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July 4th Week Cancellation! Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A Simple Slice Of Paradise All Wrapped Up In A True Carolina Beach Cottage

'Simply Heaven' is a traditional Carolina saltbox beach cottage with incredible ocean views located just 2.8 miles up the beach from where the paved NC12 ends north of Corolla at the surf of the Atlantic ocean. A 4x4 vehicle is a must! Driving conditions on the beach vary hourly depending on traffic, weather and tides.

This quaint cottage has 3 bedrooms with ocean views, 2.5 baths, as well as an outdoor shower. A clothes washer and dryer is provided for your convenience. Satellite television is provided to keep you in touch with the outside world should you feel the need.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lane McIntosh (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Lane McIntosh

Thanks for looking! My name is Lane McIntosh. My wife and I reside in Charles Town, West Virginia when we are not enjoying "Simply Heaven" in Corolla, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and am a professional in the real estate industry.

Lane McIntosh purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Lane McIntosh chose Outer Banks

In 2006 I was on a quest to find a 'fortress of solitude' to occasionally alleviate life's trials and tribulations. I wanted a place that offered peace, solitude, limited commercialization and spectacular beauty -- but not too far from essential necessities and amenities. After visiting countless properties in the Mid-Atlantic and the South, I stumbled upon 'Simply Heaven' by chance. My first time driving up the beach to the house almost left me speechless with all of the natural beauty. As I arrived at the house, the yard was filled with wild horses. I half-jokingly asked the seller if he had everything put on display to secure the sale. Within seconds of looking out the windows, I knew that this was the place for me!

What makes this cottage unique

What 'Simply Heaven' lacks in size it makes up with views and scenery that many houses ten times its size do not have. If you're looking for a relaxing family atmosphere with ocean and beach views from every bedroom, Corolla's famous wild horses, deer, fox, dolphins or an occasional sea turtle, you will find it here. If you're looking for fast food, convenience stores, wild nightlife, you will not. But! 'Simply Heaven' is located just 2.8 miles up the beach so you are far enough away but just close enough.


based on 13 traveler reviews

July 4th Week Cancellation! Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Lovely home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house and the location! We felt very comfortable and it was plenty of room for our family and dogs. The drive to and from the house on the beach was fun but a little harrowing at times. Research and prepare to handle the beach and you'll be fine. I would highly recommend a portable air compressor for when you need to air up before heading into town.

You'll need to bring all the extras: towels, sheets, blankets, soaps, paper towels and cleaning supplies. Most of what is in the kitchen is fine to cook with however there is a set of very beat up non stick pots and pans that I felt were unusable. I would have rather had some regular pots and pans. The only other "complaint" but was not a huge deal to us was the Wi-Fi was not the best.

The house is air conditioned which worked perfectly. It also has an outdoor shower and a garden hose to clean off your car or whatever. The horses were around almost every day and that was just wonderful however beware the house is on the horse tour route and they are constant but I never felt they were intrusive.

We would go back in a heart beat! You wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Covington, GA

Lovely trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay and would definitely go back. The experience of driving on the beach to get to the house was really cool and our boys loved it. We saw the wild horses nearly everyday of the trip.

Suggestion for future renters: make sure and plan ahead!!! If you plan right with your groceries you could literally not leave this beautiful house all week! And won't want to its so perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location location location!

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a beautiful location. We are a family of four, that included 2 preschoolers, and we brought our dogs. It was an adventure to drive out on to the sand to get to the house, and we brought in all our food for the week. We grilled fresh seafood a couple nights. We walked on the beach daily, the kids played in the surf daily, and I just loved sitting on the deck listening to the waves. With small children the washer and dryer came in very handy. We saw the wild horses daily. We drove up to 5 miles up the beach one day just for exploring and the kids had a great time looking for crabs and collecting shells.

A couple things made our stay less than 5 stars: We couldn't get the outdoor shower to work, nor the DVD player to work. But I have already contacted the owner and he said he would look into all the problems we mentioned.

If you are looking for a vacation with shopping and restaurants, this rental is not for you. If you want to get some peace and quiet and get away from civilization, this house is perfect! One thing I would caution about is if you have small children like I do, this is not a beach where you can just sit up on the sand and let them run and play. There is traffic on the beach going back and forth, so you must stay alert and explain to kids that they must also watch for trucks passing. That being said though, my boys loved watching big trucks drive up the beach.

A couple suggestions: Bring some Tupperware if you plan to eat at the house all week, there's none provided. There's a local fresh seafood place as you come through the paved section of Corolla--it's cheaper than the larger markets, and we got GREAT seafood for the grill. If you are not familiar with the area, there is a pull off for the wilderness trail shortly before you get to the beach driving. We used that stop as a good place to deflate and re-inflate our truck's tires. Several people fish from the beach, and the local bait shops on the paved section of Corolla are nice and helpful. You might just catch a skate like we did.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we wanted.....

  • 5 of 5

If off the beaten path is what you are looking for, look no further. 3 miles up the beach and we were "home" for a week. Private atmosphere, abundant wildlife, and awesome views made this a worthwhile trip for us. No hustle and bustle here, just a very quiet and relaxing environment. We are definitely coming back next year!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charles Town, WV

A Reletive Bargain

  • 5 of 5

For the price we weren't expecting much, especially when taking into consideration the location to the beach and ocean. When we arrived, we found the house to be clean, bright and precisely as advertised. There are no extravagant luxuries, but we found it to be "Simply Heaven".

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

A Great Family Vacation Spot

  • 4 of 5

We just spent week at Simply Heaven in the Corolla 4x4 area of the OBX. My husband is an avid off-roader, so the fun of driving on the beach, around the dunes, etc was a big plus for our family. The location of the house is great, with wonderful views of the ocean. We all enjoyed the horses and how close they come to the property. We've never experienced anything quite like it. We are all returning home well-rested and eager to return to the OBX for future family vacations. The Corolla 4x4 area is very special and offers the opportunity to experience a bit of remote living with all of the comforts of home.

As for Simply Heaven, the house met all of our needs for the week. It was very clean and provided more than enough room for our family of three. It pretty much had everything we needed for a great stay. When I first found this listing, my husband and I were pretty much in instant agreement that the home looked amazing and that we wanted to book. I would recommend this rental to others with a few caveats.

1) You need to provide your own bed linens. This is not a deal breaker for us by any means, but it's definitely something I think people should know depending on how they are traveling to the area.

2) I want to reiterate that the house was very clean and fresh. It was perfectly serviceable for our needs. However, the house could use a little TLC. While a home being dated and a little rough around the edges is by no means a reason not to book, we were a bit surprised when we arrived, based on what we saw in the listing. There is a reason why there are no pics of the bathrooms and kitchen. Again, it has nothing to do with cleanliness or functionality. This house is in need of some general updating and and freshening. We debated even including this in our review, but ultimately decided to in the spirit of full disclosure. If these kind of things are super important to you, Simply Heaven may not be the place for you.

Overall, we WOULD recommend this property to friends and family as the environment and location can't be beat.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Corolla Cottage Rental Rates

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August 20 - September 10
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Please note that all short-term leases are based on a 7-night minimum stay from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 9:30am. All rates are subject to change prior to reservation acceptance. Deposit is non-refundable UNLESS property can be rented to another guest, less discounts and credit card fees. No refunds on cancellations less than 21 days from guests' arrival date. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Outer Banks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
    Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • All bedrooms have ocean view with sliding glass door to ocean-side deck.
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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