Anglophilia meets Appalachia at Highlands Mountain House, newly opened lodgings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. There, in a redone 1885 house (and adjacent bunkhouse), charming wallpapers and textiles from Morris & Co. and House of Hackney mix with works by Cherokee artists and by Josef Albers (who taught at Black Mountain College nearby). Each guest room is a delightful lesson in pattern mixing, with the feel of a whimsical English house in an unlikely spot.

Let’s take a tour:

Photography by Maggie Braucher, courtesy of Highlander Mountain House.

The entry to Highlander Mountain House. The owner, hotelier Jason Reeves, has a background in period restoration and received a Master&#8
Above: The entry to Highlander Mountain House. The owner, hotelier Jason Reeves, has a background in period restoration and received a Master’s in historic preservation from Harvard—perhaps why the 1885 house feels lived-in and authentic, not brand-new.
Good old-fashioned keys behind the front desk.
Above: Good old-fashioned keys behind the front desk.
One of the communal living areas, with a stone fireplace and easy furnishings.
Above: One of the communal living areas, with a stone fireplace and easy furnishings.
Inside The Ruffed Grouse, the in-house tavern, with sage green shipboard-style cladding.
Above: Inside The Ruffed Grouse, the in-house tavern, with sage green shipboard-style cladding.

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