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“A Refreshing and Nostalgic Step Back in Time”

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High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cashiers
Certificate of Excellence
atlanta, ga
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Refreshing and Nostalgic Step Back in Time”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

We are avid travelers and have stayed in hotels ranging from stilted tree lodges in Africa to five star hotels in Europe. We would not hesitate to book High Hampton Inn (HHI) again and recommend it to other travelers.

We had our first stay at HHI on May 10-12 and thoroughly enjoyed this step back in Southern culture. My Southern culture would be Atlanta and the surrounding Southern states. My wife’s Southern culture would be Durban, South Africa and the Drakensberg Mountains. The HHI reminded us of places we had visited as youngsters and all the good memories they provided.

The grounds were stunning, particularly as you first drive in the winding driveway. The trees, flowers and grass were in bloom and very beautiful. The lodge looked like a cross between the Walton’s house and a New England inn. The lodge was decorated in a kind of hunting/country club lodge style, very understated but very nice. Real fires were in the fireplaces.

The dining room was the main attraction in the lodge. The room was all wood, floors, walls and ceilings, very traditional looking. Tables were wooden with linen table clothes. Silverware was appropriate for eating meals in courses. A real fire was in the fireplace in the dining room too. The food was comfort food such as, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, barbecued pork. New York strip, baked turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, strawberry/rhubarb cobbler, hummingbird cake, etc. The food, while not gourmet, was very good and very plentiful. We especially liked the fresh salads and homemade dressings. All meals were buffet style with different carving, omelet and stir fry stations. We thoroughly enjoyed our three meals a day. At 4:00 in the afternoon we enjoyed tea time, both hot and iced tea and cookies.

As clearly stated on the website and brochures, the rooms were rustic without air-conditioning, televisions or telephones. They were quite rustic but clean, nicely appointed and quaint. Our room was in the Lake Cottage and it was equipped with two double beds (quite comfortable), a ceiling fan, a chest of drawers and bathroom with tub and shower. The room had a hairdryer, an iron and an ironing board. The room had a very nice porch that overlooked the lake dam (great sound) and parts of the golf course.

The resort had many activities from which to choose. We played tennis, practiced putting/chipping, canoed, played shuffleboard, bocce, table tennis and golf. There were many other activities for all ages. We particularly enjoyed the tennis with the resident pro Mariona and a local minister/guide Steve. Both were great fun! The golf course was very scenic and very fun.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were particularly impressed with our reservationist Tina. She was very friendly and informative. Additionally the maître d, Corey was very friendly and accommodating. The staff all seemed to really enjoy their jobs.

The only negatives for us: the walls were thin in the rooms and the service at the restaurant was slow. One of our servers Queenie was very good and very personable.

We look forward to returning to HHI in the near future. We liked the walk back in time and enjoy starting another tradition.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 20 May 2013
Thank you for your glowing recap of your visit. As a first time visitor we are pleased that you captured the beauty of the resort and plan on returning. Being in business for 91 years we look forward to taking care of you in the years ahead.
Respectfully,
Clifford Meads
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

We spent Mother's Day weekend here. It was our first time - but won't be our last. It is a charming setting, very rustic and very comfortable. The meals were great, the grounds are beautiful, and it is very relaxing to just sit in the lobby area and read. The Tavern has some wonderful entertainment.
Most of all the staff are simply wonderful and engaging. This will be my most enduring memory
- being treated like royalty!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 16 May 2013
We are so very glad you took advantage of having Mother’s Day with us. Thank you for your kind remarks and we certainly look forward to your future visits. Thank you!
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Clifford Meads
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

High Hampton has been the same for over 20 years...a wonderful place for families and relaxing in the mountains. The food changes each day...desserts are made from scratch. Kids activities each day. Loads of hiking and golf can be enjoyed. Waterfalls are plenty around this resort. The resort is certainly rustic...don't expect butler service or 5 star meals but you should expect and will get good clean fun and wonderful memories. They have added a spa in recent years but I haven't had the pleasure of visiting it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your visit and when you return introduce yourself and we will be glad to introduce you to our Spa.
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Clifford Meads
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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

This place is completely charming and exactly what we wanted for a quick break. The scenery is fabulous. Mountains to climb, canoes to paddle and games everywhere to play. We unplugged and our kids explored everywhere. I had two teenage boys who loved the food and actually were full after every meal. Okay cookies and milk at 9:30pm every night and roaring fires.....my kind of place. If you are looking for new, flat screens, and cell reception go elsewhere. We loved our trip here!

  • Stayed October 2012
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 6 March 2013
What delightful comments. We look forward to your return and – thank you!
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Clifford Meads
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

I literally looked from the mountains to the coast for the perfect destination wedding location, and am so excited to have found High Hampton Inn! Of everyone we met with, Caroline was so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. From a planning standpoint, she outlined every option available to us and kept us on track and on budget to plan our dream wedding! They are the best!

  • Stayed September 2012
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 6 February 2013
Ccressw1,
Thank you for your note and the time you took to write. I am so very pleased to hear that we did what you needed to happen in order for you to plan and budget your wedding within your needs. Rest assured Caroline was pleased to read your comments and it is comments like this that keep us going strong. Thank you so very much!
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Clifford Meads
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Since my first review of the High Hampton Inn, I had the amazing experience of getting married there surrounded by friends and family. In one word, it was perfection! While I may be slightly biased, we've heard the same feedback from so many of the guests. From the rooms to the food to the overall experience, we heard nothing but positive, wonderful compliments from guests that traveled from around the world to attend our big day.

We had the great pleasure of working with Caroline, the events director at the Inn. From day 1 she made the seemingly stressful planning process so easy and enjoyable. Whenever me or my mom had a question, she went out of her way to provide helpful, honest feedback. We relied heavily on her and her previous experience and couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. I'm confident our wedding was as wonderful as it was due in large part to Caroline and her attention to each detail to ensure our special weekend went off without a single hitch!

I think it's safe to say our guests found the High Hampton Inn as special and wonderful as we do. We received several notes from guests during the holidays that were eager to tell us they'd just hung their HHI ornaments on their trees and loved reliving all of the great memories from their experience there.

I can't recommend the High Hampton Inn enough -- whether it's for a weekend away, a family gathering or a wedding, it's truly a wonderful place! We look forward to returning for many years to come!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 29 January 2013
Catherine,
Thank you so very much for your glowing review. We are grateful that we could play such an important role in one of the most exciting day of your young life. Weddings are just one of the elements we feel we do well and Caroline is a symbol of our dedication to that goal. She immerses herself into each and every event and we thank you for the recognition you shared and experienced. Two families coming together could not be more important to us. We look forward to your anniversary and will be here with open arms. Thank you again!
Respectfully,
Clifford Meads
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

First off, I'd like to say how amazing the property is and how stunning the setting is. If only their policies and customer service were as good. My fiancé and I were looking for a place to get married in North Carolina. We stumbled upon the High Hampton Inn. After a few email exchanges that included a reasonable rate sheet, we decided to come to visit the High Hampton Inn to explore the grounds and see the grounds in person. Living in Los Angeles we decided to make a trip out of it and visit several places in North Carolina with the plan of ending our trip at the High Hampton Inn. The wedding coordinator/event planner, Caroline, made special arrangements to meet my fiancé and I during the week we were in town even though the High Hampton was closed for the week. Upon meeting Caroline, she was very nice and of course the property was stunning. We discussed what we were hoping to accomplish for our wedding and she explained exactly what the High Hampton offers and what is normally done. All seemed well.

After thinking over where we wanted to hold our wedding for a week, we decided on the High Hampton Inn. We emailed Caroline and informed her that we would like to hold our wedding there and would like to move forward with an outline of how we saw the weekend. I asked for a proposal based on our outline and what we got back was different rates that were sent to us. Seeing that Caroline had increased the facility charges $700 from what was quoted I had asked for a discount to the price we were sent. We were informed that the rate sheet that was sent to us was from 2012 and that the rates for 2013 were increased and that was non negotiable. Whats strange to us is that when we asked for the rates originally it was discussed that our wedding would take place in June 2013. The High Hampton Inn had an opportunity then to say the rates would increase in 2013 and that these rates are 2012 rates but they did not. In addition, my fiancé and I made a special trip to North Carolina to visit locations and while we were at the High Hampton Inn, Caroline should had mentioned that the rates we were quoted were incorrect and then tell us the new rates, she never once mentioned it. It wasn't until after we decided to move forward with the High Hampton inn were we informed and Caroline made it seem like she was doing us a favor by at least honoring the 30 room minimum we were quoted rather than the new 40 person minimum that took effect for 2013. Of course the new minimum and the new rates were never shared with us until we tried to book the Inn so having her "meet us in middle" by honoring the 30 rooms compared to 40 rooms seemed far from the right way to handle the business. In the end, we decided to not go to the High Hampton Inn because of the way they handled communications and that they could not see the benefit in honoring prices that were quoted . Surely $700 to an establishment means nothing to their bottom line when they are already making several thousand dollars in profit. Since we were paying for the wedding ourselves the increase meant we would have to invite less people and it also showed us that the High Hampton Inn valued money over their guests having a great time and recommending them to others.

I'm sure the High Hampton inn has already booked up the weekend we wanted without a problem but to us the way they handled the start of the process is a sign of how they would have handled the actual event and in the end I'm glad we chose another venue that is not only thrilled to be hosting our wedding, they are working with us to make decisions that fit within our budget.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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targmarket, General Manager at High Hampton Inn & Country Club, responded to this review, 27 December 2012
Thank you for the time you took to write. We are sorry that you were not able to come to terms with our pricing for your upcoming wedding. Your inquiry started August 1st 2012 and at that time our 2013 rates had not been established. Candidly, the “Bait and Switch” catchy title is far afield from who and what we represent. Hosting over eighty (80) weddings the past four years we have never been accused of that and the testimonials from such events are quite the opposite.

For clarification and a meaningful perspective, all of our pricing was the same as 2012 with the exception of our facility fees. This included our room rates, food & beverage costs and set-up/breakdown fees (labor) as well as our agreement to meet the minimum room nights occupied as per our 2012 pricing. One could consider these charges as the lion’s share of the costs associated with a wedding. Also, upon a signed agreement is when rates and pricing are locked in place for that event whenever it may occur.

Our facility fee did in fact go up due to the upgrades purchased or done for the specific venues in 2012 which added value to those facilities well into the coming years. For example, historically wedding couples had to rent nice chiavari chairs for their events which we did not own. We purchased them this year saving all of our clients a considerable amount in rental fees. We installed a comprehensive sound system both inside and out once again saving clients from renting a PA system. We could go on about the improvements made on the gardens next to the actual wedding venue however it would be a mute point. Suffice it to say, costs in every category of our business has risen significantly and we were only seeking modest increases of our venue arenas.

We are sorry that we could not host your wedding and are grateful that you found a location to your liking. We wish you well and thank you for the opportunity to clarify some missing details in your initial letter.
Respectfully,
Clifford Meads
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Property: High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Address: 1525 Highway 107 S, Cashiers, NC 28717-4518
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Jackson County > Cashiers
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cashiers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 116
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 
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