According to Visit Raleigh, Wake County has more than 17,000 hotel rooms, but one boutique hotel aims to offer something different for visitors after converting a Civil War-era mansion into a new accommodation.
The Heights House Hotel is steps from downtown, nestled among the trees in the historic Boylan Heights neighbourhood.
“It’s such a unique house, and there are not many houses like this still standing in Raleigh,” Sarah Shepherd, one of the hotel owners, said. “The house was built in 1858. It’s been a mostly residential house except for a church in the 50s, 60s, 70s. It’s been such a mystery to the community, so we really wanted to take it on and open it up to the public, local community and people who are travelling to Raleigh.”
The Heights House Hotel embraces its past.
“The high ceilings, the plasterwork, and the unique architecture are unique for the time, and you don’t see something like that nowadays,” said Jeff Shepherd, one of the hotel’s owners.
In their efforts to preserve what remains, Jeff Shepherd and Sarah Shepherd place an emphasis on preserving it before it is lost.
“You see, even over the years we have lived here, that old homes are getting torn down and condos are being built. It feels good to save a piece of Raleigh,” Sarah Shepherd said.
Hotel rooms can also be rented as wedding venues or event spaces for fundraising events.
The owners partnered with quite a few small, local businesses, including a furniture shop in High Point, during the renovation process.