Island House of Wanchese

104 Old Wharf Road , Wanchese, NC 27981 USA (Show map)


The house was purchased in 1991, and has been in a constant state of renovation since the day we walked through the front door. We have tried to bring this wonderful old house back to its original beauty, with the addition of modern conveniences for our guest's comfort. The house has been here since the early 1900's, and has stood through many storms, hurricanes, a fire, an explosion, and a 2 unit apartment house. The original house did not have baths, was heated by coal stoves, and the kitchen was not attached to the main house. The original kitchen interior was destroyed by a fire along with the porches that once wrapped around the kitchen, the fire damage extended into the dining room and living room areas of the house. The remainder of the house has all the original wood flooring and walls, and most of the glass is the old wavy glass that is so hard to come by today. All the wood to construct the house was milled on the property, along with the forged nails. The original property consisted of twenty-six acres, which was subdivided over the years. The orginal owner of the house was a US Coastguardsman who was stationed on Hatteras Island, and commuted to his duty station from Mill Landing just a short distance down what is now Rt. 345. The original owners family still own the property on the north and west sides of our property, and their daughter is still living, and spends some of her summers on the beach with her family.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.4

A gem off the beaten path

5 on August 25, 2017

Lovely inn is a short drive from Manteo and the beaches. Jeanne was a wonderful host. Hearty breakfasts were delicious - and accommodated dietary restrictions of guests. Owner provided beach chairs and towels for our use. Would definitely stay there again!

Charming B&B

4.8 on August 24, 2017

This was a great place to stay! Breakfast was fantastic and she had great recommendations on where to eat the rest of the time. They also had beach chairs and towels to use. I would definitely stay here again!

Wonderful, quiet place to stay in OBX

4.2 on May 04, 2017

It's difficult to find a great place in OBX that met all of our requirements - quiet but close to restaurants and activities, accepts our large mutt, and unique. But this place met all of those. Jeanne and Bernie were great hostesses. The place was nicely located on Wanchese, had a pretty garden and garden house to relax in. Small touches like the cool colored glass mixed in with the gravel in the driveway, candy dishes at the entrance, and a little snack bar were a few things I noticed. We really enjoyed our stay.

Simple, quiet, & reminds me of Grandma's house

3.8 on February 23, 2017

Instead of staying in Manteo, I chose this more out of the way location in Wanchese. Jeanne, one of the owners, is very nice. The rooms are small & simple, which is what I wanted. There is an excellent breakfast ready in the morning I would stay here again.

Quaint and clean

3.6 on September 20, 2016

Our Island House experience was very nice. Jean, the proprietor, was delightful. She made us feel completely welcome. Breakfast was excellent and the room very clean I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quaint and interesting place to stay.

We had a wonderful time!

5 on August 29, 2016

We visited Island House to celebrate my husband's birthday. This was our second visit here and we knew our stay would be wonderful. Jeanne is the perfect hostess and serves an amazing breakfast each morning. As an added bonus, she has beach towels, beach umbrellas and chairs for your use. The gardens are beautiful and were in full bloom. We will visit her again!

Loved the B&B

4.0 on August 22, 2016

We were in the area for a wedding and stayed 4 nights - the Bed & Breakfast was perfect for us and much cheaper than the local hotels. Breakfast was delicious - loved it all, but especially the grits & cooked apples. We enjoyed the morning conversations with Jeanne. We will visit again if in the area. I would have selected "Outstanding", but for some reason the review wouldn't let me. Thanks Roy & Jeanne!!

Great stay!

5 on August 17, 2016

What a beautiful B&B! My wife and I had to go to OBX for a working getaway. All of the hotels were at peak season prices. What a wonderful find Island House of Wanchese was! We will definitely be back again.

Very good value in an area of ballooned prices

4.4 on June 17, 2016

This was our third stay at Island House. It's a bit out of the way, down in Wanchese, but actually that is not a downside. It isn't that far out of the way. Wanchese is a quiet, pleasant little burg. The Island House itself is a fine old house, one that the owners have nicely decorated, without the excess of feaux-feaux that marks so many Victorian/Victorian era B&B's. Breakfasts are nicely done, solid meals, rather than tryouts for a gourmet show on Food Channel. We have not been disappointed by any of the breakfasts, all of which have gotten us well past the usual lunch hour on our jaunts around the area. The place is exceptionally clean. The owners also breed dogs, but that enterprise is well-separated from the B&B. We'll stay here again, next trip up to Roanoke and the upper OB.


5 on April 20, 2016

Quintessential B&B. Loved it. We will return!

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Rooms & Rates

Zena's Room

Quilts adorn the walls and bed along with old quilt sample pictures. Antique oak queen size bed with feather bedding, matching dresser and dry sink dresser, oak armoire, 2 wicker chairs, an inviting oriental rug, cabana fan, clock radio and color cable TV. A cozy bathroom with stall shower, pedestal sink round out this comfortable room. Rates-$100 to $145. Check in time is anytime after 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $145

Cleo's Room

Delightful shades of blue and white make this room the most requested room at the inn. Painted white antique oak and wicker furniture brighten the room. A queensize comfort-select bed with beautiful blue and white quilts welcome you to relax. Oriental rugs add warmth and color to the palette. Stall shower and a pedestal sink. Cabana fan, color TV, DVD player and clock radio. Rates--$100. to $159. Check in time is anytime after 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $159

Lexi's Room

A bright sunny room with warm pinks and yellows, an antique French mahogany and mixed woods queen size bed with feather bedding. English armoire, Irish double dresser, a wicker settee, and a delicate yellow and white oriental rug. Roomy bathroom with corner shower. Cabana fan, color cable TV, DVD and clock radio. Rates-$100 to $165. Check in time is anytime after 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $165

Myia's Room

This first floor room welcomes guests with creative wall painting techniques in shades of salmon. Antique iron queen size bed with feather bedding, 2 wicker chairs with pillows and a white oak dresser, and a 1929 Philco Upright radio that still plays. Cabana fan, color cable TV/vcr and clock radio. The bathroom's focal point is a large stain glass window over the tub size jacuzzi, it also has a stall shower and pedestal sink. A great place to relax after a long day on the beach or fishing. Rates-$80 to $140. Check in time is 3 pm to 6 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $140

Willie's Hideaway Suite

This cozy room is located in the new section of the B&B over the innkeepers living area making it a very private and romantic hideaway. Antique oak queen size bed with feather bedding, small oak dresser, ladies dressing table with chair, TV and VCR/dvd, clock radio and cabana fan. Adjoining is a sitting area with a wicker love seat, a VCR/DVD player TV, cabana fan. The large bathroom has a beautiful stained glass window overlooking the tub size jacuzzi, a stall shower and elegant pedestal sink. Rates-$120 to 190.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $190

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Location Type

Island, Small town, Village


Greenville, NC (PGV-Pitt-Greenville)

Directions to property:

From Northern Points: At NC border, Rt. 168 south to 158 (168 feeds into 158) stay on 158 all the way to the Outer Banks. Cross the Wright Memorial Bridge and stay on 158 for 20 miles (just beyond Tanger Outlet Mall on right.) Bear to the right onto 64/264 across causeway/bridges to second stop light. At light turn left onto Rt. 345 to Wanchese and go approx. 3.5 miles. Bear to the right at "Y" in road onto Old Wharf Rd. Island House sits in the right off the road directly across from the large white church. Enter on grass driveway through trees to parking blocks near screened porch. Security light will automatically turn on in the evening.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, Computer, Copier, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Videos, Wired internet , Swinging hammock & Double outside swing, Air conditioned sun room, furnished, Outside gazabo, guest pantry,w/micro wave, fridge, ice machine, iron & ironing board in guest pantry.

Room amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside gazabo/outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 12 years or older, only permitted in suite
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Small 20ish pound dogs only. Only permitted in suite
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On weekends- 2nites Holidays-3 nites
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50%
  • Cancellations: A deposit of 50% of your stay including any services/packages will be charged to your credit card. One nite stays are charged the full amount. Reservations cancelled 15 days or less prior to arrival are considered non-refundable deposits unless re-booked by another guest. A early departure and no-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation. All cancellations before the 15 day time frame will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee. The $50.00 fee will be refunded when you return for a stay of 2 nites or more. If you have any questions about the policy please call.
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Roy & Jeanne Green

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About the innkeepers

Roy is a retired civil service employee. It was due to Roy's background we were able to complete the renovations to the Island House. He has a strong interest in collecting Coca-Cola Memorabilia, antiques, civil war relics, and arrowheads. Jeanne is a retired mortgage banker. Her many interests include crafts, antiquing, faux painting, gardening and raising her White Westhighland Terriers and Bichon Frise

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  • Time Served: 8:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian let us know needs

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