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Book now for Labor Day week-end - Swansboro and Emerald Isle

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Swansboro is the Gateway to the wonderful Crystal Coast. Just a short ride to Emerald Isle - and the incredible white sands of the other beaches all the way up to Atlantic Beach. Our home provides you with the perfect sanctuary to come back to after a day at the beach, at day fishing or just discovering all the things that are available to visitors to the area.

Make your base at our comfortable home and explore the area.

Just some of the things to do -

Arts By the Sea - This event is held annually on the second Saturday in June each year, featuring arts, crafts, and entertainment. Spend an early summer day walking the waterfront streets of downtown Swansboro and enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade.

July 4th Fireworks - A spectacular display of fireworks over the White Oak River. Swansboro and Cedar Point partner to make this event one your sure to remember. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy music by the sea before the grand event. Food vendors in attendance.

Swansboro Hook and Bones Redfish Open - This event is held annually on the second weekend of August. This is the largest single day Redfish Tournament in North Carolina and is sure to provide a fun-filled day for the entire family. A variety of prizes and cash payout are awarded, including a guaranteed $5,000 1st Place Award.

The Mullet Festival - This annual event begins with a parade down Hwy 24 through Swansboro. Following the parade make your way downtown where vendors of all types line the streets to display their goods. Music is provided at different bandstands throughout the day. Fun for all ages to be had. Arts/crafts, kids area and, of course, a mullet fry. Event dates are the second Saturday and Sunday in October.

Swansboro By Candlelight - Start your holiday shopping in downtown historic Swansboro. Enjoy hot apple cider as you walk along streets lined with luminaries, entertainment and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Olde Towne Square. Please visit the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Christmas Flotilla - Don't miss this spectacular parade of lights from the White Oak River. The parade begins at dusk and remember Santa Claus is sure to make his way on deck for a special visit. Held annually on a Friday evening after Thanksgiving. Rain date is Saturday.

The Southern Outer Banks - and especially the Crystal Coast is one of the most incredible areas of the United States. From pristine beaches to turtle preserves there are so many incredible natural wonders in the area. Make Swansboro your home base and explore the area. Our home provides a great location to relax after these activities - whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, exploring historical sites like Fort Macon, love the outdoors activities like Kayaking - we have all your needs taken care of. Just added an outdoor shower so that you can come in from the beach - rinse off and enjoy a cool drink on one of the decks.

During the season we are only accepting weekly rentals - but you will find that time too short! Once we get past Labor Day we are doing week-end special deals so remember to ask about what is new that week.

Enjoy the beauty of the area by kayak - take the walking tour around Swansboro - our house is on the listing of historic locations - you will be staying in living history!

Book now for the best of coastal living - even though we are at the end of Summer there is so much to do in the Fall - and Swansboro is full of surprises over the Holidays! Christmas and New Year are special at the coast - the town dresses up and so do we!

Located in the historic district of Swansboro, a popular waterfront village on the ICW (Inter Coastal Waterway) at the mouth of the White Oak river, this house is perfectly located. Marine families love to stay here when visiting loved ones at Camp Lejeune - and make the most of the area at the same time! Providing easy access to all beaches, the house is located in downtown Historical Swansboro. With water views (and close proximity to 2 marinas) the house is adjacent to all the restaurants, bars, unique gift and antique shops, fishing piers and boat docks. It is a short drive to Emerald Isle beach - or bring your boat, dock it at the local marina within walking distance and travel by boat to Bear Island to enjoy quiet, unspoilt Hammocks Beach.

Built in 1905 and known as 'The Methodist Parsonage', this home has been lovingly restored and updated to create a welcoming environment with all the comforts of home for both long and short stays, including computer station and WIFI. Swansboro is surrounded by nature reserves, salt marshes and small islands ideal for kayaking, jet skiing and fishing, and has easy access to the ocean for deep sea fishing. It is just a short boat or ferry ride to Bear Island and Hammocks Beach.

Spend valuable time with military family and friends at this unique home in Swansboro, a short drive to Camp Lejeune. With it's well equipped kitchen and large dining room the house is ideal for festive meals and entertaining. The Swansboro/Emerald Isle area is a popular destination for short and long stays.

There are many festive events in Swansboro, when the historic district hosts many festivals and celebrations that take place year round. Starting with special events in the Spring, there is always something going on in Swansboro - the Arts Festival in June, Fireworks on the 4th of July (a treat for the family), and the Mullet Festival is the highlight of the fall - taking place the second week-end of October. Live bands, local delicacies, crafts and unique gifts for sale - there is something for everyone.

And between these special events there is always something to do. Enjoy a cup of morning coffee on the secluded back deck, nestled in a private fenced garden or walk or cycle to the village coffee shop where they serve freshly baked pastries. Spend the day on the nearby beaches or fishing the local waters. Prepare a feast of local seafood in the modern kitchen and share it with friends in the spacious dining room. Enjoy a crisp glass of Chardonnay on the front porch, while the boats pass by on the Intra Coastal Waterway. Make this house your home while you enjoy the true pleasures of Coastal Living.

And if you want to explore the area there are many other things to do - 5 world class golf courses are within easy driving distance; take a fishing charter, rent a kayak and explore the sound; watch the dolphins from Ward's Shore (5 minute walk) or swim/kayak with them in the sound; go horse back riding on the beach, visit Historic Morehead City and Beaufort, go para-sailing, water skiing, jet skiing - the list goes on and on!

For environmentalists and nature lovers there are a myriad of things to do - kayaking, hiking, walking, fishing - the list is endless. One thing to make sure to include is a visit to Bear Island - a short drive and ferry ride from the house. Part of the Hammocks Beach State Park this island will take your breath away. Wide beaches with powdered sugar for sand provide entertainment for all - swimming, shelling or just enjoying the fresh air.

History buffs will enjoy strolling through the area, remember to visit the new Visitor's Center and ask about the walking tour maps now available.(our home is featured on the walking tour) Or take a trip to Morehead City or Beaufort - 20 and 30 minutes away!

If exploration or relaxing and enjoying the water views is not enough, this home offers the modern conveniences of the current millennium. Wireless Internet access, cable TV - the rest of the world is within digital reach.

Discover one of North Carolina's best kept secrets - Swansboro bears the title of 'The Friendly City by the Sea' - and that is just the beginning.

Keywords: House, Historic Home - on historical walking tour

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Carla Reed
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Carla Reed

I literally spend most of my time travelling the world so consider myself a global citizen! My parents moved to South Africa from England and I was born in Johannesburg. Since my early childhood I have had a wanderlust - in fact I recently found a travel journal that I kept when I was 10 years old, and traveling in Mocambique. As a child we had a family 'week-end escape' - a historic country home that had once been an old school house, an asparagus farm and later a week-end retreat . I have fond memories of family gatherings there for holidays and special occasions - as well as simple moments sitting by the river and watching the local birds. We also had a seaside retreat at one time - again, a place for friends and family to get away together and enjoy each other's company.

Since those early days I have literally traveled around the world many times, (That is me in Rio - the one in black) always attempting to find accommodation at small hotels, bed and breakfast and guest houses that reflect the local population and cultural differences of the location. Based on my experiences I have tried to create a 'home from home' for the guests that choose to stay in my house in Swansboro. My goal it to establish a setting in which everyone feels comfortable to put up their feet, relax and unwind - recreating the wonderful escapes of my early youth.

Carla Reed purchased this house in 2000

Why Carla Reed chose Southern Coast

Since relocating to North Carolina in 1990 I have enjoyed the wonderful coastline this state offers. I discovered Swansboro at the end of the 1990's and vowed to secure a piece of this living history. I was fortunate to acquire the 'Methodist Parsonage' in 2000. At that time the almost 100 year old building was faded and worn. Since then I have spent many years restoring the house - and updating it to meet the needs of the 21st Century. I love the atmosphere of this small coastal fishing village - at the gateway to the Crystal Coast. I appreciate the views across the sound, with the passing watercraft serving as a reminder that this is a gateway to many other locations accessible through the Intercoastal Waterway. The close proximity of the beaches of Emerald Isle, Salter Path and Atlantic Beach are another attraction. And then there is the never-ending process of discovering new gems along the waterways - for example, Bear Island with its pristine beaches and turtle nesting grounds, kayaking between the tiny islands of the sound, walking down to Ward's Shore to watch the dolphins - or casting a fishing line. Every day holds a new adventure and surprise - even for those who have called Swansboro home for many years.

And then there are the ongoing Festivals - music and art events, Thanksgiving and Christmas, July 4th festivities. Every month has something to look forward to.

What makes this house unique

One of my favorite things about the house in Elm Street is the proximity to everything. I literally park my car, throw down the keys, and walk everywhere for the time I am down there. The variety of restaurants is surprising for such a small area - Mexican fare with water views, fresh seafood at the Ice House or Captain Charlie, Gourmet Coffee and great sandwiches at the Church Street Deli, a glass of wine at the Irish Pub - or an 'on tap' beer. And across highway 24 - a short walk under the bridge - yet another selection of restaurants with water views and a choice of Italian, American and Family Fare.

And even the men in my family like coming down here - while the women folk explore the many fascinating shops they walk down to the pier with their fishing rods, enjoy a cigar at the local Cigar Lounge or catch up on sports activities with cable TV.

Last - but not least - I love to buy some fresh seafood from Phillips Seafood - a walk across the bridge - and cook up a feast in the modern kitchen - or on the grill in the private back yard.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Carla

Greetings from Gloucester! I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in your sweet and comfortable home. The boys thought it was "awesome' and our son who just returned from Afghanistan greatly appreciated having a "home away from home" to come to. We enjoyed the quaintness and historical atmosphere of Swansboro very much, the farmers' market and shops, along with the beach on Emerald Isle. Especially the warmth of the ocean water which is quite different from the cold temp of the ocean here in Gloucester. I'm so happy your house was available - it really helped to make our stay that much more special

With kind regards

Cindy and family
Aug 2011
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Swansboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • This is an antique house and children must be supervised at all times
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Hotel quality queen beds in all rooms, Pack and play available for use, , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper couch in living room and small sleeper in bedroom 3
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Gourmet Kitchen (just updated) with Glass-top Range, 2 Sleeper Sofas, breakfast room, fenced back yard and ample parking (a luxury in Swansboro)


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average rating of 4.8421054 based on 22 reviews

absolutely charming!

  • 5 of 5

The Reeds have done a remarkable job in creating a very cozy house amid the historic properties of Swansboro. The house was better than we anticipated and the furnishings were very accommodating. We enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend anyone to stay here.

Thanks for making our father's 100th birthday a celebration to remember!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

This property was great for walking to downtown Swansboro. However, it did not comfortably sleep 8 adults. The pullout in the living room simply did not work for us. The throw rugs throughout the house proved a hazard for me, as I was on crutches/knee scooter with both legs immobilized. The biggest problem I had with the house was it simply did not seem clean. It was dusty, and the knick-knacks throughout the house were overwhelming. In fact the night prior to my daughter's wedding, she had to leave. She stated she felt she was being "smothered by the stuff in the house".

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The property description clearly states that there are 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 people in beds. In addition the guest questioned the accommodation and was told the size of beds in each room. A sleeper couch is never ideal accommodation for more than a night - with a party of 8 adults it would probably have been more appropriate to have rented a 4 bedroom property. With regards to furnishings - this is a historic property and as such the antiques and throw rugs are part of the charm. That is certainly the response we have had from other guests.
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Comfy , Cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home for family gathering. Owner is wonderful to work with. Centrally located to many different activities, several with-in walking distance.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Fun on Labor Day

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd stay and this beautiful home. The home has everything you need for a wonderful get away. There's plenty of room for family, friends and entertaining inside and out. It's only a very short walk to beautiful historic downtown Swansboro with restaurants and shopping. We plan to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you had wonderful weather for your stay. We love having repeat guests and hope to provide you with a 'home from home' again soon
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  • 5 of 5

Owner was very personable and the house was in a wonderful location. We brought our dog, because of the fenced in backyard, we had to keep watch on him because he's nosy and there were areas he could get through and under, but everything worked out great. Would love to stay here again because the area is so quaint and friendly.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this property!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Swansboro! We're already planning our next trip back and will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had a great stay and enjoyed the house. All feedback is welcome - but we especially love it when our guests plan to return Make it soon! There are lots of fun things to do in the fall - Mullet Festival is a wonderful time to stay in the Historic downtown area - music, food, shopping - a really good time
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bear Island
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0.1 Miles
Church Street Deli and Irish Pub
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Emerald Isle
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Ice House Restaurant
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Clyde Phillips Seafood
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Casper's Marina
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Ward's Shore

Marina within walking distance - perfect for larger boats - great facility with store and berthing hourly or overnight/longer term.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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