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Bent Creek Lodge
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   10 Parkway Crescent, Arden, NC 28704   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Arden B&B and Inns
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“Great again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stayed at the Bent Creek Lodge last year and enjoyed it so much we decided to come back.
It is such a nice place. Everything is great, clean and convenient. Jodi is a great cook and we enjoyed her breakfasts. A couple of times in the evening we got carry-out and ate our dinner on the deck while enjoying the humming birds. This is one of the few B&B's that does not look like it's out of the 18th century. It's rustic-looking, decorated beautifully and the furnishings are newer and perfect. And...although it's located in Arden, it's 10 minutes to downtown Asheville and 2 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Jodee and Doug Sellers have created a beautiful lodge in the woods near Asheville and we spent 5 nights here. We could quite easily have spent 5 more. The hosts were exceptional- nothing is too much trouble and everything has been provided to make the stay relaxing and the rooms are very well presented. You are woken with the smell of fresh coffee brewing downstairs and breakfast is incredible. Fresh baked cookies and treats are always available after a day of sightseeing and they are hard to resist!
It was a very peaceful place with stunning gardens but it is only a short drive to the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville. We could not imagine a better place to stay when discovering the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway area.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

My husband and I stopped by Bent Creek for one night during a tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Out of seven B&Bs we felt the most at home here. We loved the rustic feel of the building, but the updated furnishings. Breakfast was amazing (ask about the tomato jam - WONDERFUL) and we enjoyed all of the amenities offered by the hosts (fridge filled with sodas/water for the guests, snacks at night, little chocolates in our room, etc...). The room was nicely decorated and quiet and we enjoyed a nice walk around the property in the morning. On a side note.. several of the B&Bs we stayed in played elevator music during breakfast (bleh). Jodi was playing some great classic rock I believe - a little treat for us as the elevator music makes us want to run away screaming! haha! GREAT experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The Bent Creek Lodge was highly recommended to me by my sister. We had a wedding in Asheville this month and made plans to stay there. The lodge has a beautiful setting and is peaceful and comfortable. Breakfast is delicious and sitting on the deck drinking coffee in the morning was a special treat. I have made plans to return for a four day family gathering in August. It is very convenient to Asheville, The Biltmore Estate, the French Broad River, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

The hosts, Doug and Jodee, were really wonderful, providing good service but not being overly curious, and the other staff were courteous, too. The lodge is rustic, but not primitive. The grounds, although steep, have paths and plants galore. We stayed in the Bike room, which is on the third floor. These rooms have a "balcony" outside, which did provide a second entrance, as well as good views, but no one actually sat out there, perhaps because the balcony is so narrow that they have placed "director's chairs" on it, rather than the more comfortable chairs which are on the second floor deck. As other reviewers have noted, there isn't much sound insulation between the rooms, which on the third floor are side-by-side. And, without a great contractor and a goodly chuck of change, that just going to be a bit of a problem. There are no televisions in these upstairs rooms, which is good, because the sound would no doubt contribute the the noise issue.

Breakfast on both days of our stay was more than adequate in quantity, was well-prepared, and served quickly. The breakfast menu is posted the night before on a slate. Since my husband does not think that eggs should ever share a plate with a tomato, instead of the breakfast enchilada on the menu, Jodee prepared a more basic scrambled egg plate for us. As the lodge was entirely booked, we were impressed with that attention to detail. Our second morning, we had citrus French toast, with fruit, yogurt, and granola— and, yes, it was as decadent as it sounds. There are snacks and drinks for guests to have anytime, which is an added bonus.

I chose the Bent Creek Lodge primarily for its location, which is less than a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, as it sweeps through the southern part of Asheville. As two-wheel enthusiasts, the lodge seemed to be a great spot. However, the steep drive and gravel parking lot could present a challenge to inexperienced motorcycle riders. I would agree with much of what other reviewers have said, apart from criticizing the food.

For us, the innkeepers rate five of five, as does the location. However, the construction of the lodge keeps this from being a perfect score. Although this lodge is a bit more expensive than some B&B properties, I thought it was a good value, because the room was nice, the food was great, the service was good, and the location is just about perfect.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

My wife and I were able to make an overnight business trip into a celebration of our 22nd anniversary at Bent Creek Lodge B&B. I have stayed at a lot of B&Bs from South America to the mid west. This property was a delightful change. The lodge was built in the late 1998, and the owners Doug & Jodee Sellers were very kind and welcoming. Over our stay there were +/-5 other couples staying at the lodge. The rooms were very clean, well decorated, beds were comfortable. Most notable is that there was no TV in the room. I kind of liked it as we were there to enjoy each others company and the lodge. It was very peaceful. We stayed in the Wild Flower room and it had a large jet tub that was delightful.
For us, as an overnight get away, this was a good stay for us. It was near Asheville but not in the downtown mix mush of noise and people. We did not hear one police sirene or boom boom music from passerbys the whole time as the lodge is deep in the woods on the side of a small mountain. It was spectacularly peaceful. Breakfast was good and adequate and more than filling. Served with coffee, fruit and waffels. NOTE: Overall Asheville is a little on the pricey side of things as it trys to appeal to the trendy money crowd and to the artsy hippy crowd. So we expected to pay a little more to stay in Asheville (typically double from what is seen elsewhere) and we were not let down in the pricing area. Overall I would stay at The Bent Creek Lodge again, but not on business as it was a little higher priced than my business budget allowd, but it was on the lower side of the price range as compared to the other 50 B&Bs in the Asheville area. In essence it was worth the cost for our stay.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to stay at Bent Creek Lodge. It has an Asheville address – close to Asheville, but in a lovely out of the way secluded area. When we arrived during that week, it appeared that there was only one other couple there. Because our rooms were next to one another, Doug kindly moved us to the Water Room. (Can’t say enough good about that shower!)

Each room has an entry to the back balcony overlooking the ‘back yard’. I walked down to see Bent Creek and was rewarding with sculptures and stain glass along the way. Loe-D and Leona, the two lodge dogs, were there to encourage me along – even though they ran circles around me!

Breakfast was a treat. Jodee is an incredible cook and enjoys seeing others enjoy her food.

And, if you want to venture into downtown Asheville, it isn’t far. But, personally, I loved staying at the lodge, playing billiards (something I haven’t done for about 35 years), or taking a hike and then sitting on the deck with my book. Now – that’s relaxing!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Parkway Crescent, Arden, NC 28704
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Arden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Arden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bent Creek Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the heart of the mountains you came to see in this elegantly, rustic lodge, only yards from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 miles from downtown Asheville. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views, the crackling fireplace, the scrumptious breakfast, hiking trails graced with waterfalls and rhododendron tunnels and most of all the gracious hospitality. You'll know you've found a truly special place. ... more   less 
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