296 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-1660, USA    
(800) 254-9569, (828) 254-9569


  1. Front Building...
  2. Our magnificent front porch where musicians play on Saturday nights and we have ...
  3. Zelda's Retreat bathroom with a two person whirlpool, steam bath and 7 body-jet ...
  4. The Fitzgerald Room - recently renovated. King bed, 47" HDTV, personal refrigera...
  5. Fitzgerald Bathroom - the tub fills from the ceiling, fiber optic lighting on th...
  6. Our 1300 sq ft suite - The Cloisters - with 50 inch plasma tv, surround sound, p...
  7. The Cloisters SPA room - two person Aquatic whirlpool with airbath jets and shia...
  8. The bedroom of the Cloisters - king bed and 40" LCD HDTV for watching DVDs....
  9. Our ground floor Rossetti Suite with enclosed back garden, fabulous whirlpool, k...
  10. Our ground floor William Morris room with enclosed garden, king bed, fabulous wh...

- $625

Book a Room $170 - $625

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Circa 1900. AAA Four Diamond Award, This National Register home was one of a few local homes designed by Richard Sharpe Smith, the supervising architect for the nearby Biltmore Estate. The simple exterior and pleasing Arts & Crafts style is flanked by a wide veranda for relaxing and enjoying the neighborhood. English and American antiques fill the elegant inn. Well-appointed guest bedrooms feature King-size beds and fireplaces. Some have whirlpool tubs, and one boasts a clawfoot tub. A secluded, deluxe five-room whirlpool suite also offers a sitting room and private entrance with balcony. Breakfasts include a special fruit dish such as baked banana souffle, a daily entree and dessert. The inn hosts a social hour from 6-7 p.m. daily. Spend the day touring historic homes, or hike and raft in nearby wilderness areas.

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$170 to $625

Off Season: $145 to $400

Payment Types Accepted Include Discover, Master Card, American Express, Personal Checks, Travelers Checks and Visa.

    • Breakfast
    • Snacks/Refreshments


This property has 8 total guest accommodations with private bath, 8 with fireplaces, 7 with whirlpools, 3 total suites, including 1 two-bedroom suite and 1 cabin. The types of beds available include King.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Cable TV
  • Coffeemaker
  • Computers
  • Copy Machine
  • DVD
  • Fax
  • Fireplace
  • Free parking on premise
  • Hair Dryer
  • Handicap Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Snack Bar
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet Access

Business Traveler Amenities

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, cookies, brownies, cream cheese pound cake available 24 hours per day
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Television
  • Off-site Dry Cleaning Services
  • Modem Connection
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Gym Nearby
  • Flexible Check in/out Times
  • Flexible Cancellation
  • FAX On-site
  • Desk
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft Drinks
  • Water
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cream Cheese Pound Cake Available 24 Hours Per Day

Events Hosted

    • Honeymoons
    • Family Reunions
    • Meetings
    • Romantic Getaways
    • Seminars
    • Weddings
    • Elopements


Off street parking to the rear of the inn

Spa Services

On-Site Spa Services

  • Massages

Spa Packages: The INDULGENT is a 1-hour massage, ULTIMATE and DECADENT are 1 1/2 hour massages; the DECADENT concentrates on your lower legs.

Off-Site Spa Services Available

Nearby Recommended Spas

Sensibilities Day Spa
(800) 635-0948

Spa at Biltmore Village
(828) 277-2639

Shoji Retreat
(828) 299-0999

Pet Restrictions

Well-behaved pets are allowed in the carriage house - Griffin Cottage at no additional charge.
  • Pets Allowed
  • Well-behaved Pets Are Allowed In The Carriage House - Griffin Cottage At No Additional Charge

Romantic Interest

Carriage House and Zelda's Retreat have private entrances and gardens for a completely private experience. French doors in the William Morris and Rossetti open onto an enclosed garden allowing you to take a whirlpool with the doors open and feel like you're taking a whirlpool outside!

Innkeepers Association Memberships

Asheville Association of Legendary Inns, PAII.

Reservation/Cancellation Policies:

Minimum Stay Requirements

2 days for weekend/high season; 3 days for October weekends and holidays.

Children Restrictions

Children are allowed in Zelda's Retreat. Call for details.


14 days, $25 per night cancellation fee


3-8 pm / 11 am

Other Activities

    • Antiquing
    • Art Galleries
    • Bicycling
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Live Theater
    • Museums
    • Parks
    • Shopping (Local Crafts)
    • Skiing Downhill
    • Sports Events, Major College
    • Tennis
    • Water Sports
    • Wineries
    • Biltmore Estate
    • Chimney Rock Park
    • Waterfalls
    • Mt. Mitchell - Tallest Peak East Of The Rockies
    • Fabulous Art Deco Architecture

Historic Interest

The inn was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect to the Biltmore Estate.

Historic Awards:

  • National Historical Site (Granted)
  • City Historical Site (Granted)

Historic Memberships:

  • Local Historical Society
  • City Historical Society

Historic sites nearby:

Biltmore Estate (2 miles)

Other Awards:

AAA Four Diamond Award 2010-2012. Fodor's Choice award 2009, 2010, and 2011. 2012 Griffin Award for Stewardship from the Preservation Society of Asheville Buncombe County.

Recommended Restaurant(s)

Cucina 24, Market Place, Fig. Curate, Bouchon, .

Nearby College/University

UNC Asheville, Warren Wilson College

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Charlotte Taste Magazine, Asheville Magazine, Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Knoxville NBC affiliate, Asheville WLOS ABC affiliate.


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