Thurston House Inn

685 Highway 12 , Ocracoke, NC 27960 USA (Show map)


The Thurston House Inn consists of two Cedar shake buildings. The original building was the home of Captain Thurston Gaskill. It was built in 1925 and restored by Captain Thurstons granddaughter, Marlene Mathews and her husband Randal. Restoration was completed in July of 1996 and a new addition was completed in May of 1999. The Inn consists of 9 rooms all with private baths, tv and heat/ac in each room. A phone for local/credit card calls. All rooms have queen or king size beds and will accommodate 2 people. The original house has beaded board and heart pine floors. The Thurston House was once characterized as an Island home built with heart pine wood on oyster shell footings and is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Common areas consist of front & back porches. Donna is now running the inn along with her mother Annie who was born in the house and her sister Lou. Donna welcomes you to her home.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3


3.8 on July 08, 2008

Very quiet and clean, bed excellent, food was good.

Fantastic B&B

5 on May 21, 2008

I have been staying at the Thurston House since it opened years ago as a B&B. Totally relaxing, idyllic, charming and immaculate. Very friendly, and location allows you to walk everywhere and not use your vehicle, except maybe to drive to the beach, but you can walk if you like. Once you go, you will return. Don't tell too many people about it though...we don't want it to change/grin.

Great B&B

5 on January 31, 2008

Just a fine place to get away from everything. Our room was just right for us. Super clean. Quiet. Good sleeping. The breakfast is a typical English breakfast. You won't go away hungry. This is the best B&B I've visited since the Scotish Lion in North Conway NH (sadly out of business now)

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Location Type

Near small airport, Coastal town, Near National Park, Small Island, Near local Harbor, Fishing Village, Island, Small town, Village


Norfolk, VA (ORF) 165 miles

Directions to property:

You arrive on Ocracoke Island by ferry from Hatteras Island. The village is 13 miles from Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal, 3 blocks into village, 2nd and 3rd driveways past Pirates Chest gift shop on right. We are located less than 1 mile from the ferry terminal if you arrive from Cedar Island or Swan Quarter. About 2 blocks from the Harbor at 685 Highway 12.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Ocraoke Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, British Cemetery, Ocracoke Preservation Museum, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Desk, Internet Service, Parking, Telephone, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Evening Sailboat Cruises, Inshore fishing, Offshore Gulfstream fishing, Beachcombing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 16 are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum on Weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card is required when making a reservation. A 1 nights deposit will be charged to hold room. Balance will be due at check-out time.
  • Cancellations: 7 Notice must be given to avoid penalty. Cancellations on the day of scheduled arrival will result in full reservation charge minus deposit.



Donna Boor

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Porches, Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Ocracoke Island Fig Preserves/Cake
Our preserves and fig cake are made from locally grown figs. Fig preserves and cakes can be purchased online. Go to our website for more info.