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Step back in time in this SHARED home. OWNER stays in the house. $250/night.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Studio, 2 Baths, Sleeps 4

THIS IS A SHARED HOME. OWNER WILL BE IN THE HOME WITH YOU. 4 PERSON MAX. THREE NIGHT MINIMUM. NO EXCEPTIONS. $250 per night for 2 rooms, up to four people. No exceptions. ALL children count.

4x4 vehicle required to access this home. Three Night Minimum. Four Person MAX, NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Whalehead Life Saving Station was moved to this location in the famous wild horse sanctuary in the 1980's The current owner's father had the station moved to this lot saving it from demolition by neglect! "Miss Penny" as we call her is caretaker to this fabulous old building located in the middle of a protected wildlife management area. There are no nearby houses. Only sand dunes with wild oats growing on them. The wild horses can be seen grazing nearby on the oat grass and sometimes even come right up to the house. You won't find a more private location while staying in the popular Carova Beach 4 wheel drive area. Bring your fishing rod, binoculars , and sun screen and come visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States!

Imagine the Outer Banks 100 years

It was a time when every ship that sailed past these shores risked destruction from the perilous shoals or sudden storms. It was a time when United States Lifesaving Crewmen kept watch from station houses such as this, risking their lives to save those hapless mariners.

You'll feel the spirit of these brave, rugged crewmen throughout this authentic structure. The WhaleHead Lifesaving Station is available for rent only to those wishing to experience an Outer Banks vacation the 'original way'. Nestled inside 800 acres of wildlife refuge and sandy dunes, your nearest neighbors will probably have four feet and a tail, or wings and a beak. Just a short distance from the ocean, but driving is an option. (approximately 1000 ft)

The Station, although a historic building preserved in a rustic state, has most of the comforts of home. The shared eat in kitchen is a guaranteed gathering place equipped with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and most small kitchen appliances. The 2 adjoined bedrooms and bath will accommodate a 4 person group nicely. The first floor bedroom will be occupied by the caretaker/owners and her pet birds. The loft living room is another visiting area where Lifesaving Crewmen spent free time between storms and their daily duties. All Rooms have ceiling fans and natural cross ventilation (no A/C except window units in the bedrooms). Expansive wrap-around decks provide a sunny spot and wonderful views from all directions, all day long.

So plan for an outback style adventure and be sure to pack your imagination, that way you'll be assured of hearing the echoes of its seafaring history in the halls. One of its most endearing features is never ending privacy.

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2 adjoined bedrooms available for your private refuge on the private second level. There is a window air conditioner for sleeping comfort. You will have a queen room with two adjoining twins. Private bath located down the hall. 4 person MAX. Hot water outside shower available. Kitchen privileges. No central air. (window units in the bedrooms).

4x4 required. AWD not recommended. No pets allowed.

Miss Penny lives on the first floor.

More Details

Property Manager
Please Contact Property Manager Laura James
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

Amenities

Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen bed, 4 Twin beds, 1 Full bed
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Step back in time in this SHARED home. OWNER stays in the house. $250/night.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Taylorsville, KY
5

Lovely hostess

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

This is a unique vacation experience. Very private, very quiet and very historic. It was interesting to learn about the history of the property and visit with Miss Penny. Penny was as sweet and accommodating as she could be. Our living areas were very clean and we basically had the kitchen to ourselves. If you want luxury accommodations do not stay here, but all of our basic needs were met. We forgot to bring our games and cards and Penny went out that very morning and bought us a deck of cards. It's a great place to unplug, but cell service is great if you need it. No dishwasher, basic antenna TV, your own full size fridge and an AMAZING ocean breeze through all the open windows. One night the horses galloped right past the deck. There is a DVD player, but you'll need to bring the movies. It was exactly as I expected it to be upon reading previous reviews.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have managed to capture the spirit of WHALEHEAD! It is easy to slip back in time there, where the simple things are a true delight!
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CHARLOTTE, NC
5

Fun Times

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We had a magical experience. Ms Penny is an amazing person. She made our adventure more amazing. We would recommend this place to anyone. Be ready for an adventure of your life time. ♥️

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. I sent it along to Penny and she was touched. Hope you will come stay at the Whalehead LifeSaving Station again. :-)
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Forest, VA
5

Memories for a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Location location location. Lock the hubs of your 4wd, let down the air in the tires and cruise the sand next to the crashing waves to your next great experience. Nestled in the sand dunes of Carova, this rustic retreat will transport you back in time. This place is loaded with charm and history. Our host, Miss Penny, was full of stories about the history of the station. We enjoyed spending time with her so much! She will give you as much privacy as you want but is also willing to spend time with the guests. If you want 5 ⭐️ immenites then don’t come here. We’ve done the Ritz-Carlton thing, this is more memorable by far!! Come here to unplug, chill out, observe the wildlife ( the horses showed up right outside the window one morning, like they lived here) and decompress. There is indoor plumbing, a shared kitchen and beds...what more do you really need?

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK you for such a nice review. You have managed to capture the charm of a stay at Whalehead Life Saving Station! Come back soon.
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Brooklyn, NY
5

Fabulous Stay In The Outer Banks!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

My family and I had a wondeful vacation in the beautiful and authentic Whalehead Life Saving Station in uncomparble Corolla. We all shared an unforgettable few days. Penny took such great care of us and helped make a great experience even better!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Carova Cottages
Owner's Response: Thank you Evan, Both Penny and the Whalehead Life Saving Station are gems! Come back soon!
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Virginia Beach, VA
5

R&R On A Unique Beachfront Property

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

For our first family vacation, we chose this rental for it's uniqueness and one-of-a-kind experience. At first we were a little hesitant reading, "the owner stays in the house" - but Ms. Penny made the stay SO much better than we could have ever imagined. Renters have the upper level to themselves and their own fridge in the shared kitchen; Ms. Penny has her own in a separate area. She is very respectful if you want privacy, but honestly one of the highlights of our trip was our evening talks with her and hearing her stories. The description for this rental really should start with the amazing hospitality from Ms. Penny you will receive, then the history of the Whalehead Life Saving Station, & the experience of a lifetime you will have. Ms. Penny has made efforts to make it as comfortable as possible with amenities such as window A/C units, but being that the station was built in 1868 it is not a ritzy hotel - so if you need a bell boy and room service, go elsewhere. But if you are looking for an unforgettable stay with panoramic views of Carova Beach, spending time on the sand or in the water, to learn the history of the Outer Banks, get all the in's and out's/general information that no other place will give you, and the best part - to make a wonderful friend - then you definitely need to stay here. We hope to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice review and tribute to Ms. Penny. I believe you covered it all! Please let us know when you can return... annual tradition?
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RockHill, SC
4

Camp side beach retreat

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was very clean.

I was very happy with the location.

I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

This place is truly one of a kind. You will either love it or hate it depending on your personality. It does not come with all the luxury's of a modern day hotel however if your looking for a place to go back in time with a laid back host named Penny who will talk your ear off if you let her then this is the place for you. Penny was very kind and gave us information that we would not have had visiting the Outer Banks for the first time which we were very appreciative of. She went the extra mile to make sure that we were as comfortable as that place could be. She is very kind. This place will come with bugs and not the most comfortable bed in the world so please know that but if you like a camping feel then this will be one step up.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANKS for your nice review. We are so glad that Penny's dad had the foresight to move this relic of the past! These buildings were built to house the Life Saving Crews who would rescue foundering ships off the coast. The original woodwork and most of the original building, including the boat storage and BOAT along with the observation tower make this a history lover's delight. So glad you got to see it and feel the relaxation of days gone by.
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The WhaleHead Life Saving Station is situated on private land in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary. Moved from WhaleHead Beach, back in the 1980's, the home has remained virtually untouched by time. It is available only to those with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, as you must drive next to the ocean to reach this house. Carova Beach is also home to the famous wild horses.

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