The desire to preserve and revitalize the historic RT Lodge in Maryville led a local partnership of Knoxville hotel owners to take over management of the 57-room lodge, located in the woods of Tennessee’s Maryville College campus.
Beth McCabe Holman, founder of The McCabe Company and her partners Annie and David Colquitt, owners of The Swag, a resort in North Carolina, plan to breathe new life into the lodge with a series of upcoming renovations.
“It is a privilege for us to oversee this state treasury and bring it to its full potential,” McCabe-Holman told the Daily Times.
As the owner of an upscale event rental company, McCabe Holman has frequently visited RT Lodge, considered one of Tennessee’s premier wedding destinations.
“The Lodge had so much to offer and just needed a little love on every level,” said Holman. the lodge’s biggest promise, especially where guests have come for a vacation experience.
The new team of owners, working closely with Maryville College, will undertake a revitalization program in 2022 and 2023. Upcoming renovations include expanding the bar to include more indoor and outdoor seating, the conversion of 10 rooms into six suites, addition of an outdoor pool and cabana and expansion of all bathrooms.
Nashville-based interior designer Stephanie Sabbe along with Knoxville-based Johnson Architecture and Denark Construction will adapt and update this nationally registered property to improve the overall guest experience. Showcasing a neoclassical architectural style, the timber frame, painted white with green shutters, conveys a British country house interior style – a nod to the Scottish roots of Maryville College – as well as design influences from the Appalachians.
Sabbe, who appreciates historic interiors, intends to keep the classic lodge hallmarks, from tartan rugs to walnut log furniture, while adding her own creative touch to this classic theme.
“I love the ambiance of the lodge,” said Sabbe.
“He has a great sensitivity to British design, that seemingly effortless combination of old and new, which creates a sense of home. I look forward to bringing that same special charm to the new, revitalized spaces of the Lodge.