About the property
- Cottage1400 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
In the heart of Ocracoke Village, just steps away from Silver Lake harbor
This beautifully renovated historic 19th century cottage is nestled among the live oaks on Ocracoke's fabled Howard Street, a quiet sandy lane in the heart of the village, just steps away from Silver Lake harbor, shops and restaurants. It was originally built from ship's timbers in 1888 on occasion of the wedding of Simon Garrish to Sarah Howard. It stayed in the family and was last occupied by Irvin Garrish, Ocracoke's first Hyde County Commissioner and ferry Captain and his wife, Elsie Ballance Garrish, the island nurse. Local islanders fondly remember them 'holding court' from the front porch swing, greeting those passing by the shady lane.
Open the front door and you will be welcomed by the airy space and beautifully reclaimed heart of pine floors. There is a cozy living room with comfortable seating and 50 inch flat screen HDTV, a spacious dining room with the original light fixture and convenient kitchen stocked with cooking and dining items.
The front bedroom has a full bed and the back bedroom has a twin bed. There is a completely new bathroom peacefully lighted by a stained glass window plus a utility room with washer and dryer provided. Upstairs of this 'jump and a half' home is a sitting room and master bedroom with king-sized bed. You will find comfort from the elements with the central heat and air. The large yard features fig trees and live oaks which you can enjoy from vintage lawn chairs or relive your childhood on the tree swing. A luxury outdoor shower will be a welcome homecoming after a day at the beach.
Experience the relaxed slow pace of Ocracoke finishing a good book, taking a walk to Springer's Point, riding the waves (or even a horse) on the beach, kayaking to Teach's Hole, biking around the village, enjoying a fine meal, or sailing into the sunset...you can do it all and then come home to the warm lantern glow of Elsie's House.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Kathy Phillips
Our first trip to Ocracoke was the year we met in 1981. We fell in love with each other and the island, never thinking we would someday own a home with the dream of someday living there. Currently working in Raleigh with 2 kids to put through college, those dreams are in the future. So for now, we look for folks who also share an appreciation of Ocracoke and would enjoy staying in an island home that truly captures times past. Our hope is that you will feel part of this unique community.
Kathy Phillips purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Kathy Phillips chose Ocracoke
We first saw this home for sale in 2008 and wondered if we could bring it back to life. It had a deep history, it's foundation built from the shipwrecked timbers of the Old Bateman...but did it have a future? After 3 years of debate and with the generous patience of two sisters who inherited this property from their parents, we made our decision and in 2011 the property became ours. With another year of renovations, the house became a home again in April of 2012. We began renting on a year round basis to an Ocracoke resident, but beginning July 2013 we listed it for weekly rentals.
What makes this Cottage unique
Enjoy the front porch and waving to passersby - the locals will likely tell you that is what they remember best about this house - a friendly place to visit. The friendliness continues out into the village. You can walk or bike anywhere and enjoy leaving your car parked at the house for most or all of your stay.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Lots of historical fun
Great place on coolest street in Ocracoke
A beautiful and characterful cottage that made for a perfect stay
This is one of the nicest rentals we have had through Homeaway, the cottage is comfortable and has a lovely feeling of character and history. Plenty of room for our family of four and very convenient for local shops and restaurants (we like Back Porch Restaurant best, and Dajio). Would certainly recommend to others.
We loved our stay at Elsie's
A beautiful historic home in Ocracoke. We loved the location and the island. When we return we plan to book Elsie's house again.
I enjoyed staying on the property. The home was spacious and the neighborhood was very quiet.
I enjoyed staying and will stay again when in the area.
Beautiful historic home
Loved staying on historical Howard Street. Elsies house was fantastic. Well furnished, myself and three guests had everything we could want or need. Great central location on Ocracoke.
The house has real character and is still comfortable and convenient. The location is special. in the heart of Ocracoke yet still quiet and not far from the beach. It is well equipped and tidy, the yard is pretty, especially the swing.
Enjoy the front porch swing and waving to passersby on Historic Howard Street, just steps away from the harbor, Silver Lake, and village shops and restaurants.