4,4 sur avril 09, 2014
Frank and Dolly always go out of their way to make me and my partner feel welcomed. After offering a drink, they take the time to chat with us and are genuinely interested in hearing about our experiences. They also encourage other guests to join the conversation, and the cozy feel makes the Blooming Garden Inn a home away from home, which is just what a great bed and breakfast does. The home-made hot breakfasts are always outstanding (the ginger waffles and spinach quiche are wonderful!) and provide another opportunity to share experiences with other guests. This worked out well in talking about the films at the recent Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. I only wish all the guestrooms had en suite bathrooms and showers, but in a historic house like this one, I know that's not always possible. Nonetheless, I highly recommend a stay at the Blooming Garden Inn.
4,6 sur février 16, 2014
We were in Durham for a Duke game over Valentine's Day weekend and had the pleasure of staying at the Blooming Garden Inn. When we arrived late on Friday night, Frank and Dolly had stayed up late to greet us and even had a box of Valentine's Day chocolates waiting. Frank and Dolly have done an amazing job restoring this historic property and treat their guests like family. The room was cozy, the food was delicious and the company was charming.
5 sur novembre 07, 2013
My fiancé and I made plans to come to Durham to see a musical performer at the Carolina Theater. We found Blooming Garden Inn to be close to our venue and decided to stay there. We weren't sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised! Upon arrival we were welcomed in and offered tea and treats. We talked about why we were here etc. They offered advice on places to eat and even offered to make the reservation for us. The breakfast was amazing and I loved the attention to detail. Our hosts Dolly and Frank were very friendly and helpful. And the best part was the theater was walking distance so we didn't have the headache of trying to find parking. We felt safe walking, and safe in the neighborhood we were staying in. We had an amazing time here and will definitely come back!
5 sur octobre 11, 2013
My husband and I have stayed at the Blooming Garden Inn multiple times. We view it as our default stop-off point when we make the long drive across the state of North Carolina. The lodgings are pleasant and breakfast is delicious, but what we enjoy most are the Innkeepers. Frank and Dolly go out of their way to get to know their guests and also to tell great stories about the adventures they have encountered in life. I know we will be returning for years to come.
4,8 sur août 12, 2013
I was very lucky to discover the Holly House, the longer term stay house of the Blooming Garden Inn. I was looking for a place to stay during my sabbatical leave at Duke, but what I got was much more than that. I found a home away from home, a family that adopted me for the six months I was there, and an ever changing variety of house mates who quickly became life-long friends. So it is not only affordable and convenient to stay at the Holly House (named after the two enormous American Holly trees in front), but it is also good for the soul. In terms of practical considerations, it is an easy walk to the Bull City Rider bus, the DPAC (a must visit place, if you are at all interested in the performing arts), baseball stadium, and a number of restaurants, bars, lounges, and coffee shops, not to mention the farmers market. The beds are very comfortable, the kitchen has all the necessary cooking equipment, utensils, and dishes, so it is essentially as comfortable as being in your own house. All you have to do is pack your clothes and a toothbrush and you can move into your new home. The owners will make sure you know more about Durham than most locals as they literally know everybody. So you will be directly plugged into the heart of Durham.
4,4 sur mai 12, 2013
We discovered "The Blooming Garden Inn" by chance through a short note in our german guidebook. Dolly and Frank are wonderful hosts and both of them really made us feel very welcome in their beautiful house. The healthy and excellent breakfast prepared by Frank comprising fresh fruit salad and delicious homemade waffles and was served at the big table in the dining room, offering a nice opportunity to meet and talk to the other guest. The warm welcome and the interresting travel recommendations from Dolly and Frank turned our short stay in Durham and "The Blooming Garden Inn" into a wonderful experience.
5 sur février 24, 2013
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay with Frank and Dolly. Our hosts went the extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed and make us feel right at home. Breakfast was wonderful and we really enjoyed the the extra time that Frank took with us to answer our questions about the history of the inn and the beautiful antiques througout the home. You can't go wrong with this adorable inn and Frank and Dolly as your hosts.
4,6 sur février 10, 2013
I am a postdoc at Duke, and this is my first time in the US. I was looking for somewhere comfortable and affordable to stay while I 'got on my feet' in a new country. Holly House, part of the Blooming Garden Inn, offers self-catering extended stay accommodation and turned out to be ideal for me. I ended up staying for nearly four months, longer than I had at originally planned! Frank and Dolly are probably the most friendly and welcoming B&B hosts you will find, which I really appreciated as I was in an unfamiliar place. It was also nice to have the company of some of the other extended stay guests in Holly House (as well as the two house cats!), and the sense of community is something I would have missed out on elsewhere. The house itself is beautiful, and a lot of care has been taken with the furnishings. The Victorian style makes a pleasant place both to work and relax, with wireless internet provided. I would recommend Holly House to anyone who is needing affordable temporary accommodation and is looking for a 'home away from home', and the arrangement may be especially attractive to visiting scholars/students who are needing a base while in Durham.
4,4 sur janvier 30, 2012
A B&B is only as wonderful as its hosts, and Dolly and Frank are exceptional. Staying at their inn was like being taken into family, only theirs is more fun then mine ever was! Even though we were in Durham on a cold, rainy January weekend, their garden still blooms.
4,8 sur juillet 14, 2011
The Blooming Garden Inn is an oasis in the middle of Durham. Just minutes from downtown and the Duke Hospital/University area it is quiet, comfortable, and relaxing. Frank and Dolly are wonderful hosts who are quite willing to share stories and experiences with you. We were introduced to several things at breakfast that have now become favorites with my wife and I. There's nothing like a swing or glider on the wrap-around porch to just melt the tension of the day away. If you need a place to stay in Durham you can't do better than the Blooming Garden Inn!
4,8 sur juin 30, 2011
My daughter and I had a very intersting stay at the inn. The one night we stayed there it felt like we were transported to the world of the 1800s (with all the amenities of the 21st century). The inn is a restored house from the 1800s and once you enter its doors the antique furnishings and decorations help take you to another era. It's homey atmosphere and gracious hosts add to the fullness of the experience. A tasteful and wholsome breakfast in antique dishes are again a wonderful addition to the flavor. In short, we had a memorable and a very refreshing stay at the inn.
5 sur juin 17, 2011
We stayed 3 nights while my spouse had surgery at Duke. Frank and Dolly went out of their way to help by driving me to a pharmacy, a market and to get take-out dinners as I had never been to Durham. They made us perfectly comfortable in their home and we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts; especially the ginger waffles with lemon curd, Amish butter and FRESH fruit! Their home is lovely and the porch is delightful; they are a fabulous couple!
4,4 sur juin 09, 2011
The azaleas were lush, the tulips bright in the spring sunshine, but above that all was the kind and particular service of Frank and Dolly. Breakfast was tailored to our needs, family coming in and out of Durham were graciously accommodated. If a friendly family type setting.....with loads of antiques from Dolly's days as an antique dealer...suits you, this is a great Band B.
4,0 sur février 21, 2011
Frank and Dolly do everything to make your stay a pleasure, from the glass of wine and nibbles served the moment you walk through the door, to the great conversations and story-telling, through to breakfast, which is a real treat too. Lovely room in a beautiful house. Highly recommended.
5 sur février 09, 2011
I stayed at the Holly house, which is specifically for extended stays, during a visit to Duke University. It was a pleasant relief and welcome change to the small hotel rooms or studio flats that become the norm for extended stays. I highly recommend staying at the Holly house and take advantage of the "Home away from home": the large kitchen (oven,washing/drying machines), tv room, reading areas really make difference. Frank and Dolly go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The location is good with easy transport links via the Bull City Connector, as free bus service that traverses the city and links the B&B with the central areas, bus/train station and Duke.
4,4 sur janvier 18, 2011
I visited the Blooming Garden Inn while working at the Duke University for some days. The house had all, what I could desire and the stay was very pleasant. Frank and Dolly where extremely helpful, and interested in making my stay as good as possible. Choose this if you want to meet some really nice people, and stay in a unique place. Morten, DK.
5 sur août 27, 2010
We stayed five weeks in June-July with Frank and Dolly, who were very kind to us. We stayed in two different rooms at the inn, including the suite (very interesting long-stay rates) and got to use the kitchen at the Holy house just accross the street. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the porch is very nice to stay in. Frank and Dolly told us about Bele Chere in Asheville so we ended up meeting there (we were on our way to Virginia) and had a great time together. We are French and are not used to meeting such friendly people ! We really enjoyed our stay a lot !!!
5 sur juillet 09, 2010
WE had a wonderful stay here. Frank and Dollie were a delightful couple that catered to our every need from dawn to well into the evening. The antique furnishings were very comfortable, but it was their hospitality that stood out. They are witty, charming and thoughtful. Dollie is a hostess that shames Dolly Madison. Frank prepared a warm, gourmet breakfast each morning. Each day a new surprise. His berries from the garden were delicious. He provided Amish butter for his tasty waffles and panqueques. WE would have loved to have stayed longer, but alas had to return home. We look forward to future visits.
4,0 sur avril 16, 2010
We booked a night at the Blooming Garden Inn because we were attending a David Gray concert at DPAC. I wish we would have made reservations for the entire weekend. It was cozy, inviting, an Frank and Dolly are wonderful people. Frank's an excellent cook too. We will be going back to DPAC for events in the future and will definitely stay with them again.
4,8 sur novembre 09, 2009
My husband and I were searching for a place to enjoy a weekend together that focused on rest and relaxation. We hit the jackpot with Blooming Gardens. The rooms and atmosphere of the inn were welcoming and endearing. Frank and Dolly were delightful to meet. Located in the Triangle, there was a lot to do and see, while the Inn was comfortable and inviting for a day long stay in. We plan on returning in the future.
4,6 sur octobre 05, 2009
Dolly and Frank [resident propriators] operate a lovely Bed & Breakfast. Fascinating history, decor and physical setting. If your fortunate Dolly will give you an informative overview of the City of Durham [particularily if your running cross-town to Bullocks for barbeque.] Fortunate too if Frank takes you on a tour of both the B&B and the Extended Stay residence across the street also historic and owned by your hosts.
4,8 sur octobre 01, 2009
Great accommodations in a historic home that has been lovingly renovated. The owners make you feel right at home. The food and conversation are excellent. Highly recommended. Kenny Johnson Montgomery, Alabama
4,6 sur juillet 07, 2009
My daughter and I stayed at Dolly and Frank's extended stay Inn called Holly House. This beautifully restored Victorian home was very comfortable, clean and quiet. We enjoyed using the kitchen to cook meals with the local products we purchased at the Farmer's Market. The Holly House is centrally located making it easy to explore Durham. Frank and Dolly provided some of the best customer service we have ever experienced. They are true gems, great ambassadors for Durham and as Frank would say simply "marvelous".
4,2 sur juin 16, 2009
I was considering relocating to Durham from Oakland and renovating a historic property. So I visited and stayed at Blooming Garden, which was itself a 3 and a half year restoration. The inn was charming, our room was quiet and very comfortable (Firm bed, lots of pillows.) The best part of the stay was just hanging out with Dolly and Frank. The service, from breakfast to sharing wine in the early evening was outstanding. If I ever need a definition of good service it would have to be "the innkeepers staying up for you because your flight is 2 and a half hours late, you arrive at 2:30 in the morning and they are still charming." I wouldn't think of staying any other place when I visit Durham.
5 sur juin 16, 2009
The hosts made us feel at home and were helpful with all our needs during out stay in Durham. We had a marvelous time getting to know people in through the hosts. A wonderful and relaxing place to stay.
5 sur mars 18, 2009
The Blooming Garden Inn, within walking distance of newly renovated downtown Durham and less than 2 miles from Duke University, is a cut above the average Bed and Breakfast. The minute you step inside the door of this quaint, beautiful Inn, Frank and Dolly will greet you as if you are beloved family members. They provide a brief orientation trip of the downtown area in their private car, invite you to sit and have a drink and a chance to unwind, and they go out of their way to make you feel at-home comfortable during your entire stay. I can't say enough good things about this B&B, and I highly recommend it for any occasion, be it business, family or college get-togethers, girls weekends or a romantic get-away with a significant other. Be assured Frank and Dolly will make your stay a memorable one. LOVED Sarah (the german shepherd) and the kitties. The grounds are full of flowers and gorgeously kept. Location couldn't be more convenient - less than a mile to the Carolina Theater and the new Performing Arts Center in Durham. I plan on being back again soon on business, but will plan future trips there for pleasure, as well. Thanks again, Frank and Dolly, for everything! Mary in West Virginia
4,6 sur février 14, 2009
My husband and I were looking for a place to stay during the time surrounding my cancer surgery at Duke. We wanted a place where we could cook our own meals, but the suites hotels seemed a little too cold and impersonal to suit us. When we discovered that Blooming Garden Inn provided rooms at Holly House, their extended stay home across the street from the B&B, we contacted Dolly and Frank and decided to stay there. We were so right in our choice! It's difficult to recount all the kindnesses done for us by Dolly and Frank, as well as by the other residents at Holly House. Most special to me personally was the help we received when Duke released me from outpatient surgery. I needed more help than my husband alone could provide getting in from the car and for the first several hours. Dolly and Frank, as well as the other guests, did everything possible to make me comfortable. (Dolly even took my husband to the pharmacy to fill my prescription for pain medication!) Their kindness and caring continued throughout our visit. Dolly took us on a driving tour of her favorite places around Durham.... they made us a big pot of soup.... and on our last night in Durham, we went to dinner with them and other guests at one of their favorite restaurants. Dolly and Frank have lovingly restored both Holly House and Blooming Garden Inn, have filled them with antiques and too many other special things to mention, and have shared their home with guests. Although I hope I won't need surgery again (at Duke or anywhere else), I would not hesitate to stay with Dolly and Frank in the future. In fact, if we're ever in that part of North Carolina again, I hope we'll at least go out to dinner with them! Who would ever have believed that an unpleasant hospital visit could provide an opportunity to make several new friends? But that's exactly what happened.
5 sur janvier 03, 2009
This was one of our favorite bed and breakfast experiences. The hosts were very attentive to our needs, sharing their love of the city with us, giving us directions, and suggesting fine places to eat. They were very warm and welcoming and we will return the next time we are in the Durham area!
4,6 sur décembre 16, 2008
The home is very cozy and the owners are very warm and friendly people. The food choices were plentiful and were always a delight.
4,8 sur octobre 02, 2008
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at this thoughtfully restored Victorian house in the heart of Durham, NC. The proprietors & other guests were warm & friendly. The gourmet breakfasts were right to our tastes, simply but elegantly prepared & also delicious. If we have occasion to visit Durham again, the Blooming Garden Inn is the first place we will seek.
4,8 sur septembre 09, 2008
I highly recommend the blooming garden Inn. Enjoy!
3,8 sur août 20, 2008
THis was a lovely home located near the down town of Durham and just 2 miles from Duke University. We enjoyed good food, good conversation and a lovely room.
5 sur août 05, 2008
This is the place to stay, if you're in the area. My husband and I had a wonderful experience. The owners are so very nice and the breakfast was top notch. rooms are very clean and elegant! Extremely comfortable
4,2 sur juillet 31, 2008
Clean and spacious rooms and two very friendly hosts. Ask for pancakes, they're delicious.
4,0 sur juillet 25, 2008
Very comfortable Great decor - Frank and Dolly - very friendly and helpful
5 sur juillet 18, 2008
Wonderful home, exceptional innkeepers!!
4,4 sur juin 19, 2008
There were 8 of us - all ages, all walks of life sharing breakfast. We learned so much from each other...topics included music artistry, folklore, ghost stories, travels, cemetaries, etc. Quite an example of synergy!
5 sur juin 05, 2008
Frank and Dolly pay attention to the detail and go to every effort to make their guests feel pampered and at home. the rooms are very comfortable, breakfasts are amazing- the area is interesting and they are ingaging hosts.- very delightful
5 sur juin 02, 2008
My stay Durhan for my CPA Conference was delighful because of the lovely Blooming Garden Inn and its wonderful hosts, Frank and Dolly.