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Beaufort House Inn

61 North Liberty Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Jim & Christina Muth
  • Introduction

    Beaufort House InnListed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Featured in National Geograpic Traveler's Magazine, Southern Living, Vegetarian Times and chosen for our gardens to appear on the front cover of a nationally published TIME/LIFE book "Designing and Planting Backyards" by Kathy Sheldon.

    Welcome to The Beaufort House, an Asheville bed and breakfast! Where Innkeeping is not our hobby, it is our profession!

    Enjoy the warmth and friendly atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind historic property. Built in 1894, this historic home has been meticulously restored as a romantic bed and breakfast, with an air of casual luxury and elegance - the perfect environment for an exceptional getaway experience.

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian is situated on 1 1/2 acres in the quiet, residential Chestnut Historic District. It provides an oasis of beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and waterfalls just a half mile stroll from the vibrant activities of downtown Asheville, NC.

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    The Inn was once the home to actor Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia, who would walk downtown to their work at The Asheville Community Theatre, which is still putting on great plays throughout the year.

    Our 11 guestrooms offer the architectural charm of a Queen Anne Victorian and the luxuries of a boutique hotel. This property was previously the Asheville residence to actor Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia. Situated in the quiet residential neighborhood of the Chestnut Hill Historic District and minutes from downtown Asheville, it sits on 1.5 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens. You may choose from the following for your accommodations:

    Beaufort House Inn-PorchThe Main House Rooms

    All of the guestrooms in the main house at The Beaufort House Inn in Asheville, North Carolina are a charming mix of comfortable furnishings, combining antiques and reproductions with modern pieces. Each room of the bed and breakfast has updated amenities, including LCD TVs, DVD players, high-speed wireless, down alternative bedding, elegant linens, and Aveda bath products.

    The Terrace Rooms

    The Terrace Rooms at The Beaufort House Inn in Asheville, North Carolina have been luxuriously restored with hard-wood floors and our largest 110-gallon, two-person Jacuzzi lounging tubs. Even though they are part of the main house, they have their own private entrance from a small brick terrace at the side of the house. Both rooms share the terrace, which is set up with bistro tables and chairs.

    Beaufort House Inn-Exterior ViewThe Carriage House Cottages

    Once the carriage house to this grand home, now The Beaufort House Inn, this charming structure has been renovated to include three separate guest cottages. All of the cottages have private entrances, vaulted ceilings, huge 110-gallon Jacuzzi tubs, and small private decks that overlook a secluded wooded area behind our Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast. These rooms have become very popular with our guests.

    This grand home is the perfect place to spend a romantic honeymoon, anniversary, or special getaway weekend. We offer a number of packages to choose from, and we can always arrange a "special touch" awaiting your arrival ~ fresh cut flowers, "sparkling beverages", and/or gourmet chocolates.

    The Beaufort House staff takes pride in offering personalized service in a comfortable atmosphere with the amenities you would expect at a luxury hotel. Our spacious rooms all have private baths, featuring various combinations of king and queen-size beds, luxury linens, two-person Jacuzzis, antique claw tubs with showers, flat screen TVs, high speed wireless Internet, fireplaces, and private porches, decks, balconies, and terraces.

    Beaufort House Inn-Common AreaEnjoy the Value and Warmth of the "Authentic Asheville Experience"

    This grand home is "the place to stay" for a romantic honeymoon, anniversary, or special getaway weekend. Experience all Asheville has to offer as you delight in the mountain sunsets from our wraparound Victorian porch, walk the beautiful gardens, or enjoy the nearby excitement of the arts, culture, food, and music of downtown, just a half-mile away. Christina is a Master Gardner who will help you connect with the natural beauty of our gardens, or you can venture out to enjoy the surrounding mountain areas with hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and an endless variety of outdoor activities. GQ Magazine (May 2011) describes us as "stately not stuffy", we like that description!

    Enjoy a candlelit, two-course gourmet breakfasts featuring fresh, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Our commitment to support local growers enables us to respond to your dietary requirements - vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or other dietary requests with advance notice.

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    Have fun and experience all Asheville has to offer! We take our hospitality seriously, so let us help you see the town and all it has to offer. Select from our special packages and take advantage of our personal concierge service for recommendation and reservations to the best places in town. You will get the most from your stay with help from our "Guest Best" restaurant list and menus, recommendations for Art and Music, Hiking, Biking & Running maps, and access to "The RUSH Fitness Complex" nearby. It's all of Asheville, anyway you like it!

    We think you will find that the casual setting and warm ambiance of the Inn is enhanced by our 11 guestrooms, each of which offers unique amenities: private baths, two-person Jacuzzis, Gas-Log burning fireplaces, LCD TVs, DVD Library, WiFi throughout the Inn and much, much more. The "Beaufort Experience", more that you expect! Historic setting & casual charm, with the luxuries of today.

  • The Beaufort Amenities

    Beaufort House Inn-SnowThe Beaufort House Inn is a historic North Carolina bed and breakfast, that stands apart with many distinctive features and amenities for our guests to enjoy. Here are a few of them.

    The Inn

    Our property is one of the largest and most peaceful in Asheville. Our one and a half acres of beautifully landscaped gardens feature a variety of native and historical species. The garden includes a developing herb garden and a large wisteria arbor, complete with antique brick patio for reading and relaxing.

    You can savor the soft sounds of our water fountains and three-tiered waterfall and enjoy the mountain breezes in the swings and hammocks around the property. Experience the grandeur of mountain sunsets on our Queen Anne wraparound porch and gazebo. Rocking chairs and ceiling fans await you!

    Our comfortable and charming guest rooms reflect the elegant character of this historic home while incorporating all of the modern amenities a discerning guest would expect. Each room is unique and has a private bath with a variety of amenities listed below.

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    The Location

    We are nestled in a quiet, historic residential neighborhood just a half mile stroll from downtown and an easy two mile drive to the Biltmore Estate and Village Shops. Asheville’s downtown features an eclectic mix of shopping, great restaurants, sidewalk cafés, art and music venues...a great place to relax and people watch!

    The Service

    The Beaufort House experience revolves around you. The Inn is owner-operated by Jim & Christina Muth, whose years of business travel experience have taught them how to make your stay an exceptional one. Jim & Christina and their friendly, professional staff are committed to helping you enjoy all that Asheville has to offer. Just Ask. We’ll make it happen!

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    Special Touches

    Because the little things matter. We want you to enjoy.

    Two-course, gourmet, candle light, breakfast, planned and prepared by Christina and her staff, rotating savory/sweet menus that take advantage of local and seasonal produce. Many dietary requirements can be met, upon request, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other food allergies.

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    • private baths in each room with a combination of showers, Jacuzzis and antique claw soaking tubs.
    • Aveda bath products
    • Luxurious white hotel bed linens whose comfort and softness will amaze you
    • Godiva chocolates
    • Two-person Jacuzzis
    • Fireplaces and ceiling fans
    • Hair dryers, alarm clocks, DVD players
    • Luxurious robes
    • Cable with LCD flat screen TVs
    • Air conditioning
    • Wireless Internet throughout the house and cottages
    • Private, off-street parking

    We also offer many special packages including in-room massage; flowers, chocolate truffles; and sparkling beverages. Just ask and we’ll make it happen!

  • Breakfast

    Beaufort House Inn-DiningEach morning at our North Carolina inn, you will look forward to our elegantly prepared, candlelit breakfasts - as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. Our lavish, two-course gourmet breakfast is prepared using the freshest ingredients that take advantage of local and seasonal produce gathered from local farmers and using organic ingredients whenever possible.

    The menu at our bed and breakfast alternates between sweet and savory and is designed to please the palate and expand your breakfast experience.

    We use fresh juices, the finest locally roasted coffees, and organic whole-grain flours. Our menu varies day to day and may include Belgian Waffles, pear dumplings, French phyllo eggs, quiches and crepes. We always complement our main entrée with fresh fruit, baked fruit dishes, delicious muffins, or organic yogurt parfaits. We take simple and traditional recipes and apply a 'modern, updated' flair to our continually expanding menus.

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    We also cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, macrobiotics, and most dietary requests. Advance notice is appreciated for these menu changes.

    Our two dining rooms seat 24 people comfortably for breakfast each morning, at both group and individual tables. The ambiance is complemented with flowers, candles, our elegant antique woodwork, stained glass windows with views of the gardens and birds just outside, and engaging conversation with other guests.

  • About The Inn

    Beaufort House Inn-GazeboThe Beaufort House is an Asheville landmark, and one of the finest examples of a late 1800s home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this exquisite property has received many awards over the years. It has been rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in Asheville. In 2007, it was featured in the NY Times as one of the top 5 places to stay in Asheville. (add link – what word do you want linked, and to what link?). It also has been featured in a variety of publications including National Geographic 'Traveler', Southern Living, and Vegetarian Times publications.

    The Heritage of the Inn

    Historically named Beaufort Lodge, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian style house was built by Theodore Fulton Davidson,designed by architect A.L Melton, and completed in 1895. The tiger oak woodworking and moldings (now an extinct species) and the distinctively colored tile fireplaces in the Main House are all original appointments to the Beaufort Lodge.

    Theodore Davidson was an Asheville lawyer who was both the Attorney General of North Carolina, and later the Mayor of Asheville. The Beaufort Lodge was built for his wife Sarah Lindsey Carter Davidson, and was the scene of many gala social events and political deliberations. Today the Beaufort House Inn stands as a testament to the style and workmanship prevalent during the Biltmore Estate era at the turn of the century in Asheville.

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    Early History or the Area

    In the late 1800s, Asheville society was in the process of shifting from that of a remote county seat, to a more cosmopolitan center of culture. This change was inspired by the vision of George Washington Vanderbilt, who was building what is now the elegant Biltmore Estate (completed around this same time in 1894).

    Theodore Davidson’s career in politics and as mayor of Asheville spanned a key time in that history. After a long and successful career, Theodore F. Davidson died at the age of 86 on June 11, 1931. The property would remain in his family until 1942

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    In 1947, actor Charlton Heston and his wife Lydia moved into Beaufort Lodge where they would take up residence for 6 months. Mr. Heston accepted an invitation as the Director of the Asheville Community Theater, where he would save up a “nest egg” which he would use to travel to California to pursue his larger dreams. Charlton and Lydia rented a room from Laura Schnorrenberg, who then owned the house. Charlton and Lydia occupied what is known today as the Rose Room on the second floor of the main house.

    Late in 1947, Laura sold the home to Mr. Hubert A. Haseltine and his wife to operate as the Haseltine School until 1949. The school merged with some others to become the Asheville Country Day School. Today, those schools have become Carolina Day School a prestigious private school in the Asheville area.

    Recent History of the Inn

    In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Lon McAnally bought the home and restored it to its Victorian elegance. In 1985, Lemac and Marjorie Hopkins purchased the property as a personal home after his retirement as Vice President of Chevron Oil Company. Mr. Hopkins worked diligently to get Beaufort Lodge on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

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    In 1993, Robert and Jacqueline Glasgow purchased the home, and over a three year period, turned it into a thriving Bed and Breakfast Inn. Robert is credited with the upgrades to the house, and the expansion of the original Carriage House into three Guest Cottages and an Innkeepers Quarters. The Beaufort House Inn continued to thrive for another 14 years under the Glasgow’s ownership

    In August 2007, Jim and Christina Muth of Ellicott City, Maryland, fulfilled a desire to relocate to Asheville by purchasing the Inn and assuming the role of Owners/Innkeepers. Today they continue the work of restoration, maintenance, and stewardship of this beautiful historic property.

    Christmas is Magical At the Beaufort House

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  • Area Information

    Beaufort House Inn-Around the areaThe City of Asheville is a vibrant, eclectic community which has been called both the "Paris of the South" and the "place to live in the Eastern US". Every week guests come to town to participate in the “Asheville experience", and after two or three fun-filled days, they realize that they have barely scratched the surface.

    However you describe it, this beautiful and festive city surprises virtually everyone with its vibrant energy, weekly festivals, and dynamic culture celebrating music, food, art, and the outdoors.

    Surrounded by picturesque mountains, streams and lakes, it provides the perfect environment for a quiet vacation getaway, a romantic honeymoon, or anniversary celebration.

    In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer's “Cities Ranked and Rated”. The area provides a colorful palette of activities ranging from Asheville's signature attraction, the Biltmore Estate and Gardens, to an impressive list of appealing experiences.

    Call us for ideas and suggestions on what to do. We have a full concierge service to help you get the most enjoyment from your visit to Asheville.

    Outdoor Activites

    Asheville, NC is a mecca for those looking for a North Carolina travel adventure. There is an endless array of outdoor activities in the area for participants or observers. Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, white water rafting, rock climbing, etc. In 2007, Asheville was featured on the cover of Outside Magazine ( click on the link) as the best place to visit in the Southeast United States for those who enjoy the outdoors and the environment.

    Below is just a sampling of some of those activities:

    • Blue Ridge Parkway and Visitors center
    • Appalachian Trail
    • NC Arboretum
    • Hot Springs
    • Chimney Rock State Park
    • Mt Pisgah
    • Grandfather Mountain
    • Craggy Gardens
    • Lake Lure
    • Dupont State Forest
    • Horseback riding
    • Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
    • Wolf Laurel Trail rides
    • Bicycling
    • Bicycling on the Parkway
    • Mt Bike WNC
    • Smoky Mountain National Park
    • Nantahala Outdoor Center
    • Mountain Adventure Guides - White water rafting / rock climbing
    • Brown Dog adventure tours
    • Brews Cruise
    • Great Smoky Mountain Railway
    • Golf Courses
    • The Grove Park Inn Golf
    • Reems Creek Golf
    • Black Mountain Golf
    • Asheville Municipal Golf course - Designed by Donald Ross
    • Broadmoor Golf Links

    Visit our Outdoor Activities page for more information.

    Restaurants & Dining

    Asheville restaurants are some of the best independently owned in the East. The eclectic culture of Asheville, and the variety of guests who visit from far and wide, have encouraged culinary talent from all over the world to bring their expertise to Asheville, North Carolina. We have virtually no chain restaurants in the downtown area and take pride in the variety of dining cuisine that is available. Below is a short list of some of our "guests' best" recommendations. We will give you the latest list when you visit us.

    • Bouchon
    • The Marketplace
    • Tupelo Honey
    • Bistro 1896
    • The Corner Kitchen
    • Early Girl
    • The Laughing Seed
    • Limones
    • Rezas
    • Salsas
    • Table
    • Cucina 24
    • The Lobster Trap
    • Modesto
    • Lexington Ave. Brewery (LAB)
    • Ophelia’s World Café
    • Fig Bistro
    • French Broad Chocolate Lounge
    • Mayfels
    • Mellow Mushroom
    • Posana Cafe
    • Vincenzo’s Ristorante
    • Fiore’s Ristorante
    • Mela Indian Restaurant
    • Sante’s Wine Bar
    • Ichiban & Wasabi Sushi Bar (2 downtown locations)
    • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. (2 locations, one with a Movie Theatre)
    • Luella’s barbeque
    • Asheville Independent Restaurant Association
    • Asheville Food Tours

    For Restaurant websites, visit our Local Restaurants & Dining page.

    Music & Art

    Asheville's music and cultural scene is alive with a diverse selection of art galleries, music festivals, and performances in a variety of venues around town including the Fine Arts Theater-Asheville. Live-music venues host a regular lineup of top-shelf bands from all over the country and American Style Magazine chose Asheville as number eight on their list of America's Top 25 Small Town Arts Destinations. Here is a sampling of some of the venues.


    • The Orange Peel
    • Shindig
    • The Grey Eagle
    • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
    • Diana Wortham Theater
    • Downtown After Five
    • Bele Chere Music Festival


    • The Folk Art Center
    • The River Arts District - Vibrant artist's studios and galleries for over 30 local and national artists, situated in a former warehouse district by the French Broad River, 5 minutes from downtown
    • Thomas Wolfe Memorial
    • Carl Sandburg's Home
    • Blue Spiral Gallery
    • Grovewood Gallery
    • New Morning Gallery
    • Shakespeare in The Park
    • Harrah's Cherokee Casino
    • Asheville Community Theatre
    • Black Mountain Center for the Arts
    • Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
    • Flat Rock Playhouse - The State Theatre of North Carolina
    • North Carolina Stage Company
    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
    • Asheville Film Festival
    • Chamber of Commerce
    • Explore Asheville
    • Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
    • French Broad River Festival

    For more information visit our Art & Music page.

  • Directions

    Beaufort House Inn-RoadThe Beaufort House Inn is a bed and breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina located on the north end of the city in the inviting residential neighborhood of the Chestnut Hill Historic District, only a half-mile walk from downtown. Enjoy the charm of a Queen Anne Victorian with the amenities of a luxury hotel.

    Directions to the inn are as follows:

    Traveling I-40 Eastbound (From Tennessee, Kentucky, and points West)

    1. Take Hwy. #240 to Asheville
    2. Exit 5A North on Merrimon Avenue, (ramp will loop around to go right on Merrimon)
    3. At second stoplight, turn right onto E. Chestnut Street
    4. Take the next left onto North Liberty Street
    5. We are 2 blocks up on the right-hand side at 61 North Liberty Street

    Traveling I-40 Westbound (from Raleigh, Charlotte, & points East)

    1. Take Hwy. #240 to Asheville. Exit 5A North on Merrimon Avenue
    2. As you exit, you will come to a stoplight
    3. At stoplight, turn right onto Merrimon Avenue North
    4. At the next stoplight, turn right onto E. Chestnut Street
    5. Take the next left onto North Liberty Street
    6. We are 2 blocks up on the right-hand side at 61 North Liberty Street

    Traveling on I-81 to I-26 Southbound (from points North)

    1. Exit I-81 at Exit 57A to I-26 East
    2. Follow I-26 thru Johnson City to Asheville
    3. Exit I-26 in Asheville at Hwy. #240 East (left lane)
    4. Exit 5A North on Merrimon Avenue, (ramp will loop around to go right on Merrimon)
    5. At second stoplight, turn right onto E. Chestnut Street
    6. Take the next left onto North Liberty Street. We are 2 blocks up on the right-hand side at 61 North Liberty Street

    Traveling I-26 Westbound (From the Asheville Airport, Georgia, SC, and other points to the South)

    1. Take I-26 West to Asheville
    2. Take Hwy. #240 exit to Asheville
    3. Exit 5A North on Merrimon Avenue, (ramp will loop around to go right on Merrimon)
    4. At second stoplight, turn right onto E. Chestnut Street
    5. Take the next left onto North Liberty Street
    6. We are 2 blocks up on the right-hand side at 61 North Liberty Street