• 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
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General Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Bicycles
  • Blender
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • Books For Kids
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Children Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Deck/Patio
  • Deck/Patio
  • Desk
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Chair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Table
  • Dining Table
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils For Kids
  • Dishes & Utensils For Kids
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Family
  • Family
  • Fenced Yard
  • Fenced Yard
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Pit
  • First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Wifi
  • Games
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Games For Kids
  • Grill
  • Grill
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Iron & Board
  • Kettle
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Living Room
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Microwave
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Oven
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Pantry Items
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Porch/Veranda
  • Porch/Veranda
  • Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Romantic
  • Romantic
  • Satellite/Cable
  • Satellite/Cable
  • Smart TV
  • Smart TV
  • Smoke Detector
  • Smoke Detector
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Television
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Toaster
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toys
  • Toys
  • Washing Machine
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wireless Internet

About this Property

The Wooden Whale is a 3br/2ba getaway located in the peaceful NW area of calming OKI, and has all the niceties you need to find that place of respite. Comfortably accommodating up to six people (including children), we think you’ll savor your stay at The Wooden Whale!

Looking for a place to work remotely during these strange times? The Wooden Whale is a great spot to connect for work purposes and then disconnect as well.

**We take cleaning & sanitizing our home very seriously. Our expert cleaning crew abides by all industry standards and practices procedures endorsed by the CDC/WHO.**

Savor speedy access to one of just two bridges onto the island and beach access points. Two min. drive/10 min. walk to the sea and an even shorter walk to the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Wooden Whale is our home away from home. We’ve put a lot of time, energy and effort into making it a space that is welcoming, peaceful and well-appointed. The space has been professionally-designed and includes an open floor plan with tons of natural light. Unwind under the cooling winds of ceiling fans (in each room), appreciate a cross-wind from the full screen front door to the screened in porch off of the kitchen. High-end laminate floor and ceramic tiled floor in wet areas make tidy up straighforward.

The living room includes a 55” intelligent TV with access to Netflix & Hulu (bring your login info!). The kitchen is packed full of dishes, cookware, modest appliances and other essentials. We adore to prepare and have taken great care to include all the elements needed to create memorable meals. Curious to know if we have a particular item, just ask! There is a separate laundry room and common cleaning supplies available as well.

The Primary bedroom has a King bed, walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with double vanity & garden tub, dresser, bedside tables, quilt/coverlet, and pillows. The Queen bedroom has a Queen bed, dresser, bedside tables, quilt/coverlet, and pillows. The Twin bedroom has two twin beds, dresser, desk/bedside table, quilts/coverlets, and pillows. Both Guest bedrooms have close access to a hallway bath. Please note that sheet sets (including pillow cases) and bath towels are not included. We are joyful to recommend local rental services if you are interested. Our home agreeably accommodates up to six people (including children).

The screened in back porch is the ideal place to sip your morning coffee, read a rent curled up on the couch or in a hammock chair on a rainy day, or enjoy an evening libation with friends and family. Just outdoor the porch, you’ll find a patio complete with a dining table and chairs for six, and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a fun day at the beach! Plus, enjoy a hammock for two in the roomy backyard! Outdoor games including cornhole and jenga are available for use as well. And don't forget the freshly-installed in-ground fire pit with accompanying six Adirondack chairs. Great for cooler evenings! A gas grille has been supplied for guest use.

The real star of the island is the beach itself. It's a brief distance by bicycle or car with over 60 public beach access points. No matter the time of the year, your time spent at the beach will be memorable. Our absolute favorite place in the world is “The Point” – the westernmost part of the Island where you can enjoy striking sunsets and calm waters.

We appreciate the western part of the island. It's peaceful but offers fast access to everything that makes OKI special. Take a left out of the driveway to reach the Intracoastal waterway - calm waters ideal for fishing. Take a right and arrive at the beach in less than 10 mins. (walking) or 2 (by car/bicycle)! Lots of enchanting oaks adorn the island and the beaches, well, they speak for themselves.

The Wooden Whale is located very close to the Swain's Cut Bridge (the "new bridge"), one of two access points to the island. There are two grocery stores on the island (Food Lion and Publix on Oak Island Drive) in addition to Lowe's Foods located just across the Middleton bridge. The island is motor and pedestrian-friendly. Oak Island Drive has sidewalks that run it's length and the neighborhood streets are peaceful and calm.

We have two bicycles, beach chairs & umbrellas for you to use, and an attractive rental service to recommend if additional items are needed. Two lounge chairs are also available, although we ask you refrain from taking them to the beach - they are ideal for sunbathing at the home.

Sadly, no dogs and cats are allowed and smoking is stringently prohibited in the home. Please dispose of any cigarette butts outdoor appropriately. Evidence of neglect in this area will forfeit your security deposit.

We welcome you to our home and hope you appreciate the Carolina blue skies as much as we do.

Learn more about The Wooden Whale & Oak Island on Instagram/Facebook! @woodenwhaleoki

How to Save Money on Your Rental

  • Search for the tourism bureau in the area you want to travel. Most official tourism bureaus offer printed travel guide books with deals for rental homes, restaurants and activities. Search for these magazines and discount books, as this allows vacation goers to experience the same great activities with a typically considerable discounted.
  • Flexible about when you can visit? The off-peak seasons will offer phenomenal rates on weekly rental properties.
  • Active Duty and veterans of the U.S. Military may be qualified for discounts. Be sure to confirm with vacation rental company to see if your travelling crew qualifies for a discounted price.
  • Some rental properties are essentially catered to specific clients, whether it's oceanside rentals with weekly fishing pier passes, city-center homes with close access to restaurants or waterfront homes that have private jetski launching areas. If there's a specific Southport atteaction that you just love, search for properties that cater especially to you.
  • Management companies and individual rental owners typically offer customers an opportunity to purchase trip insurance protection. Trip insurance, which generally costs anywhere between 1% - 5% of the basic vacation rental cost, provides travellers reimbursement of their trip costs for any days missed a result of personal health emergencies or weather, in addition to ensuing extra hurricane evacuation costs or charges, like an unexpected motel stay or additional gasoline. Trip insurance can be a bank account-saver if the unforseen happens .

How to Book a Rental Home

You might be surprised to learn just how many vacation rentals are available at your destination. Vacation home accommodations have gained in popularity with the rise of worldwide research sites like Homeaway and VRBO.

Rentals are frequently owner operated or managed by property management companies. Property management companies are popular with owners mainly because they coordinate the online marketing and operations..

We have assembled a brief guide to assist you in getting most from your rental property experience.

How to find and book the perfect rental home:

Before you book "2022 Beach Retreat at The Wooden Whale - Fire Pit, Gas Grill & Memories!", go through our brief collection of factors to consider.

The Earlier You Start, The Better The Choices

Southport rentals start booking early. Reserving your rental property 6-12 months in advance is highly recommended, when possible. Holiday reunions are a popular time for families to plot their Summer family trips..

Pick a Community and Date

Begin by picking which particular area of Southport you would like to explore, and the approximate travel dates.

Bedrooms and Bed Sizes Matter

Confirm who is joining, and just how many/what particular bedroom setup you need to have. Consider that a lot of rental homes advertise maximum guest capacity, which oftentimes includes sofa beds in the family room. You'll need to determine what is most appropriate for your company. Generally vacation home listings will outline each one of the unit's specific bedrooms and mattress sizes.

Exactly What Are You Willing to Pay?

Will your selected vacation property fit your budget during that prime Summer week? If a few individuals or loved ones are sharing the cost, check that each group understands their obligation and has agreed to a maximum they are prepared to contribute. In most cases, one member of the group will be responsible for making the whole reservation and recovering each family member's share.

Create a list of "Wants" and "Needs"

What amenities is the family searching for? Are you looking for a rental with outdoor lounge? Would you like to be far from the crowds, or near civilization? Are extras like beach chairs, barbecue grills, beach umbrellas, buggies or coolers available and included with your rental home fee? Make a list of prioritized "necessities and wishes" from your group to help narrow your search to the most appropriate property.

Accessability

Optimal accessibility could make or break a trip for the less-mobile. If wheel chair access, elevators, pool lifts or other special equipment is necessary, include that into your search. Most vacation rental listings include a list of amenities.

Your Puppy Needs a Vacation, Too

Are you or other individuals in the group traveling with a family dog? Animals are welcome at many vacation rentals, but guidelines can vary. Examine your contract very carefully! Additional fees or costs may be applied to your agreement. Ask questions *before* you reserve!

Best places to Search

. In addition to Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor, we recommend searching Google for "Southport local rental homes" for local property management companies. Local vacation rental management companies take pride in a first-class vacation experience.

Negotiate

Re-read the description to ensure the home has everything you need. If lacking, the home management company might know of similar properties that better fit your style and budget..

While not true for all properties, many rental owners and property managers will make a deal on rates. If the rate isn't negotiable, the number of nights may be. The off-season offers your best opportunity to make a deal for a reduced rate.

Study the Total Agreement

You really need to know which services are included:

  • Electric bills
  • Internet Connectivity
  • Telephone service
  • Pool and hot tub heating
  • Cable and pay-per-view TV
  • Daily Cleaning (If Available)
  • Trash Pickup (and which day?)
  • Maintenance policies
  • Key exchange
  • Parking requirements

In addition to the standard charge, travelers must pay local taxes when renting "2022 Beach Retreat at The Wooden Whale - Fire Pit, Gas Grill & Memories!", in addition to various other fees which may be required depending on their circumstances, including a dog fee, early check-in or late check-out fee, or a pool heating fee for private pool usage during the fall or spring months.

Cancellation Policies

Make sure you be aware of the cancellation policy before booking. You will likely be offered trip insurance. Trip insurance protects the renter against emergency situations and weather events, It gives you relief should tragedy strike.

Book your Vacation Property

When everything seems correct, it's finally time for you to sign on the dotted line. You'll probably be asked to submit a security deposit at time of booking.

Know Who to Call

Put the property manager's contact information into your smartphone and wallet for easy access to answers during your stay.

Congrats! All that is left is enjoying your vacation!

During your Stay

  • Record the condition of the rental home immediately upon arrival. If you find damage, or if repairs are needed call the home manager immediately.
  • When there is any ambiguity about parking, rules of the house, condo access, pool operations, etc... we suggest you ask the rental home manager promptly. A phone call can save several hours of difficulty.
  • Remember to respect your nearby neighbors. . Respecting late-night quiet hours and vehicle parking regulations can make a vacation considerably more pleasant.
  • Ask a local. Locals can frequently point you in the right direction. Who better to ask where to get the best pizza, have a great night out, or the best areas for night life?
  • Make sure that you protect the owner (and your stuff!) by keeping the rental secured when you are away, exactly like you would in your own home.

Checking Out

  • Tidy up a little bit. Despite the fact that you're paying a cleaning fee, The rental home is required to be in very good condition. Sinks stuffed with dirty dishes, excessive sand on the floor and sticky messes should really be remedied before leaving.
  • Once everything is out, perform a walk-through of the rental to verify no damage occurred in the course of your remain. We advise walking through with the property manager whenever you can (this may not be possible).. If the property manager is not available, make sure to take photos of the property to record its condition.
  • How do you rate your experience? Most property management companies and vacation rental websites permit travellers to offer feedback. If your vacation rental and/or property manager was excellent, they will appreciate your recommendations. If anything was wrong and they failed to fix it in a practical manner, or if the rental home was not as described, you will want to note that in your review.

Learn from your Experience

Does everyone want to return next year? We hope this guide steered you to a great vacation rental. If the rental home wasn't ideal, and you'll better know how to filter your search for the next trip.

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