1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage

173 E Chestnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801 USA (Show map)

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Come escape to our romantic AAA 4 Diamond bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC, overlooking beautiful downtown and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Our charming Asheville bed and breakfast is the closest bed and breakfast to downtown Asheville offering today's comforts with the ambiance of days gone by. Our historic inn is furnished with period antiques, fine furniture and collectibles. Book amazing rooms and suites with 2 person Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, flat screen TV’s, WiFi and luxurious amenities. For even more privacy, book one of our secluded pet friendly garden cottages. Warm hospitality welcomes you in the gracious parlor, refreshments await your arrival in our solarium or by the living room fireplace, and an unforgettable gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room of our Asheville B&B every morning. Browse through the Greenhouse/Conservatory filled with orchids and tropicals, or wander through our exotically landscaped and award winning grounds. Reawaken your senses with massages, facials & soothing body treatments at our on-site spa. The Inn was a winner of the Griffin Award for restoration in 1997 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our gracious staff is looking forward to making your Asheville getaway truly memorable!

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Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Disappointed

1.8 on August 09, 2017

My husband & I had a special occasion to celebrate & so we were looking for a B&B to make it an extra special get away. We were striving to make an informed decision based on reviews, pictures & price so that we would be sure we had a destination that lived up to our hopes; but when we drove up to the Whitegate Inn, our hearts sank. The pictures tell a different story than what the Whitegate Inn actually looks like. The grounds were badly overgrown & unkempt. The inside of the main house was creepy, & had a tacky, hodge podge of colors & antiques. Not that the antiques weren't real, it just felt random, poorly decorated, & not a place you wanted to spend time. When you go to a B&B you are typically expecting a more refined atmosphere. Upon check in, when we used the lobby bathroom in the main house, there were multiple Lysol cans & pink soap that looked like it would be in a gas station restroom. However, as we walked by the neighboring B&B's, they appeared to be just what we were looking for, with beautifully manicured gardens, & a warm, inviting feel. We honestly never write reviews, but we did not want another couple to be mislead & disappointed.


Beautiful Property

5 on June 28, 2017

Our 2nd time here at Whitegate. Beautiful accommodations and grounds. Breakfast with dessert is awesome. Will definitely be back again.


Great retreat

5 on February 24, 2017

The WhiteGate Inn & Cottage was a respite on a trip from Florida back to the DC area. Ralph and Frank were attentive owners and the staff was very gracious and helpful. We made use of the spa services which were wonderful and available in our room. Breakfasts are over the top!! Will be sure to visit again when we are in the area.


Fabulous start to our honeymoon

5 on February 18, 2017

We started our honeymoon here and loved it. Beautiful and so peaceful. Staff is so friendly and Frank was hilarious. Will be back.


Review

3.6 on January 29, 2017

Great location, accommodations, and hospitality!


40th Aniversary

4.8 on January 17, 2017

Came just into the New Year - our 40th but really on a shopping expedition. Arrived just before dark and were given a good tour by the female staff member. Great food on day two and three then back we came to Atlanta. Only suggestion from the wife was for a more traditional breakfast option (like toast).


Highly recommended.

5 on January 17, 2017

My wife and I recently spent two nights at the WhiteGate Inn and Cottages. Our room was quaint and comfortable. The breakfast is simply out of this world and gourmet is not too strong a word to describe this dining experience. Frank and Ralph, the owners, make you feel so at home as well as Thomas , the assistant innkeeper.


Perfect As Always

4.0 on November 30, 2016

This was my third visit here in the last couple of years. This is absolutely my favorite Inns in North Carolina. Frank and Ralph have really made this a jewel worth going to just for the experience alone. There only a few blocks from downtown and they have worked hard to make this the perfect setting. The staff is more than accommodating but the owners really make this place worth going to. Frank's breakfast repertoire and hilarious stories will leave you with a smile on your face for the rest of the day. The food is always spectacular! Hell, I'd go just for the breakfast. I'm sure you will feel the same way after your first stay. Well done gentleman. I can't wait to come back!


Just what we needed

4.8 on April 27, 2013

Perfect after a long trip - warm, welcoming, great food, and lots of laughter! The player piano call to breakfast is lovely!


Perfect Getaway!

5 on April 12, 2013

We could not have picked a more perfect place to stay.. The room, food, grounds and staff were exceptional. The Innkeepers, Frank and Ralph were awesome. I just can not say enough. We are already planning our next visit. Ann & Brian


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Rooms & Rates

Robert Frost Room

With its huge fireplace, handsome four-poster bed, plush pillows and 18th Century style mahogany furniture, the Robert Frost Room, takes you on a trip back to an earlier age. Surround yourself with the authentic look and feel of the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's original master bedroom, with its red-hued walls, polished hardwood floors and period furniture, including a Chippendale desk circa 1790.

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

Emily Dickinson Suite

Curl up with a good book or listen to the gentle splash of the east lawn waterfalls in the soothing Emily Dickinson Suite. This light-filled set of rooms overlooks the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's award-winning gardens and comes with a floral flourish, both in its view and décor.

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

Dorothy Parker Room

Toast your traveling companion as you look out at the twinkling lights of downtown Asheville from the Dorothy Parker Room. The room is both elegant and charmingly modern with its solid oak Mission-style furniture, teal walls and art deco artwork.

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

Carl Sandburg Suite

With its stuffed easy chairs, straight lines and handsome, masculine furnishings, the Carl Sandburg Suite is reminiscent of an English gentleman's bedroom. Sink into the leather sofa and pour yourself some gin. Or sink instead into the exquisite jetted tub before indulging in the European style shower.

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

Guest Cottage

Handsome antique furniture, old-fashioned vases filled with fresh-cut flowers and a glowing gas log fireplace, the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's Guest Cottage is a private escape that rekindles relationships and stokes new ones. A haven for honeymooners and couples celebrating milestone anniversaries, it draws lovebirds of all sorts in search of soothing solitude.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Walt Whitman Garden Spa Suite

Pamper yourself and your partner in this beautifully appointed suite where luxury, fine linens lush garden views and a lounging hot tub come together for the most romantic of getaways. The Walt Whitman Garden Spa Suite is the very essence of elegance, with its handsome king size mahogany bed, soothing blue French toile and imported Italian tile. All of it is accented by the inn's original 1889 stonewalls.

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

Maya Angelou Suite

The sleek, earth tone accented Maya Angelou Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, offers you a fresh and calming private retreat. With its wheat and dark green highlights and contemporary black furniture, this modern suite invites reading, relaxing and other soothing pursuits. Cuddle on the ebony, king-size canopy bed as you watch flames flicker in the stacked stone fireplace. Or sip some iced tea from a comfy sitting room loveseat. Then gaze at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's award-winning garden from your private perch on the suite's rocking chair porch.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite

Decorated in a warm camel with rich red accents the Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, charms you the moment you enter. The centerpiece of this elegant suite is its king size canopy bed, a replica of George Vanderbilt's bed from the Biltmore Collection. Savor its luxurious look and feel, then kick off your shoes and crawl beneath the covers. An 18-foot vaulted ceiling soars above a stacked stone fireplace, adding elegance to this statuesque suite. Flip the switch on the gas logs and cuddle in the cozy glow with your companion. Then step outside on the suite's rocking chair porch and take in the front row view of downtown Asheville twinkling against the backdrop of the western mountains.

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

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Suite

From its stacked stone fireplace to gleaming hardwood floors, the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, offers you a soothing, natural retreat. Set high up in the trees, the woodsy feel is reflected in the suite's décor, from dark taupe accents to its oak and metal furniture and pounded metal lamps. Cuddle with a companion on the king size bed, admiring its soaring canopy of wood and iron. Then turn on the gas log fireplace and bask in the glow, as you sip a glass of wine or two.

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

Oscar Wilde Suite

One Bedroom King Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

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

Joyce Kilmer Suite (1 or 2 people)

Two Bedroom Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. 1 King and 1 Queen Room. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, Dining Room, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

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

Joyce Kilmer Suite (3 or 4 people)

Two Bedroom Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. 1 King and 1 Queen Room. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, Dining Room, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

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

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Location

Location Type

Historic Street, Downtown, Mountains, Wine country

Airport

Asheville, NC (AVL)

Directions to property:

I-240 to Exit 5B, North on Charlotte St, left on East Chestnut, Inn on the corner of East Chestnut and Central on left. We look forward to having you at our Asheville, NC bed and breakfast.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Carl Sandberg Home, Pisgah National Forest, Thomas Wolfe Home, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities , Patio, Fire Pit, Spa Treatments, Workout Room, Sauna

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only designated outside areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Cottage, Oscar Wilde, and Joyce Kilmer
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night Weekends and 3 night Holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night's deposit or half of total reservation if longer than three nights.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation Policy: If notification of a cancellation is received at least (14) days prior to the arrival date (30 days notice for certain special packages, events and the month of October), the deposit is refundable less a $35.00 cancellation fee per room. If notification of a cancellation is received (14) days or less prior to the arrival date (30 days notice for certain special packages, events and the month of October), 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. There is a $35 fee for changing a reservation. Cancellations must be made by phone.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Ralph Coffey & Frank Salvo

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Gardening, cooking, decorating, antiqueing, sailing, restoration. Greenhouse/Conservatory with orchids and tropicals

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

WhiteGate Crab & Artichoke Souffle
Made with a wonderful white wine sauce!


Recipes

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Special Experiences & Savings

Plan your next getaway with special packages like our gourmet picnic basket and romance packages. We also have limited time savings on spa treatments and more. Head over to whitegate.net and start planning today!

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