OUR VISION

About The Owner

Designer Michael Gavin has a long history in design and home improvement. He began his career at Mayfair Design Group, Albany, New York, as one of their youngest designers. He went on to work for Portfolio Design Studio where he became their nationally recognized top decorator. Michael soon became the studio’s national spokesperson conducting seminars throughout the United States. Many of his projects and ideas were featured in regional and national magazines including Ladies Home Journal. It was during this period that Michael really fine-tuned his renovation skills by purchasing and refurbishing homes in his spare time.

Michael craves the energy, challenge and satisfaction in finding a distressed property and turning it around. Once he found and subsequently purchased Bridgewater Hall Inn, he and his sons, Jeff and Mack, have been diligently preserving, restoring and enhancing it back to its original beauty. The 4,700-square-foot house sits on nearly five acres of land and is on the National Registry Study list for historic places.

Michael’s vision is to restore Bridgewater Hall Historic Inn into a breathtaking oasis for your next overnight get-away.

Michael Gavin
Michael GavinOwner, Designer
“We hope you enjoy your stay at Bridgewater Hall Historic Inn. We have worked hard to reinvent this historic property, preserving it’s natural beauty while making it comfortable and inviting. We look forward to making your stay an occasion that you will never forget.”

MICHAEL, MACK AND JEFF

Reviews

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  • Hotels.com reviewer
    10/20/2019 - Google

    Our 2 night stay was amazing. Michael made us feel right at home. We got to experience what its like to stay in the peaceful mountains. The property is full of charm and history. We hope to come back some day.

  • Expedia reviewer
    9/20/2019 - Google

    Had a wonderful stay, Michael was great! Definitely be staying there again in the future.

  • D C Avatar
    D C
    7/20/2019 - Google

    The Bridgewater Inn is truly a beautiful historic gem tucked away in a peaceful, yet convenient venue. Such a delight, from the decor, the furnishings, the scenery, the chapel , and the rushing river to the landscaping and intricate details make this a perfect getaway! Furthermore, Michael, the most passionate host, pours his heart and soul in his efforts to excel above and beyond his duty to assure the satisfaction of his guests. I would give it a ten out of five stars!!!

  • Amanda Williams Avatar
    Amanda Williams
    8/20/2019 - Google

    We had a ball, er will definitely return. Michael and his son Matt were great. The house is so beautiful.

  • Jennifer Diggins Avatar
    Jennifer Diggins
    positive review 
    1/16/2019 - Facebook

    What a beautiful and special place to relax and charge your batteries. I have never stayed somewhere that has so much charm. Absolute pleasure!

  • Josh Nielsen Avatar
    Josh Nielsen
    1/20/2020 - Google

    Michael was an excellent host. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan on returning when we can stay longer. With his fantastic sense of design Michael has worked wonders on this beautiful house. All the rooms are tastefully decorated, cozy and quaint, transporting you to an entirely different era. However, they also have modern touches such as gas fireplaces and updated bathrooms for convenience and comfort. Wonderful place to stay, we enjoyed it much more than a hotel! Tip: book directly through their website, the prices are always higher on booking sites.

  • Lindsey Hampton Avatar
    Lindsey Hampton
    8/20/2019 - Google

    I am in love! The house and grounds are exceptional, with every detail beautifully attended to. Michael and his son have truly created a sanctuary for those who visit. I am already planning my next getaway!

  • Hotels.com reviewer
    1/30/2020 - Google

    A short but excellent stay. No one will do whatever is needed to make your stay enjoyable than this place. Definitely recommended.

  • Travelocity reviewer
    10/20/2019 - Google

    Bridgewater Hall is beautifully designed and comfortable. The staff is kind and considerate. Little touches such as flowers in the room and other amenities make this property special. If you are a Bluegrass fan (as we are) Bridgewater Halls location is central to some of the most authentic and fun venues such as the Drexel Barbershop and the Sims Country Barbecue. We plan to stay at Bridgewater again.

  • Expedia user
    1/14/2020 - Expedia

    As a historian, I loved the unique, charming features of this 18th century property. We stayed in the king room on the first floor which was large and lovely, the bed very comfortable. I also loved the small cozy library on the property. Michael was an exceptionally friendly and helpful host. The Inn is in a great location to tour the area and Michael gave us great recommendations. Bridgewater was a quiet, relaxing place to stay in the country but near everything we wanted to see. Loved it and will be back- Thanks Michael!

  • Expedia user
    11/03/2019 - Expedia

    Property and the Owner are Fantastic. Very well kept and clean. Lot of history here. Stay was amazing.

  • Expedia reviewer
    11/20/2019 - Google

    Property and the Owner are Fantastic. Very well kept and clean. Lot of history here. Stay was amazing.

  • Aaron Wilkens Avatar
    Aaron Wilkens
    7/20/2019 - Google

    The property is very relaxing and a great place to come to step back to a time before cell phones and connectivity. My wife and I came for a long weekend to get away from the hectic pace of life with a career and family. We had a wonderful time. Lots to explore and discover on the property. With some great vineyards close by and good restaurants and shops in downtown Morganton we had lots to do. We will definitely come back and will highly recommend to others.

  • Jakobsons
    9/02/2019 - Expedia

    The old mansion was beautifully decorated. The owner, Michael, has a real flair for design. The furniture and accessories are coordinated to create stunning rooms. I loved the furniture. He is still working on the property which includes several buildings. M

  • Lluvia Vazquez Avatar
    Lluvia Vazquez
    10/20/2019 - Google

    We had an amazing 2 night. stay. Michael is an awesome host made us feel right at home. The property is in a beautiful setting full of history and charm. We got to experience staying away in the mountains. We hope to come back some day.

  • Expedia reviewer
    10/20/2019 - Google

    Lovely, quiet place for a getaway. Owner is great and very accommodating. Recommended some great places to eat nearby as well.

  • Amanda Hinson Avatar
    Amanda Hinson
    7/20/2019 - Google

    Great accommodations . The rooms are beautiful. A wonderful place to go for a weekend getaway.

  • Marty Hinzman Insco Avatar
    Marty Hinzman Insco
    positive review 
    11/08/2019 - Facebook

    Beautiful historic house with an extremely friendly host.

  • Maddie Campbell Avatar
    Maddie Campbell
    6/20/2019 - Google

    Lovely decor and kind host! Will definitely recommend to my friends looking for a special weekend getaway.

  • Nancy T. Gilbert Avatar
    Nancy T. Gilbert
    positive review 
    9/09/2019 - Facebook

    Had a lovely restful and happy experience visiting this beautiful inn located in Western North Carolina. Michael and his sons are welcoming and made our visit very pleasant. Great getaway weekend!!! If you are looking for a home away from home with luxury and comfort you will find it at the Historic Bridgewater Inn!!!

  • Dianne Adams Avatar
    Dianne Adams
    positive review 
    3/26/2020 - Facebook

    Yes, I recommend. Beautiful place and nice proprietor!

  • Sidney Sinclair Avatar
    Sidney Sinclair
    10/20/2019 - Google

    Nice Place for a weekend getaway! A couple parts still a work in progress, would love to come back and see it complete, especially the Chapel. Cozy room with classic charm.

  • Marilyn Varnes Avatar
    Marilyn Varnes
    7/20/2019 - Google

    Michael the owner made sure everything was perfect for us. If he didn’t have it, he went and got it. The room was clean and adorable. Can’t wait to go back

  • Tracie Adams Avatar
    Tracie Adams
    positive review 
    2/05/2020 - Facebook

    Beautiful facility and Rita is amazing!!!

  • Expedia user
    9/30/2019 - Expedia

    Our 2 night stay was amazing. Michael made us feel right at home. We got to experience what it's like to stay in the peaceful mountains. The property is full of charm and history. We hope to come back some day.

  • Helen Simpson Avatar
    Helen Simpson
    positive review 
    1/16/2019 - Facebook

    Charming, Peaceful, Great host.

  • Rita Woody Avatar
    Rita Woody
    positive review 
    1/07/2020 - Facebook

    Absolutely a slice of heaven. Exceptionally decorated nestled in nature. adorable exclusive private salon.

  • Jd Avatar
    Jd
    9/14/2019 - Booking

    Nice, peaceful and relaxing. Great place. Michael and his sons were extremely nice and helpful. Nothing.

  • Lauren Williams Avatar
    Lauren Williams
    3/15/2020 - Google

    Michael was so hospitable and the inn was lovely! I loved touring the historical rooms and peaceful grounds. I was made to feel right at home!

  • Marti Allman Avatar
    Marti Allman
    7/20/2019 - Google

    You will feel so at home from decor to friendliness. Michael has it down to a science. You feel more like family that a guest.

  • Jackie Graziane Avatar
    Jackie Graziane
    7/20/2019 - Google

    The whole experience was fantastic Everything was great would recommend

  • Whitney Avatar
    Whitney
    10/13/2019 - Booking

    Exceptional This charming house provides quaint accommodations with a touch of luxury. It's the perfect destination for a mountain getaway.

  • Expedia reviewer
    9/20/2019 - Google

    The old mansion was beautifully decorated. The owner, Michael, has a real flair for design. The furniture and accessories are coordinated to create stunning rooms. I loved the furniture. He is still working on the property which includes several buildings. M

  • Expedia user
    9/30/2019 - Expedia

    Lovely, quiet place for a getaway. Owner is great and very accommodating. Recommended some great places to eat nearby as well.

  • John Pournaras Avatar
    John Pournaras
    7/20/2019 - Google

    A very cool place for a getaway. You can feel the charm when viewing the house and walking the surrounding grounds. But the charm doesn’t stop when you enter this beautiful home. Each room has unique character, appointed nicely by Michael. I love the location. Private and quiet. My favorite NC lake, Lake James, is just a mile or so away. Tons of hiking opportunities close by.

  • Nora Hamdeh Avatar
    Nora Hamdeh
    11/20/2019 - Google

    This quaint bed and breakfast inn was spectacular. The owner, Michael and his sons were very hospitable and made the place feel cozy and right at home. The decor of the whole inn was beautiful. It had a lovely touch of victorian meets country contemporary. The whole property felt safe and with the owner begin near by, nothing felt beyond our reach. I can’t wait to come visit again soon.

  • Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous
    1/01/2020 - Booking

    Exceptional Old house is lovely and comfortable—and much more interesting than a hotel! Close to hiking trails and downtown Morganton. Innkeeper is welcoming.

  • Melanie Avatar
    Melanie
    10/19/2019 - Booking

    The best experience ever! The property was exceptionally beautiful! Michael, the owner was fantastic, informational, and just the best. This was my first time to stay in an Inn, it was such a wonderful experience that I know we will be back! I highly recommend Bridgewater Historical Inn! I almost forgot to mention, the setting is gorgeous!

  • Amy Quick Avatar
    Amy Quick
    7/20/2019 - Google

    Wow! What a beautiful place for a getaway. Such a peaceful and tranquil setting which is what we wanted and needed! Thank you Michael for an amazing experience! You and your team have outdone yourselves. Can’t wait to come back!

  • Expedia user
    10/09/2019 - Expedia

    Bridgewater Hall is beautifully designed and comfortable. The staff is kind and considerate. Little touches such as flowers in the room and other amenities make this property special. If you are a Bluegrass fan (as we are) Bridgewater Hall's location is central to some of the most authentic and fun venues such as the Drexel Barbershop and the Sims Country Barbecue. We plan to stay at Bridgewater again.

  • Carole Hary Avatar
    Carole Hary
    7/20/2019 - Google

    This is an outstanding place and experience! Michael, the owner, has poured his heart and soul into it and it shows!!! Highly recommend it!!!

  • Karen McDaniel Avatar
    Karen McDaniel
    7/20/2019 - Google

    Circa 1781. Sray at the Gateway to the Mountains in the oldest house in Burke County. A piece of NC history. Lovingly restored and tastfully decorated. Additions to the house include the original country store and a gazebo overlooking the river. So much to do wtihin an hour from here too. Enjoy the restful tranquility of a bygone era in the Bridgewater Hall Historic Inn. You'll be glad you did.

  • Amy Jo King Dieffenbauch Avatar
    Amy Jo King Dieffenbauch
    positive review 
    1/30/2020 - Facebook

    My son stayed here while traveling for work. He said it was just lovely. They even went out and bought a birthday cake for me to surprise my son. Service like that is very rare these days.

  • Nancy Bradley Avatar
    Nancy Bradley
    6/20/2019 - Google

    This is a lovely historic home in a beautiful setting. The owner, Michael Gavin, has poured his heart and talents into restoring this property. There is unique beauty in every room. Michael will make you feel special and welcome.

  • Adam Conti Avatar
    Adam Conti
    10/20/2019 - Google

    Amazing place, great host. Feel blessed to be able to stay here. Michael is going to make this a world class place, so passionate and dedicated to his mission. Thanks Michael and also his hard working boys!

  • Uli Junker Avatar
    Uli Junker
    positive review 
    6/25/2019 - Facebook

    Beautiful Inn at the foothills of the NC Mountains. Thanks for your lovely hospitality, Michael Gavin 🙏💕

  • Hotels.com reviewer
    1/30/2020 - Google

    Despite arriving late we were welcomed by a nice young man who helped us park and took our bags inside. Entering we found a beautifully restored and decorated house that is clean, comfortable, warm and inviting. The queen bed in the Victorian was especially comfortable. Michael, the owner, is awesome! Will definitely come back when visiting the area.

  • Vicky Conley Avatar
    Vicky Conley
    positive review 
    3/06/2020 - Facebook

    such a nice historical peaceful place relax and visit

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