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Unique, Romantic, Cozy, Island Cottage on #1 Beach in America 2007

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Our cottage named 'Zillies' is designed for two people to show up and have everything they need for an amazing carefree visit... bikes, kayaks, beach chairs, beach umbrella, beach toys, coolers, gas/charcoal grills, linens and towels are all included with your rental. Monogrammed sheets, plush towels and a large DVD library are just part of the special 'extras' you will enjoy. Its the perfect romantic, relaxing, get away for any couple. Honeymooners love Zillies! 4WD Jeep Wrangler available for rent. Bose surround sound stereo systems with I Pod docks, and WIFI are just a few of the great features you will find. Zillies Cottage is not your average rental. Decorated with our beach treasures and art work by our young nieces and nephews its a magical little cottage. Zillies also has an amazing outdoor shower which all our guests love (check out the reviews). The shower is decorated with our special beach treasures we've found over the years. We call it "treasure from foreign lands". :-)

Ocracoke Island is truly a special place and was voted #1 Beach in America by Dr Beach for good reason. Where else can you find 13 miles of 4 Wheel Drive accessible, uninhabited, undeveloped, pristine beaches?

Come see what makes this island special and you will fall in love with the peace and solitude you discover. Spend some time on the island and reconnect with your partner. Zillies rents Saturday to Saturday during the season. Rentals of less then a full week are allowed ONLY in the off season. Please check our calendar below for availability.

Keywords: Cottage

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Jeff and Wendy Berube
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Jeff and Wendy Berube

Married for 34 years we enjoy the beach and pretty much anything involving the outdoors. Originally from Maine, we've lived in Williamsburg, Va for over 23 years. Like many folks in the area we arrived here while serving in the military. We would like to say a big thank you to those who continue to serve our great country. We spend as much time on the island as we can because its good for the soul! We enjoy boating, clamming, fishing, all of the beautiful beaches and spending time with our island friends. Its just a very special place and we feel blessed to have our cottage on the island. We also love sharing our cottage with our guests. Reading our guest log always makes us smile.

Jeff and Wendy Berube purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Jeff and Wendy Berube chose Ocracoke

We truly love Ocracoke and after spending many years camping, renting and staying in Bed and Breakfast's we knew we had to get a place of our own. We discovered Zillies and it was the perfect cottage for two . Very private yet close to everything, it was the perfect fit for our lifestyle. Sharing it with our guests has been wonderful. Everyone loves this special little cottage and it makes it fun to read our guest log each weekend when we arrive. The cottage is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, special getaways and many of our guests come back each year.

What makes this cottage unique

Private yet convenient to the village and all the island has to offer. Everything is provided, all you need to do is show up and relax! Our guests all love the special decorations we have in the cottage and the outside shower. Zillies in not a typical, generic rental. Our "beach finds" and the artwork by our young family members make is a warm, love filled home. .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jeff and Wendy,

We reserved your cottage a number of months ago for an anniversary trip. Zillies and Ocracoke have made our 46th an exceptional anniversary. The time here has been terrific from beginning to end, even with less than ideal weather. We love thew cottage!We have had everything we needed and all was in perfect order on arrival. Local restaurants, food trucks and the catch of Ocracoke fisherman have made for some memorable meals. We bicycled and walked on the beach every day. Its been a perfect vacation. We plan to return next year. Thank you for your special cottage.

Michael and Cindy

Lexington, Kentucky
Apr 2017
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Ocracoke Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • We do have a shower in the cottage but our amazing outdoor shower is a favorite for all our guests.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) 600 count monogramed sheets.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Unique, Romantic, Cozy, Island Cottage on #1 Beach in America 2007
average rating of 4.840909 based on 54 reviews

Zillies felt like our HONEYMOON again!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Zillies on Ocracoke!! Jeff and Wendy provided everything we could possibly need for the most relaxing vacation ever. We loved the comfy bikes that got us around anywhere we needed to go as well as the beach chairs and umbrella.

This cottage was a dream! I think our favorite part was the dreamy outdoor shower! Perfect for a romantic getaway, we will DEFINITELY be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great find!

  • 5 of 5

Zillie's cottage was a treat to stay in and I'm so glad we found it! It had everything we needed and - as many have said over and over - the outdoor shower is a lot of fun. The location is perfect and we loved being able to walk over to Zillie's Pantry and easily get everywhere else by golf cart.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Cottage For Two

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our week at Zillies. The cottage has all the basics for an easy week at the beach and has a fun and laid-back vibe. The inclusion of elements of an older island home in this modern and breezy cottage really adds to the unique charm. The multiple porches and balconies offer great spots to enjoy mornings and evenings. We liked the convenience of being close enough to walk to most restaurants, and were glad to have the bikes for a few destinations on the other end of town. Jeff and Wendy are greats hosts and we plan to return to their charming cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Summer Vacation for Two

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a place to call ‘home’ for a week – not a hotel room or condo living. Most places cater to huge families but this two-story house was the perfect getaway for just the two of us. The cottage is nicely decorated, well-kept and clean. The kitchen had everything we needed to make meals at ‘home’, as well as a gas grill. We also enjoyed eating great food at the local restaurants. The cottage is in a great location -- it’s within walking distance or a short bike or golf cart drive to everything. The cottage comes with nice bikes and golf carts can be rented. This was our first time staying in Ocrocoke. There aren’t any houses right on the beach so the beaches aren’t as populated, which is nice, and are no more than a 5 minute drive away with free public parking. Some of the beach areas are only 4x4 accessible. We used Jeff & Wendy’s Jeep a couple of days and took it right onto the beach, which was one of our favorite things to do. It was great that the cottage came with beach towels, chairs, umbrella and coolers. Jeff and Wendy were quick to respond to any questions we had and did everything they could to make our stay very enjoyable. We would, without a doubt, recommend staying here to anyone who is looking for a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A clean, no-frills home base for your vacation

  • 4 of 5

We had a fine stay at Zillie's for a week-long vacation. The cottage was very clean, which we appreciated, and is centrally located just a quick bike ride to most anything in Ocracoke village. The bikes at the house were great, as was having beach chairs and towels available and a grill for cooking out. Jeff and Wendy are friendly to communicate with and super available/responsive. Very easy arrival and check-out. One thing we didn't quite understand before was that the back porch is only for use of Zillie's cottage but it is connected to another private residence. It never felt very private (not enough to have coffee in our PJs on it, at least), but that was just our personal experience and other guests might feel differently. We flew in from out of state, which meant that we couldn't bring as much stuff as someone able to drive in. We stay in multiple vacation rentals every year and thought Zillie's had all the basics we look for. Still, we thought the emphasis on all the "extras" was a little misleading, as things like toilet paper, paper towels, and even trash bags were not provided beyond the first one. We were also a little surprised at the lack of basic cooking ingredients like salt, pepper, and oil. You can buy everything you need on the island, but it'd be nice not to have to buy so much extra stuff when you won't use all that much during a 1 week stay. Overall, we found Zillie's to be a clean, no-frills vacation rental for an affordable couple's vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While we are glad to hear you found the cottage to be very clean and enjoyed your stay we were very disappointed to read that anyone would find our emphasis on "extras" to be "misleading". We've always provided high quality bath towels, 600 count monogrammed linens, beach towels, an initial supply of toilet paper, paper towels and trash bags for our guests. We do apologize if the trash bags were not restocked before your visit. Cooking ingredients is not something we supply as our cottage is for couples only and the majority of our guests do not do a lot of cooking. High quality beach cruiser bikes, kayaks, beach chairs, coolers, beach toys and a beach umbrella are also provided to our guest at no cost. Bose audio equipment, the unique artwork made by our young family members and our amazing outdoor shower (which all of our guests love) decorated with our beach findings from places near and far all add up to why we feel we provide many "extras" for our guests. Wendy and I take great pride in making Zillies a special place to stay and not just a generic "no frills" rental. We feel any review less than 5 stars is a disappointment. Misleading a guest is the last thing we would ever want to do and we feel our cottages reviews speak for themselves. Honeymoons, anniversaries and special romantic getaways are why many of our guests stay at Zillies and privacy has never been an issue on our multiple decks on both sides of the cottage.
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Returning to Zillie’s is like returning home!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable... all the amenities we need!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Our cottage is off the main road to the village so it is very private yet only a 5 minute walk to the heart of the village. Everything is within walking/biking distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.