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The Surf Shack,Charming historic cottage, steps to the beach, Nags Head MP 11

Bedrooms 3
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Across the street from the beach.

Take a step back in time and enjoy old Nags Head charm at it's best. The larger cottage on the property, 'Surf Shack', has undergone a complete and total renovation. We just finished the kitchen this winter, brand new! It has all the modern amenities we require, plus the old school charm of 1950s Nags Head.

Ask about our second cottage, Lil' Surf Shack, which we will rent out occasionally. Find it on airbnb (11653451)

The Surf Shack Cottages are located on the Beach Road at MP 11, directly across from the Bainbridge Beach Access. We're just a few short steps to the beach and very close to the Nags Head Pier, restaurants, shopping and Jockey's Ridge. The Nags Head Pier has live music several nights a week in the summer. Our favorite activity (other than sunbathing, of course) is to take some cold beverages down to the beach and listen to the tunes from the comfort of our own sandy spot.

Surf Shack has 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Bright airy Living Room with vaulted ceiling, Kitchen and Dining/Sunroom. The largest bedroom has a queen bed and the two smaller bedrooms have full size beds. The cottage is equipped with a new flat screen TV, cable, high speed internet, AC, laundry and a gas grill. Enjoy coffee in the morning or a cocktail in the evening on one of the two front porches.

Sorry to the doggies, but Surf Shack Cottages does not allow pets.

Come stay at Surf Shack Cottages, we know you'll love it!

More Details

Stephanie Jefferson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Stephanie Jefferson

My husband and I have been renovating historic properties since we were married 13 years ago. It's become sort of a sick obsession that we can't quit. Most of our experience has been in the Historic Fan neighborhood of Richmond, but when these old school cottages became available, we couldn't say no. We spent the several years, detail by detail, bringing The Surf Shack back to it's original condition - or even better!

Stephanie Jefferson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Stephanie Jefferson chose Northern Coast & Outer Banks

We knew right away this was the Nags Head property for us. We are beach lovers and you can't beat the location, just a few steps to the sand. Plus, these cottages had so much potential, they just needed someone to show them some love and care.

What makes this cottage unique

The old 1950s Nags Head Cottages are becoming somewhat of a rarity. Many have been torn down to make room for the big mansions. Our opinion is that bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to old school cottage charm. This cottage provides a romantic getaway for two or a cozy place for mom, dad and the kids. Come relax for a bit at Surf Shack Cottages and we think you'll agree.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Only one thing can be said about the Surf Shack - WE LOVED IT – EVERY LITTLE INCH OF IT!! From the moment we walked in we felt so comfortable and at home. The porch was awesome – we sat out there each morning and had our coffee (or beer!!), and just fell absolutely in love with it.

We took it all in, we LOVED your very simple beach-inspired décor and just everything was so perfect. In our minds, it is EXACTLY what a little beach cottage should be – we weren’t afraid to sit, move, sleep, or come and go with maybe some sand on our feet – it’s what the beach means to us. We almost cried when we had to leave on Friday am.

The location was perfect and the walk to the beach was so quick – it was amazing.

I cannot tell you enough how much we loved it. We went home and are totally redecorating our homes to look more beachy like the Surf Shack.

The rates were just perfect too. I know that we’ll be back again next year.

Thanks for a great little place.
May 2013
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Nags Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Also have an outdoor shower with hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Guests provide their own sheets.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Guests provide their own sheets.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Guests provide their own sheets.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Linens are not provided., Double Beds (2) Linens are not provided While The Surf Shack does sleep 6, we have a 4 adult maximum rental. More than that would be too tight!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
While Surf Shack Cottage does sleep six, we think it would be a bit crowded for 6 adults. It really is best suited for 4 adults maximum. Perfect for a romantic getaway, or a family who wants a cozy vacation at the beach. We do have a policy of 4 adult maximum.


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The Surf Shack,Charming historic cottage, steps to the beach, Nags Head MP 11
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 58 reviews

Great cottage and great week.

  • 5 of 5

So convenient to shops, restaurants and beach. Wonderful cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Old School.

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed the house and the location was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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The Surf Shack was the perfect home for my family's stay at Nags Head!

  • 5 of 5

We were feet away from the beach and the home had everything we needed. If we ever visit OBX we'll choose the Surf Shack!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

House couldn't have been more perfect and owners were extremely helpful and accommodating. Cannot beat for the price and location, everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Comfortable renovated vintage cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a great location for my husband and me to gather with our two young adult children for our first visit to the Outer Banks.

We each had our own rooms for privacy but also a comfortable living room for watching television and a nice dining area for eating and playing games.

We all thought the beds were comfortable. Each room had mirrors, a chest of drawers, and a small basket we used for dirty clothes.

The outdoor shower was helpful for two people getting ready at the same time. There was plenty of hot water. The air conditioning also worked well. Really liked having a washer and dryer. We took turns washing dishes and it was not a problem at all.

As others have noted, it is a little noisy because it is on a corner of a main highway. At first it was a little unsettling to hear people walking by outside but we got use to it. I used a sleep machine app at night for some white noise and the outside sounds really didn't affect my sleeping.

Because of the rain we did not spend much time on the beach. We did appreciate the central location to the area as a whole. We particularly enjoyed the Wright Brothers Memorial, Jockey Ridge Dunes, and all of the light houses. Our son enjoys kiteboarding so we were able to use the provided beach chairs and spend an afternoon at Salvo.

In addition to bringing sheets and towels you will want to bring your own paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, foil, plastic wrap, etc. ) and soaps (hand, body, dish, and clothing detergent).

Stephanie was great to work with through messaging on the Home Away app. She and her husband have done a great job of renovating this beach house but also maintaining the vintage charm.

i enjoyed thinking of all the families over the years who have used this house. We created some lovely memories here.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable cottage and friendly owner!

  • 5 of 5

The surf shack is right across the street from the beach and has everything you need for a few days away in the Outer Banks. My family and I stayed here for a weekend for a wedding in town and we would definitely stay again. Stephanie responded to questions immediately and was really helpful and sweet! I also liked the book of local restaurants and attractions with personal recommendations and notes for places the owners enjoy. Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Our cottage is about 100 steps to the sand, just across the Beach Road. We are in walking distance to the Nags Head Pier, Lucky 12 and Tortugas. Just a short drive to Jockey's Ridge, Wright Museum, Historic Manteo and lots more.

Please note that Surf Shack is located right on the Beach Road. The road can get busy, particularly on the weekend. Most guests don't have a problem with this, and find the proximately to the beach makes up for any traffic noise.


Rates & Availability

Nags Head Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season, Summer 2017
Jul 4 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Post-Peak, Summer 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Post-Peak 2, Summer 2017
Sep 17 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Off Season, Fall 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Off Season, March 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Pre-Season, April 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Pre-Season, May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak, Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Minimum stay during Value and Peak Seasons is 7 nights. Sometimes we have partial weeks available and in these cases, we will rent less than a week. Be sure to check the calendar for any mini-weeks. Sunday turnover day during peak season.

Stays of less than a week require a $50 cleaning fee on top of the listed nightly rate. All rates include the 12% state and local taxes.

We do have a 4 adult maximum capacity or 6 total occupants.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.