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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.

Current issues: Construction has begun on Hotel next door as of 1/1/18.

3/15/18 Update

Concrete is being poured into forms for walls now, not too much noise besides occasional back up beeping. I don't notice it over beach road noise.

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 booking, free night with 3 day+ 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:
26 April, 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 rental in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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!
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Wonderful Impromptu Beach Trip

  • 5 of 5

John was kind enough to accommodate us last minute for our trip to OBX. We had to get to OBX and had our two dogs in tow, and the Sea Witch was an absolute delight. Clean, comfortable, and had all the amenities we needed for a short trip. It was so nice to roll out of bed and let the dogs out in the huge fenced yard out back. And location to beach access/kill devil grill can’t be beat. Thank you, John!

  • Review Submitted: 22/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Convenient and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great for our dogs. Ample room and just across from the beach access! Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy beach cottage with all the essentials

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for a short getaway with my husband and our dog. The kitchen is nicely appointed and easy to cook in. Bedrooms are simple and comfortable. The house is not fancy, but it is well maintained, and it was so convenient having a fenced in yard for the dog. Beach access is super close and convenient.

  • Review Submitted: 20/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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snow at obx

  • 5 of 5

we had a great time at our stay and really appreciate that fur babies were allowed. It snowed while we were there which is rare for obx which made our stay even more special. Happy New Year John. :)

  • Review Submitted: 04/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4 quiet days of peace

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect for a family of four with two dogs. Could let the dogs out of the kitchen door and not worry about them. The beautiful part was NO SAND SPURS...;-) Kitchen was very well equipped and house was clean. We would stay there again.


  • Review Submitted: 15/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home with hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many houses along the Atlantic coast and this was the most welcoming by far! The instructions for electronics were easy to follow, the kitchen is well stocked for those who love to cook, and the first time we've encountered a "pet friendly" rental that was a true friend to pets (dog gate, blankets, and toys were waiting). If you don't want to cook, there is plenty of good food within walking distance and the beach is a skip away while you still feel secluded. We will be back year after year looking for an open weekend at the Seawitch.

  • Review Submitted: 18/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$132.13
Pet Fee AU$66.06
Damage Deposit AU$396.39

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 if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.