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SPRING ON SALE NOW! Only a few summer weeks left! Sunday to Sunday rental!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 8), 2 golf carts, close to the beach

Come to beautiful, secluded, unspoiled Bald Head Island, North Carolina, a car-free environment that is a safe, peaceful family retreat and a romantic couples getaway. Our home is fully equipped for the perfect vacation. We are a short walk to a white sandy beach via the neighborhood's private boardwalk system. Our beaches are never crowded! The Milliken House has a wrap-around front porch with rockers, a porch swing and hammock for visiting with friends and family. Our rear patio has an outdoor, private, enclosed hot/cold water shower, and a propane grill.

The first floor of our home offers an open floor plan with living, dining and kitchen areas, wood floors, nine foot ceilings, a half bath and a laundry closet with a full-sized washer and dryer. Our large gourmet kitchen has Corian countertops, a breakfast bar that seats four, maple glass-front cabinets, and a terra-cotta tile floor. The living area has a large-screen internet ready cable TV with DVD player and large supply of DVDs. The dining area features a beautiful, custom-made dining table and seats six. There is a portable phone on the first floor.

The second floor is carpeted with nine foot ceilings, and has two large bedrooms, each with a king sized bed. The master bedroom has a small private deck facing south toward the water, a work area with desk, telephone,a small flat screen internet ready cable TV with a DVD player, a walk-in closet, and a private bath with double sinks and a large tub and shower. The guest bedroom has a king sized bed, a comfortable wing backed arm chair, a full-sized crib complete with crib linens and a bumper in the alcove, a portable phone and a large closet. A second full bath, with tub and shower, is on the second floor in the hallway next to the guest bedroom.

The third floor, with pickled pine floors and nine foot dormer ceilings, is a large bunkroom with ocean views, two built-in twin daybeds under a row of west-facing windows, built-in bunk twin beds, and a futon couch that folds out into a double bed. This floor is set up for kids, with a small flat screen cable TV with DVD player, and lots of children's books, videos and toys. There's a large open area up here where the kids can spread out and play!

We use a linen service in Southport as part of our cleaning service. All bed linens are high quality and professionally laundered, and all bed pillows are down-filled (we have allergenic alternatives available). We also provide professionally laundered large bath towels. We have two newer four-seater Club Car golf carts for getting around the island. A membership in the Bald Head Island Club is included in the rental, and we can sponsor a membership in the Shoal's Club upon request for an additional fee.

NOTE: If you are planning a large gathering of family and friends and need more space, the other side of our duplex is a beautiful 3 BR, 2.5 BTH house with a separate 1 BR, 1 BTH crofter, sleeps 10, and is also available for rent. See Ocean of Bliss, VRBO # 1209790.

Keywords: Home, house, duplex, beach house,

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Flora's Bluff Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • If you would like to bring your dog, please let me know first and I will send you the Pet Policy and we can discuss prior to booking.
  • The cancellation policy is set out in the rental agreement. Basically I will refund your money if I am able to re-rent (I will try hard to do so).
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , hall bath next to 2nd, guest bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , powder room on 1st floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sink master bath
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd floor master with small sundeck and private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 2nd floor large guest bedroom with crib
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , 3rd floor kids' bunk room with 4 twin mattresses and futon
  • King size beds (2) There is a king-sized bed in each of the two second floor bedrooms. Both mattresses are high quality firm support., Twin or Single Beds (2) These are 2 built in twin, or day, beds in the 3rd floor bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) There is a full-sized crib, with linens, in one of the 2nd floor bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a futon couch, convertible to a double bed, in the 3rd floor bedroom., Bunk Beds (1) There is a built in bunk bed (consisting of 2 twin sized mattresses) in the 3rd floor bedroom. These are in addition to the two twin built in day beds in the 3rd floor bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Multiple Phones, Multiple Cable TVs, DVDs, Fully equipped Gourmet Kitchen with Microwave, Coffee Maker, Bean Grinder, Blender, Cuisinart, Toaster, Full-sized Washer and Dryer, Outdoor private hot shower, Bikes, Boogie boards, Beach chairs, Beach toys, Tons of kid stuff (toys, videos, books, games), Full-sized crib, Porta-crib, High chair, Potty chair, Booster seat, Stools and other baby/toddler stuff


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SPRING ON SALE NOW! Only a few summer weeks left! Sunday to Sunday rental!
average rating of 4.891892 based on 37 reviews

the house and property are beautiful - well appointed and perfectly located

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have had many spring break holidays on Bald Head. Our first visit was in 1990. We have rented so many different houses in varying locations. I prefer being close to the beach while now my youngest daughter likes the privacy of the forest. Milliken House is just steps away from the ocean while nearly hidden from the neighboring houses by marvelous trees and greenery. So we were both very happy. While we were there a flowering bush against the west porch was bursting with blooms and the fragrance of what I believe was jasmine would drift into the living area through open windows. The house is well appointed and very comfortable. My 16 year old daughter brought three girlfriends so the third floor loft with 4 twin beds was perfect. Having 2 golf carts allowed them to have total freedom all week. I am an artist so I really appreciated the interesting and eclectic art, framed and hanging throughout house. Nearly all the houses I've stayed in on Bald Head stick with an island theme in their decorating - and that gets really old and tired with me. I counted 46 pieces of art ranging from playful child-like watercolors to Asian prints to traditional still life to modern abstract pieces. I have to also mention the outdoor shower which may have been my favorite amenity. It was great for washing off after coming back from the beach but it was private enough AND with hot water so I took all my showers outside. I kept my bedroom window open all week so I could fall asleep as well as wake up to the sound of the waves. It was wonderful. As I mentioned, we have been vacationing on Bald Head for years and have rented many different houses in various locations. Milliken House is my favorite. I plan on staying there again in 2018, Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you had a good visit and enjoyed our home. Come back soon!
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Great house - grand island! New favorite vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice! Emaculate! WiFi issues which turned out to be a blessing! Lots of games and family time!

Beautiful home and beautiful setting!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! I am so glad you enjoyed your first visit to our lovely island. As you know, Spectrum has just purchased the small cable and internet provider who previously serviced our island. We are all expecting much faster internet and better TV choices as a result, but the installation process on the island has not gone smoothly because they have had to do so much upgrading of the infrastructure as they move from house to house. I am glad Spectrum finally finished the install at my house before you left, but I apologize again for the delay. They were scheduled to get it done the day before you arrived, but then did not finish the job. The soonest they could come back was right in the middle of your stay. Thank you for taking such nice care of our home; please come back any time!
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Great place for family and our dogs

  • 5 of 5

We have been to BHI several times and stayed different areas on the Island. This home is fairly close to the Shoals, and a short walk from the beach. While on the map it appears close to the ocean, you cannot see the ocean from the house.

The house is very clean, comfortable, and well-maintained. The first floor is a family room and kitchen, all wide open for visit/entertaining. The second floor has two bedrooms. The beds and linens were very comfortable. The 3rd floor was very cool for the kids with a bunk bed, 2 day beds, and futon. They really enjoyed their hideaway oasis on the 3rd floor!

The house was furnished with all that we were really in need for. Towels, grill, cookware, beach chairs, boogie boards, bikes, paper supplies. We met some friends on the island and were able to have another family over for dinner...there was ample room and kitchen supplies for entertaining. The only item that we felt was missing was a selection of communal spices and sundries for cooking. We have never rented a house that didn't have shareable staples like that! We were able to purchase what we needed from the grocery, but simple things like oregano, Old Bay, garlic powder, and other odds/ends get expensive when you have to buy a spice assortment for your week.

That small detail aside, we were very pleased with the accommodations and commend Nana on her very prompt communication. Whenever there was a question, she was very quick on response.

There were two golf carts with the house. They were in very good condition, one of which appeared brand new.

Our dogs loved being with us at this house and travelling around the island. Thank you for sharing your wonderful house Nana!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our Labor Day weekend stay. The house was perfect for us. It was clean and very well decorated. It was very convenient to the beach. The owners were very good to work with before, during and after our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Milliken House immensely. Beautifully furnished, steps from the beach, quiet and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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BHI Vacationers since 1999

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, together with our daughter, her friend, and 9 year old lab, greatly enjoyed our stay at Milliken House. The beds were VERY comfortable and the layout allowed the girls privacy on the third floor. The kitchen was well stocked and we easily hosted island friends for dinner. The original (non-beachy) artwork was a surprise, adding interest to the home. My husband likes to stay in touch with the office so we were glad to have reliable wifi and internet. Most welcome were Nana Smith's communications. She made sure we were fully aware of the ins and outs of their home and I knew she was just an email away if we had any questions (which we didn't because of her great pre visit emails). She even forwarded Claude Pope's weekly emails! Our only caveat is (and this is a personal preference and not a criticism) although the home was situated in a PRIME island location, it is surrounded by mature island cedars that block the views and sea breezes, which in July are needed to enjoy the porches. But if it hadn't been a record hot July we probably would not have noticed. Milliken House is a great choice for your BHI stay. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nana Smith, Manager, Milliken Family Group LLC
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Nana Smith, Manager, Milliken Family Group LLC

My husband and I have been married for over 25 years and have 3 children, all of whom have grown up vacationing in this home on Bald Head Island. We can only vacation there a few weeks a year, so we rent it the rest of the year. We have dedicated renters who return year after year. Everyone takes wonderful care of our house!

Nana Smith, Manager, Milliken Family Group LLC purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Nana Smith, Manager, Milliken Family Group LLC chose Flora's Bluff

My husband and I bought a beach house on Bald Head Island because it seemed like the perfect place to create family memories for our children and grandchildren (hopefully, someday!). The kids were quite young when we got it. We wanted a home base for our family that would be with us throughout the career moves and stages of life. Over 15 years later, it is a decision we do not regret!

What makes this cottage unique

The island is very secluded and relatively unspoiled. Contact with the outside world seems very limited, and we really lose track of time there. Its an extremely safe place, where our children can just take off in the morning and come back before dark, dirty and exhausted, ready for dinner and bed! Its good, clean fun, the old fashioned kind we grew up with; limited technology, lots of nature and active, outdoor time. Our kids would spend their days fishing, crabbing, clamming, surfing, biking, roller blading, playing touch football on the beach, and playing 'capture the flag' and 'ghost in the graveyard' in our neighborhood with the other kids staying there whenever we are there. Another favorite activity was setting up an old fashioned lemonade stand. Boy did they rake it in on a hot summer day!


Old Baldy Lighthouse
Bald Head Island Conservancy
Shoals Club
Bald Head Island Country Club
The Provision Company
Bald Head Island Chapel
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Wilmington, North Carolina
Nearest Barpub
Shoals Club
Nearest Ferry
Bald Head Island ferry
Nearest Golf
Bald Head Island Club
Nearest Restaurant
Mojo's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
South Beach, Bald Head Island
Car: not necessary

Hiking on trails in protected semi-tropical maritime forest, George Cobb-designed challenging 18-hole Golf Course, Croquet, Birding, Sea Turtle Nesting, Canoeing, Scootering, Jogging, Rollerblading, Body surfing, kayaking, ocean swimming, sailing, tennis, biking, Stand Up Paddleboarding




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Cleaning and Linens Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.75%

Please contact us regarding the terms of our pet policy before booking, and note that the refundable damage deposit for those persons bringing a pet with them is $500, rather than $250. There is no "pet fee." The VRBO system isn't set up to allow for a higher damage deposit for pets, so it shows it as an additional $250 pet fee, but it will be refunded per the contract if no damage occurs. Also, the quote you receive from VRBO will not be exactly correct; we only require one-half of the BASE RENT upfront with the signed contract (which I will email to you after you send me your home address and let me know if you want a Shoals Club membership as well and whether you will be bringing a pet) and the remainder is due 30 days prior to arrival date.

Payment is by personal check or PayPal (your choice).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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