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Cliff Davis

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Topsail Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Whole house rental, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10+)

Dragon Fly, as it is affectionately called, is an amazingly private, quiet, and serene luxury home located on the North East Cape Fear river, about 30 minutes from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

CHECKIN time is 4:00 PM or later on the date of arrival,

and CHECKOUT time is by 10:00 AM on date of departure.

We need this 6 hour time frame, so that we may make the property ready for each new guest.

Built in 2002 by the current owner as a vacation home, this home is the ultimate getaway. A brand new cooks' kitchen, massive deck and screened in porch face the river. A projector + 10' screen for screening films help to make this place very special. The home boasts 5 bedrooms and 3.5.5 bathrooms, with an extra large jacuzzi and walk in shower in the master. Nearly every piece of furniture is antique (circa 1900) and most of the art is from local artists. On the ground floor there is a full pool table, iron gym, and heavy boxing bag. Feel free to take out one of the canoes, or take a quiet walk around the adjacent pond to view the many animals and foliage that call this region home. Ever seen a woodpecker a foot and a half tall? How about Venus Flytrap, carnivorous plants that only grow within a 75 mile radius of our house and nowhere else in the entire world!

Throw horse shoes, or enjoy sitting by the Asian fire pit as you grill steaks over a real hardwood fire. A massive porch fronts the house and faces the river, of which a section is screened in.

We do not have good TV reception or Internet service, due to our secluded location. Actually, we hope that our guests really enjoy being 'unplugged' while here, off the grid! After all, why come to an Eco-paradise to sit inside and watch TV?

The property comes with a caretaker in the event of questions or additional needs. Catering can be arranged.

Thank you very much for your interest.

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  • pets considered
  • limited accessibility
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Cliff Davis

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Speaks english

We are a family from this area. My people settled in this area in 1640, emmigrating from Scotland, England and Wales nearly 400 years ago. We built this home in 2002 for our personal use, and went to great lengths to use only the finest building materials, sparing no expense to create an environment that is top quality. I grew up in this area, swam in this river as a child as did all my forbearers, and wanted to create a legacy property that my family will continue to enjoy for another 400 years. Permanent quality is what we enjoy... Only the best!

Cliff Davis purchased this house in 2002

This area is an Eco-paradise, great bird watching, a pristine rural riverside setting with wonderful beaches nearby (Wrightsville, Topsail, and Hempstead). In this day of hustle and bustle, it is still nice to know that a dirt lane still exists that can transport you to another place in time.

Several things make this location so unique and desirable.

Although we are deep in the woods, fronting a gorgeous river, we are only six minutes from Interstate 40. The nearby town of Burgaw has all the charm of a beautiful southern village, antiques and old timey stores, yet we are only 30 minutes fron the bustling seaport of Wilmington, sometimes referred to as a mineature Charleston, S.C. Our area practically oozes with ancient cypress trees, hanging Spanish moss and ante-bellum charm.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Property Reviews

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A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews
A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
Topsail Beach Topsail Island
Wilmington, NC

Great family house who love to cook!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
This was everything we could wish for. We had eight of our family members together for our daughter's birthday celebration and this was perfect for us. We were surprised by the modern and well equipped kitchen, and because we have several really good cooks in the family, we were able to eat like royalty. The location on the river is perfect. It is isolated and yet it didn't take long to get to a store if we needed it. We lucked out with really nice weather for February and the fire ring was perfect for evenings under a star filled sky. We couldn't have asked for a better place for a great time to gather as a family for a few days. It has everything we needed and more.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We are so glad that you had a good time at DRAGONFLY. It still amazes me how beautiful and isolated that this stretch of river is, yet one is so near to all the modern conveniences. A crystal clear February night is perfect for star gazing around the Asian fire pit.... Particularly right after some delicious steaks, cooked over a real hickory wood fire. And yes, I built and provisioned the kitchen to allow for gourmet cooking and quality family time.
Please come back soon... All 4 seasons are lovely at DRAGONFLY.
Best regards,
Cliff Davis
A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
Topsail Beach Topsail Island

A place you won't want to leave

A place you won't want to leave
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Our stay at Dragonfly was fantastic. It's a great secluded getaway yet still close to stores and restaurants if you want to venture out. We enjoyed the great views and quiet surroundings that were offered. The owner Cliff is very nice and was more then accommodating. We will definitely go back and look forward to our next stay at Dragonfly. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us, Cliff!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Phil,
Thank you for the kind review of our property. We appreciate each and every guest... And hope that you loved our spot as much as we do.
It really is an ideally located vacation destination. So close to fantastic beaches, yet really "off the radar." We like to think that we are the best kept secret in eastern North Carolina!
Well, the secret seems to be getting out. I invite you to come in the Spring some time. It is so beautiful when the swamp flora wakes up to another season... Absolutely gorgeous! See you soon.
Helpful votes: 1/1
A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
Topsail Beach Topsail Island

Family get together

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Beautiful location with plenty of room for six adults and one baby. Definitely a place for people who want to get away and enjoy each other's company. We loved canoeing and kayaking on the river and nights outside around the campfire.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Ian and family,
It was indeed our pleasure to have you and your family at "Dragonfly" for a few days. Canoeing on the river and enjoying quiet evenings at the Asian fire pit are so much fun... Nice to get back to nature every now and again. Please keep us in mind as you think about future getaways. We enjoy 4 distinct seasons here, and each has its own beauty and charm. Also, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
Best regards,
Helpful votes: 1/1
A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
Topsail Beach Topsail Island

Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
We went for a girls scrapbook getaway weekend. We had a nice weekend. It was very relaxing. The house was well equipped. The view of the lake was wonderful. We enjoyed the evening was beautiful.
We were very impressed with the owner helping us with a few questions we had before our trip. He was very helpful.
Thank you fora great weekend!
Owner's Response: It pleases me to see that you and the girls had a great weekend working on your scrapbooks. It is a relaxing place to do arts and crafts. I agree, the evening sunsets across the river are absolutely gorgeous. I could sit and watch it forever! Sometimes we forget the simple things in life. Nothing better than to enjoy mother nature and all that she has to offer. This place is a paradise. I'm so glad that you found us and were able to enjoy "Dragonfly" with your for friends. Please come back again real soon!
Sincerely, Cliff Davis
Helpful votes: 1/1
A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
Topsail Beach Topsail Island

Cousin Trip

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
In all of my renting experience, I have never worked with such an accommodating host. Cliff was absolutely terrific. This was our second annual Cousin Trip and he was extremely helpful with all our questions and was on top on making sure our needs were met. The Lake House was nice and accommodating. The small kids loved having "the outdoors" right outside with the open fire pit and they really loved riding in the canoes. The "big kids" loved the outdoor pool table where they spent most of the day. Thank you for your hospitality!
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Sinath,
I really appreciate that you and your cousins chose to come to "Dragonfly." I use the house for my cousin weekends as well!
Many a fun hour has been spent on the custom pool table under the house... Ours was custom made from Honduran mahogany by the oldest billiard table maker in North Carolina. It pleases me that your guests enjoyed it as much as I do. Rack 'em up!
Please come back real soon. We will be ready to show you a good time.
Best wishes, Cliff
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Fort Fisher to Southport
Nearest Train
92 Miles
Raleigh, N C
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway Interstate I-40, exit 398 at Burgaw.
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Nearest Ski
Water ski in front of the house, on the river.
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Wallace, N C
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Car: necessary

Dragon Fly is situated in a peaceful, rural setting that is an eco-paradise! We are located directly on the Northeast Cape Fear river, and are a short 35-40 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina. The ultimate getaway for nature lovers.

We are only 5 miles outside of Burgaw, N.C. Burgaw is a small charming town, the seat of Pender County, the last of 100 counties to be created in North Carolina.

Our town also happens to be the movie location for the current CBS hit show, 'Under The Dome.' The movie studio is in Wilmington.

Burgaw is the quaintest small town, like going back in time to 'Mayberry' with Andy and Barney. It is on the Civil War Trail, and boasts the oldest railway station in North Carolina, built circa 1850.

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Availability & Rates

Topsail Beach House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Flat cleaning fee $100.00
Property Damage Protection $69.00
Tax Rate 3.0%
Notes There is a two night minimum for each rental.
Also included on each and every rental is a mandatory, non refundable one time damage insurance fee of $69.00, which provides $3,000.00 of interior damage protection to the owner. This is in lieu of the large security deposit normally required on such luxury property.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Topsail Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Lakefront
  • Lake View
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Garage ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom sit down shower... Lots of jets!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful oval tub and shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , tub , jetted tub , Custom shower, plus a jacuzzi for two.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Sink and laundry area as well.
    Bathroom 5 - A beautiful porcelain sink and mirror in the top cupola.
  • All bathroom facilities are custom. Ceramic tile, Italian marble, etc. The custom showers are both 'walk in ', with large permanent seating built in. Rain head fixtures and custom jets soothe the aches away. Absolutely lovely.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Cupola bedroom - 1 queen , High up in the cupola. Fantastic 360 degree views.
    Cliff's suite - 1 queen , On main floor, private door to screened porch.
    Louise's suite - 1 queen , Luxurious and quiet on the second floor.
    The kids' room - 2 double , Twin bed with trundle. Adjacent to living room. Comfy!
    Master riverside suite - 1 king , California king bed, ultra bath, private deck, great view.
  • All bedrooms feature beautiful furniture, plush bedding and custom, old fashioned Southern Style hardwood tongue and groove ceilings. These 5 bedrooms sleep 10 folks very comfortably, with excess ( usually children ) claiming the couch, porch or pallet. Some even love to camp outside if they bring a tent. A very flexible house.
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Video Games
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Deck / Patio
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • pets considered ...
  • limited accessibility
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • hunting
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
The fire pit in the front yard, next to the river, is wonderful. We imported large river rocks from the mountains of N.C., that can seat 16. Wood is available to build campfires. Also we have andirons, grate and a huge steel mesh grill surface to cook on the open fire. This is where we cook steaks over real hardwood, roast oysters and have our pig pickings. Probably my most favorite place to sit on cool nights, eating marshmallows and telling ghost stories.
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