The large porch overlooking the beach was fantastic. The kids ate out there every night and the adults spent the evenings out there as well. It was large enough for the whole group to have space to relax. It provided shelter during rain storms and shade during the day. Two families with four kids (10 and under) stayed at the house and it was cozy but not too crowded. The porch and ground-floor bedroom provided extra room to spread out. We all had a great time and will definitely check on this house again when we return to Ocean Isle.