“Nights in Rodanthe:” A Romantic Inn on the Beach

by hookedonhouses on August 9, 2009

Nights in Rodanthe is a movie based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks that reunited Unfaithful costars Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Lane played Adrienne, a woman who has a lot to think about after her wayward husband asks if he can come back home.

She agrees to take care of her friend’s inn on the beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks for a weekend, hoping to sort things out while she’s away, and only has one visitor–Dr. Paul Flanner (Gere), who has troubles of his own.

There’s a storm, and some soul-searching, and a romance that quickly heats up between the two and changes them both. I should warn you, though, that the movie is kind of sad! I didn’t expect that. Just be sure to have a box of tissues handy.

The shutters and decks were all added by the film crew. You can see photos of the real house, which is a vacation rental known as Serendipity, here: The Inn from Nights in Rodanthe: Washing Away?

Paul checks in:

Adrienne unpacks in her friend Jean’s bedroom. Jean (Viola Davis) is the innkeeper and has asked Adrienne to take care of things while she’s away.

Adrienne shows Paul to “the blue room,” where he will be staying:

This later scene gives us a better view of the bed and the blue wallpaper:

The bathroom next to the blue room:

Adrienne serves Paul dinner in the dining room:

The kitchen:

Adrienne comes down a back staircase, ready for their night out:

After the storm is over, Adrienne surveys the damage in the attic studio:

A great aerial view of the various decks and porches surrounding the inn:

Did you see the movie? It got mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it. Except for the ending. Boo-hiss. Let’s end this post on a happy note, at least, with Adrienne and Paul taking a final walk together on the beach. . .

UPDATE: You can read more about Serendipity, the actual house used in the movie, and see photos of how it looked after being condemned here. It has since been moved and renovated to look like the one in the movie. You can see how it looks now here.

Visit TV/Movie Houses to see more, including Lane’s other films Must Love Dogs andUnder the Tuscan Sun. If you’re a fan of Richard Gere’s, check out his house in the Hamptons.

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Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst August 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I can’t wait to watch this movie, even though I am not a huge Richard Gere fan. I believe I have read every Nicholas Sparks movie, and I would have to say my favorite is The Notebook. Predictable, I know, but I still love it. :-)


.-= Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst´s last blog ..
Household Notebook =-.

Moi August 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I love Richard Gere and like Diane Lane a lot and thought the movie was great and touching. (I also liked them together in ‘Unfaithful’.)

I wasn’t expecting the ending to be so sad but it had a definite impact.

Thanks for the wonderful images.

gayla August 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

oh wow! i haven’t seen this movie, but the blue shutters and the gorgeous interiors make me want to rent it! can’t wait for next week; under the tuscan sun is one of my fave chick flicks ever! =)
.-= gayla´s last blog ..some inspiration via images. =-.

Lynne August 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I hadn’t realised when I watched the movie, but the Blue Room wallpaper is the same one I have in my daughter’s bedroom (and we live in New Zealand). She has hers teamed with a black wrought iron bedstead, and crimson velvet drapes. A very different and dramatic look compared with the look in the movie.

As to the movie, I felt it could have been much better. Somehow it just failed to fly, for me at any rate.

Catherine March 22, 2011 at 6:29 am


I live in NZ also, and would LOVE to know where you got that glorius wall paper!!?

Brenda August 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I haven’t seen this movie but I am going to watch it now! It looks good!
Have a great week!

fiberdoodles August 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I loved this movie and loved the house! Thanks so much for sharing this post I really enjoyed it.

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Billy August 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Thanx for the great post.

I always thought that the house was an effect, but for the web…

I’ll have to barrow the book from Mom, because this isn’t the type of “film” the my friends are into and I hate crying alone because of a movie.

Maya August 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

So no happy ending…, I understand. I haven’t seen the movie yet. The name of the house is “Serendipity”, and she’s awfully close to the water. Check out my todays post @ A Beach Lovers Place (this link), you might get a kick out of it! It’s related.
.-= Maya´s last blog ..Never Fool with Mother Nature =-.

The Blushing Hostess August 10, 2009 at 4:57 am

Though it is not one of my favorite movies, that house stayed with me. It is so intriguing and beguiling in a strange sort of wonerful way. Thank you for this post, it was nice to revisit it.
.-= The Blushing Hostess´s last blog ..Thoughts before breakfast =-.

Emily@remodelingthislife August 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

I did see it and was one who asked you to feature the house. I liked the house better than the movie itself. I was disappointed with the star power that I thought the acting was really choppy, uncomfortable and a little amateur. I don’t know. Something felt off and forced about the whole thing.

I agree, boo hiss at the ending too!

Thanks for featuring the house. I loved that kitchen!!
.-= Emily@remodelingthislife´s last blog ..Link Love =-.

janice August 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

I didn’t watch this because the blurb on the DVD box hinted at the boo hiss ending! So, thanks, Julia for capturing the bits I would surely have drooled over!
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Amy August 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

We vacationed at Topsail Island this summer, and were told that the house is still there, but condemned because beach erosion has made it unstable. Not my kind of movie for several reasons, but I loved the scenery and house.
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Dude! =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

Love all the porches on that house. I’d love to live on the beach someday…or maybe just have a vacation house there. A girl can dream, right? Haven’t seen this movie. I sobbed my way through “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember.” Not sure I can handle another cry fest!!! 😉
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Got (In)courage(ment)? =-.

stephanie August 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

wow , what an amazing house, I love Sparks, but havent seen this movie yet…
I was a big big fan of the book the Notebook.
This home is stunning!
.-= stephanie´s last blog ..Work and Play, trying to find balance =-.

Thena August 10, 2009 at 7:40 am

I’ve seen this movie and loved it along with all of Nicholas Sparks other movies. Read all of his books. Even though it’s an unhappy ending it’s an awesome movie.
.-= Thena´s last blog ..We’re finally home !!! =-.

rue August 10, 2009 at 8:12 am

Hi Julia :)

You must not read Nicholas Spark’s books, because they’re ALL tear jerkers LOL I love them though. He’s a great author.

.-= rue´s last blog ..Let’s celebrate with a giveaway! =-.

christy August 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

That was a stunning house – I love the blue bedroom and the kitchen best. But I couldn’t watch the whole movie — it bored me to tears. I wonder what happened in the ending that was so sad?!
.-= christy´s last blog ..Because I know you want a peek inside my brain, this is how I think =-.

hookedonhouses August 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

Rue–you’re right, I haven’t! So they’re ALL this sad? Good to know for future reference! Ha.

Christy–I’ll send you an e-mail and let you know. Hate to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. -Julia

Suzann August 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

a favorite book and movie. The house is so much fun! Thanks.
.-= Suzann´s last blog ..J is for… =-.

bungalowbliss August 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the stove. Oh, how I want one of those for my bungalow!

Thanks for yet another great movie post, Julia!
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Rachel August 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

Such a great setting for a movie….why the SAD ending?? I watched it alone one morning and my husband came home to find me crying. So wrong! But the most amazing house. I would love to stay there.
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..I Finally Broke =-.

Sarah August 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

What a gorgeous house! The entire movie it seems to defy the laws of nature to stand on that beach with the waves crashing around it. Interesting to note that it’s now condemned (as Amy said above.) How sad.

I agree with you on the ending of the movie… downer alert! Typical Nicolas Sparks though, right? However, The Notebook is still a favorite of mine. Have you done a post on the house in that movie, by any chance?
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..coulda shoulda woulda =-.

Janet Doherty August 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

I did see the movie and cried my eyes out…I hated the ending…too sad for me. It was a great little love story that we all dream about but the ending ruined it for me. I had a hard time thinking about it and not getting sad. Can we say too wrapped up in it :)
.-= Janet Doherty´s last blog ..100th Post… =-.

hookedonhouses August 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

I haven’t featured “The Notebook” yet, but it’s definitely on my list of movies to write about. Thanks! -Julia

Deborah Milne August 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I was the epitome of ‘female’s who are a sucker for a love story’ seeing this film. I could see this movie over & over if I could see through the tears in my eyes!
Thanks for writing this post, I enjoyed it Julia!
.-= Deborah Milne´s last blog ..Survivor in Eutopia =-.

Suzy August 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Saw the movie 4 times, just to check out the Inn. Strange how close to the water it is. Ocean erosion is probably killing it now…..I read the previous post of others who have been there and seen that.
The insides were very interesting, small and quaint. Especially the swinging doors in the kitchen. I wouldn’t want a full house of guests there, the laundry would be terrible once the guest leave, probably have to take it back and forth to the laundrymat. Of course they don’t show Diane doing that! LOL
Thanks for the post!
.-= Suzy´s last blog ..Hooked on Designer Golf Carts….. =-.

MissCaron August 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I never saw the film but I might just to check out the scenery … crazy that a house could exist like that for so long. Living near the beach in Florida I know first hand about the powerful storms. You couldn’t pay me to live in a house in that location … no matter how beautiful!

I’ve always wanted to have you do The Notebook … can’t wait!
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FROM THE RIGHT BANK August 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I’m so glad you featured this film! I really like both Diane Lane and Richard Gere and the story was fine but the house was my favorite part. I would love to spend a weekend in a house like that. Another great post, Julia. :)
.-= FROM THE RIGHT BANK´s last blog ..Inspired Styles =-.

Liz August 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Lovely! I have not seen this, but wanted to. This week I watched Dan In Real Life and drooled over that east coast summer house. So gorgeous.
.-= Liz´s last blog ..Happy in My Shoes: Dreams =-.

Lisa Smith August 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Hi, I just wanted to say I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! I was in rodanathe NC this summer, the house doesn’t look like that now, If you like I will send you a picture of it ,,,,,,,, Here is my address. thanks

Candy @ SoBella Creations August 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I saw the movie and was so upset by the ending.

Thanks for sharing the house with us.
.-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..Daisy Scouts =-.

Sandy August 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Another awesome job, Julia!
Haven’t seen the movie, but really want to. Too bad about the ending, but such is the Nicholas Sparks way.
I love NC and lived there for several years, hoping to someday return. The pictures really capture the essence of the Outer Banks.
You mentioned “Must Love Dogs” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” and I must agree! Loved both those places! The craftsman home in “Catch and Release” with Jennifer Garner reminds me of the “Must Love Dogs” house very much. You’ll have to watch that one sometime!

Thebarnhosestudio August 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I did not enjoy the movie but did enjoy the nap that the movie induced. Interesting house, has aa Grimms fairytale look about it.
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Tracie ~ My Petite Maison August 11, 2009 at 12:06 am

Wow, I love this blog of yours. I’m off to look around a bit more. I loved Nights in Rodanthe, especially the scenes with the B & B. Happy week!
.-= Tracie ~ My Petite Maison´s last blog ..Summer on the Porch ~ Carole’s Giveaway =-.

Tracie ~ My Petite Maison August 11, 2009 at 12:06 am

Forgot to mention… I found you via Twitter.
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Tracy August 11, 2009 at 12:45 am

I haven’t watched this movie because I refused to get sucked into another Nicholas Sparks tearjerker trap! But now that I see the inn, I’m probably going to check it out. I don’t know whether to thank you or not! ; )
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Color Me Quizzical =-.

Cindy~My Romantic Home August 11, 2009 at 7:19 am

Oh I loved that movie!! I love Diane Lane and Richard Gere and together they are even better! I’m going to have to add that to my Netflix queue so I can watch it again!
.-= Cindy~My Romantic Home´s last blog ..The August Giveaway Party =-.

Wendy August 11, 2009 at 11:01 am

I just had a wonderful vacation in Waves, NC from July 23 – August 1. Waves is the “town” just south of Rodanthe and to get to it you take Hwy 12 from Nags Head south through this 20 mile long nature preserve. I squealed with delight to see that this house is the very first house that you come to when exiting the preserve!

It does appear that the house is condemned, but it is still there in its weathered glory. The blue shutters were only movie props, apparently, and I don’t remember the porch railings being white. But it is wonderful. It’s also interesting in that it’s not that much further onto the beach than the houses next to it… maybe 20 feet? And there’s only about a house width between it and the next house so it’s not as isolated as it always appears in pictures.

There is a fabulous house for rent just across the street on the sound. Its name is “Sentinel on Pamlico” and it has a squatty lighthouse attached to the side. Absolutely GORGEOUS.

youhavebeenheresometime August 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

those blue accents are amzing.. the exterior of the house with the blue shudders is so sculptural and perfect!

another great post. thanks for this.

all the best!
david john
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Jackie Whitley August 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Read all his books. Waiting to rent when I am home alone since it is a chic flick.

anna see August 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm

My husband and I saw the movie for my bday because we had seen the house in person! Last summer our rented beach house was directly across the street from this house.

In the movie, the house looks isolated, but in reality there are houses to the right of it (close) and directly across the street. A nature preserve to the left allows those great long shots where it looks so different. We were sitting in the sand in front of the house when the owner came up and talked to us.

The house is currently condemned b/c of how close it is to the water. It is really far into the ocean. He says a surfer sometimes breaks into the house to squat and drink his liquor. He is trying to get permission to fix it up again. I hope he made a lot of $ by letting it be used (exteriors only?) in the film because he paid a lot for this house just a few years ago.

The owner didn’t mention the film, but passersby told us about it later.

Love your blog!
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Angela August 14, 2009 at 9:28 am

I read the book, so I know what to expect…although I haven’t seen the movie yet. It just dawned on me while I was reading this blog, that the house from “Message in a Bottle” is pretty neat too. All of NS stuff is sad though…you can’t get away from the tears. Oh, I can’t wait to see the Tuscan Sky house – I big poofy heart that movie!! It’s a classic in my book!
~angela @ peonypatch
.-= Angela´s last blog ..Love These Types of Quizzes, Part Two =-.

annelise August 19, 2009 at 11:13 am

I enjoyed most of the movie. Once it got to the end….I kept wanting it to end. It was just too long! I also didn’t like the ending, I felt like it came out of nowhere. But, I have a soft spot in my heart for Richard Gere, and the house is BEAUTIFUL (I live in NC, and love the OBX beach houses) so I can’t dislike it too much.

geisslein August 26, 2009 at 6:10 am

I NEED NEED NEED to watch this movie! the next weekend is mine ;o)
sunny greetings from germany, geisslein
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Nathan August 31, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Would be so much more beautiful if it didn’t have to be storm-proofed, lol. Still so unique and nice though.

Kelly September 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I blogged about this house, it is currently listed for sale at half a million.
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..1905 Colonial, Ruston, LA =-.

Colleen Pope September 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I would like to find the “beaded curtains” used in the movie Nights In Rodanth”

paula April 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

did u locate them…i want them too

Mary Pirayesh January 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I loved the house in this movie! The artistic touches in the interior setting was wonderful. Can you tell me where I can get the wallpaper of the blue room? I really thought it was special & haven’t been able to locate it. The story line was wonderful, but wished it had a better ending.


Jean January 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

The house was sold and new owners are from western NC. The house is to be moved and renovated to look like it did in the movie. It will be oceanside less than a mile from the location it is now at.


Art by Karena January 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I absolutely loved this movie!! Jean thank you for the update on the house.
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joni webb January 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

wow, that is SO weird! it’s not old, the kitchen!! wow. what a difference. it looks so old in the movie. but i have to say, that was the worst movie! uggh. torture to sit through, I hated it on every level – the script, the acting, didn’t even like the house.

sorry to be such a nego. it’s just not you know what! SGG!!!! ahahah!!!

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Kim March 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Thanks so much for calling my attention to this movie — I watched it tonight, and of course, cried.

Hopefully with Serendipity’s move, it will no longer have her windows broken, her shingles blown off, her pilings compromised, or her steps in the water.

Thanks to Ben and Debra Huss for rescuing Serendipity; during her move, she stood proud and seemed to be awaiting her new location with excitement. I’m so happy for her and them.

romantic room April 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

What an amazingly romantic house! I can’t imagine owning that house and renting it out as a Bed & Breakfast.


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com July 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This place is downright dreamy!
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Kokuanani August 22, 2010 at 12:04 am

Nights in Rodanthe is fighting for the top of my list as worst movie I’ve ever seen.

Utter drek.

Dody Marriott March 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

We were vacationing on Topsail Island, N.C. while they were filming Nights in Rodanthe. They used a vacation home just a few doors down from our condo in a development called Hampton Colony for the interior shots. The exterior shots were of Serendipity in the Outer Banks. The one in Topsail is intact and fine, the one for the exterior shots, Serendipity was the one that was at risk of collapse.

Dody Marriott March 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

We were vacationing on Topsail Island, N.C. while they were filming Nights in Rodanthe. They used a vacation home just a few doors down from our condo in a development called Hampton Colony for the interior shots. The exterior shots were of Serendipity in the Outer Banks. The one in Topsail is intact and fine, the one for the exterior shots, Serendipity was the one that was at risk of collapse. By the way, love your site!

Etta May 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

This was a Tear dropper for Me. I Loved Fine Richard Gere in this movie and Diane Lane was WONDERFUL.

Lisa June 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I like the movie very much. Well…I love every movie with Richard Gere ;))
Diane Lane was great, too!!
I was sooooooo SHOCKED about the end!!! :(((

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