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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Cove Hotel Ocracoke
- The Cove b&b