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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:
March 19, 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.


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: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests are advised to purchase travel insurance in case of weather or health issues. Bring your own sheets and 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: Wash and put away all dishes. Leave trash neatly bagged in the kitchen. 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 4.955224 based on 67 reviews

I enjoyed staying on the property. The home was spacious and the neighborhood was very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed staying and will stay again when in the area.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful historic home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We will return.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Elsie's house! The house is a great size, very charming, with lots of character and everything we needed in the kitchen. It's a quick walk to shops, coffee, restaurants, bars, and we especially enjoyed the live music at Dajio. We visited for Labor Day weekend and Ocracoke was not crowded at all. The only thing we missed having was a grill, but we'll bring our own next time. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 2017
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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

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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