms, but they do not have TWO living areas for families & friends to enjoy different movies or give the kids their own space to hang out. This house is made for indoor and outdoor fun for all ages year-round!

-NEW 8 person HOT TUB (securely locked if not wanted)

-New Weber grill

-TWO Kayaks w/paddles (ask about other water sports available for rent)

-Fire pit w/benches

-Wood burning fireplace

-New stainless steel convection gas range & new stainless fridge w/icemaker & filtered water dispenser (neither yet pictured)

-Complimentary WiFi

-6 flatscreen TV's: dedicated flatscreen for a Wii gaming system & 5 w/expanded Satellite TV service, 55 in flat screen in the basement gaming/hangout room, flat screen in living room, new flat screens in both upstairs bedrms & basement master, Blu-Rays (2), DVD (1).

-Large outdoor deck w/dining area, patio umbrella and separate lounge seating area

-Amazing double boat house w/covered slip for your use

-Space on the dock to tie up additional boats & jet-skis

-2nd covered outdoor dining area at the dock

-Deep water for jumping off the dock

-Shallower water at bulkhead for younger kids & kids at heart who would rather stand than swim

-Water stairs at shallow end to assist young & old getting in/out of water w/out using the dock ladder (unique to Dragonfly!)

-Covered dining & mini fridge on the dock

-Verizon cell signal extender

-Bluetooth stereo

-Foosball table

-Outdoor full-size basketball hoop


-Ping pong table

-Outdoor child swing

-Quiet swimming at the house removed from the traffic path

-Large adjacent open water for tubing or water skiing

(Kids can swim without traffic and our location gives guests the benefit of open water right there for big water sports.)

-Private, gated community boat ramp

-Indoor wall-mounted kids' basketball hoop

-Board games, cards and poker chips

-Child friendly amenities: highchair/pack-n-play/step stools for those traveling with little ones

-Chaise lounges

-Fully equipped kitchen w/gas range, granite counters, stainless appliances

-Seated dining in both the kitchen & dining room indoors

-Open living room/dining room floor plan

-Rinnai hot water heater for endless hot water: all FOUR showers can be run at the same time without running out of hot water!

-Parking for 4-6 cars

-2-car attached garage for bike or scooter storage

-Flat concrete driveway area for playing ball or riding scooters

-Special guest fishing license for guests to fish directly off of our dock w/out the need for their own separate licenses! (saves $60/pp)

As we update the fun from year to year, amenities may change. We also have other fun water equipment for rent!

Some of the interior and exterior upgrades include new decking on the dock, unlimited hot water (so important & unique to our house), new outdoor furniture & all new interior decor! The deck & the dock have both covered, shady areas & sunny options for drying off or soaking up some rays. The deck on the house gets ideal afternoon sun but is nicely shaded for morning coffee & dinners outside. By evening, the firepit is comfortably shaded for s'mores at the firepit! You will truly enjoy the way the sun moves across the property, & you will find this house has one of the nicest boathouses around!

The water at our spot warms up faster in spring than the main lake, & stays warmer longer in fall, extending our season. It is also lovely & calm where we are even when the main lake is choppy. However, we still have the benefits of wider water views, the convenience of a space right by the house for letting loose with the motor boat & having fun tubing/water skiing. Thenmain lake is just 3-5 min away. It's the best of both worlds!

There are 2 boat ramps less than a mile from the house. One is a private gated neighborhood ramp just for our community & guests, the other is Holly Grove Marina just south of Highway 903. We are very convenient to markets, gas & fun!


2 kings (1 California king and 1 Eastern standard king), 2 queens (1 is a loveseat that opens to a queen), 1 double, 3 twins and 2 twin air mattresses, plus additional full size sofas (not sleeper sofas).

Sheets & trash removal are included in the online fee quotes. Guests provide other linens (towels, paper products) & soaps/shampoos.

5 BR (4BR + Sitting Room connected to the Master)/ 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 13-16*. We have comforters & pillows for all rooms, with allergy covers on the mattresses and pillows. The beds each have either a pillow top mattress or mattress topper for added comfort. The master bedrooms upstairs and downstairs each have stunning views of the lake.


Upstairs Master Room 1 & 2 (sitting room) - California King. There is a privacy door between the master & the attached sitting room/vanity area, which has a twin bed. The vanity area has a 72" vanity w/sink, great counter space & a full size tub/shower plus a separate attached, private bathroom w/ toilet, 2nd shower and 2nd sink. This area is considered a 2 room suite, ideal for families.

Upstairs Guest Room 3 - Queen

Upstairs Guest Bath - Separate full bath upstairs with tub/shower, & 6 foot long vanity w/lots of counter space.


Main Floor Guest Room 3 - Twin over Full size bunk with Twin trundle. Stairs, not a ladder, go up to the bunk! This is a favorite hangout for kids but can easily accommodate a family.

There is a 1/2 bath on the main floor.


Basement Master Guest Room 5 - King bed, standard East Coast King size.

Loveseat in front of gaming TV flips out to a queen.

Full bathroom with tub/shower just off the basement guest room.

*Additional Sleeping Options:

The large, cozy finished basement has a comfy sectional sofa & plenty of space for an air bed or slumber party set-up for kids! Our experience is that air beds are far more comfortable than sleeper sofas (hate those bars in your back!). The air mattresses have the added bonus of offering flexible placement to best suit families.

The upstairs master bedroom & the main floor living area each have comfortable sofas for overflow sleeping (for single use, not sleeper sofas). The sectional in the game room downstairs would sleep two small children or 1 adult. The rooms are all spacious & several have enough floor space for twin air mattresses. Please email us with specific questions regarding how your group will be comfortable at the house. We are happy to help!

Our guest maximum is 13 adults plus children up to a total of 16. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis for infants.

Ideal Location!:

Only 6 minutes from Rte 85, 1-2 miles from 2 convenience grocery stores, 17 minutes from South Hill, VA and Littleton, NC, each with large Food Lion grocery stores. There are restaurants and a lovely winery just a few short minutes from the house which has outdoor music concerts & other fun events & craft shows. Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA (including King's Dominion amusement park & water park) are easy day trips. Nearby South Hill, VA has rainy day activities such as bowling, small movie theater, train museum, farmers' market. For a day trip, it's under 1.5 hrs to Raleigh, NC, or Richmond, VA, or check out the local festivals & quaint shops in nearby historic Clarkesville, VA. **Memorial Day/JULY 4TH HOLIDAY/Labor Day: There are many special events including fireworks for July 4th and live concerts close by for these holidays.

Rent a boat, get ice cream or deli sandwiches at the easy to access marina 1 mile away. Boat or drive to waterfront dining. Enjoy the large, quiet cove swimming right at the house with a large area for tubing or water skiing just 1 house down at the cove's entrance. Only 5 minutes to the main lake for even bigger water if you wish to explore! Kayak or canoe up Great Creek and enjoy the scenery. Have fun trying your skills at fishing off the dock!

Groups w/Small Children:

We have a pack-n-play, highchair, & stepstools for kids at the house for your use. The kitchen has a sizable set of BPA-free plates, cups and kid utensils that are dishwasher safe. The full size twin bed in the upstairs sitting room has optional bed rails that are very easy to add/remove. If you need to contain small roamers, it is simple to section off an area on the main floor that will keep little ones away from stairs & create a level space that includes the powder room, kitchen, living rm and dining rm. Having traveled w/our small children, we know being able to keep them away from stairs can be key! We have a hotel lock on the main door & slider door stops to prevent little ones from exiting unnoticed-safety first

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Owners, Dragonfly
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Owners, Dragonfly

One of us is an architect and certified interior designer, and grew up in Virginia. The other works in IT and is a transplant from Northern NJ. We currently live in Northern Virginia with our two small children. Over time, we have seen the slow transformation of Northern Virginia from areas of rolling hills and barn silos to highways and strip malls. We love to get away to the lake, escape from congestion and have time to focus on nature, life's simple treasures and, well, quiet. On a daily basis we struggle like everyone else to balance the demands of work and our two wonderful small children. Most of the time, we are overworked and overstressed! Unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends is what this lake house is all about! We work incredibly hard to keep this as a perfect place to gather with multiple families or friends. It's an ideal spot!

Owners, Dragonfly purchased this house in 2013

Why Owners, Dragonfly chose Bracey

We had been looking for a special lake house surrounded both by trees and lovely water views for several years as a place to vacation and share with others. Finding Lake Gaston, which enjoys consistent water levels and fixed docks, only about 3.25 hours from our main home has been ideal. The weather is often 10-12 degrees warmer than in Northern VA, and this particular spot enjoys 6-8 degrees warmer lake water than main lake properties, yet we have the benefit of large water right next to the house. We don't have to worry about high speed traffic with the kids swimming, and we love taking the boat down to the marina a mile away for an ice cream cone on a summer's day. The house fit our needs with plenty of space for multiple families, two great gathering spaces, hardwood floors and a real treehouse feel. It's truly our reprieve from the hustle and bustle of normal work and life! Having a lovely winery 2 miles away with special events and dinners is a big plus! We enjoy the convenience from Rte 85, and even the drive on 85 is more pleasant than 95 S. We love the terracing and gorgeous stone walls, and evenings on the deck or dock.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the protection of the wide cove, with the views of bigger water and land with a lush canopy of trees. We love the view back of the house from the dock with the stacked stone landscaping walls and the covered eating area on the dock. We saw several homes that were nice houses but had horrible water views or bad water depth, but here we enjoy 8'-9' deep water off the end of the dock with gorgeous views in a fabulous lake location! The craftsman style touches of beadboard wainscot in the foyer and stair, the beadboard ceiling in the kitchen, the open floor plan, the beautiful staircase, the vaulted living room ceiling, 85' of shoreline, flat concrete play space on the front of the house and many other features all made this property an ideal choice for our family. Two of our bedrooms have king sized beds, and we have no issue with hot water thanks to our Rinnai on demand hot water system.

As owners, one of us in the design profession, we are adding so many new elements and updates both inside and out! Many of these are not yet pictured as we are constantly updating faster than we can take the current pictures, and we add wonderful touches every year! We re-landscaped the back yard and outfitted the deck and dock for summer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Bracey, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bath, main level - toilet
    Guest Bath, lower level - toilet , bath with shower
    Master Bath - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , 2 sinks/long counter/tub-shower &separate shwr/enclsd toilet
    Guest Bath, upstairs - toilet , bath with shower , Spacious vanity counter with sink.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Master Sitting Area - 1 single bed
    Guest Room 1 - 1 large double bed
    Guest Room 2 - 1 double bed , 1 child bed , 1 bunk bed , Twin over full, with pull out twin trundle bed.
    Guest Room 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed , Gaming area loveseat turns into queen, see notes below.
  • In addition to the beds above, we have a queen sized loveseat in the gaming alcove that sleeps two more (not a designated bedroom), and two twin air mattresses that you can place where it suits your group best. We also have a Graco Pack-n-Play and 3 other full length sofas (not sleeper sofas). There is plenty of floor space in gathering rooms and the bedrooms to accommodate extra air mattresses. Note for coordinating your linens that the king upstairs is a California King and the king in the finished basement bedroom is a standard king. The twin off the Master is in the Sitting Room, and is separated by a door. It also has optional bed rails, but is a full size twin.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. You will love swimming and fishing off the dock, or exploring in watercraft!


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average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Our whole family loved the lake house. We will be coming back to Lake Gaston again.

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice. It had plenty of things to do for the kids. The water trampoline was a hit for all who came. The kitchen was very well stocked. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean.... stunning view

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying at the lake house. Just like the last time, we enjoyed every minute of our stay. Part of our enjoyment stems from the people that we spent time with, but a great deal of our enjoyment stems from this house just being so perfect and knowing that our guest would also enjoy it. On our 2nd day, it rained all day, but it didn't take anything away from our stay because there was still so much to do and enjoy inside. We will return again, and again, and again. Thanks for opening your house to us. It felt like home.

  • Review Submitted: 19/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ashburn, VA

Beautiful House w/Great Lake access - fish off the dock!

  • 5 of 5

6 adults & 6 children rented this amazing house over Columbus Day weekend. We also rented the water trampoline/slide which was a huge hit! The weather held up & it was about 80 & cloudy all weekend with a little rain here & there. We loved the kayaks, huge dock/boathouse, & fire pit for outdoor fun. The water was nice & deep for the kids to jump in off the dock. We literally spent hours out there lounging on the comfortable chairs. We brought lunch down both days & ate at the table there. The house itself was very clean & comfortable. Nice showers. Beds were nice. We enjoyed the Weber grill on the deck & the kitchen had everything you need to cook with (maybe a better whisk & a good knife?). We played ping pong in the garage, corn hole downstairs, basketball & some board games too. The basement has a huge, cozy sectional & a nice TV that the kids loved. The only complaint would be that the fridge didn’t have an ice dispenser so we had to keep going to the store to get ice (we knew this before we rented). The Dollar General is very close to the house.

The owners were wonderful & patient. I had lots of questions that they answered promptly & in detail. They truly want their renters to have a great time & were very helpful.

The day we got there the kids started asking about coming back next year. The adults soon agreed! Perfect long weekend with friends. We made many great memories, especially the kids catching huge catfish off the dock. It was so much fun & we can’t wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 21/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! We love hearing about all the fun our guests have at Dragonfly and the amazing fish catches! We always welcome feedback so we can make the house better all the time, and we are happy when guests email us directly with more detail about what they need at the house. In addition to the 2 dozen steak knives, there is a knife block with high end knives at the house, but many guests with small children relocate it to the top of the pantry or elsewhere to keep it out of little ones' reach...and then it's out of sight for the next guest. We encourage guests to reach out while at the house if there is anything needed. As for the whisk, we have one nylon and one metal, so just drop us a separate direct email about what else you needed. Kitchens are important, and we are always willing to add to our arsenal of well stocked supplies! Looking toward 2018, we give our great past guests first right of refusal on their dates for the following year until mid-January, so let us know if you plan a return trip to secure your stay! Thanks again, and Happy New Year!
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Fantastic property in a darling part of Virginia

  • 5 of 5

My gal pals and I take a weekend trip every year and this was the perfect location for a relaxing vacation with close friends. There is an adorable winery just a few minutes away and the lake and dock are perfect for lounging and cooling off. The house was beautifully decorated and very clean. The owners were easy to communicate with and made themselves available to us as we had questions. We look forward to utilizing this property again for future trips!

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bridgewater, nj

Relaxation in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

Our annual multi-generational family trip found us at Dragonfly this year and we couldn't have been happier! From the moment of booking, the owners have been wonderful to deal with and so responsive. The home was immaculate, spacious and very comfortable. The only piece I wasn't sure of (and could have asked beforehand but didn't) was the bedroom setup - the two master bedrooms are on either the floor above or the floor below the main living area. So, for our group, the stairs were a bit of an issue, but just a minor one, the solid banisters helped. Also, we didn't really get use out of the 5th bedroom since it was right off of the larger upstairs master bedroom, which was occupied by the grandparents in the group, and my teenage daughter wasn't really interested sleeping off of their bedroom and bathroom. However, for families with younger children, this could be a great option. With several blow up and alternate mattresses available, sleeping arrangements, even without the use of the 5th bedroom, were a non-issue. The kitchen is well-stocked and more open to the dining and living areas than what is depicted in the pictures, so this too was another pleasant surprise. Sitting out on the back deck and on the dock was thoroughly enjoyable especially on the breezy days. Since there is only one fridge in the kitchen, the fact that there is a separate mini fridge down at the dock was an added bonus. It's thoughtful details like this that really made Dragonfly special. We will hope to be back again someday. Our group took advantage of swimming every day in the nice warm lake, sun bathing, cooking s'mores at night in the fire pit, and barbecuing several dinners. The pictures of the property are lovely and still don't do Dragonfly justice. It was even lovelier than the pictures. Our best lake house rental to date by far! And a great big THANK YOU to the owners!

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte 85
Car: necessary

Go strawberry or blueberry picking nearby in-season, or visit award winning Rosemont winery for at tasting or tour, just 5 minute away! Take a day trip to theme parks and water parks toward Richmond or Raleigh, including children's museums and lovely family parks great for kids. Visit nearby Clarkesville, Virginia's only waterfront town with quaint shops, restaurants and festivals. There are arts and crafts, holiday, and unique seasonal fairs and festivals at various times year 'round. King's Dominion amusement park and water park is near Richmond, and Busch Gardens amusement park and Water Country USA are roughly 2 hrs away. Explore the walking Tobacco Trail nearby, or relax watching a movie on the large flat screen TV. There's so much to do at the house on rainy days (cornhole, indoor pingpong, foosball, games, poker chips, cards, movies, video games), but nearby South Hill has bowling and a small movie theatre. Check out the festivals and events in nearby historic Clarkesville, VA's first waterfront town, or just enjoy the charming shops. Go explore area flea markets or have a drink or meal at one of the several waterfront restaurants. The 4th of July is lake life at its best, with fireworks from the main bridge on Lake Gaston and at the winery!! Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day feature live band concerts on the lawn at the winery which are always fun events!


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$235.92
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$505.54

For those booking <30 days prior to arrival, we request full payment at time of booking. If you are bringing your own boat(s), please verify the boat width is under 10'0" (120") wide. Our second dock slip available for your use is approximately 25.5 feet long. Additional boats can be easily tied up alongside the dock. If renting, Holly Grove Marina says their boats are all under 10ft W (most are, as towable is 8'6" wide).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.