The Story, Old and New, of Hill House Bed & Breakfast

A once-grand private home on the northern edge of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, Hill House Bed & Breakfast, opened its doors in 1996 as a stylish,10-room boutique inn, .More than a century earlier, in 1885, furniture manufacturer and wholesaler, James Hill, built the home as his family residence. It incorporated a pastiche of Victorian and Queen Anne design elements common to the period and features a classic wraparound front porch. Check out the architectural similarities with the Deland (FL) Country Inn, built in 1883.

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about-hh-textThe building had three more long-term owners, one who operated it as a boarding house during World War II. Around 1970, a new buyer subdivided the building into apartment units, the guest kitchen off the parlor the most visible reminder today of those years. After a couple of decades, the building had deteriorated badly. Mattresses could be rented for 25 cents for an evening on the porch.

In 1994, local real estate developers Carol Ann Winter and Albert Ganzenhuber bought the property and opened it as Hill House Bed & Breakfast, following a lengthy renovation. Californians Bill and Terry Erickson took over in 2003, and in February 2012, one-time Floridian David Raphael Smith became the inn’s third (and current) owner.

The former home’s downstairs today has three guest rooms, a parlor with a small guest kitchen, a formal dining room, kitchen, the staff office/bodega, and the incomparable front porch. Upstairs are five guest rooms.

At the rear of the property’s one-acre lot in a townhouse that Terry and Bill built as their personal residence, now are two additional guestrooms — the downstairs Pisgah apartment and upstairs loft-style Hideaway suite. And then there’s the big green fescue lawn and Appalachian gardens.

Meet the People Behind Hill House Bed & Breakfast

Hill House Bed & Breakfast’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. He has an MBA from Rice University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia. David grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and has family roots in Louisiana.

Hill House facilities manager Tyler Mack can be found many evenings singing and/or playing guitar with either his longtime band Supatight or his more recent wedding ensemble the Diamond River Band. That’s when he’s not at home doting on his young son Theo. Tyler came to Hill House in 2014. He’s a Durham native and studied music at East Carolina University.

Haley Jackson joined the Hill House team in 2017 as a cook and housekeeper. She’s an Asheville native and has an A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from AB Tech College, and someday may teach full time. For now, her calm personality and strong organizational skills help smooth the way for us all around Hill House. If you like any of our homemade baked breakfast treats, it’s probably Haley you should thank!

Asheville native Daniel Sanchez joined the team in early 2019. He shows a legitimate zest for hospitality, and if you find our flavored water in the parlor gussied up with melons, mint or cucumbers, you likely have Daniel to thank. He is a Crossfit enthusiast who moonlights as a pet-sitter and is our resident social media guru. 

Day manager Cara Parker joined Hill House in 2018, when she returned to Western Carolina. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone in the late ’90’s, where she studied Political Science, with a concentration in International Politics. In between, she lived in Key West, the Outer Banks, Central New York, Panama and traveled with her family to Europe and Canada, before her family chose Asheville as their spot to plant roots. She is the mother one of daughter, loves to cook, and is currently learning Spanish.

Resident manager and concierge Carey Jackson likely will check you in upon arriving to Hill House. She has been in Asheville since 2001 and has been with Hill House for the past four years. Carey has an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology which means she is a mechanic by trade.  During the daytime hours Carey is a project manager for a fast-paced new home construction company. She is also a mother of three (two of which are grown) and an avid Yogi. 

If you’re a guest at our B&B in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, rest assured that the innkeepers will talk endlessly among ourselves about you and what they need to do to have you leave feeling warm and satisfied. And know that each of us 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 Bed & Breakfast.


about-sideOur Commitment to Diversity and Economic Justice

We especially like to emphasize that with 10 rooms and a single owner/general manager and professional staff, we’re something more of an inn than a B&B. Yet we strive to be very personal and make Hill House Bed & Breakfast feel like the home it once was. We also do our best to act local but think “worldly” and to be welcoming to guests who are diverse as our entire planet. And all Hill House staff are paid a certified “Living Wage,” so that you, our guests, can be their concern while on the job.

Hill House Bed & Breakfast Policies

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