Unless otherwise noted in the description, here are descriptions of the following amenities:
Some cottages are equipped for disabled persons. The "Handicap Friendly" amenity denotes these cottages and the cottage description will reveal the level of accessibility. However, due to space limitations this information may not be complete. Individual homes MAY have a variety of features such as: elevators, ramps, roll-in showers, wide doorways and handicap accessible bathrooms. Some homes will have some of these features, but not necessarily all homes. Some homes may not be handicap accessible to all levels. Please ask your Guest Services Representative about the specific features of any Handicap Friendly home you are considering for your vacation. PLEASE NOTE: Most homes do not meet the federal uniform standards for design or construction as prescribed for handicap accessible buildings. Parties requiring homes with the Handicap Friendly designation may make future year reservations beginning in October of the second preceding year (i.e. year 2014 reservations may be made as early as October 2012). Click here for a list of Outer Banks Handicap-Friendly Rentals.
If a hot tub is provided with your cottage, it will be prepared and tested for proper and safe chemical levels by a Certified Pool and Spa Operator prior to or on the day of your occupancy. The treatment is designed to last the duration of a one-week stay. Rules and regulations are posted and must be followed. Misuse of hot tubs by spilling of foreign substances, excessive sand, suntan oil, etc. will incur a service call charge. An additional mid-week clean is available at $50 per service. No hot tubs other than those supplied with the cottage are permitted. Under no circumstances are pets allowed in hot tubs. Violation of this rule may result in expedited eviction. Click here for a list of Outer Banks rentals with a hot tub.
All ELITE homes and many of our other homes include having the beds made prior to your arrival. All the beds (excluding sleeper sofas, air mattresses, rollaways, top bunks and futons) will be made up at the beginning of your stay with fresh sheets and pillowcases ready for you to slip into after your long drive to Hatteras Island! Unless the home you are renting displays the "Beds Made" amenity, no sheets or pillowcases are provided. Please check the bed description for your cottage to determine which sheets you need to bring with you, or click here for optional linen rental information. Click here for a list of Outer Banks rentals with free linens and beds made.
Towels are also provided in all ELITE homes as well as many of our other homes. Look for the towel symbol in this brochure to guide you. Only homes with the "Towels Provided" amenity provide towels: two bath towels, 1 hand towel, and 1 washcloth per person (occupancy not to exceed the septic permit restrictions). Unless the home you are renting displays the "Towels Provided" amenity, no towels are provided. Click here for optional towel rental information. Click here for a list of Outer Banks rentals with towels included.
Any Guest violating a No Smoking requirement will subject the entire party to expedited eviction with no refund of any kind. Smoking includes all kinds of lighted material to be inhaled, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc. Please note: the Accidental Damage Program included with your rent does not cover damage or cost of remediation from smoking in No Smoking cottages. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Non-Smoking Rentals.
Many of our cottages allow pets. If you wish to bring your pet, be sure to select a cottage with a pet symbol. A $125 Pet Fee is charged for each pet. This fee is used for additional cleaning required and pest extermination. If you are renting a pet cottage, your lease will automatically reflect a charge for one pet. If you are not bringing a pet, you may deduct this amount. If you have been given permission to bring more than one pet, your lease will show a charge of $125 per pet. There is a "leash law" on the beach, so be sure to keep your pet on a leash no longer than 6'. Also, be sure to clean up any mess your pet may leave around your cottage.
The only kennel on the Island is Hatteras Island Pet Resort. If you own a pet, you must select a pet cottage, make arrangements with a kennel or leave your pet at home. ANY PET FOUND IN OR AROUND A NON-PET COTTAGE IS GROUNDS FOR EXPEDITED EVICTION, FORFEITURE OF ALL MONIES PAID AND/OR A NON-DECLARED PET FEE OF $150 AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF OBR. Under no circumstances are pets allowed in pools or hot tubs. Breach of this rule is considered a serious violation of your lease and may result in expedited eviction. The Accidental Damage Program included in your rent does not cover damage by pets. Tenants will be liable for any damages caused by pets. Please don't jeopardize your vacation; be honest and up-front with us when you make your reservation. Click here for a list of Pet-Friendly Outer Banks Rentals.
Many homes now offer private pools for your ultimate vacation. Generally the weather is conducive for outside pool use from late April through mid October. Some pools also have "Heat Available". The published rental rates do not include pool heat (unless noted in the cottage description). Unless the home has a metered gas supply, a flat rate of $400 per week (plus tax and travel insurance premium, if selected) will be added to your rental rate if you select this option (no prorating for partial weeks). Homes with a metered gas supply will be assessed a charge based on actual usage at market rate on Hatteras Island for propane gas during the period of use. If you elect to use the pool heat on a metered home, a cash deposit or credit card number must be received by Outer Beaches before heat is turned on. Price of pool heat is subject to change, based on market costs of fuel. Pools with "Heat Available" are indicated in the brochure by a banner across the pool photo that reads "Heat Available".
Please note that during times of extremely low temperatures and/or high winds, pools may not heat to an acceptable temperature. Once pool heat has been turned on, in the absence of mechanical failure, no monies will be refunded due to customer request. Please let us know in advance of your arrival if you are electing to have the pool heat turned on. Pool heat, when selected and paid as part of the reservation, is turned on the day of arrival. Private pools in rental homes will be open from April 21 through October 26. A limited number of our homes may elect to make the pool available outside these dates, (October 27 through April 20) for an additional rental amount. Please check with one of our Guest Services Representatives for availability and the additional rental amount if you are interested in this option. Some homes also offer "Free Solar Heat" with the use of the pool. While the efficiency of the solar heat is dependent upon weather conditions, there is no additional charge for heat on pools indicated by the "Free Solar Heat" amenity. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with a Private Pool.
Homes that offer access to a Community Pool are also indicated by the "Swimming Pool" amenity. The specific Community Pool available is identified in the cottage description. Community Pools are seasonal: Kinnakeet Shores Sound Side Pool and Tennis (open May 19 to September 28 weather permitting), Koru Village Oceanfront Beach Klub (open May 25 to September 13, 2012), St. Waves Pool (open May 1 to October 1), Islander Condos Pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), Hatteras by the Sea Pool (open May 1 to October 31), Resort Rodanthe/Hatteras High Pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), Durant Station Pool (open April 27 to October 1, later when weather permits), Durant Station Hot Tub (open March 30 through New Year's weekend), Slash Creek Pool (open Memorial Day to October 31). Please note: Community Pools are not heated. Inquire at check-in about how you may access these facilities. Community Pool policies, including dates of availability, are determined by the individual Homeowner Associations, not by OBR and are subject to change. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with access to a Community Pool.
Some cottage Owners offer Guests a free pool pass for the OBR Pool in Avon. If your cottage doesn't offer this free amenity, you can purchase a weekly pool pass at the Avon office for $45/week. All Guests staying in the same cottage may use the weekly pool pass. If you wish to use the pool on one or two occasions, a daily pass may be purchased at the Avon office ($3.50/adult, $2.50/child under 18). OBR pool use is free for OBR Beach Club members and their families. The OBR pool is open May 1 to October 1. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with an OBR Pool Pass.
Cottages with access to community tennis courts are indicated by the "Tennis" amenity. These include: Mirlo Beach, St. Waves, Kinnakeet Shores and Hatteras by the Sea. Public lighted courts are located in Buxton at the Cape Hatteras School and the Fessenden Parks and Recreation Center. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with convenient Tennis Access.
Some homes now include limited "Free Long Distance" calling within the continental USA. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with Free Long Distance.
Many of our homes have features that we deem Windsurfing and Kiteboarding friendly. These can include easy sound access in areas known for their windsurfing conditions, board and sail storage areas, weather stations, and/or good launch sites. Homes with the Windsurfing/Kiteboarding amenity are on the sound side of Highway 12 and all have one or more of these features. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with convenient Windsurfing or Kiteboarding Access or Amenities.
Enjoy the real theater experience in your home. More than just surround sound, these homes have a room dedicated exclusively as a theater with features such as: terraced stadium-style seating in sound-actuated love seats, hair raising state-of-the-art sound systems, large screens (up to 168"), HDTV reception, extensive DVD libraries, computer interfaces for seminars & Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, premium cable channels and theater style popcorn maker - the next best thing to IMAX. Ask about the specific features available in your choice of homes with the "In-Home Movie Theater" amenity. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with an In-Home Movie Theater.
These rooms are usually equipped with high-end electronics and include such features as large screen TVs, many of which are in the flat panel or rear projection format. Other equipment may include surround sound systems, game stations, DVD, video and CD libraries. Our knowledgeable Guest Services Representatives can assist you with any specific questions you may have about a particular home. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with a Media Room.
Many of our homes provide either a computer with Internet access or Internet access for your laptop. The range of these offerings differs from home to home and may include any of the following: Computer with Wireless High-speed Internet, Computer with High-speed Internet, Wireless High-speed Internet for your laptop, or High-speed Internet for your laptop. Please read the individual brochure description and website information to determine the types of service and equipment offered in an individual home. Of course, one of our Guest Services Representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have on this subject. Click here for a list of Outer Banks Rentals with Hi-Speed Internet Access.