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Merritt in Middle: OCEANVIEW OPEN wks July 8th, Aug 12th & 26th~~~

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)


Tired of arriving at your vacation destination only to find:

• towels are missing and you just stepped out of the shower?

• the springs in the chair sink to the ground and you were hoping for a cozy read?

• the hot water is cold and you’re covered with sand and shells?

• the Freon has drained dry in the air conditioning unit and it’s 99+ and sunny outside?

• the kitchen equipment you took camping exceeded what you find in the cabinets?

• the promised transportation doesn’t work and your feet are tired?

Merritt in the Middle, our “home away from home” offers:

• Freedom from the “oh, no” of disappointments mentioned above

• A cheerful, well maintained, well equipped ocean view cottage for families/friends looking for a quiet, relaxing, care-free vacation rental.

• Ocean views of South Beach off the front porch and the peaceful warmth of the maritime forest as a backyard

• Hardwood floors, freshly painted walls, colorful art work, dinnerware, games, books, and more…..

• Main home with inverted floor plan: LOWER with 2 bedrooms (master with Queen and TV, large bathroom including tub-shower, 2 sinks, and private screened porch; 2nd bedroom with 2 twins, queen sofa-couch, bath, TV), washer-dryer; UPPER with living/dining and kitchen, half bath, and comfortable front deck-porch with chairs and gorgeous views

• Porta-crib and high chair for your little one.

• Kitchen well equipped with spices, hot pot holders, pizza pan, cook books and other items to enjoy during your stay.

• 6 person golf cart with year-round maintenance agreement

* Two cruiser bikes for PAVED road use ONLY, 'as is' condition

• Experienced housekeeping whose goal it is to help us insure that your rental is of gold standard quality

• South Beach just a 3 minute walk across the street, East Beach or the Maritime Market or BHI Club with access to golf, tennis and swimming pool each just a 5 minute golf cart ride

• 14 miles of running on the beach, roads for biking beneath trees in the forest or along the coast

• Temporary membership available if you wish to purchase for Bald Head Island Club (options for golf, exercise facilities, tennis, croquet, restaurant) OR Shoal's Club (ocean side pool, restaurants!). BHI high $135 week and Shoal's $200.

SAVE big w/ monthly rental $3000/mo mid Sept-mid May (excluding Easter weeks)!!!!

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2017


Flora's Bluff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double sleeper sofa in 2nd bedroom w/bunks, Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Merritt in Middle: OCEANVIEW OPEN wks July 8th, Aug 12th & 26th~~~
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
United States

Merritt in the Middle, a very special vacation home

  • 5 of 5

I have been staying at this wonderful house about twice a year for a number of years and I love it! The owner, house manager and CPA are very easy to work with. The house is maintained well and is appointed with taste.

One of my favorite features is the beautiful view from the upper deck. It is also a very easy walk to the beach. In 2016 the house had some very nice upgrades. They included a pleasingly quiet Bosch dishwasher and other features that you do not see in a typical beach house.

This year there is a super nice new large cart. The cart has many safety features and a smooth ride.

There is a reason I keep returning to Merritt, and if you rent this once, you will probably join me as a regular visitor.

Seabrook S.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the time & care required to send review. It is always nice to know that efforts to maintain & upgrade my home are appreciated. The new 6 seater golf cart is indeed comfortable! Look forward to your return next season.
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Exactly what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Merritt's house. It had everything we needed, the location was perfect and the house beautifully updated. We loved the view, the peace and the well equipped kitchen. We used the bikes a lot and they worked fine. It was fun to drive the golf cart! We used the club membership a lot. We'll be back to BHI one day for sure! We highly recommend this listing.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review highlighting the positives enjoyed during your one month stay in my home. Please know that a new 2017 golf cart arrived the week after you departed. Next visit will be even nicer!. Hope the rest of your celebratory adventure continues to be positive for both of you~~Look forward to you returning to Merritt in the Middle someday!
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Clemson, SC


  • 5 of 5

Great weather April 2017!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bruce Thank you so much for informing me of a few item that needed attention. The blind was repaired in the living area, the dining tables adjusted & now more secure, the shingles replaced, and rather than wait another season to replace the grill I ordered one last week. Pleased you enjoyed your stay and that the weather was lovely. Hope you return to enjoy Merritt in the Middle for a 2nd time.
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Raleigh, NC

Labor Day Fun!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at Merritt in the Middle. It was everything the owners promised. It was perfect for our family for a long weekend, however if we were to stay longer, we would definitely need 2 golf carts and more stable beach chairs. The chairs were rusted out and broken. However, the amazing views and condition of the house was fabulous. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sending review. So pleased you enjoyed and found Merritt in the Middle 'as promised.' Sincere apologies re beach chairs. Honestly, just disposed of them 3 hours ago (here doing post summer 'clean') and will replace with new ones. Re 2nd golf cart.....for this two bedroom home I supply one 6 seater cart (replacing with new cart for next season) and know that for those needing a 2nd cart there are rental options on the Island. Hope you will return~~Best K
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Perfect for small families

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Merritt in the Middle several times. The property is very clean, kitchen is stocked with everything you need. beautiful ocean view from the upper deck. very convenient to the beach access. The Merritts are meticulous about making sure that their guest are well taken care of. They have an on-island house manager who is incredibly responsive. its the perfect property for small families who want a beach view and convenient access to the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Returning guests are a very positive reinforcer~~thank you for your comments. I am fortunate to have a terrific housekeeper & team who help me provide a lovely respite for those who select Merritt in the Middle as their BHI lodging! Look forward to you returning to enjoy!
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Great location with lovely water view

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Bald Head, and we will definitely return! Merritt in the Middle was a perfect location to explore the island, as it provided easy access to the beaches, the marina, the market, and the clubhouse. The house is lovely, with a great view of the ocean from the upper floor where the public spaces are. The front deck was ideal for morning coffee, wine at sunset, and spectacular star-gazing at night. We were there with our college-age daughter and the two bedrooms/baths gave us plenty of space to relax and enjoy our visit. The home is very clean and fresh-looking, as well as comfortable, giving it a welcoming feel. The living area on the second floor is an open, light-filled space -- a perfect place to read in the afternoon, when we needed a break from the sun. The large kitchen, with a long breakfast bar, allows you to view the ocean while cooking and the openness of the area permits easy conversation with folks in the living and dining areas. The second floor has a bit of a loft feeling but the owner very wisely has a built-in gate to block off the stairs for any wandering toddlers! Merritt in the Middle is a great place to relax and the owner did a terrific job in advising and welcoming us on our first BHI visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two cruiser bikes for paved roads ONLY provided in 'as is' condition, Please bring helmets!

14 miles of ocean front jogging, surf fishing, trails through maritime forest, bike rental available and more

Bald Head Island Conservancy Has an Educational Museum and Summer Programs Available!

RIVERSIDE ADVENTURE COMPANY (bikes/helmets, 910-457-4944)

SAIL SHOP (sailing lessons, guided sail/kayak trips, 910-457-6844)

CARY CARTS (golf cart rental, 910-457-7333)


Rates & Availability

Flora's Bluff House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
SUMMER-High Season
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 23 2017 - Apr 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

departure clean $160 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 12.75%

Contracts AND Payment/Security Refund managed by privately hired accountant. NO associated FEES. TEMPORARY CLUB membership is available for guest to purchase if interested. BHI Club high/low season $210/$105 and Shoal's Club 2016 $180 (both membership fees included all in home).

Minimum age to rent 25 years
HIGH SEASON RENTAL = SATURDAY to SATURDAY, arrival and departure; Departure clean $135.00
MONTHLY rental available Oct 2014 to April 2015
Encourage vacation insurance (google or

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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