The High Hampton is like a mansion belonging to a once-rich family that has lost its money and can no longer keep the place up. There is still a lot to like. The setting in the North Carolina mountains is tranquil and lovely.The grounds are green and speckled with dahlias. There's a small lake and a 1956 George Cobb golf course. The main building is a rough-shingled wooden structure with lots of fireplaces and cosy alcoves for reading. The staff members are attentive. It's a place that still requires jackets and ties in the dining hall.
My wife and I visited for a family wedding. We didn't mind that the rooms had no TV and no phones and that the only Wi-Fi service was in the main building. We did mind the fact that our cabin was so old that it seemed to be listing on the side of a steep hill. The doors were out of plumb. The furnishings were very tired; the dresser drawer kept jamming. The towels were threadbare--I get better when I go to the gym. The walls were so thin we could hear people conversing in the other rooms in our cabin. The golf course was both shaggy and soggy. It seemed that the fairways hadn't been cut in a week.
My impression was that High Hampton badly needs an investor with deep pockets to finance a renovation. It should stay rustic, but it needs to be elegant rusticity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A southern version of the famous Great Camps of the Adirondacks, historic High Hampton Inn is located on a 1,400-acre estate in Cashiers, NC. This full-service resort has a focus on the great outdoors and takes advantage of the natural setting. A sumptuous Spa, 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, miles of hiking trails and a 35-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing make it easy to take in all that this scenic area offers. The historic inn exudes a rustic mountain atmosphere with cedar shingles, stone fireplaces and handmade twig and mountain-crafted furnishings. Meals are events in themselves with three bountiful buffets served daily featuring high-country favorites like Fried Chicken, Mountain Trout and local produce. A choice of lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins (all with private bath) make High Hampton the perfect place for individuals or groups of friends and family to gather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- High Hampton Inn And Country Club
- High Hampton Inn & Country Club Hotel Cashiers
- Hampton Inn Cashiers
- Cashiers Hampton Inn