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Owner/Manager David and Laura James

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

OCEAN AND SOUND VIEWS!! *Private Pool*Game Room/2nd Living Room*Hot Tub*WIFI

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Sleeps 12


Come Play Hooky...

Transport back to childhood when the thrill of getting away from your responsibilities could be as simple as ‘playing hooky’. Feel your shoulders drop as soon as you leave the hard road to drive right next to the push and pull of the gorgeous, blue ocean.

Playing Hooky boasts all the amenities you can think of, for the relaxation and enjoyment of all ages. The game room, located on the entry level, and has a pool table, kitchenette, flat screen tv with receiver, blu-ray player and Bose speaker surround sound, pub table and chairs, full bath and a large, comfortable seating area for entertaining. Outside is the huge pool with picnic table and zero gravity chaise lounge chairs as well as a cabana bath and outside shower.

The laundry room and three bedrooms are on the next floor: one is a king master, another is a king with shared bath and the last is a double duo-bunk room. All bedrooms are equipped with every comfort as well as wall mounted Directvs. Step outside for the cool ocean breeze on the screened porch, which overlooks the pool and has a 6 person hot tub and dining table. Sip a frosty beverage while watching the spectacular evening sky, or watch the children swimming in the pool below. The hot tub's location in the screened porch means no annoyance from flying pests while you soak.

Unwind as you top the stairs of the upper level. The lovely leather furniture, half bath and comfortable spaces are outdone only by the stunning ocean views. The fourth bedroom, a queen master with huge bath is also located on this level. Just past the island with seating for three is the well-equipped kitchen, with everything you will need to create a delicious meal. Nice quality flatware and place settings will create a beautiful table for 12.

Through the dining area is the bright and inviting sun-room equipped with card table and upholstered chaise for your lounging pleasure. Step through the sun-room to the west onto a wonderful sun deck with views of the Currituck Sound. Step through the sun-room to the east for spectacular ocean views and decking with picnic table, outdoor seating and access to another level of decking above, the crow’s nest deck located on the roof. Take your favorite cool beverages to the crow’s nest and let all your cares blow away as you enjoy the spectacular sunsets from the built in seating. Look to the south for a view of the Currituck Lighthouse beacon and the Fourth of July fireworks at Heritage Park. Come and Play Hooky for a thoroughly relaxing retreat, and let this wonderful home free you from all of your cares.

INVENTORY for Playing Hooky:

• Pool table

• Game room with second refrigerator, wet bar, blu-ray player, and Bose speakers stereo surround sound. Seating for 10.

• Directv in every bedroom

• Leather sofa and love seat

• Zero gravity lounge chairs by the pool

• Cabana Bath

• Hot Tub located inside the screened porch

• Sun room with chaise right off kitchen for private moments

• Double Hammock swing

• Fully stocked kitchen

• Iron and ironing board

• Telephone

• Wireless internet service

• Central heat and air

• Dishwasher, microwave

• Washer/Dryer

• Outdoor Furniture

• Outdoor Shower

• Gas Grills

• Beach chairs

THE FOLLOWING RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Click “Rates and Availability” for a more exact quote.

Jan 4 - March 12----$1295

Mar 12 - Mar 26----$1595

Mar 26 - May 7------$1495

May 7 - May 14------$1695

May 14 - May 21-----$1995

May 21 - Jun 4-------$2195

Jun 4 - Jun 11--------$2595

Jun 11 - Jun 18-------$2995

June 18 to June 25--$3395

June 25 to Aug 20---$3695

Aug 20 - Aug 27------$3195

Aug 27 - Sep 3--------$2895

Sept 4 - Sept 11------$2595

Sept 11 - Sept 18----$2195

Sept 18 - Sep 25-----$1995

Sep 25 - Oct 2--------$1895

Oct 2 - Oct 9-----------$1795

Oct 9 - Oct 29---------$1695


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner/Manager David and Laura James (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Owner/Manager David and Laura James

The owners of this property, Glenn and Angela James fell in love with the 4x4 beach after visiting David and Laura's home in North Swan Beach. The thrill of driving on the sand really suited their desire to shake it up a little! Their home in Swan Beach is a reflection of their desire to have a place to forget all of their cares and relax. They open it up to you in the hopes that you will find yourselves renewed by the simple act of visiting paradise.

What makes this house unique

This home allows a group of people to spread out a bit. Multiple living areas make it easy to separate the party into smaller more intimate groups. The game room can house the loud party, while the living room is hosting a small gathering, and at the same time an intimate group is playing a game in the sun-room. The grouping options are endless.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Playing Hooky is a great property. My family has stayed at that house every summer since it was built in 2003. It is in a great location - you will see the wild horses every morning and evening. The pool is huge compared to the pools at the surrounding homes and the jacuzzi is in the screened in porch which makes it great to use at all times of the day. You will likely need to drive your SUV to the beach though - it is a bit of a walk dragging beach gear. If this is your first time to the 4WD section - there are no "roads" - just paths made in the sand. You should take your tire pressure down to the suggested rate and try and stay close to the waters edge when driviing (be careful bc you will be driving through people on the beach - there is a speed limit of 15 mph). Also be careful of puddles - they can be much deeper than they appear. Try and drive around when possible. This house has provided a ton of great memories for my family. Enjoy your vacation.
Feb 2011
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based on 7 traveler reviews

OCEAN AND SOUND VIEWS!! *Private Pool*Game Room/2nd Living Room*Hot Tub*WIFI
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic house, well taken care of!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house. Ive been coming to OBX for 25 years now, and when we come with the whole family(there are 17 of us) we stay in those gigantic crazy homes. But this vacation was just mt hubs, dog, and a couple very close family/friends. This house has everything, incredible views from the front decks, easy walk to beach and the view from the crows nest is breathtaking. They really thought of everything with this home. Pool,hot tub, pool table, lots to entertain in case of poor weather. Plenty of visits from the magnificent horses. Highly reccomend. Comfortable beds and every pot/pan u could need!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Playing Hooky

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful beach house, so clean and well stocked! Close enough to see the ocean from the deck but even better views from the crows nest but far away enough to feel secluded!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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rochester, ny

Wonderful home with wild horses in our yard daily!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at the Playing Hookie beach house. Everyday we were greeted by wild horses. The house was beautiful !!!! Positioned perfectly for sunrises and sunsets. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Only one problem.... One week was not long enough!!! I

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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A Fantastic House!

  • 5 of 5

We personally have been renting Playing Hooky for 10 years now. We just love it! The home is in good condition and the amenities are excellent. There is nothing to want with this home! Kitchen is fully stocked, great books and games, and the pool is wonderful. There is also a hot tub in the screened porch area. The crow's nest is our favorite. After a wonderful day at the beach and pool, we love going up to the Crow's nest to savor the breeze and take in that million dollar view.

You couldn't ask for nicer managing agents who are attentive to your needs. They are great! We actually just booked for our 11th year at Playing Hooky. No doubt, we would highly recommend this property for a vacation rental. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Fantastic House!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed all the comforts of this rental. Couldn't have asked for a better house in the 4WD area. They owners have really thought of everything we could need to have a stress free relaxing vacation. Most of all it was clean, well cared for, and our pets were welcome! :-) We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Gibsonville, North Carolina

Awesome House

  • 5 of 5

We just got back on Sept. 18th 2011 and we had an awesome time!! The pool and the hot tub are great amenities and it has a perfect location! I would recommend this house to anybody!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Playing Hooky is situated on a high lot in Swan Beach. This unique property offers beautiful views of the Currituck Sound as well as wide ocean views. You can watch the beacon of the Currituck Light to the south and the 4th of July fireworks at Heritage park from Playing Hooky's ships watch (roof) deck. Panoramic views and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from the upper decks. Wide, white, sandy beaches, available in your 4 wheel drive vehicle, make it easy to find the wild horses, the bird sanctuary, and the National Wildlife Refuge. Carova is a true adventure.


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Outer Banks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 4 full, 2 half bath. Pool area has a half bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed, 2 Twin beds, 2 Bunk beds, 2 Full beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Crows nest/ships watch has gorgeous view of Currituck Sound and the Currituck Light. Unique view. Game room has a PS2 with some G-rated games.

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