* A tree-covered walkable neighborhood in sight of the Biltmore Estate * Green and healthy finishes and furnishings * Delicious breakfast - veggie, vegan and special diets * Organic cotton or bamboo fiber sheets and towels * Healthy bodycare products in bulk dispensers * Energy and water saving fixtures * Chlorine-filtering showers * Extensive recycling program * Non-toxic cleaning products * Fragrance and smoke free * Wireless Internet * Hardwood, bamboo and low-toxic carpet floors * Owned and designed by nationally-known green designer * Member of Green Hotels Association and NC Green Stays
5 on August 22, 2016
We would like to have stayed longer in this beautiful Arts & Crafts style house that is tucked away in a neighborhood, but so close to everything! The India Room was really charming. We loved the furniture and decorations, especially that surprisingly comfortable wicker love seat! The windows were opened when we arrived on a hot August afternoon, but the window unit quickly remedied the summer heat and humidity. We didn't meet the owners until later that night, when we were relaxing beside the majestic fireplace in the living room. Vicki came in and chatted with us for a few minutes,and she was lovely and friendly. The room was very comfortable and clean, the bed was great, and the bathroom was complete with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in the shower. At breakfast time, we were greeted with a delicious bowl of fresh fruit, coffee and tea, and HOMEMADE scones! That would have been enough by itself, but it was followed by the main course of scrambled eggs with sauteed spinach, topped with goat cheese. Yum! And REAL bread with butter and homemade jam. Very nice, Vicki and Neeraj! Along with the leisurely breakfast, we engaged in conversation with another guest, a delightful lady whom we plan to keep in touch with. Overall this was a great place to stay, and we'll be back. It seemed a little pricey at first, but compared with hotel rooms in Asheville that are cookie-cutter style and lacking in charm, this place beats them hands down. And I haven't even mentioned the lush backyard with flowers and trees everywhere, making it green both inside and out. The only note I would make to all this is that as lovely as it is, there is a significant set of steps from the parking area. Not a problem for most people, including us, even though we're definitely not young people!
5 on September 22, 2015
My husband and I recently stayed in Asheville for 2 nights at Vicki and Neeraj's B&B. everything about it was delightful...breakfast, serene setting, hosts. It is dog-friendly to boot. We enjoyed the other guests and the location was perfect for getting around Asheville.
1.8 on September 06, 2015
Made these reservations when I was in a pinch for a work trip. All of the rooms were available a week before the trip, a sign right there that business is slow. Unfortunately I didn't read the online reviews for this place and the owner's extremely rude and unprofessional responses, otherwise I would have steered clear of this place. No amenities, owners refuse to acknowledge you (if they are even at home), confusing website directions and signage, overpowering damp clay smell, unattended dogs of Hades in the owner's quarters. One (of many) examples of disappointing experience: the first morning at 8:15am there was no sign of activity in the eating area, and I needed to head out for my work. No coffee/tea station that I've seen at all of the b&bs/hotels I've been to. So I knocked on the kitchen door. A lady appears and is immediately standoff-ish with her dry "Yes?" instead of a friendly greeting. I introduced myself and inquired about breakfast. She curtly replied that I should read the back of my door. She said it is clearly stated on the back of the door (where I didn't look, because typically that's where emergency exit and check-out time information is provided) the breakfast times. She refused to serve us breakfast or even give us coffee. When I checked the back of the door, it stated "We serve breakfast between 8:30 to 9:30 unless you need otherwise.” Well, we needed “otherwise.” And she refused to provide us with a service that we paid for and is one of the two key features of a “bed and breakfast.” That was extremely disappointing. If you find tranquility and happiness in crazy dogs, rude hosts, funny smells, hefty price tags, and greenwashing, this is the place for you. If not, I recommend you keep looking for a better place, like a true b&b. Hopefully this review is useful to whoever reads it. Cue the owner’s snarky response.
5 on August 16, 2015
My husband and I decided to go to the Film Festival in Asheville at the last minute. Hotels are ridiculously priced in the downtown area and we prefer B&B's anyway. We found all of our needs met in this lovely "green" cottage. We stayed in the Africa room and it was very spacious. I like the fact that there was no TV, but I understand you can get one upon request. Breakfast was delicious and our hosts Vicki and Neeraj were very gracious.
4.8 on October 16, 2013
Vicki and Neeraj were friendly, helpful, and gracious. The cottage was beautiful, cozy, close to the sites, and easy to get to. The room was comfortable and clean. The breakfast was delicious and filling. Great!
5 on August 23, 2013
Excellent accommodation and service. Friendly owners.
3.6 on July 15, 2013
This B&B touts itself as a 'green' option and it does not disappoint on this note. Everything from linens to soaps to breakfast are all-natural or organic. The breakfasts are quite good and include mixed fresh fruit. The innkeeper (Vicki) makes sure the day's menu accommodates your tastes, food sensitivities and/or allergies before cranking up the stove. Coffee & hot teas are offered with breakfast but not any juices (and we asked). The Zen Garden Room was spacious, decorated simply & had lots of windows looking out at the front garden. The bed was quite comfortable. No TV or clock in the room. The bathroom was bright and had a nice tub/shower, however the sink & mirror were outfitted for shorter persons (under 6' tall). Humid weather during our stay made our room stuffy, even with the central A/C on, so we requested a oscillating fan so we could sleep comfortably. Both innkeepers seemed "removed". Neither were home when we arrived so we were provided a numerical code to let ourselves in. We had to contact Vicki by cell phone to let her know we had arrived & to ask about the oscillating fan. We saw Neeraj only momentarily during our visit and that meeting seemed to be by accident. Apparently, both have jobs or obligations outside of the B&B. We are used to being personally greeted by innkeepers, shown our room, various amenities pointed out, so forth. We had long chats with Vicki right before & after breakfast but rarely saw her, otherwise, even in the evenings. They have two very sweet, friendly dogs. We must point out that the house is on a steep hill so there are long, steep outside steps both front & back with no noticeably easier alternative to get to the house. If you have trouble with steps or are bringing bulky luggage, this could present some difficulty.
It sounds as if you had a nice stay with us. We strive to give our guests lots of freedom and not the requirement of a special check in time. Our decor is markedly different from most B&B and most of our guests find the lack of frills quite refreshing. I'm surprised that you were not comfortable in your room. We've never had anyone not cool enough in this room. We are very often here, but do not spend all our time in the B&B. And of course are always here in the mornings and evenings, and available by phone to answer your questions and meet your needs. I just spent a half hour or more - it's 5:00 - with lovely guests, getting them all settled in and making dinner reservations for them.
- Vicki Schomer (innkeeper)
5 on May 27, 2013
I've stayed at the Asheville Green Cottage numerous times over the last 5-6 years. I generally try to stay at B & Bs instead of hotels because I like the individuality of the lodgings and the innkeepers, so I've stayed at quite a few over the years, and AGC is one of my favorites. It's a wonderful change of pace from the typical, flowery Victorian style of most B & Bs. I never stay anywhere else when I go to Asheville, which is about once a year. Vicki and Neeraj are friendly and attentive and the breakfasts are delicious. The inn is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that's very convenient to the Biltmore and 5-10 minutes away from downtown. As with most B & Bs, each of the inn's four rooms is decorated in a unique style and all are very comfortable. Unlike most B & B's, however, they feature eco-friendly mattresses, bedding, towels, and toiletries and are decorated simply (though not plainly). I can't recommend this place highly enough.
4.8 on October 29, 2012
It's always such a great experience when a stay at a B and B exceeds your expectations. We recently stayed with Vicki and Neeraj (in the Africa room) and it was a wonderful experience. My wife and I have stayed in B and Bs all over the country. The bottom line is you want a very comfortable bed, a clean overall home, good food and hopefully good conversation. Asheville Green Cottage had all of that and more. It was a great stay and we highly recommend this B and B.
5 on July 19, 2012
the out-of-africa room was spacious! The breakfast was awesome too... fruit bowl, muffins, scramble eggs w/ sun-dried tomato, pesto, asaga cheese, fair-traded coffee. yum! very eco-minded place. Good efforts in living green!
Entrance to Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, Downtown, Mountains
Asheville, NC (AVL) 15 miles
From South of Asheville/Airport: Heading North on Biltmore Avenue past Biltmore Village and the entrance to Biltmore Estate, take the 3rd left turn hand turn at the white brick Beverly Condominiums at Saint Dunstans Road. Following Saint Dunstans Road as it winds around, then at its intersection with Saint Dunstans Circle, you will find the Asheville Green Cottage sign directing you to turn right down our gravel driveway to our parking area.
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Vicki Schomer and Neeraj Kebede
Vicki - National Known Green Design and Building Expert Neeraj - Expert Innkeeper and African Dance Teacher