Friday, January 13, 2012

Big Mill Bed & Breakfast, a perfect retreat in Williamston NC

Photo by Chloe Tuttle
In desperate need of a retreat and missing the country  farms I grew up around in Virginia, I searched for a spot close to my home on the coast of North Carolina. Big Mill Bed & Breakfast looked to be the perfect spot, only an hour and a half from the Outer Banks. A short trip with the landscape that I was searching for and all the amenities I required.

When I arrived at Big Mill, owner and innkeeper Chloe Tuttle greeted me and showed me into one of the largest and brightest suites I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. I stayed in the Mardi Gras suite and upon entering I found myself in a very large bright filled sitting room with french doors leading to the bedroom. The sitting area with beautiful brick flooring offered a large gas fireplace with two very comfortable sofas, a dining table for two fully dressed and a wet bar. The bedroom was large and comfortable and held both a mahogany queen and twin bed and dressing table. The bedroom was not stuffy or tight but roomy, light and had a touch of whimsy that made me smile. The private bath has a tub and shower but what struck me more then anything was the beautiful stained glass window.

Photo by Chloe Tuttle
The house and grounds may say country farm (and it is a farm) but the guest rooms say "ahhhhh". A beautiful mix of furniture and fixtures keeps the rooms fresh, pleasant and very comfortable. After a relaxing morning over breakfast and catching up on some design work (free WiFi in all the rooms) in my suite, Chloe was kind enough to show me a few of the rooms that were not occupied during my stay. I must say that each suite had its own personality and one was just as inviting as the other. The only thing that trumps the rooms at Big Mill is Chloe herself, she is one of the most fascinating and fun loving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Not only is she an innkeeper on a busy farm but she is an avid blogger and photographer. Check out Big Mill Bed & Breakfast the next time you are headed towards the coast of North Carolina, until then keep posted on happenings in the area and on the farm by following Chloe at "Chloe's Blog" and "Snapshot of Eastern North Carolina" .