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Classic Oceanfront Cottage

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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

More Details

Property Manager
Bob Harley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

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.

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Provision Company
"Great place to have lunch and a cold beer overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway."
Patronies Pizza
"Friendly service and good pizza."
Beaches N Cream
"Best homemade ice cream ever."
Kd Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop
"Great art, wine and yoga all in one place. Their Wednesday and Friday night wine tastings a..."
Surfers Cafe
"Very budget friendly and tasty lunches and early evening meals."
Archibald's Deli
Boone Dock's
"Not much atmosphere but excellent food and service. You will not be disappointed with your ..."
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Wilmington Internationl (ILM)
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Southport to Fort Fisher
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lockwood Folly
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Castaways
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Holden Beach
Car: necessary

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

Amenities

Holden Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Ceiling fans in every room, screen porch on oceanfront, elevated walk way to the beach. Private outside shower provided.

Reviews

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Classic Oceanfront Cottage
average rating of 4.5151515 based on 33 reviews
Clarksville, TN
5

Relaxing and comfy.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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5

Great house, wonderful beach, perfect weather!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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4

Just what we thought it would be

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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5

The house was just the right size for us and it was comfy with all the things we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks here at Holden Beach. The house was great. We loved the two porches. They were perfect for our furry family member and made having a pet on vacation worry free. When we go back to Holden Beach we hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna - We are glad that you had such a good experience at our cottage. We work hard to make sure that we provide our guests with a very positive experience on their vacation. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Bob and Donna
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Durham, NC
5

Great oceanfront property in Holden Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our recent stay at Harley's Better Half. The oceanfront location was gorgeous and the screened porch with the ocean view and the sound of breaking waves was lovely. The property was clean on arrival and the pictures are quite accurate. Well-equipped kitchen, good wifi and cable TV (the cable remote was a little wonky, but we got it working). My kids really enjoyed the "ship's cabin" feel with all the wood paneling. Yes, the property is a bit older (there is a plaque in the cottage that states it dates from 1947 and was one of the first beach cottages at Holden) but rustic in the most positive sense of the word. If you're looking for marble counters and Viking appliances, this probably isn't the house for you, but if you're looking for a wonderful family vacation with a gorgeous oceanfront view and long-lasting memories, it would be hard to beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David - Thanks for the honest and kind review. The reason we advertise as a classic cottage is that is exactly what it is. We do everything we can to update without taking the "classic" feel away. And keeping it clean is one of goals. Bob
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5

The home is exactly as pictured but more adorable when you enter and very homey!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation here. The view from the deck was above our expectations. The location was perfect. The home was as stated and clean. The added shower downstairs was a lifesaver and a great addition. All of us were just in bliss here. Perfect place for a quite family vacation. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Harley for allowing us to stay in your home and for being so accommodating to my family and I. We highly recommend this place and hope to come back. We were so sad to leave! A lot of great memories were made! It was great meeting you guys on the beach!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very nice meeting you and your family Denise and I am glad that we were able to accommodate your needs from changes in your family's plans. I am glad that you had such a good time and look forward to having you back again. We work hard to update and keep this older cottage well maintained while keeping it's old timey character. Thanks for your kind words.
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning - < week $60
Tax Rate 12.75%

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.

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.