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John or Pat Rice

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Cozy Cottage, Steps to the Beach, Your Perfect Island Vacation

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Cape Hatteras Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Hatteras Holiday is located in picturesque Hatteras Village. This 2 bedroom 2 bath cottage is just steps from the beach. You can park your car, relax, and begin to enjoy island living. Ride your bike or walk to artisan shops, art galleries, marinas, restaurants, and the Ocracoke Ferry Landing.

Hatteras Holiday is perfect for a couple or a small family. Everything you need for your vacation is here. Two lots back from the ocean, the beach is just steps away across a community boardwalk. You can walk for hours on our beautiful, unspoiled beaches or you can just relax under your umbrella and read that book you’ve been saving for the beach. Water sports enthusiasts can kite board, kayak, windsurf, or even para sail.

Fishermen can fish from the surf or charter a day trip at one of the marinas. There is a lighted fish cleaning table for preparing your catch for dinner. A locked storage area under the house makes it easy for you to stow your boogie boards, kites, or fishing gear. Chairs, beach umbrellas, and sandcastle building toys are provided for you.

Our home is nicely furnished and includes a roomy combined living/dining area. A well equipped modern kitchen has a large refrigerator with an ice maker, a microwave, and a dishwasher. The laundry is a separate room adjacent to the living area.

The screened porch off the kitchen, through sliding glass doors, is popular with all our guests. There is a big table and chairs on the screened porch that provides a space for outdoor dining .

Well furnished outdoor decks are comfortable for sunbathers and sunsets.

For entertainment, there are three televisions and DVD players, and a video library with a nice variety of movies. Charter Cable, high speed Internet, and WiFi are all included.

The two bedrooms are comfortable with good quality bedding. One has a queen size bed and the other has a full size platform bed with a memory foam mattress and twin beds with new mattresses. All beds have mattress pads, pillows and quilts.

NEW Next YEAR, 2015 - Bed linens are provided by Shore Details and your beds will be made and ready for you upon arrival.

There are two full bathrooms, plus an outdoor shower room with hot water for rinsing off after a day on the beach.

We want you to have a good vacation at a reasonable cost. The basic weekly rental is just that. You pay the basic rate, tax and cleaning/linens. At this time VRBO has added an additional charge for using their listing service. Your $200 security deposit will be in the mail for you just as soon as you depart.

Hatteras Holiday is a Shore Details house. The folks at Shore Details make sure your house is clean when you check in. They are also available to help you with any maintenance problems during your stay.

Shore Details can help you with grocery delivery, catering , or planning excursions while you’re on the island They believe that details matter and so do we.

Keywords: Beach cottage ,Beach house, Two bedroom beach cottage, Hatteras beach cottage, Quiet beach cottage. Convenient beach cottage,

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John or Pat Rice (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About John or Pat Rice

Hatteras Island is home to us. We are retired schoolteachers from Ohio who have vacationed here for 45 years. When we had the opportunity we built a home and moved here. After ten years, we still love this island we call home and look forward to many years of happy island living.

John or Pat Rice purchased this cottage in 2004

Why John or Pat Rice chose Cape Hatteras

After Hurricane Isabel we decided to buy a rental property by the beach. Hatteras Holiday was available and we were able to purchase it, known then as Shell-finder. We live in Buxton and had always vacationed in Frisco, so Hatteras, only ten miles away, was a learning experience for us. We have learned to love Hatteras and spend many days at Hatteras Holiday. Our children and grandchildren think of our cottage as their vacation home. The neighborhood is wonderful, made up of vacationers and summer residents. It is safe, quiet, and welcoming, a great place for anyone who wants to get away from hectic every day life and relax.

What makes this cottage unique

Hatteras is a village, home to many of our local people and charter boat families. There is a grocery store, a hardware, good restaurants, a library, a museum, the Coast Guard base, great marinas, and quiet island living. You can walk to everything in Hatteras or you can ride your bike anywhere. If you like more excitement, you can drive an hour to Nags Head for shopping and golf. If you want to step back in time, you can take the free ferry to Ocracoke and spend the day.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you for letting us to stay in your lovely cottage. It is very well equipped , clean and every thing works well.

We had so much fun ! We hope that this was not our last visit to Hatteras Holiday, ( Shell Finder ).

Have a great day!
Aug 2011
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Cozy Cottage, Steps to the Beach, Your Perfect Island Vacation
average rating of 4.9302325 based on 59 reviews

June 17-25, 2016

  • 5 of 5

Excellent. Very clean, private. 2 minutes walking distance to the ocean. Very convenient location, close to ferry, great coffee shop. Provided bikes were great, and we were able to get to the coffee shop, stores and marina. Grill was also a very useful addition. Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Svetlana, We like to keep our cottage clean and comfortable, the location takes care of itself. Close to the beach and to all the local restaurants, coffee shops and stores. We are glad that Hatteras Holiday met your expectations and please come again and stay with us. Sincerely John and Pat
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Wonderful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the cottage is as stated in the description. My husband and I stayed here while attending a friend's wedding. The cottage was very clean when we arrived and it is very well kept. The screened porch and open deck are wonderful. When you stay here you are steps to the beach and walking distance to the Marina and the Ferry. John and Pat were very responsive to our questions. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bridget, Thank you for your positive review. You know you don't have to wait for a wedding to visit Hatteras, We hope that you return to the Island and make Hatteras Holiday cottage your vacation spot. John and Pat
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Wonderful Family Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 stayed at Hatteras Holiday for 5 nights. It was all of our first time at OBX and the kids' first time seeing the ocean, so we were excited!!! We have a little 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house ourselves, so this cottage was just the right size for us! First of all, it was very clean! And, secondly, the location was perfect! It's a short walk to the beach and a short drive to the local shops. We were there mid-May, so there were not many people on the beach. The water was chilly, but not too chilly to prevent us from playing in the waves anyway! (We're from the north, so we're used to the cold!) The water was more calm toward the beginning of the day. We built sand castles, collected shells, watched the crabs crawl around on the beach. It was such a calm and peaceful way to spend a family vacation together. The storage room was awesome! The beach chairs especially came in handy! One of the days we were there, it was rainy, so we went to the museum around the corner about the lost ships of the Atlantic. It was really nice, and they even had a craft room with a seashell craft for all of us to do. One day, we took the ferry to Ocracoke Island. The ferry was just around the corner from the cottage. Somebody wrote in the guestbook to get there before 9am, and they were right! There was a much longer line later on in the morning. The Hatteras lighthouse was another highlight. It was a short drive away and definitely worth the stop. We did venture out to Nags Head for some shopping and more touristy activities with the kids. It's a long drive out there, though. I think it took us about an hour and a half. The local fish markets are awesome! The fish was so fresh and delicious. We enjoyed cooking the fresh fish back at the cottage and eating out in the patio. And we really enjoyed our dinner at Dinky's in Hatteras. One evening, we walked to Teach's Lair Marina across from Woodall and watched the sunset from the docks. It was absolutely beautiful! We loved everything about the cottage ~ the deck, the patio, the charcoal grill, the DVD collection for a rainy afternoon. And we had just about everything we needed there. We ended up buying handsoap for the bathrooms, but that was it. The owners and all of the locals were so nice! If we get the chance to go back to the Outer Banks for a vacation again, we would definitely stay at Hatteras Holiday in Hatteras! We couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation! Thank you John and Pat!!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have described a perfect Hatteras vacation, The great part of it is you can do those activities over and over again and never get enough. Thank you for staying with us and when you return to Hatteras Island consider making Hatteras Holiday cottage your vacation headquarters and do it all over again. John and Pat
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We could not have picked a better place to stay at the Cape. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed ,plus more. Go out the door and the beach was right down the walkway in the sand. The light house was easy to find. My husband ended up in the ER for 9 hours. The next day we left, and met the owner on our way out. He told us we could stay a couple extra days since we didn't get to go on the ferry. That was a very nice offer. We highly recommend this place to everybody.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that Hatteras Holiday met your needs. So sorry that you had interrupt your stay but very happy that Tom is on the mend. Please come back to Hatteras when you can and please stay with us at Hatteras Holiday. John and Pat Rice
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Great Stay - RELAXING.

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained (however VCR remote did not work) and clean.

Kitchen was well equipped (we did not do much cooking).

TV's in bedrooms could be updated and bigger.

As describe in listing. Bikes were so convenient.

Close to the be beach.

Great, great location.

We went to Ocracoke Island and The Graveyard of The Atlantic Museum. Good visits and free.

We went from April 1st to April 5th. Very cold, windy and rainy. Ocean was cold and wild. Never saw others swimming. We did. So it was pretty much a private beach.

Gas was pretty expensive over there.

Buy groceries before arriving there.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Isabel, Thank you for a great review! Thanks for letting me know about the VCR remote, it was in the wrong place and belonged in the bedroom. TV cable technician came after your stay and replaced boxes with High Definition cable boxes and programmed the cable remotes to control the VCR s this should end the confusion. A new larger HDTV is on its way for the bedroom . Thank you again for staying with us and please think of Hatteras Holiday when you plan to return to the Island. Sincerely John and Pat Rice
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Great Fall Break!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 10 month old daughter really enjoyed our time at Hatteras Holiday! It was my fall break from teaching and a break for my husband from studying for his first medical scool board exam. We needed the rest and relaxation and got just that! The beach was about a two minute walk, very empty this time of year which we really enjoyed. Had a fire on the beach and enjoyed the nights! The house was cozy and clean, with tons of blankets and kitchen necessities. Good movie collection but we didn't have time! Took advantage of the free WiFi and loved the extra beach stuff like chairs and umbrellas downstairs. My husband was able to keep our truck clean after driving on the beach with the outside hose. We used the grill several times and the big steamer pot for crabs and shrimp! Highly recommend this house for a family of five or smaller. And John was great to work with, he changed our dates several times to fit our schedule with no hassles at all. Such a wonderful vacation we will surely remember for a long time!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that all went well for you and that Hatteras Holiday Cottage met your needs, it is a small cottage that we try to make it as comfortable and usable as possible. Hatteras Holidays location does put you where you want to be on a beach vacation, on the beach. Hatteras Holiday is located in walking or biking distance to all the restaurants, stores and attractions in Hatteras Village, that in itself is important to those who wish to park their car and just relax and vacation at the beach. Thank you or your great review and when you return to Hatteras consider staying with us at Hatteras Holiday. John and Pat
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Norfolk VA
Nearest Ferry
Hatteras/ Ocracoke
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Nags Head
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Ocracoke
Nearest Point of Interest
Charter Boat Docks
Nearest Point of Interest
Hatteras Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Ramp Access
Car: necessary

Hatteras Holiday is close to the ferry landing for scenic, historic Ocracoke Island, with its beautiful beaches and many fine restaurants. The ferry is free. You can stay all day and discover Ocracoke. Charter fishing is something you can and should do. The marinas, steps from Hatteras Holiday will take care of you every need and desire.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is 12 miles north at Buxton. There is a life guarded public beach at the Lighthouse, and a public beach with parking, showers, and a boardwalk to the beach at Frisco.

Kill Devil Hills, home to the Wright Brothers Historical Memorial is 48 miles north. The aquarium is in Manteo, 45 miles northwest, as well as Roanoake Island Festival Park and Elizabethan Gardens.

Kite boarding and Paddle boarding lessons are available on Hatteras Island, Kayaks can be rented as well.

On the beach you can walk, surf, hunt for shipwrecks, or just relax.


Rates & Availability

Hatteras Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 18 2016 - Aug 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 24 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
CLEANING and Linens $115 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Administration/Equipment $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

2015 Rates are subject to change in relation to added expenses such as increases in taxes, insurance and services.

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Cape Hatteras Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Locked storage for your kites and boogie boards. Screened porch off kitchen for outdoor dining. Nicely furnished deck. Laundry room off main living area.

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