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Rustic Cottage with Dock Overlooking Cape Lookout

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 bedroom + sleeping alcove, sleeps 4 adults, 1 bath, large deck

Rustic Waterfront Cottage with View, Dock & Beach on Harkers Island, NC.

This family cottage has hardwood floors, ocean breezes, a bedroom with double bed, a pleasant sleeping alcove with two single beds, full bath, well furnished kitchen, a large deck overlooking the water, and a private dock. We're just a two-minute walk to the Core Sound Heritage Museum and the National Seashore headquarters, where you also catch the ferry to Cape Lookout and the barrier islands across Core Sound.

On the uninhabited barrier islands you can walk for hours along the Atlantic shore, picking up seashells, swimming, bird-watching, fishing, seeing the wild Shackleford Ponies, and climbing the famous Cape Lookout lighthouse. Back at the cottage you can fish off of our dock, explore the quiet island, or just relax on our deck with gorgeous views of the lighthouse and perfect sunsets. The historic town of Beaufort is just 30 minutes away, with fine dining, shopping, antiquing and sightseeing, and waterfront docks lined with boats from all over the world. Visit the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the Civil War era Fort Macon, or the NC Aquarium. Charter a deep sea fishing boat to the Gulf Stream, go sunfish sailing around Harkers Island, bring your own boat or kayaks, or take the ferry to the Cape. Kayak rentals are available near the bridge onto Harkers Island.

Whatever you do, it will be a wonderful change of pace, and you will love having our simple cottage as your vacation home.

Keywords: Waterfront, Dock, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Shackleford Banks ponies, Core Sound, Decoy Festival

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Tim

Owners are three brothers, one a bakery owner, another a college professor, and the third a computer programmer, and our sister, an agricultural restorer in Scotland.

Tim purchased this cottage in 1964

Why Tim chose Coastal North Carolina

The house was built by our parents in the 1960s, having found Harkers Island off the beaten path, authentic, and in very beautiful maritime surroundings.

We have vacationed here ever since, with our children growing up with sand, salt and sunshine, and still coming back for more...

What makes this cottage unique

Peaceful, varied marine ecosystems, interesting local history and culture, great fresh seafood, spending lots of time on the water and at the beaches, sandbars and lagoons, watching the sun set over the water.

Our typical day: breakfast on the deck overlooking the water, taking the boat to Cape Lookout or Shackleford, walking, swimming and collecting shells on the beach, getting some fish for dinner, a glass of wine on the deck, watching the sunset and the lighthouse flash across the waters at night...


Harkers Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower/Tub, toilet, washbasin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double bed in bedroom, two single beds in pleasant sleeping alcove, convertible futon couch.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Dock for your boat up to 22'. Public boat launch and kayak rentals by bridge onto island. Marina at center of island. Fantastic bird-watching, great fishing, excellent sunsets from the deck.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Rustic Cottage with Dock Overlooking Cape Lookout
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this cottage for our vacation! The location was right ON the water, which made it breezy and cooler on the water side of the house. We enjoyed the openness and views with the wrap-around windows. We were there for the 4th of July and could watch several fireworks shows in the distance from the deck or the main room. Everything worked fine...AC, Internet, etc. The location was great for biking, photography, and going to Shackleford Banks. Reasonably easy/quick to get to Beaufort as well. We hope to return to this "magical" cottage!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time in the cottage with my friends. I highly recommend this place if you like to be close to the water. The dock is really nice and great spot to fish and crab with plenty of depth during the tides. The oaks and briars around the property provide nice shade and break from the wind. All the furnishing, cooking stuff and WIFI worked out great.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you read here is true!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week here. Nothing to add because everything that you read here is true! The owner's overview and the guests reviews describe our experience exactly as it was, no exageration: the cottage itself, the location, the kind owner, etc...

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful spot! John G

  • 4 of 5

We were there 9-5 to 9-12 2015. Very rustic and sweet cottage. Walking distance to Park service Ferry. Boats leave every half hour for Shackleford Island and Cape Lookout. Beautiful quiet beaches, wild horses, fishing, swimming and lots of shells all 15 minutes away. Cottage was very comfortable for the two of us and the kitchen was well equipped. Tim was very helpful and easy to work with. I hope to go back again. Two weeks would have been better.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly enjoyed our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent last week at this great cottage. The cottage and its amenities were exactly as described. The rental process was easy and Tim answered all our questions in a timely fashion.

We have rented several houses in NC & VA and, even though the kitchen was small, it was the best stocked yet! We cooked several delicious seafood meals, using the large stock pot two nights for crab & shrimp boil. We caught the crab from the dock using our crab pots and the shrimp was purchased from Mr. Big’s, located on the island. For breakfast, we bought sausage from Billy’s Grocery. They grind their own sausage and the spicy is delicious. Pretty spicy, so if you do not like heat, try the regular.

We docked our boat at the house most of the week, pulling it out when the weather turned rough mid-week. If you have a shallow-draft boat, you will have no problem doing the same. We used Cape Pointe Marina to launch our boat and fill up with gas. They are very friendly and helpful.

If you like local history, you should visit the Core Sound Museum. The second floor is FULL of local historical pieces. We visited on one of the rough-weather days. We were so intrigued with the little towns that, the next day, we drove through those communities, all the way to the Cedar Island Ferry.

The view off the dock is spectacular, both day and night. If you are looking for a small cottage to get away from the hustle and bustle, this is it!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two weeks here. Starting with the reservation the owner seemed flexible and the rental contract was more than reasonable and understandable. The rental rate is more than fair considering what you get in return: a bit of Shangri La. Our security deposit was returned promptly after our stay.

The property is charming: a barely visible driveway passes through a street side property and takes you into a wonderful grove of mature trees in which the cottage is situated. Go up the stairway or under the cottage (it is on pilings) and you come to a small grassy area from which the dock extends a long way into Back Sound. The deck facing the sound is great for relaxing and watching the gulls and boats. Although the next door marina has closed and is for sale, there are several other public boat ramps available locally. A small grocery/tackle /hardware store is 2 miles down the road.

The cottage is rustic and snug. Beds are very comfy, the A/C works great, everything needed for a good time. The internet connection was reliable for us with download speeds in the 1 - 2.5 Mbps range, fine for our needs. Cell service is great. The bookshelves have many books with information about local history, lore, travel guides, fishing/boating guides, etc. The supplied computer speakers are adequate, but if audio is your thing, you might bring a wireless speaker. The older 12 paned double hung windows give the place real charm as well. They are low enough such that merely raising ones head off the pillow, the full Back Sound is seen as well as the lighthouse.

We have been coming to the eastern shores of NC for years, from KOA Kampgrounds to cottage rentals. Nags Head to Salter Path. This home rates highly for value and fun and location, location, location!!

Harkers Island is a community where I’m told 2000 souls live year round. If you need night life, this isn’t the place. Teens looking to hang out with new friends might find the pace here a mite slow. Of course for us, that was precisely the draw. SW winds blew daily, there were zero mosquitoes and not a single housefly! For our needs it was a perfect two weeks and not a drop of rain! As good as it gets.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
Nearest Airport
48 Miles
New Bern, NC
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
National Seashore Headquarters
Nearest Train
126 Miles
Amtrak in Wilson, NC
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Cape Lookout
Nearest Point of Interest
Core Sound Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
National Seashore Headquarters
Nearest Point of Interest
Local's Local Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Billy's Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Mr. Big's Seafood
Nearest Point of Interest
Cape Lookout Lighthouse


Rates & Availability

Harkers Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

A deposit of $200 is required to confirm your reservation and serve as a damage deposit, in addition to the rent. The full deposit is returned for timely or storm-related cancellation, or shortly after your stay except for deductions for damages, as explained in the rental agreement. Payment is by personal check or PayPal.

Owner'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.
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