My wife and I stayed here for two nights while visiting Asheville. I talked with Vicki ahead of time about walking to the Biltmore, and she explained that it is possible. However, she did say that there is a distance once you pass the gate just to get to parking. So, I really appreciated the knowledge passed along ahead of time. But, during that time, she mentioned that the house overlooks the Biltmore, which is a huge stretch. There is a rail yard and a forest in between, which makes a view of the Biltmore impossible. To be fair, she didn't say their was a view. Poor assumption on my part.
I don't think the B&B scene is for us. But, overall our stay was good. The others in the place were very quiet and courteous. Also, there was some good conversation at the breakfast table. My wife really is a dog lover, so the golden retrievers were a plus in her book. The Zen room is a little small, but it was adequate for our stay. No TV, which I either didn't know or didn't pay attention. My wife got bitten in several places while sleeping the second night, and we killed two spiders in the bathroom. I am not sure if the pest control is adequate in a "green" facility.
There are a lot of little things that are not there that you will feel as if you are imposing if you ask for them. As an example, I included in my e-mail that I am gluten free and caffeine free. At breakfast day one, there was no caffeine free coffee, so I had to make a trip to Starbucks later. She did offer to make me a spinich scramble, but I just ate the quiche without the crust. Still no caffeine free coffee.
If you are into fitness, you will have to take to the streets to run. But, be careful. Achievable, but caution is the utmost here. For visiting Asheville downtown and the Biltmore, this is in the perfect location. We won't do the B&B again, but if you are into it, be sure to specify up front what you need either diet-wise or otherwise.
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July 13, 2013
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Thanks for your comments. I love any review that can help us create a better experience for our future guests.
I sure didn't mean to mis-lead about our location in proximity to the Biltmore Estate. But we do overlook it. That forest you mentioned is the edge of the Estate. If you were thinking you'd have a view of the house, well no. As I'd mentioned that's tucked in, miles within the 8,000 acres of the estate.
I made some assumptions of my own - that when you said caffeine-free you meant tea. We just rarely get a request for decaf coffee. I'll make sure I have some on hand for the future. And I feel we alway do a very good job of meeting our guests dietary needs, like offering to make your dish separate with gluten-free toast.
My biggest concern is that you imply we're not clean here. We have never gotten a score with our Environmental Health Inspection below 98 in our 7 years running the B&B. It's 99 this year. The Zen Garden room has hardwood floor, no holes in the screens, is thoroughly clean with safe cleaning products for each guest, and has an antimicrobial natural latex foam mattress. As much as we try, in a nearly 100 year old home, we get a few small spiders. If you have a chance to check you'll see that the vast majority of existing and new construction in the Medical and Hospitality Industry strive to do building, and operations and maintenance, using green and sustainable principles. Green is healthy and clean.
I totally agree that the B&B scene is not for everyone, but we do have loyal following and lots of fun folks who like this kind of a stay. So, thanks for giving us a try.
Vicki and Neeraj
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