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Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake
Ranked #1 of 1 Glenville B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed two nights last month. There are two options. You can stay in the main Victorian house, or the second building they built which houses 6 separate suites, which are named after famous authors. We were in The Rudyard Kipling suite, which was nice.queen bed with fake jungle animals and nice bathroom. The problem is that the furniture was very uncomfortable.a wooden love seat covered with fake fur was hard to sit on. In addition, no wireless Internet and cell phone reception is nil, so you are cut off from civilization, at least if AT and T is your carrier. Another issue is that Henry, the very nice man who owns the place, has very stric check in times. We were supposed to check in between 3-3:30 and breakfast isn't served until 9 am. If these things don't bother you, then I will say breakfast was very good and grounds and setting of the inn beautiful. One thing we did notice, was that Henry's wife did not appear to be an enthusiastic innkeeper, like he was. My husband went up to the main house to see why breakfast was a littltle late, and when he rang the doorbell, she wouldn't answer. He had to wait for Henry to come up the hill from the out building.

Room Tip: I would choose a suite.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

I rarely give an establishment an excellent rating, but felt this one is as perfect as it gets. My husband and I stayed in the Dickens Suite. It was beautifully appointed and very well maintained. The door opened into a large bedroom with a table (for dining), a queen bed with luxurious sheets, a fireplace that opened not only into the bedroom, but the bathroom as well. The room included a wetbar, refrigerator, and coffee maker (Starbucks coffee on-hand and half & half which is always a plus to me.) The large bathroom contained a whirlpool tub for two which overlooked the scenic property and a separate shower. We also had a private porch off the bathroom. Anything we requested was handled very promptly, ie. kayaks were requested at @ 11:30 and we were on beautiful Glenville Lake in less than 30 minutes. Champagne cruise at 5:00 P.M. everyday. The property is absolutely gorgeous! All kinds of wildflowers abound, there's a pretty pond with goldfish, chairs and a double-swing for reading or just taking it easy. Henry and Claire are an excellent host and hostess. (There when you need them and they disappear when you don't.) They know the area and can recommend anything from dining to hiking and everything in between. You must visit one of the many waterfalls while in the area. I just can't say enough good about this B&B. It is exceptional and we've stayed in many. Extraordinary stay!

Room Tip: There isn't a bad room as far as I could tell.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

My wife and I were looking for a B&B in the Highlands, NC area, and we found this one. After looking at many other B&B, we decided on this this one. It is set on a hillside and surrounded by wooded area overlooking Glenville Lake. The house has several rooms and there is a separate building that contains additional suites. We booked one of the suites, which had everything we wanted -- a mini bar, fridge, garden tub, separate shower, fireplace, private balcony, and a breakfast nook to name a few. The Inn serves breakfast in-room for guests staying in suites.

In innkeepers -- Henry and Clare -- are jovial, outgoing people. We talked to them quite a bit while we were there, and they were very helpful about making reservations for dinners among other things. Clare is a dance instructor, so we took dancing lessons from her, which was a lot of fun.

The inn is also located near many natural wonders for those that like to hike, bike, or observe nature. I went mountain biking in Panthertown Valley -- about 20 minutes away. We hiked to several waterfalls and spend some time in downtown Highlands too browsing shops.

The only unfortunate thing is that we didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to do!

Room Tip: The "Emily Barret" room is nice. :)
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

We had a truly delightful two-night stay - we wished that we could have stayed longer. Clare and Henry have managed to create an Inn that is elegant and refined whilst at the same time still being cosy and welcoming. The suites and bedrooms are charming and individually furnished with obvious care and attention to detail - they've even thought about the magazines and books they've placed in the rooms! Having breakfast brought to your room - silver cutlery, cut glasses and white napkins - with the choice of eating it in the room or on the balcony with the stunning view of the trees and mountains, was a real bonus (the food was very good too!). The grounds have also been planned to take full advantage of the views and to create areas to walk through or sit and relax.

Henry and Clare are excellent hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them and they truly go out of their way to ensure that you are comfortable and enjoy your stay. They are charming and fascinating people and it is worth staying at the inn just to chat to them!

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Instead of our usual winter vacation to the tropics, we decided to stay closer to home and visit the NC and TN mts this year. One thing we quickly discovered in looking for B&Bs was that deals are to be had in February. Duh - not hard to figure out why but we really lucked out - the weather was fabulous! At any rate, we had to decide which of the great deals was the best. We ended up with Innisfree in Cashiers and another B&B in Asheville, plus a night near Hot Springs. (We also spend some time with my cousin on her farm in TN but I don't think she wants to be reviewed.) ;-)
Of all the places we stayed, Innisfree was my favorite - and we stayed in some great places. We stayed in the separate building a few hundred feet from the Inn. We were the only ones in the building and were given the suite on the far left "because it is the warmest", one of the many nice gestures made by hosts Henry and Claire.

The room was decadent -loved the gas two-sided fireplace, huge bathtub (and bathroom), and the table to work on my laptop. The porch / deck was nice too but a bit too chilly. The breakfasts were vegetarian as requested and absolutely excellent. They were delivered to our room each morning at 9am. Wine and cheese was delivered at 6pm. All so cozy. It rained one day so we nested and it was soooo warm and cozy. Fortunately, by 3pm, it had warmed up to 50 and the sun came out. We took a nice long walk down a nearby country road to a Christmas tree farm. No traffic, few homes, just delightful.

The location is great in terms of nearby hiking - the Cashiers/Highlands area is renowned for waterfall hikes. We enjoyed a day of hikes (in 65 degree sunshine!)

All in all an excellent three days ("3 for the price of 2"). Henry was working on the grounds and we hope to get back in the spring or summer because my guess is they will be lovely.
They are well kept even in the winter.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

My husband and I were recommended to the Innisfree Inn by a friend who stayed there 10 years ago! It was so memorable for them and it is now a wonderful memory for us as well!
Clare & Henry are delightful Hosts and make you feel so welcome with their inviting smiles and their sheer enjoyment in making your stay the best it can be. We stayed in the Lord Tennyson Suite in the Garden House which is one of the largest suites and well worth it! The furnishings are tasteful and every detail in it meant to keep the guest pleased---and we were! The romantic fireplace that can be viewed in the bedroom area as well as the bathroom made the romance divine! Fabulous tub for 2 overlooking the mountains at sundown or the little porch balcony had us mesmerized with the Fall leaves and mountain views. A lovely breakfast served in your room left us wanting to spend one more day!!!!
One of the best B&B's we've stayed in!

Room Tip: We highly recommend the Lord Tennyson Suite in the Garden house although other guests we spoke to ha...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

My husband and I decided to "get out of the Atlanta heat" at the last minute and came across Innisfree on the internet. We arrived on Friday at the time of the hosted Happy Hour with the other guests at the Inn. The hosts, Henry and Claire, were a delight! They made dinner reservations for us, gave us interesting walking directions and entertained us one morning with a boat ride on the lake. The weather was perfect, the grounds were beautiful and I read a book while sitting in front of a beautiful pond one afternoon. A full, hot breakfast was served each morning.......the food was delicious! The guest room was not decorated in my taste, but it was clean and used towels were replaced each time we left the room.
I am very picky about lodging and have traveled extensively on business for over 20 years. Innisfree Victorian Inn was a pleasant surprise and relief from everyday corporate travel.

Room Tip: Garden House has larger rooms which were all taken when we reserved.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake

Address: 108 Innisfree Dr, Glenville, NC 28736-8859 (Formerly Innisfree Victorian Inn & Garden House)
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Jackson County > Glenville
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Glenville
Price Range: £135 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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