*FAQ Page updated 06/17/2019*
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We get a lot of requests regarding shooting at the property in the current pre-renovated state. We love that others see the beauty in house that we do! At the present time, we are no longer allowing photo or video shoots at the property. It is now an active construction site with major renovations underway. That said, we may have a few random dates in the August/September time frame. If you have interest, please send us an email around the end of July with details on what you’d like to do!
can I rent the property for a shoot?
We are currently doing repair work on the house, mainly the roof. Repair work will continue as we move in to administrative site review which may take as long as four to six months. Full on restorations will likely start during fall of 2019, with an estimated 9 - 12 month timeline until opening.
what’s the project timeline?
what’s your Vision?
Montfort Hall will become a boutique inn with 9 rentable rooms that can host small gatherings and be a place that can be enjoyed by the community. Achieving this vision involves restoring the historic landmark. For more on our goals & vision visit our About page.
Intimate gatherings at the Inn will be our secondary focus following overnight accommodations. They will likely include intimate wedding ceremonies & receptions, family reunions, corporate retreats and other small gatherings that would generally center around people also staying at the Inn. Additional small gatherings could include private dinners, showers, workshops, fundraisers and meetings. Occasionally, we will host gatherings including the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, neighborhood festivals, or similar local community events. As well as host our own programming throughout the year. Our own programming that the public will be able to participate in may include community nights, charity events, yoga classes, afternoon tea, seasonal gatherings and more.
will you host events?
can I book a 2020 event yet?
We are not at a point yet where we have a definite open date, but it will be sometime in 2020. We will update this page, and our mailing list, when we have a better idea of when we will be open and the size of events we will be allowing. We expect to have event pricing by fall 2019, and are hopeful to start taking bookings then.
We’re fortunate to already be partnering with some incredibly talented people and we’re always looking to work with more. If you have interest in partnering with Montfort Hall, please send us a detailed message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Interested in partnering with Montfort hall?
We understand parking on the property will be limited, and we are keeping that top of mind as we plan for the types of events and services offered at the Inn. We are working on a site plan that, pending RHDC approval, should be able to handle all required parking on site and if needed with a shared parking agreement offsite. Our intent is to avoid any on-street parking in Boylan Heights. At the present time, the proposed plan estimates 21 spots fitting onsite in the back of the property off the current driveway on Mountford Street. Considerations for preserving as much of the acre lot as possible are of the highest priority. All materials will be approved by RHDC. We’ve also spoken with some of the other nearby business owners about potential shared parking agreements.
We have added to our rezoning conditions that “Prior to holding the first event with a total number of guests in excess of 100 guests, the owner shall secure rights to use at least 20 off-site parking spaces.”
what are your plans for Parking?
The property is within the Boylan Heights historic overlay district, is a Raleigh historic landmark, is in the Boylan Heights national register district, is a national historic landmark, and is subject to protective covenants in favor of Preservation NC. Preservation NC will oversee all exterior and interior work. We are also required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission for all exterior work on the structure and property. We will pursue historic tax credits for the entire rehabilitation which requires compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards. The NC State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service will oversee and approve all exterior and interior work. Needless to say, there will be a lot of eyes on this project! We have already had several preliminary meetings with these organizations and everyone is very supportive of the vision and plans thus far.
what about Renovations& restorations?
Our intention is not to disrupt the peace of the neighborhood. We know noise is a concern and we are very sensitive to the surroundings of the property as we plan for the types of events that will take place. Montfort Hall site is not eligible for an outdoor amplified entertainment permit because the site is not located within a hospitality district or within 300 feet of a thoroughfare. Amplified entertainment generated from inside the structure is still allowed with an administratively issued permit, although it cannot be directed outdoors.
All outdoor activities have to end by 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and by 11:00 pm Friday-Saturday. And during any calendar year, there will not be more than 4 events with more than 150 guests or attendees.
talk to me about noise
A restaurant or bar is not our primary intended use for the property. At this time, ALL events that include food will be catered. (Guests will enjoy a locally sourced, European style continental breakfast.) However, in conjunction with our vision of community, we want a way for the public, (not just guests of the inn or an event), to enjoy the space. We plan to provide limited beverage services primarily for guests, but also the local neighborhood during certain hours. (Picture an intimate bar in the basement!) The CX zoning district allows a full service ‘restaurant/bar’ use, but we have outlined conditions that limit the scope of any restaurant/bar type use so that it is compatible with the neighborhood setting. (Restrictions on days/hours, size of the space and people we can accommodate at one time.) Although we could have a restaurant, we are not building a restaurant kitchen at this time.
will there be a Restaurant/Bar?
We have preliminary plans for an addition on the second floor above the existing extended first floor. (The existing footprint of the house will remain the same.) This addition would accommodate four new guest rooms, and will require approval and oversight from the various organizations noted in the Renovations section. The existing usable square footage of Montfort Hall is 7,138 SF gross. The new square footage with 2nd floor addition, stair tower addition, and new basement space is 9,805 SF gross.
will there be Additions to the house?
We are currently working on the master landscaping plan with a local firm in conjunction with the Administrative Site Review. We intend to only accentuate the grounds and make it a more welcoming, beautiful space. (We love trees!)
when will you landscape?
If you don’t see an answer to your question please contact us. We would be more than happy to address it!
*FAQ Page updated 06/17/2019*