Route 25/70 and Longbranch , Marshall, NC 28753 USA (Show map)


Relax in front of a roaring fire and take your meals overlooking the countryside in the great room. As you gaze across the expansive deck or covered porch, take in the views and listen to the joyous sounds of the birds while sipping your morning coffee. Take in the fragrance of lavender and tea olive and view the native plants and wild flowers in the gardens. Walk the trails and quiet country roads and see soaring mountains from the windswept ridge. The music room provides solitude for reading, or invite everyone in for a concert at the piano. Your sleeping quarters offer privacy and the soothing comfort of a therapeutic spa tub and soaking tub. Also available is the loft that sleeps two. While at Knollwood enjoy a family gathering, a special event or just a get-away from the bustling city life. Knollwood is a short ride to Asheville where you can take in many of the arts activities, visit the Biltmore House, go antiquing and shopping, and enjoy truly fine dining. Knollwood is five minutes from the French Broad River and five minutes from Mars Hill College. In twenty minutes you can be in Hot Springs where you can enjoy white water rafting, fly fishing, hiking and hot mineral baths. Wolf Laurel is nearby for skiing and tubing. Knollwood is at the center of it all.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining3.0

An Amazing Stay!

4.2 on October 03, 2014

My husband and I stayed for three nights at Knollwood Inn in August. We knew we wanted to try white water rafting on the French Broad River while we were in the Asheville area so we wanted to find a place closer to the rafting companies. Knollwood is the perfect location! Its not far from the French Broad River and its only a 30 minute drive from downtown Asheville. The house is amazing! We were fortunate to have the whole upstairs to ourselves the weekend we were there. The only downside is that we expected a bed and breakfast. Knollwood is more of an Inn and does not serve breakfast. However, the kitchen at the Inn is fully stocked with everything you need to make a meal, and they even have an outdoor grill which we used to cook steaks on while we were there. Our favorite feature of the Knollwood Inn was the upstairs wrap around porch. It was so wonderful and relaxing to sit on the deck overlooking the forest while drinking our coffee. I highly recommend staying at Knollwood Inn!

A Unique Guest House

4.4 on November 12, 2013

For our trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, I chose to stay at Knollwood in Marshall, NC because it looked more interesting than any hotel room. Indeed it was. The owners are Bill and Donna Sites. They live there, of course. Bill was the architect and builder. This is a log home – nothing like what you would imagine. It is show-case quality. My wife mentioned that everything looked perfect and she did not see a single nail or screw in the house. Her favorite feature was the thermostat-controlled gas fireplace. She also really liked the mountain outstanding views. Bill told us he has retired five times, so he’s had at least five careers, but I lost track of exactly how many occupations and avocations he’s actually had. He is a world traveler and a wonderful story teller. He will spend as much or as little time with guests as they are comfortable with. The man is a genius. I’ve known a few geniuses, very few, but Bill is definitely one of them. Bill started as an electrical engineer, and has taught himself mechanical engineering, soils engineering, and a great deal else. He designed and built a one-wheel motorized trailer for his bicycle. He has designed and is not building a tandem tricycle for active folks who need the extra stability. One of his current businesses is selling log homes. He did months of research before settling on a company he was willing to represent. He talked to us at great length about the hidden problems he has found in many log homes. For example, the wood his company uses is cut and cured in Canada so it doesn’t expand and contract with the seasons. Knollwood was at least a half-hour drive from Asheville, but we are very glad we stayed there. The hospitality was wonderful and our time there was very relaxing. Just how a vacation should be.

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Rooms & Rates

Starlight Suite

Suite has a queen bed with private bathroom. Additional fee of $30 for cleaning will be collected on site.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Rose Suite

Rose Suite Additional fee of $30 for cleaning will be collected on site.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125


Location Type

Skiing at Wolf Resort, Rafting on the French Broad River & Zip lines 10 minutes from the house, Historical Tours, Biltmore Estate, River Arts District, Fine Dining, Mineral Baths, Airport, City, Countryside, Lakefront, Mountains, Small town, Suburban, Wine country


Asheville, NC (AVL) 32 miles

Directions to property:

Directions from Asheville: Take I 26 West towards Weaverville and get off at exit 19. There take US 25/70 towards Marshall, about 7 miles until you reach the intersection of US 25/70 and Long Branch Road. For more detail or directions from other starting points, please use the Google Maps display or call us.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Biltmore House, River Arts District, Breweries, Mineral Baths, Skiing and Tubming, White Water Rafting, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Homestay, Cabin, Chalet

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Piano, TV, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Covered Porch, Expansive Deck, Kitchen Facilities Available for Use

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Non-walking/crawling infants are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night's stay plus NC state tax
  • Cancellations: If canceling up to two weeks prior to stay, and we cannot fill the time slot, the cancellation fee is 50% of the deposit.



Bill and Donna Sites

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Bill: Woodworking,tandem tricycle building and cycling. Donna: Gardening, Entertaining.

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  • Serving Location: Covered Porch, Deck