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Entrance: You drive up through the gated entrance of the community of Ocean Sound Village, located just off the bridge, to a private road, apart from traffic where children can ride bikes and play. You drive up to Idyll-by-the-Sea, under the two story Porte-Cochere and you know this is something different and definitely something special. Come in though the mahogany entrance door to the imported stone foyer, inlaid with a compass rose. Take the mahogany lined elevator or the heart pine stairs with hand painted tile kick plates, up to explore the 4 1/2 stories of this charming, beautiful-yet-very-comfortable-home, completely wired for and provided with high speed Internet access.
Bedrooms: Floor two finds you amidst a series of bedrooms (each room fully outfitted with antiques, ceiling fans, monogrammed robes and down pillows and featherbeds -- and you NEVER have to worry about making your beds here, as the house always comes with beds made with Idyll's own luxury Anichini Italian all cotton sheeting) and baths, as well as one of three laundry rooms, and a morning kitchen. (Did you happen to notice your bath has a hand painted Mackenzie-Childs fish sink in the wooden vanity, custom crafted in America, appointed with Hermes soaps and amenities and Anichini towels?).
Game Room + Porch: Go up half a flight and into a room and porch over the Porte-Cochere. There you will find a huge enclosed game room with cork flooring and a screened-in sunset porch with wood burning fireplace to watch the spectacular sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway.
Great Room: Half a flight up takes you to floor three where you will find another laundry room, the truly handicapped accessible bedroom and bathroom, another bedroom, the great room with wood burning fireplace and antique cypress wet bar with icemaker, the dining area with the owner's great-grandmother's antique herb-drying drying table, and spectacular kitchen with custom delft tile backsplash and Honed Lapis Alkemi (60% aluminum) countertops, two dishwashers, double ovens, five burner cook top, a full refrigerator and a full freezer, and all the gourmet kitchen ware you can imagine like Chantal pots and pans and Henkel knives. (Did we happen to mention the entire inside of the home has been paneled by very talented craftsman in whitewashed pine, complemented by heart pine floors, scattered about with antique oriental rugs.)
Spa Suite: And we've saved the best for last. The entire top floor is a custom spa suite with mahogany-floored bath with a dry cedar sauna, a steam shower with whirlpool footbath, a custom overflow whirlpool tub, exquisite tile work, two mother of pearl sinks, a handmade mahogany four poster bed, and a wood burning fireplace, yet another laundry, and a private porch with a Pavilion two person double deep-cushioned chaise longue and a cocktail/breakfast table and two chairs -- a retreat you might never want to leave.
Luxury: Started in February of 2007, Idyll-by-the-Sea is the home for up to 20 fortunate guests each week in almost 6000 square feet of heated and cooled space, a private oceanfront pool and hot tub, and over 5100 square feet of porches and decks, and complimentary high speed internet access. As always, just like the best five-star hotels, well-behaved dogs and their well-behaved owners are welcome. Completely outfitted with every baby and toddler need, too (all complimentary of course), pool and beach towels and chairs, and a fax machine.
About us: The owners of Idyll-by-the-Sea have been honing their skills in the hospitality field by operating very high-end vacation rental homes all over the country for almost fifteen years now -- see www.idyllrentals.com -- and have the very real philosophy that they want their guests to feel like they are staying in the well-appointed vacation home of an absent friend. They are very excited to be bringing their vision of hospitality, luxury, and comfort to the stunning beaches of North Topsail Beach to share with you.
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