Seagarden Cottage in Historic Downtown Manteo, Just Steps from Shallowbag Bay
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Our charming 1930s bungalow was fully renovated in 2012 but retains period details that make it one of the town's historic homes. And Seagarden Cottage is furnished with all the comforts of home because it truly is one-- ours-- when we're not sharing it with you.
The master bedroom has a Queen-sized bed and light-filled private bath with a claw-foot tub and decorative arch that was preserved from the kitchen and relocated during the renovation (the master bath, it's consistently remarked, is the best room in the house). The second bedroom also features a queen-sized bed, and is serviced by the hall bathroom, just outside the bedroom door.
The living room and the dining room are appointed with antiques and family heirlooms, and the sun room has a wide-screen TV (updated since photos were taken) and cozy couches and chairs for lounging when it's time to relax with a good book or watch a movie. The kitchen is fully equipped with a farmhouse sink, 4-burner stove, microwave, full-sized fridge, and Keurig coffee maker (with refillable filters and a coffee grinder if you prefer freshly ground coffee to single-use K-cups).
And perhaps most notably, located across from Shallowbag Bay and just steps from the Manteo Waterfront, Seagarden Cottage has a wide front porch with comfortable seating, while a private garden affords plenty of privacy in back. The house's original owner, Mrs. Sybil Jones, made a name for herself with her lovely garden, for which she often received Roanoke Island Garden Club's "Garden of the Month" distinction. Our mother, with love and hard work, has continued that garden tradition, and hopes that 'Miss Sybil,' as she is still known around town, would have been proud.
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Member since: 2015
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Both bedrooms have queen-sized beds with premium linens.
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- DVD Player
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 4 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden
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Sep 19 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Cleaning $75 + tax
- Pet Fee $75 + tax
- Tax Rate 12.75%
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please email owner for information on monthly rates.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Manteo, on Roanoke Island, is centrally located for day trips to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to the south; Duck, Corolla and Corova to the North; and everything in between. Nags Head and South Nags Head beaches, which feature ample public parking, are just a short drive over Washington Baum bridge, as are Jennette's Pier, Jockey's Ridge, and Nags Head Woods. When you venture out, keep in mind that no trip to the beach is complete without a quick breakfast at Sam & Omie's at MP 16.5 on the Beach Road (Highway 12), which has been serving breakfast to fishermen since the 1940s, and a stop at Cahoon's Market across the street for picnic supplies. Cahoon's sandwiches, salads and dips, made fresh daily, are the best around, and they sell groceries, sunscreen and beach chairs to boot.
But OUR favorite thing to do is stay put, for at least a day or two, as Roanoke Island itself has plenty to offer. Stroll the boardwalk, which begins just across the street from the house, past the Maritime Museum and around Marshes light, to the heart of downtown and over to Roanoke Island Festival Park, home of the Elizabeth II. If you take this walk on Saturdays during the summer months, you can visit the Manteo Farmers' Market, which features produce grown nearby, baked goods fresh from the oven, and crafts from local artisans.
Spend a few hours browsing the town's boutiques and antique stores (our favorites include Downtown Books, Wanchese Pottery, Nest, Odds n' Ends, and Outer Banks Quilts and Antiques), then enjoy lunch at Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop, Full-Moon Café and Brewery, or Ortega'z Southwestern Grill.
If you have kids, Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks is NOT to be missed, and kayaking and para-sailing are also available at the waterfront. If you don't have kids (or if you've got a few hours to yourselves-- hooray for you!), a sunset cruise on the Downeast Rover is a must, followed by drinks and dinner at 1587 Restaurant, located in the Tranquil House Inn. Swing through Poor Richard's, which becomes an After-Hours pub after the Sandwich Shop closes, for a night cap on the walk home. Downtown is also home to the Pioneer Theatre, the country's oldest continually operated family-owned movie theater, where the price of a ticket ($5) and popcorn ($1) is as charming as the setting.
On the island's north end, just a couple miles up Highway 64, are attractions such as Island Farm, the NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Sight, home of the Lost Colony. If you haven't got a car at your disposal (or would simply prefer not to use one), there is a bike path the runs the length of the island, making it possible (and safe), to reach everything on foot, or by bike. (Bikes can be rented at Olde Towne Creamery and Roanoke Island Outfitters, both of which are located on Highway 64).
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: Seagarden Cottage, which was completed in 1936, has always been a family home. It was built by Ray Jones, Sr., and his wife, Sybil, who raised their son Ray Jr. there, and in 1999, when Ray Sr. and Sybil were gone, Ray Jr. passed it along to our family (although he is known to stop by for a visit on occasion). My sister and I were raised on the Outer Banks' northern beaches, in Southern Shores, just south of Duck, and at the time our parents acquired the cottage, we were students at Manteo High School, some 23-odd miles from home. There was a saying echoed by MHS students from the beach, back then, when Manteo had the only high school, and the only courthouse, for a stretch of 40 miles: there were only TWO reasons you went to Manteo-- because it was a school day, or you'd gotten a speeding ticket. Obviously, we were of the opinion that when you lived on the beach, you didn't up and MOVE to Manteo. But our parents, who had started to look ahead to the time when our two-story house in the Southern Shores woods would be empty of children and they might prefer the advantages of walking everywhere they wanted to go, intended to do just that. And so against our will, it might be said, we came home from college to Manteo, and to our surprise, Seagarden Cottage has felt like home ever since.
Why the Owner Chose Historic District (Manteo, NC, USA):
16 years in, Seagarden Cottage has been home to our oyster roasts, birthday dinners, and baby showers; we even had a wedding reception in the back yard last autumn, when my sister was married at Roanoke Island Inn, just over the garden wall; we've spent long days together working in the garden, and late nights chatting by the fireplace; cheered on friends from the front porch as they approached the finish line of the Outer Banks Marathon; enjoyed a glass of wine in the backyard while listening to blue grass or classical music as it floated over from annual events at Roanoke Island Festival Park; all the things that make a house a family home. But as our mother spends more and more of her free time making trips to see us (and more importantly, her grandson), where we now live in South Florida, the thing we wish most is that someone was home to enjoy the house. Which is where you come in...
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Seagarden Cottage is unique among downtown Manteo's many lovely vacation rentals in that it's more than just a place to spend a week; it's a place to spend a week feeling perfectly at home. The house is decorated with antiques and family heirlooms, and always with an eye toward comfort. (Admittedly, you might not see replicas of our grandparents' pair of blue La-Z-Boy recliners featured in next month's Coastal Living Magazine, but with a good book, there's no place I'd rather spend a rainy afternoon). Whether you're sipping a glass of something cool in the green rocker on the front porch, or having a soak in the master bathroom's claw-foot tub, or enjoying dinner together, we want you to feel at home. Just as we would, if we were there.
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original front porch was restored during the 2012 renovation
the living room
Fireplace Room, Dining Room and Sun Room
Sun Room, water view
Fully remodeled kitchen with reclaimed tile mural by local artist Majiid
Master Bedroom overlooking the old-fashioned front porch
Vanity off master bath
Queen-sized bed with linen included
the back garden
Seagarden Cottage (photo: Genevieve Stewart Photography)
Dining Table with seating for 6; chandelier is original to the house
Sun Room/ Rainy Day La-Z-Boy Lounge
Reclaimed tile mural by local artist Majiid
Coffee Corner with Keurig maker and electric tea kettle. Microwave not pictured.
Queen-sized beds with linens included
Master Bath with heirloom claw-foot tub (and shower); towels provided
Garden Guest Room
Shower/ tub combination in hall bathroom; towels provided
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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