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A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast

135 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Bill & Emily McIntosh
  • Summary

    Victorian Home Away From Home

    Feel right at home at A Bed of Roses where warmth meets indulgence in all the best ways.

    Built in 1897, A Bed of Roses is a beautiful and romantic Queen Anne Victorian style inn. The warm hardwood floors and five carefully decorated guest rooms are sure to make A Bed of Roses your home away from home. Each unique room is fitted with lush robes and free Wi-Fi while select rooms include an inviting gas fireplace and Jacuzzi-style tubs.

    The inn is located in the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina in the Montford Historic District. It is within walking distance of downtown Asheville which harbors dozens of independent restaurants, craft breweries, antique shops, theaters, and an art museum. The Biltmore estate is only a brief ten-minute drive away.

    Every morning at 7:30AM coffee and a wide selection of tea are served on the dining room buffet. The gourmet breakfast begins at 9:00AM with a seasonal fruit course accompanied by a selection of juices, and followed by the scrumptious main course. Tea and freshly baked fare are available for your enjoyment.

    A Bed of Roses earns its name from the organically grown rose bushes surrounding the property that fill the air with a refreshing perfume and delight viewers relaxing on the shaded front porch. Rose petals are occasionally found sprinkled in the fruit course and herbs from the same gardens are often used in the breakfast dishes.

  • Introduction

    A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast - Asheville, North CarolinaA Bed of Roses, Victorian B&B is a romantic Queen Anne Victorian inn located in the heart of the Montford Historic District in Asheville, North Carolina. Our location is convenient to downtown Asheville, only five and a half blocks away from the Civic Center and close to great restaurants and one of a kind shops. The Biltmore Estate, a must see in Asheville, is only 10 minutes away.

    The inn was built in 1897 and exudes the charm of the Victorian era while offering the modern conveniences and luxuries of today. Our five guest rooms are filled with lovely antiques, each one unique. You will also find gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi-style tubs and free wi-fi throughout the Bed & Breakfast. All of our rooms have private baths.

    Our lovely shaded front porch offers a perfect venue for enjoying our rose gardens, relaxing with a good book or socializing with our other guests.

    Wake up every morning to coffee and tea served on our dining room buffet at 7:30 AM. A full gourmet breakfast is served at 9AM and is sure to please. We begin with a fruit course, then serve a delectable main course from over 16 carefully planned menus. See our website for sample menus and recipes.

    Let your innkeepers, Bill and Emily McIntosh help you plan your day. There's so much to do and see in the Asheville area.

    A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast dining room

    A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast parlor

  • 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 Emily McIntosh for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guest are here to visit Asheville and the Biltmore Estate for a short pleasure trip. Many are looking for a romantic inn to celebrate special occasions as well or to spend their honeymoons.

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

    We have a lovely Queen Anne Victorian filled with beautiful antiques, yet there’s a comfortable warmth to it. I believe it is our warmth and hospitality as well as our delicious breakfasts that make us memorable. Nearly every guest review or note in our guest books mentions how good the breakfast is and how artful the presentation is.

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

    In the past I wouldn’t have hesitated to say the Biltmore Estate is a must see for those who haven't been here before. Nowadays the wonderful independent restaurants and plentiful craft breweries have become a serious draw. It’s a real “Foodtopia”. The art scene is incredibly vibrant as well with a long history of traditional and contemporary mountain crafts.

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

    Choosing the best compliment is tough! Perhaps that the food is restaurant quality, or that we were their home away from home.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Asheville has some of the best New York style pizza south of the Mason Dixon line!

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

    For travelers staying more than just a weekend we suggest  hiking, river sports, The Biltmore Estate, antique shopping, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the NC Arboretum, or a visit to Mt. Mitchell and/or Mt. Pisgah. Other ideas include Chimney Rock, the waterfalls in the Dupont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest, the artist’s studios in the River Arts District,  or the Zoom Tour Comedy Bus. Guests will also enjoy going on one of our two Food Tours in Asheville and in Biltmore Village, a visit to the Cradle of Forestry or the Vance Birthplace, a visit to the spa or golf course at the Grove Park Inn or having a drink on their Sunset Terrace. They can enjoy live music and locally made craft beers at Jack of the Wood or jazz and blues at Tressa’s. Travelers can eat, eat and eat some more at some of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants, there are no chains here. Have a drink at the Sky Bar overlooking Asheville and the breathtaking mountains beyond. Take in some theater at a wide variety of venues from the Montford Players Shakespeare in the Park to the North Carolina Stage Company, the Magnetic Field or the Asheville Community Theatre.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All of Asheville is walking distance from our inn! We’re 5 1/2 blocks from downtown Asheville where you’ll find dozens of restaurants, shops, the art museum, the Thomas Wolf Memorial, the U.S. Cellular Center, NC Stage Company, The Vance Memorial, The Outdoor Performance Area at Pack Place, numerous art galleries, The Fine Arts Theater, antique shops and more. Right in our immediate neighborhood, besides the beautiful Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture you’ll find The Montford Park Players, an outdoor Shakespearean Theatre, neighborhood restaurants and Montford Park.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have several favorite restaurants, but The Market Place, Rezaz and Curate top the list. Fresh farm to table cuisine rules in Asheville.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    I refer to all the time for everything from upcoming festivals and events to the up to the minute leaf peeping forecast. They also have great sections on dining and lodging. And is the place to go to when you’re looking for a bed and breakfast in the area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 guest rooms, one of which is a suite with a sitting room in addition to the bedroom and bath.

    Do you accept pets?

    No. We have two cats who live on the premises.

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  • Directions

    From Raleigh NC

    1. Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours
    2. I-40 West to I-240 West to Asheville

    From Atlanta

    1. Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours
    2. I-85 North to I-26 West to I-240 East to Asheville

    From Charlotte

    1. Approximately 2 hours
    2. I-77 to I-40 West to I-240 West to Asheville

    From Tennessee

    1. Approximately 1 hour from North Carolina Welcome Center
    2. I-40 East to I-240 East to Asheville


    1. From I-240 take exit 4C, then turn right at the top of the ramp and proceed north on Montford Avenue
    2. Turn right on Chestnut Street and left on Cumberland Avenue to 135 Cumberland
    3. It is the second house on the right