|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Come and enjoy everything that downtown Wilmington has to offer from the comfort of this fully furnished, 4000 square foot home with security system, and many special amenties. Located in historic Carolina Heights, the Magnolia House is in an excellent location- just a 15 minute walk to the bustling riverfront, a 15 minute drive to the beach, and yet, perfectly situated amid the peaceful, tree lined residential streets of historic, downtown Wilmington. This former Bed and Breakfast is clean and well equipped for all your needs.
The Magnolia House is a gathering place for families and friends celebrating milestones, or vacationing together and seeking private refuge after a day of sightseeing. This beautiful historic property is a delight! Every room is bathed in sunlight with huge windows, many facing the large garden in the backyard with its old gracious magnolia tree, and pathway leading down three steps to a lower formal garden, Camelia trees and Azaleas.
The house, built in 1921, is filled with original details including 10 foot ceilings, a wide brick path, the call buttons used in the 1920's. There are 3 fireplaces (one working) with large decorative mantels. The house was recently included in the Wilmington Historic Foundation Historic Home Tour, and has also been used as a location for several TV series and commercials in the past.
Our guests tell us that they love the chef’s kitchen with its stainless steel countertops and three sinks. Cooking for a large group is a pleasure in this well equipped and spacious kitchen. The appliances are all new, including a new french door stainless steel refrigerator There is also an additional catering refrigerator and a deep freezer, making this space easy to host a gathering. There is seating for 6 around the kitchen island for informal meals. The formal dining room seats 8 people comfortably for formal meals, including rehearsal dinners, large family gatherings, or holiday dinners. Catering can be arranged if needed (must be requested in advance).
The den is a comfortable retreat with cozy seating, built in book shelves, and a brand new 42 inch flat screen 'smart' HDTV which allows you to wirelessly stream movies and TV shows and surf the Web. There is also an octagon shaped game table for an impromptu poker night! The shelves are stocked with puzzles and all the best board games for a fun evening in with the family! Our most recent addition to the den is an XBOX 360 to keep the kids (and maybe even a few adults) entertained. There are 4 wireless remote controls and 17 games. Bring your games along with you if you have a favorite!
There is also a more formal living room with ample seating that is perfect for entertaining guests, or simply enjoying a cocktail by the fireplace on a winter night.
There are 5 large bedrooms (all located upstairs) with the following configurations:
Bedroom 1: Master bedroom: One King sized bed (with flat screen tv)
Bedroom 2: One Queen sized bed (with flat screen tv)
Bedroom 3: Second Master Bedroom-One King sized bed (with flat screen tv)
Bedroom 4 : One Full sized bed
Bedroom 5: Two twin sized beds and one full sized bed -OR can be configured as ONE full sized bed and ONE King sized bed--(This room connects to the master bedroom with solid wood french doors, so if you would like the doors open or closed, you have a choice. When the doors are closed, there is complete privacy, and the bedrooms are completely separate. if left open, the two rooms are connected and ideal for parents with very young children or infants.)
There is also a queen sized sleeper sofa in the living room, which can be set up for your convenience downstairs for guests who cannot walk up the stairs easily.
There are three full bathrooms with deep, oversized tubs located upstairs, and there is a half bath (no tub or shower) downstairs.
*Please note that all full bathrooms are located upstairs. There is a half bathroom (no bathtub) located downstairs near the sleeper sofa. The house is not handicap accessible.
The bathrooms in the house have original fixtures and floor tiles to preserve the beauty and integrity of this historic home. This is not new construction, and we like it that way!
Pets will be considered on an individual basis. We are a pet friendly home! There is even a pet door to the fenced backyard.
Enjoy the peaceful backyard and watch the kids play on the swings and slide while you grill outdoors on the charcoal weber grill.
We have a pack 'n play, stroller, and high chair for babies. There are also toys and books for children to enjoy.
During the summer months, be our guests at the outdoor pool at the local healthclub (less than 2 miles away) . We offer summer access (June 1- August 31) to an upscale full service club with outdoor heated pool, steamroll, and sauna. All towels are provided at the club for your convenience.
If you make your way to the beaches in the area, we provide beach towels, beach chairs and boogie boards for your convenience.
Please note, WE DO NOT charge additional fees for small events/rehearsal dinners (you must have events pre-authorized), for use of amenities, or for payment by credit cards.
Throughout the year, the Magnolia House offers the comforts of home in the wonderful Port City! Let us show you what it is like to live in the historic district of this enchanting town. One warning....you may never want to leave!
Keywords: House, Vacation, Wilmington, NC, Rental
We are a family of five currently living in California.
Natalie David purchased this house in 2003
We purchased this home after falling in love with it while staying there when it was a Bed and Breakfast. We were expecting our first child at the time, and moving to Wilmington, and this house felt like home from the first moment we entered it. The large, brightly lit rooms were filled with promise for a beautiful life with our growing family. As time went on we had three children while living there, and enjoyed an extremely memorable few years in Wilmington.
A few years later, we were disappointed to find out that we had to move for work purposes and tried to find a reason to keep the house We decided that turning it into a vacation rental would be a wonderful option. We now have the opportunity to share this home with others that want to experience the beauty and history of Wilmington and the 'Magnolia House.'
We found that the house had so many special qualities and we grew to truly appreciate not only the its architectural beauty, but the location, neighborhood, our neighbors, and all that Wilmington has to offer. We enjoyed the proximity to the beach, downtown's cultural activities and restaurants, the rich history of the area and so much more!
The house worked perfectly for the wedding! Everyone loved it and it was great to all be in one place and yet still have enough room where you don't feel cramped. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us :)
We stayed at the Magnolia House in early August 2016 for a family reunion (visiting brother and his family at Fort Bragg, where he is stationed). We all came in from Oregon and Wisconsin. We had an absolutely wonderful time visiting Wilmington, the beaches, and staying at the Magnolia House. They younger children loved staying in the large kids room and had so much fun playing hide/seek and nerf gun battles in a large home and back yard. The kitchen is awesome, where most of the adults would gather most evenings to eat and visit. Katie was so accommodating in replacing a few burned out light bulbs. The home is gorgeous, though could use a paint job and repairs on a few things (noise from kitchen hood over stove) but otherwise, a great home to rent. Thank you Natalie for sharing your home! : )
We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this historic home. It was a perfect size for our extended family (11 adults) who came into Wilmington for our son's wedding. It was very close to both our downtown rehearsal dinner and wedding reception venue. Although the home had a few things that showed their age, I considered them to be part of the charm of the old house with its original plumbing and wood floors. Katie, the manager, was very helpful. My son accidently left two card games at the house and Katie went out of her way to UPS them back to us. Overall, our stay was enjoyable and I'd recommend this property without hesitation. I hope that we can return soon to spend more time visiting Wilmington and the surrounding area.
We found the layout and spaciousness of the house were amazing. Sadly there was much that needed some tender loving care. For example, from the front storm door which wouldn't close, to the broken dining room chandelier and kitchen light fixture, the missing knob on the cooktop, the rangehood noise, the leaky master bedroom faucet and the condition of the porcelain sink and tub were pretty bad. In addition, the entire house needed a good painting job and the floors were in rough shape. We found 5 large 'cockroaches' over two different days which was unnerving to some of the guests. It could be a beautiful home.
We were sad to see that the drive to the beach was longer than the 15 minutes quoted. Similarly, the walk to the riverfront was closer to 30 minutes than 15, through some sketchy areas, so we did not attempt this walk.
The home is good for family time, and we appreciated all the games and puzzles that were supplied as well as a well-stocked kitchenware, beach umbrella, towels. More beach chairs (there were only 2) would have been an added bonus. The property manager was accommodating which we also appreciated.
Certainly there were some great restaurants and we enjoyed both Caprice Bistro and Indochine. The Winery recommendation was not to our liking (we prefer dry wines).
We had a great time at this house. You can tell the house is lived in, which makes it more desirable for families. We were able to spend quality time together as a family while having our own individual spaces to retreat to as well. There were some small areas that were being renovated. It did not interfere with our stay. They offer many amenities. Make sure you have extra trash bags, washing powder to keep your towels clean, and basic things like extra paper towels and toilet paper. I would recommend this property to others.
Very nice home with large bedrooms. Well equipped and kept up very nicely. Convenient location to downtown and not far to the beach and shopping. Owner Natalie and manager Katie both very helpful!
We rented Magnolia house for a week starting a few days before my son got married. The whole process was effortless. I called Natalie, the owner and not only was she very pleasant to talk to, she was a "wealth of information" about the area including helpful recommendations for a number of caterers, rental companies, wedding planners etc. I really enjoyed our conversation. We hosted the rehearsal dinner at Magnolia house and it was perfect! Many commented that it was so much more relaxing and enjoyable having it in this big, beautiful, historic home than to be at a restaurant formally sitting around tables! This way our guests could mingle and get a chance to meet everyone. Even with 35 people in the house, it didn't seem crowded at all because of the huge rooms downstairs and the layout. We used the entire first floor for entertaining and the caterers had their own space with 2 refrigerators and a large freezer. We rented 4 6’ rectangular tables for the food and beverage plus 3 high top bar tables with stools and still had plenty of space! In addition, we decorated the huge magnolia tree out back with string lights and set up games for the wedding party i.e. cornhole, giant Jenga. Katie the manager was very responsive to our questions via text and phone calls. In addition to the rehearsal dinner, we were able to provide "housing" for all of the groomsmen, parents, and grandparents (saving us a lot of money)! At first I worried that having all of those people in one house for a week would be difficult (especially during stressful times such as a wedding) but I needn't have worried because there was plenty of space for both visiting and quiet time when needed! The beds and bed linens were very comfortable, the house was clean and the kitchen had everything we needed. Overall, I was thrilled with our experience and would recommend it to anyone needing a large comfortable space for entertaining and/or housing a large group! Thank you Natalie and Katie for all of your help!
Included with your summer rental (June 1- August 31)is free access to a fitness center which is located less than 2 miles away with racquetball courts, outdoor pool, steam room and sauna, and childcare (while parents work out). Certain rules apply.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Housekeeping Fee||$150 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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