Bed and Breakfast Garden

About the Innkeepers

Susan: My father was born and raised in Raleigh, and as children we spent our summers on the North Carolina shore, but my mother was the daughter of a diplomat and traveled all over the world. As a child, I listened to her stories and developed a case of wanderlust for myself. I was fortunate in finding a partner who felt the same way I did.

James: I came from a New York based family without any diplomats. However, early on I knew I wanted to work and be exposed to the diversity of living overseas. I don’t think I was aware of Susan’s wanderlust when we first met, but something must have clicked since we have been married for over 35 years and have three wonderful daughters.

Susan and James Murray

Now, after 27 years in Europe and Asia, we are happy to be settled in one place. We have been very fortunate in the places we have lived (Paris, Hong Kong, London, and Singapore) and have been able to travel extensively, collecting art and furniture along the way. This has all been augmented by family pieces. Susan loves the fact that the small Victorian what-not shelf in the parlor here traveled from her great-grandmother’s house in Charleston to her parents’ home in Connecticut, and then it circumnavigated the globe only to end up back in North Carolina. The portraits of James’ ancestors have a similar tale and now adorn the walls of various rooms at the inn. As expats, you learn to welcome all sorts of people into your life and to embrace aspects of other cultures, which augment your own. Paris gave us art and great food, Hong Kong and Singapore gave us exposure to Asian hospitality and warmth, and London and the UK gave us a love of green spaces and gardens. We hope to bring all of this together in the Carolina Bed & Breakfast to create a uniquely warm and welcoming home for our guests.

Sara is our Assistant Innkeeper. She has been with us since we bought the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in 2009.  Sara has lived in Asheville for more than ten years and was previously an Assistant Innkeeper at the Richmond Hill Hotel.  Her knowledge of Asheville and its surroundings is extensive and, although we have learned a lot about our city, Sara is still our go-to person for information.  Susan and Sara often work side by side in the kitchen.  She has helped develop some of Susan’s recipes and has a deft hand and imagination for canapes and hors d’oeurves.  Universally loved by our guests, Sara is an important member of the Carolina family and we know that if we can’t be there our guests are in good hands with Sara.

 

Our Guests Say...

We stayed in the Cottage, which was adorable! It is large, well decorated and luxurious. The daily breakfast was fantastic and we truly enjoyed the wine in the afternoon.

— Erin, Wilmington, NC

This is simply exquisite turn of the century house in the old quarter of Asheville, elegant, somnolent and utterly enchanting.

— Glenda, Hampshire, England

A Note from Your Host…

January is almost gone (just like the snow which is melting fast).  Now is the time to think seriously about Valentine’s Day.  This year, due to some happy circumstances around dates, it’s not too late!  Yes, our rooms are booked for Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13th.  But there is still availability for Sunday and Monday, February 14& 15th, with the added bonus that the 15th is Presidents Day, a holiday for many!  Get credit for celebrating the true Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and book an overnight stay at the Carolina.  We will be doing our best with hearts and flowers and special dishes all weekend long.  There are fireplaces in every room while many of our rooms have Jacuzzi or whirlpool bathtubs.  A hotel is okay for some things, but it takes a Bed & Breakfast to really achieve romance!  Call now 828-254-3608.

Looking forward, the Biltmore opens a special exhibit, Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns In Film, on February 12th. Gowns from films set in the years from 1645 to 1935 will be displayed in the rooms of the house along with the never-before exhibited wedding veil of Jacqueline Kennedy.  As visitors to last year’s Downton Abbey Exhibit discovered, the addition of mannequins and period costumes adds life and interest to the Biltmore rooms!  Winter Tickets are available from us for $45/person

The inn is open Weekend and Holidays only until Mid-March.  Please check our website for availability.