When this cottage was built in 1900, it was designed as a duplex: simple living for two mill workers with a shared kitchen and privy at the back of the property! Once the mill was closed and the entire site turned over to Preservation North Carolina (PNC) in 1996, the cottages were either sold to original working families or rehabbed for sale into the single family dwellings they are today. We have named our home "Azalea Cottage" as a tribute to the prominence of azaleas in eastern North Carolina (as well as in the front yard). Facing Elliott Street is a front porch with metal glider, drinks table, and two wicker chairs. The front lawn features a mixture of azaleas, irises, daffodils, camellias, and a young magnolia.
NOTE: It is important to know before reading further that this property is for four people only...all over the age of 25. We do not accept children or pets. There is no smoking anywhere on the property inside or out. We cannot accommodate any exceptions. Additionally, we do not charge a security fee. We have chosen not to charge a cleaning fee. These are significant savings to our guests. *** We do expect guests to respect our cottage, clean up after themselves, and leave the cottage as it was found when they first walked into it. If this sounds like it suits you, please read on!)
There are five rooms in Azalea Cottage with wood floors ( mostly original) throughout. The living room has an easy mix of mid-century modern: two comfortable grey sofas, a stylish entertainment console with record player, a selection of LP's and a 40" Samsung TV with DVD player. Within the console can be found a stack of magazines, a wooden chess/checkers board, playing cards, games and DVD selections. Across from the sofas is the gas fireplace. Books on the history of cotton mills and others by local author Inglis Fletcher are on the original mantel. There is a small closet accessible from the living room which we generously call "The Office". There you will find additional books, desk top and chair, lamp and writing materials as well as the cushions for the front porch furniture.
Beyond the living room is the dining room. The 1960's dining room table and chairs have been restored. The chair seats have been covered with a mid-century style tapestry cloth. Table cloths, matching napkins and place mats are in the cupboard. There is a Philips docking station radio/CD player combo. Radio reception is definitely poor, but you can easily connect your smartphone to this unit for listening to the music of your choice. A selection of CD's can be found in the cupboard drawer. Drawing supplies are in the cabinet below. We do not currently offer w-fi, but that can be had at the library or local coffee shop.
The cottage has two bedrooms: one at the front of the house and adjacent to the living room, the other at the back of the house and alongside the back deck. The front bedroom has a queen bed with four comfy pillows and extra blanket, plus a wardrobe, breakfast table and chair. There is a non-working fireplace and the second original mantle. This fireplace has an electric heater insert. In the winter it is the cooler of the two bedrooms. There is a night stand and lamp on each side of the bed. The foam mattress rests on a traditional box spring. The bed has a metal head and foot board. Behind this bedroom is a short hallway with a washer and dryer available for your use. Detergent and dryer sheets are provided as are additional cleaning supplies. Inside the hall closet you will find an ironing board, iron, broom, dust pan and vacuum cleaner for your use. Opposite the laundry/hall area is a bath with toilet, sink, and shower/tub combo. A hall door separates this area from the kitchen, allowing more privacy for those who are using this bedroom and bath.
The back bedroom is separated from the dining room by a short hallway. On one side of the hall is a walk-in closet. On the other side is the bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower. The back bedroom has a queen bed with four of those great pillows, a foam mattress, standard box spring, and a metal framed head and foot board. Tables and lamps are on either side of the bed. There is a settee, upholstered chair and desk. An exterior door opens out to the deck, while three windows allow for sunlight as desired but do not open.
All bedding and bath needs are supplied for each bath including towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer, and blow dryers.
We love to cook. The kitchen is complete with a good supply of dishes, glassware, cutlery, and serving pieces. The stove is an Electrolux gas cook top with electric convection oven. The dishwasher may be white and from the '90's, but it still washes all the dishes thoroughly, and we can't part with it yet! There is a nice selection of pots and pans. The cabinets and drawers hold many utensils, dishtowels, herbs and spices. Small appliances include a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker, a boiling kettle for making tea, a Kitchen Aid mixer, a toaster oven and a Sharp Half Pint microwave. There are two blue saddle bar stools at the counter where you can sit and watch the wall-mounted 28-inch television (Dish is the cable service provider). The fridge will have Duke's mayo, French's mustard, Heinz ketchup, and Welch's grape jelly. Cooking oil, olive oil, and a selection of vinegars are all available for your use. In the kitchen closet you will find flour and sugar along with additional stove-top or oven pots and some cook books, along with bottled water. Ground coffee, filters, and tea can be found in the cabinet above the stove. Various drawers house miscellaneous kitchen essentials such as bottle openers, scissors, flashlight, dish towels, plastic wraps, and food storage containers. It is all there!
The kitchen has two doors. The side entrance has a keypad and will be the door through which you will first enter the house. The back door leads to the deck, which includes a metal table, four chairs and a CharGrill along with charcoal, a charcoal starter tunnel and grilling utensils. There is a fenced back garden. The tool shed and outbuilding are not part of the rental. You will need to clean up the grill after you use it.
Since we purchased the cottage in 2015, every ceiling, wall, door, and cabinet has been freshly painted. New lighting fixtures have been installed inside and out, along with ceiling paddle fans in the bedrooms and living room. The new HVAC system was installed 9/17 and on-demand hot water enhance the home's comfort throughout the seasons.
A complete and current Calendar of Events for the Town of Edenton can be found on the town's website Information on the history of Edenton can searched using Historic Sites Edenton. We can't add the websites on this site.
Travelers will especially enjoy reading all the great information on the Connecting Corridors website. The site is organized by categories, making it easy for you to find the location or topic you are interested in exploring.
Please Note: The Town of Edenton sends out a letter to town residents each quarter advising that they are monitoring for drinking water contaminates. It will also include any updates. The current notice can be checked on the Town's webpage . The town manager can be reached if you have any questions regarding the current water status. We provide spring water in containers for your use at the cottage.
Please read all Notes regarding Rates. We will send you a rent agreement for you to review. If acceptable, you will need to sign and return it asap.