The first house built on Oak Island, high atop 20 acres of untouched maritime forest, knotty pine walls and oak floors glowing with 70 years' patina. A screened front porch runs the width of the house; private walkway carries you to 1000' of undeveloped beach; stairs up to a lookout tower with 360-degree views, horizon to horizon; a new staircase behind the house descends to our private dock to experience of the sound behind the house.
Designed by my grandfather and built in the summer of 1945 by a team from his rug mill in Troy, these knotty pine walls glow with 70 years of patina. The second house built on an island that in the day was considered inaccessible (now only 2.5 hours from Raleigh), Leon Capel first had to build a road for using scrap cores from the rug mill and surplus WWII Willys Jeeps.
You'll have full run of the house, front beach, undisturbed maritime forest and dock behind the house. The parcel is just short of 20 acres. Bring mud boots if you're interested to explore the wilder parts of the property... and do remember the insects, snakes, deer and other animals you'll see made their home there before you. You're the intruder.
Interaction with guests
The property is managed with the help of local cleaning and repair staff. We'll be available to help as much as we can given travel and other obligations. Please keep in mind that, no matter how hard we work to make your stay issue-free, spending time in a 70 year-old beach house will be a participatory sport! We may need your help to keep things working.
Other things to note
If you're looking for huge bedrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and giant marble bathrooms, this is not that house. If you'd rather open the windows to let the warm ocean breeze blow through, ceiling fans turning lazily in every room, enjoy sunset cocktails on the lookout tower, go crabbing from the dock behind, luxuriate in your private access to an expanse of white sand beach (that you do share with other beachgoers), rinsing off in the world’s most wonderful outdoor shower — this is an enchanting experience of original North Carolina beach like you’ll have nowhere else.
2017 will be the first year this house is offered, to select guests, for a 3-night minimum stay. Rental period runs 5pm Monday to 11am Thursday; or 5pm Friday through 11am Monday (fourth additional day is available for rental). Discount for full week is 30%; 65% for a full month.
Thanks for respecting what it takes to keep Folly Hills looking as good as she does. If you break it, please least let us know it's broken so we can attend to it. We ask for $1000 security deposit and when you see the house, you'll know why. No smoking inside and please control your butts — if you burn down our proud pine lady, we'll kill you.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I'm a 45yo, grad-educated guy who's lucky to have lived and worked in some cool places: London (4 years), Paris (6), New York (2) and San Francisco (12). For the last 6 years I've been in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I went to college, and am now living close to extended family.
In addition to other distractions I've spent the past five years developing a business in fun men's shirts (add the usual internet suffix to seaplaneshirts). Every summer we plan a promotional tour at a number of concerts and other events around the country.
I love design, photography, food and exercise. I'm passionate about the things that make every place and every person different, so when I travel I like to meet local folks, do local things, eat local foods. All my life I've found that leaving a place better than I found it is how I get invited back — which may be the reason I have been tasked with managing the family's beach house, offered here on Airbnb for the first time in 70 years of its existence.