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Soundfront Home In Unique Private Setting, Steps Away From Beach Access!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3BR/2Baths, Private Decks Off Every Bedroom, Tranquil Setting With Amazing Views

If you have never had the opportunity to stay sound side at the beach, then you don't know what a great time you are missing out on. After a hard day of fun & sun at the beach, wind down on the back deck and experience the amazing sunsets and stunning views of the Bogue sound.

While summer is in high demand, many miss the most amazing times of the year to come to the Salty Dog! Sept., Oct., and Nov., are filled with warm days, warm water, refreshing evenings, low humidity, lower traffic and great fishing!

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are special times to spend at the coast and celebrate with family and friends. Jan and Feb are not to be forgotten months with much needed relaxing and de-stressing after the hectic holiday season and also romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day!

Our beautifully decorated home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It will comfortably sleep 6; with 2 queen beds and a kid friendly room which has a bunk bed that has a double bed on bottom, single on top and a trundle bed underneath. All the bedrooms have private decks with scenic views. There is a wonderful picnic area with picnic table located sound front on the sandy beach area and great place to play corn hole.

Staying sound front offers many activities that you wouldn’t be able to experience on the beach front such as; clamming, crabbing, flounder gigging, seining, bird watching, walking in the shallow waters for great distances, etc.

Our family has had many fond memories of clamming and crabbing and having a delicious clam bake with all we caught! The kids have always enjoyed catching crabs and hermit crabs.

By the sound, there is a sandy beach area, a covered gazebo in the water and stairs leading into the sound. There is also a hot/cold outdoor shower area with a separate dressing area. For those of you that would like to try some clamming or crabbing there are rakes and crab pots available for use. We will also have beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards and corn hole boards.

Points of Interest nearby:

• NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

• Newly constructed bike trail right in front of our house that can take you to either Salter Path or to Coast Guard Rd.

• Historical Waterfront Town of Beaufort

• Deep sea fishing charters, Big Rock Fishing Tournament (June)

• NC Seafood Festival the first weekend in October

• Public NC Wildlife Boat Access

• Fort Macon

• Bogue Fishing Pier

• Great waterfront dining at Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort

• Shackleford Island

• Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Maritime Museums

Please give the Salty Dog a try I feel if you come and visit once you will want to come back again! Our home is not your average rental home it feels like a home away from home!

Please contact me with any questions I will be so happy to speak with you!


Dana Franklin,


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Dana Franklin
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Dana Franklin

The Salty Dog is named after the original “Salty Dog” my dad. He built this home in the late 70’s after years of scraping and saving! His dream was to retire early and live out the rest of his life at Emerald Isle and that he did. My dad was somewhat of a stubborn man, he weathered many hurricanes by himself and his fearless dogs! He would never evacuate even when it was mandatory! He would always tell me, “A captain must go down with his ship”. He loved this house! It would drive me crazy and worry me to death! But this house would always come out just fine and so would my dad! I grew up coming to Emerald Isle and raised my four children coming here as well. As a family, we have made so many wonderful memories in this house and now they still want to come here on vacation rather than somewhere else. My children have always brought friends with them on vacation and to this day they still talk about all the good times they had at Emerald Isle with us! When my sweet dad left this earth he passed this home to me and I decided it was time for a much needed makeover. So I gave it an overhaul and made the decision to share it with others so they could make memories of their own here. We truly feel this is a special place filled with love, happiness and fun and want others to share in this too. I know my dad is looking down with his scruffy beard and smiling! So Cheers to you Dad!!!

Dana Franklin purchased this house in 2005

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location!!! Privacy and definately have the best of both worlds. Tranquility of the sound and the closeness of the beach!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Emerald Isle in North Carolina

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , Private hot/cold outdoor shower with separate dressing area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed , Private deck, dresser, TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private deck, TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed , bunk bed has double on bottom single on top , TV, deck
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
clam rakes, crab pots, coolers, beach chairs, boogie boards available for use.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveller reviews)

Soundfront Home In Unique Private Setting, Steps Away From Beach Access!
average rating of 4.96 based on 50 reviews

Awesome Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Loved this house! We just returned home from staying there 3 nights. The house is clean and nicely decorated. The beach is just across the street. My son and husband surf fished and caught 2 huge blue fish. They also set a crab pot and caught several crabs. My teenage daughters were very impressed with the house. They enjoyed the beach and reading on the back deck overlooking the sound. They also were thrilled that there was Amazon Prime TV and Netflix. We got takeout breakfast from Trading Post restaurant each day. We ate dinner at The Crab Shack, Rucker Johns and Amos Mosquitos. We packed a lot into 3 nights but we had a great time. The owner is wonderful to work with. We hope to rent this place again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Sound-Side Home!

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect sound-side home. Thank you to the owner for sharing this very special property. The home is very well maintained, clean and comfortable. The home is both cozy but also allows for plenty of privacy for everyone with private decks off each bedroom. The views from every window are simply stunning! The owner has provided for every need; charcoal grill, gas grill, beach towels, inside and outside games, etc. We felt very fortunate to have rented this home on an unseasonably warm February weekend and enjoyed the private beach for the perfect birthday oyster roast with friends. I hope everyone takes time to flip through the owners photos of the home to get to know the original owner "Salty Dog" and see some lovely family photos. It's wonderful to see people live their dream! The evolution of the house over time is truly amazing. I've always been told each house has a soul. You can tell a lot of love has gone into and continues to be in this special home. Thanks for sharing it with us Dana!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us came down for a weekend of fishing and hanging out, and Salty Dog fit the bill perfectly. It's a nice, comfortable place with everything we needed. The location is perfect--the dock setup is spectacular, it's an easy one-block walk from the beach, and it's right in the middle of the Emerald Isle/Indian Beach/Atlantic Beach stretch. Feels remote and removed, but it's easy to get to anything you need.

Dana, the owner, is incredibly responsive and gracious. She saw to it that our experience was a good one. (Thank you!)

I definitely recommend Salty Dog.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that your first experience was a great one and I do hope that you will be a returning guest! Glad you were able to catch some fish too that is always a plus! Thanks for the review and hope to see you again real soon!
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our summer could not have closed on a happier note than spending the week at the Salty Dog! Everything from plentiful bath towels to comfortable mattresses to crab traps, Dana has made sure that her beautiful, beachy home ensures comfort and fun for her guests! Our family particularly loves the location of Salty Dog on Emerald Isle; direct access onto Bogue Sound and a 3 minute walk to the crystal waters of the ocean. We plan to enjoy this property many more times in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Im glad the weather turned out better than expected! I hope you will come back again and that everyone in the family will be able to join you next time! Stay well!
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Excellent Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent week at the salty dog. Our family of 5 loved crabbing/fishing in the sound and the short walk to the beach. This house has everything we needed, well maintained and the owner was excellent to deal with. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting the Salty Dog and please come back again!
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Convenient private location and very clean ...

  • 5 of 5

We are only 3 days back from staying at the Salty Dog and loved it! We have been going to NC beaches for 13 years and this was our first time to Emerald Isle. As I told Dana on the phone when we arrived, this was probably the cleanest house we have ever stayed in over those 13 years. We made a comment as we walked in that it smelled so clean. This was also our first time staying in a sound front home and loved the convenience of having options other than sitting on the beach. I personally loved sitting in the gazebo on the dock and reading. We were surprised there was hardly any activity on the sound all week. It was very private and quiet. We had a total of 8 in the house with 4 adults and 4 teenagers. We rented kayaks and a SUP to use on the sound. We set out the crab traps provided at the house early in the week and had enough to make crab cakes on our last night. We used a casting net to catch shrimp, which we used for bait. The walk to the beach was really easy and the beach cart was a definite plus for 8 chairs, several umbrellas, boogie boards, cooler, etc. Dana was very accommodating through everything, including when our house lost partial power on Wednesday evening. She had her electrician on call in case he needed to be there first thing Thursday morning to fix the issue, but thankfully it was something on the pole and was fixed by the electric company within a couple of hours. For meals definitely go to Rucker Johns (their homemade salad dressings are amazing), and Lazarro's Pizza (get the Godfather - 24" pizza). We took evening rides to Beaufort and Morehead City and a morning ferry ride to Shackleford Banks to see the wild ponies and found lots of conch shells.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your wonderful review! These reviews from all of my guests mean the world to me and I want to thank all of you for writing them! I work very hard to ensure that everyone that comes to stay at the Salty Dog has a very memorable vacation and one that will bring them back again! This home is very special to me and my family for so many reasons it is not just a rental home and I want everyone else to experience the happiness that my family has always felt here and still do! It is definitely my "happy place" and I want to share it with others! And I would like to give credit to my wonderful housekeeper Barbara she is awesome and makes sure the house is super clean for the guests. She does an incredible job! Thank you again for your wonderful review and please come back again!!!
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Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
Public boat launch facility
Reel Outdoors Inc
Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar
Mike's Place
Hwy 58 Bicycles of Emerald Isle
Water Sports Rentals
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Mac Daddy's
Car: necessary

Within short driving distances are the: NC Aquarium, Fort Macon, Historical Beaufort Waterfront, Ecotours, Deep sea charter fishing, Shopping, Wonderful waterfront dining, Bogue Pier, NC Wildlife Public Boat Access, Shackleford Island, Cape Lookout Lighthouse and so much more...


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Mar 2017 - 20 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
21 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off Season
10 Sep 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £195.57
Tax Rate 12.75%

Cleaning Fee and linens are included for stays 7 days or longer, for less than 7 day stays the cleaning fee will be 100.00 and 50.00 linen fee.

3:00 pm check in and 10:00 am check out

12.75% tax rate is charged.

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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