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Waterfront on Pages Creek-Intracoastal-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 offering water front seating; as well as, handicap ramp (upon request and deposit). The home is in a family and pet friendly neighborhood! The house can sleep 7 comfortably.

Contact Jennifer at (919) 770-0877 for assistance.

***Boat, Dock, Deck Information:

Serenity Cottage has a Private pier, dock, with view of ICW and Figure Eight Island, fish scaling station, shower and floating dock for the lessee's use.

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 and other water activities including 24’ dock space for another watercraft.

ALL included in your rental.

Enjoy the colors of the sunrise and sunset while sitting on the dock.

Do not enter or allow anyone including your dog to enter water on North side of dock (facing the water from house deck)- due to oyster beds which are protected by CAMA and cannot be removed. This is a tidal creek. Watch tide clock and always use the buddy system.

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


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) and only 4 nautical miles to Wrightsville Beach bridge and restaurants, 1 nautical mile to Figure Eight Island bridge.

***Things To Do:

You can enjoy all water related actvities. Previous guest have enjoyed 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. (Please inquire as to their location) On the back lot, you can park your boat trailer or have a game of touch football.

***A dock cart, cooler, lounge and beach chairs, and boogie board are available. (Please inquire as to their location)

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

***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 allowing you to maximize the view.

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 appropriate games, toys, movies as well as child appropriate utensils. Other items may be available.

***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 as well as a medium crate is available upon request.

***Deck and Carport:

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, 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. (Complete late fall 2017). We also have a handicap access ramp for those that have difficulty maneuvering the 2 step entrance into the kitchen. The ramp is available upon request and a deposit.

***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.


Priced as one of the best values offering 24 hour water access with a pier and Private Floating Dock.

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 our 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 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 91 nights or longer rentals. Fees include cleaning, deposit, utilities ( if more than a month), and dog fee. 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, owners family may access their watercraft from the dock but will not intrude on your stay...

More Details

Jennifer and Bill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 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 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 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 or Melinda

Jennifer and Bill

Jennifer and Bill purchased this house in 201

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 watercraft 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 drive. Beach chairs, towels, boogie board 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 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 ...
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 ...
  • 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-Intracoastal-Figure 8-Fishing-Private Dock-Allow Dogs
average rating of 4.936842 based on 105 reviews

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: Aug 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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Great weekend getaway!

  • 4 of 5

This little hideaway was a great place to stay! The back yard is wide open and opens up to a dock to fish and boat from. We fit two families comfortably. We went crabbing and fishing! Later we rented boats and spent most the day on the inter coastal watwerway! The owner is very informative and very accessible. There is a new car port which was nice for the pop up storm ... wish part of the back porch was covered to do the same but is also very spacious and relaxing to sit while others grill! We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that the carport added additional waterview seating for you and your family and that you enjoyed all the extras that were left for your family to enjoy since your husband is being deployed. We certainly hope you will plan another trip.
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Amazing Week at Serenity Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for an amazing week!

We had 90% perfect weather and caught 7 different species of fish off the dock.

Flounder, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Crocker, Toad Fish, Pin Fish and Lizard Fish

We look forward to another trip here in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for selecting our house for your staycation vacation with your children. Bill and I are delighted that you and your children enjoyed your time at the house and caught such a variety of fish. We definitely look forward to your return trip.
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Stay 7/19-7/24

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful escape...

Your cottage gas provided for the last 4 days.

The fish count got up to 14 and we thoroughly enjoyed being on and in the water. Thank you for your incredible hospitality as you went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. We will definitely be coming back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and I definitely look forward to your return trip". Book early... Jennifer
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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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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
Ferry to Southport
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

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $175
Damage Insurance $59

Jennifer (919) 770-0877
Prime Season rates which are from Memorial Day through Labor Day are $ 340.00(Mon-Wed) and $350.00(Th - Sun). All Prime Season Holiday's require a 4 night stay except July 4th week (7 night stay). Prime Season Holiday rates are $350/night except weekend (Th - Sun) are $375/night. (Prime Season Holiday Rates Only). July 4th week rates are $375/night.
All other Holidays throughout the year require a 4 night stay at $300/night.
Monthly rentals welcome. 30 years young Must have a valid ID, reference or past guest. Cleaning, dog fee, utilities - if more than 30 days and tax (if applicable) an additional charge
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 $150 fee. Changing weeks is considered the same as a cancellation.
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 which is payable at check-in
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 3 vehicles Overflow parking on our back lot (where our boat trailers are stored)
Please do not block entrance to our back lot or our neighbor's driveway.
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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