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Cozy Cottage on the sound - The Bay House

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

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.

More Details

Paula Bushardt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 31, 2017


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.


Wilmington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Full cable, High Speed Internet, washer/dryer, microwave, high chair, heating and air, outside shower with warm water


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

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Cozy Cottage on the sound - The Bay House
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews
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Nice rustic cottage on the sound and a short walk to the ocean

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is probably one of the smallest houses on the island and is surrounded by green trees, creating a sense of privacy. The location is wonderful—right on the sound and across the street from the ocean. The beach is beautiful and the island is very quiet and peaceful. The cottage is adequately furnished. The stairs to the front door and the outside front deck are very weathered and feel a bit rickety. The wood floor in the living room is a bit rough and several of our party got splinters when they went barefoot on it. The railings on the inside stairs to the second floor are definitely not up to code, as is mentioned in the cottage description, and young children have to be closely supervised on the stairs.

Overall it met all our needs for four adults and a three-year old and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful rustic cottage with easy access to the beach and marsh. Just what we were looking for in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oh the beach!

  • 4 of 5

Paula was lovely to work with on our arrangements and her house is a classic beach home - comfortable and great location. But OH THE BEACH! Amazing!! We had a wonderful long weekend here...and my 10 year old, after seeing fish swimming in the waves coming toward us, said, "that's something I'll remember forever." Agreed!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely cottage by the water!

  • 5 of 5

Paula and Jim have created a charming cottage with all the necessities for a peaceful getaway. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful private setting, functional well-designed house for utility.

  • 5 of 5

Figure Eight Island is a wonderful place for privacy and peace of mind. House is obviously older than all surrounding but that charm and functionality is what makes it appealing. Great to have sound access and beach path is right across the street. Open living area, awesome private suite upstairs and lots of porch to relax on with natural buffer makes for a perfect vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Location, Perfect Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Paula is a very nice and friendly renter, who is also very accommodating. The home is perfectly located on a private secluded bay, yet just across the street from a very quiet beach. The kayaking and fishing in the bay and adjacent marshes is excellent and the deck overlooking the bay provides wonderful porch sitting. Would absolutely recommend visiting and will be returning ourselves as soon as we can.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.