Cottage - Close To Downtown, Concerts and Beaches!


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3 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
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Located just minutes to downtown Wilmington and only 20 minutes to the beaches, Captain's Cottage is a cozy, small home that was originally built on the ocean in Carolina Beach and later relocated to its current site in Wilmington. We're 10 minutes to Live Oak Pavilion and surrounded by great restaurants and all the area has to offer. Wether you're here for a concert, wedding, weekend getaway, or just exploring, you'll love Captain's Cottage.

The space
Captain's Cottage is a cozy, relaxed, light filled small home that offers Roku ready TV's, fast WiFi, 2 bedrooms (1 queen and 1 pull out single sofa bed), full bath, all new appliances featuring a stack unit washer/dryer, range, fridge, microwave and cooking and dining utensils. While the Captain's Cottage is small it's got great character and coastal inspired touches.

We've put a lot of sweat equity into this little cottage to bring it back to life from years of neglect and we hope you'll love it too! When we first saw the cottage several years ago we looked beyond the state it was in at the time and knew it had great character and would make an ideal getaway.

History of Captain's Cottage

Located in historic Sunset Park in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina, the cottage started its life in the early 1940's as a single room fishing shack that was constructed on the north end of Carolina Beach, about 20 minutes away. Years later the house was moved to its current location and a small addition and bathroom were added making the house a grand total of 600 sq ft (tiny house living at it's best!). Eventually the house became home to WM Register, a tug boat captain that worked his days on the Cape Fear River, and his wife, Gladys. After WM and Gladys moved out the house was sold and used as a rental property that fell into serious neglect and disrepair for many years.

The interior had a flooring mix of tile, carpet and various hardwoods, neon paint throughout, cracks in the drywall and holes in the ceilings. The cottage had settled so much that the back left corner in the kitchen was sitting on the ground. Since the house was sitting mostly on the ground most of the windows barely opened and doors were crooked. To fix the issue the entire house was lifted 14 inches with 2 twenty ton air jacks so new joists and piers could be placed under the house. As the house was raised the original iron bathtub fell through the floor so the bathroom had to be removed and a new floor installed along with plumbing and new shower/tub. After almost 6 months of stripping this property back to the studs we finished the complete renovation with new plumbing and electrical systems, new roof, new flooring, new drywall throughout, new interior doors and brand new appliances.

Although the house has been renovated inside the yard and gardens continue under renovation and are always a work in progress to bring them back to how Gladys kept them when she lived here while adding various coastal plant and tree updates. Gladys kept an immaculate yard and her garden beds were full of azaleas, perennial flowers, specimen trees and shrubs native to the area. Over the years the yard became overgrown with vines, poison ivy, sand spurs and invasive trees. To date, we've eradicated the poison ivy and removed much of the underbrush and cleaned up overgrown trees to bring back the live oaks and save some native plantings. Returning a neglected landscape to a healthy state takes time and planning so we're still in the process of working on the gardens and yard to return it to the original layout that Gladys left so many years ago. There's a very large oak tree in the side yard that houses our resident owl, Ollie. If you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of Ollie going and coming out of the hole in the side of the tree. We're excited to see the process and changes in the landscape, albeit slow, but we know as we get closer to bringing these gardens back to life our guests will enjoy them just as much as we do.

You'll find this is a terrific location in Wilmington's oldest neighborhood that's seeing a lot of revitalization on every street. Captain's Cottage is a great spot to base out of if you're in town to attend a concert, visit the area beaches, visit family, for work or just to come enjoy all that Wilmington has to offer. With plenty of parking, this property offers fisherman and outdoors folks a great option to park your boats and store your outdoor gear.

*Please note:

- We’re taking extra care to disinfect frequently touched surfaces and clean all linens between reservations. We ask that all guest adhere to the check-in (anytime after 2 PM) and check-out (by 11 AM) schedules to give us plenty of time to make sure the property has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

- If guests decide to leave early the nights not spent are not refunded.

- We DO NOT ALLOW PETS. While we love dogs and cats and have several of our own, we simply can not allow pets in this property due to previous guests pet's causing damage and other guests having pet allergies. Unfortunately, if we find you have brought a pet you will be asked to leave, your deposit will be forfeited and you will be charged an extra cleaning fee.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Captain's Cottage is located in Wilmington's oldest neighborhood, Sunset Park, featuring beautiful historic homes built from the 1910s to the 1960s. For the last several years the neighborhood has been undergoing revitalization on just about every street and offers a diverse range of residents. Our neighbors are friendly, long term folks that have been living in the neighborhood for many years.

Incorporating Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, Tudor, Colonial Revival, Cape Cod (house), ranch-style houses and commercial building styles of architecture the neighborhood is located between the Cape Fear River and Carolina Beach Road and the State Port.

You may have seen our neighborhood in movies and on TV shows and not even known it. The movie Blue Velvet had scenes filmed here including the house of Detective John Williams (George Dickerson), and scenes from Season 9 of Andy Griffith's TV Series, Matlock, were filmed in Sunset Park as well.

Architecturally, the earliest designs are Queen Anne style dating to the early 1910s.

Hosted by Billy

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Our families have been in the Eastern North Carolina area for over 100 years and we love all our state has to offer. From the mountains to the sea we enjoy the people and places that make NC so unique. We spend lots of time outside year around and especially on the rivers and creeks around Belhaven in the summers. We're huge fans of music and we love supporting local restaurants and businesses.
Our families have been in the Eastern North Carolina area for over 100 years and we love all our state has to offer. From the mountains to the sea we enjoy the people and places th…

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House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $150

Cancellation policy