Kitty Hawk Oceanside
About Susan Mercer
My husband Tom and I live just across the Virginia state line in Chesapeake. He is a minister and I am a retired special education teacher in Chesapeake Public Schools. I have dreamed of owning beach property throughout my entire life. Recently we had the opportunity to make this dream come true with the purchase of Sonrise (formerly called Marjo). We have four children-three sons and a daughter. Our oldest son is married to a wonderful young lady and they have blessed us with a grandson. Our daughter is a minister in Virginia Beach. She just got married this fall. Our younger sons live with us and continue to keep us busy. We love to spend time together at the beach and are looking forward to making many special memories at Sonrise.
Susan Mercer purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Susan Mercer chose Kitty Hawk
When we began our search for beach property with our real estate agent she put together a list of about 17 properties for us to view. Sonrise was the very first cottage we saw. We both really liked it, but wanted to view other properties as well. Although it wasn't the fanciest cottage we saw, Sonrise had a compelling charm that kept calling us to return. We love the layout of the cottage with so much of the living area overlooking the ocean. We love having a private pool and a hot tub to relax in after a long day. The master bedroom has a king bed and a private balcony overlooking the ocean. Who could ask for anything more? We hope that you will enjoy our home as much as we do.
What makes this Cottage unique
“Sonrise” is located near shopping, restaurants and grocery stores. This oceanside cottage is extremely convenient for a beach vacation. Beach access is only 200 ft. away. An outdoor shower is available to help you rinse off before going back into the cottage after a visit to the beach. A private pool gives you the ability to swim not only during the day, but also at night, and for those times when the ocean is just too rough to safely swim. There is nothing more relaxing than a little time in the hot tub at the end of a long day. The cottage is beautifully decorated and will allow you to peacefully relax and enjoy your time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- No pets are allowed.
- We rent to families and individuals over the age of 25. No high school or college groups are allowed.
Awesome beach cottage!
My family and I had a wonderful time at this property. It had everything we needed and more and the location to the beach was excellent. It was very clean and well maintained. We hope to stay here again! Thank you!
Sonrise was much better than the pictures showed. This was the perfect house and location for our 2 families to spend the week. A few short steps to the beach, a wonderful in ground pool and quiet neighborhood. The owners were great to work with. Answered all questions quickly. Needed to contact the owners during our stay and even though they had some personal issues going on, they were fast to answer and resolve a minor issue.
Will definitely be staying at Sonrise in the future. Loved this house and all that it offers.
Thank your Susan and Tom for sharing your beautiful beach house with our families.
Perry, Becky, Dana & Emily Darke
John, Christy, Jake & Jimi Hutchin
We are so glad you had a nice vacation, and hope to see you again soon! Thank you for your kind words!
Perfect. We have stayed here for 9 years and the owners take great care of the cottage and it's a great location.
We are so glad you had another wonderful vacation! We look forward to your return every year! You are fantastic guests!
This home is exactly what we were looking for. It is so close to the beach and has a wonderful pool and hot tub. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed. King bed, two twins and a sofa bed upstairs with jack and jill bath and queen bedroom and another bathroom downstairs. The home was very clean! It is very close to groceries stores and restaurants. We enjoyed the abundance of outdoor seating to relax on the pitches and also near the pool. There were plenty of beach chairs, boogie boards and pool floats already there. Also enjoyed using the charcoal grill. Highly recommend this rental!
We are so happy you enjoyed your time at Sonrise Cottage!!
Perfect Family Beach Getaway
This house was perfect for our family of five with easy access to the beach, close proximity to all of our favorite OBX restaurants, a refreshing saltwater pool, and beautiful ocean views. We absolutely loved our week at Sonshine. The owner (Susan) was attentive and friendly-great communication leading up to as well as during our stay. We would definitely want to stay here again.
We were pleasantly surprised to find many pool toys/floats, an abundance of sand toys, boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrellas, and many other child-friendly amenities throughout the home including children’s books, stuffed animals, toddler-sized forks/spoons, puzzles, a high chair, and booster seat. We did need to childproof a bit (we have 2 and 4 year old kids) by moving breakable decorations out of reach and renting a baby gate to keep the kids off the stairs. I would highly recommend renting a baby gate to anyone with small children.
All appliances were in good working order. The beds were comfortable. The house was clean, well maintained, and nicely decorated.
The negatives were very minor. 1) The covered/screened-in deck was not rainproof and water pours down through the ceiling from the top floor deck during periods of heavy rain. My husband and I enjoy watching thunderstorms, but we got rained out on the covered/screened in deck which was a bit of a bummer. 2) No Tupperware. We had brought some ziplock bags, so only a minor inconvenience. 3) I didn’t realize from the listing that the laundry was outside (off of the carport), which was really only an issue when it was raining.
We noticed that the spacing of certain pickets on the upstairs railing appear too wide (my 2 youngest kids could fit their heads through a few spots). Fortunately my children are old enough to listen to momma to not do that again. When I discussed my concerns with the owner, she indicated she would be working with the maintenance company to ensure the railing is up to code.
Sonrise is located on the beach road at MP 2 in Kitty Hawk.This means that you are almost there as soon as you cross the bridge to the OBX. Beach access is only 200 ft. from the cottage. There are several restaurants close by including The Black Pelican and a local favorite, Henry's. We really enjoy Chilli Peppers at MP 5.5 on the main road, and Kill Devil Grill at MP 9.5 on the beach road. John's Drive-In on the beach road has amazing milkshakes and delicious fast food. Numerous restaurants and shops are located throughout the Outer Banks. A trip to the grocery store is a quick 5 minute drive. Tanger Outlet Center is only 14 miles away.