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Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 18 Wilmington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2013

I'm not going to go on with some long-winded prose. My wife and I have reasonable judgement, experience, and expectations. We just returned from our first stay, and we won't be staying anywhere else whenever we return to Wilmington.
- Location: 5 minute walk or 8 minute stroll to market street near the water, the heart of the historic district. On a lovely, quiet, vintage brick street lined with spanish-moss-adorned live oaks.
- Parking: Don't worry. Park on the street right out front. We were there during the UNC Wilmington graduation weekend, and half the block was empty.
- Room: Just spring for the extra few dollars and treat yourself to the Cypress Suite. You'll have a private entrance flanked by transcendentally fragrant jasmine, and the place is so big it'll feel like you're coming home. Very uncommon for a historic B&B. Kitchen, laundry, living room (with sofa bed), lovely bedroom, and bath with clawfoot tub/shower. You even have your own front gate, although you don't have to use it, as a mulch path leads around to the main entrance.
- Food: Spectacular and beautifully presented. Breakfast is measured in courses and flexibly timed (eat any time it's available).
- Atmosphere: Eclectic and charming, proper yet informal (which is why we steered away from the Graystone). Steve and Paula are warm proprietors. The gardens are lush yet tidy (and did I mention fragrant?). Even if you have animal allergies (which I do), don't worry about the house dog. She's quiet and either doesn't shed or Steve & Paula are fastidiously clean, probably both.
- Service: Hotel quality, rooms are promptly serviced, all details attended to, including filling and setting the coffee maker for us to wake up to the smell of morning java (a nice surprise). Steve and Paula live on the premises, so the issues of absentee hosts don't exist.

Unless you demand residence ON the beach, I'd love to hear why on Earth anyone would want to stay anywhere else.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Camellia Cottage innkeepers, Steve and Paula, remind me of the song "A House is Not a Home." The lyrics say "A chair is still a chair even when there's no one sitting there. But a chair is not a house, and a house is not a home when there's no one there to hold you tight, and no one there you can kiss goodnight." The experience of staying in this lovely home with these gracious innkeepers meeting your every need makes you feel like you have come home. The lovingly prepared breakfasts inspire even the non-cook to dabble in the kitchen when they get home. My dog will be jealous of Sparky, the dog, when she hears there's some competition for my heart. Steve was eager to share information about furnishings in the house, and Paula...How can you not love this warm vivacious lady?!!! You will want to never leave Camellia Cottage, truly your home away from home.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the Camellia Cottage New Years Eve (2012-2013). My husband and I frequent B&B's and, since I am vegan, I am used to the routine of having to call around before booking to make sure they can accomodate me. Paula, being a pastry chef, was not only willing but clearly excited for the "challenge."

We stayed in The Henry Room; upon check-in we were greeted with dark chocolate bark on one of the night stands. The artwork in the room was refreshing yet classic and we enjoyed the modern touch of having a TV in the room. Normally this isn't something we'd care about, but being New Years Eve we liked being able to watch the ball drop in the comfort of our own beautiful suite. Something I also enjoyed (that others may turn their nose up at) was the all-in-one soap offered in the rooms; it was all-natural, akin to a Dr. Bronner's all-purpose castile soap. I can appreciate the fact that a large multi-use container is much more eco-friendly than those tiny hotel soaps wrapped in paper or bottled in plastic (I can feel my husband rolling his eyes as I write this).

Breakfast was wonderful - rather than a massive bowl of oatmeal or a pound of fruit salad (the standard "vegan" fare at some other B&Bs) I was served a vegan version of what everyone else enjoyed - pumpkin french toast, fruit salad & [soy] sausage. Paula even whipped up a vegan version of a special New Years breakfast dessert, a fudgey chocolate cake.

Breakfast conversation with the couple and other guests was natural and light, not forced or weird as is sometimes the case at B&Bs. Steve explained to us that Paula was a pastry chef and social worker, so these two passions kind of combined to make this perfect B&B innkeeper. The couple's rescued dog, Sparky, was also a nice touch..he enjoyed hanging out under the table during breakfast, making a pretty warm foot rest :)

Location wise, downtown Water St was about 3-4 blocks away, which is nothing on a beautiful day! A quick Expedia search of hotels in the downtown area shows an average nightly rate of $130-170- and that is without the grand breakfast, pet-friendliness, personality and charm of Camellia Cottage. I have 4 words for you hotel-seekers on the fence about cost: claw-foot tub and fireplace.

We can't to stay here again.. and again and again. Just perfect!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank danielle786
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This bed and breakfast in the heart of historic Wilmington is beautifully maintained. Each room features interesting antiques with unexpected modern amenities. Steven and Paula are hospitable innkeepers who are totally gracious in sharing their property. The gardens are lovely and provide a peaceful setting to relax after strolling the historic district. This B&B is a pet-friendly place to stay and is a good value for the money.

All those accolades being said, there were things I did not fine appealing. 1. In an older home that serves as a B&B, do not expect privacy. You'll hear everything your neighbors are up to. 2. There is no coffee available until at least 7am, so bring your own pot if you want something earlier, 3. Even though the breakfast is well-done, I found it to be too sweet. Who offers a dessert of pistachio ice-cream after breakfast! No thanks! 4. Don't expect a late checkout. You'll be able to leave your things in a downstairs hallway, but there is no locked storage for your valuables if you need to leave them there past check out. I'd be delighted to stay there again. It's a refreshing change from chain hotels.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had the priveledge of visiting the Camella Cottage in early April 2013. The rooms were exquisitely decorated and clean. The three course breakfast was unbelievable! It was fabulous!Paula and Steven were warm and gracious hosts who were knowledgable of the area and recommended several local eaterys for dinner. The B & B is within walking distance to the downtown area and a short drive to most that Wilmington has to see. We highly recommend the Camellia Cottage for your next stay in Wilmington. Steve and Jean.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We spent one night in the Cypress Suite. It was a beautiful private suite. It was comfortable, clean, and had a view of the garden. The house is in walking distance to downtown and all it has to offer. Paula and Steve (and Sparky) were great! They were so friendly and made our visit fabulous! Breakfast was amazing! The gardens around the home are beautiful. We had time to relax on the porch and enjoy the quiet surroundings. I would certainly recommend Camellia Cottage to anyone.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is home away from home at its best. The innkeepers take excellent care of the guests. The bedroom we stayed at was very comfortable, and the house and street is very quiet. The breakfast is delicious. The location is fantastic, close to everything downtown, within walking distance of gorgeous historical mansions, tours, restaurants.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Address: 118 S 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4569
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Wilmington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Wilmington
Price Range: $145 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once home to artist Henry MacMillan, The Camellia Cottage is a high-peaked, Queen Anne shingle house featuring four guest rooms. A long veranda, painted by a local artist, provides a view of the lush garden of azaleas, magnolias, ferns and camellias. Here, great food, gracious service and a friendly atmosphere make for a relaxing guest experience. Greet each morning with coffee at your door and a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, homemade pastries and entree. Paula’s stint as a hotel pastry chef ensures a delightful dining experience. The Crane Suite features an ornate, metal bed, carved fireplace and vibrant color. Formerly the sun room, the bath and dressing area is filled with lush tropical plants. Henry’s Room, featuring a canopy bed and fireplace, reflects the stateliness found in two of Henry’s paintings hanging in the house. Jane’s Room is named after Henry’s mother and features floral designs and vintage photos complementing the four-post bed and fireplace. In the Tuscany Room, the golden glow of the walls and large windows make you think you’re in an Italian villa. Enjoy the fireplace from the whimsical iron bed or soak in the claw-foot tub with a glass of Chianti. ... more   less 

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