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The North Carolina Mountains Hotels

Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club


  • Upscale lodge on championship golf course


  • A bit too much like a country club for some tastes
  • Lodge and resort amenities come at a price

Updated 09/26/2012

Fodor's Review

Built by Harvard professor Williams James in 1891 and rebuilt in 1936 after a fire, this lakeside lodge, best described as dressed-up rustic, with a championship golf course, sits 3,800 feet above sea level and is one sure way to beat summer's heat. Golf is a passion here, on the Donald Ross–designed course, but the diversions are many, including tennis and fly fishing. All rooms overlook the manicured grounds and gardens. Rich chestnut paneling and stonework grace the

public areas. Some building exteriors have rare chestnut shakes. Entrées at the restaurant ($$$$) may include Boeuf Bourguignon and grilled rainbow trout; jacket and tie are required at dinner.

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Hotel Information


175 Linville Ave., off U.S. 221, Linville, North Carolina, 28646, USA

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828-733–4311; 800-742–6717


Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed mid Oct.–mid-May
  • 19 rooms, 5 suites, 1 cottage
  • Breakfast

Updated 09/26/2012

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Oct 30, 2003

North Carolina's finest

I have been to Linville many times and the charm in this mountain resort is worth the visit. The previous rater was basing the weather on record high rain that year. In the middle of August the weather can't be beat. 75 during the day and cool enough at night to start a fire. DON'T MISS the Thursday nite seafood buffet and especially the dessert tray. Of course , the lodge is dark as it is trying to be rustic and low key. It is called a "Lodge"

afterall. The golf course is beautiful and you will be blown away by the streams on site with the submarine size trout swimming around. NO FISHING on site though. Worth the visit

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Apr 1, 2002

Dark and darker

Just looked at it- did not stay there. Very dark real wood (oak? chestnut?)brown paneling on every surface. Food is supposed to be good. Right in town but very nicely landscaped and seemed quiet. Town views? An older, historic? property. Seemed well maintained but if darkness depresses you might want to avoid. Mtn areas of NC often quite drizzly and gloomy even in summer.

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