Rental House Details

We are confident that even a short stay at the Cape Fear House will help you rediscover the simple pleasure of life offered by water, salt air and a front porch. Life is good at this vacation rental in Southport, NC!

  • sailboatRiver Front Home
  • utensilsSleeps 11-13
  • compass5 Bedrooms
  • wine3 1/2 baths

Life is good from the front porches of the Cape Fear House. Those porches offer a breathtaking view of the Cape Fear River, from which its original builder, Thomas Mann, ventured out to run the Union blockade more than 150 years ago. He built the house out of local longleaf pine and the original wood remains one of the luxuries of this beautiful home. Remodeled in 2015, our 4200 ft.² home features original heart pine flooring, double front porches, 5 spacious bedrooms sleeping up to 13 people, 3 1/2 baths, den, living room, dining room and kitchen. The Cape Fear House offers our vacationers a unique combination of exceptional accommodations, remarkable convenience to local shops and restaurants and picturesque views of the Southport waterfront that make this home a vacation place not soon forgotten.

Located on the riverfront in Southport, the day starts and ends on the front porches. Sunrise over the Cape Fear River is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee watching the Ibis leaving Battery Island and flying inland to spend the day. You really can hear the rush of the wind over their wings as they travel overhead. Our home is within leisurely walking distance of very fine restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and historic sites located in Southport. We are 20 min. by car from the public beaches on Oak Island. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine while you listen once again to the Ibis overhead returning to their nests out in the river and perhaps spot dolphin out in the water. If you are lucky enough to see a full moon rising low over the river, go to the second-story front porch and notice how the moon silhouettes Battery Island. No matter what you have done for the day, a visit to the beach, shopping, paddling the marsh or simply a relaxing stroll around town, it is the view from the front porch to which you will return again and again.


These are the amenities and services included in the price of your stay.

  • Wi-Fi & 4 Cable TVs
  • Pack-n-Play
  • High Chair
  • 2 Extra Single Mattresses
  • Hair Dryers
  • Linens
  • Show more amenities
  • Bath, Kitchen & Beach Towels
  • Washer & Dryer
  • 2 Refrigerators
  • All Soaps & Paper Products
  • Coffee Maker
  • Whole house water filter
  • Beach Chairs
  • Cooler for Beach or Boat
  • Large Private Yard
  • 2 Car Garage & On-Street Parking
  • 2 Porches w/ Rockers
  • Cleaning Upon Departure

Things To Do

Here is a list of items to help keep you occupied while in Southport, NC.

Walk to Town – Restaurants, Shopping, Library, Parks, Maritime Museum & Ft. Johnson, Farmers Market / May – Oct, Golf, Tennis, Fishing
Ferry to Ft. Fisher & NC Aquarium, Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, 7 Miles to Oak Island Beaches, Scenic Boat Cruises, Bald Head Island, Kayaking Tours


Southport, NC - 33.916740, -78.021346 View on google map

Guest Reviews


Our vacation here in Southport at this beautiful home was GREAT! I cannot imagine how it could have been any better. The house is beyond majestic and that front porch is habit forming. The owners were most accommodating and hospitable in every way. Not sure how they did it but they ordered the best weather ever! Hope to be able to return

Kelli A. -April 29, 2019

My family and I stayed at the Cape Fear House recently for my nieces wedding. The house was beautiful, comfortable and spacious. Everything you could need for entertaining or relaxing! In addition the owner was accommodating and helpful The house was a delight and the town was picturesque I will definitely be back!

Jane T. -November, 2018

The Cape Fear House is really marvelous! It is beautifully decorated, spacious and fully equipped! Everything we needed was there, plus more. The owners were so gracious and accommodating. We truly enjoyed our stay and hope to return many times and start a family tradition . Thank you Tedi and Jan Fairley!

Barbara B. -October, 2018

Our family loves this home and we've enjoyed family vacations here now for several years. It's beautiful and historic and has the most perfect view of the water. Large vessels coming and going to the Wilmington Port make their turn right in front of this home! The venue is not only great for family and friend vacations - it's perfect for weddings too. You can walk to shops, restaurants and everything you need! We can't wait to go back!

Tammy N. -August, 2018

This house was perfect for celebrating my wife’s 40th Birthday. Beautiful views from the decks. We had great meals at Frying Pan, Provision Co., and Mr. P’s—all short walks. As others have mentioned, the house is truly stocked with everything you’ll need. Kitchen items, towels, paper products, coolers, beach chairs, cornhole boards...Tedi was great through the whole process and responded quickly when we had a slight issue with the AC unit. We’ll be back for sure!

George S. -July, 2018

The waterfront views were amazing! I chose to have my wedding at The Cape Fear House because of its location and the fact that it was large enough for the whole family to stay. It was a true fairytale wedding. Ms. Fairley was very accommodating and the house was stocked with everything we could possibly need. I highly recommend this gem for family get togethers, weddings, anniversaries or just to enjoy Southport at its finest. We were able to walk to shops and restaurants and when we decided to go to the beach there were plenty of beach chairs and towels. But what I enjoyed the most was just sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch watching the ships come in!

Jane B. -June, 2018

This was our second year staying and we had a fantastic time! The house is perfect for groups and the owners are wonderful to work with! I would highly recommend this place and we plan to be back again!!!

Kellie B. -March, 2018

Beautiful Historic Home On the Cape Fear River in the Heart of Southport, N.C.. Cape Fear home is perfect for any large family or special occasion. She is equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay. Tedi, is extremely helpful and always goes the extra mile to see that your family is comfortable. Our family can’t wait to return to such a beautiful historic home and rock on the front porch watching the boats go by.

Eric M. -April, 2018

I can not say enough about Cape Fear House or the owners for that matter. The house is magnificent and is even better in person than the pictures. No need to look any further, this is the perfect house for you. And the Fairley family are just a joy to work with. We rented Cape Fear House to surprise my mom for her birthday. My mom lives in the area, but we had never been. The Fairley’s were more than willing to help with whatever guidance we needed to make sure the surprise was a success. The house has everything you could possibly need to accommodate your stay. I give this house and the owners 5 Stars!

Tammy C. -August, 2017

Spent a week with four other couples in Southport. This home has so much to offer. Two large dining areas, two comfortable indoor sitting areas (the decor is amazing), two huge porches with beautiful views of the waterway & lined with comfy rocking chairs, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen with all the amenities, laundry room, garage - just can't say enough about Cape Fear House. The owners have thought of everything! A grand place for a large group, with its multiple gathering spots. As well as room for privacy. Perfect location within walking distance of shops, restaurants and historic attractions. Can't wait to come back . Oh, and be sure to schedule a climb up the Oak Island Lighthouse across the waterway. The views are amazing!

Judith L. -May, 2017

We stayed for one week with 4 other couples. We had the best time! The Cape Fear House is beautiful. It's very spacious, clean, and comfortable. Each couple had their own bedroom. We had plenty of time to visit on the huge front porch. Loved the white rocking chairs. The view on the porch is spectacular. There is plenty of space throughout the house whether or not you want a quiet space for a few, or a larger group. It was fun sitting around the large dining room table with everyone. The tv room was cozy and the large living room is beautiful. We appreciated all of the amenities, like the beach towels and chairs, the plush bath towels, and the cute make-up towels. The kitchen is amazing. It's large and well equipped with everything needed for a large group. The large washer and dryer is a plus for a large group. We loved Southport and staying in the Cape Fear house was within walking distance to downtown, the marina and the great restaurants. We loved walking around and looking at the wonderful older homes. We definitely would book it again.

Gail P. -May, 2017

My brother, who lives in New Hampshire, rented this house so that that a variety of family members could gather there for Thanksgiving week. We were all thrilled by his selection. The owners are so gracious and welcoming and the accommodations were of five star hotel quality. And in addition we had a prime location in the small historic coastal town of Southport and within an easy drive of beautiful beaches. This is one of those places you hate to recommend because you know the next time you want to stay there it will probably be booked. But, go ahead and book the Cape Fear House -- just save Thanksgiving week for us!.

John K. -October, 2016

This is a magnificent, historical home and landmark in the town of Southport. The owners have equipped the home with everything you need to make your stay a wonderful experience. Enjoy rocking on the porch and watching the wildlife and boat traffic on the Cape Fear River or visit local restaurants and shops which are all within an easy walking distance. Our family will stay at the Cape Fear House again.

Robin A. -April, 2017

Rental Price

Summer $3500/week or $600/night (3 night minimum)Fall & Spring $2500/week or $500/night (3 night minimum)Winter $2200/week or $500/night (2 night minimum)Plus 10.75% tax and a $500 refundable security deposit.You can book the Cape Fear House by calling 910-524-5549

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