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The Sanctuary: Designer's Luxury Waterfront Home with Large Dock on Quiet Lagoon

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,936 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious & Spacious 6 Bedroom + 6 Bathroom Waterfront Home

The Sanctuary at Wrightsville is a luxurious, waterfront home with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms that comfortably sleeps 19. The 4936 sq. foot designer home features a large, 30-foot dock on a serene saltwater lagoon, just two short blocks from the beach.

Located in a quiet and safe neighborhood, undisturbed by beach traffic, The Sanctuary is a true dream house full of designer upgrades without sacrificing the comfort of home. This home offers its guests a memorable luxurious vacation and goes far beyond the typical beach cottage. With its thoughtful accommodations, first-class maintenance, great location, and attention to design and detail, we guarantee it beats all other Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals.

Some of The Sanctuary's unique features include the two covered porches, an open deck with ocean views, and the 30-foot dock right on the lagoon, offering guests spectacular ocean and marsh views.

Additionally, the home is loaded with a variety of amenities and accommodations for all ages and lifestyles.


-A spacious, upgraded designer's kitchen

-Top quality stainless steel appliances

-A well-equipped kitchen for the gourmet cook

-Beverage coolers

-Includes all of your favorite appliances from the mixer, blender, coffee maker, knife sharpener and many more


-Outdoor gas grill for the BBQ

-Shower room


-Ping pong table

-Storage of our guest bikes, beach card, cooler chest, beach chairs, boogie boards


-Kitchen and dining area comfortably seats 21

-Spacious island ideal for working and eating

-Breakfast nook with cherry-wood table (seats 8)

-Dining room table adjacent to kitchen (seats 8)


--Two separate living areas on main floor with Plasma TV's

--Mid-level family entertainment room with wet bar, wine storage, beverage storage, plasma TV, game table, Queen sleeper sofa

-TOP LEVEL: 600 sq. ft, master suite with king bed, vaulted ceilings, steam shower, large bath tub, walk-in closet, plasma TV, desk, and best of all, a private deck that overlooks the lagoon and with ocean view


-Gathering room with plasma TV, game table, wine storage, mini-frog offering a second level for relaxation and entertainment. Queen sleeper sofa is located in gathering room.

-A second king master suite featuring vaulted ceilings, water view, and private bathroom with shower

-A third king bedroom with private bathroom with tub/shower

-A bunk/trundle bedroom sleeping 4 with private bathroom


-2 queen bedrooms, one with private bathroom, the other with adjacent bathroom


-Breakfast nook overlooking lagoon

-Dining area

-High-quality mattresses, including Tempurpedic


-Outdoor Gas Grill

-2 Covered Porches

-Beautiful Gazebo

-Large Deck

-30 Foot Dock

-Elegant Landscaping

-Exterior Shower Room

-Ladder at dock for easy swimming


-Ping pong table

-2 kayaks

-Paddle board



-Boogie boards

-Cooler chest

-Beach wagon


-Mid-level laundry room with new washer and dryer

-Queen blow up mattress

-Twin blow up mattress

-Interior sound system




...And more!

Please call anytime with questions. The Sanctuary is truly a remarkable home! Nearly new and beautiful, it's the best rental property in Wrightsville Beach!

Our guest reviews speak for themselves.. This home lives up to its name: The Sanctuary.

More Details

Carol Ann Zinn
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Carol Ann Zinn

A beach-lover since childhood, it's always been my dream to own my own special home in the exceptional beach town of Wrightsville Beach, located just outside the historic city of Wilmington. As a professional designer, I thoughtfully detailed and furnished the home to welcome and comfort visiting friends and family, and now I am offering it to you for your use as well.

Carol Ann Zinn purchased this house in 2006

Why Carol Ann Zinn chose Parmele Isle

The Sanctuary is the best, non-oceanfront home in Wrightsville Beach. The home features 3 private decks and is located on Sunset Lagoon... Just two blocks from the ocean in a safe and quiet neighborhood!

When unwinding at the Sanctuary, you can wake up to the sun rising off the ocean and enjoy your morning beverage while overlooking the peaceful lagoon from the dock or one of our private decks.

What makes this house unique

The Sanctuary has a private, 30-foot dock in a scenic, deep-water lagoon. The lagoon, near Banks Channel and IntraCoastal Waterway, is great for swimming, kayaking, and boating! Bring your own or feel free to use our paddleboard and 2 kayaks as explore the nearby lagoons and marshes.

If you prefer to stay on land, you can take a stroll to downtown Wrightsville Beach or use one of our bikes as you explore the area.

Inside the Sanctuary is a cook's kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolfe appliances. The spacious, 6 bathroom's in this designer's home feature unique tile detail and plumbing fixtures.The master bedroom suite has a private deck overlooking the beautiful lagoon and a steam shower.

During the off-season or after a day at the beach, you can entertain and unwind with our 3 plasma TV's, the ping-pong table, and Beach cart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey there and yes we had a wonderful time @ your place. We had just come off a very stressful weekend and being @ The Sanctuary was just the medicine. Your house is beautiful!
Nov 2010
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Parmele Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4936 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • Bathroom's are like-new with custom tile details, designer fixtures, and a master bath featuring a steam shower and a large bathtub
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite bedroom on top floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Vaulted bedroom with shower bathroom on mid-level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Mid-level king bedroom with tub/shower bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Main floor queen bedroom with adjacent shower bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Main floor Queen bedroom, private shower bathroom sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , Mid level bunk + trundle bedroom with bathroom - sleeps 4
    Convertible bed(s) - Queen convertible bed + Queen blow up + Twin blow up
  • 3 King Beds 3 Queen Beds 2 Queen Sleep Sofa 1 Twin Bunk 2 Trundle Beds 1 Queen blow-up mattress 1 Twin blow-up mattress
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • Steam Shower
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Pillows, blankets, and kitchen towels are provided! We have elevator access to all floors. Great stereo system, plasma TV's, and great wireless internet and computer access.


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The Sanctuary: Designer's Luxury Waterfront Home with Large Dock on Quiet Lagoon
average rating of 4.7868853 based on 64 reviews

Beautiful house, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for my nephew's wedding weekend. The house was lovely and spacious with beautiful dining and living room areas. In a short walk we could be at the beach or relax on any of the outdoor decks at the house and enjoy the lagoon views. The master bedroom is very special with its own deck that has a partial view of the ocean.

The owner provided a very detailed booklet on the house including how it was to be left for checkout. Pay attention to this book and be sure to follow the instructions for your departure to avoid extra cleaning charges!

The house was excellent but some of the equipment needs updating. The BBQ didn't work and we needed to bring food back into the house to cook, the dishwasher didn't work well and the coffee maker took a very long time to brew. These items were pointed out to the owner and she sent a handyman to look at them. She said she was going to replace the BBQ.

The whole experience was wonderful, these details didn't detract from our experience.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always appreciate helpful guest comments and suggestions. The BBQ grill was indeed replaced, the dishwasher underwent maintenance from our wonderful handyman, and we have a new coffee maker on the way. Important to note that our Wrightsville Beach team is responsive and helpful- and just a phone call away. We do maintain a pristine property with great value. Hence, our check out procedure asks for a little more attention on our guests' part to keep our rental cost down.
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Exceeded everyone's expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We needed accommodations for 7 adults and venue for a gathering of 24 before our son's wedding the following night in Wilmington. We viewed 7 VRBO options throughout Wilmington before selecting the Sanctuary. Everyone was so impressed with the spaciousness, warm finishings, and feel of the house. Large separated bedrooms for privacy, each with it's own bathroom, combined with three separate common spaces to make it perfect for our stay and our gathering. Three large outdoor deck spaces plus the gazebo on the water gives the Sanctuary the look and feel of a 5-star resort. Carol, the owner, was extremely responsive and attentive to all of our questions before and during our stay. We could not recommend the Sanctuary more highly for a stay in Wrightsville Beach or the Wilmington area.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you stay at The Sanctuary, and thank you, Dan, for taking such good care of the home.
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Sanctuary was a wonderful place for a extended family vacation. The bedrooms and bathrooms were just what we needed. The kitchen was nicely appointed with dishes and pots and pans. We had one of our own boats and rented a pontoon boat from the local dealer. It was quiet and clean. Bicycles were provided along with two great kayaks that we made daily use of. We appreciated the many folding chairs that were provided. The location is great and close to Wilmington and the beach. Overall we all had a great experience at the Sanctuary and would recommended it to anyone looking for a well appointed home for vacationing.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Review of Rental 244174

  • 5 of 5

This property is BEAUTIFUL! Immaculate, comfortable, gorgeous view, all the amenities you could want, and great energy! The dock is great for jumping off and a walk away from the ocean. The host is lovely and very accommodating. Thank you Carol for making our beach get away a memory we will treasure forever!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kristen, for appreciating our very special home.
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Amazing, Luxury Property Close to beach-town

  • 5 of 5

My family from CA spent a week here. We had no idea how lovely the home and its location would be. My kids loved the rental bikes, boogie boards and kayaks. The outdoor shower was key after long days at the beach. What I l loved was the proximity to the beach, the kids would forget something and someone could run to house to get. We were so close we walked back for lunch. At the end of the evenings we sat out on the many different porches and watched kids kayak or swim in the lagoon. The space is open and all floors are large And still intimate. We are planning our trip back next year already.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your next visit to The Sanctuary!
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  • 5 of 5

This property is beautiful and beyond our expectations. It has all you need to enjoy a vacation at Wrightsville Beach. Making return plans already.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for your care of our fine home. We loved having you stay at The Sanctuary! Carol Ann
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Wilmington NC
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: recommended

Swim or paddle board off our dock in the calm salt-water lagoon! Use one of our two kayaks for water fun, including exploring the nearby marshes, from our dock.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation payment is received.
Please contact owner by email for the best communication.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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