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Ocean Front,Outer Banks, Rodanthe, Pet-Friendly,4BR, 3BA,Beach front

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property


We grew up in central North Carolina, but we've called Hatteras Island our second home. Mermaid's Tears (another name for seaglass which is found naturally along the North Carolina coast) is just steps away from the sandy beach. One of our favorite things is sitting on the deck watching the dolphin (yes, we see them just about every day) and, of course, the wonderful sunrises and sunsets. Using our binoculars we are even able to identify the fish caught at the Rodanthe Fishing Pier, only 100 yards away.

Mermaid's Tears encompasses a reversed house plan which is very common to many homes along the Outer Banks. This simple means that the living area, ie, kitchen, dining and living room are located on the highest level.

Our second floor level of Mermaid's Tears includes a very large living open area (great for entertaining) with flat screen TV and DVD player. A large floral sectional couch and two chairs face the two 8' sliders for a magnificent view of the ocean. The dining area, open to the living area and kitchen, has seating for ten. The modern kitchen has all cooking needs should one decide never to venture out to any of the great restaurants in the area. There is also counter seating for four. There is a very nice king bedroom upstairs with connecting bath and shower. This bedroom has its own slider to the outside oceanfront deck. A flat screen TV and DVD are also in this bedroom.

Three of our bedrooms are downstairs, the master has a king bed with a large bathroom with a separate shower and jacuzzi tub. The slider leads to a covered deck which is virtually on top of the ocean. This bedroom has a flat screen TV and DVD. Another bedroom downstairs, very spacious with a king bed, has a large window and a slider to a covered deck over-looking the ocean. This bed and breakfast style bedroom has a flat screen TV and DVD. The third bedroom has two pyramid bunk beds. Both have a double bed; one with a pullout trundle. This bedroom has two windows; one with a view of the ocean, the other a view of the sound in the distance. This is truly a unique bedroom as it invites an aquarium decor. This bedroom also has a flat screen TV and DVD. This bedroom and the second bedroom share a full bathroom. Also, downstairs is a nice welcoming foyer and a full washer and dryer closet. While staying in Mermaid's Tears, exploring is a must. Hatteras Island is simply the most beautiful place on earth - where the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound is separated by a thin, fragile slice of land. Hatteras Lighthouse, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, small villages of Avon, Buxton, Waves, Frisco and Salvo are all within a short drive.

In Rodanthe, explore the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Museum, Civil War Battle of Chicmacomico Races, and try to identify each of the over 400 species of birds. Or simple lay back and enjoy reading and watching the surf.

FREE Wireless Internet access via Silicon Travel for this property (computer not provided, bring your laptop).

PROPERTY DAMAGE PROTECTION: No security deposit is collected. Over years of renting our property, we have found guests prefer to pay a Property Damage Protection fee ($69) which covers all accidental damages to the vacation rental up to $1,000.


More Details

Frank Henson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Frank Henson

Frank and Beverly are the proud owners of 'Mermaid's Tears' as well as two other properties closeby. We have been vacationing/living on the outer banks for years and will retire in Rodanthe someday. It is the perfect place to be. Both Frank and Beverly are NC licensed builders. Frank retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel. We have three Brussels Griffons, Frankie, Annie Rose and Scout, and they always travel with us to the Outer Banks.

Frank Henson purchased this house in 2011

Why Frank Henson chose Hatteras Island

The Outer Banks has been our favorite vacation spot for years. This is the third, and most recent, property we have bought in this area. The other is VRBO #403480 and is located a short walk down the beach) It's easy driving from our home in Greensboro, NC. It's close to great restaurants, shopping, golf, sightseeing yet very remote and very casual. Also, the Outer Banks is routinely rated in the top five US beaches by US News, National Geographic, ABC News and CBS News. 'Mermaid's Tears' is an exceptional rental property with all the amenities for a perfect family vacation.

What makes this house unique

Sitting on the front porch in the evening while enjoying a glass of wine or ice tea, feeling the ocean breeze while watching late surfers and swimmers has become our most treasured time. Early in the morning, we'll catch up on news and sports via wifi while sipping coffee and snacking on delicious pastries. Great early morning and late evening walks on the beach fulfill perfect days in Rodanthe.


Rodanthe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • 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 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (3), Double Beds (2) Twin Beds (3), Bunk Beds pyramid bunk beds one with a trundle
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fish cleaning station, enclosed outside shower (hot & cold water), deck furniture, sundeck, 2 baby gates, DVD players, shaded deck, high chair, separate foot wash as you come in from the beach


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(46 traveler reviews)

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Ocean Front,Outer Banks, Rodanthe, Pet-Friendly,4BR, 3BA,Beach front
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 46 reviews

Wonderful vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

The most perfect family vacation experience. We'll be back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My family and I had an amazing stay at Mermaids Tears. Being able to open the door and be directly on the beach is priceless! The house had everything we needed and more! Beds were a bit uncomfortable but that is to be expected when you're not in your own home. Other than that we had no complaints. In fact we were quite disappointed when we went to rebook and it was already full. Highly recommend this home. It's worth every penny!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to write a review of Mermaid's Tears. We also appreciate the very nice comments and that you highly recommend this home. We are very sorry the weeks for 2018 were not available for you; we always book on a first come, first serve basis and 2018 has been unusually high in bookings already! Please keep us in mind for future travels.
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4th year in a row says something

  • 5 of 5

This, by far, is our favorite place. This year marks our 4th year in a row staying here. We love all the updates and upgrades with the home. It is a stretch to say that we actually leave this home to venture out. No need for us to leave as we have everything we need, including the ocean at our fingertips. See you soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again and again for returning to Mermaid's Tears for a 4th straight year....and the first to book for 2019! Yes, the ocean is at your fingertips and really hope it does not get any closer. Lots of updates, new furniture, flooring, decking...always improving and fixing....thank you.
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The absolute BEST place to stay in Rodanthe.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't be happier with our stay at the Mermaids Tears. It is bar none the best house on the beach in Rodanthe. It is the closest house to the water. Literally a few steps to the ocean. When the tide was high and the weather was a little active the water went right up to the hammock. Just incredible. The management company was right on top of any questions we had. If you love mermaids and all things ocean this is the house for you. We will definitely book again for our next trip to the OBX!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very, very kind of you to post a 5 star review/rating on Mermaid's Tears.....probably not the smartest purchase we made five years ago....a beach house that juts out into the ocean....just one little hurricane and no more house on the beach....but we've loved the challenge and even more pleasing our guests who always seem to find our decorating, our Property Manager, etc very impressive. Thank you again for your visit and hoping you are able to return soon.
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Great place looking forward to staying again

  • 5 of 5

Only complaint would be ants. And AC not being able to go below 72.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the FIVE Star review. We are very sorry about the ants and have already contacted our Pest Control Service. We constantly spray and do the very best in making Mermaid's Tears the very best. We hope you can return to Mermaid;s Tears and the Outer Banks.
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First trip to OBX, won't be the last

  • 5 of 5

Wife, four kids, and I spent a week here for our first ever trip to OBX and had an absolutely wonderful week. On the first morning, we saw pods of dolphins and two whales. Couldn't believe it. Mermaid's Tears is perfectly situated so that we could send our two sons to the pier to fish, while our girls played in the ocean. The house is so close to the ocean that when you're eating at the table, you feel like you're IN the ocean. Wonderful sounds at night by which to sleep. Kitchen is better equipped than a commercial kitchen. Rooms are well appointed. My kids loved the popcorn popper. We took our bikes and rode the sidewalks of Rodanthe, as well as a day trip up to Duck. Highly recommend taking the ferry to Ocracoke Island. At the end of the week, we all were cranky that we had to leave. One very minor issue regarding no bath towels was solved with a quick call to the property manager, who showed up in less than 10 minutes with a giant bag of towels. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to write a very lengthy and complete review of Mermaid's Tears. Thank you for also indicating you will return! thank you also for giving credit to our Property Manager....they maintain over 100 properties and yes, things do go wrong from time to time. BUT what do they do....Shore Details has always excelled in getting things done without excuses. They have lots of responsibilities and they do their best because they know guests are only on the "island" for one week....guests need to be pampered and spend their time with family and friends and not worrying about towels or this or that. So glad your family experienced Rodanthe, Duck, Ocracoke and more. So much to do. Mermaid's Tears will always be waiting for your return someday. Best!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100


A $500.00 deposit plus the VRBO Service Fee is required to book. The remaining two payments are due at 90 and 30 days prior. If cancelled 60 days prior to vacation, full deposit is refunded (less $25 credit card fee).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.