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Fantastic 3BR - Ocean Front - New To Vrbo!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,941 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms

Pet Friendly

Smoke Free

2Qu, 2Tw

Linens are available for $25, plus tax.

Relax at Happy Lewis Cottage with the great 'rocking chair' porch overlooking the ocean! This classic Topsail cottage with an inviting decor features warm knotty pine walls and a 1950's kitchen. Cozy and comfortable, sleeping six with two queens and two singles. Pet friendly with a non-refundable pet fee, wifi and and no smoking allowed in the house.

This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

No grill provided but you can bring your own.

1.5 baths upstairs

1 full bath downstairs with two showers, a rustic his and hers

Located in between Topsail Beach and Surf City



Pet Friendly



Oceanfront View

Direct, private beach access

Rocking Porch 


Wireless Internet

Hot/Cold Outdoor Shower

Smoke Free

Happy Lewis is a classic Topsail Cottage!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a great week at Happy Lewis! Cornhole on the beach, dinner outside on the patio, read books on the back porch during the soothing rain storm... I could go on and on! We will be back. Plus, Egyptian cotton sheets! Wowsa! Really was impressed all the way around. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
Jul 2016
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Surf City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1941 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - 1st level - toilet , shower , A his and a hers shower, toilet, sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Queen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - Queen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - two singles - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 rollaway cots. This house rents from Saturday to Saturday during the summer.


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Fantastic 3BR - Ocean Front - New To Vrbo!
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 5 reviews

My Happy Place

  • 4 of 5

I absolutely loved the home! It was perfect home and had everything we needed! Easy access to the beach and open area for your dog to roam! It touches public beach access but was not that bad, minimal foot traffic. Lovely rooms and we adored the patio. Could use an update on the whole house, but this makes it a cheaper price and wonderful for pets and children!! We loved it!! Please update the bathrooms and appliances, including the washer which was broken and not able to use, but the reality company did offer to do our laundry;)

But this home was perfect! It's basically one level, gorgeous view very cozy and rustic with lots of charm, just could use some touch ups!!!

I definitely hope to come back again!!!

Definitely my Happy Place!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear this is your "Happy Place!" A wonderful property and the washer has been repaired already. So sorry it went out during your stay. We hope to have more updates for next summer. Look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Wonderful trip to Topsail Beach

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Happy Lewis. The porch became my spot! Rocking and feeling the ocean air... I even read a book for the first time in years. Thank you so much for having me and my small family. There were six of us and the house was perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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not really VRBO

  • 2 of 5

4.5 stars for the property and location, which were the reason I kept pushing forward despite everything below.  I would not, however, do it again.

0 stars for the booking process as well as check-in and check out.  This listing defeats the whole purpose of VRBO because it is managed by a local rental company with many disparate properties and rules rather than with an owner.  The VRBO listing, contract with Starfish Realty, and check-in/check-out rules disagreed in many important ways.  Moreover, there were many fees and taxes and questionable calculations that made a 3-night stay cost nearly twice as much as the listed nightly rate.

A few examples:

- The VRBO listing says linens are provided after the end of March.  Our contract said linens could be rented for a fee.  When I inquired Starfish Realty about the rentals, they said linens were not provided and could not be rented because we were out of season (September).  I should have turned back then.

- A booking fee, which we have never encountered with VRBO properties since they are usually vacation rentals by OWNER.

- We paid a cleaning fee. Our contract said we just needed to put the trash on the sheet.  Our checkout paperwork threatened deductions in our deposit if we did not: take out the trash, make the beds (without linens), wash and dry any dishtowels or bathmats used, sweep the entire place, wipe down all the tables and counters, and clean as well as put away all the clean dishes.  Why did we pay a cleaning fee when we did all the cleaning?

- Travel insurance is 6.95% on the grand total, including the completely refundable security deposit (minus damages of course-- damages you cannot inflict if you have to cancel).  If you plan to purchase travel insurance for this property, you have no choice but to pay an extra insurance on an amount you have no need to insure (percentage on security deposit).  The same statement probably applies to the amount of insurance on the cleaning fee...

Despite the lovely property, renter beware.  This place should not be listed under VRBO as it is currently managed and handled.  

I honestly doubt this review will be published since, as it turns out, the booking was not done through VRBO even though I tried to do so. Instead, I was funneled outside this website, which may be why this property has been listed forever and has no reviews yet.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, My name is Russ Johnson and I am the Vacation Rental Manager here at Starfish Rentals and Realty. I'd like to sincerely apologize to our past guest Natalie A. for having such disappointing experience while renting. I'd like to explain here in this public forum how we ( or any other property management company ) work in conjunction with VRBO homeowners, so hopefully some misconceptions can be clarified. Starfish Rentals and Realty exists to facilitate the bookings, guest services, maintenance, housekeeping, and marketing on behalf of a VRBO homeowner. Property owners often don't have the time, interest, or the expertise needed to effectively manage their investment properties to the fullest potential, so they choose to employ a specialized property management company such as Starfish to perform the necessary duties. I'd like to speak on several topics mentioned in our past guest Natalie A's review: 1) The Cleaning Fee. After each departing guest we dispatch a cleaning crew to the home. This is to "detail" the home, not just wipe counters and sweep floors. The tasks we request of departing guests are exceptionally minimal. We have never asked a guest to perform a thorough cleaning. We ask for those minor tasks to be completed simply so we can avoid the 1 guest out of 100 who chooses to leave a home in a disgusting state at check-out. Our cleaning crews have a tight time window to make each house sparkle for the incoming guest, and an exceptionally trashed house slows them down. Which, in turn, delays incoming guests check-in times. The cleaning fee is applied so the crews can invest their time in "detailing" the home, not for the cleaning mentioned as a complaint. 2) We do ask that trash cans are rolled out to the street as trash pickup occurs mid-week on Topsail. If the trash can is full, the temperature is 92, and the pick up day is missed, you can imagine the stench. 3) Travel Insurance and Security Deposits: Security deposits and travel insurance differ. The security deposit is taken as collateral in case there are damages to the property. This amount is 100% refundable to the departing guest barring any damage. Travelers insurance covers the refund of all monies applied to the reservation in the event of uncontrollable events that either cancel, disrupt or delay your vacation. It is an optional purchase. Starfish Rentals and Realty adheres to the NC Real Estate Commision's guidelines set forth by the Vacation Rental Act.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Wilmington International (RDU 2.5 hours)
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $160 + Tax
Admin Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Linens $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

This house rents from Saturday to Saturday during the summer.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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