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Breezy Oceanside 3-Story Outer Banks Saltbox at the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

3 Story Oceanside House Available for your perfect Outer Banks Vacation.

This Salvo property has been a home and place for friends and renters to enjoy since 2005. A saltbox design with exposed beams and vaulted ceilings throughout, the home features new hardwood flooring and a tastefully decorated interior. Large sliding glass doors and windows provide plenty of natural light and ventilation: when open, they allow the refreshing ocean air and uniquely dramatic light of the Outer Banks to permeate the house. Previous visitors to the property say this aspect, coupled with the home’s airy design, create an energy that is both relaxing and inspiring. The freshness is partly due to the hardwood flooring which does not absorb odors like a carpeted floor rental.

Located in the oceanside community of 'Hatteras Colony,” the residence is on a cul-de-sac with no through traffic. The quiet neighborhood location is perfect for walking, biking, and bird watching, and the substantial backyard is the ideal place to throw a frisbee, play some ball, or catch fireflies. Three elevated decks and a screened-in porch invite après-beach conversation and cocktails, a quiet morning with a new book, or an evening barbeque. The home also boasts modest ocean views from its upper level. Deeded access to both the beach and sound makes getting to the water easy; as does the nearby boat ramp, access to which is also included in the rental. So too is an on-site storage locker, perfect for securing outdoor and sporting gear.

Inside, you’ll find common rooms appointed with leather furniture and traditional Hatteras décor, including goods made by local artisans. The living room entertainment center has a nice pair of Kilpsch KG-4 speakers and a NAD amplifier with direct connection available to your devices via stereo mini plug or the included Apple TV.

Simple and bright, the bedrooms feature organic cotton sheets and plush comforters for those spring or fall nights when you need extra warmth. Our spacious kitchen is stocked with china and cookware perfect for making a casual breakfast, weekend brunch or candlelit dinner. I've included Swiss Diamond and Cuisinart pans and a new propane Weber grill as of 2017. A spiral staircase leads guests to the loft.

The bedrooms are simply and tastefully outfitted with new furniture as of 2017. The loft and northern first floor bedroom both have bedside table lamps with usb outlets for easy charging. The north first floor bedroom also has a smart TV connected to Wifi with access to Netflix and other common online viewing resources.

Ensuring a memorable and fun-filled stay is of the utmost importance to us. And so included in your rental rate is also a personal concierge service designed to help you plan and get the most out of your vacation. For an additional fee, we can also arrange grocery delivery or items such as a rollaway bed or sea kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards or other sporting related items.

We know you’ll be delighted with the accommodations and location, and we look forward to making your stay in the Outer Banks exceptional.

*** This property is available for long term rental late October through mid-May

Keywords: Hatteras, North Carolina, beach, OBX, Outer Banks, kiteboarding, surfing, birding, fishing, sound, Pamlico Sound, Salvo, Waves, Rodanthe.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About The Owner

My name is Colin Gowland. I was born in Canada and spent most of my life there, traveling for sports interests when I could. In 2002, I moved to the Outer Banks to pursue a career in kiteboarding. In 2005 I purchased the house and now reside in both Mexico and the USA, where I run a sailboat racing clinic center. I enjoy sailing as well as most watersports; I also love music-- both playing and listening. I'm very fond of the OBX and return whenever I can. The landscape there brings me a lot of peace and seemingly, the more I look, the more I find. This is a magical spot: one of my absolute favorites, and I sincerely hope you enjoy your time there. It's truly priceless!

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Cape Hatteras

This home was initially my residence. We chose the Outer Banks because of its long, pleasant seasons and its unique geography: the combination of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound create seemingly unlimited opportunities for recreation. I enjoyed kiteboarding, surfing, windsurfing, beach walking, sunsets, sunrises, friends, laughs, biking, cocktails, music, reading and more.

What makes this house unique

Low traffic, safe neighborhood for walking and biking, beach and sound access, screened-in porch, multiple decks, kiteboarding, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, sports equipment storage, ice cream, cocktails, fishing, sunsets, sunrises, running, laughing, eating, being merry, suntans, sunburns, lemonade, sea shells, seashores, lighthouses, life saving station history, reading, relaxing, writing, sleeping, loving.


Salvo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Lockable outdoor ventilated storage for sports equipment, large lawn area.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Breezy Oceanside 3-Story Outer Banks Saltbox at the Beach
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 33 reviews
Bucerias, Mexico

Best week ever!

  • 5 of 5

My first time returning in over 16 years and had an awesome time. The house has a great layout, with the bedrooms offering privacy and the living spaces are ample, comfortable and bright. Decks on all sides of the house allow for some outdoor relaxing no matter where the wind is blowing from or the sun is pointing at. Or, if you want to experience the sunrise or sunset up close, the house is a 2 minute walk in either direction to both bodies of water.

The owner had just put in some new beds and furniture prior to our arrival which was great. This isn't a run of the mill rental that gets rented until it falls apart - the owner keeps up the place and is constantly looking for improvements.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

First impressions

  • 2 of 5

First impressions are the most important. We pulled into the drive to see a broken plastic deck chair, toys and holes children had dug under the stairs/deck. The grill was at the end of the drive. Don’t move it or it will fall apart. Enter the house on the bedroom level. The rooms aren’t set up or look like the pictures. The dresser in one bedroom is missing a handle. The other dresser looks homemade and the drawers don’t work well. There aren’t any handles. Each bedroom has a tv, 1 new and 1 old. There aren’t any cable outlets in the rooms. One bedroom sliding door doesn’t open or close/seal properly. It rained heavily the first two nights there. Water came in the bathroom’s exhaust vent on this level. We had to put a pail under it to catch the water. The exhaust fan doesn’t work. Rains made the yard usable. The yard was flooded the entire week there. Moving to the living area floor you have to climb a spiral staircase. It is pretty but narrow and steep. It’s had to walk down. If not careful you will bump your head. There isn’t a curtain on the west side sliding door. The neighbors have a clear view. On this level water came down the bathroom wall from the rains. Dining room chairs are not the same as in the pictures and are mismatched. One chair had a broken spindle. Refrigerator is missing the freezer handle, crisper trays won’t stay in place and the ice maker doesn’t shut off. The stove exhaust hood is not securely in place and the fan doesn’t work. Porch screens have holes in them. Climb the same narrow spiral staircase to the third floor bedroom. There is a window AC unit that will not cool this area. It was in the 90’s when we were there. This area did not get cool enough to use as a bedroom. Screen door was ripped. The entire house is fitted with electric base board heaters. Most of the covers are off or hanging off. This is a potential safety issue.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Saltbox is a great home a short walk to the beach. It is divided into 3 levels allowing for privacy when you want it but with ample living space on the middle congregate together. The area is charming, safe and caters to vacationers but is very low key and not commercial. The beaches in the area are great. The contact was very helpful. THe company he uses to manage the property were available and responsive to our questions too. They provide a list of what will be available so we came well prepared. Saltbox is one of the smaller homes in the area but we found it very comfortable for 5 adults. I would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1 0
Bucks County, PA

Our first OBX vacation

  • 4 of 5

This was our first visit to OBX and the Saltbox was a prime location. We enjoyed the 3rd floor deck each morning and the the west side provided glimpses of the sunsets on the sound. I would wake each morning to catch the sunrise and out to the dock on the sound for the sunset. I got some phenomenal photos! The house was perfect for our family of 3, the woodwork throughout the house is charming. The only minor thing I had was the AC unit filters were in desperate need of cleaning. So I cleaned them all well so they ran more efficiently. I was missing a "dust pan" as I was a bit obsessive to keep the beautiful wood floors clean. We fell in love with Salvo and hope to return again! Thank you Colin for sharing your lovely place with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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7 1

Great vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to OBX and it was a great experience. The Saltbox was perfect for my families needs; 2 adults, toddler and dog. Plenty of space, quiet street and close to everything. Only a short walk to both the beach and sound. We would definitely book Saltbox again the next time we visit the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6 0
Atlanta, GA

Nice house, good location

  • 4 of 5

This house worked out fairly well for us due to the layout for two couples and us having a kid. It is just a few houses back from a beach path. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was fully stocked. However, if you have trouble with stairs or have small children, this might not be your best option. From the photos online, I thought there were only spiral stairs going from the second floor to the third floor, but they actually go all the way down to the first floor. I was terrified watching my three year old climb these. In fact, she fell off the stairs close to the bottom though (thank God). Also, the stairs on the outside of the house going from the first floor to the second floor, were also scary due to big gaps in-between each step and seemingly to be rather old. The outdoor shower left something to be desired in comparison to others in the neighborhood. The price was good for the area though and overall the house was nice.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kiteboarding, walking on the beach, whale watching, boat ramp on the sound


Rates & Availability

Salvo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 30
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $55 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.75%

* Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed
* Please discuss if you are interested in a medium/long term rental prior to booking
* I can sometimes do a 3 day rental during the high season if it's a last minute booking and the week is not full. Otherwise, I try to stick to Sat. - Sat. during high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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