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Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Pet Friendly Bungalow Seeks Sun, Sand and Seafood Lovers!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 bedrooms-sleeps 4, 1 full bathroom,

This updated 1950’s Cottage is the perfect basecamp for exploring the Southern Outer Banks without breaking the bank. Located in Smyrna, 8 minutes to Harkers Island, the Cottage is in a great location to access several different adventure options: Cape Lookout, Core Banks, Davis & Cedar Island Ferries, Beaufort, Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. Enjoy central air, a well equipped kitchen with gas stove. There are two bedrooms, each accommodating 2 people (1 queen bed and 2 twin beds). On the screened-in porch, along with a delightful hammock, you will find an outside propane grill and wonderful sitting area. A fish cleaning station, ample boat parking and fenced-in back yard that is surrounding by pine, oak, and wax myrtle trees makes this a serene get away.

From mid-June to the end of August, rental is weekly from Saturday to Saturday. Please check calendar for availability.

Watersports: Free public ramps are minutes from the Cottage with access to kayaking, surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, beachcombing, birdwatching. If you don't have your own boat, access is quick and simple via the passenger ferry located at Cape Lookout Visitor's Center. They will drop you off on your own pristine part of the beach and haul all your gear as well (including surf boards) for no extra charge. Rates are reasonable and the captains will give you a history lesson on the way over! Interested in kayaking? You can tackle the 3 mile crossing from Harkers Island to the Cape or spend endless days exploring the many bays, rivers and inlets around Core Sound. Seeking flounder, wahoo, cobia, blues, kings, trout, snapper, puppy drum? You've come to the right place.There are also numerous diving opportunities found in this area, known as Graveyard of the Atlantic. Take your own boat to the dive site, or utilize the services of the dive shops in Morehead City, Beaufort or Harkers Island.

Shopping and Sightseeing: Historic Beaufort by the Sea, just 20 minutes away, has many specialty, antique and curio shops. Spend time on the board walk, people watching or take a boat tour of the harbor or one of the many historical homes. For the lover of history, the Old Burial Grounds, the Maritime Museum and Wooden Boat Building offer insight into the history and culture of this area.Beaufort also has many outstanding seafood resturants. (Fresh seafood is also available roadside, as many fisherman sell directly to the public from their own homes). The Morehead City waterfront, famous for its fleet of deepsea head boats and seafood resturants, art galleries and museums, is just over the bridge from Beaufort. And the NC Aquarium is located in Atlantic Beach.

Or, you may want to take the Cedar Island Ferry and expore the many small communities with varied and colorful histories! Head over to Harkers Island and visit the Core Sound Waterfowl & Heritage Museum or Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor.

Landsports: A 3 minute drive takes you to the Smyrna recreational fields with tennis, soccer, softball/baseball and basketball courts that are open to the public.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson

My sister Jeanne and I are joint owners of Sea Grace Cottage. We grew up in Morehead City, but have both moved out of state. We are from a very large family, most of which still live and work in Carteret County. We are both avid kayakers and truly love to be out-of-doors, exploring the natural world.

Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson chose North Carolina

We purchased Sea Grace Cottage to have a place for our families to stay and relax while visiting our NC family. The Cottage is tucked away in a very peaceful hamlet but allows us quick access to the salt life that we loved as children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Mary,

We're heading out now. We LOVE your cottage and hope to come back next year. One small thing you should know (not a problem for us). This morning, we turned the stove burner on; it worked; then when we tried to relight, nothing happened (except that it made that lighter clicking sound). We didn't have a chance to go to the store to buy matches to see if that would start it. You'll probably want to have your cleaning people check it out.

Thanks for letting us stay at your beautiful home. My husband will have to pry me of the porch now!
May 2015
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Pet Friendly Bungalow Seeks Sun, Sand and Seafood Lovers!
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Sea Grace, a wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Sea Grace. It is a quaint, cozy cottage located away from all the hustle and bustle of traffic and noise. It is very clean and well-maintained and has everything that you need to relax. We especially enjoyed the screened porch with the hammock! The fenced-in yard was perfect for our dog too. We liked exploring the area around Harkers Island and took a ride on the ferry.

The owner was very helpful with information and providing answers to any questions regarding our stay. She was wonderful to work with and helped make our trip more enjoyable! The neighbors are also very friendly. We would definitely recommend this property to others, especially to those who are looking for a peaceful retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time at Sea Grace! Thank you for your kind review. I was there shortly after your visit and added sheer curtains to the porch to keep it a little cooler for those lounging in the hammock!
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Relax @ Sea Grace

  • 5 of 5

Simply perfect.

This quaint cottage provided just the solitude that we were looking for with our busy lives. Sea Grace was a well equipped cottage that offered everything we needed; Beach chairs, beach toys, kites, plenty of towels and sheets. The kitchen has everything that you need as well- spices, oils, dishes and pans. Newer washer and dryer in the kitchen.

The screened in porch with hammock was such a welcoming touch. The cottage is very close to Harkers Iskand, which we took the ferry over to Camp Lookout. You can enjoy a beautiful day at the lighthouse on the most awesome beaches with very knowledgable Rangers.

Beaufort, Moreshead and Atlantic beach are just down the road. We enjoyed the beaches at Fort Macon,very clean and no parking fees. To sum up the week, in our 5 year Old granddaughter's words "can't we stay here forever?!"

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and quiet

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Sea Grace. It is in a quiet area. However, no water access. The screened in porch and hammock were great. The owners were very attentive to our needs and kept in touch via email.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A No Frills But Peaceful Cottage

  • 3 of 5

The Sea Grace cottage is a no frills cottage, but we had an enjoyable stay just the same. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed including linens. And it is pet friendly so were able to bring our pup with us - he enjoyed the porch and yard a lot!!. No doubt we'd have enjoyed our stay more if it hadn't rained the majority of the week! We made a lot of day trips into surrounding areas like Harker's Island, Beaufort and even down to Topsail. My main complaint was the lack of TV reception. I knew there was no cable, which was no loss in my opinion, but I couldn't even get a local TV channel and felt cut-off from what was going on in the world. No weather . . .no news. We did have internet which was a plus.

If you're on a tight budget and looking for a comfortable and quiet place to stay, Sea Grace is your cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mother's day weekend

  • 5 of 5

We took my boyfriend's parents to the cottage for Mother's day weekend. We such a great time. The cottage is lovely, clean, and has everything you need. It's about a 15 min drive to the Harker's Island Ferry and about a 30 minute drive to Atlantic Beach. We went to Shackleford Island and had a great time seeing the wild horses. We then spent both Saturday and Sunday at Atlantic beach and had a very relaxing time. Thank you so much for sharing this cottage with us. We will be back again!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you had a great time and took advantage of the uniqueness of the area!! See you next year.
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

A few girlfriends and I stayed here over our spring break for a few days. Mary was wonderful to work with and made everything so easy. She was quick to respond to my inquiry and even made time to give me a call. She sent information regarding our stay in a timely manner and the price was very affordable as well (considering we're NC teachers-we all know how that goes). The house was cute and clean, we really loved the screened in porch and spent most of our time out there reading, relaxing and laying in the hammock. I loved sitting in the hammock in the early morning with the sun shining in and sipping some coffee.

Sleeping arrangements were adequate although it's hard to sleep in a twin bed when you are used to a queen size bed. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. My dogs loved the fenced in backyard and sniffing around each day. The house was clean and ready for our stay, it was also well stocked with towels and blankets.

Location was great, we went to Beaufort a few times and it was a quick easy drive. We also went to Harkers Island and took the Ferry to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout. Spent a few hours on the beach at Cape Lookout, very easy to access this area as well.

Overall, it was a great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Stephanie: As one teacher to another, I know how nice it is to get away during the school break and just chill for awhile. Hope to have ya'll back again next year.
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport-New Bern NC
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Davis Shore Ferry to Core Banks
Nearest Golf
6.8 Miles
North River Golf Course-Beaufort NC
Nearest Train
128 Miles
Wilson, NC
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Highway 70
Car: necessary

Sea Grace Cottage, located in the Downeast fishing village of Smyrna, is situated on Core Sound, close to Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core and Shackelford Banks. Known for outstanding fishing, duck hunting, surfing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and diving, shelling and beachcombing, this area of the Southern Outer Banks is truly a nature lover’s paradise! Sea Grace Cottage makes the perfect basecamp for exploring the Southern Outer Banks and getting away from it all!

Other Activities: kayaking, beachcombing,

Golf: Located just seven miles from the Sea Grace Cottage, the North River Club is a world-class 18-hole Bob Moore-designed championship golf course.


Rates & Availability

Harkers Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Fall Season
Aug 31 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Housekeeping (1-6 days) $50

Cleaning included for rentals of 1 week or longer.
Cleaning fee = $50.00

Pets are permitted with a $50.000 non-refundable fee. No more than 2 dogs (each under 65 pounds). All pets must be treated for fleas/ticks prior to staying at the Cottage. Until you have made a deposit, the rental dates you are requesting are still available for rent to other guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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North Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • The Green Room - 1 queen
    The Blue Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Cottage is perfect fit for four. Each bedroom has chest of drawers, night stands and large closets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
If you have young children, please contact owner with questions regarding suitability.

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