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Makin' Waves - a Classic Oceanfront Cottage at a Family Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

Makin' Waves is a classic beach cottage which has been updated and modernized to include what you, its guests, need to enjoy your visit, for a weekend, a week, a month, or even more. You can walk out on your own boardwalk directly to the sandy beach less than 200 feet away. Cool ocean breezes blow most of the day, and frequently, schools of fish or porpoises swim by.

The oceanfront porch is great for ocean watching, sunrise watching, sunset watching, or star gazing. You can sit in the rocking chairs, put your feet up on the rail, and relax, slow down, and breathe the salt air.

Makin' Waves has to pass our 'family test,' as members of our family stay here. The kitchen appliances have all recently been replaced, and the queen beds are brand new. Beds have new waterproof mattress covers, pillows are replaced frequently, carpet is steam-cleaned frequently, and in addition to frequent cleaning for each renter, we scour the house top to bottom in the spring and in the fall, and we exterminate for pests monthly. We are clean-freaks, so please give us feedback!

Holden Beach is an uncrowded south-facing beach on the lower North Carolina coast. The atmosphere is family, child, and everybody- friendly and is a wonderful place for family and friends of all generations and ages to relax and enjoy playing, swimming, fishing, sunning, flying kites, and walking together - or just sitting on the porch together watching the ocean and getting a tan. You'll never want to leave and go back to the 'real world.'

Brand-new in 2014! All the porches, steps and walkways have been replaced to make your stay even more pleasant and comfortable. We take great pride in maintaining our wonderful Makin' Waves and keeping it in top shape for our own family, as well as for other families who stay with us.

Keywords: oceanfront, cottage,

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2017

About Sarah

The photo is of our sons fishing at sunset on the beautiful Holden Beach strand. We have known Makin' Waves since 1971, and have loved it since then. When we bought Makin' Waves, our Holden Beach neighbors cheered, as they were so happy we wanted to modernize, but preserve the traditional Holden Beach character of the house! Several of our renters came here as children, and bring their own children back to learn how to be together as family and to love and preserve the beach. We encourage our renters to write about their favorite experiences, and we have photos of young children who have stayed here and who can't wait to return next year! Our usual comments are something like, 'The house is so peaceful that it makes you let go of everything 'out there.'' One renter wrote, 'I napped in my blue room with the blue walls and felt the blue sky coming inside to me...I was wrapped in its comfort and its peace.' One child wrote, 'I LOVE my room, I LOVE the tall ceilings, I LOVE the sunsets, I LOVE Holden Beach. I HAVE to come back'... and her parents have brought her back, over and over again.

Sarah purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Sarah chose Holden Beach

This beach is where we grew up in the summer, and where our children grew up, and where our grandchildren are now growing up. Holden Beach is pristine and uncrowded, with a very wide strand at low tide - perfect for playing as a family! Children and adults love the low-key, safe, family atmosphere. There are many things to do on the island, and on the mainland over the 'sky bridge' connecting Holden Beach to the mainland. Our beach is 45 miles away from Wilmington to the north and Myrtle Beach to the south, if you want even more to do, and there are museums, a ferry, lighthouses, an aquarium, antique shops, and serious shopping close by, if you want a 'day off' from the beach. A well-stocked grocery store is just off the island on the mainland. A WalMart is within 11 miles. This area is also a 'golf paradise,' with approximately 40 world-class golf courses near by. If you want to fish, you can fish in the surf, fish from the Holden Beach pier, bring your own boat and fish the Intracoastal Waterway or the ocean, or charter for deep sea fishing, since HB has some of the best fishing and boating on the East Coast. There is parasailing, jet ski rental, boat rental, kayak rental, miniature golf, and many more things to enjoy. We have watched families come back year after year, and celebrate weddings (on the beach), anniversaries, birthdays, and just being together. This beach has been named one of the best family beaches around. National Geographic Smart Traveler ranked HB among the top 10 'Best Family Beaches,' and AAA Beach Vacation Travel Journal ranked HB as one of their 'Top 30 Beaches.' But we know all that, as we have been here all our lives - to us, it's paradise!

What makes this cottage unique

Since Makin' Waves is right on the oceanfront, you have only to walk out your door and you are on the beach, so you don't have to tote beach chairs and toys for more than a few feet.

Makin' Waves lets you have a sense of being in your own world if you want to be alone, by yourself or with your family, but it is 'not too far' from anything - you can walk to a cafe for breakfast or ice cream; you can walk to the pier; you can ride a bike all over the island from Makin' Waves; you are 5 minutes away from a grocery store.

Makin' Waves was designed to let lucky ones who stay in the oceanfront bedrooms go out of their bedroom door to the porch in the morning to watch the sun rise or steal a quiet moment without disturbing anyone else in the cottage. Of course, the cottage always has few 'beach books' that might tempt you to put your feet up on the rail and read.

Holden Beach is amazing -- it has no high rise buildings and no high-density housing. As the beach is seldom crowded, you can enjoy walking at low tide, high tide, and in-between tide without tripping over anyone else.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We're back again for our 2 week adult vacation! Jeanne and I shared one week with my brother Doug and his wife Anita. Great time = my batteries are recharged!

See you next year!
Sep 2016
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Holden Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • West Bathroom - toilet , shower
    East Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • West Oceanfront - 1 queen
    East Oceanfront - 1 queen
    West Boulevard Side - 1 double
    East Boulevard Side - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen bed is located in each of the ocean side bedrooms, Double Beds (2) One double bed is located in each of the bedrooms on the north side of the house
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new open porch on oceanfront, rockers on porch, elevated walkway with outside shower, ceiling fans in each room, ocean views from each room.


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Makin' Waves - a Classic Oceanfront Cottage at a Family Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 88 reviews

We loved Makin' Waves.

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at Makin' Waves. The personal boardwalk to the beach out the back door was tremendous. The cottage is set up nice for a family to stay. We enjoyed meeting the owners as they made the time we spent in Holden Beach a great memory and hopefully we will be able to come back again soon.

Thank you for making our vacation a great experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, David - Thanks so much for your lovely review. Of course you and your sweet family are always welcome to come back home to Makin' Waves and Holden Beach! Stay tuned, as we try to help Makin' Waves be even more comfortable for our MW families to enjoy next year. We honestly want our families to have the happiest, most comfortable time possible when they come home to MW, and so we will always try our best to help make that happen! It makes us so happy when we know families have gotten to comfortably experience the HB magic (but with new special touches added) every time they come back home to MW! See you next year, we hope!
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Great Week!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the cottage. It was clean, spacious, and updated. The new deck and walkway to the beach were outstanding. The cottage has great views and you can always hear the sound of the waves. Having no houses to the west allows for even better views of the ocean. We are a "beach family" and really enjoyed not being crowded into a tiny space. The cottage is a short distance from the bridge to the mainland which puts everything including grocery store, restaurants, and ice cream shops a short distance away. We loved it and will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and your family found Makin' Waves and Holden Beach, because we are all about families enjoying "down time" together, especially at Makin' Waves. We think family members sleep better, play better, and enjoy each other more at the beach, and we are honored that Makin' Waves helped that happen for your family! We are so glad you liked the new porches and walkway, and stay tuned next year. We want our families to be even more comfortable and happy at our wonderful cottage, so we pledge to try to help that happen. See you next year, and thanks for becoming part of our wonderful Makin' Waves family!
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Perfect Simplicity

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a great week in Makin Waves on Holden Beach. This was our first trip to Holden and we plan to come back; same place, same time, next year. The cottage has a GREAT location. Perfect spot on the beach with amazing views from most everywhere in the cottage. After spending each morning building sandcastles and hitting the surf with boogie boards, we took afternoon walks down the beach. Just .5 miles down to Sunset Slush and the Sandman's Candyland. Our girls were in heaven. Makin Waves is simple. One main room with ocean views. Four spacious bedrooms. A deck to spend hours looking at the ocean on, and an abundance of nature. We were looking for a place to relax, spend time as a family, and enjoy the ocean. Makin Waves met every requirement we had. The owner of Makin Waves is a wealth of local knowledge and worked hard to make sure we had everything we could need. We had a great family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that your family has discovered the magic of Makin Waves and Holden Beach! We are also so glad your girls felt like they were in heaven at HB, as we do too! It is such an honor to us that you will bring your girls back to Makin Waves, as we believe every beach child, no matter what age they are, needs to come back home to their roots at HB to regain their sense of togetherness of family in the peace and relaxation that our paradise of a beach always provides - so rest assured, and please tell your girls, that Makin Waves will be waiting for them, and for Mom and Dad too, when they return to us next year!
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A's from Tennessee

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about this cottage. Most relaxing vacation I think we have ever had. Hope to go again and stay at Makin Waves.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thrilled that you found out about the magic of Makin’ Waves and Holden Beach! I had to laugh when I read your message, as we have had the experience of letting down and letting go so much that we slept most of the week away! I hope you all had a lovely time – can you see why we think it is paradise? To me, HB absolutely defines perfection!! Maybe you should try to steal away home to Makin’ Waves in the fall sometime. September and October are absolutely fantastic at HB – I love sleeping with my windows open and listening to the wind and the waves. Again, glad you had such a grand time – your message did my heart good, and we are so happy that you had this experience. It is sort of hard to go back to the real world, isn’t it?
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Wilmington, NC or Myrtle Beach, NC
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Castaways or Mermaid a short walk away
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
U.S. 17
Nearest Beach
right out your front door!
Car: recommended

The water slide is close by, but of course, we prefer the beach and the tidal pools!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.75%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Special 5% discount for seniors and military from October 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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