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Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House

513 Holloway St, Durham, NC 27701-3457
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#4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Durham

Finding an ideal romantic bed and breakfast in Durham does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House, a nice option for travelers like you.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Durham, Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House is located a short distance from Golden Belt Historic District (0.7 mi) and Hayti Heritage Center (0.7 mi).

Rooms at Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House offer air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

Free breakfast will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House, free parking is available.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Chinese restaurants, including Banh's Cuisine, Happy China, and Golden China, all of which are a short distance from Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House.

Should time allow, Durham Bulls Athletic Park and American Tobacco Historic District are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Durham.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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bergh0lzc wrote a review Sep 2019
Asheville, North Carolina4 contributions3 helpful votes
We only stayed one night but wish it could have been more. The house is amazing and very clean. Frank was nice to drive us to the downtown convention center (.7 mi.) and we caught an Uber back. Breakfast was just what we asked for--not too elaborate.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: We had the downstairs room as my husband can't climb stairs well. All rooms had their own...
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C F wrote a review Aug 2019
10 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a quick, but nice stay at the inn. We appreciate Frank dropping us off at DPAC for the show. Dolly, we missed you at breakfast. I appreciate the note and gift! Thank you both for your warm hospitality!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
jm2hilo wrote a review Mar 2019
Hilo, Hawaii80 contributions74 helpful votes
This is a very hard review for me to write because the Blooming Garden is a delightful house and the proprietors, Frank and Dolly, are charming and deserving people. Still the whole experience did not work well for us. I feel like somewhat of a traitor to write this as I do not want to hurt the feelings of the owners who were so gracious to us. Sometimes, however there is the problem of too much of a good thing. . . let me try to explain. The Blooming Garden is a meticulously and lovingly restored Victorian house in a previously neglected part of Durham which is currently in resurgence. The owners were visionaries and deserve great credit for saving a house (and one across the street) that would otherwise have been torn down. Because of their efforts the community is much better. It is wonderful of them to share their home but still somehow it does not work well. The first problem is that the owners were former antique shop owners and the entire sitting room area and our bedroom were staged like an antique store, packed tight with an eclectic array of artifacts on display. Almost every surface was occupied with a china piece, a doll, a toy, a figurine, or a carving. This made it almost impossible to know where to set things down in our rooms or move around comfortably. It was just too much. The second problem is that the owners, in an attempt to be gracious often cross the line to be over attentive and loquacious. Any time of the day or night one of them was there and ready to launch into long monologues on restoration, antiques, or the history of Durham. We found ourselves avoiding the sitting room or using the side door from time to time to avoid engagement in prolonged discussions of moldings and drywall. In summary - the house is charming, the owners are wonderful people but the whole experience would be four times better if they had half the stuff and did not try so hard.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Nicole M wrote a review Jan 2019
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We enjoyed a much needed get-away weekend at Dolly and Frank’s B&B. It is a beautifully restored house in a revitalized neighborhood, where the owners reside and feature their many antique collectibles. The neighborhood was quiet and felt safe to us. The pricing was reasonable for the area. We only gave them a little notice about our arrival, but they worked hard to make us feel comfortable, having the room ready with nice scented soaps, a glass of wine upon arrival, and recommendations for near-by restaurants that were open late. They went so far as dropping us off at a restaurant, so we could easily take an uber back. Like other boutique B&B’s, the owners like to try to form connections, so they enjoy eating breakfast or having a glass of wine with guests in their home to hear about your visit or sharing stories. You may want to allow a little extra time into your schedule to be able to do this. We enjoyed the breakfasts and on our last day of our stay, they provided us with a thoughtful gift basket of snacks and small comfort items which we enjoyed and appreciated!
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Marlon R wrote a review Nov 2018
Wilmington, North Carolina3 contributions
Staying with Frank and Dolly (the owners of the B&B) was a great experience! And I would like to emphasize the word EXPERIENCE. The Blooming Garden Inn provided more than just a room to occupy for the night. They provided a friendly and personal experience that my girlfriend and I are sure to remember for a long time! We were there to watch Hamilton at the DPAC. We even had colonial outfits! It truly felt like we were staying at a family member's home. We were welcomed so warmly and left feeling like kin.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Short walk to the City Center
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$181 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNorth CarolinaDurham
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House
Which popular attractions are close to Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Nearby attractions include NC Escape (0.5 miles), DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center (0.6 miles), and Durham Bulls Athletic Park (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Parlour, Pizzeria Toro, and Rue Cler Restaurant.
Is Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Durham.
Are there any historical sites close to Blooming Garden Inn and Holly House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Duke Homestead (3.3 miles), North Carolina Central University (1.4 miles), and Hayti Heritage Center (0.7 miles).