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Duck - Panoramic WaterViews/Close Walk to Town, Ocean & Sound/Quiet Cul De Sac

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,630 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

*** FYI - We do not list our home on Craigslist.

*** Kitchen just completed a remodel - new cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

*** New skylight in master bedroom.

*** Amazon Fire TV with Sony Play Station Vue Streaming Television.

*** New wireless printer.

The name of our cottage is Craic'n Crabs. Craic is Gaelic for good times and fun. It is located on a quiet cul de sac within a 15 minute walk (1 mile) from the shopping and restaurants of Duck. The water photos of our property have not been zoomed. You have an almost 360 degree view of water from our decks and incredible views from the master bedroom as well as views from the two other bedrooms. You can view a video from our top deck above. Also, when the winds are blowing strongly from the east you can enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.

On the main floor of the house you will find a wide open family room, dining area, kitchen, guest bedroom and kids bedroom as well as a full bath. There is also a screened porch right off of the kitchen. The top floor has the master bedroom, the master bath as well as a balcony running the full width of the house over looking the main floor.

The master bedroom has a king sized bed, the guest bedroom has a queen and the kids room has a full over full bunkbed as well as a single bed.

The best views of the water can be found on our expansive top deck. Our hot tub is located here which provide fantastic views of the ocean and sound during the day and spectacular views of the night sky to enjoy star gazing. We have plenty of seating for hanging out with the family or enjoy tanning on a lounge chair while listening to the outside ipod/stereo system. You can access the top deck from the balcony over the family room, the master bedroom or the outside stairs through the screened porch.

Our cottage is a short walk to the beach as well as the Albermarle Sound, pool and tennis court. Enjoy crabbing at the end of our neighborhood dock, which also has a gazebo. There are only 5 homes on our cul de sac resulting in a safe and quiet area for kids to play. Our backyard is essentially a dune.

Craic'n Crabs will feel like your second home. It is warm and cozy. Everything you need is provided - from a fully stocked kitchen, beach chairs and boogie boards to a pack'n play, baby gate, wagon, beach toys and crab trap.

Enjoy eating in our screened in porch right off our kitchen with beautiful views of the Sound. The master bedroom has a wet bar. We have a convenient and powerful outside shower for when you return from a long day at the beach. Our beds are comfortable for a great nights sleep and our hammock is nice for a quiet, shaded nap during the day. We also have a convenient fish cleaning station.

Please refer to the reviews section to see what past guests have said about our home.

We hope that you enjoy your stay!

Keywords: Water Views, Cottage, Walk to Town, Sound Access

More Details

Mark McMahon
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Mark McMahon

Our family of four first went to and fell in love with Duck in 1998. Although we live 6 hours away in Pennsylvania we make the drive down to the outer banks every chance we get.

Mark McMahon purchased this house in 2007

Why Mark McMahon chose Tuckahoe

Duck is a quiet and beautiful village. It is a great walking town with plenty of shopping and restaurants. The private beaches are spectacular without all of the crowds of the northeast. Duck is conveniently located so that you can drive to the off road area to see the wild horses in the north or head south to Oregon Inlet to charter a fishing boat.

What makes this house unique

This is one of the highest elevations in Duck and provides unparelleled views of the water from almost all directions. We wanted a quiet street for the kids with an easy walk to town, the beach and the sound. Our neighborhood has private beach access as well as a private pool and a private tennis courts.


Tuckahoe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1630 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The master King size bed is very comfortable with a firm mattress. The guest room, queen sized bed, is very comfortable with a firm mattress. The kid's room has a single bed and a bunk bed which is a full top and bottom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We can recommend a linen service that does drop off and pick up. The property also has a screened in porch off the kitchen with waterviews, book library, board games, ipod dock, upper deck sound system, fish cleaning station, shared tennis court, shared pool, sound access, hammock, outside shower and sits on a cul de sac.


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Duck - Panoramic WaterViews/Close Walk to Town, Ocean & Sound/Quiet Cul De Sac
average rating of 4.970874 based on 103 reviews

Awesome property!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at this property! The kitchen is amazing and had everything we needed to cook our meals.The location was perfect for us and the home itself is very clean, comfortable and well kept . The best we've stayed in! The property owners are very friendly and reached out to us to be sure everything was going well. They responded quickly to the few questions we did have. We'll be booking again next summer for sure.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home was ideal for a long-planned family vacation for two families. We celebrated birthdays, went to the beach every day, crabbed on the sound side, walked everywhere, cooked daily and finished every evening on the top deck.

The home is well stocked with beach gear, coolers, kitchen basics, beach reading and even laundry baskets. The McMahons have thought of everything and were wonderful hosts - extremely responsive and easy to work with. We traveled with our one-year-old twins and found the home's layout to be well suited for their age, as well as a lot of fun for our older kids. Three patios and multiple entrances provided hours of hide and seek fun for the big kids.

We highly recommend Craic'n Crabs and hope to visit again someday!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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House was clean and kitchen was well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very accommodating and got back to you with an answer to any of your questions in a very timely manner

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this home. The location was great and the views were beautiful. The owners just updated the kitchen, which was really nice.

Mark was very responsive every time I emailed him prior to the trip and he checked in on us after we'd been there a couple of days. I always felt like he would help us with anything we needed, which was nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great affordable house close to town, beach and sound.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great experience staying at Craic n Crabs! The owners were very responsive and welcoming. They genuinely care about their property and that things are working and comfortable for your stay. They provide a well stocked newly renovated kitchen to include pantry basics. They have ample beach chairs and beach toys for your use along with a wagon to pull it all to the beach. The house is a bit of a hike to the beach with small kids in tow, but there is great parking right next to the beach access. We loved the top wrap around deck and hot tub, it was great for viewing the sound and star gazing. The neighborhood was pleasant and quiet, great for families. We had lots of fun crab fishing on the community dock and bike riding into town. My only complaint would be that some of the mattresses are in need of replacement and were not very comfortable. The top bunk is really just a box spring, fortunately my 5 year old wasn’t bothered though. Overall we loved our stay and would highly recommend this house to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation...AGAIN!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year we have stayed at Craic n Crabs in Duck. Both times have been great! We enjoyed this year even more as we traveled with our son who was able to participate a little more this that he can walk!

Mark is super responsive to all requests via email or phone. He made an additional recommendation this year which included a rocket launch...headed to the space station launching just outside of DC. We were able to see it from the roof top of the house and it was amazing (even at 5 am). We took advantage of the rooftop hot tub, the neighborhood pool and the neighborhood parking for the beach - you get a parking pass. For us it is just easier to fill up the SUV with beach supplies and drive down, but the walk is just over 5 minutes. I did this by myself every morning. There are nice walking paths to the downtown area and you can also rent bikes.

The house comes with most everything you would need for the beach -multiple chairs, sand toys for the kids, umbrellas (although these are probably ready to be updated), kites, and finally a radio flyer wagon to tote everything (clutch).

If you have small children a pack n play is included, child gate and free space to roam. There are some breakable items, but easy to move out of the way. I took advantage of the washer/dryer and the line dry which made for a more enjoyable return home after a week at the beach. You do need to bring linens that includes sheets and towels (hand towels for bathrooms). He can also make recommendations for services that do this in the area.

They renovated the kitchen since last year and it includes updated appliances and granite countertops. The same toaster oven is there...which is the best toaster oven, ever. It heats and toasts super fast (I sound really lame as I type this...I know). The kitchen comes very well stocked with more than you would ever need. We ate at least 80% of our meals at the house.

We are already looking forward to next year! I definitely recommend Duck. Everyone is extremely friendly and it is family oriented.

Jockey's Ridge - we took a cool kite we brought

Mama Kwan's - near Jockey's Ridge (Outstanding Fish Tacos)

Roadside Bar & Grill (We love the back outside bar)

Bad Bean Baja Grill (Beach food with a Mexican Twist - Medium is spicy)

Art's Place (We did breakfast, but would love to try lunch/dinner with music)

Steamer's (Excellent Seafood and a but more upscale)

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoy off road driving to see the wild horses of Carova, crabbing in the Albermarle Sound and charter fishing out of Oregon Inlet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Optional Hot Tub Service $50

Off Season Sep 30, 2017 to May 18, 2018 Nightly $175 Weekly $1100

Spring May 19, 2018 to June 1, 2018 Weekly $1495

Early Summer June 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018 Weekly $1675

Prime Season June 16, 2018 to Aug 17, 2018 Weekly $2175

Late Summer Aug 18, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 Weekly $1725

End of Summer Sep 1, 2018 to Sep 7, 2018 Weekly $1495

Fall Sep 8, 2018 to Sep 28, 2018 Nightly $185 Weekly $1295

Off Season Sep 29, 2018 to Dec 29, 2018 Nightly $175 Weekly $1100

* Cleaning Service is Included In the Above Rates.
* Optional $50 Hot Tub Service fee.
* Check in on arrival is 4pm and check out is 10am on departure.
* Optional $60 Early Check In Fee.
* Linens Not Provided., in Duck, has a drop off and pick up service.
* A signed rental agreement is required for final confirmation of the reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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