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Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 17 Wilmington B&B and Inns
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Miami, Florida
1 review
“Charming home, friendly folks!”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Beautifully preserved historic home graciously hosted by innkeepers Paula and Steven, along with "sparky", the sweetest Inn dog I know! Comfort runs high, and breakfast is a true delight.
I would recommend this haven to romantic couples as well as gathering family. Kudos on a job well done!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Virginia
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

We really enjoyed our one night stay. This B&B is has so much love in the air, the gardens and Inn show it too.
The location was perfect and within walking distance to the River area where all the restaurants and shops are.
The breakfast was just right, I cannot eat alot and not just anything...
We had a fresh berry custard that was served warm from the oven, it was so delicious and I am glad that we got to have this since the Mockingbirds in the garden were eating these berries....
Then we had a 1/2 of a toasted English muffin with spinach, tomatoe, egg and bacon, super.!
Fresh squeezed OJ and delicious coffee.
We cannot wait to go back to visit Wilmington and visit with Paula and Steve....

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

This beautiful historic home in the heart of Wilmington is lovingly maintained by Paula and Steven. They are unequaled in their hospitality and Paula is a terrific cook. All is pristine and the beds are comfy. The front porch is magazine pretty and the hosts know the best places to eat and drink whatever including pooch friendly cafes. This is my only destination when visiting Wilmington as it is for the business man from London who was at yesterday's breakfast. Paula and Steven treat everyone as a special guest. It is a perfect destination.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Newark, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

This is a wonderful B & B. Paula and Steve make you feel like you are staying with old friends. The rooms are beautiful and immaculate. Bed is comfortable. Paula's breakfest is outstanding. And such a nice touch, she puts coffee outside your room by 7:30. The location is great for visiting all the great resturants downtown.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Paula and Steve run an incredible B&B here in historic Wilmington. The accomodations are top notch the food even better. For me best is that I can have my beautiful 8 month old puppy Jer'ne with me and she is treated as part of the family!
You cant beat the location the wonderful hosts in such a beautiful city!!
What are you waiting for give them a call get on the calendar! I know I will be doing so before I leave the premises!!

Thanks Paula and Steve your the best

Pam K

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

I'm not going to go on with some long-winded prose. My wife and I have reasonable judgement, experience, and expectations. We just returned from our first stay, and we won't be staying anywhere else whenever we return to Wilmington.
- Location: 5 minute walk or 8 minute stroll to market street near the water, the heart of the historic district. On a lovely, quiet, vintage brick street lined with spanish-moss-adorned live oaks.
- Parking: Don't worry. Park on the street right out front. We were there during the UNC Wilmington graduation weekend, and half the block was empty.
- Room: Just spring for the extra few dollars and treat yourself to the Cypress Suite. You'll have a private entrance flanked by transcendentally fragrant jasmine, and the place is so big it'll feel like you're coming home. Very uncommon for a historic B&B. Kitchen, laundry, living room (with sofa bed), lovely bedroom, and bath with clawfoot tub/shower. You even have your own front gate, although you don't have to use it, as a mulch path leads around to the main entrance.
- Food: Spectacular and beautifully presented. Breakfast is measured in courses and flexibly timed (eat any time it's available).
- Atmosphere: Eclectic and charming, proper yet informal (which is why we steered away from the Graystone). Steve and Paula are warm proprietors. The gardens are lush yet tidy (and did I mention fragrant?). Even if you have animal allergies (which I do), don't worry about the house dog. She's quiet and either doesn't shed or Steve & Paula are fastidiously clean, probably both.
- Service: Hotel quality, rooms are promptly serviced, all details attended to, including filling and setting the coffee maker for us to wake up to the smell of morning java (a nice surprise). Steve and Paula live on the premises, so the issues of absentee hosts don't exist.

Unless you demand residence ON the beach, I'd love to hear why on Earth anyone would want to stay anywhere else.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Camellia Cottage innkeepers, Steve and Paula, remind me of the song "A House is Not a Home." The lyrics say "A chair is still a chair even when there's no one sitting there. But a chair is not a house, and a house is not a home when there's no one there to hold you tight, and no one there you can kiss goodnight." The experience of staying in this lovely home with these gracious innkeepers meeting your every need makes you feel like you have come home. The lovingly prepared breakfasts inspire even the non-cook to dabble in the kitchen when they get home. My dog will be jealous of Sparky, the dog, when she hears there's some competition for my heart. Steve was eager to share information about furnishings in the house, and Paula...How can you not love this warm vivacious lady?!!! You will want to never leave Camellia Cottage, truly your home away from home.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Address: 118 S 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4569
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Wilmington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Wilmington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once home to artist Henry MacMillan, The Camellia Cottage is a high-peaked, Queen Anne shingle house featuring four guest rooms. A long veranda, painted by a local artist, provides a view of the lush garden of azaleas, magnolias, ferns and camellias. Here, great food, gracious service and a friendly atmosphere make for a relaxing guest experience. Greet each morning with coffee at your door and a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, homemade pastries and entree. Paula’s stint as a hotel pastry chef ensures a delightful dining experience. The Crane Suite features an ornate, metal bed, carved fireplace and vibrant color. Formerly the sun room, the bath and dressing area is filled with lush tropical plants. Henry’s Room, featuring a canopy bed and fireplace, reflects the stateliness found in two of Henry’s paintings hanging in the house. Jane’s Room is named after Henry’s mother and features floral designs and vintage photos complementing the four-post bed and fireplace. In the Tuscany Room, the golden glow of the walls and large windows make you think you’re in an Italian villa. Enjoy the fireplace from the whimsical iron bed or soak in the claw-foot tub with a glass of Chianti. ... more   less 

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