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Oceanfront Carova Cottage, 4X4 Area, Wild Horses! Private & Quiet! Stay With Us!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Ocean Front Beach House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9) Dog Friendly!

CLEAN, CLASSIC, QUIET, & PRIVATE OCEANFRONT BEACH COTTAGE, AN EXCEPTIONAL VALUE!!! Linens, Towels, Cleaning Fees Included. Dog Friendly (with $35.00 Pet fee). Many extras provided.


You will be driving on the beach and need to get over dunes to reach the property!

Easy on-line booking, reserve your week now!

Carova Cottage, LLC is a Single Family home located just 8 miles from Corolla, at MP 20.6, on the Oceanfront of Carova Beach where the beach is unspoiled, clean, wide, and uncrowded. It is very quiet and natural with dunes, sea oats, and wild life - there is no commercialism on this beach! Wild Spanish Mustang horses roam freely on the island and often graze on the dunes and in the yard.

Treat yourself to a stay in our cozy Oceanfront cottage approx. 165 steps from deck to ocean with a private walkway and sitting deck. Walk out the back door and over the dunes to the beach or drive your 4WD vehicle and park on the beach.

Enjoy the large open family room with its high ceilings and Nantucket Style solid wood planked walls. The Family Room adjoins with the dining area and kitchen, and both rooms have doors that open to the large deck that expands across the back (oceanside) of the house.

The galley style kitchen is just off the living and dining area and is well stocked with dinnerware & cookware including a large stock pot & crab crackers, oven, microwave, full sized refrigerator. We also have a blender, Margarita Maker, Mini-Keurig Coffee maker.

The Family Room has a Flat Screen TV with Dish Network & HBO, and a DVD player with a small library of movies. The lower level Queen bedroom is located just off the family room and has a private entrance to the lower bathroom as well as sliding doors that open to the covered back deck.

Just up the stairs is the large, upper level Queen bedroom with a sitting area, a 48" TV, and doors that open to your own private deck. Down the hall from the Queen bedroom is the twin bedroom that has two twin beds and a bunk bed (with a double on bottom and twin on top). Between the Queen and Twin room is a newly remodeled shared bathroom with a corner shower, toilet and sink. The upstairs hallway is open and overlooks the Family Room below. There is a computer desk in the open hallway in case you need to use the wi-fi to upload your vacation pictures, check your email! We also offer a crib, high chair and pack'n play that can be moved to the room of your choice.

If you need some civilization during your stay, you can drive 30 minutes down the beach to Corolla, where you will find shops, restaurants, activities and entertainment. Corolla houses the Currituck Lighthouse, along with the quaint shops of the old town. The historic Whalehead Club is open for tours and is located next to it the Wildlife nature center; both offering a glimpse into the history of the area and the beauty of it's natural resources. Along Route 12 going south are several shopping areas, mini-golf, go karts, and grocery stores connecting Corolla with the resort town of Duck (45 min drive). Head further south through Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey's Ridge state park, the largest natural sand dune on the east coast. At the end of the day, return home to the quiet beauty and peaceful surrounds of Carova Cottage.

So, pack up your 4 Wheel Drive and head to Carova Cottage for a unique vacation you will never forget!

Visit our personal website for more info!!

More Details

Gay Brennan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Gay Brennan

We are a family of 3 from South Carolina and we love Carova Beach!! We visit as often as we can because no other beach compares to Carova!! It is the perfect environment for a family vacation. We love the beach, we love our cozy cottage, and we appreciate our renters!

Gay Brennan purchased this house in 2006

Why Gay Brennan chose Carova Beach

Carova Cottage, LLC has been a part of our family for years. My Husband and I have recently taken over the management of the cottage. We will continue to use it personally and will also continue to offer it to our renters to enjoy. It is a quaint, classic cottage that is great for smaller families or groups who need something affordable. With the peacefulness and seclusion of the beach and the cottage, you can truly relax and spend great quality time with your family.

It's the only place on the Outer Banks where the wild horses roam free. It is still exciting for us to see the horses - they are very often grazing, playing, and resting in our yard.

Our renters love our cottage as much as we do. Be sure to read our reviews and 'like' us on facebook!

What makes this house unique

There is so much wildlife- horses, deer, foxes, shore birds, graceful pelicans, and the marine life - schools of dolphins & occasionally whales, turtles and seals. We especially love our horses! Carova Beach Park & Boat Ramp is a short walk or ride from the cottage. You can launch your kayak into the sound or go crabbing. You can relax and do nothing or you can explore the area - there is so much to do (if you choose to).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great vacation from first step into the home. Very open and airy, yet cozy. Kitchen well supplied for the "chef" to cook. Bedrooms great size and the beds were quite comfy. the bathrooms were spacious also. Back deck is the whole length of the house, great for morning coffee and afternoon relaxation after the day on the beach. Our pups totally enjoyed the stay also!!!! A must to check out the stars at night!!! Our family was completely satisfied with the cozy cottage and owners were wonderful to work with concerning any questions or concerns we had. Definitely want to stay here while in OBX. Looking forward to next year.
May 2016
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Carova Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Level Shared with Main Living Area
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Ground Level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upper Level Shared
  • 2 Full Baths. Both bathrooms have shower/tubs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main Living Level
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Upper Level, 2 twins, bunk bed w/full on bottom, twin on top
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upper Level with Private Balcony, TV with satellite
  • Main Level: Master Queen with full sized bath, Upper Level: 1 Queen, 2 Twin Beds, 1 Bunk Bed (with double on bottom, twin on top), shared bath Total bed count: 2 queens, 1 double, 3 twins
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private Single Family Home is located on the Oceanfront and is 8 miles up the beach from the nearest road. A 4-wheel drive is necessary to reach the home. Recommended for: Families, Families with children, Couples, Beach Lovers, Surfers, Fishermen, Pet Owners, Girl's Getaway, Adventure Seekers, age 55+, History Buffs, Nature Lovers, Those seeking peace and relaxation!


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Oceanfront Carova Cottage, 4X4 Area, Wild Horses! Private & Quiet! Stay With Us!
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 43 reviews

Comfortable, clean and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

The cotttage was peaceful and had easy vehicle access (4x4) from the beach. Ocean views

are from the second floor and upper deck of the house. Perfect for watching sunrise and moon rise over the ocean and dunes. The long wooden boardwalk to the dunes made the beach very accessible. Kitchen was fully stocked with all the necessities. Harris Teeter and Food Lion are only a 25-30 minute drive from the house. You can’t beat driving on the beach if you need to go to the store! Plenty of good horse viewing from the house and when driving or walking around Carova.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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comfortable, clean, homey

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay. Owner very responsive with any questions. Loved we were so close to the beach having the wooden walk to the dunes made easy access. Horses visited often. Kitchen was well supplied and we were very comfortable with the whole house. Thank you for allowing us the use of your house. We love the 4x4 beaches.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was absolutely awesome. The horses were amazing. We had a great time. We would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable adventure

  • 4 of 5

Great access to the beach & comfortable accommodations

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing time in Corolla. We were 8 miles down the beach off of the access road. We started our vacation driving in a downpour and were a bit nervous driving on the beach. We were warned in advance that we may not be able to drive to the house if there was a major storm. The rain causes large puddles in the side roads. Luckily we were able to drive through them and made it safely. This is definitely 4x4 country! With that said, we saw several people stuck in the sand throughout the week, slow and steady is key.

We enjoyed staying at the Carova Cottage. The cottage is cute and clean - beds are comfy. Plenty of storage. Could use some updating, but that is low on my list as far as priorities. Lots of amenities provided - washer, dryer, kurig, plenty of dishes, pots, pans, utensils etc. Plenty of room for everyone, even our two Bernese Mountain dogs. It was nice to have beach access right from the back yard. We brought our own portable grill not knowing the condition of the grill provided. We spent lots of time on the back deck which is very spacious. Although you can't see the ocean from the lower deck, you can enjoy the ocean breeze and the sound of the ocean (you can see the ocean from the upper deck). Overall we had a very enjoyable time in Corolla. Seeing the wild mustangs was an added bonus - right in our back yard. Thank you Gay and Mike for sharing your cottage with us.


The Kelleys

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our short stay here on the 4x4 beach. House is oceanside with the wild Spanish mustangs roaming all around the property and on the beach. Really loved the solitude of the 4x4 beach and the beautiful views. The cottage was clean, comfortable and just the right size for our six adults. Would have loved to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kami! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Carova Cottage. We would love to have you again! Gay
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Car: necessary

Carova Beach Park & Boat Ramp a short walk to the house. Crabbing for the kids, pic-nic area

Some activities listed are available a short distance from where the beach ends and pavement begins.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Private & Secluded. YOU GET MANY EXTRAS THAT MOST BEACH HOUSES DO NOT PROVIDE: Linens & Towels, (not beach towels), Paper Products, Aluminum Foil, Plastic Wrap, Cleaning Supplies. No cleaning Fees, booking fees, no added fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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