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Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A Simple Slice Of Paradise All Wrapped Up In A True Carolina Beach Cottage

'Simply Heaven' is a traditional Carolina saltbox beach cottage with incredible ocean views located just 2.8 miles up the beach from where the paved NC12 ends north of Corolla at the surf of the Atlantic ocean. A 4x4 vehicle is a must! Driving conditions on the beach vary hourly depending on traffic, weather and tides.

This quaint cottage has 3 bedrooms with ocean views, 2.5 baths, as well as an outdoor shower. A clothes washer and dryer is provided for your convenience. Television with over-the-air, local broadcast stations is available, as well as internet service. Your well-behaved dog is welcome for a fee, but two dogs max, no cats. The house has most of the basic necessities to make your stay comfortable -- pots and pans, utensils a charcoal grill, etc...

Lane McIntosh
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Lane McIntosh

Thanks for looking! My name is Lane McIntosh. My wife and I reside in Charles Town, West Virginia when we are not enjoying "Simply Heaven" in Corolla, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and am a professional in the real estate industry.

Lane McIntosh purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Lane McIntosh chose Northern Coast & Outer Banks

In 2006 I was on a quest to find a 'fortress of solitude' to occasionally alleviate life's trials and tribulations. I wanted a place that offered peace, solitude, limited commercialization and spectacular beauty -- but not too far from essential necessities and amenities. After visiting countless properties in the Mid-Atlantic and the South, I stumbled upon 'Simply Heaven' by chance. My first time driving up the beach to the house almost left me speechless with all of the natural beauty. As I arrived at the house, the yard was filled with wild horses. I half-jokingly asked the seller if he had everything put on display to secure the sale. Within seconds of looking out the windows, I knew that this was the place for me!

What makes this cottage unique

What 'Simply Heaven' lacks in size it makes up with views and scenery that many houses ten times its size do not have. If you're looking for a relaxing family atmosphere with ocean and beach views from every bedroom, Corolla's famous wild horses, deer, fox, dolphins or an occasional sea turtle, you will find it here. If you're looking for fast food, convenience stores, wild nightlife, you will not. But! 'Simply Heaven' is located just 2.8 miles up the beach so you are far enough away but just close enough.


Car: necessary


Corolla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
    Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • All bedrooms have ocean view with sliding glass door to ocean-side deck.
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla
average rating of 4.647059 based on 17 reviews

Simply Heaven Indeed

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this property for our honeymoon, and we had a wonderful time. We found this "quaint cottage" to be bright, airy, and clean with an amazing view of the ocean. Many mornings of our stay were spent on the top floor deck with coffee in hand, sitting in the comfortable chairs provided with the house looking out over the water. The sound of the ocean that close is very soothing, and I already miss it back in the 'real world'.

We used the kitchen to cook many of our meals and found it to be well appointed and completely usable. The only item we didn't find was a cutting board, but perhaps we just missed it. The outdoor shower and hose were nice touches to help clean up after a day on the beach, and the AC fought the humidity like a champ. The horses lived up to the hype - we saw them on several days, and they grazed in the yard for several hours on one of the days.

We had several interactions with the owner leading up to our stay, and during. The owner was always responsive and helpful - first by working with us to sort out a scheduling challenge when we booked the property, and then to assure us that the slight travel delays we experienced on our arrival would not affect anything else regarding our stay.

The other reviewers here (and the owner in the house notes) have noted the essentials on staying at this house - but the beach driving notes bear repeating. Bring a 4x4, air down your tires, and study the satellite views on Google Maps so that you know where you are going. My AT&T phone had very spotty service on the beach, but my wife's Verizon phone worked very well. We arrived just after a storm had passed through the area, at night, at high tide. I would strongly caution against that particular course of action as it made navigation quite a lot more difficult, but other than that the beach driving was reasonable.

We wish we could have stayed there for another month - a week just wasn't enough time. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views but poor maintenance

  • 2 of 5

The house is located in a great area by the beach and the wild horses are close by. BUT, the house needs some serious upgrade and maintenance. Upon our arrival I realized that the house wasn't clean. The air conditioning upstairs is locked in so you can't change it if it get too hot outside. Outside and inside of the house was in poor condition. My husband and I rented this home based on the reviews. ( I don't know if the reviews are family members). It wasn't so much the furniture but the walls, ceilings and carpet, deck and stairs. It would not recommend this property for families with kids unless they fix it up to meet construction code.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that your stay at Simply Heaven did not meet your satisfaction. VRBO will not let me provide you with a similar negative review. You made no contact with me during your stay to express your unhappiness. The only contact was to inform me that you had arrived in a two-wheel drive vehicle and that you got stuck in the sand. Big surprise! Aside from that, I only heard from you post check-out to inform me of several things, including the fact that you broke the picnic table and that the shifting sands have piled up against the bottom deck step, making the rise of the step out of code. Give me a break!. It's nice to know these things before the next guest arrives in an hour. Anyway, sorry I was not willing to offer you a full refund. Knowing these things now, I can have the maintenance company look into them. Admittedly, Simply Heaven is not a perfect home and I make no promise to that effect. It sits on a sand dune...on a sandbar...on the edge of an ocean. It consistently gets pummeled by wind, sand and storms. The window of opportunity to make repairs in between guests is limited 8 months out of the year, but the maintenance company does its best in the time allotted while not intruding on guests' vacation. However, if there is a problem, please call the number on the sign that is attached clearly to the side of the house. Thank you.
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Awesome Vacation getaway with amazing oceanfront views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house last summer and just rented it again. I am beyond excited! The house is a prime oceanfront vacation home. There are plenty of windows and a large picture window, so you basically have a wide panoramic view of the entire oceanfront on the top level. We had a thunderstorm roll in one night and it was just amazing to watch, while relaxing on the couch. We saw lots of shooting stars during our visit as well.

The house was clean and had plenty of dishes ans such in the kitchen. Nice quality pots and pans! We provided our own linens but that seems to be the norm in renting beach houses. Honestly, I'd rather have my own sheets. The master bedroom has it's own private walkway into the bedroom, very spacious and plenty of dressers and closet space. They provided comforters and the house decor is beachy! This house is definitely cared for! It is an older house, but that being said, is what we love about it. It's very fresh and open and has a rustic beach feel, not dirty and neglected.

We saw horses almost everyday and it's a very short ride to the beach, or you could walk. We take the truck and park on the beach all day.

The owner, couldn't be more friendlier! He was easy breezy to work with and always responded quickly. He has been wanting to do some renovations to the house, but the house is rented every week in the busy months, so time is limited! We love the house just the way it is!

Summer can't get here fast enough for us! I wish I could afford to rent it more than once!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The rental was clean, roomy with all the necessities. The top living room/kitchen floor has two sliding doors and huge windows to enjoy the ocean view and the grazing wild horses. We enjoyed coffee every morning sitting on the picnic table provided on the top deck watching the sun come up. Appliances in the kitchen were up-to-date and the dishwasher provided a break in the dish drudge. The master bedroom has a nice, firm king size mattress. Two full baths on the bedroom level were convenient along with the half bath on the living room floor. There is an outdoor shower on the bottom deck with cold and hot running water to shower after a day on the beach. The owner provided a hose hooked up to a faucet so the beach equipment could be washed off and the sand and salt spray could be cleaned off our Suburban. Take binoculars so you can watch the horses, beach activity, and the ships going to and from ports in Virginia. This place is quite, remote and wild and we loved it. We learned to time our going in and out of the beach to town at low tides since it's easier to travel on a hard packed beach. Pack all your basics before leaving or purchase them in Corolla. Food, toilet paper, paper towels, dish and laundry soap, and Ice, don't forget ice to pack in our coolers for the beach. We didn't do this thinking we would go to the house, unpack, and then return to town for supplies. Be sure to leave early enough to manage the tides and supplies. We arrived late, dark, and at high tide and didn't want to risk traveling back that night. We received a special treat when we first arrived on the beach. A small herd of about 8-10 wild horses were walking in front of us apparently heading in for the night. It was almost like they were welcoming us and escorting us to the house. Don't forget to lower your tire pressure to 18 psi before entering the beach. We saw many stuck in the sand that didn't. The beach was well patrolled by the Sheriff's Department on ATV's and the three we encountered were very helpful and friendly. Our only disappointment this vacation was we had to leave Friday, a day early due to tropical storm Hermie arriving on check out day Saturday. With predicted sustained winds of 65mph and tidal surges we concerned about getting off the beach at the time of Hermie's landfall. The owner was very helpful with tips and clear directions. We highly recommend this rental and plan to return again and again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house and the location! We felt very comfortable and it was plenty of room for our family and dogs. The drive to and from the house on the beach was fun but a little harrowing at times. Research and prepare to handle the beach and you'll be fine. I would highly recommend a portable air compressor for when you need to air up before heading into town.

You'll need to bring all the extras: towels, sheets, blankets, soaps, paper towels and cleaning supplies. Most of what is in the kitchen is fine to cook with however there is a set of very beat up non stick pots and pans that I felt were unusable. I would have rather had some regular pots and pans. The only other "complaint" but was not a huge deal to us was the Wi-Fi was not the best.

The house is air conditioned which worked perfectly. It also has an outdoor shower and a garden hose to clean off your car or whatever. The horses were around almost every day and that was just wonderful however beware the house is on the horse tour route and they are constant but I never felt they were intrusive.

We would go back in a heart beat! You wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay and would definitely go back. The experience of driving on the beach to get to the house was really cool and our boys loved it. We saw the wild horses nearly everyday of the trip.

Suggestion for future renters: make sure and plan ahead!!! If you plan right with your groceries you could literally not leave this beautiful house all week! And won't want to its so perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

Please note that all short-term leases are based on a week-to-week basis with a 7-night minimum stay from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 9:30am. All rates are subject to change prior to reservation acceptance. Deposit is non-refundable UNLESS property can be rented to another guest, less discounts and credit card fees. No refunds on cancellations less than 21 days from guests' arrival date. Sorry, no exceptions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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