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The While-Away House, 4 bdr/3.5 bth Getaway w/Beautiful Views of the Ocean

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A great place to get away and relax, walking distance to what you want to do.

Come visit and while away the hours at beautiful Emerald Isle, NC.

Enjoy the Crystal Coast from the comfort and serenity of The While-Away House.

Located in the Ocean Crest community, it offers views of the ocean, access to the beach, and walking distance to fun, food, and what you need to have a good time.

The While-Away has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, including 2 master suites, and can accommodate 8-10 people. (The dedicated office has a fold-out futon as well.) The fully-stocked kitchen will meet most if not all of your entertaining needs. The house-wide WiFi streams Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube wherever you are, whether in one of the 2 communal areas or on one of 2 decks watching the sun set. Since the modern workplace does not expect you to be gone for long, there is a dedicated office with a desk and a wired connection where you can get away and focus. Or, if you had a long day at the beach, take a soak in the hot tub and think about what you're going to do tomorrow.

For your convenience, we use a management office on Emerald Isle to facilitate all bookings and assist with any guest needs while they are on vacation.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

Why Kevin chose Emerald Isle

We loved this house the moment we walked into it. Big, but not too big. Close to the water, but not too close (we remember you, Irene!). It's got all of the things we like and we're picky! You'll love being there too when you visit The While-Away House!

What makes this house unique

We liked The While-Away House because it's perfect for small groups to get together and hang out. The good thing, though, is that there is an option of places to congregate: the 3rd floor deck, the 3rd floor media area, the kitchen, the 2nd floor deck, the 1st floor media area, the pool table, the hot tub, and the outdoor patio table. It's just a great place to hang out!


Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , In Ground Floor Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , In 2nd Floor Master
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , In 2nd Floor Hallway
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , On 3rd Floor
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 (Ground Floor) - 1 queen , Private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , Private bathroom, deck access
    Bedroom 4 (2nd Floor) - 2 twin/ single , Shares hall bathroom
    Office (Ground Floor) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon converts to double bed
    Bedroom 3 (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , Deck access, shares hall bathroom
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2) Bed rails are in the closet, Baby Crib / Pack-n-Play (1), Double size Futon (1) in Office
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Dedicated office space with additional monitor and keyboard in case the office can't seem to get along with you.


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The While-Away House, 4 bdr/3.5 bth Getaway w/Beautiful Views of the Ocean
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Spacious well appointed island home.

  • 4 of 5

Here's my review of 104 Wiley Ct. All-in-all a nice place to vacation. The following comments are my albeit picky observations. Go ahead and reserve this house for your vacation you'll be happy you did!


- Owner communicated wonderfully thru rental process. The house is spacious and very well equipped. Kitchen is nicely labeled which is very handy. Beach is way less crowded than other areas such as Myrtle Beach. Property itself is well kept and there are many beach things for use in the outdoor closet. Hot tube was well maintained. Wiley Ct. is a quiet street so if a more remote vacation spot is what you are looking for this is it. All 4 bedrooms and living room have Netflix & Hulu, however keep in mind that only 2 receivers can be used at a time for each service. House has fast WiFi. Last but not least the local putt-putt course is close bye and fun to play!


- Some of the exterior decks have raised nails needing to be reseated so be careful if you are barefoot. House keeping services could be better as we noticed stains on the bed comforters as well as dirt under the beds. Note: You will need to make the beds upon arrival and strip them before departure. Freezer's ice maker did not work however the island water is really smelly so that may actually have been a positive. Propane tank (on grill) was empty so we needed to get a replacement at the local Food Lion. The walk to the beach isn't bad but the numerous and steep steps up and down to the beach can be a killer if you are carrying coolers, beach buggy's etc. Some of the older members of our party found the stairs to be quite challenging to navigate. No cable TV in house. Bring bug spray as the mosquitos were aggressive during our stay. The clothes dryer seemed slow. We noticed moisture in the lint trap, not sure why. Also, the outdoor wooden stairs (See pic on left) are tricky to navigate in the dark as there is no light to illuminate them.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike: Thanks for the feedback and thoughtful comments. Some of your points are valid and are the result of a busy rental season. For that reason, we have a 24-hour maintenance and housekeeping service available to address any needs in the house, from linens to sidewalk lighting to grilling. We also strive to provide what's advertised at all times. If that is not the case during your stay, a call to me or the management company will resolve it, e.g., cable TV, Netflix on up to 5 monitors, etc. We do appreciate your visit and hope to host you again in the future.
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Bahama NC

Loved the house and all it provided!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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winston salem, NC

nice cozy house with a private yard

  • 5 of 5

clean and cozy house with beautiful views. our favorite part is the private yard surrounded by woods. the furniture may need some updating, especially the highchairs and sofa on 3rd floor.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect get away!

  • 5 of 5

Our family came together and had a great time at the beach for a few days. The weather was very mild so we were able to spend time on the beach; nice winter weather in NC! We had everything we needed and no hassles. The house was comfortable and within a block of the ocean. It was so nice to have the hot tub and a pool table at the house; we had a couple of pool tournaments going just like the old days. The owner Kevin was great and took care of everything.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place by the beach

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed 5 nights in this wonderful house. The amount of space in the house was more than enough to suit 5 adults and 1 exploring baby. The interior is very neat, clean and bright. The beach is a short walk away and viewable from the upper deck. The outside area is orderly and the hot tub/jacuzzi is just steps from the entrance. Overall we had a wonderful time inside and outside the house. I would definitely recommend this house to others as well as stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words.
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Greenville, NC

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great beach house - plenty of space, clean, well-stocked. The hot tub was a great bonus - a lot of rentals in the area do not have one, so we enjoyed this feature, in particular. Kevin is a very attentive host and was very helpful throughout the process!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cap'n Willis Seafood Market
ChowdaHeads Restaurant -- CLOSED
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
Cedar Point Grill -- CLOSED
El Zarape
Portofino Ristorante & Wine Bar -- CLOSED
Food Lion
Golfin Dolphin
Emerald Plantation Cinemas
Sound Ace Hardware
Dairy Queen
Hwy 58 Bicycles of Emerald Isle
El Zarape
Michaelangelo's Pizza and Subs
Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

The While-Away House is nestled in a private oasis of lush maritime forests while affording a 180 degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and a pristine beach from the highest point of the island. The While-Away House is conveniently located in a walking neighborhood--including a 5-minute walk to the beach--and is across the street from the grocery store, movie theater, pizza parlor, and shopping.

A favorite pastime is to go to the municipal park (by the Emerald Isle Water Tower) and search for Shark's Teeth in the dig pit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation fee $25
Tax Rate 12.75%

Price includes linens, cleaning, and hot tub maintenance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.