James and Susan Murray bought their Asheville Bed and Breakfast, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, in September of 2009 not because they were in love with the house as it was but because they had a vision of the house it could be. Inside, the oversized windows and doors of the spacious Arts & Crafts style home filled the house with light and the aged honey-colored heart pine floors showed how beautiful it could be with some brighter paints and lush oriental carpets. Large walls seemed designed to showcase their collection of original art from around the world. And the eclectic mix of Asian, European and American furniture which they owned would fit more comfortably here than in one of the Victorian Inns they saw.
Outside, the large and classically Southern front porch made a perfect site for enjoying the quiet of the residential street and viewing the parade of neighbors, children and pets passing by. Almost one acre of land showed signs of once having been a lovingly tended garden with Japanese Maples, Camellias and other special plants hidden in the growth. As a Bed & Breakfast destination, Asheville had a lot to offer: the season runs from March through New Years with countless activities, restaurants and shops as well as a multitude of cultural festivals and events.
Today the Carolina Bed & Breakfast shines. The gardens have been rescued and re-landscaped into an American rendition of a classical English garden, full of wildflowers, an herb garden, goldfish pond and secret spots in which to sit and enjoy the pleasant climate of this Blue Ridge Mountain town. Casual and comfortable beauty continues inside the house with two parlors, both with fireplaces, where in the evening guests sit on comfortable couches and enjoy imaginative and tasty canapés with a glass of wine. The Carolina Bed & Breakfast has gained a reputation with foodies not only for the evening reception but also for the delicious sweet treats which make their way to guests’ rooms every evening, and, of course, amazing breakfasts, all of which feature the local products and seasonal produce of Asheville’s surrounding farms.
James and Susan look forward to welcoming you to their inn and helping you get the most of out your visit to Asheville.