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Step back in time and discover the best of modern day amenities while surrounded by the charms of yesteryear that defines the luxury accommodation at The Dames Inn.
Located in the former 'streetcar suburb' of Carolina Heights, this grand home is just blocks from the downtown waterfront and minutes from the film studios. Actress Jennifer Connelly has been a guest while filming the movie, 'Stuck in Love'. Currently, the TV series 'Under the Dome' is being filmed locally along with the series, 'Sleepy Hollow'.
The Dames Inn is a perfect place for family gatherings, bridal parties, or romantic retreats.
Built in 1924, this unique property is close to shops and restaurants, and minutes from ILM airport. Wrightsville beach is a 15 minute drive from the property and Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Ft. Fisher (home to the NC Aquarium) is 30 minutes away.
The house features a fully renovated, well-equipped gourmet kitchen and pantry, Pirate Pub, original tiger oak hardwood floors, spacious rooms, and tasteful furnishings. Conveniences include security system, natural gas powered generator, wireless internet, fenced-in back garden, and cable television.
With 5000 square feet of luxurious living area, guests can gather in comfort or retreat to one of the 14 immaculately presented rooms for privacy.
The Dames Inn is aptly named in honor of the previous owner, Dame Catharine Carpender whose spirit can still be felt in the halls of this grand house. The home has virtually remained unchanged since the day she was built some 90 years ago. When you step through the front door you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time with original photos and architectural drawings of the home displayed in the formal parlor. The parlor, with its overstuffed leather sofas, invites you to sit and relax. Sip your morning coffee in the adjacent sun parlor before venturing out into the garden. From the parlor, open the French doors to the library and find the original built-in bookcases filled with novels, board games and a selection of DVD’s featuring movies filmed in the Wilmington area. The formal dining room boasts original wallpaper, antique chandelier, and a dining room suite with seating for eight. The fully stocked kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances is a chef's dream. The butler’s pantry has been converted into a pirate pub room—perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing the Cape Fear region.
The Dames Inn offers four spacious guestrooms--two king master bedrooms and two queen bedrooms. There are two original Jack & Jill bathrooms which are accessible from the bedrooms they adjoin. All bedrooms and bathrooms are on the second floor; there is no elevator.
The first master bedroom features a king-sized canopy bed, oversized furnishings and original light fixtures. The second master has a king-sized sleigh bed, decorative fireplace and adjoins a private sitting room.
The third bedroom boasts original wallpaper with a charming queen-sized four poster bed while the fourth queen bedroom has access to the upstairs balcony overlooking the lovely gardens. Three of the four bedrooms have flat screen televisions with DVD player.
The sprawling front porch with inviting rockers and an old fashioned porch swing beckons you to come and sit a spell.
We are pleased to offer the addition of our Guest Services Coordinator! From large weddings to intimate celebrations, our experienced planner can help make your special day a memorable one by attending to all the details while you sit back, relax and enjoy your day! Please ask for more details about this exceptional, personalized service!
We look forward to being a part of the wonderful memories you take away from your visit to Wilmington!
Please feel free to contact the owner with any questions or to check availability.
King size beds (2) High thread count linens with tasteful comforter set. Queen size Beds (2) High thread count linens with matching comforter set. All mattresses are fully encased in plastic....moreless
Security system, natural gas powered generator, personal shopping offered, We provide beach chairs and towels, beach umbrellas and boogie boards for your trips to area beaches. Order your groceries prior to arrival from the local grocery store and we will pick them up for you!...moreless
Satellite / Cable
Three of the four bedrooms have flat screen televisions with DVD player. There is a television in the sun parlor....moreless
Library contains video collection of films shot on location in the Wilmington area...moreless
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Formal dining room with original wallpaper and chandelier. Seating for eight....moreless
Seating for 8 people
Dual HVAC system with thermostats on first and second floor...moreless
Full-sized dryer located in laundry room on second floor...moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Cleaning Fee$150 + tax
Property Damage Protection$49
4 night rental/ $300 per night
13% tax not included in rate
$150 cleaning fee
Longer rental terms available
*Higher rates for holidays and special events
No weddings or events permitted
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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About the owner: I fell in love with the Bergen Carpender house in the year 2001. From the moment I crossed her threshold I knew that I was about to become a part of the remarkable history and legacy of this amazing home. It was like stepping back in time as the house has remained essentially unchanged from the day it was built in 1924.
Why the Owner Chose Wilmington: Wilmington is a vibrant city steeped in history and rooted in southern traditions. I love that you can walk to the downtown markets on Saturday mornings or take a short drive to the beaches in the summer. You can stroll down to the coffee shop and catch up with the locals. Summer evenings are spent on porch swings with neighbors and everyone greets you with a smile.
The Unique Benefits at this House: While this is a vacation property it is first and foremost my home and a place I wanted to share with people who would appreciate her character and her timeless beauty. Couple the charms of an historic home with the modern conveniences we've all come to enjoy and you have an incredible place you get to call home for a while. I hope that you find all that and more at the Dames Inn.