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Exceptional Home, Steps to East Beach, Oceanview, 3 Masters, BHI Club with Golf

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 2,867 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom, 6 1/2 Bathrooms with Ocean Views, Less Than 1 Min. Walk To East Beach


*** We include Bald Head Island Club with Golf privileges with the rental of our home ***

Where the road ends your Bald Head Island vacation experience begins. Arrive by ferry, navigate the Island by one of our three new golf carts, on foot or by bicycle. Relax, slow down…. You’re on “turtle time.”

Bald Head Island, one location with several possibilities. We encourage you to; explore the 14 miles of pristine beaches, hike the maritime forest, kayak the creeks and marshes, soak up the sun, start a new family tradition, couples getaway or celebrate a milestone. It’s all about the magic and the memories. Experience the beautiful Island, sun, ocean and wildlife. Indulge in the infinite water activities; stand up paddle boarding, boating, fishing, swimming, surfing, beach-combing, kayaking, wind surfing and sailing. Discover an endless agenda of activities designed to entertain, educate and pamper or just reconnect, relax and replenish. Nurture your mind with programs offered at the Conservancy, climb “Old Baldy,” a 200-year-old lighthouse, visit the Smith Island Museum and historic sites. Indulge your senses of adventure and most importantly treat yourself to an unforgettable vacation!

Welcome to Bald Head Island! Welcome to our brand new home, “A Shore Thing”, a luxury vacation home custom designed to feel like your own. Completed May 21, 2014 to host your family for the summer rental season, beginning June of 2014.

Retire to a comfortable king or queen size bed with silken linen for a restful nights sleep!

“A Shore Thing” comfortably sleeps 18 guests, three master bedrooms with king beds, queen bedroom, bunk room with two full and two upper twin beds and a private crofter with two queen beds, tiled full bathroom and kitchenette. Each of the six bedrooms have an adjoining private tiled bathroom with granite counter tops. Two master bathrooms have Jacuzzi tubs, counter height double sinks with vanities, walk in showers with body jets, hand spray and rain shower head. The third master bedroom bathroom has a double vessel sink, jetted tub/shower combination. Relax in the evening with a Jacuzzi tub or body spray shower with ambrosial bath amenities. All bedrooms have flat screen LED TVs and access to outdoor space; porch, deck or screen porch.

There’s a plethora of outdoor space choices with comfortable outdoor furniture; covered front porch with ceiling fans, second floor deck, third floor observation deck, screened porches and a deck between the house and the crofter. The reverse floor plan maximizes ocean views. The third floor observation deck boasts beautiful ocean views by day, sunsets and star gazing at night! Sip wine as you watch the sun set over the glistening water from the third floor observation deck. On Bald Head Island the sun both rises and sets over water. You can hear the ocean from the house!

Grab one of our fluffy beach towels provided for each member of your family and in less than a minute stroll along the boardwalk, your toes are in the sand on East Beach! Or take one of the three golf carts and drive around the block to East Beach. We’re less than two minutes from the Shoal’s Club, BHI Conservancy and South Beach. It’s a short pleasant ride to the Maritime Market and Marina, choose between a shaded and protected route through the maritime forest along Federal Road or take the more scenic route along South Bald Head Wynd.

Dining out at one of the restaurants/clubs? Eating in, plenty of room for the whole family to gather around the table. The open floor plan accommodates multiple families. Prepare your meals in a well-equipped chef’s kitchen; Thermador Pro appliances, 48 inch refrigerator, 48 inch six burner gas range top with griddle, double convection ovens with rotisserie, draw microwave, ice maker, beverage center, island with raised teak breakfast bar, granite counter tops, farmers sink, pot filler, bridge faucet and dishwasher.

Play, explore and discover all day! Spoil yourself you deserve it! Now start packing. Our welcome mat is out and we strive for legendary hospitality at “A Shore Thing”!

More Details

John and Annemarie Marinelli
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About John and Annemarie Marinelli

We are natives of Massachusetts. We enjoy the beach, wildlife and outdoor activities; fishing, kayaking, and hiking. We love spending family time on the Island and creating lasting memories.

We are happy to share our home with other families. It has been such a rewarding experience to receive emails, phone calls and thank you notes from families who have enjoyed themselves at 'A Shore Thing.'

John and Annemarie Marinelli purchased this house in 2014

Why John and Annemarie Marinelli chose Bald Head Island

In 2011 we were fortunate to discover Bald Head Island. We were looking for a vacation home on the Outer Banks for over a year and could not find what we were looking for. Purely by good fortune we came across a link to Bald Head Island, NC. We did some research, contacted a Realtor, purchased a lot and flew down to see the Island, in that order. We had never even been to NC before. We fell in love with this beautiful Island, it was EXACTLY what we had been searching for!

Our original plan was to wait four years and then build our dream home. However, we couldn't wait! We were passionate about the Island, it's wildlife, the life style, and the conservation/preservation of this enchanting barrier Island. We got to work immediately; hand picked our Builder, Architect and Designer to help us make our dream home a reality. We could not be any happier with our decision! We know now that it was fate that we found BHI and not an accident.

What makes this house unique

We especially appreciate the casual, relaxed lifestyle of the Island, friendly vacationers/ residents, the varied environments of this spectacular Island and the wildlife.

This past summer we were fortunate to see a loggerhead turtle's nest boil....amazing!


Cape Fear Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2867 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1, second floor - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Spa shower with rain shower head, body jets and double sinks
    Master Bathroom 2, first floor - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Spa shower with rain shower head, body jet and double sinks
    Master Bathroom 3, first floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , jetted tub/shower with double sinks
    Queen Bathroom 4, first floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunk Bathroom 5, First floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Cofter Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    half Bathroom 7, second floor - toilet , Pedestal sink
  • All bathrooms are tiled with granite counter tops, half bath has a pedestal sink. Master baths 1 and 2 have granite, counter height double sinks, vanities with a bench, Jacuzzi tubs and walk in spa showers with rain head/hand held shower heads as well as body jets. Master bath 3 has granite countertops with two vessel sinks and a jetted tub/shower combination. One outdoor shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master Bedroom 2, First Floor - 1 king , LED TV, jacuzzi, spa shower w/ body jets, rain showerhead
    Master Bedroom 3, First Floor - 1 king , LED TV, double vessel sinks, jetted tub with shower
    Queen Bedroom 4, First Floor - 1 queen , LED TV, tiled bath w/ granite counter tops, screen porch
    Crofter Bedroom 6 - 2 queen , private w/ kitchenette, tiled bath w/ granite, screen porch
    Bunk Room Bedroom 5, First Floor - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , LED TV, tiled bath
    Master Bedroom 1, Second Floor - 1 king , LED TV, jacuzzi, spa shower w/body jets, rain showerhead
  • All bedrooms, except the bunk room have direct access to outdoor space (porch, deck or screen porch). One full size portable crib.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Saturday is turnover day for summer weekly rentals. Price includes arrival and departure cleaning fees. Off season two night minimum stay. 2017 Shoal's Club Temporary Membership (optional) March, Nov, Dec $20 daily April & October $60 daily, $320 weekly May-September half week (1,2 or 3 days) $180 full week $320


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Exceptional Home, Steps to East Beach, Oceanview, 3 Masters, BHI Club with Golf
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

Another wonderful week at "A Shore Thing" on Bald Head Island, NC

  • 5 of 5

Our family had another wonderful week staying in this beautiful home ~ we felt so comfortable and enjoyed every minute upon entering the home. We loved being together with our three daughters, their husbands and our seven sweet grandchildren! East Beach was the destination every day and playing games was the order of the evenings, putting the games in the well stocked cabinet to good use! Happiness, fun and love abounds within these walls and on all the great porches.

We have already booked our third vacation at "A Shore Thing" for next July. We are counting the weeks before we return and we can not wait.

Thank you so much, Annemarie and John. You made everything PERFECT for our stay!

Diane and John McQuade ~ New Bern, NC

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diane, John and family, Thank you for your kind words and 5 star review! We enjoy having you and look forward to your stay next summer. It's our pleasure hosting the McQuade family! Thank you for the family photo at the Harbor and the East Beach sunrise photo. I will save them both. Fondly, John and Annemarie
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Have already booked next year. That says it all.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We look forward to your stay next summer! Delighted you had a memorable time. John and Annemarie
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  • 5 of 5

A Shore Thing was the perfect spot for our annual trip to BHI with our growing family. The house was superbly stocked and there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out. We loved the location and the easy access to the beach via the cut through the forest was special. Everything at A Shore Thing is in great condition and any questions we had were answered immediately and thoroughly. Two rainy days-which could have been daunting with seven little children-flew by due to the entertainment options available in the house. We loved all the porches and the dining area that could accommodate all of us together. Thanks Annemarie and John for sharing your wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your "perfect" rating! "A Shore Thing's" location is ideal. It is located on the East side of the Island in the esteemed community of Cape Fear Station, named for the US Life Saving Station that once stood along East Beach. Cape Fear Station has a multitude of environments and exceptional natural surroundings; ocean, marsh, tidal creeks, dune ridges and the maritime forest. Our home is within walking distance to East Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island), the Southern Living inspired community, Conservancy, The Common ( a true Village Green), South Beach, Shoals Club and The Point of Cape Fear. There are two beautiful, direct, shaded public boardwalks on Portsmouth Way which intersect Station House Way, the first boardwalk brings you directly across from beach access 41(the quickest route to the beach) and the second brings you to within a 5 minute walk to the Shoals Club. We encourage our guests to take advantage of and experience the enchanting boardwalks when they walk to East Beach or the Shoals Club. Thanks again for taking the time to review our home. It was our pleasure sharing our home with your family. John and Annemarie
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"A Shore Thing" is perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had four couples (plus one small child) and this house as absolutely perfect. All the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, everything was in tip-top condition, location was perfect for walking to the beach, and you could see the ocean from the top deck (FYI there are outdoor decks all over this house, which is fantastic). Would go back in a heartbeat - John & Annemarie made the booking and stay seamless for our group. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 star rating! When we gave our lengthy list of beach house "must haves" to our Architect, at the very top of that list, second only to an abundance of outdoor spaces was, "every bedroom must have an adjoining bathroom". We felt it was extremely important for our guests privacy, comfort and convenience to have an en suite bathroom. Each bathroom is beautifully tiled, and have granite counter height sinks. The master bathrooms have double sinks, vanities, Jacuzzi tubs and the Water Dance multi spray shower system; hand held shower, rain head and body sprays. We incorporated plenty of outdoor spaces; covered porches, decks, and screen porches into the design of our home for families, friends and large groups to congregate and enjoy each others company. We appreciate your review and for sharing what you enjoyed about our home, "A Shore Thing".
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect for large families! The home is wonderful and equipped to the max. Having 3 golf carts was a huge benefit and you c any beat the location. Thank you John & Annemarie :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We provide three beautiful, comfortable, reliable, regularly serviced golf carts for your convenience. Our fleet consists of two 4 passenger and one 6 passenger cart. The three matching navy blue Club Cars have 3 inch lift kits, custom upholstery, front and rear cut in lights, individual retractable seat belts, long roofs, battery gauges, 12 inch Textron wheels, flip tinted windshields, automatic garage door openers, extended life batteries, bar mirrors, carbon fiber dashes with multiple cup holders, back seats flip down for "trunk" space, diamond rockers and first aid boxes. With three carts large groups can travel together to the same destination or small groups can go their separate ways and explore the Island. Thank you for your review!
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Beautiful and very well stocked house!

  • 5 of 5

Getting everything you need over to Bald Head Island can be a challenge, so we were grateful to find "The Shore Thing" is completely stocked, and the owners have taken the time to detail out everything they have in the kitchen (down to the spices, trash bags, paper towels, etc.) to make your packing easier! The owners were wonderful to work with and always provide a very prompt response. AND not to mention, the house is fabulous! Beautiful decor, comfortable beds / bedding, and plenty of room for everyone! I can't wait to come back for our anniversary!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review our vacation home, "A Shore Thing" on Bald Head Island. We appreciate your comment regarding our responsiveness. We wear our phones like most people would wear an accessory. We respond as close to immediately as possible. Pretty much the only time you will not receive a response is; when we are sleeping or driving (we have been known to pull over while driving to respond to an inquiry). We manage our home like our second full time job and we love it! Fondly, Annemarie and John
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
Nearest Ferry
Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc.
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 211 South (Ferry Road)
Nearest Beach
East Beach
Car: not necessary

Climb 'Old Baldy,' NC's oldest standing lighthouse,108 steps to an unbelievable view of the Island! Visit the Smith Island Museum and learn more about BHI's Revolutionary War and Civil War history.

Visit the Conservancy to learn about conservation and preservation of barrier island's as well as wildlife on BHI. The Conservancy has an extensive program on the loggerhead turtles. The loggerhead sea turtles return to BHI each year to lay their eggs. Explore the three pristine beaches on the Island; sun, surf, sail, fish, swim, boat, crab, kayak, beach-comb or just relax.


Rates & Availability

Cape Fear Station House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Value
Aug 27 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Jan 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jan 8 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 27 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring Value
Apr 28 2018 - Jun 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.75%

Weekly summer rental is Saturday to Saturday arrival time 4 PM and departure time is 10 AM. Please adhere to these times in order for our cleaning crew to clean our home to our standards. The deposit equal to 25% of the rent. The signed Rental Agreement,deposit and confirmation that the $99 Property Damage Protection Plan through VRBO serviced by CSA was purchased will reserve your dates. The remainder of the rent (75%), NC and BHI taxes are due 60 days before "check in." Shoals Club optional purchased by guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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