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 riverfront (voted best riverfront in America by USA Today) and just recently received accolades for the best al fresco dining in the USA.
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, and fenced-in back garden.
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 and enjoy our complimentary breakfast delights 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 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.