Benjamin Ellis House Bed & Breakfast

215 Pollock Street, New Bern, North Carolina 28560
Innkeeper(s): Gretchen and Tracy Du Peza
  • Introduction


    Harmony House InnThe Benjamin Ellis House Bed & Breakfast is a Greek Revival style home built in 1853 by successful turpentine merchant, Benjamin Ellis. This 8,000 square foot, two-story home is located in the heart of the historic district of New Bern, North Carolina. Four blocks from the historic Tryon Palace and one block from the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. This totally restored historic property has been a successful Bed and Breakfast since 1985.

    The inn offers a beautifully appointed parlor for guests to gather, a formal dining area and newly completed commercial kitchen. Additionally, the Inn has a cozy reading nook, upstairs conversation area, game corner as well as a full width front porch for relaxing. 

    Harmony House Inn, New Bern, North CarolinaThe inn features nine guest rooms including two luxury suites.Three guest rooms are on the ground floor. The luxury suites feature King-sized beds and jacuzzi tubs. 

    Decorated with a mix of Colonial and European furniture, the Inn is sure to provide the tranquil retreat for all guests. Contact us to inquire about our special package offers and upcoming events.

    We are AAA 3 Diamond certified, 3 star rated  and earned Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence for last three years. 

  • Inn Offerings

    dining table

    game table

    reading nook

    The Harmony House Inn * Benjamin Ellis House Bed & Breakfast is furnished with a mixture of antiques, locally handcrafted furniture, original artwork, and family pieces from around the world. This unusually spacious house has eight guest rooms - including two luxury suites - one rented as a two room suite.

    In addition, the Inn features a welcoming foyer, formal parlor and dining room, a cozy reading nook, a game corner, an upstairs conversation area, a full width front porch and quaint backyard garden. Join with fellow guests and the Innkeepers in the Parlor or on the porch for lively conversation or relaxing. Ask about our evening social hour, cooking classes and other special events. 

    All rooms feature:

    • Private on-suite baths
    • Hair Dryers
    • Premium bath amenities
    • Central A/C
    • Flat screen smart TV
    • Secure Wireless Internet
    • USB charging station for all phone and tablet devices
    • Cable television
    • Decorative fireplaces
    • Seating areas


    In the morning you are treated to a full breakfast with flavors from around the world including such delights as: Eggs Florentine, Cheese Blintz Casserole, German Apple pancakes, Peaches 'n Crean Popovers, Cheezy Grits, Sweet Potato Hash, Ginger Scones, or Zucchini Pineapple bread. Assorted juice, fresh ground coffee and a variety of teas round out the meal.

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    Guests also enjoy hot or cold beverages plus snacks and home made treats at any time from the beverage center on the ground floor. An iron and ironing board as well as other amenities are available on request. 

    The Harmony House Inn * Benjamin Ellis House Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located within walking distance to quaint shops, fine dining restaurants, many historic sites, highlighted by Tryon Palace and its formal gardens. Make your visit to New Bern even more special by adding gift item s to your reservation. 

    Give the perfect gift with a Gift Certificate from the Inn. Check our website for more details about gift shop items, special offers and Get Away packages. Please call for more information.

  • 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 owners Gretchen & Tracy for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We offer spacious, well appointed guest rooms with beautifully decorated public spaces to relax including the formal parlor, our cozy reading nook, the upstairs conversation area, the game corner with perpetual chess match always in action, the full width front porch with swings and rocking chairs or in the adirondack chairs in the back garden.  

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

    The Harmony House * Benjamin Ellis House is best known for the spaciousness of the guest rooms and our delicious breakfasts with flavors from around the world including apple cheddar scones, Dutch baby pancakes, southwestern chili casserole and stuffed croissants. As Innkeepers we try to incorporate our international experience of living on three continents throughout the past 30 years into the decor of the Inn as well as ensuring a welcoming environment for each guest. Our favorite part of the Inn is the newly expanded and renovated dining area and commercial kitchen where we offer cooking classes for guests. 

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

    The beautiful historic downtown. New Bern offers guests an opportunity to experience early American history (New Bern was the first capital of North Carolina) as well as Civil War history (the battle of New Bern was fought here) all within in the picturesque setting at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

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

    We receive constant compliments on the breakfasts offered as well as the beautifully appointed rooms, but the most flattering complements have been the appreciation of our hospitality and ability to make guests feel at home while visiting. Also rewarding are the number of repeat guests, many who now have become friends not just guests. 

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The youthful vibe. New Bern has many unique shops, an ecclectic art scene as well as an up and coming nightlife. Check out the local craft beers for starters.

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

    New Bern is the perfect location for exploring the Inner Banks. After touring the historic highlights within downtown New Bern, guests are just a short drive to the National Croatan forest for excellent bird watching, hiking and picnicing, or to the Civil War battlefield state park. For antique lovers, the New Bern area offers dozens of antique shops and flea markets for savvy shoppers seeking bargains. Within a 50 mile radius of New Bern numerous day trip options are available including: visits to Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City, Kingston or  Washington.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Inn is convienently located in historic downtown New Bern just steps from various restaurants, quaint shopping, galleries and attractions. With offstreet parking available, guests can park their car and forget about it during their stay. 

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    With numerous good restaurants nearby I generally ask about a guest's food preferences before recommending a restaurant. Popular choices include 247 Craven, Morgan's Tavern, Persimmons and The Chelsea. 

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We are big fans of the "Off the Beaten Path" series of guidebooks. For general information is a great site.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have seven guest rooms with ensuite private baths and two luxury king bed suites-with private baths including whirlpool jetted tubs. 

    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry we are not able to accommodate pets at the Inn but we are happy to assist with arranging kennel services in the area.


  • Amenities

    Harmony House Inn-SignAll guest rooms have the first-class amenities:

    • Flat screen smart TV
    • Seating area
    • Dresser and full length mirror
    • Closet/hanging space
    • Air Conditioning
    • Ceiling fans with lights
    • Private en suite bathrooms
    • Luxury bath amenities 
    • Secure Wireless Internet 
    • USB charging station for all smart phone and tablet devices
    • Decorative Fireplaces
  • Area Information

    Harmony House Inn- The Area

    Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens

    610 Pollock St.

    New Bern, NC 28562

    (252) 514-4900

    (800) 767-1560

    Tryon Palace, built in 1770 by Royal Governor William Tryon, was known at the time as one of the most beautiful buildings in America. After its use as both a Colonial and a state capitol, the palace fell into disrepair. The main building burned in 1798 and the kitchen office was dismantled in the early nineteenth century. When reconstruction was undertaken in the 1950s, only the stables remained standing. The palace now houses an outstanding collection of antiques and art, and the grounds are devoted to extensive landscaping, ranging from English formal gardens and a kitchen garden to wilderness garden areas.

    Attmore-Oliver Civil War House Museum

    511 Broad St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 638-8558

    The Attmore-Oliver Civil War House Museum was originally built in 1790 by prominent New Bern resident, Samuel Chapman. It was enlarged to its present size in 1834. Of particular interest are the fine Greek Revival portico and two-story porches at the rear of the house. Today, the museum houses offices for the New Bern Historical Society. The Society plans soon to offer self-guided tours through the museum spaces of the first and second floors although staff suggests an e-mail or a call to confirm availability of tours just now.

    Cedar Grove Cemetery

    Queen and George Sts.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    Anyone who loves to wander through old graveyards won't want to miss this one. Statuary and monuments beneath Spanish moss draped trees mark burial traditions from the earliest days of our nation. One smallish obelisk lists the names of nine children in one family who all died within a two-year time span. The city's monument to its Confederate dead and the graves of 70 soldiers are also here. The cemetery's main gate features a shell motif, with an accompanying legend that says if water drips on you as you enter, you will be the next to arrive by hearse.

    Centenary United Methodist Church

    309 New St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 637-4181

    First organized as a congregation in 1772, the current Centenary United Methodist Church was designed by Herbert Woodley Simpson and completed in 1905. Its rounded walls and turrets have an almost Moorish look. Guided tours, available weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM, begin with a stop by the church office.

    Christ Episcopal Church

    320 Pollock St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 633-2109

    More than 260 years old, Christ Episcopal is the oldest church in New Bern and one of the oldest in North Carolina. This church building is actually the third to stand in this area. The first, completed in 1750, was later destroyed by fire. The foundation of that first church is on the current church grounds. The second church was completed in 1824 and destroyed by fire in 1871. The church seen today, completed in 1875, is a Gothic Revival building incorporating surviving walls of that second church.

    Craven Arts Council & Gallery Bank of the Arts

    317 Middle St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 638-2577

    Changing exhibits often, the gallery at Bank of the Arts showcases local and southeastern artists in every visual and tactile medium. Admission is free, though donations are welcome, so locals visit often. Visitors are welcome to browse. Built in 1911, this interesting granite structure once served as a bank. Now it serves as headquarters for the Craven Arts Council and Gallery. The classical facade of the building features Ionic columns leading into the open, two-story gallery. Many concerts, lectures and receptions are offered here throughout the year. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, the building is handicapped.

    The Firemen's Museum

    408 Hancock St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 636-4087

    Harmony House Inn- FestivalThe New Bern Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country, still operating under its original 1845 charter as the Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company. The New Museum next door houses steam pumpers and an extensive collection of other early fire-fighting equipment, most of which has been in service in New Bern. Also on exhibit are rare photographs, Civil War relics and even the mounted head of Fred, the faithful old fire horse. Fred, according to legend, died with his boots on, answering what turned out to be a false alarm.

    First Presbyterian Church

    400 New St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 637-3270

    The oldest continually used church building in New Bern, First Presbyterian was built during the years from 1819 through 1822, by local architect and builder Uriah Sandy. The congregation was established in 1817. The Federal-style church is similar to many built around the same time in New England but is unusual in North Carolina. Like that of Christ Church, the steeple on First Presbyterian is a point of reference on the skyline. The church was used as a Union hospital and lookout post during the Civil War. Visitors can see, carved on the belfry walls, the initials of soldiers on duty.

    George W. Dixon House

    609 Pollock St.

    New Bern, NC

    (252) 514-4900

    (800) 767-1560

    The Dixon House, built in 1828, epitomizes New Bern's lifestyle in the first half of the nineteenth century, when the town was a prosperous port and one of the state's largest cities. Built for a successful New Bern merchant, Dixon House is a fine example of neoclassical architecture. Its furnishings, reflecting the Federal period, reveal the changing tastes of early America. The house was converted into a regimental hospital when Union troops occupied New Bern during the Civil War. Admission tickets may be purchased at the North Carolina History Center.

    John Wright Stanly House

    307 George St.

    New Bern, NC

    On his Southern tour in 1791, President George Washington dined and danced at Tryon Palace, but his two nights in New Bern were spent at the nearby home of John Wright Stanly. Stanly died of yellow fever in 1789, but New Bern residents reopened and refurnished the residence, then located on Middle Street, just for Washington's visit. Washington described his overnight accommodation as "exceeding good lodgings." During the Revolutionary War, Stanly's merchant ships plied the waters as privateers, capturing British ships to aid the American cause.

    New Bern Academy Museum

    New and Hancocks Sts.

    New Bern, NC

    (252) 514-4900

    (800) 767-1560

    Founded in 1764 and built in 1809, New Bern Academy is the oldest public school building in North Carolina and one of the oldest in America. It was still used as a school recently enough to have been attended by some of New Bern's current residents. After it closed, it sat vacant for several years before being renovated in the 1980s through grants, donations and a dedicated group of volunteers. Today, the museum houses exhibits illustrating the history of New Bern and eastern North Carolina, including exhibits on architecture, education and the Civil War.

    New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park

    New Bern Historical Society

    512 Pollock St.

    New Bern, NC 28562

    (252) 638-8558

    Visitors to the Civil War Battlefield Park can literally walk in the footsteps of young Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the mist and rain five miles east of New Bern on what is now US 70 East. Park grounds where nearly one third of the Battle of New Bern took place are in near pristine condition. That battle, lost to Union forces March 4, 1862, saved the city for history, her rich heritage of grand homes and buildings undamaged by war. The New Bern Historical Society received the core acres of the battlefield from the Civil War Preservation Trust.

    New Bern National Cemetery

    1711 National Ave.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    Encompassing nearly eight acres, New Bern National Cemetery was established in 1867 as a final resting place for veterans. Current cemetery grounds were the site of military drills by occupying forces during the Civil War. Once inside the gates, visitors see row after impressive row of matching government standard-issue white marble gravestones, precisely lined. Also on the grounds are Civil War monuments dedicated during the early twentieth century to the fallen of companies of New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The cemetery is the site of a Memorial Day service every year.

    Robert Hay House

    Eden St.

    New Bern, NC

    Harmony House Inn- Around the AreaA tour of the Robert Hay House provides insight into the lives and society of middle-class craftsmen and artisans essential to everyday life in the early nineteenth century. Scottish-born Robert Hay was a skilled craftsman of carriages and riding chairs. He purchased the house in 1816, living there until his death in 1850. The original structure, purchased for $1,000, was a single heated room on each of the two floors, with a cellar kitchen including a large cooking fireplace. Hay enlarged the house between 1820 and 1830 with a rear addition consisting of a double porch and two small heated rooms.

    New Bern Walking Tours

    Many of New Bern's historic homes are private residences, therefore not open to the public. However, a leisurely stroll along riverwalks through the historic district allow observation of the landscapes, architecture and gardens of these vintage homes. Walking also gives a real sense of the many Old World customs that characterize this Colonial town.

    The New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center at the corner of East and South Front streets, has several self-guided walking tour maps covering different aspects of New Bern's long and interesting historical heritage, including the Civil.

    New Bern Trolley Tours

    333 Middle St.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 637-7316

    (800) 849-7316

    Touring the town by trolley is a comfortable and interesting alternative to a walking tour. Ninety-minute tours narrated by professional guides depart from the corner of Pollock and George Streets, across from Tryon Palace gates. Tickets may be purchased on the trolley car every day or at the trolley office at 333 Middle Street weekdays. During the months of January and February, tours run at 2 PM Saturday and Sunday only. In March, tours run Thursday through Monday at 2 PM only. April through October, tours are scheduled for Monday through Saturday at 11 AM and 2 PM and Sunday

    Tradewind Aviation Scenic Rides

    820 Aviation Dr.

    New Bern, NC 28562

    (252) 636-0716

    For a unique overview to introduce New Bern or as a farewell to the city, Tradewind Aviation provides a reasonably priced, exciting tour option. Based at Craven Regional Airport, Tradewind arranges 30-minute and one-hour tours for one to three passengers aboard a Cessna 172. All it takes is a phone call requesting the Scenic Ride.

    Croatan National Forest

    Ranger's Office, 141 E. Fisher Ave.

    New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 638-5628

    Harmony House Inn- The Marina

    Located between New Bern and Emerald Isle,Croatan National Forest is made up of 161,000 acres and features coastal and inland swamp habitats. The Croatan Forest is home to the largest collection of carnivorous plants in any National Forest and it is near the northern range limit of the American alligator. It also has an amazing collection of bugs. Much of the forest is characterized as swampy with thick underbrush. It is perhaps not a forest suited for everyone, but it is very attractive to area fishermen and hunters and is popular for its hiking trails, boat launches, campgrounds and day-use areas.

  • Driving Directions

    Directions to the Harmony House Inn: North of the Inn

    1. Merge onto I-95 S
    2. Take exit 84A on the left to merge onto I-295 S toward Rocky Mt NC/Richmond International
    3. Merge onto I-95 S (Entering North Carolina)
    4. Take exit 119A-119B for US-264 toward US-117 S/Raleigh/Wilson
    5. Keep left at the fork to continue toward US-117 S/US-264 E
    6. Take exit 119A to merge onto US-117 S/US-264 E toward I-795 S/Greenville/Wilson
    7. Continue onto I-795 S
    8. Take exit 87A to merge onto US-70 E toward Kinston
    9. Slight right to merge onto US-117 Alt N/US-13 N/US-70 E toward US-70 Bypass E/US-117 Bypass N/Kinston/Wilson
    10. Continue to follow US-70 E
    11. Slight right at US-70 E/W New Bern Rd
    12. Continue to follow US-70 E
    13. Slight right at US-17 N
    14. Take the exit toward New Bern
    15. Merge onto U.S. 70 Bus
    16. Turn left at Pollock St
    17. Destination will be on the left

    Directions to the Harmony House Inn: South of the Inn

    1. Take the exit on the left onto I-95 N toward Jacksonville
    2. Take the exit onto I-95 N toward International Airport/Savannah
    3. Passing through Georgia, South Carolina
    4. Entering North Carolina
    5. Take exit 58 for US-13 N toward Interstate 295 Future/US-401/Newton Grove
    6. Turn right at US-13 N/Goldsboro Rd
    7. Continue to follow US-13 N
    8. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-13 N
    9. Turn left at US-117 N/US-13 N
    10. Slight right at US-117 Alt N/US-13 N
    11. Continue to follow US-13 N
    12. Continue onto N Carolina 111 S/US-70 E
    13. Continue to follow US-70 E
    14. Slight right at US-70 E/W New Bern Rd
    15. Continue to follow US-70 E
    16. Slight right at US-17 N
    17. Take the exit toward New Bern
    18. Merge onto U.S. 70 Bus
    19. Turn left at Pollock St
    20. Destination will be on the left

    Directions to the Harmony House Inn: West of the Inn

    1. Merge onto I-64 E/I-77 S via the ramp to Bluefield
    2. Continue to follow I-77 S
    3. Partial toll road
    4. Passing through Virginia
    5. Entering North Carolina
    6. Slight left at I-74 E (signs for Mt Airy/Winston - Salem)
    7. Continue onto S Andy Griffith Pkwy
    8. Continue onto US-52 S
    9. Take exit 109A for I-40 BUS E/US-158 E/US-421 S/N Carolina 150 E toward Kernersville
    10. Merge onto N Carolina 150 E/US-158 E/US-421 S
    11. Continue to follow US-421 S
    12. Merge onto I-40 E
    13. Take exit 309 to merge onto US-70 E toward Smithfield/Goldsboro
    14. Continue onto US-70 Bypass E
    15. Continue onto US-70 E
    16. Slight right to merge onto US-117 Alt N/US-13 N/US-70 E toward US-70 Bypass E/US-117 Bypass N/Kinston/Wilson
    17. Continue to follow US-70 E
    18. Slight right at US-70 E/W New Bern Rd
    19. Continue to follow US-70 E
    20. Slight right at US-17 N
    21. Take the exit toward New Bern
    22. Merge onto U.S. 70 Bus
    23. Turn left at Pollock St
    24. Destination will be on the left

    Directions to the Harmony House Inn: From Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

    1. Head west on Terminal Dr toward Airline Dr
    2. Take the 1st left onto Airline Dr
    3. Take the 1st right onto Williams Rd
    4. Take the 3rd left onto US-70 W
    5. Take exit 417A toward New Bern
    6. Merge onto U.S. 70 Bus
    7. Turn left at Pollock St
    8. Destination will be on the left