The Duck Smith House

465 North Broad St. , Seagrove, NC 27341 USA (Show map)


The Duck Smith House will delight your every senses! From the moment you arrive you will be greeted by the friendly sisters, Barbara & Suzanne and Daisy Mae (the resident dog). Each of the four bedrooms, with their own bathroom, was meticulously chosen to have its own personality and charm. Breakfast! Come into the sunniest room of the house with each of the four tables perfectly set with lace tablecloths, fine china, crystal and fresh flowers. Enjoy the small sample of the Seagrove Pottery in this delightful breakfast room. There's fresh ground coffee or herbal teas, fresh fruit and one of Barbara's wonderful breakfast specials...stuffed French Toast or maybe blueberry pancakes. Small portions aren't the standard but can be accommodated so don't forget to let them know. Relax at The Duck Smith House where you can mingle with the other guests or just be by yourselves. Visiting the quaint pottery shops and talking with the potters will put smiles on your face. Don't miss the North Carolina Zoo which is the third largest free roaming zoo in the country and less than 10 miles from The Duck Smith House. Birders be thrilled with Suzanne's hanging bird feeders from the 100 year old black walnut tree. Come stay at The Duck Smith House!



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9


5 on January 03, 2017

This past NYE my husband & I made a last minute decision to visit the Duck Smith House - he had found it online. Probably the best last minute decision ever!! From the moment we walked up to the door Barbara opened the door and greeted us each by first name. She welcomed us inside and we instantly felt like she was a family member. The inside of the house was warm and comforting. She showed us all around the house and then showed us all around our room, The Carolina which was comfy and warm. We sat in the living room area and chatted with her a bit and enjoyed our wine and she brought us some yummy treats. Her sister Suzy arrived and brought their dog Daisy - we all chatted a bit and felt so comfortable here. The 2nd couple arrived and we enjoyed meeting them as well. Barbara & Suzy had told us of many restaurants to try for dinner and we chose the new Italian restaurant and even went to dinner with the other couple at the house. They were so much fun and we truly enjoyed meeting our new friends. We even stayed up until 1:30 in the morning talking and drinking wine. The breakfast was amazing! From the fresh ground coffee, to the yummy baked apple, the French toast that was filled with cream cheese and blueberries, the scrambled eggs and sausage. One of the best breakfast's ever!! This was both my husband and I's first experience at a bed & breakfast and it was an awesome experience. We are already talking about coming back in March for our anniversary. We both would highly recommend coming to this one.


4.8 on December 12, 2016

our visit to Duck Smith was magnificent! Barbara and Suzanne treated us like family and made our stay one to remember! Breakfast was scrumptious and plentiful! THe Carolina room was Charlestonesque and had all the amenities including bath robes.

Great B&B

5 on May 20, 2016

Our downstairs room was larger and comfortable, as was our bed. Breakfast was delicious- from fresh fruit to blueberry pancakes, eggs & bacon. And a nice offer of cheese & crackers as we read on the front porch late afternoon. The sisters are wonderful hosts!

Wonderful experience

5 on May 13, 2016

My wife and I were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary, and since she loves pottery we wanted to spend a couple of days in Seagrove. I booked the Duck Smith house on line. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by Suzanne Murphy who with her sister Barbara own the B&B. Just a short chat with these sweet ladies and we felt like we were greeted by our relatives. The house is very elegant but so cozy and comfortable and very beautifully decorated. The sisters pampered my wife and I to make our anniversary very special. The gourmet breakfast was wonderful, and elegantly served. We could not have been more pleased with the comfort and service we received , On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a 10...


5 on May 12, 2016

From the Internet,to the street view, through the front door, meeting the sisters and Daisy dog, the bird s singing, the beautifully restored bead board, the sunroom, China , crystal, lace, wicker porches, green grass, historical dwellings , picture perfect landscape, the breakfast ......AHHHHH, SANCTUARY! We booked another stay before we left. Thank you Barbara and Suzy,

Just what we needed!

5 on March 08, 2016

We were looking for a place for a much-needed overnight get-away for some down time and rest. We couldn't have asked for a better place. The good reviews caught our attention and we weren't disappointed. The house was charming and immaculately kept. Our room was private, the bed was very comfortable and all the amenities were just as advertised. And the breakfast was fantastic. The best part of the stay was the opportunity to meet Suzanne and Barbara. Couldn't imagine better, more hospitable hosts! Thanks for making this just what we needed!

Simply Great!

5 on January 24, 2016

The place was wonderful. We stayed on a not-so-great-weather weekend (January), so we were actually the only guests. We were warmly welcomed by Suzanne and Daisy (and their sweet dog - which i forgot her name...) and offered cheese and crackers . Our room (Queen size bed) was wonderful. Breakfast was amazing - we had the sweet potato pancakes, and also had the great granola that they prepared. It was delicious. Both Suzanne and Daisy were very friendly and we had some very nice conversations with them about their experiences around the US (we are not from the US but live here for that last year). We highly recommend staying with them - a real nice homey feeling.

This is the way a B&B should be!

5 on December 17, 2015

This was our latest stay at Duck Smith House, but we have enjoyed the place several times over the past years. We usually go down in November with another couple, stay for two nights, and spend the days checking out all the pottery shops and chatting with the potters in Seagrove, NC. Sisters Barbara and Suzanne are wonderful hosts: there when you need something, but not in your way. They make yummy breakfasts, and dining in the sunporch is the perfect spot to watch all the birds out in their backyard. They have four bedrooms, all with their own baths, and everything is always immaculate

nice get-a-way

4.8 on December 08, 2015

pleasant hostesses excellent breakfast comfortable rooms


5 on September 13, 2015

When we arrived at the Duck Smith House, we were greeted by Suzanne and Barbara and felt right at home. The house is immaculate and clean and the grounds are beautiful. The breakfast was homemade and simply delicious. We have stayed at other Bed and Breakfast homes and this experience was by far the best. Any time that we are in North Carolina, we will be staying at the Duck Smith House.

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Rooms & Rates

Bertie's Room

Names after our mother who loved frilly things. Her name of Alberta but dad called her Bertie. This bedroom has one fireplaces that is non-working but has the charm that goes along with the room. Queen size bed with satin comforter is so soothing. The bathroom also has the fireplace. This bathroom has a tub/shower combination. It's not a small room which makes it perfect for a one night stay or more. Relax and enjoy Bertie's Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Center of the State, 10 miles west of NC Zoo, City, Countryside, Small town


Greensboro, NC (GSO-Piedmont Triad Intl.) 49 miles

Directions to property:

Off of I-73/I-74/US 220 Seagrove is exit 61, go east to the traffic light, turn left on N. Broad St. and go 1/2 mile to yellow and white house on the left...The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Pottery Shops dating back to 1700's, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

CD player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos , Fresh flowers in your room., Bertie's Room has a non-working fireplace., Turn down service., Snack tray on silver & crystal glasses.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, badminton, crocket, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 6 years and older due to antiques.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights stay is required to hold the room. Credit card is charge at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations: 24 hour notice otherwise there will be a charge of one nights stay. We understand things can happen & your need to cancel.
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Barbara Murphy and Suzanne Murphy

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About the innkeepers

Barbara & I decided to become innkeepers at 59 & 60 so we could do something together in our golden years. We looked for 9 months until we drove into The Duck Smith House parking lot. I knew immediately this was home. In 3 months we did major renovations to the B&B to give it a more elegant feel. The grounds needed lots of care and redoing. Our private residence is the cottage which also had to have major more. Ten years now and we love every day of it and never looked back.

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Gourmet full breakfast

  • Time Served: between 8:00 and 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast
This is Barbara's signature dish and seems to be requested the most. It is Stuffed French Toast on raisin cinnamon bread with cream cheese, blueberries and orange zest. If you'd like it unstuffed just let us know when you arrive. Other favorites are sweet potato pancakes or pumpkin waffles. Breakfast is always served with fresh ground coffee or you can have one of our many teas. With your breakfast is always fresh fruit, like baked grapefruit with meringue on top or baked apple and you will have either bacon or sausage plus a scrambled egg. Sound like too much? We can make smaller portions.

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