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Cozy Cottage on the sound - The Bay House

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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:
July 24, 2017


Wilmington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Cozy Cottage on the sound - The Bay House
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

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: Jun 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: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Bay House and loved the cottage feel. We enjoyed fishing on the docks and swimming in the bay. The beach was beautiful and is so quiet and peaceful. The beach access is very convenient, being right across the street. I would recommend taking bikes- nice paths and beautiful houses and nature to see.

The house has all the kitchen necessities needed and a nice deck area to eat outside. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Very nice stay at the Bay House with my family. 5 of us. Quiet, clean, cozy. Location can't be beat -- right across the street from a beautiful beach, tennis courts down the road.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great retreat at the beach!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Wilmington Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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.
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