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Classic Oceanfront Cottage

Holden Beach, NC, USA
  • Cottage1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is a classic beach cottage with knotty pine tongue and groove interior siding. It has been modernized to include everything you will need to enjoy a long weekend, week or more at the beach.

The oceanfront screen porch is a great place to relax out of the sun and enjoy the cool ocean breezes. Or you can enjoy the same breezes on the sun deck while getting a tan.

This family beach is seldom crowded and the strand is less than 100 feet from the sun deck. You will never need to 'lug' your chairs, sand toys, etc. a long distance to enjoy them on the beach.

The beach has been renourished and is wider than ever.

Keywords: oceanfront,cottage

Property Manager

Bob Harley

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 21, 2018
About Bob Harley

My parents bought this cottage in 1954 and I lived here every summer until I went to college. My wife and I bought it from them in 1983 and raised our children here. We have a number of renters who have raised their families here as well and their children are now coming back.

Bob Harley purchased this Cottage in 1983

Why Bob Harley chose Holden Beach

We love the family atmosphere at Holden Beach. There are plenty of things to do here on the island. It is within a 45 minute drive of Myrtle Beach or Wilmington if more action such as amusement parks, more nightlife, etc. are desired. There are many golf courses within 30 miles. Surf fishing, pier fishing and deep sea charter fishing are all available here as well.

What makes this Cottage unique

Holden Beach is one of the few developed islands in this area with no high rise, high density housing. You can stroll along the beach without having to dodge other people constantly and never have a problem finding a place to sit on the beach.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 2
          outdoor shower, This is an enclosed outside shower with hot and cold water.

          Location Type

            • Beach
            • Ocean View
              The sun deck and screened in porch over great views of the beach and ocean.
            • Oceanfront
              The cottage is approximately 100 feet from the beach strand
            • Waterfront


                • Away From It All
                • Family


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Covered Parking
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Alarm Clock
                        • Local Activities Guide
                        • Local Maps
                        • Local Restaurant Guide
                        • Parking
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Telephone
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Ice Maker
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              The kitchen is well equipped with cooking utensils.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Grill
                            • Blender
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 8 people


                                    • Audio Tape Player
                                    • Books
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Radio
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      All of the usual channels plus all of the sports channels are provided.
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • Toys
                                    • VCR


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Porch / Veranda
                                        • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                        • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                        • Walkway to Water
                                        • Wood Deck


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • museums
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • cinemas
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Ceiling fans in every room, screen porch on oceanfront, elevated walk way to the beach. Private outside shower provided.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  36 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Clean, cozy, quaint.. Perfect for a small family.

                                                                  M P.

                                                                  Loved the oceanfront view from the porches. Shrubbery in front of cottage obstructed the view (to the left) somewhat, definitely could have been a much more breathtaking view if not for the shrubbery. Otherwise, this cottage was perfect for us! Loved it!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I'm glad that you had a good stay and enjoyed our cottage. The shrubbery that you mentioned obscuring the view to the left is actually a mini natural myrtle maritime forest. It provides protection to the cottage from storm surge and overwash so we prefer not to disturb it. The view directly to the front of the cottage and to the right is totally unobstructed.

                                                                  Beach trip in March

                                                                  Martin P.

                                                                  Great stay in March. Weather was outstanding and the accommodations were very good.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Glad you had a good time.

                                                                  This was our 2nd winter stay at Harley's Better Half.

                                                                  Mary M.

                                                                  It's a simple, comfortable bungalow, with a wonderful screen porch & deck leading to the very wide beach. Our little dogs loved it too. One of our favorite beach houses- we hope to return in the future.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Mary - I'm glad that you had a good visit even if the weather was a little on the chilly side. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

                                                                  Bob and Donna

                                                                  Relaxing and comfy.

                                                                  KAY C.Clarksville, TN

                                                                  We really enjoy staying at Harley's Better Half. If you are looking for a gourmet kitchen, granite, Italian tile, and plush surroundings, then HBH isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for comfort, coziness, a well stocked kitchen, a house with an interesting history and, a clean place to rest your head.......well, HBH might be just what you are looking for. And, what about the big screened in porch, open sunny deck and the ocean that is just feet from your own private boardwalk. Our dogs enjoyed the nearby dog park and we were glad to have the gated deck where they could enjoy the sun, off leash.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Kay - I am glad you had a good time at Harley's Better Half. Yes, it is exactly as it is advertised a "classic oceanfront cottage."

                                                                  Bob and Donna Harley

                                                                  Great house, wonderful beach, perfect weather!

                                                                  Sylvia K.

                                                                  We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay at Harley's Better Half! The house was so comfortable and inviting - and in a PERFECT spot on the island. We watched the beautiful sunrises and the breathtaking sunsets from the porch - AWESOME! We would recommend Harley's Better Half

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Sylvia - I am glad that you enjoyed your vacation at our cottage. We work very hard to keep it in shape so that our guests like you have great vacations.

                                                                  Thanks, Bob and Donna Harley

                                                                  Just what we thought it would be

                                                                  Michael S.

                                                                  It was clean, rustic and roomy enough. The porch was used a bunch as was the deck. The beds were comfortable as was the furniture. I thought no way could the stove work but it did and the oven cooked very well. Would I go again? you bet.

                                                                  Michael and Dee Spurlin

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Michael and Dee - I'm glad that you had a good time at Harley's Better Half. Yes, the stove is of necessity a little small but it does work well and many a family dinner has been cooked on and in it.

                                                                  Bob and Donna Harley


                                                                  Holden Beach, NC, USA

                                                                  This cottage is on a delightfully quiet small barrier island on the southern coast of North Carolina. Because the island is oriented east to west the ocean is usually calm. There is a very wide, uncrowded strand. The shape of the strand provides a long shallow area making it ideal for young children and adults alike to enjoy the ocean. There are a few putt-putt courses and a waterslide nearby but the island itself is basically non-commercial. There are a number of seafood and other restaurants both on and off the island. And it is situated about half way between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington which provide many activities as well as shopping and restaurants. On the island you will find charter boats, pier fishing, jet ski rental, bike rental, kayak rental and guided trips and a number of other things to do. Other Activities: boating, parasailing, mini golf

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  For rentals less than a week there is a $60 cleaning fee.

                                                                  One half the rent 6 months prior to rental. The remainder of the rent 30 days prior to rental.

                                                                  36 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.6/5
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                                                                  Property # 299875