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Oceanfront W/Pool, Hot Tub, theater, pinball, cocktail arcade, even mini golf!

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Den, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 18-24)

You can stay at a vacation rental featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt introduction! Original episode aired 3/8/2015, Crystal Coast of North Carolina.


We are looking at replacing the QSS in the den with a bunk bed. We will make a final decision shortly. Please take the possible change into consideration as you plan your 2019 vacation. We will update once a final decision is made.

**** We are waiting on updated pictures due to updates below ****

New for 2018...We replaced the foosball table with a 2 person cocktail table arcade in the game room. New bedding and paint in the "surfboard" bedroom. New full mattresses for the bottom bunks. New outdoor dining table, 4 sling chairs and 4 loungers. New flat screen tvs in the Sunshine and Tropical rooms. Half bath on the lower level was updated.. New bedding, paint and lamps in the Sunshine room renamed to "Big Fish". New king mattress in Reef Room. Upgraded internet speed to 300 Mbps. As always you can expect cosmetic changes and updates to rooms and furniture due to wear and tear each year.


Appropriately named 'Playtime', this oceanfront/beachfront family friendly vacation rental has it all! If you aren’t simply enjoying the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean there’s plenty to keep you busy in this 4800+ square foot house that showcases 5 OCEANFRONT master bedrooms, 2 'kids' room and 3 Sleeper sofas!!

On the first level, there is one oceanfront master bedroom (King bed, TV & DVD player) with attached bathroom, a laundry room with oversized washer and dryer, a game room complete with a GAME TABLE, POOL TABLE, cocktail ARCADE table, a Pirates of the Caribbean PINBALL machine, KARAOKE machine with CD&G library, separate sound system, a wet bar with full size refrigerator and a THEATER. The theater has tiered seating for 6, a sofa with QSS, 1 chair and boasts a 60' television with 5/1 surround sound speakers as well as expanded cable and a DVD player with over 300 DVDs available for your viewing pleasure (in any room with a tv!). There is also a den with a QSS, tv with DVD player, XBox 360 system with multiple controllers, and wireless high speed internet.

If you are wanting a little more action, turn on the Xbox ONE system (Yes, there are two gaming systems!) and put your game playing skills to the test on the big screen tv. From the 1st level you walkout onto a deck that’s home to a 14’ x 25’ lighted swimming pool (can be heated for $450 additional), hot tub and a private walkway to a gazebo and the beach. Relax with the sound of the ocean, or turn up the music on the outdoor speakers which can be run from your smart phone.

Move on to the second level and you will find 3 additional oceanfront master bedrooms (King beds), all with TVs (cable & DVD) and access to decks. Two of the oceanfront masters on this level have attached private bathrooms. There are 2 additional bedrooms with private bathrooms, tv W/cable & DVD. 1 bedroom has 1 bunk (twin up, double down) with a trundle, the other has 1 bunk (twin up, double down) and an additional twin bed.

Continue up to the third level and you will be able to admire the beauty of a reverse floor-plan and the breathtaking views it provides! This oceanfront beauty faces the ocean with a southern exposure. Not only do you get both sunrise & sunset over the ocean, you won't be looking directly into the sun as you enjoy the views. There is a huge kitchen, dining room and living room complete with sound system w/CD, cable TV & DVD, gas fireplace and a QSS. This level is also where the 5th oceanfront master bedroom (King w/cable TV & DVD), complete with Jacuzzi tub, is located. You will not only enjoy the oceanfront views but also sound views from this level, something only a few vacation rentals can offer.

All floors are connected by extensive decking, interior and exterior stairs as well as an ELEVATOR from parking to all 3 levels to allow quick access to anywhere. House is equipped with a water treatment system. All 7 bedrooms + den have access to shared or private decks. Tv's with cable & DVD player in EVERY ROOM!! (excluding bathrooms) Beach chairs, sand & water toys and collections of movies, Xbox games, board games, puzzles, books, magazines and indoor toys are a few of the little extras you will find at this vacation rental.

On the parking level we have a private mini golf course with obstacles that you can move around to make it as fun or hard as you want. A gas grill and 2 charcoal grills as well as a picnic table to sit at while using the grill or eat at.

Truly one of the (not so) hidden jewels at Emerald Isle!

Vacation rentals run Saturday to Saturday with weekly rentals only. 10 bedroom (7 bedrooms + 3 QSS in den) towels & linens with beds made are provided, No Pets, No Smoking!! Travel Insurance is available for an additional cost.

Daily and weekend rentals only considered last minute and during off-season (late October - December) Minimum rate is $1600 for a 4 day/3 night stay, please email for further information.


4005 Ocean Dr.

Emerald Isle, NC

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More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a perfect place for large families to gather.....there is so much to do for children and adults of all ages. Being ocean front is one of the best easy to run from sand/ocean to the pool or air conditioning.....

Kitchen is large and makes it fun and easy to prepare meals for the crowd....well supplied with anything you might need and plenty of space for families to sit together for meals......

Bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well appointed to get the sleep you need for another day of fun.

Movie theater provided hours of entertainment with lots of DVD's to choose from. We found and did several puzzles from the game cabinet.....a perfect vacation place. This was our third year and we look forward to a fourth!
Jun 2015
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Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Max. adults: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Lookout Suite - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Handicap friendly, not ADA compliant
    Reef Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Sunshine Room - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Not attached to Sunshine bedroom
    Tropical Room - toilet , shower
    Sailboat room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Surfboard Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Gameroom - toilet
    Margaritaville Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 7.5
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Lookout Suite - 1 king
    Reef Room - 1 king
    Sunshine Room - 1 king
    Tropical Room - 1 king
    Sailboat Room - 1 bunk bed , 1 trundle
    Surfboard Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    MArgaritaville Room - 1 king
  • King size beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (2) 1 twin is a trundle bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3), Bunk Beds (2) single on top, double on bottom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Karaoke machine, pinball machine, card table, IPod/MP3 player, collections of movies, books, magazines, CDs, games, puzzles, Corn hole, beach equipment and indoor childrens toys.


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Oceanfront W/Pool, Hot Tub, theater, pinball, cocktail arcade, even mini golf!
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews
Cedar Rapids Iowa

Life is this Beach

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing vacation ever, and we've already booked for next year. Thank you. We had 8 small children who were so meltdowns. The beach was perfect. The house was incredible. Thanks, Playtime.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your time at our house! EI is a very special place and we are excited to have you rebook for next year!
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Athens, GA

Joyous family reunion at Playtime at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

There were 17-20 of our family at any given time during the week, including a VERY elderly family member. The elevator was a life saver and enabled her to take advantage of being at the beach. The house is very well equipped. LOTS of beach accessories, wonderfully equipped kitchen. Game room was wonderful, having the two refrigerators in the kitchen was GREAT. AND the one in the game room was perfect for "beverages" near the pool. The house is very well maintained. You would not have known that this house was "lived in" by strangers nearly every week of the year. We would LOVE to go back next year. We are trying to pick a date that is good for everyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the nice feedback Mary...we are so glad to hear you had a great time at the house!! We would love to have you back anytime you want to come!! Janene
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Mentor, OH

Gorgeous home, unbeatable views, beautifully maintained

  • 5 of 5

We could not have picked a better spot for our family reunion at the beach. Incredible kitchen with everything you could imagine--ice cream maker got a workout! Both shaded and open decks with spectacular view of ocean, dunes and even dolphins! Hot tub and pinball machine were great hits with the young adults. All rooms and amenities were clean and well-maintained, and gas grill was a major plus. Would not hesitate to recommend or stay again--it was an awesome experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am so glad to hear you had a good time and would recommend!! We would welcome you back anytime! Janene
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Russell County, VA

10/19/08-to10/22/08 We h...

  • 5 of 5


We had a wonderful time at this beautiful house. Fished in front of house--caught large flounder, spot, skates, mullet, pompino, blues, craoker, black drum. Best time of the year for fishing. Hope to be back soon. Debbie and Lloyd

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2008
  • Stayed: October 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Byron, Il

Wow, the pictures do not ...

  • 5 of 5

Wow, the pictures do not do this house justice! We had a fantastic vacation at "Playtime" and plan on inviting our expanded family to enjoy next year. Kudos for providing such a great vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2008
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42.7 Miles
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.7 Miles
Kathryn's Bistro & Martini Bar
Nearest Ferry
57.7 Miles
Cedar Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
11.4 Miles
The Country Club of the Crystal Coast
Nearest Train
105 Miles
Wilson Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
3.7 Miles
Kathryn's Bistro & Martini Bar
Nearest Beach
Emerald Isle Beach
Car: necessary

Away from the crowded public beaches, Playtime is a great place for a family vacation - quiet beaches and all the amenities. Yet if the beach, pool, mini-golf, pinball, and all the other activities aren't enough - we are only miles away from movie theaters, shopping, restaurants, jet-ski and kayak rentals, go-carts, and one of the NC Aquariums.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation Policy:

Once a reservation has been accepted and confirmed, a cancellation can only be made in accordance with the terms below:

If any period of a rental can be re-booked, a refund for the period re-rented or the part thereof, less a cancellation fee of $80.00 will be issued.

If any part of the rental period cannot be re-booked, the Renter will forfeit all monies paid for that period.

2018 renters have first right to reserve the same week in advance for 2019.
To re-book the same week in 2019, you must re-book before checkout.
As such rentals can only be booked 51 weeks out.

50% deposit of the weekly rental rate + tax required to reserve the house. The second 50% of rental rate plus tax is due 45 days prior to checking-in to house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund