Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast

255 N Main Street , Rutherfordton, NC 28139 USA (Show map)


The Carrier Houses B&B are two historic homes on the National Register of Historic Places located in the foothills of North Carolina. The Carrier-McBrayer House was built around 1835 by tinsmith and carpenter Harvey Carrier, and the Carrier-Ward House was built in 1879 as a wedding gift for his youngest daughter, Margaret. The houses feature 8 guestrooms, all with private baths. The front porch of the Carrier-McBrayer House is a popular gathering place for guest and the innkeepers and their two rescue dogs, Watson and Ranger. Experience the peace and tranquility of Rutherfordton, named North Carolina's Best Small Town in 2016. Rutherfordton is conveniently located to an abundance of outdoor activities (including hiking, waterfalls, ziplining, horseback riding, skiing, gold mining), wineries, historic landmarks, shopping, and the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Within an hour's drive you can take in sites such as Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway or visit the cities and towns of Asheville, Hendersonville, Saluda, Tryon, Shelby, Landrum, Spartanburg, and many more. A daily home cooked breakfast is provided to our guests. The Carrier-Ward House can also be reserved for family reunions, wedding parties, holiday gatherings, a girl's or boy's weekend away, and other special events.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Impeccable B&B

5 on April 20, 2018

This was our first time at a B&B and it won't be our last. But the bar is set very high and not sure anyone can match it! Southern hospitality was top notch. The food was off the charts and we felt like family after just a weekend stay! We will definitely be back for a visit!

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad that your first experience staying at a B&B was with us! Russell and I love being innkeepers and meeting people like you. I love to cook and we have so many farms to purchase great produce, meats and eggs that farm-to-table is easy to do. All our guests leave like family members and we can't wait for you to return.Thanks for the kind remarks.

- Jim Masek, Owner/Innkeeper (innkeeper)

B&B Heaven

5 on April 19, 2018

My husband and I have never stayed in a B&B before and lets just say this one is going to be hard to beat! The hospitality, cleanliness, food, etc... the list goes on and on! The first morning part of our breakfast was homemade pumpkin muffins with cream cheese - they even roasted fresh pumpkin for these muffins! I cannot wait to go back - not one bad thing to say about this B&B!

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your kind remarks and are glad that your first experience at a bed and breakfast was at the Carrier Houses. Russell and I love what we do and really enjoy meeting our guests and getting to know them. We also like to share our story and the history of the Carrier Houses and Rutherfordton. I am fortunate to have so many local farms nearby to get produce, meats and eggs. The pumpkin came from the Jones Family Farm that have been in their family for five generations. The secret to my pumpkin muffins is roasting fresh, organic pumpkins and making my own pumpkin puree for the muffins. It's more work than opening a can but the taste is so much better. we look forward to your return soon. Thanks again for the kind remarks.

- Jim Masek, Owner/Innkeeper (innkeeper)

Perfect holiday season getaway!!

5 on December 06, 2017

My husband and I wanted to get away and enjoy some holiday spirit. Rutherfordton and the surrounding area are so charming and beautifully decorated for the season. We chose the weekend of the Rutherfordton Christmas Parade to make it extra special. The Carrier Houses are located right on Main Street and the parade passes by the houses. We were so excited when we got there to find that the decorations at the Carrier Houses were the best in town! The houses are full of lights and decorations inside and out. My husband and I walked to restaurants and shops in the area buying Christmas presents and soaking in the atmosphere. Sitting on the porch and watching the parade while drinking hot chocolate was one of the many highlights of the weekend. Jim and Russell are extraordinary hosts! They do not miss a detail. Breakfast was wonderful. The hospitality was incredible, they are very knowledgeable about the things to do in the area. They directed us to Forest City where the town puts on a marvelous light display for the holidays. The only bad thing about our trip is that it had to come to an end! We will be back!

Best "Babymoon"

5 on August 20, 2017

Jim and Russell did an outstanding job! This place was so clean and well kept! We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for our "Babymoon." Their hospitality was the best I have ever experienced. We will most definitelt be staying here again.

Delightful, Delicious Delovely!

5 on June 16, 2017

Trey and I chose this wonderful Bed and Breakfast as our first foray into this type of accommodation and we were truly impressed from our first arrival. Jim and Russel were terrific and consummate hosts, helping us with our belongings, introducing us to the property which consists of two lovelyVictorean style homes possessing 9 bedrooms. We stayed in the Norris room which offered lovely and comfortable surroundings including a Queen style bed and arm chairs as well as wicker chairs on a private balcony. There was a fountain and koi pond between us and the main house adding the soothing sound of water flowing night and day. Breakfast was served ina dining room inthe main house with fresh fruit, wonderful casserole of cheese and eggs with sausage and oatmeal muffins. Time spent with our hosts was full of interesting tidbits about the area and entertainment provided by a resident squirrel who was determined to conquer a squirrel proof bird feeder just outside of the large window inthe dining room. Jim and Russell are creating Amin which Amy number of travelers willmake a first visit and having done so, will make thosbex and breakfast a frequent stop. I know we will! Bravo, Jim and Russell! We aspire to be regulars! PS Can you send the recipe for the breakfast casserole? I believe it's called strata?

Can't wait to find a reason to return to the Carrier Houses B and B

5 on June 04, 2017

Though my expectations were high based on what I heard and read about the Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast, Jim and Russell's warm hospitality, beautiful and comfortable room, and outstanding breakfast both mornings, resulted in my expectations being exceeded and I'm already looking for a reason to return to the area so that I can stay at this place again!

Absolutely amazing!!

5 on June 02, 2017

For taking over ownership just 3 weeks ago, you would not be able to tell! Jim and Russell did an amazing job! This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast, and I'm sooo happy with the experience we had. They were very nice upon check-in and are fabulous cooks! Breakfast each morning was amazing; it puts all the hotel breakfasts to shame. The morning we left we missed out on breakfast, but Jim made sure to make us breakfast to go bags with banana, homemade oatmeal raisin muffins, and trail mix. We felt right at home, and they always checked on us to see if we needed anything. Each house has its own kitchen equipped with a Keurig machine, cups, coffee, water, dishes, etc. We were sad to go! If we are ever in town again, this is where we will be staying. Thank you so much, Jim and Russell!

We will definitely be back!

5 on June 02, 2017

Our stay this past week at the Carrier Houses was perfect! Despite just taking over ownership the week before, Jim and Russell did a great job! The houses were quaint and very clean. Breakfast was phenomenal! We come to Rutherfordton on a yearly basis and will definitely be making this our go to place to stay!

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Rooms & Rates

Cherokee-King Room with Private Bath

The Cherokee Room is a King Room with Private Bath located on second floor of Carrier-Ward House with free wireless internet, flat screen TV, individually controlled Heat/AC, bottled water and private bath. The Carrier-Ward House has 24-hour coffee/tea service, microwave, refrigerator and ice maker in small kitchen for guest use.

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

$119 - $139

Queen Rooms with Private Baths

Our Queen Rooms are located on the first and second floors of both houses and each has a Private Bath. In addition, each room includes wireless internet, flat screen TV, bottled water and individually controlled Heat/AC.

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

$109 - $139

Coxe Suite-Queen/Twin Room with Private Bath

The Coxe Suite is the only room that can accommodate up to 3 guests with a queen bed and twin day bed and includes free wireless internet, flat screen TV, bottled water and individually controlled Heat/AC. The Coxe Suite is located on the first floor of the Carrier-Ward House with 24-hour coffee/tea, microwave, refrigerator and ice maker.

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

$109 - $139

Bechtler Suite-Deluxe King Room with Private Bath/Jacuzzi Tub

Deluxe King Room with Jacuzzi Tub, Microwave/Refrigerator, Flat Screen TV, Free Wireless Internet, Bottled Water, Individually Controlled Heat/AC and additional private entrance. Located at back on second floor, a very quiet and private retreat.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

Haynes Room -Deluxe Queen Room with Private Bath/Walk In Shower

Deluxe Queen Room with large walk in shower, free wireless internet, flat screen TV, bottled water and individually controlled Heat/AC. Located on second floor of main house overlooking Main Street, this is one of the largest rooms available.

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

$119 - $139

Check Dates


Location Type

Mountains, Rural, Small town


Charlotte, NC (CLT-Douglas Intl.) 66 miles

Directions to property:

Carrier Houses B&B are located in Rutherfordton, NC which is between Hwy 74 to the south and I-40 to the north. From I-40, take exit 85, Hwy 221, and head south for about 19 miles. Hwy 221 becomes Main Street and we are located on the right. From Hwy 74, take exit 178, Hwy 221, and head north for about 7 miles. Hwy 221 becomes Main Street and we are located on the left side.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities , Water feature with Koi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No cribs or rollaways provided.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Please call for approval. NO Pet Fees!
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Jim Masek and Russell Knight

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Jim Masek has always dreamed of owning and running a historic B&B and now has 2 to manage! He has over 10 years in the hospitality industry working sales and operations for Hilton, Choice and other chains. Jim spends most time on cooking, cleaning, endless laundry and tending to the gardens and Koi fish. Russell Knight brings many years of customer service, operating non-profits and state government experience. He handles most of the business aspects. Both moved from Columbia SC in May 2017.

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  • Time Served: 8 AM-9 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Lactose Intolerant.

Signature Dish

Buttermilk Pancakes with fresh fruit and Vermont maple syrup
I have been making this recipe from scratch for my children since they were little and always add chocolate chips to the batter. You can have them added as well and I'll even make a smiley face with the whipped topping . We all love to be kids once in a while!