My boyfriend, sister, and I stayed at the Croatan Cottage July 15-18, 2012, and we had a wonderful time. This cottage is a recent addition to the owners of the Roanoke Island Inn--also a very nice place to stay, but if you are looking for a home all to yourselves, I highly recommend the Croatan Cottage. This is a Sears and Roebuck craftman-style home with beautiful period furnishings and woodwork. The cottage is larger inside than you would think from looking at the outside. Downstairs, it has a small living room with a television and to the left of that room is a game/reading room with a decent-sized table. It has a separate dining room and full kitchen, equipped with pots/pans, dishes, utensils, dish soap, paper towels, etc. A nice surprise is they have a large Keurig coffee maker, supplied with various coffees and a basket of individually-packaged goodies for your enjoyment. Downstairs there is a full bathroom with shower and a twin bedroom. Upstairs there are two king bedrooms, each with their own full baths (with showers) and a nice office. All bedrooms have a good-size television--even larger than the one in the living room. They also have Wi-Fi! All the comforts of home!
Outside in the back, there is a nice deck with a table, unbrella, and chairs. It was too warm when we visited to enjoy that area, but we loved the large front porch with rocking chairs and a swing. We sat out there every morning and had our coffee and said hello to anyone passing by bike or foot. Across the street, down a couple of houses is an old farmhouse that, shortly before his passing, was purchased by Andy Griffith and his wife. Next door to that house, and directly across from the Croatan Cottage is a home with four parrots, that are kept on the front porch. We were entertained daily by those birds. We couldn't believe it when one of the birds started whistling the Andy Griffith theme song. This definitely was a highlight of our stay there. They didn't annoy us at all. It seemed the parrots were mostly active in the morning and in the evening for just a little while.
All linens, tp, etc. are included in the cottage--so no need to bring bedding, towels, etc.
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