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Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Charming family cottage built by owners’ grandfather in 1959. The McGowan Cottage’s most spectacular feature is the wraparound porch - the perfect place to start and end your day. Choose a rocking chair to enjoy your morning coffee. As the day passes, boating creates an entirely different scene before your reward – brilliant sunsets over Banks Channel.

Ocean side beach is only a two-minute walk away over the dunes. During the day, if the ocean side seems a little crowded, you can always enjoy your own private beach on the sound.

Don’t forget the boat! The pier offers two boat slips and still provides ample opportunity to enjoy sound side activities. Fishing from the pier has always been a lucky spot. Enjoy your own fresh catch of the day - anything from flounder to croaker – and, most evenings, you will glimpse the Great Blue Heron who has also found the pier’s fishing to be among the best.

Cottage offers room for 8-9 to spread out in 4 bedrooms, over 1700 square feet. The eat-in kitchen is a wonderful place for family gatherings. The house is child friendly, but please, no pets. This is the cottage the owners have been coming to all their lives and we hope you will spend some time there as well. Stepping into the McGowan Cottage is like returning to a simpler, slower, more peaceful time. It’s everything the beach should be.

Please note we have a 2 night minimum stay. Must be 25 or older to rent home. Reservations made under false pretenses will be subject to cancellation/eviction with no refund given.

Keywords: cottage, charming, great views, perfect for families, amazing sunsets, pier, dock, boat slips, sound front, water front, family getaway

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About The Owner

Family built and owned cottage

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1959

Why The Owner chose Wrightsville Beach

The McGowan Cottage is situated at the perfect spot on Wrightsville. You have a private beach area on the sound and a short walk to the ocean. The sunsets from the porch are spectacular.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our first time to stay at McGowan Cottage. We had family from Longmont, CO and Daphne, AL and Wilmington, NC all here for the week. Our favorite things we did included going to the beach, boat rides to Masonboro Island, dropping off the pier, looking for seashells, boogie boarding in the ocean, rocking in the chairs and enjoying sunrises and sunsets, and spending time together. Great place to make great memories.
Jul 2016
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Wrightsville Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rental Agreement will be provided by the Owners, House Rules will apply
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in master bedroom, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds in 2 rooms, Baby Cribs (1) pack n' play stored in closet
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wraparound porch with amazing views


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 38 reviews

Perfect little cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful girls weekend in this vintage beach cottage. Will be coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC

Super fun!

  • 4 of 5

Great location, a real beach house. Did have an issue with no key in the lockbox, but found an open window to shimmy an 8 year old thru to get the door open. The key was on the counter...Loved the dock, had 2 boats tied up for the weekend and did some paddleboarding and lots of fishing.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Looking forward to returning!

  • 5 of 5

Great family vacation cottage

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The McGowan Cottage is a terrific place to stay at Wrightsville Beach. The owners are very welcoming and responsive. The 4 bedrooms are all great sizes and very comfortable. It's an older home but kitchen is nice and big with plenty of room around the table to sit and eat. The porch overlooking the bay is beautiful and it is where we would all would eat our breakfast to start the day, and end the day with an ice cold drink after a nice long day at the gorgeous beach. Would highly recommend. Well worth it!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We so hope that you all will come back to the McGowan Cottage for another stay. We are so glad you all had a great time.
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July 4th Memories!

  • 5 of 5

The ideal beach cottage for our family get-away! Reminiscent of the cottages our family rented when we were young, my sister and I love the appeal of a classic WB cottage (equipped with anything you might possibly need)! Easy access to "big beach" and "little beach" (sound side) perfectly accommodated all of our little ones! The porch rocking chairs were filled each evening with friends and family stopping by, and we were spoiled by the magnificent sunsets. Unlike many WB properties, limited public parking/public access around the cottage made this stretch of beach without the crowds so prevalent on much of the island (which suited us!). By far, the most practical and most charming cottage we've discovered on WB! We look forward to making more memories at The McGowan Cottage!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you all had a great time. The sunsets are one of our favorite parts of the house as well. Hope you and your family will come back again soon.
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Chapel Hill, NC

Fun beach get away!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great beach house towards the south end of Wrightesville Beach. Has a great dock that fits 2 boats. Front porch boasts beautiful views of the waterway!! This was my families second stay at the house, and we hope to come back again and again!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you and your family keep coming back! We are so happy you love the McGowan Cottage as much as we do. Thank you.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We require a security deposit of $350 with all rentals.
Rentals of less than 7 days will be considered.

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.

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