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Stay in the Albemarle Inn and discover why it is the only bed and breakfast in Asheville to have won the AAA Four Diamond Award 10 years in a row.
Surrounded by an expansive lawn and gardens, Albemarle Inn’s majestic Greek Revival mansion in the historic Grove Park District of Asheville makes quite an impression. With 10 richly appointed guest rooms and a suite with an enclosed sun porch to choose from, you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy. Unique touches include king- and queen-sized canopy, sleigh and brass beds, antiques, an electric fireplace, spa-inspired showers, a marble accented bath with a two-person whirlpool, a period claw-foot tub and private balcony.
A good morning is practically ensured with a three-course breakfast, served on the sun porch overlooking the grounds or by the fireplace in the dining room, that includes such guest favorites as Belgian waffles with fresh berries and homemade vanilla ice cream. During the weekend afternoon social hour you can also enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages, while mingling with fellow travelers on the wide stone veranda (a great place to watch the sunset) or elegant parlor.
Architecture aficionados will have a grand time exploring this tree-lined residential neighborhood. Among the dining spots within walking distance are Grover Park Inn’s three restaurants. Once there, consider a round of golf on one of North Carolina’s top courses. For shopping, restaurants and nightlife take a ten minute drive to downtown Asheville. As the fifth largest beer producing city, you can visit more than 100 breweries. The renown Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway, along which outdoor adventures abound, are other area attractions worth checking out during your stay.
Gracious Hospitality & Romantic Timeless Appeal Await You
Welcome to the Albemarle Inn, our home in Asheville, North Carolina. We invite you to enjoy our lovingly restored 1909 Greek Revival mansion during your visit to Asheville. Stay and allow us to provide you with a relaxing, quiet respite from your hectic and busy world.
Located in the tranquil residential Grove Park District of Asheville, our Inn offers the best of Asheville: Biltmore Estate, downtown eateries & nightlife, shopping, the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Parks and Forests, and outdoor sports all within your grasp. A mere ten minute drive from our door places you in the heart of downtown and endless activities. Visit our website for a full listing of area activities.
Enjoy the Inn’s timeless appeal, as you unwind and relax on our veranda, enjoying our gardens in solitude, or the company of each other. Perhaps socialize with other guests of the mansion, while enjoying the morning’s first sip of coffee. In the evening, watch the sun set over the nearby mountains while savoring refreshments and genteel conversations, letting go of all your worries as time stands still.
Each of our eleven rooms has unique, elegant & luxurious decor. Comfortable Canopy, Sleigh & Brass beds, with fine linens and sumptuous duvets ensure a relaxing night's rest. The sweeping grand staircase, with ornate woodworking, leads to the upper floor guestrooms. View our guestrooms on our website.
Savor a 3-Course Breakfast at your private table on our light-filled sun porch, overlooking the gardens as you begin your day. In winter months, enjoy your breakfast by the warmth of the fireplace inside in our Dining Room.
Historic home lovers and fans of the American Arts & Crafts architectural style will enjoy our extraordinary neighborhood. Walking within our tree-lined streets and immersing oneself in the district’s developmental history of the region is truly a pleasurable experience.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Fabrizio Chiariello for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We are a 4 Diamond and Select Registry property. People stay here because they love the historic and cozy feeling of the inn.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for the beauty of the building, the great service, and the cleanliness of our rooms.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The #1 reason to visit Asheville is to visit the Biltmore Estate.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Among our best compliments is that our guests love our beautiful decor, great breakfasts, and the friendliness of our staff.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Most people don't know that Asheville is the 5th largest beer producing city. We have over 100 breweries to visit.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Most people visiting for more than a couple of nights will spend two days at the Biltmore, go shopping, and drive to see the Blue Ridge Mountains and the lakes in the area.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Many of our guests walk to the Grove Park Inn which has 3 restaurants. We are also within walking distance to some other smaller restaurants in the area.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We like Luella's Bar-B-Que, famous for their spare ribs which is also within walking distance from our inn. We also refer guests to Horizons, located in the Grove Park Inn.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We use ashevillechamber.org as a suggested online guide for our visitors.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have a 11 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
The History Of The Albemarle Inn
In 1909 near the foot of Sunset Mountain in north Asheville, Dr. Carl V. Reynolds (1872-1963) constructed a large Neoclassical Revival style house for his private residence. Reynolds, then City Health Officer, was a native of Asheville descended on both lines from prominent Buncombe County families. His father, John Daniel Reynolds, was an early Asheville medical practitioner.
A young Reynolds left Asheville for the City of New York Medical College, and then Brompton Hospital in London, for his medical education and training. He returned to Asheville to set up a private medical practice in 1896 and specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis. At this time Asheville was a popular destination for tuberculosis treatment, due to the pure air quality & optimum climate conditions. Reynolds shifted his interest into public health and was City Health Officer from 1903-1910 and again from 1914-1923. During his career, Dr. Reynolds instituted a number of sanitation measures including: the vaccination of school children, a campaign against the housefly, regulation of Dairy Industry standards, and establishment of packaging requirements for breads sold in bakeries.
The neighborhood was slowly developing as prominent and wealthy individuals built their homes. By 1917, 40 residences were constructed in the neighborhood. Between 1917 and 1925, another 20 houses were built. The mountain ambiance, nearby Country Club, and the existence of a trolley system which connected the northern portion of the city with downtown, were important draws to the new residences.
In September of 1920, Reynolds sold the mansion to the Grove Park School, a prestigious private school for girls. Later that same year, the house suffered damage in a fire. It was repaired by the school. At that time another building, for classrooms, was constructed on the property. It is the present–day home that is adjacent to the Inn.
In 1938 the school changed names to the Plonk School of Creative Arts, headed by the Plonk sisters, the educators and administrators since 1929. The school relocated elsewhere in 1941, and the property was sold to T. Avery & Marie Taylor. Under the Taylor ownership, the mansion became the “Albemarle Inn”, most likely named from nearby “Albemarle Park”. The Taylors operated the Albemarle as a rooming house.
In 1980 the Albemarle was purchased by the Mellins of Florida, who converted the home into a Bed and Breakfast. The Inn changed hands several times until the current owners, Fabrizio & Rosemary Chiariello, purchased it in late Spring, 2012. Thus, the house has retained its name and function over the last four decades & through six separate owners.
The most famous guest at the Inn was the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, who lived here during the rooming house days is 1943. While residing here, Bartok composed his Third Concerto for Piano, also known as the “Asheville Concerto.” It is said that he was inspired by the “concert of birds” singing in the gardens and trees surrounding the Inn.
How To Find Us
Traveling East on I-40 or north on I-26
- Take I-240 east to Charlotte Street in Asheville (Exit 5B)
- Turn left and go 0.9 miles to Edgemont Road
- Turn right and go 0.2 miles to the Inn
Traveling West on I-40
- Take I-240 west to Charlotte Street in Asheville (Exit 5B)
- Turn right and go 0.9 miles to Edgement Road
- Turn right and go 0.2 miles to the Inn
We accept children ages 6 and up in a room accompanied by an adult.