Big Mill Bed and Breakfast

1607 Big Mill Road, Williamston, North Carolina 27892
Innkeeper(s): Chloe G. Tuttle
  • Introduction

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    Featured in Our State magazine, this bed and breakfast in Williamston, North Carolilna is a perennial favorite amid acres of landscaped grounds in North Carolina's coastal plain. Just minutes from major highways this Carolina countryside B&B is a perfect stopover to the Outer Banks.

    With over 300 acres to roam, guests can explore the landscaped gardens, old barns, or simply drop a line in the lake. Ninety-year-old pecan trees planted by the owner's parents still shade the inn.

    The owner once sailed and cooked aboard a private yacht, and the rooms are reminiscent of these Caribbean experiences. If you want to experience more of the Carolina feeling, just ask how to find the local flavors, whether collards and corned backbone, banana fritters, or herring roe and hush puppies.

    Candlelight catered meals served in your room upon request. Massage on premises on request. Coin laundry on premises. Wireless internet throughout the inn.

  • 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 Chloe Tuttle for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Because of the rural heritage with nature all around-and the farm heritage-I was born in this house. And all our rooms are very private.

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

    The amount of land, 250 acres

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

    We do have a fabulous horse complex with many specialized horse shows. But mainly folks come for the outdoor things i.e. canoeing, etc. We have 12 camping platforms on the Roanoke River and Cashie River that are only accessed via canoe. Gorgeous and guaranteed the Barred Owls will sing for you.

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

    I know this seems like a left handed compliment but one woman once told me that she had a great time and “even my husband liked it.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The people are wonderful-this is truly “Mayberry”

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

    In winter they should eat at one of our seasonal restaurants like the Cypress Grill (A fishing shack) that is only open 4 months a year when the herring are running. Or Sunnyside Oyster Bar that is only open in months with an “R” in them. They should go on our creeks and rivers, visit our small coastal towns, go to the Outer Banks for a day, also visit Sylvan Heights waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Just lots of trees

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    See above about our seasonal restaurants

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Roanoke River Partners have canoe trails and maps.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 suites and rooms and 1 long term rental.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't allow pets.

  • About Our Accommodations

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    Each guest room has a private entrance, individual climate control, private bath and its own wet bar. The artist's touch is evident everywhere you look, in hand-stenciled floors, faux painted walls that create the look of crumbling plaster and stained glass doors.

    In winter, guests can sit in front of a fire in the Packhouse breezeway or by the large stone fireplace in the Mardi Gras Suite. On balmy summer days, guests stroll the acres of landscaped grounds, smell the Cape Jasmine and watch the purple martins swoop through the air.

    Our Williamston, NC lodging is perfect for an overnight stay, a romantic weekend or an extended stay. Comfortable lodging for business travel or pleasure, near Greenville, NC.

    Of the four guest rooms, two are suites; and all come with the amenities listed here. Several of our rooms can join to accommodate folks who are traveling together.


    • Free Wireless Internet connection in all rooms (you must have wireless card installed in your laptop)
    • Private entrance for each room
    • Spectacular lake views
    • Fresh flowers
    • Off street parking, including large vehicles
    • Private baths
    • Fishing in the lake
    • Charcoal and gas grill for guest use
    • Refrigerator in each unit
    • Bar or kitchenette in each unit
    • Bicycles
    • Fireplaces
    • Hairdryer
    • Alarm clock
    • Cable TV and DVD in each unit
    • Fax available
    • Individual climate control
    • Laundry facilities on premises
    • Iron and boards
    • Will arrange picnic lunches
    • Masseuse on request
    • Hiking and walking
    • Landscaped grounds
    • Ground floor rooms
  • Breakfast

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    A delicious continental breakfast is served in your room, and consists of homemade sourdough or sweet breads made with fruits and nuts grown on the farm along with juice, cheese, coffee, tea and fresh fruit. Grapes, pears and blueberries from the orchard are served in season. Pear brandy preserves and blueberry jam made from our own fruit are guest favorites. Homemade yogurt is a specialty of the house.

    We use as many locally grown foods and products as possible. Our quiches are made with locally raised free range chicken eggs and ingredients from the cook's garden are served with at least one edible flower as garnish.

  • Weddings and Elopements

    Big Mill Bed & Breakfast weddings

    Are you looking for that special place for your wedding or your vow renewals? Our renovated 1930s Pack House overlooking the lakes just a bit rustic and very private is the perfect, intimate place to say your vows.

    Elopement or Vow Renewal Package

    • One night's stay at the inn
    • Wedding Officiant & Wedding Coordinator
    • Beautiful Bridal Bouquet
    • Groom's Boutonniere
    • Wedding cake
    • Champagne or sparkling cider
    • Professional photographer
    • Professional photographs
    • All inclusive package $1500 (deposit required)

    Start your life together or reaffirm your love away from the crowds, stress-free and surrounded by nature. Tuxedo to blue jeans, this is your day. We will handle the details so you can enjoy everything. Photography by Guy Livesay of Livesay Photography.

  • Spa Services

    Big Mill Bed & Breakfast massages

    Treat yourself or that special someone to a massage or body scrub and never have to leave your room at Big Mill. Advance notice is required. Gratuity is not included.

    Tilly and Charles Little, husband and wife team, are Nationally Certified and State Licensed in North Carolina and Virginia. Both were trained at the Cayce-Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Tilly now teaches classes in Medication and Massage. Tilly is a licensed registered nurse and has worked in the medical profession for over thirty years.

    We ask that you schedule at least 1 hour of therapy or a combination of therapies. Our therapists believe that there is a connection between the body, mind and spirit and would like to work with you to help you achieve this balance and well being.

    Reflexology (Hand and Foot Massage)

    This massage therapy has been known to aid in relieving aches and pain throughout the body. There is a distinct connection between body mind and spirit through the feet. Each foot has 7000 nerve endings and they are all connected somewhere within the body causing us to feel good or bad all over depending on the state of our feet. There are points on the hands; feet and ears are known as acupressure points. All these points connect up with some part of our body systems and organs. Body organs, nerve endings and energy meridians all run through our feet and hands. Through Reflexology we have learned the mapping for these points and by stimulating the feet through these points we affect the whole body. This is an art which has existed over five thousand years and can be very beneficial to over all health and relaxation. For those who cannot tolerate a full body massage this can be the next best thing. Very relaxing, healing and invigorating for you achy feet and over all body relaxation. Wonderful healing essential oils are used for this process: 1 hr. — $ 90

    Hot Stone Massage

    The therapist uses volcanic stones that have been tumbled smooth by the motion of the sea. The entire body is massaged with soothing hot stones. Our therapists told me that they use very special basalt stones and that the stones picked the therapist- each therapist was drawn to special stones. Before the therapy session the stones are sanitized and heated to between 120 and 150 degrees. The oiled stones are placed on specific points of the spine, face, palms of the hand or between the toes to improve the energy flow. — 1 1/4 hours $110

    Therapeutic Massage

    Our most popular package and definitely a pleaser. Our therapists are skilled in specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and to locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Essential oils are applied to the skin with a firm, gentle pressure that stimulates the sore and achy muscles of the body, relieving tension, leaving you refreshed and relaxed. — 1/2 hour $50; 1 hour $90

    Foot Delight (Foot and Hand Rub)

    Research shows that hand and foot rubs help to relive pain and is a simple non-invasive method of relief. Depending on what the problems may be certain reflexology points may be incorporated to alleviate the problem. Feet and hands are rubbed with heavenly essential oils to relive tension and pain. It the quest prefers hands OR feet let the therapist know and we’ll be glad to do just that. This is a minor feel good session. — 1/2 hour $ 55

    Couples Massage

    A couples simultaneous massage is a fabulous way to begin a romantic evening. Calming, relaxing and indulgent… absolutely the perfect gift for your partner or lover. A couple's massage is also is a great gift for a wedding or anniversary, giving the lucky pair on your list the best gift of all-pampering — 1 hour (2 persons) $180

    Edgar Cayce Holistic Remedies

    (includes education and supplies) Use of age-old therapies developed from studies of Edgar Cayce, one of the most renowned and documented psychics of all time. Cayce was often misunderstood. Cayce himself felt his most important contributions were his readings for the sick, readings that have been overshadowed by his fame of psychic abilities. The therapist will use ingredients of castor oil packs, glycothymoline packs, poultices and hot and cold hydrotherapy. These therapies have been used in the treatment of moles, calluses and warts. — 1 hour $50

    Ear Candling

    is an ancient art also known as Ear Coning or Ear Cleansing. It is an all-natural process use to soothe the ears and help relieve pain and itching from infections and other conditions. It has been known to alleviate sinus draining, improve hearing, smell and taste and to aid allergy and asthma systems. The process helps to soften old hardened earwax and assists the body to excrete excess wax. — 45 minutes $53

  • For The Business Traveler

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    If you are a business traveler in eastern North Carolina we invite you to stay with us.

    Our business guests are family. Ditch the chain hotels and come home to a bed and breakfast. Call for details.

    For the Corporate & Business traveler

    • Corporate rates
    • Government per diem (state rates) honored
    • Work space available in each room
    • Special weekly rates
    • Complimentary wi-Fi in each room
    • Cable TV
    • DVD in each room
    • Complimentary breakfast served in your room
    • Flexible cancellation policy
    • Flexible check-in and check-out times
    • Corporate billing available
    • Wet bar
    • Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Coffee pot
    • Alarm clock
    • Iron in each room
    • Express checkout
    • Free off-street parking
    • Convenient to major highways
  • For The Fisherman

    Big Mill Bed & Breakfast fishing

    The fishing is great at Big Mill. When I was a young child there was a spring-fed stream that ran beside the house where the lakes are now. My father damned up the stream in the early nineteen fifties for irrigation purposes. We all swam and played in the lakes-ponds as we call them. Big Mill's two large lakes were well-stocked with bass and bream and fishing was good. Fishing is still good as you can see by the trophies that some of our guests are displaying.

    We have cane poles for you to use and you can buy worms just down the road where you will see the sign, “Worms for sale, $1.75. Leave money in the cigar box and take worms.”

    The lakes are not just for cane pole fishermen. The fly fishing is good too. And I am told that the fish really like something called a broke-back. I know that they like the plastic worms with the Texas rig too.

    If you catch a fish, you can certainly grill them right here. They can’t get any fresher than that.

  • Area Information


    Roanoke River

    See Roanoke River Partners for information about the camping platforms and other happenings on the creeks and rivers. For reservations call Ann at 252-924-0352 or Lucia at 252-792-0070.

    Roberson’s Marina on Gardner’s Creek rents canoes and kayaks for $25 a day. Call ahead and talk to Earl 252-217-2979 or email him at [email protected] will keep you abreast of what is happening on the river. (Top kayaking photo courtesy

    Roanoke River Wildlife Refuge   

    Inner Banks Outfitters on the Pamlico River – canoe and kayak rentals 252-975-3006

    Frog Hollow Outdoors Paddling excursions on the Roanoke River.

    If you are a fisherman and want to fish in the waters of the Inner Banks of eastern North Carolina, then Captain Mitch knows every fishing hole. 252-495-1803

    Inner Bands Fishing Captain Mitch is a fishing guide who take folks on the eastern NC rivers like the Roanoke, Cashie, Pamlico, Neuse, Perquimans etc. Catch drum, Rock Fish etc. 252-495-1803

    Natural Adventures with canoe guide Don Gray [email protected] 910-624-0347

    Hunter's Pointe Sporting Clays, 506 Decoy Drive, Washington, NC 27889. Call 252-975-2529. Sporting Clays is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA.

    Check out the Charles Kuralt Trail.

    Each year when the herring are running (from early January until late April) the Cypress Grill in Jamesville is open for guests to try the fried herring and rock stew.



    Birds love Big Mill. We have plenty of water and food; they especially like our pecans, sunflowers and blueberries. We have identified over 25 different birds that reside at Big Mill; and many more spend the night during the migration periods. We offer special rates for birds in our “Bird and Breakfast” package.

    We are near several of the coastal North Carolina Birding Trail sites: Morningstar Nature Refuge, Roanoke River Paddle Trail, Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge (the Charles Kuralt Trail), Roanoke River Paddle Trail (Cashie River), Cashie Wetlands Walk, Historic Hope Plantation and the Roanoke River Paddle Trail. Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County sponsors a Migratory Bird Day each year in May.

    More Birding

    Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck where dedicated aviculturalists are working to save many endangered species of water fowl — a must see for bird lovers.


    Williamston Homecoming, four African-American churches host the annual homecoming that brings thousands "back home" for a weekend of fellowship and reunion.

    Message of Easter Outdoor Drama, an annual outdoor Easter pageant.

    Carolina Country Stampede combines the state finals of the Colgate Country Showdown national talent contest, other entertainment and a street festival with arts and crafts, food and children's events.


    Visiting East Carolina University?The ECU campus in neighboring Greenville is just a short 25-mile drive from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast.

    Recuperating from surgery at University Medical Center or Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville? Big Mill is just the place to stay while you mend.


    Area Attractions

    Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center hosts numerous horse and riding shows during the year and draws many people to the area. The Bob Martin Agricultural Center is just three miles from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast.

    Fort Branch in Hamilton is a dirt-mound Civil War fort and each year in November re-enactors from all over the U.S. come to play out the battle that was fought on this soil. Check the website for other events. The fort is open to visitors year'round.

    Martin Supply an old-time seed store where you can actually buy ten cents of cucumber seeds, shot gun shells and hoop cheese.

    Deadwood, a family owned and run theme park offers train rides, miniature golf, live entertainment and food.

    East Carolina Motor Speedway is near Robersonville.

    Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck where dedicated aviculturalists are working to save many endangered species of water fowl; a must see for bird lovers.

    Hope Plantation is a beautifully restored home of David Stone, former Governor of North Carolina, this house offers excellent insight into rural life in North Carolina during the late 18th Century.

    Roanoke River Partners, the paddle the Roanoke and Cashie Rivers in eastern North Carolina for a unique adventure in these beautiful swamps, creeks and winding rivers.

    The Original Washington is just down the road and you can walk the waterfront, visit the shops or the new Estuarium. You can also visit Goose Creek Park in Beaufort County while you are there. Check out the Port O' Plymouth Museum and Historic Edenton as well.

  • How to Find the Big Mill Bed & Breakfast


    • 35 degrees 48' 01" N
    • 77 degrees 02' 58" W

    From Raleigh

    1. Take US Highway 64 East for approximately 100 miles
    2. Take the 2nd Williamston exit
    3. Exit 514 (this is the intersection of US 64 and US Highway 17)
    4. Turn right onto US 17, which is South
    5. Go exactly 1 mile and turn left onto Big Mill Road
    6. Go 1/2 mile and the B&B is on the left

    From Rocky Mount, NC

    1. At Rocky Mount from I-95 take US Highway 64 EAST for 50 miles
    2. Take the 2nd Williamston exit
    3. Exit 514 (this is the intersection of US 64 and US Highway 17)
    4. Turn right onto US 17, which is South
    5. Go exactly 1 mile and turn left onto Big Mill Road
    6. Go 1/2 mile and the B&B is on the left

    From The Outer Banks

    1. Take US 64 West and go about 85 miles to Jamesville
    2. Continue on US 64 and in several miles you will cross Gardner’s Creek Bridge
    3. Go 4.5 miles and turn left onto Reddick’s Grove Church Road (just before this turn you will see a sign in the median for October Lane)
    4. You can see a block church just to the left (although this isn’t Reddick’s Grove Church)
    5. Go about a mile and you will come to a flashing light
    6. Continue straight and road becomes Big Mill Road
    7. Go about 1 mile and Big Mill B&B will be on your right
    8. You will pass two large lakes and Big Mill is just beyond the lakes
    9. If you miss Reddick’s Grove Church Road
    10. The next road to the left will be Holly Springs Church Road
    11. Turn left onto this road
    12. Go about a mile and you will come to a flashing light
    13. Turn right onto Big Mill Road
    14. Go about 1 mile and Big Mill B&B will be on your right
    15. You will pass two large lakes and Big Mill is just beyond the lakes

    From the South via Interstate 95

    1. Take Interstate 95 to US 64 (at Rocky Mount)
    2. Take US Highway 64 East for approximately 50 miles
    3. Take the 2nd Williamston exit
    4. Exit 514
    5. This is the intersection of US 64 and US Highway 17
    6. Turn right onto US 17, which is South
    7. Go exactly 1 mile and turn left onto Big Mill Road
    8. Go 1/2 mile and the B&B is on the left

    From Norfolk, VA Beach, Chesapeake and points North

    1. Follow US Highway 17 South for approximately 100 miles
    2. About 1 mile past the Roanoke River Bridge you will be on the new bypass
    3. Take Williamston exit #514
    4. Go south on US 17 (which will be a right turn after you make exit)
    5. Continue on US 17 for exactly 1 mile
    6. Turn left onto Big Mill Road
    7. Go 1/2 mile and Big Mill Bed & Breakfast is on the left
    8. There is a field before it, a white fence, ivy espaliered on the side of the house (this is lit at night) and the house is gray painted brick
    9. The sign is on the lamppost
    10. Just beyond the house are two large lakes that come up to the road
    11. If you see these lakes, then you just missed us

    From Greenville, NC

    1. From the intersection of Highways 264 and 13 you will head north on US Highway 13
    2. You will pass a large pharmaceutical facility on the right, it keeps changing names
    3. You will be paralleling a railroad track
    4. Be looking for the signs for Stokes and Bear Grass
    5. Just past the pharmaceutical facility turn right onto Highway 903
    6. You will be heading toward Stokes
    7. Stay on Highway 903 for about 7 miles and go through Stokes
    8. Just after Stokes, (at the purple store), Highway 903 turns to the left
    9. Stay straight, heading toward Bear Grass
    10. Do not turn at the purple store
    11. Continue on through the country for about 5 miles or more, curving around and go through the small town of Bear Grass
    12. There is a statue of a rearing bear in front of the school
    13. Go through Bear Grass and continue on a few miles more until you must stop at a stop sign at US Highway 17 (Four-lane highway)
    14. Turn right onto US Highway 17, which is south and go 1-1/2 miles
    15. Turn left onto Big Mill Road which is the 1st paved road to the left
    16. GO 1/2 mile and Big Mill is on the left

    It is gray painted brick, ivy is espaliered on the side, white fence just before and the sign is on the lamppost. If you see two large lakes, you just missed it.