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Oceanfront Topsail Beach. Incredible Views From Every Room!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bath oceanfront gem. Big, beautiful beach with private access.

Welcome to Bumblebee! Our 4 bedroom, 3 bath oceanfront beach cottage is located in beautiful Topsail Beach, North Carolina, 3.8 miles south of the Surf City traffic light you reach after crossing the swing bridge onto Topsail Island. We are located just past Tower 3 of the United States Navy’s top-secret missile testing project on the island in the 1940s called Operation Bumblebee. Our proximity to one of the nine original observation towers – all of which remain on the island in one form or another – as well as the operation’s historical significance to Topsail, itself, inspired us to name our cottage after it.

We purchased this wonderful beach house in May 2015. As first-time vacation home owners we had no idea what to expect but were absolutely thrilled with the response we received after partnering with HomeAway/VRBO, booking our entire first rental season in just a few short weeks. Fortunately for all, our second season in 2016 went just as smoothly for both our repeat guests and new vacationers.

If you vacationed with us our first two seasons, you noticed some improvements to the cottage including the addition of a custom shower on the main-level. Our guests last season loved the new bathroom. New for 2017 are renovations and improvements to all 3 bathrooms.

The primary feature of Bumblebee - in addition to its premier location - is an incredible view from virtually anywhere in the cottage. Six sets of ocean-facing sliding glass doors, including a giant 9-foot wide set off of the main living area, provide unparalleled views of the Atlantic and Topsail Beach. Three sets on the upper level each open to the upper balcony which is perfect for sunning or taking in uninterrupted end-to-end views of the beach. The three sets on the main level open to a balcony which is shaded from the upper one. You'll spend hours here in one of the rocking chairs.

From the staircase of the main entrance on the sound side of the home you'll enter through a fully screened-in porch. The porch has seating for 8, including a table for outdoor meals or playing board and card games.

Once inside the cottage you'll find a fully-stocked kitchen with full-size refrigerator, oven, cook-top, and microwave, a dining table with seating for 10, living room with seating for 8, including a pull-out sofa-sleeper, flat-screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet access, hard-line phone with free local and long-distance calls, and a stereo/CD system.

Also on the main level is one bedroom with ocean views and balcony access via sliding glass doors. It has a large flat-screen TV, closet and a chest of drawers. A newly renovated full bath and storage closet complete the main level.

On the upper level you'll find a large hallway with two full baths as bookends, both renovated in 2017. One has a walk-in shower with built-in seating. The other has a standard size tub/shower combo. The upper level bedrooms on either end feature queen beds, closets, and chests of drawers. Both have flat-screen TVs - one is a TV/DVD player combo. The middle bedroom contains two twin bunk beds for a total of four beds, two chests of drawers, and a TV/DVD player.

A large, fully-enclosed walk-in outdoor shower with changing area is on the ground level just off the covered parking pad. There is enough covered parking for 2 vehicles and the driveway will hold another 3. On this level you'll also find a laundry room with full-size washer and dryer, and a large outdoor gas grill.

Fresh, clean bed and bath linens for 10 people are included in the posted rates. Just bring your favorite beach towels. We provide a few rafts and boogie boards for you to use at your leisure.

We have built our cleaning fees as well as state and local accommodations taxes of 12.75% into our listed rates for 2017. Keep this in mind as you compare us to similar properties which add these taxes and fees on top of their listed rates.

Although we are relatively new owners of this awesome cottage we're committed to doing our best to ensure your Topsail Island vacation experience at Bumblebee is nothing short of amazing. Don't hesitate to contact us at any time with questions you might have. Thank you for visiting!

More Details

Joanna Manning
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Joanna Manning

Hello, we're the Mannings. We recently moved from Wilmington, NC to the Raleigh-Durham area. We hope you'll enjoy Bumblebee and Topsail Island as much as we do! Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions. We'll be sure to get back to you promptly.

Joanna Manning purchased this cottage in 2015


Topsail Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This full bath features a walk-in shower with built-in seat.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This second-floor full bath features a shower/tub combo.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This newly-renovated bathroom is on the main level.
  • Two full bathrooms are on the upper level. One has a walk-in shower, the other is a shower/tub combo. A full bath with new shower is also on the main level. Renovation projects to all 3 bathrooms were completed in 2017.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
  • Each bedroom has it's own sliding glass door unit with access to a balcony and gorgeous ocean views. All bedrooms have either a flat-screen TV or TV/DVD player. One is on the main level, three are upstairs on the second floor. Also on the main level is a pull-out sofa-sleeper with a double mattress for up to two.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bumblebee. The house had everything we needed. The views from the porch were wonderful. Also, the dog gates were functioning and allowed our dogs to enjoy being outside with us. Most impressive was the owner and how quickly she responded to my questions....and how helpful she was. This was undoubtedly our best stay at Topsail, and I hope we will make it back to Bumblebee!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Cherish. We're glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come back soon - you and your family are welcome back, anytime.
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Great location loved the porch

  • 5 of 5

You will not be disappointed

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking such great care of the cottage - we'd love to have you back!
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The prettiest part of Topsail we've stayed in years!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Topsail for many years and this is the first time we have stayed south in over 10 years. It was like the beach was our very own beach - not crowded in the least. We joked about people getting on "our beach" when they were a house or two away. Joanna's home is great: when we walked in, we smelled "clean". The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked - which is perfect for us because we stay in and cook all week. Not only was the home in great condition, but Joanna's customer service is personalized, she follows up quickly, and it was a joy to interact with her in the months and weeks prior to our visit. I had a lot of questions about random features, and she was quick to answer in a detailed and friendly manner.

One thing we appreciated was the street side screened porch. A big storm passed through the first night and we sat out on the porch and watched it come from inland - pouring rain and lightening - beautiful! The two outdoor showers (one on the deck and one enclosed) were a great convenience. The enclosed shower is roomy and there is a place to put your towel and clothes that is out of range of the water.

The views of the ocean were spectacular, the amount of beach was fantastic. This year, there were pools of water that gathered during high tide and our girls spent a lot of time splashing in them. It was so easy to get to and from the beach - we had our 75 year old Gram with us and while she is quite able bodied, she is usually worn out by the end of vacation. This year she commented several times on how she enjoyed less steps to and from the home.

There are puzzles, games and movies in the living area, plenty of extra blankets, spices in the kitchen and well stocked cookware. We have traditionally gone through a realty company and this was our first experience with direct access to an owner. I hope we never have to go back to a realty company - the vested interest of the owners make a huge difference in the quality of home and attention to the customer.

I highly recommend the Bumblebee if you are seeking a nice house at a great price for oceanfront. If we had to choose anything that would be a drawback, it would be that biking for younger kids is not ideal due to traffic on S. Anderson and the living room was a little small for our needs. Everything else was PERFECT and those two items are not worth giving less than 5 stars, just a consideration if those are big deals for your family.

Thanks Joanna!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brooke, thank you for such a detailed review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and that you thought so highly of Bumblebee. We love the cottage for all the same reasons you mentioned - and then some. :-)
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Logansport, IN

We Love " BumbleBee"

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year at BumbleBee. In our 45 years of vacationing on the North Carolina coast, our view of the ocean is the very best at Bumblebee, Every room in the house has a great view. The porches are awesome with great rockers & benches. Just a few steps and we are right on the beach. You can see and hear the waves crashing on the shore at all times. Love it! Hot & cold outdoor showers are very nice. Great beds & linens. After dealing with Real estate companies for years, working with Joanna has been just wonderful. She truly cares that her guests have a great time. I have only 1 small complaint, just couldn't find enough room in the kitchen for our food. We like to stay in and cook, trying not to leave the beach very much. The owners have been wonderful to make improvements each year to their newly owned cottage. We will definitely be back, hopefully for 2 weeks.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joyce, thank you once again for your kind words about Bumblebee. We are thrilled that you and your family choose to be repeat guests at the cottage. We'd love to continue this relationship every year!
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Nice kitchen stuff and dishes. Great covered porch. Outdoor shower is terrific.

  • 4 of 5

Would stay again. Very dog friendly with locking gates on porch. Driveway not too friendly...and one part short and steep.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad your family and your furry friends enjoyed your stay, Diane. Please come back again next summer!
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Awesome Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful and clean and very well kept. The owner was really great to deal with and was super responsive when I messaged her with questions once we were at the property. I was wondering how it would be not going through a rental service but this was so much better. The owner was really on top of all of my questions and it was clear that they care very much for the property and for their guests' experience. The house itself is located in a great spot far enough down the island for the beach to be wide and quiet but not too far down that getting to the grocery store and fish market were difficult. The layout of this cottage is really fun with great big windows on the ocean side of the house that made it feel like you were watching the beach on television. The view was just there in every room you went in. The porch on the front of the house was a really nice treat especially at the time of year we went. We'd have morning coffee on that side of the house and enjoy the cross breeze with the sliding doors open on the beach side. The house was well appointed and comfortable. I highly recommend renting this home. We've been vacationing at Topsail for over a decade now and this was really one of our best experiences!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny, thank you so much for your nice words about Bumblebee. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and found so much to like about the cottage. You and your family are welcome back anytime.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Wilmington International (ILM)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $650

All state and local accommodations taxes are included in the listed rates.

Pet fee of $150.00 is applicable for either 1 or 2 pets (2-pet maximum).

A security deposit of $650.00 is required. This deposit is fully-refundable within 7 days of check-out provided the property suffers no material damage or loss.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Per the listing's Short Term Rental Agreement, a 100% refund of initial booking payment is granted if stay is cancelled 30 or more days from date of check-in. A refund of 50% of the booking payment(s) is granted if stay is cancelled between 14 and 29 days of date of check-in. No refund of payment(s) will be given to cancellations made 13 or fewer days from date of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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