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Fisherman's Paradise - Easy Access to Cape Lookout/Shacklefor

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-7)

I renovated this over 200 year-old property with much care over the last fifteen years, maintaining the original charm while bringing it up-to- date with modern amenities, and with the original heart pine flooring. The house itself is extremely relaxing to be in, with three porches, but the areas of Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout, both national parks, are the real draw, whether you're looking for excellent fishing, shelling, secluded beaches, white sand, wild horses, a plethora of wildlife, all sorts of birds, museums, nearby access to deep-sea fishing charters, ten-minute ferries to the islands, round trip $15 ... departing every half hour. Beaufort has wonderful restaurants, park your car or boat and experience local fare or world-class meals. If you bring a boat, there's a neighborhood boat ramp about two hundred yards from the property, or use the free NC boat ramp just before the Harkers Island Bridge, only about a half mile away, and with plenty of parking for your vehicle and trailer. This is immediate access to a wonderful fishing area, whether you're going for mackerel or drum, flounder or bluefish. I've even caught octopus and eel. This is really one of the best fishing areas around, but there are so many other things to do as well, both for kids and adults. It's my favorite spot in the world, I don't think there's any place as relaxing on earth as the Cape Lookout National Seashore area.

I've never had any problems with damage or theft, so I don't require additional deposits for these, unless your name is Anmol Patar, who stole towels, pillows, and sofa cushions from the house. If your name IS Anmol Patar, there is a $50k damage deposit, per day....

Keywords: Historic home, two bedrooms, two baths, fishing, beaches, Beaufort, Morehead City, Cape Lookout, Beaufort Inlet, boat ramps, full kitchen, porches, outer banks.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 25, 2016


Straits House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two story full-house-width antebellum porches, screened porch in back. Wireless internet, you can also plug in the high-quality sound system right beside the cable modem and you're all set for high quality music. Another sound system with sound jack on the screened porch in back.


4.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Fisherman's Paradise - Easy Access to Cape Lookout/Shacklefor
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfectly located if you plan on boating or fishing. The Straits Landing boat ramp and lot are just down Harkers Island road. We spent 3 days boating to Shackleford and Lookout. When you return from a long day on the water, you are minutes from home. Harkers Island and Beaufort are quick drives for dinner or shopping too.

The house itself is just as cute as the pictures, and quite comfortable for a historical home. AC, hot water, Wifi, and cable TV all work great. Kitchen and dining area capable of feeding a crowd. Great place to slow down and hang out if you have a rainy morning or afternoon.

The owner is very helpful, with all kinds of suggestions and information about the local area. He even offers up fresh lettuce, tomatoes and spices from the garden.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable, spacious and fully equipped. We loved its location, close to many points of interests yet still in a quiet and nice neighbourhood. The owner is very nice, recommended a lot of places we could visit. We were also able to try some herbs and veggies from the garden which made out breakfasts fresh and yummy! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful trip!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in North Carolina! This house is central to everything. Beaufort is in one direction and Harkers Island is in the other. The house is cozy and steeped in character and history. The owner, Ried, was very helpful and accommodating. He had excellent suggestions that enhanced our visit greatly! If you do nothing else during your visit, a visit to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks is a must!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers, FL

Linda and Gary's Beaufort Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this house. We spent three weeks and we were still sad to leave. The house was clean, comfortable and offered plenty room. You will especially love the back porch and the upper balcony. We traveled almost everyday to local attractions: Ocracoke Island, Ft. Macon State Park, the water fronts of Beaufort and Morehead City, Shackleford and Cape Lookout Islands, and don't forget the quaint little town of Swansboro. Nearby outside waterfront eating was plentiful. Of course, if you go for the fishing, Harker's Island is the best. If you want someone to take you out to the islands, we recommend Capt. Jack on Harker's. We would recommend this house to any of our friends and relatives. The owner, Reid, was very pleasant and personable. He took great care to make our stay a very nice experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsboro, NC

Rex and Paula Wade

  • 5 of 5

My absolute BEST beach experience! Everything you could want in a beach trip in one charming locale. The house was very homey and relaxing with its oversize porches and unique woodwork. A nice difference from the cookie-cutter style beach accomadations one usually finds. The house has tons of room to lounge about and plenty of privacy outside.

We had a blast on our trip, fishing, boating to Shackleford Island, soaking up some sun, visiting the nearby Cape Lookout lighthouse and then cooking up our catch back at the house. Everything we did or needed was in close vicinity. You don't have to waste time driving around and tiring yourself out. We did a lot in just one weekend.

Rex, our two young kids and myself were able to do something that interested us all. While Rex fished with our son James, Rachel and I explored Shackleford Island. To our delight we stumbled upon the famous horses which inhabit the island. As we watched the horses, the beach was almost deserted save for ourselves and the horses. We spent a few hours relaxing in the company of the horses, the gentle breeze and the peace and quiet. It is one of my favorite places I long to go to again and again. I recommend this Fisherman's Paradise experience highly, you WILL come away happy and relaxed.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout are Outer Banks Islands, both very close, and both accessible via numerous ferries from Harkers Island, a five to ten minute drive and approximately a ten minute boat ride. Shelling and fishing on these National Park islands is exceptional as there are no houses or condos allowed. They are both pristine islands. Only wildlife, including wild horses, inhabit these islands. A wonderful area to visit, but not if you want wall to wall people on every inch of the beach. I'd be surprised if you saw anyone at all but your family and wild horses on these National Park beaches. Truly exceptional beaches, the type you can normally only dream about visiting.


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2 night minimum stay

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$50 cleaning fee, $75 with a pet.

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