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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,625 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Please feel free to ask me any questions -about cottage or rental process - 757-237-1719 Monique Darling. I always do my best to respond within a few hours!

INCLUDES LINENS (Beds made for you!) ~ FREE WIFI ~ FREE Direct TV ~ NO carpet in home - solid surfaces throughout!

Escape and savor the magnificent Corolla Beach! Expansive beach, lifeguards , super easy beach access .. less than 1000 feet from cottage! Follow beach path behind cottage or short walk down street! Enjoy walks and bike rides on NEW Bike/Pedestrian path~

Relax in the private pool and hot tub! Enjoy morning walks around 9 acre lake and take in wildlife, egret, turtles and fish abound in the stocked private lake (maybe even a peek of a deer!), play tennis on private courts, or golf at Currituck Club a mile away; many fabulous restaurants, movie theater, and 2 grocery stores ALL LESS WITHIN A MILE ~ short stroll or bike ride from cottage! Corolla beaches are the best!

PRIVATE! LIGHT AND BRIGHT ~ Pictures don't do cottage justice! Super private overlooking the private lake and on a cul-de-sac! Private pool and hot tub! Gorgeous kitchen with everything a gourmet will need for large group cooking, all open to spacious great room and dining room. Beautiful private and comfortable bedrooms each with private deck access!

Cottage sleeps 12 ~ King, Queen, Duo Bunk, Trundle, 2 Twins, Queen with 3 full and 2 partial baths

First Floor: Covered parking with entry to first level game room with Queen sofa bed, bath and new kitchenette, bathroom, tile floors - so pretty! Full size refrigerator, microwave and 32' flat screen TV, opens to private deck with pool and hot tub, and enjoy endless entertainment from lake!


Three private spacious (hardwood floor in all bedrooms) and two large baths. Each bedroom features private access to the wrap-around gated deck with porch swing. Inviting comfy King Master Bedroom features, ceiling fan, flatscreen and private bath with oversized tub/shower. Younger guests will enjoy adorable Twin bed bedroom with ceiling fan and the sea blue Duo bunk bedroom (sleeps 4) and 32' flatscreen. Large bath with double bowl sinks and conveniently located washer/dryer finish off this level.

Upper level:

Features many updates! Sparkling hardwood floors, 42" flat screen, huge movie library, oversized comfy glide rockers and 2 slipcover sofas all overlooking lake! Updates in Kitchen include- gorgeous granite with twinkling back splash, huge center island, and large side by side refrigerator! Light and bright dining room seating for 8 and 4 at island! Cathedral ceiling with tropical fan cools this great room! Gorgeous Queen Master bedroom with hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan, flatscreen tiled master bath features oversized tub/shower and double bowl sinks and private access to screened porch. Tucked away powder room convenient for guests. Sneak to the front deck and relax or enjoy sunsets and lake views from the rear deck.

General Features: 2 refrigerators with ice-makers, 2 microwaves, Weber gas grill and charcoal grill by pool, mattress & pillow protectors, 4 ceiling fans, high chair, pack-n-play, baby gates, movie library and beach books. Decks: top level: Screened porch with comfy seating and front covered deck with table and chairs - midlevel: deck with porch swing and table/chairs. Private Ocean Sands tennis courts. Private pool and hot tub. Entertainment Features: 6 TV, DVD, extensive book and movie library, games and puzzles, basketball goal, beach chairs, boogie boards, and beach/pool toys. Washer/Dryer, 4 Decks, Pool/Deck Furniture, Outdoor Shower, Covered Parking, Irons/Ironing Boards, Central Air & Heat. Less than 300 yards to private beach access.

SPECIAL FEATURES: ALL LINENS provided for your visit in season (except beach towels!) WIFI, closet full of beach toys, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas and more all for your enjoyment!

Email or call now to reserve your escape!

More Details

Monique Darling
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Monique Darling

We are proud to offer our Darling cottage to you. We meticulously prepare each season with fresh updates with many thoughtful finishes and amenities for our guests. We will continue to make it better and better each year. Suggestions are always welcome!

Monique Darling purchased this house in 2009

Why Monique Darling chose Ocean Sands

LOVE Corolla and the broad beach is magnificent! Lifeguards, rare find in OBX - a stocked 9 acre lake offers privacy and enjoyment, short stroll to beach, close to tons of shopping and convenient with 2 grocery stores within mile of home, movie, restaurants, and historical sites to visit.. we have it all right in our backyard!

What makes this house unique

Helpful and accommodating owner! :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely fabulous! I cannot wait to stay there again.
Aug 2011
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Ocean Sands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2625 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancellation Policy - SEE AGREEMENT FOR TERMS
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub , Private upper level master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , jetted tub , Private mid level master
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large mid level bath
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Powder room upper level
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Powder room lower level
  • Private ensuite bath for upper and mid level master bedrooms each with large jetted tubs/shower Large full bath tub/shower and double bowl sinks on mid level Two Powder rooms; lower and upper levels Outdoor private shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Upper level master - 1 queen
    Mid level master - 1 king
    Twin room - 2 twin/ single
    Duo Bunk Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Full/Twin/Trundle
    Lower level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper/sofa
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Cul-de-sac backing to private lake.. no streets to cross to beach.. follow beach path behind home! Pool/beach toys, beach chairs, floats, etc..


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 4.976744 based on 44 reviews

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about a darling escape! It was the perfect size for my family of four (we had toom to spare but not gigantic like some houses, we like to vacation alone). We lived that all bedrooms we needed were on same floor, and that theres a high chair and baby gates, theres even a bed railing so we didnt need to bring one. The kids used the pool/hot tub everyday. Monique checked in on us especially when a tropical storm was coming. It was our first experience renting a home instead of a hotel and we would definitely do it again now. My husband is already deciding to what activities we will do on our next visit! Also Monique returned our damage deposit check so quickly it beat us home from the cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michelle for your kind words! I am so pleased I my cottage covered all the bases for your family! I do hope you will come visit again! Kindly, Monique
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Excellent Stay at A Darling Escape

  • 5 of 5

The owner was a big reason why we gave our vacation 5 stars. Monique was great as she promptly took care of any issues we had during our stay. The location of her cottage is about a 5-10 minute walk to the beach via a private sandy path which did make getting all of our chairs/umbrellas and coolers to the beach a challenge. The pool was great. It was clean when we arrived as was cleaned mid-week. We didn't utilize the hot tub during our stay. We only had a couple of issues arise during our stay. First was the daily morning frog rescue from the pool. Because the house backs up to a fresh water lake, frogs would find their way into the pool during the night. It wasn't a big deal. The kids actually got a kick out of saving them via the pool skimmer. The other issue was the lack of microwaveable dishes. The plates and bowls provided were not microwave safe which made reheating food a challenge. Overall, we loved the cottage and I stand by my 5 star rating as we will definitely be staying at A Darling Escape again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, thank you for taking time to share your 5-star experience at my cottage! I do my best to always be available and make each guest visit a comfy one! The beach path is so charming and my preference .. and others prefer to take the road, perhaps, that may be easier for next visit! With all the rain this summer I guess frogs were having a pool party.. I give kudos to my hot tub/pool man Dale for taking care of pool for you! Thank you for bringing to my attention the lack of microwave plates..we have addressed that! I wish you a beautiful fall and hope you will visit again! Kindly, Monique
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Great house! Perfect for two families!

  • 5 of 5

This is probably the cleanest and best-maintained house we have ever stayed at in the Outer Banks. It is clear the owners are thoughtful about who they rent to and take good care of the property. Also, so wonderful to have all of the extras: gas grill, beach chairs, bikes (lots of them!). It is a bit of a walk to the beach, but really very manageable and there is a direct path behind the house. We were two families of 4 and found the space to be perfect. Definitely a recommend for us!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heidi, You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind review! I really do try to do the best we can to offer a home away from home! Hope you will come visit again! MD
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

First, I'd like to say, Monique was so accommodating. Our family had rented the cottage during the week that Hurricane Matthew came up the coast. We were not able to vacation during that time due to the storm. However, Monique reached out and offered other available dates to our family which was very nice.

The cottage is beautiful! The first floor has recently been remodeled. The home is very spacious and very well decorated. The kitchen was fully stocked and had plenty of coffee mugs, frosted mugs, blenders, and a keurig. The pool and hot tub were a huge hit! I'd have to say what I enjoyed the most was Monique's hospitality (she checked to make sure all went well with check in) and the amount of "extras" available for her guests. There was a high chair and pack n play for our 10 month old. She had lots of bikes with a bike trailer to tote them to the beach. There were fishing rods and a tackle box (big hit with our 5 year old) and plenty of games, books, and movies! I would highly recommend this beach cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway with their family! Thank you, Monique!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alexa, I am thankful you enjoyed your visit! So glad it all worked out! I really appreciate your kind sentiments - I hope everyone feels like family when they visit my cottage! :) Please come visit again! Kindly, Monique
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Beyond our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Between my sister's family and mine - kids and cousins all had a blast. Monique made us feel like we were visiting family. The house was so well appointed, actually spotless, plenty of places to gather or separate, first floor games, pool and hot tub, mid level decks, bedrooms, and top 2 decks, and great room and so much more than we expected. Great central location with beach, lake, shopping and biking all so close. Beach closets were chock full of pool and beach toys, chairs, umbrellas and more. Even bikes were there with helmets. Monique really is a Darling and thought of it all! We definitely will be back next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie - you are so sweet! :) I appreciate you taking time to share your experience!! I hope you all come and visit again!! Thank you!! Monique
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A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We go on vacation to be near the beach but we also want to have a home away from home. We found both at a Darling Escape. The house offers so many more amenities than what was listed. We have five family chefs and everything we needed for meal preps in the kitchen was available. The bedrooms were spacious and clean. Having towels and linens provided was A+. Loved having so many movies to watch and games on hand. The pool was a great size and we used the grills almost every night. The lake behind the property was beautiful and we enjoyed our walks around that area. Very open, airy and clean vacation home. The owner (Monique) was on spot from the beginning of the booking until 2 weeks after kindly locating some items we left behind. It was a very easy vacation to book and relaxing vacation for our family of five. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrea, It was my pleasure to have you all visit! I do try to think of my cottage as your cottage! I am glad we were able to track down the missing things... kids! ha Thank you again and please come see us again! Monique
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Car: recommended

CONVENIENT TO EVERYTHING COROLLA! Within 1/2 mile of Harris Teeter, Food Lion, TimbuckII Shopping, movie theatre, many restaurants, putt putt, boating, shopping, etc..and Corolla wild horses!




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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