We stayed here for 3 nights 23rd - 25th August as part of a 17 day tour of North and South Carolina and Georgia.
This was our first experience of a B&B in the US (never mind North Carolina) and we were very pleasanty surprised. This was our second night in the US having spent the first night in an airport hotel at Atlanta.
Jim & Linda were great hosts with a lovely house and a very nice bedroom with lovely furnishings. The bathroom didn't have a bath but did have shower (a minor criticism maybe that it could do with a facelift, although we could see that they were trying to keep it in character with the rest of the house).
Much to our delight Jim introduced us to the pantry which provided us with snacks and hot & cold drinks whenever we needed them (very handy) and also the drinks cabinet with a supply of sherry or port.
The breakfasts were typical Southern cooking (although we weren't sure what that actually meant until it arrived on the dining table) and they were delicious although it didn't help our diets!!
Jim & Linda were very approachable and gave us lots of tips of places to visit including the Blue Ridge Parkway. We didn't visit the Biltmore Estate as we had heard it needed a lengthy stay to appreciate it fully and we were only here for 3 nights (also, we have many stately homes in Britain and once you've seen one, I'm afraid the appeal wears off a bit).
The surrounding area is beautiful although Ashville itself wasn't what we expected but that shouldn't be taken as a negative comment (it was just not quite what we expected) but it was ideal place to stay to explore the mountains.
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- The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored Queen Anne, just three blocks from downtown Asheville, North Carolina and minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Each of the five guest rooms is uniquely furnished with antiques and period appointments. All rooms include a queen bed, private bath, full gourmet breakfast, TV/DVD player, luxury soaps & linens, custom robes, wireless internet service and a 24 hour guest pantry. ... more less
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