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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Whalhead Beach - The Whale's Tale

Your clean, beautiful, Corolla Beach House: The Whale’s Tale awaits you! Accommodates 10 guests with 4 Bedrooms.

Spectacular sun rises through the thirteen-window panorama facing the ocean. Take breakfast on the upper deck and then stroll the short two blocks to a spacious beach. Beach chairs, umbrellas and sand toys provided.

The chef in your family will delight in the kitchen fully equipped with quality appliances, cookware and stemware. A gas and a charcoal grill stand ready for the grill master. Breathe in the salt air, hear the crashing ocean waves as you enjoy a meal outside on the picnic table.

An open floor plan unifies the kitchen, dining area, living area and ping pong area. Large flat screen TV with cable. Free WI-FI throughout the house. For peace and quiet retreat to the covered side porch where ocean breezes cool on even the hottest summer days. Unwind in the massage chair or with a frozen cocktail made in the Margaritaville Maker relax in the hot tub under the Gazebo.

Grocery, restaurants and retail shopping are a five minute drive. Take a short bicycle ride (The Whale's Tale provides 4) or walk to the Whalehead Club to stroll the majestic grounds. Climb to the top of the Currituck lighthouse and tour the free Nature Museum to learn about the rich history of this once isolated village.

Active and adventurous vacationers can enjoy a round of Golf, Kayaking, Surfing, Swimming, Fishing, Corolla Horse Tours, Shopping, or a Day Trip to the Wright Brothers memorial park. Of course, an afternoon building sandcastles can be just as fulfilling.

As the day ends on our island—far from big city lights--the stars light up the night sky. Relaxation, laughter, conversation and memories for your family that will last a lifetime, all await you at The Whale’s Tale.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Barbara MacLauchlin
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Barbara MacLauchlin

Sharing The Whale's Tale with vacationers, like yourselves, who desire to spend uninterrupted time with their families, enjoying one of the best beaches in the world, has been and continues to be an enjoyable blessing. My husband and I first discovered this area in 1974. After driving miles on the wide and undeveloped beaches from Virginia, the jeep stopped at a place called Whalehead of Corolla. My husband, the realtor Mr. Riggs and I stood in the sand looking for the half-acre lot for sale in the 1st division of Whalehead. Not a house in site and little vegetation.

Mr. Riggs squinted and with a turned upper lip said "I don't know exactly, but the lot you are interested in is someplace here." The truth was, we had no extra money to spend on such a wild financial adventure....we were just looking. But what a paradise to behold. The ocean was a 3 minute walk. The Corolla Lighthouse was a historic beauty to behold. On the top ridge of a dune we watched a wild black stallion called Star confidently lead his herd, descendants of a Spanish galleon ship that sunk in the Atlantic centuries ago. Within a second my husband and I said, "We'll take it."

Barbara MacLauchlin purchased this house in 1974

Why Barbara MacLauchlin chose Corolla

Ten years later, our little family gathered around our dinner table for a vote. Do we build a forever house or do we build a beach house? "A forever house" I said loudly. My husband and Christopher, our teenage son, voted beach house. Our three year old son, Cory, broke the silence. "Sawee Mommy, I vote beach house!" And so we began a journey, not only building a vacation home, but building lifelong memories with family and friends.

Many changes have occurred in Whalehead since 1974. Roads, new homes and parking lots were built. Convenient shopping and fine restaurants were added to the only general store that served this sleepy fishing village. The Whalehead Club has been historically renovated to its former glory. You can still visit the horses in a sanctuary north of Corolla. And the once coarse, pebbly beach has turned into a beautiful white sandy beach. Beach walkways offer easy access and protect the ocean dunes. Lifeguards, emergency services and many conveniences. But it still retains the quality of a quiet paradise where the sun shines a little brighter and air is cooled by sea mist.

What makes this house unique

My husband and I always believed vacations were a necessity for good family health. It is my desire to maintain a clean and comfortable beach house that welcomes you as your summer home. I want you to enjoy this well-earned time with your family. I have stocked the kitchen with lots of extras to make your vacation a pleasure to prepare your family meals. Beds are made and double sets of towels for each family member are provided. The simplicity of playing on the beach together, playing board games, working puzzles, participating in a game of ping pong with your children are truly enjoyed.

My sons now have sons of their own. My five grandchildren often tell me how much they love The Whale's Tale...and want to visit again. To be sure, you and your family will love spending your vacation at The Whale's Tale.


based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews

Awesome Owner!

  • 5 of 5

We unfortunately did not get the opportunity to stay at The Whale's Tale due to a hurricane, however, Barbara, the owner, could not have been more pleasant to deal with from beginning to end. She was very thorough, very polite, very accommodating, very professional! You better believe the next time we plan to visit Corolla, we'll be checking The Whale's Tale for availability! Thank you Barbara and we wish you the best as Hurricane Matthew passes through your area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Abode!

  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to the Duck / Corolla area for years. We have stayed in many residences, but this year was different! First off -- so many items which normally take up valuable space in a vehicle are provided. The provided linens are of excellent quality, bath towels, beach towels etc. As an added bonus: (9) Tommy Bahama beach chairs and (4) Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas are provided! It is a 5-6 minute walk to the beach, but it is even easier with the provided beach cart - also Tommy Bahama. Boogie boards, bicycles and more are also provided.

So often you have a great day at the beach and sleep on a frumpy and lumpy mattress. Barbara ensured all beds have high quality mattresses! No more sore backs in the morning! The bathrooms are updated very nicely and were always welcoming. Everything was clean and tidy.

The kitchen is also nicely equipped with very nice appliances and nothing ls lacking. I could go on and on but stay here and see for yourself! The excellent location to all the amenities which Corolla has to offer makes this a hidden gem! Excellent communication with the owner throughout the booking and our 2 week stay. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Whale of a Time

  • 5 of 5

The Whale's Tale is such a nice home and Barbara does so much to keep this older house in top-notch shape. Everything was spotless, so nicely appointed, so many thoughtful touches, so many clean towels!! Kids enjoyed using the bike sand the hot tub. We were so glad we could bring our dog, Sadie, along for her first trip to the beach.We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 4 of 5

The property although older as compared to other new flashy homes, was perfect for us. The house is nicely appointed, and maintained with very comfortable beds and plenty of linens, as well as an abundance of towels and etc... I was very impressed with the kitchen and all the different cookware that it contained, most places have a small limited amount, not here, there were several sizes of of each which made cooking so much easier, multiple cutting boards, knives and such also a great plus. There were no shortages of glasses, stemware, cutlery., plates. Nice touches in the kitchen included a wine/beverage fridge, another small refrigerator which the kids used for their beverages and water, and maragritaville machine. We cooked every meal except for one lunch during our stay, with the close proximity to the beach one of us would just go back and cook up lunch on the outdoor gas grill and bring the meal to the beach. The beach supplies were extensive, plenty of chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, towels and etc.. for every one in our party. The owner Barbra was very charming and informative and very accessible. The kids loved the short bike ride to the local ice cream shops, i liked that there were 5 bikes on site so we didn't have to bring ours. One tip i have is watch the sunset from the local park just down the road by the light house and the whale head club, amazing view.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation and house had all the amenities we needed with a great manager.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Wonderful stay

  • 4 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay. Everything was clean and the kitchen had everything for us to easily be able to cook many of our meals. We greatly appreciated being able to bring our dogs as well! The main floor does not have central air, so the window AC was a little loud since we kept it running, but really not a huge deal.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Whalhead Beach, Outer Banks

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
In Season
4 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48
Pet Fee £61 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Please contact owner for special off season.... vacation weekends or holiday.....rental rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Whalhead Beach in Outer Banks

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - Half Bath is off the open plan Living Area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed , Two (2) Twin Bunkbeds with i-comfort mattresses on each bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub

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