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Waterfront - Pages Creek--ICWaterway:- Private 24' Boat Slip Incl-- 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 w/ extra air mattresses

Welcome, to your home away from home! Contact Jennifer at (919) 770-0877

Serenity Cottage is situated in a family and pet friendly neighborhood.

Your own private dock with a 24 foot boat slip ( no extra fee charged), 24 hour water access, some water toys are included. Personal powerboat is available for a supplemental fee, and can be waiting at your private dock from our friends at nearby Entropy Boat Rentals as well as other water related toys. (910-686-7677 Chris or Terri)

***Location: Pristine tidal waters of Pages Creek, as well as IntraCoastal Waterway, and Figure Eight/Mason Inlet. Serenity Cottage is centrally located 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) and only a 1/2 to a few nautical miles to Figure Eight Island bridge, Rich's Inlet (Lea Island), Mason's Inlet, and waterway restaurants.

***Things To Do: You can boat, fish, swim, paddle board, kayak, tube, ski or wake board as well as marsh search on low tide (make sure you bring swim shoes/ ole tennis shoes) and utilize our tide clock.

**You and your family 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.

**A dock cart, coolers, lounge chairs, bench, 2 person blow up boat, and boogie board are provided.

**Don't miss out on staying at Serenity by the Creek....

***NOTE: Priced as one of the best values offering 24 hour water access with a pier and Private Floating Dock...(We do not rent dock space to other boaters)

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. Read the Reviews!

***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 centrally located (Information at top of page)

A categorized information notebook is located under the sofa table 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 traveler reviews...

***Inside Accommodations: Spacious open plan between the living and kitchen area provides the perfect entertaining space and enables you to enjoy the beauty of the creek while inside. Open our photo album to travel through our renovations.

All living room chairs swivel and the recliner swivels and rocks allowing you to maximize the view. New chairs and rug purchased as well as all linens, comforters and towels in late 2016 and 2017.

LCD flat screen TV's located in each bedroom as well as the living kitchen area. 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 child appropriate games, toys, movies as well as child appropriate plates and utensils. An umbrella stroller, changing pad, 2 hooded towels and child appropriate table with chairs are also available (upon request). as well as a youth air mattress (recommended for age 3+) with a youth cuddle (all items will be located in the twin bedroom).

***Your dog is also our guest: For your dog, we have a fenced in yard with dog door access into lower bathroom as well as bowls, gate (located in the laundry area) - can be used on deck as well as divide bath from bedroom as well as a medium crate is available upon request. Fenced in back yard was re-sodded with Bermuda grass in 2016

***Boat, Dock, Deck Information: Serenity Cottage has a pier with a long boardwalk, suspended deck with shower and fish scaling station as well as a Private 24 foot floating dock for 1 boat. (Slip is included in your rental). Moor your boat (2' of water on low tide- dredged May, 2015) or rent at Entropy Boat Rentals and ask for Chris or Terri (910-686-7677). You can also rent a paddle board, kayak or other boat related items from them.

(Please respect our personal boats that are moored on the dock by keeping your personal items on the pier or deck. Thank you!).

***Leisure Time: After spending a day on the water sit back and relax on the suspended deck over Pages Creek. The quietness is refreshing and the wide-open panoramic view of the intracoastal waterway and Figure Eight Island is mesmerizing. Tie your crab trap to the piling and await your dinner or throw out a sinker… Or simply sit back and watch the sunset. It is magical.

***Deck: The deck off the cottage gives you a true outdoor respite where you can fire up a gas grill or light up the coals. While you await your dinner, throw up your feet and watch and listen to the birds as they serenade you with their songs of contentment. If you truly want your bird friends happy, keep their feeders and bird bath full. Bird food is located at base of deck steps and cooler for water is on the deck.

***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.

***Contact information: Contact Jennifer if you have any questions, suggestions or comments...

(919) 770-0877 Preferred text or e-mail... I will response....

***Read our reviews!!! Come add your name to our growing list of contented guest...

***Long Term Rentals are welcome: Monthly rentals are welcome during off season months. No occupancy tax charged for 90 nights or longer rentals. Please read the contract. References or past guest as well as a valid ID are required. Thank You!

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

While enjoying your stay at the creek, Bill, Jennifer (owners) and Pryor, Megan Tatum (son and daughter in law) may access the dock to secure their boat. Will not impose on you...

More Details

Jennifer and Bill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

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 our creek 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 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 show 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 or by friends Dan and Melinda.

Jennifer and Bill

Jennifer and Bill purchased this house in 2012

Why Jennifer and Bill chose Southern Coast

Perfect Location... Nestled in a quiet waterfront family 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 boat to your 24' boat slip (included) or rent 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 7 mile drive. Beach chairs, towels, boogie boards and a cooler are available for use at the house. 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. Wilmington was voted 2014 “Best Riverfront” so don’t miss it! Bring your boat or rent and explore, fish, swim, kayak, paddle-board or wake-board on the creek

What makes this house unique

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

Deep water access with private pier and floating dock and a swim ladder...

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: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathroom 1: combination tub shower, 1 sink, bath gel, shower cap, hair dryer, hand soap, towels, hallway Bathroom 2: Kohler 42 x 42 shower, 1 sink annex area ensuite, shower cap, bath gel, hair dryer, hand soap, towels, dog bowls
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Custom Built Adult weight bunk bed -
    Air Mattress Descriptions - Twin, Queen, Youth (3+ years old) Located under Twin Bed
    Bedroom 3 Master with private en suite - 1 queen
  • 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 under bed TV, DVD player, antennae with child appropriate movies, hardwood floors, closet, chest of drawers, plethora of toys and 2 windows Annex Area: 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 located In Bedroom 2 along with a Youth sleeping bag
  • 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 ...
  • 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 - Pages Creek--ICWaterway:- Private 24' Boat Slip Incl-- Allow Dogs
average rating of 4.945055 based on 101 reviews

Great place for a relaxing, family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week at "Serenity Cottage by the Creek". The house had everything we needed for our stay and the owners were very welcoming and hospitable. We fished, paddleboarded (paddleboards were rented from nearby Entropy boat rentals), visited Wrightsville Beach, and saw spectacular fireworks off of the deck on the 4th of July. This was a great place for our family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, Bill and I are delighted that your stay at Serenity Cottage was the right location for your families vacation. We strive to ensure that our home feels like your home away from home. When you return, we will offer more upgrades to the house for your enjoyment. You are remembered when you return or a referral books. Thank you again for selecting Serenity Cottage Until we meet again... Kind Regards, Bill and Jennifer
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Completely equipped, spotless, unbelievable view, peaceful, great owners...definite Do Again!

  • 5 of 5

From the second we booked to our very last minute, renting this home for our vacation has been pure joy! The owners are more hospitable than any we've ever encountered! We wanted for nothing...even our dogs cried when we had to leave. We rented a boat from Entropy right up the road and that, too, was an awesome experience. The only complaint I have is that the time passed too quickly!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your prompt review. Bill and I are delighted that Serenity Cottage by the Creek was all that you had envisioned for you and your families staycation location. We truly look forward to having the pleasure of meeting all of you again soon. Remember the fall is a great time to visit, less crowded too. Until we meet again...😎�
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Hidden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for a high school graduation. Location is great and convenient to the beach and Wilmington area. The cottage is amazing! The view from the deck by far is worth the stay! The cottage is well equipped, cozy, and clean. I must say for a dog friendly home, this is one of the cleanest rentals where we have stayed. The cottage is kid friendly and we spent a lot of time playing in the beautiful back yard. The owners are very gracious and have wonderful hospitality. They have thought of everything you would need for your stay. Our family will definitely return again!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your timely review. Bill and I are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your time at Serenity Cottage. We definitely will look forward to hosting you again soon.
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. The home is packed with everything you need and more making your stay more relaxing and enjoyable. The layout is great, decor is beautiful and the view is breathtaking. They have truly thought of everything and the home is kid friendly - toys, movies, you name it! We look forward to returning again soon. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Serenity Cottage by the Creek for your staycation vacation. Bill and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that Serenity Cottage amenities provided all that you wanted and needed. We certainly look forward to greeting you again. Thank you again for selecting Serenity Cottage as well as your review. As you are aware, reviews are your way of making your selection as well as our life line. Kind Regards, Jennifer and Bill #430652 Serenity Cottage by the Creek
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Spectacular! Teenagers want to return...

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well stocked upon our arrival.

We had plenty of room for the four adults, 2 teenage boys and 2 pre-teen girls as well as our dog.

The children loved being outside and in the water where we all enjoyed boating, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing and marsh searching. We also enjoyed making s'mores over the fire pit

Our daughters friend stated that she wants to come back because she did not have to get in a car, spend money for a short term enjoyment as all she had to do was be at the cottage and enjoy Everything.

Highly recommend Serenity Cottage

We definitely will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

As my husband Vance grew up in Wilmington (he's "old" enough to have graduated from the "old" New Hanover High School), we have returned to Wilmington 6/8 times in recent years. We love it here...

This lovely home has made us love the area even more....

And the only one we definitely hope to return to...

It is attractive and homey and having Jennifer and Bill greet us made us feel so welcome.

The deck and view was the most special part, with birds singing the most heavenly music.

These two weeks have been a gift indeed.

We recommend it to people of all ages.

We even did not dine out as much as usual because evenings here were so special.

We hope to be able to return often

It makes Smiles 🌞?☺️

And makes us feel young!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
21 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

Harris Teeter and Food Lion - 4 miles

Mayfaire Town Center - 5 miles off Military CutOff

Wrightsville Beach - 7 miles - 4 nautical miles

Downtown Riverwalk - 10 miles

Battleship North Carolina - 10 miles

RDU airport - 2 hours


Rates & Availability

Wilmington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sun Fun and Water
May 30 2017 - Sep 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Snuggle Time
Nov 29 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Snugglin Time
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 10 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Apr 17 2018 - May 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $140 + Tax
Cleaning $130 + Tax
Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 13.0%

Call Jennifer if you have any questions (919) 770-0877
Monthly rentals welcome. Must be at least 35 years young with valid ID. Cleaning, dog fee and tax (if applicable) an additional charge
Holiday rentals higher base rate, cleaning and security deposit.
Cancellation Policy: if cancel within 35 day check-in no refund... If outside 35 day check-in 75% refund if re-rented on same term contract. If not re-rented on same term contract, no refund... Refundable security deposit always refunded unless fees payable to owner. Deduction will apply...
If top bunk used, must re-sheet or extra fee charged by cleaning service which is passed on.
You can choose to use your credit or debit card, but a convenience fee will apply (deducted from security deposit)
This is a family pet oriented neighborhood. 1 dog/deposit with up to date shot, flea n tick medication records
Neighborhood Ideal for bikers, joggers, walkers, bird watching and of course all water related sports
1 towel set + beach towel provided per guest listed
On site parking for 4 vehicles Overflow parking on our back lot (where our boat trailers are stored)
Access hospitality information app once you receive VRBO/HomeAway email
Children's bicycles available (must provide your own bike helmet)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Contact Owner