Taylor House Inn

4584 Hwy 194 S , Valle Crucis, NC 28691 USA (Show map)
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Valle Crucis, North Carolina has been attracting settlers and travelers alike, for nearly 200 years. Taylor House Inn is a Bed & Beakfast and, with the majestic surrounding valley scene and the beautiful herb garden, it is the perfect place to spend some quality time as well as to host an outdoor wedding or any other event. We at the Taylor House Inn invite you to come and experience a place that seems one of times past, a place where moments of solitude are as abundant as the rivers and streams that give life to the surrounding hills. We feel fortunate to be part of such a powerful place and would like to extend our hospitality to help share the magic of Valle Crucis.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7


4.8 on December 06, 2017

My wife and I returned to the Taylor House Inn after 5 years and found that the accommodations were, if anything, better than the first time we visited. Sorry that we missed Tessa, but Bernard treated us more like family than guests and well be talking about this breakaway from our daily routine for years to come. We've decided to keep returning to Taylor House until we've had a chance to stay in each of the separate rooms.

Innkeeper Response
I am sorry I missed you! Thank you so very much for your kind words! Cannot wait to welcome you soon! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

- Tessa (innkeeper)

Wonderful fall get away weekend

5 on October 21, 2017

We had a great stay at the Taylor House. Loved the location, our room was perfect and the bed was so comfortable. Big bathroom and pretty quiet and private for a B&B. Nice people and delicious breakfast. Brownies and wine and cheese for afternoon treats were a nice touch. We'll be back.

Innkeeper Response
That's the way we like it, that you should feel you had a great stay! Thank you for your review and your kind words. Come back soon!!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Charming stay

5 on October 16, 2017

The historic house is well-kept and charming. The hosts were warm, friendly and accommodating. Cleaning staff were quick and unobtrusive. A pleasant, relaxing stay, highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to review the Inn. Bernard and I are very happy you had a good time and are so looking forward to welcome you again!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Our stay.

3.8 on October 12, 2017

Wonderful Inn, easy and restful. Hosts were warm and friendly and very helpful. Anyone staying here will enjoy the experience. We will be back again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! Hope to see you soon!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Excellent place!

5 on October 09, 2017

Taylor House Inn is well-located about 10 minutes from Boone. It has large rooms, a great porch, and very attentive innkeepers who go out of their way to make you comfortable. Tessa and Bernard are extremely helpful with any need you may have and Tessa's breakfasts in her lovely dining room are amazing and memorable. They stock the in-room refrigerator and provide afternoon snacks that help to keep you going throughout the day. There are some nice walking spots nearby. I would not hesitate to return.

Innkeeper Response
Here is to kindness! Happy you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to welcome you again!!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Hidden gem!

4.8 on October 01, 2017

The Taylor House Inn is just lovely, it is a quaint little spot and off the beaten path. My husband and I have stayed here twice, ten years between stays and it was just as lovely as the first time we visited. Tessa and Bernard are wonderful and Tessa is an amazing chef. They have upgraded us twice on our stay and we have loved the rooms each time.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am glad you had a good time. Come back soon!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Great place to stay for a perfect weekend

5 on September 25, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary and it was perfect. The staff was very friendly, accommodating, the food was great and the house was very nice and cozy. Sunday they surprised everyone with mimosas at breakfast, it was very nice. They were very knowledgeable about the area and great places to eat. We would stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
Wonderful time with you here at the Taylor House Inn. Come back soon!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Taylor House Inn

4.8 on September 23, 2017

Lovely and peaceful location. Great service and accomodations.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so very much for taking the time to review! I am happy you had a good time. Looking forward to welcome you back!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Very Congenial Inn

5 on September 04, 2017

Rooms were very comfortable, and breakfast was excellent, as were afternoon homemade treats. Porch was ideal setting for meeting fellow guests and owners.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review! Bernard and I are so pleased you had a pleasant stay. The change of the leaves are getting nice, hope you will have another chance to come back

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

Wonderful Experience! Tessa and Bernard made us feel like family!

5 on August 28, 2017

We stayed five nights in the flower cottage at the Taylor House Inn, for hiking and to attend a wedding. Our expectations were greatly exceeded! We had a great time, the room was very nice and comfortable, and the service was outstanding! Tessa and Bernard were so friendly, made us feel at home, like we were family! We loved spending time on the front porch and chatting with them and the other guests. We also enjoyed the delicious breakfasts, which were different each day, and always exquisite. In the afternoon there was complimentary coffee, tea, and a pie or cake made from scratch and still warm, oh so delicious! We loved our stay! Thank you!

Innkeeper Response
You are! You are! Thank you so very much!! The colors of the leaves are getting very nice; it's time to come back up!!!!!

- Tessa Russo (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Squire Taylor Suite on the First Floor

The Squire Taylor's First Floor Suite is tucked away in the rhododendron on the western side of the house, overlooking a gazebo. An elegant king size pencil post bed is paired with a slatted walnut daybed, each with a down comforter and colorful quilts. The large bathroom has an original claw foot tub with shower. The suite has its own private sitting area with a gas chimney and Satelite TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Lou Hill Smith Suite in the Attic

The Lou Hill Smith's Attic Suite, also known as the honeymoon suite, is a perfect place for a getaway. This large private guest room has a king size bed, private bath with shower, sitting area AC and Satelite TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Aunt Sue Room #1

Aunt Sue's Room is one of our largest guest rooms, located on the front west corner of the second floor. Two large sets of windows overlook gazebo to the west and to the front is a peaceful view of the Valle and Dutch Creek. A high king size iron bed like Grandmother's with a down comforter and hand made quilt make for all the comforts of yesteryear.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Aunt Doris Room #2

This cozy guest room, Aunt Doris's Room is tucked away on the west side of the house on the second floor. Cool mountain mornings and our gracefully curved wooden king size bed with down comforter and patchwork quilt are great for sleeping late. The wicker set of chairs overlooks our gazebo. This large step down bathroom also has an original claw foot tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Uncle Gilbert Room #3

Uncle Gilbert's Room 3, on the second floor, is nestled in the back of the house on the east side. This guest room has a majestic king size bed and is shaded by an old hemlock. Beneath two large windows is the stone terrace and flower gardens with numerous butterflies and finches. Room 3 is adjacent to Room 4 and can accommodate families.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Gordon & Henry Room #4

Gordon & Henry's Room 4, on the second floor, is on the east side of the house and has two exquisite white wooden queen size beds. Its large window overlooks also the stone terrace and flower gardens. This room adjoining Room 3, makes an ideal accommodation for a family; its bathroom is down the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

The Flower Cottage

The Flower Cottage is separated from the main house with its own private entrance. Nested against the hill, on the west side of the property, it has a quaint one bedroom with queen bed, private bath with shower and AC.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Little Room

The Little Room in the Red Cottage has its own delightful charm. The big window gives you a view of the old historical barn of the Valle. The access to its private entrance is through the flower gardens and is completely independent from the Red Cottage. The Little Room has a queen size bed, a wicker settee and a private bath with shower.Free Wi-Fi internet, free phone calls throughout the US & AC.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Aunt Nancy Room #5

Aunt Nancy's Room 5, overlooks the entrance as well as the wonderful pastoral views of the Valle. Its white wooden king size bed with a down comforter and hand made quilt invites you to a beautiful rest. Two white wicker chairs set between the large windows are the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing moment.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Wedding and Events

Taylor House Inn is best known for hosting some of the finest weddings in Valle Crucis. With the majestic surrounding valley scene, it is the perfect place to host an outdoor wedding or any other event.

  • Maximum Capacity: 100

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Valley, Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Charlotte, NC (CLT-Douglas Intl.)

Directions to property:

At intersection of 321 with NC-105 in Boone, turn onto NC-105 South. Drive approximately five (5) miles to the traffic light at Broadstone Road (State Road 1112, just across the Watauga River Bridge). Turn right onto Broadstone Road. Drive approximately three (3) miles to the intersection with NC-194 (in front of Valle Crucis Elementary School). Turn left onto NC-194 South. Go approximately 1.3 miles and Taylor House Inn will be on your right. Approximate driving time: 2 hrs from Charlotte.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: between 3-8 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children are welcome in our Suites
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of at least 1 night stay is required for reservation.
  • Cancellations: "Important Note": Due to the size of our Inn and our limited availability, cancellations affect us considerably. Guests are responsible for full payment for all nights reserved. A deposit of on one night minimum or a 50% deposit of all nights reserved will be charged to the credit card provided at time of reservation. Your deposit indicates acceptance of our policy. A 14 day cancellation notice before your scheduled date of arrival, is required to receive a refund of your deposit less a $35.00 cancellation fee (30 days in October). Should you cancel less than 14 days prior to arrival, you will be held financially responsible for the entire reservation and your credit card billed for the total balance of your stay. This policy is applied 100% of the time and this regardless of the reason, gravity of the cause, or nature of the emergency. However, we will try our best to rebook your room. If we are able to partially or fully re-rent the room then a partial or full refund of the payment will be refunded to your credit card, plus a $35 processing fee. If you feel this might be an issue, you may want to purchase "travel cancellation or interruption insurance" from one of the many reputable insurance companies which provide that coverage. One supplier of this type of insurance is https://www.globaltravelshield.com If you do not agree to these conditions and terms please advise us within 48 hours of the date and time at which this email was sent, for a full refund of your deposit, minus an automatic $35.00 processing fee.
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Tessa & Bernard Russo

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We, the Inn Keepers, are from French and Italian heritage. We have travelled extensively and are exited to bring you something familiar but different and new. We have a fresh catch on traditional, an inspiring merge of styles, yet a perfect mix of what you need to relax and above of what you would expect from a B & B. We cannot wait for you to give it a try.

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Two course gourmet style

  • Time Served: 9 am to 10 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Taylor House Special
Two poached eggs resting on a bed of smoked salmon,with a salsa type sauce, greens, toasted english muffins with goat cheese.

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