I had to get up to Asheville for the bat mitzva of a buddy's daughter. Hotels were charging truly obscene rates for a simple room with a bed and bathroom. Even the likes of a Hampton Inn was trying to get $300 a night. I started looking around and came across this little gem. This place was half of what Hampton Inn was charging for a whole lot less. The cottage is situated at the top of a tall hill wooded hill that stands prominently across the railroad ravine from Biltmore Village, so it was very convenient to the village -- a short walk or a windy road up from Hwy 25. The cottage itself is next door to a large old stone manor house. I understand the cottage was built as a guest house for the manor house, which in turn was built by one of the Vanderbilt's lawyer. His place has a commanding view of the entire Biltmore Village. The cottage, probably nearly a hundred years old, sits beneath a thick hardwood canopy. It must be beautiful there in the Fall. Vickie and Neeraj are great hosts. Guests have the run of much of the downstairs -- a large sitting area with stone fireplace and a large dining room as well as a nice porch just outside the front door. There's some fruit and snacks waiting for you just off the entrance hall. You come and go as you please with the use of a pass code on the entry door. If you're one who constantly has to be pampered or to ring a bell for this or that at the Ritz, this is likely not the place for you. Vickie and Neeraj are very accommodating, but most of the amenities are self-serve. My room was much larger than anything I would have got at a hotel. The bed was comfortable and came with pillows of different firmness and a nice comforter. Though the room has its own air conditioner and heat, a cool breeze was blowing both nights I was there which made for perfect sleeping weather. I left the windows open, and there wasn't anything noisy going on anywhere nearby to bother me. The bathroom was clean, and there was lots of hot water. Breakfast was served at 8:30, a touch on the late side for me, but if you discuss things with Vicki and Neeraj before-hand, they don't have any problem getting something for you earlier. I had a large bowl of fresh fruit and a wonderful quiche that Vicki baked. All meals are vegetarian, and this one was very good. I had a delightfully peaceful and pleasant stay at the Asheville Green Cottage, and it was quite a value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Asheville's only green, healthy, and vegetarian B&B. Located in a quiet Historic Asheville neighborhood, and housed in a 1920's Arts & Crafts granite block house, we cater to many different dietary requests, offering a relaxed sophisticated ambiance reflecting different international flavors. We're ideally located at Biltmore Village, overlooking the Biltmore Estate and 5 minutes to downtown Asheville. ... more less