The Lions Gate Inn $1,095,000

Completely rebuilt/restored Estate Home operated as a Bed & Breakfast on Historic Main Street in the heart of Wake Forest, NC. Walk to into town or to the Seminary. The home has so much potential including 2 private apartments-a one bedroom & a 2 bedroom, each with kitchen, eating area, living room & laundry. You will find reclaimed Heart of Pine Floors, 10 ft ceilings, 5 fireplaces, restored wainscoting, a room-sized pantry & more wonderful details throughout the home. Even a cupola..a perfect place to get away to. An elevator services all four floors. The kitchen features Sub Zero fridge, freezer, fridge drawer, Bosch dual-fuel range, microwave, glazed cabinets & stone-faced fireplace with built-ins beside. Marble floors grace the lovely foyer, which separates the library and the dining room. Rooms have lovingly been named for the owners' grandchildren. Huge sun room overlooks landscaped grounds and circular drive with fountain. Tons of heated & cooled storage room, oversized 4 car garage. A memorable backdrop for weddings, luncheons, corporate events and more. See the Triangle MLS listings # 1877318 or #1877478 for more details. Owner will provide financials to interested parties.


  • Built in 2006
  • 7 years as B&B
  • Last renovation in 2006
  • MLS #1877318
  • 9 Guest Rooms
  • 7 Guest Bathrooms
  • Lot size: 0.75 acres
  • 8 Parking Spots
  • Has owner's quarters
  • $1,095,000
  • $180.00 avg daily rate

Listing Agent

Stacey Horowitz, Fonville Morisey
8100 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613

Phone: 99-247-8759
Lions Gate Inn
Mary Bouchard


238 North Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587


Front entrance with convenient driveway and 12 beautiful flower beds

Photos (click to enlarge)

Welcome to this restored/rebuilt charming Bed & Breakfast on historic Main Street in Wake Forest, NC. Enter ahead to the main home or on either side of the porch to the private suites/apartments-a one bedroom and a 2 bedroom, each with private living area, eating area, kitchen and laundry.
Enter through the restored original leaded glass doors to the foyer with marble floors.  The wainscoting trim & solid wood pocket doors to the formal dining room and library were preserved from the original home.  The original home was built in 1901, but it was completely redone, expanded from 2003-2006. The bookcases in the library showcase the inkeepers' love of reading.  Sit by the gas fireplace with antique mantel while taking in the beauty of the 10ft ceilings and Heart of Pine Floors.
The formal dining room features 10ft ceilings, the reclaimed Heart of Pine Floors & a gas fireplace with antique mantel. Glazed cabinets & solid surface counters with seamless sinks, side by side Sub Zero fridge & freezer, fridge drawer, Bosch dual fuel range and microwave makes preparing meals for one or many very easy.  An adjoining breakfast room for casual dining is open to the kitchen. Sit there or by the stonefaced fireplace with built-ins beside to keep the cook company.
The gas, stonefaced fireplace in the kitchen adds warmth and character. WOW!  The room sized pantry offers storage for not only food, but serving dishes, holiday dishes & those extra items needed to make your guests comfortable.  A door provides additional access to the one bedroom suite/apartment.
The tiled sun room/family room runs the length of the back of the home.  A wall of windows keeps it bright, 3 ceiling fans can keep the air circulating.  Doors at each end of the room lead to beautiful masonry staircases that descend onto the patios. The guest bedrooms have all been named for the owners' grandchildren.  The "Catherine"  has 10ft ceilings, a fireplace with granite surround & antique mantel and access to a bath with claw foot tub.
The bath adjacent to the "Catherine" has a clawfoot tub and also has access to the hall.   The other bedrooms on the 2nd floor inlcude the "Hayden" and the "Jane" each with a private bath. A sitting area outside the bedrooms provides a place for guests to socialize. The third floor has 4 rooms, 2 of which are used as offices, one as a bedroom & one as an exercise room.  You will also find a circular staircase that leads to the cupola...a little getaway, hideaway or just a place to view the beauty of Historic Wake Forest.
The electrohydraulic, Wheel-ovator elevator services all four levels of the home.  Take note of the beautifully stained wood.  The circular drive also serves as a patio area or parking area.  The fountain provides a central focal point while the brick sitting wall frames it and offers a place to sit and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds.  What a wonderful backdrop for weddings, luncheons, corporate events, birthdays and more.
There is an oversized 4 car garage plus parking on the side of the home, not to mention the drive.  In the basement you will also find tremendous heated & cooled storage rooms plus 2 large storage closets.
The sketch of the home and apartment suites.  Please call Stacey Horowitz at 919-247-8759 or Mary Bouchard at 919-539-5819 for more information.  So many wonderful details-too many to mention.

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