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No Irma damage. Try October/Nov. or 2018 @ Oceanfront, Elevator. Hold-on-Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms (3 oceanfront), 3.5 baths+H/C outside shower, (sleeps 8)

Fortunately for us, Holden Beach and our two homes didn't suffer any damage from Hurricane Irma or Jose. Our hearts and prayers go our to those displaced and devastated by Hurricane Irma, especially those in the Caribbean and Antilles where recovery is more difficult than here in the states. Summer 2017 rented faster than ever. We have only partial weeks open in September and more in October / November. Pelican Watch (other home with private heated pool) has some fall weeks. Fall is great and very affordable time at either of our homes.

A major beach renourishment project was completed in spring 2017 giving us a beautiful broad beach. Hold-on-Beach and Pelican Watch (VRBO 185186) are both ready for renters.

Holden Beach now has a NEW FREE EV charging station. Drive your electric car on your next beach vacation. Winter and Spring rates are great. Spring weather is usually good. Want to swim this fall after ocean cools off, try Pelican Watch (our other house) with private heated pool (re-opened in March and heated) at 82 degrees into November (vrbo 185186). Pelican Watch had 7 repeat renters this summer. Enjoy the beautiful white sands of the lightly-developed east end of Holden Beach. Both houses have inverted floor plan has top floor with one master bedroom suite, kitchen with Corian and full features, and living area all overlooking large (28 foot wide) porch and beach/ocean. Three of the 4 bedrooms are oceanfront with great ocean views and breezes. Shining hardwood floors add extra quality. Dual zone heat/air conditioning allows different settings on each floor. Main TV is a new 47 inch HDTV w/digital cable. Wi-Fi. Enclosed outside shower with dressing area and hot/cold water. Outside entry 28 foot wide oceanfront porch via Andersen French doors to two of the oceanfront bedrooms. Off-season is great on the North Carolina Coast. Elevator serves top floor. Rentals are Sunday-Sunday. If the schedule blocks you, try Pelican Watch, with heated pool.

Fall, Winter and Spring activities. Walk the beach, curl up with a good book by the fireplace or a movie on the main 47 inch LCD HDTV. There are numerous spring festivals at area beaches and around Wilmington. Book-it now! Hold-On-Beach! is on the lightly developed 'East End' with broad beach for walking, swimming, or sunbathing. You won't need to get up early to 'stake-out' a beach or fishing spot in this area. Holden Beach is a top-ranked beach by USA Today, National Geographic Smart Travel Magazine, and has received National Healthy Beach status by NHBC which rates beaches based on environmental qualities and services.

More Details

Irvin Woods
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Irvin Woods

I'm a beach lover with roots deep in the sand of the Carolina Coast. Grew up in South Carolina with a family beach cottage at Edisto Beach, now own, personally manage and enjoy beach houses in Holden Beach, North Carolina and live in the Virginia Piedmont. The Carolinas supply all the best barbecue and shrimp I can enjoy!

Irvin Woods purchased this house in 2005

Why Irvin Woods chose Southern Coast

Very nice deisgn and lay-out with inverted floorplan and elevator. Very nice ,lightly developed section of Holden Beach.

What makes this house unique

Lightly developed 'East End' of Holden Beach. Unobstructed ocean veiws in front and to rear across the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).


Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Wilmington (ILM) & Myrtle Baech
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mermaids Cafe, Castaways, Captain Pete's1
Nearest Ferry
27.3 Miles
Southport to Fort Fisher
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mermaids Cafe, Captain Pete's, Castaways
Nearest Beach
70 Metres
200 feet in front of house, crossover dunes
Car: necessary

Holden Beach is approximately 35-40 miles from Myrtle Beach & Wilmington.

Other Activities: Most important activity is enjoying lightly developed, beautiful beach.


Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Clarification on Cancellation policy. My policy is "If I don't suffer a loss, you don't suffer a loss." Homeaway system didn't offer adequate choices
  • Check-in / Checkout times. No guarantee, but we often are able to offer an early check-in or possible late checkout at no extra charge.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bath - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , H/C water
  • Private outside shower (hot & cold) and water. Also, hoses are great for washing off beach sand. Very important to not track sand into house or clog inside tub/showers with sand. Thanks (owners and cleaners)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Top floor, Oceanfront master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lower floor, Oceanfront, shares bath with back bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Lower floor, Oceanfront, Master BR, French doors to porch
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Lower floor, 2 singles, shared bath
  • Three of the four Bedrooms are Oceanfront, w/ Great Views
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. Minimum Age Limit for Renters.


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No Irma damage. Try October/Nov. or 2018 @ Oceanfront, Elevator. Hold-on-Beach!
average rating of 4.928571 based on 42 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The owners of this house were so helpful and accommodating! This house plus perfect weather made for an awesome mini vacation for us! Thanks Irv!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for noticing that we try to treat renters like we would hope to be treated when we travel. We strive to offer a quality home and beach experience at a reasonable rate. Our practice is to offer early check-in or late checkout at no extra charge if it works with our schedule and house cleaners schedules. I'm glad the weather was perfect (I can't claim any credit) during your family spring-break. My wife and I appreciate your care of our beach home and we welcome you back!
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Perfect Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

It was out first time at Holden Beach and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay! Irv and his wife cleaned the house themselves so we could check-in early for our little one to nap. Very accommodating and great to work with! The house was beautiful and right on the beach like we wanted. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A true away from it all experience

  • 4 of 5

Our dream was to be by a beach for a few days and that is exactly what this house provided. On the picture, the house is pictured as the only house there but there are actually a few houses around. Not a big deal. The neighbors were not a problem at all. Everyone is very nice and minds their own business. The house itself is great. 4 good size bedrooms, 3 of which are facing the ocean. Do keep in mind, there are no ceiling to floor windows in any of the rooms, but once you step out onto the balconies the view and the sound are unbeatable. The ocean is right there in all its glory. You hear it and you see it and it's marvelous. This is when you realize that the trip was worth it. Just for that alone.

The kitchen is well stocked, but if you plan on cooking most of the time, I suggest grabbing your favorite knives. There really aren't any great restaurants near by, we did go to one on a near by island about 30 minutes away which was ok.

We got very lucky with weather as it didn't rain at all. The ocean is not a calm ocean, it was fun for the kids to jump in the waves, collect seashells and play in the sand. And when we were done with the beach, it was a 1 minute walk back to the house.

I have to say a few words about the owner, Irwin. We rent all the time, but I have never met in person any of the owners. Irwin, did not just greet us, but he went out of his way and turned on the AC before we arrived and waited to give us instructions regarding the elevator. Not only that, but our arrival was in the same day as the solar eclipse. He was able to get us kids solar glasses which I tried to get for weeks! Basically, Irwin was really nice to deal with and I know my deposit is on its way.

If you want to relax, get away from

Crowded beaches, noise, traffic and whatever else annoys you, rent this house and you'll be completely rejuvenated.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, great service, great amenities!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at this location! It was out first time at Holden Beach and Irv couldn't have been nicer in answering (and re-answering) our questions before and during our stay. The house was beautiful, right on the beach and was perfect for our stay. We had ourselves, our 3 boys (ages 9, 7 and 2), grandma and one aunt. Everyone had a nice room with a great view. The best part was having coffee on the balconies and then having (a few) cocktails after a long day at the beach!

Irv spelled out exactly what to do and all our expectations were exceeded with his responsiveness and helpfulness.

This is a great place if you have younger kids and want to unwind with a nice beach close to the action, but not in the middle of a tourist strip. We were close to great restaurants, mini-golf and very close to other places like Myrtle Beach and Oak Island.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Hold-On-Beach. This is our third time staying at the home and have had a wonderful time each visit. We enjoy it so much that we have booked another stay later this year. Irv provides a nice home and he is a pleasure to work with on the accommodations.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Holiday at this fabulous beach house!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Where to start??? Having gone to South Nags Head and loving it for many summers with my parents, my husband and our children, we decided to continue the tradition with our (now adult children) and our grandchildren. My son and daughter-in-law live in Charlotte and she is nine months pregnant and was limited as to how far she was allowed to go. My husband and I live in New York and my daughter and her family in Chicago, so we all agreed to go to one of the Brunswick Islands. I did a lot of research and decided on Holden Beach, as it had gotten several "awards" for Best Family Beach. Having 2 and 4 year old grandsons and one on the way, we were looking for chill and low key. Irv's house was just perfect. Beautifully and comfortably furnished with the beach a hop, skip and jump away. He provided everything we needed for the beach (new Tommy Bahama chairs, wave boards, etc). There was an outdoor shower and elevator to easily transport things from the outdoor ground level to the top floor. (Of course, all the boys wanted to do was ride the elevator). In the mornings we had coffee and breakfast on the deck and watched the sun rise. We ate great seafood and homemade ice cream galore. We went to a children's museum, nature walks and restaurants on other easily accessible nearby Islands. We loved Holden the best, as it was not crowded at all. No one was one top of you.

Irv could not have been more pleasant and helpful to work with. He was always available to promptly answer all of our questions before we signed the contract. He was also available and easy to reach after signing, as we had other questions as we got closer to our rental time.

Our entire family loved every aspect of our stay at Holden Beach in this beautiful house. I look forward to continuing this family tradition.

Karen Schneider

New York

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We work hard to give excellent, personal service. My wife and I own and personally operate our two Holden Beach homes. We get inside and stay, work, clean, use and pay attention at both homes as often as possible. You and family are welcome to come back to either of our homes. Irv
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $500

$1250-$3500/wk (2014 peak)
Rentals are Sunday-to-Sunday, negotiable in off-season, Couples and Snow-bird specials off-peak.
Call for Snow-bird deals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund