We stayed in the main lodge (beautiful inside and out) for 3 nights, our room lacked AC but the fan kept us very comfortable. The bathroom was a bit poky and there were no pictures on the walls in the room but generally it was very nicely decorated.
We were disappointed on arrival to find that;
-the conservancy centre is not staffed (therefore there are no nature talks or guides, however we were offered the opportunity of borrowing a book on wildlife by the outdoor centre staff)
-the lake is more of a pond at the moment,
-the table tennis tables don't exist yet, nor is the outfitter built or the aerial adventure complete yet (we didn't visit MLL for any of these specifically, but as is was raining and they're advertised as there we were a bit disappointed on our rainy days)
-the restaurant menu is basic and after dining in once I wouldn't go back. The food was simple and not of great quality, although breakfast was fine. A MUCH better restaurant was the Palisades in nearby Eggleston.
However you could still see the cabin where the Houseman's stayed in Dirty Dancing, practice your lifts in the heated pool, relax in the jacuzzi, play giant chess on the lawn, the hikes were great with amazing panoramas (free trail guide from hotel), and there's a real sense of getting away from it all.
Pembroke has a nice cascade, and also great proximity to New River for kayaking.
We plan to return to MLL, but not for 5 years or so to let it settle in and to let the lake re-fill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge features 43 Rooms in Main Stone Lodge, 16 in Chestnut Lodge, 9 Mountain Homes in Blueberry Ridge, 8 historic rustic cabins and 9 Front Lawn Cottages on 2,600 acres of preserved mountaintop property owned by the Mary Moody Northen Endowment. Mountain Lake Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, serves to protect the land and wildlife resources on the property for future generations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lake Pembroke
- Hotel Mountain Lake