202 Nun St, Wilmington, NC 28401-5020, USA    
(910) 251-2212


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Circa 1854. Its difficult to believe that this graceful three-story Victorian ever featured shag carpeting and linoleum floors. Hardly a fitting ending for a home that once belonged to a Confederate ship-builder and blockade runner, who burned his shipyard rather than let Union soldiers capture it. Innkeepers Charles Pennington and Dennis Madsen transformed Verandas from an ill-decorated, fire-damaged wreck into an elegant bed & breakfast. The restoration process included two years of painstaking work. For their efforts, they have been awarded a historic preservation award from the Historic Wilmington Foundation. The romantic guest rooms are filled with American, French and English antiques. Most rooms include a fireplace, and the beds are topped with luxurious, hand-ironed linens. Bathrooms now feature oversized tubs and marble floors and vanities. Gourmet coffees and teas accompany the lavish breakfasts, which feature delectable entrees such as a croissant stuffed with smoked salmon and cream cheese and baked in an egg custard. There are many amenities for business travelers, including wireless Internet, fax service and corporate midweek rates.

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$159 to $249

Payment Types Accepted Include American Express, Master Card, Discover, Visa, Personal Checks and Travelers Checks.

    • Breakfast
    • Snacks/Refreshments


This property has 8 total guest accommodations with private bath. The types of beds available include King and Queen.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Fax
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet Access

Events Hosted

    • Romantic Getaways
    • Family Reunions

Foreign Languages Spoken

Sign language

Innkeepers Association Memberships


Room 1

Very popular corner room with soft green walls and three large windows with wooden blinds and swags and jabots, which are in a peach and green colored fabric. Comfortable lounge chair and antique desk in the corner is filled with Chinese dishes. Carved Chinese Oriental rug completes the room partially covering the dark wooden floors. Bathroom with marble floor, marble vanity, garden-size soaking tub and beautiful wallpaper above the custom wainscoting.

Rates: $189 - $209

Type of bed: Queen

Room 2

Large corner room with dark green walls with wooden blinds and full swags and jabots, which are in shades of burgundy, navy blue, and dark green. Quality original artwork, dark hardwood floor is covered with a hooked rug and mahogany furniture. The small sitting area has a settee, small guest chair, and large wing chair. A large bathroom has a marble floor, marble top vanity and custom wainscoting. This room is on the back of house and has a 10- foot ceiling as well as a decorative fireplace.

Rates: $189 - $209

Type of bed: King

Room 3

Large corner room on the front of the house with dark wood floor with a small white rug. Complete with decorative fireplace, a very dramatic and bold room with full-length draperies that are made of a black, gold, and silver plaid. A classic wallpaper border in black, gold, and silver tops the light gray walls. The large bathroom has a marble floor, marble vanity top and custom vanity. There are two comfortable chairs, an antique dresser with obelisks that hold the mirror. A four-poster rice bed completes the room. This room has a 10 foot ceilings.

Rates: $189 - $209

Type of bed: Queen

Room 4

Large corner room is the grandest, largest and most elegant. The bed is built up on a platform and has an upholstered headboard that goes to a crown near the ceiling. More than 400 sq. feet of luxury. Located in the front of the house and has four large windows, an antique sofa and two Eastlake Victorian slipper chairs. This room is used frequently for honeymoons, anniversaries, and by celebrities. Three guest chairs, two end tables and two small coffee tables complete the sitting area. The hand carved wooden Italian chandelier, with a dimmer, provides diffused lighting. 10 foot ceilings.

Rates: $249 - $269

Type of bed: King

Room 5

This is an appealing, fanciful and peaceful corner room. It is especially good for long-term stays. The room looks like a small European apartment. Painted in light blue/gray colors with beige carpeting, the brightly colored striped sofa and Victorian side chair creates a private area. Painted furniture with morning glories accent the room. The matching painted bathroom has morning glories painted on the striped walls. The Art deco armoire has antique baskets on top. Fabric balloon shades drape over lace curtains that filter out natural sunlight. This room is on the top floor and is located on the back of the house. The room has three large windows and has a 9-foot ceiling. Romantic.

Rates: $169 - $189

Type of bed: Queen

Room 6

Large corner room with medium shade of green walls and multi-colored Berber carpet. Decorative fireplace with natural light from three windows. The dresser looks like suitcases, and the room has a collection of Russian lacquer ware. Sofa, cherry and mahogany furniture, comfortable rattan chair, rattan TV cabinet, artwork, and accessories that continue the travel theme. A large bathroom has map wallpaper above the custom wainscoting. The room has a 9-foot ceilings.

Rates: $189 - $209

Type of bed: King

Room 7

Newly renovated, this luxurious room is very sophisticated with paneled walls painted a deep gold/brown and then glazed with a burnt umber finish. The bathroom has a large window and the walls are decorated with painted palms and monkeys. From the bathtub, there is a wonderful view of rooftops and chimneys. Decorated in bamboo, rattan, and with accessories and artwork from the Amazon River Basin, the room is very exotic and romantic.

Rates: $189 - $209

Type of bed: King

Room 8

400 square feet room with a 9-foot ceiling. Four large windows and a decorative fireplace set the stage for the large Antique French metal and brass bed. Beautiful mahogany armoire and a red and beige striped sofa with two Eastlake Victorian chairs. The decorative fireplace is natural pine. From the sitting area in the room, about 45 feet above the street, the occupants have an eye level view of the sunsets from the windows.

Rates: $249 - $269

Reservation/Cancellation Policies:

Minimum Stay Requirements

Two nights on weekends, three nights on some holidays.


Seven days


Smoke Free Property.

Other Activities

    • Antiquing
    • Art Galleries
    • Beaches
    • Bicycling
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Live Theater
    • Museums
    • Parks
    • Shopping (Local Crafts)
    • Tennis
    • Water Sports

Historic Interest

Historic Awards:

  • National Register (Granted)
  • Local Register (Granted)

Historic Memberships:

  • National Trust
  • State Historical Society
  • Local Historical Society
  • City Historical Society

Historic sites nearby:

Fort Fisher (15 miles)

Nearby College/University


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You have done a magnificent job with your property, and you certainly make your guests feel welcome with your food and hospitality.

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