The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast

276 Montford Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Lisa Merritt & Madelyn Silcox
  • Summary

    Quiet Intimacy in a Convenient Location

    Enjoy the quiet of the tree-lined streets in a residential neighborhood and the privacy of an intimate bed and breakfast with the convenience of having the downtown area within easy reach.

    The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast of Asheville, North Carolina is a restored Queen Anne situated in the Historic Montford Neighborhood amongst quiet tree-lined streets and gorgeous old homes. The bed and breakfast is tastefully decorated with period antiques, Persian rugs, and beautiful works of art throughout the home.

    Each of the five guestrooms at the bed and breakfast features a private bath, complimentary wireless Internet access, and a television with a DVD player. Guests also have access to a 24-hour guest pantry and complimentary lighted off street parking. A delectable full gourmet breakfast is served each morning.

    The Lion and The Rose is conveniently located within walking distance of the restaurants, shops, and galleries in downtown Asheville. The bed and breakfast is only three miles from the famed Biltmore Estate and Village and ten minutes from the hiking and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    A visit to the 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum nearby is also highly recommended. Stroll through the 65 acres of cultivated gardens, explore the featured exhibits, or take advantage of the ten miles of hiking and biking trails.

  • Introduction

    The Lion and the Rose Bed & BreakfastWelcome to The Lion & The Rose Bed and Breakfast, located in Asheville, North Carolina!. We offer a great value and the perfect location from which to enjoy your stay and explore all that North Carolina has to offer. The historic Montford neighborhood has beautiful old homes on tree lined streets in a quiet residential area - yet it is an easy walk to downtown.

    Privacy...Romance...Elegance, without pretense

    The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast is a restored Queen Anne with period antiques, Persian rugs, & gorgeous works of art throughout.

    The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast-Outside Seating

    All guest rooms include private en-suite bath, queen bed, antiques, full gourmet breakfast, 24 hour guest pantry, free wireless internet throughout, free lighted off street parking and TV/DVD.

    There are just five guest rooms at the inn, four are on the second floor and the Craig Toms Suite on the third floor.This intimate setting helps to ensure your privacy.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jim and Linda Palmer for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests are here on vacation or to celebrate a special occasion. Some are here on business, but prefer to stay in a more private setting.  Travelers choose Asheville for:  Biltmore Estate, a food, beer & wine destination; NC Arboretum, Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking, fly fishing, white water rafting, rock climbing, vibrant, eclectic downtown, arts community, college town, gay friendly.  They choose our inn for all of these reasons and because of our close proximity to everything.  We are within walking distance of downtown Asheville & all of its restaurants, shops, & galleries, 3 miles from the Biltmore Estate, and 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and most other outdoor activities.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Beautiful architecture & gardens, great location, delicious & unique breakfasts, and reasonable rates. The inn is loaded with original art & antiques, has a lush landscape, is in a perfect location, and it is reasonably priced. 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    It is a small city with a big mind situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    It looks much better live than the photos on the internet.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Asheville is the place for small independently owned restaurants & craft breweries.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit Biltmore, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, Visit the NC Arboretum, take a trolley ride around town, take a ride on the LaZoom Comedy Bus, sign up for a food tour of area restaurants, take a hike in Dupont State Forest, and visit Chimney Rock Park, depending on the time of year: whitewater rafting, zip lining, tubing, fly fishing.  Dine at as many of our excellent restaurants as possible.  Visit the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, the Thomas Wolfe memorial, the Riverside Cemetery, Malaprops Bookstore, visit any one of the numerous music & dance or comedy clubs ...too much for 4 days.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, downtown Asheville is less than a mile from our inn - an easy walk with sidewalks all the way.  There you will find our best restaurants, art galleries, bars & wine stores, music venues, eclectic shops, and the unique vibe of a college and artist's town.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Limones - California-Mexican cuisine.  Unbelievable food and margaritas!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Romantic Asheville, Explore Asheville,,, Gay Asheville.

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    No, but Sparkey's is about two miles from our B&B.

  • Breakfast

    The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast-Breakfast

    Each morning, our sumptuous breakfast will surely be the highlight of your stay. Our resident chef/innkeeper, Jim, prides himself on serving fresh dishes that are a welcome change from the standard bed & breakfast fare. Jim also has experience preparing dishes for those with special dietary restrictions, so please let us know in advance of any restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate them.

    Some of Jim's delectable breakfast include:

    • ricotta-stuffed french toast
    • eggs benedict with fresh herbed hollandaise
    • French-style omelets filled with a variety of ingredients
    • sweet potato pancakes
    • blueberry blintzes

    Come stay with us awhile and discover your new favorite dish!

  • Area Attractions

    The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast-View of Inn from outside

    While staying at the Lion and the Rose, be sure to explore all the attractions that Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway area have to offer. With so many different activities available, there is surely something for all ages and interests.

    For more information about all the local attractions located in and nearby Asheville, please visit our Things to Do page.