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Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 8 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, OCEAN TO SOUND

Enjoy the best of both worlds. Playground for adults and children. You can enjoy all the activities associated with sound access including kayaking, canoeing,crabbing, (crab traps available), and clamming,etc. The house has a pier on a large marsh bay area that is safe boating for children. The inland waterway is several hundred yards away and while accessible, it is heavily traveled by yachts. Yachts, which are a pleasure to watch and to watch out for while boating. Our bay area averages a depth of 3 ft. which makes it ideal for the young ones. Many variety of birds including osprey, great herons, egrets, pelicans are in attendance at all times. Watch them from the back deck or while relaxing in the hot tub.

On the ocean side, there is walkover to the beach. No walking a good distance to locate a way to get to/on the beach. The beach is never crowded even on holiday weekends. The beach is a jewel waiting to be discovered.

A fully gourment style kitchen with modern Fisher/Paykel appliances is something to be enjoyed and enhanced with 180 degree views of ocean and sound. The spacious kitchen also allows many helping hands to make the experience much easier on the main chef.

Totally remodeled in 2006 to upgrade and provide us with the 'bells and whistles we wanted in a dream house at the beach. The house is really divided into two sections, one for the younger ones to enjoy and escape to watch tv, movies, and video games and one for the adults to sit and relax.

Keywords: Open style kitchen, family room, and dining room afford 360 views of ocean and intracoastal waterway. Near 4 star golf course.

More Details

Sandra & Bill White
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018

About Sandra & Bill White

A retired couple who love the beach but have decided to move for a variety of reasons. We have enjoyed Topsail so much we would love to share the beach experience with others. After watching our grandchildren's enjoyment, the wonder of a vacation at the beach is one to be experienced.

Sandra & Bill White purchased this house in 1993

Why Sandra & Bill White chose North Topsail Beach

We chose this area because it is beautiful, uncrowded, and as yet really undiscovered. We have found the most wonderful people vacation here.

What makes this house unique

4 Star golf course, Watching wildlife, watching dolphins frolic, teaching children the basics of life at the beach without the high cost of wacky golf and amusements parks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in North Topsail Beach in Stump Sound

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Small Weddings are Welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - Outdoor Shower
  • There are two walk-in showers and one with tub. There is also an outside shower for removing sand when coming back from the beach
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 16 X 16 Ensuite with bath and master closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Great view of ocean
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cosy nest
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Great large bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house is unique. The property runs from sound to ocean. It allows you to fish, crab, clam, and kayak in the sound then walk 100 feet across a two lane road to sit on the beach and enjoy the ocean. Outside shower and hot tub makes your stay that much more enjoyable. If a beach experience is what you are looking for, Sound Retreat is for you.


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average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We booked Sound Retreat on a whim just a week before arrival. We come to Topsail every summer, but had never stayed on the sound side. Sound Retreat offering canoes, kayaks, crabbing supplies, a fishing dock, & a hot tub with sound view sunsets convinced us to give it a try. Well, we are SOLD on the sound vibes! Sound Retreat is like having two vacations in one... fun beach life and relaxing sound side. A short walk across the street and you have the beach almost to yourself!

The house itself is literally like staying at Mom and Dad’s house! It is fully stocked and totally comfortable. It was wonderful not to have to lug linens, boogie boards, tin foil, laundry soap, even fishing poles!. You can pack your cooler and clothes and Whites have the rest waiting!

The main floor had beach to sound views, awesome for watching afternoon storms roll in. The kids loved having their own space downstairs living area for video games and playing.

The Whites were gracious hosts and we will definitely be back to Sound Retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It is nice to know the atmosphere you felt was the one we wanted renters to have. Thanks for the great review.
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Sound Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great place to spend some quality time with the family. Loved the fact that we could walk across the street to the ocean and go out back to canoe or kayak in the sound. The kids had a great time crabbing in the sound and everyone enjoyed their kayak trips.

The layout of the house is excellent. All you need to bring is a pair of shorts and your bathing suit, everything else is already there.

Best feature -- No long traffic jams getting there on Saturday afternoon.

Probably the best vacation rental we've ever had.

We had a great time and suspect you will too.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being such nice renters. It makes it easy to ask people to spend time in your home, if they are as nice as the reviewers. We welcome them back at any time.
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Wonderful house, close to the beach with great sound views!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect house for our Easter family gathering. The layout of the house is very warm and inviting and everything we needed to prepare our holiday dinner was there and easily found. Absolutely loved the kitchen area with butler pantry and the open floor plan! The location is ideal with beautiful sound views to watch the sunset each night and just a few steps across the street for a stroll on the beach!! The hot tub and kayaks were a real bonus to enjoy our beach time during the cooler spring temperatures. Thank you Sandra and Bill for welcoming our family to your wonderful beach home! It is truly a gem!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The renters were also fabulous. They took very good care of our home and left it spotless. They were guests all should welcome.
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Perfect family reunion home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Sound Retreat to celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family. The home is well kept and stocked with supplies, linens and towels not often found in rentals. This gives it a very personal feeling. There are plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms so everyone has room to spread out. Plus the great areas upstairs and downstairs keep the family together in the same room for great socializing. The home sits between the ocean and the sound so you don't have to walk far to enjoy either. The soundside has a pier and several kayaks and canoes to enjoy the water. The back deck is massive for relaxing in the evening to watch the sun set and the hot tub is a special treat -- especially on very cold nights! A wonderful time was had by all from ages 7 to 70!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10, (youngest 15 months, oldest 85), found the White's beach house to be perfect in every way. The large kitchen/dining/living area kept all of us together but not crowded. Access to the beach was easy (no steps on beach access walkway) and the long pier allowed us to keep our 2 jetskis accessable all week long. The bedrooms were roomy and the beds very comfortable. Also, my family was impressed was the endless hot water which allowed everyone to shower quickly and gather for the next activity. We had a lovely meal on the back deck and the hot tub was used several times. This rental is unusual because of the kayaks, canoes and life jackets available for our use. Actually, the list of outstanding features of this house could go on and on but the fact that we immediately reserved another stay next summer shows how awesome we think this vacation rental is. We are all excited to know how wonderful next years vacation will be. Thank you, Bill and Sandra!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Being VRBO and users make us fully aware of what families want and need when they rent a house at the beach. We enjoy making the beach and house we love available. Thanks for your great review and we will see you next year.
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A Jewel with the Best of Both Worlds-- Ocean and Sound!

  • 5 of 5

Bill and Sandra left no detail overlooked! Their lovely home far exceeded our expectations and literally had everything that we needed to relax and enjoy one of the best family vacations that we've had in years!

The location is amazing-- step out the back door and enjoy a large deck which includes a hot tub and comfortable outdoor seating while you take in the gorgeous sound view and kayak/fish from your private pier. The ocean can be seen from the front porch and we all loved sitting in the rockers and enjoying the ocean view with our morning coffee.

We had young and old, and there was something for everyone! The kids and young men liked having their own living space downstairs equipped with TV, games, refrigerator, books, etc. They found the fishing gear and crabbing cages, and so they spent much of the day on the pier. We had a large crab boil one night from all the crabs we caught in the sound. I enjoyed the kitchen--- wow, it had everything that we needed and I've never stayed in a rental so well-equipped! We had one adult with a shell fish allergy and were surprised to even find a set of EPI-pens in one of the drawers! Thankfully, we didn't have to use them.

Comfortable beds are a must for any stay, and we were not disappointed. All beds were very comfortable with quality bedding. The home was also decorated beautifully with so much loving care--- very cozy and so much character!

Thank you for sharing your home! We hope to return in a future year!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
St. Regis Sunset Bar
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Southport/Fort Fisher
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
North Shore Golf & Country Club 4 Star course
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 17
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Villa Capriana
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Across the road
Car: necessary

Golf- a five minute drive to one of 'Golf Digest designated best places to play' 4-star golf courses at semit-private North Shore Coutnry Club. Two Colonial towns are with 75 miles of North Topsail Beach, New Bern, north, 2nd oldest town in NC and home of Tryon Palace, Wilmington, south, live theater, restaurants, shopping, and Colonial Homes provide day trips. The coast is littered with small fishing villages which provide wonderful southern fried seafood.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in North Topsail Beach, Coastal North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Jun 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off season
8 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 4 week Sat-Sat
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £380.7

The quote includes cleaning, linens, and use of kayaks, canoes, and life vests

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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