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September 6, 2020
Thank you for opening your home to us. Bella Sound is just wonderful! You've thought of everything to help make our stay so comforting. Covid could not stop us from coming. We knew Bella Sound would be clean and safe for the family. I think kayaking was by far the best activity for all. Thank you also for the coffee! What a nice surprise. We loved it! We loved Bella Sound and can't wait to come back. Love, The Adams Family xoxo
August 30, 2020
A week long stay which included celebrating our ten year old daughter's birthday. Never bored, there was always something to see or do. Biking, kayaking, hanging at the beach, jumping in the hot tub, or reading in the hammock. Seating with views all over. We had 9 people and it did not seem crowded. Kitchen was well appointed for meal times. Sunsets were wonderful. Thanks, the Acomporas and Nowers of C.N.Y.
June 28, 2020
Bella Sound was a beautiful place to get away! The weather was perfect! We loved watching evening storms from the hammock and daily fun out on the sound. Your house is perfect and clearly a lot of love and thought is put into making such a wonderful place. Morning coffee on the porch and fantastic sunsets from the hot tub. Everything was perfect! - The Dobsons (Maryland)
June 6, 2020
This was our second trip to Bella Sound and we never want to leave. Your home is fabulous! We spent our days on the beach and the evenings on the sound. Great weather, great food, and great friends. (Outer Banks) Blue is the best rental company I've ever used. Thanks again and we'll see you soon. - Jule, Ann, Kevin, Libby & Louisa (Richmond, VA)
October 20, 2019
Our first time at Bella Sound and what a blessing to relax here and spend quality time with friends and family. Thank you for providing a beautiful place for us to come to. We enjoyed Duck, Corolla and Currituck - beach and sound play and beautiful sunsets! Maybe we can return again! - The Moores
October 12, 2019
Thank you so much for letting us stay at your house. We loved the kayaks, and corn hole. Your house has everything we needed. The house was beautiful, and the beds were so cozy! The view is spectacular, and so are the sunsets. There were so many games you had we had never played! It was fun to play new games. We came here last year and we loved our stay just as much. Thank you again for sharing your home! - Ella (age 10, scribe), Jodi, Travis and Lucas (Goochland, VA)
September 18, 2019
Where do I even begin?! This home makes you feel so welcome the moment you walk in! We were not prepared for how amazing our trip/stay was going to be. Coming from PA and staying here was the best decision we made. We enjoyed all of the wildlife we saw including deer, raccoons, anole lizards, herons, geese, crabs and the osprey. The little tree frogs at night are so adorable and my kiddos enjoyed seeing how many we could find. The sound was great! The kids got to play in the sand and sun while the adults kayaked. We have been here since the 8th and so far our favorite places to eat have got to be Steamers, and if you want great delivery Southern Shores Pizza was great! There were so many fun things to do in the area, between sightseeing at the lighthouses or the Wright Brothers monument, to collecting shells down on the 4x4 beaches. Even though we only have a few days left in our stay, we can't wait to come back. Highlights have got to be all the pictures we took; the sunsets are truly amazing. Thank you so much for opening your home to my family and I. We are going to remember this trip forever and hopefully in the future we can return! - The Heimbachs (Central Pennsylvania)
August 24, 2019
We had lots of fun! We road the bikes to the beach quite a bit. Thank you for letting us stay. We enjoy relaxing in the hammock and shopping and eating a lot of food. Thank you!
July 24, 2019
Thank you very much for a wonderful week! The next door neighbor's caretaker was very helpful in describing the history of the area and ways we could best enjoy our vacation. My girls loved the shoreline and playing with the kayaks. We enjoyed crabbing and the beautiful sunsets we experienced, as well as night-gazing after the children went to bed. Biking into town was fun, as was the ice cream at Wezzy's Ice Cream Shop. Dinner at the Blue Point was delicious as well. The boys enjoyed fishing in the ocean, as did the girls. We greatly enjoyed the bluegrass music festival on the village green. - Sarah, Martin, Anna, Julie, Sonny, Douglas, Liam, Greer
June 23, 2019
We have been staying in Duck for years and have never actually stayed on the sound. Your house was the perfect place to be. We enjoyed all the kayaks, beach, hot tub, and beautiful views. Your house is amazing and you have been incredible in your generosity with all you offer, from the corn hole to the dish detergent and everything in between. Can't thank you enough! - The Volpe Family (Centreville, VA)
June 2, 2019
Thank you! Bella Sound is a wonderful retreat and we are so happy to be back. You've made a home for strangers to feel like family. Drew & I look forward to returning again and again! Wishing you much health and happiness, Kitty & Drew
May 25, 2019
Our family has been visiting the Outer Banks for over 30 years and after this week Bella Sound has become by far one of our favorite places to stay. The wildlife and scenery are amazing and the cottage felt like home. We can't wait to come back and spend more time here! Thank you! - The Adams Family (Richmond, VA)
May 18, 2019
Bella Sound is like coming home to an old friend - so relaxing - but always changing. We so enjoy the amenities you so kindly leave for us - we biked, kayaked, and grilled! All the wildlife keeps us company - Beautiful! Thanks so much - until next year! - The Frye's
April 28, 2019
We really enjoyed Bella Sound. This is a lovely home and beautifully sits sound front. I really appreciated the kitchen supplies; very thoughtful of you to make our stay comfortable and worry free. We'll be back! - J. Lowman (Virginia)
March 17, 2019
Bella Sound can be described by a quote from Walt Whitman: "Peace is always beautiful". - John & Kelly
November 25, 2018
We had the pleasure of staying in your beautiful and very well equipped home Thanksgiving week. The views are amazing and your attention to detail did not go unnoticed. From the outdoor furniture, kayaks, bikes, indoor furniture and amazing kitchen, we couldn’t have been more pleased! We have been coming to the Outer Banks for 33 years and have rented many different homes but I think we have found our favorite! Thank you! - The Fitzsimmons and Jones Families
October 20, 2018
Our stay was amazing! The view awesome! We loved all the games you had! We played Monopoly every day of the 2 full days we were here! The first day was so sunny! We went to the beach and went kayaking! The second day was cloudy but we still went to the beach. Your house is so cute! I loved all the decorations and seating options! Thank you for letting us stay at your house! - Ella, Lucas, Jodi, Travis
September 11, 2018
Thank you for a “few” wonderful days. Hurricane Florence kicked us out by Wednesday, but we still enjoyed your beautiful home. You’ve thought of everything. We will definitely be back. - The Smiths & Grimsdales
July 15, 2018
Another wonderful week at Bella Sound! We LOVE this place! The perfect combination of sound and beach activities for our extended active family. We used the kayaks, rented a paddleboard, crabbed (too tiny to keep), enjoyed the hot tub, and all the beautiful furnishing you have outfitted this enchanting vacation home with. There are so many places to get away for some peaceful reflection, and areas that easily accommodate the gatherings an extended family wants to enjoy. You show such care and attention to detail in every area of your home. We wanted for nothing --- except more time! Thank you! Thank you! - The Davis and Young Families, Virginia
July 8, 2018
This past week the Hall-Martin family had so much fun! We rode bikes and played games, went to the water park and had movie nights. Thank you so much Mike and Sara for letting us stay here. We all loved the view of the Sound and the low tides prompted us to use our imagination to an extent that we have never used them before. The location was beautiful, and we hope to come back next year. - Rachel, Charlie, Molly, Maggie, Linda, Larry, Kyle and Lara
June 17, 2018
Dear Mike, Sara & Noah, Thank you for sharing your home with my family this week. We had an amazing time. There is nothing better than to hear your kids say, “Best vacation ever - thanks for bringing us here!” Your home is so comfortable. I loved the turtle lamps in the master bedroom. It was also so relaxing to sit outside and listen to the Sound. There were times when I would wake up and go outside in the early morning hours and it was so peaceful. You are blessed to have such a wonderful property. May you experience great joy through the years and continue to make your own special memories in this home away from home. May theLord bless you and keep you, Sincerely, The Reehorst Family
June 16, 2018
Dear Mike, Sara & Noah, The house you have is beautiful. My wife’s favorite part of the house was the view from our room, the patio, and the outside shower and the hot tub at night. I myself loved everything about the house. We all had a wonderful time at this beach house. We hope that we can do it again for many more years to come. Every piece of furniture and knick-knacks were beautiful, you have good taste in decorating. We hope to be here next year. Best wishes, The Hublers
June 4, 2018
Dear Sara, Mike & Noah, We so very much enjoyed our week long stay at Bella Sound, your beautifully appointed home in Duck. The view over that enormous body of water is magnificent. We had many wildlife sightings while relaxing on the deck. There were deer, a raccoon, an Eastern Bluebird, butterflies, many dragonflies, two Snowy egrets, the lone swan, and an osprey family. On our last day, the baby osprey started to poke his head out of the nest. We also had some dramatic weather events and soothing breezes off the sound. Awesome! We made good use of the bikes and kayaks, and it was a joy to cook
in your kitchen. Loved the grill! You have done a fabulous job with this house. We leave with wonderful memories of North Carolina beach time and some good ideas for improvements in our own homes. It’s difficult to leave. Best wishes, The Frye Family - Karen, Stuart, Ian, Sabine, Kristy, Nate & Dorothy
April 29 - May 3, 2018
Dear Sara, Mike & Noah, We had just the best time here with your Mom and Allen. Merle said every morning that he woke up so happy because of the beautiful sunshine. You have really worked hard at making everyone’s stay here so comfortable. Loved the labels in the kitchen, the typed list of all your movies, the book of restaurant suggestions, the comfortable beds, the clean house, and the beautiful way you decorated throughout your entire house. Thanks for having us at Bella Sound! Love you, Merle & Janelle Helsel
April 7, 2018
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. I have honestly not felt this relaxed in over a year! My children, Olivia and William, truly felt they had entered a dream. I knew this was going to be a stress-free vacation as soon as I received the text checking in on us before we even arrived. You have absolutely thought of everything with this home. I didn’t even have to worry about details like paper towels, or dish detergent. This house is beautiful, and was immaculate on arrival. I am going to take the beautiful mental snapshot of the amazing view of the sound with me during the most stressful
moments of my job; pause and remember how I felt here. We are already looking forward to coming back. - Keisha Gibson
September 2, 2017
Dear Mike, Sara & Noah,
Seeing the house online doesn't even compare to when we walked in. Tim and I visited every single room together and took it all in. Your house is beautiful! The decor is so pretty; we noticed the seahorses, all the pictures, and especially your son! Love the beach themed books in the bunk room! My oldest son Colton loved being in his own room upstairs with the amazing view! My younger two liked the bunk room and the red cushion chairs to sit on to watch TV. We loved the kayaks and the hot tub - boys loved the hot tub with the view - perfect! Of course getting to the beach was easy and we made special memories with the ocean! When it rained this week, they took advantage of the board games and card games. We visited shops and ate at new restaurants in Duck. Our family has been vacationing in the OBX - this is our fifth year, and our second time in Duck. We actually spent two weeks here this year, celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. We typically plan an August family vacation and decided to spend another week with our boys included after we saw your house! Our first week was in Corolla and it was just to easy to move our stuff to Duck to enjoy another week of our favorite happy place - OBX! Our first night here was an amazing sunset; didn't have too many after since it rained a lot...not sure if Harvey had anything to do with it, but we still had a great time! My boys love it here and have already said they want to come back! The kitchen had everything! I always bring most items such as dish soap, sponges and cleaning stuff - but you had it all! Thank you so much for going above and beyond! Even a first-aid kit and aloe vera, which all came in handy - my oldest is a red head like me and needed it for sure! Oh, and the boys climbed in the whirlpool tub - so many bubbles with the jets! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! It's very cozy and so relaxing - just what we needed with our day to day busy lives. Tomorrow we leave and are headed back up north to Rochester, New York! Our boys start school on Wednesday, and we look forward to the fall season! Fall baseball, hockey and football will again take over our lives. So until next year - may God bless you all! Happy Fall and Merry Christmas - it will all be here before we know it. Until then...
Tim, Kerry, Colton, Liam & Ethan
August 20-27, 2017
(Sunday, written by the kids): We arrived at Bella Sound to a wonderful spaghetti dinner. The rooms were comfy and the view is great. I love waking up to the beautiful views! I love Bella Sound! I slept great - I was so comfy! Thank you for having such a beautiful house! Thank you! We love your house!
(Monday): Today we all awoke in the gorgeous rooms. The family went to the beach, we went on a kayaking trip. After all the water activity, we had hamburgers and hot dogs. Thank you for another beautiful day!
(Tuesday): Today we woke up and went to the OBX water park and we went on lots of slides! Then we enjoyed the rest of the day at Bella Sound relaxing and eating! We always enjoy staying here.
(Saturday): Another great visit at Bella - enjoyed visit with cousin from AZ and grandchildren. Kyle and Ava (both 11 yo) said it all!
Sharon White & Family
July 30, 2017
Wright/Hamill Family Vacation
Absolutely wonderful! This is our first visit to NC and the Outer Banks, and we have had lots of fun and the best family holiday making so many special memories at Bella Sound, Duck! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home, where we all felt so relaxed and had everything we needed. We could not have had it any better. We celebrated birthdays and special family moments with laughter and even some Scottish dancing; if your walls could talk! We are sorry to be leaving this stunning place so soon; we only scraped the surface of things to do! One day we hope to return...as we say in Scotland - "We'll aye come back an see ye".
Steven, Linda, Kayleigh, Sadie, Aiden & Madeline Wright, Cardine Wright, Joseph & Netta Hamill
Glasglow/Dundee, Scotland via Jersey City, NJ
June 25, 2017
Thank you for another amazing stay at Bella Sound! Weather wasn't always beach-perfect, but the rain did not dampen our enjoyment ~ lots of uninterrupted reading time. Everything about the house is perfect ~ makes it hard to go home! Thank you for being the most generous and amazing hosts!
The Chalmers Family
- Bob & Amy
- Ian & fiance' Ashley
May 21, 2017
We had an amazing week here at Bella Sound! The weather was perfect and the town of Duck was a great getaway from our crazy busy lifestyles. Your home is beautiful with its cozy rooms, hot tub, and many different areas to watch the sunset over the sound. The week we had at Bella Sound was just what we all needed, along with all the fresh seafood. We hope to be coming back to Duck, NC. After our visit this week we definitely know this won't be our last. Thank you so much for giving us a great place to unwind and relax! - Joanne (NY), Joel & Ashley (WV), and Katie & Nick (OH)
April 22, 2017
As my family begins a series of transitions - new career, new promotion, our first born graduating, our next getting ready for high school, and our last going to middle school - we chose to spend our annual vacation in OBX somewhere familiar, Bella Sound! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Thank you for providing everything we need to freely enjoy our time here. The little niceties and outdoor amenities make this one of the best we have visited. The weather has been beautiful, the memories spectacular, and the respite everything we needed to return to our lives refreshed and appreciative. All our best, the Youngs
April 14, 2017
Wonderful time at Bella Sound...our favorite home. The weather was perfect and our time at the beach and the sound was the best. We even enjoyed a couple of kayak trips. Your home is beautiful and we're so glad we were able to get back here and relax. We will return. Than you guys so much! - The Karr and McCormick Families
April 1, 2017
Another great year at Bella Sound. The hard part is leaving. We will see you again. - The Munro Family
March 10, 2017
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! We had fantastic weather this week. The boys golfed every day, used the grill and kayaks and just enjoyed our oldest son being on Spring Break from Penn State! Also - thank you for the gift of coffee. We will certainly return again! - The Lucas Family, North Huntingdon, PA
November 27, 2016
Our family had a great Thanksgiving at Bella Sound! The weather was very nice and made for fun times at the sound. Highlights of our trip included gorgeous sunsets, great times on the deck and in the hot tub and lots of fun holiday drinks. While we were here, we ate (at) Cosmo's Pizza, Stack em' High, Bob's Grille, Mako Mike's, Lone Cedar, Duck Deli, and Roadside Cafe. We went to N.C. Aquarium, Christmas Store (Manteo), the outlets, Timbuk 2, and Scarborough Faire. Your home is wonderful and thank you for allowing us to be a small part of it. Hope to be back again, but it won't be soon enough! - The Blissmans
October 11, 2016
Mike, Sara & Noah, Where to start?!! After weathering Hurricane Matthew for days, detouring thru road closings, and snorkeling thru high water, we arrived on Tuesday afternoon! The house is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for being so organized and thorough. We felt as though we were home! Highlights: Riding bike thru the deep water, drinking wine in the hot tub, counting deer from the front porch, kayaking in the bay, enjoying movies and books, amazing sunsets, (and) loved the coffee (thank you!) We will be back. - Kelly, John, Tucker, Bailey, Shelby, Jim, Sherry
September 30, 2016
Had a great time. Your house is beautiful. We went with your Mom and Allen to the Shipwreck Museum in Hatteras. It was awesome; learned a lot. Looking forward to coming back. Thank you, Blair and Lisa
September 18, 2016
Six of my family members stayed here for a week and we couldn't begin to say how wonderful this home is. We enjoyed the comfort of your home and found it perfectly suited for a relaxing, fun vacation. Thank you for sharing! - Linda, Ann, Paige, Jeff, Maureen, & Wes
August 27, 2016
This was one of the most calming and beautiful places we have stayed at as a family. Thank you for all the care and detail you put into making this a wonderful home. We enjoyed spending mornings and evenings on the back porch watching the osprey and the nature of the sound. We will remember this vacation for years to come! - Tracy Family
July 30, 2016
Dear Mike, Sara & Noah, Thank you for providing such a clean, comfortable and welcoming home for our vacation! There is so much to note but our group highlights include the following amenities: kayaks, bikes, comfortable beds and furniture, well-appointed kitchen and lovely porch seating areas. The binder was so helpful and we appreciate all of the extras you have included for the home: cleaners, first aid kit, etc. We enjoyed biking and kayaking to town when traffic on 12 was heavy! Some dining experiences we recommend are High Cotton BBQ, Wave Pizza, Rundown Cafe, and the new Steamers location in Southern Shores! It seems we share the same tastes; it would be so fun to hang out! You have put so much of yourselves into your home that we do feel as though we are acquainted! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us; we appreciate your kind hospitality! - Ward Family (Wilmington, DE) and Madden Family (Wilmington, DE)
July 10, 2016
Joy, Joy, Joy: We're back at Bella Sound again for another week! We had hoped that our stay this year would be at least two weeks, but unfortunately, we couldn't stay this year for two weeks. Perhaps next year we'll be blessed to stay longer.
This is such a cozy house; warm, with a wonderful atmosphere. Again, we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, the bay, the beach, hot tub, the screened in porch, sunrises, sunsets, but not (for me) the jet ski?! Of course, the family enjoyed the swimming pool. Beautiful, friendly faces abound on the Outer Banks. The weather was lovely, except for two very hot days (spent at the pool and the beach). Evenings were spent watching movies, playing games, and just enjoying talking to each other. We don't get that chance much in North Jersey. Life seems so busy and hectic when we are home. I pray God bless you, your family and your precious home. As we leave tomorrow morning, we will leave with many fond memories and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Again, God bless you with health and happiness. Hope to see you next year. - Barbara, Tony, Darlene, Teresa, Ysabel, Thomas & Alex
July 3, 2016
Thank you for opening your gorgeous home to our families! The space is perfect for our young children and we loved the kayaks, hot tub, and private beach. Our kids even enjoyed the pool! The weather was perfect and HOT but we filled our days with sun and sand! You truly have thought of everything we would need! We appreciate your organization and attention to details! Providing common items (hairdryer, detergent, etc) was so helpful to us! Thank you for the extra beach items also! We celebrated the 4th here and enjoyed fireworks all across the sound. Thank you again for your home and sharing it with us! The welcome card was appreciated. We hope you enjoyed our posts to your Facebook page, too! :) - The Stanford Family (Robby, Stacy, Chase, Cadance) & The Allen Family (Farley, Jeff, Reed, Campbell)
June 26, 2016
Thank you for opening your beautiful, pristine home to our extended family! You have thought of everything we may have needed during our stay! \We used the kayaks many days and also rented a paddleboard which made playing on the sound great, especially on days when the weather wasn't great for the beach. It was very windy a few days and nights we were here. And thank you, too, for the wonderful gift of coffee. We loved it, and our stay here. Everyone felt at home immediately! - The Davis & Young Families (Staunton, Virginia)
June 19, 2016
Bella Sound lives up to her name - so beautiful! Everything was perfect, not a thing to complain about. Our family has never been so universally pleased with a place! Relaxation was our goal for the week and it was easily achieved. From lounging on the beach to kayaking on the sound, everything was easy and fun. The perfect weather was just the icing on the cake! We can't wait to return to your lovely home. Thank you for sharing her with us! - The Chalmers Family (Clarksville, Maryland)
June 5, 2016
Sara & Mike, Your home is lovely; this is a vacation we will not forget. Your kindness, understanding, & flexibility afforded us the accommodations we needed to leave and return to salvage the vacation. It is such a peaceful setting. Upon our arrival back this Thursday a rainbow encircled Bella Sound. Amazing!! We missed the Ocean Crest whale event but saw it on Facebook, and heard all the buzz from those who witnessed it. This is really a special place. We followed your recommendation to touch base with Carolina Designs. We looked at several lots and will certainly be visiting Duck regularly as we start our next adventure. God Bless, The Gallaghers
March 26, 2016
Thanks again for sharing your home with us. We had an amazing "Spring Break" AGAIN! We really don't think there is a better location or home on the Outer Banks. The time just goes too fast. We have already decided we would love to come back again. Thank you! The Munro Family - Dan, Tammy, Jack & Grace
March 26, 2016
I had a very fun time staying here and now am sad to go. I will miss the beautiful sunsets, cozy beds, kayaking, bikes, etc. I am happy though to of had a fun time. I will want to come back to Bella Sound next year. From The Children, Grace and Jack
October 31, 2015
Mike, Sara & Noah, Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity to spend a week in your wonderful home. I had seen the pictures of Bella Sound but they don't do it justice to how beautiful it really is. It was so relaxing and peaceful here. We visited several different lighthouses and a local winery, but it was so good to just sit outside and enjoy the sound and the wildlife that came around. The town of Duck was neat to see. It's going to be hard to leave tomorrow. Thank you again! Love, Mike & Marian
October 18, 2015
Thank you Mike & Sara for a wonderful week at Bella Sound - (our) trip was shortened a bit - but weather turned out to be spectacular! Such as lovely place to be refreshed and recharged! You have such a way to make your guests feel pampered. Thanks for all of the links for things to do. Loved seeing the aquarium this year. Will miss this tranquil place. Much love, Chris P, Matt P, and Cheryl F.
October 11, 2015
Thanks for letting us stay for a week. I love your place. We had a great time, and great weather. Two favorite things we did were fishing and seeing the otters at the aquarium. Love, Matthew P.
September 13, 2015
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We enjoyed every moment of our stay here. The weather was beautiful, a bit hot, but with the sound as our backyard we had no complaints! We hope to return again! The view and sunset from the sound were magnificent! Sincerely, The Klink, The Sandilands & The McCart Families
It was perfect in terms of location and the way it was designed, the layout and all the amenities. I wish it was my beach house! - Garnett H., Midlothian, VA, via Outer Banks Blue
August 10, 2015
We really enjoyed staying at your home. This is the first time we have stayed on the sound, and it certainly won't be the last! The views were beautiful, made even better skimming along in one of your kayaks. The sunsets were beautiful, the last one was the best. I'll send you a couple over Facebook. As a homeowner on S. Nags Head for 20 years, I can appreciate the care and constant effort required to make for a comfortable stay. Everything needed was here along with a very well furnished home, inside and out. We hope to visit your (home) again in the future! Craig, Sherill, Morgan and Cody C., and Danny H. (Monrovia, MD)
House is beautifully furnished, comfortable, fully equipped--great view. - Barbara F., Gaithersburg, MD via Outer Banks Blue
July 26, 2015
We all had a great time! Ken and the boys love the house so much they didn't want to leave. Ken and I even took the bikes for a spin down to the beach and back. I also got some great sunset shots. I can't wait to go home and edit them. See you soon. Love, Amy, Ken, Aiden & Eli
July 26, 2015
To: Mike, Sara & Noah, We had a wonderful week! Aiden and Eli really feel at home here! Looking forward to Bella Sound in September! Duck Donuts, once again, did not disappoint! Lots of love, Mom & Allen
July 19, 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at Bella Sound. We appreciated that you made our visit to the beach a "home away from home" We wanted for nothing. Our highlights: *Kayaking *Climbing the dunes *Bike riding into Duck *Enjoying Duck Donuts (3 times) :) *Ghost crab hunting ~Thank you~ The Shives (Jason & Stephanie, Nay Nay & Pappy Shives, Gracie and Grayden Harrisonville, PA
To Mike, Sara & Noah,
What a joyous week we spent in your lovely spacious home. These days were a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life in the Northern New Jersey area. The view of the bay, the landscapes and the sunsets were magnificent. I, the grandmother enjoyed the few thunderstorms we had and we all just snuggled together under our blankets and had "family time" (telling stories). We've vacationed many times here on the Outer Banks, always on the ocean side, but I must say this was the best! I will be on the bay side from now on and I hope that we will be able to vacation here at "Bella Sound" (perfect name) next year also.
The location is perfect: You can walk, cycle, jog, or ride (if you prefer) to the beach, pool, tennis courts, and have access to the many bike trails. Early morning walks were a ritual for the adults and children (except me - a bad knee). They would come back exuberant, ready for breakfast.
The kitchen was well organized and stocked with all utensils we needed. Things were neatly labeled.
You have a splendid array of books, DVD's, puzzles, and games. We took advantage of all.
Uzabel, my sixteen year old grand-daughter claimed the hammock! How delightful it was to swing, relax, read, and drift off to sleep with that cool breeze caressing your face.
My son, Jose, wife, Janice, sons Thomas 12 years and Alex 9 years were never bored. Thomas & Alex like technology, board games, swimming, cycling, and baseball. Uzabel likes to read, hot tub with her Mom, swim in pool and ocean (little leary now with the shark sightings), puzzles and board games and playing with her younger cousins.
I'm a reader and so is Teresa, Janice, Jose, Usabel and Darlene. Thomas and Alex have to be encouraged. I think Teresa's favorite spot was our little beach at the bay. She didn't like sharing that area with the geese though. It was hilarious watching her trying to "shoo" the geese away.
Kayaking was enjoyed by all the family except me. I watched! Jose put together a 500 piece puzzle with a little help from us all! (Very little help). We took pictures when he was finished. It took him two days. He was pleased. (I like puzzles too).
Darlene has a love affair with your hot tub! We all enjoyed it though. Actually everything was great. We would like very much to come again next year and stay here at Bella Sound. Prayerfully, I hope we can stay for two weeks next year. I pray that God will bless us so that we can come for two weeks next year.
Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your warm, cozy, beautiful home! Sincerely: God bless you. Barbara, Jose, Darlene, Teresa, Janice, Uzabel, Thomas, & Alex
June 27, 2015
Thank you Sara, Mike & Noah! Your home is perfect, between wildlife, sound & ocean, it fills all my vacation requirements! My first "family" vacation as an adult and it gave us all the space and activities to keep everyone happy. Cheers to you for this wonderful retreat! Happy Trails! :) Kitty, plus Drew, Sean, Brian, Paul Sr., Jo Ellen, and Wil
June 14, 2015
Bella Sound...what a lovely place to celebrate our 40th anniversary and 30th birthday of our son with all of our family. The house and furnishings are beautiful! Everything we needed was easy to locate...love the organization! We appreciate your generous spirit in sharing this beautiful home with us and others! Blessings to you and your family, Tim Bowles family
June 6, 2015
We are in love with Bella Sound! It was perfect for our entire family. Olivia has decided she would like to live here. :) We enjoyed everything the house has to offer and can't think of a single thing we would change. My husband enjoyed the quiet of the sound and the kids and I enjoyed the short trip to the beach side. I have to admit it is very difficult to say goodbye. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home! Love, The Suydams
May 21, 2015
Thank you for sharing your home with us. Bella is truly breath taking! We watched the boys from the deck last night kayaking in the sound. The colors of the sunset are absolutely beautiful! This place is magical and we absolutely love it. Your home has everything one could possibly ask for and then more. Your attention to detail blows us away. Thank you for the coffee – we find it to be a great brew. We have enjoyed the new green kayak and deck furniture as well. Thanks again for sharing your home, Matt and Family
April 19, 2015
Dear Mike, Sara & Noah, Another great week at Bella Sound! We love this house - it has everything you need and is the prettiest house in Duck. We did it all - kayaking, biking, beaching, relaxing, eating, hot tubbing! The double kayak was great for our daughter who has autism - otherwise she wouldn't get on the sound. Thank you! Also, we love our calendar and delicious coffee. You guys put the other homeowners to shame!! All best in 2015, Karen, Grant, Bridget and Billy (Chatham, NJ)
April 11, 2015
Our goal for this trip was two-fold - relive our honeymoon at the Outer Banks from thirteen years ago (albeit with our kids and their friends in tow) and have a well-deserved vacation to celebrate some achievements we have made in the past year. We succeeded on both accounts. This particular house now holds fond memories for us as I'm sure it does for its owners. We can't thank you enough for the space you have provided as well as everything included therein. We hope some day to return. With sincere thanks and appreciation, Charles, Jessica, Emily, Sadie, Natalie and Kate
April 4, 2015
Today we leave feeling sad to go, but very happy for the family memories we take with us. Bella Sound truly is a special place. As the family gathered at dinner, we talked about all our favorite things we did that day. For the kids it was kayaking and playing on the beach, just to name a couple. My husband and I really enjoyed the sunsets every night. The view is amazing. This home truly is a place we would look forward to coming back to time and time again. Thanks for sharing it with us. Thank you - Dan, Tammy, Jack and Grace
April 4, 2015
This house is awesome! Going on the kayaks was very fun. I love the backyard with the hot tub, sound (water), and the great view of the sunset. All the bedrooms were awesome, and the beds were cozy. We had a great time at Bella Sound. Love, The Children (Grace and Jack)
October 5, 2014
You have a wonderful family who was so kind to invite me along this week. Your home is amazing! Enjoyed the kayaks, bikes, and hot tub, which was needed after the kayaking and biking. :) Thank you for sharing your home!
October 5, 2014
Mike, Sara & Noah too, My oh my...where to start! It was a beautiful week of weather here, perfect temps, low to mid 70's, no humidity. Bella Sound is a perfect place for a retreat from life - quiet, peaceful. It was so relaxing! The views are breathtaking! I have loved breaking in our new camera here! Over 600 pictures! Sara, you have thought of everything! We ate most meals here; why leave when you have such a perfect location. I, personally, think this is the best place in Duck! Matt loved this vacation (wasn't sure how he would enjoy such a low key vacation) - his favorite part was fishing from your back yard! My favorite things were kayaking up to the boardwalk, biking, shelling, and just reading a book on deck! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, we took good care of "Bella"! :) We hope to do this again next year at this time - no crowds! -With much love and appreciation, Chris, Cheryl, Matt, Deb & Cheryl
September 28, 2014
Had a great time. The weather fought us for awhile but we beat it! There is plenty to keep busy! Went to Hatteras and took the ferry boat to Ocracoke. It was a lot of fun! Bryson opt to sail his Sunfish. He was in 7th heaven! Thanks for sharing this beautiful house and scenery!
- Bryson & Phyllis W. (Granville, PA)
PS - Love, love, love the picture at the bottom of the stairs!
September 20, 2014
Great house - great spot - several wonderful sunsets on deck - invited guests from Germany and they too loved it! Especially enjoyed the well equipped with quality things in the kitchen - we had dinner out only 1 night. Your Indian art in (the) master bath is also wonderful - would definitely recommend staying here to our friends!
- Nancy H. (Cape May, NJ)
September 17, 2014
Mike, Sara & Noah, Thank you for sharing your home away from home with us. It was a comfort knowing we would be staying somewhere nicely maintained and it didn't disappoint. We had a great week enjoying everything that Bella Sound has to offer. Kate (our two year old) referred to Bella as "The Week" as we told her this was our vacation home for the week. Kate enjoyed the Sound quite a bit. She liked playing in the sand and even asked to wade in the water, which was a huge step for her. We all enjoyed the beautiful view that Bella provides. Grandma specifically loved the view out her bedroom window. The extras that you provide however made the stay special. Things like the childrens' books (Kate loved Little Bird, Biddle Bird), the beach supplies, the hammock, and Grandpa likes the hot tub and kayaks. Thanks for the coffee and the little things like trash bags and supplies like that. While we were here we visited the beach on several occasions, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse (which Kate climbed with Daddy, her 1st), Bodie Island Lighthouse, and lots of great restaurants and shops. Watch for pics on Facebook, we took a bunch!! Thanks again for everything!
-Love, Chad, Amy & Kate, Ed & Susan
This was a home, not a house. Nicely furnished with good quality furnishings. Kitchen accessories were of great quality and abundant. Home was clean and well cared for. Owners have gone to a lot of expense and time to make visitors feel welcome.
- Rachel A. (Morganton, NC)
August 2, 2014
Our entire family had such a special time at Bella Sound! Our one year old daughter loved playing in the sand and water down at the sound. My father-in-law enjoyed just relaxing on the deck with his coffee watching the water and the birds. Relaxing in the hot tub watching the sunset was amazing as well!
Thank you so much for the thoughtful coffee and for providing such a tranquil home!
Love, Bob, Karen, Heather, Ralph, Rob, Lisa & Danielle (Fredonia/ Rochester NY)
July 13, 2014
Bella Sound is such a wonderful home and property with incredible views. Our week here was filled with incredible outdoor experiences. We all took advantage of the bikes, kayaks, hammock and hot tub. The house is well equipped for our family of five adults; everyone enjoyed their own bedroom (very comfortable accommodations).
We really enjoyed the views and the short walk to the ocean beach and the pool after the beach. Lots of wildlife to see; deer, foxes, birds, ducks and the lagoon is special. We even tried crabbing in town.
The town is special and enjoyed walking or riding bikes into town. Enjoyed music at Cravings, a nice dinner at Red Sky Cafe, and Duck Donuts are better than advertised.
Enjoyed a cup of coffee on the deck each morning (nice warm breeze).
Thank you for the hospitality.
- Pat, Phil, Elisa, Andrew & Brian (Massachusetts)
PS: Anyone reading this message - make sure you close the umbrella every night. It is a known fact, the umbrella knows how to fly.
July 5, 2014
"Arthur" couldn't put a damper on our time at Bella. We were very lucky that the hurricane was gentle to the Outer Banks. Coming to Bella is like coming home. The house is so comfortable and enjoyable. The grandchildren enjoy the sound and are ready to come back next year. Even seeing the deer and fox on the beach won't stop their return. Sara, Mike and Noah - thank you for sharing your home! Until next year - Ken, Sharon, John, Amanda, Landon & Kylie (Norfolk/ Chesapeake, VA)
June 29, 2014
Bella Sound was the perfect backdrop for our family vacation. Access to the Sound, the ocean and the pool provided many opportunities for making wonderful family memories. The fully stocked house allowed us to focus on family without having to get into the car. Our family consisted of several small children, a teenage girl, 3 college-age boys and adults - and we all found endless activities to entertain all of us. This was our first visit to the Outer Banks, but it definitely won't be our last! We are so thankful for your hospitality. Bella Sound is beautiful and you have gone above and beyond to ensure that everyone has a memorable vacation. We will be back and we will make sure to tell everyone about our experience at Bella Sound. Thank you for everything!
- Richard & Sharene & Family (Huntingdon, MD)
June 28, 2014
We have an amazing time at Bella Sound. The house is beautiful and the view of the Sound will be part of my memories forever. It was very easy to walk to the beach, ride the bikes into Duck and hang out on the back patio. We also made memories that will last forever. Thanks.
- Heather & Family (Pearland, TX)
June 21, 2014
We loved Bella Sound. The house was so beautiful and it seems you thought of everything. Thanks you so much for allowing us to share your home. We made memories here that will last a lifetime. We hope to return soon.
- Brad, Jennifer, Brady, Lauren & Jillian (Stanton, KY)
June 21, 2014
Thanks so much for opening your home to our family. It's just beautiful and has everything we could have needed and more. We had a wonderful time. I will truly miss the ocean; I walked the beach almost every morning of our stay. And the view of the Sound was an incredible thing to wake to every morning. Thanks again for everything. I will tell all my friends about your beautiful beach house.
- Melissa, Gabby, Jack and Joan (Wilmington, OH)
We loved this property! It was beautiful & the owners thought of every nice touch! The location on the Sound was so peaceful. Amy S. - Oakton, VA
June 1, 2014
Dear owners, I absolutely love this beach house. The view is amazing. Even though we did not catch as many crabs as we did last time it was still an adventure. Everyone liked the picture at the end of the staircase. Thank you for your hospitality. Love, Cooke Family
May 10, 2014
All of us had an awesome time during our week at Bella Sound! We had great weather all week - started off slightly chilly, but quickly warmed up. This house/ view/ amenities are all spectacular! We all loved the attention to detail as far as supplies that are in this house. I was very glad to not have to pack a high chair and pack n' play for this vacation. :) This was our first trip to the OBX, and we definitely were not disappointed! We all hope to be back next year or the following year.
We saw lots of wildlife during our stay - 4 baby foxes and 2 parent foxes, 7 deer, cats, birds, etc. The baby foxes were very cute and we all walked/rode up the driveway to watch the little guys play each evening. Thanks so much for the chance to stay here! We had a great time.
Dustin, Corrinne & Emma, Mike & Deb, Doug & Marlene - Pennsylvania
The house was clean and beautiful. It was perfect and I have already recommended it! Sandra C. - Farmville, VA
May 3, 2014
Had a very relaxing visit @ Bella Sound. We had rain much of the week but kept ourselves entertained visiting the Currituck Lighthouse, drove on the beach for miles only to discover the horses are more inland this time of year in Corolla, visited NC Aquarium and Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island - and shopping! Sara - you really know how to make someone feel welcome in your "home away from home". We enjoyed the wildlife - 2 deer actually were very close to us Friday eve around 7:00 pm. We had been seeing hoof prints on the beach and hoped to see them and we did! You thought of everything - the amenities were all there - including a CD player - Thank You! This was our first trip to the Outer Banks and we loved every minute - hope to be back next year! Sincerely, Tina & Denny - Central Pennsylvania
So I've had a fantastic time at this house. Everything was included, we did not have to leave the house to have fun. We had a jacuzzi, kayaking, bikes, and tennis. I even learned how to ride a bike here. This house is very family friendly. I hope I can come back soon. The house feels like a dream. The view was unreal and beautiful. It was a great experience. (- The Children). Our family's first time to Outer Banks and we did not want to leave. As one of the family (total of two), I want to thank you for such a great place and my daughter (13) learned how to ride a bike. We will never forget the experience and lovely time we had. Too bad that my oldest daughter couldn't come (because of school) but we definitely will be back. Great total experience.... <3 From New Jersey
March 29, 2014
Our first trip to the Outer Banks was a huge success thanks to Bella Sound! My husband and son kayaked daily, kited on the beach and loved the Sound. All four of us loved the hot tub, the sunsets, the birds and animals. Bella Sound is a beautiful home with everything one might need. We hope to come back in the very near future. Have a wonderful Spring & Summer! - Karen, Grant, Bridget, and Billy -- Chatnam, NJ
Wonderful views in this well-appointed and conveniently located vacation home. The owners did a great job providing "value-added" amenities such as kayaks and bikes. Thanks! Roger via www.flipkey.com
October 13, 2013
We had an amazing 2 weeks at Bella Sound! This was our 1st time coming to the Outer Banks for 2 weeks - what a treat! We may never be able to stay just one again!
Your house is wonderful - beautifully decorated, well-equipped, and so easy and comfortable to be in. As 2 former teachers staying in your house, we so much appreciated your attention to detail and all of the little touches. We loved your notes, your themed books in the children's room, and your helpful guest binder! :) The views and outdoor spaces here are fantastic. It's so quiet and peaceful back here - it's like you're living in your own nature preserve! We saw foxes, raccoons, and so many birds! The decking is perfect too - no splinters with your bare feet! Our 18 month old visitor loved the area under the deck and having her own private beach - she had rocks and sand galore to keep her entertained for hours!
Our first week here was warm and sunny and we hardly left the back porch! We relaxed, read, watched the water, and took in gorgeous sunsets. \We couldn't believe how warm it was, even in October! Our 2nd week was pretty rainy and cloudy, but it gave us the chance to get out and explore and boost the Duck and Corolla economy quite a bit with our shopping excursions! Ha!
We loved walking through the neighborhood, over to the beach, and down to the Duck village. Bella is in such a convenient location - close enough to everything, but far enough to feel like you're in your own private retreat! Thank you for sharing your home with us! - Paige, Ernie, Ryan, Justin from Lynchburg, VA and Troy, Kristin and Lila from Atlanta, GA
September 22, 2013
What a wonderful house! We really enjoyed waking up to the view every morning! The late night hot tub with cool air and bright stars above were amazing! We enjoyed the kayaks and the bikes. A perfect week together relaxing and enjoying friendships. We will return! :) - Scott and Heather, Luke, Katarina, Kevin, and Alli
September 15, 2013
Had a great time at Bella Sound! Took good care of your beautiful home, and enjoyed the view and the kayaks! We really enjoyed the peace and quiet. It's so close to everything and still far enough away to be relaxing! Thanks and hope to visit again. - Bryson and Phyllis
July 29, 2013
We just got home from a wonderful week at Bella Sound. After staying here, I'd never consider staying ocean side. The boys (husband included) spent many hours kayaking and swimming out on the sand bars. The water was also MUCH warmer in the sound. Waves were huge Thursday and Friday at the ocean so if you had younger children they probably wouldn't have been able to be in the water, but the sound was calm and lovely. The house is incredible...beautifully decorated with everything you need! If/when we come back to the OBX we'll certainly stay here again:) - Patty
July 14, 2013
I don’t know where to start. I’ll never tire of the view of the Sound. Even with the new moon, the Sound reflected that glow beautifully. Everything we needed was here. We kept rearranging our plans so we could spend as much time at Bella Sound as possible. I went to the grocery store more times than I care to admit just to remain here. There is nothing at the Outer Banks that compares to Bella Sound. After Friday’s storm I washed a few windows. Couldn’t help myself; it was messing up the view. There is a surprise for Noah in his room. Lots of love, Mom & Allen
July 7, 2013
What a wonderful week at “Bella”! We don’t want to leave. The grandchildren had a great time – enjoyed the Sound and knew it wasn’t deep – Bella is a beautiful home and all our needs were available – we will be back next summer – if not sooner – Much happiness to the next families – Thank you Mike, Sara and Noah for sharing your home - Sharon and Ken, Amanda, John, Landon and Kylie
July 28, 2013
Thank you for sharing your home with us. We had a wonderful week. Here are our highlights:
Ben - looking out the top of Currituck Lighthouse
Max - riding the waves at the ocean
Jack - hot tub!
Steve - kayaking on the sound
Patty - relaxing and reading books by the water
Things we learned:
- There are 220 stairs to the top of the Currituck Lighthouse
- Traffic stinks when it's not great beach weather
- Duck Pizza is definitely not as good as Chicago pizza
- If you like seafood you to go to/ pick up I've Got Your Crabs
- You can still stand about 1/3 of the way across the sound
We absolutely love your home and would certainly recommend Bella Sound to our friends. - Patty, Steve, May, Jack and Ben
June 22, 2013
We weren't sure what to expect when booking Bella Sound at the last minute - but feel very lucky that we did! Six adults and 4 children age 5-7 y/o fit nicely in your comfortable home. We've traveled to (the) OBX before - but never stayed Sound-side - but after this week - we most likely will always do so. The kids loved playing on their own "little beach" and kayaking with the adults. It was great on days when no one felt like lugging all the gear to the beach (ocean side). Kitchen well-equipped for cooking. We enjoyed hot tub and community pool. Close enough to walk to Duck but quiet and private. We loved our stay - hope to be back next year. - Kelly, Emmanuel, Sara, Gianna, Tom, Betsy, Kathy, Howard, Henry & Lauren
We had a lovely few days - wish it were longer. Biked over to the ocean every morning for a walk on the "big" beach, then spent the rest of each day enjoying our own "little" beach. We loved being in a house that was on the water, yet still felt as if it were in the woods - hope to be back in the Fall! - Ann & Mark
April 7, 2013
We had a great week at Bella Sound - what a beautiful place! Loved the views and the tranquility. Our daughters had a lot of fun running around and playing on the beach. The weather was mostly sunny and cool with a couple of cloudy days for roadtrips to Roanoke and Cape Hatteras. It was a relaxing break from DC. Hope to be back! - Dan, Eliza, Eve & Sonia