My husband and I spent four days over the Thanksgiving holiday at Carolina Bed & Breakfast as our "Babymoon". We decided a last hoorah about 10 weeks before the baby's arrival would be perfect. Diane and Kevin's hospitality was amazing: warm and welcoming. The house is full of charm you'd expect in Asheville including broad porches and many outdoor seating areas and gardens. We LOVED every two course breakfast Diana and her chef prepared: beautiful presentations and even more delightful to eat. They were a perfect mix of savory and sweet to start the day with fresh fruits and seasonal veggies included. Diana was awesome about meeting my "no pork" request in all dishes she prepared for me. My personal favorite was a baked hasbrown nest: picture soft hashbrowns with a perfectly cooked egg nested inside with sharp white cheddar cheese, and topped with avocado and fresh green onions (hubby's also had bacon!). We appreciated the well stocked beverage area with 24/7 access to ice, bottled water, hot teas and coffees. Each evening, we were treated to a home baked snack in our room: picture large reeses peanut butter cup brownies or a chocolate peacan pie bar to eat before a late dinner or as a late night treat upon your return from an evening out. Room temperatures were great, the bed was cozy (even with my big belly!), our room felt very private and quiet (even with six other couples staying as the house was at full capacity), and parking was ample being off street, behind the house itself. We witnessed the transformation of the house from fall to Holiday decor with two Christmas trees and beautiful mantles inside and three stories of festive lights outside. The location of Carolina Bed & Breakfast was perfect for us: we chose to drive and park for meals downtown which was only a few minutes away. It would be a very easy walk for anyone NOT 7 months pregnant or in slightly warmer weather. We also drove to see the Biltmore House and do some hiking on that property: again, maybe a 15 minute drive which allowed us to spend most of our days outside in the beatiful fall scenery and not stuck in the car getting there. We would highly recommend staying at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast!…
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.…
The beds were luxuriously comfy. The breakfasts out-of-sight delicious. The surroundings welcoming and classically relaxing. All of that was made even more special by the graciousness of our hosts. We loved it and would go back in a hot heartbeat!
Top-notch bed and breakfast! The location is ideal--a short walk to restaurants, Visitor Center, and downtown. The neighborhood is quiet and full of beautiful homes. Wonderful outdoor spaces to sit on the porch and plenty of off-street parking. The house is beautiful, the owners are kind and helpful, the room we stayed in was immaculate and we appreciated the in-room air cleaners and the masking of staff and spacing of guests at breakfast. The breakfasts were amazing--each one better than the next! And the nightly treats were a delight! We visited the Biltmore Estate (15-20 min away), took a day trip to DuPont Forest to see beautiful waterfalls, and did our own walking tour of downtown Asheville. The leaves were beautiful and the Carolina was a beautiful home base. Would highly recommend it!…
Just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Carolina Inn B&B. I highly recommend this inn. Close to everything; short drive to the Biltmore and other popular attractions. Diana and Brittney create the most wonderful breakfasts. Absolutely delicious and healthy. (although the baptism by syrup may have reduced some of the healthy qualities). Located in a quiet neighborhood which looks like a snap shot of the early 1900's. The room/cottage we stayed in was very comfortable and quiet. The bed and linens were soft and relaxing (my wife is buying a set right now). The soaking tub was a welcome retreat after days of walking trails and shops in the downtown. If you are looking for a great place to stay for a relaxing getaway, you will not be disappointed.
Very enjoyable stay! Professionally managed B&B with friendly hosts and staff. Gorgeous house with beautiful common spaces to relax, plus a porch. Comfortable room with all the right amenities including large private bathroom. Quiet, safe neighborhood. We walked to downtown Ashville in 20 minutes. Breakfasts were creative and delicious, though to be super honest we found them a bit overly rich and sweet for first meal of the day. The afternoon treat delivered to the room was a lovely touch though!
This was the perfect getaway for a weekend with my wife. The Innkeepers were so accommodating and breakfast in the morning is delicious. Food was as good as any 5 star restaurant. Cottage is the best!
This is our third stay at Carolina Bed & Breakfast. As always Diana and Kevin were wonderful hosts and Brittany was kind and helpful. Our room (Robin’s Nest) was very comfortable and private. The breakfasts and evening desserts were scrumptious and we enjoyed the specialty teas. We look forward to returning!
We stayed at Carolina Bed & Breakfast as part of a thirtieth anniversary getaway. Diana was a wonderful host. The accommodations were very clean, comfortable, roomy, and all-around great. Breakfasts were delicious, but the late-night snacks were even better. The staff was friendly and professional. We would definitely recommend, and we'll be back.
Quaint, quiet and cuddly. This place was so wonderful. The house and property are just the getaway we needed. Chef Sarah’s breakfasts and evening treat were delicious! The staff is very friendly and the house was very clean. We stayed in the Mockingbird and had plenty of space and privacy.