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From its grand accommodations to its award-winning chef, it’s easy to see why the luxurious Biltmore Village Inn is not only Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellent 2013 winner, but was also its Travelers’ Choice 2012 winner. Perched atop Reed Hill, the Biltmore Village Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, overlooks the Swannanoa River Valley and enjoys a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from its wrap-around porch. While the 1892 Queen Anne Victorian’s facade reflects the original structure built by Samuel Reed, George Vanderbilt’s lawyer, the interior was completely renovated. Seven spacious guestrooms, each with a private bath, are appointed with high-definition flat-screen TVs with cable, DVD players, Wi-Fi, heating and air-conditioning, and single or double whirlpools. Fireplaces, including some in the bathrooms, add to the romantic ambiance. Decorated with antiques, various pieces were purchased directly from French and Belgian chateaus. Situated just three blocks from the Biltmore Estate entrance makes it the closest bed and breakfast to the area’s top tourist attraction. But as innkeeper Monica Hampton will tell you, there is much more to explore: shopping and excellent restaurants in the Village and downtown Asheville (which often hosts arts and music festivals),the River Arts District and Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can go horseback riding, mountain biking, water rafting, golfing or hiking to seek its more than 125 waterfalls. With such open spaces, it would be a shame to leave your four-pawed pal at home. Fortunately, dogs are welcomed to join you at the adjacent Carolina and Honeymoon Cottages. Guests often plan their day over the gourmet breakfast crafted by the in-house, award-winning chef. You’ll also have a chance to catch up during afternoon tea and social hour.
The closest of Asheville's bed and breakfast inns to the Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village Inn is located on top of Reed Hill, above Biltmore Village. You can see why Samuel Reed, George Vanderbilt's lawyer, situated his house here after he sold Vanderbilt the property for Biltmore Village. It commanded a 360-degree view of the mountains, and overlooked the Village and the Swannanoa River valley.
The 1892 Queen Anne Victorian has been fully restored. The unusually large bedrooms and baths have whirlpool tubs, and some baths even have fireplaces. A full breakfast served in the dining room (often with guests sharing advice about what to do in town) provides a great start to the day. Biltmore Village Inn has 7 rooms in two buildings: the mansion and a nearby pet-friendly cottage.
Designated Asheville Landmark Building
National Register of Historic Places
AAA Three-Diamond property
Our location is unmatched. It is the only inn in Asheville that truly has mountain views from our wrap-around porch. It is only five blocks from the main entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore Village is rapidly becoming a tourist attraction on its own, with shopping and excellent restaurants close to the inn. Downtown Asheville is just a few minutes away, the Blue Ridge Parkway is very near.
Unlike most inns its age, the main house underwent a complete renovation in several stages - essentially it is a new house in an old skin. Additional conveniences: high-speed Internet with a computer for guest use, and HDTV with DVD.
- 7 richly decorated guestrooms, each with a private bath, High Definition flat screen TV's with cable, DVD, and WIFI.
- Amazing collections of antiques, paintings, porcelains, and oriental rugs
- Fireplaces in five rooms and additional fireplaces in three bathrooms
- Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
- Guest pantry with refrigerator
- Afternoon tea and social hour
- Single or double whirlpools
- Asheville's largest porch
- Full breakfast
- Mountain views
Asheville is one of the country's great vacation destinations. There are many things to do here: the Biltmore Estate, of course, and outdoor activities (hiking, biking, whitewater and calm water rafting, ballooning, horseback riding, tennis, golf), arts aplenty (there are 32 galleries, many antique shops, and several arts and crafts shows), entertainment (Asheville is a major music town, and there are dance and theater troupes), and excellent restaurants in Biltmore Village. We're here to guide you on your expeditions to the exciting Asheville area, and to introduce you to our town's wonderful restaurants.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Monica Hampton for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our guests come to stay with us primarily because they are looking for a quiet, romantic setting where they can relax and enjoy themselves. Many are looking to get away without having to worry about the regular day to day stressors such as family, children and work. We do not allow children under the age of 14 at our B&B in order to keep with the romantic atmosphere of our location. Many travelers also like that we are located within walking distance to Biltmore Village and we are just a short drive to the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore Village has several restaurants, shops, etc. that guests can enjoy just minutes from the house.
What are you best known for?
We are best known for our outstanding southern hospitality and phenomenal three course gourmet chef’s breakfast that is served every morning (included with the room rate). We take pride in catering to each guest's specific needs and it’s the personal touch that we provide to each of our guests that keeps them coming back for more.
What makes your inn unique?
We are the only B&B in Asheville that “actually” has a mountain view to enjoy, either from your bedroom (Biltmore Suite, Carolina Cottage and Reed Room to be specific). The view is also visible outside by the Pergola in front of our lovely outdoor fire pit where you can sip on a glass of wine and enjoy the view. We are also dog friendly and allow your furry friends to enjoy your vacation with you (dogs are only allowed in the Carolina or Honeymoon Cottages). Furthermore we are also in walking distance to several restaurants, shops, and to the entrance of the Biltmore Estate (although I do not recommend walking to the Biltmore Estate).
What do you love most about your inn?
We love the seclusion/privacy we’re able to offer our guests while still being close enough to town to enjoy the rest of what Asheville has to offer.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The #1 reason to visit is Blue Ridge Parkway (hiking, mountain biking, water rafting, canoeing, disc golf, water falls, camping – the outdoor activities are endless).
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The compliment we hear most from our guests is regarding the world class hospitality and service we offer to each of them, and how we are always more than willing and even happy to cater to each of our their individual needs.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
- We have over 125 waterfalls off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (easy access to get to the parkway, approximately 4 miles from the house)
- Downtown Asheville always has some sort of music/art festival going on during the busy months (ie. March-December) such as Bele Chere, Festival of Flowers, Moog Fest, LAAF Fest, LEAF Fest, Apple Fest, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. Many people come to our inn to visit the Biltmore Estate, but what some people don’t realize is how much more there is to do in Asheville, other than touring the Biltmore Estate. Asheville has something to offer every type of person (ie. the artist, the musician, the outdoorsman, the theatre buffs).
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
- Tour the Biltmore Estate
- Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Check out a live music show downtown
- Tour the River Arts District
- Take a Trolley Tour to show you the Asheville area and hear some of its history
- Check out the town of Cherokee named after the Cherokee Indians, native to WNC
- Biltmore Village
- Dine at one of our many unique local restaurants (it’s really hard to find a bad local restaurant as our town is know for it’s culinary skills)
- For the beer buff we’ve been named Beer City USA twice and there are several local breweries to tour along with a Superb selection of great local bars etc. to do beer tastings.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Biltmore Village is within walking distance of our inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
- My all time Favorite restaurant, if you’re wanting the best dining experience EVER, is The Dining Room at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate
- My favorite restaurant in town, off of the estate, is Wasabi’s (a sushi restaurant in downtown Asheville)
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
The house itself has five rooms and we have two cottages just three car lengths from the back door of the house (Honeymoon Cottage and Carolina Cottage). We’re able to accommodate up to 16 people at a time.
Do you accept pets?
Yes. We allow dogs (only dogs) in our two cottages.
The mansion's renovation was completed by Ripley and Owen in 1997. This was their third bed and breakfast inn and for each of the inns their goal was the same: To specialize in stress reduction. It is our goal still. The house was opened as Biltmore Village Inn in September, 2001.
The inn changed ownership in early 2007 after Ripley and Owen decided to slow down from the long hours required to operate a bed and breakfast. A majority of the antiques located throughout the inn were transported from France and Belgium in late 2006. The collection of the current antique furniture was a tireless effort of travelling through the European countryside over a period of four years. Various pieces were purchased directly from French and Belgian chateaus. Additionally, a significant amount of wine and gourmet cuisine was consumed during the search, which included staying in excess of 75 European castles and chateaus. We are eternally grateful to Ripley and Owen for assisting during the transition phase and appreciate their friendship going forward; Ripley remains a partner in the business.
Considerable efforts were expended by the partners from Day One to continue to improve the inn to meet our high standards. The inn was completely redecorated within six months. We cut the ribbon and held a party for neighbors, friends, and the Chamber to celebrate the changes.
In addition we are very grateful to the staff, who have assisted us during the transition and continue to receive compliments from guests for their friendly and professional approach in making our guests feel at home. We are very excited about carrying on with the tradition of the inn and invite our guests to feel at home during their stay with us.
How To Find Us
From I-40 take Exit 50 or Exit 50B.
Both say "Biltmore Estate". Go north for approximately a quarter of a mile, and look for Arby's and Bruegger's on your right. Take the small street in between (Lula); it dead ends into Reed in one short block. Take a left on Reed, and an immediate right on Warren. Proceed a very short block and turn right on Dodge. Go one block and look for our sign on the left at the driveway entrance.