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Description from owner

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4844198

About the area

The Outer Banks is a barrier island with a wealth of natural beauty with the Currituck Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Corolla is the northern most paved town in the Outer Banks. Whalehead Beach is a family oriented area with many large vacation homes. Vacationers can enjoy, golfing, the lighthouse, Old Corolla Village, the Natural Resources Museum, a 4-wheel drive beach (Carova) with Wild Ponies, fishing, crabbing and of course one of the nicest beaches on the east coast. Other activities in the Outer Banks include deep sea fishing, the Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum, and the North Carolina Aquarium, Beach, Movies, Arcades, Mini Golf, Go Carts, Bumper Cars, Jet Skiing, Bars, Restaurants Sun Dogs, Agave Roja, North Banks Seafood, Rt. 12 Steak and Seafood, Subway, Mike and Dianna's Grill, Upside, Sunfish, First Light, Dunkin Donuts, Big Slice Pizza, Tomato Patch and more.

Getting around

Many attractions, restaurants, Shops and the beach are within walking distance. It takes 4 1/2 minutes to walk from the house steps to the beach steps via Marlin Walkway. The beach is about 186 yards from the house as the crow flies.

Getting here

Nearest Airport is Norfolk, VA

Interaction with guest

We use Elan Vacations in the Outer banks to manage the house for us.

Owner profile

Jim & Lynda S.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English

About the owner

We have owned Terrapin Station since it was built in 2004. We think that it is one of the best maintained houses in the Outer Banks. We make upgrades to the house annually. We perform much of the maintenance work ourselves which allow us to keep the rates down. It is one of the lowest priced 9 bedr...

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  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: King bed
    Bedroom 3: King bed
    Bedroom 4: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 5: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 6: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 7: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 8: Bunk bed Twin bed
    Bedroom 9: Bunk bed
    Beds in other rooms: Full bed


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Private garden
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Sea view
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • High chair
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Kettle
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Water sports
  • Pool or snooker table

Reviews (21)

Excellent – based on 21 reviews Excellent
21 reviews

“Great value, wonderful family vacation”

Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you need 9 bedrooms and 5 of them suites, look no further. This is the best house for your money. We had a wonderful 4 generation family vacation at Terrapin Station. Lots of activity locations in the house. Even though the house was full of people you never felt crowded together. The kids (and the adults) loved the heated pool, it was hard to get my granddaughter out of it. The powder room and outdoor shower next to the pool are so convenient. My daughter-in-law said it was the best rental house she has ever seen and that the whole house was so well planned, inside and out, to give you a wonderful stay. The kitchen is well equipped, I enjoyed cooking and baking while there. The beds were comfortable and helped us have a restful week. Historic Corolla has many activities just 5 minutes away, including the lighthouse, the Currituck County museum, restaurants, a yoga studio and outdoor adventure rentals and tours. Some in our party drove to Nags Head to visit the Wright Brothers Memorial and take hang gliding lessons. The attached photo was taken from the crows nest on top of the house showing sunrise over the ocean.

“Wonderful Vacation Home!”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2016

We had two extended families stay here with some friends included as well. A very large group and the house easily accommodated us all. 5 of the bedrooms have their own private bathroom which was very nice. We enjoyed the pool table and had many exciting volleyball games on the huge volleyball court. The pool and outdoor area was perfect for hanging out and the pool gets sun all day long. The beach is just a short walk away made even easier with the handy cart provided to put all your stuff in. I highly recommend this home for a vacation. It was clean and nicely decorated and had plenty of kitchen items to make preparing large meals for lots of people very easy. There are even two dishwashers so cleaning up is no problem. The ice maker is also a convenience for filling up your cooler when packing for the beach. The crow's nest is one of the highest in the area and the view was stunning.

“Outstanding Vacation Rental”

Reviewed 18 Jun 2016

This is a large, beautiful home located in beautiful Corolla, NC. The home is very well equipped and very spacious. It's also beautifully decorated. It's obvious the homeowners take great pride in this property. Don't hesitate to rent this property. You won't be sorry!

“Fantastic time...despite the rain!”

Reviewed 5 Oct 2015

Wonderful home close to the beach. Well maintained and great amenities. The heated pool and hot tub were great. We normally go to Nags Head, but I saw this house and I had to rent it. Looks like I found a new place to stay when I go to the Outer banks! Owner was responsive and friendly. I really appreciate an owner who loves his home and keeps it up with such pride! Thanks Jim!

“Best family/friends vacation ever”

Reviewed 9 Sep 2015

Where should I start...sigh...First of all I want to say that this vacation will be in my family's heart forever. What a great time we had at this home. This was our first time at the outer banks. My best friends from college and I decided to have a reunion with our families (husbands and children). Some of us live in different states and have not seen each other in years and our kids had not have the chance to get together and become close...Well, this house allowed us to do what we wished for...from enjoying swimming and playing in the pool for countless hours to watching movies, playing games, riding bicycles and going to the beach which was literally 5 min walking distance. Our kids had more than enough quality time. This house was perfect for us, the rooms are very spacious, comfortable beds and with independent bathrooms and showers, the kitchen and dining rooms with great space for all to sit comfortably and eat together...there is just so much room everywhere that even if you want to have some alone time you have so many places to choose from...my favorite was the roof...man what a beautiful view from there, I was able to see the sunrise with my husband from there and it was just spectacular and romantic. Once our kids went to bed, the adults enjoyed the pool and Jacuzzi which happen to be next to the tikki bar and the grill (well the house has charcoal grills but we rented a gas one for the week). We also had a blast playing volleyball. The house is equipped with most of everything you'll need to have a great time-toys, beach chairs-many, surf boards, umbrellas, many dishes, cookware, an awesome ice machine...I just loved this home and appreciated every detail put into it by the owners...also this home is super close to everything and is one of the best looking ones as well :-). The only negative comment I have about our experience at the home is that there was little to no room to put our food/condiments away because all the cabinets were full with plates and glasses other than that everything else was fabulous!!! will definitely go back to this home!!!

Owner's reply: Thanks for the great review Wendy. Based on your comments, we have reorganized and labeled all of the kitchen cabinets, reserving two of the larger cabinets as a pantry for food items only. We have also added a gas grill.

“Terrapin Station”

Reviewed 23 Jul 2015

20 members of my family recently stayed at terrapin station, ranging in ages from 2 to 59. The house suited us perfectly! There was so much room, the house was actually quiet even though there were 9 kids! The pool and tiki bar were a huge hit and we spent most of our time there. Would definitely recommend this house!

“Awesome Vacation”

Reviewed 18 May 2015

This is the first place I have stayed where the pictures didn't give it justice. The house is well equipped, clean, and everything is in working order. The pool and hot tub were cleaned twice during our 7 day stay. The only thing to be aware of is there are 21 steps from the first floor to the third, so if someone in your party is disabled it's probably not for you. Everything you need in one spot with a grocery store less than a mile away.


Reviewed 4 Oct 2014

We celebrated my husbands 60th surprise birthday party at this location. This home is decorated beautifully and very warm and welcoming. It is located in a great area, close to retail shops / food stores / tours to see the wild horses / dining. It supplies you with every household item you could possibly need during your stay. The dining area is big enough to accommodate 20 people, if you do have 20 people staying there. Our family enjoyed the spiral staircase leading up to the top landing to fly kites, and we were higher then all the other homes, great also for seeing the sunset. The heated pool was an asset along with the tiki bar to just sit back and relax. The beach is truly with in walking distance to the home, even for the younger ones. No complaints from my 5 and 7 year old great nieces. The homeowners Jim and Linda were very nice to discuss the rental details with me.. A huge decision on why this home was decided on over others was because Jim and Linda were kind enough to let us stay to the following Sunday because family from the Northeast were coming more towards the end of the week and we did not have to rush and check out Saturday at 9AM. Our family is already seriously thinking about making this an annual event every summer and have already discussed with me about renting this home again next year. It truly is a great get away.

“Family Vacation Memories”

Reviewed 4 Oct 2014

This has been our third trip back. We love this house, it has the perfect location. Short walk to the beach and shopping near by. Having the in ground pool, hot tub and volleyball court really make it the place for our family to gather and have a great time. Changes have been that just make it an even better stay. As the parents of the large group we bring it is just great having everyone all together comfortably to make vacation memories that last a lifetime. Highly recommend this house as a getaway.

“Terrapin Station Fun”

Reviewed 29 Sep 2014

The owners have made a few enhancements to this vacation home. We love everything that they have done. Almost every bedroom has its own bathroom! The house and its location offers everything that we needed for a fun filled easy vacation. The pool, hot tub and volley ball court is awesome. All within walking distance of the beach offers endless options. The house and landscaping are both beautifully maintained. This was our third year here and we will be back!

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Our Family Vacation At The Outer Banks Terrapin Station Home. We were very excited to spend a week in the Outer Banks and were not disappointed upon arrival. Our group of 9 adults and 3 children were very comfortable in the home. It was roomy and full of lovely areas for everyone to be together or sneak away to read a book. We all enjoyed the multiple levels of decking and the fun crow's nest with the amazing views. The breakfast nook was the place we spent alot of time doing jigsaw puzzles and playing games. Thanks to the additional large dining room table and kitchen island, we were able to leave them laying out. Speaking of games, the game room with the pool table was awesome! We really loved the radio that was connected to the speakers outside. Nothing can beat floating on a raft listening to your favorite tunes! By far, the biggest hit for everyone was the pool! We used it everyday without fail. It was very short and convenient walk from the house to the beach. We spent mornings there, came home for lunch, and spent afternoons in the pool. The hot tub and volleyball court were also wonderful amenities. There was alot of night time soaking and relaxing! The outdoor facilities were also very convenient especially with small children. The entire family had such a wonderful time we are planning to return for another week this year. Overall, this was a very enjoyable vacation home with a boat load of extra's.
- Janet Kimock and Family, Florence, NJ
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We had a wonderful vacation and enjoyed the house.

-- Sharon, Monkton, MD

knives were dull, several lights were not working, otherwise the property was great! We would suggest it to anyone. Thanks!

-- Katheryn, Eden Prairie, MN

Plenty of quiet places, even for a large family

-- Patricia, St. Louis, MO

What a beautiful house that our family was able to make our home for the week.

-- Carolyn, Hallsboro, NC

Terrapin Station was fantastic. This was the first time for my family to get together in 5 1/2 years. We had never done a vacation like this before. The house was equiped with everything we needed. There were puzzles that everyone got invalved with. With all the TV's you could watch what you wanted. It was clean and fitted our needs very well. The distance to the beach was short, and we went to the beach for the sun rise most mornings. We felt safe in the neighborhood with our walks at any time of day. They children loved the pool they were in it every day. We will be back again to Terrapin Station. Elan was great to work with and they made it very easy to do.

-- Judi, Vero Beach, FL

We had a lovely time at Terrapin Station. The house accommodated all 19 of us. ( age range from 2-60). Pool and Tiki bar were great. Close to beach and grocery store. The downstair fridge was not very cold, an ice maker would be great help. Over all it was a great time and loved the house, would definitely recommend!

-- Lynn, Chardon, OH

The Terrapin Station was very comfy and spacious for our 24 person group. Everyone was able to join in the living ro for family time and later everyone could escape to their own little nook for private time. The home had an abundance of supplies both for beach and kitchen- which is great because you don't have to worry about packing all the little things. One suggestion- bring your own toilet paper- with all those bathrooms you'll be in need. Overall, fantastic place - and I will be visiting again soon hopefully.

-- Ahlee, silve spring, Maryland

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our vacation at Terrapin Station. The house met all our needs, the pool and basketball court were favorites and the house is a short walk to the beach. We even saw dolphins on a few days. The hammock on the second floor deck was a favorite spot for everyone - you should add a picture of the hammock to the!
-- Lisa, Margate, NJ

Loved the house, the accommodations, and the property. Great pool, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits. Endless decks and great place for hammock!
-- Steven, Sylvania, OH

• Lovely house! Very close to the beach access and convenient to grocery stores and shopping.
-- Jael, Lynchburg, VA

The place was better than expected, the two dish washers were a big plus with 23 people eating all week. We all felt that there was enough space that we were not crowded, everyone had room. We were also very pleased that you could not get to the pool area, expect through child proof gates. We had 7 children, 4 under 6 years old. Very nice vacation. Thanks

-- Connie, Johnstown, NY

This is the second year of my family staying at Terrapin Station. The house is so beautiful and well maintained. The staff at Elan vacations are all so helpful and friendly. I'd like to see about staying mid-summer, but we would need to probably hold off until 2017 to saveup as the cost is higher in-season. But, let me repeat...... Terrapin Station is the place to stay as a larger family, or a great group of friends. Enjoy!

-- Ruth, Philadelphia, PA