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Canal Cottage-Sun Decks-Boat Dock, Game Room, Sunset View Room

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Rent our comfortable and restful cottage on one of the Top Ten Family beaches in the country (Conde Nast). The best feature of the cottage is the sunset view of the salt marsh from the sun-room. The separate downstairs game room with game tables/darts/video allow adults and kids to get away from each other. Dock on Canal allows easy Inter Coastal Waterway access.

Holden beach is 45 minutes south of Wilmington NC and 1 hour north of Myrtle Beach SC, 30 Minutes from Southport NC. There are wonderful restaurants and sightseeing in Wilmington. There is great shopping and night life in Myrtle Beach. Antiquing and car ferry access to NC Aquarium and historic Civil War site from Southport. Holden is a family friendly beach with wide sandy beaches and lots of shelling and good surf fishing and a fishing pier on the island. There are several seafood restaurants in the village and pizza and sandwich shops as well. There is a Walgreens and Food Lion in the town so grocery shopping is easy. There are delis that cater family meals too.

We rent Sunday to Sunday. Most beach rentals are Saturday to Saturday, so our renters miss the rush on check in day, and have fewer folks on the beach the Saturday before you leave, because they are checking out Saturday morning.

A cash deposit of $500 and Visa or Master Charge credit card for security against damage (we don't require a security deposit) will hold your reservation. Balance of rent is due two weeks before check-in.

If you have any questions, please send us an inquiry and we will respond by email, or call, if you give us your phone number.

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Steve Helms
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2017

What makes this house unique

We have always enjoyed watching the sunrise and set across the large salt marsh that can be seen from our sun room. We watch many types of birds and deer play in the marsh. We plan an annual treasure hunt with our grandchildren that includes clues over the island and prizes and ends at the inland waterway park at the end of our street. The children look forward to hunting or helping plan the hunt each year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our Stay was GREAT!
Aug 2011
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Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ample towel storage in vanity. Laundry adjoins bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Downstairs bath is large and has good natural light
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Half bath convenient to living area and second bedroom
  • In addition to 2 1/2 baths, there is an enclosed outside shower with dressing area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Canal Bedroom - 1 king , Master has view of canal and His and Hers dressers
    Downstairs Queen Suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Outside access combination queen suite/game room
    Second Middle upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Great for children w/play area under loft & wall mounted TV.
    Front Bed Room - 1 king , Actually 2 twins made up as a King. Great Marsh view.
  • 2 Kings, 2 Queens, 1 loft bunk. King size bed in Master and front bed room , Queen size Beds & Double futon sofa/bed in game room sleeps 2 (best for 2 kids)- sheets are not provided for this bed. This room is open to downstairs Queen master. Queen and loft twin are in 2nd upstairs bedroom.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Canal with boat dock with access to Intercoastal Waterway, and salt marsh view from house, easy walk to the beach. Enclosed outside shower.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Canal Cottage-Sun Decks-Boat Dock, Game Room, Sunset View Room
average rating of 4.866667 based on 16 reviews

Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Comfy and quiet. Perfect lazy vacation house.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a more accommodating vacation home or location!! TAX SHELTER is perfectly located and equipped with everything you will need for an exceptional family gathering! Felt right at home upon arrival. We stayed June 19th thru June 26th and never had any issues. Steve was great to work with and checked with us to make sure we arrived safely and were able to obtain access per the instructions which were easy and simple. Extremely spacious accommodations and well equipped. The photos of the property represent it accurately. The bedroom downstairs does not offer access to the main house but offers easy access to the garage or outside. Perfect for teenagers and/or young adults to have their own space. Most of our time was spent at the beach but when at the property, we lounged on the decks and hammock which are very spacious and relaxing. We will book this property again! Definitely a Gem!!! Thank You Steve for an amazing Family Vacation and Memories for a Lifetime!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hampstead, NC

Second Time Around

  • 4 of 5

This was our second time at the TAX SHELTER. Our first time was in June of 2014, we loved it so much that we rebooked for this year. Steve was amazing to work with. We had everything we needed in the kitchen to cook meals for 10 people. The kids had plenty of games and toys to play with. The bedroom downstairs was awesome for privacy but you should know there is no access from the main house, 3 bedrooms upstairs and a pull out full size sofa. Beach access is a bit far if you have seniors with you, small children can ride in the wagon provided. We love this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beckley, WV

  • 5 of 5

After a well needed vacation and our first trip to Holden Beach, I can say this place hit all the needs and wants of my family of six. The property was well represented in its description and pictures. The kitchen was well stocked, the outside grill worked well even in the wind. The beds were comfortable and the game room was loaded with games - a nice bonus for the kids. We were able to enjoy the deck and hammock while the kids floated in the canal. We had a two minute walk to a small beach on the inter coastal waterway and a five minute walk to the beach access (this is with four kids in toe from ages 8 to 15).

The house was clean and well kept. Our kids are already asking when can we go back to the "Tax Shelter." Steve was easy to reach and prompt to all our requests.

If you are looking for a stress free place to stay, I would highly suggest this home.

The garage parking was a nice bonus along with all the beach goodies including a sand cart - the entire house leaves you in need of nothing but food, which you can get at Food Lion just across the bridge.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely beach week

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week at Tax Shelter! A very nicely equipped house. We enjoyed the deck and the boat dock and the beds were very comfortable! I think though if you spend a lot of time together as a group the living space upstairs might feel tight. The boys enjoyed the game room but still preferred hanging out with everyone else. Also the bedroom downstairs is completely separate from the rest of the house. So you have to go outside to get to it. It creates a lot of privacy for whoever stays down there but it's good to know that ahead of time. We didn't read the description clearly enough. Lots of toys for little ones which we appreciated.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mooresboro, North Carolina

House with everything

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from renting this house and it was wonderful. This was our first trip to Holden but will not be our last. Steve was great to work with as we did a payment plan with him. The house has everything you need. You only need to bring a few clothes. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking. The beds are very comfortable and the house is very clean. Although the weather was not the best; rained a lot, the house has books, games and a covered back area to sit and enjoy the view. We also enjoyed fishing off the dock and even caught a few. We ate at Castaways Raw Bar one night which was downtown near the bridge; great service and great food. We also visited the Ice cream shop on the beach and it was good. Overall this is a great house and we had a great vacation! Highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Wilmington, NC
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Numerous in area
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Appx. 10 on Island and across bridge
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Holden Beach
Car: necessary

fishing pier, water slide park, bumper boats, video arcade in Holden Beach.


Rates & Availability

Holden Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Base rate is $1,225 per week. $1,325 per week that includes July 4, and for all other woks beginning in July.
If you would like to do a "lay-away" monthly payment rather than pay the normal deposit and balance due two weeks before check-in, let us know by email. We only rent during June, July and August.

$500 deposit with contract to confirm reservation. Balance is due two weeks before check-in.

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.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.