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Mid-century Style Semi-ocean Front Bungalow

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Two Bedroom Cottage - Perfect For Couples Or Small Families. Pet Friendly.

Located on a quiet street in South Nags Head, our cottage, Beach Blanket Bingo, takes you back to the Nags Head of the past. It has been at its current location since 1960, a year before Nags Head was incorporated as a town, but is thought to have actually been a part of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp on the Outer Banks from the 1930s playing a role in FDR's New Deal.

We purchased the bungalow in the spring of 2010 and have extensively renovated while maintaining it’s vintage charm and character. Step back to Outer Banks vacations of the past with mid-century style. Semi-ocean front four houses back from the beach, the front porch has a wonderful direct view of the ocean – perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or evening cocktail. It also has a full-screened back porch with partial ocean view.

The kitchen is fully renovated, completely equipped and has a washer and dryer. Bedroom 1 has a queen size bed. Bedroom 2 has a twin bed and twin trundle bed. There is one full bath and a large outdoor shower. Parking is available for two cars.

The National Seashore begins about a half mile south down the beach for quiet endless walks. Nags Head completed beach nourishment in the fall of 2012. Bodie Island lighthouse is also nearby. You have quick access to the Outer Banks Pier and Whalebone Junction area where you can enjoy the new Jennette’s Pier, restaurants, markets and the causeway to Manteo. Multipurpose sidewalks are along the beach road for biking, running and walking.

2014 is the first season the cottage has been available for rent for limited times since our ownership. Family and friends who have stayed share “It’s so fun. We love your cottage and location and the uncrowded beach!”

We do allow one to two well-trained small dogs. It is the perfect place for a romantic couple’s getaway or for a relaxing small family vacation.

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Mark McCray
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2017

About Mark McCray

We have been vacationing in the Outer Banks for over 25 years. We live in Richmond, Virginia and have enjoyed renovating several homes.

Mark McCray purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Mark McCray chose Nags Head

We have always dreamed of owning in the Outer Banks. Several years ago we rented on East Loon Court and noticed a small very sad blue house across the street. In 2010 it became available and when we went to look at it for purchase we fell in love with the little place despite its condition. We particularly liked its South Nags Head location because it's quiet and more like Nags Head of the past. Today the little cottage is a restful escape from today's busy world.

What makes this cottage unique

It's just a few steps to the beach with views of the ocean from the porches. Brand new kitchen (2011) in 60s style. New HVAC systems. Restored pine paneling and hardwood floors.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Mid-century Style Semi-ocean Front Bungalow
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Wonderfully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Could not have found a better place to stay. The beach is a 30 second walk away. The cottage had a great vacation feel to it. It was quiet, peaceful, and relaxing the whole week. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Scott Hope you are doing well. Sorry to not have responded to your nice review. I thought I had but apparently hadn't to the last few reviews. We are so glad that you enjoyed your vacation in the Outer Banks and that you liked our little place. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Sincerely, Mark
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Portland, OR, U.S.A.

Beautiful, comfortable cottage!

  • 4 of 5

BBB was convenient to the beach and the bike path, with lovely porches for enjoying the marine air and watching the sun move across the sky. In back there is a hedgerow with a zillion birds in it - wonderful to see and hear while eating breakfast on the back porch. Inside: the fabrics! The beautiful cookware! The checkerboard kitchen floor! The real furniture! We were completely comfortable in the nice new beds and even napping on the couch. There is AC for when it gets hot, although we preferred to keep the windows open - after all, we traveled 3,000 miles to be near the beach and wanted to hear the surf and feel the breeze. Ditto with the nice TV - works great, not really needed in our opinion.

The cottage really is mid-century. It harks back to the era of flattops and shingle cottages that used to define OBX, which is otherwise now covered with horrible mega- party central cottages. BBB is not that - it is a comfortable throwback. We loved it.

We rented bikes for the daily trips to my sisters' other cottages nearby. Fun! We also rented a "beach package" with sand chairs, an umbrella and boogie boards, but that was unnecessary, since BBB had all of that.

South Nags Head is beautiful, and there are excellent grocery stores nearby (in the car). There is no need to shop on your way.

We had unfortunate neighbors this time, however: a huge extended family of rednecks who had rented most of the cottages on Loon Court. They partied hard all night most of the nights we were there, so that we couldn't leave the windows open and had to use our earplugs. We were fearful to call the police (Nags Head's noise ordinance dictates quiet at 11PM) because it would have obvious who called, since we were the only ones not in the party. I hesitated to write about it because it is beyond Mark's control, and yet I hope the homeowners' association on the street can do something to prevent this sort of thing because it nearly ruined our vacation.

5 stars plus plus plus for the cottage, but only 2 stars for the stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Allison I'm so sorry to not have replied to your review until now. I thought I had and my wife pointed out I had not replied to a couple of them. Thank you for your wonderful review, we are so glad that your enjoyed our little place. We are also sorry that your vacation was disrupted by other vacationers who were not considerate of neighboring vacationers. We have addressed our concerns with other cottage owners and they are equally sorry their renters were misbehaved. Hopefully these situations can be avoided in the future. Thank you again for your review and feedback. Sincerely, Mark
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Great location and fun, clean house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Beach Blanket Bingo! The house was clean and well stocked. The location was fabulous, both South Nags Head and the proximity to the beach. It was a great spot for a small family. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kate - thank you for providing a review - we were so glad to host your family vacation this year! It's great to hear that you enjoyed south Nags Head as much as we do! We also look forward to having you all stay with us again - we have opened up the 2017 calendar so folks can book and start looking forward to their next vacation. Thank you, again - Mark
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Perfect Beach Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Beach Blanket Bingo is a perfect vacation rental for a small family. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed including a big coffee pot, blender and pots/pans. Located near milepost 20 we could spend all day on the uncrowded beach and then ride our bikes to Fishheads pier bar for easy meals! The house being pet friendly, was essential for us since it wouldn't be a vacation without our dog. A surprising bonus was how short and easy the walk is to the beach on the private road. We loved everything about this vacation home!

Mark made the rental process easy from start to finish. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nicole Thank you for your wonderful review of our cottage. Beth and I are so glad that you had a nice time and enjoyed South Nags Head so much. We look forward to hearing from you again next year. Take care. Sincerely, Mark & Beth
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We really loved everything about this place. It was a very short walk to the beach, the outdoor shower was excellent, the gate on the front porch kept the dog and baby in while we all enjoyed the ocean sounds and breezes. It was very peaceful; we saw a deer and her fawn one early morning out front. We loved the theme and decor of the house; not generic like many places and not over the top. It's not something we worry much about when looking for a place, so it was an added bonus. We cooked for most meals, and the kitchen had everything we needed. We slept great! There was a handy beach cart, beach chairs and toys. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Second year in a row - cant wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 3 stayed at Mark's bungalow last week for the second year in a row. We couldn't be more pleased. The location is absolutely perfect - close enough (10-15 mins drive) to everything you could possibly want in Nags Head but much more peaceful. The house is the 4th back from the beach but you can see the ocean from the front porch and easily walk barefoot back and forth from the beach. The private street means no public beach access and an uncrowded beach that's very dog friendly. The house is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need and the retro design is much cooler/nicer than your typical beach house. I've wondered if twin beds in the second bedroom (not sure it would fit?) would be more convenient and comfortable than the pull out bed, but honestly it works just fine as is. Can't wait to come back again next year - thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review, and feedback on the twin bed and trundle bed setup. We are looking forward to hearing from you again for next year. Take care. Sincerely, Mark
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Car: necessary

The National Seashore begins a half mile south down the beach. Bodie Island lighthouse is also nearby. You have quick access to the Outer Banks Pier and Whalebone Junction area where you can enjoy the new Jennette's Pier, restaurants, markets and the causeway to Historic Manteo.


Rates & Availability

South Nags Head Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 20 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Post-Peak 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $50

Reservations made within 30 days of stay require full payment at reservation.
Discounts: For 2 wk consecutive stays-5%, 3+ consecutive wk stays-10%.
Pet fee: $50 is per pet.
Cancellation Policy: Must notify in writing. Refunds available only if cottage re-rented and will be made within 30 days after re-rent payment has cleared account.
Travel/trip insurance: Recommended

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South Nags Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 686 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin daybed with twin trundle
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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