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Meant To Be, Our Sandcastle By The Sea

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

Welcome To 'Meant To Be, our Sandcastle by the Sea

Where it's all about sun on your cheeks and sand on your feet!

We are located 8 miles up the beach from the end of highway 12 and ACCESSIBLE BY 4WD ONLY. Due to the uniqueness of this area we suggest you contact the homeowner prior to booking. Carova Beach is one of the last remaining beaches on the Atlantic Coast that seems to have been lost in time. Come experience Life On The Island. Home to about 200 year round residents and the Corolla Wild Horses, it is a place where everyone knows each other and lives by the changing tides. Watching the wild horses strolling across the sand dunes and stopping to graze on sea oats is just another day in paradise here on Carova. It always fills me with a certain" peace" and "awe" when the dolphins swim up and down the ocean, jumping and splashing. Strolling along the beach to find sand dollars and whelks left from the changing tides is another favorite pass time here on the beach. Be sure to take a dip in that beautiful green Carolina Sea where any worries and stress you may have brought with you are completely washed away. Rise early one morning to watch the sunrise over the ocean, enjoy the brilliant red sunsets over the sound, then look up to see a beautiful star filled Carolina night sky. And as you -lay your head on the pillow at the day's end, let the ocean sing you to sleep.

-Come experience all these things that are unique only to the Northern Beaches of the Outer Banks. You will love all that 'Meant To Be' has to offer you as your vacation home. We offer all our guests use of our ocean kayak (see if the dolphins will swim along with you) and take the canoe out through the canals just before dusk and enjoy the horses, deer, blue herons and so much more. The ocean views from the upper deck and the ship's watch beckon you to stay and lose yourself in the enchantment of these beautiful beaches. The top floor has an elevated ship's watch with hardwood floors and fantastic ocean views. The great room opens to wrap around decks with ocean to sound side views.

After you finish watching the horses and dolphins, take a stroll along False Cape State Park to shell for sand dollars and whelks and enjoy the natural beauty of the undisturbed beaches. Try your luck at surf fishing and crabbing or enjoy just sitting and watching the pelicans fish. Spend the day shopping in Timbuck II or in the town of Duck then enjoy one of their many fine restaurants or cook your own delicious dinner or saute fresh caught fish on the grill. Climb the Currituck Light House. Take a drive South on Highway 12 to Hatteras Island and Hatteras Lighthouse and enjoy the over 70 miles of undeveloped National Seashore.

Continue south and ride the ferry to Ocracoke Island. Visit Roanoke Island and the North Carolina Aquarium. Take a chartered fishing trip from Oregon Inlet, known for some of the best fishing along the Atlantic Coastline. Play a round of golf at the Currituck Club. Or just relax on the beach or by the poolside and soak up the day. Don't forget to watch the absolutely beautiful sunset over the sound before you look up to see the milkyway in the Carolina night sky and then let the ocean sing you to sleep.

An extra large kitchen offers two dishwashers and is fully stocked with all amenities. The second floor has four bedrooms. The two masters opening to wrap around decks with two porch swings. The bottom level has one bedroom with full bath, a game room with a pool table and kitchenette. Outside, enjoy a large private pool and hot tub. Wish upon a shooting star while enjoying an evening in the hot tub. Come stay awhile and you will fall in love!


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More Details

Melissa and Bill Baun
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Melissa and Bill Baun

Bill and I are native to Bucks County, Pa. We both grew up in the same town, went to the same high school and began dating when we were in college. We count our family and friends among our greatest blessings and love the simple life and being outdoors. We have two dogs who run to the car if they hear the word 'beach'. Like us, they love walking the beach and spending time at Meant To Be.

Melissa and Bill Baun purchased this house in 2003

Why Melissa and Bill Baun chose Corolla

We fell in love with Carova Beach the very first time we vacationed there. Nothing had ever felt so right, so we closed our eyes and purchased a lot after a couple years of vacationing on Carova and the rest was .....Meant To Be! We are blessed to have the opportunity to share our home with others the way someone once opened their door and allowed us to be a guest at their beautiful beach house.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy an early check-in (2:30) at no extra charge.

Also, enjoy the use of our two seat ocean kayak with your rental.

Please find an article written for The Staunton Daily News Leader in Va. by Nancy Sorrells......

Carolina's 4x4 shores are hidden treasure:Sometimes the greatest hidden jewels of getaway trips are found almost in your own backyard. Such is the case with Carova on the northernmost Outer Banks of North Carolina.From the end of the road there are 10 miles of pristine beaches until you hit the Virginia line. And finally at about the eight-mile mark is Carova, where our secret fall getaway awaits in a grand house called 'Meant to Be.'Carova, the northeasternmost point of North Carolina, is in Currituck County. If you want miles of unspoiled beaches, wild horses wandering through your yard (or breaking through your fishing lines) then head to the 4x4 beaches. But remember, although there might be several hundred homes scattered along this 10-mile stretch of barrier islands, there is no other sign of civilization. No stores, no restaurants, no hotels, and, of course as previously mentioned, no roads.Make no mistake, however, when we head to 'Meant to Be' we are not roughing it. Rather we are just ratcheting down the hectic pace of life. We load up on groceries so we don't have to go anywhere. 'Meant to Be' has a fully equipped kitchen, a Jacuzzi, big screen TV (with cable), a fireplace and beautiful decks with sweeping views of the ocean. ' I think if our dog could talk he would list the 4x4 beaches as the highlight of his life. If someone wants to take the dogs for a walk on the beach, what a walk it is. The dogs romp in the surf until they can barely walk and then they sleep the big dog sleep all night. An exhausted dog is a beautiful sight.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for a beautiful house to spend our time in - 5 Stars. Enjoyed walking on the roads and beach - saw the wild horses on an early morning walk. The view of the ocean is great and what an experience it is driving on the beach.
Aug 2004
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Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • Private bathroom with two master bedrooms. Private to semi private for queen bedroom and twin room. Shared bath with bunk bed room. Half bathroom is on upper floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1),Duo Bunk Beds - double/single (1), Sleeper Sofa (1) ***Please note that our previous twin bedroom has been converted to a King bedroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two Dishwashers, Coffee Makers, both drip and kuerig, Blender, Crock Pot, Mr, Coffee Iced Tea Maker, Mixer, waffle maker, electric griddle


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(32 traveler reviews)

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Meant To Be, Our Sandcastle By The Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Perfect Vacation at "Meant to Be"

  • 5 of 5

We certainly enjoyed our vacation at "Meant to Be". The tranquility of the location was just wonderful! The house had everything (and more) of what we needed. We enjoyed the private pool as well as the close location to beach. Every morning and evening during our stay, we had horses grazing in the yard... just beautiful. The owners were very responsive to any of our questions. Thanks Bill and Melissa for a wonderful week at your home. We had a fabulous vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay on Carova Beach and at Meant To Be!!! We have those horses well trained, lol !!! And we thank you for taking such wonderful care of our home. Thank you! Melissa & Bill
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a terrific visit to "Meant to Be", and must say that this is a beautiful home. One of the things we noticed immediately is how well equipped the home is. Except for beach towels and food, virtually anything we could need was there and available. Well maintained, Bill & Melissa are excellent hosts, and would highly recommend this property. Just remember that being about 8 miles up the sandy beach you need to bring everything with you.... it's not just a quick drive to the convenience store! And yes, it's true about the wild horses, they still come strolling through the yard every day! Views are great, short walk or ride to the beach, pool and hot tub are excellent! Welcome gift a very nice touch. Would suggest bringing some drinking water. Will definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2007
  • Stayed: August 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, great trip

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at meant to be- it’s a great house in good spot. The pool and pool deck were a lot of fun and there are tons of little nooks around the house to read or socialize. We were two families with 5 little kids (plus an Au pair) and the sleeping arrangements were perfect. All of the equipment in the House was generally clean and in good working order.

The owners were highly responsive and straight forward in all of their communications.

The wildlife was terrific with horses coming to graze regularly, lots of frogs, and other sights and sounds.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Best Pick for Our 1st Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The property was AWESOME and the owners were very responsive to all communications. Our time at Meant to Be was the best family vacation ever. We will definitely be back but next time not only as guests but as friends. Thanks Melissa and Bill for one OUTSTANDING family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your first Family Vacation on Carova Beach and at Meant To Be. We appreciate having guests that enjoy and care for our home the way you did. We will certainly open our doors to you again, any time you like! Sincerely, Melissa & Bill
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Cazenovia, NY

House has all you'll need

  • 5 of 5

Except food and family. Thanks for a wonderful place to call home for the week!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing Meant To Be as your vacation home !!!
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Could not ask for anything more

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family vacation to OBX and Meant to Be is now our favorite Happy Place. The home has everything one can need or want on a vacation. The only adjustment we had to make was to learn how to relax and enjoy the peace and serenity found in this idyllic setting- it didn't take long!! Our short time here, allowed us as a family to strengthen our bonds and create lasting family memories. Although the home is well equipped with technology, it was amazing to see we spent the week virtually unplugged. We enjoyed driving and relaxing on the beach, kayaking the canals, collecting shells, relaxing in the pool, game evenings, beautiful sunsets, and witnessing the antics of the mustangs to name a few. The owners are always available to help- including working with their friends to help you receive the contact lenses your child forgot to pack. You know you've found the perfect family vacation spot, when your high tech teenager asks if we can spend three weeks here next year. Thank you Melissa and Bill for taking wonderful care of us and sharing your home and community with us!! We can't wait to return to Meant to Be!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had such a wonderful family vacation, sacred family time and enjoyed all Carova Beach and Meant To Be has to offer. We are also so touched by your kindness to our friend whose wife is battling cancer. It reminds us that good does always prevail - even in the midst of sadness. It was an absolute pleasure having you in our home and we look forward to opening our doors to you in the future!!!
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We are located within walking distance to Carova Park. the park offers fishing and crabbing (with license), volley ball nets, and boat launch.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

We offer a 3 payment option as well as the standard 2 payments. There is no additional pet fee for the 1st dog. We allow a maximum of 2 dogs and there is a $100.00 pet fee for the 2nd dog. We do require a $500.00 security deposit which is refundable within 2 weeks of departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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