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No Hurricane Damage @ Pelican Watch. Oceanfront, Priv. pool @ 82 Heat, Elevator

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Holden Beach House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8)

My thoughts and prayers go out to those lost and whose lives and property have been destroyed or damaged. The inland flooding in North Carolina is devastating and ongoing. My family roots are on Edisto Island and Beach, SC. Matthew caused the most damage there since probably Gracie in 1960's or maybe Hazel in 1954. Looking at the video footage, I know that at least one of the homes I have stayed in is no longer standing. I look forward to Edisto Beach rebounding as it always has. New coastal structures are strong, tall and very resilient.

Holden Beach and our two homes are Open for Business. We do have openings at both our Holden Beach homes, where we thankfully had no damage. November 2-21 is open at Pelican Watch, with private HEATED POOL availabe. Will accept partial week stay. Fall is 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 re-opened in March.

2017 Summer reservations are coming in very strong with 6 weeks booked (quickest ever by this time) including 5 repeat renters and a new one. . Pelican Watch had record numbers in 2014 and 2015 and even faster in 2016. Get started on summer 2017 by locking-in "your week" before it's gone. 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Irvin Woods
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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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.


based on 36 traveler reviews

No Hurricane Damage @ Pelican Watch. Oceanfront, Priv. pool @ 82 Heat, Elevator
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 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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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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Clemmons, NC

5th Year Renting!

  • 5 of 5

Home/views/beach access are phenomenal! Owners are terrific to work with. We vacation there (and rent from them) every fall and have always had a great experience. We're already looking forward to our vacation in 2016!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

We were worried the week before that the hurricane may hit and ruin our vacation. Irv was willing to change weeks if we desired. Communication was amazing. The home is wonderfully furnished and we'll cared for. Location was wonderful in that there was not a close public beach access nearby so it felt like we had the beach to ourselves. This home is not like the other run down rentals on holden. Highly recommend this one.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words about Pelican Watch and doing business with me. Our policy on hurricane evacuations (extremely rare) are much more consumer-friendly than those of management companies (check language in management company agreements). Our policy is "if there is a mandatory evacuation (and you leave as required by law), you get a refund for the period covered by the evacuation." Beyond that, I really prefer no renters at my homes if the area is under potential threat, and will try to accommodate re-scheduling at a better time. Our policies of treating renters as we would like to be treated has served us well for many years, and we enjoy a good stable of repeat renters. Overall, it works for us. Thanks, Irv
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Fantastic week!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Pelican Watch! The location is perfect, the views are incredible and the house worked very well for our family vacation. The pool is excellent!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Nov 2-21 Pool Heat Avail.
Nov 2 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 27-December 16
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Years Wk, Dec 26-Jan 2nd
Dec 26 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
January-March 5th
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
March 12-26 Pool Heat Avail
Mar 12 2017 - Mar 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
March 26-Apr 2 Pool heat avail
Mar 26 2017 - Apr 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
April 9-16 Pool heat available
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
April 16-30 PoolHeat available
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
April 30-May7 Pool heat avail
Apr 30 2017 - May 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 7-14 Pool Heat available
May 7 2017 - May 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 14-21 Pool Heat available
May 14 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Just-before-Peak, Pool Heat Av
May 21 2017 - Jun 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Peak Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Aug 13 2017
4 night minimum stay
Just-Past-Peak, Aug 20-Sep 3
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week, Sept 3-10
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 9 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 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 24-Oct 1, Pool Heat Avail
Sep 24 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.

We prefer personal checks or ACH or direct deposits into my BB&T accounts. We also accept credit cards. Initial payment is due within 5 days covers 50% of rent. Balance of rent, plus taxes and refundable damage deposit due two weeks prior to check-in. Deposit typically refunded within 7-10 days.

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Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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.

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