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Bedrooms 2
Space 765 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath

Tree Spirit, a sweet, rustic, beach cottage attuned to receive Reiki energy, nestles among live oaks a short walk from deeded ocean and sound accesses on Topsail Island.

No tv, no phone, no clock. Come to 'be there.'

Tree Spirit Retreat is all about sharing healing energy. We welcome all who wish to bask in healing energy and nature.

Barrier islands shift, creating an auspicious environment inner change. Topsail Island’s abundant natural attributes feature pelicans, dolphins, and constantly moving sandbars. Friends have enjoyed it and have been refreshed by their time there. We welcome new friends.

~Pet guests welcomed on a case by case basis~

Welcome to Tree Spirit!: Enter Tree Spirit through the screened porch into a great room, with bedrooms in the rear.

Tree Spirit sleeps 2 to 4 best, with total indoor space measuring approximately 750 square feet, but can sleep up to 6 if needed. The master bedroom contains a queen sized bed, and the second bedroom a full sized bed. If additional beds are needed, the great room provides a fold out sofa.

Practitioners in energetic healing and related fields receive a discount.

Highlights, Sundries & Views: Appointed chiefly with hand built and recycled furniture & appliances, Tree Spirit features a nicely equipped kitchen with stainless steel coil-burner stove and restaurant sink. Kitchen utensils include a fondue pot, shrimp/pasta pot, crock pot, and other sundries.

A funky outdoor bathhouse with Japanese lines and cast iron tub highlights bathing facilities, complemented by outdoor shower and foot bath in front & bathroom with shower inside.

Trees come into view from most windows. A second entrance in the kitchen area leads onto an east-facing deck looking out at an enormous maritime oak with three trunks.

Reiki Attunement, The Beach & The Sound: The earth beneath and around the house as well as the house itself have been treated energetically over a period of two years, culminating with attunement. Walk one or two hundred yards in either direction to reach the beach or the sound.

When stay at Tree Spirit Retreat, we ask that treat it as a visit to a friend’s home. Please leave things as found them - we do not charge a cleaning fee. In the fashion of the traditional beach bungalow, assorted light beach gear can be found on the premises.

More Details


Surf City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 765 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Indoor Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower & Footbath - outdoor shower , Front of house
    Outdoor Bath - combination tub/shower , Back of house/enclosed
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Bedroom - 1 double
  • A fold out sofa in the great room offers sleeping space for 2 more.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tree Spirit shares private beach, and private deep water boat accesses with the surrounding neighborhood.


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average rating of 4.578125 based on 64 reviews
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Sweet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at Tree Spirit in December and I can't think of a better way to restore and attune and exhale before the busy holidays and new year. The retreat is exactly as described, except the kitchen is even better outfitted. We cooked several meals a day very comfortably. The location is just perfect--so close to the beach and the Intercoastal, and bike/walking to the things you need while still feeling like you're "getting away". We saw dolphins on 5 of our 7 days here, and a meteor shower on our first night. This is a really special place!

Also, BRING YOUR BIKE or rent one there. The island is totally bikeable and we used our bikes for all our errands and adventures. Flat, paved, easy riding for cyclists of all experience levels.

Some of our highlights and recommendations:

--Surf City Crab (508 Roland Avenue, Surf City, NC 28445): Great place to buy fresh seafood. Ask for the local stuff if that's what you want. We had fresh local shrimp, flounder and swordfish and cooked it up at Tree Spirit. My husband is a chef and he was really impressed with the fish. (This is not associated with the Crab Pot restaurant that shares the parking lot.)

--Swingbridge Beer and Wine ( Good craft beer selection (lots of NC brews) and wines for all price points. The owners are delightful and really knowledgeable about Topsail Island history (and the pirate lore!). Lots of beer on draft and wine in the enomatic so you can sip and shop.

--Quarter Moon Books ( A gem of a shop with a sunny patio and sweetheart owner and staff. They have live music, a nice selection of used and new books and a charming little wine bar (craft beer selection, too).

--Herring Outdoor Sports ( A nicely-supplied shop that rents bikes, kayaks, fishing gear, sells licenses and tackle as well as a lot of fun souvenirs and clothing/shoes (and not just touristy stuff: it's like a mini-REI store. High quality). The owners got us all set up for surf fishing and were really helpful and friendly.

Chris was very responsive and accommodating, very kind to work with. We can't wait to come to Tree Spirit again!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, everyone, for all of the great reviews! And extra thanks for the tips on places to go and things to do! Sending good vibes your way always. Namaste.
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Peaceful Christmas

  • 4 of 5

Great getaway with the pups! Thanks for a memorable Christmas. All was as advertised!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully restful

  • 5 of 5

We feel at home in this simple cottage. We already stayed 2 times last year and we will be back in 2018! Perfect

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quiet and relaxing. Would recommend to anyone that wants to get away! Very cozy. I will definit

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and relaxing. Would recommend to anyone that wants to just get away! Very cozy. I will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The villa was exactly what we needed for a couple of days spent fishing and time with our son.

  • 4 of 5

Not real fancy, no TV, quiet and beautiful trees surrounding the villa. For two nights, we really enjoyed the vacation but wished there was better parking for a truck, boat and trailer. If we had one more vehicle, might've been a little tight.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is also possible to park in front of the lot with the big tree if you have more or larger vehicles. Please inquire regarding details on additional parking for your next trip if needed. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Tree Spirit!
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Just a funky little shack

  • 4 of 5

Great getaway. Had everything we needed. Loved the outdoor tub. Neighbors were very friendly.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christine Mealey
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018


Car: recommended

3.9 miles south of the Surf City stop light,

just before the Topsail Beach town line.

Other Activities: kite surfing, kayak, sea turtle hospital, movie theater & bowling alley building in process at time of writing

Golf: golfing about 20 minutes from Tree Spirit


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.75%

$220 Sun. pm Nov. 12-Fri. am Nov. 17.
Weekday Special Offer: w/ 4 week day nights get 5th free [Sun. pm -Fri. am]. Mid & off season only.
Practitioners in energetic healing receive 10% discount year round.
Writers & Artists Retreat 10% discount Oct. 15- March 15.
Negotiable rates mid- & off- season for visits of 10 nights or more.
4 day minimum Christmas & Easter weeks/3 day minimum Thanksgiving

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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