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The Sanctuary: Designer's Luxury Waterfront Home with Large Dock on Quiet Beach

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,905 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious & Spacious 6 Bedroom + 6 Bathroom Waterfront Home

The Sanctuary at Wrightsville is a luxurious, waterfront home with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms that comfortably sleeps 19. The 4900 sq. foot designer home features a large, 30-foot dock on a serene saltwater lagoon, just two short blocks from the beach.

Located in a quiet and safe neighborhood, The Sanctuary is a true dream house with designer upgrades without sacrificing all of the comforts of home. This home offers it's guests a memorable luxurious vacation and goes far beyond the typical beach cottage. With it's thoughtful accommodations, first-class maintenance, great location, and attention to design and detail, we guarantee it beats all other Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals.

Some of The Sanctuary's unique features include the two covered porches, the open deck, and the 30-foot dock right on the lagoon, offering guests spectacular ocean and marsh views.

Additionally, the home is loaded with a variety of amenities and accommodations for all ages and lifestyles.


-A spacious, upgraded designer's kitchen

-Top quality stainless steel appliances

-A well-equipped kitchen for the gourmet cook

-Wine and beverage coolers

-Includes all of your favorite appliances from the mixer, blender, coffee maker, knife sharpener and many more

-Outdoor gas grill for the BBQ!


-Kitchen and dining area comfortably seats 21

-Spacious island ideal for working and eating

-Breakfast nook with cherry-wood table (seats 8)

-Dining room table adjacent to kitchen (seats 8)


--Two separate living areas on main floor with Plasma TV's

--Mid-level family entertainment room with wet bar, wine storage, beverage storage, plasma TV, game table, Queen sleeper sofa


-6 bedrooms total, comfortably sleeping 19

-An upper-level, 600 sq. ft, master suite with king bed, vaulted ceilings, steam shower, large bath tub, walk-in closet, plasma TV, desk, and best of all, a private deck that overlooks the lagoon

-A second master sweet featuring vaulted ceilings, water view, and private bathroom

-2 queen rooms with full, private bathrooms

-1 King bedroom and private bathroom

-A bunkbed and trundle "kids" bedroom with private bathroom

-High-quality mattresses, including Tempurpedic


-Outdoor Gas Grill

-2 Covered Porches

-Beautiful Gazebo

-Large Deck

-30 Foot Dock

-Elegant Landscaping

-Exterior Shower Room

-Ladder at dock for easy swimming


-Ping pong table

-2 kayaks

-Paddle board



-Boogie boards

-Cooler chest

-Beach wagon


-Mid-level laundry room with new washer and dryer

-Queen blow up mattress

-Twin blow up mattress

-Interior sound system




...And more!

Please call anytime with questions. The Sanctuary is truly a remarkable home! Nearly new and beautiful, it's the best rental property in Wrightsville Beach!

Our guest reviews speak for themselves.. This home lives up to its name: The Sanctuary.

More Details

Carol Ann Zinn
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Carol Ann Zinn

A beach-lover since childhood, it's always been my dream to own my own special home in the exceptional beach town of Wrightsville Beach, located just outside the historic city of Wilmington. As a professional designer, I thoughtfully detailed and furnished the home to welcome and comfort visiting friends and family, and now I am offering it to you for your use as well.

Carol Ann Zinn purchased this house in 2006

Why Carol Ann Zinn chose Wrightsville Beach

The Sanctuary is the best, non-oceanfront home in Wrightsville Beach. The home features 3 private decks and is located on Sunset Lagoon... Just two blocks from the ocean in a safe and quiet neighborhood!

When unwinding at the Sanctuary, you can wake up to the sun rising off the ocean and enjoy your morning beverage while overlooking the peaceful lagoon from the dock or one of our private decks.

What makes this house unique

The Sanctuary has a private, 30-foot dock in a scenic, deep-water lagoon. The lagoon, near Banks Channel and IntraCoastal Waterway, is great for swimming, kayaking, and boating! Bring your own or feel free to use our paddleboard and 2 kayaks as explore the nearby lagoons and marshes.

If you prefer to stay on land, you can take a stroll to downtown Wrightsville Beach or use one of our bikes as you explore the area.

Inside the Sanctuary is a cook's kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolfe appliances. The spacious, 6 bathroom's in this designer's home feature unique tile detail and plumbing fixtures.The master bedroom suite has a private deck overlooking the beautiful lagoon and a steam shower.

During the off-season or after a day at the beach, you can entertain and unwind with our 3 plasma TV's, the ping-pong table, and Beach cart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey there and yes we had a wonderful time @ your place. We had just come off a very stressful weekend and being @ The Sanctuary was just the medicine. Your house is beautiful!
Nov 2010
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Parmele Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4905 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • Bathroom's are like-new with custom tile details, designer fixtures, and a master bath featuring a steam shower and a large bathtub
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite bedroom on top floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Vaulted bedroom with shower bathroom on mid-level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Mid-level king bedroom with tub/shower bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Main floor queen bedroom with adjacent shower bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Main floor Queen bedroom, private shower bathroom sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , Mid level bunk + trundle bedroom with bathroom - sleeps 4
    Convertible bed(s) - Queen convertible bed + Queen blow up + Twin blow up
  • 3 King Beds 3 Queen Beds 2 Queen Sleep Sofa 1 Twin Bunk 2 Trundle Beds 1 Queen blow-up mattress 1 Twin blow-up mattress
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Pillows, blankets, and kitchen towels are provided! We have elevator access to all floors. Great stereo system, plasma TV's, and great wireless internet and computer access.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

The Sanctuary: Designer's Luxury Waterfront Home with Large Dock on Quiet Beach
average rating of 4.759259 based on 57 reviews

Beautiful house, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for my nephew's wedding weekend. The house was lovely and spacious with beautiful dining and living room areas. In a short walk we could be at the beach or relax on any of the outdoor decks at the house and enjoy the lagoon views. The master bedroom is very special with its own deck that has a partial view of the ocean.

The owner provided a very detailed booklet on the house including how it was to be left for checkout. Pay attention to this book and be sure to follow the instructions for your departure to avoid extra cleaning charges!

The house was excellent but some of the equipment needs updating. The BBQ didn't work and we needed to bring food back into the house to cook, the dishwasher didn't work well and the coffee maker took a very long time to brew. These items were pointed out to the owner and she sent a handyman to look at them. She said she was going to replace the BBQ.

The whole experience was wonderful, these details didn't detract from our experience.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always appreciate helpful guest comments and suggestions. The BBQ grill was indeed replaced, the dishwasher underwent maintenance from our wonderful handyman, and we have a new coffee maker on the way. Important to note that our Wrightsville Beach team is responsive and helpful- and just a phone call away. We do maintain a pristine property with great value. Hence, our check out procedure asks for a little more attention on our guests' part to keep our rental cost down.
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What a Joke!!

  • 1 of 5

Do Not Stay at this HOUSE!!Read the reviews before putting a deposit you'll never see again.Stains on table,couches and carpet. limited kitchen supplies. How insulting! Dated elevtronics.TV repairman had to come after numerous calls to owner.

.Read the other comments before choosing the Sanctuary.NO MORALS!!!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a review from an angry man whose guests at an engagement party damaged the cherry wood nook table with a big green stain. He objects to the $133 deduction from his deposit for a furniture specialist to come to the house to (thankfully) remove the stain. Our electronics were updated 2016. A storm knocked out the receiver, and my handyman promptly appeared at The Sanctuary to turn it on. The Sanctuary is a pristine rental, with plentiful kitchen appliances and meticulously cared for furnishings and carpet. No morals?? Come on!
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Fabulously appointed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a corporate retreat at this location, and everyone really enjoyed their stay. The house is very well appointed and spacious. The owners have gone to great effort to make the house user friendly and have kept it well maintained. It truly felt like a Sanctuary!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive review of The Sanctuary. It was a pleasure to have you and your group stay with us.
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A True Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Aptly named, The Sanctuary is beautiful, comfortable and quiet. With plenty of room to gather in the main living area, quiet separation on the upper floors and views from the ocean to the sound. We were very comfortable and enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property with Some Problems

  • 3 of 5

The Sanctuary is a beautiful and well appointed property. It has two living areas and is spacious enough for some privacy even with a large group. It is very convenient to the beach and attractions in the Wilmington area. There were, however, several problems which we did not expect in a rental at this level:

The fireplaces as listed on the Home Away (VRBO) website did not work. We were informed of this shortly before we arrived.

It took us three nights to get the main TV working. Even then,without a functional remote, the TV was difficult to adjust. The operating instructions were obsolete and the system had been jury rigged by a prior renter. We had to start from scratch to figure it out.

A good number of the dishes in the cupboards were dirty had to be rewashed when we arrived

The dishwasher wasn't getting dishes clean. We initially thought that we didn't understand the operating manual. It turned out that the internal water filter was heavily clogged and apparently had not been cleaned in some time. The DW worked better but not great after we cleaned the filter.

After some negotiation the owner did offer us an acceptable adjustment on the rent for the deficiencies.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The other side of the story. 1. Fireplace maintenance was delayed due to holiday schedule and guests were offered compensation, which they indicated was to their satisfaction. 2. Guests did not reply for 3 days to our welcome text msg which also asks to be informed of any problems or questions. Hence TV issue was not brought to our attention for us to help. To prevent future TV issues, we now lock the TV cabinet so the permanent settings remain in place and cannot be changed by renters. 3. Guest complaints about dishes and dishwasher are new to us. We are very sorry for these issues, as we run a tight ship. 4. To provide a full picture, these guests left the house in disarray, did not follow instructions for departure, sent house blankets away with their rental linens, dismantled permanent shelving, negotiated a late check out in partial compensation for their dissatisfaction, and left items which we overnited to them.
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Beautiful and well maintained home in perfect location and spectacular views of sunrise and sunsets

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful, well appointed with great amenities and spectacular views. Perfect location just across from the beach on the bay with views of sunrise and sunsets. Owner clearly takes pride in every detail to provide convenience, comfort and custom surroundings in this home. We had a great time with our family of 10 staying there to celebrate our daughter's graduation from UNCW. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Wilmington NC
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: recommended

Swim or paddle board off our dock in the calm salt-water lagoon! Use one of our two kayaks for water fun, including exploring the nearby marshes, from our dock.


Rates & Availability

Parmele Isle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Years Week 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
Apr 27 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 6 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $300
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation payment is received.
Cleaning fee of $300 added for a stays less than a week.
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