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Robert Ruark Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Southport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Springs, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Can't get any better than this”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

You can feel the love in every aspect of this wonderful inn. The hospitality was heartfelt, the owners are so warm and welcoming, and interesting. The house is beautiful and tasteful, and lovingly cared for. The breakfasts were delicious and afternoon appetizers were special and beyond the usual. My room was very comfortable with all the charm you could ask for and everything modern you would need. Southport is such a special place and this is a very special inn.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of the Inn. We enjoyed meeting you so much. We also enjoyed meeting your friends. Lovely people! We are hoping to run into them around Southport.

We are also hoping to see you again one day and are very appreciative of the opportunity to meet and visit with you last week.

Take care! All our very best,
Linda & Rick
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Robert Ruark Inn. It is a beautiful, comfortable Inn and the service was five star (personalized with lots of pampering). Every room is filled with antiques, charm and warmth. The two rocking porches and the brick courtyard were spacious and perfect for rocking and relaxing. We enjoyed the Inn being so close to all the restaurants, historical sites, and the water. The complimentary tour for guests is a special treat. We have stayed at several Bed and Breakfasts and none compare to the Robert Ruark Inn. We are looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at the Robert Ruark Inn. We enjoyed having you as guests of the Inn and appreciate your review. We want everyone who stays at the Inn to have an exceptional experience.

We feel so fortunate to open the doors to our Bed & Breakfast and to be located in Southport, North Carolina. Every day we are reminded of why it is such a special place. And...every day we are thankful for the wonderful guests we meet and with whom we get to share the Robert Ruark Inn.

Thanks again for the time you took to write your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you all the best.
Linda & Rick
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Perfect stay at the Robert Ruark Inn last weekend! Linda and RIck the owners are wonderful, very friendly and very interesting to talk to. They also went above and beyond our expectations. They served appetizers and wine each afternoon and gave us a lift in their golf cart to and from the Bald Head Island Ferry. The Inn is lovely, and was impeccably clean as well. We stayed in the Robert Room, which had a very nice bathroom and a gas fireplace. The breakfasts were gourmet and delicious. Even in January there's a lot to do in the area. We rented a golf cart on Bald Head Island and toured the island. While there we hiked in the Maritime Forest and out to the Cape Fear point. Most of the shops and restaurants were open for business in Southport too. We went to the movies Saturday night and on Sunday we took the ferry to Fort Fisher and went to the aquarium. There is a walking tour of Fort Fisher too, however, it was a bit cold for that on Sunday.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thank you so much for your review and kind words. We feel so fortunate to be able to share the Robert Ruark Inn with our guests. In addition, it is so nice to hear you took advantage of all the wonderful things Southport and the surrounding areas (Bald Head Island, etc.). have to offer.

We truly believe service and a high quality experience is so important. It warms our hearts and reinforces our beliefs when we get reviews like yours.

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Robert Ruark Inn and offer comments about Southport, too.

All our very, very best to you both!
Linda & Rick
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

This place has everything - a lovely old house, a very welcoming host (we only met Rick,as Linda was away on family business) with an obvious love of his home & its surroundings & one of the best breakfasts we've had in a long time.

. . . and Southport is a lovely little town!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. It was wonderful meeting you both. I am glad you included Southport in your travels to the States. We consider it an honor to share Southport and the Robert Ruark Inn with people around the globe.

Thank you, too, for your kind words on the breakfast. It is always very nice to hear.

Take care. All my best!
Rick
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

For our recent anniversary, and my birthday, we searched all over to find a great place to stay and we really lucked out with the Robert Ruark Inn! The owners, Rick and Linda, were absolutely fabulous hosts and made our weekend a moment in time we will never forget! We are planning more trips in the coming months back to the Robert Ruark Inn, and we know the experience will be every bit as perfect as the first one! Southport is lucky to have this Inn, it was lovely!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you so much Allie for your review and wonderful comments. It was great meeting you both and having you as guests at the Robert Ruark Inn. We love hearing reviews and knowing that you enjoyed the Inn and Southport so much. It makes us happy knowing you had a great anniversary and birthday celebration!

We'll look forward to seeing you again and are very appreciative of you choosing the Robert Ruark Inn and for you taking the time to share your comments.

Many best wishes to you both.
All our best,
Linda & RIck
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The inn was absolutely lovely, inside and out. Everything true to the photos on their website. Breakfast was delicious and we enjoyed visiting with another couple staying there. We shortened our stay due to bad weather. I appreciate Linda being understanding about that! I had hopes to enjoy their adorable outdoor eating areas and our small balcony, but nature and the rain had other ideas. Charming town, it was our first visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
We appreciate you choosing the Robert Ruark Inn for your visit to the NC Coast. The day you were here was the worst rainfall I've ever experienced anywhere on the East Coast. We have been spoiled from Southport's "picture perfect" weather most of the year.

Hopefully you can return and enjoy the entire outdoor property (bricked courtyard, front and side rocking porches, bicycles and gardens) as well as lovely Southport. We have so many restaurants, waterfront areas and shops within a very short walking distance as well. And....your night's sleep will be much better wthout the sound of pounding rain.

Thanks again for taking the time to send a review. We hope to see you again.
Linda & Rick
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Severna Park, Maryland
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

The owners are so friendly and helpful. We loved the breakfast - fresh fruit, home-made waffles, quiche, sausages, and excellent yogurt. The wonderful location and outstanding facilities made our stay a real pleasure. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for the opportunity to meet you. We enjoyed chatting and having you as a guest at the Robert Ruark Inn. We hope you will visit again.
All our best as the fall approaches. Have a great rest of 2012!
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Property: Robert Ruark Inn
Address: 119 N Lord St, Southport, NC 28461-3819
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Southport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Southport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the quaint village of Southport, NC and featured in Coastal Living in 2015 and 2013 , The Robert Ruark Inn is a beautifully restored Inn built in 1890 and restored in 2008. The entire Inn is decorated in fine antiques from the spectacular suites (all with own bath) to the parlor, formal 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 complete the picture. Whether touring or escaping for a weekend or few nights, the Robert Ruark Inn has the beauty, charm and service you should expect from any exclusive, elegant Inn. Come join us! ... more   less 
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