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Charming cottage 2 blocks from the beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Four bedroom, 3 1/2 bath beautifully decorated home near the beach

This vacation home has been beautifully renovated with the idea that a rental can feel unique and personal rather than generic and impersonal. Located in the beach community of Whalehead in Corolla, this upscale home features two en suite master bedrooms and two bedrooms having two twin beds each and a shared bathroom -- perfect for one or two families, a girls’ weekend, or a couple wanting a cozy home that's neither too big nor too small.

For the hot summer months, the private pool is refreshing, and the covered pergola poolside will allow for hours spent reading, napping or socializing without getting sunburned. And the fun can continue into the evening with the grill fired up and the lights on! There is a double swing on the mid-level deck, also a nice spot to enjoy by yourself or with a companion.

The house comes with beach umbrellas and chairs, as well as a decent collection of boogie boards and sandcastle building "equipment" for the kids. There’s also a cart to carry all this, making the short walk to the beach even easier. It’s only a three minute walk down a nice paved boardwalk to the beach. For those familiar with Whalehead, this is the Barracuda Walkway.

The house also offers some privacy, as it is surrounded by stands of pines, making it feel like it’s tucked in its own little cocoon.

As the owner/reservation agent/concierge whose been vacationing here for over twenty-five years, I'm happy to help my guests with their vacation planning. I care that all guests thoroughly enjoy their time spent in my home and this wonderful beach area.

Please note that my home is only available for rent on VRBO/HomeAway. It is not available on a third-party site or Craigslist. When making inquiries or bookings, you would only speak with me (the owner); I am always happy to talk and answer any questions you may have.

More Details

Julie Harris
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Julie Harris

Thank you for your interest in our beach house. This house was built in 1986 by my Aunt, and was her pride and joy for over thirty years until she passed away in 2012. My Aunt wanted this house to stay in the family and be enjoyed for decades so she designated us as its new owners and caretakers. We gratefully accepted the honor.

Julie Harris purchased this house in 2013

Why Julie Harris chose Whalehead Beach

This property was completely renovated in 2013. A new kitchen, new bathrooms, an added 1/2 bath upstairs. Freshly painted inside and out. Master bedroom was redesigned to accommodate a king size bed. All the furniture and linens are new. All kitchenware is new, dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans.

What makes this house unique

This property is designed for one or two families. Family reunions will have to be for another day. With a straight walk to the beach on a walkway, it's convenient to go back to the house to refill the cooler, jump in the pool, or find reprieve from the midday sun.


Whalehead Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 murphy bed
  • Relax and cool off in the soft blue master bedroom. Ample storage in closet, under bed drawers, and dresser. 54' flat screen TV. Ceiling fan. Bedside tables have outlets for easy recharging mobile phones.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

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Charming cottage 2 blocks from the beach
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely spotless and very tastefully decorated. Owner has thought of nearly everything. Conveniently located beside the walkway to the beach. We'd like to keep this little treasure all to ourselves , but in all fairness to the owner, we loved it!!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. We actually love sharing it with all of our awesome guests. I look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to the Outer Banks. Julie
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Ideal OBX Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and son stayed here for a week in mid-September. The description of the cottage is very accurate, and - while cliche - "the pictures don't do it justice." Each room is tastefully decorated, and it's very clear that much time and effort went into their appearance. The two wrap-around porches are incredible - on of which has a portion that is screened in and is perfect for evenings or for when the weather is less than ideal. Being able to hear/smell the ocean was wonderful, and the fact that it was such a short walk away was even better.

My family of three obviously had more than enough room (our toddler loved the space), but we would absolutely consider coming back as part of a larger group. The living room is plenty big, but because of how the cottage is layed-out (e.g. bedrooms and porches on two different floors) - it'd be an ideal place for two families/groups of people to share a space, but also have their own sense of privacy.

Lastly, the cottage owner - Julie - could not have made our trip any more accommodating. We have used VRBO a handful of times, and she was far and away the most accessible and willing to help. We felt "at home" from the moment we arrived through the duration of our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and perfect for kids and adults

  • 5 of 5

the home owner was great!

The house was in a perfect location for our needs.

The pool was perfect.

The beach was close.

All in all it was great! Just wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this home. It was comfortable and had everything we needed to have a great long weekend. Thanks Julie

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect beach home

  • 5 of 5

This house is incredible. It is well maintained, very clean, the kitchen is well stocked, there are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas, the beds are comfortable, the pillows are nice - I could go on and on.

Our family has been vacationing in the Outer Banks for several generations and it was unanimous that this is the best house we have ever stayed in. I love the size, it's so hard to find a reasonably sized house and the proximity to the beach walkway is everything.

Julie was so wonderful, it was very easy to communicate with her and I felt like she genuinely cared about ensuring a wonderful time at her house.

If you find yourself still reading this review, I would stop immediately and book this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home-exceeded our expectations! Included all the comforts of home!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Tim Buck II shopping center
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Ferry to Cape Hatteras
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
The Currituck Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Corolla Light w/restaurants
Nearest Beach
45 Metres
Whalehead Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Linens are included in the price during the summer. There is a linen fee for all other times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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