My wife, our dog and I spent a weekend in Wilmington. The weather was dreary but our stay was incredible. Our hosts at the Camellia were owners Paula and Steve and they made sure we were welcome and comfortable. The B&B was pretty full over the weekend but we felt like we were completely alone when we wanted to be. The rooms are very well appointed and while it is an older home the owners have managed to update it with modern conveniences but retain the olden charms. We were served an amazing breakfast each morning and we had great conversations with couples from Wisconsin to the Neatherlands. While they do allow dogs, the hosts do try to be sure that the dogs are well behaved. There were 4 dogs at the inn on our visit and if we didn't meet them on the porch we would never have known other dogs were staying with us.
We have spent some time in Wilmington as we have a son in school there but this was our first visit to the Camellia. The Inn is a close walk to the waterfront where there are many fantastic restaurants, shops and bars. We look forward to return visits to The Camellia soon!
- 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