Heights House Hotel, A Historic Raleigh Landmark and Upscale Wedding Venue
In 2021, a local couple completed the restoration of the historic Italianate mansion once known as Montfort Hall. Now named after its neighborhood, the Heights House Hotel is a nine room boutique hotel. But more importantly, it is one of the best intimate wedding venues in downtown Raleigh. Consider this magnificent indoor and outdoor venue for small to medium sized private events.
The visionaries behind the Heights House Hotel are husband and wife team, Sarah and Jeff Shepherd. Their goal is for this property to become an anchor in the local community.
Touring the Restored Heights House Hotel
Envisioning Your Heights House Wedding
Book Heights House Hotel for a wedding that is unique in upscale elegance. Doubt us? Take a tour of the property and you’ll see what we mean. Upon entry, you’ll find the former home’s most notable feature has been restored. This signature piece is a gorgeous rotunda which leads up to a stained-glass skylight. Other features include arched doorways, skylights and restored exposed brick. Additionally, you’ll admire refinished wood from the 1800s, repurposed throughout the house.
The front four rooms of the home have been restored for social use, just as the home was designed in the 1880s. Envision a cocktail hour with your guests roaming between the Drawing Room and Parlour for food stations and drinks. Close out your special evening with delectable desserts and dancing in the Dining Room and Library.
For a larger weddings of to 150 guests, couples rent out the entire property for the full weekend (including all nine hotel rooms) which really makes the place feel like your own for your celebratory weekend. Invite your closest family and friends to stay onsite, and book other room blocks in downtown Raleigh. Exchange your vows on the front steps of the property with the beautiful front view of the house as your backdrop. Your guests will enjoy your cocktail hour by grabbing a signature cocktail from the Parlour or lawn bar and taking in all the property’s special details. For your dinner, rent a tent on the lawn and soak in special moments under the grand magnolia trees. The reception celebration continues inside with dancing, lounging and drinks in the common spaces.
Also noteworthy, the property has two spacious getting ready areas. The first is the downstairs Lower Lounge, perfectly equipped for a groomsmen hangout. The second is the Historic Luxury Honeymoon Suite, which is the perfect space for a bridal group plus their hair and makeup teams. While you’re getting ready, have your photographer snap those picturesque robe shots by one of the two fireplaces, clawfoot soaking tub, double vanity and large sitting area.
During your stay, enjoy a European Continental breakfast offered in the home’s original dining room and front porch terraces. Taste test the house-made yogurt and granola while sipping on local Counter Culture Coffee. Top that off with fresh pastries from award-winning neighborhood bakery, Boulted Bread.
Heights House Hotel Wedding Gallery
Sip on the Heights House Gin Fizz
The cocktail menu features a small, but curated selection of Sarah and Jeff Shepherd’s favorite cocktails. This includes Aperol Spritz, Basil Gimlet, and Old Fashioned. Of course, all are made with fresh juices and house made syrups.
The house cocktail is the Heights House Gin Fizz. With notes of jasmine and bright lemon, this drink is the Shepherd’s homage to the classic Gin Fizz, first created in 1888 in New Orleans. Taking time to prepare, the Gin Fizz is a labor of love and indicative of The Parlor’s personalized service, attention to detail, and relaxed environment where guests are encouraged to slow down and enjoy the luxurious setting. The Parlor menu also features a small selection of wines and NC-brewed beer, as well as small plates of cheese and charcuterie.
“Our goal has always been to share Heights House Hotel with the Raleigh community,” explains co-owner Sarah Shepherd. “With the opening of The Parlor at Heights House Hotel, we’re thrilled to now offer non-hotel guests– and especially our neighbors and Raleigh residents– an opportunity to enjoy this historic property in a casual and relaxed way– and maybe even envision how they would return for a staycation or to host a private event.”
Restoration of Montfort Hall into the Heights House Hotel
Montfort Hall was commissioned in 1858 by William Montfort Boylan with the guidance of British architect William Percival. It was completed in 1860 and sits on the highest point of the now historic Boylan Heights neighborhood in downtown Raleigh. The mansion is one of the few remaining pre-civil war houses in the area. It is also a National and Raleigh Historic Landmark. Over the past 160 years, the house has seen an array of owners and physical changes. However, the home was extremely well built and the structure has truly stood the test of time.
Sarah and Jeff’s vision for the new Heights House Hotel comes from a passionate dream of community, connection and inspiration. Sarah and Jeff, along with lead architect David Maurer, have been working with National Park Services, State Historic Preservation Office, RHDC, and Preservation NC. The goal is for the property to be self-sustaining for the future so it does not fall back into disrepair.
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