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Open floorplan home steps from the beach!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Updated again this winter - this time new bathrooms, new carpet and other fresh new touches! We are always improving to keep the home modern and comfortable for your beach vacation...

Fish Tale is the home on Bald Head that you will rent year after year. Just ask our guests! Walk through the front door, take in the sweeping views of the Atlantic from almost every window, and relax instantly on the huge sofa in the wide open floor plan. You will soon be sharing your own 'Fish Tales' with friends about your adventures on Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island Club membership included in rental price. Shoals Club available at an additional fee.

This home is perfect for two-three families or 3 couples, with 2 master suites (king beds), a queen bedroom, and a bunk room with full twin bunks, built in bunks suitable for teens and younger (not quite twin size mattress) and full size crib. Dining in? No problem! The kitchen is very well stocked (many families say they will always rent for Thanksgiving due to many pots, pans, appliances, serving ware, etc). Add to that a large round dining table that easily seats up to 10 with spectacular views of the ocean!

The open floor plan with a soaring ceiling makes living in Fish Tale most enjoyable. The living area is open to the kitchen, dining area, and sunroom. Although it is open, the bedrooms are tucked privately off the open living area. There are also several sitting areas to read, puzzle, enjoy coffee, or just admire the view. The most popular places to relax however, are the sunroom to view the sunrise and the deck to soak in the sunset. Just gorgeous!

Fish Tale truly has something for everyone. We provide high speed wireless internet and DVR service on the TV. So you can head to the beach but not miss your game, favorite show, or golf match. Although this is not a new home, it sure has fun, updated furnishings and linens. All guests comment on the comfortable and high quality beds, pillows, and linens.

We are extremely kid and beach friendly! Home includes a high chair, booster chair, 2 full cribs, pack and play, toys, books, bikes and beach and pool toys and floats/boards. You will enjoy the quality beach chairs, beach towels, beach bags, and private outdoor shower. Our goal is to be sure all amenities are in working order and ready for you! We provide access to one double kayak as well. Let the exploring begin!!

Fish Tale is conveniently located on South Beach just steps from a beach access. Take a look at our videos to see how close the beach access is. We are close to the Bald Head Island Club, the Maritime Market, and a short drive to the Shoals Club. Two 4-seater golf carts are available for your use. A full departure clean is included in your rate.

Please keep in mind that although Fish Tale is not a new home (it was built in the 80s) we work hard every year to update and keep it feeling fresh and modern for your vacation. For instance, this winter (2017-2018) we are replacing carpet and all linens and updating the 3 bathrooms with new vanities and fixtures. We take guest feedback seriously and do what we can to improve your time in our home.

Keywords: beach house, beach home, ocean view home, open floorplan

More Details

Kristin Wray
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Kristin Wray

Kristin and Peter live in Charlottesville, Virginia with their 3 boys - Peyton, Simon and Oliver. We love this college town and the beautiful mountains, but we treasure our time on Bald Head Island! We especially love introducing BHI to our friends and family.

Kristin Wray purchased this house in 2005

Why Kristin Wray chose Bald Head Island

We were married in the Bald Head chapel in 2000. We had discovered the island only months before. Once we visited, we were hooked and knew we would one day love to own a home here. Bald Head is truly a unique environment and such a well preserved barrier island. So, in 2003 we pulled the plug and bought a home in the forest. We were sure we would keep it forever. Then we had our first child and realized how much MORE space children require! So we moved into Fish Tale in 2005 and plan to enjoy all it has to offer for many years.

What makes this house unique

There are 2 things that our guests always comment on regarding Fish Tale. First - the view is spectacular. No, we are not on the sand, but we have unobstructed views of the ocean with only one home in our line of sight. As a result, you are forced to relax the minute you step in the home and take in the beautiful panoramic ocean view. Second - the open floor plan makes group living very comfortable. There are ample seating and common areas, but plenty of quieter spaces for privacy. It really 'works' for a group.


Bald Head Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2) 2 master suites., Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) Full size - not pack and play. One crib is always assembled and the other is easily assembled with no screws if needed. , Bunk Beds (2) One set of bunks hold twin size mattresses. Other set is built in to large closet area and holds custom mattresses suitable for teens or younger.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Open floor plan, large pantry, huge library for beach reading, 2 full size cribs, 2 golf carts, many beach and pool toys, beach towels, bikes, 1 double kayaks


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(37 traveler reviews)

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Open floorplan home steps from the beach!
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews

This is a beautiful home with spectacular views!

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect! There is plenty of room for everyone to gather and yet small seating areas for those who want to curl up with a book. The view of the ocean is second-to-none and the beach is wide and pristine. The house has two golf carts and plenty of bikes so everyone had independence - to exercise, go shopping or eat out. Wish we could have stayed longer!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent and child friendly.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time from the three year old to us as we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. The house was in a great location, was well appointed and very spacious and liveable. All in all it was an unforgettable week and we thank you for your home being a big part of that.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Still a favorite house for us

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Fish Tales for the 2nd time. Such a comfortable home (feels more like a home than a house). Thanks to the owners and management company for addressing something quickly that was no fault of theirs. They truly want you to have a wonderful stay. A week was not long enough. We love BHI and this home!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location, AC problem

  • 3 of 5

This house has too much clutter, too many baby toys. Air conditioning was a problem in the entire house and a portable unit was not working well for the master bedroom. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was recently remodeled. The rest of the house was somewhat dated showing signs of wear and tear. Overall we had a great time because we love BHI!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We work very hard to keep our house a comfortable and an affordable place to stay on BHI. Our rate is well below homes in the area. We keep it well stocked (most guests rent this home because of the toys for small children) and provide high quality linens and towels in addition to a very well stocked kitchen for family meals. We have high quality beach chairs, beach towels, and many bikes (not often found in rental homes). Of course, things happen on the island that are hard to repair quickly - the AC. It is BHI - one of the drawbacks of being on an island! I hope you find a house that better suits your group needs in the future. Thank you for trying our home.
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a wedding and could not have picked a better place. The views are great and the beach access is so close! The open living space is perfect. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need. The beach towels are really nice, as are the beach chairs. We loved the overall beachy, family friendly feel. The beds were comfortable as well. We will come back in the future! Thank you for opening your home to us and being over accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and Comfortable, Family Friendly

  • 5 of 5

This is a great family place that is stocked to the brim with everything you could need to visit. If you show up with nothing but a suitcase then you'll be fine. The owners clearly work hard to keep this place comfortable and convenient. The couches were great napping couches and the beds were comfortable too. Loved our time there and would return anytime.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Wilmington (ILM)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

Full departure clean included in rate. BHI Club included in rental rate. Shoals Club membership available for an additional fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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