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The Dames Inn-5 Star Guest Rated! Exceptional Southern Hospitality Near Downtown

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The Dames Inn-your home away from home near historic downtown & film studios

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Wilmington house description

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.

The Dames Inn is a non-smoking property.



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Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            We will not rent to those persons under 25 years of age unless accompanied by an adult...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking is not permitted....moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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          • 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

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Television:

                Three of the four bedrooms have flat screen televisions with DVD player. There is a television in the sun parlor....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                Library contains video collection of films shot on location in the Wilmington area...moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

                  • Fitness Center

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Downtown

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Basketball Court
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Parasailing
                      • Racquetball
                      • Rafting
                      • Sailing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Surfing
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Wind-Surfing

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        Formal dining room with original wallpaper and chandelier. Seating for eight....moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 8 people

                      General

                      • Air Conditioning:

                        Dual HVAC system with thermostats on first and second floor...moreless

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        Full-sized dryer located in laundry room on second floor...moreless

                      • Fireplace:

                        Four decorative fireplaces...moreless

                      • Free Long Distance
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet:

                        Wireless internet throughout the house...moreless

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided:

                        Linens Provided: High thread count linens and matching comforter sets...moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        Supple leather seating in the formal parlor...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Off street parking available...moreless

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Two off street parking spaces with residential parking permit...moreless

                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine:

                        Full-sized washer located in laundry room on second floor...moreless

                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        Working fireplace in the parlor...moreless

                      Kitchen

                      • Catering Available
                      • Coffee Maker:

                        Kuerig and standard coffee pot....moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Fully equipped chef's kitchen with all small appliances including Kuerig Coffee System, blender, toaster, mixer, immersion blender, food processor and more!...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Fully stocked with dinnerware, cutlery and serving pieces....moreless

                      • Dishwasher:

                        Double dish drawers...moreless

                      • Ice Maker
                      • Kitchen:

                        Large pantry room off kitchen with second refrigerator....moreless

                      • Microwave:

                        Large in-wall microwave...moreless

                      • Pantry Items:

                        Fully stocked pantry; if I don't have it you don't need it!...moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

                        Stainless steel side by side refrigerator with water/ice dispenser, wine chiller and rapid food defrost drawers....moreless

                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Balcony:

                        Balcony on second level adjacent to sleeping porch...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Newly renovated gardens boast 90 year old oak trees and southern varietals of shrubs and plantings...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Payment Type

                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional
                           

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                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Cleaning Fee $150 + tax
                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Tax Rate 13%

                          Notes:

                          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


                          Cancellation policy:

                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                          Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                          Location

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                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Wilmington International Airport ILM
                          15 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Wrightsville Beach

                          Car: Recommended

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2000

                          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.


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                          • The Dames Inn-your home away from home near historic downtown & film studios

                            The Dames Inn-your home away from home near historic downtown & film studios

                          • Former matriarch of the home Dame Catharine Carpender whose spirit still lingers

                            Former matriarch of the home Dame Catharine Carpender whose spirit still lingers

                          • Pirate Pub featuring Roger the pirate!

                            Pirate Pub featuring Roger the pirate!

                          • The library filled with books, DVD's, and games leads out to a screened-in porch

                            The library filled with books, DVD's, and games leads out to a screened-in porch

                          • Cozy, light filled sunroom leads out to a private garden

                            Cozy, light filled sunroom leads out to a private garden

                          • The Dames Room with romantic king canopy bed & loveseat

                            The Dames Room with romantic king canopy bed & loveseat

                          • The Bergen Room offers a queen poster bed and original wallpaper

                            The Bergen Room offers a queen poster bed and original wallpaper

                          • Vintage bath with original floors and fixtures

                            Vintage bath with original floors and fixtures

                          • The rear garden path was built with bricks found buried on the property

                            The rear garden path was built with bricks found buried on the property

                          • Screened in porch off the library is a perfect spot to curl up with a good book!

                            Screened in porch off the library is a perfect spot to curl up with a good book!

                          • The Dames Inn--a perfect setting for a vintage glamour wedding shoot!

                            The Dames Inn--a perfect setting for a vintage glamour wedding shoot!

                          • Catch glimpses of the filming of the TV series Under the Dome & Sleepy Hollow!

                            Catch glimpses of the filming of the TV series Under the Dome & Sleepy Hollow!

                          • The Dames Inn (Bergen Carpender House) circa 1924

                            The Dames Inn (Bergen Carpender House) circa 1924

                          • Fully stocked kitchen with over-sized pantry.  A chef's dream!

                            Fully stocked kitchen with over-sized pantry. A chef's dream!

                          • Spacious formal dining room with seating for eight

                            Spacious formal dining room with seating for eight

                          • Enormous formal parlor with leather sofas and original chandelier & fireplace

                            Enormous formal parlor with leather sofas and original chandelier & fireplace

                          • The Elovine Room overlooks the restored gardens and access to a private balcony

                            The Elovine Room overlooks the restored gardens and access to a private balcony

                          • The Carpender Room features king sleigh bed & loveseat

                            The Carpender Room features king sleigh bed & loveseat

                          • Jack & Jill Bathroom with original fixtures

                            Jack & Jill Bathroom with original fixtures

                          • Relax in one of our comfy rockers on the sprawling front porch!

                            Relax in one of our comfy rockers on the sprawling front porch!

                          • Our beautiful back garden invites you to enjoy summertime in the South!

                            Our beautiful back garden invites you to enjoy summertime in the South!

                          • Welcome to the South, y'all!

                            Welcome to the South, y'all!

                          • First Kiss Wedding Wall featuring newlyweds whose families have graced my home

                            First Kiss Wedding Wall featuring newlyweds whose families have graced my home

                          • Butler service provided by Eddie (optional)

                            Butler service provided by Eddie (optional)

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                          4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

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                          Speaks: english
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