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'Byrd Sanctuary' Oceanside Home, Ocean and Sound Views"

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 (+ 1) Bedrooms - 3 Baths - (Sleeps 10)

Features: The upper level with its connected great room and dining room, cathedral ceilings and abundance of glass feels much like a luxurious penthouse overlooking the area and both bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. A small rotation of the home on the large lot during construction directs the view toward the waters and horizons, while blocking out neighboring homes. The feeling is true “Wow! This is different. We’re on Vacation”. Professionally decorated to set you free, no claustrophobic cabin fever from dark paneled wood walls and small windows.

On the same level is a well-designed fully equipped kitchen, a full bath, and an entertainment center with stereo, CD, DVD, cable TV, fastest Internet available, VCR and a video library, books and puzzles. This room adjoins the Great Room through French doors, and can be a fully enclosed bedroom with a closet, drawers, and direct access to a bathroom, like all bedrooms. The sleep sofa was selected especially for its sleeping comfort.

The lower level has 2 full baths and 4 bedrooms (each with direct access to a bathroom). A Master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a private deck and TV with DVD player; the Queen-sized bedroom also has deck access; 2 twin bedrooms each have 2 single beds. All have ceiling fans in addition to central heating and cooling.

Extras: Expansive decks with Currituck Sound and Atlantic Ocean views and cushioned patio furniture; a ship's watch with seating, and a portion of the upper deck is screened. Luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting, heat & air conditioning, and ceiling fans throughout the home. Outside, a rope chair, hammock, outdoor shower, and covered parking. Bed, bath and kitchen linens as well as the cleaning service are provided.

You will want to make the Byrd Sanctuary, in the highly desirable community of Carolina Dunes, your home at the beach. Enjoy the fresh breezes and water views while relaxing on one of the many comfortable decks, or from every room in this spacious, airy, and beautifully decorated vacation home. Cathedral ceilings and large Palladian windows allow as much nature inside as good housekeeping and the weather permits. From this strategic location on top of the dunes, you can see the sun rise over the ocean and set over the Currituck Sound.

Golf, Tennis, Biking, Summer Theatre/park are nearby: Duck's new park and amphitheater is now open. Check the Town of Duck link on my personal website for scheduled performances and group activities - music, stage plays, morning yoga, etc. Many golf courses are located near your new beach home (links to each are included on our personal website - click on link below in Owner Info), as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts with professional lessons, clinics, and exercise facilities. There are massage and health spas nearby. Safe bike trails have been created from Corolla through Duck, down through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Community streets are also safe for biking, walking, skating and ambling - an ideal beach neighborhood.

Your fully equipped vacation home, owned and maintained by a property management professional of 30+ years, awaits you, in immaculate condition. (Average Customer Review - Five Stars )

Check-in and Checkout: Normally occurs on Sundays after May, to take advantage of reduced traffic (as opposed to Saturdays) in prime season. Your 'door key' will be a 4-digit code unique to your reservation, so no more being locked out when you 'rush back' from the beach, plus check-in is done by e-mail, another customer convenience.

I received a recent guest e-mail with this endorsement, and a suggestion I add a comment to the website:

"Hi, Bryan,

Just a note to let you know I received the return of the security deposit, thank you. We had a wonderful stay and thoroughly enjoyed your place. It was great for our multigenerational gathering and the location was perfect. Close enough to the beach so the walk was no trouble, even loaded down with umbrellas, chairs, and sand toys! But far enough away that we didn't have to worry about the children sneaking out to the beach alone and unnoticed while we were busy. We appreciated having table space for the whole family to dine together, the multiple decks (especially the top one for sunsets and star gazing), and having bedrooms remote from the living space so the adults could enjoy the evenings after the little ones were abed. Except for one trek to Cape Hatteras and one walk on the boardwalk, we just enjoyed going from the house to the beach umbrellas to the water. It was wonderful to have a well outfitted kitchen with lots of space and cookware, ample plates, etc, and the 10 year old even commented on the "really nice silverware!" "

The e-mailer suggested I add these comments for your convenience:

" It would be good to let guests know that, although towels are provided, they need to bring their own beach towels. . . trash bags, hand soap, dish soap, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper."

I hope this helps you plan your grocery store visit.

A few recent messages left in the Guest Book include:

From March:

We’ve so enjoyed our stay_ great location, beach, sound.

Celebrated our grandaughter’s birthday. She said it the “best gift”;

You know we are having a good time when we don’t even know the correct date - today is 4-1.

We chose no TV, radio; lovely.

Take care- good travels to all !

A partial-week guest in April:

“First time to the Outer Banks. We were able to get our family together to spend a memorable and fun Easter. We all loved Duck with its quaint stores, popcorn shop, and friendly people. Saw the Wright Brothers Museum, The Dunes, Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens and Aquarium. All were great and fun things to do. It was generally cloudy and very windy, with temps in the 50’s, but everyone had a great time. The accommodations were wonderful and we would stay here again. The home was clean and the furnishings were bright, cheery, and comfortable for nine of us, which included ourselves and our daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren. We left on Monday for our trip home to PA. (J&M)

From May guests:

Hey Bryan, We really enjoyed a beautiful week @ Byrd Sanctuary. What a lovely and beautifully maintained home. Great time catching up with your sister. What a special person. Second time here, and we hope to be back soon. (R&S)

Dear Bryan: We had a beautiful week with our friends here. Best weather we have experienced here over the years. Love Colington Café and Red Sky restaurants. Excellent food! Art’s Place has gone downhill. Byrd Sanctuary, however, is still standing TALL! Thanks for sharing. (W&G)

Bryan, Thanks for keeping the house so nice; we love our home away from home. The weather was perfect all week. Relaxing fun in the sun. Thanks for sharing your home. (The K’s)

Bryan – Thanks again – Our home away from home was perfect again. Few thunderstroms over night but weather was great every day. Tried some new restaurants – favorite was The Tail of The Whale – great food, great service.

Thanks again,

Bryan: Very very nice home. Thanks for letting us visit. Must say the house was spotless – passed this Marine’s inspection. Great view. Very nice area – quiet and close to water. (The T’s)

From June guests:

(Long list of people and towns.) Our third year. We love this place !! Great open kitchen, living space! Great decks and outdoor shower and a fantastic beach !!

See you next year !

Bryan – Thanks again for an awesome stay in Byrd Sanctuary ! The widow’s walk, deck & hammock continue to be my favorite places in the house. The views and the beach rock ! Thanks so much!

Jennifer & Crew

The Sxxxx family visited from West Bloomfield, MI – We had a wonderful, much needed, week of beach and sun and fun. The house was perfect for us – all the beds were comfortable and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed! We cooked every night and loved the kitchen! We spent hours on the porch, and hours on the beach! Thank you so much for a fabulous vacation home – I hope to be back again next summer. “Perfect Weather” “Perfect Vacation Home.”

Bryan – We have yet again had a fabulous vacation at Byrd Sanctuary. This year we particularly needed a long rest after moving from the rectory, our 42–year home to a new place – truly exhausting. Thank you also for all the arduous detailing you did this year at the Sanctuary. I continue to treasure the fabulous amount of natural light that pours into the main upstairs room. The hammock I think is my forever favorite.

Blessing always, M.

Thank you for an unforgettable stay in you beautiful home. This was our first visit to OBX. We had many wonderful adventures and terrific beach days.

This has been a true blessing!

Nathaniel, Angela, Joshua, Gabriel & Elizabeth (Clinton Corners, N.Y.)

As mentioned, complete guest comments are available at the link below in Owner Info., but here are the October and November comments surrounding what I considered an unfair review by a 2014 October guest:


'What a wonderful week we have had!!The first three nights we had 3 college friends and 3 husbands. On Wednesday we sent the guys home and 3 more “girls” arrived!! (Everyone over fifty.) This was the perfect house for all of us! Many thanks for sharing your beautiful home with the “Radford Ladies”!!!

Bryan – As always, thanks for a great stay at the Byrd Sanctuary. This time we had Jeff’s mom here from Dunedin, New Zealand – it’s the first time she’s ever seen the NC coast and she loved it – from Corolla to Hatteras and of course much time in Duck!! Thanks again - (J & crew)


Beach girls!!! We returned to this lovely abode. What a fab house to celebrate 28 years of cherished friendshi

More Details

Bryan Byrd
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Bryan Byrd

Forty years in a real estate business and now retired ensures your accommodation will be legitimate, of high commercial standards, and maintained by someone with the knowledge and time to ensure this is not just thrown together with "seconds" from a primary home elsewhere. What is in the home was bought for THIS home, and input from guests is always sought and highly valued. I have a 'board of directors' of repeat guests and an Interior Designer that would advise if something were needed to ensure a complete, carefree vacation experience.

Bryan Byrd purchased this house in 1990

Why Bryan Byrd chose Carolina Dunes

Inspiringly and beautifully constructed and maintained by a professional in the hospitality/real estate business. This home will elevate your time at the beach. (No actual elevators, though.)

What makes this house unique

Created for your benefit. Pleasing features abound.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We hate to leave tomorrow! We love the house – so well furnished and equipped. I think October is perfect, hardly any traffic and so peaceful. We needed a good rest. Our favorite restaurants are the Blue Point Grille, & Colington Café. Great food. We enjoyed the walk into Duck and the beach. We drove down to Rodanthe to see the “Nights in Rodanthe” house. People were so nice. The wild ponies of Corolla aren’t very wild but the beach is gorgeous. Don’t miss the Wright Bros. Nat. Park in Kitty Hawk. Best of all for a bird watcher was the Pea Island Nature preserve. Beautiful birds and scenery. Forgot to mention – saw two red foxes come through the yards on Widgeon Drive. Life is good. ? Lynchburg, VA

John called later and said "The home was truly five stars. Perfect."
Oct 2010
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Carolina Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , with comfortable dressing area
  • Bathrooms between bedrooms on the lower level both have double sink vanities. Outdoor shower has many unusually thoughtful built-in amenities.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • All bedrooms have direct access to a full bath. So does the Entertainment Center, also with a carefully selected comfortable sleep sofa. Entertainment Center has French doors for adjoining the Great Room, or providing privacy for sleeping or separating entertainment-fascinated family from get-acquainted-again family and friends amid quiet conversation.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house has abundant deck space and luxurious, cushioned deck furniture, including chaises and chairs, table, and umbrella for outdoor dining. A separate deck is located off the master bedroom. A cocktail deck with seating provides 360 degree views, and a separate screened porch has its own picnic table. There is lush wall to wall carpeting throughout. House has a separate entertainment center with flat screen TV and all audio/video equipment, rocking recliner and sofa; master bedroom also has a TV/DVD. A hammock is provided in its own shady and breezy hideaway. There is covered parking for two vehicles, and a very convenient keyless lock system. Cleaning and linen service is included in the weekly price. The views and circulation provided by the large Palladian windows and cathedral ceilings will set your spirits soaring in the Byrd Sanctuary. Check-in is Saturday until June, when it switches to Sunday to help you with the traffic flow--Duck is a very desirable beach community.


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'Byrd Sanctuary' Oceanside Home, Ocean and Sound Views
average rating of 4.85 based on 27 reviews

Great place, very comfortable and complete with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Thanksgiving weekend with my son and his wife, the views were awesome, quick access to Duck and big enough to invite 10 family members to dinner one evening

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great time,place, surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place. Comfortable too.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The view was great . The house was beautiful and very clean. We had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful so quiet and relaxing. The view from the deck was refreshing to drink your coffee on every morning. This was our first visit but not our last.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Great location. It is out of the way but close to many activities and sites to see. 5 minute walk to beach. Nicely kept home with a personal touch.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Great house -- great location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely home fully supplied with everything you need for your beach week. It is especially nice to arrive and find beds made up with fresh linens -- thank you! Great spaces inside and on the decks with very comfortable deck chairs where we enjoyed our coffee every morning and cocktails every evening. I highly recommend the "Byrd Sanctuary".

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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As advertised

  • 5 of 5

Property is well maintained, and well equipped. Large enough to spread out. Nice out door seating areas as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Norfolk, VA, or Newport News/Williamsburg VA
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Sunset Grille and Raw Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Currituck Club, just north on the coastal road
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Rt 12 and Rt. 158
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Sunset Grille and Raw Bar
Car: recommended

Being situated between and with a view of the ocean and the Currituck Sound provides outstanding opportunities for a variety of water sports as well as beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Whether by bike, foot or car, you are just minutes from specialty shops and gourmet restaurants in the quaint village of Duck. The new Duck town park and amphitheater are complete and in full swing, with jazz festivals, theater performances and children's programs. Also, yoga-on-the-green, and other activities are scheduled throughout the week. Don't miss the new boardwalk, especially for sunset and nature strolls on the Currituck Sound.

Nearby are golf courses, indoor and outdoor racket sport facilities, health spas, miniature golf, and lighthouses of the Outer Banks. Safe bike trails now stretch over the entire length of the Outer Banks. Bike right from the home. You may also enjoy visiting the home of the Wright Brother's first flight, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the bird watching sites in sanctuaries used by winged migrants traversing the Atlantic flyway.




Additional information about rental rates

Reservation fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.75%

Short stays are possible if the dates are available within 30 days of the specific date.
No pets; no smoking.

We do not rent to fraternities, sororities, or other youthful groups without responsible adult(s) that remain with the group.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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