The River House Inn is an inn coupled with a series of outbuidlings. One can see that this was formerly a mountain farm that has eventually been transformed into a refined center of culture in Northeast NC. My family stayed in a two-bedroom apartment in what had been a barn complex, replete with a fully-equipped kitchen. It was perfect for us. The New River is across the street and there is a large field between the lightly-used road and the water. This lawn area was perfect for a stroll or to play (baseball, e.g.). The river itself was lovely for walking in and fishing. To be sure the "honey hole" is a bit downstream for prospective fishermen/women. The staff were exceptionally kind to me and my children and we felt most welcomed the entire stay. Lastly, I must comment on how delicious the breakfasts were. All the "hype" I had read regarding the food at the River House Inn was earned. Our food was delectable.
One item to note for Hotels.com users... despite me registering my entire family, the Inn only had me down as a party of 2. As a result we had to be (a lot) extra for my family to stay. I am guessing there was a mix-up in the communication between hotels.com and the property. I would encourage anyone booking for more than 2 people to confirm this with the Inn before travelling. Otherwise, you might be paying more than expected.