Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast

118 South Fourth Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Innkeeper(s): Steven Skavroneck & Paula Tirrito
  • Introduction

    Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast orange wallsWelcome to Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Wilmington, North Carolina. Once the home of prominent Wilmington artist, Henry J. MacMillan, Camellia Cottage is a high-peaked Queen Anne shingle home built in 1889. It stands on a quaint, brick paved street in the heart of the nation's largest urban historic district, where church bells and the music of old Wilmington still greet the day. A wide veranda, hand-painted by a local artist, is the perfect place to sit and enjoy our lush perennial garden. Filled with azaleas, magnolias, ferns, roses and some forty camellia bushes, something will be blooming all year long.

    Colors abound in the unique and comfortable guest rooms, the eclectic dining and living areas filled with treasures and the perennial garden surrounding our home with vibrant camellias, palms, flowers and fruit. Nap in the hammock on the shady front porch, curl up with one of our hundreds of books in front of a toasty fire or stroll through the beautiful downtown Historic District that surrounds us.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Steve Skavroneck and Paula Tirrito for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests are here for a wide variety of reasons including: romantic getaway, visiting relatives, checking out the Wilmington area as a future home and the opportunity to enjoy both the historic downtown area and the nearby beaches.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We try to provide "friendly luxury" for our guests -- comfort and pampering at the same time. We do a three-course breakfast every morning that causes many guests to skip lunch. Our relaxing front porch (with hammock) is a vacation in itself.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The historic downtown area, the Riverwalk and the proximity to the beach provide an unbeatable combination.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Their service and hospitality at the B & B certainly reflected our vision of southern hospitality" and "the coup de gras is the gourmet breakfast that will set your taste-buds somewhere near heavens' door."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The bottle chapel at Airlie Gardens.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The Riverwalk, the Battleship, Oakdale Cemetery, Airlie Gardens, Fort Fisher State Recreational Area (both the Civil War Fort and the beach), Greenfield Lake, the Tiki Bar behind the Golden Sands Motel at Carolina Beach, Cinematique at Thalian Hall Theatre and Yacht Basin Provision Company (a restaurant) in Southport.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are located in the heart of Wilmington's downtown historic district. The only thing you have to get into your car to get to are the beaches.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Caprice Bistro (French/Belgian) and Black Sea Grill (Mediterranean), both within walking distance.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    We welcome well-behaved pets -- mostly dogs although we have hosted a few cats over the years. Here are the questions we ask guests to think about before bringing their pets along:

    • Does your dog react loudly and/or aggressively to other dogs?
    • Does your dog bark when people come to your front door?
    • Does your dog exhibit separation anxiety when you leave him alone?
    • Does your dog get nervous in new surroundings?
    • Does your dog chew on things that he’s not supposed to?
    • Does your dog ever defecate or urinate in the house?
    • Are you uncomfortable picking up your dog's messes and properly disposing of them?


  • Breakfast Menu

    Three-Course Breakfast

    Guests at Camellia Cottage greet each morning with fresh coffee delivered to their door and a sumptuous three-course breakfast; which includes fresh fruit and home made pastries along with your entree. Paula's stint as a hotel pastry chef ensures a delightful dining experience. Also dessert, after all, it is the most important meal of the day...just ask Paula!

    We will happily accomodate any food restrictions or special diets you may have. And, all of this yumminess is served at the breakfast time of your choice, between 8:00 and 9:30 am.

    First Course

    • Bacon buns
    • Almond sweet rolls
    • Fresh buttermilk biscuits or a warm, cinnamon fruit cobbler

    Main Entrée

    • Potato pancakes with spinach and feta cheese; or maybe smoked salmon
    • Portobello mushroom and asparagus quiche
    • Butter pecan pancakes; or rich, cheesy berry strata


    • Vanilla custard with fresh mango, a fresh fruit sorbet or chocolate hazelnut torte (we're talking breakfast of champions here)
  • Kid Friendly

    While our home is not totally child-proof, we welcome children 9 years of age and older.

  • Pets Welcome

    Please consider the following questions and our other guests before deciding to bring your pet to Camellia Cottage. If any of the following are true, you should not bring your pet to the B&B.

    • Does your dog bark when people come to your door, when he sees people outside or at people he doesn't know?
    • Does your dog not get along well with other dogs?
    • Will your dog be unhappy to stay in your room while you are eating breakfast in the dining room or having dinner out?
    • Will you be attending a wedding, business meeting or other outing where you can't take your pet?
    • Does your dog occasionally makes "mistakes," especially in new places?

    Our Pet Policy

    • We welcome dogs and cats at our inn
    • $15 per pet, per night charge
    • If you leave your pet in the room while you are out and about, we ask you to leave us your cell phone number
    • If the pet is obviously unhappy or distressed while you are gone, we will call you and ask you to return
    • There are several downtown Wilmington restaurants that allow pets in their outdoor seating sections