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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly

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


About the property

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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Barbara MacLauchlin
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Whalehead Beach in Corolla

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Half Bath is off the open plan Living Area
    Bathroom 1 - Jack & Jill bathroom / located between two bedrooms.
    Bathroom 2 - Jack & Jill Bathroom /located between two bedrooms.
    Two (2) Outdoor Showers. Hot and Cold Water. - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Best way to keep sand out of the house!
  • 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 ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

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2 blocks to ocean, 4 bedrooms, pet friendly
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful home! Nice remodeling in bathrooms and bedrooms! Loved beach decor throughout.

  • 4 of 5

Outside of property could use some tlc; however, home itself was perfect for our family vacation! We would love to come back in the future. Inside of home had character and had a nice beachy feel. Remodeling in bathrooms and bedrooms was beautiful. Location was perfect! Close to beach, shopping, activities... My family rode bikes, supplied by the owner which was a plus, to get ice cream and also visit the historic park at sunset which was absolutely gorgeous! The owner was very informative and friendly and just a call away if we needed anything. So much was supplied with this rental that you don't find in others. Was great not to have to bring our bikes, linens, beach toys, etc.. Saved much needed room in our vehicle. I highly recommend this home. Was a great experience for my family and I. Thank you Barbara for a great vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family get-away house!

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything our family of 9 needed -Fully equipped kitchen, large fluffy towels in the bathrooms, and comfortable beds!

Thank you, Barbara, for having the house ready and inviting. We enjoyed our stay immensely and hope to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, close to beach, felt like home

  • 5 of 5

The house was well kept & stocked with linens & a modern kitchen. The owner is a wonderfully gracious person, who was very helpful with restaurant suggestions & local.activities. would definitely recommend this home

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, well equipped beach house in good location. Owner is wonderful and really goes "above an beyond" to accommodate renters. In addition to central air, there is an extra window AC unit to help on really hot days if needed.

'Would stay again if going to Corolla.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first Experience using Home Away. It was awesome! Lovely home away from home. Beds and sheets extremely comfortable, loads of towels and cookware. We wanted for nothing! Thank you Barbara! I highly recommend the horse tours that support the horses. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund where all the profits support the horses. Bill was our tour guide we had an amazing time!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for a five star review. You made my day! I love knowing guests appreciate quality linens, comfortable beds and that The Whale's Tale was Your Vacation Home away from Home. I hope your fun family will plan to return again. Cheers, Barbara Owner The Whale's Tale
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Whale's Tail + Owner = Perfection

  • 5 of 5

October 26- 29th, 2016. From the moment we saw the pictures of the home, it called to us. It competed with the big McMansions lining the coast, one after another...looking all the same. For some reason the Whale's Tail always stayed at the top of the list. In the end, this sweet slice of OBX won, with all her charm and family vacation vibe. Once we spoke to Barbara [the owner], we knew why the house felt like home...it had absorbed years of love & family. We cannot say enough kind things about Barbara, as she is the home and the home is her. She has thought of everything...from providing beach towels to having martini glasses, and everything in between. Both her and her home were the most gracious hosts. Nothing was missing. We do suggest to be prepared for an OBX thing [NOT a Whale's Tail thing]: the water has an odor [kind of like well water]. It is safe. Barbara and the locals suggest drinking bottled water... and in a great host move, a case of water was waiting for us in the fridge. We cannot say enough nice things, so we will end with...YES, we will be staying here again. May the sun shine on your face and peace be in your heart, Namaste.

Ps. Rent a 4 wheel drive: there are not words to describe... "I just wanna drive 'til I run out of highway, into the purple sky". Which we did, right on to the beach and was stunned by the beauty. Thank you Kid Rock, for the lyrics. Thank you OBX for the experience.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Whalehead Beach, Outer Banks

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
In Season
4 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Nov 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Mar 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
In Season
3 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £58.27
Damage Insurance £45.84

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.