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Classic Oceanfront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is a classic beach cottage with knotty pine tongue and groove interior siding. It has been modernized to include everything you will need to enjoy a long weekend, week or more at the beach.

The oceanfront screen porch is a great place to relax out of the sun and enjoy the cool ocean breezes. Or you can enjoy the same breezes on the sun deck while getting a tan.

This family beach is seldom crowded and the strand is less than 100 feet from the sun deck. You will never need to 'lug' your chairs, sand toys, etc. a long distance to enjoy them on the beach.

The beach has been renourished and is wider than ever.

Keywords: oceanfront,cottage

More Details

Property Manager
Bob Harley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Bob Harley

My parents bought this cottage in 1954 and I lived here every summer until I went to college. My wife and I bought it from them in 1983 and raised our children here. We have a number of renters who have raised their families here as well and their children are now coming back.

Bob Harley purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Bob Harley chose Coastal North Carolina

We love the family atmosphere at Holden Beach. There are plenty of things to do here on the island. It is within a 45 minute drive of Myrtle Beach or Wilmington if more action such as amusement parks, more nightlife, etc. are desired. There are many golf courses within 30 miles. Surf fishing, pier fishing and deep sea charter fishing are all available here as well.

What makes this cottage unique

Holden Beach is one of the few developed islands in this area with no high rise, high density housing. You can stroll along the beach without having to dodge other people constantly and never have a problem finding a place to sit on the beach.


Holden Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans in every room, screen porch on oceanfront, elevated walk way to the beach. Private outside shower provided.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

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Classic Oceanfront Cottage
average rating of 4.4827585 based on 29 reviews
Durham, NC

Great oceanfront property in Holden Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our recent stay at Harley's Better Half. The oceanfront location was gorgeous and the screened porch with the ocean view and the sound of breaking waves was lovely. The property was clean on arrival and the pictures are quite accurate. Well-equipped kitchen, good wifi and cable TV (the cable remote was a little wonky, but we got it working). My kids really enjoyed the "ship's cabin" feel with all the wood paneling. Yes, the property is a bit older (there is a plaque in the cottage that states it dates from 1947 and was one of the first beach cottages at Holden) but rustic in the most positive sense of the word. If you're looking for marble counters and Viking appliances, this probably isn't the house for you, but if you're looking for a wonderful family vacation with a gorgeous oceanfront view and long-lasting memories, it would be hard to beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David - Thanks for the honest and kind review. The reason we advertise as a classic cottage is that is exactly what it is. We do everything we can to update without taking the "classic" feel away. And keeping it clean is one of goals. Bob
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The home is exactly as pictured but more adorable when you enter and very homey!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation here. The view from the deck was above our expectations. The location was perfect. The home was as stated and clean. The added shower downstairs was a lifesaver and a great addition. All of us were just in bliss here. Perfect place for a quite family vacation. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Harley for allowing us to stay in your home and for being so accommodating to my family and I. We highly recommend this place and hope to come back. We were so sad to leave! A lot of great memories were made! It was great meeting you guys on the beach!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very nice meeting you and your family Denise and I am glad that we were able to accommodate your needs from changes in your family's plans. I am glad that you had such a good time and look forward to having you back again. We work hard to update and keep this older cottage well maintained while keeping it's old timey character. Thanks for your kind words.
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West Chester, PA

Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic stay at this adorable cottage. We lived on the screened porch. What an amazing space. Loved waking up in the morning and seeing the ocean out our window. It was definitely "old school" but that added to the charm.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter - I'm glad that you had such a good visit. We work hard to keep this older cottage in good shape for our guests to enjoy. Bob Harley
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Can't wait to go back!

  • 4 of 5

From the very beginning of my search the owner was exceptionally helpful which was the main reason I chose this house. The location (on the beach) and the deck and screened porch will keep us returning. The only reason for four stars is because packing paper products, aluminum foil, trash bags, ziplock etc is kind of annoying but we will do it again because it was such a great place. very comfortable bed (only used one facing the ocean) and a great shower too. perfect get away for a couple or small group.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Allison - Thank you very much for the kind review. We work hard to make staying at our cottage a great vacation experience. I am sorry but there is really not much way to provide some of the things that you have spoken of. We will look at putting some of them in the house, i.e. trash bags. I hope that you enjoy your next stay just as much. Bob Harley
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Great cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect for us. It was so nice watching the sunrise and walking on the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad that you had a great time Michelle. We try very hard to provide a great experience for our guests. And with the recent renourishment of the beach strand it is very nice for strolling on the beach.
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Nice at first look but...

  • 1 of 5

The beach is beautiful and there is easy access from the cottage. The cottage looks nice from the first impression, but I agree with Ronni A from one of the reviews that the place needs major updates and some areas of the house and around the house are filthy. After three days of our staying, we notice full grown cockroaches scattering everywhere after turning light at night. If anyone wants to rent this cottage, one has to be ready to live with those creature or lose the money because in the owner opinion, cockroaches are normal on the coast. Yes, this in normal in the area, but not necessarily has to be normal inside the house, if it is maintained properly. We going to the coast twice a year and never had problems with bugs in the house.

We left next morning refusing exterminating cockroaches while we were occupying the house. It was not possible to exterminate them instantly without endangering our health or we would have to live with them to continue our stay in the house. The owner reimbursed just half of the rent saying that we enjoyed three days of staying there. The fact that we lived with cockroaches, erased all enjoyable feeling and left us in disgust. Bottom line is that we signed up to rent a cottage where we were the only occupants without cockroaches. If we knew that they are part of the deal, we would not rent the cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that this renter had a less than wonderful vacation at our cottage. Apparently everything was fine with the cottage until he discovered cockroaches (palmetto bugs) on Wednesday. As he had been there for half the week and refused to allow us to spray the cottage for the bugs, I felt that it was more than fair to give him only 1/2 the rent back. This is an older cottage (original construction in 1948) and is advertised as such. We work hard to update, maintain and clean the cottage. It is given a thorough cleaning after each guest and I take exception to his comments that it was "filthy". We have many returning renters who are very happy with the cottage and we have received mostly good reviews.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Wilmington Internationl (ILM)
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Southport to Fort Fisher
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lockwood Folly
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Holden Beach
Car: necessary

This cottage is on a delightfully quiet small barrier island on the southern coast of North Carolina. Because the island is oriented east to west the ocean is usually calm. There is a very wide, uncrowded strand. The shape of the strand provides a long shallow area making it ideal for young children and adults alike to enjoy the ocean. There are a few putt-putt courses and a waterslide nearby but the island itself is basically non-commercial. There are a number of seafood and other restaurants both on and off the island. And it is situated about half way between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington which provide many activities as well as shopping and restaurants. On the island you will find charter boats, pier fishing, jet ski rental, bike rental, kayak rental and guided trips and a number of other things to do.

Other Activities: boating, parasailing, mini golf


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning - < week $60
Tax Rate 12.75%

For rentals less than a week there is a $60 cleaning fee.

One half the rent 6 months prior to rental. The remainder of the rent 30 days prior to rental.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.