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“Peaceful, rejuvenating and perfect!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oscar's House Bed and breakfast

Oscar's House Bed and breakfast
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Oscar's House Bed and breakfast
Ranked #7 of 7 Ocracoke B&B and Inns
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Peaceful, rejuvenating and perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Where do I start? I love this place. Here are some fun facts about Oscar's. Park in the front but enter through the back door around the left. An envelope with your name will be taped to the door with a map leading to your room and a note for you inside. Rules of the house are posted in your room (or bathroom.) wifi password is in the kitchen on the wall to the left of the amazing and gorgeous stove. The common areas are relaxing, soul-soothing and stocked with hundreds of interesting books. Art is everywhere. You will enjoy just exploring the house and studying all the art, artifacts and books in it. Guest book has poems and sweet notes in it in the kitchen. Use magnets to make your own refrigerator poem. Bug spray, aloe and sunscreen (even a pair of sunglasses) are by the door in case you forgot yours. The outdoor shower is BLISS; don't miss out. There are free bikes! No helmets, and some of them are a little well worn, but we parked our car on day one and biked everywhere until we left on our last day - using the bikes instead of the car was invigorating and improved our vacation so much more than anticipated. We biked one mile to the beach and a little further to a beach with restrooms. Other than the ponies, everything is easily bike distance. There are two patios and plenty of space for outside relaxation and dining. An umbrella to shield sun or rain and a hammock. There's a grill as well as an outside sink for fisherman. You can use the refrigerator and freezer for food and some guests kept food stacked neatly on the counter to share (or not - either is fine.) Breakfast will be healthy, fresh and not full of sugar, fat or grease. Example: we had polenta, scrambled eggs with avocados and salsa, a variety of toasts, butter, juice and coffee and tea. There's a moment of silence before you eat; very in the spirit of the house and prepares you for a peaceful day. Don't be shy; breakfast goes on the lazy Susan in the center of the table. You spin it around and serve yourself. We had enough food for seconds and even shared with one of the locals that stopped in. If you are a people person you'll fit in, and if you're more quiet (like me) you'll still fit in because the house has lots of "hiding spots" where you can tuck away and read, write, paint, nap or just relax. The rooms are neat, decorated in soothing tones with local art. The beds are sooooo comfortable. We had Claudia as our chef/keeper and she was awesome. She asked if we needed anything but she also sensed when we just wanted to kick back with vino on the patio and have some quiet. She brought a calm, nurturing energy to breakfast and was fantastic at steering conversation without forcing it. We went there to rejuvenate and it completely restored us, even on a short visit. Oscar's House will always be my Ocracoke home!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Sweet little B&B well located on the island. Free bike use, very handy for a quick ride to the beach. Very friendly and chatty owner with good advice to give. Room was spacious and clean. Delicious home-made breakfast different each morning.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Clayton, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Oscar's House this past weekend - and it was a great experience! We wanted something a little different than a motel experience and we were very happy we had made that decision. When we arrived we found a simple little welcome envelope on the door directing us and giving us simple instructions to get our stay underway.

The experience is less of a hotel/motel and definitely more like an owner opening up her home and world to the visitor. A delightful conversationalist when called up for island lore, information and more, the owner, Ann Ehringhaus, did whatever she could to make our stay enjoyable.

There are only 4 rooms available at the house, so it is not a huge location with people all over the place. It was large enough where the other 4 people that were there this past weekend were not tripping over us, nor us over them. Rooms were not huge, but very adequate for what were there for - seeing the wonderful island of Ocracoke :) The backyard / porches were very comfortable and private. She had a small rack of bikes there for visitor use - we went and rented a golf cart, but if you're into biking it - she's got you covered.

I particularly liked the breakfast as all came together at 8:30 am at a central table - nice to meet your housemates and chat with them a bit - really added to the experience. Breakfast was simple and very good - not a huge buffet or anything but better than what *I* normally eat in the morning :).

I actually enjoyed the music from across the street, which incidentally seemed to knock off at 10 pm. Ann also recommended that we try The Flying Melon restaurant - and she was right on the mark - excellent food just a few doors up.

The only drawback to me was using the back door for entry/exit. I'm tall and the branches could use some clipping so I didn't have to duck down. This was the first week back in normal B&B mode Ann mentioned, so I would have to guess this will be on her "to-do" list this week.

There is a central TV (with a VCR - bring your VHS tapes or watch one of hers - not sure if there was a DVD player) in the living room which was open from 6-10pm, but not in the individual rooms. There was wireless throughout. Guests were welcome to use the refrigerator - as well as share a Key Lime pie that was in there!

If you're looking for the hotel experience with luxury accommodations and the focus of your stay is your room, this is probably not for you. If you want a comfortable location that's more like visiting - as my girlfriend put it - your grandmother's house, then this is the place. We'll be back.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Eric E
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

Stayed here with a group of friends as a "rental house" from Ocracoke Island Realty. Enjoyed our stay, but might try elsewhere next time we come. Why? Well, the central location is great, however we didn't enjoy listening to the somewhat lackluster live music from the restaurant across the street in our living rooms & bedrooms. Also, while the owner is quite nice and very accommodating and the rental company completely acceptable, the house just felt a little rough and furry around the edges. We didn't expect the Ritz, but we didn't want large dust bunnies, broken door knobs, leaking toilets and loads of cob webs and bugs either. The outdoor shower is divine!!! The back porches are very private and while lovely were unusable during the day as there was no shade and also not in the evening as there were so many mosquitoes. The beds were adequate as were the public spaces. Fish cleaning station was a sink mounted on wall that drained into grass at your feet. Place has lots of charm, but needs a deep clean and a once (or twice or thrice) over by a good handyman.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2011

Loved it! Our stay at Oscar's House was truly a delightful surprise! My boyfriend and I stayed at Oscar's House over Memorial Day weekend for one night and fell in love with the place. From the road, Oscar's House is deceptively nondescript but as soon as you walk in the door you can feel the energy of the house which a true reflection of Ann, the innkeeper. The morning we left we were already planning our next trip to Ocracoke and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Oscar's House Bed and breakfast

Property: Oscar's House Bed and breakfast
Address: 660 Irvin Garrish Hwy., PO Box 206, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Ocracoke
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Ocracoke
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oscar's House is a historic 1940's house built by the last island lighthouse keeper, located 1 mile from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, one block from Silver Lake harbor, and Ocracoke lighthouse. This house has been a B&B since 1984 and offers wonderful full healthy breakfasts, as well as free bikes, massage treatments, and lots of great guests. Join us on this beautiful island! ... more   less 

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