Miller's Whimsy

$212 - $363.43 / night   in Carolina Beach  
4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Sleeps 12

We help make the most of your vacation by providing Free Admission to some of the area's top attractions each and every day! Create exciting memories, have more fun, and truly experience your destination!

Unplug, relax and take a trip back in time when things were simple. Miller's Whimsy has been an original Carolina Beach family oceanfront cottage for decades. This is a private, single family home with its own boardwalk to the beach and unobstructed views of the ocean. No up and down elevators, searching for parking, long runs with beach toys and drinks, just stroll a few steps down the dock then over the dune and you’re there!

Miller's Whimsy is centrally located to all the activity, restaurants, shopping, boardwalk, pier and drive on Freeman Beach Park. For your convenience, there is parking for 6 vehicles, which includes covered parking for 2, this much parking is rare for Carolina Beach, Bikes and beach gear are also included with your stay. This home can handle your crew with sleeping accommodations up to 12. 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths on the top floor and a pull out sofa in the front tv room area. There is also a large bonus room (The Surfer Room) on the 1st floor with its own full bathroom, which has a completely separate entrance (does not have access from the top floor) which is perfect for a group of friends . The bonus, aka, Surfer Room, has 2 Twin Beds and a Full Size Bed.

To oblige those quiet times there is a full library, use the sunroom facing the ocean to enjoy that great read. You also have your own deck facing the ocean to greet the sunrise. And if that is not enough, enjoy a great game of pool and a beer with your friends because there is a pool table down in the garage area.

If you’re looking for a "simple" beachfront home with fantastic views of the ocean, large living area for family and friends to gather, then Miller's Whimsy is the place for you!

*Miller's Whimsey is available to rent by week, Sunday to Sunday during the Summer months; during the off season, there is a 2-4 night min. per stay.

Please Note: Bed Linens are INCLUDED with all rentals. You must bring your own bath and beach towels.

This is a non-smoking property. This includes no vaping. There are no pets allowed.


- Top Floor -First Bedroom: Queen Size Bed

- Top Floor - Second Bedroom: Queen Size Bed

- Top Floor - Third Bedroom: 2 Twin Size Beds

- Top Floor - Sunroom/TV Room: Full Size Sofa Bed

- Bonus Room / Surfer Room: 2 Twin Size Beds and 1 Full Size Bed


- Boating

- Fishing

- Crabbing

- Marina

- Surfing

- Swimming - Ocean

- Paddle Boarding

- Kayaking

- Canoeing

- Biking

- Hiking

- Bird Watching

- 4 Wheel Drive-on Beaches

- Shopping

- Dining

- Entertainment

- Fireworks

- Music

-NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

-Fort Fisher - Civil War - National Historic Landmark

-Home of the Wilmington Sharks Baseball Team

Maximum Occupancy: 12 Occupants - Children must be counted within the maximum occupancy unless they are under the age of two (2) and are sleeping in a crib.

Tenant Requirements: Tenant stated on the Agreement/Booking must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, and acknowledge that they will occupy the Property during the entire tenancy.

516 Carolina Beach Ave N Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Property Type: Home Beds: 7 Accommodates: 12 Check In: : 4pm Bedrooms: 4 Check Out: : 10am Bathrooms: 4.0 Pet Friendly: No
Air Conditioning Beach Front Biking Billiard Table Bird Watching Cable Canoeing Carbon Monoxide Detector Charcoal Grill Clothes Dryer Coffee Maker Cycling DVD Deepsea Fishing Dishwasher Full Kitchen Kitchen Laundry Microwave Ocean View Paddle Boarding Pier Fishing Refrigerator Sailing Smoke Detector Surf Fishing Surfing Swimming TV VCR WIFI Washing Machine Water View Wildlife Preservation Wind-Surfing
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Reviews - 4.3 stars based on 11 reviews
Miller's Whimsy
5/5 stars
Miller’s Whimsy was the perfect place for our short family getaway! We have four young, energetic boys, and this place provided enough room and entertainment for all of us. The boys loved the games and using the skim/body boards. The downstairs room provided privacy and quiet for our live-in student. Having private beach walking access, functional kitchen and washer/dryer was a real plus. Thank you for making our stay fun and relaxing. We will be back!
Reviewed on Sep 2, 2018 by Melissa, Chapel Hill, NC   Report

iTrip is so glad you and your family enjoyed their stay at Miller's Whimsy! We agree it is the perfect getaway with all the essentials and amenities you need to have a great vacation. We will be looking forward to having you again!

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Miller's Whimsy
4/5 stars
Miller’s Whimsy was a wonderful home for our family vacation! The location was perfect! We had 6 adults and six kids and the home accommodated all of us. They have lots of books, movies, games and even some toys for kids. The deck definitely needs some work. There were lots of nails sticking up and uneven boards on the boardwalk. I would recommend this house and definitely stay again!
Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018 by Bethany, Andrew, IA   Report

Miller's Whimsy is a great home! Thank you for visiting and we look forward to having you back again. Thank you! iTrip vacations NC Beaches enjoyed having you as well.

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Miller's Whimsy
5/5 stars
Great location and house was exactly as described. The rental management team provided excellent instructions in their communication!
Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018 by Linda, APEX, NC   Report
Miller's Whimsy
5/5 stars
Wonderful home,location and perfect for our family. The management was very helpful and accommodating!! We will certainly be back!!!
Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018 by Lisa, Loganville, Ga   Report

We are very pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed their stay. We will be looking forward to having you back again.

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Miller's Whimsy
5/5 stars
My family and I rented Miller's Whimsy for my son's graduation from UNCW. We had the best time! A comfortable home that is well equipped with all of the necessities, lended itself to be a relaxing experience. Though wi-fi would have been nice, it wasn't all too missed. We were a little shaky about the deck and stairs. The stability and the rough wood (splinters) were questionable. There is no line of sight pulling out of the drive onto the road which was a little frightening. Nevertheless it was a great time.
Reviewed on May 8, 2018 by Kathy, Sanford, NC   Report

Congratulations on your graduation! We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Miller's Whimsy. There are some planned renovations for this property and we appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much.

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Miller's Whimsy
4/5 stars
Miller's Whimsy is a great spot for a big family, or in our case, 2 families staying for Thanksgiving. Plenty of room and bathrooms for everyone. We got a lot of use out of the sunroom and rear deck that have great views.Our older boys liked staying the the Surfer's Room downstairs, but their bathroom was a little lacking. The house could use some updating all-around. Only 3/4 burners work on the stove top, and the ice maker was only semi-functional. Not deal-breakers, but they could be improved. It could REALLY could use some wifi. Everyone is so connected these days, most of us have to still do some online work even on vacation. We knew ahead and had a hot spot that worked OK, but phone service was a little limited at the house. (AT&T and Sprint in our case) Still, for the money and the location, Miller's Whimsy is hard to beat for a stay at Carolina Beach.
Reviewed on Nov 26, 2017 by Christopher, Morganton, NC   Report

We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate your feedback and are working on the improvements. As you mentioned, we priced the house accordingly and we are glad to hear you agree. We enjoyed having you and hope to see you all back real soon.

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Miller's Whimsy
5/5 stars
This property has plenty of space to park 4 cars and 2 full size trucks, which is more than most properties in this area. The inside of the house was older, but just what we expected. There was plenty of bedroom space, and the kitchen and dining room is sufficient for 6-8 people. We didn't use the stove or other appliances, so my only appliance review would be of the fridge, which worked fine. My group mainly booked this house because it was beachfront, and we would be fishing or in the water most of the day. The only time we spent an extended amount of time in the house was to shower and get ready to go out to eat or a local bar/restaurant. I would definitely rent this house again because of the price and location that you can walk or bike to just about everything you need.
Reviewed on Oct 16, 2017 by Mateo, Wilson, NC   Report

We are delighted that you enjoyed your vacation and the accommodations. Thanks for the review, we couldn't have said it better, plenty of parking, great location and on the beach. Millers Whimsy is a popular traditional beach house that takes you back in time

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Miller's Whimsy
3/5 stars
The house is great for the money. We booked at the last minute and we were happy to have an ocean front house. No Wifi is a problem with teenagers and the appliances need updated. Also the house sits so low you really don't have a view of the beach.
Reviewed on Aug 22, 2017 by Mark, Salisbury, NC   Report
Miller's Whimsy
4/5 stars
While as stated in others reviews, the appliances could stand some updating, but they do work and serve their purpose. This is a older home with the charms and features you would expect in a home of it's age. We had a group of 10 with ages from 7 months to 75, and all had a wonderful time! This home makes you feel like a long time resident, not just a vacationer. The location was just Awsome!!! You couldn't ask to be closer to the ocean, and the view from the back deck while drinking your morning cofee is spectacular! Only complaint most of the group had was the lack of Wi-Fi. One member of the group serves in the armed forces, and stated he was living in a tent for months in Afganistan, and had Wi-Fi. Everyone burned through their Data before the week was up. I think owner should really consider having internet installed. The internet would be the only thing that would stop us from booking this property for future vacations.
Reviewed on Jul 18, 2017 by John, taylors, SC   Report
Miller's Whimsy
4/5 stars
We had a relaxing stay. Enjoyed the private access to beach. Lots of room for all family members. Great deal for price. A few minor glitches with appliances but they were very accommodating to fix everything
Reviewed on Jun 18, 2017 by Mike & Kathie, wilmington, NC   Report

We are very happy to hear that you had a relaxing vacation. Thank you for the feedback and we hope to have you back very soon. Safe travels home!

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Miller's Whimsy
3/5 stars
Pros: Location! Right on the beach & an easy walk/short drive to everything New carpet - clean and comfortable. 3 large upstairs bedrooms with comfortable beds and pillows Massive library of books, games, and 100's of excellent DVD's and VHS tapes Linens included Large kitchen Cons: Most everything's worn &/or tired (except for the new carpet) but comfortable All 6 bikes had completely flat tires The bonus/surfer/4th bedroom downstairs - see below Musty - somewhat helped by A/C - downstairs not suitable for people with allergies/asthma I've never booked a VRBO rental that has no reviews, but we were short notice, this ticked a lot of boxes & we weren't looking for high-end. Overall, the rental is well represented in the listing & for the most part you get what you see in the pictures, however the description of bedrooms is a bit confusing - there are actually 3 bedrooms upstairs & a front/entry/TV room that has a pull out couch, but is not private: 1 beach side queen BR w/ ocean view & small bath across a hallway; 1 queen BR with its own private small bath & view to side/next house; 1 BR w/ 2 twins - beach side, windows open to the enclosed sunroom - no bath; The front/TV & twin rooms share the large pink bath located through the front room. We assumed the bonus/surfer room would be accessed from the first floor & part of the finished house. However you enter the downstairs from outside on the side of the house, walking into a maintenance/ garage area - very dark, musty, not finished in any way. There are work benches, the bikes/beach items mentioned & indoor garage parking. The pool table is here & I can see teens playing down there but not most adults, nor would I consider it safe for small children. Through this area is the bonus/surfer room, musty & worn, with tired bed coverings & pillows. The bath mentioned is a toilet & small stall shower across the basement. Good for some family groups as long as you are aware of what you're getting. As mentioned, all 6 bikes had completely flat tires & no pump to be found. In fairness we cannot say that it wouldn't have been rectified quickly but we were ready & on our way so reluctantly opted to drive rather than contact the rental agent & wait for remedy. It was also odd that there was fresh food left in fridge from previous renters, as I can't see being comfortable using food from an unknown source like that. Overall an adequate, no frills, weekend getaway for 4 ladies in their 40's and 50's.
Reviewed on Apr 25, 2017 by Tracy, Waxhaw, NC   Report

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