Last year we planned a "50th Anniversary" vacation with our 9 children, their spouses and 22 grandchildren! We live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a client raved about the area. I checked it out via the internet, as I was not familiar with the Outer Banks at all. Fortunately, I found Carolina Designs!
The challenge was to reserve housing for 42 people ... children and grandchildren of a wide age span ... and to make sure everyone would be happy with our decision and selection. The Carolina Design?s staff set us up in two large homes just a block from the beach. Our adult children with their older children/teens were assigned to one large home, and our adult children with the younger grandchildren had the other home.
It was such joy to watch them playing volleyball together, and it was wonderful to see the pools and hot tubs filled with our own children and grandchildren. The "teen" home enjoyed shooting pool on the lower level and the "toddler" home was perfect for nap time! It was absolutely the most memorable time for our entire family! I want to thank all of you at Carolina Designs for the trip of a lifetime and wish you a great year! - Jeanne R., Cincinnati, OH
You have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help with this year's vacation home and I really appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf. I get the feeling that you REALLY DO understand how valuable this time together is for our family! - Donna W. Morehead, KY
Carolina Designs, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter wanted to thank you for your support of our veterans. Last year we sent about 7 veterans to the OBX to have a Jet Pak Adventure. One of the main things they spoke about was the beautiful home they were able to stay in. You all do not know how much it meant to our veterans to be in such a beautiful space, that they could relax in, enjoy each other?s company but still have private time. It is because of people like you who give and support , that our veterans are able to live the lives they want to. Thank you again for your generosity, and I hope everyone sees just how much you all give back to your community and others! - Jen P., Midlothian, VA
We had the most amazing vacation in Kill Devil Hills. We stayed at the Beach Palace. We felt like we were staying in a luxury hotel. The owners thought of everything that you could possibly need. Carolina Designs were extremely helpful in finding the perfect house for our large group. They answered all our questions promptly throughout the year, leading up to our vacation. We are so looking forward to coming back! - Laura H., Flourtown, PA
We book our vacation every year with this company. Never a problem, always a good time. - William R., Harrisburg, PA
These ladies are excellent!! We had some unexpected business to complete while on vacation and Stacy, Donna and Jean went out of their way to accommodate our needs. Super friendly and very professional. - Abbie D., Danbury, CT
We've been booking with Carolina Designs for years. The last few of them in a house on the shore in Duck. Last October, on our arrival, our dog--Richie--leaped out of the car, ran up the front steps and waited for us to unlock the door. Then he ran all the way to the back of the house to the door leading to the beach. He waited again. I opened it, and he ran like the wind to the water. This dog remembered the house FROM LAST YEAR. Every inch of it. You can't make stuff like this up! James C., Falls Church, VA
We cannot begin to tell you all the good things we love about Carolina Designs. It?s our fourth season with them and counting. We had a number of unusual problems last year, and they worked quickly to satisfy each as quickly as possible. Professional, caring, and always go above and beyond with the simplest requests. Thank you, all! ? Su K.
We rented through you last year and we loved both the house and our association with your company. We are truly looking forward to returning to Seaview and working with you again.
Thank you, and have a great day:-)
Jan - Binghampton, NY
We have been renting large homes from your company for many years! This year I had the pleasure of working with Elaine Brieholz. I would like to give her praise for being such an excellent representative of your company. She has been more than exceptional in her help, knowledge, and kindness during our home hunting process. I wish every company had someone as diligent and cooperative as we have found Elaine. Carolina Designs is "tops" on our list. Good job at an hiring excellent agent! We look forward to seeing you next year!?
The Boesch Famiy
I just received your 2014 rental brochure and wanted to make some comments. This has always been our "dream book" of rentals in the Outer Banks since we started coming in the 1980's and our first rental was in Schooner Ridge on the ocean.
My last trip to the Outer Banks was with friends and we didn't rent a property through your agency. I immediately say the difference since there was trash around the pool after the cleaning service had been there and very little pride shown.
In the future, hopefully, we are able to return (maybe even with our grandchildren) to enjoy The Outer Banks again. I just wanted to share this with you as you live in a little piece of Heaven.
The Shaw Family
Thanks for the great service during our recent trip. We stayed at #191 during the week of Memorial Day. I couldn't believe how easy and quick the check-in process was. Also, the few concerns we had were addressed quickly and pleasantly. It's a great house, great location, and great service.
Teresa - Natural Bridge Station, VA
Please thank the owners of Crowders Retreat and Carolina Designs staff -we had a wonderful time! The house was impeccable and the service extremely prompt/helpful from all the staff (housekeeping, front desk, pool service) involved. We have been renting in OBX for 23 year and stayed in many homes and would definitely rent this home again or others through Carolina Designs Realty.
Wonderful layout - great kitchen, comfortable gathering space, gorgeous views, great TV in media room, ... our BEST house so far!" - Brink M. - Alpharetta, GA
Our travel experiences in 46 years of marriage, this rental vacation overwhelmingly surpassed our expectations. Such a beautiful house ? great design, lovely comfortable furniture ? we didn?t want to leave. House is amazing! - Michelle S
I have been visiting the beaches in Carolina my entire life. For over 20 years we have rented from several different real estate companies. The past week we spent in Duck was a wonderful experience. We tip our beach hats to the people at Carolina Designs Realty. From the time we booked on line to our check in you could not have been nicer or more helpful. We stayed in # 295 Aqua Duck. The house was beautifully decorated and had more then we needed to make a great vacation week. I cannot imagine us ever booking with anyone else. Thank you!
Iris Charlie Lassiter
My husband and I have just returned for another enjoyable and memorable vacation to the outer banks and rented one of your listings with our family...Casa de Playa. I just want to thank you and your wonderful staff for making our vacation so easy...The house was clean, and well stocked with everything we needed and your attention to taking care of the few things that were "broken" were handled in a professional and cheerful manner...I have to thank you and have recommended your agency to several of our friends who are thinking about coming to your gorgeous part of the country to visit and relax. All of our thanks and hope to see you all next year...
Cathie and Brad Smith
We just had the most wonderful family reunion yet at 138 Crawford Cottage (July 5, 2009) -- 21 of us from California to Maine, ages 13 to 86. We adore each other but can only all get together every three years. So every time that third year rolls around, we're so excited we can barely stand it.
Your house is wonderful, and echoes of our laughter may still be there. Because of how the old and the new shoot off in all directions in such fun and interesting ways, everybody's reactions upon initial exploration were pretty funny. The handicap-assist bedroom off the main living area was perfect for our patriarch father. The elevator is one of the nicest residential ones I've seen, and its proximity encouraged his easy and frequent use. One of my sisters called the small screen-in porch off the dining room her "cafe" for morning coffee. The main living area easily accommodated all of us when we came together. Games downstairs were often in simultaneous tournament use. We loved the decks at the top of the dunes.
Because your scrapbook of photos and original house memories conveys affection for your family home, I suspect your desire to ensure its ongoing care runs deep. And also because you're paying a rental management company, we sent a letter to Carolina Designs Realty, along with a few of our Guest Survey responses, of items that need to be addressed or repaired. They were excellent to work with throughout, and I hope they -- and you -- realize that it's only because we grew to care about Crawford Cottage that we took the time to share observations for how it can be even better than it already is.
Thank you again for a memorable week. Our family declared it the best ever.
We received the check for the refund on the pool heat, thank you. We have to say that we have rented houses at Chincoteague,VA, Oak Island, NC and Myrtle Beach,SC, your company and property was by far the nicest to deal with and the finest property we have stayed at. Thank you for a great rental, we have told all our friends about you and your service. Had the gas not run out it would have been a perfect trip. Things happen and you did your best to correct the problem, thank you again!
The Morgan Family
I just wanted to drop a line to thank you all and tell you how much we enjoyed our vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We stayed in the most beautiful house in Corolla.(#289) It had everything we needed and more. The staff at Carolina Designs was so helpful when we needed to call I?ve told all my friends here in Massachusetts about the great times to be had in the Outer Banks and the people to rent from. We will be back. Thanks again.
The Leitao Family
781, Sunny Delight is a great house! We loved the gift basket with detergents, paper towels, coffee, etc. What a nice touch ? very appreciated. We have stayed in four wheel drive beaches in the past. Homes there were not clean and really needed it. This home was very clean and extremely beautiful. We will stay with you again! I would recommend Carolina Designs to others!
The Curran Family
I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your website. The ease of use and the information available is just great. I like how you pick a property and all information you need on that property is shown. You don't have to do multiple searches etc. The one feature I particularly like is the way you show what weeks are available and the rates for those weeks. We've been coming to the Outer Banks for over 15 years and have used the same rental company for most of those years but when I found your website and started searching, I decided to change and use Carolina Designs because your website was so great to use.
The Spaid Family
We vacationed in Billies by the Sea last week (#208 Duck, NC) and wanted to let you know that we (4 families, 20 people), could not have been more satisfied with the great service and the awesome oceanfront house facilities. Everything was top notch from making the reservations, picking up the key (a bit earlier than the scheduled 4:00, thank you), keeping the pool & hot tub checked on, house decorations, and house amenities. We were continually amazed at how stocked the kitchen was. We had a great vacation and look forward to making another reservation with Carolina Designs soon. Keep up the great work and we?ll be sure to recommend you to our friends and family!
The DiTucci Family
For about 20 years, my family and I have been vacationing in Duck, North Carolina.Over that time we have used several real estate companies for holiday rentals. Carolina Designs Realty stands out among the rest. Their staff is friendly and professional. Their catalog of high-end properties repeatedly meets our standards. We look forward to spending many years in Duck, North Carolina. Thanks to Carolina Designs Realty!!!
The Miller Family
I did not take the time to fill out the survey in our packet before we left (I can do that and send it to you if that will help) but I wanted to take a moment to let you know how very satisfied we were with our first OBX rental; specifically, your company! You and the office were GREAT to work with and very personable and responsive. All of the maintenance folks, including the pool guy, were wonderful to work with and extremely responsive! It was a wonderful experience. So much so, that as we walked around and checked out other potential homes for future rentals (had never been there before and rented this year's house site unseen from the website)... I ruled out all the ones listed by other companies... deciding to stay only with those listed by Carolina Designs, simply because we were so pleased with every aspect of our working with you and your organization! Thank you. I will definitely be recommending your company to others.
Thank you so much for the great service!
The Davis Family
We have rented houses in Corolla since 1998 with two other companies. We are so impressed with the quality service Carolina Designs provides and we will rent from you again in the future. Your high quality service is outstanding. Thank you! Your cleaning service is outstanding and the pool/spa service is top notch.
Thank you for facilitating a wonderful week in the Outer Banks.
We rented with you guys this year for the first time and I want to tell you how impressed we were with your company and how happy we were to vacation with you guys! From the time we arrived on the island, to seeing how nicely maintained the house was (676 Fin and Feather), to the list of items we needed to complete upon our departure, you guys were a pleasure to rent with! We are looking at houses now for our 2012 vacation and would like, if possible, to rent with you guys again.
We had a wonderful five days in paradise and thank all of you for your due diligence in handling a unique situation (Hurricane Irene). The cottage was perfectly fine with a good quantity of sand in the pool which was almost immediately cleaned out. We all agreed it was one of our best vacations in the Outer Banks with drop-dead beautiful weather.
All twelve of us in our party think you did a fantastic job and of course will return through Carolina Designs next year.
Thank you for everything you did to get us into our cottage as quickly as possible. We wish you the very best!
Let me say that the house (#704 Malaikas) was wonderful and my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. In fact, it is probably one of the best vacations I have had in nearly 20 years. Thanks for making our stay so wonderful.
The Gerding Family
Well here we are again, back home and already dreaming about next year in the Outer Banks! As it has been for the last 6 years (4 at #589 Ocean Star) the time spent in your beautiful part of the world was wonderful ? peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.
Thank you for all that you do, from the moment we make our first reservation, to when we walk up the steps to our lovely home for the week. The house was immaculate. Everything we needed was where it was supposed to be. Outside, the grounds were beautiful.
Your entire staff: office, housekeeping, and maintenance are a joy to work with. You should all be very proud. Thank you so much for your care and concern that our vacation would be perfect. It was, and we think Carolina Designs is perfect too! You really are A+ Southern Hospitality at its best ? Bless you all!
The Harnett Family
We were very pleased with our stay and look forward to making it a yearly event. #856 Bellissimo is our ideal beach home. Well done!
Thank you so much for the quick response. My family has been vacationing on the Outer Banks since 1980, when I was two. We've been almost every year since then, and have dealt with many realty companies. I'm extremely impressed by Carolina Designs - from phone calls, to payments, to emails about detours and fast responses to questions. So impressed! Thanks again.
Carolina Designs Realty is the best in rental services. I have rented from 3 other companies in Duck in the last 5 years and yours is the most comprehensive. Bathroom, kitchen and laundry supplies were provided - an added bonus we've never experienced before. Thank you for that!