What stood out to me the most was the personal attention given by the hosts. I emailed them...unbeknownst to my gal...and requested a chilled bottle of sparkling wine to be in our room when we arrived. I wasn't expecting a favorable reply but was excited when they emailed back and were happy to oblige. They even added a chocolate treat...on their own...which only added to the pleasure and enjoyment. We sat on the front porch and soaked in the moment! What a great start to a special mini getaway! Thank you Paula and Steve! Both, too, were always available yet out of sight so we felt as if their home was really ours for the time we spent there. Paula's culinary skills shined at the morning breakfasts and conversations were always anticipated and were a memorable start to each day. For those looking for a pleasant, relaxing, southern hospitality, 'front porch' experience so close...walking distance...to the many, great eateries and interesting, local attractions, the Camellia Cottage is the place to enjoy them from. And, Steve, thanks for the fresh, morning coffee at the door. What a special treat!
- 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