The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek

5860 Bald Mountain Road, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
Innkeeper(s): Debbie and Sam Stebbins
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek

    The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a wonderful choice whether you are looking to get away to enjoy life’s simple pleasures of seclusion and beautiful natural surroundings, or to experience the many cultural and tourist experiences in the area. The inn is nestled along the banks of Bald Mountain Creek, which can be heard from most of the property’s eight acres, especially while relaxing on our wraparound porch. Conveniently located near Burnsville, North Carolina, surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, 27 miles north of Asheville, The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, retreat, or a family reunion.
     



    The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek will operate seasonally, Spring through Fall. Innkeepers Debbie and Sam Stebbins have a passionate desire to offer you the best in service and hospitality. Our goal is to provide you an opportunity to disconnect from your routine or hurried lifestyle and reconnect with yourself, a loved one, God, or all three in comfortable accommodations amid the mountain splendor.

    The Buck House was built as a residence in 1904. The original chestnut walls, ceilings and floors have been restored and modern amenities added. It is listed on The National Registry of Historic Places, along with several historic outbuildings and structures. The inn has three bedrooms and one two-bedroom suite, all with private bathrooms and luxurious linens. Some of the rooms have fireplaces with gas-burning logs. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the inn.


     

    Breakfast is served in the dining room where you may choose a small, private table or large table with other guests. There is also seating available creek side on the veranda. The ever-changing breakfast menu will include fruit, a hot entrée, side of meat, and homemade bread.

    The mountain offers you a choice of activities: hiking (access to the Appalachian Trail), horseback riding, golf, fishing, and casual or fine dining at Wolf Laurel Country Club. In nearby Asheville, you can visit The Biltmore Estate, art galleries, antique and other shops. Shopping can also be found on the square in Burnsville.
     
    Thanks for checking us out. We would love the opportunity to pamper you in our little piece of heaven. Hope to see you soon!
  • 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 Debbie & Sam Stebbins for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests are seeking a getaway for rest and relaxation, away from an urban setting. Most have also read comments that past guests have posted on Trip Advisor and want to experience this for themselves.

    What are you best known for?  

    Extraordinary guest service.

    What makes your inn unique?

    The setting and our personal interaction with our guests.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The setting.. It is so beautiful and peaceful with the roaring creek beside the inn and stunning mountain views. You just have to come see it for yourself, you'll be a believer :)

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

    Burnsville is the closest town to our inn, 20 min. It is a small quaint WNC town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. There is antique shopping and a nice town square with frequent activities and festivals throughout the year, including the Mt Mitchell Craft Fair in August , the town 's largest event.

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

    Many of our guests say it feels so much like home, so comfortable and inviting. Our guests tonight said it feels BETTER than home!! Our guests leave rested, restored and ready to return as soon as they possibly can.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our location isn't exactly a secret, but many guests arrive unfamiliar with this area of WNC and leave completely enchanted with this area. Our Trip Advisor comments say it all....78 straight 5.0's and a Top 10 WNC rating by TA last season.

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

    Visit Biltmore, play golf at Wolf Laurel CC located just 5 min away, go on a beautiful high country horse trail ride at Wolf Laurel Stables located walking distance from the inn. Hike on the Appalachian Trail that crosses over Bald Mountain 15 min from the inn, take an ATV off road tour led by our innkeeper on an adjacent 700 acre nature preserve, or stay at the inn and have one of the most relaxing experiences you will find anywhere.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Besides horse riding next door (see above), Bald Mtn Creek flows just 30 feet from our front porch and is full of Appalachian Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout.) There are lots of walking trails and 4 stream side gazebo swings along the creek for reading and reflecting.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our guests can take advantage of our Wolf Laurel CC membership and dine at the clubhouse overlooking amazing long-range views. Restaurant and clubhouse are located just 3 miles / 5 min up the mountain from our inn.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Wolf Laurel Stables
    www.horsebackriding.com

    Wolf Laurel County Club
    www.wolflaurelcountryclub.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 rooms available at this time.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets at this time.

     

  • The Inn


    Meet the Owners of this Country Inn near Asheville, North Carolina

    Sam and Debbie Stebbins purchased The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek and approximately eight acres in March 2012. Sam and Debbie have dreamed of and researched owning and operating a B&B since their first visit to a bed and breakfast in Virginia over 25 years ago. While waiting for the right property and timing for that dream to come true, Debbie spent years collecting antiques, recipes, dishes, and vintage table linens. She loves to entertain, cook, garden, decorate, and spend time with people. Her previous career as a registered nurse gave her the opportunity to love and serve cancer patients and their families.

     
    Sam will begin as a “part-time” innkeeper while continuing his full-time civil engineering job for a few more years. His colleagues would tell you his strengths include client satisfaction as he works to build relationships with his clients. Sam will work to serve our guests at the Inn with the same dedication he has served his clients for more than 30 years.
  • History of the Inn

    What is known today as The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek is a Colonial Revival home completed in 1904 after two years of construction. It was built as a residence for David and Pearl Buck, who were in their early twenties.  Mr. Buck owned a timber company and over 4,000 acres. Non-wormy chestnut trees were cut from their property and milled on the banks of Bald Mountain Creek. The mill was powered by a hydro-electric generator which received energy from the ever-flowing creek. This generator also supplied the Bucks with the first electric lights in the community. Thirteen fireplaces and wood stoves heated the home and the wide hallway provided cooling breezes with the doors opened at either end. The Bucks referred to their home site as “Dreamdale.” It included several outbuildings and structures still standing on the property today: the spring house, the old general store/post office, apple house, chicken shed, multiple hand-laid stone walls and bridges, and also the Buck Family Cemetery.  The Buck House and its outbuildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Bucks raised their eight children in the home, all of which graduated from college. Not only was David Buck a businessman, but he also served over twenty years in the North Carolina General Assembly. He and Mrs. Buck entertained his colleagues from Washington D.C. at their home. The visiting dignitaries would stay in what is now known as the Dreamdale Room / Suite.

    After David’s death in 1939, Pearl’s health declined and the old home place was sold in the 1960s. The condition of the house declined as it sat vacant for decades. In the early 2000s a small group of developers recognized the beauty and historic value of the old home and began restoring it. A subsequent developer continued and completed the Buck House restoration project and opened it as an inn in 2007. After being closed for a brief period, Sam and Debbie Stebbins bought and reopened The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek in 2012.
     
    We are very grateful for these developers who had an appreciation for the history of the house and the area and chose to restore the home against the advice of others. We are honored to be able to share this Buck family home and an historic piece of Yancey County history with all who visit.
  • Breakfast

    Wake Up at Our Bed and Breakfast in Western North Carolina

    Breakfast is made up of a hearty main course, sometimes savory and sometimes sweet. Served on fine china with crystal and silver.  It is accompanied with juice, a fruit dish, meat, and homemade bread or muffins. We make every effort to use fresh, local produce when available. Blueberries and blackberries are picked in the summer on the mountain and often used in our dishes. Apple dishes are popular in the fall as they are plentiful in the area. Our main dishes can vary from egg strata, herbed scrambled eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes with a berry compote, to baked French toast with pecans and fruit topping to name a few.

    You may choose to eat with other guests, have a private breakfast at your own table in the dining room, or dine at a vintage patio table creek side on the veranda. When possible, the time for breakfast is flexible to meet the desires of the guests.
     
    Prior to breakfast, early risers can enjoy warm muffins or homemade bread delivered to the beverage station in the hallway outside the guest bedrooms. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will also be available any time of day or night.
     
    We will attempt to meet special dietary needs with at least seven days’ advance notice to the Innkeeper.
  • Amenities

    Outside Amenities:

    • Eight acres of grounds to explore with strolling paths.
    • Historic structures on property.
    • Covered swings along the banks of the creek.
    • Wrap around porch with swings and rockers to enjoy while listening to the creek.
    • Fire ring to enjoy in the evening with a glass of wine, hot chocolate, or s’mores.
    • Yard games such as croquet, bocce ball, and Frisbee.

     “Inn”side Amenities:

    • Bottomless cookie jar.
    • Activity room with hiking maps, laptop computer, local area information for dining, shopping, and recreational activities.
    • Parlor with gas log fireplace to enjoy the company of other guests.
    • Complimentary guest beverage and snack station located in the hallway outside the bedrooms.
    • Warm, homemade muffins or bread delivered to the beverage station for the early risers to enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
    • Full breakfast enjoyed in the dining room or on the creek side veranda.
    • Free Wi-Fi throughout the Inn.
  • Events and Retreats

    Perfect for Mountain Retreats in North Carolina

    The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek is an ideal setting for a small group retreats, getaways, or workshops. This could include church or company leaderships, couples’ or ladies’ retreats. Groups of artists, scrapbookers, quilters, etc. could have workshops at the Inn. The dining room is large and easily converted to a meeting room with three tables and comfortable chairs. A beverage station and snacks are available during meetings. Also available about a mile up the mountain is an outdoor pavilion with stunning long-range views.

    • The eight acres of property around the Inn provide several places to be alone for quiet meditation, reading, writing, or painting. You may enjoy time spent in a covered swing along the banks of the creek, or a rocking chair on the veranda.
    • A hearty breakfast is served buffet style to the group.  Call the Inn to discuss options for the other meals.
    • At the end of the day, the group can enjoy their time together sitting around the fire-ring, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or glass of wine. After all, the summer nights can drop into the low 50s.
    • Contact the Inn for group rates when reserving all rooms.  The Inn can also assist in arranging accommodations for larger groups.

    Reunions

    Time spent with family is to be treasured, and we would love to help make your time together special. With 4,400 square feet in the Inn, your family will have plenty of room. There are two parlors for common areas for the family to gather, but most guests find the wrap-around porch to be the ideal location to congregate. Parents can sit on the porch and watch the children playing nearby. Families can enjoy rubber duck races in the creek; fishing in the trout-stocked pond; or croquet, bocce ball, and Frisbee on the front lawn. In the evening, roast marshmallows over a campfire.

    • Your family can enjoy a memorable, fun-filled trail ride arranged by Wolf Laurel Stables, conveniently located adjacent to the Inn. Young children are welcome on trail rides when accompanied by an adult.
    • There are many hiking trails in the immediate area. We can help you find the right trail for your group and provide you with maps.
    • A hearty breakfast is served buffet style to the group.
    • Children of any age are welcome at the Inn when reserving all four rooms.
    • Contact the Inn for group rates when reserving all rooms.  The Inn can also assist in arranging accommodations for larger groups.
    • We will be happy to help you plan your next reunion.
  • Area Attractions

    Plan a Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

    Whether you’re planning a getaway or an event, be sure to enjoy all of the activities available during your stay at the Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek.

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and then explore the surrounding area with activities offering something for everyone.

    Activities “On the Mountain”

    • Golf at Wolf Laurel Country Club
    • Horseback riding at Wolf Laurel Stables adjacent to the Inn.
    • Hiking on miles of nature trails (maps available)
    • Appalachian Trail access on Big Bald Mountain, only 10 minutes away
    • Catch & release trout fishing in our stocked pond or in nearby streams
    • Picnic lunch at the Pavilion with a gorgeous long-range view or backpack to Bald Mountain
    • Casual or fine dining at Wolf Laurel Country Club
    • Relax in one of the creek side swings along Bald Mountain Creek
    • Play yard games on the front lawn: croquet, bocce ball, Frisbee, horseshoes
    • Stroll and explore historic outbuildings on the Inn’s eight acres: the spring house, old general store, the apple barn, and family cemetery
    • Enjoy an evening around our cozy creek side fire ring with a glass of wine, hot chocolate, or s’mores
    • Sit back and enjoy the scenic gap view from the veranda

    Other Activities Nearby

    • Antiquing and shopping in nearby Burnsville, Weaverville, Mars Hill, or Asheville
    • Biltmore Estates and Winery in Asheville (1 hour)
    • Numerous mountain festivals in the area, such as Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair in Burnsville (20 minutes) and  Bele Chere in Asheville. (35 minutes)
    • Variety of dining in Asheville (35 minutes)
    • Cafes and delis for lunch in Burnsville (15 minutes)
    • Whitewater rafting on the French Broad River (45 minutes)
    • Mt Mitchell State Park near Burnsville, the highest point east of the Mississippi (30 minutes)
    • Trout fishing on Upper Toe River or nearby creeks
    • Roan Mountain State Park near Erwin, TN. (1 hour)
    • Historic Jonesborough, TN, Storytelling Capital of the World (1 hour)
    • Destination hikes in the vicinity (maps and directions available)

    Plan a Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

    Whether you’re planning a getaway or an event, be sure to enjoy all of the activities available during your stay at the Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek.
     
    Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and then explore the surrounding area with activities offering something for everyone.
     

    Activities “On the Mountain”

    • Golf at Wolf Laurel Country Club
    • Horseback riding at Wolf Laurel Stables adjacent to the Inn.
    • Hiking on miles of nature trails (maps available)
    • Appalachian Trail access on Big Bald Mountain, only 10 minutes away
    • Catch & release trout fishing in our stocked pond or in nearby streams
    • Picnic lunch at the Pavilion with a gorgeous long-range view or backpack to Bald Mountain
    • Casual or fine dining at Wolf Laurel Country Club
    • Relax in one of the creek side swings along Bald Mountain Creek
    • Play yard games on the front lawn: croquet, bocce ball, Frisbee, horseshoes
    • Stroll and explore historic outbuildings on the Inn’s eight acres: the spring house, old general store, the apple barn, and family cemetery
    • Enjoy an evening around our cozy creek side fire ring with a glass of wine, hot chocolate, or s’mores
    • Sit back and enjoy the scenic gap view from the veranda

    Other Activities Nearby

    • Antiquing and shopping in nearby Burnsville, Weaverville, Mars Hill, or Asheville
    • Biltmore Estates and Winery in Asheville (1 hour)
    • Numerous mountain festivals in the area, such as Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair in Burnsville (20 minutes) and  Bele Chere in Asheville. (35 minutes)
    • Variety of dining in Asheville (35 minutes)
    • Cafes and delis for lunch in Burnsville (15 minutes)
    • Whitewater rafting on the French Broad River (45 minutes)
    • Mt Mitchell State Park near Burnsville, the highest point east of the Mississippi (30 minutes)
    • Trout fishing on Upper Toe River or nearby creeks
    • Roan Mountain State Park near Erwin, TN. (1 hour)
    • Historic Jonesborough, TN, Storytelling Capital of the World (1 hour)
    • Destination hikes in the vicinity (maps and directions available)
  • Directions

    We look forward to your stay and will have your room ready for your arrival. Please call us if you need additional assistance finding our Inn.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Traveling in the mountains may make GPS and mobile phone service unreliable. We therefore recommend our guests follow the directions provided below.

    From the South/Asheville, NC

    • From Asheville take (Future) I-26 W/US 23 N/US 19 N/US 70 N toward Johnson City, TN.
    • Take Exit 9 towards Burnsville.
    • At end of ramp turn right onto US 19 N for 8 miles.
    • Turn left onto Scronce Creek Road at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
    • Go 0.1 mile to the first right and continue on Scronce Creek Road for 4.8 miles, also following signs to The Preserve at Wolf Laurel. NOTE: Scronce Creek Road becomes Bald Mountain Road.
    • Turn left into the entrance of The Preserve.  Using the posted instructions, call The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek to request gate entry.  The Inn is just a few feet ahead on the right.

    From the East or West

    • From I-40 take I-240 toward Asheville. (Eastbound Exit 46B; Westbound Exit 53B)
    • Take Exit 4A onto (Future) I-26 W/US 23 N/US 19 N/US 70 N toward Johnson City, TN.
    • Continue with directions shown above, From the South/Asheville, item 2.

    From the North

    • Take I-26 E to Exit 9 in North Carolina.
    • At end of ramp, turn left onto US 19 N towards Burnsville for 8 miles.
    • Turn left onto Scronce Creek Road at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
    • Go 0.1 mile to the first right and continue on Scronce Creek Road for 4.8 miles, also following signs to The Preserve at Wolf Laurel. NOTE: Scronce Creek Road becomes Bald Mountain Road.
    • Turn left into the entrance of The Preserve.  Using the posted instructions, call the Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek to request gate entry.  The Inn is just a few feet ahead on the right.

    From Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)

    • When exiting airport, follow signs to Tennessee SR 75 South.
    • Turn left onto TN 75 S for 6.8 miles.
    • Turn left onto I-26 E (also called Future I-26) toward Johnson City, TN.
    • Continue with directions shown above, From the North, item 1.