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Robert Ruark Inn

119 N Lord St, Southport, NC 28461-3819
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Located in coastal, historic & waterfront Southport, NC, the Robert Ruark Inn is within walking distance to all the restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, museums, parks, docks, movie sites and the beautiful WATERFRONT! Featured in Coastal Living Magazine, this beautifully restored Inn was built in 1890 & restored in 2008. The entire Inn is decorated in fine antiques from the spectacular suites (all with own bath) to the parlor, dining room and throughout. There is a lovely front rocking porch, a warm and inviting brick courtyard with rockers and small bistro tables and plenty of bicycles to tour Southport, NC. A full, delicious breakfast is served every morning, wine & tea with light hors d'oeuves are complimentary every afternoon and a 24/7 coffee/tea service available.Service is a high priority at the Robert Ruark Inn. Exquisite linens, Aveda bath products, tours of Southport aboard the Inn's six passenger golf cart and service, service, service. Exceed your expectations!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
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Free breakfast
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What a terrific stay: simple yet elegant. Our hosts were very cordial but also hands off allowing you to enjoy their Inn without interference but always available if needed. Our room was well stocked and very clean. Linens were fresh and breakfast was delicious. Ricks golf cart tour, no charge, around Southport is not to be missed and was a highlight. Make sure you ask for the Virginia room because the shower is a experience you shouldn’t miss!!
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much Rose for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you had a great time and enjoyed Rick's tour, too. It is always a huge hit. It really helps guests get to know Southport! That is so neat that you mentioned the Virginia Room shower. So many of our guests rave about it. I must admit that with a beautiful bathroom, large jetted shower, fireplace in the bedroom, king bed, large closet and other great features, this room does get reserved a lot. We are fortunate as each of our rooms has a delightful charm that makes them all unique and desirable. It helps a lot that our Inn was professionally decorated after its full restoration just 10 years ago. Thank you again for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn. We hope to see you again one day. All our best always, Linda and Rick
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Property's Favorite Review
The Robert Ruark Inn is the perfect place to stay. Rick and Linda are perfect hosts. Helpful but never intrusive. The inn itself is beautifully done and comfortable. Breakfast and the wine and cheese hour were very nice. The other guests were friendly and interesting. It is within walking distance to downtown and many good restaurants. I would highly recommend this lovely inn.
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Mar 30, 2019
Thank you so much for your review! It was wonderful meeting you and having you as a guest for three nights. We hope you had fun on the rest of your coastal trip and that you will be back to Southport one day soon! We appreciate the comments about the breakfast, wine & cheese and downtown location. We are always thrilled to hear about guest experiences. We also appreciate your comments about us. Rick and I are always humbled and greatly appreciate the opportunity to share the Robert Ruark Inn and Southport with all our great guests! All our best always, Linda & Rick
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Loved our stay! Spacious beautiful room, perfect location! Easy walk to the waterfront and all shopping and dining. Linda and Rick were very welcoming and served a delicious breakfast. Can’t wait to visit again! Love Southport and love this Inn!
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Aug 2, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It was great meeting you both. We hope to see you again one day. All our best always!!! Linda and Rick
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We were in Southport for a wedding and booked a room at the Inn. When we arrived we were greeted by the owner and his lovely wife. The Inn was so comfortable, the decor was beautiful the rooms were clean and breakfast was provided every morning and cheese and wine in the afternoon. The inn had a tour of the town and offered bicycles for our pleasure. I really cannot say enough about this lovely Bed and Breakfast. We had a wonderful time and will return.
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jul 22, 2019
Thank you so much Cindy for reviewing your time at the Robert Ruark Inn. It was so nice to meet you and your friends. It is so nice you could all travel here for your special friend's wedding. Very special. We hope we'll get to see you again one day and wish you and the newlyweds all the best. All our best today, tomorrow and always! Rick and Linda
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The Robert Ruark Inn and it’s Innkeepers, Rick and Linda Pukenas are treasures. This historic home has been lovingly cared for and exudes welcome from the moment you set foot on the rocking chair front porch. The rooms are quiet, well appointed and the beds are heavenly. Breakfast is a delight with fascinating guests, some who come to speak at the Southport Maritime Museum, all seated around a sumptuous table set in bygone elegance. It’s just a short walk to the Norman Rockwell-esque downtown or to the ocean. It’s a convenient 5 minute drive to the Bald Head Island ferry.What’s not to love?
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jul 20, 2019
Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us what you enjoyed the most and of your exerience staying at the Robert Ruark Inn. We love hearing from our guests and treasure knowing you had a great time. All our best today, tomorrow and always! Linda and Rick
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United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina CoastSouthport
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