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“Elegant But Warm and Friendly”
Review of Robert Ruark Inn

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Robert Ruark Inn
Ranked #2 of 9 Southport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Elegant But Warm and Friendly”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely inn! My husband and I continued our North Carolina after-Christmas trip with a visit to Southport. We didn't know when we left New Bern if we would stay overnight in Southport so I didn't make a reservation. Upon arrival we decided we wanted to stay overnight and found the Robert Ruark Inn. We appeared unannounced at the inn's front door was was warmly greeted by owner/inn keeper, Rick. He Invited us in and showed us the available rooms. We chose (or rather I chose) Virginia's room, the only guest room on the first floor.

What a lovely room and bath--king size bed, functioning gas fireplace, individual copper sinks recessed in two gorgeous antique vanities (lamps and a lighted make-up mirror on the vanities), large double shower with body jets and ceiling "rain" spray! We enjoyed the room so much that we stayed a second night.

After a sumptuous breakfast Rick took us touring on one of his large golf carts. What fun--even if it was cold and windy! (I'm a Nicholas Spark's fan so was naturally interested in seeing the filming locations of Safe Haven.) Rick had extensive knowledge of the historic homes and their backgrounds. Additionally, he had knowledge of filming sites of the various movies that were made in Southport.

We ate at the Cape Fear Restaurant on the water in downtown Southport--good local food and atmosphere. The following day we ate at the Fishy Fish Cafe, also on the water, and were entertained through the window by a porpoise!

Before leaving town we visited Moore's Street Market, which offered a look into the past of a small town market and cafe--yet offered current specialities such as cuppucino.

And lastly, across the street at the Dosher Thrift Store I found some last minute treasurers! (Proceeds from sales are donated to the Dosher Memorial Hospital and Nursing Center.)

We definately plan to return to Southport and the Robert Ruark Inn!



  • Stayed January 2014
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
We loved reading your review and greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at the Robert Ruark Inn. It was a pleasure meeting you both. It made us so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay so much, you extended it. That meant a lot to us. We were beaming!

I appreciate your feedback on the tours as well. That was something we added two years ago and have had a great response. It is always great to hear how our guests enjoyed it and benefited from it. Honestly...we love giving the tours, too. It helps us show off our special little coastal village, Southport.

Thank you again for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn and for the wonderful review. We wish you both the very, very best in 2014! Hope to see you again.
Rick & Linda
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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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12 reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

What a wonderful way to spend a quiet Christmas! The Inn was beautifully decorated, Christmas carols were playing as we walked in-- perfect!! Rick greeted us warmly and showed us around - explaining all the "extras" the Inn has to offer. (Wine and cheese in the afternoons, fudge, candies, coffee) One of our favorite parts of the visit was the tour of Southport that Rick took us on. Don't miss this !! Breakfast was divine - This is a very special place in a very special town. Linda was a gracious host as well - although we didn't get to see much of her since she also runs a Tea Room in town!! Rick and Linda are hospitable and welcoming. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn. Christmas is one of our most favorite times of the year so it is wonderful to be able to share the Inn with special guests. We enjoyed meeting you both and having you as guests very much.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and do hope to see you again.

All our very, very best in 2014!!!!
Rick & Linda
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

The Ruark House is stately, historic, beautifully furnished and tastefully decorated. A stay at the inn offers everything guests could desire from commodious bedrooms and bathing facilities, to small touches like homemade fudge and Peppermint Patties, a wide selection of beverages, bicycles, and cozy outdoor areas for relaxing, to golf cart tours around the neighborhood. Breakfast was excellent especially Trish's homemade Praline Muffins. We will definitely choose this inn on future getaways to Southport.

Room Tip: One of the bedrooms only offers a tub for bathing, so you might want to choose a different room if y...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really appreciate the time you took to let us know of your experience. Yes...I agree. Trish's Praline muffins are awesome. She is a great addition to our team. Although we think it, however, it is great to hear it from guests like you. That is where the opinion is most important!!!!

I am sorry to hear that you did not know that the bathtub works both as a tub and shower. All our rooms actually do have showers. Two rooms have clawfoot tubs that also have showers with both rainfall shower heads and hand held shower heads. We try and make sure all our guests know how to use all capabilities and how to adjust the strength to meet their individual needs. All the private bathrooms were created and part of the Robert Ruark Inn's complete restoration just five years ago in 2008. Again, I apologize for not making sure you knew of the functionality. In addition to the two clawfoot tubs that serve as tubs and showers, we have two rooms with stand-up showers with one shower that has multiple jets.

Thank you so much for your review!!! We appreciate you choosing the Robert Ruark Inn and hope to see you again one day.

All our very best for the upcoming Thanksgiving and for the entire Holiday Season and new year!

Linda & Rick
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

What a lovely experience! From the beautiful (and large!) room, to the claw foot tub, to the awesome wine & appetizers....we were so impressed. And not to mention the bikes available for exploring the waterfront. Rick was an excellent host and made us a breakfast to die for! Although my husband and I love just down the road in Wilmington, we felt like we were worlds away. Cannot wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed October 2013
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure meeting you both. We are so glad you had such a great time. Nice to know you enjoyed the bicycles, too. We felt that was an important amenity for our guests. Southport is such a lovely city in which to ride. We love it ourselves. We are always thinking, "what would we want?" That's why we have the bikes, the Aveda hair products, afternoon wine & cheese and 24/7 coffee/tea station. It's so nice to know you enjoyed it.

Again, thanks so very much for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn and for taking the time to let us know of your experience. We hope to see you again one day and wish you all the very, very best.
Rick & Linda
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Linda and Rick were some of the most hospitable and personable B&B owners. They were kind, helpful and able to guide their guests to some of the best in Southport. Bikes, tours and a beautiful home are simply part of your stay when a guest at the Robert Ruark. It's Southport at its finest.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn and for your review. Rick & I greatly appreciate your kind words and confirmation. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you stay with us.

All our best!!!
Rick & Linda
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

This was our first visit to the Robert Ruark Inn, Southport. Rick and LInda are exceptional hosts - providing everything to make your stay perfect. From the availability of complimentary coffee, tea and water, snacks and wine provided early evening, an excellent breakfast and a very informative golf cart tour of the town. The antique furnishings were delightful. We stayed in Virginia's room on the first floor and found it to be very comfortable and quiet. The bathroom had an amazing walk-in shower and two basins and the inn was immaculately clean. If time permits visit The Southport Tea House for afternoon tea (run by Linda). Definitely a place we would like to return to in the future.

Room Tip: If stairs are a problem choose Virginia's room on the first floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thank you so much for the beautiful review. It was such a pleasure meeting you both and welcoming you to the Robert Ruark Inn. Your review made my day! It is so nice to hear wonderful responses from our guests.

Rick loves to hear about the tours, too. He enjoys giving them. It's the history teacher in him. I think he's read some of the local history books two or three times just to make sure he didn't miss anything. The movie and TV filming stuff is fun, too.

Many thanks for your comments on the Southport Tea House, too. We just celebrated a month in operation and have already welcomed many visitors.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again one day soon!

All our very, very best,
Linda & Rick
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

A wonderful surprise, this tiny little town full of history and quaint picture postcard houses is a delight, but none more so that this immaculate and stunning Inn. Our host was friendly and informative and the Inn itself is superb. The furnishings, antiques and decor are breathtaking and our room was large , spotlessly clean and with the most amazing shower. Breakfast was at a communal table and laid out beautifully. Drinks and snack were on hand after a long day touring- no detail left out. A wonderful place to stay and be spoilt. Truly one of the best B&B's.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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RIck and Linda P, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I just read it and it made my day. Knowing our guests have a wonderful experience at the Robert Ruark Inn and enjoy Southport so much, is what we strive to achieve.

I enjoyed meeting you both very much and wish you safe and fun travels always. Hopefully one day we'll see you again in Southport but we are just so appreciative you chose our little quaint town and the Robert Ruark Inn for your recent visit.

All our very, very best,
Rick & Linda
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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 #2 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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