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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:
May 23, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Exceptional Home, Steps to East Beach, Oceanview, 3 Masters, BHI Club with Golf
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews

"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
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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
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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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  • 5 of 5

This is our third year stay at A Shore Thing Bald head island as usually everything was there all we needed was our food and you can get that at the island store no need to bring it from main land,.had great service with our luggage,

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoy welcoming you back for your annual visit to Bald Head Island! Happy you enjoyed yourselves at "A Shore Thing." The Maritime Market has everything you need for a delicious meal to be prepared in our beautiful kitchen with professional appliances. We provide all your consumables for your stay so you can travel light! Look forward to your visit next year! Annemarie and John
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Beautiful Home, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I first contacted the owners with questions about their home, the entire process was, by far, the easiest, most pleasant renting experience...ever....and we have been renting summer beach houses for over 40 years! The owners were quick to respond to questions, very efficient, and accommodating. A Shore Thing is a beautiful beach house. The kitchen was stocked with every thing you might possibly need, Thermadore appliances and a dining table with ample seating for 12. Each bedroom with its own bath and TV was comfortable and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor deck was a great place not only to view the ocean but also the full moon! The furniture on each of the decks and porches, from rocking chairs, to tables and chairs and lounge chairs, was heavy and sturdy. The 3 golf carts were a plus as were the bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and a huge supply of beach toys for the little ones! The owners have thought of it all!! The location could not have been better! It was an easy walk along the board walk to the ocean and the Shoals Club. Because our departure tram time was a little later than the check out time, I was able to chat with the cleaning crew and see the pride they take in their work. During the week we also met the builder and saw, first hand, his personal interest in the homes he has built on Bald Head. This is a house you will want to come back to year after year.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we were delighted to receive your review of our vacation home, “A Shore Thing” on Bald Head Island. We were especially pleased to read your kind words about our responsiveness and attentiveness. It made us happy to know that you enjoyed not only your vacation but the entire rental experience! Coming as it did from someone very familiar with vacation rentals meant all the more to us. We have a high standard of perfection and we enjoy helping our guests plan the perfect getaway. Bald Head Island is an incomparable destination and “A Shore Thing” provides the perfect backdrop to create memories that can be cherished long after you return home. Our goal is that you will want to make your Bald Head Island vacation at “A Shore Thing” a reality over and over again. A five star review and a delighted guest fuel our enthusiasm. Our personal best, John and Annemarie.
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Wonderful island adventure!

  • 5 of 5

Hosted 8 other couples as a treat for my husband's 50th birthday. The home is amazing as are the homeowners! The location is great for getting to the beach, The Shoal's Club and the Turtle Conservancy. Everything you could need was provided at the house! Loved all the outdoor living spaces and the huge kitchen/great room area. The master bedrooms and crofter were perfect and even the three couples that shared the bunk room were comfortable and felt like they were at summer camp!! There are so many fun things to do in the island and with all of the bikes and carts groups or couples could find their own adventure! We cooked our dinners at the house which was perfect for our large group. Some of our group went on a chartered fishing trip so, despite some seasickness, we had amazing meals of fresh, grilled fish! Overall, the property is just perfect and we highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your compliment! Our philosophy.....treat our guests as if they were friends and family! Thank you for acknowledging our efforts! We hope you return soon for another memorable vacation!
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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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Value
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 25 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

Property 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. Renting less than 7 nights requires a cleaning fee of $300. Cleaning fee waived for week rental. 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 and optional Shoal's Club temporary membership is due 60 days before "check in."

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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