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“Peace and Comfort”
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Open Gates B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Darien B&B and Inns
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Mount Gilead, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
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“Peace and Comfort”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

I had never been to Darien and the website for Darien got my attention. When looking for a B&B, the website for Open Gates came up. I love grand old houses and this B&B offered the services of a chef. That really got my attention. I was not disappointed with the accommodations, the service or the breakfasts. The location was peaceful, beautiful square, and walking distance to the waterfront area. There was a wine bar and excellent waterfront restaurant within easy walking distance. The owners of the B&B are delightful. I was fortunate to find such a treasure. Jekyll Island is less than an hour south and it is one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see.This area of Georgia is full of history and there's lots to see.

Room Tip: the Island room downstairs is large, and brightly furnished.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

The owners are very nice, vibrant and helpful! They are also updating some of the rooms and they will be amazing once try are done. If you are looking for a small town with a lot of charm and within walking distance to everything this is the place. There are also a couple of great bars and restaraunts in the area including a fantastic wine bar. The locals are also amazing people and love to join you for a drink or to tell you about their history. Can't wait to visit again soon!! It's southern hospitality at its best!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Edgewater, Florida
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We loved staying here. Breakfast was good and the people are very nice and helpful. We stayed in the room detached from the house. Next time we will stay in the house in the Isand Room down stairs. It is lovely. We are at tne Darien River House which is a 5 minute walk. I felt like I was back in the days. I loved it. We went bike riding too. It was fun.Pool was great too.

Room Tip: Up stairs rooms are nice. I would stay there or in the down stairs room, The Island room...lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We really loved this place - exactly what you want in a B&B. The owners were sweet, breakfast was great, bed was comfy and I loved the cool, refreshing pool waiting after a day trekking through Harris Neck refuge. We will definitely be back as it is a great location from which to explore the islands and refuges in the area. Highly recommend Indigo Coastal Shanty in Brunswick and Pams #1 near the B&B for food and great atmosphere/friendly service.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Port Orange
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Open Gates Bed and Breakfast and celebrated her birthday weekend in Darien. The weekend that we planned to stay was during the Blessing of the Fleet. We decided on staying here after visiting Darien in the Fall. Open Gates B&B had several rooms to choose from but we wanted to stay in the upper carriage house room which was secluded from the main home with it's own private entrance. This Bed and Breakfast also has an inground pool. Our hosts Jeff and Kelly were great as well as the other couples staying there as well. We enjoyed our homemade breakfast in the mornings and look forward to returning soon. A highly recommended place to stay!!

Room Tip: Carriage house room is secluded and private from main house.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Westfield, MA
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Open Gates in March. Nice location on a pretty square within walking distance to a couple of good restaurants. Jeff was a gracious host - and the breakfasts were yummy. There are a lots of books and games in the library - and a private back yard. We particularly enjoyed breakfast with the other guests and were able to get ideas about sightseeing in the area. We'd stay there again. The rooms in the main house have all been updated. The Garden Room where we stayed was a bit more rustic - but very private. We'd stay there again!

Room Tip: There is a church in the square with bells that ring on the hour up until 10 p.m. If that's a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Just fabulous! Perfect location on the square in Darien surrounded by hundred year old live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss. We've stayed in Darien before because it is convenient to I95 but far enough off the interstate for a night of restful tranquility. We hadn't seen this inn because it isn't on a main street and are grateful we found it on TA because it was such a nice experience. Stayed in the Island Room which was really gorgeous. Big beautiful king sized bed in an oasis of turquoise board and batten walls. The inn is within walking distance of a couple of very nice restaurants which is definitely a plus. Darien is low key and unpretentious, a lovely, sleepy little southern town. This is an excellent inn, good value for money, very friendly innkeepers and wonderful breakfast. We will definitely visit again and next time stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Open Gates B&B
Address: 301 Franklin St, Historic Vernon Square, Darien, GA 31305-9068
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Darien
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Darien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Open Gates B&B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open Gates Bed and Breakfast, built in 1876 by a wealthy timber baron, is uniquely situated for nature-lovers, history buffs, birders, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts wanting to experience one of the richest natural ecosystems in the world. We are a family run, nature-based business located in the small coastal village of Darien, Georgia. Located on historic Vernon Square, just one block from the shrimp boats on the Darien waterfront, Open Gates is surrounded by giant live oak and magnolia trees providing a private, relaxed atmosphere for your vacation getaway retreat, business trip or special event ... more   less 
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