Asheville's primary attractions, such as the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn, draw huge crowds due to their grandeur, their rich history, and their hospitality. Billy and Michael have achieved similar results (albeit on a smaller scale) with the Reynolds Mansion. They have put this house back in the form it was in its heyday, and have not only respected its history, but made it accessible to any visitor. Their commitment to getting it right (which included such things as having an artist spend four weeks laying on his side on a scaffold to duplicate a faux wood finish below the dining room crown molding) is incredible to experience.
There are B&B's whose structures are more exotic, whose rooms are bigger, and whose furnishings are more expensive. But I haven't stayed in one whose owners and staff were as genuine and accommodating, and their breakfasts were as good as I've had on any of the four continents I've visited.
If you go to Asheville and you really want to get a feel of life back in the day, stay at the Reynolds Mansion. And be sure to have Billy tell you some of its history over breakfast, and have him show you the pictures of what the house was like prior to its restoration. Then, you will really know what it's like to have a big dream, and what it takes to realize it. You will leave not only refreshed from your stay, but inspired.
I realize this sort of praise sounds overheated. But, I was in the military for 23 years, and I've been to lots of places, ranging from grandiose to miserable and dangerous. The Reynolds Mansion, in my book, is the real thing - an indisputably good place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places, The Reynolds Mansion was built in 1847 and is one of the few remaining pre Civil War homes. The mansion sits on a four acre site with spectacular views near the foot of Reynolds Mountain. With over 3,000 sq feet of porches, and 12 fireplaces, you'll feel the warmth and hospitality from the moment enter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Reynolds Mansion Hotel Asheville