“A romantic oceanside inn”
The Inn at Rodanthe as it was named in the movie based on Nicholas Sparks popular novel, “Nights In Rodanthe,” starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, is the most famous home on Hatteras Island.
"Nights in Rodanthe” embraced the majestic natural beauty of Hatteras Island and the focal point of the story, the Inn at Rodanthe, was depicted as a unique seaside inn overlooking the great Atlantic Ocean. In reality, the Inn at Rodanthe was threatened by coastal storms, erosion and repetitive ocean over wash and in danger of falling into the ocean.
This oceanfront Hatteras Island retreat was originally built in the 1980’s with pilings driven 14 feet into the sand and set in concrete. At the time the Inn in Rodanthe was built, there was 400 feet of beach in front of the house. In the spring of 2009, the current owners from Newton, NC and extreme fans of the movie, heard about the current state of the Inn at Rodanthe and made the decision to purchase the home and save a piece of movie history. On January 4, 2010, the Inn at Rodanthe and an alternate oceanfront lot, only a short distance from the original site, was purchased in an effort to preserve and protect the home from future storms.
The home was moved from its original site by Expert House Movers (the same company that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse). The Inn at Rodanthe weighing in at 83,000 pounds was jacked up, shored with cribbing underneath, loaded up onto beams and four pair of huge wheels, and readied for its move in a matter of just two days. The electric crews and other utility companies temporarily took down power lines and the police stopped traffic while the Inn at Rodanthe took a 30 minute journey on Highway 12 to its new location.
The exterior of the home features the infamous blue shutters from the Inn at Rodanthe and the interior is decorated to emulate the scenes filmed in the movie. Antiques, floral wall paper and fabric, bead board walls and the cozy, unique comfort of a traditional seaside inn will welcome you and offer a once in a lifetime vacation experience. The breathtaking ocean views are incredible and will catch your attention from the moment you walk in the door. The first level offers the living, dining and kitchen areas with an oceanfront nook, wet bar area and sunken full bath and laundry area. The owners of the home took great care and detail in recreating the movie sets within the interior (the interior filming of the movie was done on a separate soundstage). They tracked down the vintage 1920’s wallpaper of the same pattern that was used in the movie for the kitchen and a working pump organ for the dining room. A few of the furnishings are actual original props from the movie sets including lamps and a small oak desk with a mirror above it, located in the kitchen.
There is an expansive covered deck with hot tub, rocking chairs and Adirondack chairs for you to enjoy while taking in the beautiful ocean views. The second level offers the infamous blue bedroom decorated to appear as the bedroom Richard Gere stayed in during his visit to the Inn at Rodanthe. The bedroom includes a double bed and access to a hall bath. Also on level two is a bedroom with queen bed similar to Diane Lane’s bedroom. Also on level two is a bedroom with two single beds and an oceanfront master suite with king bed, private full bath and oceanfront balcony. Venture to the third level to find a den with a double futon and pack-n-play, bedroom with king bed, a half bath and a second living level with wet bar, oceanfront balcony and raised oceanfront nook. Also on level three is a full bath which provides access through the bath to the fourth and final level which has been dubbed the ‘honeymoon suite’ with king bed and great views.
Ahh, the Inn at Rodanthe. When the house, which was nicknamed "Serendipity," was first built, there were more than 400-feet between it and the ocean. Those 400-feet kept the Serendipity safe from the crashing waves, rocks, erosion, and anything else that could possibly threaten to topple it into the ocean. Unable to rent it out, the owners tried for years to sell the house. But it wasn’t until it appeared in the movie Nights in Rodanthe, that someone paid attention to the water-logged mansion. In 2010 a married couple (who just happened to be fans of the film) bought the house and gave it a second life. How? They decided to pick the whole thing up and move it to a safer location just 30 minutes down the beach. This was obviously no small feat, considering it’s a 45-foot-tall, 83,000 pound house. Today the house has been relocated, restored, redecorated, and renamed the “Inn at the Rodanthe” after the popular romance novel. The best part? It’s still a vacation rental, with an amazing view of the atlantic.
I love the book an I would love to spend a night in that home an very thankful for the folks that live in Newton ,NC that bought it an saved it they live about 40 minutes from me
We arrived at the Inn at Rodanthe around 7:30pm on August 15, 2020, after 8 hours drive. The day before, we received an e-mail with the check-in instructions, stating that due to Covid they needed extra time to thoroughly clean and sanitize, so the check in was at 7pm, which we understood. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and found out that not only the property was not thoroughly cleaned but it was barely cleaned. The bathrooms had dried up urine on and under the toilet seats, the bathroom sinks had toothpaste and sand, mirrors were dirty and you could clearly see hair in the shower walls and floors. Upon checking the bedrooms, we found out that the bedsheets had not been changed, only the beds were made. Under the cover sheets we found more hair, sand and something that looked that dry grass. Disgusted with our findings throughout we spent the night sleeping on the top sheets and without taking showers. We called the Management office the next morning and they promised to send someone to clean and change the sheets. The Cleaning Manager was not surprised or very apologetic, which leads me to believe that this is not the first time this had happened… A couple, with a child, showed up in the afternoon to clean. They only cleaned the bathrooms and brought in a bag of bed sheets, which upon a test smell did not smell like sheets I would want to sleep in, so we ended up washing sheets for 5 bedrooms and making the beds ourselves on our first day on vacation. The cleaning crew was obviously in a hurry and were not planning to clean a whole lot, because when they were getting ready to leave, we asked them to vacuum and they were clearly annoyed. We asked to speak to a Manager and were seriously considering leaving and going elsewhere, but he said that we cannot get a refund but would give us back the cleaning fee and a small discount. As of today, we have not received any refund back. The property needs a lot of cleaning and dusting. Furniture has not been moved in years. We had to move the couch in the leaving room to find a piece from a board game that fell under and there was about half of inch of dust and other small items from other people who had stayed there before. Of course, there were also roaches… And we paid about $5,800 for a week of stay there. We definitely did not get what we paid for…
Saddened that I was unable to locate the Inn
How do we book this place? I have always wanted to stay here.
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