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Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

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3 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, Internet, bed sheets
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop

Overview of Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire home

3 bedrooms3 bathroomsSleeps 8

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBald Head Island Lighthouse20 min walk
  • Popular LocationSmith Island Museum of History20 min walk
  • Popular LocationKent Mitchell Nature Trail32 min walk
  • AirportWilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.)56 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
    Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 2
    Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 3
    Bathtub/shower combo

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

Family-friendly vacation home in Bald Head Island
This newly renovated cottage is centrally located in the forest of Bald Head Island overlooking a lagoon and close to everything. The peaceful screened-in-porch allows you to sip wine and watch the wild life go by. New hardwood flooring and granite counter tops, along with a beachy decor provide a peaceful interior with all the comforts of home after a fun day at the beach.

A private community gazebo, along with its own wildlife overlook, provide a perfect spot for evening grilling. This unit comes with two four seater golf carts for travel. boogie boards, skim boards, and beach chairs will complete any stay at the beach. The two upstairs master suites have full private baths, one with a king bed and the other with 2 twin/full bunk beds. The family room and every bedroom has its own TV for your entertainment.

The third downstairs bedroom has an unattached full bath with a queen bed. Kitchen table seats 6, along with seating for 6 around the granite breakfast bar. Queen pullout in family room.

Getting to Bald Head Island is half the fun. A relaxing 20 minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Indigo Plantation to the harbour at Bald Head Island. You are greeted by the tram to be escorted to your home at 12 Sabal Palm cottage where two golf carts await for you to go exploring the harbour and 14 miles of West, South and East beaches, along with the beautiful marshlands.

Historic Old Baldy waits for you to climb and explore. Visit the beautiful Chapel. Investigate the great Conservancy programs, including turtle walks on the beaches, Kayak the marshes, crab and fish the creeks and oceans. Dine at the exquisite BHI Club (golf privileges available), watching the sun set as a perfect ending to your day.

Includes: Beach Chairs, Child booster seat, Pack & Play, Both Regular & Keurig pots
**Linens and bath towels are included in rental
** We DO NOT guarantee bikes and beach towels at any of our properties-There is a place on the island to rent bikes if your rental does not provide them.
**Club memberships are different for every house and depends on dates. For club rates please contact the clubs directly or go on their websites. We do not control club rates.

For rental agreement and tram reservations your rental address is 12 Sabal Palm Cottage
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Near the beach


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking options include a garage

Family friendly

  • Highchair


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices
  • Toaster


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 3 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided


  • TV


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In a village

Things to do

  • Golf privileges
  • Marina nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Power boating nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher


  • Sleeps 8

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher

Property is also known as

Wonderful Cottage Lagoon 2 Carts Bikes Beach Gear Wifi Much More
Welcome Life Riley Bald Head Island House
Welcome Life Riley Bald Head Island
Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island! Bald Head Island
Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island! Bald Head Island
Welcome Life Riley House
Welcome Life Riley
Welcome Life Riley Bald Head

About this area

Bald Head Island

This vacation home is located near the beach and in an area with great shopping. Old Brunswick County Jail Museum and Fort Fisher State Historic Site are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Traveling with kids? Consider North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests appreciate the property's central location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Bald Head Island Lighthouse - 20 min walk
  • Smith Island Museum of History - 20 min walk
  • Bay Beach - 23 min walk
  • Bald Head Island Visitors Center - 27 min walk
  • Kent Mitchell Nature Trail - 32 min walk

Getting around

  • Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) - 56 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Rating 5 - Excellent. 29 out of 37 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Perfect getaway!
My husband and I needed a short getaway and Bald Head was the perfect option because it’s close, but so quiet! The house was perfect, and we hope to return with our kids because there’s more than enough room. All amenities we needed were in the house, and it was so close to everything we wanted to do.

5/5 Excellent

Lovely time!
We loved our too short stay at this property! It was even lovelier than the photos showed it to be! The only issues that arose were with transportation and eating on the island, which we haven’t experienced in any prior trips to Bald Head... like a 3 hour wait to get in the ferry, hours for restaurants being different than advertised, and then being stuck without dinner since the grocery store closes early! I’d advise everyone to plan ahead and get extra groceries in case of this!

5/5 Excellent

This is a good one!
Lovely home. Easy location. Great weekend

4/5 Good

Nice stay
We had a great stay at this home. It was super clean and ready earlier than we expected so we were able to drop our bags and start exploring right away. We only used one of the golf carts because it has sides we could lower since weather was cool when we were there, the cart was VERY slow so we got passed a lot but no huge issue.

5/5 Excellent

Great Thanksgiving
We had a lovely time at Life of Riley for Thanksgiving. The house was as advertised, but with updated TVs. There were multiple game systems, and a game closet filled with board games. There was only 1 bicycle that had 2 functional tires, but that is to be expected after an entire summer of guests. We only used one of the golf carts, and it was nice. Would definitely stay here again. It’s a very central location on BHI.