About Barbara MacLauchlin
Sharing The Whale's Tale with vacationers, like yourselves, who desire to spend uninterrupted time with their families, enjoying one of the best beaches in the world, has been and continues to be an enjoyable blessing. My husband and I first discovered this area in 1974. After driving miles on the wide and undeveloped beaches from Virginia, the jeep stopped at a place called Whalehead of Corolla. My husband, the realtor Mr. Riggs and I stood in the sand looking for the half-acre lot for sale in the 1st division of Whalehead. Not a house in site and little vegetation. Mr. Riggs squinted and with a turned upper lip said "I don't know exactly, but the lot you are interested in is someplace here." The truth was, we had no extra money to spend on such a wild financial adventure....we were just looking. But what a paradise to behold. The ocean was a 3 minute walk. The Corolla Lighthouse was a historic beauty to behold. On the top ridge of a dune we watched a wild black stallion called Star confidently lead his herd, descendants of a Spanish galleon ship that sunk in the Atlantic centuries ago. Within a second my husband and I said, "We'll take it."
Barbara MacLauchlin purchased this House in 1974
Why Barbara MacLauchlin chose Whalehead Beach
Ten years later, our little family gathered around our dinner table for a vote. Do we build a forever house or do we build a beach house? "A forever house" I said loudly. My husband and Christopher, our teenage son, voted beach house. Our three year old son, Cory, broke the silence. "Sawee Mommy, I vote beach house!" And so we began a journey, not only building a vacation home, but building lifelong memories with family and friends. Many changes have occurred in Whalehead since 1974. Roads, new homes and parking lots were built. Convenient shopping and fine restaurants were added to the only general store that served this sleepy fishing village. The Whalehead Club has been historically renovated to its former glory. You can still visit the horses in a sanctuary north of Corolla. And the once coarse, pebbly beach has turned into a beautiful white sandy beach. Beach walkways offer easy access and protect the ocean dunes. Lifeguards, emergency services and many conveniences. But it still retains the quality of a quiet paradise where the sun shines a little brighter and air is cooled by sea mist.
What makes this House unique
My husband and I always believed vacations were a necessity for good family health. It is my desire to maintain a clean and comfortable beach house that welcomes you as your summer home. I want you to enjoy this well-earned time with your family. I have stocked the kitchen with lots of extras to make your vacation a pleasure to prepare your family meals. Beds are made and double sets of towels for each family member are provided. The simplicity of playing on the beach together, playing board games, working puzzles, participating in a game of ping pong with your children are truly enjoyed. My sons now have sons of their own. My five grandchildren often tell me how much they love The Whale's Tale...and want to visit again. To be sure, you and your family will love spending your vacation at The Whale's Tale.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We stayed two weeks at The Whale's Tale and it was fantastic. Home was perfect for us and close to beach. Owner was so kind and great to work with. Barbara gave us a thorough walk-through and the house was well appointed. You don't need to bring much--towels, linens, beach towels, bikes, chairs, games are all there to use! Very comfortable home and access to everything we like to do in the Outer Banks.
great place to stay
my family had a wonderful stay at this house. There was pleny of room for all of house for all of us, There were more than enough nice beach chairs and really plush beach towels. the 2 beach buggies made it easy to get everything for the day to the beach. The kitchen had everything we needed and more, The shampoo, conditioner and lotion were a really nice touch, We were very happy here and would gladly come back again,
Barbara, the owner did a fantastic job throughout the booking process. She responded quickly to all inquiries and was a pleasure to interact with. Arrival/check-in was a seamless process and Barbara took many steps to guarantee we could begin vacationing upon arrival. The bathrooms are
stocked with all the essentials and more. She provided soaps, shampoos, hand soaps and other necessary toiletries. She provided more towels, including beach, than a family could possibly use during their stay. She even included wonderful wrapped towels for our dog when returning from the beach. Speaking of the beach, chairs are plentiful and the included carts made transporting them a breeze. The beach access is a short walk away from the house and really convenient located. The kitchen was more than adequately stocked and we prepared many meals for our family to include a low country seafood boil. The massage chair was a huge hit among our family too. The extra drink refrigerators came in handy too. We enjoyed many evenings in the hot tub and the mattresses we superior to other rentals we have stayed in. We had a wonderful experience at this property and would book again.
We had a wonderful stay. The location was perfect - on a quiet street and an easy walk to the beach. We would stay here again!
We had a wonderful stay at the Whale’s Tale. The homeowner was so responsive to all of my questions prior to our stay and was available throughout the week. The house was fully equipped with everything that we needed. It was a short walk to the beach which was great. I would highly recommend staying in this house.
A home away from home!
This home is beautifully cared for by Barbara. She is warm and welcoming when you arrive and is available to solve any issues that may come up over text...even when the whole area experiences a tornado warning & a disruption of internet, phone and TV services!
The home is within a quick walk to shops & the beach. A perfect location!
The bunk beds were a favorite for my toddler, along with spinning the leather chair around and around. There’s a massage chair that leaves you feeling like you walked out of an expensive salon & 4 different deck areas with comfortable seating on each one. There are tons of beach chairs, umbrellas & sand toys. The fridge has plenty of condiments & the freezer had ice cream, popsicles, waffles and even ice packs. There is even an entire drawer of different sizes of Ziplocks! This is paradise for someone who loves organization even on vacation! It was so relaxing! I highly recommend staying here!