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Historic Methodist Parsonage....With a Front Porch Full of Rockers and Stories!

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About the property

Oriental is all about slowing down and relaxing….and that’s what we hope you do at our turn-of-the-century home. Its been a place where our family has made memories for over 40 years! Everyone who visits gets a sense that this home has been well loved and lived in….its NOT fancy but its comfortable and inviting. Whatever you do, DON’T RUSH…it's a small town built for long ambles a bike ride or a little tennis….and of course Sailing. Oriental is the ”Sailing Capital of North Carolina”. The Neuse River is within site of our front porch.

Mary Sharpe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2016

About Mary Sharpe

Our parents moved to Oriental in 1974 and created a home for all four of us kids as well as 10 grandchildren and now 7 great grandchildren (and growing we hope!) We spent every free moment there but particularly loved the Fourth of July Croaker Festival...Thanksgiving and Christmas. This home has lots and lots of memories and we'd love for you to build some there too!

Mary Sharpe purchased this house in 1974

What makes this house unique

One front screened porch (with rockers and swings) where you can sit and read or talk….our family loves early mornings and evenings crowded there telling stories and reminiscing. You can see the River Neuse from that porch and get a good sense of what kind of wind is available for a sail… depending on the time of year, you might catch a whiff of the gardenias or other flowers in the garden depending on the time of year.

One back deck built around a Live Oak Tree where you can have a bite to eat.

Three bedrooms and two full baths….a king room….a queen bedroom and a bunk and twins room all sleeping 8 comfortably

One large dining that has been the scene of lots of Thanksgivings and family dinners of fried chicken….shrimp and oysters from the River and most importantly, LOTS of LIVELY conversation about everything you an imagine including religion AND politics…child-rearing and a little gossip about whoever is not there at the time….

One large Florida Room (thats a fancy name for the side family room) where we continue conversations after dinner and play games or watch a movie. We survived 39 years without much of a TV but agreed to add a big 54” flat screen last year for the enjoyment of our guests. Now we argue about whether its ”on” or ”off”! Enjoy some family time playing and talking and turn the TV on only if you run out of things to talk about! We also have internet if you really need to plug in to the world but try life in Oriental without it! You will love it!

One large kitchen which has produced some incredible meals and some other memorable times dying Easter Eggs and all of the things that families do in kitchens….again…think conversation and food!

One small breakfast room which holds the ”kids table” at Thanksgiving and other family dinners. Its small but we manage to get a lot of people around the table for breakfast or lunch shifts.

One living room which can be the quiet get-away place for those who need a little alone time for a nap or


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Historic Methodist Parsonage....With a Front Porch Full of Rockers and Stories!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Charming home with plenty of character. Lovely, shaded screened-in porch and shaded yard and decks.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Oriental in mid-October of this year at this charming home. From the moment we entered the door, we felt right at home. In fact, the home exudes the same friendliness that the town offers its guests. The home is in walking distance to the river and to a few fun restaurants. We attended the Front Porch Music Festival which was a wonderfully fun time.

The owners of this charming home are lovely people and easy to work with. The home is clean and comfortable and provides all the necessary items as well as plenty of room for an extended family. I am planning on returning with my daughter and granddaughter in the summer of 2017. Highly recommend this rental property!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in Oriental

  • 5 of 5

I could not have imagined how wonderful this home is by the pictures. We were staying here for our daughter's wedding and this home provided the perfect place for many to gather and celebrate. Absolutely everything we could need was there. Great king sized bed which was very comfortable, large kitchen to prepare lunch for a crowd, lots of rooms to gather and spend time w/ family and friends. The screened front porch w/ rockers, lounge chair and swing was where we all seemed to gather. I really didn't want to leave. The family photos, antique furniture and vintage glassware in the many cabinets throughout the home brought back memories. We wanted for nothing....except more time there. Mary was an excellent owner/hostess who provided all the info we needed early because she knew how hectic things would be...Thank you ! If you're thinking about visiting Oriental...I highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC USA

Charming and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Only a block from the river and an easy walk to "town", this is now our go-to house for Oriental. It was immaculate on our arrival and the spaces are just as pictured in the VRBO description. The kitchen is better equipped than most full time homes: really impressive in view of the minimalist approach that many rental homes take in that regard. Gathering spaces--parlor, porch, sitting room and dining room, are comfortable and capacious. They invite good conversation. The neighborhood is traditional Oriental, which is pretty, and so quiet. On a summer evening there were far more bikes on the street than cars on the fact there were almost no cars at all. Mary provided very good support.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice comfortable house.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Oriental over Mother's Day weekend. The house was clean, convenient and well appointed. Screen front porch invites relaxation!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, SC

Weekend Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The photos listed with this property are completely accurate. I felt familiar with the house before even arriving! As you can see from my rating of all stars, I am recommending this property for anyone planning a stay in Oriental, NC

The owner, Mary, was so easy to work with and she was able to respond to any of my questions in less than 24 hours, and usually far less time than that!

The beds were comfortable. The bathrooms were well stocked with essentials. There were two refrigerators, making it easy to store large platters of food. I felt very much at home in this house. My group and I spent quite a bit of time out on the porch~ listening to the symphony of birds each morning! Just delightful!

Because of its location we were able to walk just a couple blocks to the local coffee hut called The Bean. The locals could not be any more friendly! There are a few restaurants also within a very short walk, again making this an ideal location for our group, or anyone for that matter!

We plan on returning to this property next year as we plan another small artists' reunion!


Greenville, SC

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, relaxing place.

  • 5 of 5

This was a very nice and relaxing place to stay; overall, very accommodating and convenient to the general Oriental area. The house could have used a bit of an airing out and cleaning, however, as all of us staying there felt the dust and whatnot (possibly a bit of mold?) take over our sinuses and cause us allergy issues. Overall, though, great place and really nice people who own it.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Addison. Our house is a turn of the century home very near the coast which contributes to the musty smell when you first arrive. There is no mold at all but because it is a vacation home and not "lived" in it may seem musty at first. Once the air is turned on and the windows and doors opened up it is delightful!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
New Bern
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Minesott Beach Ferry
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Atlantic Beach/Morehead City

Oriental is the Sailing Capital of North Carolina! Its a great place to bike ride...there's a tennis court down the street. There are some really good restaurants. We like Brantleys for breakfast...the Toucan for dinner or try Silos (yes a couple of Silos) where they have live music some nights. We also love Gary's Down East Seafood in nearby Arapaho...look it up on Yelp!


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 4.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Oriental House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
  • Downstairs King Bedroom Upstairs Queen Bedroom Upstairs 2 - Twins and One Set of Bunk Beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis
There is little public sandy beach down on the river that families really enjoy together. We have a few beach chairs in the utility room that you are welcome to use. Bring your bikes....its a great biking community...nice and flat!

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