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Richards Cottage, Ocean Views, Steps from Beach, Family Fun in Heart of Island"""

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11). Completely Renovated and Stylish.

Beautiful 3000 sq. ft. custom renovated home by Wilmington's finest builder and top decorator (magazine published). Located 22 ft. from the beach access (about 15 ft from the curb), one house back from the ocean on a quiet family street. This house is perfectly situated a few blocks south of Johnny Mercer's Pier and a few blocks north of the "Downtown" beach area with Robert's Deli---so it is in walking distance of many area attractions. The home was designed as the perfect family getaway, featuring expansive wrap-around porches w/hammocks, rocking chairs, cushions and outdoor tables. There is an amazing gourmet kitchen, stocked with every imaginable gadget and cooking accessory, which features stainless-steel countertops, sub-zero refrigerator, gas range with warming drawer and dishwasher.

On the ground floor is a brand new spacious and luxurious bathroom with huge soaking tub, just steps away from the game room and ground floor Queen Bedroom. The game room features a phoos-ball table, wet bar and kitchenette---all set up like a separate apartment for privacy, but connected to the upstairs by an inner stairwell---so it can be a secluded retreat from the rest of the house, yet still connected. Also on the ground floor, a colorful 'jungle room' is a great area set up for the kids, next to the game room and it has a TV/VCR combo with dozens of Disney videos for the kids and has two rattan-style daybeds/lounges. All Bedrooms in the house feature comfortable premium mattresses.

The House has 3 dining areas (inside/outside), large open floor plan and a living room with comfortable sofas and large Samsung Flatscreen Smart TV. There are beautifully refinished pine floors throughout. Softly painted wood paneling adds to the authentic character. The house is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping in a privately walled garden that features an outdoor shower out back and a secluded under-porch hang-out spot with lounge chairs outside of the game room.

On the top floor, the master suite is softly inviting, with an angled-ocean view and it has a tv-armoire. The large master bathroom is tiled with coral stone and features a Kohler deep-soaking tub, large shower and double sink vanity.

The kitchen is a cook's dream--furnished with a gas range with warming-drawer, microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator with inner ice-maker, stainless-steel appliances, every imaginable gadget and even an oyster/crab pot. Bon Appetit! Additional dining options al-fresco: an outdoor table for four directly adjacent to the main dining room, overlooking the dunes, and dining for 6 or more on the screened back porch---quiet, shady and private.


We have a wonderful group of families who visit us year-after-year, but we are delighted to welcome new guests. Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach have year-round events and the warm climate draws people in all seasons. Some of the more popular mid and off-season 2017 events:

NC Holiday Flotilla (November)

Festival of Trees (December)

Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour (Dec.)

East Coast Shag Classic (January)

Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival (Jan)

Annual NC Jazz Festival (February)

Cape Fear Beer Festival (March)

Quintiles WBE Marathon (March)

NC Azalea Festival (April)

Rims the River (April ) (Antique Car Show)

Easter (April)

Seaside Soccer Classic (May at UNCW)

Memorial Day (end of May)

Many groups come for long golf, shopping or fishing weekends. Wrightsville Beach is one of the premier yachting communities on the East Coast, and charter fishing is a huge draw. Some of our guests charter Captain Robbie Wolfe's 'Whipsaw'--a 42' Custom Carolina Sportfisher with twin diesels, three fighting chairs and enjoy Full, 3/4 or half day trips to area 'secret' hot fishing spots. Whatever your interest, the Richards Cottage is perfectly suited for groups of 11 or under. Please call us with any questions or if you need assistance in vacation ideas.

Keywords: Wrightsville Beach, Southern Coast, Coastal, North Carolina, USA

More Details

Property Manager
Lindy Shoaf
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

Why Lindy Shoaf chose Wrightsville Beach

We have family ties to the area and love the natural beauty of the beach but convenience of a lovely historic city nearby.

What makes this house unique

The home is a classic cottage. We purposefully renovated it to have all the modern conveniences but have kept the charm of a family beach vacation retreat. We decided to keep as much of the outdoor porch space as possible to allow a truly organic beach vacation. There is nothing like enjoying the balmy beach breezes from the front porch hammock on a lazy afternoon.


Wrightsville Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11 ...
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No spike heels allowed inside---we have soft pine floors.
  • No air mattresses are allowed.
  • We do not allow the home to be used as a "beach club" for visiting guests.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Double Vanity Sinks.
    Top Floor Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Vanity Sinks, Linen Closet
    Middle Floor Private Bathroom - toilet , shower , Pedestal sink
    Middle Floor Half bath - toilet , Convenient to Kitchen, Dining and Living Room areas
    Ground Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower under stairwell out back
  • Master Bath and Middle Floor Bathroom feature natural Coquina (coral stone) tile from the Dominican Republic. All bathrooms are updated and feature American Standard and Kohler fixtures. Tile Flooring.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen Bedroom--Middle Floor - 1 queen , On main (middle) floor. Has attached bathroom w/shower
    Master Bedroom--Top Floor - 1 king , Master Bedroom has an attached bathroom, partial ocean view
    Ground Floor Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Very private and functions like a separate apartment
    Bunk Bed Room--Top Floor - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 3 people. Has Ocean views, and next to bathroom.
    Westside Twin Bedroom--Top Floor - 2 twin/ single , Smallest Bedroom in House, Hall Bathroom nearby.
  • Top Floor: (1) King Master Bedroom, (2) Twin Beds, and a Bunk Bedroom that has another twin sleeping a total of (3) in this room. Middle Floor: (1) Queen Bedroom has an attached bathroom w/shower. Ground Floor has (1) Queen Bedroom has access to ground floor full bathroom. On Top Floor, the Hall bathroom has double vanity sinks, toilet and tub/shower combo.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Premium Mattresses, Wet Bar/Kitchenette, Kitchen features a 'Coffee Center' with all the amenities to prepare your own gourmet coffee in the morning--grinder, espresso/cappucino machine, and accessories. House has an Outdoor Shower, a Library with lots of paperbacks, Kids 'Jungle Room' Lounge with own TV/VCR combo, Lots of porches with rockers, hammock, and lounge chairs, Multiple dining areas (inside seating 10, front porch seating 4+, back screened porch seating 8). Beach Toy Bin. As of 2010, we have Four adult beach chairs and Two smaller beach chairs for your use. We also have Two large beach umbrellas. Ironing Board, Iron, Hair Dryers on every floor. High Speed Wireless Internet.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Amazing House Next to the Beach

  • 5 of 5

A great time had by all---our family vacation was wonderful and this property's location is amazing. Our son was graduating from UNC Wilmington, so we decided to make a week of it. The house has lots of bedrooms, bathrooms and is set up perfectly for everyone to relax. It had beach umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie-boards and other stuff so that we could all get the most out of our holiday without having to bring all that stuff with us. We loved the porches and hammock! The kitchen is great and there was plenty of parking. Had a great week and hope to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach vacation at its best

  • 5 of 5

We came to the beautiful Richards cottage for an anniversary reunion and couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. The cottage is cozy and very comfortable. It slept our entire group of 10 with ease.

The beach access is steps from the front door and easy to get to. The cottage is outfitted with comfy chairs for the beach and toys for almost all age groups. The beach is great for a leisurely stroll or a vigorous power walk. A walk along the beach even produced a viewing of dolphins. The beach is serene and great for fishing. The nearby pier has supplies to make the fishing experience fun and productive.

After a day at the beach, it was great to come home to relax with a bubble bath--with two bathrooms having beautifully large soaking tubs. The downstairs suite even has a fuze table for entertainment. There are plenty of children's movies and books for all genres available. The cottage had many decks to choose from when entertaining our party. The hammock was a special hit with young and old alike.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted your group enjoyed your stay and glad the newly renovated ground floor bathroom with large deep soaking tub is being actively enjoyed by our guests! Fall is our FAVORITE time of year to enjoy Wrightsville Beach and it is awesome that you got to see the dolphins and experience some good fishing as well. Hurry Back!
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Vacation Rental with so many extras!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Richards Cottage was a great experience. As you can see from the pictures, the house is nicely decorated which gives it a cozy and comfortable feel. The living space is conducive to a bigger group because there are two sitting with a TV and another with seating for 4 or 5 and a game table. Also, there are two dining tables (one off the kitchen and one on the screened porch ). The front porch was a favorite spot for our group. With palm trees all around, a wonderful hammock and comfortable rockers, the porch was a hard spot to leave! The kitchen is also the best we've encountered after 15 years of beach rentals. Top end appliances (i.e a great blender, a quiet dishwasher and a big frig with ice maker) and lots of great bowls and utensils made dinner prep so much easier than in years past. Also, there were many staples (i.e. sugar, spices, oil, ect) already at the house when we arrived. Of course we had to replace a few of the items during our stay but it was nice to start the week with a few of the essentials. Our group found the bedrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors comfortable. However, the basement bedroom was not a hit with our group.

If you have any fishermen in your group, we recommend Captain Jot. If you google Captain Jot in Wrightsville Beach you will easily find it. He's a really nice guy and definitely knows the hot spots for fishing. Our guys caught enough fish to feed our group for two nights!!

Also, the ladies in our group rented stand up paddle boards from the Aussie Island Surf Shop (1 North Lumina...on the corner across from Wings). The guys at the shop helped us across the street with our boards and gave us a quick lesson before we started paddling. The cost was only $15 for 1 1/2 hours....which we thought was a bargain!! Also, If anyone in your group wants to learn to skim board, the surf shop connected us with a skim board instructor ($15 for an hour and he came right to the beach in front of the house).

You will love this house, it's location, and all the fun things to do at Wrightsville Beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
New Hanover
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Jerry Allen's
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Landfall Country Club (Private)
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Jerry Allen's
Nearest Beach
Wrightsville Beach

Fine Gardens, Deep Sea/Charter Fishing, Fine Wine Shops/Gourmet Shopping, Art Galleries, Public Library, Dancing, Night Clubs, N.C. Azalea Festival (April), Riverfest (October), Cucalorus Film Festival, Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament (May at Landfall Country Club). Beach to the Battleship Triathlon, Annual Holiday Flotilla (Thanksgiving Weekend). Wilmington Historic Candlelight Tour (December). Soundside water access at end of street for neighborhood residents with sandy beach. Little Chapel on the Boardwalk (Methodist) located at the end of the street.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Administration Fee $35 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 13.0%

We do not discount the property. We will consider long-term rental, but there is NO discount for long-term rentals. We will consider renting to special groups on a case-by-case basis. We do not allow any parties or special events at the house under any circumstances. No pets are allowed, no smoking allowed. Bed and Bath linens are not included. Other exclusions and terms apply, per the lease

We require a reservation deposit of $400 to secure the reservation. We get 1/2 the rental amount at 90 days before check-in and the balance due including the security deposit at 30 days prior to check-in.
Personal check or Certified Checks. Our contract spells out specific terms of our lease.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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