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Historic Methodist Parsonage....With a Front Porch Full of Rockers and Stories!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house


About the property

Oriental is all about slowing down and relaxing….and that’s what we hope you do at our turn-of-the-century home. Its been a place where our family has made memories for over 40 years! Everyone who visits gets a sense that this home has been well loved and lived in….its NOT fancy but its comfortable and inviting. Whatever you do, DON’T RUSH…it's a small town built for long ambles a bike ride or a little tennis….and of course Sailing. Oriental is the ”Sailing Capital of North Carolina”. The Neuse River is within site of our front porch.

Mary Sharpe
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 March, 2018

About Mary Sharpe

Our parents moved to Oriental in 1974 and created a home for all four of us kids as well as 10 grandchildren and now 7 great grandchildren (and growing we hope!) We spent every free moment there but particularly loved the Fourth of July Croaker Festival...Thanksgiving and Christmas. This home has lots and lots of memories and we'd love for you to build some there too!

Mary Sharpe purchased this house in 1974

What makes this house unique

One front screened porch (with rockers and swings) where you can sit and read or talk….our family loves early mornings and evenings crowded there telling stories and reminiscing. You can see the River Neuse from that porch and get a good sense of what kind of wind is available for a sail… depending on the time of year, you might catch a whiff of the gardenias or other flowers in the garden depending on the time of year.

One back deck built around a Live Oak Tree where you can have a bite to eat.

Three bedrooms and two full baths….a king room….a queen bedroom and a bunk and twins room all sleeping 8 comfortably

One large dining that has been the scene of lots of Thanksgivings and family dinners of fried chicken….shrimp and oysters from the River and most importantly, LOTS of LIVELY conversation about everything you an imagine including religion AND politics…child-rearing and a little gossip about whoever is not there at the time….

One large Florida Room (thats a fancy name for the side family room) where we continue conversations after dinner and play games or watch a movie. We survived 39 years without much of a TV but agreed to add a big 54” flat screen last year for the enjoyment of our guests. Now we argue about whether its ”on” or ”off”! Enjoy some family time playing and talking and turn the TV on only if you run out of things to talk about! We also have internet if you really need to plug in to the world but try life in Oriental without it! You will love it!

One large kitchen which has produced some incredible meals and some other memorable times dying Easter Eggs and all of the things that families do in kitchens….again…think conversation and food!

One small breakfast room which holds the ”kids table” at Thanksgiving and other family dinners. Its small but we manage to get a lot of people around the table for breakfast or lunch shifts.

One living room which can be the quiet get-away place for those who need a little alone time for a nap or


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Oriental in Pamlico County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs Bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Bunk Bed
  • Downstairs King Bedroom Upstairs Queen Bedroom Upstairs 2 - Twins and One Set of Bunk Beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis
There is little public sandy beach down on the river that families really enjoy together. We have a few beach chairs in the utility room that you are welcome to use. Bring your bikes....its a great biking community...nice and flat!


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Historic Methodist Parsonage....With a Front Porch Full of Rockers and Stories!
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We were five 79 year old men that graduated high school together and thought that we needed at least one more adventure. We trailered a large pontoon boat to Oriental and docked it at the marina. The next day we motored to Beaufort and had lunch. Outstanding all day trip.. We had drinks on the front porch that couldn't have been more peaceful that evening. The accommodations were perfect for us. The house felt more like a home than a rental . Health permitting we'll do it again next year. Don't miss dinner at M&M.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in Old Oriental

  • 5 of 5

My mother, 2 children and I had a wonderful weekend in this home. We walked all around the village and to dinner, coffee, and even hit the tiki bar on Saturday night. The owner was very helpful and accessible.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice older house!

  • 5 of 5

It was a work weekend so didn't have a lot of time at the house but it was neat while we were there! Interior was very neat!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Coastal Town

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at this beautiful historical home for a long weekend celebration of my sisters 80th birthday! We enjoyed walking to local restaurant and park and waterfront! Very clean, comfortable, and location was perfect! The price is very affordable! Oriental is a beautiful quaint coastal town!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute house in good location

  • 4 of 5

Very quaint house with mixture of early 1900s furnishings and most modern amenities. Quick walk to the center of town. Owner is good with communications and responds quickly to any issues.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home with plenty of character. Lovely, shaded screened-in porch and shaded yard and decks.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Oriental in mid-October of this year at this charming home. From the moment we entered the door, we felt right at home. In fact, the home exudes the same friendliness that the town offers its guests. The home is in walking distance to the river and to a few fun restaurants. We attended the Front Porch Music Festival which was a wonderfully fun time.

The owners of this charming home are lovely people and easy to work with. The home is clean and comfortable and provides all the necessary items as well as plenty of room for an extended family. I am planning on returning with my daughter and granddaughter in the summer of 2017. Highly recommend this rental property!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
New Bern
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Minesott Beach Ferry
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Atlantic Beach/Morehead City

Oriental is the Sailing Capital of North Carolina! Its a great place to bike ride...there's a tennis court down the street. There are some really good restaurants. We like Brantleys for breakfast...the Toucan for dinner or try Silos (yes a couple of Silos) where they have live music some nights. We also love Gary's Down East Seafood in nearby Arapaho...look it up on Yelp!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £90.26
Refundable Damage Deposit £361.05
Tax Rate 4.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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