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Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Wrightsville Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2016
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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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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Perfect Family Soundfront Cottage, Boat Slips, Minute to Ocean
average rating of 4.590909 based on 26 reviews
Greensboro, NC

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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Clean, nice layout, convenient and attentive owners!

  • 5 of 5

The Tarheels were playing basketball, Seahawk alumni swimmers were gathered and we had our three children together, which equaled to a great weekend at Wrightsville Beach. The cottage is clean, charming and filled with good memories of the owner's family history. The bedrooms are spacious and entertaining was easy with the flow of the house. We really enjoyed the use of the front porch and fished from the dock. The owners are great communicators and want their guests to love their stay. It was a perfect long weekend to launch the Spring season at the beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you all had a great time at the beach and enjoyed the cottage. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We truly hope you all will find your way to back to Wrightsville and the McGowan Cottage soon!
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Perfect beach cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Love the charm in this beach cottage. There are not many houses left at Wrightsville that still have the true cottage feel. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. Couldn't have asked for anything more. The location is great! At the quite end if the island but just a short bike ride or walk from the shops and restaurants. We even ride our bike to the

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alicia we are so glad you all enjoyed your stay. It was a warm holiday this year so a nice time to enjoy the beach in December. We look forward to having you back at the McGowan Cottage soon. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review.
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  • 5 of 5

We had the best time and what made it even more special was our stat at Montague cottage. The place was clean and tidy, plenty of space, beautiful sunsets...great kitchen. We loved it and it made our time with our son, who was graduating from UNC, very special.

Thank you!!!!!!:)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy you all enjoyed your time at the cottage. It is a special place and made more so by having others enjoy it as well. Please come back and stay again soon.
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Beyond fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was exactly what we were looking for. We spent a family Thanksgiving long weekend there and everything the cottage offered and all the events we were able to participate in were just great. This is a family cottage. It is comfortable and well loved, and lived in, and well kept. There was not one thing I needed in the kitchen that a cabinet or drawer did not contain. It is exactly how it is advertised in the VRBO listing. The porches were delightful and we caught fish from the dock every day. The pictures of the interior are true to what you will find. The owners were very responsive with timely emails and flexible with our needs. Overall we had an excellent experience and we have booked again for next Thanksgiving.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Della thank you so much for the review. We are so glad you all had a wonderful time at the cottage. Thanksgiving is a lovely time to be at the beach and our pier is the perfect place to watch the flotilla and fall fishing is always fun! We can't wait to have you back next year.
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The property description did not represent the potential for ants

  • 1 of 5

We rented this property for a family wedding in Wilmington. During our stay we had a VERY bad ant infestation. Comments from a rating from Sept 2015 (just prior to our arrival) indicated that this renter had an ant problem during his visit. I contacted the owner prior to our arrival asking whether the ant problem was eradicated. She assured me that the exterminator had been to the property. We had ants crawling on the cabinets, under the toaster and on a bowl of fruit. These are tiny little ants and there were many, many of them. During our visit the owner offered to send the exterminator to assess the problem. An exterminator visit with 8 people during the morning of the wedding was not going to work for us.

The bottom line is that the ant problem in this house is serious. The owner commented to me that when she went to the property after our visit she did not see ants. We had ants and I have pictures documenting this. It is up to the owner to get this problem under control before he/she can rent this property in good conscious. The kitchen has a hefty supply of "staples" that other visitors have left. This contributes to overstocked cabinets--perhaps a total clean of these staples (i.e.:bait) might help eradicate the ant problem.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The owners of the McGowan Cottage appreciate any and all feedback and take such concerns seriously. Exterminators have sprayed the house and surrounding property to ensure that ants remain under control. We, the property owners, visit the cottage regularly to make sure it is ready for family and guests alike.
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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
Nov 7 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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.

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Wrightsville Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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