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

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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.

More Details

Tom Freeman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 7, 2017

About Tom Freeman

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.

Tom Freeman purchased this house in 1987

Why Tom Freeman chose Southern Coast

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.


Sunset Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
  • Each bedroom furnished with flat screen, cable TV and DVD/Blue Ray player. Note: Bed Linens are not furnished
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Sunset Beach, one of the World's Best Beaches by National Geographic
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

Great stay in April

  • 5 of 5

Nice, quiet, safe feeling neighborhood. House is only a short walk from the beach. Very clean. Kitchen utensils were nice and orderly. Nice big dining table. Comfortable beds and plenty of room for 6-8 people.

This is a nice, quiet, comfortable early April beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 star review. April is a great time to visit Sunset Beach. The rates are at their lowest, and the island is all yours. We hope you will choose us for your next vacation at beautiful Sunset Beach.
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  • 4 of 5

Property was nice but could use some updates. Location was great! And Tom was very good to work with. Very well stocked. Thanks for sharing your home

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to review us. The Holy Mackerel is not the newest on the island but we think we're among the best. I promise our guests my best in providing personalized service. Thank you for choosing The Holy Mackerel ! Tom Freeman
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The house was clean, the kitchen is well stocked and the beds are comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

This was our second year staying at The Holy Mackerel some friends of ours and we had a blast. The owners are wonderful and respond quickly. It's just a short walk to the beach and is close to beach access. It is ideal for two families because each one gets their own side of the house, which is really great! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your response. We go further than most in providing for our guests needs. As you know we provide starter paper goods, automatic dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, some cleaning supplies and other consumables. We think it's the details that can make the difference. Thank you for your stay and we welcome you back to The Holy Mackerel ! Tom Freeman
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Lovely beach house

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Holy Mackerel. It was very clean, comfortable, nicely decorated and fully stocked with all necessary items. I like that the bedrooms are separated to each side of the house. As an extra plus, the outside enclosed shower even had "hot" water.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 STAR review. Our goal to earn a 5 STAR rating from each guest at The Holy Mackerel. Glad you enjoyed the new outdoor shower. There are many homes to choose from on the island - thank you for choosing The Holy Mackerel ! Tom Freeman
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Lovely beach house, great location

  • 5 of 5

I stumbled upon both this property and Sunset Beach about 2 months ago when planning our summer vacation. We love NC beaches but had not been to Sunset Beach. Tom's house (The Holy Makeral) is great! First, the customer service leading up to the trip was excellent - he was quick to respond to the questions that I had. The property is well maintained and a short, easy walk to the beach. The outdoor shower is to die for! (3 shower heads, new construction) The kitchen is well stocked and had extras that we didn't expect which was a bonus. (Like plastic wrap, laundry detergent, etc - things that you end up having to purchase at other rentals). The queen mattresses were new and comfortable. Loved the big front porch for sitting and visiting with family after a long day playing at the beach too! I can't think of any downsides to this rental - it was lovely and a great place to vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Planning a vacation can be stressful. My job is to make that process as simple and pleasant as possible. We do provide a number of "extras" that a family needs to get their vacation off to a good start. It's a "Holy Mackerel" extra that most others do not offer. Thank you for your comments and your business. We love making our guests happy. Tom. Becky, (owners) and Linda (housekeeper).
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week on Sunset Beach at The Holy Mackerel and enjoyed every minute of it. The house is very well equipped and was recently updated. We had everything we needed and grilled out almost every night. The outdoor shower is very refreshing after a day on the beach. The setup is perfect for two families with two bedrooms on each side of the house. The location is great with a very short walk to the water. I'm not sure how but there's always an awesome breeze all around the house.

The owner, Tom, was extremely helpful and communicated quickly. We enjoyed our stay and hope to come back to the Holy Mackerel next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. Our guests' comments are very important to us and my wife and I are grateful for them. Our goal is to offer families a safe and comfortable home to enjoy a beach vacation. Thanks for the comment on the outside shower. I built it with the goal of creating something different while having lots of utility. (The hand held shower is perfect for Mom or Dad to wash sand off the little folks.) We invite you to stay at The Holy Mackerel for your next Sunset Beach vacation.
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Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Sunset Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum 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

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