Bed and breakfast at Mallard Bay

960 mallard Bay Rd. , Hampstead, NC 28443 USA (Show map)


On the Intracoastal Waterway,with views of Topsail Island. A unique private suite of 2 rooms. A quiet place to take refuge with the sounds of birds, watching sunrise or moonset over the water, yet close to the beach and downtown Wilmington shopping or nightlife.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Low Country Road Trip

3.0 on September 21, 2016

My wife and I along with our two dear friends from Western Australia recently stayed at the Inn at Mallard Bay. This would be a two night stop on our Road Trip to the Carolina Low Country. After meeting Phoebe we knew this was a good choice. Phoebe, the innkeeper and owner of the property is a sweet lady and made us feel at home right from the start. After getting the lay of the land both inside and out, we asked Phoebe to join us for dinner. She recommended a great seafood restaurant and after taking the on-site kayaks for a short cruise along the waterway, we cleaned up, changed and the five of us were off to dinner. Phoebe prepared breakfast for us each day and as some of the other reviews stated, her blueberry pancakes were the best! Phoebes home is pretty much set up for a single person or a couple but because our friends were traveling with us, the pullout sofa in the living room provided the room necessary for a good nights rest for our additional travelers. The four of us really enjoyed our stay with Phoebe. She and her sweet B&B will be one of the finer memories on our road trip thru the Carolinas.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review, but I am confused about the 3 star rating which lowers my overall rating. I would hope if you were not pleased, you would let me know. Phoebe

Sisters' Week

5 on April 17, 2015

My 2 sisters and I stayed the week at Mallard Bay B&B. We were born in Wilmington but moved away when we were children. Now that we are all past retirement we enjoy returning to the area just to reminese. We didn't want to be in a hotel and not on a beach so Mallard Bay was perfect for us. Phoebe is just a perfect hostess. We were treated to delicious breakfast each morning and carried home several delightful recipes that Phoebe was so gracious to share with us. The house is immaculately clean and we had everything we needed. Phoebe recommended a great restaurant for us and even a wonderful day spa that proved to be a highlight of our trip. We have great memories from our trip and made a wonderful new friend. Thanks, Phoebe, for a delightful week.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your great review. I am so glad that you were able to do that. I enjoyed meeting all three of you and am looking forward to your next visit.

Thoroughly pleasant experience!

4.6 on September 02, 2014

My husband and teenage daughter stayed at B&B at Mallard Bay over Labor Day weekend. It was a great value but the best part was meeting our hostess. She truly loves and knows the area and welcomes you into her home. We started each day with a relaxing and delicious cooked breakfast and delightful conversation. Our daughter loved staying with her and enjoyed checking crab traps. Highly recommended - just a short drive to Topsail Island and beach activities!

The Right Place to Stay

4.2 on July 24, 2014

We had a very pleasant stay here. It's away from the crowds for peaceful nights and beautiful mornings -with delicious breakfasts, and close enough to beaches, water activities, sight-seeing trips and Wilmington tourist attractions. Phoebe is a very charming and gracious hostess.

A wonderful place near Wilmington

5 on July 23, 2014

Phoebe and her place are just wonderful. She is thoughtful about details, makes an incredible breakfast (tailored reasonably to your wants and needs) and knows where to go for good food, beaches… She has chairs and umbrellas for the beach, kayaks for the waterway out back and other things you might need. The bed is very comfortable and on the firm side. The separate sitting room with TV allows for some individual privacy as well. Add the sun porch overlooking the water and this is a real bargain.

Spring 2014 getaway

5 on April 07, 2014

Had a fabulous stay at the Bed and Breakfast at Mallard Bay. We took our two young children with us and it was just a wonderful time. Phoebe was very accommodating and had toys for the kids to play with at the house and toys for them to take to the beach too! and of course the breakfasts were wonderful as well! Will definitely go back again!

Innkeeper Response
thanks so much. Having you and the girls here was delightful.

Veteran's Day Get Away--2013

5 on December 08, 2013

We visited the B&B for a short get away for Veteran's day 2013. Phoebe was an oustanding host. She has everything imaginable that you need for a great get away. I could imagine even staying for a week there. Her breakfast were outstanding and her coffee is yummie! She knows the area well and is very willing to help you with questions you may have about where to dine, what to do, etc. She is very personable and nice to sit and talk with. You will be very please you visited I am sure as we were! The Holeman's, Raleigh, NC

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. That helps so much when others check out the website. I enjoyed having you here and hope you come back.

Great Beachy B&B

5 on July 30, 2013

We just spent 2 nights at the Mallard Bay B&B and it was great! Phoebe is delightful, the room is nice & clean, & it's close to great beaches. Breakfast was delicious both days, and Phoebe accommodated our needs for gluten free meals.

Get Away Weekend

4.6 on June 18, 2013

Recently had a get-away weekend, early June, and what a wonderful time was had. Breakfast w/ fresh fruit and eggs to order was great! Enjoyed the kayaking experience and the peacefulness of the home. Will definitely visit again!

Birthday week

5 on May 27, 2013

My husband and I spent my birthday week at Mallard Bay Bed and Breakfast and couldn't have wished for anything more. After warm greetings from the owner, beautiful accomadations, at a beautiful location, Mallard Bay became our home away from home. The owner became our guide to help us choose what was available to do in the area. Thank you, Ms. Phoebe, for making my birthday a memorable and special time. Perfect and highly recommened. I guarantee anyone they will enjoy Mallard Bay and will never forget the special breakfasts and wonderful conversation provided by Ms. Phoebe.

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Location Type

intracoastal waterway, near Topsail Island Beach, near Surf City


Wilmington, NC (ILM-New Hanover County) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From I40 take exit 408(NC210/Hampstead) and drive 13 miles east to US17. At stoplight in Hampstead,turn left(north) and drive 2.4miles to stoplight at Country Club Dr. Turn right,go 2.7 miles to Mallard Bay Rd. Turn right, go 1 mile and the Bed and Breakfast is straight ahead at 90degree turn in road. Light green house on pilings. Ok to park in grass.Come in side door upstairs.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, historic carriage tours, boat marina, fishing, river boat tours, 6 nearby golf courses, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fireplace, Washer/dryer , booster seat/high chair/gate, sunroom with views of water, kayaks,paddles, lifejackets, beach chairs and umbrella, hammock, children's toys and books

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, beach walks, kayaks on site to use, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes children under 6 are free
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two night minimum on weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: deposit equal to first night's stay required to reserve suite. For weekly rate, a deposit of $200.00 is required.
  • Cancellations: 10 day cancellation notice for full refund less $20.00. 4 day cancellation notice for 50% refund of deposit less $20.00. Less than 4 days notice: no refund.
Rescheduling can be discussed with owner.



Phoebe Hood

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

Phoebe is a semi-retired nurse practitioner who is active in Sierra Club, Contra dancing, kayaking, and most outdoor activities. Very knowledgable about local happenings and great places to visit.

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  • Time Served: at request of guests
  • Serving Location: sunroom, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

blueberry pancakes
Fresh local blueberries and other fruits in season, organic when available. Vegetarian breakfast quiche or casseroles. Gluten free foods available on request.