Rustic Waterfront Cottage with View, Dock & Beach on Harkers Island, NC.
This family cottage has hardwood floors, ocean breezes, a bedroom with double bed, full bath, furnished kitchen, beds to sleep a total of 5, a large deck over the water, private dock and a small beach. We're just a two-minute walk to the Core Sound Heritage Museum and the National Seashore headquarters. We're also next door to a small marina that provides ferry service to Cape Lookout and the barrier islands across Core Sound; the marina also has a boat launch, docks, and fuel.
On the uninhabited barrier islands you can walk for hours along the Atlantic shore, picking up seashells, swimming, bird-watching, fishing and seeing the wild Shackleford Ponies. Back at the cottage you can fish off of our dock, explore the island, or just relax on our deck with gorgeous views of the lighthouse and perfect sunsets. Get fresh local seafood off the boats daily from local fishmongers, cook in our fully furnished kitchen, and enjoy your meal on the deck! The historic town of Beaufort is just 30 minutes away, with dining, shopping and sightseeing, the docks lined with boats from allover the world. Visit the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the civil war era Fort Macon, or the NC Aquarium; charter a deep sea fishing boat to the Gulf Stream, go sunfish sailing around Harkers Island, bring your own boat, or take the ferry to the Cape.
Whatever you do, it will be a wonderful change of pace, and you will love having our simple cottage as your vacation home.
Keywords: Waterfront, Dock, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Shackleford Banks ponies, Core Sound, Decoy Festival
Owners are three brothers, one a bakery owner, another a college professor, and the third a computer programmer, and our sister, an agricultural restorer in Scotland.
The house was built by our parents in the 1960s, having found Harkers Island off the beaten path, authentic, and in very beautiful maritime surroundings.
We have vacationed here ever since, with our children growing up with sand, salt and sunshine, and still coming back for more...
Peaceful, varied marine ecosystems, interesting local history and culture, eating great fresh seafood, spending lots of time on the water and at the beaches, sandbars and lagoons, watching the sun set over the water.
Our typical day: breakfast on the deck overlooking the water, taking the boat to Cape Lookoout or Shackleford, walking, swimming and collecting shells on the beach, getting some fish for dinner, a glass of wine on the deck, watching the lighthouse flash across the waters at night...