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August 20 to November Openings, Private Pool, Oceanfront w/Great views, Elevator

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8)

We had terrific bookings for Spring and Summer 2017. Next open weeks are August 20 to September 3 at great Just-past-peak rates. Repeat bookings for Summer 2017 have been strong, 7 of 10 peak weeks rented by repeat customers. Great availability for late summer/fall at both our Holden Beach home. Spring and Fall are great and very affordable with available private pool heated at 82 degrees. If schedule works for you, this is a real deal. Holden Beach is great this time of year. Private heated (optional) pool stays open until November and re-opens in March.

2017 Summer reservations came in quickest ever for Pelican Watch and Hold-on-Beach (no pool). by this time) including 6 repeat renters. Year-round Oceanfront home with Private HEATED Pool open March through Thanksgiving. House is luxurious, nicely decorated private oceanfront home with elevator built in 2008, now with many multi-year repeat customers. Spring and Fall are great times to try out Pelican Watch at reduced prices. Enjoy the beach or curl up with book from our extensive library. Call owner for 'couples' and/or multi-week discounts. Solar blanket and southern exposure (now w/ heater optional /surcharge applies) will warm the private pool. Take a short walk over dunes to broad beach. Pelican Watch is named in honor of the brown pelicans who fly by on the updrafts from ocean winds off the dune-ridge along the beach.

House has 4 bedrooms, 3 facing oceanfront, 3.5 baths inside, & enclosed outside shower w/ hot/cold H2O. Glass-paneled back deck off small sitting area on main living area offers privacy/protection from ocean breezes and great views of Lockwood Folly Inlet.

More Details

Irvin Woods
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About Irvin Woods

I grew up with a family beach house at Edisto Beach, SC. Love the Carolina coast. Holden Beach is not at all like Myrtle Beach. We built this house in 2008 and incorporated improvements on the design of our other very nice house, Hold-on-Beach, vrbo #114090. . We love the East-End of Holden Beach so much, we are now on our third house in the neighborhood. We designed and built Pelican Watch for long-term enjoyment and eventual retirement. Heated pool really extends pleasure to almost 9 months.

Irvin Woods purchased this house in 2008

Why Irvin Woods chose Coastal North Carolina

Special design and open space, visually from glassed back deck to stunning ocean views from both living levels. Elevator serves top floor (main living level) from parking level. Inverted floor-plan. Private heated (optional) pool is open from March to Thanksgiving.

What makes this house unique

Pelican Watch is in very lightly developed area of east end of Holden Beach.


Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Enclosed outside shower with dressing area and hot/cold water by the fenced-in pool.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Oceanfront, lower floor (shares bath)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Oceanfront, master suite, lower floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Single Trundle bed, lower floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Oceanfront, master suite, top floor is served by elevator.
  • Three of the four bedrooms are oceanfront with great ocean views and breezes. 1 double in 4th Bedroom w/trundle underneath.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Cable/Satellite TV (4): Main TV in living room has 200+/- cable, w/ Hi Definition. 3 TVs in 3 of the 4 bedrooms. Private Pool: Private fenced pool in area below two oceanfront decks. Watch ocean and kids in pool from decks/porches or step in pool. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: Boat /RV parking allowed. NO sleeping/housekeeping allow in RV. Elevator serves top floor only from ground level. Elevator helps with bringing in fresh local seafood and beverages to the kitchen. Serves dining, kitchen, living rm., one Master Bdrm. Covered Parking: Space for 2 to 4 cars under house. No Pets Allowed: Absolutely no pets allowed. Nothing personal, but firm policy. Smoking Not Allowed: If you do smoke outside, properly dispose of cigarette butts, or have part of damage DEPOSIT taken.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

August 20 to November Openings, Private Pool, Oceanfront w/Great views, Elevator
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews
Hemingway, SC USA

Wonderful House & Beach

  • 5 of 5

Four couples spent a long weekend at Pelican Watch--The house is beautiful,the view is georgeous, the owner was so thorough in all our planning & so considerate of us. Holden Beach is such a quiet beach from what we are used to in the SC area & we loved it. We would definitely consider going here again. Nancy & Johnny & our friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice comments... Most of my off-season renters are couples, often only one-couple in a 4-Bedroom house, but they all go for the views, walks on the beach, solitude and top-quality and value of Pelican Watch. The private pool is an attraction in late spring/ summer. Irv
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Beautiful home on an amazing beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week at Pelican Watch in April, 2017. This was our first time renting a beach home and vacationing in NC (we normally vacation in the carribean). This home exceeded our expectations. Six of us stayed (me, my husband, 3 teenagers and my 8 year old) and there was plenty of space for everyone. We enjoyed swimming in the large pool, grilling, looking for shells on the beach, playing cards on the large table in the kitchen, sitting on the deck watching the ocean and star gazing at night. The outside temperature was just right for sleeping with the windows open and listening to the waves. We also enjoyed the miniture golf, ice cream and several good restaurants nearby. We took a fun day trip to tour the USS North Carolina and ate lunch on the riverwalk. The owner Irv is wonderful to work with and takes great care of his property, and rightly expects his renters to do the same. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location, location!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful beachfront house with all the amenities!

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

  • 5 of 5

I ran across Holden Beach last year when we were looking for beaches near Leland. Our daughter was married on April 8 2017. We have stayed at all of the beaches in the Wilmington area over the past 8 years. Holden Beach we love the best. When I ran across Pelican Watch, we fell in love with the house and location. Irv has built a beautiful home, and has all the amenities that a vacationer could ever want. From the pool to the wine glasses. Beach chairs, grills, a deck chairs. Absolutely incredible. The home is clean, comfortable, airy, and it is extremely relaxing listening to the sound of the ocean waves. Views are incredible, both sunrise and sunset.

Irv happened to be there when we arrived and he gave us a tour, showed how the elevator works, and put our minds at ease that we picked the best house on the beach. Irv said that he would give us a later check out because of the wedding being the night before, and it was a welcome relief.

We are coming back for 2 weeks next year. We cant wait.....AAA+++

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memories of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Pelican Watch and we could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. The kitchen was fully stocked with utensils, pots/pans, and dishes, bedrooms were comfortable and the weather was excellent.

The Fab 8 has gone to Jamaica & Cancun and this year we wanted to stay 'home' in the US. So glad we did to experience the beautiful NC shore! Thanks, Irv for your flexibility and for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All you could want

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Pelican Watch the week after Christmas through New Year's. It was our first time to Holden Beach and we could not have been more pleased all around. Starting with the ease with which we made the reservation on VRBO to the quick follow up from the owner, Irv. He made the process extremely smooth. After obtaining our checkin information, the home was easy to find and access. You cannot beat the location, ocean front on a very quiet street. The home was immaculately clean and well cared for. The home is equipped with all the amenities needed for your vacation, including a pool and an elevator that eases moving things into the home. We would recommend Pelican Watch and would not hesitate to stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind comments. My wife and I work hard to provide a great experience and value. Pelican Watch will be my real home when I can transition from the farm in Virginia. The renter who posted this review was given an upgrade/transfer at no extra charge from Hold-on-Beach, our other home down the beach. Both are very nice.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Wilmington (ILM) 40 Mi or Myrtle Beach 60 miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Beautiful broad beach just across the dunes, high tide on Atlantic Ocean is about 150 feet off the 2 front decks. Private pool in fenced enclosure. Small back deck overlooks Lockwood Folly Inlet and large undeveloped parcel. 100 golf courses w/ in 50 miles.

Great broad beach right out front or enjoy the pool tucked in front of house. Parents can watch the kids in pool from pool decks or porches overlooking pool and beach.

Other Activities: Shelling, Sightseeing, Boating, Parasailing


Rates & Availability

Holden Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak BOOKED try August-October
Jun 5 2017 - Aug 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Just-Past-Peak, Aug 20-Sep 3
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sept 10-17, Pool Heat Avail
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 17-24, Pool Heat Avail.
Sep 17 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
October 1-14, Pool Heat Avail.
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 14 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 12.75%

This house and my other are personally owner managed by me, not a management company with unreasonable fees.
Supplemental Pool Heat at 82 degrees, pool heat rates decrease from $200 per week in April to $100 in May and $75 if desired in June
Dates available: Year Round
'Couples, 2-people, Multi-week, off-season discounts available
Rentals are generally Sunday-to-Sunday. Also some long weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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