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5Bed Canalfront Wild Horses, Kayaks, Incredible Views

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths W/ Hot Tub Close To Beach (Sleeps 10-13) Incredible View

Accessible by 4x4 only. A Treasure Cove is what you will find in this charming home. Enjoy sound sunsets with views over the nature preserve where the wild horses roam. This is a great spot for a treasured family vacation. The whole family can enjoy the boat dock with its picturesque sitting area and the sandy play area. After a day at the beach, enjoy a drink on the deck or a little relaxation in the hot tub.

Level 1 : MBR (Q)w/ full bath; three BRs (1 Q,)( 2 sets of bunkbeds) ,( Daybed/Trundle and Twin);full hall bath.

Level 2 : Great room with gas fireplace; dining area; kitchen; half bath; screened porch.

Level 3 : MBR (K) w/bath and private deck.

Extras : Hot tub, Gas grill, boat dock with sitting area, fire pit, sandy play area, boat ramp, rowboat, kayaks, Fish cleaning station. Multiple TVs/DVDs with Direct TV, WiFi. Large screened porch with large table for a big family.

More Details

Carolyn McGarry
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Carolyn McGarry

We are from Hackettstown, NJ and have had our beach house for 5 yrs. We feel very lucky to be able to enjoy all that nature has to offer on the canal and are pleased to share it with our guests. Bring your own water toys or enjoy ours. Fish/Crab/ Kayak from the dock. The wild horses are truly amazing. Enjoy nature at its best!

Carolyn McGarry purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Carolyn McGarry chose Northern Coast & Outer Banks

Best Beach in the Outer Banks- Very Secluded! Our Family Loves the Outback feel of Adventure every visit brings a Great Family Vacation!

What makes this cottage unique

It is so Peaceful you can really relax and enjoy your family time. Yet there is so much to do that everyone can keep busy if they choose to!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our stay this home. The house was large enough for our group of 12. We enjoyed crabbing off the dock and we had a big crab feast on the screen porch. Looking forward to our return in 2013.
Aug 2012
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Corolla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
  • 1/Master with king and bath and private deck 2/Master with Queen and full bath 3/bedroom Queen shares hall bath 4/bedroom 2 sets of bunkbeds 5/bedroom 1 twin and 1 daybed with pullout trundle
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This home has a private well, with a water filtration system. You may want to bring bottled water. The system was replaced 2017 The nearest grocery store is in Corolla so you may want to stop and bring supplies with you.


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(10 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 3.7 based on 12 reviews

Relaxing , Tranquil with Great Views

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. The views are amazing. Your looking across the canal at the preserve, we loved that it was so private. The horses were there everyday. Driving on the beach was so much fun. We went shelling every morning. The guys had lots of luck fishing from the dock. We enjoyed having the firepit in the evening. The rooms were spacious and comfortable.

We were able to relax.

Thanks so much

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time


  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The physical location is perfect. Needs a new well and better maintenance.

  • 1 of 5

HUGE disappointment! The outside space has changed from the pictures. They should be updated. Inside everything was filthy. The maintenance company sent 2 people the following day to clean the place but even one of those folks said they needed a good 2 days to clean the place properly. The comforters and the pillows provided on the beds were nasty. One pillow actually had what appeared to be dried vomit on it. They laundered them while the house was being cleaned. We had to request that the grill be cleaned, as it wasn't fit to cook on. The lawn hadn't been mowed and we had to request it be done. We checked in late Saturday. Someone mowed on Wednesday. We followed the homeowners instructions for the thermostat. Monday one of the AC units froze up. Tuesday a maintenance technician brought window AC units, and they worked well in the rooms they were provided for but the other rooms stayed very hot. THE MAJOR ISSUE WAS THE WATER! The homeowner had told us that all homes in the area had private "wells" and that the water may be a yellowish color. That wasn't the case. The water was dark brown. I reported it to the maintenance co. on Saturday. Monday it hadn't been fixed so I messaged the homeowner. Her response was "I just had the filtration system replaced in April". We had several maintenance technicians in and out of the house all week and one tech told us that the homeowner's response to the last renter that took issue with the water was "we just had the water filtration system replaced in April". That led me to believe that she knew the water was unsanitary. Our hands especially around our nails are stained brown. We had to shower but cringed at the thought of it. I closed my eyes in the shower to keep from crying. The "well" is a line bringing water out of the canal. On Thursday the water guy told us the well was bad and the house needs a new one. He brought us ice and bottles of water, but the homeowner has ignored my requests to give us a partial refund or any compensation for all the ruined clothing caused by the water. We didn't take a lot because there was a washer and dryer and our truck was already loaded down with kayaks, fishing gear, etc. Posting the pictures I took isn't an option here. Trust me when I tell you to have the homeowner send you picture proof of clean water (new well) before you sign that contract! If you checked in 7/8/17 and no one called you to inform you of the bad water or AC unit you should be very MAD!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a property owner we always hope that our guest enjoy their stay. We relay on a local reality management company that usually has a great response time if needed. They service many of the homes in the area. It was unfortunate that when the tenant checked in every room wasn't as clean as it should have been. This was an oversite on housekeeping. I requested that it be cleaned again . The tenant messaged me that "the Manger came and that the new cleaners were Awesome." I was told very late Monday that one of two a/c had froze. This can happen by setting the thermostat to low. They defrosted it and the house was 73 degrees that night. Maintenance installed window units on Tuesday morning( on a holiday) to provide additional air. The unit for the main floor was always working correctly. The second unit has since been checked by a certified A/C technician It is working properly. Our home has a well as do all of the homes in the area . Every effort has been made to provide the best water quality possible. The well is installed according to building and health regulations it is not a line out of the canal. The water in the area contains tannings which is organic and harmless. Tannings can cause the water to be colored. Filtration systems take the tannings out of the water. We replaced the filtration system this year because of changes that occurred with the water color. When the tenant told me the water was discolored I called the company that installed the new filtration system.. They tested the water and found salt in the water which was causing the filtration system to not work correctly to pull the color out of the water. The chlorinator was working correctly and the water was completely and always sanitary. The owner of Clear Water Systems suggested we replace the well. We replaced the well under the Health Department guidance with a Well Permit by a certified Well company. As we have always made every effort to provide the best quality water to our guests. I checked with other guests and they had clear water during their stay. The area is Perfect, remote and the view are amazing. The horses visit frequently which is magical. I understand that it can be upsetting if everything wasn't perfect. We made every attempt to make the tenants comfortable. She provided pictures of 2 stained tee shirts, we will be making appropriate compensation. Her request was also for a discounted repeat stay which leads me to believe she liked the house overall
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Beautiful home with beautiful views of the wild horses

  • 4 of 5

Would have gave a 5 star review if not for the water at the house. Definitely bring water to drink and cook with. Somehow a different filtration system needs to be installed. Other than that everything was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach House

  • 3 of 5

My reason for giving 3 stars was:

The outside property was nice. There is 2 double kayaks and 1 fishing boat which came in handy. There is a dock to go fishing which my kids loved every day for hours. We did crab too from the dock.

The inside of the house well it is an older house that could use some TLC. There is only 1 frig there. So you need to get ice everyday from the fire station up the road on your way to the beach. Bring ALL of drinking water. The water there is brown color. I did have the maintenance guy come out the first day and he explained to me that the water has always been that color and explained the reason. So be prepared that is the color everywhere ( shower, sink, toilet etc). The frig on the patio is broken and should be removed.

Overall this is an older house to keep in mind. We came down for the beach and did not let little things bother us. We spent 8-10 hours a day on the beach. So to come back to shower and sleep is all. They do have a gas grill but you are responsible for filling the tank. Have plenty of coolers. You will need them to store left over drinks and etc. Luckily the fire station up the street sells ice that you can pick up daily. A house this big really could use another full size frig. Whenever I come down I stop once to shop for food and then one other trip later in the week to refill. We come for the beach and don't want to have to be going into town to get water and food. We had to go out more than we wanted to get water. You don't realize how much you through. I would recommend 10-15 gallons depending on your family size.

Overall it was a nice vacation and we did what we wanted to do. The horses were in the yard daily. It is about a 30 min drive up the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Disappionted !!!

  • 2 of 5

Was very disappointed ,WATER is terrible should get 100$ refund for money spent on ice and water . It smelled and looked like it was pumped out of sound !One refrigerator ,the grill is a rusty mess, no gas, no handle to lift lid unusable had dinners planned for this !!!

No boat oars , the yard was a mess needed mowed branches everywhere on side parking ! These pictures for the outside need updated you can't see preserve for overgrowth . So many cobwebs couldn't use outside shower ,the hot tub area had sand everywhere and more cobwebs that covered the chairs and walls of the deck it sat on ! Yes horses are in every yard every day ! The inside was nice , could use more seatting in great room ! As always the Outer Banks is a great time .... Couldn't believe when we got there not one roll of toilet paper good thing we stopped at the store before arriving there ! If people let things you should let it, pay it forward, not throw out ! If someone else is managing this you should be following up on them ! Not my first time renting ....

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are saddened that you were disappointed. We provide our cell number, and email so you can contact us. The property manager also provides their contact information., with a note to contact them if you need them or encounter any problems. We never heard from you or anyone in your group. Had you contacted us during your stay we would have did everything possible to resolve any issues you experienced. We heard from the tenant after you that the water treatment system needed a minor repair. Which was done immediately. We also replaced the BBQ when we found out that it had been damaged.
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Car: necessary

Located directly across the canal is the Spanish Mustang Reserve, where you can see wild Spanish Mustang horses grazing in their natural habitat. You can watch them swim across the canal and their daily visit to graze in the front yard. For action-oriented recreation kayak tours depart from our canal daily go on a tour or explore on your own with the kayaks we have. Crab and Fish from our dock or from our rowboat. Carova Beach Park at the end of the canal has a public boat ramp and volleyball nets. A short walk or drive and tailgate on the beach, where you can Swim, Surf, & Fish.

No visit to Corolla is complete without climbing the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a 158-foot high structure built in 1875 that still flashes at 20-second intervals to warn ships hugging the chain of barrier islands. Next on the must see list is the Whalehead Club, a 21,000-square-foot Art Nouveau home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Horse lovers will also enjoy the Corolla Wild Horse Museum located within the restored schoolhouse of Corolla Village. Kids have an opportunity to paint their own wild Colonial Spanish Mustang. For some great family fun, play the Grass Course, a miniature golf course on all natural grass.

Shopping is abundant at the village Timbuck II.


Rates & Availability

Corolla Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Post Season
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
After Labor Day
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
Pet fee for 1 $100 + Tax
Cleaning fee $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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