Carolina Retreats announces purchase of The Tranquil House Inn

The Tranquil House Inn is located along Queen Elizabeth Street in downtown Manteo. [submitted photo]

Carolina Retreats, a specialty lodging and vacation rental management company based in Surf City, North Carolina, has announced the recent purchase of The Tranquil House Inn, a boutique 25-room inn and event space located in historic downtown Manteo.

The inn will become part of Carolina Retreats’ family of brands, which also include Carolina Retreats Vacation Rentals, Topsail Realty Vacations, the Loggerhead Inn on Topsail Island, and The Beach House @ Oak Island, a 22 unit ocean view vacation rental motel property on Oak Island.

Built in 1988 by developer Ray Hollowell and owned and operated for the past 27 years by The Tranquility Company and the Just family, The Tranquil House Inn is located in one of the most iconic locations in historic Manteo, North Carolina on Roanoke Island of the Outer Banks.

The Tranquil House Inn is a quaint, waterfront Inn offering unobstructed direct marina views of Shallowbag Bay, and within walking distance to all the world-class dining and shopping options of downtown Manteo.

CEO/Owner Mike Harrington is no stranger to the Outer Banks, having run Resort Realty for more than eight years before moving to the Wilmington-area where he founded Carolina Retreats:

“The Tranquil House Inn is truly one of the iconic boutique hotel and inn properties on the Outer Banks. As a hospitality management provider, we felt this opportunity was just too good to pass up. It fits a niche within our company, which is offering both traditional vacation rental homes on a mostly weekly basis, and smaller, historically significant beach motel and inn properties for shorter stays and smaller traveling parties. It benefits both our guests and property owner partners in the long run, as we can reach more potential travelers that might not be thinking of renting an entire home just yet, and hopefully appeal to the next generation of potential vacation rental guests by offering a consistent brand experience through each property type they choose .”

The Tranquil House Inn offers multiple room types from king and double queen suites, to standard rooms for those looking for a unique weekend escape. Carolina Retreats plans to make improvements to the overall property over time, with room upgrades and a future announcement for plans of the former 1587 restaurant space.

With a prime downtown location in Manteo on Roanoke Island, it is central to Manteo’s restaurant and entertainment district and only a short 10 minute drive to the world-class beaches of Nags Head and the Outer Banks.

“Having lived and worked on the Outer Banks for 10 years, I know the significance that this property and location have in the community. Our entire team is looking forward to revitalizing the Tranquil House Inn brand, and bringing this fantastic Outer Banks landmark to our loyal guests”, Harrington said.

About The Tranquil House Inn

Overlooking Manteo’s historic waterfront, The Tranquil House Inn is a refined Outer Banks inn offering 25 quaint and spacious rooms and is a 2-minute walk from Roanoke Island Festival Park, 4 miles from the North Carolina Aquarium, and within walking distance to all of downtown Manteo’s restaurants and shops.

Bright rooms are decorated in a country-chic style; all have private bathrooms and cable TV, while some feature 4-poster beds and/or waterfront views. Suites add separate bedrooms and plush living areas. Continental breakfast is included, as is a daily wine and cheese reception. Minimum stay rules may apply in the holidays, and on-site parking is available. To learn more visit

About Carolina Retreats

Carolina Retreats is a specialty lodging and vacation rental management company headquartered in Surf City, North Carolina. Through their local brands and affiliates, Carolina Retreats owns, operates, and provides third-party management services for high-end single family vacation rental homes, and intimate, limited-edition hotels and inns throughout the coastal regions of North Carolina. From marketing and rate management, owner accounting and guest hospitality services, and customized asset management and property service solutions, Carolina Retreats is the premier hospitality management provider on the coast of North Carolina. To book a stay, or learn more about their vacation rental management services, visit

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