Pros

  • Gorgeous setting with private lake, beautiful foliage, and mountain backdrop
  • Rustic rooms with hand-hewn twig furnishings and some with lake view porches
  • Room rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner focusing on Southern cooking
  • Private lake with beach, swimming area, and two docks
  • Tavern serving cocktails, wine, and beer with outdoor seating
  • Free afternoon tea with cakes and cookies
  • Golf course designed by George W. Cobb, two putting greens, and practice range
  • Spa offering stone massages, clay body masques, and fitness classes
  • Mountain hiking and llama hikes available
  • Kids club with scheduled activities like games, kayaking, and nature hikes
  • Teen room with foosball, ping pong, and air hockey tables
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • No TVs or phones in rooms
  • No air-conditioning
  • Extra fees for some activities and kids' club
  • Jackets required for dinner and lodge in evenings
  • Fee for mini-fridges
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty
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Bottom Line

On 1,400 acres of foothills, the mid-range High Hampton Inn & Country Club is in a beautiful setting with a private lake and a golf course. The hotel offers 116 rustic rooms, 17 cottages, and 35 vacation homes. It’s a great place for families to unplug, since rooms don’t have phones or TVs (but they do have Wi-Fi), and there are plenty of nature-related activities for the family including canoeing, hiking, and swimming. A meal plan is included with room rates and covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there’s a tavern on-site. Evening jackets are required for dining, drinking at the tavern, or hanging out in the lodge.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Kids Club
  • Pets Allowed
  • Spa

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High Hampton Resort

Scene

Historic inn with gorgeous mountain setting

Open since 1922, High Hampton Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lodge was built in 1932 and fits in perfectly with the setting, with tree trunk porch columns and tree bark siding. Inside, the lodge has wooden floors and ceilings, and a large, four-sided, stone fireplace as the focal point of the room. Oatmeal-colored chairs and sage couches offer places for families to sit and play board games while enjoying the fire. The spacious room has a cozy atmosphere, with antique-style chandeliers and small lamps lending a golden glow. Meals are served in a rustic dining hall with wooden floors and white linens, while the tavern has a long red bar with tree branch barstools and red fabric couches and chairs. Additional wood seating is available on a stone patio outside, with gorgeous views of the property. The scenic grounds are laced with green lawns and pines, with mountain peaks in the distance. The small cabin with a wooden waterwheel on the 35-acre lake is particularly frame-worthy.

Though many may associate Hampton Inn with the budget chain, the High Hampton Inn is completely unaffiliated -- it gets its name from the Hampton family, who first made this estate their mountain retreat in the 19th century. 

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Location

In beautiful foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains

High Hampton Inn & Country Club is located in Cashiers, North Carolina, a village about 90 minutes' drive southeast of Asheville. The village is on a plateau in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is about 20 degrees cooler than other southeastern U.S. locations in the summer due to its unique location. While the village itself had fewer than 200 residents as of 2010, there are several restaurants, a farmers market, and a few shops within a 10-minute drive of the inn. 

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Rooms

Rustic rooms without TVs or phones, some with lake views

Rooms at the inn are charmingly rustic. Some have knotty wooden walls and ceilings, and blue carpeting, while others have white-paneled walls and ceilings. Framed nature photography and blue or sage-green armchairs are in most rooms. Bathrooms are rustic with hand-hewn twig-framed mirrors and shower/tub combinations. Some rooms have fireplaces, screened-in porches, or decks with red rocking chairs and lake views. Rooms don’t have TVs or phones (by design), but do have Wi-Fi, which can be spotty. There’s also no air-conditioning in the rooms. Cottages are available for rent, as well as vacation rentals with up to six bedrooms. Pets are allowed in some cottages and vacation rentals. 

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Features

Several outdoor amenities for the entire family and meal plans included

There’s plenty to do at High Hampton Inn & Country Club. On the lake, there are swimming sailing, canoeing, and pedal-boating. There’s a wading area of the lake for little ones near an outdoor playground. Several hiking trails are available, as well as a fitness trail and llama hikes a couple days a week. The club has a golf course, two putting greens, and a practice range. Massages and beauty treatments are offered at the spa, as well as fitness classes. There’s a kids' club at the hotel with scheduled activities, as well as a teen room with foosball, ping pong, and air hockey tables. All three meals (included in the rate) are served in the on-site restaurant, and the hotel has a tavern. There’s a market selling produce and groceries, as well as deli sandwiches and draft beer. There’s also a free afternoon tea social with cakes and cookies. Some activities -- including tennis, boats, llama hikes, and kids' club -- incur extra, though reasonable, fees. A falconry program is also offered for a somewhat substantial fee. 

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Amenities

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pets Allowed

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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