About Property

Just 10 minutes to downtown Wilmington, 20 minutes to the beaches and close to everything the area has to offer, Capt.’s Cottage is a cozy, small home that’s equipped with a washer/dryer, streaming TV’s, comfy bedding and full kitchen to make your stay comfortable. Guests love the private patio and large yard for unwinding and relaxing. Wether you’re here for a concert, wedding, weekend getaway, or just exploring, you’ll love Capt.’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. A relaxing fenced patio with outdoor shower and chiminea await you at the end of your days at the beach.

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. While the Captain’s Cottage is small it’s got great bones and coastal inspired touches that we hope our guests enjoy as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing this little gem back to life!

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 take 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.

Guest access

Guests will have full access to the entire property.

Other things to note

– 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 the small space, previous guests pet’s causing damage to the property 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.

By car we’re:

– 3 minutes (1 mile) to Greenfield Lake

– 8 minutes (3 miles) to Downtown Wilmington

– 9 minutes (3.2 miles) to The Wilson Center

– 11 minutes (3.7 miles) to Live Oak Pavilion

– 15 minutes (6 miles) to Wilmington Airport (ILM)

– 18 minutes (12.5 miles) to Carolina Beach

– 19 minutes (10 miles) to Wrightsville Beach

– 57 minutes (44 miles) to Topsail Beach

– 2 Hours to Raleigh (135 miles) and 2 hours 11 minutes (148 miles) to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

– 1 hour 28 minutes (76 miles) to Myrtle Beach

– 1 hour 36 minutes (89 miles) to Interstate 95

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Living Area:

  • Comfortable Leather Sofa with extra Blankets
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Cozy Reading Bench
  • Comfy Accent Chairs
  • Access to Expansive Deck
  • Victrola Bluetooth Radio

Kitchen:

  • Professional Range
  • French Door Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Bodum Electric Kettle
  • Bodum Pour Over

Sleeping Arrangements- 3 Bedrooms:

  • Premium Pillows, Linens, and Sheets
  • Night stands with Reading Lights
  • Black-Out Blinds
  • Room Darkening Shades
  • Closets with Hangers and Shelf
  • Bunks have Reading Lights and USB outlets
  • Bunk Room has a Dresser
  • Sound Machines
  • Wall Hooks

Bathrooms:

  • Walk-in Glass Shower with Rain Head
  • Vanity with Vessel Sink
  • Hand-Held Mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Public Goods Bath Products
  • Wall Hooks

Lower-Level Living Area:

  • Dual Purpose Ping Pong/Dining Table with Seating for 8
  • Comfy Sectional with extra Blankets
  • Smart TV
  • DVD Player
  • Board Games

Outside:

  • Dine Al Fresco with a Dining Table for 8
  • Weber Gas Grill (direct connection to propane)
  • Fire pit with Adirondack Seating
  • 6-Person Hot Tub (towels provided)
  • Outdoor Games

Laundry Room:

  • Full Size Washer/Dryer
  • Steamer

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