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“A beautiful surprise”

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The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Seagrove B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A beautiful surprise”
Reviewed June 22, 2009

Finding such a lovely guest house in Seagrove was a beautiful surprise. Hosts Suzanne and Barbara like to spoil their guests, with gourmet breakfasts, robes in the rooms, and the occasional extra treat -- one night it was chocolate-covered strawberries on our beds. For those interested in the nearby potteries, there are pieces on display from some of the area's most accomplished artists, and maps to guide you -- and we liked the ladies' restaurant suggestions so much, we went back three times to one of them.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Winston Salem
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

One of the best B&B's in which I've stayed. The sisters Suzanne and Barbara are delightful ladies and excellent hosteses. The entire place is immaculate, including our spacious king room with private bath (The Carolina.) The front porch is enjoyable and if you are a bird watcher, you are in for a treat - bird houses and feeders abound in the back with a swing right in the middle of the action! Breakfast is hearty (served between 8 and 9a) and very well-done - fresh and yummy. The little sun porch dining area is adorable and a great way to start your day. They are more than willing to share recipes and other hostess tips. They have restaurant menus, brochures and recommendations for all the local attractions and eateries. They make up cheese and cracker trays in the afternoons and keep a refrigerator of soft drinks easily accessible to guests. In short, they are all about your comfort and enjoyment!

They are also fine ambassadors for the local potters. They have samples of works from several shops and showcase them for all the guests to see. We had our list pretty well set, but after seeing their pottery up close, we added several other shops to our route. The Seagrove pottery community is lucky to have them as such proponents of the local industry.

We really can't say enough. The pottery shopping experience was greatly enhanced by our stay here and now we wouldn't even consider staying in Asheboro with this crown jewel right in Seagrove.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank NCL0ver
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north carolina
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Reviewed December 2, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Duck Smith House B&B while hiking on the Uwharrie Trail. When we weren't hiking, we were enjoying the many potteries around the area and lounging at the B&B.

Our hostesses, Suzanne and Barbara were the best. They informed us before we left home that the county was a dry county and that if we wanted something alcoholic to drink, we would need to bring our own. Since my husband and I left our 9 and 4 year old at home, we were interested in a romantic bottle of wine for the trip. Suzanne and Barbara immediately offered us wine glasses and a bottle opener.

The second evening, when we had been out for hours and missed lunch, they offered a cheese and cracker plate for us to enjoy with our bottle of wine. The breakfast was fantastic, particularly the blueberry pancakes which lulled me into going for the fourth... We saved on lunch, too, because we ate so much for breakfast that it was hours before we were hungry again.

The furnishings were beautiful. We also appreciated their collection of pottery from local potters, as it gives you an idea of what you might like to see during the visit.

We both highly recommend a stay with Suzanne and Barbara.

  • Stayed December 2007
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Indiana, Pa
1 review
Reviewed November 17, 2007

We stayed 2 nights at The Duck Smith House, for our 24th anniversary. We've stayed in many B&Bs and have had a wide variety of experiences.

This was by far the best ever! Run by 2 very pleasant and engaging sisters, the attention to detail was superb. We were well cared for, yet had much privacy - a perfect blend.

Our room was comfortable and very clean. Lots of room and space to unpack and settle-in.

Breakfast was delicious, and served lovingly in a sunny room. There were also cold drinks available as wanted, and our hostesses provided beautiful wine glasses for us, and even made us a cheese/snack plate one evening as my husband and I played cards in the common room.

We will highly recommend this place to our friends and family.

Stayed November 2007
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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Reviewed August 4, 2007

Most people have only one reason to go to Seagrove, NC: pottery. (It's famous for being the birthplace of North Carolina pottery, if you weren't aware.) That was the only reason I went. But there was a second reason why I stayed: Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast. Recently renovated and run with care by the Murphy sisters, this inn was a little piece of heaven. We were welcomed with crisply brewed iced tea with fresh mint from the herb garden. The grounds behind the inn have been transformed into a haven for hummingbirds and yellow finches, to name just a few, as the result of Suzanne Murphy's ingenious hanging bird feeders on pulleys that prevent the squirrels from getting all the seed. (It's not that we have anything against squirrels, but they can easily pick up from the ground what the birds discard.) The front of the inn is wrapped with a large porch dotted with rocking chairs. Amidst the largest hanging begonias I've ever seen, my husband and I spent a quiet evening rocking and breathing in the tranquility of the place. When we retired, it was to 800 thread count sheets in a well-appointed room with a private bath. The Carolina Room , which we had viewed and selected online, was both spacious and tastefully decorated. After we awoke refreshed from a blissfully quiet sleep, we were greeted by delectable breakfasts. The first morning it was a tender poached pear, French toast stuffed with pecans, pineapple and cream cheese with a large portion of scrambled eggs and sausage. My husband raved about the coffee, but because I am not a coffee drinker, I was pleasantly surprised to find my favorite English breakfast tea was available. The second morning we dined on sliced local peaches in a creamy sauce, blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and the crispiest bacon to ever pass my lips. The portion size was more than enough to get us through to dinner -- which saved us some money that I immediately spent on gorgeous, unique pottery.) Although the food was delectable and plentiful, it wasn't nearly as satisfying as the friendly conversation and warmth of our hostesses. They had a way of making us feel so welcomed. Sometimes you can feel like a stranger in a bed and breakfast, no matter how well decorated or centrally located it is, but this was not the case at the Duck Smith House. Barb and Suzanne truly love what they do as innkeepers--and those fortunate enough to stay for a night or two, as we were, will leave the place not only in love with it, but with them, as well.

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NC
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Reviewed April 28, 2007

We met a friend who was guiding us to the potter studios in the area. We checked in after an afternoon of touring the area and were met by the gracious owners who immediately made us feel welcome. We were given a tour of the spotless Victorian style bed and breakfast inn which has 4 charming bedrooms with private baths, a breakfast room, and a common area living room and dining room. The owners live in a separate little house on the property. We relaxed on the porch and were offered an appetizer platter to go with our wine ;then were asked if we needed any advice on area restraurants for dinner. There was turndown service. The breakfast the next morning was excellent and plentiful served on lovely china in the sunny breakfast room overlooking their spacious yard .Their rates are reasonable complete with breakfast. We are planning a return trip later in the summer or fall.
It is very convenient to the potteries and a short drive from the huge NC Zoo

Stayed April 2007
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Durham
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Reviewed March 26, 2007

A friend of mine and I stayed overnight at Duck Smith House and we had a wonderful stay. As a matter of fact, we are planning another trip and are taking other friends along. Suzanne and Barbara, the owners, are so friendly and accomodating. They welcomed us into their home and made us feel welcome immediately. We sat on the wrap around porch until after dark and then sat on the swing underneath the 100 year old tree and gazed at the stars. The stuffed french toast made by Barbara the following morning was fantastic!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 465 N Broad St, Seagrove, NC 27341-8582
Location: United States > North Carolina > Seagrove
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Seagrove
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Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 1914 farmhouse has been completely restored by sisters Barbara & Suzanne Murphy and reopened Feb. 2006. New furniture, mattress, bedding, linens make these 4 bedrooms complete. Each room has its own bathroom. First floor king size bed bedroom is handicap accessible and pet friendly. Seagrove is the pottery capitol of North Carolina. Step back in time. ... more   less 

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