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“Dolly and Frank Make The Garden Grow”

Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House
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Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House
Ranked #4 of 8 Durham B&B and Inns
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
“Dolly and Frank Make The Garden Grow”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The historic old house is lovely and beautifully restored. The decor interesting. The trees and garden keep it hidden even though it's near the center of town. But what really makes this home a home to all that come by are Dolly and Frank. Their interest in you and your story and and all they have to add is what makes this place unique. Plus we met some of the nicest people in our fellow guests. Sunday breakfast went to nearly 2:00!

Janice Lynn

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Frank and Dolly are some of the warmest, most hospitable people I've ever met. They really take the time to get to know you and ask what they can do to make sure you have a comfortable and pleasant stay. Not to mention Frank cooks up a delicious and hearty breakfast! Come in the springtime and relax on the pretty patio; it's beautiful.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hayden, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2014

The Blooming Garden is a gem inside and out. With an eye for detail, Frank and Dolly offer a charming atmosphere with fantastic beds and linens, delicious healthy food, and interesting conversation. We had so much fun mixing with other guests.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Frank and Dolly always go out of their way to make me and my partner feel welcomed. After offering a drink, they take the time to chat with us and are genuinely interested in hearing about our experiences. They also encourage other guests to join the conversation, and the cozy feel makes the Blooming Garden Inn a home away from home, which is just what a great bed and breakfast does. The home-made hot breakfasts are always outstanding (the ginger waffles and spinach quiche are wonderful!) and provide another opportunity to share experiences with other guests. This worked out well in talking about the films at the recent Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. I only wish all the guestrooms had en suite bathrooms and showers, but in a historic house like this one, I know that's not always possible. Nonetheless, I highly recommend a stay at the Blooming Garden Inn.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Frank and Dolly are fantastic hosts. I would heartily recommend this venue as an excellent spot to stay when you are in the Durham area. The house is conveniently located near downtown and the location is also graced with sunshine throughout the day. Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Seneca, South Carolina
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Not only were the suites well appointed, clean and uniquely decorated, but the graciousness and generosity of hosts Frank and Dolly were beyond our expectations. When the weather caused closings of all the nearby restaurants, Dolly had a most welcomed meal awaiting us late in the evening. The hosts went out of their way to accommodate others who were stranded by the winter snow and showed great concern for our safety and well being. We know we will be welcomed just as genuinely when we return again. A delightful experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We spent Christmas week visiting family in Durham, NC and stayed at this truly unique B&B. The history of the building itself was fascinating but even more so was the story of how Frank & Dolly dedicated themselves to its full restoration. It is well worth the staying there just to meet them.

The house is eclectically decorated with antiques and contemporary pieces. It is a delight to see. Bedrooms are well appointed and most comfortable.

Breakfast each day offered a different delicious dish served with good cheer and conversation.

I most tell you that it was out first time there. We found it on our web search for B&B's in Durham. The website got us interested and then the phone call with Frank sealed the deal. What wonderful people. We will be back again in April and cannot wait!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House
Address: 513 Holloway St, Durham, NC 27701-3457
Region: United States > North Carolina > Durham
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Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
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Number of rooms: 3
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