Historic bed and breakfast retreat in Asheville, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Rush if you must, but the ambiance at Beaufort House Inn invites you to slow down.
After driving three hours on mountain roads in heavy rain, I arrived stressed out. I parked in the driveway and stepped inside, my husband waiting in the car. A friendly staffer offered to give me a tour of the house, but I was drenched, exhausted and quite frankly in no mood for leisurely chats. I wanted to get into my room as soon as possible so I could warm up and dry off. She handed me my room key—an old-fashioned key, not a swipe card!—pointed out which door it would open, and off I went.
Once we were inside and discovered our guestroom had a private entrance, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub big enough for two, I started to relax. This was certainly worth the challenging drive!
My husband, meanwhile, had noticed a plate full of cookies in the kitchen and a table filled with wine carafes and appetizers on our way in, and so he quickly disappeared.
I flipped the fireplace switch on, pulled off my wet clothes and slipped into a clean, cozy guest robe, and sank onto the plush bed. Ahhh.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this B&B is housed in a spacious Queen Anne Victorian that’s situated on one and a half acres in the quiet, residential Chestnut Historic District—which, I’m now convinced, is the neighborhood for me if I ever move to Asheville (the B&B is walking distance from several great grocery stores and downtown Asheville).
The home once belonged to actor Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia. It’s been a bed and breakfast for the past 12 years, and owned and operated by Jim and Christina Muth since 2007.
This is the Muths’ first B&B, but they run it like lifelong pros. “We knew what we liked in hospitality,” explains Jim.
Each morning a two-course breakfast is served at 9 a.m. You can choose a seat at the big table to mingle with other guests or settle at a private table if you’re not a “morning person.” The menu alternates daily between savory and sweet, but always emphasizes local ingredients. “I like to cook seasonally,” says Christina, who also enjoys working in the extensive gardens.
“Fifty percent of our guests are under age 40,” says Christina. “Most are under age 35 and we’ve had three engagements!” Beaufort House Inn sets a lovely stage for romantic getaways, though a group of girlfriends would feel equally at ease.
Whether you’re looking to explore the area or retreat into your guestroom, Beaufort House Inn is a comfortable choice for overnight accommodations in Asheville, North Carolina.
After enjoying some pampering, restful sleep, scrumptious fare, and friendly folks, you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Located a half-mile from downtown Asheville and two miles from the Biltmore Estate and Village Shops
- 11 guest accommodations are offered in the main house and private cottages
- Complimentary two-course breakfast (alternating sweet/savory menus)
- Complimentary social hour each evening with complimentary beer, wine and appetizers
- Complimentary parking
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Some rooms boast fireplaces
- 8 rooms boast whirlpool tubs; 2 have clawfoot soaking tubs
- 3 rooms have private entrances
- Guest robes available for use during your stay
- Luxurious linens
- LCD flatscreen TVs
- Pets are not permitted
- A special holiday package is available now through January 3, 2015—stay two nights and save on holiday shopping at some of Asheville’s best independent retailers.
- Odds of Encountering Children: Only children age 11 and older are permitted guests at Beaufort House Inn.
Beaufort House Inn
61 North Liberty Street
The Beaufort House Inn is a member of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association.
– Photo Credits: Exterior with snow courtesy Asheville B&B Association; remainder © HSP Media LLC
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