Oak Hill on Love Lane
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Oak Hill on Love Lane invites you to experience the best of Western North Carolina. Just minutes from Asheville and The Blue Ridge Parkway nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, enjoy exhilarating white water rafting, leisurely shopping in Waynesville's quaint boutiques or anything in between.
Whether you come to Waynesville for pleasure, special occasions such as weddings, golf outings or family reunions, or simply for a romantic getaway weekend, Oak Hill will cater to your every need.
"When we decided to put our many years in the hospitality industry to work for us by opening a bed and breakfast, our search ended immediately when we found the Clyde Ray Sr. house and Waynesville. This beautiful historic home instantly welcomes all, and we look forward to offering you a comfortable elegant stay. We know you'll fall in love with Oak Hill as we have."- Shell and Deb Isenberg
More About Oak Hill
Oak Hill on Love Lane, formally Ten Oaks Bed and Breakfast, occupies the Clyde H. Ray Sr. house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Clyde Ray Sr. was a prominent Waynesville merchant and banker, and fourteen year Mayor of Waynesville. He purchased approximately 5 acres on Love Lane in 1897. This marked the beginning of the legacy of the Clyde H. Ray Sr. Waynesville homestead. In 1898, he began construction of this beautiful home with a southern exposure, taking full advantage of the beautiful view of Waynesville.
At that time, the finest hardwood lumber was available here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Much of it was virgin timber and Mr. Ray bought only the best grade available. The home took two years to build, and was finally completed in 1900. Only the finest of everything went into this stately home. Mr. and Mrs. Ray had thirteen children who all grew up in this home, making 224 Love Lane the Ray Family Estate. Many of their descendants still reside in Waynesville today.
Stone steps, which are still in their original location, led guests from the drive to the immaculate oak front door. The original cement sidewalks, beckoning guests to enjoy the grand porch, still remain. A brick springhouse was constructed about 20 feet from the house that is still standing. The springhouse served as a "refrigerator", keeping cool all the family's perishable goods.
The estate has been a showpiece since completion in 1900 and has been kept in pristine condition. The grand estate remained in the Ray family until 1979, which explains the home's adherence to the original design. The home has the original weighted windows and doors, with the original intricate doorknobs and hinges. The original sliders that operate the beautiful period transom windows are still functional. The original hardwood floors are in pristine condition as are the three grand staircases and banisters. The original picture and dental moldings and window and doorframe moldings remain. In one of the bathrooms, even the original claw foot tub and pedestal sink remain! Even the original steam registers are still evident. The original eight fireplaces and mantles still remain and have all been retrofitted with propane logs.
The home was purchased in December 2007 by Shell and Deb Isenberg, who take great pride in converting it back to a bed and breakfast. We wish to give tremendous credit to Jack and Eleanor Suddath, who performed the original restoration and opened the house as Ten Oaks Bed and Breakfast. Without their efforts, there is no question that this lovely home would not be in its current condition and therefore would not have offered us this opportunity.
Our promise is to make every effort to accommodate your requests. It is our goal to insure your comfort.
Oak Hill features Kathy Ireland latex mattresses by Therapedic. They are naturally anti-microbial, breathable and dust mite resistant, making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers. For more information go to www.therapedic.com. All of our bedding is also hypoallergenic and the house is equipped with a Trane Clean Air Filter.
Oak Hill featuresa wrap-around veranda and gazebo providing excellent mountain views and refreshing breezes.
Served at 8:30AM daily. Join our other guests in the Suddath Dining Room for a three-course breakfast. We happily accommodate all dietary restrictions with advanced notice. Oak Hill features coffee specially formulated for us by Smoky Mountain Roasters. Stop by their locations on Main Street and in Hazelwood Village.
Help yourself to coffee, soft drinks, bottled waters, fresh baked goods and a variety of snacks. Located in the Suddath Dining Room and always available.
Evening Turn-Down Service
Turn down service will be provided (if room is available) enhanced with bottled waters and chocolates.
Wireless Internet and Daily Housekeeping Service
Activities & Attractions
Historic Waynesville is a characterized by an eclectic and spirited downtown lined with unique ships, art galleries, working studios and reinvented historic spaces. Here, you'll see brick sidewalks adorned with flowers and benches, cozy restaurants and an abundance of meandering window-shoppers. Visit Mast General Store, a traditional mercantile shop housed in a 1930's clothing store. Relax with a cup of coffee or tea at one of the many cafes. While you're enjoying the heritage, visit Historic Shelton House, Francis Grist Mill and Frog Level, the revitalized railroad district.
Biltmore Estate & Winery
Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateau remains America's largest privately owned home.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. "America's Favorite Drive" winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
A 60,000 square foot casino open 24 hours a day, every day. More than 2,700 slots and digital games, as well as all of your favorite games played in a table game atmosphere with live dealers and real chips, are open to guests 21 years of age and older.
Cherokee Indian Reservation
Experience Cherokee history and culture brought to life in awe-inspiring ceremonial dance, ancient artifacts, stirring legends, nationally renowned theatrical performances and traditional Cherokee arts and weaponry by today's Cherokee Master Artists.
Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest is located in the heart of North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way through the forest's hazy peaks and passes Mount Mitchell, the highest summit east of the Mississippi River. In the Pisgah you can hike through virgin forest, mountain-bike over endless single-track, paddle world-class whitewater, flyfish, and climb. While in the Forest, we suggest hiking the scenic Graveyard Fields Trail or The Mountains-to-Sea Trail and enjoy the streams and waterfalls, accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway and just a few miles from downtown Waynesville.
Fall Color Tours
The fall foliage color show in western North Carolina attracts visitors from around the world. With the 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, the lush Blue Ridge Mountain range puts on one of the longest-running color displays in the country. The date for peak color changes each year due to varying weather patterns.
- Laurel Ridge Country Club - 18 holes, par 72, 6,093 yards, putting green, driving range
- Lake Junaluska Golf Course - 18 holes, par 68, 5,050 yards
- Waynesville Country Club - 27 holes, par 70, 5,108-5,468 yards, chipping area, 2 putting greens
- Maggie Valley Club - 18 holes, par 72, 6,200 yards, putting green, driving range
Skiing and Snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Area
Our winter playground is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks - riding the chairlift has never been more rewarding. Smooth, gentle slopes give the novices the elbowroom they need to learn the basics and practice their skills. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders find plenty of action while seasoned experts can face the steepness found on 14 runs including exciting slopes and winding trails.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Today the Smokies, the western section of the Appalachian Mountains, include the most visited U.S. national park. This refuge is home to black bears, bobcats, 30 species of salamanders, and myriad birds, plus over 4000 species of plants. Overlooking it all are the Smokies, rising to 6,643 feet (2,025 meters) at their highest point. Most visitors travel through the park by car, along scenic drives that provide spectacular vistas, but more than 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) of trails wind through the park's interior. Visit www.nps.gov/grsm/gsmsite/tripplanner.html for a myriad of park activities.
Smoky Mountain Railroad
You'll travel along cool rushing rivers, cross over a man-made lake on a high trestle and through lush green valleys and rolling farmlands. Choose from a variety of half-day scenic rail excursions departing from depots in the historic mountain towns of Dillsboro and Bryson City, North Carolina. Climb aboard the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner Train for a four-course meal elegantly served in the fine tradition of railroad dining. Open year-round.
Other Activities Available
- Horseback Riding
- White Water Rafting
- Nature Photography Tours
- Waterfall Tours