Best Ocean Sunrise & Sound Sunset Views on elevated 3 acres, sleeps 14, pool.
About Karen Carroll
We are definitely country people and most of the year live on a hundred acres in PA raising beautiful, loving Portuguese Water Dog Puppies. pwdpuppies.com We spend more time up in the woods at our pond in PA then at our house.
Karen Carroll purchased this House in 2001
Why Karen Carroll chose Corolla
We love water and the ocean so when we found Sunnybank on 3 oceanfront acres it was perfect, especially because of all the wild horses. Because we do a Friday to Friday change over day we save 5 or 6 hours coming to our house and leaving to go back home to PA instead of wasting it driving in weekend traffic. Listed as the best place to stay in the Outer Banks: #1 Carova. Outer Banks, North Carolina Coast, North Carolina, United States. Location, location, location, Sunnybank is only 3 miles away from several of the most famous historical sites in the Outer Banks. Along with other great attractions. WHALEHEAD CLUB: Completed in 1925, the sprawling lemon yellow Whalehead in Historic Corolla has served a number of purposes during its decades of operation, including housing a private school for boys and acting as a rocket fuel-testing base. Today, the Whalehead in Historic Corolla is one of Corolla's best attractions, offering seasonal guided tours, 39 acres of picturesque landscape for picnic baskets, and special facilities for weddings and special events. Seasonally, you'll find a number of the area's best events on the premises, like the weekly Wednesday wine festival, where visitors are encouraged to sample North Carolina's best wines and local foods while listening to a little live outdoor music. COROLLA LIGHTHOUSE: Vacationers with stamina are welcome to trek up the 214 steps to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse for unparalleled 360 degree views of the Outer Banks. The historic and distinctive red lighthouse is open seasonally to visitors from 9a.m. to 5p.m., and the wooded grounds, which include the original light keepers home, is idyllic for a bike ride or a stroll through the live oaks. As one of the last testaments to Corolla's early roots as a local seaside community and guardian for sailors travelling past the Outer Banks, the lighthouse is a must on every visitor's list.
What makes this House unique
Getting to see the wild horses and sometimes deer right in your own yard. 2 Hot Tubs, 2 dishwashers, pool and kiddy pool, surf and boogie boards, kayaks, elevator, pet friendly.Climb Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Crabbing for your dinner to cook in our commercial steamer. Watch The Sun Set at The Whalehead in Historic Corolla. Go Boutique Shopping. 5.Stroll Through Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. Enjoy Waterfront Fine Dining. Relax On The Beach CENTER FOR WILDLIFE EDUCATION: Located in Historic Corolla Park, the center is an impressive and marvelous 22,000 square foot interpretive center for young and old alike to explore the history and vast diversity of North Carolina's wildlife. One of the key displays is a massive living aquatic ephemera of fish, native to the region, housed in an 8,000 gallon aquarium where families can get up close and personal with a rich variety of finned swimmers. "You have to remember we have a variety of marine eco-systems here. The ocean, the sound and an estuary so it is pretty diverse. Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve: Located on the borders of Corolla and the 4WD accessible areas of Carova, the Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve is 965 acres of natural maritime habitat. Visitors are free to explore the nature trails that wind through the area for some of the Northern Outer Banks' best fishing, hunting, birding, hiking, photo ops, and wild discoveries of how all of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks used to be decades and even centuries ago. Parking area on your right when you come off the beach from Sunnybank. NEW COROLLA ADVENTURE PARK: Largest Aerial Adventure Park in the Outer Banks provides an engaging, challenging, and unique physical and mental experience in the Outer Banks that is accessible to many ability levels. Corolla Adventure Park facilitates a series of opportunities for growth, creativity, and problem solving in a family-oriented environment and only 3 miles from Sunnybank.
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Families welcome. Lots of baby equiptment & toysFamilies welcome. Lots of baby equiptment & toys
Pets allowed - Behaved Salty Dogs additional fee $150 each.Behaved Salty Dogs additional fee $150 each.
Parties/events allowed - Additional venue fees would apply. Contact ownerAdditional venue fees would apply. Contact owner
Max guests: 14
Minimum age of primary renter: 28 - Must be at least 28 years old.Must be at least 28 years old.
- Sunnybank Estate Compound is in the 4 wheel drive area of Corolla
- Lease will be sent to you directly after booking through Home Away or VRBO. No additional day guests allowed.
The home is beautiful and the amenities are great. We all enjoyed the home and the view.
A lovely slice of heaven
My parents had wanted to visit the outer banks of NC for years. Having lived in Durham, my wife and I visited the area many times, and I decided if we ever came back to visit, I wanted to stay on the beach drive area. It is other worldly there. To the east is the Atlantic and to the west is the Sound. Everywhere in between is sugar sand for as far as one can see to the north and south, and in the middle of all this is Sunnybank.
We had sunrises AND sunsets. With the ocean (surfing, kites, boogie boards, beach lounging), pool, games, hot tubs, movie room, pub, and simply taking in the views, we had no shortage of great family fun all day long for the adults and kids alike. There's really no shortage of things to do on-site, yet plenty of space if one wants to find a quiet nook to nap or read. Oh, and the horses...they made a showing every day we were there. On the first day they came right up into the driveway as we stood there, seemingly just to say "Hi."
The house and property itself were all very nice. The architecture of the house is really very impressive. Rooms were all clean, individually themed, and all provided ample space and accommodations for our party. The kitchen was well stocked and there was plenty of fridge (2 fridges between kitchen and lower level) and pantry space for grocery runs. Note that it is a bit of a trek back and forth to town to get groceries over the beach, so meal planning does help. Dorian had just come through, so there was a minor amount of weather damage, but that is to be expected and comes with the territory. No doubt that will get fixed up in due course.
Communication with the owner was always prompt, and she was very helpful with everything we asked.
Overall, our time at Sunnybank really exceeded my expectations. With so many places in the world to see, I rarely want to return to the exact same place more than once...this one may be an exception. So many great memories made there, and everyone left wanting more.
Thank you so much. It certainly was a pleasure having guest like yourself. Hope you come back soon.
Karen & Mike
Wonderful Family Time
We had a great family time. Anything we could have thought of for any age...baby through grandparents...was available. We have stayed in many different homes in many different areas and have never had a kitchen so well supplied. This owner has definitely thoughtfully supplied for their guests needs. We saw the horses every day, in fact, they sheltered from the rain right in the carport of the house. This was truly an experience we have never had before. My greatest fear was getting stuck in the sand, but it was never a problem. We lowered the tire pressure as advised, and actually only had to shift into 4 wheel drive a few times. I would highly recommend this property to beach lovers and anyone wanting a relaxing vacation.
Nicest home we've ever vacationed in
Unbelievably well prepared home to enjoy a week or longer. 2 dishwashers, 6 burner Viking gas range, multiple refrigerators, countless kitchen utensils, appliances, etc. I would pay these folks to decorate and maintain my home. Just amazing the forethought put into predicting every need. Even on our last day we were discovering warm rain jackets left hanging in the closet in case we needed them. Hose bibs everywhere outside for washing off sand, and even long hose by the carport to wash the saltwater off the vehicles for those worried about rust. Binoculars for viewing horses, kayaks and canoes, oppulent tin ceiling tiles in the gameroom, belted ceiling fans only seen in nice pubs. Wow, absolutely breathtaking the level of thought taken into decorating. Even the dried flower arrangements over the fridge with a swan/bird hidden within was art-worthy in its presentation. The art itself or hangings which had detailed sea maps of ship wrecks and news articles providing local-color of the dunes and the small town history could keep you reading for hours. There were nice leather-bound books, huge supply of movies, chairs and couches everywhere, the largest chaise lounge I've ever seen. Steam shower, multiple easy to use hottubs, simple coded doors for entry and lockup, and on and on. Clearly the owner has spent as much if not more on creature comforts as on location and facility. The elevator was simple to use and saved us a lot of work in unpacking and packing. We waited three years for availability and finally were able to spend Spring break here with kids and their friends. It was worth the wait. We've looked at and rented homes throughout Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia and none were close to the level of detail and value for the money as this home. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 3 years before returning. 5 stars isn't enough.
Wow what can I say. Sunny Banks was a perfect setting for us and our event. It was fully equipped, decorated beautifully and immaculate. Although I’ve stayed in many beautiful houses in the Outer Banks.. this is a home with character.
Karen has paid very close attention to detail making sure the kitchen was equipped with everything. All types of pots, several coffee makers, electric tea kettle, waffle maker, baking pans, and all types of containers to store leftovers…who does that..!! it even has a professional steamer for fresh seafood.
There was no skimping on dishes or utensils and all the drawers and cabinets are labeled..no guessing where things were. Our event was held at pool side which also has a game room with a full bar. the caterers were able to set up bar and appetizers while the chefs where in the main house cooking.
I say main house because above the game room is a very large king suite with a full size bed and two separate decks.
Every bedroom although different has a full bathroom.
Don’t be fooled even the full suite was huge ..it had a large screened porch and a sitting room.
The living room was perfect for watching TV or just looking out towards the beach.
Beyond the enclosed pool area, there are chairs, table, charcoal grill and a children’s play ground.
This is where we saw most of the horse sitings.
Just beyond that is the beautiful beach.
Dealing with Karen was very easy and straight forward.
Her packet is very informative READ IT!
She also gives you numbers in the event you have a problem like getting stuck in the sand…
This is my favorite part of OBX but you must have the proper vehicle.
I would definitely stay here again….so comfortable
Thank you Karen
Fishing, Golf, miniature golf, tennis, bicycling, Sailing and wind riders, windsurfing, hang gliding, and tandem hang gliding over water, go-carting, paddle-boats, para-sailing, kite surfing, aqua cycles, pontoon boats, deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing, Surfing, Scuba diving, snorkeling, waterfowl hunting, Wild Horse Safaris, Wildlife Tours, shopping, movies, fine dining, wine tasting, Wineries, Hunting.
Golf: Near by activities: Golf, Miniature Golf, Tennis, Bicycle Rentals and Wall Climbing. Sailing and Windriders, Windsurfing, Hang Gliding, and Tandem Hang Gliding over Water. Go-Karting, Paddleboats, Parasailing, Kite Surfing, Aqua Cycles, Jet and Pontoon Boats, Soundside public boat ramp. Deep-Sea and Fly-Fishing. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, Waterfowl Hunting, Alligator River Tours. Wild Horse Safaris and Wildlife Encounter Tours. Shopping, Movies and Fine Dining. Pontoon trips for wine tasting at Knotts Island Winery.
On cloudy days, vacationers can easily take an excursion a few miles off the sand to Corolla and Duck and enjoy an afternoon of shopping, sightseeing at the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalehead in Historic Corolla, and an evening of dining and drinks before heading back home to Carova.
Lounge under an umbrella or canopy, catch up with friends and family
Sip a beverage and watch the kids play
Throw frisbees, play bocce ball
Wade, swim, surf and body board
Pick up seashells
Take a relaxing walk along the shore
Spot and photograph wild horses