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“Castle was like home” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Castle on Silver Lake

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Castle on Silver Lake
Ranked #4 of 7 Ocracoke B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
70 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Castle was like home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2008

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Castle B&B. We were in the Katie room on the second floor. The view out our window was of Silver Lake. The room was spotless. It had enough storage space for our clothing and beachwear. There was a large corner garden tub in the room.

We enjoyed breakfast every morning but we both really liked the French toast and scrambled eggs. Bottles of water, soda, and lemonade were available around the clock.

This B&B has a nice pool for an afternoon dip. There aren't but a few pools on the island. The landing on the fourth floor provided a panoramic view of the area and the island lighthouse.

Bicycles were available free for our use. You could bike to almost everywhere on the island. A short walk put you into the heart of the 'downtown' area.

We enjoyed our afternoon drinks at the Jolly Roger watching a local fisherman clean the catch of the day. The Back Porch served up a great meal for my wife's birthday.

We had to leave the island two days early because of a problem with a bad toothache. The castle gladly refunded our money for those two days. I'm not sure how many other B&B's would have done that.

  • Liked — Quality of the room and service
  • Disliked — No afternoon wine or cheese party
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Norfolk, VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2008

It is a cool house that has been renovated into a B&B. Our room was on the cheaper side so it was fairly small and the ceilings felt low. The breakfast was good the first day and then progressively got worse for the remaining 3 mornings we were there. I think it was mainly because it was pretty much the same thing every morning and I got pretty sick of it by the end. The location is great and it was nice to have a pool to dip in to. The only problem with the pool was the horse flies. That is an Ocracoke issue you though and not isolated to the pool of the Castle. Overall a nice place to stay. I would like to try another place though next time. The Silver Lake Inn looked nice with balconies overlooking the harbor.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Room size
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank NorfolkEZ
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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120 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2007

There are eleven rooms in the main house. Actually, the main house is the ONLY place since the outlying condos and apartments have been spun-off to owners. So, the Castle is now a pure B&B. It is situated right on the harbor with a nice dock on which you can watch the boats coming and going. It is an interesting and pretty house. The rooms are spotless, we have stayed in two of them. The rooms have period furniture and very nice. I suppose it could be noisy, as others have suggested but we haven't been bothered. The breakfast is the best we have had at a B&B.

My gripe, if there is any, is price. With tax our bill was $175. Thats steep for out of season. But we are on an island, where everything is more expensive. Am not sure what other places charge but I would bet the Castle is the most expensive place on the island. Anyway, do go to Ocracoke, it is a unique place and stay at the Castle. But bring money.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Leatherman
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Mainer
Level Contributor
111 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2007

Castle has alot of charm and character. Walls, floors and ceilings are all wood, no sheetrock anywhere! Altho I was concerned this would make rooms a bit dark, they were very inviting, nicely decorated. Ours had plenty of room for 3, comfortable beds (even the twin was comfy), refrig in room. But, as noted elsewhere, it was VERY noisy. Since floors and ceiling are wood, the sound of footsteps was amplified and the people upstairs went to bed late and got up early -- we heard every step. Also you could hear some noise from common area, which is right outside the room, and from people using ice machine.
The pool area is very nice, and the pool house has sauna and steam room. Unlike many places, the Castle provides plenty of lounge chairs and clean towels at its pool. It was also convenient to have a full breakfast at the Inn, we enjoyed meeting many of the other guests.
We would not stay on the first floor again. Would consider renting a 2nd floor room, depending on price.
We also stayed next door at the Harbor Inn on this trip, which was much less expensive. Room had less character and not as large, but was clean and comfortable and much more quiet (even tho we were on 1st floor).

  • Liked — Spacious, nicely decorated room with comfortable beds
  • Disliked — 1st floor room very noisy, temperature forA/C could not be controlled in room
  • Stayed August 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank Mainers
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Forked River, NJ
Level Contributor
156 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

Stayed with the family for two days (more about that in a moment) in two adjoining condo units, which converted into "one unit". They were spacious, well appointed, neatly decorated, and very, very comfortable for the 5 of us (the Juniper suites). We would stay here again in a heartbeat (in fact, we plan to next year).

The pool is quite nice, and a great place to cool off after a hot day on the beach and in the ocean. Fun to relax there after return, before heading out to a great dinner on the island. The rest of the amenities were also more than adequate, although the bike selection was a bit weak (we went ahead and rented bikes from an off-property dealer). Peddled to the coffee shop (don't miss it) and elsewhere around the island. Plenty to do and see for a few days, or a week.

Even got one morning of really good waves for surfing, which we haven't seen here before, although we don't normally stay on the island.

About the days - we had booked three days stay, and due to a momentary lapse of sanity, showed up a day late. After a second or two of hesitation, the staff (Jamie) deftly accomodated us, and put us into our originally reserved rooms, although they were about to be rented to others as they thought we weren't coming. Clearly, without a doubt, our mistake, but there was no talk of us paying for the full 3 nights, which surprised me. Southern hospitality? Perhaps, but this attitude endeared this place to us, and guarantees that we'll be back!

Wonderful place, great location, and we will be back. Don't hesitate to visit the Castle!

  • Liked — Location, accomodations, island style
  • Disliked — Bike selection could have been better - not a big deal
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank SurfTravelGuy
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Virginia Beach
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

This is the second time we've stayed at the Castle, and I'd say this stay bordered on average/to above average This time we stayed on the first floor . The room has a t.v. and small refrigerator, and had plenty of space for just two people. It was also very clean. I thought our bed was comfortable, firm. Be advised that you can hear the neighbors both above and beside you very clearly and should take earplugs to sleep. During the day...well you'll just have to leave the room or deal with it.

The country breakfast is good, but I got tired of having virtually the same thing every day. The food also tends to be a bit heavier (eggs/pancakes/french toast, bacon, sausage, cheese grits, fried potatoes, biscuits) for those who are health concious. The pool is wonderful and despite advertising free bikes for their guests, there was not one to be found during our entire week long stay. I'd recommend bringing one or plan on renting one right across the street from the B&B. In all, the house is beautiful and very comfortable. If your active, you probably wont spend a whole lot of time there. I've been to better B&B's overall , but I think its the best place to stay on the island and would return.

We were told that the Castle has been/or is in process of being sold and the name will change.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — You can hear everything going on above and next to your room
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank kitgoat
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virginia beach
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2007

Every year we make our annual 4th of July trip to Ocracoke. This time was our first stay at the castle, we stayed in one of the condos, it was quite pricey, but comfortable, we had a 1 bedroom, the kids stayed on the sleep sofa which was broken and we had to fight with each night, the location was excellent, my 10 yo played on the dock with all the other kids, and rode her bike around, we brought our own bikes but they have ones to use, but not for the little ones. Its close to everything the icecream shop and there are plenty of restaurants to eat at. The parade is right down the street from the hotel.If you dont have a good time here, nothing will make you happy, the beaches are awsome, you do need a 4x4 to get to em. But tat the nice part about it, you just drive on the beach unload your stuff and you there.

Stayed August 2006
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Additional Information about Castle on Silver Lake

Property: Castle on Silver Lake
Address: 155 Silver Lake Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Ocracoke
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Ocracoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in comfortable, non-smoking rooms in this three-story inn. The rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and each room has its own private bathroom. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, pool house with sauna & steam shower, a computer with Internet access in the lobby &wireless Internet access on the property. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast each morning. "Captains" enjoy complimentary dockage at the Castle docks with power hookups and a fish cleaning station. ... more   less 
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Castle On Silver Lake Hotel Ocracoke

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