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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 for 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 you stay at Tree Spirit Retreat, we ask that you treat it as a visit to a friend’s home. Please leave things as you 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

Christine Mealey
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017


Surf City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 765 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • 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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.4772725 based on 44 reviews
Boulder, CO

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: Dec 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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Cozy Cocoon

  • 3 of 5

This was one of several return visits to Tree Spirit. While very rustic, this little cottage has endeared itself to me and my dogs. Sheltered under the trees on a quiet street between sea and sound, it provides the perfect place to go off grid.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best house for the money on Topsail

  • 5 of 5

I have been going to Topsail island for over 25 years and have stayed at many houses but the tree sprit is by far the best one I have stayed at, I live way out in the country in Rowan CO. NC and this feels like home! nice and quite and peaceful, the bed are great and there is every thing you need to stay for a while! I will keep renting this house for years to come!!!!! Dan p

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A comfortable stay, close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Tree Spirit. The weather wasn't in our favor, but the location of the house and the amenities it featured made it a pleasant stay. We're coming back in few months and look forward to our next stay at the Tree Spirit!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC

Peaceful retreat from it all

  • 5 of 5

Second visit to Tree Spirit. Love to get off the grid. This cabin has rustic charm yet all the conveniences to cook meals and relax. Just love it.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall weekend at Tree Spirit

  • 4 of 5

Had a beautiful early fall weekend at Tree Spirit Retreat. The house made it through hurricane Mathew the week before

in good order. We enjoyed the warm weather and the Topsail craft show.

The house is perfect for a getaway. It was nice to escape the electronic world for a few days.

Thanks Christine

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Surf City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring 2017
Apr 14 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 14 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017-2018
Nov 26 2017 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.75%

*$98 Mother's Day Saturday Night May 13, 2017.
Weekday Special Offer: w/ 4 week day nights get 5th free [Sun. pm -Fri. am]. May be combined.
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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