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► Beach Paradise ►Tranquily ► Privacy ►2.5 Miles Personal Pristine Virgin Beach

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Cedar Island House Rental Photos and Description

Sensational Vistas / Spectacular Sunrises & Sunsets from Decks/ Privacy & Jacuzi

Last Call for Summer. There one long weekend left August that I am renting out at Winter rates. Don't miss out !!! I don't have a free week until November, and only a few days in October. Come try out beach living. Don't miss out !!!

Our Off peak guests enjoy lovely weather, flexible scheduling and discount pricing.

Picture Perfect Panoramic Views of surf and dunes out every window, all day long in a Raised View, Pagoda Beach House in the round with soaring cathedral ceilings.

• Sunrise over an endless ocean, viewed from the wrap around, covered front deck or the Panoramic Picture Windows.

• Sun Set and cocktails on the back deck, with miles of unspoiled, rambling private dunes in the fore ground and Back Bay on the horizon. The location is so surreal you will think you are in a dreamy a movie, or a Hollywood backdrop. But Wake up and take the vacation you deserve ! This is living.

Before you dismiss my description as silly hyperbole. Please watch the quick Panoramic Video on YouTube, of the beach, dunes and house.

(you tube video link below)

The round house on the beach is 1200 Square Feet of Pure Heaven, with soaring cathedral ceilings, and panoramic vista's everywhere.

Jacuzzi Mater Bath in Master Bedroom.

Guest Bath with Shower:

Maximum of 4 Guests. (children count, we need to protect the environment and our delicate Beach septic system)

The tranquility symphony of nature is all you will hear.

Exceptional privacy. You can even walk down the beach where there is no one for miles.

• 4 Wheel Drive is recommend for even more fun. (SEE Access info Below)

Gourmet Kitchen, wrap around decks, central AC.

• Bring your boat and water toys.


• This is Cedar Island. Called the “Gate way to outer Banks”. You can take the Ocracoke Ferry or dive over the Route 12 Highway Bridge, and though a very scenic waterfronts and moors on both sides of the road for the last 20 miles.

• Amazing water views, Sunrises AND Sunsets over the water, privacy, peace and quiet, virgin beaches and dunes, all for a truly affordable price. If you want a true get away without vacationing crowds, you found it.

• Make a day visit to Ocracoke, and the outer banks. The ferry is minutes away, at the end of our private dune road. Ride the ferry to Ocracoke for $1. Rent a golf cart, browse the artists shops, dine on the waterfront and come back that evening for $1. Your privacy, peace and quiet are waiting. If you want a true get away, this beach house is love at first sight.

• Bring your bicycle, boat, kayak or wind surfer, and other water toys. See the list of activities you can enjoy on Cedar Island.

• There is a new beautiful boat ramp at the end of the dune road.

• 97% of Cedar Island is Conservation Land. You are surrounded by a hundred acres of dunes. There is 2.5 miles of pristine beaches and dunes to walk, just to the left of the house. A number of deserted sandy beach islands you can paddle to and be the only ones on earth.

• The ferry is ½ mile down the beach in the other direction. There is only one vacation house next door. See the list of activities Cedar Island can offer, at the end of this listing.

• Google the address, (282 Soundview Drive, Cedar Island 28520) and look at the satellite view. It is the next to last house on the beach, and the only round house on the island. Look at the private beach to the left. Look at all the virgin sandy beaches and deserted beach islands you can paddle to. Try to find this anywhere else.

• Naturists should use reasonable desecration. During Off Peak Season there is usually no one around. Spring and Fall are beautiful too. During peak season, a couple of dune vehicles may zip past on their way to the dunes. There are dozens of beaches, islands and dunes where you can plant your flag for the day.

• This is one of the last unspoiled places where you can drive on pristine dunes, without fees or restrictions. You will frequently have the dunes to yourself. The dunes are private property. Stay on the dune paths, and don’t damage the dune vegetation, because it is a felony and a property crime to cause permanent, irreparable erosion damage.

Access (Read this Carefully!!!)

This house is not for everyone. Not handicap accessible.

• A 4 wheel drive is convenient to access this property, or you can walk 10 minutes on the dunes or beach (your choice), and park on the pavement.

• Unless the tide is very high, you can drive down the beach. No permit is required. But a single storm can change the beach shape, I can't make promises.

• At high tide, you have to use the dune road. This requires a good 4 wheel drive. There can be deep puddles from recent flooding rains, or sometimes "sugar sand", from a prolonged dry spell. My old clunker, stock Dodge RAM Pickup (Dodge-zilla) always makes it. You can get stuck, especially if you have no off road driving experience or a mini 4x4.. We charge $50 for a successfully tow out. A couple of people per year need help.

• You are renting with the understanding, that access to this house can be challenging, especially during or after storms. That is just part of the territory with renting a remote beach location. You might have to walk, but I never have. A good truck and a lead foot should get you there. If you are not comfortable with this, you should discuss it with the owner, rent a 4 wheel drive truck or consider a less remote vacation. No prima donnas please.

• There are only a hand full of places left in the USA with this kind of beach front wilderness. The privacy is a result of this challenging access.

• Breathtaking Views out every window and deck, in every direction.

• Super Sunrises directly over Pamlico Sound, viewed from the front deck and living room with 90 miles of Pamlico Sound in front of you. This is North America’s largest salt water lagoon (30 miles wide by 90 miles long). It is an inland, protected ocean.

• Hundreds of Acres of Dunes and Dune roads, with Back Bay in the back drop.

Full Description:

Living Room in the Round

• All Glass, Floor to Ceiling Surrounds you with Ocean Views Everywhere.

• Formal Dining for 4. Bar Top and Stools for 3

• New Queen Sleeper Couch. Total of 4 couches, numerous chairs & oriental rugs.

• 47” TV (see Below)

• Central Air Conditioner and ceiling fans throughout.

Front Wrap around Deck

• View Sunrise over Pamlico Sound (open ocean to the horizon)

• Propane Bar-B-Q

• Adirondack Chairs

• Glass dining table

• Even in bad weather the large roof overhang will protect you from the weather, and the wrap around porch allows you be “in the lee” of the storm, as it blows over you.

Master Bedroom

• King Bed

• Central AC and Ceiling Fan

• Patio Door to Private deck with spectacular views of endless dunes and sunsets over the dunes and back bay.

Master Bathroom

• Features Large Jacuzzi

• Spacious and Lovely

Back Deck

• Sunset over Back Bay and the Dunes

• Off Master Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

• New Queen Memory Foam Mattress

• Air Conditioner and Ceiling Fan

Guest Bathroom

• Shower and extra long make up counter

• Modern with Tile floors


• Gourmet Kitchen

• Induction glass cook top

• Water Views

• Bar Top with Stools

• Lots of counter tops and Counters

TV and Internet

• 47” smart TV with free high speed internet and Wi-Fi.

• Cable TV is not available. Log onto Net Flix and your favorite streaming video sources.

Washer Dryer

• Is conveniently located in the Laundry Closet off Living room,.

No Pets.

Boating And Water Recreation

• The water in front of the house is shallow at low tide. Great for wading. Pamlico Sound is considered protected waters, but can have major wind driven seas and surf. You are likely to have a mixture of calm and breaking surf. The boat launch ramp is at the ferry terminal, ½ mile away. Bringing boats up to the property depends on the draft of the boat and the tide. Bring your water toys. There will be plenty of opportunity to use them.

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge is 14,480 acres of Nature. That is 50 acres of wilderness per human. Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Bird watching and Wildlife Observation are all encouraged in this bountiful park. Try to find that somewhere else.

State Website

If you love nature, Cedar Island is the place to be.

Welcoming Our Guests:

• Cedar Island is known for its friendly welcoming people.

• Repeat guests are our objective and will always get booking priority.

• We are offering an exceptional experience, at a very affordable rate (A beach house for the price of a nice hotel room). We want to win your repeat business.

• Smoking and pets are not allowed.

Things to Do (bring your toys)

• Relaxing on the Beach or wrap around decks

• Boating

• Fishing

• Hunting

• Cycling

• Swimming

• Surfing // Paddle boarding

• Wind-Surfing / Kite boarding

• Kayaking // Canoeing

• Water Skiing

• Jet Skiing

• Bird Watching

• Wildlife Viewing (wild horses on the beach and island)

• Museums

Morris Marina Waterfront Restaurant 252-225-4261

1000 Morris Marina Rd., Atlantic, NC 28511

White Point Take-Out 252-225-1500

101 Core Sound Loop Road, Atlantic, NC 28511

• Horseback Riding on the Beach

Outer Banks Riding Stables 252-225-1185

120 Driftwood Dr Cedar Island, NC 28520

Area Recreational Information

• Ferries

• Ocracoke ($1 pedestrians) go over for the day. (that’s enough)

• Several Small Ferries to Outer Banks and Cape Look

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rodney Farnsworth III
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Red Neck/ Jive/ Yankee Hoity–Toity/ Queens English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2016

About Rodney Farnsworth III


• Retired Equity Partner of NE Largest Savings and Loan

• Consultant and Manager for FDIC

• Real Estate and Securities Investor

• Founder and Funding Angle of the IRS 501c3 Charitable Corp. “The American Academy of Boat Building and Seamanship”.

• The best thing to have is Fun. What better business to be in than vicariously sharing the fun in the sun with my wonderful guests? I am living my retirement dream.

Rodney Farnsworth III purchased this house in 2013

Why Rodney Farnsworth III chose Coastal North Carolina

I personally designed and built a 56 foot catamaran that sleeps 14, and sailed up and down the Atlantic coast looking for the best place to retire. There is no place else like Cedar Island. If you like breathtaking beauty, unspoiled beaches and waterfront views, on an island that is 97% wilderness preserve, you have found it.

The only other place I even considered was the gulf side of Key Largo, which is nicer in the winter, but boiling in the summer, plus much more expensive, much more developed and oppressively regulated than Cedar Island. If you want privacy, tranquility, friendly locals, and endless Natural adventures, you will love Cedar Island. But don’t tell anyone! Let them go to Florida.


based on 6 traveler reviews

► Beach Paradise ►Tranquily ► Privacy ►2.5 Miles Personal Pristine Virgin Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

The Most Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Just back to reality after the most amazing week at the Round House on Cedar Island. This place is heaven. The house is beautiful and so clean - all of the amenities we would have possibly wanted. Making arrangements with the owner, Rodney, was easy and friendly, and he was always available to answer questions. We were the ONLY ones on the beach and the weather was perfect - 70's-80's and sunny every single day. The sea kayaks that are at the house for renters to use are wonderful and we used them often. I would highly highly recommend coming to the beach house - I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My retirement hobby is “Selling Fun”, and I love it. It is so nice to hear my guests had a family adventure they will treasure for a lifetime. This was a Mid April Rental with perfect weather and kayaking every day. Fall is swim-able into November. I love my half price guests just as much as they love a splendid bargain. Spring and fall is the affordable option and just as spectacular. You don’t have to take my word for it anymore. Everyone deserves a great vacation ! I hope we see you soon. Best Wishes Rodney
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Amazingly Serene

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been to the Roundhouse twice. It's an easy weekend getaway from New Bern. From the time you leave the paved main road and travel the sand to Round house, you enter into a spiritual trance, where time ceases, along with worries, stress and anxiety. The pristine beauty of the sea is only slightly more well done than the house itself, with polished hardwood, a wall of glass, full kitchen. Three Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dont know where the third thumb came from, but its worth it.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love our repeat guests. Please come back and think of this as your second home.
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  • 5 of 5





  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at the Round House! Rodney was so helpful answering my questions in the weeks leading up to our stay, and Shawn met us as soon as we arrived and showed us to the house. The house was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. And the windows! Each morning the whole house would light up with the sunrise. We were able to walk or run the beach everyday and hardly ran into anyone. If this is the kind of vacation you are looking for this is the place! We met the people staying at House next door and they were fantastic- invited us for a clam bake and Later in the week to their parents house for dinner. Everyone in town is so nice, so if you have the opportunity to I suggest making new friends! You can take the ferry to ocracoke for the day, which we did. However if you are staying for less than a week I recommend just staying at the house! The ferry ride is over 2 hours so you do spend a lot of time traveling. But ocracoke is a very cool little island to explore. Overall I highly recommend this house for a getaway- you will not regret it!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

I just can not say enough about the "Roundhouse"! We were looking for peaceful, relaxing, and rejuvenating, and we found that and so much more. Shawn and Rodney were such gracious hosts... even helped us dig the truck out of the sand before we figured out that we had to lower the air pressure in the tires to navigate the dunes(very helpful hint, we lowered the pressure by 40% and had no problems afterwards). Shawn and his girlfriend made a special trip to get us soft shell crabs, and man were they delicious!

If you are looking for a beautiful setting away from the crowds and overwhelming 24/7 "connectedness" of today's lifestyles, then look no further. We spent 4 days in the roundhouse and maybe saw 5 people. Within an hour we had already planned our next stay. Book this house, you will not be disappointed.

PS be prepared to go shopping before you get past Moorehead, there is really nothing past there. Plan ahead and get your groceries and ice. And don't forget to let some air out of the tires.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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True Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sherry and I stayed for 3 days in this beachfront cottage in Nov 2014. It was the most unique and satisfying long weekend vacation we have ever had and we will definitely go back for a longer stay next time. The cottage sits literally right on the sandy white beach which is surrounded by the natural beauty of Pimlico sound. It is truly a "get away" vacation because it is located on cedar island which is very remote compared to Cape Hatteras and some of the other barrier islands. There are many things to see and do during your stay including hopping on the nearby ferry for a day trip to historic Orikoke island, taking a paddle or sail along the shore to explore the coast or nearby barrier islands, or a taking ride to quint restaurants, towns, and fishing villages in the area. The cottage is very comfortable for 2 couples or a small family with 2 private and very comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms. The surround deck and glass wall front let you sit back and take in the views and breath in the salt air. You will not be disappointed with this vacation choice.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
EWN = New Burn Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
Wrap Around Porchs with sunrise and Sunset View
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
1000 Feet / to and From Ocrocoke NC
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Moorhead City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 12
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Atlantic NC // Scenic Drive
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
Front Steps-50' to water / 2.5 Miles Private Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Cedar Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Splendor 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Early Spring 2017
Apr 8 2017 - May 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Pre Peak 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall Splendor 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Normal Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

4 Wheel Drive - Off Road vehicle is recommended. Please read listing carefully for more details. Soundview Drive is an unimproved Dune Road.
Panorama Video of the Round House in the Dunes on You Tube (Must Watch) (2 Minute)

Driving the Dune Road to the Beach House (2 Minute)

1/2 Due to secure Reservation
1/2 Due 90 days before vacation begins.
Damage Deposit of $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Cedar Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two Bathrooms Master en-suite with Jacuzzi Guest Bath has Showers See Photos
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 king , Private Bath with Jacuzzi
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom Has: Very Private Deck with sunset over Dunes and Back Bay King Size Bed Private Bath with Jacuzzi Walk in Closet Guest Bedroom Has Queen Bed with View of Water and Dunes Sleeper Couch in Living room 4 People Max (children are people)
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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