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Dolphins, Sunsets See it All from This Oceanfront House

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY-Enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean from this lovely five bedroom oceanfront home. A large deck in front of the house wraps around the side and back for great ocean views. See the dolphins swim by or just enjoy the warm coastal breezes. Large picture windows across the front of the second floor living space allow oceanviews all day long. A walk over the dune stairs and you are on a large pristine beach, take a chair and relax or walk the long stretch of beach for miles. When not at the beach enjoy a bike ride, jog or rollerblade on the miles of path along route 12. Community tennis and swimming pool are available.

The house is set up as follows:

Ground floor- Covered parking, storage closet with bikes and beach equipment, outdoor private shower

First floor- 4 bedrooms (one with two twins, one with two twin bunks & two with queen beds) front two bedrooms have sliding doors to the deck that has a hammock and porch swing with ocean views, two full baths and washer and dryer.

Second floor-Great room with living room, dining room and full kitchen, bedroom with two twin beds and full bath. Huge glass windows across the front for great views. Three sides have outdoor decks(one screened in porch).

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our vacation to the Outer Banks was very enjoyable. Weather was good and your place fit the bill. By the way thank you for arranging for some porpoises to come by in the morning to entertain us. It was much appreciated.
Jan 2006
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Reviews

Good! 3.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Dolphins, Sunsets See it All from This Oceanfront House
average rating of 3.857143 based on 9 reviews
5

Our Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We discovered "Sentimental Journey" 10 years ago and have made it our annual OBX home to stay in. We've made this trip with adult children, with grandchildren, and by ourselves. Have LOVED the home and setting every time. We find the home to always be warm, welcoming, and cozy. The ocean view is beyond description. We do travel up and down OBX, and squeeze in a round or two of golf, but our favorite thing is simply chillaxing at the house and on the beach. The best days involve an early morning run, fixing breakfast in, sharing coffee on the beach, shelling, a beach nap, more shelling, and eventually sharing some wine. Most of our best future planning has been accomplished at this setting. Sentimental Journey and the OBX experience is a non-negotiable part of our lives! We give this place a 5 star rating for its charm and coziness and would highly recommend it to everybody.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lansdale, PA
2

Old, needs updating

  • 2 of 5

Views are lovely. House is old. Torn screens, missing shutter in bunk room meaning kids were up with the sun, spiders and webs everywhere outside, bedroom level is dark, all windows were so very dirty, we awoke every morning thinking it was rainy/ cloudy every day. Owners provided no cleaning supplies so we couldn't even clean the place ourselves! Renters beware. Rental agency apologized but that didn't save our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly value the input of our guests. We are certainly sorry that our property did not live up to your expectations. The house is approximately 35 years old, so it does not have some of "the bells and whistles" that might be expected from newer houses, such as those in Pine Island. The age and condition of our property is typical of the properties in Duck and Sanderling. We use Outer Banks Blue as our rental company and they are one of the best on all of the Outer Banks. They are quite responsive to the concerns of our guests. Our property is rented from April through October every year with many guests returning year after year. ( As is noted in prior reviews.) Our house is described as "comfortable" by most guests and "one of the best values on the beach", with "awesome" views of the ocean. As far as spider webs outside the house, guilty as charged. That is the price one pays for being able to "commune" with the beach.
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Sentimental journey

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family trip to the ocean and it was great. The grandkids had the time of their lives and the adults had a well deserved break from the real world. This house was very spacious, clean and just plan nice. Loved the decks to watch the ocean and the sunrises. It was so relaxing to hear the waves all week. The only thing wrong but not a big deal was it was suppose to have four bikes according to rental information which is one reason why I booked this place cause of the kids. I was told it wasn't. I checked my phone app again and it does say it has four bikes. Like I said no big deal cause the kids found plenty of things to do. Over all it was a great place to stay and if we decide to come back we will defiently try to get this place again

Thanks for a great place to stay

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Memorable Summer Vacation - Sentimental Journey

  • 5 of 5

This house is a wonderful find! It is spacious with an unbelieveable view. It has a great layout. We spent most of the time on the deck and in the family room which opens up to the kitchen. If you want some alone time, the wrap around deck outside the bedrooms is a great place to chill.

Although there are many restaurants in the area, we preferred to cook in and watch the dolphins swim by as we ate dinner. The kitchen is well equipped. The place was clean upon arrival and easy to keep clean since there was an awesome outdoor shower which you pass on your way from the house to the beach.

While we were here we went deep sea fishing and crabbing and did quite a bit of biking. Because the house is RIGHT on the beach, my favorite part was walking out the door and sitting on the beach, surfing the waves and building sand castles with the kids.

I would highly recommend this property to a family or a group of friends that wants a great summer memory.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC
3

Great views but with problem areas

  • 3 of 5

Good things:

The views were amazing. Private beach access and Great room were wonderful. Appreciated having linens and towels provided. Pack-n-play in great shape. Kitchen counter was clean. Loved using the Sanderling pool.

Problem areas:

- The house is in serious need of deep cleaning. Dust build-up, grime and cobwebs abound. On the refrigerator is a list of what the cleaning people should clean - just surfaces/basic cleaning. They don't touch deck areas, which have LOTS of cobwebs.

- Grill was extremely dirty, out of propane and had cobwebs on handles.

- On the VRBO site, there is a porch swing on lower deck and screened-in porch, neither of which are there.

- Large amount of rusted out/broken beach gear on the parking level which is dangerous and should be thrown away. Outdoor shower was completely dirty, with debris covering the ground, and more cobwebs.

- First morning, there were TONS of small dead bugs covering everything in the Great room (holes in screens?)

Safety concerns:

- Upper level deck is in extremely bad shape and needs to be replaced. Specifically: 1.) rail was decaying and ready to fall off the deck, 2.) gate leading to the stairs had come off of its hinges, and 3.) stairs leading from the upper to lower deck had detached from the house making it extremely dangerous. We called OBB, who added two brackets and did a quick fix on the gate.

- Upper level deck has a huge gap under the built-in seat, which is a fall hazard to any small child/small animal.

I sent the above items to the owner. In short, she said that the cleaning crew has 4 hours to clean, they do their best, the owners are pleased, the house is rented constantly (with many return guests) so that says something. "Spiders and cobwebs are just a reality at the beach," she said. She would re-evaluate the stairs/porch in the off-season. My interpretation is not much, if anything, will be resolved. Given this, I felt it was important to share this information with future renters.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are grateful for any guest providing insights into how we can best provide a relaxing and pleasant vacation for our renters. That includes the comment of the above review. We appreciate the positive observations that were mentioned. More importantly, we would like to respond to the concerns that were voiced: 1) The house was in need of a deep clean - We have worked with a wonderful management company for several years. We believe that they are the best in the Outer Banks, and we rarely have complaints about the cleanliness of the house. A deep clean is performed at the beginning of each rental season. As was pointed out to the guest, our house is one of the most popular in the area. It rents consistently from April through October. Many guests love the house and return year after year. Given a strong rental history, the cleaners do an excellent job preparing the house for each guest. (As an aside, we were just at the house and found it quite clean). 2) It is true that the porch swing was removed. It was old and we thought it unsafe. It was replaced with a hammock. This was not meant to mislead our guests and will be changed on the website. 3) Rusty beach chairs – These have been replaced. The salt air is tough on furniture, bikes, etc. All chairs are replaced and all deck furniture replaced or repainted at least once a year. 4) Gas grill was not clean – This was newly purchased this spring and while has shown some wear, was fully functional. 5) Concern about the safety of the deck railing and stairs – We had $35,000 of renovations performed this past offseason by a professional and highly respectable contractor. We specifically asked if there were any structural issues and we were assured that there were not. None the less, the front railing, while safe, was worn, and has been completely replaced over the past week. 6) Spiders and cobwebs - Guilty as charged. With all due respect to our guests, living at the ocean is partly about interacting with nature. We cannot prevent nature from doing what nature does on the decks and by the ocean. Having just been at the property for the past two weeks, we have noted no problems with bugs in the house. We take our commitment to provide a memorable getaway for each guest very seriously. In our email to the above guest, we said we would address their concerns in a timely fashion. We received their email in early August. We believe we have best addressed those concerns.
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Sterling, VA
2

7/9/11-7/16/2011

  • 2 of 5

We just stayed at your house this past week. The layout of the house and view of the ocean were great. I felt the house was dirty when we arrived even though the cleaners had just left. The air conditioning vent on the entry door level was caked with dust and there were cob webs in the bunk bed room and on the hand railing going upstairs as well as all over the outside deck. Needless to say my girls did not sleep well knowing there were spiders in their room. The back right bathroom smelled of urine upon arrival and the odor never improved. There were 2 chairs on your deck that had rotted and were unusable. I believe you should remove broken furniture off your deck. You definitely need to spray for ants. They were crawling all over the kitchen counter, back door and bathroom upstairs. The coffee maker broke on Tuesday. Phoned Amber at outerbanks blue. Received new coffee maker on Thursday afternoon. We bought a grill and left it for your future guests. The ones you had at the house are not in great working order. I gave my list of issues to Outerbanks Blue upon delivering the coffee maker.

Despite all of these issues, we had a great vacation. We had great weather, many dophin sightings and beautiful sun rises.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our home “Sentimental Journey.” The house has a special place in our hearts, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed your stay last week. I understand the weather was perfect, and you are right it is a fantastic view from the living room isn’t it. I’m really surprised and disappointed to hear that the property wasn’t as clean as you expected. Typically Outer Banks Blue’s cleaners are spot on with the cleaning of the property, and they usually follow up with an inspector after your arrival to be sure everything is satisfactory. Just keep in mind in the future if you ever have a problem to please let them know right away because they keep the office open late on check in days, and I’m sure they would have rectified anything within a couple of hours of your arrival. I’m sorry about the coffeemaker not making it through the week…glad they got you a replacement right promptly. As for the deck furniture, we of course did take a long look at everything when we were there in the spring. It gets a lot of use and we will be down at the property in a couple of weeks and will make sure everything is in good order. Thanks again for your review, we look forward to welcoming you back to “Sentimental Journey” in the near future. We are already taking bookings for next year, and weeks are going fast! All the best!
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Duck House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
rate 1
Jan 1 2017 - May 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,325
 
 
rate 2
May 6 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,995
 
 
rate 3
May 27 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,925
 
 
rate 4
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,295
 
 
rate 5
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,395
 
 
rate 6
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
rate 8
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,900
 
 
rate 9
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,325
 

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Tax Rate 12.75%

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Amenities

Duck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Movie Library, Bikes, Full Gourmet Kitchen, Beach Chairs & Toys

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