Situated across the road from esteemed Duke University, The King’s Daughters Inn is luxury accommodation that offers the amenities of a high-end hotel but with the intimacy of a Bed & Breakfast.
I was a very weary traveller indeed when I arrived at The King’s Daughters Inn &, having settled me into The Saunders Room, a south-east facing sun filled room in hues of ivory, caramel & citron, innkeeper Deanna Crossman brought me a pot of tea & a plate of cookies – a sign of southern hospitality if ever there was one.
I took my tea in the attached sun porch with an enclose seating area & admired the views of the historic Trinity Park neighbourhood & the kitchen gardens below.
Revived by the tea & biscuits, I snooped around the rest of my room, taking in my lodgings for the next two evenings as I unearthed all that Durham had to offer.
Queen sized bed fit for a princess with the softest sheets I have ever slept upon.
Super comfy club chair & ottoman.
I have a confession. I loved my time in Durham & my stay at The King’s Daughters Inn so much that I extended my stay an extra night. Thankfully Deanna & her husband, Colin were able to accommodate me, though I had to move rooms, this time to The Farthing Suite. I was actually thrilled to try out another room as no two rooms at the inn are alike, with each room having its own distinct personality.
Situated on the second floor, the north-east facing Farthing Suite has a calming palate of warm grey, black & cream, with a king sized bed & a separate bathroom.
The inn offers a turn-down service with locally-made artisan chocolates and Port.
Perfect spot for lounging (or working).
Bathtub & shower not pictured.
The King’s Daughters Inn is steeped in history. Originally established in 1911 as subsidised housing for single, ageing women, as demand increased, in 1926 a second home, the two-story Colonial style brick building that houses the inn today was launched. As resident numbers dwindled, in part due to the ‘women only’ rule, the decision was made to place it on the market in 2006 where, a year later, Duke alumni Colin & Deanna Crossman snapped it up (before it got turned into condominiums!). Two years of renovating entailed as the duo consolidated the original 29 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms into a 17 room boutique Bed & Breakfast.
Walking distance from Brightleaf Square shopping, dining & entertainment district, the college-feel 9th Street district, & Duke’s east campus, The King’s Daughters Inn is the perfect spot for exploring one of my favourite cities in the world.
The King’s Daughters Inn, 204 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC