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Brenda DiBenedetto

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Canal Front Home w/kayaks/pool/hottub short walk to the Beach in wild horse area

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Corolla Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

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Carolina Inn My Mind is a unique beach cottage is located in the 4WD Wild Horse area called Carova (this is short for Carolina/VA) Once the paved roads end in Corolla, you will need to switch your vehicle into 4WD, enter this one of a kind wild life sanctuary and drive 9 miles up the beach to reach your destination. The wild horses are free to roam anywhere. That means that you will see them in the morning when you are having a cup of coffee on your back deck, on the beach in the afternoon catching an ocean breeze to stay cool or in the canals in the evening while you are having dinner in your screened in porch. The wild horses are not the only wild life that you will see during your visit to 'Carolina Inn My Mind' We love to watch the Osprey hunting, Heron stalking and fish jumping in the canal.

We will have a tandem kayak available for our guests to use. You will want to explore the beautiful canal system that is truly unique to Carova. Carolina Inn My Mind is also located next to the Wild Horse Park that has a public boat ramp, public dock, horse shoes, volleyball and picnic pavillions. Use our kayak or bring your own watercraft (Seadoo, Carolina Skiff ect..), launch it at the public ramp and keep it secured to your private dock.

The bottom floor of this house has a TV and fireplace. The queen bedroom has a tv, private slider to the bottom rear deck with 2 adirondacks and a lovely view of the canal. The front bunk room has 1 set of bunks and shares the bath with the queen room.

The middle floor has a master king bedroom w/private bath, canal view, tv and a private slider out to the rear deck with hammock. The queen bedroom will have a tv, canal view and a private slider out to the rear deck with a hammock. the Front bedroom will have 2 sets of bunk beds and share the bath with the queen. there is a laundry area and 2nd full size refrigerator with an ice maker.

The top floor has an open floor plan dining area, sitting area, tv, fireplace, kitchen w/granite counters, island, stainlesss steel refrigerator, smoothtop cookstove, microwave and dishwasher. The slider off the dining area leads into the rear screened porch with wicker table and chairs. The slider off the sitting area leads to the rear top deck with adirondack bar chairs and table. The door off the front kitchen area leads to the top floor porch deck facing the ocean with a porch swing and wicker seating.

We will have local tv stations available, hi speed wireless internet and a central stereo system with ipod hookup and speakers located in the pool area, front and rear decks, great room and game room.

The private pool area adirondack chairs, lounges and hot tub

Enjoy Crabbing and fishing off your private dock at the rear of the house.

Please look at our other houses that are available in the same 4WD Wild horse Area house #74815 and #3495265ha

Keywords:Canal Home. Only 1000' to the beach. Bring your water toys and enjoy both the beautiful pristine beaches of the 4WD area and the canals and sound.

This home is located approximately 9 miles past the end of the paved roads and 4x4 vehicle (4 wheel drive) is necessary

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Brenda DiBenedetto (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

About Brenda DiBenedetto

We are from Coatesville, PA and have been traveling to the Outer Banks for 15 years. Our friend first built a house in Corolla 1995. We stayed there and would take day trips to the Carova Beach area. That is when we decided that we wanted to be there permanently. We were lucky enough to be able to build our first house in 2003 and then to be able to build our 2nd home on the canal in 2011.

Brenda DiBenedetto purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Brenda DiBenedetto chose Outer Banks

If you want more to do at the beach then just go to the beach a canal front home is for you. You can fish/crab/kayak from your back yard. This home has a large ground floor decking to enjoy the canal

Guestbook comments from the owner

Weather a couple of windy days, but we got lucky with a warm up in the weather. Being technically fall now, we were worried we wouldn't have any bathing suit weather, but we did & our skin is paying for it :). We brought a little jon boat and 2 kayaks, 1 of which was brand new and of course that was the one a horse decided to walk on, but the one scuff it left will always remind us of the amazing week we had :) We did a little bit of everything and enjoyed every second of it! I cannot say enough good things about the house! We were beyond impressed with this place. The house has such character and with all the creative touches we felt at home! If I had to make any recommendations for future guests it would be to keep in mind that the horses will walk (& poop) anywhere so be mindful with leaving items outside (especially at the dock at right) 1 horse even stepped on the crab pot when it was in the water and 1 stepped on the kayak paddle and broke the end, do yeah just keep that in mind. We are about 1 hour now from making our departure, unfortunately but we will be back, We are even thinking about buying a house here we LOVE it so much but til then we will most definitely stay here again :)
Sep 2013
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Canal Front Home w/kayaks/pool/hottub short walk to the Beach in wild horse area
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 18 reviews

Amazing place!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! We had kids ranging from 6 to 16 and they all had an amazing time. The owners were super easy to work with and answered all of my questions promptly. There were 14 of us total and we never felt like we were cramped or crowded. Everyone loved trying to catch crabs (in the pots and on the string) in the canal and fish. We never did catch enough to eat but we had a great time trying. The pool was always warm and the hot tub was an amazing end to the day. There were horses passing by on the road and in the yard daily. We also had several deer come through grazing as well. The location was great. It was on the canal but close enough to the beach that the older kids could walk back to the house or to the beach if they wanted to. We bought ice at the fire station daily.....I would advise to get there early as they run out every day. It was higher priced than at the stores on the main road but the money goes toward a great organization so we didn't mind paying for the convenience. Overall, this is a great home. I would highly recommend it! We all loved our time here and can't wait to return....hopefully for 2 weeks next time! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here! Right off the bat we had to deal with the pesky wasps, with two kids getting stung! But a call into the owners and they sent out someone to take care of it for us!

The stereo system was one of my favorite features. We had it on pretty much whenever we were there during the day. We did crab in the canal and caught enough to cook! The pool was great and so was the hot tub. They were used daily! Horses visited every night. And its not too far of a walk to the beach for an evening stroll or to see the sunrise.

the only issue we really had was it was SO hot on the first and second floor. There are fans there but it was still very uncomfortable to sleep. The top floor however was always glorious feeling!!

We made memories that will last a lifetime! Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pros and cons

  • 4 of 5

Although this house is beautiful, and a great place to stay, there were a few pros and cons. Cons -the 1st & 2nd floor get VERY hot, -the room with the bunks on the 1st floor felt a little overcrowded, -there are a ton of steps, -always wear shoes on the deck by the canal, -there was a wasp problem on the third floor front deck, -also there was metal in th top bunk on first floor. -there was also this life size pirate that hangs from the ceiling on the third floor above the steps, which was a little creepy to see the first day.

There were also pros to staying at this house. Pros -there's a pool (which is always warm!) -hot tub, -it's like a 5 minute walk to the beach, -the kayak, -crabbing in the canal (We caught more crabs using a throw line than the cages) -free wifi, -and there were almost always horses in the yard. Over all it was a great stay and a beautiful place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your review. We did repair the float switch on the a/c unit that was causing the a/c to turn off. This was repaired within 24 hours of notification.
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here; horses were visiting us every day, which was just amazing to watch and we all enjoyed photographing them. Beach access was perfect and we all enjoyed the pool. The kids loved it (all five of them) and want to come back. If you are bringing a baby, confirm with the owner that the crib is on the premises. We didn't do this; assumed it was there, and the first night without a baby bed was tough. However, we did pick up the crib the next day at their other property. Other than that, it was a glorious time! The house is awesome....has everything you need. Would definitely come back here!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time! Loved everything about the place. So much stuff to do and hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this home and location

  • 5 of 5

This home is well equipped with everything you may need for your getaway. It is clean and the decor is adorable. The owners are easy to get in contact with and quick to fix any problems that may arise. The pool and hot tub were kept very clean and the kids had a blast fishing on the canal. It is very quiet and peaceful. Just a short walk or drive to the beach. We had a blast.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This cottage is set in the 4wd or AWD area of the Outer Banks, known as Carova Beach - their are no commercial areas for 15 miles. It is a sparsely populated area with Wild Horses, sand roads & beach driving. Even though this cottage is a very short walk to the beach, you can load up your truck/suv and drive all of the heavy coolers, chairs, umbrellas and drive over the dunes and tailgate on the beach.


Rates & Availability

Corolla Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Week before Labor Day
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
September Early Fall
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
May - Late Spring
Apr 29 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Week before Memorial DAy
May 20 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Week
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
First Week in June
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Second Week in June
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Third Week in June
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
In Season
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $155
Tax Rate 12.75%

Pet Fee - $100/per pet please call or email if more than one pet is requested
Saturday-Saturday check in/out Minimum 7 night stay in season. Call or email for off season availability and rates.
50% of total due at time of booking and the remaining 50% of the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival
$500.00 security deposit is refundable.

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Corolla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (3 sets 6 twins total)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • swimming
This property is located on a canal within a short walking distance to the beach - enjoy both water activities, crabbing, kayaking, fishing. The canal leads out to the Albermarle Sound. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from the back decks and screened in porch and enjoy beautiful sunrises over the ocean from the front porch and middle deck. We will have a tandem sit on top kayak available for guests to use. Next door is the Wild Life Horse Park where there is a public boat ramp and dock. There is a Volleyball court and horse shoe pits.

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