Abbreviations, Definitions, Cottage Locations & Standard Furnishings for your Vacation Home

Below you will find descriptions of the abbreviations, definitions, home locations and standard furnishings that Twiddy & Company uses in reference to our vacation homes.



Level 1 (Ground Floor)


Level 2 (Middle Floor)


Level 3 (Top Floor)


Level 4 (Ship's Watch/Loft)


Master Bedroom (bedroom with private bathroom)




King Bed


Queen Bed


Double Bed


Twin Bed


Bunk Set with two twin beds

Duo Bunk

Bunk set with a double bed on the bottom and a twin bed on top


Bunk set with a double bed on the bottom and a double bed on top


Trundle Bed; twin bed that stores under another bed




Sleep Sofa with a queen-size mattress


Sleep Sofa with a double-size mattress


Sleep Sofa with a twin-size mattress


Thin double-size mattress placed on a raised, foldable frame


Thin twin-size mattress placed on a raised, foldable frame


Great Room

A room with living and dining areas that are open to the kitchen.

Game Room or Rec Room

An entertainment room that may include amenities such as a foosball, ping pong or a pool table.

Home Theatre System

An entertainment system that includes a TV with surround sound and multiple speakers.

Media Room

A separate room with large-screen TV, multiple speakers and seating for multiple viewers.

Theatre Room

A self-contained room with a door, sloped floor or tiered seating, and a projection or flat-screen TV with approximately 60" or larger screen.

Private Den

A den that can be closed to provide privacy.

Semi-Private Bath

A bathroom that has two entries; one from a bedroom and one from a hall or another room.

Shared Bath

A bathroom that is situated between two bedrooms and accessible by both.

Hall Bath

A bathroom that is only accessible from the hallway.

Cabana Bath

A bathroom that has two entries; one from the pool area and one from inside the home.

Half Bath

A bathroom that has no bathtub or shower.

Ice Machine

A stand-alone appliance that makes large quantities of ice.

Heated Pool

A private pool with the option of being heated, when requested and paid for (if applicable) in advance of arrival; see individual home descriptions for fee and availability dates.


A bathtub with jets.

Hot Tub

Located outside and has jets, a heater and a hard shell.

Poolside Cabana

A permanent, shaded structure located near a private pool area usually with an open side facing the pool.

Kiddie Pool

A pool designed for use by children with no or minimal filtration, and is 18 inches or less in depth.

Guest House

A small house or cottage separate from, but adjacent to, a main house, used for lodging guests.

Pet Friendly Homes

List specific restrictions regarding the number, size or type of pets in their individual descriptions.

Bumper Pool

A billiard game played on a small table with several fixed cushioned obstacles that necessitate the use of bank shots.

High-Speed Wireless Internet Access

Allows users of personal and hand-held computers to connect to the internet at high speed without cables.

Special Event Homes

Allow large gatherings, such as weddings, for an additional fee and security deposit. Guests must call our office to make arrangements for a Special Event reservation.


Features and accessibility vary per home; see the individual description, or call our office, for details.

Dune Deck

An oceanfront sitting area.

Walkway to the Beach

Runs directly from an oceanfront home to the beach.

Connecting Walkway

Runs directly from an oceanfront home to a neighbor’s or community walkway.

Welcome Program

Twiddy homes that advertise Welcome Program as an amenity provide guests with a Vacation Starter Kit for their arrival.

Home Locations

Aerial Maps

Provide a detailed perspective of home locations.


No other property/lot between the home and the beach. Dunes may obstruct ocean views; may or may not have direct beach access.

2nd-Tier Oceanfront

Although considered oceanfront, 2nd-tier oceanfront lots are shaped like the ivory keys on a piano with the narrow end facing the ocean. Views to the side may be obscured by another home.


One lot from the beach; may or may not have direct beach access, ocean views or a street between the home and the beach.


East of NC 12; distance to the beach varies.


Homes that directly front the sound; may or may not have access to the sound.


West of NC 12; may or may not have direct access to the sound.


West of NC 12 and east of Crystal Lake in The Villages at Ocean Hill.


West of NC 12 and fronts Crystal Lake in The Villages at Ocean Hill.

West Oceanside

West of NC 12; three or four lots from the beach.

Accessible by 4x4 only

Ocean Beach, Seagull Beach, Swan Beach, North Swan Beach and Carova Beach. A four-wheel drive vehicle is required to access the home.


A four-wheel drive vehicle is required to access the home. These homes directly front a canal that connects to the sound.

Standard Furnishings & Equipment

The following amenities are standard to all homes unless specifically noted in the home description:

  • Bed & Bath Linens for reservations of seven days or more (except for Twiddy Traditional Homes)
  • Pillows & Blankets
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster or Toaster Oven
  • Blender
  • Dishes, Utensils & Cookware
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Stereo with CD player
  • Telephone
  • TV & DVD player
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet (excluding Twiddy Traditional Homes, unless otherwise noted)
  • Central Heat & Air Conditioning
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Shower (excluding Colony by the Sea)
  • BBQ Grill (gas or charcoal)
  • 5 Beach Chairs per home (excluding Colony by the Sea)

Bed and bath linens are provided for reservations of seven days or more, except in Twiddy Traditional Homes. Linens are provided for each advertised bed, Futon, rollaway and sleep sofa. Beds (except trundles, top bunks, Futons, rollaways and sleep sofas) are made the day of arrival. Each home provides one bath towel, one hand towel and one washcloth per sleeping capacity of advertised beds, one bath mat for each full bathroom, one hand towel per half bath and two kitchen towels. Extra bath towel sets are available for an additional fee. Contact us for more information.

For Twiddy Traditional Homes, bed and bath linens are not provided as a standard amenity. Guests may rent bed and bath linens through Twiddy (a package for the whole home, or individual sets) or bring their own bed and bath linens from home.

All homes are cleaned prior to guest arrival and upon guest departure. For those vacationing longer than one week, mid-stay cleaning and linen services are available (once per week). These services are complimentary, but must be requested in advance. Please contact our office as soon as possible if you would like to make arrangements.