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Waterfront on Pages Creek-View ICW and Figure 8--Fishing-Private Dock-Allow Dogs

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Private Dock w/ a 24' Boat Slip Included! Sleeps 7 (air mattresses for extras)

Welcome, to your home away from home! Located on the pristine tidal waters of Pages Creek (ICW and Figure Eight Island views) where you have 24-hour direct water access to your private dock. The house is located in a family and pet friendly neighborhood and can sleep 7 comfortably. For more than 7 guest, we have a twin, Queen and youth air mattresses available when booking request is made.


Serenity Cottage is conveniently accessable to UNCW (6 miles), Wrightsville Beach boat ramp (7 miles), Mayfaire Towne Center, IMAX and groceries (3 miles) downtown Wilmington and the airport (10 miles), USS Battleship (12 miles) and only 6 nautical miles to Wrightsville Beach bridge and restaurants, 1 nautical mile to Figure Eight Island bridge.

***Boat, Dock, Deck Information:

Serenity Cottage has a Private pier, dock, with views and direct access to the IntraCoastalWaterway (ICW) and Figure Eight Island ( photo illustrating boat directions), fish scaling station, shower and floating dock for the lessee's use. We do not rent slip space to other boater's or require additional slip rent...

The owners may have two boats moored on the floating dock, please do not climb on them or remove accessories – nonetheless, there is ample room for swimming (swim ladder on each side of dock) and other water activities including your 24’ dock space. All included in your rental.

Enjoy the colors of the sunrise and sunset while sitting on the dock. Watch the boats as they travel North and South on the ICW.

Do not enter or allow your dog to enter water on left side of pier (facing the water from house deck)- due to oyster beds which are protected by CAMA. Watch tide clock (30 minutes behind Wrightsville Beach) and always use the buddy system as this is a tidal creek.

Personal powerboat is available from our friends at nearby Entropy Boat Rentals as well as other water related toys.

***Things To Do:

Enjoy all water related activities

(Photos) as well as previous guest have also enjoyed swimming (tides), marsh search on low tide, fishing from the dock, crabbing and clam digging. You can also bird watch, walk, bicycle and jog or simply read a book.

The house sits on an acre of land so set up the corn hole, badminton set, or play with the assortment of balls which are provided for your enjoyment. On the 1/2 acre back lot, you can park your boat trailer and or have a game of touch football.

A dock cart, cooler, lounge and beach chairs, various size bicycles - which I have not checked - (must bring your helmets and request prior to occupancy).

***Inside Accommodations:

Spacious open plan provides the perfect entertaining space and enables you to enjoy the beauty of the water while inside.

All living room chairs swivel allowing you to maximize the view. The recliner also rocks.

4- LCD flat screen TV's located throughout the house. The main floor master has a Smart TV and the twin bedroom does not have satellite but has an antennae. Whole house TWC WiFi is available as well as surround sound in the living kitchen area.

***Children are Welcome:

We welcome children and have appropriate games, toys, movies as well as child appropriate utensils. Items you may request upon booking include (table and chairs, changing pad, umbrella stroller)

***Your dog is also our guest:

For your dog, we have a fenced in yard with dog door access into ensuite as well as bowls, gate (located behind the front door) - can be used on deck as well as to divide bath from bedroom. Please bring the gate inside as it is not waterproof

***Deck and Carport:

The deck off the cottage gives you a true outdoor respite where you can simultaneously fire up a gas grill or light up the coals. While you await your dinner, watch and listen to the birds as they serenade you with their songs of contentment. Bird food is located at base of deck steps and cooler for water is on the deck.

The carport is located beside the house which allows entrance to kitchen as well as water view seating. We also have a shucking dining table with stools.

***Fire Pit:

As the sky darkens step down to prepare the family S'mores over the fire pit or simply cuddle on the swing as you listen to the crackling wood. A picnic table is also located in this area of the yard near the water's edge.


Whether staying for a few nights, a week or an extended stay, come enjoy time with your family and friends viewing the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets while enjoying your morning or evening beverage of choice. Watch the plethora of wildlife and an occasional porpoise leisurely swimming by the dock. You can be as active as you want or simply sit back and savor your "aha moment", while you totally recharge. Serenity Cottage is a great place for you to unwind and leave the world behind.

***Exploring the Area:

If you are a traveler that enjoys exploring, you have definitely chosen the right place to hang your hat or bonnet.... Serenity Cottage is conveniently located (Information at top of page)

A categorized teal information notebook is located beside the kitchen door to help you plan your excursions. Everyone can enjoy their dream vacation. It truly is the best of both worlds – tranquility with easy accessibility...

***Read our reviews!!!

Come add your name to our growing list of contented guest...

***Extended Stay Rentals are welcome:

Monthly rentals are welcome during off season months. No occupancy tax charged for 90 days or longer rentals. Additional fees include cleaning, deposit, and some utilities ( if more than 20 days), and dog fee. Please read the contract. References or past guest as well as a valid ID are required. Thank You!

***Don't miss out on staying at Serenity Cottage...

***Please check our availability calendar: we keep it up to date

While enjoying your stay at Serenity Cottage, owners family may access their watercraft from the dock but will not intrude on your stay...

More Details

Jennifer and Bill
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Jennifer and Bill

Photo by Chris Brehmer Wilmington Business Journal

Hey! We are Bill and Jennifer Tatum from Sanford, N.C. So glad that you are taking an interest in Serenity Cottage! We truly enjoy sharing it with our guests. The cottage is both casual and easy to relax in. No need to impress anyone here - just enjoy getting your feet wet and your hair a mess! We take good care of Serenity Cottage and try to preserve the easy care flavor. Bill and I are both retired. Bill was a former football player and coach but retired from the concrete industry and Jennifer retired from sales and teaching. We use the house when it is not rented too! Our passion is restoring this cottage and updating it for your enjoyment. We have two wonderful children, a fabulous daughter in law and two very special grandchildren. Our son and his wife, Pryor and Megan live less than a quarter of a mile from the cottage and he is in real estate and our daughter, Rebecca and her children live in S.C. You will see Rebecca’s art work throughout the house. We hope you enjoyed getting to know us and will come spend some time at Serenity Cottage on Page’s Creek!

Most check-in days, we drive down to the cottage for a walk through and await your arrival. We walk you through the cottage, answer any questions that you may have and depart so you can begin your vacation. Even though we live in Sanford, we are always just a phone call away. If Bill and I cannot meet you, you will be greeted by our son or daughter in law Pryor and or Megan Tatum

Jennifer and Bill

Jennifer and Bill purchased this house in 201

Why Jennifer and Bill chose Wilmington

Perfect Location... Nestled in a quiet waterfront family n pet friendly neighborhood, The property has a wide-open view of Pages Creek and the ICW....The water is incredibly peaceful and is ideal to swim, paddle-board, kayak, boat or simply float as your cares lift away. You can moor your watercraft to your 24' boat slip (included) or rent a watercraft from Entropy Boat Rentals and keep your items on the dock. Although you will have to launch your boat from a boat ramp, no having to trailer your boat back and forth every day. Have dinner on the decks as the sun sets. Fish from the dock, catch crabs in the trap or simply watch the ebb and flow of the tide throughout the day.

Occasionally, you will see a pair of porpoises swimming by the house or hear the waves crashing on Figure 8 Island. This home is located within walking distance of Entropy boat rentals, a local boat rental facility. (No launch of boat required) Weekly Renters will receive a discount off of a daily boat rental. You can enjoy a fabulous day on the water and explore the true beauty of the Wilmington area. Just a few miles away is the local favorite area for shopping and dining, Mayfaire Town Center. You will find a large movie theater with IMAX and 3-D movie showings, as well as lots of great retail stores, restaurants and even seasonal activities including holiday events and a free outdoor summer concert series. To head to Wrightsville beach, it is just a quick drive. Beach chairs, towels, boogie board and a cooler are available. The beautiful historic downtown area is a breeze to get to on the Martin Luther King Parkway and is a must see. You will find something for everyone! There are lots of quaint local shops and restaurants, entertainment, local events, historic sites and just a beautiful river front to stroll along. Don’t miss it! Bring your boat or rent and explore, fish, swim, kayak, paddle-board or wake-board on the creek. Discover Lea Island (Rich's Inlet) n Mason Inlet

What makes this house unique

Waterfront... THE VIEW.... THE TRANQUILITY...Bird Watching

Deep water access with private pier, floating dock and swim ladders...

BOAT ENTHUSIAST: Serenity Cottage is a must!!!!

Gas and charcoal grill combo as well as fire pit with all accessories provided. Outdoor swing, picnic table, and outdoor games and balls are also provided.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 4 night stay at your lovely cottage was just what the doctor ordered! We were so comfortable with the gracious furnishings, beautiful view, big yard and well stocked kitchen - perfect for the 4 adults, 1 teenager and 3 dogs in our party. When we were not hanging out here, we found good restaurants, cute shops at the Cotton Exchange, great beaches and memorable visit to the aquarium at Fort Fisher. The dogs enjoyed the long walks in the neighborhood and out onto the dock, then watching all the birds at the feeders right off the deck. Many thanks to Jennifer and Bill for their hospitality- we will spread the word about this charming "home away from home" on the coast that has something for everyone- even dogs!
May 2014
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Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please read cancellation policy, guidelines, pet information in the contract e-sign and return page 4 Thank you Jennifer
  • If a dog is in your party, please read the pet addendum near the end of the contract and submit all required documentation
  • Please read the information and check-out guides on the last page of the contract, emailed to you, in VRBO app and on the refrigerator.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level, sink, preparation area outside bathroom also
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , sink, dog door access to fenced yard, ensuite
  • Bathroom 1: combination tub shower, 1 sink, bath gel, shower cap, hair dryer, hand soap, towels, hallway, some personal items Bathroom 2: Kohler 42 x 42 shower, 1 sink annex area ensuite, shower cap, bath gel, hair dryer, hand soap, towels, dog bowls, some personal items
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Custom Built Adult weight bunk bed -
    Bedroom 3 Master with private en suite - 1 queen
    Air Mattress Descriptions - Twin, Queen, Youth (3+ years old) Request upon booking
  • Bedroom 1: Main level of cottage overlooking creek: Queen Bed with satellite Smart TV, DVD and hardwood floors, closet, hangers, extra pillows n blankets, dresser, luggage rack, ceiling fan and 3 windows Bedroom 2: Main level of cottage: (1) Custom Adult Weight Bunk Bed and (1) Twin Bed as well as Queen, Twin and Youth (3+ yrs old air mattress - must request when booking Thank You! TV, DVD player, antennae with child appropriate movies, hardwood floors, closet, chest of drawers, plethora of toys and 2 windows Bedroom 3: Down 3 steps off kitchen: Queen Size Bed with satellite TV, DVD and private bath with sealed hand painted concrete floors, wall of closets, chest of drawers, luggage rack, ceiling fan, 2 windows Queen, Twin, Youth Air Mattress with pump a Youth sleeping bag Requesst upon booking
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
If your ideal vacation, is relaxation - 'Serenity Cottage' is the destination for you and your family! If your ideal vacation is exploring historical areas - 'Serenity Cottage' is your destination! The cottage can give you the options that you need and deserve. .


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Waterfront on Pages Creek-View ICW and Figure 8--Fishing-Private Dock-Allow Dogs
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 115 reviews
United States

Even better than the last time...

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had an absolute wonderful time at the Serenity Cottage...for the second beach vacation in a row. I doubt the ocean front homes, which we used to rent, will ever match up to our stay here. Beds were made upon our arrival and Jennifer and Bill were there to greet us and make sure we had everything we needed. Every pot, pan, container, appliance, utensil, towel, and blanket is there for us so we never have to try to remember everything. The washer and dryer work better than any we have used on the ocean side. We used the crock pot twice so dinner would be ready after our days on the boat, (which we rented from Chris and Terri less than a mile down the road at Entropy Boats.) We fished, crabbed, clammed, swam, pull-tubed, and paddle boarded...and often visited a private beach by boat to do so. The showers worked great and we slept well in the comfortable, air-conditioned rooms and cozy, beautiful linens on the beds. I just recommended this place to a friend reluctantly, only because she might take a space that I might want. But a vacation like this cannot be kept quiet. Thank you Tatums for trusting us with so much in your cottage, and for another wonderful summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Words are inadequate but a thank you is all I can say for such a wonderful review. Bill and I are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Serenity and that we can provide for our guest the rest and relaxation that you truly deserve. We want our guest to feel as though they are at home but without any worries. Thank you for recommending our place to a friend. We so look forward to greeting you upon your return trip. Thank you again, Bill and Jennifer
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The most delightful stay! Has everything plus.

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing you need to take but yourself and clothes. The most comfortable, peaceful place ever! Beautiful sunsets and water location. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Becky Thank you for your review. Bill and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return trip. Jennifer
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Cozy cottage with fantastic view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this property for two months when we first moved to Wilmington. The cottage is comfortable and cozy and perfect for my husband, myself and our two dogs. Jennifer has everything you need to make your dogs feel at home also including a fenced back yard. Our favorite part of our stay was being right on the water. Waking up each morning to the great view made it really feel like we were staying at the coast. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for selecting Serenity Cottage as your staycation location as well as your review. Bill and I enjoyed hosting you and your family as well as your fur babies. It is families like you that makes sharing Serenity Cottage with our guest such an enjoyable experience. Definitely look forward to greeting you again on your return trip. Kind Regards, Jennifer Tatum
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Very clean and a slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at Serenity Cottage.

The beds were extremely comfortable.

Kitchen had everything we needed and more and the food that was provided so we did not have to make a grocery run was an unexpected surprise.

Watching the sunset each evening while sitting by the fire pit was so relaxing as well as watching the dolphins playing in front of the dock was quite entertaining. Did not have to go to Sea World.

We really enjoyed our stay and Jennifer and Bill greeting us upon our arrival was extremely helpful. On the refrigerator there are laminated sheets listing where everything is located in the house and how everything works. Never seen this at anyother rental before and was extremely helpful. No guess work involved.

The information notebook was extremely helpful also.

We definitely will return again.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Memorable Stay!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful return experience! It truly is ‘serenity’ – and we cannot wait to come back again. I would recommend a stay here to anyone! The view is peaceful, the property beautifully maintained and the house is both lovely and comfy. All the amenities were well thought out with great attention to detail. Thank you so much for a wonderful time and for another memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and I look forward to your return trip also. We so enjoy hosting you during your stay at Serenity Cottage by the Creek.
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

You couldn’t ask for a more peaceful, restful vacation. I am looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and I also look forward to your return trip. We enjoy hosting you and your friends. Ya'll come back.... You hear!!!
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USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Travel the Cape Fear River
Cape Fear Serpentarium
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry
Orton Plantation
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Airlie Gardens
Elijah's Restaurant
Pilot House
The Bridge Tender Restaurant
great food and watch the Wrightsville Beach bridge turn as yachts travel north and south
Mayfaire Town Center
Jones Fish Camp -- CLOSED
Trolly Stop
Wilmington International Airport
Dockside Restaurant
museums, tours, restaurants, antiquing, shopping
Oceanic Restaurant and Grill
gorgeous sunsets
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Great family day - hike, picnic, aquarium
The Bridge Tender Restaurant
great food and watch the Wrightsville Beach bridge turn as yachts travel north and south
Britt's Donut Shop
If you have not eaten at Britt's, it is a must do
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Travel the Cape Fear River
Bald Head Island Ferry
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy-17 (3 miles) I-40
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Mayfaire Town Center and The Forums at Landfall
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: necessary

BP ethanol free gas and Twice the Ice - 3 miles

Publix 2 miles

Harris Teeter and Food Lion - 4 miles

Mayfaire Town Center - 5 miles off Military CutOff

Wrightsville Beach - 7 miles - 4 nautical miles

Downtown Riverwalk and ILM - 10 miles

Battleship North Carolina - 10 miles

RDU airport - 2 hours




Additional information about rental rates

Secure Insur Non Refund $209 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Prime Weekend Only Rates an additional $25.00/night (Thurs-Sun)

Remainder seasons Weekend Only an additional $15.00/night (Fri-Sun)

July 4th Holiday requires a 7 night stay and is $375.00/night

All other Holidays not listed throughout the year require a 4 night stay n an extra $25.00/night

Credit/Debit Card N International Fee Reimbursement is due prior to occupancy
First CC fee is covered by Homeowner up to $30.00. Please pay subsequent installments by e-check or official check. Request for reimbursement will be sent thru VRBO as extra fee.

Monthly rentals are welcomed. 30 years young, a valid ID, reference or past guest. If more than 20 days, pro-rated utilities will be due.

We love our home, and hope you will too. All we ask is that you enjoy your stay, and please respect our property.
No smoking inside the premise and hopefully not outside either. If you smoke, please pick up all butts and discard in outside receptacle once they are cold.
Out of respect for our neighbors we ask that there are no loud parties or outdoor music after 10pm .

Cancellation Policy: No refunds unless the property is rented for the same amount of time and for the same rental amount. If the property is re-rented, you will receive reimbursement less the CSA trip insurance premium (if selected), HomeAway service fee, and additional $50.00 fee. Changing weeks is considered the same as a cancellation.

This is a family pet oriented neighborhood. 1 dog/deposit with up to date shot, flea n tick medication records (can be exceptions)

Neighborhood Ideal for bikers, joggers, walkers, bird watching and of course all water related sports

1 towel set + beach towel provided per guest listed as well as bed linens

On site parking for 3 vehicles Overflow parking on our back lot (where our boat trailers are stored) We have an acre of land

Please do not block entrance to our back lot

Access hospitality information app once you receive VRBO/HomeAway email

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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