The university has chosen Charlestowne Hotels to manage the new Sewanee Inn, which is currently under construction. Expected to open in late spring 2014, the Inn will offer welcoming and comfortable accommodations to visitors to the Mountain.
The new 43-room inn and conference facility will be set on the site of the old Sewanee Inn overlooking the newly restored golf course. According to Jeremy Thompson of Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., the architectural style of the Inn will be a combination of Southern vernacular with collegiate Gothic elements inspired by other buildings on campus. The exterior will be clad in indigenous fieldstone and most of the interior millwork will be from trees harvested on the Domain. Generous amounts of exterior space, with terraces located off many of the guestrooms and public areas, will allow guests to enjoy Sewanee’s temperate climate.
The building structure will consist of two wings, one comprising the guest accommodations and the other a conference center, connected by a lobby featuring a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Two lounges will be accessible from the lobby, one downstairs with a cozier setting and fireplace, and one upstairs that will open to the lobby below.
The conference center wing will contain a ballroom with wood flooring, wainscot and exposed beams as well as a gathering hall with access to an exterior terrace along the golf course with a large decorative fireplace. The lodging wing will consist of two floors of guestrooms with balconies on the north side overlooking the golf course and natural scenery. Several parlors at the end of the wing will feature wrap-around decks and additional gathering space for guests.
Funding for construction of the Sewanee Inn is being provided by gifts to the university. See renderings of the Inn and ways to support its construction here.
Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa), a 52-year-old architectural firm headquartered in Nashville, provides architecture, interior architecture, master planning and space planning design services to hospitality clients throughout the country and abroad. ESa has worked with the Hotel Hershey, the Broadmoor, the Gaylord Opryland and others, as well as Nashville’s Hutton Hotel, recipient of the USGBC Green Star Award and Urban Land Institute Excellence in Development Award.
Charlestowne Hotels is a full-service hospitality management company. Founded in 1980, Charlestowne Hotels has become one of the top ranked hotel management companies in the country. Charlestowne manages a diverse portfolio of properties, including AAA Four Diamond Hotels, luxury boutique inns, resorts, and condo hotels, including the Andrew Pinckney Inn, Best Western Sweetgrass Inn, French Quarter Inn, the Elliott House Inn, the Society House, the HarbourView Inn, the Inn at Middleton Place, and Shem Creek Inn in the Charleston, S.C., area; the Palms Hotel on the Isle of Palms, S.C.; the Oceanfront Litchfield Inn on Pawleys Island, S.C.; Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, N.C.; Planters Inn at Reynolds Square in Savannah, Ga.; Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tenn.; and the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa and the Lodge at Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyo.