Laurel and Michael’s Victorian gothic haunted mansion on a hill

By on Jun 16th

The front?

This is The Manor Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Built in 1896 as a luxury hotel, it's now a National Historic Site — and Laurel and Michael, an academic and a "headshrinker" respectively, have lived there for two and a half years.

The couple like the balance of it: they get to love their sconces, Ionic columns, and high ceilings while staying close to downtown Asheville. Because really, living in a house old enough to be your great-grandmother is no fun if it makes you FEEL left out of the younger crowd's world of music, cafes, and nightlife.

You'll never guess…

Common rooms are styled for both Michael and Laurel: heavy, ornate furniture and loads of gargoyles make them BOTH happy. In the bathrooms they get individual: Michael's has a pirate theme, Laurel's has mermaids.

Fluffer detail

Mother-of-pearl jewelry box

Every home has a challenge — and this building's challenge for occupants is rising to meet the sheer potential. Even though they've collected antiques for years, the remaining cheap-o grad school furniture they moved in with stuck out like a sore thumb in the Manor's grandeur.

Laurel's dressing table

There are always downsides about living in a rental, but Laurel and Michael are happy. "We're content to rent because we have yet to see a place for sale with anything like the Manor's style. Our lesson has been to reject the idea that we have to buy just for the sake of owning a place; inhabiting a world of crazy-Gothic-awesome means more to us."

By the guest room bed

Want to learn more about The Manor Inn? Indulge yourself here.

And finally, enjoy the rest of the decor porn!

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I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.