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Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast

288 Montford Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

Toll-free 800-381-3878

Phone 828-254-3878

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Experience our elegant style of southern hospitality and warm personal service in a setting of romance and history.

Best Downtown B&B in Asheville —Travel Smart
Featured in 1000 Places To See Before You Die
Featured in Sunday London Times —"Quite possibly the finest inn in Asheville"
Featured in Travel and Leisure

Richard Sharp-Smith, the supervising architect of the Biltmore Estate, built this home for Mary S. Wolcott in 1899. The Inn is on the National Register of Historic buildings and remains true to the original renderings. It has been beautifully restored to reflect the historic charm of the era, while providing modern comforts. Located on Montford Avenue, within the city of Asheville, this is the premiere location to enjoy all the attractions of the city and surrounding area. We are within a half mile, walking distance, to the culture, galleries, shops and restaurants of the city. Asheville is vibrant small city and is a Mecca of fine dining and unique local restaurants, which feature local and organic foods from our area. The shops offer unique merchandise from the local and regional artists who live and work here. Asheville is second only to Miami for its art deco architecture and has retained much of the architecture from the early days.

Our Asheville North Carolina bed and breakfast is only a few minutes drive to the Biltmore estate, with all it’s grandeur of a bygone era, the Blue Ridge Parkway with its magnificent views, and the Blue Ridge Mountains with convenient access to unlimited outdoor activities. White water sports, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, Mountain biking, golfing, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding are all available in the area. The Inn is perfectly situated on 3/4ths of an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens, featuring two tranquil Koi ponds. We offer eight guest rooms, 6 in the main house, two pet-friendly suites in the original, newly renovated carriage house. All guest rooms are elegantly decorated and comfortably furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques, and all offer private bath en-suite. We have recently redecorated and renovated to showcase the outstanding architecture while providing our guests with a luxurious retreat. Our service is warm and professional, as we strive to assist each guest in navigating the city and surrounding mountains, as well as our recommended must do, eat and see! Come and experience for yourself real value, real luxury and real quality of our Asheville bed and breakfast inn.We are featured in 1000 Places to See Before You Die, “quite possibly the finest inn in Asheville,” The Sunday London Times, Best Downtown B&B Travel Smart, and featured in Travel and Leisure magazine.

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  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property
  • Business Center
  • GLBT Friendly
  • National Historic Registry


Outside Only



Wireless, Complimentary


All guest rooms are embellished with fresh flowers, chocolates and luxury bedding, a selection of pillows for perfect comfort and all cotton, high thread count sheets. The baths are complete with heavy and soft Turkish towels and Aveda bath products. We also offer hairdryers, irons and ironing boards in every guest room. We offer our guests the daily local paper, the Wall Street Journal, and the Sunday New York Times. Our guests also enjoy a video library, books, board games, cable TV service, and unlimited local calls. Complimentary guest beverages and 24 hour coffee and tea service are available. Room rates are subject to change without notice and may not reflect price listed. Low season rates may be available and prices change during October and on holidays.

  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites

Queen, King



  • Air Conditioning
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerators
  • Rollaway Available
  • Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards
  • Microwaves
  • Turndown Service

  • Cable TV
  • Video Library

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Awaken to the aromas of the freshly baked pastry that is the start of the full three course breakfast we serve at your leisure from 8:30-9:30 every morning. Dine at individual tables for two, enjoy your privacy or engage with the other guests as you wish.Breakfast is complimented by a selection of Taylors of Harrogate teas and freshly roasted coffee from our local roaster. We have over 50 years in the culinary arts as professional bakers. We alternate a sweet entree and savory entree every other morning. Perhaps it's the waffles, made to order with bananas Foster and bacon candy, or Lori's eggs benny...fresh croissant cradling black forest ham and homemade cheddar cheese sauce, topped with a soft poached egg.  All local and organic whenever possible. Please leave your diets home! This is where you should indulge! In the afternoon return to a lovely selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, as well as freshly baked goodies and a variety of wine to taste.



Individual Tables, Flexible Times



  • Vegetarian Options

  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Early Coffee/Tea
  • Evening Hors d'oeuvres
  • Picnics Available


More about dining at our inn

  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Culinary Classes
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • Sports Events
  • State/National Parks
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Sports
  • Winery Tours

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Check out the recipes on our website

Gingerbread Pancakes

Love to serve these with gobs of fresh whipped cream, pecans and caramel!