About Hill House B&B
A 128-Year-Old Bed & Breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Hill House is a highly-reviewed and award-winning, 17-year-old bed and breakfast one mile from the center of downtown Asheville. It was originally built as the family residence of furniture manufacturer James Hill in 1885. The beautiful home with the wraparound front porch between the Montford neighborhood and the Grove Park Inn is a pastiche of Queen Anne and Victorian elements common to the period.
For many years in the 20th century, Hill House was divided into apartment units. In 1995, Carol Ann Winter and Albert Ganzenhuber opened the property as Hill House Bed & Breakfast, following a lengthy renovation. Bill and Terry Erickson took over in 2003, and in February 2012, David Raphael Smith became the inn’s third (and current) owner.
The home's downstairs today has three guest rooms, a parlor with a small guest kitchen, a dining room, kitchen, office/bodega, and the incomparable front porch. Upstairs are five guest rooms.
Two additional guest rooms are at the rear of the property’s one-acre lot in a townhome that Terry and Bill built as their personal residence and which David subdivided into a downstairs apartment and upstairs loft-style suite. The gardens, thanks to Bill's green thumb, have been awarded the highest honors of the Asheville Men’s Garden Club.
Meet The Hill House Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers
Hill House’s owner David Smith had previous careers as a banking/real estate journalist in Washington, D.C., a commercial real estate appraiser in Tampa Bay and Orlando, and a restaurant waiter in New Orleans. David grew up in Pensacola, Fla, and has family roots in Louisiana.
Vanessa Bourgeois, formerly a sous chef at the Grove Park Inn, and Eva Tauras-Craig, who, among other things, managed a yoga retreat on Mexico's Pacific Coast, are Hill House’s assistant innkeepers. Katie Nagel and Joe Gill, who have years of experience running the Asheville hostel Bon Paul and Sharky's, are Hill House's resident managers and take the lead with afternoon guest concierge work. They all tell David what to do.
If you’re a guest at our B&B in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, rest assured that the innkeepers will talk endlessly among themselves about you and what they need to do to have you leave feeling warm and satisfied. And know that each of them are always coming up with small ideas about what they might do to build on the awesome foundation that Carol Ann, Albert, Terry, and Bill have delivered to them at Hill House.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Economic Justice
We especially like to emphasize that with 10 rooms we’re both an inn and a B&B. We strive to be very personal and make Hill House feel like the home it once was. But we also work hard at being very worldly and welcoming to guests who are diverse as our entire planet. And be assured that Hill House staff will treat you right. All staff are paid a "Living Wage" and are diligent in upholding their end of their employment agreements to provide thorough and pleasant guest services.
Hill House Policies
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