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Description from owner

Sands Island is a private, 32-acre island, surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped marshes, island beaches and meandering natural water trails. A two-bedroom cottage is the lone structure on the island. Although only ten minutes by boat from historic Swansboro, North Carolina, this quiet, peaceful refuge seems a world away.

The cottage was built in 1997 using old-fashioned craftsmanship with locally milled pine floors, walls and ceiling and cedar shakes on the roof. It is comfortably furnished and environmentally friendly with solar-powered electricity and a gas-powered generator for back-up. The water heater, stove and refrigerator run on gas. The cottage has two private bedrooms, two bathrooms ( one inside, one accessible from outside), a complete kitchen with dining area, a living room with a wood-burning stove, and a screened-in porch where you can enjoy the cool breezes coming off the ocean. It can comfortably accommodate a family of four to six or two couples.

Your rental includes a motorboat, kayaks and canoes for your personal use, as well as parking and dockage on the mainland. You can tour the local waters, visit nearby Hammocks Beach for swimming and surfing, or visit the beaches of Emerald Isle.

As part of your unique experience and at your request, a local captain will take you on a brief boat tour of the surrounding waters and nearby Swansboro waterfront so you can visit those places later in your own boat provided with your rental.

Smoking is not allowed inside.

Linens are not provided. Must bring your own.

Rustic hardwood Floors throughout

Stovetop perculator coffee pot available

Charcoal grill

Screened porch with rocking chairs

Pet Friendly

Wood stove

Hot / Cold enclosed outside shower

Nice selection of canoes and kayaks

19ft Motor Boat

Smoking allowed outside only

Beds: 2 Double Beds, 1 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed

About the area

The cottage is located on a 32 acre privately-owned island. Sands Island Refuge, also known to the locals as Ski Beach, offers the perfect getaway for folks who have an appreciation for the the beauty of coastal North Carolina and the charm of traditional beach cottages. The view from the screened-in back porch overlooks Bogue Inlet with the ocean breakers and Bear Island in the distance. Huggins Island,part of Hammock's Beach State Park, is just a short paddle or boat ride away. Explore the area around you with a Kayak or two man canoe, both provided with rental. If you have children this is a great place for them to enjoy - lots of opportunities for shelling, fishing, beach-combing, and exploring the beautiful natural surroundings. Fine dining and shopping can be found in the quaint village of Swansboro, which is less than 15 minutes away by boat. You will dock your boat downtown at Casper's Marina where your vehicle will be conveniently parked, but you will probably choose to walk the short distance to the interesting shops and restaurants on the Swansboro waterfront. After dining and shopping, stroll through town to admire the many historic buildings and homes in the area.

Owner profile

Tim S



  • Grill
  • Pet Friendly
  • Sea view


  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Boat available
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (3)

Excellent – based on 3 reviews Excellent
3 reviews

“Great retreat!”

Reviewed 27 Jun 2010

We went to the island for our honeymoon and brought our two dogs. It was awesome! Lots of privacy and places to explore. Morning boat rides were amazing and our dogs had a great adventure. We would definitely recommend this place to nature lovers. Don't forget the bug repellent though!

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