Taylor House Inn

4584 Hwy 194 S , Valle Crucis, NC 28691 USA (Show map)


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

Very pleased!!!

4.8 on August 27, 2018

We were very pleased with the Inn and owners, Tessa and Bernard. This Inn was recommended to us and we are so glad we stayed here. Loved the beautiful home, the porch and swing and gazebo was so inviting. Tessa and Bernard made us feel so much at home. They were so gracious and made our 2 night stay wonderful. Breakfast both mornings was delicious and the plating was beautiful. Will most definitely make reservations here again. Louise & Jack

Needs updated. New paint etc.

3.4 on August 17, 2018

The place was nice and clean. Porch and our room need to be painted. Air conditioner was noisy. An outside light shined through the blinds at night making it difficult to sleep. Breakfast was cinnamon raisin toast, sausage links, and fruit. Not enough protein for us. Inn keepers were very nice.

Gracious in every way

4.8 on August 13, 2018

Here you will find generous hosts, lovely rooms, scrumptious breakfast, and gorgeous grounds.We will certainly make a return visit.

Last minute mountain trip

5 on August 07, 2018

Went to the mountains with my 82 year old mother, with no reservations. Referred to Taylor House by another B&B that was fully booked. Taylor House had a last minute cancellation (thankfully) and my mother and I were not disappointed. Beautiful home, friendly Inn keepers, and amazing breakfast. We loved our stay and hope to go back soon!

Home away from home

5 on August 05, 2018

This was our second stay at the Taylor House Inn, and my wife and I felt like coming to our home away from home. The inn keepers welcomed us like relatives and took such good care of us. The room was perfectly clean & comfortable, and the two course breakfast was unique and delicious. The location is good, not too fat from Boone & Banner Elk, yet tucked away in a quiet area, really lovely. We had a wonderful stay.

Delightful Scottish Games Weekend Stay

5 on August 02, 2018

I drove my wife up to the mountains after a long Saturday at work for her, thinking she would be exhausted and possibly crabby, dragging her to the games I'd longed to see, she surprised me, becoming energized by the mountain ride we took and the culmination of the lovely site of this bed and breakfast. Tessa and Bernard greeted us like family, and my wife fell into a deep state of relaxation and content, sleeping well and breakfasting well, we enjoyed the Scottish Games . Thanks Tess and Bernard sincerely, Dr and Mrs. Bienia

Nice Stay

3.6 on July 31, 2018

Our stay was nice. The room was clean and nicely decorated although a little small and there was no TV in the room or any common areas. The owners were very friendly and breakfast was beautifully prepared. We were the only guests during our stay so that was a little awkward for us but overall great stay.

Great place to get away!

4.4 on July 13, 2018

Very clean, excellent service, delicious breakfast, and very hospitable innkeepers. The house is beautiful and takes you back in time. We enjoyed our stay very much and will go back again!

Delightful Anniversary

5 on July 01, 2018

We stayed at the Taylor House Inn for our 39th wedding anniversary. This beautiful historic house was very well kept, and we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend there. The owners were a wonderful couple and we enjoyed getting to know them a little bit. The hounds are beautiful, in a wonderful setting in Valle Crucis. We would love to return someday and spend more time in the area hiking and enjoying the mountains.

BSG Weekend Stay

4.6 on June 27, 2018

I came up to ride the Blood Sweat and Gears cycling event on June 23. Stayed 2 nights Friday and Saturday. Tessa and Bernard were very accommodating to my specific needs. They made a special breakfast with food I requested to help give me the perfect start. And prepared it at 6am specially for me and a few other cyclists. This is my 2nd time to stay at the Taylor House. It's very relaxing with many things to do close by. I would recommend the Taylor House for those wanting a home style feel in a remote relaxing location and only 15 minute drive to Boone for shopping and night life.

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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 Satellite TV. Ext : 111

  • 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. EXT : 112

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • 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. EXT : 121

  • 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. EXT : 122

  • 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. EXT : 123

  • 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. EXT : 124

  • 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. EXT : 131

  • 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. EXT : 132

  • 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. EXT: 125

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • 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

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.



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.