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Pet Friendly Bungalow Seeks Sun, Sand and Seafood Lovers!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 780 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Sisters Mary Barnum & Jeanne Barnum Josephson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

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 Smyrna

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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Map

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.

Amenities

Smyrna Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Newly build outdoor shower (2017).
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
If you have young children, please contact owner with questions regarding suitability.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Pet Friendly Bungalow Seeks Sun, Sand and Seafood Lovers!
average rating of 4.695652 based on 75 reviews
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Feedback for Sea Grace

  • 2 of 5

Hi Mary,

My husband, two dogs and myself loved your cottage, but there were some things that really overshadowed our stay. First of all we came to Sea Grace to relax and unwind, unfortunately the only peace and quiet was at nighttime. We were not told about the house construction across the street from the cottage. It started approx. at 8:00 am each morning and continued all day, so most mornings we were awoken by banging, hammering, nail guns, electric saws, and the coming and going of vehicles to the construction site including large trucks delivering lumber. Being located on a small quiet dead end road sounded peaceful in the Home Away listing but it was anything but. My husband and I walked our two dogs down the road one morning and one of the lumber trucks roared by us, never even slowed, very rude we thought especially for such a small, short street, a few minutes later a car went by very fast not even acknowledging us and came close to hitting us, all in such a hurry. I remember years ago I spent some time in the Carolina's and was impressed by the southern hospitality and kindness of the South but I see that seems to have changed.

Apart from the noise there were a few other things I want to mention. There was no soap, we brought a bar of our own soap for showering, but there was no hand soap or even dish soap in the kitchen or bathroom. We couldn't find any washcloths except two under the bathroom sink and they were very worn and would be classified more as rags for cleaning.

We did enjoy the beautiful yard and so did our dogs and also enjoyed some time fishing, but overall we were hoping for a peaceful location and it was not.

Sincerely, Lynne and Bobby Simms

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Exactly as advertised

  • 4 of 5

If you want a great place to hang with your dogs, this is it. If you want a quiet place away from it all, this is it. If you want a simple, clean, no frills, no tv, no access getaway, this is it. If you want to be within walking distance to water, this is not your kind of place. If you want to view the sunset or sunrise from the house, this is not your kind of place. If you don't like to drive 20 minutes to get just about anywhere, this is not your kind of place. The owners and reviewers clearly detail what the property is and isn't and we made our decision based on that and we were not disappointed. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because of housekeeping checkout procedure. Guests are required to wash and dry sheets and towels and put away before leaving. This added almost two hours to our departure. I prefer option of placing used linens in a designated area for housekeeper to manage.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Sue: Thank you for your candid review. I agree; people who base their decision to stay at Sea Grace Cottage by reading the descriptions provided seem to be happy with their decision to stay with us. If you are looking for a laid back, retro get away from-it- all vacation with quick access to Cape Lookout National Seashore, and grilling out on the deck, you will be happy with your choice. If you want to spend your time eating out, shopping and watching tv, you will be disappointed! Based on your comments regarding linens, perhaps we should review our check out policy. Thank you!
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5

Very nice, clean, and comfortable place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is my 5th stay at Sea Grace. My dogs love the fenced back yard. If you are looking for a place on the water this is not it BUT you are literally minutes away from a ferry to Cape Lookout, fishing dock/boat ramp, and charming historic Beaufort, NC.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary: Always enjoy having you and the pups at the Cottage. Since you know the area so well, being somewhat of a "local", I value your feedback!
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5

Peaceful, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful cottage! Away from it all, yet not too far from all you want to do. I spent almost a week here with a friend in June and it was relaxing and all that we wanted. It was clean and way to keep neat while we were there. We kayaked, went to the beach, visited the nearby Core Sound museum and went into Morehead and Beaufort. Also took the ferry over to Cape Lookout. What a great day that was!

The cottage is super cute- comfortable, plenty of room and nicely decorated. I cooked almost every night and had all that I needed. The outdoor shower is sweet! Bring your binocs for some couch-side bird watching! The hammock is a nice touch, though I didn't end up in it very much. Definitely recommended, and I will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Very pet friendly

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was very well equipped, and very clean. Beautiful fenced in area for the dogs, nice screened porch. The location was pretty buggy but we were traveling the area quite a bit, Cape Lookout Ferry was pretty easy to get to and Cape Lookout was awesome.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Wonderful little place to stay, tucked away at a dead end! Super quite and perfect for relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our two night stay. Super quite place, relaxing and secluded at a dead end road. Overall we were pleased, however, we did not take any pets but noticed the living room rug containing noticeable amounts of fur intact and when we sweeping, large amount of fur was removed. We also discovered a rather large cockroach in the master bedroom before bed-it was quickly terminated but noticed another prior to checkout just outside the kitchen area. If these small incidents wouldn't of occurred, then we would rate five star for sure. The stay is close to several larger areas but far enough away from the hectic city life. Beautiful North Carolina coastal visit - must do for us again in our future!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tyler: Thank you for your honest feedback. I will share this information with the housekeeper to help understand where she may need to more directly focus her energy and attention. Mary
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

You may choose to pay through the mail via check to eliminate fees charged by HomeAway for on-line processing of payment.

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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