Every time we decide to go to Holden Beach, the houses that are available are different. It doesn’t help that we’re usually making our reservations last-minute, often within a week or two of the rental dates. Still, it’s always exciting to discover a new house and enjoy some else’s décor for a week.
This time, we chose half of a duplex, Starboard (the other side is called Port) at 899 Ocean Blvd W. It’s ocean-front, which was nice after so many years of renting in the second row. Even though it was a little more expensive than we’ve paid in the past, that was ok since it had what we needed, namely, enough beds and free WiFi.
Below, I’ve outlined the pros and cons of Starboard. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!
Pros of Starboard
It’s rented by Brunswickland Realty. We’ve always rented from Brunswickland, in part because they always have the cheapest prices, and in part because we have a relationship with them and they’re always nice. I mean, always nice.
It’s ocean-front, and it’s a very short walk from the back deck to the beach (but not so short that the tide comes up to your door!)
It has a large dining area with 8 seats – it was easy for us to cram in two more chairs around the table (it sleeps 10, so it might as well seat 10, too).
The kitchen is generally well-stocked with pans, plates, silverware, dishes, etc. (But bring your own mixing bowls.)
There are four bedrooms. Much nicer than having all 10 beds packed into two bedrooms…
I love the layout of the house. There is one very large room with the kitchen, dining area, and living area in it. The living area is on the back of the house, so you can cook dinner and look out at the waves at the same time! It’s also easier to all be “together” in a large room like that, even with several different activities going on. Three of the bedrooms are on the front of the house, and one is in the back.
The hot water heater is pretty large. We could get 8 of us through the shower without using up the water if we were careful.
The laundry room is well-stocked with boogie boards and other beach stuff.
Bed linens were included, even in the winter. That meant we didn’t have to bring our own sheets. Wa-hoo!
The TV wasn’t the focal point of the living room; the fireplace was. That was a nice change. The TV is still very there, though, and is connected to the internet enough that we could watch YouTube videos on it.
The back porch is large and well-equipped for sitting outside and enjoying the ocean from the comfort of a rocking chair.
Cons of Starboard
There is only one washer and one dryer for both sides of the duplex. Seriously???? It’s a good thing we both knew how to share!
The owners had last used the house and didn’t leave it as clean as I would have appreciated. It really wasn’t bad, but we found a half-eaten cinnamon roll under one of the beds, wrapping paper under the couch, and when I went to make spaghetti the first night, well, let’s just say the pot had last been used for chicken soup…
Oh, and all the decent sized spoons were in a plastic bag on the top shelf of the pantry along with about 50 butter knives 🙂
The owners showed up on the other side of the duplex, unannounced, for a few days. I can’t complain; it’s their house and they certainly didn’t bother us much. But I do gather that they always come for New Years…
Long story short, Starboard is a nice house and I’d definitely rent it again. Its atmosphere is more “lived in” than other houses, with photos of the owners in several of the rooms, which I found a nice touch. But I’ll definitely be bringing my own mixing bowls next time 🙂
Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this?
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Mon Dec 11
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