Old Edwards Inn and Spa adds another Historic Building with the Purchase of Hutchinson House, Built in 1878 by Highlands’ Founder

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC, has purchased the historic Hutchinson House located in downtown Highlands, NC.  Built in 1878 by C.C. Hutchinson—one of Highlands’ founders—the four-bedroom Hutchinson House was the second residence built in the mountain town. The graceful farmhouse was completely refurbished in 2002 to preserve the historical integrity while incorporating modern conveniences like an upscale kitchen, larger bedrooms and additional bathrooms. Old Edwards completed the purchase of the property in December 2012.
 
Nestled just off Main Street amid 3.65 lush acres of indigenous flora, like old-growth Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel, the Hutchinson property features wooded trails, ponds and streams, arbors, a vegetable garden, a berry patch, a croquet lawn, a chicken coop, a pavilion with fireplace, a playground and even a canopy walk which leads to a “bear observatory” in the woods at the back of the property.
 
Old Edwards’ president Richard Delany says, “The Hutchinson House is an important part of Highlands’ history and—interestingly—was erected the same year as what has now become Old Edwards. The historic character and 2002 upgrades make the Hutchinson House a nice fit with our current offerings, and the close proximity to our hotel will make for a smooth flow operationally. And our guests staying there will have walking access to all the shops and restaurants. We are delighted to be the new stewards of the historic Hutchinson House. And we look forward to making it part of the guest experience at Old Edwards.”
 
A member of Historic Hotels of America, Old Edwards Inn also began in 1878. The building that now houses Madison’s Restaurant was Highlands’ first boarding house, known as “Central House.” Along with other locations around Old Edwards’ property, this building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Just three years ago, Old Edwards purchased and completely restored an 1880s farmhouse on South Street called Piermont Cottage—which guests now love for its authentic character and heritage. 
 
Old Edwards will begin hosting small special events at Hutchinson House in the spring of 2013, including intimate weddings and group retreats. It will also be available for girlfriend getaways and family gatherings, as is the case with Old Edwards existing cottages.
 
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa (www.oldedwardsinn.com)
 
 
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America for 2010 with the First Ever Perfect Score in the 20-Year History of the Reader’s Survey
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel Spa in the United States for 2011
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013
  • 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #4 Best Relaxation Spa Hotel in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #2 Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards #4 Hotel in The United States
  • Condé Nast Johansen’s Most Excellent Inn in the US and Canada 2008
  • Forbes Four-Star Rated for both the Resort and The Spa
  • AAA Four-Diamond Rated
  • Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden has won the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” every year since 2005 and the “Best Of” award since 2008.
 
Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades along several blocks in downtown Highlands—a cultural mountain village that offers award-winning dining, wine events, art galleries and some of the nation’s top golf resorts. The European style resort welcomes visitors to North Carolina’s high country with its unique blend of relaxed luxury recognized worldwide. A spectacular outdoor heated mineral pool, world class spa, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club are signature experiences at this full-service mountain resort.  Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old-Europe architecture and authentic period antiques. Many rooms, cottages and suites offer private patios or terraces—some with captivating rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands.  All of the luxury accommodations include champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, two 24-hour business centers and two 24-hour Butler’s pantries with Dove Bars, fresh fruit and soft beverages. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers, heated-tile bathroom floors, in-room safes and Wi-Fi enhance the in-room experience. Old Edwards Inn and Spa also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center with wellness classes that include guided hikes into the scenic surrounding mountains known as “waterfall country.”
 
Guests enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorns Boutique or Acorns on Church featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, the Spa Café and the Poolside Bar and Bistro. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands featuring The Barn, the Farmhouse with luxury lodging, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and outdoor events pavilion.  The Edwards Hall Conference Center provides a catered corporate retreat venue. 
 
The Falls Cottages are the newest addition to Old Edwards and can now be booked for stays beginning in July 2013. Constructed of native wood and stone and featuring the sumptuous comforts and fine details that characterize all Old Edwards accommodations, they offer the perfect ambiance of rustic elegance. The Falls Cottages surround an outdoor heated mineral pool and whirlpool with lush landscaping and a freestanding fireplace for cozy gatherings.  They are just steps away from the Lodge Lobby and Bar, the Kelsey Game Room, the Croquet Lawn, another outdoor heated mineral pool, whirlpool and poolside bar and cabana.  The multi-bedroom cottages feature common living areas and can be opened up as full cottages, making them perfect for groups or family gatherings.
 
 
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