|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Welcome to Himmelstrand! Heaven's Beach!
We are delighted to welcome you as one of the very first guests to enjoy a stay at our beautiful, brand new 2200 square foot home. Finished in the fall of 2013, Himmelstrand is a beach home that captures the very essence of a beautiful beach retreat: easy, immediate access to the beach, great wide open and unobstructed views of the ocean in a newly-furnished 4 bedroom home with well-equipped gourmet kitchen. This beach home is as friendly to families as it is to couples or friends looking for a getaway to the beach.
Our beach home was built in the summer of 2013 and is newly furnished. We've put a great deal of care and attention to furnishing the home, making it comfortable and fun for all of our guests. Each of the well-appointed bedrooms has comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, ceiling fans, and plenty of closet space to tuck away your suitcases and clothes. We even have a pack-n-play available and high-chair available upon request.
The open floor plan of the 3rd floor maximizes the sights and sounds of ocean and surf either from the full wall length windows or out on the wide deck. After a fun day on the beach, you can relax in front of the brand new 55' smart TV to watch a favorite movie, watch a game, or hook up your Xbox. If you're like our family, you'll take full advantage of the high speed Internet (up to 50 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up) for any devices you bring along. You'll find family games, cards, and a few books in the shelves and cupboards of the beautiful built-in entertainment center. We even have a Wii and an Xbox 360 available upon request (including a few of our favorite games).
The beautiful kitchen with granite countertops and all new appliances is designed so that you rarely have to look away from the beautiful ocean or sky. We've left a large panty open for your use and have ample dishes, utensils, and cookware: everything you need for cooking a gourmet meal or throwing together a big pancake breakfast. The table seats 8 with an additional pub table that seats 4.
Himmelstrand comes with two decks (3rd and 2nd floor) that look out on wide, open views of the ocean and beach. When you come back from the beach, you can use the enclosed outdoor shower with hot and cold water. And there is plenty of parking for up to four cars in driveway.
Top Floor: 2nd master bedroom with queen bed and full bath, sleeper sofa.
Middle Floor: Master with king bed and private bath, bedroom with twin bunk and full, and bedroom with queen bed with shared bathroom.
We absolutely love the location. Our beach home sits on a sleepy, quiet stretch of beach about a mile and half north of Surf City proper. We knew the beach location was perfect when we found it last summer because right across from the house was a sea turtle nest! If a sea turtle loves this stretch of beach, then so will you! You'll find beautiful sand and great surfing out the front door, fun shell and sea glass hunting heading north, or a nice walk to the Surf City Pier heading south. We've watched pods of dolphins from the deck and been fascinated by the lines of pelicans skimming the wave tops. If you like to surf fish, you'll be in fishing heaven for sure!
If you're ready for some landside fun, Himmelstrand is ideally situated. Our house is on a low-traffic, quiet road on the beach. It's great for going out for a jog, a bike ride, or walk to catch the sunset. You can take an easy walk a block away to a great city park where the kids will have tons of fun. Or you might visit the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. There is biking, kayaking, kite flying, boating, paddle boarding, charter fishing… You name the activity, and you can find it nearby.
Or if you're looking for a simple, peaceful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life, you'll have found the right place. We're a quick two hour drive from Raleigh or less than 30 minutes from the Wilmington Airport. When you arrive, you'll find that you've come to a simpler place, a peaceful place made for the perfect beach vacation.
Why the name Himmelstrand? We've had the good fortune to live and vacation in Norway where we came to appreciate the wonder, beauty, and peace of nature. The pace of life there was slower, easier, more relaxed, more in tune with the world's rhythms. We also came to appreciate the challenge of a cold, snowy, dark winter and the longing that it brings for sunshine, sand, and the beauty of a beach experience. On our very first visit to Topsail, we said, 'Wow! This is heaven!' And there it was: Himmelstrand which means 'heaven's beach' in Norwegian. We think you'll say the same when you get here!
We think you'll absolutely love our beach home! We have been vacationing at the beach for years now and have found here on Topsail Island the ideal blend of qualities that make for a fantastic beach vacation.
If you have any questions at all about Himmelstrand or Topsail island, please don't hesitate to contact us!
I wanted to write and thank you for a memorable, wonderful trip to
Himmelstrand. The weather was wonderful and your home was gorgeous. We truly enjoyed every aspect! Your hospitality and concern was very much appreciated. We hope to come back again and stay often. It was fantastic! And the kids loved the toys that you left for them to play with!
Himmelstrand was the perfect meeting place to bring our extended family together for Thanksgiving. The weather co-operated beautifully. But even if it hadn't, we had everything we needed. My wife commented that this was the best equipped beach rental we've ever stayed in, and I agree! We had no problem preparing a 22 pound turkey, and serving the feast to six adults a the main table, and four grandchildren at the other dining table. The linen and towel service worked great, and my wife commented she appreciated knowing all were freshly laundered. We didn't use the TVs, though they were certainly available. But, we did make use of the Internet connection, and it worked great. The whole home is very nicely decorated and very comfortable, with a wonderful ocean view and great tall deck chairs to sit and take it all in. The grandchildren enjoyed some of jigsaw puzzles, and - thanks to good weather- took advantage of the beach toys. For me, it was nice touch to be able to grab a handy set of binoculars to check out the passing dolphins and diving pelicans!
Chad & Pam, Wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your beautiful beach home. the ocean view was beautiful, thank you so much for a wonderful week.
The home was beautiful, very comfortableand very roomy for all of us. The view of course is the best part of staying here. The owners were very responsive whenever I communicated with them. Hoping Togo back next year.
Our time at Himmelstrand was FANTASTIC! It was our first time staying in Surf City and we will most definitely be returning. The house is new, fresh, clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The ocean views are spectacular! Beach access is wonderful with a short and simple walk to the shore. There was plenty of space in the house for the 4 adults and 7 kids in our group.
The owners, Pam and Chad, were so organized with the information they provided prior to our arrival and their accessibility to answer any questions during our stay. While playing at the beach was our very favorite activity, the house is close to other family-friendly activities like miniature golf, fishing, boat rentals, etc. There are also lots of choices of places to eat ranging from local restaurants to McDonald's. The Walmart is only a 5 minute drive from the house which proved to be very convenient for groceries and other supplies. The cable and wifi were great to have during our non-beach times.
We had NO complaints whatsoever and look forward to staying at Himmelstrand again!
Our family had a wonderful time at the beach house. Everything is very nice especially the wonderful equipped kitchen. If you have a cook in the family they will be very pleased. Beds were comfortable, view was great and there were sand toys for the grandkids.
We use rentals all over the world and this place tops our list as a favorite!
What a way to spend both occasions. House is beautiful and we'll appointed. Comfy and cozy with attention to detail. Views are stunning. Would and will highly recommend to friends and family.
|Cleaning Fee||$125 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$600|
Rates are subject to change until confirmation is received. Linen service included in price during summer season and for week-long rentals. Additional for-fee linen services available upon request.