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Cozy Cottage on the Sound - the Bay House

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our house is on a secluded private island, on a deep water sound with a sandy beach and a dock which can accommodate a 40’ boat. It is directly across the street from the ocean. The waters are very clean and clear so you can fish and clam right off the dock. We are ardent conservationists and have managed to preserve the natural vegetation around the house. There is a very nice maritime forest surrounding the house as well as sea oats and beach grasses. The birding around the house is fabulous and we have many fall visitors who come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good because of a slew that has been there for at least 30 years. A boat ramp on the island is nearby so please use the dock that is shared by the owner and friends. Renters are not allowed to bring jet skis on the island.

Paul and CoCo Foster built the Bay House in 1975 on Figure 8 Island near Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a small, rustic and cozy home that has been recognized for its outstanding design to resist hurricanes. The foundation poles go all the way to the roof and have kept the house from being damaged from the many hurricanes we have recently had. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It also has a warm water outside shower that is the most popular bathing area in the summer. The bay is a perfect swimming hole for kids and the ocean beach access is directly across the street from the house. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and a complete set of cookware. Note the porch raitlings are strong but do not conform to current building codes. Please look at the photos carefully to make sure they are acceptable.

The Bay house is bright and clean and very relaxed. This is not a luxury home, but a functional beach house. Sandy toes are not a problem! Smoking is permitted outside, but must be carefully controlled because of the high winds and fire hazards. We have had several houses burn down on the island because of cigarette butts left burning in the sand or porch.

Figure Eight Island, just north of Wilmington North Carolina, is a private island and gated community, assessable only by land owners and their guests. There are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately owned bridge over the intracoastal waterway. We have clean and white sandy beaches with blue green ocean water with have multiple turtle hatchling every year on the island. The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island.

The Bay House is available in all seasons, including November through May in the winter, as a monthly rental for our snowbird friends. We encourage our Canadian friends to come and stay for a 3-4 month winter rental. Figure 8 Island is a secluded island frequented by celebrities and politicians.

Please note: We are members of Friends of Felines and we support a small colony of feral cats to help keep the beach mice at bay. They live in the maritime forest and are rarely seen. We tend to them very well and they are never allowed in the house.

Keywords: Cottage with deep water dock and across the street from ocean

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Owner
Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About The Owner

Hey! We are Jim and Paula Bushardt. So glad that you are taking an interest in our beach houses! We love them very much and truly enjoy sharing them with our tenants. Paula's parents, Paul and CoCo Foster, built the houses and lived in the ocean front one until their passing. They were true beach lovers and it's quite evident in the design of the houses. They are both casual and easy to relax in. No need to impress anyone here - just enjoy getting your feet sandy and your hair a mess! We take good care of the homes and try to preserve the easy care flavor. Jim and I are both engineers and work full time. When we do get free time we love to surf, play on the beach or hang out in our boat. We use the houses when they aren't rented too! Gardening is also a passion of ours. We love living off the land and Jim has a passion for duck hunting. We call him the "hunter gatherer" because he oysters and clams a lot and brings home wild duck! We have a wonderful daughter who is out of the home. She is an author of two books and you are welcome to read about them on our website Sunridge Press. We hope you enjoyed getting to know us and will come spend some time at the beach on our beautiful island called Figure 8!

The Owner purchased this house in 1975

What makes this house unique

Our house is on Figure 8 Island which is private so the beaches are uncrowded. The water is clear and the beaches are white sand. We have a nice slew in the ocean which is great for fishing in the fall.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Cozy Cottage on the Sound - the Bay House
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews
5

Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Bay House and loved the cottage feel. We enjoyed fishing on the docks and swimming in the bay. The beach was beautiful and is so quiet and peaceful. The beach access is very convenient, being right across the street. I would recommend taking bikes- nice paths and beautiful houses and nature to see.

The house has all the kitchen necessities needed and a nice deck area to eat outside. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Very nice stay at the Bay House with my family. 5 of us. Quiet, clean, cozy. Location can't be beat -- right across the street from a beautiful beach, tennis courts down the road.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA
4

Great retreat at the beach!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent the weekend here with 4 other adults and a child. It is the perfect place to stay if a view of the beach is not essential. The house is rustic in appearance but with all the amenities that anyone needs and expects. The yard is not landscaped but consists of native vegetation. There were herons with two nests in the trees surrounding the house deck. Access to the beach is just across the street and there is a dock on the backside of the house in a little cove where you can park a boat and leave a kayak, canoe or paddle boards. Areas for fishing, clamming and crabbing are about a half mile away, or within the cove. If you want to just relax and read, the deck is a great place for this.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte
5

Great Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

June visit to the Bay House was a wonderful escape from the busy world. The house was just as described--cozy, very clean, just right! Fresh flowers on the tables were a nice touch. Futon in living area was quite comfortable. Beach access directly across the street led us to a wide, almost private beach. We once saw 5 pleople way down the beach, and that was as crowded as it got. We enjoyed afternoon breezes on the deck and fishing from the dock. What a treasure, would love to spend more time at the Bay House.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

WONDERFUL

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Cozy Cottage (3 Couples and 1 child)...everything we needed was provided and more. This was such a great place for us with such a wide variety of interests; fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, crabbing, kayaking, surfing. The beach was beautiful and we especially enjoyed the sunsets from the deck and dock......a perfect place to relax!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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WONDERFUL !

  • 5 of 5

we had a wonderful time at the Cozy Cottage. (3 couples and 1 child)....everything we needed was provided and more. This was such a great place for us with our wide variety of interest.... fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, crabbing, kayaking, surfing. The beach was beautiful and we especially enjoyed the sunsets from the decks and dock. A perfect place for relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Deep water dock that can accommodate a 40' boat. Sailing, kayaking and standup paddleboarding are wonderful in the bay.

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Rates & Availability

Wilmington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter 2016-2017
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,750
$3,000
 
 
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,300
 
 
PGA Tour 2017
Apr 30 2017 - May 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$6,400
Flat fee
 
 
Early Summer 2017
May 13 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,900
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,900
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,300
 
 
Winter 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Contract will be sent by email, return it with a check for 1/2 down. Bank transfers are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Deep water dock on bay that leads directly to intracoastal waterway and to two inlets to the ocean. Dock can accommodate up to a 40' boat. House is directly across the street from the ocean and there is a beach path right in front of the house. The island is private, uncrowded and secluded.

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