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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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Great retreat at the beach!

Review submitted: June 29, 2014   Date of arrival: June 6, 2014

My husband and I spent the weekend here with 4 other adults and a child. It is the perfect place to stay if a view of the beach is not essential. The house is rustic in appearance but with all the amenities that anyone needs and expects. The yard is not landscaped but consists of native vegetation. There were herons with two nests in the trees surrounding the house deck. Access to the beach is just across the street and there is a dock on the backside of the house in a little cove where you can park a boat and leave a kayak, canoe or paddle boards. Areas for fishing, clamming and crabbing are about a half mile away, or within the cove. If you want to just relax and read, the deck is a great place for this.

Recommended for: families with young children, girls getaway, pet-friendly

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Great Retreat!

Review submitted: June 13, 2014   Date of arrival: June 1, 2014

June visit to the Bay House was a wonderful escape from the busy world. The house was just as described--cozy, very clean, just right! Fresh flowers on the tables were a nice touch. Futon in living area was quite comfortable. Beach access directly across the street led us to a wide, almost private beach. We once saw 5 pleople way down the beach, and that was as crowded as it got. We enjoyed afternoon breezes on the deck and fishing from the dock. What a treasure, would love to spend more time at the Bay House.

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Review submitted: June 12, 2014   Date of arrival: June 5, 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Cozy Cottage (3 Couples and 1 child)...everything we needed was provided and more. This was such a great place for us with such a wide variety of interests; fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, crabbing, kayaking, surfing. The beach was beautiful and we especially enjoyed the sunsets from the deck and dock......a perfect place to relax!

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Figure Eight Island vacation rental

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