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Renovated Waterfront Cottage w Private Pier/Slip/View ICW n Figure 8/Pages Creek

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Page's Creek - Private Deep Water Pier with Floating Dock

Welcome, to your home away from home!

Time seemed to stand still at Serenity Cottage until you walk inside to all the comforts and amenities of your home. The renovated cottage is situated in a family and pet friendly neighborhood.


Located on the pristine tidal waters of Pages Creek, where you can boat, kayak, paddle-board, tube or swim as you view the ICW as well as Figure Eight Island(from suspended deck). Whether staying for a few nights, a week or an extended stay, come enjoy time with your family and friends viewing the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises 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. You will not be concerned about excessive noise as you will be soothed by birds chirpping and the wood crackling

However, if you are a traveler that enjoys exploring, you have definitely chosen the right place to hang your hat or bonnet.... The cottage is in the desirable Middle Sound area 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, Mason's Inlet and dining by the waterway restaurants. 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:

The cottage has been renovated for your comfort. 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. New cabinets, appliances and granite have been installed as well as bar stools, couch, swivel chairs and recliner. All living room chairs swivel and the recliner swivels and rocks allowing you to maximize the view. New chairs and rug purchased in 2016. New towels and linens also purchased at this time.

LCD flat screen TV's

located in each bedroom as well as the living kitchen area. The 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. A single pack n play, umbrella stroller 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

(items 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 annex bathroom as well as a dog bed, bowls and gate are available upon request. We also have a small and medium crate should you nee blanket to use one for your 4 legged baby. Fenced in back yard was re-sodded with Bermuda grass in 2016

Outside Accomodations:

Boat, Dock, Deck Information:

The cottage has a pier with a long boardwalk, suspended deck with shower and fish scaling station as well as a floating dock for 1 boat. Moor your boat (4' 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Things to do:

Serenity Cottage is a great place for you and your family to unwind, bird watch, fish, paddle board, kayak, boat, walk and jog or simply read a book. Don't miss out on staying at the cottage. Corn hole, badminton set, horse shoes and assortment of balls are provided for your enjoyment when not on the water.

NOTE: Priced as one of the best values offering deep water access with a pier and floating dock...4 feet of water at low tide, slightly lower on full moon

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...

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...

*** Sometimes an extra hour can make a big difference if you are planning around packing, plane flights, or just want to enjoy the water for a few more hours. If no one is checking in or out on your arrival or departure date, early check-in or late check-out may be available. If so, we'll be happy to help you check-in before 4 PM or check-out after 10 AM. Request prior to check-in please.

If availability, I will work with you to gain your business.

Bill and I are committed to helping you achieve your dream vacation. You are renting from owners that want you to enjoy our cottage as much as we do!!!!

Long Term Rentals are welcome:

Monthly rentals are welcome during off season months and are considered 15 nights or longer). No tax charged for 91 nights or longer rentals. Owner is responsible for $150.00 of utilities and services - pro-rated for number of nights of occupancy. 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

More Details

Jennifer or Bill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Jennifer or 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 through 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 or Bill purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jennifer or Bill chose Southern Coast

Perfect Location... Nestled in a quiet waterfront family and 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 boat to the 46' floating dock or rent from Entropy Boat Rentals and keep your items on the dock. No having to trailer your boat back and forth to a boat launch 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. Weekly Renters will receive a $100 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 8 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 for a visit to Wilmington. 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 cottage 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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Renovated Waterfront Cottage w Private Pier/Slip/View ICW n Figure 8/Pages Creek
average rating of 4.936709 based on 89 reviews

THANKFUL for this comfortable cottage !

  • 5 of 5

This is our first VRBO rental and we were so thankful to be able to stay here for the weekend of our nephew's wedding.

So much more ‘homey' and comfortable than any motel room and what a warm welcome and 'introductory tour' from owners Jennifer and Bill Tatum, who have gone to great lengths to make the 'Cottage by the Creek' well-equipped for every need.

Since we are "seniors", one with mobility challenges, the few steps in and out the door and the "all needs on one floor /level” was especially helpful when moving about the cottage and we appreciated this aspect so much during our stay.

LOVED the sunrise, the water views, and the birdsong in the morning.

Loved the wind chimes too!

Greatly blessed to have been here in this cottage and hope to return whenever the opportunity presents itself!

Thank You, Jennifer and Bill! ...

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Fishing Trip

  • 5 of 5

What a trip. The view from the back yard is beautiful. We had a great time fishing off the dock and easy docking for the boat. This place is a hidden gem. We can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colin, it was so nice that you and your family chose our cottage for another fishing trip. Looking forward to greeting you again . Thank you Jennifer
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Amazing stay at the Cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience our family had at the Cottage! The view is absolutely breath taking and the atmosphere was so peaceful!! The absolute best place to stay with a young child -- lots of grass, trees and amazing pier to play on all day long. We were just a walk away from renting kayaks and taking an afternoon adventure just right outside our door.

Short drive to Wrightsville beach for fun in the sand!

We felt like home while were were there -- anything we could possibly need was at our fingertips and the house itself was so homey -- I really wanted to stay forever. Fabulous house for a family!!!

Jennifer is very hospitable and met us there when we arrived!

I recommend this to anyone! We will be back -- this is officially our home-away-from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and your 5 star rating. Bill and I strive to make our slice of paradise into your home away from home. We certainly look forward to having the pleasure of meeting you and your family again when you return to stay at Serenity Cottage. We are in the process of installing bead board ceilings n the smallest bathroom and new light over the mirror. We are also having a partial enclosure in the laundry room. Thank you Jennifer
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Lakeland tn

Awesome summer get away.

  • 5 of 5

I would call this cottage a hidden gem. They provided everything you need, down to beach towels. Washer and dryer along with detergent. Nice kitchen with large refrigerator. How side nice patio porch and swing that over sees the water. Nice long dock to fish from. I will diffently stay there again. Oweners we're great to work with. Go Hoggs!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and I are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your time at the cottage. We look forward to your return trip. Kind Regards, Jennifer Go Hogs!
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  • 4 of 5

Such a wonderful pleasant place. The views every morning are going to be missed. We loved boating around this area and had such a wonderful time as a family. My kids absolutely loved this house. Very equipped for families with children. Thank you for having us and making our stay one to remembers

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy sharing our slice of paradise with our guest and are delighted when the cottage and its surrounding meets or exceeds their expectations. We look forward to having the pleasiure of greeting you again when you return. Bill and Jennifer Serenity Creek Cottage #430652
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Outstanding Vacation Cottage

  • 5 of 5

From the moment of the initial booking , to the personalized check in with Jennifer, this perfectly stocked cottage on the creek leading to the intracoastal waterway was wonderful. Appropriately named the cottage was peaceful and relaxing which allowed us our time to unplug as a family and share some amazing experiences. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and I are delighted that Serenity Creek Cottage met your goals of reconnecting with your family and rejuvenating. We certainly look forward to your return trip. Remember referrals that book, you will receive your surprise gift. Remember that returning guest also receive a discount.
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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 Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Snuggle Time
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
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
July 4 week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

Less than 4 night prime season rental call or text Jennifer (919-770-0877). We will work to gain your business
Monthly rate: 91 nights no tax charged- Oct and March monthly rate is $90 per night, Nov-Feb rate is $80.00 per night
Cleaning, dog fee and tax (if applicable) not included in monthly rate
Event rentals higher base rate, cleaning and security deposit.
Weekly rates slightly lower.
Week-end only rates slightly higher. (Thursday-Sunday prime season ($350/night), other seasons Friday and Saturday)
If top bunk used, must re-sheet or extra fee charged by cleaning service which is passed on.
More than 6 occupants extra cleaning fee imposed
Certified Check Preferred or E-Check. You can choose to use your credit or debit card, but a 4% convenience fee will apply...
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 (with boat trailers)
Please respect our boats moored at the dock by not entering or placing items on them...
Access hospitality information app once you receive VRBO/HomeAway email
Outdoor cold water shower and fish scaling station on the suspended deck over water... Dock cart, beach chairs, boogie board, blow up 2 person boat
Spigot to rinse off your boat behind the yellow building TIMER OPERATION(Manual + #1 + minutes, wait a few seconds for timer to start
Paddle board available ( extra deposit required upon check-in) Must provide life jacket
Children's bicycles available (must provide your own bike helmet)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Wilmington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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 Bathroom 2: shower, 1 sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Custom Built Adult weight bunk bed -
    Master with private en suite - 1 queen
    Air Mattress Descriptions - Twin, Queen, Youth (3+ years old) Located under Bunk Bed
  • Bedroom 1: Main level of cottage overlooking creek: Queen size Bed with satellite Smart TV, DVD and hardwood floors, closet, dresser, ceiling fan and 3 windows Bedroom 2: Main level of cottage: (1) Adult Bunk Bed and (1) Twin Bed and 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, ceiling fan 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, 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 ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • 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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