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Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Charming family cottage built by owners’ grandfather in 1959. The McGowan Cottage’s most spectacular feature is the wraparound porch - the perfect place to start and end your day. Choose a rocking chair to enjoy your morning coffee. As the day passes, boating creates an entirely different scene before your reward – brilliant sunsets over Banks Channel.

Ocean side beach is only a two-minute walk away over the dunes. During the day, if the ocean side seems a little crowded, you can always enjoy your own private beach on the sound.

Don’t forget the boat! The pier offers two boat slips and still provides ample opportunity to enjoy sound side activities. Fishing from the pier has always been a lucky spot. Enjoy your own fresh catch of the day - anything from flounder to croaker – and, most evenings, you will glimpse the Great Blue Heron who has also found the pier’s fishing to be among the best.

Cottage offers room for 8-9 to spread out in 4 bedrooms, over 1700 square feet. The eat-in kitchen is a wonderful place for family gatherings. The house is child friendly, but please, no pets. This is the cottage the owners have been coming to all their lives and we hope you will spend some time there as well. Stepping into the McGowan Cottage is like returning to a simpler, slower, more peaceful time. It’s everything the beach should be.

Please note we have a 2 night minimum stay. Must be 25 or older to rent home. Reservations made under false pretenses will be subject to cancellation/eviction with no refund given.

Keywords: cottage, charming, great views, perfect for families

More Details

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

About The Owner

Family built and owned cottage

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1959

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our first time to stay at McGowan Cottage. We had family from Longmont, CO and Daphne, AL and Wilmington, NC all here for the week. Our favorite things we did included going to the beach, boat rides to Masonboro Island, dropping off the pier, looking for seashells, boogie boarding in the ocean, rocking in the chairs and enjoying sunrises and sunsets, and spending time together. Great place to make great memories.
Jul 2016
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Wrightsville Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in master bedroom, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds in 2 rooms, Baby Cribs (1) pack n' play stored in closet
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wraparound porch with amazing views


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 31 reviews

It was like home away from home! 👍

  • 5 of 5

It was great! Quiet, cozy, and the sights were gorgeous.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McGowan is a sweet and comfortable cottage with perfect sunset / marsh views and easy beach access!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 adults and 3 kids spent three nights in mid April -- all had a great time, especially the kids who loved kayaking off the marsh dock. Highlights for adults included porch rockers and the family-friendly atmosphere of S. Lumina Street, with its interesting mix of old-school beach houses and newer homes, plus lots of surfers, walkers, bicyclists, etc. We recommend Wrightsville Beach Kayak for easy kayak rental and Motts Channel Seafood for fresh shrimp and crabcakes cooked in the McGowan kitchen. Only drawback is car traffic across Waynick Ave on a weekend, but that's not the fault of McGowan Cottage. Bonus: convenient patch of soft sand and gentle water at the marshside dock -- really sweet!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you all enjoyed your stay and found Motts! We love Motts Seafood, great selection and super helpful staff. Hope you all will come back soon.
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Great, great, great

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming. We hope you all will come back again soon.
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family beach house with Southern Charm

  • 5 of 5

This was the second spectacular Thanksgiving week we've spent in the McGowan cottage. It is a wonderful older cottage that is full of charm and perfect for our family reunion. We served several large meals including an oyster roast, a Low Country Boil, and a full Thanksgiving and the space under the house and the porches were perfect.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you all came back for another Thanksgiving at the McGowan Cottage! We hope that you will continue to make it a part of your family's Thanksgiving tradition.
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Great view and very open floor plan

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here over New Years weekend. We loved the amount of rooms the house had and how open the kitchen/ dinning room/ living room were. The porch looking out onto the sound was also amazing and lots of rocking chairs! Definitely the perfect place to hangout with friends or family.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday stay. Hope you will come back to visit the McGowan Cottage soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Happy New Year!
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Proud parents

  • 5 of 5

The McGowan Cottage was perfect for our extended family to gather and celebrate my daughter's graduation from UNCW. The home was clean and comfortable with rooms large enough to seat a crowd. We enjoyed the beautiful sunset views from the porch and the easy walk to the beach. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad your family had a nice stay at the McGowan Cottage. We hope you will come and stay with us again soon. Sunsets from the porch are our favorite thing to do at the house!
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Rates & Availability

Wrightsville Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Off-Season
Mar 1 2017 - May 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer In-Season
May 22 2017 - Sep 5 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We require a security deposit of $350 with all rentals.
Rentals of less than 7 days will be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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