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This is going to be a long review that I recommend you read the full thing. Even with the not so good things, it’s still hard to recommend against the house. I actually feel bad writing them, but I think people should know.
To start, the house is exactly as picured/described. It’s in a safe, beautiful neighborhood that is super walkable and very close to downtown. It’s also a really peaceful neighborhood and the neighbors are lovely. Parking was on the street and I didn’t have any issues finding space right in front of the house for over a month.
To get to Wrightsville Beach, it’s an easy 15-20 min drive. Topsail is about an hour away (and totally worth the visit if you have time).
Christine, the host, is great. She is super responsive to any needs and has really great tips about places to go/things to do.
Not sure how many people know this before they visit Wilmington, but it has toxic water. Definitely look it up for more info. With that said, there isn’t a water filtration system under the kitchen sink (reverse osmosis filters are best to remove these chemicals). Maybe not a huge deal for a weekend, but I was there a bit over a month. I don’t think it’s something hosts are required to do by law. So, it might be a rare thing for vacation homes in Wilmington, but don’t drink the tap water or brush your teeth/wash your face with it.
This is a really very personal preference, but the upstairs bedroom does not have a door. I have a cat and generally close doors to any room that I don’t want her in…especially in vacation homes. I, unfortunately, couldn’t keep her out of that room. Once she went up, I barely saw her again.
Which leads to the next issue, my cat (who is an indoor only/only pet) got fleas while we were there. Since she rarely came downstairs/would hide if I went up, I didn’t notice she had fleas until we got back to our own home.
I let Christine know on 10/25/21, and she said she is going to treat for them.
Visited September 2021
Written October 25, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Lockbox check in super easy. Cottage was immaculate. Everything you need is there and so much more storage than it seems at first. Two closets in each bedroom and plenty of empty shelves/cabinets in kitchen. Sheets and towels are nice. Kitchen set up is very basic - nothing gourmet - but we found a sharp knife and plenty of dishes and pots and pans that worked for all our cooking. Loved having my dog and we walked the downtown neighborhoods every day. It was so fun and we met so many amazing friendly people. Walked to the Riverwalk downtown for dinner or sometimes after dinner just for the view or gelato! Best gelato since I was in Italy. Christine was terrific and even helped us in our home search as we are looking to move to Wilmington. Hope we get to stay here again or definitely would have friends stay here when we live in Wilmington. Thanks again, Christine!!
Visited September 2020
Written October 21, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
This property, with its history as the antique Parker Cottage in tact, was perfect for the two of us as we worked “from home” during our two-week stay. The owner and manager were responsive, and the rules and features, accommodating. The recent convenience updates (dishwasher, full bathrooms, etc.) were truly appreciated. Plus, oh...the wraparound porch in front and another in the back! We enjoyed them all. Thank you, Chris. We’ll be back!
Visited March 2020
Written March 23, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
I had a four month stay in Wilmington for work. Not wanting to stay in a hotel, I found this house online. It was a wonderful neighborhood and a charming home. Christine was attentive, responsive, and very respectful of my privacy.
Visited June 2019
Written October 12, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Enjoyed my stay a lot. It was very convenient to downtown and easy to get to other shopping areas too. It was especially easy for my little dog to access the fenced backyard and porch. The only thing I would add is a wall clock in the kitchen, since I am used to that! And hand rail or support in shower for getting in and out of the shower.
Visited March 2019
Written April 10, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.