I spent last weekend enjoying the fall leaves of Asheville and was able to stay in the No. 1 rated Bed & Breakfast in the region. I would highly recommend others to stay at the Reynolds Mansion B&B if they are planning a trip in the area. It offers quaintness, charm, great views, and a wonderful innkeeper that can keep a monologue of historical facts going non-stop (if that’s your cup of tea, like mine). While it is more compact than the Biltmore Estate, it offers just as much history. Reynolds Mansion was built 50 years before the Biltmore and was once home to the Hope Diamond.
If you are not a history buff, then you’ll enjoy the five-star treatment from the staff. The innkeeper stayed late at his post to check us in late, and the service at breakfast was on par with life at Biltmore or Downton Abbey. I found myself seated at a formal dining room table with the other occupants of the B&B, underneath the light of a chandelier, sipping orange juice out of a crystal wine glass.
The rooms are spacious and a perfect retreat after a long day of exploring the Biltmore, Asheville’s eclectic downtown or the local scenic mountains. I stayed in the Carriage House behind Reynold’s Mansion. My room had a canopy bed, fireplace, sitting area with flatscreen TV, jacuzzi and walk-in shower, and a balcony overlooking a private garden. Are you sold yet? Do I really need to say more? The place is perfectly located within 10 minutes of downtown, but it is reclusive enough on top of a hill to have a great view of the surrounding mountains and quietness of the countryside.
If all this wasn’t enough to convince you, Trip Advisor rates Reynold’s Mansion as the 11th B&B in the world!