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Maritime Forest 3 BR, 2.5 BA w/ 2 Kayaks & 8 Bikes

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

During your stay at Island Palms Cottage, you can make the most of your BHI vacation by exploring the marsh and ocean on kayak and by biking the island roads draped in Spanish Moss or the beach at low tide. Island Palms is a light and airy home with a perfect location in the maritime forest on a large corner lot overlooking the 5th green of the golf course. We love spending time on BHI and enjoy sharing our home with others. Read the reviews to see what previous guests have to say about their experiences.

Island Palms Cottage is just a 5-minute ride in our 6-seat golf cart or by bike to the beach, the harbor, the Maritime Market and Shops at Maritime Way, and the Nature Trail and 2 minutes to the Creek Access, Old Baldy Lighthouse, and the Wildlife Overlook. During the summer season, weekly rentals are Sunday to Sunday.

Our tastefully-decorated 1,700+ sq ft home boasts a bright and airy open floor plan and ALL hardwood floors, plus plenty of outdoor living space. After a day at the beach, kayaking in the marsh, or biking the island trails, you can relax on the 300 sq ft screened porch, taking in the tranquility of the maritime forest of sable palms and majestic live oaks draped in Spanish moss.

This beautiful home sleeps 8, comfortably accommodating one large family or two smaller families. The large master has a king bed, a new deck overlooking the golf course, a 32” TV/DVD, and bath with tub/shower.

The spacious “bunk room” is an ideal retreat for kids of all ages with two full-over-full bunks (sleeping 4-6), a love seat, and a 32” iPod-compatible flat screen TV/DVD/VCR. The 3rd bedroom has a queen bed, TV, and shares a hall bath (tub and shower) with the bunk room. A port-a-crib and high chair are provided.

The large family room has two overstuffed sofas that offer golf course and forest views and a 32” flatscreen TV/DVD. The dining room table seats eight, and the fully-equipped kitchen, ½ bath, washer/dryer, and wrap-around screened porch complete the first floor plan. All NEW kitchen appliances in 2015! The cart garage includes an outdoor shower, plus plenty of storage space for beach gear.

Amenities include cable, WiFi, DVDs, games, and book swap. Sheets/bedding, bath and beach towels, beach chairs/toys, charcoal grill, and starter paper products/toiletries are provided so you can pack lightly!

Check-in time is 3 pm, and check-out is 10 am.

Temporary Membership for the Shoals Club is available as an option. The Temporary Club Membership includes everyone in your party and provides access to the pool, complimentary towels, a small fitness center, volleyball, bocce, and Club and Grill dining. There is also beach access at the Shoals Club, with chairs and beach umbrellas available with membership. During May-September, the weekly rate is $250. A 3-day (minimum) membership is $150. In April and October, there is a daily option of $50. In March, November, and December, the daily rate is $20 as facilities are limited.

If you are looking for a beautiful home in a convenient location with six bikes and two kayaks INCLUDED in your rental, then Island Palms Cottage is the place for you! The kayaks are a two-seater and a single and can be used to explore the marsh or the ocean (if calm). We have a few life jackets or you can bring your own. Kayaks can be transported either on top of our 6-person golf cart or using a pull-behind bike cart. Our beach bikes are mostly adult size, but we do have one small bike. Bikes at the beach are easily affected by the salt air, so they aren't fancy -- just functional.

A $300 deposit reserves your week with final payment due 45 days before check-in. If you cancel more than 45 days out, your deposit is fully refundable. The cleaning fee is included in rate. We require that the primary renter who signs the rental agreement be at least 25 years of age and that golf cart drivers be 18 years of age.

UPDATED PAYMENT INFORMATION: VRBO has added a booking fee that is charged to the renter as an additional fee if you book directly through the VRBO site using a credit card. The booking fee is ~6% of the rental and deposit. To avoid this booking fee, you can book directly through the homeowner and pay by check. To book directly, simply submit an inquiry for the dates of interest. VRBO also charges a 3% credit card fee to the homeowner for the rental/deposit and then again to the renter when the deposit is refunded.

Keywords: Two-story 3BR home on large corner lot, great location, all hardwood floors, large screened porch, master w/ balcony, two full-size bunk-beds, 6 bikes, 2 kayaks, WiFi, 6-person golf cart, beach chairs, tastefully decorated

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About The Owner

We first visited Bald Head Island in 1994 and have been coming back every year because we enjoy spending our vacation outdoors and not in a car. We look forward to the relaxed atmosphere of BHI and all of the outdoor activities. In addition to the beach, we enjoy biking, running, kayaking, fishing, and stand up paddleboarding in the creeks. Our kids love surfing on East Beach. Here is our son paddleboarding in the marsh over New Years.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Coastal North Carolina

We purchased our vacation home in October 2009 and are thrilled that it has given us so many more opportunities to expolore this beautiful island. We found that we were coming back so regularly and that we always hated to leave the island. The ferry is such a short drive from the Triangle and, once we step aboard, we immediately relax and go into vacation mode -- whether we are going for a week or a weekend.

What makes this house unique

We love being outdoors at BHI and find that, whether we are traveling the island by golf cart, bike, foot, or kayak, it is much more fun than being in a car for a beach vacation. Having access to bikes and kayaks is also very important to us, and we want our guests to know that they are available for their use at no extra charge. The bikes aren't fancy but, having them including in the rental, will save you a bundle on your vacation. It is also important to us to be able to arrive early and stay late in the day and, when available, we offer this to you as well.


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(25 traveler reviews)

Maritime Forest 3 BR, 2.5 BA w/ 2 Kayaks & 8 Bikes
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Island Palms

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at the Island Palms place. Everything was nice and the weather was not bad, although cold. Our only complaint was that the golf cart did not come with a cover and we froze when we rode around. We were told there was a "Parachute-type" cover available, but it seems in the winter time the cart should be already prepared with an appropriate cover. Anyway, we had a good time and would stay there again.

The Carrs

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at our home and hope you return for a future vacation. I'm sorry for any confusion about the golf cart cover. We keep the cart cover in the cart garage on the shelf next to the cart year-round so that guests have the option to use it as needed for cold temperatures or rain.
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Oak ridge, north carolina

Spacious home, beautifully decorated, owners easy and accommodating

  • 4 of 5

Our large family spent a week on BHI and loved this home. It is large, comfortable, and peaceful. The owner was quick to respond to my inquiries and very accommodating. Would recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maumee, OH

Another great stay at Island Palms Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to BHI and we came back to Island Palms Cottage. The size and layout is a great fit for our family of four plus a family of three that joined us for part of the trip. The large "kids" room with four bunked beds and a small sitting area (with TV) between has worked out great both times we've rented and was where the kids lived when we weren't at the beach club. The large screened in porch was where the adults lived much of the time in the home and we found this to be a very peaceful and enjoyable place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. The home is comfortably and tastefully decorated and we took advantage of both the two kayaks and the bikes that were available. Kelly was easy to work with and helpful with suggestions on what was happening on BHI the week we were there.

I'd strongly encourage renters to take advantage of a temporary membership at the beautiful Shoals Club and we used this as a big part of our plans every day. The pool facility is great and the location/access to the beach is the best place on the island to enjoy the beach and ocean, in our opinion. We found the club's complimentary chairs/umbrellas by the beach to be a great service and used these every day as well. Having this club available created an ideal combination for us of being able to stay in the quiet comfort of the maritime forest and still have easy pool and beach access (without paying the much higher rates for a cottage close to the beach).

We found again that Island Palms Cottage was a great place to stay on BHI...thanks Kelly!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house on BHI

  • 5 of 5

Family & I are finishing up a wonderful week on BHI. In coming to BHI for over 20 years this house is definetly one of the best every in its price range. The bunk room is a family's dream for housing kids, even younger teenagers. Kitchen is well stocked and the screened deck is great for early morning and evening relaxation. Believe the owner when they say they have a lot of bicycles, beach chairs and beach towels. As before we brought our own (due to being let down elsewhere) only to see that unlike promises made at some other properties this house is as advertised.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Maritime Forest Escape

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved our time here. We couldn't have asked for more. We used the golf cart, bikes and kayaks daily. The beach is an easy bike ride away. My wife was planning our next trip before we left the island!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC


  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this house. Even with a tropical storm threat, the house was perfect!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stand Up Paddle Boards, golf carts


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.75%

UPDATED PAYMENT INFORMATION: VRBO recently added a booking fee that is charged to the renter if you book directly through the VRBO site using a credit card. The booking fee is 5% of the rental and deposit. To avoid this booking fee, you can book directly through the homeowner and pay by check. To book directly, simply submit an inquiry for the dates of interest. VRBO also charges a 3% credit card fee to the homeowner for the rental/deposit and then again to the renter when the deposit is refunded.

Optional Shoals Club Temporary Membership: Daily rate is $30 with a 2-day minimum (days must be consecutive) or $180/week. The Membership is good for everyone in your rental party and includes access to the pool, fitness center, volleyball, bocce, use of beach chairs/umbrellas at the club beach, and club dining.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bald Head Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (4 FULL size mattresses offer roomy sleeping for tall teens), Port-a-crib (1).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two kayaks (single & double), eight bikes, beach chairs, outdoor shower

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