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Elsie's House On Howard Street

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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

More Details

Owner
Kathy Phillips
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 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.

Amenities

Ocracoke Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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Elsie's House On Howard Street
average rating of 4.965517 based on 58 reviews
Fort Collins, CO
5

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

Wonderful

  • 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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Elsie's House on Howard Street was magical....

  • 5 of 5

...it was the perfect way to celebrate the rich history of Ocracoke Island. We were thrilled the moment we pulled in the driveway. Having walked past the home many times over the years, it was so exciting to pull into the driveway and discover what was inside. We were so grateful for the loving effort the homeowners have put into sharing this treasure with their guests. We had so much fun discovering who Elsie was and how the home was originally built in 1888. The large open kitchen made for easy meal prep, we stocked the fridge and took advantage of the porch for outdoor dining. Elsie's House was awesome, the home and the property seem to be a living thing, the living legacy of the people who have love an invested in it over the years. We look forward to going back to visit again!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

What an adorable property., it has all the great qualities of the historic charm of an old cottage but with all the modern amenities! We could have stayed for a month! Great for our children and catching up with friends from out of town over the holiday weekend. Love, love, love the outdoor shower for bathing after spending the day at the beach!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia SC
5

Very charming and comfortable! Loved coming home at night.

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute of our stay. House was conveniently located and well stocked with every day needs. Would definitely come back and recommend to family and feiends!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Elsie's House is nothing short of awesome!

  • 5 of 5

It has lovely historic charm with all the modern amenities one needs. We live in California but would make the trek again to stay here. Loved this place!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Ocracoke Island Airport
Nearest Barpub
Dajios
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.

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Rates & Availability

Ocracoke Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Peak
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
$5,000
 
 
Fall Shoulder
Aug 27 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$200
Fri,Sat
$1,100
$3,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$250
Fri,Sat
$1,500
$5,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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