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Elsie's House On Howard Street

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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 can do it all and then come home to the warm lantern glow of Elsie's House.

More Details

Kathy Phillips
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

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 Northern Coast & Outer Banks

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.


Ocracoke Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No refunds for cancellations. Guests are advised to purchase travel insurance. Guests provide own sheets plus towels for kitchen, bath and beach.
  • Please rinse sand off using outside shower prior to entering house. Use coasters to protect wood furniture. Guests are responsible for damages.
  • Day of departure: Dishes must be washed and put away. Trash must be neatly bagged. Close windows. Set thermostat to economical setting.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • newly renovated with tiled shower and floor, deluxe fixtures and features a stained glass window. Luxury outdoor shower available for after the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , upstairs master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Guests bring their own sheets for each bed and towels for kitchen, bathing and the beach. Plush top mattress pads, pillows, blankets and spreads provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Elsie's House On Howard Street
average rating of 4.951613 based on 62 reviews

Absolutely loved Elsie's House! Great location, history, and a true taste of Ocracoke living. Highly

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved Elsie's House! Great location, history, and a true taste of Ocracoke living. Highly recommend a stay here. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Had a great week!!

  • 5 of 5

After stressing about our vacation during the power outage, we made it to Ocracoke and enjoyed our stress free week.

Elsie's house has old world charm, we loved looking at all the old pictures on the walls. The house had everything we needed for a wonderful vacation. The outside shower was amazing! I took showers outside everyday. The house is located close to everything so we did a lot of walking. Every evening we would sit on the front porch and talk to everyone that walked by. Everyone is very friendly.

I would definitely come back to Elsie's house!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute delight

  • 5 of 5

Property is perfectly located and accommodated. For my next trip to ocracoke I won't spend a second looking elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great visit

  • 4 of 5

The owners have done a lovely job maintaining the character of the house. Kitchen was very well supplied. We did bring a Keurig. Location on Howard St is great for getting around to everything . We walked all week, except for driving to the beach. The stairs to second floor are tricky, narrow and steep. Would not work well for anyone with mobility or knee issues. Second floor also really retains the heat, so we turned on the fans upstairs before going up each evening. I can see that the single bath would require juggling, if you were more than a couple. Overall, a lovely house and visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect. Just Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how great our family's time was at Elsie's house. It's located on a charming street near the heart of Ocracoke. It's well-supplied with everything, including some excellent books and toys for children. The owners have clearly put a lot of time, heart, and effort into honoring the home's aesthetic integrity and history. I would stay here again just to sit on the front porch. The yard is spacious and lovely. Every room in the house is comfortable and the huge outdoor shower felt like a real luxury after long, fun days at the beach. Correspondence with the owner was efficient, professional, and friendly. We opted to bring paper plates to use for some of our meals, as there is not a dishwasher (as of June 2017). On the nights we used dishes, we made washing and drying them a family event, which was a nice change of pace and helped me at least to slow down and enjoy my vacation. We feel really fortunate to have been able to stay here and would absolutely do so again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Once again we enjoyed the historic charm of Elsie's for the Ocrafest. Love adding to the treasured memories each year. Showering to singing birds or under the stars. Sharing stories on the porch. We look forward to coming as long as Kathy and Bob are willing to share.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"One of our favorite restaurant/bar hangouts - very close to our house"
Jolly Roger Pub and Marina
"Watch a beautiful sunset over Silver Lake, listen to live music, and enjoy a meal and a drin..."
Ocracoke Coffee Co
"A favorite place for relaxing, meeting friends, and enjoying the best coffee on the island."
Ocracoke Lighthouse
"Don't miss this landmark!"
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Ocracoke Island Airport
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
NC Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
Jolly Roger
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
public beach access
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund