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26 reviews
Smooth Sailing
Kitchen
Master Bedroom
Bedroom 2
Deck
High Tide
Storm Day At the Beach
Low Tide
Sunrise
Wild Horses
View from Deck
Horses
View from the Kitchen
Location to Turn off the Beach
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Corolla, Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Camilla M
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The house was located in a great area of the beach. It had beautiful views of sand dunes, sun sets, and wild horses. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals daily for our family. It is just a very short walk to the beach. The beds were very comfortable and the house was clean upon check in. The only issue was the washer did not work which made it difficult with the laundry situation. We contacted the owner and she said they were getting a new washer in.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
7 Aug 2014
We took out the old washer The new washer was defective and had to be returned to the store. The replacement works fine.
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JLGSP
Falls Church, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful House, but Flawed Items of Support”
Reviewed 2 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
3
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First, the home is beautiful, and nicely appointed, at least for the things that are there and working. We had three "instant problems" on getting there. First is the area itself, not the house's fault, but you should know it. It's in the "4WD" area. We have a wonderful 4WD wagon, but one needs a vehicle that is not only 4WD, but also "high clearance," as the ruts in the sand leave high "hills" between them. Second is that the people who go there, well, there were large numbers of Confederate Flags and Tea-Party Flag-fliers. The people we actually met were nice, but one is surrounded also by a lot of noisy people who run their vehicles WAY OVER the 15 MPH speed limit. On actual arrival there, we found the owner's instructions on how to find the house at best miswritten. Implies that the sand path to take is the last one before the house that's out on the beach. WRONG. It's the next-to-last, so we were lost for quite a while. We then found the home had NO water in the two empty water bottles. And, the lower level had NONE of the lights working for the hallway or staircase. And - really annoyingly - although the decks had light boxes on them, only one of all those light boxes worked at all. They're not the kind of item that one can simply "change the light bulb," but are sealed/screwed-down boxes, so we had to go without using the decks anytime after dark. About mid-week, we had arrive, unannounced and without any I.D,, a fellow who claimed to be with a management agency, who wanted to fiddle with the water supply - it's not "occasionally brown, it's ALWAYS brown" - and who took the two empty water bottles, later dropping off only one. Owner said that she had just hired a new management company - I suggested to her that, if I were the owner, I would fire them. Oh, the coded entry has problems. Sticks badly. Yes, if you have with you the details on how to open the combination, then you can get to a key, but, if you've just "gone to the beach," and didn't remember the combination or how to work that lock, you can be locked OUT. Again, very lovely house, very well decorated, but a lot of slips that seemed to go even beyond the "beginning-of-summer" glitches.

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Liked best: Very attractive, well-appointed
Liked least: All the things that either didn't work at all, or needed to be fiddled.
Travelling group: Other
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Management Response
16 Jul 2014
I hope my returning and future guests are able to communicate freely with me. I am always available by text, email or phone if you have any questions or concerns. I truly wish folks have a good experience on the Outer Banks. In order for that to happen you need a 4X4, not an AWD on the 4 wheel drive beach. Guests can't rent without first confirming that they have the proper vehicle or are using taxi service. I send out detailed driving directions and helpful links with tide charts and video instructions for people who have never driven on the beach. I also send the general rental info which gives a list of amenities. Please be patient as some times the assessment and weekday cleaning process after the last guests’departure will strain limited resources. Especially if the guest failed to mention 2 Great Danes and 3 extra people and the house had damage and was left very dirty. The free 5 gallon bottles of water may be delivered about an hour after you arrived. In that circumstance you still won't have to go without bottled water because there is reverse osmosis bottled water on tap at the kitchen sink. The houses on the 4x4 beach have private wells. The water is potable. It is slightly discolored from natural organic tannin found in vegetation. It's similar to pale tea. It won't harm you. My water treatment system is specially designed to remove bacteria, iron and sulfur. Then a chlorinator sanitizes the water and then it's filtered one more time by a carbon filter. I am always looking to improve the appearance of the water. I hope to have an anion resin tank to remove tannin soon. Most people drink bottled water. The water cooler has Le Bleu water. The salt air is tough on locks. The electronic keyless entry was sticking and I added another lock box as backup with a key for it. I also replaced the lock box on the upper entry door. The combination for both is very simple and easy to remember.  Duplicate keys for all entry doors are hanging on the inside by the upper door. There's WD-40 under the sink for lubrication if needed. For minor problem like a burned out bulb; spare bulbs are in the drawer, extra batteries also. All the lights are working fine now. They have been replaced with LED bulbs and should last. 
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KoriSiri
Farmville, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Made our first experience staying at OBX our first of many!”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 for a stay in July 2013
1
person found this review helpful

This was perfect for our little family. We spent a fantastic week together and this little beach house made us feel so at home. So many reasons to love this place like beautiful views, horses that came right up to our porch(!), all the accessories that we could have needed, and a lovely owner that made us feel like we were renting from friends rather than a corporation. We are booked again this summer and we are all so excited! I think we have a new tradition and this house and beach are a big part of it.

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Liked best: The views from the porch/access to the beach
Liked least: There was nothing to complain about!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Hollybava...
Sanford, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wild horses!”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
4
people found this review helpful

What a location! Firstly we had to off-road across the beach and through sand dunes to get there - awesome! It felt really remote with an incredible view of the sea from the balcony. Also, we had the wild horses come to visit every night, and by visit I mean they graze under and around the deck! We felt so close to the ocean and to the wild here. It is fantastic.

The house itself is just perfect for a small family with kids. The bedrooms are set up as one queen and one bunk bed room for up to 4 individuals. The master bathroom has an ok shower but an amazingly large whirlpool bath! I wish we had stayed longer to give it a try! The kitchen is fully equipped. The lounge is very comfortable and the deck is just perfectly relaxing. We stayed with our dog and found the place very pet friendly. The dog had a great time too!

With a 2 minute walk onto the beach and only a 10 minute drive into the main town, the location is just ideal. I would stay here every weekend if I could! Just a couple of tips, make sure you let down the air pressure in your tyres (They aren't kidding when they tell you this.) and bring bug spray!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Bringing our own bedding is a bit of a hassle
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Md
Reviewed 22 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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