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26 reviews
Smooth Sailing
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Storm Day At the Beach
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Wild Horses
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Corolla, Outer Banks, North Carolina

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KoriSiri
Farmville, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Made our first experience staying at OBX our first of many!”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 for a stay in July 2013
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This was perfect for our little family. We spent a fantastic week together and this little beach house made us feel so at home. So many reasons to love this place like beautiful views, horses that came right up to our porch(!), all the accessories that we could have needed, and a lovely owner that made us feel like we were renting from friends rather than a corporation. We are booked again this summer and we are all so excited! I think we have a new tradition and this house and beach are a big part of it.

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Liked best: The views from the porch/access to the beach
Liked least: There was nothing to complain about!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Hollybava...
Sanford, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“Wild horses!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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What a location! Firstly we had to off-road across the beach and through sand dunes to get there - awesome! It felt really remote with an incredible view of the sea from the balcony. Also, we had the wild horses come to visit every night, and by visit I mean they graze under and around the deck! We felt so close to the ocean and to the wild here. It is fantastic.

The house itself is just perfect for a small family with kids. The bedrooms are set up as one queen and one bunk bed room for up to 4 individuals. The master bathroom has an ok shower but an amazingly large whirlpool bath! I wish we had stayed longer to give it a try! The kitchen is fully equipped. The lounge is very comfortable and the deck is just perfectly relaxing. We stayed with our dog and found the place very pet friendly. The dog had a great time too!

With a 2 minute walk onto the beach and only a 10 minute drive into the main town, the location is just ideal. I would stay here every weekend if I could! Just a couple of tips, make sure you let down the air pressure in your tyres (They aren't kidding when they tell you this.) and bring bug spray!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Bringing our own bedding is a bit of a hassle
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Md
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Nichelle2...
Durham, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous Vacation Spot”
Reviewed 25 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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This house and it's location was fabulous. This was our first time driving on sand so that was quite an adventure! My family and I had the best experience at Smooth Sailing. The house was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed, from kitchen equipment all the way to beach toys, kites, and outside seating. The house is beautifully decorated and was just the right size for us. Each room had such quint charm and a personalized touch. We saw the wild mustangs from the deck on several days. They actually came up very close to the house so we were able to get great pictures. We also saw dolphins almost everyday. Great shelling after an overnight rain storm. We could see the nearby Currituck Lighthouse from our deck. My daughter took surfing lessons from a local business that actually came to us and picked her up. We loved that we were vacationing at a beach that was less populated. We cooked big family meals everynight and made memories that will last a lifetime.The owner of Smooth Sailing is very easy to get in contact with and was a joy to rent from. Smooth Sailing is pet friendly which was great for us! We will definitely be back.

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Liked best: Location, the property, the owner, and the horses!
Liked least: We loved everything.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Dani526
Marysville, Ohio
1 review
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“Relaxing & Fun”
Reviewed 2 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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The home is a perfect home for a couple & children. It is clean, well stocked with kitchen supplies and just enough room to be comfortable. The location is great because it is only a short walk to the beach & in a less populated location.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: The beach toys were all broke
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
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Luv2Snap
VA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good single family beach rental”
Reviewed 21 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
4
people found this review helpful

Remote! Remote! Remote! This is the place you go to hang out and reconnect with nature not do tons of touristy activities. It was quiet during off season until the Saturday we left. Locals said it was unseasonably cold this week in early April 2012. Luckily the Walmart 30 minutes south on the mainland had hoodies and clearance winter gear for sale. The wind was bitter cold and rearranged the furniture on the porch daily. We took down the wind chimes for the week...too loud to sleep at night.

The house was just the right size for our family of 5 and the rental is 3rd house back from the beach. Arrived at sunset, which was a little scary. Take a GPS with you! You won't be able to find it easily if it's raining AND dark. Could have brought another 2 children with us, as the beds accommodated such. Wish the master bedroom queen mattress was a lot firmer but it worked. It was a full moon during our stay so the ocean was a little scary one night but really beautiful. Great views from the upper balcony! Kids loved playing in the sandy front yard and flying kites on the beach. The horses did come up to the house on the last day we were there, when it got warmer. This would be a great place for someone with a dog.

We did have some issues with the water pressure and flow. Called Angi, the owner, and she immediately had someone at the house the same day trying to address the issue, which she may have inherited from the prior owner. Definitely needed the bottled drinking water jug, which can be bought at Ace Hardware or Wings.

Since we cooked a huge breakfast at the house each morning and keep snacks in the car, and skipped lunches. So we didn't feel so guilty eating dinner out at VERY expensive local restaurants. Expect to pay $14-40/plate/per person for dinner alone at this remote town that earns it's yearly income 6 months/yr.

I was initially scared to drive on the unpaved road. But it became one of the highlights of our trip...driving on sand. Watch the videos Angi sends on driving on the beach!!! Keep a copy of the tide schedule with you for the week, so you don't get stuck at high tide on the beach and unable to drive to your house. YES, make sure you drive a 4WD. YES, you must lower the air pressure to 15 psi every time you get on the sand roads! We saw a Mini-Cooper attempt to drive on the unpaved road and it got stuck at the entrance due to low clearance. So did a minivan and a sedan. Also saw a jacked-up monster truck from FL get stuck too, since the driver thought he could drive on the beach with those big tires and not lower his air pressure. We sped right on past Mr. FL in our little RAV-4 with lowered air pressure laughing.

Another thing, those trips you pay to see horses on the beach are worthless if you have your own 4WD. Spend the money renting a Jeep for the week instead of giving the money to those Jeep adventure people and enjoy fun times driving up and down the dunes and sand roads. The horses only come out to the beach when it's hot. Otherwise, they hide on the sound side of the islands.

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Liked best: Great size for 5-7 people, close to the beach, desolate location, great views
Liked least: water issues (she says she's has repaired), airplanes flying overhead to land at airport (owner can't control)
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Pa
Reviewed 11 November 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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