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The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #10 of 39 Asheville B&B and Inns
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Elizabeth City, NC
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“Excellent B&B in the best area in Asheville”
Reviewed 26 April 2012

We spent a weeknight at the Lion and the Rose B&B and really were impressed, particularly for the price (we had the least expensive room, since we were not going to be able to partake of their breakfast and were going to spend very little time there, as we were visiting our sons in Asheville). The room was bigger than we anticipated from viewing it on the webpage. It was immaculate, with very nice touches: plush robes, quality soaps, free wifi, loads of chocolates in the room, fresh flowers on the night table, and (very important to us!) excellent lighting for reading. There were even two comfy wing chairs! We had our two sons up to our room to eat birthday cake (our oldest son is turning 30), and the innsitter even said we could use one of the parlors (we chose our room instead). When we left the next morning at 5:40 am, there was a nice "to go" breakfast for us in the guest fridge/pantry! Very nice! We love staying in Montford, and the street is very quiet at night.

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rochester, NY
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Beautiful B & B that is welcoming but not intrusive. We had 2 rooms: The Fanny Rice & margaret Grace. Both nice, but I'd spend the bit more and get the Fanny Rice if just one. Beautiful poster bed, quiet, you can hear the fountain in the garden and 2 nice easy chairs. Very comfortable. The breakfast Jim cooks is unbelievable. No choices, but we had great fruit, a yummy crepe and all in an elegant setting. You are at one table with who ever is in the house and breakfast is at a certain time/window of time. They let you know. Easy distance to Biltmore which was amazing. Also loved the restaurant just down the block

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I've always been skeptical of reviews full of over-the-top raves and exclamations (one is too many for me), but as the title suggests, I may have joined the fray of frothy reviewers (!), but I will attempt to be objective.

No doubt my impressions were affected by my love of Asheville and my now-stronger desire to retire there. My wife, who has never been to this part of NC, knows of my ardor, and our wonderful experience at The L and the R helped create a new Asheville devotee.

Linda and Jim Palmer (he not of Baltimore Orioles or underwear-commercial fame) sweat the details effortlessly, which means they put thought and effort into every part of their B&B. The breakfast table is always set for the right number of guests with china, glassware and linens. No, it is not intimidating, simply inviting and comfortable -- Jim and Linda create that atmosphere. In my book it is also elegant; I'd never have breakfast at home in that fashion, but experiencing it on vacation is a treat. If not then, when? Same for that which you eat. I'll add my kudos to others who've described the breakfasts as unsurpassed. My only regret is that we were eating so well and abundantly at dinner, hunger had not returned by the morning for me to finish every breakfast. I'm salivating as I write. Lunch was a meal we gladly missed every day.

I wouldn't mind if information pamphlets were laid-out on a table. Jim and Linda store them in an armoir. Nice touch. Raining? They leave umbrellas by the front door. Thoughtful. Need to use a computer and print from it? It's there. Hungry between meals? Snacks and drinks a-plenty are available in the butler's pantry. (Maybe that was the reason we didn't have lunch?) Want an after-dinner sherry or port? Yes, it's always there. Information on anything in the area was always provided with cheer and charm by Jim and Linda.

And the immaculate gardens? Don't get me started.

You couldn't pay me enough to run a B&B -- the Palmers appear to enjoy it. Amazing.

I said I would be objective, here's my one criticism: in your room is a cup of Hershey's chunk chocolates which is refilled everyday. One day I emptied it by 9:00PM. I could say I wanted more and only for the sake of a critique I'll say I did. I'm certain the Palmers would have told me where the stash is if I wanted more, but how embarrassing would that be? How dare they put out an abundance of chocolate to feed my addiction? Some criticism...

Jim and Linda could/should write the definitive book on creating and managing a B&B since, for us, they've created the gold standard.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Fantastic B&B. Jim and Linda made me feel so welcomed and safe. The breakfasts are absolutely scrumptious and I skipped lunch the whole time during my stay. I also had amazing dinners at Cucina 24, Bouchon, Tupelo Honey Cafe, and Limiones. I can't wait to come back to this foodie town some day!!!! There is no better place to stay when in Asheville :)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Ohio
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

We are experienced Bed & Breakfast travelers and most appreciate attention to detail and friendly, knowledgeable inn keepers. Jim and Linda do an outstanding job with the details and with making you comfortable. They are extremely knowledgeable on the area and they know how to care for your needs. Coffee & Tea at your door in the morning and then a wonderful treat awaits at the breakfast table...wow! Hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Big Canoe
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Jim and Linda have established a wonderful bed and breakfast with all the details having been taken into consideration. Jim is the cook with his excellent and creative breakfast dishes each morning. Whether it's information on the area, chocolats in your room, drinks and snacks during the day, or sherry at night; everything has been thought of, making the stay a delight. We highly recommend a stay there. We'll be going back.

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Just imagine being awakened in a lovely, comfortable bed by the smell of interesting herbs rising from the kitchen - on your bedside table there are fresh flowers and a small bowl of chocolates. There is a soft sound as someone leaves a tray with coffee in front of your door. Downstairs in the dining room the table is decorated beautifully with antique china, crystal, lace, and fresh roses. At each of the places there is a bowl of fresh fruit for your start to breakfast. Linda comes in and asks what you would like to drink with your breakfast. After a while she returns with a plate of freshly baked, sliced apples, fresh bacon, crisp Belgian waffles, whipped cream, and a pitcher of home made pomegranate syrup. This is the type of daily start you can expect at this wonderful B&B. We stayed at The Lion and the Rose at the end of March when the beautiful garden was full of blooms and you could leave the windows open all day and night. The breakfasts were different on both days, each time superbly created by Jim. When we came back in the afternoons we found sherry, coffee, tea, soft drinks, small cakes, fruit, and nuts waiting for us in the pantry. Later when we came back after dinner, we could sort through a large DVD collection to find a movie to see in our room. This B&B has wireless free internet service which worked every time. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Lion and the Rose from the first moment to the last and I am already planning a return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast
Address: 276 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-1660
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #10 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored Queen Anne, just three blocks from downtown Asheville, North Carolina and minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Each of the five guest rooms is uniquely furnished with antiques and period appointments. All rooms include a queen bed, private bath, full gourmet breakfast, TV/DVD player, luxury soaps & linens, custom robes, wireless internet service and a 24 hour guest pantry. ... more   less 
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