Laurel and Michael’s Victorian gothic haunted mansion on a hill #Homes & Tours#apartments#gothic#haunted house#pirates#Victorian June 16 | Cat Rocketship 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. 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. Neatorama to make your home way more fun-orama It started with this tentacle doorstop. It made the rounds on the interwebs a little while ago and of COURSE I flagged it for my... [more] 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. 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." Want to learn more about The Manor Inn? Indulge yourself here. And finally, enjoy the rest of the decor porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship 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. PREVIOUS You showed us yours: from boho food coops to your backyard to the big chain NEXT Sister states: couchsurfing in the name of international relations Toggle comments [ 14 ] I swear: between the year this place was build (now amended to say 1896!) and "Sw" countries, this has not been my week for braininess. 0 agree Reply So incredibly jealous of the gothic awesomeness right now! 2 agree Reply The reading gargoyle made me laugh out loud. 0 agree Reply There are actually a pair of them! There wasn't room to feature *all* our gargoyles, but I tried to cram in as many as possible. 0 agree Reply OH……MY……GOD!!! Its like someone broke into my head and made my dream house!! Am feeling immensely jealous right now! Sending the link to my husband now. Oh and hear hear for not feeling pressured into jumping on the property ladder! 0 agree Reply Oh man, for a minute I thought they owned the whole thing! It looks *awesome* And that lion gargoyle! Ahh! 1 agrees Reply HAHAHAHA! Man, I wish! Nope, we have one unit, meaning there's room for up to 34 Offbeat Homies as neighbors. Y'all come! 0 agree Reply Inorite? I was like, well, in this economy, being a millionaire with a mansion isn't typical so I *guess* it could be called offbeat…then I saw it was apartments. 0 agree Reply typo alert! it says the SHINGING in the summary. should be the shining 0 agree Reply FYI, the Editz button at the bottom of the post will let you flag errors. 0 agree Reply Totally true (and thanks, Dina, for pimping Editz!!), but since the summary of the post only appears on the homepage, Editz doesn't work to offer fixes. Jessie, I'll fix this typo manually right now. 0 agree Reply *swoon* I think that just about sums it up! I'm moving to America and getting me a unit/flat in The Manor Inn! Hehehe 0 agree Reply Yay for preservation projects! And NC projects! 0 agree Reply WOW! A truly gorgeous picture of a place to live! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.