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177 Cumberland Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-1736
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#3 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Travelers' Choice
The Carolina Bed and Breakfast is located in the historic Montford District near great restaurants and shops with a short walk into downtown and a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate. Guests enjoy a cozy fireplace in winter and cool drinks on the front porch in summer. Amenities include luxurious towels and linens, comforters, and whirlpools or Jacuzzi tubs. Bountiful gourmet breakfasts are prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
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Lisa L wrote a review Today
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Diana and Kevin were wonderful hosts for the week we stayed at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. They provided ample information about sight-seeing and restaurants. The room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the morning, talking with our hosts, and other guests, and sipping coffee. The house is beautiful with art glass from Lexington Works and a lovely garden. Every breakfast was delicious and nutritious. Great location in the Montford historic district, within easy walking distance to outstanding restaurants and downtown Asheville.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Pamme B wrote a review May 2021
Litchfield, New Hampshire5 contributions5 helpful votes
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When I met Diana Thornton a half-dozen years ago, I immediately knew she was something special. When I learned Diana opened a bed and breakfast, it was certain this place would be something special, too. Photos of Carolina Bed & Breakfast began to whet my appetite and I wondered when I might get to Asheville, NC, to experience this inviting B&B firsthand. The stars aligned – even during a pandemic – and a family celebration in April provided the opportunity to travel to the area. I knew there was just one place to consider staying, and I’m so glad I did. This past year has been particularly fraught with stress for us all, so imagine taking that first step back in a bit of reality and having that reality combine deep comfort, thoughtful hospitality and beautifully appointed surroundings – and the most incredible food, too. Carolina Bed & Breakfast is located in a lush and lovely historic district, warm and welcoming; relaxation begins to set in as soon as you enter the area. As you alight in front of the property, you can’t help but be immediately charmed. You’ll take in the beautiful grounds and the enticing porch, with ample seating and space to gather with others or quietly embrace the surroundings on your own. All this and you haven’t yet walked through the front door. Diana greeted me warmly and toured the downstairs with me. What a visual delight, from the rich woodwork throughout to the gorgeous furnishings and décor. Diana has an eye and feel for detail, for combining tradition with whimsy, somehow weaving everything together in a way that feels just right – and that’s not just related to the visual elements at Carolina Bed & Breakfast. You’ll see this orchestrated skillfully throughout, appealing to all of your senses. An exquisite tea collection, tasty treats delivered to your room each evening, lovely table settings, the exquisite comfort of the lodgings throughout. You can’t take it all in at first glance, but you’ll quickly become immersed. Then there’s the rooms; mine was the Mockingbird room, which was everything I hoped it might be – and more. I specifically chose this room based on the B&B’s website photography and while it offers the essence of peace and comfort in photos, its reality is doubly so. Soothing colors, an incredibly comfortable bed and bedding, and a double tub and generous shower, along with a fireplace, cozy chair and other niceties throughout; I scarcely wanted to leave the room. Oh, and the food – breakfast is, of course, a quintessential part of any good B&B experience. What delights were offered each morning! Such intriguing combinations of flavor presented in the most appealing ways; some elegantly simple and others complex, but all designed around my own dietary needs, too. If I need a moment of peace, I can think back to sitting at breakfast, watching the birds outside venturing close for their own morning fare, with the blooms of spring around them and the gorgeous interior of the B&B embracing me. While I was still experiencing early spring in Asheville, the grounds of Carolina Bed & Breakfast offered hints of what’s still to come. From the street view, one can’t imagine how far back the property goes – an acre or so I believe Diana’s husband Kevin said. There are meandering paths, several areas for quiet reflection or enjoying time with others, a small pond, and beautiful flower beds. A back-porch entrance provides another area to just sit and be. As for my hosts, Diana and Kevin, they’re so warm and friendly, very interested in you but never obtrusive. It’s clear they know what they’re doing at Carolina Bed & Breakfast – and it’s so well done that you just might miss what it took to create such a memorable experience. But, I didn’t. I saw the level of expertise, attention to detail, talent, skill and care that went into making Carolina Bed & Breakfast what it is – and one thing’s for certain, you’ll feel it every minute you’re there.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Diana Thornton, Owner at Carolina Bed & Breakfast
Responded May 3, 2021
There are simply not enough different ways to say thank you for this incredible review, so I will just say thank you Pamme from the bottom of my heart. Kevin and I are so grateful to you that you took the time to do this for us. When we started this adventure just over three years ago, I had a vision in my head and in my heart of what I wanted my B&B to be. There was so much to learn and many different challenges that came up (such as a global pandemic that I never factored into my business plan!) but I have loved what we are doing here at the Carolina from the beginning. There is nothing that makes me happier than feeding a houseful of happy, relaxed and hungry people! I had a blast decorating the inn to make it mine and because I love design, I changed every room so that it would be a peaceful retreat for my guests. Your gorgeous review tells me that we are getting it right. I'm so delighted that you loved your time here and I can't wait to see you back again. Sending you much love and blessings for health and happiness. Until we see you again, all the very best to you!!
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Inspiration767240 wrote a review Jun 14
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We stayed at Carolina B&B for our first getaway in almost 2 years, and had the best B&B experience of our lives! The cottage is a little haven of privacy, comfort and luxury, the house is gorgeously decorated and fully modernized, and every detail of the service is designed to indulge and delight guests. Despite the earlier breakfast seating being full, Diana worked to make room for us so we would not be late for our Biltmore Estate admission time. She also graciously prepared separate vegetarian versions of the meals for me, and when I asked for a recipe, she included details on how she modified it to create the veg version. (If you're lucky, you too may experience the delectable mushroom, spinach and brie strata!) And the cookies .... When we arrived, Diana told us to help ourselves to "the world's best cookies." I assure you, that is not mere hyperbole! We take away wonderful memories of our Asheville trip, and Carolina B&B is a big part of them! Thank you, Diana and Kevin.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Diana Thornton, Owner at Carolina Bed & Breakfast
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you so much Alana for this wonderful review! Kevin and I are so grateful that you took the time to do this. I'm delighted that you loved your stay in our Cottage! It's such a fabulous place to relax and reconnect. It always delights me when our guests tell me that they especially loved the food that we prepared with such care that works for their special dietary needs. My favorite thing to do is to feed people... and I always want it to be excellent food and appropriate for what our guests need and like to eat. As for our cookies, it's truly not bragging to say we have the "world's best cookies" but just a simple statement of fact. They are sooooo good! I'll look forward to the next time that you and Richard come to see us. Until we see you again, all of our very best wishes to you both!
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jbhakim wrote a review Jun 5
Beverly, Massachusetts8 contributions3 helpful votes
We have returned from a three week road trip in southeast and our stay at Carolina Inn was a highlight. The place is immaculate, comfortable and pleasant. Our hosts, Diana and Kevin were warm, welcoming and easy to talk with. We did not want to leave and look forward to another visit in the future!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t order dessert during dinner out - hosts will provide a sumptuous treat before bedtime.
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Response from Diana Thornton, Owner at Carolina Bed & Breakfast
Responded 1 week ago
Hurray for being home after three weeks on the road and thank you for including the Carolina in your southeast adventure!! We're so pleased that you thought that your stay was a highlight in your trip. You do know that you can always come back for some more spoiling anytime! It was really lovely to have you here with us and we enjoyed our time with you. Until we see you again, all of our very best wishes to you both!!
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AndreainAtlanta wrote a review Jun 1
Alpharetta, Georgia24 contributions8 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I have stayed in several bed and breakfasts over the past year and the Carolina Bed & Breakfast is now my new favorite! The Southern hospitality and thoughtful touches made me wish we could have stayed much longer. The B&B is located in a beautiful historic neighborhood that is just a short walk to Downtown Asheville. There is ample parking behind the home and the walkway leading up to the B&B highlights many relaxing outdoor seating areas. We immediately felt welcome as soon as we arrived with a tour and the most amazing hot-out-of-the-oven cookies. We were missing our pets at home and asked Diana and Kevin about their pets, and they were kind enough to introduce us to them. We stayed in the Miss Webb room and loved the décor that paid homage to its original roots as a library. Although it is on the first floor near the stairwell and dining room, it was very quiet and comfortable. When we returned to the room after having dinner Downtown, there were delicious treats waiting for us in our room. I’m a typically a light sleeper, but the luxurious bedding and comfortable bed made for a great night’s rest. Breakfast was delicious, starting with a red, white and blue parfait in honor of Memorial Day. As a tea lover, I was impressed by the loose leaf tea collection that could put most coffee shops to shame. Everything about this B&B is delightful and I’m already looking for an excuse to return!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Diana Thornton, Owner at Carolina Bed & Breakfast
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for this gorgeous review!! Kevin and I really appreciate you taking the time to write this up for us. I absolutely love that we are now at the top of your list of favorite B&Bs. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed our tea collection, especially since it's a real passion of mine. I LOVE TEA!! So many delicious choices. As far as our amazing cookies, you were particularly spoiled when you sweet-talked Sara into giving you the hot and melty cookies. I swear, hot or cold, our cookies are the best in the world and completely addicting! I hope you'll come and stay longer next time. I promise to keep the cookies, tea, night time treats and delicious food coming!! Until we see you again, all of our best wishes to you and yours!!
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$202 - $294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsAshevilleHistoric Montford
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carolina Bed & Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Asheville Brewery Tours (0.7 miles), Breakout Games - Asheville (0.7 miles), and The Conundrum (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Chocolate Fetish, Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe, and Roman's.
Is Carolina Bed & Breakfast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Asheville.
Are there any historical sites close to Carolina Bed & Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Biltmore (4.3 miles), Grovewood Village (1.6 miles), and Thomas Wolfe Memorial (0.7 miles).