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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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.

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Barbara MacLauchlin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

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 Corolla

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 - 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 ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly
average rating of 4.631579 based on 19 reviews

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, well equipped beach house in good location. Owner is wonderful and really goes "above an beyond" to accommodate renters. In addition to central air, there is an extra window AC unit to help on really hot days if needed.

'Would stay again if going to Corolla.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first Experience using Home Away. It was awesome! Lovely home away from home. Beds and sheets extremely comfortable, loads of towels and cookware. We wanted for nothing! Thank you Barbara! I highly recommend the horse tours that support the horses. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund where all the profits support the horses. Bill was our tour guide we had an amazing time!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for a five star review. You made my day! I love knowing guests appreciate quality linens, comfortable beds and that The Whale's Tale was Your Vacation Home away from Home. I hope your fun family will plan to return again. Cheers, Barbara Owner The Whale's Tale
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Whale's Tail + Owner = Perfection

  • 5 of 5

October 26- 29th, 2016. From the moment we saw the pictures of the home, it called to us. It competed with the big McMansions lining the coast, one after another...looking all the same. For some reason the Whale's Tail always stayed at the top of the list. In the end, this sweet slice of OBX won, with all her charm and family vacation vibe. Once we spoke to Barbara [the owner], we knew why the house felt like had absorbed years of love & family. We cannot say enough kind things about Barbara, as she is the home and the home is her. She has thought of everything...from providing beach towels to having martini glasses, and everything in between. Both her and her home were the most gracious hosts. Nothing was missing. We do suggest to be prepared for an OBX thing [NOT a Whale's Tail thing]: the water has an odor [kind of like well water]. It is safe. Barbara and the locals suggest drinking bottled water... and in a great host move, a case of water was waiting for us in the fridge. We cannot say enough nice things, so we will end with...YES, we will be staying here again. May the sun shine on your face and peace be in your heart, Namaste.

Ps. Rent a 4 wheel drive: there are not words to describe... "I just wanna drive 'til I run out of highway, into the purple sky". Which we did, right on to the beach and was stunned by the beauty. Thank you Kid Rock, for the lyrics. Thank you OBX for the experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Owner!

  • 5 of 5

We unfortunately did not get the opportunity to stay at The Whale's Tale due to a hurricane, however, Barbara, the owner, could not have been more pleasant to deal with from beginning to end. She was very thorough, very polite, very accommodating, very professional! You better believe the next time we plan to visit Corolla, we'll be checking The Whale's Tale for availability! Thank you Barbara and we wish you the best as Hurricane Matthew passes through your area.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Abode!

  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to the Duck / Corolla area for years. We have stayed in many residences, but this year was different! First off -- so many items which normally take up valuable space in a vehicle are provided. The provided linens are of excellent quality, bath towels, beach towels etc. As an added bonus: (9) Tommy Bahama beach chairs and (4) Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas are provided! It is a 5-6 minute walk to the beach, but it is even easier with the provided beach cart - also Tommy Bahama. Boogie boards, bicycles and more are also provided.

So often you have a great day at the beach and sleep on a frumpy and lumpy mattress. Barbara ensured all beds have high quality mattresses! No more sore backs in the morning! The bathrooms are updated very nicely and were always welcoming. Everything was clean and tidy.

The kitchen is also nicely equipped with very nice appliances and nothing ls lacking. I could go on and on but stay here and see for yourself! The excellent location to all the amenities which Corolla has to offer makes this a hidden gem! Excellent communication with the owner throughout the booking and our 2 week stay. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Whale of a Time

  • 5 of 5

The Whale's Tale is such a nice home and Barbara does so much to keep this older house in top-notch shape. Everything was spotless, so nicely appointed, so many thoughtful touches, so many clean towels!! Kids enjoyed using the bike sand the hot tub. We were so glad we could bring our dog, Sadie, along for her first trip to the beach.We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Whalehead Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
In Season
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Mar 3 2018 - Jun 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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.
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