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5% Off:7 Bed,8 Bath Oceanfront;4 Whirlpools;40'Pool,Kiddie Pool;Spa;Private Walk

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Space 5,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 8 Baths (Sleeps 16-18)

This custom designed home maximizes the exceptional ocean views, is decorated in uplifting tropical colors, and is equipped with a variety of amenities to satisfy all generations. Enjoy spectacular sunrises over the ocean, have fun in the large gunite pool with an elevated baby pool and waterfall, then relax under the stars in the poolside hot tub at your very own “Castle by the Sea”!

Recently added new carpet and hardwood floors throughout house, 6 HDTV's, Blu-ray 5.1 surround sound system, professional level pool table, new tile floors in kitchen and bathrooms, and new carpeting on ground level.

Ground Level: Devoted to play, this level has a professional grade pool table, arcade machine, mini fridge, 5.1 surround sound receiver, TV, DVD player, mirrored workout area, half bath, Queen sleep sofa, HDTV, and DVD player. There is also a large laundry room with washer, dryer, ironing board, and iron. Outside you will find a fully fenced and gated pool area with multi-tiered sun and shade decks, a sunken hot tub, an enclosed baby pool with waterfall, a cabana with full bath and changing area, and a private beach walkway with dune-top seating.

Mid Level: Master Bedroom #2 in Center of East side of house with King bed, HDTV/DVD, desk, whirlpool tub with shower, Master Bedroom #3 on Northeast corner of house with Queen bed, HDTV/DVD combo and adjoining bathroom with 2 person whirlpool tub overlooking ocean and a separate shower; Master Bedroom #4 on Southeast corner of house with Queen bed, HDTV/DVD combo and adjoining bathroom with 2 person whirlpool tub overlooking ocean and a separate shower. All 3 master bedrooms have access to the oceanfront deck overlooking the pool. Bedroom #5 has a Double bed and a Single Bed (sleeping a total of 3 persons) TV, acess to deck with beautiful ocean views and hallway access to bathroom #5. Bedroom #6 has a Pyramid Bed with Double bed on bottom and Single bed on top (sleeping a total of 3 persons) and a bunk set with two single beds (sleeping a total of 2 persons), TV, access to deck with beautiful ocean views and hallway access to bathroom #6.

Top Level: Take in the endless ocean view from the built-in bench seat under the window wall in the elevated sitting area with a fireplace, 61'' LED HDTV, Blu-ray Player, WiFi enabled 5.1 surround sound system with web apps. The fully furnished gourmet kitchen has 2 cooktops, 2 dishwashers, an island seating 6, and a wet bar with icemaker. Seat the whole crowd for meals at two dining tables overlooking the ocean, and another table in the adjacent library. This level has a half bath off the kitchen and a Queen mbr with HDTV/DVD combo, 5.1 surround sound, a whirlpool overlooking the ocean, separate shower and an adjoining nursery with a full crib, changing table, and a Daybed.

Extras: Private pool (20’ X 40’)--available 5/6 to 10/14/2012 (heated upon request with additional charge), hot tub, wifi internet, fireplace, 6 hdtv's, 3 tv's, 7 dvd players, Blu-ray player, 3 stereo receivers w/ 5.1 surround sound, movies, games, books, 2 dishwashers, icemaker, 4 whirlpools, full crib, Pack ‘N Play, high chair, baby gate, basketball goal, exercise machine, poolside picnic table, baby swing, fish cleaning table w/sink. Private walkway to the beach. No smoking. No pets.

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Keywords: Castle by the Sea, Oceanfront, Beachfront, Beach House, Outer Banks Rental Home, OBX, Oceanfront with pool, Northern Outer Banks

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Bill

Our four children and Father-in-Law (who lived with us until he passed away at age 96) all enjoy the many faces of the ocean--from calm blue waves lapping on the wide beach to churning whitecaps generated by storms at sea.

After vacationing on the beaches of New Jersey as children, we enjoyed our first family reunions on the beaches of Delaware and Virginia which were too crowded for us. We then moved our reunions farther south to the clean, family-friendly beaches of North Carolina.

Renting first in Duck for a couple of years, we started moving farther north each year in search of larger homes with more amenities and less crowded beaches. After many years of searching, we found our perfect beach community—Corolla. This community offered some of the nicest homes on the Outer Banks with less traffic and uncrowded beaches because it was literally the “end of the road”. North of Corolla, there is no asphalt road; transportation is by 4 wheel drive vehicles driving on the beach.

During our vacations at each of the houses at which we stayed over the years, we made mental notes of features that had worked well for the three generations attending our family reunions. When it was time to build our first beach house, “Castle in the Air”, Bill devoted over 600 hours on a CAD system to incorporate the best features from each of those houses.

We understood the importance of addressing the varied needs of individuals during a multi-generational vacation. Children need an area in which to be children and to play without infringing on the private space required by some adults using the vacation to de-stress. Comfortable beds for all, multiple TV’s so everyone can simultaneously watch their favorite shows, a quality sound system for listening to music, a fully-stocked kitchen with an excellent ocean view, a quiet Sun Room overlooking hundreds of acres of an undeveloped Estuarine Sanctuary.

Bill satisfied all of these requirements in designing the house after which he

Bill purchased this house in 1995

Why Bill chose Whalehead Beach

Following three years of rave reviews by our guests at "Castle in the Air", we decided to build a second, larger home as close to the ocean as federal and state laws would permit. Using the floorplan about which our guests had showered us with compliments at Castle in the Air, we bumped the exterior walls out 3 feet in each direction, adding almost 2000 square feet of living area: a Breakfast Room overlooking the oceanfront pool and the ocean, three master bedroom bathrooms with two person spas overlooking the ocean and an even larger heated, inground, gunite pool—this time with a separate heated baby pool and oceanfront cabana with a private walkway directly to the beach.

Again, Patrice chose the interior furnishings and decorated the house with her unique, artistic beach décor that she offers for sale at her Etsy shop, Sea Treasure by Patrice.

This larger, oceanfront property we named, “Castle by the Sea”. Designed for multiple generations, this property has also consistently received outstanding reviews by guests—many of whom return year after year to enjoy the upgrades we add to the house during each offseason.

What makes this house unique

Castle by the Sea was designed to accommodate multiple generations. With four master bedroom suites that overlook the ocean and two additional bedrooms on the West side of the house that can easily accommodate two more adults and six children, the house is comfortable for extended family groups.

The open kitchen was designed with a center island that serves as a gathering place for the family while the cook has both company and excellent views of the ocean.

The library is a favorite of grandparents and those who enjoy a little quiet time while easily participating in all of the family fun.

The middle level is for sleeping, and the ground level is for recreation, particularly suited to children, teenagers and men who like to play pool. The pool table overlooks the oceanfront pool, and the cabana from the oceanfront pool opens to a private walkway onto the beach.

We make improvements to the property each year. For example, during recent off-seasons, we installed new tile in the kitchen, upgraded two of the bathrooms with new tile, vanity and fixtures. We installed a 65” 4K TV in the raised living area, a 53” HD TV in Master Bedroom 31 and a 40” HD TV in the Game Room.

We also repainted the interior of the property and completed a new commercial quality walkway from the oceanfront pool cabana over the dune and onto the beach. In this way, we like to keep our properties current and comfortable for our guests.


Whalehead Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
  • 9
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(30 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.733333 based on 30 reviews

The place was very clean! The owner was helpful with any concerns we had!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the ocean views from the balconies. The swimming pool was gorgeous. When we had a problem with air conditioning; the owner sent a contractor right away. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone thinking of staying here.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A lot of room, great location, needs some work and updating

  • 3 of 5

Large house with lots of room, we had 15 people. Large kitchen and eating area made meals convenient. Pool area is good, with a nice sized pool and small wading pool with waterfall. House needs maintenance and updating. Hot tub was broken the bulk of the week we were there. Cleaning was somewhat sloppy, and was still being completed well after check-in time. Lots of sand blown into pool and decks from power washing on day of arrival.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have consistently received outstanding reviews regarding our responsiveness and the cleanliness of our homes so we feel compelled to respond to this average review. With checkout at 10:00 a.m., our cleaners only have 6 hours to clean 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, 5500 square feet of living space, pool, hot tub, carports and exterior decks before check-in at 4:00 p.m. Maintenance crews must also complete their work within that time. Despite knowing the check-in time, these guests decided to arrive at 11:00 a.m., parking several vehicles in the carports and driveway, impeding the efforts of maintenance workers and pressuring cleaners to finish early. The owners personally assisted with the cleaning in an effort to expedite the process. For a property to meet or exceed the expectations of guests, it is very important for those guests to provide cleaners and maintenance personnel with the time they require to do an excellent job.
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Bill's Place

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have done this. We loved the house. It was well stocked with kitchen cooking tools. Kitchen was nice a nd the hoise was very confortable and well decorated I was a little disappointed with the fact that the grill was charcoal only and no gas grill. The pool and hot tube were outstanding. Very nice pool my grandkids had a great time. The beach was great. Very gradual into the ocean. The area was great. Lots of things to do and see.

Brad Beach

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views!!

  • 4 of 5

This is a gem by the sea!! The deck furniture was one of the nicesest we have had at the obx. The beds were decent. Each queen and king (just one on mid level) had something unique and nice about it. There was a nice bathroom by the pool and ocean so you didnt have to go in all the way. It is right by public access which was a slight negative. We came before pool season so the pool will look beautiful but it wasn't ready (as expected). The kitchen was pretty well stocked. There was just one fridge and a small wine fridge downstairs. The owner was very responsive.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Six sisters

  • 4 of 5

Six sisters and spouses joined together here for a week. We had a BLAST! The house was great, pool was exceptional...view of the ocean was awesome! I missed outside stairs between the decks and a direct access to the beach from the pool, however, once we " found our way" it was OK. There was one quirky problem...the ironing board is bolted to the wall in the laundry room AND there is an iron BUT NO OUTLET to plug in the iron!!! We laughed about that and our persnicknity brother in law was the ONLY one put out! All said and done this is a pretty awesome place to spend a week!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply wonderful (and better than that for families)

  • 5 of 5

I almost never post online reviews, but feel compelled to do so for Castle by the Sea. I had never been to the Outer Banks - and with twin toddlers and an infant i had serious worries about whether we would all be comfortable at a seaside house. Castle by the Sea was simply perfect for us. It is spacious and smartly laid out. The pool is beautiful. And it simply could not be more accommodating for little people. There is a child-proof gate on the top floor; a nursery with crib and pack-and-play and best of all a kiddie pool attached to the big pool. It made keeping the children safe and happy so easy - which made mom and dad's vacations. And having said all of that - what really matters about Castle by the Sea is it's breathtaking views and direct access to a gorgeous, never crowded (at least while we were there in mid-August) beach.

Anyway, i could go on and on - but bottom line is that it is hard to imagine a better place for a family to spend a week in summer. You can't go wrong with this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Cosmo's Pizzeria: Medium Walk Along Beach
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Currituck Ferry Operators -- Knotts Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Currituck Club (18 Hole Course)
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Amtrak - Virginia Beach, VA - Bus Stop (VAB)
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 12 (NC-12)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Corolla Light Oceanfront Grille
Nearest Ski
0.2 Miles
Waterskiing: North Beach Watersports
Nearest Beach
Front Yard;Accessible by Private Walkway from pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Currituck Beach Light Station (Lighthouse)
Nearest Point of Interest
The Whalehead Club
Nearest Point of Interest
OBX Center for Wildlife Education
Nearest Point of Interest
Northern Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Food Lion & Monteray Plaza Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Timbuck II Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Nearest Point of Interest
Corolla Outback Adventures
Nearest Point of Interest
Corolla Chapel
Nearest Point of Interest
Nature Walk thru Maritime Forest to Currituck Sound
Nearest Point of Interest
NC/VA Border
Nearest Point of Interest
Corolla Light
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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