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“Delightful Innkeepers, less delightful amenities!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Cove Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 7 Ocracoke B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chilbolton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
183 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Delightful Innkeepers, less delightful amenities!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

We stayed here for one night and met the Innkeepers, all of whom were absolutely delightful people. We met the outgoing Innkeepers and also the incoming keepers, and they could not have been more friendly, helpful, welcoming and hospitable. Good luck to Vincent and his wife Lola, the new Innkeepers.

Sadly though, we would not recommend the B&B itself. In truth, it's the first time we've stayed in an American B&B, so maybe this is typical but, we found we were paying a high price for not ideal accommodation.

Negatives.... Bad plumbing (the sink and bath took so long to empty, you just did not feel you were using clean water as it took so long to empty). There was no coffee making facilities in the room (maybe this is typical of American B&Bs??). Having said that, it was available downstairs but these days in hotels and motels you're generally offered coffee making equipment in your room so, to have to get dressed and go downstairs to collect it, was a bit of a pain! The room was described as 'sunrise' but it was neither sunrise, nor sunset side.... it had windows north and south! Most hotels and motels these days have fridges, so we expected this and, as we were travelling throughout we had amassed a number of items like cheese, wine and olives which needed refrigeration. We were offered the use of a fridge in the kitchen to share with other guests but, again, one would need to get dressed in order to collect items from the fridge!

Our room was a delightful four poster but, the TV had been placed in a non moveable position where one post of the bed was right in front of the TV...!!

The worst thing for me, was the double glass doors to the bathroom! Being double doors, they of course covered most of one wall of the bathroom and directly opposite these double doors were double windows so, anyone naked in the bathroom was on full view from any other occupants of the room...! Not my idea of a relaxed bathing situation! My bathroom time is precious and also very private so, although there were thin see through voiles at these windows, they did not obscure the view of the person in the bathroom!

We had spent the previous night at The Cape Hatteras Motel. The fee for one night at Cape Hatteras was $120 and our one night at Cove cost us $225 for less conveniences and less privacy and for a much smaller bed. So you can understand our disappointment. At Cape Hatteras we had a fridge, private bathroom, toaster and tea and coffee making facilities in our room and a king sized bed!

Pluses at The Cove.... The room itself was delightful and we had a small private balcony. The two exceptionally good things about our stay were that the Innkeepers offered cheese and wine at 5pm, which was a lovely gesture and enabled us to meet other guests, who were interesting and delightful. Finally, the breakfast was wonderful, delicious and plentiful and served by the friendly and most hospitable Innkeepers.

In conclusion..... if you don't mind your travelling companion sharing your bathroom time, and if you don't require a fridge and don't want coffee in your room, and don't watch TV then, give this B&B a go, because it is otherwise a great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the Cove, it was my husbands birthday so Lola and Vincent were kind enough to upgrade us to a beautiful room. We were only there for one night but it was great. We also enjoyed using the bikes and the afternoon wine and cheese, great little extras. The breakfast was great too.. Would recommend staying here it's a great place, Ocracoke was neat..

Room Tip: The suite was amazing!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank D G
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Wake forest
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

Our third floor suite had a great view of the sound and was very well appointed with comfortable chairs and a table. Lola and Vincent were very personable and helpful. Lola made a big effort to accommodate my special dietary needs and prepared wonderful breakfasts and evening snacks.

The Cove provided lots of movies and reading material for guests. We especially enjoyed the shared conversations during the wine and snack hour each evening. We have stayed at many B&B's and our stay here was one of our favorites. We would recommend the Cove to any one who wants to relax and and feel welcomed to Ocracoke.

Room Tip: Third floor suites provide the best views of the sound. All rooms looked nice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Midlothian, Virginia
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24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed in the third floor suite, which was extremely comfortable and nice! We loved the views of the Pamlico sound and the lighthouse. Lola and Vincent were excellent hosts, and we enjoyed being able to borrow bikes to explore and go out to eat. Would highly recommend staying here when visiting Ocracoke.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Debbie T
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LolaandVincent, Manager at The Cove Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear Debbie,

Thanks for the review!
We agree, the view from the balconies on the 3rd floor are wonderful and yes, the bikes are a great way to see the island.
I am still trying to convince Vincent to buy me a Jeep like yours...Loved that car!

Cheers,
Lola and Vincent
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

The managers Lola and Vincent were great. It was clean, cozy and provided a fabulous breakfast. We were there in torrential rain and couldn't have been stuck in a nicer place. The rooms and common areas were all very comfortable.

Room Tip: Second floor easier for those with heavy luggage or physical issues
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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LolaandVincent, Manager at The Cove Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear SlothRescue,

Thank you for the kind review. Yes it can certainly rain here on the island, but we were glad you enjoyed our common area and our hearty breakfasts!

Kind regards,
Vincent and Lola
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Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

warm, clean and cozy. could not have asked for a better experience on our first B&B. are host 's were very gracious and meeting the other guests with by luck had mostly the same background and interest. looking forward to our return

Room Tip: choose a room with a view from the front overlooking the bay
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David J
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LolaandVincent, Manager at The Cove Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear David,

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and look forward to seeing you at back at The Cove.

Kind regards,

Lola and Vincent
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olyphant , pa
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123 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

We had looked forward to this vacation and we were not disappointed! The Cove is lovely! Erin and Chad were so friendly and helpful! We were so glad to Finally meet them! Breakfasts were yummy. The wine hour was so nice. We were lucky to meet so many wonderful, interesting people from all over the country and world! We could walk to the lighthouse and Springer's Point. We opted to rent a golf cart for our stay....great way to see the village. We also met the new innkeepers to be and they are lovely! The Portmouth Suite is a climb, but the room and view are worth it!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mimikk
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LolaandVincent, Manager at The Cove Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear mimikk,
Thank you for the lovely review. Erin and Chad are finally able to enjoy their mornings again ( no more getting up at 5am for them! ) and we are so glad they were able to train us for a week, so that we could take over the b&b, without any disruption to the guests...Wine hour is still going strong, with lots of interesting conversations !
We do hope you will return to the island soon.
Kind regards,

Lola and Vincent
PS: yes, your golf cart did get picked up !
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Property: The Cove Bed and Breakfast
Address: 21 Loop Road, P.O. Box 1300, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1300
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Ocracoke
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Ocracoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After an hour ferry ride you'll find yourself really able to unwind. Four rooms and three suites, a scrumptious full breakfast (such as Eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, pumpkin pancakes and others) can make lunch optional. You'll love our fig preserves, made with our very own figs. Our complimentary evening wine and light hors d'oeuvres reception and bikes, together with water and sunset vistas like none before will embrace you. 14 Miles of undeveloped beach, charter fishing, charming shopping or just doin' nothin' will have you coming back! See you soon? ... more   less 
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