This charming beach cottage is centrally located in the village of Salvo,on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, just 3 lots back from the ocean with easy walking access to the beach. Scott and Nancy Schermerhorn have owned this delightful 'home away from home' for 25 years, enjoying it with family and friends, and sharing it with renters.
It is a classic Hatteras 'beach box', updated over the years but still retaining a comfortable, homey beach cottage attitude. We planted pine trees many years ago, and they've grown very tall, giving a sense of privacy inside the cottage and attracting birds outside. Sea oats and cedars are also abundant on the property, surrounding the cheerful peach colored cottage on stilts.
For many years we did not have a clock, TV or phone, and our children played at the beach and sound, rode bikes, and enjoyed family outings to local sights such as Kitty Hawk dunes, the Wright Brothers Memorial, Hatteras light house, Manteo, Corolla, and Ocracoke Island. In the evenings we played games outdoors, then board games indoors. Renters demanded television and telephone, but our children still did not watch TV until it got dark. Believe it or not, today as young adults they appreciate the fact that they did not sit in front of a television while at our cottage, but rather enjoyed the many fun activities the area offers.
The Inn has cathedral wood ceilings throughout, which is unusual for a beach box. All rooms have paddle fans and all comfortable beds have hand made quilts. There is a breakfast bar with stools between the kitchen and dining area.
We've added the essentials of comfortable living over time, such as central air conditioning (though we enjoy the sound and smell of the ocean with the windows open if it's not too hot), washer and dryer (though we still love the fresh smell of laundry hung to dry under the house), dishwasher (many good family chats over kitchen cleanups), microwave, flat screen TV in the living area and a second TV in the master, and Wi-Fi. We have other comforts that you won't experience in your hi tech life. Nothing feels better than a shower outdoors while looking through the pines at a glorious sunset colored sky. Kids can play safely under the house and enjoy the monkey swing and the sand. We have a small library of books to enjoy, games to play together, and jigsaw puzzles to put together. The ice cream truck comes by daily, blaring its corny music. Life is so very simple at Inn Over Our Heads, and that is probably why we enjoy being there so much!
Starting in 2010, we will be managing seasonal rentals ourselves, with the expert local assistance of Shore Details Cottage Care, our personal property services manager. Please check out their link. We provide you a great setting for a great family vacation.
Scott started visiting Hatteras Island in the 1960's. Soon after we married in 1984, we searched for a cottage of our own and found, purchased and named the 'Inn Over Our Heads'. At that time, it was the only house on the north side of Jolly Roger, with just two houses on the south side. At first, we were only able to spend Thanksgivings and Easters at the 'Inn', opening it up and spring cleaning during Easter vacation and closing it down for the winter Thanksgiving weekend. Renters got to enjoy it during the season, which of course made it more affordable for us. Every time we returned we would go first to the guest journal to read about our guest's experiences, and we'd delight in their good times at our cottage. As time progressed, we did manage to spend some time In Season, though every visit includes work projects of some sort, such as trimming outside, painting, repairing, replacing, and updating. We have come to really love our cozy beach cottage house, insisting that it always be comfortable, clean, and well-equipped. There is always lots to do - fall and winter is Scott's favorite time on Hatteras Island. The surf fishing is great, the weather is cool, and the tourists are all back at work! Nancy and I are retired and live on the ocean at Melbourne Beach, Florida. We obviously enjoy being near the sea. We deeply appreciate the unique beauty of Hatteras Island. Our children continue to enjoy this little cottage where they spent so much time growing up.
About 70% of Hatteras Island is owned or controlled by the National Park Service. Most of the construction is single family dwellings. Because of this, we don't have the concentration of people that much of the Atlantic coast has. This makes for a truly unique vacation experience - and there is always a place to catch fish!
If you have a four wheel vehicle (local rentals are available if you don't have such a vehicle), driving on the beach opens up a whole new dimension for a vacation experience. The off shore fishing is exceptional. Surf fishing runs of rockfish, puppy drum and blues are like no other place in this world. Clamming and crabbing in the sound is so much fun. We've enjoyed many meals of fresh seafood at the Inn. Sometimes just putting your feet up, listening to the wind and surf and reading a good book may be the most relaxing thing to do!
Surf fishing, off shore charter big game fishing, fishing piers nearby
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