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Modernized 1960's Semi-Oceanfront Cottage - Dog Friendly with Large Fenced Yard!

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

75 yards to 8th Street Beach Access On South Virginia Dare Trail Hwy, Hwy 12.

(tl;dr: 1960s cottage fixed up in 2015 with new HVAC, TVs, Appliances, Beds & Flooring, very dog friendly w/fenced yard, right on beach road, close to everything, 75 yards to beach access, NOT a quiet location due to traffic, and at some point new hotel will be built next door)

The SeaWitch is perfect cottage for those looking for a classic cottage with modern conveniences - new central A/C, new stainless appliances, Dish Network DVR system with 65" LCD TV, and FAST internet! There are 3 bedrooms, the "Yellow" room with a king bed and 50"wall mount LCD TV with Dish Network and DVR, the "Blue" room queen "Tempur-pedic" bed, and the "Green" room has 2 twins. The bathroom has a newly tiled shower with handheld spray and glass tile accents, cabinet style vanity, and lots of hooks to make sharing easy. There is also a nice large outside shower, completely rebuilt and repainted with new controls and showerhead.

The house is very dog friendly - large yard completely contained with 4' wire fence attached to wood fencing; we just added fencing around the kitchen stairs so dogs can be let into the yard without having to go outside now. The beach access is located on the Kill Devil Hills / Nags Head town line, which means the rules are different if you go left or right at access - Nags Head allows dogs on leashes year round (I've never had a problem letting them off leash to throw the ball though) but KDH restricts dogs on beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day between 9am and 6pm. So, you basically have to turn right at the access to go into Nags Head during the summer.

The living area features a large, comfortable couch for the humans and older "Crate" furniture for the dogs, a 65" LCD "Smart" TV, High Def. Dish Network TV with DVR, Surround Sound System, Blue Ray Player, and blackout blinds so anytime is movie time. A large picture window makes the great room feel even more spacious. WiFi with 60 MB cable internet and new "AC" router means (usually) fast internet, testing around 63 MB

Kitchen features an "Induction" range, boiling water faster than but with the control of gas, and no wasted heat. Three level stainless dishwasher is so quiet you can hardly tell it's running. Stainless Fridge with Ice-maker is big enough to hold the week's groceries. I've tried to include every item I can think of for the serious cook, right down to a remote meat thermometer and kitchen scale. Gas Grill outside has cast iron grates for nice sear lines.

50 year old milled wood T&G walls in the great room will take you back in time while the brand new Allure Plank "Country Pine" floor throughout the entire house feels great underfoot and is easy to keep clean. New ceiling fans throughout the cottage as well as a brand new central heat and air system, over-sized for quick cooling.

We will only rent to adults... sorry kids, no spring break beach weeks. Rates include: The rental with 2 TV Dish DVR and WiFi, sheets and towels for each bedroom (enough for 6 people), and all the taxes.

There is a downstairs apartment which is being used for storage and will not be rented. We occasionally may stop by to get something out during the day.

When you exit the cottage driveway turn right to head towards 8th street that is an easy 1 minute walk to direct public access on the left (ocean side) and a boardwalk to the beach.

Within walking distance of many of the restaurants on the beach road like Kill Devil Grill, Red Drum, and a short bike to Tortugas. All of "French Fry Alley" fast food is a couple blocks away. Various stores for shopping are also within walking distance. Ben Franklin, Harris Teeter, Ocean Atlantic Beach Rentals are only 2-3 minutes away walking. And of course Ms. Helen's famous biscuits is just across the by-pass - you know when the work trucks line up at a place in the morning and at lunch, it's got good food.

Under the porch there is plenty of space to store your fishing rods and beach accessories. There is an outside shower as well, just remodeled as of 6/12/2015.

Brand New (May 2016) HE front loading washer and dryer in utility room.

You will be located near the Wright Brothers Memorial, Outlet Mall, Manteo, Elizabethan Gardens, The Lost Colony Play, North Carolina Aquarium, Jockeys Ridge State Park, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jeannette and Avalon Fishing Piers and Charter Boat Fishing. We highly recommend the beautiful drive down Rt. 12 through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and a visit to the Currituck Lighthouse, and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

This Sunday to Sunday cottage with check-in at 4 pm and check-out at 11 am the following Sunday. The Seawitch is great for a couple, small family, or groups wanting to keep additional family & friends close by.

Our home, although in the tradition vintage style cottage, the property is fresh and clean. It was renovated in the winter of 2014 and spring 2015.

For anyone looking for a larger retreat home, or just would like to stay in Duck, please check out our other vacation rental, the Tarvalier VRBO Listing #752696

More Details

Property Manager
John VanderMyde
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About John VanderMyde

My wife and I have been in real estate, design, rentals, and construction on the Outer Banks for 20 years. I recently started thinking about designing and building "spec" homes again, and bought this property to rent to students and then tear down and re-develop.

Then I fell in love. Within a week of starting work on it, the plan changed from student rentals-tear down, to restore and add modern touches to make a great weekly rental, bridging the way is used to be with the way people like things now.

I've spent the past six months doing everything I could think of to improve the place while keeping the old charm. We took the bathroom down to the studs to make it the nicest room in the house. Added a huge TV, fast internet, surround sound system, best stove I could find, new flooring, new doors, stripped and painted the old drywall, all new bedding, and more.

John VanderMyde purchased this cottage in 2014

Why John VanderMyde chose Outer Banks

A unique combination of new and old make for an inviting, homey, comfortable stay that you just can't get in a house with no history. I can't tell you how many people have told me about the great times they've had in this house, back to the glory days when it was built in the sixties by someone named "Steponovich" which is how it came to be called the "SeaWitch". It's located right in the middle of everything and only steps to the beach.

I've priced it below our competition, cottage courts like the SeaSpray Cottages, which are booked solid for the summer at $1800 a week, while arguable offering more than they do.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage is quaint and open. Great for gathering to socialize. The cottage is walking distance to the beach, groceries, drug store, the new ABC store, nice restaurants, fast food, beach rentals, everything! We are also local owners, very knowledgeable about the real estate market in case you might have questions, and will do whatever it takes to make your stay pleasant. Need another pillow or utensil missing in the kitchen? Just give us a call!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kill Devil Hills in Dare County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , New tile around cast iron tub, handheld spray option
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Under Deck Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King Room` - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Two Closets
    Queen - 1 Large Double Bed , Closet across hall
    Twins - 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You will LOVE the Seawitch!


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Modernized 1960's Semi-Oceanfront Cottage - Dog Friendly with Large Fenced Yard!
average rating of 4.6458335 based on 48 reviews

Perfect for our pooch!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week with my husband, daughter & daughter's puppy. Not sure who enjoyed it most! The house was perfect for us. Plenty of room. Loads of useful kitchen items. The best tv picture, I've ever seen. Fast wifi etc. The location is great. I have limited mobility but even I could easily walk to the beach - it's so close - at my snail's pace, it only took a few minutes. As for the puppy, he loved the fenced-in back yard & our early morning off leash, long walks on the beach. Later in the mornings, we kept him on leash & in shade, (as it was very hot). We would all love to stay here again. Thanks John for taking such care to provide for all your renters' needs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week at the beginning of June with my fiance, 2 friends and our collective pets. This house was great for pet owners. John (the owner) is super pet friendly and I feel that it shows in the house. The porch/veranda in gated so that the dogs can be out with you and enjoying the breeze and the yard is generous for the dogs to run around in. They loved it. My friends and I really enjoyed the location- it was so close to the beach just to walk (we brought a beach cart), but John had one in the storage room already too. I loved having the convenience of the washer and dryer. The kitchen well-supplied with everything we needed for cooking for the week. The bedrooms were perfect in size and comfort. Our favorite place was to just sit on the deck and enjoy the breeze (even when we had stormy days - 2 during our stay). Overall, I would definitely vacation here again. It was nice to be so close to the beach and being able to bring the fur-babies and let them enjoy themselves too.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to beach and very dog friendly! What more could you ask for?

  • 5 of 5

My brother and I recently stayed at the seawitch and had a great stay. My Aunt was celebrating her retirement and rented a house for our entire family to stay in (over 50 ppl!) but we wanted our own house so we could each bring our dog and this ended up being the perfect rental for us. The dogs loved the huge backyard and the deck, I'm always nervous whenever I'm somewhere new that my dogs will find a way out but everything seemed safe and secure and they had a great time. The house obviously isn't brand new but you can tell the owner is working hard to update as often as he can. We didn't exactly use the kitchen that much but it seems to have everything you need. One thing we did use was the brand new washer and dryer set which was a very nice perk. The house has everything you need 2 big tvs, satellite, fast internet, towels provided, and new washer and dryer. In the end if you have dogs or just want to be close to the beach rent this house.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Basic house, very pet friendly

  • 4 of 5

Very pet friendly, large fenced in yard. The house is nothing fancy but just what we needed. I usually have trouble sleeping in other beds. I slept great every night in the queen bed!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Classic older beach house, getting all fixed up! Very dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

We had quite a rainy beach week, so we spent lots of time watching movies on the huge television in the living room! The kitchen was furnished with everything we needed, and the induction cooktop was wonderful. Redone flooring (with no carpeting) was wonderful with the dogs and all of the rain. The beach was a short 3 minute walk, and the best thing of all was the completely enclosed backyard for the dogs. We could let them out the kitchen door and they were completely safe. We have little sneaky dogs and there was one spot near the bottom of the stairs where they could escape, I called John and he came right over and fixed it! Would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great doggie and people home.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. Convenient to stores and restaurants. The beach is block away. Fenced in yard for our doggie to wander out into.

The home had everything we needed. The internet was speedy.

When we had a question, John was quickly available and he was both friendly and helpful.

I recommend this rental without hesitation. It was perfect for both of us and our doggie!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Kill Devil Grill
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Village at Nags Head
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Kill Devil Grill
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
8th Str. Beach Access
Car: necessary

Right next door to one of the best and most reasonably priced restaurants on the beach, the Kill Devil Grill. Great wide beach just 150 steps away with good surf breaks at the moment. Beach Road bike path at the end of the driveway and lots of back streets are wonderful for walking and biking. You can't get a more central location for all the Outer Banks has to offer! Jockey's Ridge Sand Dune, Wright Brother's Memorial, Nags Head Woods Trail, Historical Nags Head Oceanfronts, all within 5 minutes of the Sea Witch.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
18 Jun 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Post Season
21 Aug 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Fall Season
18 Sep 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late Season
23 Oct 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Off Season
8 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £62.14
Pet Fee £38.84
Damage Deposit £233.04

WARNING -- As of early 2016, VRBO began automatically charging all renters a "Service Fee" of between 6-10% (maximum of $495). We have nothing to do with this and do not receive this fee. Please contact VRBO if you have questions about what this fee covers and feel free to express your opinion about this fee which we feel is unreasonably high.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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