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Charming, Vintage Beach Cottage, Water Views, Dock for Fishing/Crabbing

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Last updated: 04/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 04/13/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Plenty of room to smoke on the front porch, back porch, and outside areas. We simply ask that you not smoke indoors. There are 3+ acres outside available for smoking......moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    This property is elaborately furnished with antiques, including furniture and decoys. It is not suitable for young children. Older children, who would be able to enjoy kayaking, shrimping, and crabbing off the dock would be suitable for this property. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets are allowed on the property. No exceptions. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    Master bedroom located downstairs...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Bathroom located in upstairs bedroom suite...moreless

  • Master bath downstairs has tub, shower, and double vanity. Upstairs bedroom suite contains a newly added half bath....moreless


  • Books:

    numerous novels, most current, please read and take home with you if you are not finished. Cook books also....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Misc. DVD's provided. Local Dollar General is approximately 4-5 miles away, and has a Red Box for rentals also. ...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    kayaks, casting nets, crab pots all provided....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Cottage is located in the Down East community, located in a very private setting on over 3 acres of land. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Charming Storybook Vintage Beach Cottage…With Water Views and Private Dock…Located Down East…Get Away From It All and Simply Relax and Enjoy!...moreless

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


  • Dining:

    Full sized dining room table offered, with insert, can comfortable seat 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace:

    gas logs available September - March...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    with gas log fireplace, 52' TV, DVD player, movies. Red Box located approximately 4-5 miles away at local Dollar General....moreless

  • Parking:

    property is located on 3+ acres, there is plenty of parking for vehicles and boats....moreless

  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    fully stocked with dishware, glass ware, pots, pans, coffee maker, platters, serving dishes, utensils, and cookbooks....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Full-sized refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    there is a front porch with table and chairs, also a back porch with 2 rocking chairs. Back porch also has gas grill (with tank) provided. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks, with 2 life jackets, are provided for use when renting the cottage. You can put the kayaks in at our dock or the Harkers Island access 2 miles away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Over 3+ acres...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill on back porch provided, with tank....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Feb 16 - May 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$750 $3,000
Summer 2017
May 16 - Sep 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,010 $4,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$690 $2,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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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Last updated: 04/13/2017
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
New Bern, North Carolina
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Clawson's Restaurant, Beaufort, NC
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Harker's Island Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
North River Club
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
70 Highway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Captain's Choice in Harker's Island
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Beaufort, NC, USA:
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........

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.........

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 04/13/2017

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  • Full front view of outside of cottage

    Full front view of outside of cottage

  • Sitting area on front porch of cottage.

    Sitting area on front porch of cottage.

  • Kitchen view

    Kitchen view

  • Dining room table, has insert to allow for seating for 6 comfortably

    Dining room table, has insert to allow for seating for 6 comfortably

  • Bathroom marble vanity

    Bathroom marble vanity

  • Antique dresser in Master Bedroom

    Antique dresser in Master Bedroom

  • Upstairs half-bathroom

    Upstairs half-bathroom

  • Antique furniture in upstairs half-bathroom

    Antique furniture in upstairs half-bathroom

  • View from back porch of cottage showing 3+ acres of land and water views.

    View from back porch of cottage showing 3+ acres of land and water views.

  • GORGEOUS water views from the dock! Shrimp & crab can be caught from the dock.

    GORGEOUS water views from the dock! Shrimp & crab can be caught from the dock.

  • Beautiful outdoors.

    Beautiful outdoors.

  • Sitting area on front porch of cottage

    Sitting area on front porch of cottage

  • Living Room with working fireplace

    Living Room with working fireplace

  • Breakfast nook eating area in kitchen

    Breakfast nook eating area in kitchen

  • Living room area, with gas log fireplace and 52' TV, cable, DVD player

    Living room area, with gas log fireplace and 52' TV, cable, DVD player

  • Full Sized Canopy Master Bed in Master Bedroom

    Full Sized Canopy Master Bed in Master Bedroom

  • Upstairs Second Bedroom, with two, antique, matching, full sized beds

    Upstairs Second Bedroom, with two, antique, matching, full sized beds

  • Upstairs furniture / reading area

    Upstairs furniture / reading area

  • Private dock on cottage property

    Private dock on cottage property

  • Kayaks, crab pots, shrimp casting nets, life jackets all available to guests.

    Kayaks, crab pots, shrimp casting nets, life jackets all available to guests.

  • Crab pots for the dock..catch your own dinner! Rocking chairs on the back porch!

    Crab pots for the dock..catch your own dinner! Rocking chairs on the back porch!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, April 17, 2017

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