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Heights House: Raleigh’s newest boutique hotel keeps it historic and local

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Photo credit: Sarah Shepherd

The Italiante-style mansion is a historic landmark, but the design-forward reimagining of former Montfort Hall is for a modern Raleigh.

Renamed Heights House, the small boutique hotel includes nine guest rooms and event space for up to 120 guests will begin accepting reservations May 6.

Photo by Sarah Shepherd

On the renovation: The 1858 mansion predates even its historic neighborhood. The land around the mansion was sold in 1907 and became Boylan Heights.

Preserving original architecture while adding modern and vintage touches was important to local owners, Sarah and Jeff Shepherd.

The property includes historic suites and new addition suites, with some featuring fireplaces, sitting areas and Juliet balconies.

They worked with Raleigh-based firms to restore and enhance the home: Maurer Architecture, Greg Paul Builders and Bryan Costello Design.

Using local talent and highlighting local goods was important and intentional, Sarah said.

“We wanted to invest in our talented community,” Sarah wrote to Raleigh Convergence. “And then being able to show off their work to our guests as well as hopefully highlight them on a national level.”

Photo by Sarah Shepherd

Other Raleigh and Triangle-sourced touches include:

  • A custom-designed bar by Tactile will host guests in the parlor for cocktails.
  • Counter Culture Coffee program
  • Pasties from nearby Boulted Bread
  • Seasonal options will include LucetteGrace’s Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in the summertime.
  • Turn down service will also have a local touch, with Escazú Chocolates.

Other guest amenities will include a complimentary wine and cheese hour at 5 p.m. in the library, Brooklinen robes, Grown Alchemist toiletries and Linus bikes for guests to use.

Beyond a staycation, locals will be able to enjoy the property, too, through community events, public bar hours available by reservation (not available at opening, but coming soon, Sarah said), and private dinners.

Heights House is also already booking events, from weddings to smaller events like showers, workshops, milestone birthdays or other celebrations.

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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