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Cozy cottage on the sound - The Bay House on Figure Eight Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 6

Our house is on a secluded private island called Figure Eight Island, on a deep water sound with a sandy beach and a dock which can accommodate a 40’ boat. It is directly across the street from the ocean. The waters are very clean and clear so you can fish and clam right off the dock. We are ardent conservationists and have managed to preserve the natural vegetation around the house. There is a very nice maritime forest surrounding the house as well as sea oats and beach grasses. The birding around the house is fabulous and we have many fall visitors who come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good because of a slew that has been there for at least 30 years. A boat ramp on the island is nearby so please use the dock that is shared by the owner and friends. Kayaks, surfboards and small boats are all available for rental. Renters are not allowed to bring jet skis on the island. Google map it: 127 Beach Road South, Wilmington NC

Paul and CoCo Foster built the Bay House in 1975 on Figure 8 Island near Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a small, rustic and cozy home that has been recognized for its outstanding design to resist hurricanes. The foundation poles go all the way to the roof and have kept the house from being damaged from the many hurricanes we have recently had. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It also has a warm water outside shower that is the most popular bathing area in the summer. The bay is a perfect swimming hole for kids and the ocean beach access is directly across the street from the house. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and a complete set of cookware. Full cable and internet are standard. Paddle boarding and kayaking are excellent in the bay!

The Bay house is bright and clean and very relaxed. This is not a luxury home, but a functional beach house. Sandy toes are not a problem! Smoking is permitted outside, but must be carefully controlled because of the high winds and fire hazard. We have had several houses burn down on the island because of cigarette butts left burning in the sand or porch. Figure Eight Island, just north of Wilmington North Carolina, is a private island and gated community, accessible only by land owners and their guests. There are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately owned bridge over the intracoastal waterway. We have clean and white sandy beaches with blue green ocean water with have multiple turtle hatchling every year on the island. The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island. Please be advised that the deck railings are strong but not to current building code. Look closely at the photographs to ensure they are acceptable.

The Bay House is available in all seasons, including November through May in the winter, as a monthly rental for our snowbird friends. We encourage our Canadian friends to come and stay for a 3-4 month winter rental. Figure Eight Island is a secluded island frequented by celebrities and politicians.

More Details

Paula Bushardt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2017


Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Fireworks and jet skies are not permitted. House fires can be bad at the beach so please be careful when using the grill and smoking outside.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The outside shower is the best!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master suite is on the top floor by itself with its own bathroom. It is very private with an excellent view of the sound.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have a deep water dock on bay that leads directly to intracoastal waterway and to two inlets to the ocean. Dock can accommodate up to a 40' boat. House is directly across the street from the ocean and there is a beach path right in front of the house. The island is private, uncrowded and secluded. The house is surrounded by a maritime forest that makes it really private. Sailing and stand up paddleboarding is wonderful in the bay and surfing is great right out in front in the ocean. The house is an older home so the railings are not built to modern building codes but they are strong. Please look at the photos to determine if they are acceptable for your needs.


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Cozy cottage on the sound - The Bay House on Figure Eight Island
average rating of 4.75 based on 24 reviews

Great Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful rustic cottage with easy access to the beach and marsh. Just what we were looking for in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
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Oh the beach!

  • 4 of 5

Paula was lovely to work with on our arrangements and her house is a classic beach home - comfortable and great location. But OH THE BEACH! Amazing!! We had a wonderful long weekend here...and my 10 year old, after seeing fish swimming in the waves coming toward us, said, "that's something I'll remember forever." Agreed!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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A lovely cottage by the water!

  • 5 of 5

Paula and Jim have created a charming cottage with all the necessities for a peaceful getaway. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful private setting, functional well-designed house for utility.

  • 5 of 5

Figure Eight Island is a wonderful place for privacy and peace of mind. House is obviously older than all surrounding but that charm and functionality is what makes it appealing. Great to have sound access and beach path is right across the street. Open living area, awesome private suite upstairs and lots of porch to relax on with natural buffer makes for a perfect vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Amazing Location, Perfect Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Paula is a very nice and friendly renter, who is also very accommodating. The home is perfectly located on a private secluded bay, yet just across the street from a very quiet beach. The kayaking and fishing in the bay and adjacent marshes is excellent and the deck overlooking the bay provides wonderful porch sitting. Would absolutely recommend visiting and will be returning ourselves as soon as we can.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Bay House and loved the cottage feel. We enjoyed fishing on the docks and swimming in the bay. The beach was beautiful and is so quiet and peaceful. The beach access is very convenient, being right across the street. I would recommend taking bikes- nice paths and beautiful houses and nature to see.

The house has all the kitchen necessities needed and a nice deck area to eat outside. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Just off the island there are many bars
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Porters Neck Golf Course and Eagle Point
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 17 and Porters Neck Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
At least 10 restaurants very close by
Nearest Beach
You are on the beach!
Car: necessary

Wilmington is a historic town and is often called a mini Charlestown. The restaurants are excellent and many events are held downtown for tourists enjoyment. There are charter fishing boats available as well as the ability to rent a small boat or kayaks to enjoy our inland waterways. Several excellent golf courses are in the area. A close by surf shop has many surfboards to rent, lessons and even has stand up paddle boards! Movie thearters and good restaurants are close to Figure 8 Island so there is plenty to do!

Other Activities: miniature golf, boating, health spa, shopping, kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linens $75

Send 50% (check) with contract by mail. Remainder is due upon arrival. You can also do a bank transfer. Pay the HomeAway fee through this website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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