Nebulon Retreat for Artists and Writers

Moonrise, street view from cottage looking toward boardwalk. Nebulon Retreat for Artists and Writers is 3 blocks from the boardwalk. Summertime features fireworks each Thursday night with free live music concert and carnival; arcade at the boardwalk. Fall and Winter are peaceful.




Feel free and easy at this beach cottage where you can reinvigorate your writing and art. Weekly and weekend rentals available. It is frugally furnished. This is a sanctuary for creative living.

Unique location offers peace, privacy and amenities: a market, coffee house, oyster bar, bars, Havannas Restaurant and beautiful Carolina beach. Go to the North end for off roading with 4×4, kayak launch, fishing. Go south on the island to Fort Fisher, the aquarium, ferry to Southport and dramtic sunsets where the Cape Fear River and ocean meet up. Carolina Beach features a State Park that is the second home in the world to Venus Flytrap. There is a quaint Public Library directly across the street and a copy shop within walking distance.

The cottage has three bedrooms. Two are ready for you. One is specifically a children’s room. The door could easily be shut on this room if that is distracting. Or bring your child. Pet friendly too. One Sealy king bed, one queen, sofa has pull out sleeper.

There is a rustic screened porch which is favored for painting and ocean air. The house is set far enough from the road to play music as you wish without disturbing neighbors. One drawing table, a paint friendly kitchen table and writing desk are available. Tether your own WIFI, use the local cafe or library for online services. There is no television, computer, or cable service provided. Upright piano tba.

There is central A/C, dishwasher, modest linens and cookware. Gorgeous juicer.

Burning Man rules apply here. Leave no trace. Use what you need but replace what you should. Guests are asked to respect the edible gardens and to not Moop… leave matter out of place.

Give yourself the gift of time and the beautiful ocean as your backdrop. There are plenty of walking, biking, running excursions to keep your body as fit as your mind. The local rec center offers hoop and other fit classes. Come stay at this artist’s home and create or recharge.  Applications are reviewed ongoing and you will be notified if your dates are available.  We do not book multiple people in the house unless a group applies; so the space is yours to use as you see fit. The space has a bright, cheery, eclectic beach energy and we hope our guests will supply the same. Deposits are due upon acceptance.

Current Rates:
Weekend: $120.00 per night. Weekly: $400.00. There can be other exchanges too… $50 lawn or garden care credit. Currently the gardens are in need of heavier labor. If that is your forte, please let us know. Inquire or submit your idea.

Current Monthly Rates:
$1400.00 per month. Months include: October, November, December, April, May, July, August, September

Application Process:
Fill out application in its entirety. Residencies for artists and writers are only considered with an application and proof of artistry such as website or printed article featuring your creations. Submit application. We will contact you asap. Direct inquiries to

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