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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property


9.2 miles from where civilization ends and paradise begins, you'll find 'Hoof Line & Sinker' a canal front oasis located on one of the last secluded beaches left in America where wild horses roam free.

Witness some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the 3 decks surrounding the house. Hoof Line & Sinker is located directly on the canal with a dock for your boat, and a canoe and kayaks we provide for your family. It has straight access and is a short walk to the beach. Our 4 bedroom home with 3.5 baths, sleeps 12 with a queen sleeper sofa in one of two family rooms. The open floor plan upstairs lends itself to spacious living and entertaining with a full modern kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a pantry and 5 gallon spring water cooler, a breakfast bar that seats 4 and a spacious living area that features a gas linear fireplace and lovely views. We have a 2nd refrigerator on the ground level floor for overflow, an outdoor shower next to the swimming pool and hot tub, a large outdoor sports area for volleyball, corn hole, horse shoes (all provided!) and picnic/game area under the house.

Miss all the traffic and come by boat to cut two to three hours off your drive. Launch your boat at Knotts Island boat ramp and come across Knotts Island Bay into the canal system and pull up to the dock right at the house! Or, in your 4-wheel or all wheel drive vehicle, enjoy the 9 mile drive up the beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunday to Sunday rental so you can avoid the Saturday traffic. Check in is Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and check out is the following Sunday at 10:00 a.m. This home is new, completed May 2015!

More Details

John & Lorraine James
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About John & Lorraine James

Our family's journey began with my parent's decision to purchase a lot and build a modest beach house in Duck in 1973. At my age of 14 years, the only things in town were a Wee Winks market, a Decoy carver on the corner, the Army Corps of Engineers Research facility and a fire house! The wild horses were abundant, but lived up in the Corolla area at the time. Pretty much unspoiled wilderness then. Years later, John and I had a family of our own and raised 2 daughters to love traditional summer vacations in the Duck house, thus continuing the family tradition! Fast forward to 2015 and the scene is very different in Duck, but it is virtually the same in Carova! That is why we chose it! The wilderness is still in place, complete with the wild ponies! Carova is truly a place where one can find peace and tranquility in one of America's last remaining unique natural settings. We hope that you and your family and friends enjoy the magic of Carova as much as we do! We wish you and yours peace and happiness, Lorraine James

John & Lorraine James purchased this house in 2015

Why John & Lorraine James chose Northern Coast & Outer Banks

The first time we came to Carova we couldn't believe what a fabulous experience to be able to stay in this unique place! Where else in America can you actualy stay in the middle of a wild horse sanctuary in a beach community?! What an adventure, to start your vacation by driving up the beach along the Atlantic Ocean or take a small boat across Knotts Island Bay through the canal system right to your back door!

What makes this house unique

Avoid all the traffic and come by boat and cut several hours off your drive by launching at the boat ramp on Knotts Island and cruising straight across the bay into the canal system and pull right up to the dock at the house. You will need a shallow draft boat similar to a Jon boat, Polar Craft, Carolina or Mako Skiff.

For delicious catered meals, Carova local and professional chef, Mary Thrasher will provide lovely feasts for your group. Also, for fresh fish boils, charter fishing, photography tours and sunset cruises, contact Sean Boder, another local at (252) 722-3622!

The carova Beach firehouse is located right across the canal. With limited hours, they offer ice, ice cream, souvenirs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, simple games, candy bars and snacks. Occasionally they offer BBQ, hot dogs etc. for fundraisers and allow kids to check out the fire trucks, real nice folks!

Recycling is mandatory in this environmentally conscious community :)


Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 Upper Master - toilet , shower , Large walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 Upper Level Half Bath - toilet
    Bathroom 3 Lower Level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4, Lower level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
  • The top floor has a full bathroom in the master suite with a walk in shower and a half bath in the living area. The mid level has a full bathroom in the master suite with a soaker tub and seperate full bath with soaker tub for the other bedrooms. There is also an enclosed outside shower along with a foot wash outside at the bottom of the stairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 upper level master - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • ***The mid level rec room has a Queen sleeper sofa with memory foam mattress pad, in addition to a reg. mattress, two pillows, Q blanket and a tri-fold privacy screen. We have two master suites: 1 on top level with a king bed and a full private bathroom and the 2nd suite, mid level, has a queen bed and a full private bathroom. Bedroom 3 is a double bunk room that sleeps four and bedroom 4 has two twin beds and shares a full bath with bedroom 3, all on the mid level. Three of the bedrooms have private deck access. Blankets & pillows provided for ALL beds. One Pack'n'Play- 4'x3'. Fits a 30lb or 35" tall child, w/storage bins below.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Other Amenities For catering, local resident and professional chef Mary Thrasher will provide a lovely feast for your group! Go to: for details. Also, Sean Boder, another local, at Fish and Claw does incredible fresh seafood boils and charter fishing, photography tours and sunset boat cruises! Find him at (252) 722-3622 Large Charcoal Grill (BBQ) with cooking tool set, Beach Chairs, Boogie boards, Volleyball, Corn Hole, Horse Shoes, Board Games, Books, Coffee maker, microwave, 2 TVs with surround sound, Pool & hot tub, Pool toys, Outdoor shower, Foot wash and Fish table. Except for the bunk room, all rooms have deck access!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.7 based on 20 reviews

Well stocked house, but a few items to consider:

  • 3 of 5

Overall we had some lovely times with our family at the beach house, but even though I thoroughly read other reviews, there are some things I wish we had known in advance:

1. The house has amenities which we appreciated: well stocked kitchen (appliances, dishes, some kid dishes,), kayaks, canoes, sand toys, beach chairs etc....

2. The wild horses are charming and are frequently near the house, also we enjoyed watching the blue heron and egrets standing in the canal

3. The hosts are definitely responsive and we very much appreciated their prompt help and answers to all questions.

3. It may have been my error, but I thought this house was oceanfront and was a little disappointed that you cannot see the ocean from the house. Only the tiniest sliver of ocean is visible at the horizon beyond the canal and firehouse if you are sitting on the tallest chair on the deck. Just FYI.

4. The house needs some additional extermination. I think it's reasonable to expect bugs outside at the Outer Banks, but the ceiling in the living room was littered with spiders, bug bodies in all the corners and crevices, and every morning when I woke up to go to the kitchen I would walk through several strings of cobwebs. (another thing to consider is that I saw mold on bathroom ceilings and ended up with terrible sinuses which got worse each night of our stay and cleared up within 12 hours of leaving the house, if you have allergies). Also beware of other outer bank hazards, we found a snake curled up under the pool umbrella. I don't know if it was because of a front coming through but one morning we couldn't even go to the deck because it was literally infested with bugs. They left after the storm, but we lost power, and when you lose power you also lose water.

5. driving down the beach is a pain. we did ok but got stuck once. We took all the precautions of low tire pressure, low tide, and etc....but it will happen. kind of a pain, i wouldn't use the 4WD beach again. The tow company recommends 15-20 tire pressure fyi

6. I was SUPER disappointed that although the house is peaceful the beach is not secluded at all. The beach is packed with trucks and SUVS, for 9 miles and beyond, and it is a huge pain with small children because you can't even enjoy the beach for constantly making sure your children don't get run over. It's like letting the play in the middle of a highway (which, technically , it turns out, it is. Unpaved NC highway 12

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebekah, This home was just built two years ago it is super clean and does not have mold anywhere. I had a home inspector come in this week after your comment, along with my builder. They all confirmed there is absolutely no mold in this home. You made several comments that none of our previous 47 renters have ever mentioned or experienced, including the renter that stayed for the week just before you. That renter gave us a five star review and raved about our home and said they would return without hesitation. Our beach house is not listed as ocean front and it clearly shows on the web site map exactly where it is located. Your comments on spiders and bugs is highly exaggerated. We were at our home on Sunday afternoon the day you arrived and the cleaning staff had the home immaculate. There were a few cobwebs with spiders up in the cathedral ceiling that we had taken care of. We are in a wild life habitat in a wild horse sanctuary, so yes there may be an occasional snake and other wildlife including bugs. Lorraine & John
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Highly responsive and helpful owners.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Great amenities. Well stocked for every need and activity. Would return without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bill. We're so glad you all had a great time. It was a pleasure getting to know you. We would love to have you all back! Warm Regards, Lorraine and John 🌞?🌞?
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great amenities! Good and quiet yet plenty to see and do.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, beautiful scenery and fun to drive to

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at this Carova beach house. The layout was great for our girls who brought in their girlfriends. We had fun driving through the beach to the house, watching the horses who visited us almost every day and having our own private pool. The views from the house were beautiful especially with the wild horses around. We also enjoyed being able to drive straight to the beach every day.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deborah, Thank you for your great review. We're glad you thought our house was wonderful and that you enjoyed the beautiful views and the direct drive to the beach! We're sorry that you could not bring jet skis or use fireworks though. Have a great rest of the summer and we hope to hear from you all again. Lorraine 🌞?
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Carova Magic

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many beach houses, but Hoof, Line and Sinker is one of the best! The kitchen was fully stocked, the house was lovely, and the location was magical. The area is beautiful- it is hard to explain the endless dunes, horses, quiet, and amazing sunsets. You have to experience it. We had horses on the property every day- all times of the day. It you want to reset, recharge and relax- I highly recommend it! We had 5 children at the house and they loved it, too! And if you need help getting to the location- Corolla Outback Adventures can shuttle you or your extra supplies- they were very helpful!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ruth, Thank you for your lovely, kind review of our home. It's really great to know how much people enjoy the magic of Carova Beach! Your review sounds like we felt the first time we visited the area, kind of spell bound! Also, thank you for taking such good care of our house while you were there, we really appreciate that. Be well and enjoy the rest of the summer, Lorraine & John 🌞?🌞?
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Carova Vaca 2017

  • 4 of 5

We loved our time here and are so disappointed to be leaving. The home was perfect for our family. We woke up to horses in our yard everyday. The pool was delightful and the beach was so close that my teenagers walked from there to the house. The owners thought of everything when it comes to supplying the home as well as having corn hole boards to play. We are completely satsfied with our vacation stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cristie for your compliments. We are so glad that our home was perfect for your family! After our post stay conversation, you realized that you meant to hit the 5 star button, not the 4 star one. Unfortunately, VRBO does not allow changes, now we know! Have a great rest of the summer and we look forward to hearing from you and your friends in the future 🌞?
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Nearest Airport
106 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Carova Beach
Car: necessary



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $500

Free Wireless & Local Calling

$500 Refundable Security Deposit

12.75% NC State & Local Occupancy Tax

We accept payment by credit card, personal check or cashiers/bank check

Rental program designed for family groups. We do not permit non-family groups under the age of 25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.