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New for the 2023 season
Pool Heat Fee (Not Available July/August): $500 Plus Tax/Week
Pool Size: 14x28
Bed & Bath
Parking for 6
This is a premium location for rest, relaxation and play! Adjacent to the False Cape State Park, you can enjoy vacationing where the wild horses roam. This vacation retreat was constructed in a vintage maritime theme to transport you back to the golden days of THE BEACH HOUSE! Features include a retro-styled kitchen with all modern amenities including two full-size refrigerators, nautical lighting, antique furnishings and historical memorabilia. Antique architectural elements are used throughout the home, including hand-carved teak furniture pieces, as well as wooden floors, walls, and ceiling vaults! Directly oceanfront, this home is perched atop the rolling dunes of Carova Beach and steps away from the secluded walk-in nature preserve at False Cape State Park. This is a vacation escape from the ordinary! Approximately 10 miles up the beach.
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Main House layoutBedroom Definitions
Oceanside, Queen, Shower/tub combo, Deck access
Queen, Shower/tub combo
Oceanside, Queen, Semi-private "boat house" bath, Standing shower, Deck access
Rec room with pool table, mini-refrigerator, sink and surround sound with TV; laundry; access to patio with gated pool and hot tub; BBQ grill and outdoor shower; dune deck.
Oceanside, Queen, Shower/tub combo, Built-ins, Loft, Deck access
Queen, Semi-private bath, Standing shower, Vaulted ceiling
Great room with 2-story beamed vault and gas fireplace, doors open to covered oceanfront deck; gathering room with table seating; retro-styled "pilot house" kitchen, pantry; access to porch overlooking the ocean.
Oceanside, King, Standing shower, Whirlpool tub, Dual sinks, Private ocean deck
Balcony level with computer desk and ocean view window scaping over great room below.
Multiple TVs/DVDs, elevator.
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"Gull Cottage is Carova perfection. Classy and almost like a maritime museum with such decor and taste. Well appointed and perfection in all ways. Best site on the beach, after six stays between us and my sister renting. It is our home away from home!"
"Beautiful home as always. Truly appreciated all the repairs and upgrades since we stayed last year. Best home in our nine trips to the OBX. Rebooked for next year!"
"The house was perfect as usual, thank you"
"We loved the location and everything about the house. It’s obvious the owners really care about the comfort of the renters. The kitchen was stocked far beyond what we have seen in OBX rentals over the last 20 years of coming to the 4x4 Beach. In the heat of the summer, the Dune Deck made for a perfect location in the shade to relax with a book, see and hear the ocean and enjoy the horses that came by several times during the week."
"Reviews of this home said well equipped kitchen. We doubted it and carried a ton of stuff from our kitchen. It was unnecessary. Just bring personal items and consumables. This isn’t a rental house, it’s a family home and is equipped for the task. It truly felt like someone’s home and not a generic built to rent home. Very nicely decorated with tidbits about the outer banks covering the home’s walls. We have already booked this home again and are planning to stay at least once a year."
"Well stocked kitchen. Very comfortable!"
"We loved every thing about the home. We had horses visit us, and the view was beautiful. It was definitely our home away from home for the week."
"Gull Cottage is our a little slice of paradise that we look forward to every year… Spending time here is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places for us. We appreciate the attention to detail and can certainly tell how much pride the owners take in their home."
"Gull Cottage is the best! I love this house and will never stay in another, it feels like coming home when we arrive. Happy to see cushions on the outside chairs this year- big improvement."
"Wonderful home. Clean, well-appointed, comfortable, great beach access via steps and gazebo. Beautifully decorated, and Twiddy was extremely responsive and quick with questions. A perfect week.. Would stay again!"
Thank you for staying at Gull Cottage and giving us feedback. The 3rd floor post has been reinforced for stability and we have changed out both sink faucet sets in the Master Bathroom. We are progressing a number of other off-season maintenance items and upgrades to the house for the enjoyment of guests. We appreciate guests providing constructive feedback
"A beautiful comfortable well maintained home! It's at the top of my list!!💖"
So glad you enjoyed your stay at Gull Cottage. The Outer Banks is a very special place to get away and relax!
"Beautiful home ! Great views."
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Gull Cottage. The views are definitely breathtaking!
"We loved everything about the Gull Cottage, it was absolutely perfect!"
So glad Gull Cottage provided the opportunity for a great vacation!
"It is our favorite home out of all the ones we have stayed at over 8 years. We are returning to Gull Cottage again next year. The home was well furnished with everything you would need. The decor was just beautiful. Needs a little maintenance but over all it was a wonderful home to stay at. Very warm and welcoming. That is why we rate it a five star."
We are glad you enjoyed Gull Cottage and are returning again. We appreciate your constructive feedback. In the off-season, we have replaced the stereo and tv in the main living room. The kitchen sink leak has been addressed and corrected. Unfortunately, parts for the washing machine were on back-order and it has now been repaired. We have also made a number of repairs and upgrades to hopefully provide a good experience for guests.
"I have stayed at many houses. This house is my repeat forever. Perfect from top to bottom. The heated pool in the shoulder seasons is the envy of your fellow house renters. Stylish and perfectly appointed. 7 bedrooms for two of us, but well worth it. A classic beach house!!"
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Gull Cottage. We appreciate the warm and kind review. We look forward to having you again if your travels bring you to the Outer Banks. Gull Cottage Owners
"The Gull Cottage is a special place and in my opinion the most unique house on Carova Beach. None of us ever plan on being inside much while on the OBX, but lets face it, rainy (or cool) days do happen. The Gull Cottage is so thoughtfully decorated that you really don't mind spending time in the house. They have included a lot of history, amazing decor items, and architectural beauty which makes this house our "go-to" destination. The only negative about Gull Cottage is when it's time to leave, it hurts my heart every time."
Thank you so very much for your very appreciative and kind review of Gull Cottage. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the 4 x 4. We look forward to hosting you again if your travels bring you to the Outer Banks. Gull Cottage Owners
"Gull Cottage was unbelievable. Everything was in the house that was needed was there. Outside furnishings pool and jacuzzi were clean and totally operational. All guest in the house were commenting all week about how this house had everything we needed. Totally awesome vacation with the visitation of wild horses. Totally impressed, best cottage I have ever stayed in."
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Gull Cottage. We appreciate your kind review and look forward to having you again in the future if your travels bring you to the Outer Banks. Gull Cottage Owners
"Beautiful spot, beautiful house and yes, wild horses."
"Gull Cottage was a dream! We had such a wonderful time. The house was clean and beautifully furnished. The kitchen was amazing! It had everything we needed. This is a lovely house that is obviously loved and cared for by its owners. It is delightful."
"This home is perfectly located. It's right at the end of the NC border (so it is quiet and has less traffic). The house has a wonderful pool, hot tub and well- stocked kitchen. The kitchen had all the items you would need (baking dishes galore, mixing bowls, crock pot, blender, baking sheets, hand mixer, several huge stock pots for seafood boils, 2 full sized refrigerators w/ freezers). We had a family of 6 adults and 6 kids and we brought a LOT of food. We had no issues with storing any food in the kitchen pantry and 2 refrigerator/freezers. Items we would like to see improved in the house are the quality of the mattresses in the bedrooms. The door knobs were odd and hard to open some doors (kids and parents alike got stuck in the main floor's bathroom). The TV was a little outdated and the surround sound system kept failing. This was extremely annoying when the kids were all watching a movie. When the sounds fails we had to restart the sound system. I really hope that gets updated this year. All in all you can't beat a huge house that's ocean front and has a pool and hot tub!"