About the property
- House1150 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Ocean views, open and covered decks, and less than 100 yards to the beach!
If you're looking for that quiet, 1950s-era beach cottage charm combined with modern conveniences like wifi, LCD TVs, and a dishwasher (!), look no further.
A large open family room/dining room/kitchen area is the main point for congregation, with ocean views out the 8' sliding door or out the sitting room windows. The covered and uncovered decks, as well as a private deck off the Master BR (all with ocean views), provide some outdoor relaxation options. And the sunroom with a spiral staircase to the first floor is a great compromise between the two -- great views, lots of light, and the wonder of air conditioning!
Master BR: Queen
Second BR: Full & Twin
Kitchen: Stocked with appliances, utensils, flatware -- Just bring food and paper goods!
Bathroom: Outer sink area. Inner WC & Bath/Shower.
'Rancho Relaxo' is situated in a quiet little residential area three miles past 'downtown' Emerald Isle and only a mile from a gas station/convenience store/dollar store (for all your last minute vacation needs) and the location of the soon-to-be-built NC Aquarium Pier at the Eastern Regional Beach Access area.
We have off-street parking for 3 cars, an outdoor shower for a quick rinse or a relaxing (and private) soak, and plenty of beach gear for your use: chairs, umbrellas, fishing poles (bring your own bait and tackle), frisbees, bocce -- we leave you primed and ready for a great week at the beach!
Note: Rancho Relaxo is configured as an UP:DOWN duplex. The owners maintain a smaller apartment on the first level and may be present during your rental. The owners are only occasionally able to take advantage of this, so it's unlikely your visit will coincide, but possible.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Shane O'Donnell
Jenn's got a Master's in Commercial Interior Design and works in customer service/support for an Internet company. She likes gardening, quilting, and going to the beach. Shane's a software guy who's also a performing musician. He likes woodworking, light construction projects, and starting high-tech companies. We are both from the midwest and met while attending Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Between work, hobbies, and the hectic schedules of two amazing teenage boys, we don't find nearly enough time to go the beach -- and the cruel irony is not lost on us.
Shane O'Donnell purchased this House in 2007
Why Shane O'Donnell chose Emerald Isle
We remodeled Rancho Relaxo to accommodate the comforts you would expect from a beach house, while also accommodating the needs of two families traveling together. Since then, we've ended up staking our claim to the downstairs "Owner's Quarters", but we don't get to use it very much. So you can take advantage of Jenn's designer touches, including custom-made window treatments, handmade throw pillows, and home-sewn quilts, as well as Shane's insistence on technology everywhere, with wireless broadband available throughout the house and LCD TVs (with the upgrades soon to be complete -- one TV left!), without having to buy your own beach house! In 2008, we were fortunate to be able to pack up and live at Rancho Relaxo for the summer. This made for a relaxing summer (coffee and a laptop on the deck are a great way to start any work day!) and a nice change of scenery for all involved. That same infrastructure is still in place, so you can do your online work, VoIP calls, movie downloads, etc. during your stay -- if you absolutely must.
What makes this House unique
At Rancho Relaxo, you are simultaneously in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everything! It's a mile to the nearest store or gas station, but it's an easy walk down the beach or along the bike path (which is about 50 feet from our driveway). With no bars or "party houses" within walking distance, you don't get the late night noise and disruptions you may have on other parts of the island, but with happening live music clubs like "The Emerald Club" less than 3 miles away (straight down Emerald Drive), it's super easy to get to the nightlife when you're looking for it. But we think the upside of this "sleepy" section of Emerald Isle is the beach. We've seen beaches in other tourist destinations where you can't find a place to lay down your blanket -- but not here. On the busiest times of year, it's usually a minimum of 50 feet between you and your nearest beach neighbor. During the off-season, it's not uncommon to walk out onto the beach and see NO ONE in any direction. The ocean is beautiful in the summer sun with waves gently white-capping against the beach, but there's something about the ocean in late fall and early spring that you have to experience to understand.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Adorable and Comfortable
We loved the beachy colors, the area in the house is just the right space for 2-4 people. I liked having the kids close so we/ they can be a part of things, so this was a great help.
Everything is easy to get to, the beach is beautiful.
The only reason we didn't give it 5 stars was because the tvs were set up a little strange. We didn't need much but we had to trouble shoot some issues. We are pretty techy but this was too much trouble to have to deal with, kinda just wanted to click it on and have tv without the fuss. The owner was gracious in making adjustments and in offering ideas for solutions.
We will definitely go back. It was our 1st experience in Emerald Isle and it was a great one! We recommend you come and stay at Rancho Relaxo.
Daves in Emerald Isle October 2017
My family had a great visit, left some paper products, hand soap and trash bags for the next family. We enjoyed the quiet area and short walk to the beach. Three beds were nice so our son could bring a buddy: Grateful for laundry facilities too. Hope to be back soon!!
Rancho Relaxo says it all, name that truly fits
Rancho met all our needs, from all the eminities to the fantastic location, a great place to stay. We have passed the word to all our friends, we WILL be back when returning to NC.
We had so much fun at the Rancho Relaxo. Everything was great. The view from the deck was my favorite part of the house. Kitchen was well stocked and the location was perfect. Thanks Shane.
Great personal service
We spent 2 nights at this house and just loved it. Everything we need =ed was there. In addition when we needed to stay longer on the checkout day we contacted the owner and he without any additional charge allowed us to stay. Thank you so much for the lovely Easter weekend.
We really enjoyed our stay. Relaxing on the deck recharged our batteries.
I would recommend ranch relaxo. Very home like feel and the use of the bicycles were an added bonus
Visit the Rancho Relaxo website for more information: http://rr.shaneo.com/home/emerald-isle-the-crystal-coast
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Sorry, no pets. Sorry, no smoking anywhere inside or on the deck. Any violation of our rules regarding pets or smoking could result in a forfeiture of your damage deposit and additional cleaning fees. Additional details available at http://rr.shaneo.com/ Check in is at 2:00PM on day of arrival. Check out is by 10:00AM. Rentals during the summer season are WEEKLY only, unless we have availability within 30 days of the beginning of your rental. ALL rentals during the summer season are subject to a 3-night minimum. Refunds: - 100% refund of any payments made up to 90 days prior to the beginning of your reserved rental - 50% refund of any payments made up to 30 days prior to the beginning of your reserved rental - No refunds offered for cancellations within 30 days of the beginning of your reserved rental