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Cozy Cottage on the sound - The Bay House in Figure Eight Island

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vacation rental description

Our house is on a secluded private island, on a deep water sound with a sandy
beach and a dock which can accommodate a 30 foot boat. It is directly  across
the street from the ocean. The waters are very clean and clear so you can fish
and clam right off the dock. We are ardent conservationists and have managed
to preserve the natural vegetation around the house. There is a very nice
maritime forest surrounding the house as well as sea oats and beach grasses.
The birding around the house is fabulous and we have many fall visitors who
come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good because of a slew that has
been there for at least 30 years. A boat ramp on the island is nearby so please
use the dock that is shared by the owner and friends. Renters are not allowed
to bring jet skis on the island. Google map it: 127 Beach Road S, Wilmington, NC

Paul and CoCo Foster built the Bay House in 1975 on Figure 8 Island near
Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a small, rustic and cozy home that has been
recognized for its outstanding design to resist hurricanes. The foundation poles
go all the way to the roof and have kept the house from being damaged
from the many hurricanes we have recently had. The house has 3 bedrooms
and 2 full bathrooms. It also has a warm water outside shower that is the most
popular bathing area in the summer. The bay is a perfect swimming hole for
kids and the ocean beach access is directly across the street from the house.
The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and a complete set of
cookware.  The porch railings are very strong but do not meet current building
code.  Please review the photos and ensure that they are acceptable.

The Bay house is bright and clean and very relaxed. This is not a luxury home,
but a functional beach house. Sandy toes are not a problem! Smoking is
permitted outside, but must be carefully controlled because of the high winds
and fire hazards. We have had several houses burn down on the island
because of cigarette butts left burning in the sand or porch.

Figure Eight Island, just north of Wilmington North Carolina, is a private island
and gated community, assessable only by land owners and their guests. There
are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately owned bridge over
the intracoastal waterway. We have clean and white sandy beaches with blue
green ocean water with have multiple turtle hatchings every year on the island.
The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island.

The Bay House is available in all seasons, including November through May in
the winter, as a monthly rental for our snowbird friends. We encourage our
Canadian friends to come and stay for a 3-4 month winter rental. Figure 8
Island is a secluded island frequented by celebrities and politicians.

Please note: We are members of Friends of Felines and we support a small
colony of feral cats to help keep the beach mice at bay. They tend to wander
about the maritime forest but they are hard to see.  We tend to them very well
and feed them in the woods.  They are never allowed in the house.

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cottage rental amenities

Full cable, High Speed Internet, washer/dryer, microwave, high chair, heating
and air, outside shower with warm water

activities and attractions in Figure Eight Island Atlantic Coast

Deep water dock big enough for a 30 foot boat, great sandy beach for swiming
in the bay for kids, across the street from the ocean, golfing near by, historic
Wilmington within 15 minutes, fancy grocery store and restaurants close by.

vacation rental rates

Winter......$1720 or $250/night Dec 01, 2011 to Feb 28, 2012
Spring ......$2200 or $325/night Mar 01 to May 13
Summer....$2800 or $450/night May 14 to Sep 9
Fall............$2200 or $325/night Sep 10 to Nov 30
Winter.......$1720 or $250/night Dec 01, 2012 to Feb 28, 2013
Winter $2000/monthly (Dec, Jan, Feb)
We prefer a 3 night minimum
Please note price includes taxes and cleaning.  Linens are $25/room extra.

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SAME TIME NEXT YEAR...........WE KEEP COMING BACK TO THE BAY HOUSE!!

Review submitted: July 8, 2013   Date of arrival: June 29, 2013

What a delightful place to stay! This was my 4th year at The Bay House and I have already reserved it for a week next summer. A few steps in either direction will put you on the beach or on the dock overlooking the lagoon behind the house. Enjoy fishing? All you need is your fishing pole. The dock and fish are waiting for you to drop a line. The owners are easily accessible and live close by. It's sad leaving The Bay House and the Island but I know I will return next year. Enjoy your stay!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 4

 

Va

Review submitted: July 1, 2013   Date of arrival: June 15, 2013

Great location. House is clean, but very rustic. Think tree house with air conditioning. It would have been great if the picture reflects the house's current condition. The shrubbery is so overgrown that you can only see the bay from the upstairs bedroom, very disappointing as it is a great setting. The outside and deck is in need of some TLC. If done, this would be a great outdoor space.

Recommended for: adventure seekers

Helpful votes: 2 / 3

 

Perfect getaway

Review submitted: August 25, 2012   Date of arrival: August 19, 2012

Our week at the Bay House with our two teenage sons took us back to a simpler time on the island when the houses were more functional than flashy and landscaping was all native and natural. The owners have done an excellent job of maintaining the home's older charm while keeping all the amenities current. The place was amazingly clean and comfortable. We especially loved the outdoor shower, close beach access and upstairs master retreat. The owners went out of their way to make us feel welcome and promptly addressed our questions. Tranquil. Simple. Private. Perfect. Can't wait to return.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 4

 

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Figure Eight Island vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 01/12/2008.

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