Reviews

  • Melanie L.

    We had a wonderful stay at this house. The room was fantastic and large enough to occupy the 5 adults and 4 young children during our stay. Eileen was great with keeping in touch with me for any questions or problems I had. Everything we needed was at this house and we loved that there was a stroller, toys and wagon to use during our trips to the beach. We will definitely return to this place for future trips to the Outer Banks.

     
  • Steve and Mary F.

    Our large family, 9 adults and 5 children, loved our stay here, not far from a wonderful beach and the pool was great. Space was a little tight when we were all in the same area at once, but it was fun. They had a regular coffee maker along with Keurig, so everyone was happy. They also had a baby gate and high chair which was great. The only suggestion for anyone staying there is you may want to take a fold-up towel rack for the bath towels as there are limited racks in the bathrooms. We would definitely stay there again, good location. Close to shopping, grocery store, and sightseeing. Watching the beautiful sunrise on the quiet beach was a favorite. The caretaker was always available if needed and took very good care of us. We can not wait until next year!

     
  • Ellen K.

    This was the perfect place for our family of 9 adults and 5 children. We all had plenty of room to gather together or alone. Everything was comfortable. All kitchen supplies needed for our stay were provided. The pool was perfect along with the closeness to the beach. It was far enough away from major traffic to feel comfortable, but close enough to most attractions to be able to sightsee. The owner was sure to accommodate for children, adding a gift of a kite. The manager was very accommodating and friendly. She was sure to take care of any minor issues as soon as they arose. Loved, loved our stay here. Hope to return!

     
  • Nicola Richmond

    We just spent the weekend at Dune Alright and loved it! Great house and Awesome location! Very close to the beach, shopping and restaurants. We will be back again next year! You will love your vacation here

     
  • Jason B.

    We stayed with two other families (6 adults, 6 kids 10-13) and the house had plenty of space for all of us. The house was very clean and well furnished. The pool was great as well. The walk to the beach is about 5-7 minutes, 1st on a sanded path which connects to the road of the subdision ... probably would not stay farther away but it was very doable. The house has a little wagon you can use to transport your beach chairs, coolers etc which was nice. Overall the house met our needs and we would definitely stay there again. The beach is awesome..clear water, clean sand, good waves for boogie boarding, can walk out quite a ways. A word of caution ... traffic coming on Saturday afternoon is a bear (1.5 hrs from nags head to Corolla) and would recommend coming in earlier in the day .. ..but well worth it once you get there :)

     
  • David R.

    Great house and a great place for a family vacation. House was very well equipped and clean. The walk to the beach was a lot closer and convenient than we had anticipated. House location was good and very close to date. Location was also very close to shopping and other activities. Would definitely stay here again.

     
  • Stephen Richmond

    I'm married with 2 kids and this was our all-time favorite vacation spot to date. Wonderful beach house, clean, good amenities, great pool, and conveniently located beach, restaurants, and stores. The trip could not have gone any better and the owner and manager are great to work with. Whenever we come back to the Outer Banks, we know where we will be staying!

     
  • Lee

    Returned from another great time at Dune Alright in Corolla, NC. Tried to get in before the summer folks to experience Corolla in a different season. We were not disappointed! We were often the only ones on the beach. House is stellar and owner has updated (again!) Since the last time we were there with modern updates in kitchen and pristine new furniture. Restaurant / food options took a little more research during off-season, but as long as you know what's open, there is never a bad time on this beach. Kids loved the Wildlife Education Center and flying kites on the beach. Parents loved the wild horses.

     
  • Michelle C.

    We had a wonderful week in Corolla, and truly enjoyed staying at the Sandbox! It's located close enough to everything, but far enough away to remain serene. The house is beautiful, comfortable and welcoming, and having the pool was an added bonus.

     
  • Melissa S.

    The house had everything we needed including well stocked kitchen supplies, lots of towels, beach chairs, plenty of seating and space for all 10 of us to hang out, etc. Eileen has thought of everything to make sure her guests are comfortable. We brought extra pillows because we never have enough when we travel but we didn't need them here. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks Eileen!

     
  • Hugh S.

    Lovely house, super-clean, sunny and welcoming with a wonderful pool.

    A couple of comments: 1) there were hardly any hooks in the bathrooms or bedrooms to hang dressing-gowns, towels etc. 2) We all found the mattresses rather hard: so when the time comes for renewal, something softer might be considered.

     
  • Alena P.

    The house was clean and neat. It is really close to the beach which is important for families with small kids. The pool was very nice as well. Eileen was very attentive and a pleasure to work with. We truly enjoyed our stay. Thank you Eileen!

     
  • Karen M.

    This is our second year staying here and we loved every minute of it! It was spacious enough that no one was on top of each other but yet still cozy enough to be together. The new addition downstairs is gorgeous! The pool was spacious enough to fit two families. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals or enjoy take out. The beach is a very close walk and there are plenty of chairs and beach buggy's for all your items. Eileen is more than accommodating with checking in, reminding us about garbage or just driving by and waving.

     
  • Candy K.

    Eileen was so attentive, from the initial stages of inquiry to the final day of check out. Our family of 7 had plenty of space to spread out or come together for games or a movie night. The newly finished ground level is a great place for parents to have a quiet retreat! The kids loved their evening swims in the private pool and we loved the quick walk to the beach. Harris Teeter and Duck Donuts was a easy walk from the property (we loved our morning walks to go get donuts and coffee!) She had plenty of beach towels and toys on hand. What a life saver in saving space packing for 7! The community is quiet and perfect for families. We will definitely be back! Thanks Eileen!

     
  • Sandy B.

    We truly enjoyed our first trip to the Outer Banks and our stay at the Sandbox contributed to most of that. Eileen could not have been nicer. She met us at the house when we arrived, answered all of our questions about local restaurants and activities and would have responded in an instant had we needed anything. With two living rooms and 5 bedrooms, the house was plenty big for our family of 8. The 2 minute walk to the beach and pool made this a perfect vacation. We try to travel to a different beach each year, and so far the Outer Banks and the Sandbox are at the top of our list. We will definitely return to this one.

     
  • allison m.

    We loved our stay. We had four adults and 5 children and had more room than we actually needed so it was great not to be on top of one another. My only note which wasn't a big deal is the hot tub could use some cleaning and work but we never even called about it so no fault to the owner or management. Pool was so nice to have and only a short walk to the beach which by the way has a lifeguard right there. I have never been to the outer bank where I had a lifeguard where we were and must say that we had an incident and were very thankful to have him available for us. I go to the outer banks all the time and will definitely book this house again!

     
  • John T.

    Stayed here for 4 nights in early September. House is great and the owner was great to work with. Communication was easy. Place was clean and perfect for the medium sized group that we had. Will definitely look into staying here again on our next visit.

     
  • Raina H.

    We thought this was a great house with lots of amenities and really close to the beach. Our family loved the layout of the house, the pool, hot tub, basketball and volleyball courts! We had a wonderful vacation here!

     
  • Jonita D.
    It is perfect for children! Our family had a great time!
     
  • Christine D.

    This house is perfect!

    The house is very nice and well taken care of. The pool and hot tub are great and well maintained. Plenty of seating around the pool for our party and no issues with the temp of the hot tub. The number of beds and bedrooms is great and the bedrooms themselves are nice and there are plenty of bathrooms for the house. We've stayed there twice with a group of friends and plan to keep coming back!

    The big dining room table is awesome and we also enjoyed sitting at the outdoor table on the top deck.

    It's also a short walk to the beach, which is super convenient.

    The best part of the house is the privacy! You can't see it from the road (which can make it a bit hard to find the first time. Just keep going!) and you can't see any other houses. It makes it feel really nice and private like your own little space. Especially when you're walking past the houses on the way to the beach and you can everything happening in the house and backyard. It's so nice not to have to worry about people staring at you while they walk by.

    The house is also very close to a huge, nice Harris Teeter, ice cream shop, and super wings (beach store) which is very convenient if you need to run out and pick something up. You could easily walk there if you needed/wanted to.

    We are looking foward to continuing our tradition of Memorial Day at this house!

     
  • MaryHoboken

    My family enjoyed a first class vacation at smooth sailing. The house was clean,

    Convenient to the beach, and had all the amenities you could possibly use.

    Would definitely stay again. A great vacation had by all. Thanks!

     
  • Michelle F.

    My family and I had a wonderful time here. It is in a quiet area but close to the beach and the bike/walking path. My kids loved having the pool and pool table at the house.

     
  • Mary and Jeff M.

    This was the perfect place for our impromptu family reunion. Eileen was a great host! We could not have asked for a better location! It was in walking distance to the grocery store. Bring your own linens or ask Eileen for a rental. Bring your own beach chairs or call a local rental company to set you up. We hope to visit again.

     
  • Katherine R.

    We enjoyed our week's vacation at Horizon Light in Corolla. The property is centrally located to the Harris Teeter/Duck Donuts and Ice Cream Shop (bike ride or walk). The distance to the beach is slightly farther than we are used to, but the walk is easy and flat. I think it was 2-3 rows back from the ocean. There is a loading area at the beach entrance, so you can drive younger children or elderly adults. We outfitted the kids with bikes and they were able to ride with a chair or boogie board, so that worked well. The outside pictures of the home make it look more "weathered" than it is. The home is SUPER clean and the layout worked well for our group (two families with teenagers). Eileen was VERY responsive. We only had one issue (the ice maker stopped working) and she kindly offered to reimburse us for ice expenses. Her communication was excellent. We would rent here again. The proximity to beach, shops and grocery with a private pool made it ideal.

     
  • Dianne B.

    Our family enjoyed a wonderful week at Pelican\'s Rest for my husband\'s 60 birthday celebration. Our four sons and their wives/fianc�es came from 3 different states along with 3 grandchildren. We all converged at this very warm home. Eileen was very easy and pleasant to work with and was quick to reply via e mail and phone to any of my questions and concerns. I felt like the accomodations were even BETTER than the pictures depict. The kitchen is wonderfully furnished for your cooking needs. The walk to the beach is very doable for little ones ( we had 3 that were 3 and under.) The DeFazzio\'s have provided lots of pool and beach toys for you use during your stay. Eileen also was such a hostess with questions about surrounding amenities such as stores and eateries.

     
  • Mike B.

    We had a large family vacation and looked for a large house. I can tell you that the pictures do not do the house justice! Beautiful house, great amenities, and a 5 minute walk to the beach! Mr and Mrs DeFazio were fantastic and really easy to work with. House and kitchen well stocked and little was needed. Minor issues were taken care of quickly and without hassle. We will definitely look to book with them again.

     
  • Shelba B.
    We stayed at Pelican Rest with our daughters, their husbands and 4 young grandchildren for our first ever \"all family\" vacation together. The house suited our needs perfectly and the beautiful pool was divine for cooling off after our time out on the beach. The upstairs living/dining kitchen area was wonderful for us to spend time together and we all enjoyed sitting down to eat at one table. The location was most convenient to the grocery store. It was a well-stocked home in every way and Eileen was always quick to respond to emails and questions. We loved the views from the decks and felt it really was our home for the week. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful house!
     
  • Janet O.

    We had rented a different house in Ocean Sands, and the owner canceled on us less than 2 weeks before our stay!. Home away was wonderful at making sure we got our money back and then helped to find another house at the last minute. We had a couple of options but chose Pelican Rest. This was perfect for our family configurations and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was well equiped and everything in the house worked well. Only thing we can think of is that a screen door was missing on the upstairs Queen suite. We all like to have windows/doors open as opposed to AC. Eileen was very helpful and worked with Home Away to make the final arrangements from the canceled house to this one. We would definitely like to stay here again. Thank you!

     
  • Sharon C.

    We had a great stay at Pelican Rest for July 1- 8, 2017. Eileen was very helpful and responsive while we were staying in the house. She left us wine and coffee as a welcome gift & sent us a suggestion for July 4th. The house was very clean and well-stocked with kitchen supplies, movies, games, beach chairs, beach towels, and pool floats. There was plenty of space for all 9 of us. The kids really enjoyed the pool table when they weren\'t swimming in the pool or at the beach. The beach is a short walk and has a lifeguard on duty. Overall, we loved our stay in beautiful Pelican\'s Rest.

     
  • Jennifer W.

    This was our first time to the Outer Banks. The stay at Turtle Time didn't disappoint. What an awesome vacation house. It was extremely clean. The kitchen is well stocked. We had adults and teens and there was plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. The beach is about a 7-10 minute walk, but wasn't bad at all. The private pool is a great feature. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Working with Eileen was a breeze! Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home.

     
  • Kristin M.

    This was our second stay at Turtle Time since we loved the property so much last year. The house is clean and with a great layout for families with young children and teens. We easily walked to the beach every morning until lunchtime and then spent our afternoons poolside. The house is well stocked for the cook in your family and Eileen, the manager, does a great job. We are already looking at dates to book Turtke Time again next summer!

     
  • Brittany S.

    We had a blast at this house! Great area, very nice! The kids loved the pool and it was a life saver! Not to mention how nice it is to have a private pool and worry about our 7 kids bothering anyone else and vice versa. We even brought my grandfather and my sister drove up from SC with her family and there was enough room for us all. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and especially our first visit to the OBX!

     
  • keith m.

    what a wonderful property! Very clean, quiet neighborhood and short walk to the beach. Manager was very responsive to our needs. Love the pool and game room. Thanks so much!

     
  • Whitney F.

    We really enjoyed staying at Turtle Time. The house was very clean, has a good layout and is very spacious. We had 3 families staying there and had plenty of room. The pool was great, the hot tub was great, but we spent most of our time on the decks. Last year we stayed in a different house and we hardly used the decks because it was so hot, the decks at this house have plenty of shade and are very nice for hanging out on any time of the day. The walk to the beach is a little further than I expected, but you can walk it. Great house!

     
  • Yawen D.

    We spent our end of summer vacation at this property last summer with two other families. We all enjoyed the pool, the beach and everything else this property offers. It was very clean and a great layout for all families. The walk to the beach is a little over 10 minutes.

     
  • Ria
    We had a great time at this house. Very clean and comfortable. The pool was great and the porches are great for sitting and enjoying the evening. We even spent sometime inside shooting pool. There was plenty of room for all of the family whether spending time together or finding my own spot to read. I recommend this house as a hub for a great vacation.
     
  • Kevin M.

    My family and I stayed at this property the last week in June. The house was more that what we had expected!! We loved it! House is a short walk to the beach. The Harris Teeter is about a 2 minute drive. Everything you need is very close by. The house was extremely clean upon arrival. The pool was clean and perfect temperature. Kitchen is stocked with everything you need to cook any type of meal. Hot tub was great at night. It is definitely a gamble when booking a property online without seeing it in person but we are so glad we went with Turtle Time! We will absolutely book this property again next summer. Thank you!!