The Dames Inn-Where Timeless Grace Meets Southern Charm-Your Home Away from Home
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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, 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 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.
Member since: 2010
- 5000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Free Long Distance
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Catering Available
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning Fee $150 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 13%
5 night minimum stay
Rate may be higher for holidays, special events, or seasonal reservations
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
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 2001
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, NC, USA:
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 a glass of wine, good gossip and making wonderful memories.
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 can call home for a while. I hope that you find all that and more at the Dames Inn.
Links to more information:
The Dames Inn-historic elegance near the downtown riverfront voted #1 in USA!
A house that time forgot, a home you will always remember.
Fully stocked kitchen with over-sized pantry. Put some South in your mouth!
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
The Dames Room with romantic king canopy bed & loveseat
The Bergen Room offers a queen poster bed and original wallpaper
Pirate Pub featuring Roger the pirate!
Privacy porch offers a perfect spot to curl up with a good book & morning coffee
The Dames Inn--a perfect setting for a vintage glamour wedding shoot!
The Dames Inn (Bergen Carpender House) circa 1924
Former matriarch of the home Dame Catharine Carpender whose spirit still lingers
Spacious formal dining room with seating for eight
Enormous formal parlor with leather sofas and original chandelier & fireplace
The Elovine Room overlooks the restored gardens and access to a private balcony
The Carpender Room features king sleigh bed & loveseat
Jack & Jill Bathroom with original fixtures
Vintage bath with original floors and fixtures
Relax in one of our comfy rockers on the sprawling front porch!
Enjoy watching the bird life in our beutiful back garden
Welcome to the South, y'all!
First Kiss Wedding Wall featuring newlyweds whose families have graced my home
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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