Welcome to our sunlit single story ~2000 sf suburban home. Beaches are 15 minutes away. The waters of the rivers and sounds are closer. Our game room offers foosball, darts and a pool table. House media includes two flat screen TVs. Outdoors, a covered porch, with Weber BBQ grill, expands the living area. The fenced back yard is very private. A perfect destination for a small group of friends, visiting relatives or a family: 2 car max, 4 guest max, no parties.
Turning into our neighborhood, across from the town park, you'll drive about a quarter mile. Almost at the very end of the street, on a cul-de-sac, you'll find La Casita. When you arrive you'll be greeted by a well lit entry. You'll likely find music playing. On a cold winter day the wood stove will be lit making the game room very warm and inviting. On the dining table you'll find a binder filled with information about the house along with all sorts of recommendations about places to eat and many area destinations.
La Casita in Swansboro is a very unique destination combining suburban living, a 38 acre forest, as well as products from that forest. In the home you'll find touchstones to the past. Artifacts and historical books can be found throughout the home as well as an ever growing collection of vintage and modern wood products collected and produced from our forest. La Casita Sawmill operates discretely and quietly away from the home and is an integral part of our forest management program. At some point in the future we will be offering a separate 'Airbnb Experience' to our guests...the experience will include a walk through out forest with a discussion of flora, fauna and historical highlights. Look up La Casita Sawmill on Facebook to keep up with our forest activities.
As you explore La Casita you'll find the single family home is private, clean, organized, comfortable and modern. You'll notice the home is all one level except for one step down to the game room. The home just recently received a post 2018 hurricane Florence, 3 month, renovation due to storm damage. The game room received the most damage and was completely renovated and pool table was recovered. For your enjoyment we added a high quality foosball table and dart board.
At La Casita you'll enjoy what we enjoy...quiet, convenience, shopping, parks and restaurants all within walking distance. Area beaches (Emerald Isle and Hammocks Beach State Park) are just a short drive from the house. During your stay you'll also enjoy visiting nearby White Oak River/Bogue Sound parks, Crystal Coast beaches, Croatan National Forest hiking trails, Ft Macon State Park, the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and many other excellent local attractions. In the house binder you'll find the locations to over 40 area water access spots.
If you are visiting a military member or are in the service you'll find the home is within an easy 30 minute or less drive to all of the USMC installations of the main side Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base complex.
Finally, if you like clean air and water, you'll be pleased to know you are helping maintain the 45 acre pine and hardwood forest that makes La Casita Swansboro's only carbon neutral destination. Our tree farm, Redbay Farm, is also one of the largest tracts of undeveloped forest land in the Swansboro area (see aerial photos). Our forest becomes more important every year as development encroaches. I'm usually out every day working on the tree farm...logging, milling or constructing...If you want to come out and check on what I'm doing and get a short tour of the property just let me know (please see the NC Agritourism Note**** below. Maybe while you are here you'll see a hawk, eagle, great blue heron, a deer or even a coyote as you sit on the back porch enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea.
**For your convenience I've provided excerpts from guest reviews**
• "This is a terrific example of what an Airbnb should be: a wonderful, warm home that provides a unique lodging experience. It was a home away from home for all of us!"
• "Home away from home. A wonderful property that I would recommend and return to without hesitation."
• "We had a great time and everything was wonderful, just as all the other reviews say. One thing that really stood out to us were all the little things that make your stay better like toys, games and movies for kids and adults a well as all the kitchen staples like coffee, sugar and all the essential spices you need for everyday cooking. I would definitely recommend staying here."
• "This is a great place to stay in the Swansboro/Emerald Isle area. We have been visiting Emerald Isle for more than 20 years during the summer. This was our first visit off-season and La Casita was the perfect place for us. It was cozy, clean and very nice. The beds were comfortable and we enjoyed the porch. Although we did not have time to enjoy all the amenities, La Casita has Wi-Fi, Amazon movies and Alexa was helpful. Jim gave us some good suggestions for things to do and the Lady Swan boat cruise which he suggested was fun. And the goats are cute."
Bottom line? As one guest puts it, "This place (La Casita) is a jewel!"
We thank all of our guests for their gracious reviews!
La Casita is perfect for casual living. A guest from California said..."This (La Casita) is a beautiful house...the house was actually much more modern than I expected from the description, very new, clean, and nicely designed. We loved the game room with the massive TV, pool table, and wood burning stove." (owner note: La Casita was built in 2004, renovated in 2008 and again in 2014 with new paint and flooring, game room renovated (Post Hurricane Florence) 2018)
• 46" and 40" flat screen HD smartTVs with complimentary Netflx and Amazon Prime plus more
• Complimentary WIFI
• Basic cable TV channels are offered via Roku using the Spectrum Cable Company App.
• Enjoy the comfort of our wood stove during the winter with complimentary firewood provided from the our own 45 acres of forest...guest comment, "We spent most of the time in the huge family room (now our game room) playing pool, watching TV or just reading by the wood stove."
• Pool table...guest comment, "The family room with pool table was a big hit. I would recommend this home to anyone traveling to the area."
The Bedrooms and Bathrooms...enjoy clean comfortable beds, linens and facilities! How nice are the beds? A British guests said, "The bedrooms, beds and bedding were spotlessly clean and made us feel right at home."
• The master bedroom has a queen bed, private en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower and walk in closet.
• The second bedroom has another very comfortable queen sized bed and a very large closet.
• The third bedroom, the "stained glass room", has two full sized beds. It is a lovely room for children of all ages.
• The colorful second bathroom has a great tub and shower.
• In the living room there is a full sized sofa bed and in the family room there is a full sized leather covered futon.
• Parents traveling with a baby or toddler will enjoy using our Graco Pack 'n Play, Evenflow convertible high chair and baby bath.
In the kitchen you will find all of the dishes, silverware and utensils necessary for cooking. We even provide complimentary spices. If there is that little something you need to prepare the perfect meal it's likely we have it at La Casita or in our home...You simply won't find very many vacation getaways with such a well stocked and equipped kitchen. As a guest from the Raleigh area said, "The kitchen was the best stocked of any rental I've had."
Enjoy the Outdoors!
The back yard is extremely private and fenced, the yard features mature trees, flowers, fruit trees and even grape vines. There are no homes in view from the backyard all you will see is our small pasture, outbuildings, our private forest, and of course the goats.
• On the back porch and patio and yard you will find a comfortable seating, a gas grill, and hammock.
Conveniences for our guests
There is room for two guest cars in the driveway. La Casita is equipped with an electronic lock on the front entry door to make access very simple (you will be provided a personal and private code for the front door after booking). You will love not having to worry about keeping track of keys!
You will be very comfortable at La Casita, with its welcoming casual ambiance and convenient amenities. We have La Casita listed for times when it would be available for your exclusive use, so you have the run of the house (no one else will be sharing). Elizabeth and I are available to answer any questions you may have about our special little house. You'll have access to the entire home. Your privacy is our priority. I'll be close by to answer any questions and provide assistance during your stay!
Your trip here may be full with family visits or outdoor activities...but always waiting for you will be the beautiful La Casita ... an oasis of calm and serenity for your rest and relaxation. We look forward to your visit!
***Packing tip: We provide towels, linens, beach towels, a small boogie board, a large boogie board, a beach umbrella, pots and pans ... etc. Packing is always a hassle...before you pack that unique little something ask us if we have one you can use. We might be able to save you some space in your bags or in your car.***
Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.****
La Casita is located in the Deer Run neighborhood. Deer Run is modest quiet family oriented suburban neighborhood within about 1 mile of downtown Swansboro, about 15 minutes from Emerald Isle beaches and about 3 miles from Hammocks Beach State Park. We are right on the edge of the city limits so it isn't unusual to see and hear wildlife (deer, turkey, all sorts of birds and maybe even a bear). We also have guinea fowl, from a neighbouring farm, that occasionally roam around the yard and garden eating bugs, weed seeds and even small animals like mice and snakes. Of course you'll see our goats and chickens that live at Redbay Farm and visit the back garden fence in hopes of getting a snack!
We are a genuine town and country destination. After enjoying the touring the country or a day at the beach you might want to enjoy one of our local restaurants. We have a nice collection of great restaurants available for your dining pleasure. Guests from France gave me rave reviews about their dining experience at the Riverside Steak and Seafood Restaurant...the restaurant is less than a mile from La Casita and is highly rated in Trip Advisor! For breakfast consider with it's 1950's decor and great food. The Ice House restaurant was destroyed by a hurricane however, the owners and their staff are currently operating an open air restaurant called The Boro Restaurant and Bar...our favorite downtown place to eat.
There are some nice restaurant choices just a short walk away. For some really great Mediterranean food try the Olea Mediterranean Grill near the post office...just walk through the park toward Walgreens and cross Old Hammock's Beach road and the restaurant will be in the second across from the Taco Bell. Another less expensive recommendation is La Parrilla Taqueria. This restaurant serves Mexican food. Walk straight through the park past the park playground. You'll find the restaurant on the left in the large commercial building as you enter the parking area.
In the summer on a Sunday evening why not enjoy a free concert. On Sunday evenings Swansboro hosts free concerts (May - September) during the summer at the Pug Pavilion. Get yourself a beer at the Church Street Pub or maybe even a great Cigar from George at the cigar shop right behind the pavilion. Enjoy a lovely evening in Swansboro, "The Friendly City by the Sea"!
The #1 thing to do in Swansboro according to Trip Advisor is to go to Hammocks Beach State Park (ferry runs start on Saturday April 2, 2016). The park is only about 3 miles from La Casita. Take the pontoon passenger ferry over to Bear Island and enjoy one of the few undeveloped barrier islands in North Carolina. Our guests love the park!
Bottom line: La Casita is a great location or as one recent guest says, La Casita..."is a great hub for exploring the natural beauty and towns in the area." There is so much to do here. As our British guest says, "We were never at a loss for things to do. The beaches on the Crystal Coast and on Bear Island are among the best we've been to in the USA and are just a few minutes drive away."
Come to Swansboro and stay at La Casita. Enjoy our clean comfortable home and the wonderful natural attractions of Eastern North Carolina. We look forward to your visit and listening to your stories about your adventures!
Swansboro, North Carolina, Verenigde Staten