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Charming, Vintage Beach Cottage, water views, dock for fishing/crabbing

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Beaufort Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage sleeps 4-6, 2 bdrms, 3 full size beds, 1 full bath, one half bath

Come stay with us for the Down East Mardi Gras (February), Romantic Valentine's Day, Chocolate Festival (February), Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Pirate Festival (September), Seafood Festival (October), Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harker's Island Decoy Festival (December), and Christmas Holidays.

Our newly renovated beach cottage is located Down East, off Harker’s Island Road, in the Straits Community, near Gloucester and Smyrna, North Carolina. This charming cottage has beautiful water views off the dock, access to fishing, kayaking (kayaks provided) fishing with casting nets (provided), and even crabbing with crab pots (pots provided). Catch your own dinner off the dock. If you are seeking relaxation, a place to get away from it all, and privacy….this is your vacation rental. Cottage is decorated throughout with gorgeous antiques and duck decoys, many from local carvers.

All the comforts of home:

• Full size, fully stocked kitchen with glassware, pots, pans, dish ware, coffee maker, and cook books for cooking beach cuisine. Upon request, a steamer can be provided, fueled with propane gas, to cook large steamed meals outdoors for a small family gathering. Consider cooking a Beaufort Boil….we can provide the recipe and suggestions on local venders to access for your seafood requirements

• Breakfast nook in kitchen

• Dining area that comfortably seats 4-6

• Cottage sleeps 4-6 comfortably, has 2 bedrooms, 3 full size beds, one full bathroom, and one half bathroom. The cottage does not have a washer and dryer.

• Sit and relax on the front covered porch or back porch (for sunning), cooking out with grill, or simply relaxing in the sun.

• Cable / TV satellite access at the Cottage; there is a TV with DVD player downstairs, and a TV and DVD player upstairs. Just 4 miles away is a local Red Box. We also provide a collection of DVD’s for entertainment.

• Wireless Internet access is provided. We can also assist you with sending and receiving fax transmissions if needed.

• There is more than ample parking at the cottage for your family, friends, watercraft, and other needs, as the cottage is located on over 3 acres of land.

• Need your boat, golf cart, or ATV serviced or fixed while you are here…we can help…within 2 miles of our cottage you will find several local service providers.

• We provide Kayaks (2) for your use or you can rent kayaks in Beaufort, N.C. Put in at our dock and spend the day picnicking, sightseeing, fishing, and exploring the many Down East inlets.

• Gas Grill and, upon request, we can provide an extra large steamer, fueled by propane, for cooking all sorts of seafood. Fresh seafood is typically available roadside, as many local fisherman sell directly to the public from their own homes.

Where to go and what to do:

• Shackleford Banks. Take your own boat or a local ferry across to Shackleford Banks for swimming, fishing, shelling, sunning, and picnicking. Enjoy and be sure to photograph the infamous Shackleford Banks wild ponies which roam freely and can even been seen swimming in the water areas.

• Harker’s Island Bridge area. There are several marinas located close by, as well as a public boat ramp at the Harker’s Island Bridge, no further than 3 miles from our beach cottage, where you can launch your boat, jet ski, kayak, sail, or simply swim and fish in the water. Recently, fishing piers, which are open to the public at no charge, have been built at the Harker’s Island bridge, to make your fishing experience that much easier. Also check out the Decoy Carver's Guild to purchase decoys.

• Harker’s Island. It will take you mere minutes to get to Harker’s Island from the cottage. On the island are the Core Sound Waterfowl & Heritage Museum (ie: the “Decoy Museum” - a must see with an upstairs devoted to documenting and displaying heritage from many of our local communities), several seafood restaurants, Cape Lookout National Seashore, gift shops, a small grocery store, and bait and tackle shops. Harker’s Island hosts an annual Decoy Festival the first weekend in December which always draws a huge crowd.

• Exercise, Sports, Diving. The Smyrna recreational fields are located close by with walking paths, tennis, soccer, softball/baseball and basketball courts that are open to the public. A mere 1 mile from our cottage is the well-known Poseidon Dive facility. You can arrange for half-day or full-day dive trips to several of our local area wrecks.

• Beaufort, N.C. A short distance from the cottage, approximately 15 minutes, is the historic town of Beaufort – voted Coolest Small Town in America 2013! There you can enjoy dining at locally known restaurants such as Clawson’s, Aqua, Stillwater, and the Spouter’s Inn Restaurant. There is an abundance of shopping on the waterfront in Beaufort. You can take a sunset cruise, rent kayaks on the waterfront, and even rent a water taxi to take you to various locations nearby, including Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and Shackleford Banks. For the lover of history, the Old Burial Grounds, the Maritime Museum and Wooden Boat Building facility (part of the Maritime Museum) offer insight into the history and culture of this area.

• Morehead City, N.C. Morehead City is approximately 20 minutes away. On the waterfront you can find charter fishing boats for half-day, full-day trips and even sunset cruises. There is also shopping and some of the best local restaurants and bars (Beach Bums Pizzeria, Jack’s, The Sanitary Restaurant, Ruddy Duck…to name a few). To learn about the unique history of our area, make sure to visit The History Place (museum) on Arendell Street.

• Atlantic Beach, N.C. In Atlantic Beach, over the causeway, experience our beautiful Crystal Coast beaches! If you enjoy surf boarding, there is no better place to be! Also make time to visit the Civil War Era Fort Macon.

• Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. In Pine Knoll Shores experience the amazing N.C. Aquarium. If you prefer a quieter beach experience, Pine Knoll Shores has several public beach access areas. Sea turtles have been known to nest in this area.

• Cedar Island. Cedar Island is known for duck hunting, fishing, and the Cedar Island ferry which takes you to Okracoke Island. Cedar Island is approximately 20 miles from our cottage.

• Ocracoke Island, NC. Take the Cedar Island Ferry (20 miles from our cottage) to Ocracoke Island and spend the day visiting this community. The best way to enjoy Ocracoke is by renting a bicycle or golf cart on the island in order to access local shops, bars, and restaurants.

• Cape Carteret / Swansboro, N.C. Have children? MacDaddy’s in Cape Carteret/Swansboro is the place to go for bowling, go carts, batting cages, video games, wonderful food, and much more.

• Fishing. Depending on the time of year, you will find flounder, spanish, wahoo, cobia, blues, kings, trout, snapper, puppy drum, and mullet in abundance. There is also clamming and the local salty oysters are amazing. Catch your own fresh shrimp.

• Diving. There are numerous diving opportunities found in this area. The Crystal Coast is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” To access these wrecks, you can take your own boat or use one of many dive shops located throughout the county. Poseidon Dive facility is a mere 1 mile from our cottage. You can arrange for half-day or full-day dive trips to several of the local wrecks.

• Churches. There are churches of many denominations within a short drive from the cottage. Walk to and visit the historic Straits United Methodist Church, only 100 yards away. The church has weathered many a downeaster storm, and the beautiful historic architecture exists to this day and is worth seeing and enjoying at a Sunday Service with the friendly members from the Straits community.

• Entertainment. Our cottage is located in a very quiet area, but within a short drive of restaurants and bars in the town of Beaufort which provide local live music on weekends throughout the year. During the summer, there is nothing better than enjoying a meal on Front Street in Beaufort, and then going to the Beaufort Docks to listen to local musicians. Also enjoy walking along the Front Street Docks to see the many motor yachts and sport fishing boats that call Beaufort home, or who are visiting on their travels up and down the coast. There are also many specialty shops for those looking for a good deal, or for a memento of their travels to this area.

• Special events to consider when determining when to book your stay:

* February: There is a Down East Mardi Gras, featuring the Cajon Ziedeko band Unknown Tongues, in February of each year. You should visit their website for exact dates. This is something locals faithfully attend and something everyone should experience at least once. All food is prepared New Orleans style. Make sure to bring your costume and dress in Mardi Gras appropriate attire

* February. Need a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? In February, there is the infamous, and local, Chocolate Festival, in Morehead City, NC at the Civic Center. Nothing is more romantic and entertaining.

* September. The Pirate Invasion takes place in Beaufort, NC in September of each year. This is an outrageous, fun filled, weekend gathering. Bring your best pirate costume.

* October of each year – the infamous Seafood Festival takes place in Morehead City, N.C.

* Each Saturday, there is a local Farmer’s Market open to the public on the grounds of the Beaufort Courthouse. Purchase some local honey, vegetables, and/or crafts.

* In Emerald Isle there is an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

* Each summer, there is the wooden boat building event in Beaufort, NC. It is a must see.

* December. The Decoy Festival takes place in Harker’s island and is the first weekend in December.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sundee Stephenson and Bradley Schulz
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2016
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About Sundee Stephenson and Bradley Schulz

Bradley Schulz and Sundee Stephenson own a law firm in Beaufort, N.C., called Schulz Stephenson Law. Both are practicing attorneys. Their family consists of sons Trey and Blake, who are teenagers, and the family's labrador retrievers and cats.

Sundee Stephenson and Bradley Schulz purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Sundee Stephenson and Bradley Schulz chose Central Coast

We purchased the cottage as it is next door to our primary residence and is full of such character and so typical of local, Down East culture. We wanted a place for family and friends to stay when they visited. As such, we took care to furnish and decorate it so that it contained every convenience and luxury. We also furnished it so that it reflects the local culture of Down East, with emphasis on decoys, duck hunting, antiques, seafood, and relaxation........

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage sits on 3+ acres directly on Whitehurst Creek, a major tributary leading to The Straits, the body of water between the Straits community and Harker's Island. We have a large front porch which is perfect to sit on and relax and visit with family, and to enjoy the Straits community. Additionally, the back porch is perfect to sit and enjoy the sun. Leave the back porch and walk down to the dock, put the kayaks in the water, listen for the ducks, shorebirds and other wildlife, and enjoy this special area.........


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Charming, Vintage Beach Cottage, water views, dock for fishing/crabbing
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 35 reviews

Very nice and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Just as described, nice and clean.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location to get away and relax!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Cottage, it is about 25 minutes to the closest beach and about 10 minutes to the closest grocery store. The cottage is well decorated and we really enjoyed the large backyard leading to a fishing pier. We fished and crabbed and had a decent amount of luck. The only drawback to our stay was the water quality, it has a very strong iron smell that was difficult to overlook, so much so, that we dreaded having to shower. That is the only reason this vacation home does not get a 5 star rating.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your vacation and stay in the cottage. Thank you for the compliments on the property as well as cottage decor. As we discussed during your stay, the water will have a slight odor at times. It is typical for the water in this area, this time of the year. Thank you, Sundee Stephenson and Bradley Schulz
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The perfect cottage retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The cottage was fabulous. Alex caught crab and scrimp for dinner while the girls and I loved on the kitty. The cottage was very charming and was stocked with everything we could possibly need. I would recommend this property for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for vacationing with us! We hope you will come back. Sundee and Bradley
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Very relaxing weekend trip!

  • 5 of 5

I had never visited that part of coastal North Carolina, but my son recently took a job there. This house was a great rental for 4 adults, enough kitchen space and a great long back yard. The dock was our favorite place and we had the best time catching crabs and putting them on the table in less than a half hour. Lovely place and the hosts were very welcoming. Lots of helpful information about the amenities of the home and local sights. Would stay again for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had a wonderful stay, and enjoyed spending time on the dock ! We hope that you will find the occasion to visit our cottage again. Brad & Sundee
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Quaint, Charming and Relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time. The location is a much slower pace than the craziness of Morehead City/Atlantic Beach, for example. We were able to easily drive into town, yet far enough out to avoid being annoyed by the hustle and bustle of downtown. Access to Harker's Island is super too. You are 9 miles from the bird museum, visitors center and ferry system. Most importantly for me, was the fantastic access for boating purposes. I brought my 20 footer with me. The boat launch and substantially large parking lot at Harker's Island Bridge is literally about 3 min away from this property. It's a very easy to use boat ramp too. It's built to protect you from the choppy waters while trying to launch and re-trailer your vessel. We dropped in there, and traveled right over to Shakleford Banks. An easy 10 to 15 minute trip to the island. We even saw a sea turtle along the way one of the days! Got there, beached and anchored the boat, and enjoyed the day. Oh, the sunrise over the water while in route to Shakleford was extraordinary too. So, so beautiful!

Anyhow, this property was great for my wife and I as we celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. The decor indoors is very well done, and the property out back is fabulous too. From the walking trail, to the ample space for trailering your boat, to the long dock with crab pots, to the Adirondack chairs setup for lounging (I previously lived in central/upstate New York, so I know all about the Adirondacks...both the mountains and the chairs. Ha!), you can't go wrong. They even have kayaks for your use right out of your own back yard! What's not to love!

Bottom line. Get off of the beaten path, and enjoy this place for all that it is. We've added this property to our favorites. We will most certainly be back...

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review! So glad you enjoyed the cottage and we would love to have you come back. Sundee and Bradley
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, quiet, exactly what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so so glad that you had an enjoyable time, and that you found the cottage to be as expected. Brad & Sundee
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
New Bern, North Carolina
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Clawson's Restaurant, Beaufort, NC
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Harker's Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
North River Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
70 Highway
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Captain's Choice in Harker's Island
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Harkers Island Bridge Beach
Car: necessary

The Cottage is located on over 3 acres of secluded land, in the Straits Down East area. You will have your own private dock to fish off of, cast shrimping nets from, and catch crab for dinner. Casting nets, crab pots, kayaks all provided for you. If you want a peaceful, quiet, relaxing vacation location for your vacation...this is it. Sit on the front porch, relax and read a book (we have all the latest novels in the Cottage for your reading pleasure). Be sure to visit with our local cats 'Boots and Garfield' when you are on the porch. They will do anything for attention and our guests always comment on how affectionate they are. The cottage is furnished with antiques and has recently been remodeled completely throughout.


Rates & Availability

Beaufort Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 16 2016 - Feb 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 16 2017 - May 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 16 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Deposit $200
Cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 6.75%

Check in, 4:00 pm, check out -11:00 am
Holiday Weekends(Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.) require 3 night rental
Security Deposit, REFUNDABLE if property left in good condition, $200
The property does not have a washer / dryer. For stays of longer than 7 nights, we will offer maid service (to include replacing sheets and towels). For stays greater than 2 wks, contact owner to discuss laundry service.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Beaufort Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Bathroom located in upstairs bedroom suite
  • Master bath downstairs has tub, shower, and double vanity. Upstairs bedroom suite contains a newly added half bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master bedroom located downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Master bedroom downstairs has one (1) full sized canopy bed. Upstairs bedroom suite has a half bath, sitting area, closet, and two (2) full size beds. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY SIX (6) - NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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