Carolina Bed & Breakfast

177 Cumberland Ave , Asheville, NC 28801 USA (Show map)

About

Welcome to the Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn. Our turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts style home has been graciously restored to its original charm with bay windows, front and rear porches and pebbledash stucco work. Inside you will find warm heart pine floors, spacious rooms, and eight working fireplaces. Our well appointed guest rooms feature king and queen size beds, private baths with fluffy towels and special soaps, cable TV, fine linens and quilts, and most with working fireplaces. WiFi is available throughout the house Other amenities include a full gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and lovely gardens.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Wonderful B&B

5 on May 03, 2016

4/22/2016 Not ever have stayed at a B&B, I planned a surprise long weekend get away for my wife's birthday by staying at Carolina B&B; I reserved the Cottage to maximize privacy & relaxation. James & Susan were integral in making it a success. From the amazing carrot cake birthday cake Susan made, to the private breakfast on the terrace, to the couples massage & everything in between....just perfect. The private cottage was beyond my expectations; just lovely. It provided all the comforts of home. The grounds/landscaping were beautiful; the location was quiet, yet close to downtown. Great for morning or evening walks in the neighborhood. The breakfast every morning was delicious & made all the guests feel special. We actually made one of the "refreshment hours" & the wine and hors d'oeuvres were a nice touch, along with mingling with the other guests. And each evening we had a sweet treat left in our room. My wife enjoyed her surprise weekend. Overall, we would recommend Carolina B&B to our friends & family...you won't be disappointed.


Great People / Great Food

5 on February 08, 2016

Carolina B & B was fantastic. James was so helpful with where to go, what to do, and how to navigate Asheville. Susan's cooking was fantastic. I can't say enough good things about Carolina B & B and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Asheville.


Amazing stay!

5 on December 09, 2015

My wife and I stayed at Carolina Bed and Breakfast last weekend, and we cannot say enough good things about our experience there! We had a small vacation planned so my wife found Carolina B&B online and booked the Cottage for us. James and Sarah are gracious, attentive hosts that make you feel like family from the minute you arrive. Again, we had the small cottage behind the main house and were absolutely thrilled with it; king size bed, small kitchenette (stocked with bottled water and sodas), and a bath tub big enough to swim laps in. There were fresh baked holiday treats left for us both nights (mince pies on Friday and chocolate peppermint whoopee pies on Saturday) that could have come from a gourmet bakery. Saturday morning breakfast was honey glazed poached pears with a crust of crushed nuts as a starter, and the main course was a butternut squash quiche and sausage patties served with cranberry muffins. We slept in on Sunday so we didn’t make breakfast, but James even offered to bring it to the cottage for us. Chef-inspired appetizers and wine were offered at 5:30 each evening and again it was amazing. James was on hand to give us advice on dining, parking, and sightseeing. It was also extremely interesting to have James talk to us about the décor inside the main house -- some of it being family heirlooms and some of it having been acquired from James and Sarah’s time living abroad. Our rental package included tickets to the Biltmore to see the Christmas décor, and James set all of that up for us, too. All in all we had an amazing weekend at Carolina B&B! The place was beautiful and our hosts were absolutely perfect. Every part of our time spent here was well above what we expected it to be. We look forward to returning here again and again!


Charming house with friendly hosts

5 on December 02, 2015

One of the best things about the B&B is its central location: located on a quiet and pretty residential street but just a 15-minute walk into downtown. But the house itself is so charming that you might not want to leave. The rooms are meticulously decorated, from the books on the shelf to the colorful bedspread. They are comfy and quiet, yet the rest of the house is designing for socializing with an elegant dining room and parlor. The nightly happy hour of wine and appetizers is one of this B&Bs most unique features, ensuring you meet your fellow guests, making breakfast the next morning far less awkward. By far, the best part of the experience is the hosts themselves, Susan and James. Susan is a stellar cook, serving up seasonal canapés at night and decadent breakfasts the next day. (And don't forget the bedside home baked treats and always-available cookie jar in the dining room.) James is incredibly knowledgable and honest in his recommendations, whether you're looking for the right hiking trail or a good bar to hear live music. They are both incredibly welcoming, friendly, helpful, and readily available.


Exceeded our expectations

5 on November 08, 2015

My wife and I, being in the business world, were looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big hotels and resorts. The Carilina was just the answer. Susan and James accepted us into their home as family. Our room was clean and cozy. Morning breakfasts were delicious and wholesome. Evening hors d'oeuvres were made fresh by Susan and Sarah. Guests gathered in the parlor at 5:30 each evening for wine and these mouth watering treats prior to everyone going out for dinner. James was most informative as to what too see in Asheville and offered advice on the local restaurants. Most relaxing vacation we have ever had.


Wonderful & Welcoming

4.6 on October 28, 2015

Highly recommend Carolina B & B to travelers wanting exceptional customer service and outstanding breakfasts. Clean, cozy rooms in a beautiful B & B in a wonderful neighborhood walking distance to d/t Asheville.


Christmas visit to the Carolina House B&B

5 on January 28, 2014

This was our first time in Ashville --we wanted to see the Biltmore mansion decorated for Christmas. I did a lot of research on hotels and Bed and Breakfasts way back in August. Of all my inquiries I found the people at the Carolina House to be the most friendly and good service for the price which was very reasonable. We stayed in the Robin's Nest as we wanted the king size bed and found the room to be more than satisfactory. It was spacious and cozy at the same time. I love the old world atmosphere. I cannot say enough about the wonderful breakfasts that Sara made for us. They were delicious. Also the great hor-d-ourves and wine that she put out at 5:30 every night. This was a great way to meet other guests and visit with them as well as having a snack and glass of great wine before dinner. The little dessert she put in our room at night was a wonderful personal touch that was much appreciated especially by my husband! We would like to thank Sara for all her hard work for us--she did a marvelous job of making us feel welcome and free to ask for anything that we needed. I would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone who is planning a stay in Ashville. Marlene&Jeff


First Timers

5 on January 01, 2014

Having never stayed at a B&B before, we were excited about the opportunity. We could not have chosen a better B&B. We were treated like family and felt like the Carolina was our own home. The rooms were very comfortable and the food was simply delicious and different each day. Expectations were exceeded.


Great Experience!

5 on December 07, 2013

This was our first time staying at a B&B and Carolina Bed & Breakfast did not disappoint. Our room was very clean and comfortable. All food-from breakfast to our evening dessert was incredible. I enjoyed being able to socialize with other guests and hear their agenda for the day. James was very helpful with food suggestions, driving directions, etc. Will definitely stay again.


Great Experience at the Carolina Inn

4.4 on November 21, 2013

We had a wonderful experience at the Carolina Inn and are planning to return. We have stayed in a number of B & B's and this was one of the best. Though we wanted to get away and be on our own, we really enjoyed the social hour for wine each evening and being able to share breakfast with the other guests. James, Susan and Sarah were more than gracious and accommodating and gave us great suggestions for restaurants and things to do in Asheville.


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Rooms & Rates

The Cardinal

The deep red walls of the Cardinal Room create a restful oasis with a queen bed and gas fireplace for your enjoyment. The private bathroom has Whirlpool tub with a rain shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $190

Mockingbird

A second floor guest room with a queen-size mahogany four poster bed, a working fireplace and cable TV. Large full, private bath is original and has been updated to include a two person whirlpool and a separate shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $190

Goldfinch

This warm yellow room on the second floor is complete with king size bed, a working fireplace, and cable TV. The full private bath boasts a two person Jacuzzi bath with a separate ceramic tile shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $190 - $205

Hummingbird

A Framed section of original wallpaper highlights a fireplace in this second floor guest room. Our largest guest room. Queen size mahogany rice bed and lots of pillows. Bath has extra large claw foot tub.Ceiling Fan

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $190

Robin's Nest

Our most private second floor guest room has an king bed,a corner fireplace, and cable TV. This guest room is light and airy with a garden view. The full private bath has a walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $190

The Cottage

Fully renovated in 2015 our private cottage boasts king size bed, full daybed, a large tiled bath with a two person whirlpool tub, fireplace, AC, area with cable TV, kitchenette and private deck. Breakfast can be served in your room or on the adjacent garden terrace

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $205 - $230

Location

Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Mountains

Airport

Asheville, NC (AVL) 12 miles

Directions to property:

Traveling from the East via I-40 West: Exit I-40 at Exit 53. Follow signs onto I-240 into Asheville. Take Exit 4C (Montford Avenue). At top of exit ramp turn right (north) at traffic light onto Montford Avenue. At next traffic signal turn right onto Chestnut Street. Go one block. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right. Traveling from the South or West via I-26 or I-40 East: I-26 and I-40 meet at Asheville. Take exit onto I-240. Travel about 4 miles to Exit 4C (Montford Avenue). At top of ramp turn right at traffic light. Go one block to next light and turn right (north) onto Montford Avenue. Go about 1/4 mile to traffic light at Chestnut Street, turn right onto Chestnut. Go one block. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right. Traveling From U.S. 19/23, coming from the North: Take the exit for I-240-Asheville East. Exit I-240 at the next exit (Exit 4C – Montford Avenue). At top of ramp turn right at traffic light. Go one block to next light and turn right (north) onto Montford Avenue. Go about 1/4 mile to traffic light at Chestnut Street, turn right onto Chestnut. Go one block. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Gem Mining, Horseback Riding, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4-7 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please Inquire
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends, holidays and October-2 night
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% or one night's lodging whichever is greater
  • Cancellations: If notification of a cancellation is received at least 14 days prior to the arrival date, the deposit is refundable less a $40.00 cancellation fee per room. If notification of a cancellation is received 7-13 days prior to the arrival date, the advance deposit is forfeited and is non-refundable. The deposit can be credited towards a future stay within twelve months of the canceled visit. If notification of a cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the arrival date, the full amount of the reservation will be charged and is non-refundable. Early departure falls within our cancellation policy. There are no refunds for early departure. We reserve the right to treat a partial cancellation as a cancellation for the entire stay.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

James and Susan Murray

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

After 27 years in Europe and Asia James and Susan returned home and opened the Carolina. They renovated the home and decorated it with original artwork, antiques and furnishings from their travels. Susan draws upon her experiences in the markets of France and Southeast Asia to create mouthwatering meals while James enthusiastically shares his knowledge and love of Asheville and the area with their guests.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Cottage or adjacent terrace ( Cottage only), Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, Gluten-free,, Lactose-Intolerant


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