"We shared this house with another family during the off season. The house is large, even with 4 adults and 4 kids we had several rooms that went unused during our week stay.
The pool is very small, but nice for cooling off or just relaxing. The hot tub was also great for a relaxing soak, far enough away from the pool to not attract the kids while they splashed in the pool, but not too far to jump in for a cooling dip after a hot soak. There is also a community pool that is larger which is a short walk away. The fully-stocked kitchen was great and had everything we needed to prepare all our meals. The coffee maker was decent, but there is also a Keurig - in case you like to bring your own k-cups. There are many things to do in walking distance of this house. There is a strip mall with a Food Lion, shopping, several places to eat and 2 coffee shops (Dunkin and a local cafe). There is a second shopping area also across the street from the strip mall. A miniature golf and bumper car complex, beach toys, vehicle and bike rentals - all are a short stroll away.
During our stay it rained very hard overnight Monday and all Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon, the water started to cover the street! While the neighbors were experiencing flooding, we were safe since the house is elevated a couple of feet above street level. We saw neighbor pools and ground floors that were flooded, but we were high and dry! Walking through the 1.5' of standing water got kind of gross, but it was still a close walk to the beach.
The only negative of our experience was the AC on the second floor wasn't working. I didn't know about it until later in our stay, but the 2 other adults and the children were sleeping in 80+ degrees while the thermostat was set to 73. I mentioned it to Elan, hopefully they had it fixed for the next guests.
Elan was easy to work with. They had reminder emails and a phone call to make sure we were set and ready for our stay. When we checked in, we were provided with some essentials (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) and a map to get us the rest of the way.
This was our first stay in the Outer Banks, but we all had a blast and the house was a great value! Thanks!"
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: October 3, 2016