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Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A Simple Slice Of Paradise All Wrapped Up In A True Carolina Beach Cottage

'Simply Heaven' is a traditional Carolina saltbox beach cottage with incredible ocean views located just 2.8 miles up the beach from where the paved NC12 ends north of Corolla at the surf of the Atlantic ocean. A 4x4 vehicle is a must! Driving conditions on the beach vary hourly depending on traffic, weather and tides.

This quaint cottage has 3 bedrooms with ocean views, 2.5 baths, as well as an outdoor shower. A clothes washer and dryer is provided for your convenience. Television with over-the-air, local broadcast stations is available, as well as internet service. Your well-behaved dog is welcome for a fee, but two dogs max, no cats. The house has most of the basic necessities to make your stay comfortable -- pots and pans, utensils a charcoal grill, etc...


Owner
Lane McIntosh
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Lane McIntosh

Thanks for looking! My name is Lane McIntosh. My wife and I reside in Charles Town, West Virginia when we are not enjoying "Simply Heaven" in Corolla, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and am a professional in the real estate industry.

Lane McIntosh purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Lane McIntosh chose Corolla

In 2006 I was on a quest to find a 'fortress of solitude' to occasionally alleviate life's trials and tribulations. I wanted a place that offered peace, solitude, limited commercialization and spectacular beauty -- but not too far from essential necessities and amenities. After visiting countless properties in the Mid-Atlantic and the South, I stumbled upon 'Simply Heaven' by chance. My first time driving up the beach to the house almost left me speechless with all of the natural beauty. As I arrived at the house, the yard was filled with wild horses. I half-jokingly asked the seller if he had everything put on display to secure the sale. Within seconds of looking out the windows, I knew that this was the place for me!

What makes this cottage unique

What 'Simply Heaven' lacks in size it makes up with views and scenery that many houses ten times its size do not have. If you're looking for a relaxing family atmosphere with ocean and beach views from every bedroom, Corolla's famous wild horses, deer, fox, dolphins or an occasional sea turtle, you will find it here. If you're looking for fast food, convenience stores, wild nightlife, you will not. But! 'Simply Heaven' is located just 2.8 miles up the beach so you are far enough away but just close enough.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Corolla in Fruitville

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 4 - Outdoor Shower
    Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed
  • All bedrooms have ocean view with sliding glass door to ocean-side deck.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

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Wild Horses, Endless Ocean Views, 4X4 in Corolla
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 21 reviews
5

Awesome vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time here. Lane was really accommodating at the last minute when a rental that I had booked previously cancelled on me only two weeks before the vacation! The location was awesome. The ocean sunrises were beautiful. The wild horses were there everyday except for the two rainy days. We loved exploring the area and we prepared several lovely meals in the kitchen and on the grill. Thanks so much Lane :)

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

Location was amazing. Gorgeous views and loved how close it was to the Ocean. However upon arrival, it was not clean. There were no sheets on any of the beds, floors and counters were dirty. Never found the washer or dryer as it is stated. The windows, door walls, and screens were very difficult to open, screens on all door walls just fell off hinges. Would definitely stay in the area but wouldn't stay at this property.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place with great views disappointed in owner's customer service.

  • 2 of 5

I had the unpleasant experience of aborting my trip after two days due to Hurricane Marie. It was not required according to the specific wording of the contract to have any money refunded. There was no offer of any days in the future to compensate my wife and I for our early departure. Mr McIntosh contacted me via VRBO to inform me that no refund would be considered due to no mandatory evacuation. He has yet to respond to the email below.

"I am at a bit of a loss as to how this is "fair to all parties". I am aware you are not required to give a refund unless a mandatory evacuation policy is ordered by Currituck County. I suppose this is more about what I feel you should be ethically compelled to do and not legally obligated to do. I have worked in Emergency Medical Services for 20 plus years and do not "panic" at the sign of bad weather. During my stay I received my information on the local weather from the National Hurricane Center and NOAA via internet.

As you know the adjoining county did have mandatory evacuation orders. The decision to leave was based on "significant beach erosion" warning for Currituck County. This warning stated that beach erosion would make travel difficult and coastal roads may become impassable due to 2-4 feet of coastal flooding. Please check your facts on this as it is historically documented and verifiable.

Also as you are aware the home which we rented requires you to use the beach as a road. The significant beach erosion warning had the potential to leave us with no exit and predicted 2-4 ft of water in the area of the home would have made driving dangerous. This is not the same as driving on a state maintained highway in an adjoining area. This is the same storm that devastated Puerto Rico just days earlier. This particular hurricane remained unpredictable throughout it's track. I am relieved to know that the damage was minimal. As you recall as a courtesy I offered to secure any items you may need secured prior to leaving. Also as you know this vacation was scheduled at last minute because Hurricane Irma literally destroyed the island of St. John which was my original destination. I did lose a substantial amount of money on that vacation. It would be my hope that considering the circumstances you would act in a way that you would want someone to act toward you in a similar circumstance. There are times Lane where doing the right thing trumps doing the required thing. I await your response."

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The hurricane and storm policy for Simply Heaven is clearly illustrated both before and during the booking procedure through VRBO. We even highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your trip. Evacuations for the northern beaches are ordered by the county officials. By using this metric of a third party to dictate when a refund will be issued (via mandatory evacuation) eliminates any ambiguity between me, the property owner, and you, the guest. You informed me on a Monday morning that you were vacating. I was surprised, as I was not aware of any impending danger to the northern beaches. I explained to you that Ocracoke and Hatteras evacuate because they are dependent on the ferry system and NC 12 South can be subject to ocean over-wash.The conditions down there can be vastly different. I also recommended that you monitor the Currituck County website for evacuation advisories if you were concerned. At this point you made no reference to seeking a refund. Nonetheless, you vacated the property and informed me on Tuesday or Wednesday that you had done so and asked if I would give a partial refund. I informed you that I would partially refund if the county implemented an evacuation order. That order never came since the storm stayed out to sea and never made landfall. From what I hear from my neighbors who were there, the weather was gorgeous and in the mid-80's for the week with the exception of one day that was rainy and windy. I am truly sorry that your vacation was interrupted, but it is through no fault of anyone else's, but your own. The week that you stayed is one of the cheapest of the year. I think that we even discounted your rate because it was a last minute booking. It costs us several hundred dollars a week just for garbage and cleaning. We are in no position to offer refunds to guests who leave contrary to our stated policies. I hate to have a poor review over this, but that's just the way it is these days when people do not get their way. As my teacher would always say, "When all else fails, read the directions."
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Great location!

  • 3 of 5

All the essentials were there. Everything was only "surface" clean. House is dated and needs to be freshened up. Cooking utensils, dishes & cutlery should be replaced. A/C vents need to be cleaned. We had a maintenance issue which was handled the same day. Location was just spectacular for both the views of the ocean and seeing the Corolla wild horses. Loved the decks.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Heaven Indeed

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this property for our honeymoon, and we had a wonderful time. We found this "quaint cottage" to be bright, airy, and clean with an amazing view of the ocean. Many mornings of our stay were spent on the top floor deck with coffee in hand, sitting in the comfortable chairs provided with the house looking out over the water. The sound of the ocean that close is very soothing, and I already miss it back in the 'real world'.

We used the kitchen to cook many of our meals and found it to be well appointed and completely usable. The only item we didn't find was a cutting board, but perhaps we just missed it. The outdoor shower and hose were nice touches to help clean up after a day on the beach, and the AC fought the humidity like a champ. The horses lived up to the hype - we saw them on several days, and they grazed in the yard for several hours on one of the days.

We had several interactions with the owner leading up to our stay, and during. The owner was always responsive and helpful - first by working with us to sort out a scheduling challenge when we booked the property, and then to assure us that the slight travel delays we experienced on our arrival would not affect anything else regarding our stay.

The other reviewers here (and the owner in the house notes) have noted the essentials on staying at this house - but the beach driving notes bear repeating. Bring a 4x4, air down your tires, and study the satellite views on Google Maps so that you know where you are going. My AT&T phone had very spotty service on the beach, but my wife's Verizon phone worked very well. We arrived just after a storm had passed through the area, at night, at high tide. I would strongly caution against that particular course of action as it made navigation quite a lot more difficult, but other than that the beach driving was reasonable.

We wish we could have stayed there for another month - a week just wasn't enough time. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views but poor maintenance

  • 2 of 5

The house is located in a great area by the beach and the wild horses are close by. BUT, the house needs some serious upgrade and maintenance. Upon our arrival I realized that the house wasn't clean. The air conditioning upstairs is locked in so you can't change it if it get too hot outside. Outside and inside of the house was in poor condition. My husband and I rented this home based on the reviews. ( I don't know if the reviews are family members). It wasn't so much the furniture but the walls, ceilings and carpet, deck and stairs. It would not recommend this property for families with kids unless they fix it up to meet construction code.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that your stay at Simply Heaven did not meet your satisfaction. VRBO will not let me provide you with a similar negative review. You made no contact with me during your stay to express your unhappiness. The only contact was to inform me that you had arrived in a two-wheel drive vehicle and that you got stuck in the sand. Big surprise! Aside from that, I only heard from you post check-out to inform me of several things, including the fact that you broke the picnic table and that the shifting sands have piled up against the bottom deck step, making the rise of the step out of code. Give me a break!. It's nice to know these things before the next guest arrives in an hour. Anyway, sorry I was not willing to offer you a full refund. Knowing these things now, I can have the maintenance company look into them. Admittedly, Simply Heaven is not a perfect home and I make no promise to that effect. It sits on a sand dune...on a sandbar...on the edge of an ocean. It consistently gets pummeled by wind, sand and storms. The window of opportunity to make repairs in between guests is limited 8 months out of the year, but the maintenance company does its best in the time allotted while not intruding on guests' vacation. However, if there is a problem, please call the number on the sign that is attached clearly to the side of the house. Thank you.
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Location

Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Corolla, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
June 23 - August 04
23 Jun 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,014
for 7 nights
£2,014
 
 
August 04 - August 11
4 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,674
for 7 nights
£1,674
 
 
August 11 - August 18
11 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,483
for 7 nights
£1,483
 
 
August 18 - September 08
18 Aug 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,207
for 7 nights
£1,207
 
 
September 08 - October 27
8 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£994
for 7 nights
£994
 
 
October 27 - November 24
27 Oct 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
£909
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
£909
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £113.05 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £59.54

Please note that all short-term leases are based on a week-to-week basis with a 7-night minimum stay from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 9:30am. All rates are subject to change prior to reservation acceptance. Deposit is non-refundable UNLESS property can be rented to another guest, less discounts and credit card fees. No refunds on cancellations less than 21 days from guests' arrival date. Sorry, no exceptions.

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