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La Casita in Swansboro

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Country Charm, Beaches minutes away and Suburban Convenience!

***La Casita is a popular Swansboro destination. A bright sunlit carbon neutral cottage. 2000sf (~180 sq mtrs) with 520sf (~48 sq mtrs) covered porch/patio that expands the living area. The private fenced backyard overlooks our pasture, outbuildings and forest. The friendly goats will entertain. An adventure base or a relaxing getaway. Emerald Isle beaches 15 minutes away. Nearby Hammocks Beach State Park and Bear Island invite exploration. Restaurants, shops, park all within walking distance. ***

More about our 5 star vacation home - Our town and country guest house is private, clean, comfortable and modern. We live next door and can provide a level of service not normally found in other vacation homes. At La Casita you'll enjoy what we convenience, shopping, parks, beaches and restaurants all within walking distance or a short drive. Our spacious home is very convenient for families, groups or business travelers visiting the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. The home is a little over a mile from the White Oak River/Bogue Sound and only minutes from Crystal Coast beaches, Hammock's Beach State Park, Croatan National Forest hiking trails, Ft Macon State Park, the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and many other excellent local attractions. The home is also within an easy 30 minute or less drive to all of the USMC installations of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base complex. Finally, our 45 acre pine and hardwood forest makes La Casita Swansboro's only carbon neutral destination. Our tree farm, Redbay Farm, is also one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in the Swansboro area.

**A Sampling of Guest Reviews**

•"C'est l'endroit idéal pour se reposer après une journée de découverte de cette région superbe. (Translation: It (La Casita) is the ideal place to relax after a day of exploring this stunning region)."

• "If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would! The pictures and descriptions don't do full justice to the terrific location, hospitality, and wealth of amenities, etc., offered by La Casita."

• "The listing is exactly as described but much more. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived with everything we could possibly need. The house is in a normal area of family homes but the fact that it backs up to 'country' made if very enjoyable."

• "They knew we had a young daughter, and they put out Disney movies and set up Netflix specifically for her. It's clear the hosts take pride in what they do and have an eye for detail."

• "Jim and Elizabeth are incredible hosts and their property is faultless. Both the house and the welcome we were given made our stay extremely special. Our only negative was that we couldn't stay longer."

Bottom line? As one guest puts it, "This place (La Casita) is a jewel!"

We thank all of our guests for their gracious reviews!

La Casita is perfect for casual living. A guest from California said..."This (La Casita) is a beautiful house was actually much more modern than I expected from the description, very new, clean, and nicely designed. We loved the game room with the massive TV, pool table, and wood burning stove." (owner note: La Casita was built in 2004, renovated in 2008 and again in 2014 with new paint and flooring)


• 46" and 40" flat screen HD smartTVs with free Netflx and Amazon Prime plus more

• Free WIFI

• Free basic Cable with local HD channels (if you want a certain cable channel on the TV let us know and we will see if we can order)

• Local over the air TV channels supplied by my homemade HD TV antenna (described as a work of industrial art by one guest)

• Enjoy the comfort of our wood stove during the winter with firewood provided free of charge from the our own 45 acres of comment, "We spent most of the time in the huge family room playing pool, watching TV or just reading by the wood stove."

• Pool comment, "The family room with pool table was a big hit. I would recommend this home to anyone traveling to the area."

The Bedrooms and clean comfortable beds, linens and facilities! How nice are the beds? A British guests said, "The bedrooms, beds and bedding were spotlessly clean and made us feel right at home."

• The master bedroom has a queen bed, private en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower and walk in closet.

• The second bedroom has another very comfortable queen sized bed and a very large closet.

• The third bedroom, the "stained glass room", has two full sized beds. It is a lovely room for children of all ages.

• The colorful second bathroom has a great tub and shower.

• In the living room there is a full sized sofa bed and in the family room there is a full sized leather covered futon.

• Parents traveling with a baby or toddler will enjoy using our Graco Pack 'n Play and Evenflow convertible high chair.

The Kitchen

In the kitchen you will find all of the dishes, silverware and utensils necessary for cooking. We even provide complimentary spices. If there is that little something you need to prepare the perfect meal it's likely we have it at La Casita or in our home...You simply won't find very many vacation getaways with such a well stocked and equipped kitchen. As a guest from the Raleigh area recently said, "The kitchen was the best stocked of any rental I've had."

Enjoy the Outdoors!

The yard has been landscaped and is well maintained. The back yard is extremely private and fenced, the yard features mature trees, flowers, fruit trees and even grape vines. There are no homes in view from the backyard all you will see is our small pasture, outbuildings, our private forest, and of course the goats, our chickens and nearby farms visiting comical chatterboxes also known as guinea fowl (who might fly into the yard for a visit!).

• The covered porch and the patio have seating for 8. In the patio and yard you will find a gas grill, hammock and lawn chairs.

• A recent guest from Chicago said, "We loved feeding the goats living behind the backyard fence." While a guest from Kentucky said, "We even had fresh eggs delivered to our doorstep from the owners chickens, and we loved the goats too!" Yes, we provide you with complimentary eggs at your arrival depending on availability. If we don't have eggs our next door neighbor sells real free range (no enclosures at all) eggs for $2 a dozen.

Conveniences for our guests

There is room for two guest cars in the driveway. La Casita is equipped with an electronic lock on the front entry door to make access very simple (you will be provided a personal and private code for the front door after booking). You will love not having to worry about keeping track of keys!

You will be very comfortable at La Casita, with its welcoming casual ambiance and convenient amenities. We have La Casita listed for times when it would be available for your exclusive use, so you have the run of the house (no one else will be sharing). Elizabeth and I are available to answer any questions you may have about our special little house. You'll have access to the entire home. Your privacy is our priority! I will usually welcome you, offer a quick tour of the property and then be close by to answer any questions and provide assistance during your stay!

Your trip here may be full with family visits or outdoor always waiting for you will be the beautiful La Casita ... an oasis of calm and serenity for your rest and relaxation. We look forward to your visit!

***Packing tip: We provide towels, linens, beach towels, a small boogie board, a large boogie board, a beach umbrella, pots and pans ... etc. Packing is always a you pack that unique little something ask us if we have one you can use. We might be able to save you some space in your bags or in your car.***

Thank you for selecting La Casita!

More Details

Jim Hamrick
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2018

About Jim Hamrick

Hi my name is Jim. I am the owner of La Casita and a place called Redbay Farm. I am retired from the military and II work at La Casita and Redbay Farm, our 47 acre tree farm, full time. My goal is to provide guests who stay at La Casita a high value for dollar experience in the lovely town of Swansboro, NC. Swansboro is my home town.

Jim Hamrick purchased this house in 2004

Why Jim Hamrick chose Swansboro

Between '87 and '94 we purchased forested property. In about 2004 we were fortunate to be able to purchase La Casita on a lot that abuts our forest. We purchased La Casita as a temporary residence while we planned to build on our forested acreage we call Redbay Farm. Our forest can be viewed on Main Street in Swansboro between Hamrick Road and 923 Main Street. However, we ended up not building in our forest. One thing led to another and we ended up buying the house next door. La Casita was renovated in 2014 (after we moved out) to prepare for renting. We the scores of families and their friends who helped make our first 2 years of renting a success! We look forward to your next visit with us!

What makes this house unique

La Casita offers guests the conveniences of living in the city limits. Downtown Swansboro is only a little over a mile away. The well maintained municipal park is only about 2 blocks away. At the park guests can enjoy walking, basketball, skateboarding, tennis, soccer. The young children will love what has to be one of the best playgrounds in the region!

Of course the beaches are just a short drive away. Plan on taking about 15 minutes to get to the first public access in Emerald Isle. Hammocks Beach State Park is even closer. Ride the ferry to the unspoiled beauty of Hammocks Beach.

Our back yard is unique in that it borders our rural property. You'll see our goats, chickens and comical guinea fowl. We'll even provide some fresh eggs (if available). La Casita provides guests with a mini farm stay experience. The kids will love feeding the animals!

I look forward to hearing from you!


Swansboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Solar Shower - outdoor shower , Take a refreshing sun warmed outdoor shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , The en-suite bathroom also has a nice walk in closet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , High thread count cotton sheets are used on all beds
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , The stained glass room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(13 traveler reviews)

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La Casita in Swansboro
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Could not have been happier - La Casita far exceeded out expectations.

  • 5 of 5

The house and property are perfect, very spacious complete with top of the line electronics. The kitchen was stocked with essentials that are common to forget ( coffee, butter, etc ) and the backyard and the perfect spot to relax. I can't wait t come up with another reason to visit Swansboro so we can stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the gracious review!
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Very clean and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Jim is very kind and personable. The goats, chickens and roosters were a nice bonus!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home for our family

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing atmosphere, with all of the essentials plus lots of extra perks. The family enjoyed the pool table, ping pong table and other games. Everyone enjoyed the animals in the fence behind the property. The back patio was spacious and great place to relax. The Hamricks responded quickly to every question and made great suggestions. The home was clean and beautifully decorated. We don't have any suggestions for improvements. Hope to visit the area again soon and stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't say enough positive things!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved staying at this property. Jim is a wonderful host and has the property stocked with everything you could possibly need or think to need! The kitchen has a full supply of pantry necessities including spices and the fridge was even stocked with starter items and vanilla ice cream! We really felt like we left our home and walked into someone else's home for a few days. The kids loved the pool table, ping pong table and corn hole as well as getting to watch the goats in the evenings. My husband loves to cook and was super pleased with all the kitchen ware and utensils. Everything from the bed linens to the closets were thoughtfully arranged and designed to make us feel comfortable and at home during our stay. We could drive to the beach in less than 10 min and then use the outdoor shower to rinse the sand off before heading inside. Jim has really thought of everything you could need to have a wonderful family vacation! We can't wait to return to this property again next year!!! Thank you so much for having us!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect vacation home and host

  • 5 of 5

I spent months obsessing over where we were going to stay. We usually stay in OBX, but didn't have additional family joining us to share the cost that comes with OBX. However, I could not be more pleased with the decision to stay at La Casita in Swansboro. Unless you are 100% set on having a beachfront house, this is where you should go. Jim has thought of everything to make your stay memorable and comfortable. Maybe too comfortable because we got off to a late start everyday! We spent the mornings lounging and playing pool, cooking in the kitchen, sitting on the patio, playing ping pong, feeding the goats, and laying in our comfortable beds. We are looking for a reason to come back later in the year and will definitely be returning next year. AMAZING!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate all of the kind words and we hope to see you again soon!
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Perfect cozy home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for our Thanksgiving with our Marine. It was fully equipped with everything I needed to be able to make a nice Thanksgiving meal. There were plenty of activities on site to keep us entertained that we didn't even want to leave the house for the time that we were there. It was very clean, and it was a great location. No more than 20-25 minutes from everything we wanted to do. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashley, Thank you so much for staying with us! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to you and your families next visit! All the Best, Jim
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Hammocks Beach State Park
A favorite destination for our guests. Enjoy the ferry ride over to Hammocks Beach. Enjoy ...
Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Albert Ellis Airport (OAJ)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Church Street Pub
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Hammocks Beach State Park Passenger Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Star Hill Golf Course
Nearest Train
112 Miles
Rocky Mount Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
62 Miles
Interstate 40
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Riverside Steak and Seafood
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Emerald Isle
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Check in Time is 5PM local and Check Out time is 11AM local. Smoking is not allowed in La Casita. Smoking inside or leaving cigarette butts/cigar stubs about is an automatic forfeiture of $500 damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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