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The Defense Rests at Bald Head Island is a beautiful cottage with marsh, creek and river views that sleeps 9 people in 4 spacious Bedrooms.
2100 Sqft Vacation Home hosted by Meredith
9 Guests . 4 Bedrooms . 3.5 Bathrooms


Located in Bald Head Island's Harbour Village, this 3-story home enjoys marsh and creek views from the first floor, and river and beach views from the upper levels. Sit on the front porch in rockers to watch the kayakers paddle down the river, or lounge on the back porch to get away from it all.

The home is just a short walk to the bustling marina and the harbor beach, and a golf cart ride (on one of the two 4-seat golf carts included with your rental) to 16 other unspoiled beaches, preserved maritime forests and marsh hiking trails. We provide kayaks and bicycles to enable you to discover the beauty of the island.

We are members of both the Bald Head Island Golf, Tennis and Swim Club and Shoals Beach and Swim Club. Because we have found that some of our guests would prefer a lower rental rate and don't use a club, and some guests prefer one club to the other, or want both, we have lowered our weekly rates and no longer include a club with your rental so that we can customize your stay for what you want. However, we can arrange a temporary membership for you at your cost. For 2019, a full week at the Shoals Club during peak season is $275 (which covers everyone staying at the house) and a BHI week is $285. Half-week memberships and off-season rates are also available. The BHI Club includes an award-winning golf course (green fees not included), tennis courts, a wonderful pool complex (renovations on the spectacular new facilities will be complete in 2019), a "splash park" for the little ones, a state of the art gym, and formal, informal and poolside dining. The Shoals Club is located at East Beach in a superb ocean side setting. It offers both a main pool and smaller child's pool with beautiful ocean views, as well as complementary beach chairs and umbrellas. Informal pool side and restaurant dining are available.

Our home includes two golf carts, each seating 4 people (decorated for our dueling alma maters, UVA and UNC). The master bedroom has a king bed and a private balcony/porch with Adirondack chairs to take in the gorgeous views. The second master on the third floor has amazing views, a king bed, as well as a twin day bed with twin trundle that pops up to make a second king. The third bedroom is all about the kids! It has bunk beds, a smart TV with all sorts of movie and app capabilities, a DVD player, and a Wii gaming system, and is decorated with a children's nautical theme. The fourth bedroom contains a queen bed and beautiful bedding and decor. There are three full bathrooms upstairs, and a powder room on the first floor. The dining room table seats 8, and the bar between the kitchen and living room has 3 bar stools. For the home theater lover, catch the game or a movie on the big screen after a day at the beach -- this home has a 65" flat screen TV with Apple TV, Blueray DVD player, and a Sound Bar with amazing surround sound.

When you board the ferry for the 20-minute ride to Bald Head Island, you leave your car behind, along with the stress of the mainland world. Transportation here is limited to golf carts, bikes, or your own two feet… resulting in a more relaxed, easy-going pace. Stroll 14 miles of pristine beaches, try your luck on the acclaimed seaside golf course, eat at fabulous restaurants, or climb a 200 year old lighthouse.

It is a place like no other, where you can relax, unwind, and adjust to 'Turtle Time' living. We are so excited to be the new owners of this wonderful home at a place so very special to us, and we hope you will soon be our guests.

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Sleeping Configuration
Master 1
  • King
2Second floor master has a king bed, private balcony with beautiful views, sitting area, walk in closet, his and hers vanity, and separate bathroom from vanity area.
Third Floor Master
  • King
  • Single
  • Rollaway bed
4Third Floor master has a king bed as well as a day bed with trundle underneath. Can sleep 4.
Bunk Room
  • Double
  • Single
3Bunk Room has a double bottom bunk and twin top bunk.
Guest Room
  • Queen
Family/Kid Friendly
BHI is very family friendly. We have a pack n play, and there is a door between the walk in closet / vanity area off of the master bedroom and the bedroom itself for mom and dad privacy.
Children's books and toys
Baby friendly
Crib/Pack 'n Play
High chair
Parking Included
You will be provided with instructions about the parking on the Southport side of the ferry station. There are no cars on BHI. Our home comes with two golf carts.
No Pets Allowed
No pets.
Not Handicap Accessible
Unfortunately, all of the bedrooms are on upper floors, and there are steps to get into the house.
Not Suitable for Events
No. Only the registered occupants should enjoy our home.


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Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Clothes Dryer
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
What we supply
We supply enough paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and laundry and dish soap to last at least half a week.
Charcoal Grill
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
Stereo/DVD Player
Game Console
Full Kitchen
Ice Maker
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fire Extinguisher

Shared spaces

If you chose, we can arrange for temporary memberships at the BHI Club, which has golf, tennis, swimming pools, a wonderful fitness room, and restaurants or the Shoals Beach Club which sits at the most scenic beach on the island and has a gorgeous pool and restaurants/snack bar.
Shared Pool
Shared Fitness Room/Gym
Shared Tennis Court


Deepsea fishing
Fishing Charters
Pier fishing
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching



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John and Meredith were married at Bald Head Island and have vacationed there with their three children for years. They bought their home, The Defense Rests, in 2014, and love sharing it with our guests.
Speaks: English

Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - Flexible
Check Out10AM

We will provide access information the week prior to check in.

Minimum age limit for renters: 25
Tenant must be over the age of 24, and at least one person per the age of 24 must be present at all times. Tenant will not leave youth or young adults under the age of 24 in the house overnight without at least one person at least 24 years of age.
Payment Policy
We typically require full payment at booking, but will break into two payments for reservations made more than six months in advance.
Refundable Damage Deposit
We collect and hold in trust a $500 weekly or $350 1/2 week security deposit, which is fully refundable after checkout assuming no damages to the property or vehicles.
Cancellation Policy
If Tenant cancel this agreement, it must be via email to Bookings cancelled at least 90 days in advance will receive a full refund, less a 10% administrative fee. All other cancellations will be non-refundable, unless owner is able to rebook the property and in owner's discretion renders a partial refund to tenant. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.
We require you to sign a short term rental agreement, which we will send upon booking.
House Rules
No pets. No smoking. Tenant will abide by all BHI rules and regulations and local, state, and federal laws.
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The Defense Rests on Magnificent Bald Head Island is a Vacation Home located in Bald Head Island, NC, USA. This Vacation Home is available for short term lodging and accommodates 9 guests
The Defense Rests on Magnificent Bald Head Island has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on Feb 2019