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The Reynolds Mansion
Ranked #2 of 39 Asheville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, PA
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“You Can Go Home Again!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Asheville’s native son Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You Can’t Go Home Again” but I beg to differ. Stepping inside The Reynolds’s Mansion is like being welcomed by family to place that feels strangely familiar. The outstanding food, the lively conversation, the overall feeling of warmth that radiates from Billy, Marty and all the staff makes you feel relaxed, contented and at home.
This gem was in danger of the wrecking ball when Billy and Mike stepped in, creating an upscale, elegant oasis in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The period furnishings, architectural accuracy and beautiful woodwork are testament to a sophisticated palate while maintaining a characteristic geniality of spirit.

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a five night carriage house stay at the historic Reynolds Mansion in the spacious All That Jazz suite. The suite features a king size four poster bed, a romantic Jacuzzi, plush robes, wood burning fireplace, a mini-refrigerator, ample seating area with flat screen and a keurig coffee maker. It was fastidiously clean, large and comfortable.

The Colonial Revival mansion is steeped in North Carolina history with photographs, books and documents detailing life from a by-gone era. As history buffs, we enjoyed Billy’s stories of the mansion and the people who called it home.

No review of a Bed and Breakfast would be complete without discussion of the breakfast. You will not be disappointed! Billy is an accomplished chef with an eye for presentation and service. Our meals were presented on beautiful appointed china (new settings each day) and were on par with a five star restaurant. It was hard to pick a favorite breakfast since they all very delicious and satisfying (love the bacon!). In fact, they were so filling we did not need to eat lunch! The attentive wait staff was constantly refilling your juice and coffee. We enjoyed the friendly conversation and suggestions for things to do and see in close-by Asheville. Soda and water are available in the small pantry in the dining room as well as wine, a very nice touch on the part of the innkeeper!

While in Asheville, we visited the Biltmore, Asheville Art Museum, Thomas Wolfe Memorial Historic Site, The Colburn Earth Science Museum, Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Woolworth Building, The Grove Arcade, The Grove Hotel, The Rivers Art District, and the Folk Art Center. We found Asheville to be a charming city with wonderful Art Deco architecture and a palable artistic vibe.

Honestly, we did not have a bad or inferior meal during our visit in Asheville. Billy’s restaurant recommendations were on target. We dined at Curate (twice) excellent tapas, Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant (eggplant parmigiana is to die for) and Stoney Knob Café (love the crab mac and cheese app)
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If you are planning a trip to Asheville, a stay here is a must ….We travel frequently staying in Bed and Breakfasts and The Reynolds Mansion is top of the line. As innkeeper, Billy’s personal touch and down-home personality allows this Bed and Breakfast to shine…I’m looking forward to coming home again, Billy!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Billy is the perfect host and a font of knowledge about the Reynolds family home. He has collected beautiful china, crystal, art, antiques.... and, he is a gourmet breakfast chef! My wife and I stayed in the Linda room and it is quite comfortable. We burned the gas fireplace.... it snowed overnight. Jim, Marty, and Brandon keep a big place neat and clean.... and Jim helped me with our bags up and down the stairs - thank yew, sir. There are more rooms in a separate building in the back and an enormous pool.... covered in the winter. Pay attention to Billy when he suggests eating at Vinnies.... what a treat! All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it. (I wish we had witnessed Billy and Jim moving the bee hives in the early morning snow. I'll bet their description was not as funny as the real deal!)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We recently attended a special event at Reynolds Mansion. We were welcomed by Billy and his staff. What a beautiful property and we enjoyed hearing some of the history from Billy. We had a tour and found the rooms to be beautiful. Reynolds Mansion is a fabulous gem in Asheville.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

A+! My friend and I stayed here for a weekend in the middle of March. As soon as we arrived, Billy gleefully and warmly greeted as if we were old friends. After giving us some basic details about the mansion, he gave us a list of the best local, Asheville resturaunts--and every one of his recomendations were spot on! The mansion met my expectations for its charm and history--from the moment I arrived until the moment I left. The room we stayed in--Guestroom Glenda-- was spacey and there was plenty of room to spread out and feel comfortable. Because many of the rooms were not occupied during our stay, we toured most of the other rooms and they seemed to also have plenty of room. Breakfasts in the morning were splendid and Billy told us lively stories about the mansion--both personal and historical--around the 20 foot walnut table. The only negative part of our stay was leaving and saying goodbye to Billy.
I am definitely going to return!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Billy was the perfect host, we were welcomed from the moment we arrived & shown around this historic house rescued by Billy & his friends. For breakfast we were seated at a 20 ft walnut table & served by friendly waitresses. All the bedrooms are very special & comfortable. For visitors from England this was a special place to end our holiday touring the Deep South.
Reynold's Mansion rightly occupies No.1 position for Asheville on Trip Advisor

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

As a skeptic, I went to The Reynolds Mansion expecting to find the glowing reviews over done. I tend to prize efficiency over charm when I travel even for fun. Nevertheless, within a few minutes of arriving I fell victim to the Reynolds Mansion and Billy Sanders charm! The history and period decoration of the property is captivating; Billy does a wonderful job of quickly introducing you to it during check-in. The rooms are very spacious, and the bathrooms adequate. The furnishings, amenities, and background music transport one to the upper class elegance of the 1920's and 30's. One half expects to bump into Thomas Wolfe or Senator Bob himself around the corner!

The real charm of this B&B though is the innkeeper. Billy has a natural way of making his guests feel like they are old friends if not re-discovered family. He is a natural storyteller, and he is always eager to relate one about the property, its people and how it came to be The Reynolds Mansion Inn - even though I am sure he has told the same story hundreds of times! His staff is almost equally gracious and engaging. The attention to detail is superb.

For added fun, tour the Thomas Wolfe Museum and Home while saying at the Reynolds Mansion. Note the contrasts in accommodations over the last 100 years and be transported into the Asheville of the early twentieth century.

Who knows, you might even bump into a ghost or two...

I am skeptical no more; I am a proud fanboy of the Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

My husband and I met my parents in Asheville for the weekend and we all spent two nights at the Reynold's Mansion - what a treat! Billy and Michael have set up their B&B to truly make you feel at home. There are coffee bars set up on the first and second floor, and a guest kitchen always stocked with wine, drinks, and tasty home baked treats. We felt welcome to use the entire house (which is a beautiful historical home); both nights we got home from dinner in Asheville and ended up in the library near the fire completely entertained by Billy and stories of the renovation of Reynold's mansion. The B&B is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Asheville. There is also a new community being built right near the B&B that will have some restaurants and stores that are a short walk. I'd highly recommend the Reynold's Mansion to anyone visiting Asheville.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Reynolds Mansion
Address: 100 Reynolds Hts, Asheville, NC 28804-1302
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Reynolds Mansion 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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