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Karen Carroll

Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Magnificent Victorian Oceanfront Estate on 3 acres / our beautiful wild horses.

60 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Outer Banks House Rental Photos and Description

Elevator, Ocean/Sound Views, 6 Bedrooms, Pool, Hot Tubs, Theather & Game RM

Discounted Cancellation rate for June 17 week!

Sunnybank is an Oceanfront Majestic 6 bedroom estate, on 3 Elevated Acres, located only 2 miles into the 4-wheel drive section of the OBX in the Corolla. We are home to the famous wild horses. Why go on an expensive 3-hour tour when you can be stay for the whole week?

All 3 BUILDINGS COME WITH THE RENTAL. Sunnybank is on a 23-foot elevation overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, Corolla Lighthouse & the famous Monkey Island and boasts of the best views for 100 miles.


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Amenities include: oceanfront gazebo, elevator, pool and kiddy pools, 2 hot tubs, more screened in covered decks then any other rentals, kayaks, surf & boogie boards, beach chairs & umbrellas, gourmet kitchen, commercial steamer & ice machines, the very best Ocean Sunrise and Sound Sunset views in the OBX, plus so much more.

The rate you see is the full total that you pay. We do not add on another 20% of taxes and service fees like other companies.

Best of all we do a Friday to Friday week in order to save you wasted hours in the weekend traffic. The entire island (400,000+) turns over on Sat & Sun and is funneled into 2 roads. You'll coast in on Friday, do your shopping and be hanging around the pool while the other 400,000 are stuck in traffic for an extra 5 hours.

If the dates you need are booked please consider our beautiful 6 bedroom Victorian mansion in the heart of Duck village, an incredible location where you can walk to everything. The landscaping and trees are so fantastic that you feel like you are in a lovely countryside estate.


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Best wishes for a Great Outer Banks vacation. We'll be happy to give you a holler if you have any additional questions after looking over the web site or if you are interested in booking.

Karen & Mike


The Oceanfront English style game room/pub with its slate floors and copper ceilings provide a half bath, full size pool table, poker table, game table & bar area with fantastic views. The oceanfront Hot tub is on front deck of the gameroom.

Only surpassing views are from the 1500 sq. foot SIXTH private master suite located above the game room with decks on both sides.

The main house has 3 floors with an elevator, theater room, exercise room, four large master bedrooms, office/half bath, large living room, dining room, a second half bath off kitchen, gourmet kitchen & commercial steam kitchen. Also decks galore with fantastic views of both ocean and sound.

One Master Suite is on the 3rd floor, the other 3 master bedrooms are on the second floor. Bath towel sets are provided for 14 guests & beds with linens are made for your arrival, not left in a plastic box on the front porch like most other homes.

The third building is our screened pavilion. There is a covered gas grill deck outside the pavilion on the sound side for convenient grilling of the best hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood and steaks in the world. For charcoal lovers our charcoal grill is located on the oceanfront deck in front of the pavilion. All walkways are ramped so between that and the elevator there is no need to ever have to walk up steps if those knees or hips aren’t working so great.

Our turnkey Outer Banks Majestic Estate includes all the Toys, Kayaks, Surf & Boogie Boards to make your holiday with us the best ever which saves you thousands in rentals on fun equipment so everyone can play together!

Located only 2.2 miles up the beach in the four wheel drive territory of Corolla. Yes, that means you do need a SUV 4 wheel drive or truck to drive in the 4-wheel drive area. That is why they call it the 4-wheel drive area. Some locals only have 2-wheel drive trucks but they have been driving on sand all their lives. There is nothing difficult about it as long as you let some air out of your tires. You can drive on 20 pounds of pressure all week. There is no reason to fill your air all week until you are ready to drive back home.

The local gas station/convenience store, restaurants, Whale Head Club, Corolla Light house and most of the attractions are approximately 3 to 5 miles away. Less than 10 minutes from the Food Lion shopping complex offering unlimited shopping, restaurants, bars, golf and a movie theater.

Rated Best Undiscovered Beach on East Coast with the most spectacular Ocean to Sound views imaginable. True oceanfront living tempts you to enjoy wild mustangs grazing in your own yard, star lit walks along the beaches, waking up to the surf and exploration of the Sound in a relaxing environment.

Bedroom layout at SUNNYBANK & buildings: 6 bedrooms & 5 full & 3 half bathrooms. A great outdoor Shower with an ocean view.

Main house:

Third floor has a big sunken bedroom suite; additional features are a sitting room & nursery. There is a big bathroom on the right with walk in shower and Jacuzzi tub for two. Next to the bathroom is a small Nursery with a crib, a pack & play, high chair and additional nursery items. Down the hall is a large bedroom with a King bed which has sliding doors and balconies on each side of the room. A sitting room is off the bedroom with additional nursery equipment.

Third floor also has half bath off the kitchen. 

You can hire a great chef to come in one of your first nights there and have delicious leftovers. I can give you more information if you are interested. He loves our house and our commercial steamer and other gourmet kitchen appliances. He prepares fresh, serves and cleans up spic and span. You will feel like Queen for a Day! Those of us old enough to remember that show anyway. 

Second floor going around to your left:

1. A bunk bed with steps up to second level and a half bath. 

2. Laundry room.

3. 2nd bedroom: 
Sunken master bedroom with queen bed. Double doors into a large bathroom with walk in shower and Jacuzzi tub for two and a large wrap around covered deck with hot tub.

4. Elevator

5. 3rd bedroom:
 King size bed, bathroom.

6. 4th bedroom: 
Horse bedroom with antique double bed, bathroom, sitting room with 2 LL Bean chairs that fold out to small twins for kids. Large screened in wrap around covered deck with ocean and great sound views.

Front building:

1 private Master Suite on second floor of building above game room. Biggest bedroom, 1500 sq. feet, King bed and around the corner a double bed along with a big sitting area. Great screened in massage deck if you would like Dave the best message therapist in the world to come out. Looking out every window has an incredible ocean view.

Large 1500 sq. ft. game room below with 2 keg system, bar, poker table, pool table, game table and half bathroom. On the oceanfront deck is the larger of our 2 hot tubs. On the pool courtyard side there is a outdoor shower with an ocean view. In the courtyard there is a shuffleboard table, outdoor chess and hopscotch.

The large screened in pavilion is the 3rd building. It has a ping-pong table and other outdoor games along with a picnic table. There are decks on both side of the pavilion. The large oceanfront one has a charcoal grill. The covered deck on the opposite side has a large charcoal grilling area an SS sink with a pass through into the pavilion.

The tan may fade but the memories will last a lifetime!

In PA we raise the greatest Portuguese Water Dog puppies in the world. If you ever need a loyal companion to take on vacations and share your life we have the perfect puppy for you:

Our 1800’s PA farmhouse offers a fantastic get away with 3 ponds on 20 private acres:

At Sunnybank you forget how to work and remember how to play and have fun again.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Carroll (Property Manager)
Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Karen Carroll

We are definitely country people and most of the year live on a couple hundred acres in PA raising beautiful, loving Portuguese Water Dog Puppies.

Our summer family vacations are sometimes at Sunnybank our unique OBX home. But we especially enjoy family trip to our Quebec Territory in Canada which is God's country. Our private lake has 88 miles of shoreline that just take your breath away.

Karen Carroll purchased this house in 2001

Why Karen Carroll chose Outer Banks

We love water and the ocean so when we found Sunnybank on 3 oceanfront acres it was perfect. Lac Perdu (Lost Lake)with our ramshackle lodge and cabins in remote Quebec Canada is about as opposite as you can get from the luxury of Sunnybank's Victorian Mansion but we would be hard pressed to say which place we enjoy more.

What makes this house unique

Getting to see the wild horses right in your own yard.

Guestbook comments from the manager


We leased your Sunnybank the week of Memorial Day. I talked with you on the phone during our stay. I wanted to thank you for the champagne and the use of your lovely home. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and your home has everything anyone could want while on vacation. We had brought allot of things with us but your home already had everything.

We did not leave the home except one day to sight see, we enjoyed the sunrises, sunsets and all the wildlife. We live on a farm and when I heard the whip-o-will in the evenings I felt at home. We cooked breakfast inside, sandwiched for lunches and ate dinner every day out by the pool. It was a vacation to remember. I loved

the beach at night it was as beaches should be just the beach. You have done an outstanding job on making the home a home but yet a

vacation home where you can have a vacation worth remembering. I am envious of your rosemary it is lovely. No one in our group

wanted to leave, that says it all ! I have attached pictures from our stay there.

Thanks Ever So Much,

Betina Loflin Gonzalez
Apr 2010
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Magnificent Victorian Oceanfront Estate on 3 acres / our beautiful wild horses.
average rating of 4.983333 based on 63 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Somebody recently asked me what I would do if I won the lottery. In reply, I said I would buy Sunnybank. From sunrise in bed to sunset in the new seafood bar - Sunnybank is paradise. It is so perfect, we sre renewing our wedding vows there this year!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our fave!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Karen & Mike,

We had a wonderful time again this year -- lots of sun, swimming, walking on the beach, awesome fishing, shelling, flying kites, horse watching . . . with good food and good people, all at your fabulous home. Thanks again for another great year! See you again soon!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for coming back to Sunnybank every year. So glad to hear you had a fun time and everything was perfect for your vacation. Hope to have you back again next year! Cheers, Karen & Mike
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Our favorite destination!

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous property and wonderful owners! We have stayed many times, and can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for choosing Sunnybank again this season. Have a fantastic year till we see you again. Best wishes, Karen & Mike
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beautiful home very clean,great ocean views

  • 5 of 5

What a amazing home,great views,wild horses,best vacation ever.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THanks for coming back again this year. Looking forward to you stay next year as well. Cheers, Karen & Mike
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Only one word required: Perfect........

  • 5 of 5

Ever have one of those vacations where you truly never wanted it to end? If not, grab Sunnybank for a week. The absolute hardest part of the week is leaving. We've only been back home a week and are planning for next year already. Karen was amazing responding to any questions that came up during the stay right away. Could go on for pages of writing, but let's leave it with the word that sums it all up........perfect.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming all the way from Canada to vacation at Sunnybank. You and your family were truly the best. Our entire staff is hoping you will return soon. Thanks, Karen & Mike
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  • 5 of 5

My entire family (6A and 2C) stayed in Sunnybanks for Thanksgiving. What a treat! The compound was perfect for our family! It is close enough for convenience and far enough to get away from it all! The owners are WONDERFUL! My family would recommend Sunnybanks to anyone who wants to experience perfection!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing Sunnybank for your family's Thanksgiving. Hope you will come back when you can enjoy some of the Outer Banks beautiful summer time weather and the pool. Sincerely, Mike & Karen
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Norfolk, VA
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Fishing, Golf, miniature golf, tennis, bicycling, Sailing and wind riders, windsurfing, hang gliding, and tandem hang gliding over water, go-carting, paddle-boats, para-sailing, kite surfing, aqua cycles, pontoon boats, deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing, Surfing, Scuba diving, snorkeling, waterfowl hunting, Alligator River Tours, Wild Horse Safaris, Wildlife Tours, shopping, movies, fine dining, wine tasting, Wineries, Hunting

Golf: Near by activities: Golf, Miniature Golf, Tennis, Bicycle Rentals and Wall Climbing. Sailing and Windriders, Windsurfing, Hang Gliding, and Tandem Hang Gliding over Water. Go-Karting, Paddleboats, Parasailing, Kite Surfing, Aqua Cycles, Jet and Pontoon Boats, Soundside public boat ramp. Deep-Sea and Fly-Fishing. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, Waterfowl Hunting, Alligator River Tours. Wild Horse Safaris and Wildlife Encounter Tours. Shopping, Movies and Fine Dining. Pontoon trips for wine tasting at Knotts Island Winery.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Cancellation Discounted $3000
Jun 17 2016 - Jun 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 24 2016 - Sep 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 13 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Special Value
Oct 14 2016 - Nov 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Off Season
Nov 4 2016 - Apr 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Spring Season
Apr 7 2017 - May 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring Season
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 26 2017 - Jun 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Prime Season
Jun 23 2017 - Aug 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 25 2017 - Sep 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 8 2017 - Sep 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Oct 27 2017 - Mar 22 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Heated Pool $360
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $150

Credit card # to hold reservation. One Fourth to Half down with lease. Pay Pal verified.
Ask about last minute discounts and small group discounts, not available during prime weeks.
Well Behaved Salty Dogs possibly permitted for an additional charge.
From Oct to March we will make every effort to customize your dates.

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Outer Banks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 12080 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Lg marble steam shower. Outdoor tub for 2/ ocean views.
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Ocean and sound balconies, sitting room & nursery.
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Wrap around covered deck with hot tub.
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower with ocean view.
  • Marble steam shower in 1500 sq ft master oceanfront suite. 2 hot tubs on outside covered decks. Outdoor shower with ocean view.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 1 double , 1500 sq ft oceanfront suite above gameroom
    Bedroom - 1 king , 1 child bed , 3rd floor 1200 sq ft master suite with nursery
    Bedroom - 1 king , 2nd floor master with fireplace
    Bedroom - 1 queen , Second floor master suite/ wrap around deck and hot tub
    Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor suite / deck, sitting room and 2 fold out twins.
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed with built in steps, half bathroom.
    Bedroom 7 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper Sofa
  • One master 1500 sq ft master suite with King and Double, walk in steam marble steam shower. Decks on both sides. Fantastic ocean views. Large spacious sitting area with couch and lounge chair. One master 1200 sq ft master suite with King bed, attached nursery, attached sitting room, walk in shower and Jacuzzi. Ocean and sound view and balconies. One master suite with queen, with walk in shower and Jacuzzi. Hot tub on covered deck. Double suite with covered decks and sitting room, full bathroom. King Master with private bath.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 40 garden chairs
  • 14 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Elevator, 16x44-ft. fresh salt-water pool, 8 ft. deep / 8 built-in sitting benches. Kiddy Pool, 2 Outdoor Hot Tuba located on covered decks with magnificent views, Large Enclosed Courtyard, Archery, Beach Furniture, Oceanfront Gazebo/built in benches, Dozen Covered & Sun Decks, Ocean Kayaks, 1 Bay Kayak, Boogie & Surf Boards, Ping Pong, Volley Ball, Garden Chess Set 10’ x 10’, Deluxe Outside Shower with Ocean View. Fish Cleaning Station, Large outdoor Play Boat & Castle. Sand toys & Trucks. Exercise Equipment, Outdoor furniture provides over 100 places to relax., 2 Jacuzzis, Nursery/baby equipment, Beds Made for arrival, Linens & Towels provided, Gourmet Kitchen, 6 burner gas range/grill, 2 gas & 1 electric oven. Commercial Steamer, SS Refrigerator, 2 commercial Ice Makers, 2 Dishwashers, Microwave, 2 Wine Refrigerators, Full Size Refrigerator and Full Size Freezer, 2 Keg Tap System, Margarita machine, Libraries, DVD and CD movie collection

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