Quintessential Coastal Carolina
Being in design and construction, our family has high aesthetic standards, and this home did not disappoint. So many of the newer Crystal Coast vacation homes lack heart, while the older homes are often in need of extensive updating. In contrast, this home is an historical jewel without being stuffy or trying too hard. The owners have put a great deal of thought into the work they've obviously done to make this home such a pleasant, relaxing place to be. We spent an embarrassing amount of time admiring the restored hardwood flooring and reclaimed doors. Extra points for using rim locks, by the way. More mundane details: cookware, dishes, and other kitchen necessities are all present. Linens are clean. The mattresses are a bit firm, but not excessively so. Some might find the TV a little on the small side, but if you're spending your vacation in front of the television you need to go up in the cupola and rethink your life. (The view from the cupola is one of the best parts about the place.) If you truly cannot do without TV, streaming movie services are thoughtfully included. Internet speeds are surprisingly fast, but seriously, you need to put the electronics away and go up in the cupola. For anyone concerned with the distance between Swansboro and the beaches of Emerald Isle and points eastward, the nearest beach is only 10 minutes away. Water clarity and temperature in this area is great for swimming, and the fishing is great, both inshore and offshore. Historic Swansboro is right outside the front door, with a nice collection of little shops and restaurants to satisfy those looking for local art, decor, antiques, and fare. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon browsing just 4 shops on a single block. This was a wonderful place to spend our Labor Day weekend, and we highly recommend this home (and Swansboro) to anyone who wants a taste of what the real Coastal Carolina is all about. Edward and Cynthia, thank you very much for sharing your home with us.

September 2014
Renovated Historic Home in Swansboro NC
Renovated Historic Home in Swansboro NC
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