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Sunset Beach, Rated one of 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. Our focus is vacationing families and you must be at least 21 years of age to rent the home. The island is 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

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 family 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 Sunset Beach

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bed and bath linens are not furnished.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , 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.


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Sunset Beach, Rated one of World's Best Beaches by National Geographic
average rating of 4.642857 based on 28 reviews

One Happy Family!

  • 4 of 5

This has been our third year renting this house and we can't say enough good things about the owners. They are absolutely fantastic to work with! This house is perfect for 2 families because each one has their own side with their own bathroom. The kitchen is fully stocked. The only down side we experienced this time is the floors were a little dirty when we got there.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and well maintained

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the convenience and comfort of a well maintained beach home. A great vacation full of memories.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice spacious cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. We are a family of five so the layout was great for each child to have their own room. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils, pots and pans, etc. We had everything we needed. The front porch is a wonderful spot for a morning cup of coffee. The outdoor shower with rain head and handheld head is great.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 Star rating ! It means more than you may think. We work hard to make The Holy Mackerel a comfortable home for our guests.
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Phenomenal outdoor shower and front porch

  • 4 of 5

We had 5 adults and 2 children. There was plenty of room! The space worked really well for socializing / dinners and were able to put kids to sleep and still socialize easily. The front porch faces West and therefore is cool and shaded for a majority of the day. I spent much of my time on the porch in the rocking chairs. There were some books left that left several of us with reading options. The outdoor shower was perfect with a changing area and then the shower beyond that with 3 separate heads and HOT water! The indoor bathrooms were dated but it didn't matter since we really only used the outdoor shower. The beach access is directly at the end of 32nd street. There were 7 houses between beach access and this house. It took 8 minutes to walk from house to "campsite" on beach with a 4 year old. There are no tents allowed before 27th street but they are allowed at 32nd. The house is a perfect location on the beach....far enough from the main beach entrance and close to Bird Island sanctuary. The beach is shallow for around 100 yards before gets deep so good for kids. There were enough waves to boogie board and space for biking and soccer playing. There is a picnic table and grill underneath the house. The clothes washer and dryer were front load and very nice. The house has nice stainless steel dishwasher/stove/fridge as well. We knew to bring towels and sheets but didn't think to bring dish towels /washcloths... so that is something to remember. There were lots of kitchen appliances and supplies ,however, we routinely ran out of forks so recommend bringing some plastic forks if several people in the house. The clothes lines below were very helpful. Food Lion is only 8 minutes away in car. All in all we had a very relaxing and good experience. No complaints. The island itself has 1 bike shop, 2 clothes shops, and 1 ice cream place so it is not commercialized at all, which our family really appreciated. It is a safe island in general and safe for bike rides.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that detailed review. Glad you enjoyed the outdoor shower. We had been wanting to re-do it and based on our positive comments from our guests I think it is a success. My wife thought I was crazy to put metal roofing on the sides. She thinks it's pretty cool now. We really appreciate your time to provide comments.
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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: April 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: September 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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