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A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Half Baths
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

Burgaw House Rental Photos and Description

Whole house rental, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10+)

Dragon Fly, as it is affectionately called, is an amazingly private, quiet, and serene luxury home located on the North East Cape Fear river, about 30 minutes from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

CHECKIN time is 4:00 PM or later on the date of arrival,

and CHECKOUT time is by 10:00 AM on date of departure.

We need this 6 hour time frame, so that we may make the property ready for each new guest.

Built in 2002 by the current owner as a vacation home, this home is the ultimate getaway. A brand new cooks' kitchen, massive deck and screened in porch face the river. A projector + 10' screen for screening films help to make this place very special. The home boasts 5 bedrooms and 3.5.5 bathrooms, with an extra large jacuzzi and walk in shower in the master. Nearly every piece of furniture is antique (circa 1900) and most of the art is from local artists. On the ground floor there is a full pool table, iron gym, and heavy boxing bag. Bring a boat, canoe or kayak to enjoy the river, or take a quiet walk around the adjacent pond to view the many animals and foliage that call this region home. Ever seen a woodpecker a foot and a half tall? How about Venus Flytrap, carnivorous plants that only grow within a 75 mile radius of our house and nowhere else in the entire world!

Throw horse shoes, or enjoy sitting by the Asian fire pit as you grill steaks over a real hardwood fire. A massive porch fronts the house and faces the river, of which a section is screened in.

We do not have good TV reception or Internet service, due to our secluded location. Actually, we hope that our guests really enjoy being 'unplugged' while here, off the grid! After all, why come to an Eco-paradise to sit inside and watch TV?

The property comes with a caretaker in the event of questions or additional needs. Catering can be arranged.

Thank you very much for your interest.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Cliff Davis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Cliff Davis

We are a family from this area. My people settled in this area in 1640, emmigrating from Scotland, England and Wales nearly 400 years ago. We built this home in 2002 for our personal use, and went to great lengths to use only the finest building materials, sparing no expense to create an environment that is top quality. I grew up in this area, swam in this river as a child as did all my forbearers, and wanted to create a legacy property that my family will continue to enjoy for another 400 years. Permanent quality is what we enjoy... Only the best!

Cliff Davis purchased this house in 2002

Why Cliff Davis chose North Carolina

This area is an Eco-paradise, great bird watching, a pristine rural riverside setting with wonderful beaches nearby (Wrightsville, Topsail, and Hempstead). In this day of hustle and bustle, it is still nice to know that a dirt lane still exists that can transport you to another place in time.

What makes this house unique

Several things make this location so unique and desirable.

Although we are deep in the woods, fronting a gorgeous river, we are only six minutes from Interstate 40. The nearby town of Burgaw has all the charm of a beautiful southern village, antiques and old timey stores, yet we are only 30 minutes fron the bustling seaport of Wilmington, sometimes referred to as a mineature Charleston, S.C. Our area practically oozes with ancient cypress trees, hanging Spanish moss and ante-bellum charm.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews
5

PERFECT outdoor getaway to enjoy quality family time in nature

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family and allowed us to enjoy quiet time together as well as relaxing outdoors. We loved the hammock, and there were plenty of trees outside perfect for hanging our own ENOs, too. The kids splashed in the river and we enjoyed the outdoor fire pit. Cliff was VERY welcoming and attentive to our needs. He made us feel like family! We had an amazing dinner at Holland's Shelter Creek and even caught a few HUGE catfish! We drove into town and had a nice lunch and tasting at a local winery, Duplin. We spent a perfect day at Wrightsville beach, a short drive from this house. We can't wait to come visit Burgaw and the Dragon Fly again very soon! My boys are STILL talking about the Swamp Booger that lives in this house. Thank you Cliff for making us feel so welcomed!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It thrills me to know that you all enjoyed our home as much as we do. I played in that same river as a boy myself. We work hard to maintain a quality vacation experience, and really appreciate it when people are pleased with it. Please come back soon. Best regards, Cliff
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Clayton, NC
5

Peaceful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my parents' sixtieth anniversary. With 12 people there we had enough space where we weren't running into each other, enough bathrooms, and a great time celebrating.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for renting our vacation home. We strive to have a comfortable, relaxed place where people can gather and have a swell time. We look forward to hosting you again, and appreciate the kind remarks as to the quality experience you had at DragonFly. Cliff
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5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We were able to book and stay with little notice and we were all extremely happy with what our money bought us. We had a great stay, no problems, attentive owner and easy to talk to. I would stay at the DragonFly again and I would recommend it to friends and family as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeremy, I am so glad that you had a good time at Dragonfly. We try real hard to have a clean, comfy place for you to come and visit. Requests on short notice are no problem for us. Our house always stands ready for the next visitor, and it is such a pleasure to have had you as a guest. We hope to see you again real soon. Cliff
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Pfafftown, NC
1

unhappy vacationer

  • 1 of 5

This property is totally misrepresented on the VRBO listing. The pictures are of the property when it was brand new. We arrived at the house to find it was very dirty, infested with ants and there were problems with the appliances in the kitchen. The stove top was broken. We received a call from the owner the morning we were in route to the property to say the stove had been broken for one month and the repairman would be there on Wednesday. He came but the owner did not meet him there thus no repairs were made. It is unreasonable to expect the tenants, on vacation, to meet a repair person. The toaster oven in the kitchen was also full of food crumbs and mold. We had to clean this on arrival as well. The guest book stated the dishwasher leaks water in the floor and to leave a towel on the kitchen floor to absorb the water. The dishwasher fills the kitchen floor with water. We had to hand wash our dishes all week. The oven had molded food splattered all over it and I had to clean it before we could even use it.

On arrival to the home we found a window open in one of the bedrooms and the bed had not been changed. We had to change the sheets before we could use the bed.

Ants were all over the house. I sent an email concerning this to the owner who stated he would send his exterminator, but no one ever came. There was a note from the previous tenant concerning the ant infestation as well as the garbage left on the property. There was trash lying around the house on the ground, the barrel by the hammock was so full of trash we could not use the hammock d/t bees and ants.

The fire pit was so full of weeds we had to pull them up and discard to be able to use the fire pit. There was fire wood provided but was full of ants. The decks were filthy as well the outside grill. We did not even use the grill as it was too dirty to even think about cleaning; instead, we put the grate over the fire and let it get hot to sanitize it and cooked our burgers over the fire instead of the grill.

Yes the house is roomy and full of antiques but the furniture was so dirty we did not even want to sit on it and spent our time sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch and at the dining table which is in the middle of the living room.

We were very disappointed with this home as it was represented as a beautifully kept home on the VRBO site.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We regret that the aforementioned guests we unhappy, however the majority of their comments are both unfounded and malicious. Yes, the glass stove top had a pot dropped on it by a previous guest, requiring Sears to come out and fix it. When the repairman arrived, these guests turned the repairman away, so the repair was not made. Sad! All beds are always made up. All guests strip linens upon departure, so the beds have to be remade every time. This complaint is not true. When these guests left, they did not strip any linens as requested, instead throwing everything onto the floor. The outside trash they complained about were some items inadverdantly deposited into a burn barrel we use to create real charcoal for pig pickings at the fire pit. A quick call to my onsite concierge would have rectified this immediately. Instead, they just choose to complain. All cooking appliances are cleaned after each visit. Dishes too. However these people left a nasty kitchen, food everywhere, garbage in the sink, food splatter everywhere. Nasty. It is cleaned up now. Their garbage was thrown onto the back deck rather than being put into proper receptical. It has all been cleaned up now. I was very disappointed to find sand all over the bathroom floors, and a broken lamp in one of the bedrooms, with the glass still left on the floor. This has been completely cleaned up. We have a monthly pest control visit to control ants and such. People leaving filth everywhere invite such unwanted visitors. Finally, we have a routine cleaning service for carpets, furniture and such. These malicious comments are unfounded. We regret having hosted these visitors. Our property is extremely nice, as evidenced by all of our previous 5 star reviews. We stand firmly on our reputation. Two and a half years of 5 star reviews speak volumes. Cliff Owner, Dragonfly House
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4 2
Raleigh, NC
5

great getaway destination

  • 5 of 5

If you want to disconnect and relax this is the place.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yeah! Kind of nice just to kick back and relax. We hope to host you again some time soon. Best regards, Cliff
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Jacksonville, NC
5

BEST CELEBRATION LOCATION!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The DragonFly provided the most AMAZING backdrop for our celebration week. Our son turning 1, our 11 year anniversary, and our Marine Corp family reunion. Each of these events were special in their own right, my husband discovering this location was icing on the cake! A lovely home with plenty of room & very comfortable. We had travelers from 3 months to 50 years everyone was impressed! With a huge yard we took full advantage of...utilizing for a bounce house, corn hole boards and 50 guest for our sons first birthday. The grill, fire pit, and canoes, and view of the river...ALL USED, ENJOYED & MISSED ALREADY! Our family is still talking about our week spent in this secret getaway. Honestly and truly we couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect setting for our celebration. We are looking forward to visiting again soon!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! It sounds like you had a gret time. I bet you used the horseshoe pit as well. It was so exciting to hear that you used the side yard for your outdoor fun. Having a large vacant lot next door allows for a lot of flexibility and fun. Please come back soon. Every season is special here on the river... Fishing, campfires, bird watching.. We have it all. Thank you for being wonderful guests. Cliff
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Fort Fisher to Southport
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Wallace, N C
Nearest Train
92 Miles
Raleigh, N C
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway Interstate I-40, exit 398 at Burgaw.
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Nearest Ski
Water ski in front of the house, on the river.
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: necessary

Dragon Fly is situated in a peaceful, rural setting that is an eco-paradise! We are located directly on the Northeast Cape Fear river, and are a short 35-40 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina. The ultimate getaway for nature lovers.

We are only 5 miles outside of Burgaw, N.C. Burgaw is a small charming town, the seat of Pender County, the last of 100 counties to be created in North Carolina.

Our town also happens to be the movie location for the current CBS hit show, 'Under The Dome.' The movie studio is in Wilmington.

Burgaw is the quaintest small town, like going back in time to 'Mayberry' with Andy and Barney. It is on the Civil War Trail, and boasts the oldest railway station in North Carolina, built circa 1850.

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Burgaw House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Flat cleaning fee $150

There is a two night minimum for each rental.
Also included on each and every rental is a mandatory, non refundable one time damage insurance fee of $69.00, which provides $3,000.00 of interior damage protection to the owner. This is in lieu of the large security deposit normally required on such luxury property.

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Amenities

Burgaw House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom sit down shower... Lots of jets!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful oval tub and shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Custom shower, plus a jacuzzi for two.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Sink and laundry area as well.
    Bathroom 5 - A beautiful porcelain sink and mirror in the top cupola.
  • All bathroom facilities are custom. Ceramic tile, Italian marble, etc. The custom showers are both 'walk in ', with large permanent seating built in. Rain head fixtures and custom jets soothe the aches away. Absolutely lovely.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Cupola bedroom - 1 queen , High up in the cupola. Fantastic 360 degree views.
    Cliff's suite - 1 queen , On main floor, private door to screened porch.
    Louise's suite - 1 queen , Luxurious and quiet on the second floor.
    The kids' room - 2 double , Twin bed with trundle. Adjacent to living room. Comfy!
    Master riverside suite - 1 king , California king bed, ultra bath, private deck, great view.
  • All bedrooms feature beautiful furniture, plush bedding and custom, old fashioned Southern Style hardwood tongue and groove ceilings. These 5 bedrooms sleep 10 folks very comfortably, with excess ( usually children ) claiming the couch, porch or pallet. Some even love to camp outside if they bring a tent. A very flexible house.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The fire pit in the front yard, next to the river, is wonderful. We imported large river rocks from the mountains of N.C., that can seat 16. Wood is available to build campfires. Also we have andirons, grate and a huge steel mesh grill surface to cook on the open fire. This is where we cook steaks over real hardwood, roast oysters and have our pig pickings. Probably my most favorite place to sit on cool nights, eating marshmallows and telling ghost stories.

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