Feel like a Vanderbilt at Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast, an Asheville B&B near Biltmore is perfect for those seeking sophisticated yet comfortable getaways in Asheville NC B&Bs. You can feel like a Vanderbilt in an historic neighborhood not far from the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate.
Asheville B&B near Biltmore
Before buying their Asheville B&B near Biltmore Estate, Innkeepers Angela Harrell and David Teafatiller investigated over 50 inns from the northwest coast of the US to the southeast seashore. The sticklers checked out the San Juan Islands off Washington State to Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic to find their perfect bed and breakfast.
You might say that they found the best BnB between sea to shining sea.
Asheville NC B&B near Biltmore
Because of the proximity to the attraction of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina – it’s only three miles away – the area attracts many visitors and boomer travelers.
You got it, Asheville NC B&Bs near Biltmore Estate are in high demand. Day-trippers and solo travelers to the Biltmore mansion enjoy extending their experience by staying overnight in nearby historic homes, that were built in the same time period and are now transformed into Asheville NC B&Bs.
Extend your Biltmore Visit by Staying in one of the best Asheville B&B s
The Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast, located in the historic Montford neighborhood, extends the Biltmore experience by providing accommodations built with similar architecture just after the completion of the Vanderbilt mansion. Once architect Richard Sharpe Smith completed the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, for George Vanderbilt, he designed many houses in suburban Asheville neighborhoods such as Montford where the best Asheville B&B s are located.
The turn-of-the-century home where the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn is now located was built only seven years after the Biltmore Estate in the same beautiful wooded and hilly area.
Innkeeper Angela says that another way she likes to extend the Biltmore experience to her guests is by setting tables with elegant chargers, fancy dishes, colorful linens and luxurious tableware. She has ten sets of China, so every day that you’re at the Asheville B and B, you’ll dine on a different set of stunning china and linen.
The Biltmore experience is extended with elegant table settings
Angela’s breakfast menu changes with the seasons… We started with a fruit parfait.
Broccoli, cheese and scrambled eggs followed. They were served with maple pecan bacon and potatoes. I loved the coffee and orange juice, too.
Feel like part of the Vanderbilt Family
Guests might feel like part of the Vanderbilt family as they help themselves to beer and wine that is always in the fridge of the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast.
There’s loose-leaf teas, coffee and fresh-baked cookies always available in the sophisticated dining room and served on elegant silver plates, of course.
I love the history behind this home…
OK, so I mentioned earlier that the inn is located in the historic Montfort neighborhood. Montfort is a late- and post-Victorian residential suburb with a stunning array of home styles. The home designers and builders were influenced by the progressive styles that were emerging across the country at the turn of the century.
What I didn’t mention is that this property is on the National Register of Historic Places. That is quite an honor, if I may say so myself.
Historic Asheville B and B
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast is trimmed with high-grade wood because a lumber baron built the original home. Quilted Maple, a wood used to make high-grade guitars and Stradivarius violins, is seen in the fireplace mantel of the front room parlor. Later, the parlor was used as a prayer room when a pastor made this house his home. Perhaps that is why I felt such peace and contentment in the house.
Quilted Maple is also used on the open stairway that leads to the spacious second floor. Other exotic woods on the stairway balusters include pine and Tiger Maple.
In 1997, the home was gutted and renovated to be an inn, retrofitted with beautiful baths in every guestroom.
The 4,000-sq-ft inn has eight bathrooms, and each of the six guestrooms has its own bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. All the doors in the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast are original, and guests appreciate the wavy glass of the original windows. If you look closely, you can see bubbles in the windowpanes that are evidence that the glass manufactured just after the turn of the 20th Century.
The Asheville NC B&B near Biltmore Estate provides amenities that are expected by today’s traveler, and as you walk into the historic inn, you feel the juxtaposition between old and new. There is no wallpaper on the walls or lace curtains at the windows.
Instead, the artists painted walls lend sophistication. New lighting fixtures provide the amount of light needed by moderns yet are somewhat historically accurate in the Asheville B&B near Biltmore Mansion. As I said before, each room in the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast has Jacuzzi bathtubs and rooms are outfitted with flat-screen televisions and more.
Gardens for Contemplation and Discovery
Neighboring homes are large, and the lots are even grander. The large lot size affords an impressive garden for the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast. The lush green of the gardens enfolds those who love contemplation, and the sounds of trickling water in the fountains give a feel of solitude and tranquility. At the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast’s fire pit, you can relax at night and look at the stars.
As if that’s not enough… location, location, location
Downtown Asheville is an easy walk from the Asheville B&B near Biltmore Estate. We strolled into town for lunch, and it only took 15 minutes, including stops to take pictures of the many beautiful homes and gardens along the way. Asheville was really showing herself off with blossoming fruit trees and other spring flowers in full bloom to welcome us to the historic city. The city of Asheville sprung up after the Biltmore Estate was constructed, so the town in itself is a natural extension of the architecture and historical experience that you get at the mansion. The Biltmore Estate, southeast of town, is an eleven minute drive from Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast.
Travel tip: As you walk around the Montford neighborhood look for the pebbledash stucco for which Richard Sharpe Smith is renowned; it is a well-known telltale that he was the architect of the home. Although he did not design the Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast, there are plenty of nearby homes that were planned by him.
And on top of that…
David provides a chauffeur service for those who love adventure travel and wish to enjoy the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. He also drives beer lovers to some of the 35 breweries located around the Asheville area.
James Beard nominations for Asheville chefs
Asheville is also a food haven with numerous James Beard awarded or nominated chefs. In 2017 or 18, five Asheville chefs received James Beard nominations including Katie Button from Cúrate, an authentic Spanish tapa restaurant, which has turned out to be a destination restaurant. People come to Asheville to go to that restaurant. Of course, I had to go.
I actually made reservations (always recommended for Curate) while I was in Spain, where I first heard of the Asheville restaurant.
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast makes you feel special
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast
254 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC
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