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New Renovation Gorgeous Beach House-Duck/ Sanderling-half a block walk to beach

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath, Outdoor Shower, Decks. Comfort Close to Beach

This gorgeous property is for year around enjoyment! The Simple Life is located in the beautiful, wooded Sanderling section of Duck, NC, a short, 180 yard walk to the beach with no road to cross! The free use of the Sanderling community pool, an easy bike ride away - located directly on the Sound -is included with rental. Nature trails delight everyone. It is also a bikers paradise!

The home offers two king-size Master Bedrooms En-suite (one on each level), a queen size bedroom and a room with two twin beds. Three full bathrooms, one half bath, and a huge outdoor shower. Laundry facility with washer, dryer and ironing board. A crib and stroller (our daughter's, now a teen!) is available. High quality 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided. Flat screen smartTvs, free Wifi, free local and long distance (US) phone service. Wood floor throughout, ceiling fans, huge screened dining porch, open sun deck and private covered deck off the master bedroom. Everyone finds a favorite spot, from the bookworm to the sun worshipper. Fully equipped modern kitchen, Bbq area with table and benches, and fish cleaning table with hose. Covered parking for several cars. Hundreds of books to choose from!

The entire 2600 plus Sf living space Is bright and open, with gleaming new wood floors, new bathroom fixtures, lights and ceiling fans inside, cedar shakes outside so it fits perfectly with the surrounding nature and well maintained neighborhood.

The open concept main level features a huge, fully and well equipped gourmet kitchen with lots of windows, Quartz countertops, fully stocked built in pantry, french door refrigerator with icemaker and freezer, and a custom made center island "table" for everyone to participate in the food preparation, and for casual meals. A huge dining room with fire place and built in bookcases. The space flows into the spacious Cathedral-ceilinged living room with a screened dining porch on one side, and an open sundeck in the back.

The first master bedroom opens off the living room. It also has cathedral ceilings, ceiling fan, windows galore, a large and private covered deck with arm chars, a brand new bathroom with double vanities, built in shelving and a huge open European shower with rain-shower head. This bathroom was a king bedroom before the recent renovation; the shower alone is ginormous! Some of our guests take videos of the shower to show their friends at home....

On this level, off the hallway to the stairs and the "Back of House" there Is another full bathroom with soaking tub/shower, 48” wide well lit vanity with mirrored wall cabinet, as well as a laundry room with washer and dryer, and a utility closet under the stair with spare light bulbs, flashlights, batteries, and other necessities.

The upper level boasts three bedrooms- one king on-suite, one with two twin beds, and a queen "silent" room with no TV but WiFi - has another full bath with 48” vanity, soaking tub/shower, and a powder room.

The outdoor shower offers a delightful surprise, a luxurious rain shower column with body sprays to help wash off the sand before entering the house. The house has cable TVs, Internet WI-fi and toll-free local and long distance (US) telephone service.

More Details

Ilona and Michael Czinkota
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, German, Hungarian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Ilona and Michael Czinkota

The owners are beach lovers and travelers, and Ilona is an architect, so when the time came for rejuvenating the house, all stops were pulled out! They made sure that everything they like and need to feel at home and comfortable during their travels is met and exceeded at The Simple Life!

Ilona and Michael Czinkota purchased this house in 2001

Why Ilona and Michael Czinkota chose Duck

Our neighborhood, Sanderling features lovely homes, considerate neighbors, a nature trail with a “lake”, immaculate grounds and a new community pool about a mile away on the Currituck Sound, along with tennis courts and a boat ramp. The fitness center (with a view!) is available for a small fee. The Sanderling Inn across the street from the clubhouse has a decadent spa, outside bar, nightly fire pits with local musicians entertaining, and two of the area's finest dining establishments, the Life Saving Station and Kimball's Kitchen. The area offers direct access to the Audobon Nature Preserve, a dedicated Bird Sanctuary.

Come home to The Simple Life after partaking in the numerous fun activities offered by the area, from deep sea fishing to parasailing, golfing, exploring the area's lighthouses, wild horses and abundant history, enjoying our pristine beaches, or a lavish wedding at the Sanderling Inn!

What makes this house unique

The house is well located, spacious, well equipped and beautiful. The renovation kept the original character and simplicity of the house, but it offers you all the ease and comfort you may desire during your hard earned vacation time. And wait until you try the open shower in the main level master bath! The 180 yards stroll to the beach under the huge trees closing over the street is lovely, and your children are safe riding their bikes, exploring the nature trail, or playing hopscotch.

A special time is the fall and winter, when the crowds go home, the fireplace is glowing, and you curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and a good movie...here is to The Simple Life!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house was perfect for our family vacation to Duck.

The location was great--very easy, short walk to the beach. Kind of between downtown Duck and Corolla so easy to get to either place for restaurants, groceries, shopping, or water activities. Super quiet neighborhood.

The house is very nice inside. The kitchen is well-stocked (we only wished for a few steak knives and one really good, sharp knife); plenty of pots and pans and dishes and even storage containers for leftovers. The dishwasher worked well and was quiet. The linens and towels provided were plentiful and fine--nothing fancy but it's the beach! They even had great beach towels!!! The washer and dryer work great (though the washer is a bit loud). The main level master bedroom is nice with the little private deck. The bed was comfortable (they all were) and the bathroom is a MASTERPIECE. Honestly, the shower is an experience. Everyone in our family used it at least once during the week since it was so incredible. The great room is perfect for tv watching (tv works fine and basic cable is sufficient) and playing games. The screened porch off the great room--with a ceiling fan and citronella candles--was perfect for our crab feast and for card games and drinking! If you want sun, you can sit on the open deck off of the great room also. The dining room is fine; the table is fairly large. There is another full bath int he hallway so that everyone does not have to use the master bedroom bath. Upstairs bedrooms were great--ceiling fans throughout, comfy beds. Good sized televisions in two rooms and a nice bathroom accessible from the master but also from the hallway for sharing. There is another half bath in the hallway as well. So plenty of potties!!! The outside shower is the best outside shower I have ever used in all my years of beach vacations--and that's a lot of years. Not only was the shower head better than mine at home, it also had the body sprayers to hit your torso. A nice changing area with hooks made using this shower for a full shower easy. That said, I would only ever shower in the main level master bath shower because, as I said, it was crazy amazing. I actually shot a video of it to show friends. The house is nicely decorated; all furniture was comfortable and the house was very clean. You do need to bring beach chairs. The only negative, and I mention this only for the true arachnophobe, is that there are a lot of spiders--but only outside.
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Duck in Dare County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All Flood lights must be turned off at 10pm- a Sanderling good neighbor requirement!
  • Use grill in designated area only, next to table and benches in back yard. Keep grill clean for next user
  • Have a wonderful time!
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea ...
  • resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , European open shower with rain shower head, double vanity
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Vanity; upper level
    Bathroom 5 - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Rain shower head, body sprays, garden hose, changing area
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Soaking tub, 48” vanity, main level
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , soaking tub, 48” vanity, upper level
  • 3 Full Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom, 1 Outdoor Shower Bathroom 1: toilet, huge European open shower, double vanity, main level Bathroom 2: toilet, soaking tub/shower, 48” vanity, main level Bathroom 3: toilet, soaking tub/shower, 48” vanity, upper level Bathroom 4: half bath, toilet, vanity, upper level Bathroom 5, outdoor shower, rain shower head, body sprays, garden hose, changing area Will provide one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom as a courtesy for our arriving guests
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On main level, en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On upper level, en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , on upper level
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , On upper level
  • 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 8 Bedroom 1: 1 king, main level Bedroom 2: 1 king, upper level Bedroom 3: 1 queen, upper level bedroom 4: 2 twin, upper level
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach, Swimming, Deep Sea Fishing, Hiking, nature trail, Wild Horses, Boating, Parasailing, Kayaking, Golf, Tennis, Jet Skiing, Safe Neighborhood for Kids to Play in, Great for Biking,


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New Renovation Gorgeous Beach House-Duck/ Sanderling-half a block walk to beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Absolutely terrific rental with very responsive and helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

Simple Life was absolutely perfect! The home itself has been beautifully renovated and the location is ideal. The beach is very close and the home sits under a terrific canopy of trees which keeps the decks cool during the day. Everything has been thought through from the awesome outdoor shower to the well equipped kitchen. The owners were terrific and renting was easy. Our experience at the rental was awesome and we hope to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, Thank you for your considerate comments! Most of us work hard for our vacation, so it should be memorable, and in a good way! Sanderling provides the ideal location; we rouse to the challenge with the renovation: made sure everything contributes to "The Simple Life" experience: easy, comfortable and fun! Thank you for enjoying our place, and for taking care of it well during your stay. You are always welcome back to The Simple Life! Ilona and Mchael
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Great house, great time!

  • 5 of 5

My family (Wife, kids 9 + 12) stayed here for a week in August. The house was everything we could have wanted:

- The neighborhood is treelined, which made it look (as one daughter put it) like a fairy tale.

- The kitchen is well appointed, and has a great prep/eating island so the family could hang out while meal prep was going on.

- The furnishings are very nice and well kept -- I think it was the best decorated beach house we've been to.

- The beach is close enough that you can hop back to the house for a cold soda with no problem

We didn't use all the bedrooms, but there is a large suite on the master level that would have been perfect for inlaws. The other bedrooms are separated from the main level by a door, which meant we didn't have to worry about noise from TV / etc. when the kids went to bed.

Thanks again, we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, Thank you for the great comments. My husband and I traveled quite a bit, hence the appreciation for a well furnished, comfortable place. We kept that in mind during our renovation and decorating. Not a lot of unneseccary nonsense, just things that enhance The Simple Life! Of course we can't really take credit for the lovely tree lined street, but we are so happy that you liked it, and can't wait to have you back in The Simple Life!
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Wonderful beach house!

  • 5 of 5

The Simple Life is simply perfect for a family vacation!! We had plenty of room for two families to stay comfortably here. We had a great time putting together a puzzle and there were board games, books and even a kite that we could play with. The kitchen is very nice and had plenty of pots, pans and dishes so we were able to cook dinner a few nights since eating out every night can get expensive. The house is located around a lot of trees which kept the sun off of us while we used the outdoor shower to get all the sand washed off everybody. There is also a open garage area where we could put all of the kids beach toys and boogie boards. This house also had a nice outdoor seating area with a screened in porch that kept the bugs off us while we sat out there in the evenings. The master bathroom was so nice. The shower was huge and it was definitely a fun experience to use it! The owners are really nice and gave us all sorts of recommendations of things to do in the area around the 4th of July. The beach was a very short walk to the beach and we had access to a swimming pool to help us cool off after our daily adventures in the outer banks. I definitely recommend staying at The Simple Life!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, We are so happy that you enjoyed The Simple Life and all it offers! We think of it as our home, and furnished it accordingly, so one can be comfortable, have family meals in several designated locations, and just relax under the trees! You were great guests, come back again! Ilona and Michael
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Chapel Hill, NC

Great Trip to Duck!

  • 5 of 5

This house worked wonderfully for our two families of four (with kids' ages ranging from 5 years to 6 months). The house appears to have been recently and very nicely renovated, and is situated on a nicely landscaped lot. We loved using the spacious kitchen and the shower in the master bedroom on the main floor. It also was helpful to have a second master suite upstairs. The beach is only a short walk down a quiet street, and it is easy to get over to the pool near the Sanderling resort. We would definitely rent again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! So glad that you found our house comfortable, well appointed and well furnished! It is like feathering your nest; keep finding nice things that fit well into the space and the beach environment! We hope you come back to The Simple Life! It is also great in the off season, with no crowds, no traffic, curling up with a glass of wine at the fireplace or cooking a great meal with friends in that huge kitchen.... Michael and Ilona Czinkota
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Parkton Maryland

Perfect location, spacious and updated home !

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd stay in Sanderling after 20 years of summers spent in Pine Island. Sanderling has all the amenitiies and proximity to the beach as Pine Island but also has the wooded canopy and classic beach cottage charm, while not losing any modern convenience. Simple Life should be named Wonderful Life, it would certainly be more appropriate :)

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, "wonderful life"! I like it! So glad you enjoyed your stay! Please keep coming back every year! We will consider re- naming the house for you! 😊
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  • 5 of 5

We really ejoyed our stay this summer. The house was perfect for two families - enough space to spread out, and great common areas. Proximity to the beach was key. Really enjoyed the beach after dark, as well as watching the sunset from the community dock. Very quiet and safe neighborhood. Would highly recommend this house!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Beth, thank you for your review! Yes, we also think that our house is the greatest, and in the best, safest, prettiest neighborhood of the Outer Banks! We love to share it with appreciative guest such as you and your family, and hope that you will come again to enjoy The Simple Life!
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Car: recommended

Some of the Things to do Besides the Obvious:

Sanderling Pool & Tennis Courts:

About ¾ of a mile north, an easy bike ride, are the Sanderling neighborhood amenities. Take a picnic as there is no food close by except for dressier occasions. There are snacks and sodas for purchase from the attendant.

Sanderling’s Dock at Sunset:

As you walk out of the neighborhood, cross Duck Road and walk slightly south. You’ll see a Sanderling marker. Walk through the trees at the marker and you’ll see the dock. Sunset is spectacular here.


A great pastime for kids

Go to Bob’s Bait and Tackle in town. It’s a small shack on the sound side. He’ll outfit you with strings, weights and chicken necks or backs. He’ll also show you how to use them.


This is the most popular activity in the area. The best bike rental shop is on the ocean side in a small, stand-alone building. The owner is always on the premises and will take great care of you. Biking at the beach is easy for all ages and skill sets. Great bikeway from Sanderling to Duck. Ride into town one morning for breakfast at the Duck Deli. It’s about three miles each way.

Duck Watersports is practically across the street from Sanderling’s entrance. It’s just a little south on Duck Road. It has wave runners, para-sailing, wind surfing and kayaks.

Fort Raleigh, The Lost Colony, Manteo & Dolphin Tours:

English settlers led by Sir Walter Raleigh docked in Manteo, NC and started one of the earliest English colonies in America. It’s south and east of the cottage by about 45 minutes. There is a small museum as well as beautiful English Gardens. If you expect a giant stockade type fort, you’ll be disappointed. The “fort” is really just a short, four-sided burmed hill, but it’s still worth the wooded walk.

The main attraction is The Lost Colony. It is a bigger than life outdoor drama performed by some of North Carolina’s finest aspiring actors for 73 years. The show was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green, who became the king of outdoor drama with this show as well as one in the NC mountains called Unto These Hills. There’s not a bad seat in the house, but you should reserve tickets before you go because it is hugely popular. Kids love the cannon fire, Indians and pilgrims. The theatre overlooks the sound and is a gorgeous sight. It makes you realize why a colony was started there.

Manteo is a fun little town. Along the sound and one block back are cute shops and eateries. There are also a number of boats offering Dolphin Tours. The dolphin tours are just okay. Many times there are no dolphins sighted. If you’re just up for a boat ride, go for it. You’ll see the Wanchese fishing village and the Bodie Island Lighthouse as well as lots of birds.

See the Outer Banks from the Air:

If you really want to see the lay of the land, take a flight over the islands. The ride in an open cockpit tail dragger was a thrill for those in our family who aren’t big chickens.

Wanchese: Go to Wanchese about 4:00 pm. It’s a good 45 minutes from the cottage, but definitely worth the drive. This is a working fishing village, so if you’re lucky you’ll see rusty trawlers and men in waders loading or off-loading the day’s catch at “Fisherman’s Warf”, and the address (4683 Mill Landing Road Wanchese, NC 27981, 252-473-6004) .

Wright Brothers Memorial: a must see for kids and flight buffs of all ages. The Wright Brothers of Ohio, credited with the first air plane flight, achieved their fame at Kitty Hawk. A replica of the plane is on site. Definitely worth your time!

Wild horse tours: descendents of Spanish ponies roam the beach about 20 miles north of us. Don't miss the guided tour in an SUV. The guides know where the horses are-and remember to take your camera!

NC Aquarium, Roanoke: about 45 minutes south of the cottage on Roanoke Island: while it is constantly improving, it is still mainly for young children.

Currituck light house: fully restored and still working today, it is about 25 minutes north of the cottage and a must see! If you have the time, also che4ck the Bodie and Cape Hatteras lighthouses (the last one is a full day trip!)


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £107.15
Damage Deposit £214.29

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Refund policy: full refund - $50 fee if cancellation occurs at least 60 days prior to rental; 50% refund -$75 fee if cancellation occurs within 31 and 59 days of rental; no refund if cancellation occurs 30 days or less of rental, unless house is rented for the same rate for same time period (-$100 fee)

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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