Heights House Hotel, A Historic Raleigh Landmark and Wedding Venue
Historic Italianate mansion, Montfort Hall has reopened as a 9-room boutique hotel and event space renamed as Heights House Hotel! The special piece of history received an extensive restoration. The magnificent house is perfect for intimate gatherings both indoors and outside.
The visionaries behind the plan to make Heights House Hotel an anchor in the local community are husband and wife team, Sarah and Jeff Shepherd. Sarah and Jeff have restored the house’s most notable feature: its gorgeous rotunda which leads up to a stained-glass skylight. They have also created a reception area and two first-floor luxury bridal suites. These suites have bathrooms with marble walls and French doors that open out to a balcony. Sarah and Jeff have made so many other renovations such as adding arched doorways, skylights and keeping the exposed brick. Additionally, they have refinished the existing structural wood from the 1800s and repurposed it throughout the house.
Restoration of Heights House Hotel
Montfort Hall, now Heights House Hotel, 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. As such a unique, iconic house in Raleigh, Sarah and Jeff want the whole community to be able to enjoy the property. They plan on hosting community nights, other special events hosted by the hall and possibly installing a bar. Heights House Hotel will also support other local businesses by sourcing goods from them to run the daily operations as well as make contributions and efforts to give back to the community.
Plan Your Next Staycation
Guests of Heights House get to choose from seven different style rooms. But if you’re recently engaged or married, you’ll want to reserve the Historic Luxury Honeymoon Suite – a two-room historic suite with a king bed, two fireplaces, clawfoot soaking tub, bidet, double vanity, large sitting area and private toilet room that is separate from the bath. During your stay, enjoy the staff’s southern hospitality which includes European style breakfast offered in the home’s original dining room and front porch terraces, house-made yogurt and granola will be complemented by a full Counter Culture Coffee program and fresh pastries from award-winning neighborhood bakery, Boulted Bread. Guests may inquire about seasonal room service options such as LucetteGrace’s Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in the summertime. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served in the library from 5-6pm, and in the evenings, guests will discover beautifully crafted cocktails in the parlor where a chic custom-designed bar by Tactile has been installed. Turn down service will include signature confections from local bean-to-bar chocolatier, Escazu Chocolates.
The property’s four front common rooms, The Parlor, Drawing Room, Library, and Dining Room were lovingly restored and are being used as originally intended when the home was built in the 1880s. These rooms make up The Parlor, an intimate cocktail experience that will be open to non-hotel guests Sunday-Wednesday, 5-9pm, with limited seating and reservations available for groups up to four people. Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Parlor is reserved for hotel patrons and their guests. After placing an order at the bar, visitors may explore the downstairs of the hotel and find a cozy corner to enjoy their drink.
Sip on the Heights House Gin Fizz
The cocktail menu features a small, but curated selection of the Shepherd’s favorite cocktails, including an Aperol Spritz, Basil Gimlet, and Old Fashioned, all 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.”
Follow @HeightsHouseNC for additional details on accommodations or hosting an event up to 150 people at Heights House Hotel and to make reservations for The Parlor beginning August 22, 2021.