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Eclectic Classic! Great View/Pvt Access/Pets Welcome! **SUMMER DATES AVAILABLE**

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)


This 'eclectic classic' beach home is situated on a wonderfully located 2nd row lot, with a private beach access located directly across the street--a rare combination anywhere on Holden Beach, especially so close to the strand and the bridge!

Located at 218 Ocean Blvd West, 1/4 mile (two blocks) from the Holden Beach bridge, local bars, restaurants, ice cream, bike/kayak rentals and shopping are all a short walk or bike ride away. We also offer a grilling patio and small backyard area for pets. Bikes for adults and children are available for rental at local shops and are a wonderful and relaxing way to see the island.

A 3 bedroom and 1 bath, our little cottage is perfect for a couples get away or a small family of 4. With whimsical furnishings and original knotty pine paneling, our home is the perfect combination of old and new and will make you feel right at home! We have an enclosed outdoor shower area (cold water only) to rinse beach sand and a spacious parking area that can accommodate 2-3 vehicles. The covered porch with ocean views offers the perfect spot for enjoying morning coffee, evening sunsets or the afternoon sea breeze. From the porch, there are two wonderful ocean our pictures from all year-round!

With the original classic tongue-in-groove pine paneling and hard wood floors covered with antique oriental rugs, 'Carolina Country' provides it's occupants with a true feeling of home and history. The eclectic decor is a combination of memorabilia and unique contributions from many family members over the years. The living room table, for example, was handcrafted by my maternal grandfather, L.T.'Leaky' Davis, from the original ships wheel collected directly from a WWII Liberty Ship, off of Wrightsville Beach. In addition to being a master craftsman, he remains a legend in the world of Gulf Stream billfishing. Most of the hanging artworks are, either dedicated to or, done by a member of this artistic family. This is 'old school' beach house personified.

Having weathered many storms through the years, 'Carolina Country' stands as a shining example of the life and energy of the wonderful people that have called it home. Come sit back, relax and experience Holden Beach the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Keywords: Beach House, Cottage, Vacation, Beach, Family, Pet Friendly, Kids, Last-minute vacation

More Details

Ginny Varnum
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Ginny Varnum

We are a five generation family from Holden Beach. My grandparents and great-grandmother moved here from South Carolina in the early 60's and made HB their home. My sister and I were born and raised on Holden Beach and have spent many special holidays and family gatherings at Carolina Country. My husband Jamie is a native from Varnumtown and we have 3 daughters, 25, 24 and 8. We live on a 55-acre horse farm in Bolivia, the Brunswick County seat, (which is about 20 minutes from the beach) though we love all watersports, especially surfing, boating and SUP'ing! My husband is a carpenter, like my father, and he works on the island most every day. My oldest daughter manages our horse barn and teaches riding lesson's, organizes our summer camps and brokers horses. The 24 yo is a recent cum laude graduate of Meredith College with B. S. Degree and is currently working on her application to attend Veterinary School at NC State or UGA. Our youngest is a 3rd grader at South Brunswick Charter School and our daily reminder to laugh more, believe in fairies and all things magical and enjoy life each and every day! Though my parents now reside in Boone, NC, their hearts are with Holden Beach and the 45+ years spent here building a Family, a Business and a Town.

Ginny Varnum purchased this house in 1962

Why Ginny Varnum chose Holden Beach

This historic home represents the combination of the Griffin and Davis families, has housed five generations of the Griffin family and continues to be a home that embodies the essence of Holden Beach like no other. The quaint, well-kept home was built in 1962 for my late paternal grandparents, James D. Griffin and Lois Dougherty Griffin when they moved to Holden Beach from Anderson, SC and started Holden Beach Realty Company and ran the islands only post office in the same building. My grandfather, Drew Griffin, was among the founding fathers of the Town of Holden Beach and was the first Mayor Pro-Tem. My father, James (Jim) D. Griffin, Jr., built many homes on the island over a span of 40 years and continues to be instrumental in the conscientious development of Holden Beach.

What makes this house unique

If you're looking for a high-rise, hi-tech, monstrosity of a beach house that sleeps 4 large families and has 12 bathrooms--you've got the wrong house. This house is old and quaint but evokes the spirit of the beach that so many of the newer homes seem to attempt to re-create but fall very short of the mark.

Early morning coffee and paper on the front porch while watching the waves roll onto the beach, just across the street, is the perfect way to begin the day. A jog down the sidewalk or on the strand with your favorite four-legged family member may be just the activity you choose, 218 Carolina Country, is perfectly situated on second row and ready to accommodate.

Come enjoy the relaxing pace and the realistic old-school beach house to bring families together on the island know as 'the Family Beach'.


Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) If needed, we offer a pack-n-play for no additional charge., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private beach access with ocean view directly the street, only two blocks from the bridge-within walking or biking distance of restaurants/bars and shopping.


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Eclectic Classic! Great View/Pvt Access/Pets Welcome! **SUMMER DATES AVAILABLE**
average rating of 4.521739 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great location, right across the street from beach access. Rooms suited our family of 5 perfectly. Linens were an added bonus; would stay again. Communication was great. Thanks Ginny!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very helpful, nice size yard for dog, owner was very helpful with any question we had will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4th of July Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great owner, great location, cute beach house with a tremendous amount of character.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Conveniently located, was a great place to bring the dog.

  • 4 of 5

Ginny was very helpful when I couldn't get the key to work at first even offering to come over with some WD-40. It was nice staying in a house with sheets already on the beds; one less thing to do upon arrival. The house was very comfortable and homey. Nicely situated right across the street from the beach access.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fuquay Varina, NC

Comfy beach house with great location

  • 4 of 5

You can't beat the location of this original beach house. It is a close walk to restaurants and bars with excellent beach access directly across the street. If you can't get oceanfront, this is a good next best thing. I also liked how close we were to the bridge as traffic can back up and it seemed preferable to stay on this end of the island for easier access on and off. The house was well appointed and we had everything we needed to cook and make coffee or smoothies. We ate at "home" most of the week. I slept like a baby in the master bedroom, the beds were extremely comfortable and I adore ceiling fans. I had a fractured foot this trip and I was disappointed the back yard was not fenced in as I had anticipated. We brought our two small dogs and it would have been nice to not have to go down the stairs with them each time. However, they loved the front porch and all the action on Ocean Blvd. This was our first experience with Holden Beach and we will definitely be back. The parking situation was also nice, up to three spots right in front. We had only one vehicle, but had plenty of room to store our 2 kayaks. My only complaint, the house was really dusty. It is an older home with a lot more decorations than most. I am used to pet friendly houses not being the newest and cleanest, but I feel it needs a deep dusting and cleaning. All in all, we enjoyed our stay very much and are appreciative of the family opening their home to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Loved our visit to Carolina Country, however this unique home could easily be called The Enchanted Cottage! The love and contributions of many family members can be seen in every room. The home has beautiful woodwork and is furnished with whatever the vacationer might need. Maggie our 10 year old English Springer Spaniel loved the beach, which is right across the street. When we brought her back from the beach, we sprayed off her paws in the outside shower and she stayed on the gated porch drying while watching people go by. The sand Spurs were not a problem as she quickly learned to walk around them. Ginnie the owner was a delight and welcomed us as we arrived. I do believe this home is ideal for about 4 people at a time with a pet. The only drawback which did not bother us that much since we were out and about most of the day was the construction noise going on close by. My husband golfed everyday at close by courses. We enjoyed the local seafood and you have to take the kids to Beaches and Cream ice cream. Enjoy!!!


  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Fort Fisher
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lockwood Folly
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Nearest Beach
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Holden Beach Fishing Pier
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Paradise Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
The Scoop Ice Cream
Nearest Point of Interest
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $100

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed with signed contract and payment of first installment and refundable deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.