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Duck Refuge | 175 ft from the beach | Community Pool | Duck

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Top-Level Great Room with Wet Bar and Deck Access
Top-Level Great Room with Wet Bar and Deck Access
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5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
12 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
New for 2022: All TV's replaced with Roku TVs; Upgraded Internet (400 MB download speed); New sofas & armchairs in the Great Room and Sunroom. New for 2021: No longer Dog Friendly, Hardwood floors on Top-Level, New Carpet in Bedrooms. Dreaming of a relaxing week at the beach, bonding with the kids and enjoying the beautiful natural setting of the Outer Banks? Look no more because you have found the ideal location for your Outer Banks beach vacation in ‘Duck Refuge'. Located in the idyllic Sanderling neighborhood in Northern Duck Village, it provides a respite from the hectic rat race of long commutes, over scheduled kids and life in the fast lane. One of the last true Outer Banks locations, Sanderling is known for its quiet beaches, streets lined with ancient scrub oaks and a fami...New for 2022: All TV's replaced with Roku TVs; Upgraded Internet (400 MB download speed); New sofas & armchairs in the Great Room and Sunroom. New for 2021: No longer Dog Friendly, Hardwood floors on Top-Level, New Carpet in Bedrooms. Dreaming of a relaxing week at the beach, bonding with the kids and enjoying the beautiful natural setting of the Outer Banks? Look no more because you have found the ideal location for your Outer Banks beach vacation in ‘Duck Refuge'. Located in the idyllic Sanderling neighborhood in Northern Duck Village, it provides a respite from the hectic rat race of long commutes, over scheduled kids and life in the fast lane. One of the last true Outer Banks locations, Sanderling is known for its quiet beaches, streets lined with ancient scrub oaks and a family feeling. This lovely 5-bedroom property has decks and separate sitting area for plenty of room to stretch out and relax, plus a shared walkway with your neighbors just over the dune to the beach. . .no busy public beach accesses here! This is a great area for biking, walking or jogging along the multi-use paths into Duck Village. There is a beautiful community pool right on the sound with a dock for crabbing or just enjoying the world famous Outer Banks sunsets. Tennis is available for a small fee. Top-Level: Great Room with 55" Roku TV, Gas Fireplace, Deck Access with Ocean View, Wet Bar with Icemaker, Kitchen with Bar seats 4, Dining Table seats 8, Sunroom with Sofa and Table seats 4, Queen Bedroom with Roku TV and Deck Access, shares access to Hall Bathroom. Mid-Level: Queen Master Bedroom with Roku TV; King Master Bedroom with Roku TV and Deck access; Bedroom with 2 Twin Beds and Deck Access; Bedroom with Duo Bunk/Trundle and Roku TV; Whirlpool Room, Hall Bathroom Extras: Wireless Internet Access (400 MB download speed), Gas Fireplace, Charcoal Grill, No Smoking, PETS NOT ALLOWED, Parking: 4 Cars, Distance to the Beach: 175 ft. Community Extras: Community Pool, Boat Ramp, 2 Docks for Crabbing/Fishing, and Community Tennis (For Fee) Additional amenity details:  Gas fireplaces are shut down from May 15 until September 15. All Outer Banks Blue properties provide bed linens and bath towels for a small fee added to every reservation. We provide 1 bath towel and wash cloth per advertised occupant. We provide 1 hand towel, 1 bar of soap, and 2 makeup removing wipes per bathroom sink. We also provide kitchen towels. Beds are made prior to your arrival, and we provide a starter supply of toilet paper, bathroom soap, paper towels, and dishwasher detergent. Outer Banks Blue makes every commercially reasonable effort to maintain reliable information about the vacation rental properties we manage. As such, all information and descriptions are subject to daily updates and changes. We are not responsible for changes in furnishing, inventory, and décor implemented by the individual homeowners. Photos, virtual tours, and floor plans are meant to be illustrative in nature. All vacation rental information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. If you have any questions please give us a call.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
4 Full baths
About the Manager
Outer Banks Blue
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2008
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Reviews (5)
East Coast Tourist
East Coast Tourist
2 contributions
We stayed here a week. The pluses: proximity to the beach, nice size rooms/bedrooms, comfortable mattresses, nice open family room area at top level, nice sitting area off family room, and well stocked kitchen. The minuses: the decks were in terrible shape, splintered and old; there are no steps from the decks down to the bottom so you literally have to walk down and out the front door or down to the laundry room to the driveway; one of the rooms had a bad odor when we got there so we shut the door and didn't use it; one of the doors to the deck was very hard to open/shut because the rubber seal was falling off; there was trash in one of the cans when we got there so the place wasn't cleaned that well. The next part of the review is regarding Outer Banks Blue...they were terrible! We used them before and never had such problems. They called to see how things were so of course we let them know about the bedroom with the odor, the splintered deck,the broken door. They said the would send someone and we requested that they call first. No one ever called. One time we got back from the beach and there was a note on the door that they had come (no phone call first). They never came to fix any of the issues. They never offered a partial refund (we only used 4 bedrooms, not 5, because of the odor). We went to the Sanderling pool and the company hadn't called to get passes or even left the information that the cottage had guests to use the pool. There was no welcome bag or bucket like there had been before for other rentals. Then to top it off, they called Saturday @ 2pm (our check out day was Sun) and I informed them we were leaving shortly. The receptionist actually said "I have a problem with that". I said why? She said that "check out is at 10". I then had to tell her our checkout day was Sunday! (Shouldn't they have this info before they call?) So, yes, it was disappointing for the price. And we will NOT be renting with Outer Banks Blue again!
Visited August 2019
Written 7 September 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nadia K
Nadia K
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
The major issue we experienced with the house was the flea infestation. On our second day at the house, I discovered that our small, white dog was riddled with fleas. She has not had fleas in years and I was baffled as to how this could have happened. I immediately went to Walmart and bought medicine and shampoo for her, and treated and washed her. After that, we spent most of the day outside and she had no more fleas. After we returned to the house, I noticed that the fleas returned. Over the next several days, I noticed that as long as we stayed away from the house, our dog had no fleas, but as soon as we were back inside, the flease returned. Given this (and the other issues I will describe below), it became clear that the house was infested with fleas. That is unconscionable, unsanitary, and frankly exposed us and our small child and dog to deseases and infections! I realize that I am obligated to inform the management company of the issue, and I did not do that. The reason I did not do that was because by the time I confirmed that the fleas were coming from inside the house, several days elapsed and I anticipated that the company's respone would be to send an exterminator to fumigate the house. My 2 year old son has severe breathing complications that send us to the ER several times a year, and we take a lot of precautions to not expose him to chemicals, especially to lingering ones in areas he would be touching and where he would be sleeping. I am not familiar with Duck or the products exterminators use, and I did not trust that the management company would know or find an exterminator who used safe products. Beyond that, even if the exterminator used safe products, given that we've never dealt with anything like this, I did not know whether even those products would cause my son to stop breathing and leave us scrambling to get to an ER in Duck. (Is there even one in Duck?) Beyond the flea infestation, the house was covered in pet hair, including on the bedding and the ants were rampant. There were even dead ant carcasses in the fridge. These issues, however, I dealt with on my own by constantly cleaning the floor and keeping food tucked away. Ultimately, the flea issue got so bad that we left a day early. I explained all this to the management, and was very reasonable in their request to just refund us the portion of our payment that would have covered the cleaning. I was told by the company that because I did not contact them during my stay, I would not be reimbursed for anything, including the cleaning fee I paid, the expense of replacing pet related supplies, the time I spent cleaning and recleaning the property, or leaving one day early. The online reviews of Outer Banks Blue clearly indicate that the company is notorious for turning over unclean houses with all sorts of unsanitary conditions (just Google them). That is despicable and a health hazard. We will never return to this house and will never use this company again. To prevent others from experiencing the same issues, we are also posting about the company on local blogs, travel sites, and filing a complaint with the Health Department.
Visited September 2017
Written 13 September 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

michellejoyce3
michellejoyce3
British Columbia, Canada1 contribution
I read the reviews for this house and I was worried about staying there this summer. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the house. The location of the house is fantastic. It is an extremely short walk to the beach. This house has its own boardwalk to the beach. The beach is not crowded at all. The neighborhood is pretty and charming. The house itself is really nice too. The house is prettily decorated . I have been staying in Corolla for almost 20 years and this is one of the nicest decorated houses that I have been too -it is very beachy and everything goes well together. Everything in the house was clean. The kitchen was well equipped. The rooms are nice. There are two swings at the house. The shingles on the house are a little beat up outside,The deck is not new, but it is perfectly adequate. But, everything inside is really nice. I would definitely recommend staying here. I think the owners have probably renovated and redecorated since the last reviews. Fresh paint - nice blinds - nice furniture - new tables and chairs etc.
Visited July 2016 Travelled with family
Written 10 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

aldieva72
aldieva72
Aldie, VA2 contributions
This house has a great location to the beach and good layout, but has issues. We got to the house at 4:00 check-in time and were very disappointed to find it hadn't been cleaned. Called the rental company and they sent cleaners, but we had all our stuff there and it wasn't really cleaned that well. There was pet hair in the carpeting, human hair in the bathrooms, blood on the bathroom vanity and on an extra blanket, dirty window/screens, and dusty blinds. The house is a little rough around the edges and could use a good cleaning. I contacted the rental company when we first got there and again when we left and their response was "Thanks for letting us know, let us know if we can help you with another reservation".
Visited June 2016
Written 26 June 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
khtcaff
khtcaff
Thanks for voicing your concerns about this property. We apologize again for you arriving at the house before the cleaners were able to prepare the property. The crew that was assigned to the house had car trouble and did not report that to us until after you called. Glad we were able to get there quickly with another crew and get your vacation started. We also apologize for the follow up e-mail that you received seemed insensitive to your issue.
Written 5 July 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SRDrumwright -:- Henrico, Va.
Duck Refuge is located one house off of the beach. From the highest level deck you can see the ocean and beautiful sun rises. A walk to the beach is down a wooden board walk that often allows one to see deer on the rise. With all this beauty there were a number of problems with the home which should have been taken care of prior to our visit: 2 toilets not working; lights burnt out; lamp shades needing replacing; broken chairs on deck; deck rotting; dinning room chairs split; shower head missing on outside shower; a TV not connected to cable; one over head light missing a cover; etc. When these difficulties are taken care of the home is a pleasant stay at a wonderful location.
Visited August 2012
Written 27 August 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Sdrumwright, Thank you for your positive comments about "Duck Refuge." This is a wonderfully located property in Duck village and we are glad you had a great stay. We are also glad that you let us know of the issues that came up during your stay and are glad that we rectified all of the issues that came up including the flappers that needed slight adjustment on the two commodes, replacing the light bulbs that burned out, and replacing the shower head that cracked during your stay. and replacing the lamp shade that got damaged. We look foward to serving you again soon. All the best from the beach!
Written 27 August 2012. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Conditioning
Grill
Central Heating
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Business Travel
Microwave
Parking
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
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About the neighbourhood
New for 2022: All TV's replaced with Roku TVs; Upgraded Internet (400 MB download speed); New sofas & armchairs in the Great Room and Sunroom. New for 2021: No longer Dog Friendly, Hardwood floors on Top-Level, New Carpet in Bedrooms. Dreaming of a relaxing week at the beach, bonding with the kids and enjoying the beautiful natural setting of the Outer Banks? Look no more because you have found the ideal location for your Outer Banks beach vacation in ‘Duck Refuge'. Located in the idyllic Sanderling neighborhood in Northern Duck Village, it provides a respite from the hectic rat race of long commutes, over scheduled kids and life in the fast lane. One of the last true Outer Banks locations, Sanderling is known for its quiet beaches, streets lined with ancient scrub oaks and a family feeli...
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