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If you have any questions about The Castle Bed & Breakfast or would like to make a reservation by phone, any of our vacation specialists will be happy to assist you. You may contact The Castle Bed & Breakfast at 800-471-8848 or 252-928-3505. Hours of operation vary depending on the season, so please leave a message if necessary, and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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The wonderful staff at The Castle Bed & Breakfast looks forward to assisting you and ensuring that your time spent here is memorable and relaxing. To read testimonials from previous guests at The Castle Bed and Breakfast, click here.

History of the Inn

Sam Jones (standing) entertains friends in the Castle dining room.

The Castle on Silver Lake was built over a long period of time during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by Sam Jones of Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Jones contributed greatly to the economy of Ocracoke, North Carolina, during these times and is considered by many to be a local legend. He is buried on Ocracoke Island with his favorite horse Ikey D at Springer's Point. Most of the original furnishings have long been auctioned off and are scattered all over Ocracoke Island and North Carolina.

The Castle sat vacant for nineteen years before two local businessmen and longtime friends bought it along with the house known as the Whittler’s Club. Much thought was put into what was to be done with The Castle on Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast. Because of its historical value and the monument, it has come to honor all the local craftsmen who built it.

Finally, the Castle was split into two halves. One partner took the main building and the other took the back lot and the Whittler’s Club. The Castle Courtyard Villas were built on the back lot and the innkeepers at The Castle on Silver Lake manage those properties. You can see more information here. The Whittler's Club is now a private residence. We are proud of the work done and know you will find The Castle on Silver Lake a pleasant place to spend your visit on Ocracoke.

The Castle Innkeepers



New Owners
On August 10, 2007, The Castle Bed & Breakfast began a new phase of its life under the ownership of Bob Oakes and Sophia Sharp, Brant and Bobbie Murray, and Webb and Dorie Fuller. Their longstanding experience in the hospitality industry will allow The Castle to remain one of the nicest places to stay while you're on Ocracoke.




Mary & Steve Wright

Previous Owners
Previous owners Mary and Steve Wright worked on the Castle project since 1994. Mary decorated and bought all of the furnishings for both the Castle and the Castle Villas. She was incredibly organized and kept lists to ensure that everything got done. Steve worked well with all types of people, sometimes juggling five or more different crews of people doing various projects. Steve's guidance and vision led these crews to build and name The Castle as Ocracoke's finest accommodations. Without Steve and Mary, there would be no Castle.


The Castle Bed & Breakfast Policies

Reservations: Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Your credit card will be charged on the day of arrival. Reservations including a Friday or a Saturday require at least a two night minimum reservation. Reservations made for Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day require a three nights reservation.

Children: The Castle Bed & Breakfast welcomes children age 12 and older. Although we have a select number of rooms that will accommodate an older child with their parents, we do not have facilities for younger children. For families traveling with younger children, guests may wish to stay at one of our 1-3 bedroom Villas located adjacent to the Castle Bed & Breakfast.

Cancellations: If you choose to cancel your vacation with us within seven days of your reservation, you will be charged one night's stay.

Reservation for a Specific Room: While we attempt to honor requests for specific rooms, they may not be available for your party. In that case you will be assigned to a very similar room with the same bed arrangement. Note that we sometimes acquire new furniture or move furniture around as you do at home. Your room may not be exactly as shown in the pictures on this website or other promotional material. We hope that you will prefer any alternate arrangement.

Group Rentals: When The Castle rents to large groups, a block of rooms can be held under one name. As people call in to reserve their room, we switch the reservation and credit card information over so that original person is not penalized. All unreserved rooms in the reserved block will be cancelled 30 days prior to the reservation. This is a courtesy to other guests and to the person that originally held the rooms.

The Castle Villas Policies

Nightly Reservations and Stays Less than 3 Nights

Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Your credit card will be charged on the day of arrival. Reservations including a Friday or a Saturday require at least a two night minimum reservation. Reservations made for Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day require a three nights reservation.

Cancellations: If you choose to cancel your vacation with us within seven days of your reservation, you will be charged one night's stay.

Reservations of 3 Nights or More

Reservations of 3 nights or more at The Castle Villas require a Rental Agreement that will be mailed or emailed shortly after making a reservation. The Rental Agreement must be signed and returned within 7 days with your advance payment of 50% of the rental amount (plus the Trip Insurance, if you choose to purchase it). Reservations are cancelled if the payment is not received within 7 days. Personal checks, Visa and Mastercard are accepted and all monies must be in US funds. Please note that any credit card used for payment must be in the name of the leaseholder.

The balance of your rent and taxes is due no later than 30 days prior to arrival. Reservations made within 30 days of arrival require payment in full by Visa, Mastercard, certified check or money order. No personal checks can be accepted within 30 days of arrival. State and county taxes are subject to change without notice. There is a $25 service charge for any returned check.

All funds are placed in an interest bearing account at East Carolina Bank, Ocracoke/Nags Head, NC on which interest shall accrue to the benefit of Silverwater Traders dba as Ocracoke Island Realty.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. This insurance is available to cover hurricane evacuations. According to NC law, if trip insurance is offered and you decline it, you waive your right to a refund in the event of an evacuation. The insurance may also cover some illnesses or a death in the family that would keep you from coming. Trip insurance is currently 6.9% of your rent plus taxes and is well worth the premium. It will be a line item on your rental agreement. Once it is paid it is non-refundable as it has been paid to the insurance carrier and your protection is in place. If you do not want the trip insurance you must sign to decline it. Trip insurance may not be purchased once the reservation is paid in full. For more information about this insurance, click here.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your reservation after making payment, we will do our best to re-rent your vacation period to another party. If re-rented at the full rental rate, your rental monies will be refunded. You may be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. If the property is not re-rented, all monies paid will be forfeited. If re-rented at a lower rate, any monies is excess of the original rental rate will be refunded. Trip cancellation insurance is non-refundable as it is paid to the carrier immediately upon receipt.

Additional Policies of The Castle B&B and Castle Villas

Check In / Check Out: Guests may check in after 3:00 P.M. If you will be arriving after 7:00 P.M. throughout the summer months or if you are staying with us through the off season please note that we don't keep regular office hours in the off season (November through April). We will leave an envelope on the front door with a map and key to your room in the package. Check out time is 11:00 A.M.

Smoke-Free Environment: The Castle Bed and Breakfast maintains a smoke-free environment. All Castle guests are asked to smoke on the porches and decks on the Castle grounds only. A cleaning charge will be assessed if there has been smoking in a guest room.

Pets: Pets are not permitted at the Inn, but we can recommend a local kennel.

Driving Directions

The Castle Bed and Breakfast
155 Silver Lake Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960

Beautiful Ocracoke Island, situated on secluded coastline of the southern Outer Banks, can be reached by a number of ferries, all managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Coming from the North, you will use the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry, while coming from the west you can use the Cedar Island/Ocracoke or Swan Quarter/Ocracoke ferry. For more information about ferry schedules, click here or call 1-800-BY-FERRY. During peak seasons, it is a good idea to call ahead and make ferry reservations.

From points north (Washington, DC):

  • Follow I-95 South to Richmond, VA
  • Turn on to I-64 East and continue towards Norfolk, VA
  • Turn on to US 168 South (Exit 291-B) and continue
  • US 168 turns into US 158 East in North Carolina
  • Continue on US 158 though Nags Head, NC
  • Turn left on to NC Hwy 12
  • Follow HWY 12 for about 70 miles to the Hatteras Ferry. It will be a 40 minutes ferry ride across to Ocracoke Island.
  • When you depart the ferry, follow HWY 12 for 15 miles into the village of Ocracoke.
  • Turn left onto Silver Lake Road.
  • The Castle on Silver Lake will be on your left.

From points west (Raleigh, NC):

  • Follow I-40 East and take exit 306 onto US 70 East.
  • Continue on US 70 for approximately 140 miles until you come to HWY 12 North (That will take you directly to the Cedar Island Ferry.)
  • After a 2 hour and 15 minute ferry ride to Ocracoke, you will follow HWY 12 around the harbor and turn right onto Silver Lake Road.
  • The Castle on Silver Lake will be on your left.
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The Castle B & B
PO BOX 908
155 Silver Lake Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Reservations: 1-800-471-8848
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