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The Cottage - New Bern
The Cottage - New Bern
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
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The feeling of seclusion with the convenience of location and pet friendly too! Just 5 miles from downtown, our sweet, freshly renovated cottage has a seashore theme and attached, fenced pet yard. IKEA king size bed & comfortable double pullout. *New and Improved!* The large porch is now screened-in for mosquito-free lounging!

The space

The Cottage is a 795 square-foot one-bedroom bungalow situated on our four-acre property which overlooks the pasture where our two horses reside. It is accessed by its own circular driveway and has plenty of space for parking cars and a horse trailer or boat trailer. The exterior is well lit, so there is no problem with arriving after dark. The living room provides seating for four (more if you use the dining chairs), a couch which pulls out to a comfortable double bed, a dining area, a half bathroom, a flat screen TV with DVD player, and access to the large *now screened-in!* porch - and a view of the sunrise - through an eight-foot sliding door. On the porch, you can relax in the four Adirondack chairs while your burgers are cooking on the gas grill. The small but functional kitchen contains a refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, and coffee makers, as well as pots and pans, dishes, flatware, and utensils. There is seating for two at the counter. The bedroom is spacious and has a king size bed, double clothes closet, and a computer desk. The back door opens to a fenced dog yard, so you can just let your furry friends out to “go.” In the master bathroom you will find a large vanity, a shower, and the washer/dryer. Oh, and there’s even a commode! The entire space is tiled, and there is seashore-themed décor throughout.

Since we live on premises (well, even if we didn’t), we do not want The Cottage to be the place for a wild party or gun practice! We want you to feel at home but be respectful of our home, our animals, and our neighbors.

While the all tile floor makes for easy living, it can be cool under your feet. We have slipper socks for the women, but you may wish to bring your own slippers.

Guest access

Our guests use a separate driveway, so there is no worry of disturbing us as you come and go. The Cottage is accessed with a door code which is unique to you and is changed after each stay. You are welcome on any part of the property; we just ask that you respect our privacy and be kind to the property and our critters.

Interaction with guests

We live on premises, so we are nearly always available if you need assistance. We enjoy meeting new people, so we can be as interactive (or scarce) as you would like us to be. All guests have a standing invitation to muck stalls with me in the morning!

Other things to note

WiFi is available, but while the connection is generally adequate for surfing the net, it may not be sufficient for streaming video or gaming.

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Wireless Internet

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

When making your Reservation Request, please advise us if you will be bringing pets.

Check-in time is 3:00 PM; Check-out time is 11:00 AM.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.

Please be respectful of us and our neighbors by avoiding loud music/TV and by observing quiet after 10 PM.

Please wash any dishes you use – putting them away would be helpful, but leaving them to dry is fine. A drying rack and drying mat are provided.

Dogs may be loose in the fenced dog yard, but otherwise must be leashed when outside. Please pick up after your dog outside the dog yard. We have provided pick-up bags by the front door. We do not charge a pet fee, however you will be required to pay for damage caused by your pet or extra cleaning needed because of “accidents."

Please be comfortable, but we ask that you not waste energy. Turn off lights and/or heaters when you are not using them, etc.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

154 Reviews

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Olga User Profile
October 2017
This was by our our best airbnb experience. The cottage far exceeded our expectations. It is spacious, beautifully decorated, well stocked with everything you could possibly need for short or lengthy visits and it is sparkling clean! The large bedroom has a beautiful and so comfy king size bed with soft, luxurious linens. We slept so good! All of this at a great value. If you want to visit New Bern, this is definitely the place to stay. Should our travels have us return to New Bern, we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.

Lorri User Profile
October 2017
This place is much larger than I expected from the pictures and the front of the cottage. When we walked in we felt instantly at home. Everything here was well thought out. My only complaint was we didn't book a longer stay! Next time we will!

Robert User Profile
October 2017
Very quiet, clean, and cleverly decorated cottage. In a serene setting yet 5 minutes from New Bern NC. We would return in a heartbeat. Cottage is well equipped with everything you need for a great multiday stay.

Sarah User Profile
October 2017
The Cottage it's truly fantastic. It is so spacious, clean, and relaxing. Anything you need is provided, and Shirley is easy to reach if you need anything else. The property is beautiful and the horses were so fun to see. There are all these little touches, too, which really made us feel comfortable and great tips/reminders to help during our stay. Getting around was a breeze yet you still felt secluded from the main drag. We loved our stay and can't wait to come back and explore the area more and stay at the cottage!!

Corey User Profile
October 2017
From the moment you pull up, the Cottage greets you with so much charm and delight. The living area is comfortable, the kitchen is cozy and well equip. We enjoyed using the crock pot and made my famous chili! The large bedroom was great and the bed was comfortable and there were plenty of blankets for the cool October air. And for my coffee fixation, the Keurig was well used. And then there is the porch... maybe it was the twinkle lights or the cute tin goat just outside, maybe it was the swing bench.. but it was simply perfect. The horses were friendly and entertained our 6 month old boxer, who was convinced they were the largest dogs she'd ever seen! We enjoyed a lovely few days with our son who is stationed at Cherry Point, and we will be back again for our next visit!!!!

Jacqueline User Profile
October 2017
Shirley's cottage is lovely. It is just as pictured; very clean and felt quite spacious. We loved how dog friendly it was. Check in was super simple and the directions she provides to find the place were spot on. I loved everything about Shirley's place except for the WiFi. The listing has WiFi and says nothing more. Upon check in the guest book lets you know the WiFi is not sufficient for streaming video, which I found to be true. While this is fine, it would've been nice to know that up front at booking as I had brought my laptop and planned to stream live TV for a college football game. She does has DirecTV so many of the channels you'd like to see are provided, but I was needing to watch the Pac12 network, hence why I planned on streaming.

Lynne User Profile
September 2017
This beautiful cottage is so wonderfully appointed with everything you might possibly need. Close to restaurants, shopping, sight seeing, etc. and yet in a pastoral setting allowing you to sit on the screen porch in the morning and watch horses grazing mere feet away as you sip your morning coffee. Want to go for a bike ride? The cottage has bikes; Grill a steak? There's a grill; Fido needs a place to play? There's an enclosed dog run. Just open the door! Shirley's cottage has everything including her warm hospitality.

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New Bern, North Carolina, United StatesJoined in January 2016
Shirley User ProfileShirley is a superhost.

Horses in my backyard was a life long dream. I hope you experience a little of your dream while staying with us. Thoughts become things so choose the good ones.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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