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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:
March 12, 2018

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 Holden Beach

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 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , This is an enclosed outside shower with hot and cold water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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.


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Classic Oceanfront Cottage
average rating of 4.542857 based on 35 reviews

This was our 2nd winter stay at Harley's Better Half.

  • 5 of 5

It's a simple, comfortable bungalow, with a wonderful screen porch & deck leading to the very wide beach. Our little dogs loved it too. One of our favorite beach houses- we hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary - I'm glad that you had a good visit even if the weather was a little on the chilly side. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Bob and Donna
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Beach trip in March

  • 5 of 5

Great stay in March. Weather was outstanding and the accommodations were very good.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clarksville, TN

Relaxing and comfy.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy staying at Harley's Better Half. If you are looking for a gourmet kitchen, granite, Italian tile, and plush surroundings, then HBH isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for comfort, coziness, a well stocked kitchen, a house with an interesting history and, a clean place to rest your head.......well, HBH might be just what you are looking for. And, what about the big screened in porch, open sunny deck and the ocean that is just feet from your own private boardwalk. Our dogs enjoyed the nearby dog park and we were glad to have the gated deck where they could enjoy the sun, off leash.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kay - I am glad you had a good time at Harley's Better Half. Yes, it is exactly as it is advertised a "classic oceanfront cottage." Bob and Donna Harley
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Great house, wonderful beach, perfect weather!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay at Harley's Better Half! The house was so comfortable and inviting - and in a PERFECT spot on the island. We watched the beautiful sunrises and the breathtaking sunsets from the porch - AWESOME! We would recommend Harley's Better Half

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sylvia - I am glad that you enjoyed your vacation at our cottage. We work very hard to keep it in shape so that our guests like you have great vacations. Thanks, Bob and Donna Harley
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Just what we thought it would be

  • 4 of 5

It was clean, rustic and roomy enough. The porch was used a bunch as was the deck. The beds were comfortable as was the furniture. I thought no way could the stove work but it did and the oven cooked very well. Would I go again? you bet.

Michael and Dee Spurlin

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael and Dee - I'm glad that you had a good time at Harley's Better Half. Yes, the stove is of necessity a little small but it does work well and many a family dinner has been cooked on and in it. Bob and Donna Harley
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The house was just the right size for us and it was comfy with all the things we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks here at Holden Beach. The house was great. We loved the two porches. They were perfect for our furry family member and made having a pet on vacation worry free. When we go back to Holden Beach we hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna - We are glad that you had such a good experience at our cottage. We work hard to make sure that we provide our guests with a very positive experience on their vacation. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Bob and Donna
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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




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.