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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Your clean, beautiful, Corolla Beach House: The Whale’s Tale awaits you! Accommodates 10 guests with 4 Bedrooms.

Spectacular sun rises through the thirteen-window panorama facing the ocean. Take breakfast on the upper deck and then stroll the short two blocks to a spacious beach. Beach chairs, umbrellas and sand toys provided.

The chef in your family will delight in the kitchen fully equipped with quality appliances, cookware and stemware. A gas and a charcoal grill stand ready for the grill master. Breathe in the salt air, hear the crashing ocean waves as you enjoy a meal outside on the picnic table.

An open floor plan unifies the kitchen, dining area, living area and ping pong area. Large flat screen TV with cable. Free WI-FI throughout the house. For peace and quiet retreat to the covered side porch where ocean breezes cool on even the hottest summer days. Unwind in the massage chair or with a frozen cocktail made in the Margaritaville Maker relax in the hot tub under the Gazebo.

Grocery, restaurants and retail shopping are a five minute drive. Take a short bicycle ride (The Whale's Tale provides 4) or walk to the Whalehead Club to stroll the majestic grounds. Climb to the top of the Currituck lighthouse and tour the free Nature Museum to learn about the rich history of this once isolated village.

Active and adventurous vacationers can enjoy a round of Golf, Kayaking, Surfing, Swimming, Fishing, Corolla Horse Tours, Shopping, or a Day Trip to the Wright Brothers memorial park. Of course, an afternoon building sandcastles can be just as fulfilling.

As the day ends on our island—far from big city lights--the stars light up the night sky. Relaxation, laughter, conversation and memories for your family that will last a lifetime, all await you at The Whale’s Tale.

More Details

Barbara MacLauchlin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Barbara MacLauchlin

Sharing The Whale's Tale with vacationers, like yourselves, who desire to spend uninterrupted time with their families, enjoying one of the best beaches in the world, has been and continues to be an enjoyable blessing. My husband and I first discovered this area in 1974. After driving miles on the wide and undeveloped beaches from Virginia, the jeep stopped at a place called Whalehead of Corolla. My husband, the realtor Mr. Riggs and I stood in the sand looking for the half-acre lot for sale in the 1st division of Whalehead. Not a house in site and little vegetation.

Mr. Riggs squinted and with a turned upper lip said "I don't know exactly, but the lot you are interested in is someplace here." The truth was, we had no extra money to spend on such a wild financial adventure....we were just looking. But what a paradise to behold. The ocean was a 3 minute walk. The Corolla Lighthouse was a historic beauty to behold. On the top ridge of a dune we watched a wild black stallion called Star confidently lead his herd, descendants of a Spanish galleon ship that sunk in the Atlantic centuries ago. Within a second my husband and I said, "We'll take it."

Barbara MacLauchlin purchased this house in 1974

Why Barbara MacLauchlin chose Whalehead Beach

Ten years later, our little family gathered around our dinner table for a vote. Do we build a forever house or do we build a beach house? "A forever house" I said loudly. My husband and Christopher, our teenage son, voted beach house. Our three year old son, Cory, broke the silence. "Sawee Mommy, I vote beach house!" And so we began a journey, not only building a vacation home, but building lifelong memories with family and friends.

Many changes have occurred in Whalehead since 1974. Roads, new homes and parking lots were built. Convenient shopping and fine restaurants were added to the only general store that served this sleepy fishing village. The Whalehead Club has been historically renovated to its former glory. You can still visit the horses in a sanctuary north of Corolla. And the once coarse, pebbly beach has turned into a beautiful white sandy beach. Beach walkways offer easy access and protect the ocean dunes. Lifeguards, emergency services and many conveniences. But it still retains the quality of a quiet paradise where the sun shines a little brighter and air is cooled by sea mist.

What makes this house unique

My husband and I always believed vacations were a necessity for good family health. It is my desire to maintain a clean and comfortable beach house that welcomes you as your summer home. I want you to enjoy this well-earned time with your family. I have stocked the kitchen with lots of extras to make your vacation a pleasure to prepare your family meals. Beds are made and double sets of towels for each family member are provided. The simplicity of playing on the beach together, playing board games, working puzzles, participating in a game of ping pong with your children are truly enjoyed.

My sons now have sons of their own. My five grandchildren often tell me how much they love The Whale's Tale...and want to visit again. To be sure, you and your family will love spending your vacation at The Whale's Tale.


Whalehead Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - Half Bath is off the open plan Living Area
    Bathroom 1 - Jack & Jill bathroom / located between two bedrooms.
    Bathroom 2 - Jack & Jill Bathroom /located between two bedrooms.
    Two (2) Outdoor Showers. Hot and Cold Water. - shower , outdoor shower , Best way to keep sand out of the house!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Two (2) Twin Bunkbeds with i-comfort mattresses on each bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly
average rating of 4.64 based on 25 reviews
Rolesville, NC


  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend. older house but very clean. plenty of room. games for the kids. just an all around nice home. we will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Lawn, PA

GREAT Beach Home - Terrific Property Owner!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this beach home and all of the amenities supplied by Barbara! She really takes amazing care of her guests. She truly wants you to just show up and have a relaxing vacation. The mattress in the master bedroom was more comfortable than my bed at home and the linens are top quality! We cannot thank Barbara enough for her wonderful home, kindness and generosity. Rent this property! I almost left my husband for the amazing massage chair! You would not believe all of the attention to detail and the amount of towels supplied. Short walk to the beach. Great vacation, will definitely rent from Barbara again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Well appointed kitchen. Good beach and recreation supplies. Kind owners

  • 4 of 5

We had a great family vacation at the Whale's Tail. The quick easy walk to the beach was great. It allowed people in our group to come and go as they pleased and the coded entry front door was great. No keys to juggle or worry about at the beach. The hot tub was well maintained and a fun addition to the evenings. A game of corn hole after dinner was fun. The bikes were enjoyed by young and old, thanks to the straight, flat quiet streets of the neighborhood. We enjoyed cooking in the well stocked kitchen with groceries from two nearby foid stores. The large pot is perfect for a fish boil or lobster. The beds were comfortable and the updated bathrooms were great. Thank you for sharing your house with us. We made many great memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home! Nice remodeling in bathrooms and bedrooms! Loved beach decor throughout.

  • 4 of 5

Outside of property could use some tlc; however, home itself was perfect for our family vacation! We would love to come back in the future. Inside of home had character and had a nice beachy feel. Remodeling in bathrooms and bedrooms was beautiful. Location was perfect! Close to beach, shopping, activities... My family rode bikes, supplied by the owner which was a plus, to get ice cream and also visit the historic park at sunset which was absolutely gorgeous! The owner was very informative and friendly and just a call away if we needed anything. So much was supplied with this rental that you don't find in others. Was great not to have to bring our bikes, linens, beach toys, etc.. Saved much needed room in our vehicle. I highly recommend this home. Was a great experience for my family and I. Thank you Barbara for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family get-away house!

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything our family of 9 needed -Fully equipped kitchen, large fluffy towels in the bathrooms, and comfortable beds!

Thank you, Barbara, for having the house ready and inviting. We enjoyed our stay immensely and hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, close to beach, felt like home

  • 5 of 5

The house was well kept & stocked with linens & a modern kitchen. The owner is a wonderfully gracious person, who was very helpful with restaurant suggestions & local.activities. would definitely recommend this home

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Please contact owner for special off season.... vacation weekends or holiday.....rental rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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