Top 10 OBX Vacation Cottages

Cozy Up and Cool Out

The iconic Nags Head-style cottage first began dotting the Outer Banks coastline by 1885. While originally built from ship-salvaged and scavenged wood, today they are constructed with much more modern materials. But don’t let that fool you. — These classic cottages still hold all the same charm as they did when the first OBX vacations fell in love with our shores. From cute and cozy to authentically awe-inspiring, we’ve gathered Twiddy & Company’s Top 10 OBX Vacation Cottages. Experience a nostalgic Outer Banks getaway with a stay at one of these coastal escapes.

#10 — “Decoy” (B670)

Duck | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Great Location

Perfectly situated between towns, “Decoy” invites you and your guests to take advantage of the shops, restaurants, and activities of Duck and Corolla. Endless attractions are at your fingertips when vacationing at this charming Outer Banks retreat! Or, simply spend your days lounging inside this updated coastal cottage or taking in the salty breezes and ocean views on the wrap-around deck. Best of all, this home offers a private walkway to lead you directly from your doorstep to the sandy beaches and rolling waves.

#9 — “Gallus Roost” (G409)

Corolla | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Community Amenities

This beachy bungalow sets the coziest mood with its array of nostalgic nautical decor and sprawling views of the ocean. Located on a quiet street in the Ocean Sands community of Corolla, the nearest beach access is just one home over, and guests have access to the community tennis courts. “Gallus Roost” is ready to host your relaxing vacation at the beach!

#8 — “Lands End” (V12333)

4×4 | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Seasonal Fireplace

Relax, you’ve made it to “Lands End” on Carova Beach! Located at the remote northern end of the 4×4 beach, this home offers endless ocean views in the most peaceful of settings. Snuggle up by the gas fireplace during the colder months of the year, or kick back on the deck to enjoy views of Corolla’s wild horses. Make OBX vacation memories at this comfortable custom-designed beach house. 

#7 — “Windgancon by the Sea” (B661)

Duck | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Pet-Friendly

Get ready for a classic Outer Banks vacation at “Windgancon by the Sea,” located on the oceanfront in Duck. Enjoy views of the sea from almost every window of this charming home. This charming pet-friendly home features original art, nature books, and a video library — perfect for a cozy night in with your furry friend. During the day, enjoy a private walkway from the home to the beach, as well as a fish cleaning station for prepping your fresh catch.

#6 — “Beach Grass Breeze” (B915)

Duck | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Epic Reading Nook

“Beach Grass Breeze” is a unique beach house bursting with charm. The serene, scenic environment of the Sanderling community sets the tone for a relaxing vacation in Duck. The exterior of the home is designed with “Nags Head-style” in mind, which instantly transports you and your guests to a simpler time. On the inside, modern updates and upscale amenities provide all the comforts you seek in a vacation home, including a spiral staircase that leads you to a reading nook with the most epic ocean views.

#5 — “No Worries” (T31987T)

Corolla | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Plenty of Outdoor Spaces

Situated approximately 7.4 miles up the 4×4 beach, rolling dunes and the coastal landscape serve as the perfect vacation backdrop. The wide, soft-sand beach awaits just on the other side of the dune. The Corolla Wild Horses live in the area and regularly roam through, offering a unique Outer Banks experience.

#4 — “BAEcation” (A100)

Southern Shores | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Delightful Decor

Grab your besties and enjoy a “BAEcation” at this adorable retreat! This classic Outer Banks cottage is located semi-oceanfront and is conveniently right across the street from the beach walkway. This updated beach house perfectly maintains its nostalgic coastal charm while brimming with modern amenities.

#3 — “Camp Cocktail” (NH4709)

Nags Head | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Why we love it: Cottage Decor

Cedar shake shingles and a wrap-around porch greet you as you pull into the driveway of “Camp Cocktail.” The Old Nags Head Style details continue inside the charming cottage with tongue and groove walls and ceilings. Enjoy a lazy lunch on the back porch while overlooking the ocean, or head inside to shoot your shot in a fun game of pool. Wherever you find yourself in this home, you and your guests will be transported to the beach getaway of your dreams.

#2 — “Time to Beach” (B372)

Duck | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms

Why we love it: The Gorgeous Ocean View

Find “Time to Beach” at this classic Outer Banks beach cottage! Located directly on the oceanfront in the heart of Duck, this cottage is the perfect spot for your family to relax and unwind. This home’s location in Duck offers beautiful beaches and an opportunity to walk into town for dinner or coffee. Bring your dog on vacation too, as this home is pet friendly.

#1 — “The Boat House” (T11993)

4×4 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Why we love it: Rich in History 

Adventuresome vacationers are provided the opportunity to trade in some of the more plush amenities offered by newer homes to experience the rustic beauty and historic character of Wash Woods. This unique 4×4 getaway is rich in history. “The Boat House” was rebuilt in 2007 in the footprint of the original structure just 150 yards from where the original structure sat. Check out our Wash Woods history page to learn and see more about this stunning piece of 4×4 history!

Check out more homes with 6 bedrooms or less for your Outer Banks vacation. If you loved seeing our Top 10 OBX Vacation Cottages, make sure to check out our Top 10 OBX Vacation Home Pools!

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