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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.

6/17/18 Update: Hotel construction continues next door, does not seem to be bothering guests.

One High Season Week still open! 7/8 to 7/15 for discounted price, contact me for details!

Short Description: 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 beach road traffic! Sun-Sun changeover during high season, 2 or 3 day minimum during the offseason, discounts rarely offered and will be advertised here:

Current Discounts: Repeat Renters get free cleaning with 2 day offseason booking, free night with 3 day+ offseason booking. 10% off for Teachers.

Full Description:

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 over 25 and families, with families much preferred... 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. I just added another home, our former year round home, Otter Creek - Soundfront with great water access and dog friendly fenced yard, VRBO #1204710

More Details

Property Manager
John VanderMyde
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

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 spent 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 Kill Devil Hills

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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • 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 4.65625 based on 64 reviews

A little deceiving

  • 3 of 5

The pictures are deceiving (must have been taken several years ago). Home is in desperate need of exterior paint, chalk and the sofas really need to be replaced. Nice touches like pull cart for beach chairs, etc. Great location even though there is no beach view. Very comfy...just needs a little TLC.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Gold Standard of pet friendly rentals

  • 5 of 5

Every update that has been made here increases the enjoyment/convenience of the renter(and their pets). Great location and value. Would definitely like to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just stayed at this place. It was great! The house was clean when we arrived. It is a pet friendly house and I was very surprised when we arrived that it did not smell like animals, it smelled very clean. The beds are comfy. The house as a whole is amazing. The back yard is fenced in which was great for our dogs. The porch area is very nice. There are plenty of chairs and sitting areas. Great place! Not far from the beach at all, you literally just cross the street. It’s close to a lot of places to eat, shop, get gas or groceries. Very convenient. My family and I plan on making this a yearly trip.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for us and our 2 dogs with the large fenced in backyard and there are no other units so we also didn’t have to worry about bothering anyone if our dogs barked. Public beach access is literally across the street.

Thanks John, we hope to be coming back in a few months!

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

The house location is great, however the house is a little more run down than the descriptions say. Theres was old grease or food on the ground outside that our dog got into. Also there are no lights in the fenced in yard at all my dog didnt want to go out and couldnt see her while she was out. Also the grass was up to my knees in the yards it wasnt fun to go out and play fetch.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our needs. It's a nicely updated older cottage, well appointed and clean. The back yard is great if you have dogs. The wrap around porch provides both sun or shade and a nice place to hang out. They are building a hotel right next door, but it did not seem noisy or a problem during our stay. John is a very accommodating host and communication was quick and easy.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • 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

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £76.14
Pet Fee £38.07
Refundable Damage Deposit £228.42

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.