"Small Oceanfront Cottage in Emerald Isle. Lovely views & just steps from the Beach."
Left on 08/28/2016 for a stay in August 2016
My family stayed at this cottage in August. We had a very nice time. There are pros and cons to renting this cottage based on my experience.
The pros first; the cottage has a great location. It is very centrally located on the island. It takes 10 minutes to go back into Emerald Isle proper and 20 minutes to Atlantic Beach/ Morehead City. This means you can easily enjoy everything the area has to offer. The cottage is also on the thinner part of the island (there are only three rows of houses here) so you really do not need to worry about being crowded on the beach. On a Saturday we had a 100 feet of beach all to ourselves.
Next, the owner have recently redone all the outdoor decks. From the stairway leading to the door to the beach front decks all the broads are new and smooth. The outdoor beach front deck has plenty of outdoor sitting and lovely views of the oceans.
There are also only three steps down to the beach itself (you do still have to walk on a pathway through the dune), but the three steps definitely make the way to the beach easier for older members of your party.
The cons; the cottage has a small kitchen. It was well stock with utensils, but unless you are cooking very small meals, you better plan to eat out.
The mattresses in all the bedrooms were horribly flat, hard and just uncomfortable to sleep on. This complaint was had by every member of my family.
The toilets in this cottage were very low and while this will not bother younger members, older people will find them very uncomfortable to use.
Finally, there was poison ivy growing in several places outside the cottage. It was by the driveway, growing through the stairs and by the grill. If you have a member of your family that is allergic, then be prepared.
This was our fourth stay at Sunswept, and I have reserved it for next year. While the cottage is well equipped and comfortable and easily accommodates our group, the house is starting to show some wear and tear. I hope the owners spend some down time this winter sprucing the place up some. If not, I will consider another place the following year. Other than that, its a great cottage with a great view.
"Great value for the price: comfy beds, fantastically equipped kitchen, good A/C, and cruiser bikes included!!"
Left on 09/08/2016 for a stay in August 2016
We loved staying at At the Beach East and plan to return to it on future trips to Emerald Isle. It is not fancy, but it was by far our favourite of the 3 houses our family of 2 parents and 2 teens has rented over the years. Key considerations for us are beds, kitchen, A/C, and beach. This house rates excellent in all those areas. The kitchen, while small, is packed with all the tools you want: lots of dishes, pots, pans, knives that all work splendidly, and a wide variety of utensils and appliances. The beach in this narrow part of the island is divine. The house includes cruiser bikes, and it was so nice to have access to them. The beds were all very comfortable with lovely blankets and quilts. The deck has tall deck chairs which means you are looking at the ocean rather than at the deck railing when you sit in them. We have heard that there is a new owner of this house who plans to renovate the house. We hope he doesn't change too much because the house is already so great in so many respects. We will definitely be returning
Reflections East is a wonderful house on a beautiful beach. The kitchen was fully stocked, however the dishwasher never seemed to fully clean the dishes. The first level had a musty smell. The wifi never seemed to work. The house has a private housekeeper and we weren't able to get our keys until 4PM, even though we were told we could get them at 3PM. Then, the house wasn't even cleaned upon our arrival (which would have been nice if we had been warned that the house was still dirty). However, the house was large enough for our family of ten. The kids loved the loft with the toys and 5 twin beds. Great views of the ocean from the two bedrooms and the loft. Watch out for stingrays in the water!!! We love Emerald Isle.
The house is wonderful. Love the elevator, pool, outlay of the home. The decorator was so good in the decorating of the house. We will rent this house again. The street was so peaceful and near to the ocean. The rooms are sized for a large family, great TV in each room, pool was ideal. We just couldn't stay out of it. Close to grocery store, dollar general, restaurants. Love, love this vacation home.