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You have found it! THE cutest beach house. Spacious and charming. With Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Oceanside of NC-12 With Hot Tub & Huge Deck

Your search ends now. You've found the most adorable yet affordable beach cottage in Salvo, just a five minute walk to the beach. Meticulously maintained and clean - this spacious beach cottage is a family favorite! Read our reviews!

"The Blue Dolphin" features an immense family room with vaulted ceiling, fully stocked kitchen, bonus beer fridge in laundry room, three bedrooms with sheets provided that sleep 8 people, massive wrap around deck with hot tub, corn hole and built-in dining table. Enormous outdoor shower and fish cleaning station. Everything you need is here: games, books, movies, toys for the kids, boogie boards, beach chairs, charcoal grill, high chair and port a crib.

Bedroom one on main level has a queen bed and full bathroom just outside the bedroom door. Upstairs bedroom two has a queen bed, hall bath with tub shower and beautiful skylight. Bedroom three is also upstairs and has two bunk beds: twin over twin and twin over full. The spacious kitchen is fully stocked. The large pantry is just off the kitchen, and has a brand new washer and dryer.

This house includes bed linens and hot tub cleaning in the price. Other homes nearby charge extra for this, but we do not. A starter supply of amenities are supplied at no charge, including a roll of paper towels, kitchen sponge, small bottle of Palmolive detergent, toilet paper and pre-lined trash cans. Meticulous attention has been given to every detail, and because of that you will not want to leave. This well-maintained home is pet and smoke free. You must be 25 years old to book, and you may be asked to provide proof of age. Max occupancy is 6 adults, 8 total guests on property at any time.

The house is 5 lots back from the oceanside. Walk down the lane to the private beach path. Cross the scenic dunes at either the left or right entrances, and you'll arrive in paradise. Wide, expansive white sand, blue sparkling water.

This house is perfect for one family, a family plus the grandparents, or two small families vacationing together. The expansive family room makes the home comfortable, even with 8 guests. The huge deck is perfect for the evening breezes, drinks with a friend, or a challenging game of corn hole.

There is so much to do nearby. Explore the island on the bike trails and enjoy the ice cream parlor just down the road. Spend your day fishing at the nearby pier, or in the surf, rent a charter boat for red drum in the sound, or go deep sea fishing. If you're adventurous, you've come to the right place! You can take surf lessons or kiteboarding lessons. Or go jet skiing, kayaking, or paddle boarding in the sound just across the street. Climb the Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in North America, just 30 minutes south. Take the free ferry to Ocracoke Island to see the wild horses and explore the quaint village. Or take the kids to the aquarium in Manteo. The possibilities are limitless.

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Grace Stapleton
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Grace Stapleton

Jed and Grace Stapleton live in Chesterfield, Virginia with their three young children. Jed works for a large life insurance company, and Grace is a Christian Counselor part time. Our three kids keep us very busy with their sports and activities. Owning a beach house is a life-long dream come true for us, and we're happy to share our beautiful home with you! We hope you enjoy your stay!!!

Grace Stapleton purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Grace Stapleton chose Salvo

We looked at several homes with our very patient Realtor, Maryruth Reiss from Ocean Realty (if you are ever looking to purchase in the area, she is by far the best realtor we have worked with). This home was the cutest of all the options we reviewed. The house is both charming and spacious. The open floor plan allows renters to have a decent sized group of people in the home (6-8), and not feel completely cramped. Most other homes in this size range (3-4 bedroom) feel very claustrophobic if you have ~ 8 people. We also fell in love with the beaches in the Tri-Villages. They are so much prettier than the beaches in Nags Head. The water stays warmer longer due to the Tri-Villages being located at the very northern end of a southern gulf current, which means the rental season is longer. When you get to the beach path down the street from the house, you feel like you've found a secret entrance to paradise. You cross the double dunes, and it feels like you've arrived at on a remote island in the Caribbean. It truly is paradise!!

What makes this cottage unique

The vaulted cathedral ceilings with stained wooden slats gives the home an old time beach feel. The fireplace adds to the ambiance in the living area. The upstairs bathroom has a skylight which gives the bathroom a touch of very beautiful light. The kids room has been completely updated with new furniture and fixtures. The wrap-around deck is very spacious and has a new custom table that can seat the whole family. The deck is large enough to play a game of corn hole with 3 others while drinking evening cocktails. The ocean breeze on the deck makes it appealing for both lunchtime and evening meals.

The proximity to the ocean is wonderful. Once you arrive at the private beach path, the walk across the dunes is amazing - the wildlife peeping out of the dunes is enjoyable for both kids and adults alike (many times we have seen deer munching on the greenery on the dunes). When arriving at the beach, you are met with an expanse of beach good for either beach volleyball, or simply digging a large sandcastle. The ocean temperatures are notably warmer than Nags Head.

Enjoy the comfortable Tri-Village area, with it's quaint shops and quiet atmosphere. Life here is much slower paced so be prepared to unwind. The home has many of the amenities of modern living yet the pace of life on Hatteras Island is friendly but notably slower.


Salvo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs shared by two bedrooms, beautiful skylight!
  • There is a skylight in the upstairs bathroom! Beautiful!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs with hall bathroom just outside
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Two bunkbeds in total. 1 double on the bottom and 3 singles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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You have found it! THE cutest beach house. Spacious and charming. With Hot Tub!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Great propety in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well maintained, comfortable and had all amenities we needed to make our stay enjoyable. It is in a great location to access any locations on the OBX.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbus , Ohio


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful beach house! Close to the beach and had everything we needed and more !

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location- Love, Love, Love!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation at the Blue Dolphin! The house was perfect for our family of four. We loved the neighborhood and community it was located in, proximity to the beach, local stores and restaurants. Small town beach feel is just what we were looking for and we found it here. The house was perfect- we loved the upstairs bedrooms for the kids and they loved all the games, toys, cornhole, and swings under the deck. We enjoyed listening to the waves and looking at the stars from the hot tub every night. Having paper and soap supplies in the house was a very nice touch - also a bottle of wine to welcome us!! All the information in the binder was very helpful too, especially the restaurant recommendations. Overall, we loved it here and can't wait to come back!! Thanks for letting us share your wonderful beach cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place for a peaceful vacation

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our first trip to the Outer Banks. The house had every comfort you would ever need, and a very well stocked kitchen. The last two days of our vacation were during the power outage. Grace was in contact with us the whole time, and sending us updates as she was receiving them, it was very much appreciated. We are looking forward to visiting again in the future!!

Kim & Steve McHargue

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kimberly, you are so kind. You were so gracious about the power outage on the island. I'm so sorry that happened on your trip. We really want you to come back! Thanks for being so amazing to work with.
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Second time guest

  • 5 of 5

We had another great week in this rental. Grace is wonderful to work with , and the family has kept the home well maintained. We have only good things to say - great amenities, great location, perfect for a family of six.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being such an awesome guest Shannon! We really do try to provide family friendly amenities. And we visit the house every month to keep it in good shape. Thanks for helping us make this a great family destination!
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Rocky Mount, NC


  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at the Blue Dolphin! It literally feels like home away from home with everything you need! All the kids toys/baby items were a huge plus! The owners are extremely friendly and helpful! We can't wait to return for another stay! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Misti, Thanks so much for your very kind review! We love hosting your family, and look forward to your return. We strive to make sure the house has a lot of fun things for kids to do, since we have three kids of our own. Thanks again, Grace
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Nearest Airport
119 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Waterman's Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
48 Miles
Ocracoke Island Ferry
Nearest Train
112.4 Miles
Amtrak station, Norfolk, VA
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 12
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Waterman's Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Salvo Beach
Car: necessary

The house is located in quiet Salvo where the beaches are beautiful and protected by grass covered dunes. The Gulf Stream keeps the water warmer in Salvo than in the northern beaches of the Outer Banks. Avon, Hatteras, and Ocracoke are just south. Manteo, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are to the north.

The fishing on the island is exceptional, especially for rockfish, puppy drum and blues. You can purchase a short term NC fishing license to surf fish, or the Rodanthe Fishing Pier is just a couple of miles away (no license required for pier fishing). There is also charter fishing from Oregon Inlet or Hatteras Village. And you can go clamming and crabbing in the sound.

Water sport enthusiasts flock to Hatteras Island. You can rent a surf board, or within a 10 minute drive you can go kiteboarding, para-sailing, or jet skiing on the sound side.

You may want to climb the famous Hatteras Lighthouse a few miles south of Salvo or horseback ride in nearby Buxton. There are nature trails to explore at the Pea Island Welcome Center.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $190
Damage Deposit $300

Owner'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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