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Family Friendly Oceanfront Sleeps 18

Bedrooms 7
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bd Cottage & 2-2 bd Apts , 7 Bd, 4 Ba Total.

Simple Serenity is the perfect name for this wonderful beach property. As you arrive, you will immediately feel the peaceful, nostalgic memories of a childhood beach vacation or perhaps remind you of a scene from a 'feel good' book or movie. There is nothing fancy about Simple Serenity - it is just a clean, cozy, updated cottage by the sea. The cottage and guest cottage apartments sit on an oceanfront lot just 3 blocks from the the center of Surf City. This location is within easy walking distance of the fishing pier, numerous restaurants and bars, a grocery store, seafood markets, a playground, ice cream shops, coffee shops, public boat ramps, sightseeing and just about anything else you would want to do on a relaxed beach vacation.

It consists of a cozy updated three bedroom, two bath, oceanfront cottage and two smaller 2 bedroom guest cottage apartments connected by a shared court yard. This property is ideal for small weddings, gatherings, celebrations, reunions or to just get away from the craziness of everyday life. We love to host military reunions with a loved one. It has adequate parking for six cars and even enough room for a boat and trailer.

As you arrive at Simple Serenity you will first discover the two nicely furnished 2 bedroom connected guest cottages. These units are a perfect private space to give grandparents, parents with young children, or the late night young adults some personal space from the main cottage group. They have two small bedrooms (a queen in one and double in the other), bathroom, and a kitchen/living/dining area with sleeper sofa. They have basic cable TV's , DVD players and Wi-Fi. The apartments share a nice size deck with a table and chairs. This makes a great spot for early morning coffee, an evening beverage or to share a meal in the salt air.

Just off the deck is a common courtyard with a hammock, a gas grill, a picnic table, outdoor hot/cold enclosed shower and plenty of open space for a group. This space is ideal for your group cookouts,games or just relaxing out of the sun or the wind when the beach is a little too sunny or breezy. A walkway to the side of the main cottage provides direct ocean access for the guest cottage apartment guests.

When you enter the beachfront cottage, you will be WOWED by the view. Seeing the beach and beautiful sea over the seaoats and dunes is breathtaking. The cheerfully decorated open kichen/greatroom space has all that you will need to relax and feel at home. The kitchen is well stocked with enough dishes, glasses, cookware, a blenders and larges pots for a big family seafood boil or Sunday turkey dinner. There is a wall mounted TV (with expanded cable service), a DVD player and WIFI for those guest who feel that they need to remain connected to the outside world. There is a comfortable sleeper sofa, loveseat and a recliner for for watching a game or favorite TV show. The beachfront deck is a great place for sunning, reading, watching the surfers, children playing in the sand, kites, sipping a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, daydreaming, or enjoying an afternoon nap.

You will be lulled to sleep and be gently awaken by the gentle sounds of the sea from the ocean front master bath with private bath. The second cheerful oceanfront queen size room and bunkroom guests share a nice hall bathroom with tile shower.. There is a large capacity washer and dryer, dishwasher and convenient outdoor showers to minimize your family chores.

If you are looking for a simple, affordable, easy and serene vaction spot we feel Simple Serenity will probably be perfect choice.

Keywords: Ocean Front property includes a 3 Bd/2Ba cottage and 2-2Bd/1Ba guest cottage apartments.

More Details


Surf City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master-Main Cottage
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall Bath-Main Cottage
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Guest Cottage C Bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Guest Cottage B Bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , Outdoor Hot and Cold shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa (3), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Family Friendly Oceanfront Sleeps 18
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 43 reviews

Family friendly

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Ocean front 3 bedroom house and the two cottages. It was so much fun for our extended families. The view from the house was great, and the yard between the house and cottages was a great place for games and activities for the kids.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for large family!

  • 5 of 5

We have a large family with 5 kids, 2 sons in laws and significant others that join us for family vacations. We also have multiple pets. Babs was wonderful to work with us and allow us to bring our dogs. The three separate units were perfect for our family and the view from the front cottage was something we will not forget. The week went by was too fast! We hope to return to Top Sail and Simple Serenity soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in July and we LOVED it! The property was just STEPS to the beach and we were able to walk to the pier. We loved having two separate units with such great outdoor space for each. The owners were wonderful to work with! When we got there, we were so surprised to see how many beach chairs were there for us to use among other things like a high chair and a baby pack n play. I highly recommend this rental and we hope to come back very soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thomasville, NC

Simple Serenity - home away fromhome

  • 5 of 5

Our 5th year of utilizing both the house and duplexes.... Our adult kids and their kids love the area as w/in walking distance to pier, shops, etc.... Our fur babies can relax with us... Great place to vacation....

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harpers Ferry, WV

Simple Serenity- Simply the BEST

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this lovely cottage by the sea, and we are in love! Everything is perfect-from the second you walk in, you are wowed by the incredible ocean view. The house is charming in every way, well maintained and cheerfully decorated. The location can't be beat, with an amazing ocean view from the open floor plan kitchen/living room & both queen bedrooms, seconds of walking until you're in the sand and surf, plus easy walking distance to the charming shops! The all one level cottage was absolutely perfect for our needs, my mother uses both a wheel chair and a walker, so once we made it up the few stairs connecting to the deck with her wheelchair, she was free to enjoy the entire cottage, gorgeous view & soul healing breeze right from the deck while watching her grandchildren happily play in the sand- a blessing I can't possibly properly put into words. The fact that all family members were welcome, including the furry ones, is the icing on the cake that makes this my favorite vacation rental ever! The owner, Babs is an absolute pleasure to work with, very helpful, accommodating, communicative, hospitable, and willing to go above and beyond to ensure you have a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding weekend

  • 5 of 5

Simple Serenity.... says it all. We had family stay here for our wedding the weekend of April 9, 2016. The cottage and apartment was exactly what we needed for separate family places. The wedding on the beach was beautiful and Babs was absolutely wonderful to work with. Even with a glitch in the rental, she came through with an alternative to help us out. We will definitely come back!!!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Babs wagner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Babs wagner

We are beach lovers. We especially love family beach fun. We bought Simple Sernity as a retreat to to enjoy and share with other beach lovers. Because it is a simple older property, we always have a project, maintenance or upgrade on our list. We enjoy working on the cottage and just love to see our guests enjoy them.

We have four grown married children and 9!!!! grandchildren. We call it 'joyful Chaos'. There is nothing better for us than seeing the little ones gather together playing right here on the beach. When we bought the property, the oldest ones were just babies. Now they are riding waves, boogie boarding and learning to surf. It makes us realize that life flies faster than we ever imagined. And taking time to 'smell the roses' or to 'feel the sea breeze' is so important. For us, the beach is so grounding, healing, humbling and joyful all at the same time. It seems to have a spell on even the busiest Type A folks. We just love reading the happy comments in the guest book. We feel so blessed to have Simple Serenity and love to share it.

Babs wagner purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Babs wagner chose Surf City

We moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania 26 years ago. We had spent our childhoods vacationing at the New Jersey beaches. We saw them get crowded, expensive and really commercialized. When we first visited Surf City in 1986,we felt like we were back in time. We loved the comfortable but 'campy' feel of the property, bought it on the spot and just knew it would be a wonderful, restful vacation spot.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is in an ideal location. Close enough to walk to everything, but far enough away that the beach isn't crowded.


Wind Surfing, Paddleboarding, Sightseeing Cruises, Local Playgrounds, Concerts, Outdoor Movies and Public Boat Ramps.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Pet Fee $175
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

For information regarding just the 3 bedroom Oceanfront cottage off season, please see Listing #744703.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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