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Peaceful residential area - Sleeps up to 8, plus bicycles, kayaks,and more

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

Three rooms (each has at least one very comfortable bed), kitchenette (full-sized refrigerator, microwave, convection oven, coffee pot-NO RANGE in kitchenette but a nice gas grill on deck), 2 full bathrooms, nice deck, private parking and private entrance. This unit is the upstairs of my Cape Cod home.

Important note: PLEASE read all the details. This unit is the upstairs (second floor) of my home. It is completely separated and private. I live by "reduce, reuse, recycle", so the unit is furnished accordingly. I live on an unpaved road. When it rains, there are puddles. There is never a danger of getting stuck. You could probably describe the area as "rural," and I LOVE it. But, there are no covenants, and I cannot control my neighbors yards. These are inexpensive, CLEAN, and comfortable places to stay. This is NOT the Hilton. Renters are expected to clean before they leave, including doing all the laundry. I inspect and re-clean, as needed. It's fine to bring your own sheets and towels to save from doing laundry. But, please read all the details, so you don't have unreasonable expectations!

Located in quiet residential neighborhood. This apartment is the upstairs of a Cape Cod, but has total privacy.

Unit has washer/dryer, and plenty of sheets, towels, kitchen linen, etc. Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, etc. furnished.

Many bicycles, two tandem ocean kayaks, one tandem Carolina Keowee kayak, and a canoe, plus all the paddles and life vests. Also includes a 'tag-along' which is a great way for a younger child to safely participate in bike rides... All the comforts of home - everything you need for a quiet getaway!

Roanoke Island is located in the sound, west of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks. It is away from the hustle, bustle and traffic that are often associated with the more 'touristy' part of the Outer Banks.

The area offers two national wildlife refuges within a half-hour, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and a wide assortment of water and land related recreational opportunities.

Roanoke Island is traversed by a beautiful bicycle path that runs along the Roanoke Island Corrider. From the 'bike path', visitors may reach all the historic, cultural, and natural spots of the island, including the North Carolina Aquarium, The Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, public boat ramps and swimming areas, and great places to fish, bird, or just watch the sun set.

For explorers, there are great day trips to state parks, private preserves, or other national wildlife refuges! Manteo is the ideal place to plan a host of day trips throughout eastern North Carolina.


This rental is my opportunity to share the things I love about living on Roanoke Island. I had no clue what to charge or how to handle the entire 'venture' - so I am winging it this first year. Any advice or comments you might offer, I would certainly appreciate!

Things to See and Do on The Outer Banks:

You know what they say about real estate... the three most important things are location, location, and location!

- The Beach - Nags Head beaches and Cape Hatteras National Seashore are just a ten minute drive. The apartment includes beach chairs, boogie boards, and Ocean Kayaks (great for the ocean).

- Roanoke Island - Roanoke Island offers so much, I am always amazed that anyone ever leaves it (I seldom do...). The North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Elizabethan Gardens, the Lost Colony, and downtown Manteo are incredible spots you will not want to miss.

My house is right off the Bike Path (about 100 yards) - and we live on a private, dead-end road (only five houses on the road). All the places I just mentioned are no more than a ten-minute bike ride from the apartment - and I furnish the bikes!

- Paddling Spots - Everywhere from the ocean to the sound and all kinds of bays, creeks, canals, and rivers. I provide lots of information about places to paddle on Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges and all around the Outer Banks.

- Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Hatteras Island, about 30 minutes away by car, offers wonderfully pristine beaches and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pea Island has a sound access at New Inlet that's ideal for putting in kayaks or canoes to paddle in the sound.

There is a great little Visitor Center, two very nice wildlife trails, and the beaches are out-of-this-world. Pea Island offers the nicest beaches on the Outer Banks.

Roanoke Island has a number of places to paddle, including all around the Elizabeth II (the replica of the ship the first English came over on... in Shallowbag Bay in downtown Manteo. You could even take a long day and paddle completely around Roanoke Island!

Dare County Mainland offers a number of adventures... paddling, walking, driving... Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge has 15 miles of color-coded paddling trails... the trail is about 30 minutes from my door! The Refuge also has a black bear population - and you can actually predictably see bears in the wild!

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Bonnie Strawser
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 25, 2017

About Bonnie Strawser

When I found myself an "empty nester" and almost ready to retire from a 30-year career with national wildlife refuges, I decided to use some of the empty space in my home to share some of the loves of my life with others... So, I added a few outside staircases, built a few walls, and put up an "open for business" sign. The first couple of seasons have been great fun! I've met a lot of wonderful folks, learned a few things that work... and a few that don't.

I have been so blessed to live on Roanoke Island (we're the part of the Outer Banks that has real grass!) for almost 30 years. And, I believe there's no place like it!

This is NOT a bed and breakfast experience (though several have described it as a bed and breakfast without the 'expensive breakfast'!). It is family-operated, and it's my attempt to share the things I love - especially to folks who might not otherwise be able to visit the area. I offer apartments for rent with full baths and private entrances. Both have kitchens/kitchenettes; both have balconies/decks. The unit with a kitchenette (without a range) has a nice grill with a side burner. Both come with outdoor recreational equipment, including canoes, kayaks, bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. Both include linens, washer/dryer, and offer a peaceful break from the hectic pace of the beach-- while providing easy access to all the beach offerings - only 10 minutes away.

My guests repeatedly say, "This is the first time I've come to the Outer Banks and not stayed on the beach.... and I'll never stay on the beach again!!"

My prices are appreciably lower than beach prices. And, you'll love the peaceful atmosphere! Please ask all the questions you like.... Contact me any time!

Bonnie Strawser purchased this apartment in 2001

Why Bonnie Strawser chose Manteo

Roanoke Island is so much nicer than the beach-- and is only 10-12 minutes away! We're right on the bike path- easy riding distance from downtown Manteo with restaurants, movies, coffee houses, pottery shops, antiques, etc. We have the Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park, the NC Aquarium, and the Elizabethan Gardens.

What makes this apartment unique

You get free use of bikes (including lots of specialty bikes) a canoe, kayaks, beach gear, etc. It's a private, quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by forest.


Manteo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Free use of outdoor equipment- canoe, kayaks, bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc.


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Peaceful residential area - Sleeps up to 8, plus bicycles, kayaks,and more
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews
Yorktown, Va


  • 5 of 5

we loved the area that we stayed in and we felt welcomed by the owner!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Laid back vacation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed are vacation very much! But that's not very helpful, so here is more information...

First, a bit about our family, and how we made the place work. We have 3 kiddos, ages 9, 5, 2, and a dog. My husband and I, and the dog, stayed in the first room. That way we could watch tv and get snacks from the kitchen without waking up the kids. Our two boys (9 and 5) were in the middle room. They loved watching movies in there beds, and the 2nd bathroom was just outside their door. Our daughter slept in a pack n play in the back room. That way she was not disturbed, and we are all happier if the 2 year old is well rested!

This is not the place for you if you are high maintenance or OCD. I'm a tad OCD, so I did my a bit of my own cleaning when I got there, and left the place cleaner when we left. But I knew going in that it is tenant cleaned, so I was prepared for this and did not mind. I also straightened crooked pictures on the wall. Like I said, a tad OCD. But I'm not high maintenance.

If you are looking for a resort-like place that you will stay in on vacation, then this is not the place for you. We, however, do not like to stay put. This was our crash pad in the evenings. The location was perfect. We love the beach, but I don't want to do the beach every day. We went to Fort Raleigh, the aquarium, downtown Manteo was great for walking around and shopping, we took advantage of the bikes and rode as a family (she even has a tandem bike and a trailer!) to the north end of the island, and it was a short drive to the beach for the days that we did go.

As for food...There is not much space for cooking, which I was prepared for. I also didn't want to spend money on eating out all the time, so I made all our meals ahead of time. I froze them in ziplock bags, and warmed them up in the microwave, or hotplate for dinner. We saved a bunch of money this way, and it's healthier (if you care about that). I just tell you that so that you know it is possible to have meals there if you plan accordingly.

So all of this to say, you can't beat the price, or location. Just keep in mind that the price is well suited for the accommodation. Bonnie is very helpful and quick to answer any questions or concerns.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this thorough and honest review! We were a perfect fit, eh? It's not the Hilton! But I love sharing what I have and appreciate folks who "get it!" My goal is to provide an affordable place for families to come and enjoy these beautiful places!
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Suffolk, Virginia

It was a nice little quite place, not too far from the beach.

  • 4 of 5

Quite little place in Manteo not too far from the beach. Love Manteo, great little town. The place was nice, lots of room. There was kind a privacy issue between rooms with the back room being shut off from the rest of the place, but my family members didn't mind us sneaking from one room to the kitchen. Love the fact that it had two bathrooms and the kitchen as fully stocked as well as bathrooms. No need to buy paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap or laundry detergent which is already provided. Would I come back, yes!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked it! Hoping I described it adequately so the arrangement wasn't unexpected? You guys were great! Thanks for leaving it in such good shape! Come back soon!
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All the conveniences of home + more while on vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience staying in Bonnie's rental in Manteo from August 5th-13th, 2016! This was our last escape before two of our three daughters left for college and we all truly enjoyed ourselves- even brought along one of their grandmothers. Plenty of extras available, such as bikes, kayaks, and beach equipment- which helped to reduce our packing quite a bit. Kitchen space was manageable and we were able to cook most of our meals in the apartment. Bonnie was very helpful with directions and giving advice on where to go for day or evening adventures.

Loved the location! Conveniently located to the Outerbanks without all the hustle and bustle. Enjoyed the islands bike path and the downtown area is quaint and a well kept secret from the crowds. Thank you for a memorable vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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There are pluses and minuses to this location

  • 4 of 5

Bonnie is very willing to resolve any issues you might have. You need to let her know if you have problems; you should call her as she does not intrude on your time. We found she liked to use text messaging, so letting her have your cell phone number is important and you should check your phone regularly.

Being dependent on the previous renters for the condition of the space may cause variation in your experience. It is a do-it-yourself place, where you clean up after yourself and the next person gets what you left behind. The facilities are a bit dated and miscellaneous. We appreciated the dish tv in every room and internet connectivity throughout.

The kitchen is very small and as it rained most days, we couldn't use the outside space for food preparation. There are plenty of dishes and silverware and glasses, but very little room for cutting things up or putting things together. There was a good deal of electric cooking equipment (microwave, toaster oven, electric skillet, crock pot, etc.) which took up much of the available space. There are beds for 12 people in 3 rooms. We were only 3 people and that made it work for us. I would have liked to have another table rather than so many beds. (There were tv tray tables, but they weren't sturdy enough for using a computer or big enough to put together a puzzle.)

I appreciated Bonnie's tolerance for our dog as not everyone is willing to accept a dog. The dog is elderly and short so the 21 steps down to the ground were a challenge for her, especially when they were wet and slippery.

I was glad we were driving a car with a high clearance as the road is quite full of potholes. Nonetheless, we were able to ride bikes at some point most mornings and appreciated the variety of vehicles available, especially the adult trike as my partner has balance issues. We aren't strong enough to lift the kayak onto the roof of the car or off the rack where they are stored.

Manteo is a delightful small village and access to the ocean beaches further east is relatively easy. We enjoyed swimming at the national seashore. It was good to be where we could have these advantages without having to run the gauntlet of shopping and eating places that parallels the beach.

We had a few good meals nearby. If you want breakfast out, go to TL's where the locals go. We also enjoyed dinner at the Lone Cedar and lunch at Blue Water but both are rather pricey.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albion , Michigan

Great Place to Stay close to outer banks

  • 4 of 5

The house was very spacious and close to activities. Great town. Excellent bike trails. We loved it.

The Finley's

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Norfolk, VA
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Downtown Manteo
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Rocky Mount, NC
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
US 64 Business
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown Manteo
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Nags Head
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $100

This is a "CLEAN IT YOURSELF" unit. When you leave, the unit should be ready for the next guest. Owner will inspect. If you do not clean, the cleaning fee will be forfeited. If the unit is left clean, the cleaning fee will be refunded. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed and deposit is received. This unit is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood. It is the upstairs area of a home. The owner lives downstairs. It has private parking, private deck, private entrance. Quiet hours from 10 pm until 6 am. You will receive an email with directions, combinations, codes for wifi, etc, once your rental is booked, confirmed, and paid in full.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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