Oakland Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Cabin and Vacation Rentals

74 Oakland Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Mary & Byron, Pat, Jim
  • Magnolia Suite, 2 room, 1 bath suite - King bed in main room, daybed with trundle in sunroom

    Magnolia Suite, 2 room, 1 bath suite - King bed in main room, daybed with trundle in sunroom

  • Summary

    A Quiet Retreat in the City

    Located in proximity to the famous Biltmore Estate and historic downtown center, Oakland Cottage is a comfortable home base when visiting Asheville, North Carolina.

    Oakland Cottage’s two spacious suites (one with a private entrance) and four guest rooms have individual baths, cable TV, coffeemakers, Wi-Fi and can accommodate from the single traveler to those on a family vacation. Since this a pet-friendly lodging property, you can bring your critter along. For your convenience, a guest kitchenette and complimentary laundry facilities are also at your disposal.

    After enjoying your full breakfast, find out why Frommer’s named Asheville a must-see destination. Taking a Trolley Tour to help you get a lay of the land. Cultural attractions include the River Arts District (where you can watch artists at work and purchase what strikes your fancy), Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood home (an American literature landmark) and several theaters where you can catch a production. Sample the area’s cuisine by taking a Walking Food Tour or discover why Asheville has been voted Beer City USA on the Downtown Brewery Tour. Discounted tickets for area activities are available from Oakland Cottage. You can even make arrangements to have these waiting when you arrive. If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, the North Carolina mountains deliver. Among its various offerings are The Blue Ridge Parkway and Chimney Rock Park, where you can hike trails to waterfalls, fish and play golf.


  • Introduction

    Our Asheville bed and breakfast and vacation rental properties can be your vacation home in the mountains of Western North Carolina! Call toll free, 866-858-0863, 9am to 7pm daily. Do leave a message if you do not get us straight-away.

    We have transformed some of the best locations in the Asheville area into vacation homes, cabins, cabin rentals, or bed & breakfast rooms that cater to nearly every taste. All of our Asheville, North Carolina vacation rental properties have additional amenities such as central heat and air-conditioning, house phone with free unlimited local and long-distance calling, Wi-Fi, full amenity kitchens, grills, decks, fireplaces, views, washer/dryer, linens, AND all are within 10 miles of Asheville!  View our availability calendar:

    Inquire about our pet-friendly accommodations. Pets are allowed in most units with a $10 per pet per night pet fee (or $50 per pet per stay max) and acceptance of our pet agreement.

    Bed and Breakfast Options

    Just the two of you? Stay in one of our lovely guest rooms at Oakland Cottage, an Asheville bed and breakfast just 1 mile north of the entrance to the Biltmore Estate and 2 miles south of Asheville's historic downtown center. Or try The Historic Brigman House of BreakAway Inn for a more rural bed and breakfast experience, yet still close to charming Weaverville, NC, an easy 10 miles to Asheville's downtown and city center.

    Enjoy a delightful breakfast, lovely common rooms and porches in which to spread out, and helpful concierge services as a guest at either one of our B&Bs. Inquire about area activities and discounted ticket purchases, which are available directly through us - Biltmore Estate Tickets, Trolley Tour tickets, and more.

    Cabins, Cabin Rentals, and Vacation Rentals

    For a more independent stay, try one of our vacation home rentals or cabin rentals.

    For couples, families, small groups (girlfriend getaways, golf groups), stay in the charming 2BR 2BA BreakAway Cabin with a delightful full amenity kitchen, gas fireplace, & jetted tub in master bath - wonderful for two to six guests. Other amenities include all linens and towels, Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, gas grill on back deck with view and a babbling creek out the back door!

    Sunset Vista is also wonderful for smaller groups with 3BR 2BA and room for 2 to 8 guests. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, charcoal grill, and seating on the spacious back deck with fantastic views, and just 3 miles to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset Vista is next door to Asheville Mountain Vista if you have a larger group and need to expand.

    Larger vacation homes include Asheville Mountain Vista (4BR 3BA), Avondale Ridge (6BR 3BA), The Brigman House-on the National Historic Register (5 BR 4.5 BA), or Hawk's View Chalet (4BR 3BA & outdoor pool - inquire about openings!). Vacation rentals can be the perfect place for family reunions, corporate group gatherings, girlfriend getaways, wedding groups, or golf retreats.

    All are within 10 miles and easy access to downtown Asheville, The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Biltmore Estate, and all of what Western NC has to offer.

    Each property is wonderfully set up for family reunions and small group gatherings of all kinds. All have added amenities including cable TV, DVD players, unlimited local & long distance phone, Wi-Fi (wireless Internet access), full amenity kitchens & laundry, all linens & towels provided, additional outdoor entertainment spaces on porches & decks, either a charcoal or gas grill, some with jetted tubs, sauna, hot tub, and/or swimming pool, gas or wood-burning fireplaces (wood provided). Additionally, you may purchase discounted Biltmore Estate Tickets, Asheville Trolley Tour tickets, and other area attraction tickets directly from us and have them waiting for you upon your arrival. Your vacation is sure to be enjoyable with a stay at any of these Asheville vacation home rentals.

    We love Asheville, and we're sure you will too. Home to a variety of arts, crafts, cultural experiences, music, & entertainment, this small mountain town & its neighboring communities have a lot to offer. If experiencing the great outdoors is your goal, staying in one of our locations will put you close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a short drive to hundreds of outdoor destinations, including waterfalls, hikes, fishing spots, & golf.

    Vacation in Asheville reservation offices are open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are ready to answer any questions you might have about the area or help you with a booking. You may also book directly online through this Web site.

    Do give us a call 866-858-0863, toll free or email us: info@VacationInAsheville.com.

    Vacation in Asheville has been a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

  • 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 Mary for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests stay with us because they are tourists visiting Asheville and quite often, the Biltmore Estate.

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

    We are known for our casual and warm atmosphere, our wonderful concierge services, and fabuous value. We are only one mile from the entrance of The Biltmore Estate and two miles south of historic downtown center. I love the location. I also love its very interesting history as a former hospital ward from the 1930's.

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

    The #1 reason to visit Asheville is for its vibe of downtown. Travelers can enjoy beer from local breweries, great music, arts & crafts, local foods, The Biltmore Estate and the beautiful mountains along  Blue Ridge Parkway.

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

    Guests tell us they love the warm and easy feeling of staying here as well as the wonderful central location from which to get around the many parts of Asheville.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    French Broad River is our best kept secret. Asheville is a river town - rates as a top 10 city in the US in which to learn stand up paddle boarding(!); New Belgium Brewery will be developing 20 acres along the downtown Asheville section of the French Broad River in the next two years as they begin their move here. The River Arts District of Asheville is along the French Broad River in the revitalizing old warehouse district along the river. Amazing food and strong tradition and support for our local foods and restaurants. Wonderful tailgate markets with local farmers and vendors.

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

    Day 1: Downtown Asheville and the Trolley Tour (take the Red Trolley), wonderful orientation to Asheville. Start at our wonderful Visitor's Center (with free parking). Hop on and hop off privileges on the trolley are good for 2 days at all stops. Get off at the Grove Park Inn, walk through the Inn, go next door to the Grovewood Galleries for lunch and visit the car museum at the Grovewood Galleries, as well as the wind garden and various local artist galleries - view local glassblowers at work. Get off at Thomas Wolfe Museum and boyhood home - ticket is included in the Trolley Tour ticket. Watch the short video, tour the home. Walk through parts of downtown Asheville, Pack Square and beyond. Stop at French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a pick-me-up locally made (bean to table) chocolate. Find your last Trolley stop back to the Visitor's Center. Have dinner downtown and maybe a show at the Diana Wortham Theater, Altamont Theater, Asheville Community Theatre or the US Cellular Center, or perhaps a walking ghost tour.

    Day 2: Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate. Get discounted 2 day tickets from us. The Biltmore Estate has a lot to take in and a 2 day pass is worth it, even if you just spend an hour or two there the next day. Our 2 day pass is usually less expensive than the 1 day pass at the Estate Ticket Center. Tour the house, take in the Conservatory rose gardens, bass pond trails and grounds; there are over 8,000 acres that make up the estate grounds and there are walking trails and biking trails around and about the property; take a picnic lunch, lawn chairs and a blanket for your own wine and cheese at the Lagoon area (go ahead - have a traditional southern style "tailgate lunch" at the Lagoon area - some of the best views from there of the Biltmore Estate); take in Antler Hill Village and demonstrations at the working farm, enjoy wine tasting at the adjoining winery (wine tasting included in your ticket). Have lunch at the Bistro, right next to the winery, or one of the other many restaurants found on property and with a great little shopping area for gifts and wine to take home. On your way out, try dinner in Biltmore Village on this evening, our top two picks are Rezaz or The Corner Kitchen - reservations recommended.

    Day 3: Blue Ridge Parkway - Brevard, NC 80 mile driving loop: Start at mile post marker (MPM) 384 at the Blue Ridge Parkway Parkway Visitor Destination Center for a great introduction to the history and beauty of the Parkway, then drive south towards the Hwy 276 junction. Take 276 towards Brevard, NC, then Hwy 280 East for 16 miles, towards the Asheville/Hendersonville Regional Airport where you can pick up I-26 west back to Asheville, NC. This is a bit of a driving day, but well worth it and so many great stops in which to take in the mountains of Western NC in a variety of ways to meet your personal style.

    There are mile post markers every mile along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of our favorite things to do along this recommended 30 mile stretch are a stroll in gardens and trails within the North Carolina Arboretum, entrance just off MPM 393. Continuing south along the parkway, if you are in for a short but rugged 3 mile RT hike, stop at the Mount Pisgah parking lot and head uphill to summit Mt Pisgah for amazing long range views from atop this 6,800 plus foot mountain. If the timing is right stop at MPM 408.5 at Pisgah Inn for lunch - try the fresh trout. Perched on the edge of the mountain at 5000', Pisgah Inn hosts beautiful views out of the large glass windows from the dining room. Pisgah Inn is one of the few buildings you will see along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway's 400 plus miles. Get off the Parkway at MPM 412, taking Hwy 276/Wagon Gap Road towards Brevard, NC. Pink Beds is a wonderful picnic spot with public restrooms. Additional favorite stops along Hwy 276 include Sliding Rock (fee area for parking) for an exciting slide and breath-taking dip - or watch others as they take the plunge! A favorite easy and relatively short (2 miles) forest hike along this stretch of Hwy 276 is the Moore Cove Falls hike, located about a mile north of Looking Glass Falls. The Parking lot for this trailhead is on the east side of 276 (left as you are descending) with parking by a bridge. Next on your left will be spectacular Looking Glass Falls, a picture perfect water fall right off the road. Park and take the stairs down to the foot of the falls for better views of it and even a try dip in the pool at the base of the falls, if you're up for it! Continuing on 276 will take you into the quaint town of Brevard, NC for a nice dinner, or head on back to Asheville.

    Day 4: Arts & Crafts, Food & Beer: In the morning, take in the Downtown area of the River Arts District (RAD) in the revitalizing warehouse area along the French Broad River. Watch artists at work - from glass blowing to painting to welding and more. Shop for items right out of the studios. Have a light lunch at 12 Bones (best ribs in town) or White Duck Taco Shop and maybe a beer at the Wedge Brewery and tasting room. But eat and drink lightly because we recommend either the Walking Food Tour or the Downtown Brewery Tour offered by Eating Asheville, for your afternoon adventures. The Food tour is a downtown walking tour giving you a taste of some of the "finest and most delicious sights and tastes that the city has to offer," visiting 5-7 restaurants, from 2 to 5pm. Or if you're more in the mood for taking in the Asheville Beer culture, try the Downtown Brewery Tour and find out why Asheville has been voted Beer City USA for 4 years in a row, and of course sampling some of Asheville's finest in craft beers. Stephen and Josh are the knowledgeable and fabulous guides for your Eating Asheville Food or Brewery Tour.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance is the Smith McDowell House and Museum - fabulous docents from which to learn the history of Asheville through the "eyes" of the oldest standing house in Asheville. Located on AB-Tech campus about 2 blocks from Oakland Cottage B&B.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Corner Kitchen
    Salsa's Mexican Carribean
    The Lobster Trap
    12 Bones
    White Duck Taco Shop
    Universal Joint
    Early Girl Eatery
    Laughing Seed
    Rosettas Kitchen
    Doc Cheys Noodle House
    Barley's Pizza and Brew Pub
    Mellow Mushroom

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    ExploreAsheville.com/ and Asheville.com are great places to find information on the area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 6 guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, we accept pets.


  • Area Attractions

    With so much to do and see on an Asheville vacation, the only problem you'll have is deciding where to start! The Asheville area, named a must-see destination by Frommer's, boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions, and unique shopping options.

    The Biltmore Estate is a popular landmark in Asheville. This house was built for George Vanderbilt and is the largest home in America. Consisting of 250 rooms, situated on more than 8,000 acres, the Biltmore House and Gardens are a wonderful place to explore as you discover the history of this remarkable family.For a different view of Asheville, consider taking a North Carolina motorcycle tour where you can explore this charming city as you breathe in the fresh mountain air.

    Whether you are here with family, friends, or on a romantic getaway, there is truly something for anyone and any age.

    Request a free travel guide: http://www.exploreasheville.com/vguide.aspx

  • More About Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast

    Oakland Cottage is an Asheville historic home, circa 1910, perfect for a North Carolina family vacation or homeschool travel adventure. This 5,000 square-ft "cottage" has been naturally separated into private and roomy suites. The open common areas, available to all guests, create a warm and spacious feel. A short one and a half miles from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate and just two miles from Pack Square, Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina is in a location that is tough to beat!

    Spacious two-room suites are wonderful for families, small groups, "girlfriend getaways", or couples desiring a bit more space than your average B&B room.

    • Two cozy one-room accommodations for those looking for extra value
    • Private full bath in every guest suite or room
    • Delightful full breakfast each morning in the dining room
    • Coffee & teas available for guests all day
    • Fast & free wireless Internet access

    Open common areas to enjoy, inside & out, with games, puzzles, books, DVD player & DVD library (take to your room). Convenient & complimentary on-sight laundry facilities with iron, ironing board, washer, & dryer. Guest kitchenette with fridge/freezer and icemaker, blender, microwave, dishes, wineglasses, etc. available to all guests. Reserve all of Oakland Cottage for that special reunion, family and friends gathering, wedding group, golf retreat, or cycling club, room for up to 20 guests.

    Inquire about suites with a mini-fridge, microwave, private entry, or private deck! Child & family friendly, extra guest fee $15 nightly, extra guest fee for children 12 years old or younger, $5.00 nightly. Some rooms are pet friendly with acceptance of the pet agreement and $10 per pet per night.

    Conveniently located to the Blue Ridge Parkway, via MP 377.4 at Cravens Gap, 384.7 at US Hwy 74-A, or 388.85 at US Hwy 25.

    Oakland Cottage B&B is a member of the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association (NCBBI), which was formed in 1985 and very quickly established its mission statement and by-laws, filed its articles of incorporation, and developed inspection standards for membership. NCBBI is the only nationally recognized state B&B association in North Carolina and represents the largest cross section of B&Bs/Inns in the state. Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, NCBBI's ongoing Quality Assurance Program is a hallmark of the Association, and it is a national leader in maintaining the measure of excellence for which state associations strive.