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Oceanfront Topsail Beach. Incredible Views From Every Room!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bath oceanfront gem. Big, beautiful beach with private access.

Welcome to Bumblebee! Our 4 bedroom, 3 bath oceanfront beach cottage is located in beautiful Topsail Beach, North Carolina, 3.8 miles south of the Surf City traffic light you reach after crossing the swing bridge onto Topsail Island. We are located just past Tower 3 of the United States Navy’s top-secret missile testing project on the island in the 1940s called Operation Bumblebee. Our proximity to one of the nine original observation towers – all of which remain on the island in one form or another – as well as the operation’s historical significance to Topsail, itself, inspired us to name our cottage after it.

We purchased this wonderful beach house in May 2015. As first-time vacation home owners we had no idea what to expect but were absolutely thrilled with the response we received after partnering with HomeAway/VRBO, booking our entire first rental season in just a few short weeks. Fortunately for all, our second season in 2016 went just as smoothly for both our repeat guests and new vacationers.

If you vacationed with us our first two seasons, you noticed some improvements to the cottage including the addition of a custom shower on the main-level. Our guests last season loved the new bathroom. New for 2017 are renovations and improvements to all 3 bathrooms.

The primary feature of Bumblebee - in addition to its premier location - is an incredible view from virtually anywhere in the cottage. Six sets of ocean-facing sliding glass doors, including a giant 9-foot wide set off of the main living area, provide unparalleled views of the Atlantic and Topsail Beach. Three sets on the upper level each open to the upper balcony which is perfect for sunning or taking in uninterrupted end-to-end views of the beach. The three sets on the main level open to a balcony which is shaded from the upper one. You'll spend hours here in one of the rocking chairs.

From the staircase of the main entrance on the sound side of the home you'll enter through a fully screened-in porch. The porch has seating for 8, including a table for outdoor meals or playing board and card games.

Once inside the cottage you'll find a fully-stocked kitchen with full-size refrigerator, oven, cook-top, and microwave, a dining table with seating for 10, living room with seating for 8, including a pull-out sofa-sleeper, flat-screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet access, hard-line phone with free local and long-distance calls, and a stereo/CD system.

Also on the main level is one bedroom with ocean views and balcony access via sliding glass doors. It has a large flat-screen TV, closet and a chest of drawers. A newly renovated full bath and storage closet complete the main level.

On the upper level you'll find a large hallway with two full baths as bookends, both renovated in 2017. One has a walk-in shower with built-in seating. The other has a standard size tub/shower combo. The upper level bedrooms on either end feature queen beds, closets, and chests of drawers. Both have flat-screen TVs - one is a TV/DVD player combo. The middle bedroom contains two twin bunk beds for a total of four beds, two chests of drawers, and a TV/DVD player.

A large, fully-enclosed walk-in outdoor shower with changing area is on the ground level just off the covered parking pad. There is enough covered parking for 2 vehicles and the driveway will hold another 3. On this level you'll also find a laundry room with full-size washer and dryer, and a large outdoor gas grill.

Fresh, clean bed and bath linens for 10 people are included in the posted rates. Just bring your favorite beach towels. We provide a few rafts and boogie boards for you to use at your leisure.

We have built our cleaning fees as well as state and local accommodations taxes of 12.75% into our listed rates for 2017. Keep this in mind as you compare us to similar properties which add these taxes and fees on top of their listed rates.

Although we are relatively new owners of this awesome cottage we're committed to doing our best to ensure your Topsail Island vacation experience at Bumblebee is nothing short of amazing. Don't hesitate to contact us at any time with questions you might have. Thank you for visiting!

More Details

Joanna Manning
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Joanna Manning

Hello, we're the Mannings. We recently moved from Wilmington, NC to the Raleigh-Durham area. We hope you'll enjoy Bumblebee and Topsail Island as much as we do! Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions. We'll be sure to get back to you promptly.

Joanna Manning purchased this cottage in 2015


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Topsail Beach in Topsail

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This full bath features a walk-in shower with built-in seat.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This second-floor full bath features a shower/tub combo.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This newly-renovated bathroom is on the main level.
  • Two full bathrooms are on the upper level. One has a walk-in shower, the other is a shower/tub combo. A full bath with new shower is also on the main level. Renovation projects to all 3 bathrooms were completed in 2017.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , 2 Bunk Bed
  • Each bedroom has it's own sliding glass door unit with access to a balcony and gorgeous ocean views. All bedrooms have either a flat-screen TV or TV/DVD player. One is on the main level, three are upstairs on the second floor. Also on the main level is a pull-out sofa-sleeper with a double mattress for up to two.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Oceanfront Topsail Beach. Incredible Views From Every Room!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

perfect---only thing missing for us was a blackout curtain because we stay up very late and the morning sun wakes us up early. I understand that this is nuts at the beach and we are probably the only people in the world that sleep until 9 at the beach. Ha! Wonderful, hospitalble house. Will be back asap!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best house on the island!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have already reserved this same house for next summer -- it is fabulous! I cannot say enough good things about it, the owner and the location and have to struggle to thing of anything negative to write. There wasn't a trashcan in the downstairs bathroom. There. That's all I have for negative thoughts. Positive comments: Great location -- SOOOO close to the sand! Extremely well-equipped kitchen. Gracious, helpful and kind owner. SUPER cute house, inside & out. The decks are AMAZING. The outside, private shower is SPECTACULAR. Lots of parking. Lots of outdoor space for storage of chairs, boogie boards, towel-drying, etc. Great dolphin watching. The street-facing screened porch is an excellent place to sit and relax during rainy days. We absolutely fell in love w/ this house and cannot wait to return. The only other drawback to this house that I can think of is that I cannot get back there fast enough. :-)

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful site, right on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here again this year. Bumblebee has anything/everything a group could need/want. Our family of 5 adults and 3 children thoroughly enjoyed our week. Quick and easy access to a wide sandy beach, easy access right back to the house - even the 6 year old could go back for forgotten items, it's that close and convenient. Looking forward to next year. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Relaxing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We, Nana & Grandpa, rented this beautiful home to gather our family for some fun together time. Our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons, 14 & 16 joined us and we all enjoyed every second. Each room except the bathrooms had a view of the ocean. The shaded lower deck is usable from early morning through evening stargazing. The home is clean and well appointed. Lots of games and toys are available to use. We especially enjoyed "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader"! We had so much fun I think we are going to do it again next year! Thank you Joanna for a great stay in your fabulous home!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect View and Layout!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there with 8 adults and 2 dogs and the entire experience was lovely. When we weren't out looking for shells, we were on the deck enjoying our view. The 3 bedrooms upstairs with 2 baths worked well for the crew. We went to the Lewis Market and got grouper to grill that was so fresh and delicious. Also ordered a seafood boil pot that was incredible from another place down the road. We will return!!!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach cottage. The Bumblebee offered everything we needed for an excellent vacation

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Wilmington International (ILM)


Prices & Availability

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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Prime Season
2 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
25 Aug 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £117.66
Refundable Damage Deposit £509.86

All state and local accommodations taxes are included in the listed rates.

Pet fee of $150.00 is applicable for either 1 or 2 pets (2-pet maximum).

A security deposit of $650.00 is required. This deposit is fully-refundable within 7 days of check-out provided the property suffers no material damage or loss.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Per the listing's Short Term Rental Agreement, a 100% refund of initial booking payment is granted if stay is cancelled 30 or more days from date of check-in. A refund of 50% of the booking payment(s) is granted if stay is cancelled between 14 and 29 days of date of check-in. No refund of payment(s) will be given to cancellations made 13 or fewer days from date of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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