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Sunset Beach, One of the World's Best Beaches by National Geographic

(23 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 bedroom, 2 bath home on secluded Sunset Beach. Great rental for 2 families.

It's official, the National Geographic Society has identified Sunset Beach, in Brunswick County, NC, one of the World's Best Beaches.
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If you're looking for a quiet, family oriented beach, stop looking--you just found it! Sunset Beach is a quiet, barrier island with the widest beach strand in the state. It's a bike and pedestrian friendly community with little commercial development.

The home is approximately 400 ft from the dunes; an elevated boardwalk then leads you over the protected dunes directly to the beach strand.

The Holy Mackerel has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The home is designed with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath on each side of the home with the living/dining area and kitchen in the center. Each side has a privacy door separating it from the center living area. This arrangement is ideal for two families.

Each bedroom is equipped with cable TV and DVD/Blue Ray player. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have a queen bed and bedrooms 3 and 4 have two twin beds in each bedroom. The queen mattress sets are new for 2015.

The kitchen has been recently updated with all new stainless steel appliances. The new stove features a convection oven with glass cook-top. The dining table seats 8.

The home is elevated and offers 2 bays of covered parking. Additional parking is available in the driveway. A laundry area with washer and dryer is located on the ground level.

An outside shower with hot and cold water is located under the home and a cold water, basin sink is adjacent to wash out sandy bathing suits.

A generous sized, heavy wooden picnic table is on the concrete slab under the home with an outside grill just steps away.

Bed and bath linens are not furnished. Rental linens are available thru a local independent business. Ask for their contact information.

Cancellation Policy
No refund will be given unless property can be re-rented. If property is re-rented, the renter will be refunded his monies paid minus 15% of the rental cost.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 minimum...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Each bedroom furnished with flat screen, cable TV and DVD/Blue Ray player. Note: Bed Linens are not furnished...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bed and bath linens are not furnished....moreless

  • Home also features an outside hot/cold shower. Note: Bed and bath linens are not furnished. An initial, or starter supply of paper products (toilet paper and kitchen paper towels) are provided. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The beach is a direct assess from 32nd Street, just a short walk on an elevated boardwalk over the protected dunes. Note: Bed and bath linens (sheets, towels, pillow cases, wash clothes, hand towels) are not furnished....moreless


  • Books:

    Once read, guests frequently leave their beach books at the home for the next guests. Titles change each season. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Five DVD players; one in living room and in each of the four bedrooms....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    All TV's connected to cable....moreless

  • Television:

    Five TV's; one in living room and in each of the four bedrooms. ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    The home is only a short walk to the beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central HVAC....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer / dryer located on ground level. Dryer sheets provided. Note: Linens are not provided...moreless

  • Heating:

    Central HVAC....moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless internet service....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room:

    Couch, two loveseats, and chair. Ceramic tile floors, area rug, cathedral ceiling with ceiling fans. Cable TV with DVD/Blue Ray player. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Two bays under home and driveway parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    No local telephone....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer /dryer located on ground level. Detergents provided. Note: Linens are not provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup coffee maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Kitchen is fully equipped to accommodate the maximum number of quests. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Stainless steel. Dish washing cleaners are provided. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Center island food prep and serving area. Under counter task lighting. Ceramic tile floors. Note: a starter supply of paper products (toilet paper, paper towels) are provided. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Stainless steel, mounted over the stove. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Waffle iron, blender, crock pot, and electric can opener. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless steel, frost-free with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Stainless steel, convection oven, glass cook-top....moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 slice toaster....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Roof deck with ocean view. Front porch with seating. Back deck. Picnic table located under home near grill. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Park type charcoal grill located on ground level at rear of home. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.7
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - Jun 2, 2017
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Saturday

Early Summer
Jun 3 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jun 17 - Aug 11, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Late Summer
Aug 12 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 9 - Dec 9, 2017
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Departure cleaning $120 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12.75%


Rates and fees subject to change.

Weekly rentals are from Saturday to Saturday.

Check-in after 4:00 pm

Check-out before 10:00 am

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many restaurants located in Calabash, NC

Car: Necessary

The area is home to numerous world class golf courses. For the outdoorsman, in-shore and off-shore fishing charters are available from Ocean Isle Beach, Calabash and North Myrtle Beach. Local parks offering play equipment, tennis courts, ball fields and open areas are a short drive away. A paved, public boat ramp is located on the mainland by the new high rise bridge. The ramp launches directly into the Inter Coastal Waterway.

Rental companies on the island offer sea kayaks, bicycles, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and other beach related items.

By far the best amenity is the the beautiful, natural beach strand. Due to several natural factors, Sunset Beach actually grows in width each year. Scenic walks on the beach there are unmatched anywhere.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

About the owner: Hi, we are the Freeman family; Becky and Tom, owners of The Holy Mackerel. We have two adult sons (Jacob and Luke) with families. Thank you for visiting our site and considering our home for your vacation destination. Our goal is to provide you and your family a safe, comfortable home at a competitive price. While growing up in NC my family frequently visited our state's coastline. As a young boy I grew to love the beach and the marine environment. Upon marriage Becky and I set as our goal to one day own a home at the beach. In 1987 we found our home and have been working on it ever since to to make it the best we could.

Why the Owner Chose Sunset Beach, NC, USA:
As a native I had seen many changes to our beaches as a result of aggressive development. Sunset Beach was different. Among all the North Carolina beaches I had visited, none had the same 'feel' as Sunset Beach. We found it to be a quiet, family oriented beach with little commercial development. Back in the day Sunset Beach was accessed by a single lane, floating bridge that spanned the Inter Coastal Waterway. The island is now accessible via a safe, two lane high rise bridge that is always in service. I've heard it said many times that as soon as you cross that bridge everything changes. Becky and I invite you to see if Sunset Beach has a similar effect on you.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • Left front side

    Left front side

  • Picnic table under home

    Picnic table under home

  • Steps to top deck

    Steps to top deck

  • Top deck

    Top deck

  • Center living area

    Center living area

  • Bedroom #1, Queen

    Bedroom #1, Queen

  • Bedroom #2, Queen

    Bedroom #2, Queen

  • Bedroom #3, 2 twins

    Bedroom #3, 2 twins

  • Bedroom #4, 2 twins

    Bedroom #4, 2 twins

  • Bathroom # 2 of 2

    Bathroom # 2 of 2

  • Holy Mackerel

    Holy Mackerel

  • Front right side

    Front right side

  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Top deck

    Top deck

  • Center living/dining area

    Center living/dining area

  • Kitchen


  • Bedroom #1

    Bedroom #1

  • Bedroom #2, Queen

    Bedroom #2, Queen

  • Bedroom #3, 2 twins

    Bedroom #3, 2 twins

  • Bathroom #1 of 2

    Bathroom #1 of 2

VRBO #511362

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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