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Historic Chestnut Street Garage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Discover a wonderful way to enjoy a visit to downtown Wilmington in your own private guest house. Built in 1907 as one of the city's first automobile garages, this cottage boasts 456 sq. ft. of single story elegance in the shadow of some of Wilmington's finest historic homes. It is architecturally beautiful and the creative and eclectic use of space makes for a comfortable totally private stay in the Port City.

As a guest of the garage, you can experience all the city has to offer. Take a walk downtown to one of the interesting museums, tour the Battleship North Carolina or just spend the day leisurely on Wrightsville Beach, a mere 15 minute drive from downtown. We supply all the necessities for a day by the sea, beach chairs, sun umbrella and a cooler are there for your convenience.

The cottage was recently renovated with all of the latest amenities, featuring hardwood and marble floors, 10' ceilings, a fireplace and a full size kitchen with all the essentials. It has been professionally decorated with contemporary furniture and treasured antiques. The separate bedroom has an antique queen size bed, luxurious linens and includes Egyptian cotton towels and robes. Other upscale touches include 2 flat screen tv's, in ceiling stereo system and free wifi.

Sit outside and enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of wine in your private, beautifully landscaped garden. This secluded location affords privacy and yet is a short 6 block stroll to the river, restaurants and shops. The popular Thalian Hall and the Bellamy Mansion are within a 3 block walk. Screen Gems Studios is just a short 2.5 mile drive from our front door, making this so convenient to take a fun and interesting tour.

The home has been lovingly restored by its owners for their private use. Their attention to detail shows, making this a truly unique place to stay for less than the cost of a hotel room. A one of a kind treasure and a wonderful way to enjoy all of Wilmington's weekend activities. The location is perfect for spending time at the beach, while enjoying the river walk and dining downtown in the evenings. With the recent addition of a full size washer and dryer, it is also a amazing place for a short time stay for out of town professionals for a week or a month.... whatever you need.

Please email us with any questions of rates and availability for your specific dates. We are flexible with our scheduling and do our best to accommodate our guests. Please take a look for yourself, you will not be disappointed .

***Sorry, no smoking or pets are allowed.***

Keywords: Guest house, Cottage, Bungalow,

Romantic Getaway, Executive Lodging

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

Why Patricia chose Wilmington

We are transplanted northerners who have fallen in love with the port city of Wilmington. It has all the charm of Charleston and Savannah , but much less crowded and laid back. We enjoy the proximity to nearby beaches.... we consider it the best of both worlds.

What makes this cottage unique

This location is the perfect blend of urban and residential,

a mixture of historic architectural charm with all the newest modern comforts . It is close to all the downtown activities, yet worlds away from it all ..... come enjoy something that is truly one of a kind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage with me. I loved it !! I don't plan on ever staying anywhere else while in Wilmington.
May 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Historic Chestnut Street Garage
average rating of 4.9183674 based on 51 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Who needs a hotel room when you can have this warm, comfortable, cozy, place to stay!!

Everything you would need is at your finger tips.

Super comfortable bed, warmly decorated & fully supplied & stocked!!

Five minute walk to town!!

We have shared our experience on face book so our friends and family can take advantage of this property if they are planning on visiting Wilmington NC!!!

Thank You for the stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Wayne for the wonderful review !! I am so glad you had a good stay and a great time stay at the Garage. We are always happy to host athletes for the Iron Man event. I hope it was a fun event despite the complications from hurricane Matthew. Please do keep us in mind for future trips to the Port City. We also appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review and for sharing us with friends !! Come back any time !! Patricia
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Hey VRBO.... I need more stars so I can give this a "10"

  • 5 of 5

The other titles I was thinking of: "A Tiny Home That Does Not Disappoint" , "A VRBO property with a Bed & Breakfast Flair". My husband and I always rent homes through VRBO and I spend a lot of time pouring over the listings. We wanted a beach vacation in North Carolina in the Wilmington area and began our search with beach front properties, then Patricia's "Chestnut Street Garage" caught my eye. Why not have the best of both worlds...... A quick trip (15 - 20 minutes ) to Wrightsville Beach and a bit longer to Carolina & Cure Beaches while enjoying the walking proximity to everything in downtown Wilmington. The "Garage" is located on a quiet street in the historic district sandwiched between two large Federal Period homes. It is literally the space of a large garage. It is an immaculate and adorable place. How they used the space is amazing! Patricia goes the extra mile with so many extra touches. (Coffee and tea pods for the Keurig, bottled water, milk/cream, condiments in the refrigerator and even wine and beer for purchase, cotton robes and lots of towels and a fully stocked kitchen if you really want to cook) The Riverwalk, shops, restaurants and lots of historic sites were within walking distance. While my husband golfed I visited a few historic homes that were just around the corner. We really enjoyed this unique tiny home. I want to publically thank Patricia for mailing me my cellphone which I realized I left there 2 hours into our trip home. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marla, Your review is amazing !! We certainly appreciate all the great things you have to say about the garage. We describe it as unique and a one of a kind property, but you have summed it up beautifully. I certainly hope you will be visiting our area again in the future, you were great guests. It was my pleasure to make sure you got your phone back, you would be surprised how many items have been left there !! Thanks again for staying with us, Patricia
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The garage was an absolute gem!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the Garage! The proximity to downtown is perfect for walking. The details that Patricia added to the garage were fabulous- the robes, the nice bedding and towels, the coffee machine and the well-stocked pantry were all wonderful! The wine honor bar and beer honor bar were fabulous as well! The use of space was well organized and very efficient .The outdoor patio was the perfect place for morning coffee or a pre-dinner glass of wine .We took a day trip to the beach with the beach towels, beach chairs and cooler that were provided. We came to Wilmington to look for property for possible retirement and found Wilmington to be wonderful. When we come back to Wilmington on our next trip we will definitely stay at the Garage! thank you Patricia!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca, So glad that your trip to Wilmington was a great one. I am also pleased that you enjoyed our special place. We were fortunate to find it, the cottage just has so much character and it's location makes it easy to access all the downtown activities. I certainly appreciate your input and for taking the time for the great review. I hope you were successful in finding some property so that you can enjoy the Wilmington area as much as we do. Come back anytime, you were the perfect guests ! Patricia
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Oshkosh, WI

Comfortable, quaint, and cool in the summer heat

  • 5 of 5

Very nice stay in a charming old building. Had all that we needed for a comfortable week in Wilmington - and the little extras made it that much better making it more of a home away from home than a stay in a hotel could ever offer. Walking distance from the riverfront, restaurants, breweries, and historic homes, and despite the 90s and humidity, it was VERY cool and dry inside. Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim and Chris, I am so happy that you enjoyed your time in Wilmington and stay at our garage. The heat wave you experienced seemed to be effecting most of the east coast, glad you could cool off and relax at the cottage. We have tried to make our guests feel like they are visiting a friend's place and not like a hotel room ... so pleased you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful review, Patricia
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A little slice of heaven in Wilmington North Carolina

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent four lovely nights at the garage. The space was small but was extremely well stocked with everything one could ask for. Patricia, the owner, was great with communication and was very pleasant to talk to. We enjoyed being only a few blocks from the river where all the restaurants and bars are located. It was nice to come home to a space that had a kitchen and an outdoor patio. The washer and dryer was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed a glass of wine outside on the patio and also relaxed in the living room. There was nothing this property did not have. We would recommend any couple stay here and we certainly would never hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Wendy, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the garage. It is a great location to enjoy all the downtown activities and yet still be able to escape to a quiet spot to unwind. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review and do hope you return it the future, it was a pleasure having you. Take care, Patricia
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Excellent location, clean, cozy & perfect for two!

  • 5 of 5

This property is just as described and more! Perfect for two people and so much better than staying in a hotel. Patricia goes above and beyond to make sure that you have everything there that you may need! We could have showed up with just our clothing and not needed anything else. The garage was spotless and homey with lovely little touches everywhere. The bed and bedding were the best we have slept in, cozier than our own! We loved the sheets and the towels, definitely top notch! It is in a prime location close to downtown, too! We were able to walk to breakfast and dinner daily. Safe area, able to leave our car on the road just steps away from the garage. Easy to navigate to! We use VRBO often for our stays in various locations and this was by far the best hospitality we have received and the cleanest!! We will be sure to stay here again in future trips to Wilmington! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Krystle, Thanks for all the nice things you wrote about our property. We have tried our best to create a unique place to stay while enjoying the great downtown of Wilmington. I am so happy that you found the garage to be just that and do hope you will become one of our return guests. Thanks again for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, you were the perfect guests. Patricia
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Numerous Historic Sites,The River walk , Myrtle Beach, Fort Fisher Aquarium, Orton Plantation all within an easy drive.

Many beautiful coastal beaches close by to enjoy time on the emerald coast for a morning, afternoon or day trip. The airport and Screen Gems Studios are less than 3 miles away.

Too many world class area golf courses to even choose from. It is in the perfect location for a beautiful beach vacation by day and a wonderful evening downtown on the river for a relaxing dinner.


Rates & Availability

Historic District Cottage Rental Rates

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low season
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
high season
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Always check with us to see if your dates are available, our calendar can sometimes change.

Please contact owner with questions about your specific needs ..... we will try to be flexible and work with your schedule.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Historic District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 456 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , renovated with beautiful marble flooring
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Luxurious Pillow top Mattress Custom silk duvet 600 thread ct. Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Off Street Parking, 2 beach chairs, beach umbrella, beach cooler

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