Herren House Bed and Breakfast

94 East Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
Innkeeper(s): Michelle and Phil Briggs
  • We have beautiful grounds for weddings.

    We have beautiful grounds for weddings.

  • Herren House Bed and Breakfast

    Herren House Bed and Breakfast

  • Bridget's Bistro  and Dining Room

    Bridget's Bistro and Dining Room

  • The Parlor

    The Parlor

  • Bowman's Room

    Bowman's Room

  • Henry's Room

    Henry's Room

  • Jessica's Room

    Jessica's Room

  • Lucile's Room

    Lucile's Room

  • MaryLu's Room

    MaryLu's Room

  • Molly's Room

    Molly's Room

  • Homemade cookies & cake!

    Homemade cookies & cake!

  • Rhododendrons in May

    Rhododendrons in May

  • Jessica's shower and claw foot soaking tub

    Jessica's shower and claw foot soaking tub

  • Introduction

    1897 Herren House - Waynesville, North CarolinaWelcome to 1897 Herren House
    A Block from Downtown... A Mile from Paradise!

    Herren House is the best situated and most uniquely appointed bed and breakfast guest lodge in Waynesville, gateway to North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains.

    Located on a quiet residential street, it's only a block from Waynesville's Main Street, the center of a bustling, small town business district known for its colorful assortment of specialty shops, art galleries, craft studios, antique emporiums and fine restaurants.

    In less than a mile, the countryside begins to rise into some of the most majestic scenery in the eastern United States. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are only a few minutes' drive away. World-class art and cultural events keep things lively throughout the seasons.

    Herren House is located in one of the country's most unique spots. The picturesque town of Waynesville (pop. 10,000) sits amid the stunning natural beauty of dense forests and majestic


    mountains. Close by are such scenic, historic, cultural and recreational attractions as...

    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Great Smoky Mountains Railway
    • Asheville and the famous Biltmore Estate, gardens and winery
    • Cherokee Indian Reservation
    • Pisgah National Forest
    • Brevard Music Center
    • More than 250 waterfalls


    ... plus extensive facilities for whitewater rafting, trout fishing, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, and some of the finest PGA golf courses in the nation. Area cultural events include the international folk festival, Folkmoot USA, and renowned musical and theater troupes that visit regularly.

    A perfect blend of old and new, Herren House combines the "period" charm of an elegantly restored, historically significant home with modern comforts and ample space. While most guest lodges have been converted from private residences,  Herren House was originally built as a boarding house and has accommodated the public for a century.

    Herren House is a special place -- just a block from downtown and a mile from paradise.

    Full Breakfast Served Daily from 7:30 to 9:30 AM

    Herren House is a unique 19th century guest lodge which has been completely restored and refurbished to combine gracious Victorian decor and vintage antique furnishings with the most modern of amenities, including central air conditioning. Six spacious guest rooms -- one equipped for wheelchair accommodation -- meet any taste, need or fancy. (There's even an octagon-shaped bedroom with an unusual, turn-of-the-century, 48-pane window.) Each room has its own sitting area and a private bathroom. All offer distinctive touches like original works of art and stunning quilts.

    The gardens are a bouquet of seasonal colors and herbal fragrances. Sprawling wrap-around porches and latticed garden shelters offer quiet evening relaxation or a shady respite from the day's activities. An overhead fan and piped in music in the gazebo will soothe you as you wile away a summer afternoon with a cool drink.

    You can't have a great bed and breakfast without a great breakfast. At  Herren House breakfast is exceptional, complete with music and casual conversation with the innkeepers and other guests. It begins always with a fresh fruit start course and then includes choices ranging from eggs done to your taste to waffles and delectable French toast. Fine coffees and tea enhance the meal. Afternoon refreshments are enjoyed most often on the spacious wraparound porch or in the garden.

    Herren House has been known for its Carolina hospitality since 1897, when it was named "Savannah." it takes its current name from its second owner, Mollie Herren (circa 1918).

    The structure has undergone extensive renovation, with loving care given to such distinctive elements as the original woodwork, fireplace fronts and mantel-pieces that grace its rooms, along with other "period" details which have either been restored or painstakingly replicated. It is truly a showcase of Victorian charm.

    Innkeepers Gerry Shields and Roland Labadan maintain the elegant traditions of Herren House, while contributing their own distinctive gifts from operating two former inns in Virginia and extensive experience living and working in Europe

    Come experience a special place... Herren House.




    What a wonderful venue you have created from the beautiful setting and relaxing accommodations to the outstanding food and warm congeniality you provide, every moment of our all too brief stay was totally enjoyable. ~ Nancy & John S.

    The hospitality, beauty and outstanding cuisine have all combined to make a five star event. ~ Beecher & Sara D.

    I landed in your B&B at a time I needed a little pampering. And boy, did you deliver! Wonderful accommodations, wonderful food and such welcoming service. ~ Debra D.


  • Handicap Accessible

    Bowman's Room is on the first floor of this lovely Victorian Inn. The king size bed which can be split into two singles with a wheelchair accessible bath. The tub and shower are equipped with hand rails and a seat with temperture controlled hand shower.

  • Your Perfect Wedding

    The Herren House is the perfect place to host your special day.....We have beautiful grounds for weddings from 2-50ppl...Let our Chef have your tastes buds dancing..."Your taste is our desire." Call Michelle at the Herren House to plan your big day.......Your budget is very important so lets start there.