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Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

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3 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

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

Entire home

Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island!

4.8/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
Bald Head Island, NC

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.)49 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

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About this area

Bald Head Island

Located near the beach, this vacation home is in Sabal Palm Cottages, a neighborhood in Bald Head Island 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 Bay 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.

What's nearby

  • Bald Head Island Lighthouse - 20 min walk
  • Smith Island Museum of History - 20 min walk
  • Bald Head Island Visitors Center - 27 min walk
  • Kent Mitchell Nature Trail - 32 min walk
  • Bay Beach - 1 min drive

Getting around

  • Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) - 49 min drive

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
• Lagoon Views!
• Screened in porch for wildlife watching
• New hardwood flooring
• Two golf carts

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.
**We cannot guarantee ice makers or water dispensers to be operable in the rental
Tram Reservation Address: 12 Sabal Palm Cottage

Club Option for separate purchase: BHI Full Access (GOLF ACCESS AVAILABLE)
**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 or availability
Pets: NO
Golf Cart: (1) 4 pass golf cart (1) 6 pass golf cart
Coffee Maker: Regular Coffee Pot & Keurig
Grill Type: Charcoal
Bikes: 4 Adult, 1 Child** We DO NOT guarantee bikes, beach towels, beach umbrellas or beach gear
Crockpot: No
Highchair or Booster and Pack and Play will be provided with this home
Beach Chairs: 4
WIFI: Spectrum highspeed internet (Password information will be located on fridge)

Interested in Rentals?
**Riverside Adventure Company provides bikes, beach chairs, kayaks, & beach umbrellas for rentals (910.457.4944)
**Coastal Urge provides bikes, SUP paddle boards, Skateboards, body boards, and surf boards rentals (1800.383.4443)
**Cary Cart Company provides golf cart rentals (910.457.7333)

**Linens and bath towels are included in rental

**Please see club membership notes:
It is expected that the club memberships will sell out for summer dates and holidays, so we do encourage you to make arrangements with the clubs as soon as you book your rental. All club memberships must be purchased directly with the club. Bald Head Island Services is not able to answer club related questions or coordinate your club memberships for you. Links and how to sign up with both clubs will be sent upon booking your rental. See below club contact information and website

Bald Head Island Club

Shoals Club
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Bald Head Island Services



Property amenities


  • Near the beach


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking options include a garage


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


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


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

Living spaces

  • Dining room


  • 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
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Surfing/body boarding nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher


  • Sleeps 8

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Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
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
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

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

Frequently asked questions

Is Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island! pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

Where is Welcome to Life of Riley on Bald Head Island! located?

This family-friendly Bald Head Island vacation home is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bald Head Island Lighthouse, Bay Beach, and Smith Island Museum of History. Cape Fear River and Bald Head Island Visitors Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 35 out of 45 reviews
5 - Excellent 78%
Rating 4 - Good. 9 out of 45 reviews
4 - Good 20%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 45 reviews
3 - Okay 2%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 45 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 45 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Nick T.
New Family Tradition
This cottage is absolutely perfect. The rooms were great and bigger than expected. Perfect location, just a few minutes on one of the golf karts through the awesome landscape and you’re on what feels like your own private strip of beach. Overall the best experience I’ve ever had renting a property. New Family Tradition at this place.
Stayed 7 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

rebecca t.
This is a great house!
Our family had never been to BHI, but we were excited to spend Spring Break there. Life of Riley was clean, nicely decorated, had a great location and appeared to have been freshly painted inside and out. Communication with the owner and rental company was seamless from reservation through check in, questions were answered in a timely manner, and house instructions along with important phone numbers were clearly displayed in the home. The house had nice linens, beach towels, new dishes in ample quantities, and thoughtful touches like handmade full-size soaps in yummy scents for the bathrooms. There were very comfortable beach chairs, beach toys and beach bikes that were all put to good use. This house is in a very convenient spot on the island, nicely shaded in the trees near the golf course, not too far from the beach- pretty much in the middle of the island so sunrises at East Beach are easy to access and sunsets on South and West Beach are close as well. Close to restaurants and shops as well. The only suggestion I have for the homeowners would be the possibly installing an outdoor shower, just because their house is so beautiful- we really didn’t want to track in sand, but the hose set-up made it a bit difficult to rinse off after the beach. We managed, but an outdoor shower really would make that easier. Overall, this is a beautiful, clean, comfortable house that we would definitely rent again, and would recommend to friends. Bald Head Island was just an amazing place for a vacation, and this house was a great place to stay.
Stayed 5 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

James W.
My stay at Life of Riley
Five stars all around for this neat place on Bald Head Island! My friend and I stayed here while on the island for the Badwater Cape Fear 51.4 mile foot race. Check in was a breeze. The place was clean. And we found everything as advertised. BHI Services was a pleasure to deal with, giving us timely notifications about all info we needed. I would definitely book with them again and stay at Life of Riley again.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

4/5 Good

Nina M.
Birthday Weekend
Took my daughter and three friends to the island to celebrate her 13th birthday. Renting the property was seamless and easy and communication was excellent. Property manager was extremely responsive and came over immediately to help me put the rain curtains on the golf cart as I was alone and needed assistance. House is super cute but starting to show signs of wear and tear. Carpets and couch were stained and furniture was missing pieces etc. The kitchen was well stocked but all of the pots and pans are warped and need replaced. House is completely stocked with board games, video games, beach toys, bikes and all you could possibly need for a wonderful vacation. The grill was a little puny and that could definitely be upgraded! Had a moment of severe panic because the listing said it had a Keurig coffee maker and so I brought my pods in anticipation of having a cup first thing in the morning and woke up to find that it was a drip coffee maker and I had zero coffee. Had to run to the market in my pajamas so that I could get some brewing! Overall an adorable house that just needs some refreshing to be a perfect getaway for a family or a group of friends.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

jenn n.
Location Location Location
We were in town for a wedding weekend and had never visited BHI before. Life of Riley far exceeded any expectations that we had. The spaciousness and living room/ dining area setup were perfect for 3 couples and we had plenty of entertaining space indoor and outdoor to have our friends over that were also in town. The 2 golf carts, bikes, beach chairs, etc. were just the icing on the cake. This location was ideal, as we had wedding events on both sides of the island. We were just minutes from the market, the chapel, the ferry boats, and restaurants. We look forward to booking another trip soon!
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2021

4/5 Good

Henrik and Jackie V.
Three couples on a trip to BHI
This was our second trip to BHI and our second time renting in the Sable Palms Cottages location. It’s a quite location on a dead end street, so It does not get any through traffic on it. We personally feel that it is centrally located. It has 2 golf carts (one is good and the other is older and needs a brake job). The master bedroom is on the 2nd floor with a king bed (very comfortable) and is a comfortable bedroom. The kids room is updated with 2 bunk beds that are new. The couple that stayed in it were happy. The last bedroom is on the main floor and has double/queen that we think should have a king bed. This is the opinion of the couple that stayed in it. The house was clean and has the basics in the kitchen. We would stay here again.
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2021

5/5 Excellent

Drew J.
Outstanding Time at BHI
Totally agree with some of the other review - the house is actually better than advertised in the pictures. Got a call from property management when we checked in - which was great. We had 2 families and the room for the kids was great. Zero complaints - plenty of space, updated features, comfortable beds, close location to everything, etc - will definitely be back!
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Holly C.
Perfect family trip
The online pictures of the house do not do it justice! The house is adorable and very spacious with comfortable beds! The property manager was very prompt to respond to any question or need we had. Kitchen was well stocked! Having two golf carts was very nice! Location was great as we were close to the market and the marina. This was our first time on the island and it definitely won’t be our last!
Stayed 7 nights in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Hawley H.
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.
Stayed 2 nights in May 2021

5/5 Excellent

Maggie F.
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!
Stayed 4 nights in Mar 2021