About This Listing
I've been an airbnb host for 4 years with 300+ Great REVIEWS. All five apts are completely private, have full kitchens/baths/separate entrances and serenity.
Apt #2 , Apt #3 HISTORIC MONTFORD
Apt #5, Apt #6, Apt #7 COOL WEST ASHEV.
"Cathy is amazing! Really! What a host and is super supportive and making sure your stay is a true Asheville experience. I loved the room, the kitchen, the eggs and all of Cathy's help. Next time I come through town again I am sure to look Cathy's place up and see if its available. Oh, and its quiet! Love that when your on the road sometimes constantly. Thanks Cathy!" Stephen, California
"There are THREE completely PRIVATE guest apartments in the a turn-of-the-century historic home. The back yard easily accommodates large gatherings for family dinners and lawn games or private late afternoon lounging. I have been an enthusiastic AirBnb renter for three years and Cathy is by far the most generous and accommodating host I've met. The neighborhood is hilly and beautiful with lovely mature trees. Downtown is a quick drive or a good walk and the bike path is right down at the bottom of the hill. The apartment is charming and quintessentially Asheville with lots of quirky, adorable character. Kitchen is small but provides everything a traveler would need with the added bonus of fresh eggs from the ladies who live out back. Bedroom is airy and comfortable and the bathroom has an inviting claw foot tub that makes me wish I would have had time for a soak. Everything is clean and well appointed, and the selection of books and magazines is terrific. Cathy is so warm and friendly. I had such a nice chat while she watered the garden and I communed with the chickens. I really cannot say enough good things about my visit and I'm already looking forward to coming back!"
-Mary, May 2015
Bathe in APARTMENT #2's CLAW FOOT TUB. Sleep on a top-quality QUEEN-size bed with HIGH THREAD COUNT COTTON linens. Cook your own breakfast in a fully equipped modern kitchen with separate dining area. Relax in SOFT COMFY FURNITURE and enjoy reading with GOOD READING LAMPS. Also each apartment offers bath toiletries: Trader Joe's Citrus Spa shampoo, conditioner and body wash. If you have skin sensitivities guests are welcome to bring theirs grom home.
Experience Asheville's premiere Montford Historic District in a completely PRIVATE, QUIET, SPACIOUS guest apartment. Located in a beautiful two story, owner-occupied home, the apartment is on the second floor on the left hand side of the house. The home is on a quiet side street and offers off-street parking and a SAFE and FRIENDLY neighborhood. There are THREE airbnb apartments. Each apartment is unique and can be rented together for a two couple get away weekend. Each apartment comfortably sleeps two to three adults.
Enjoy the LOVELY BACKYARD GARDENS and be entertained by my CHICKENS. I am happy to dispel any misconceptions you might have about roosters waking you up at 4 a.m. Roosters are not allowed in the city! My girls' coop is located in far away enough from the house that the only sound you might hear when the windows are open is their enthusiastic announcement of an egg for a morning omelet!
On site ECO-CONSIDERATIONS: organically raised chickens with no roosters, rain barrels for water catchment, organic vegetable gardens, composting, and vermiculture (worms eat my garbage and provide me with their nutrient rich castings).
"What a great first experience with AirBnB! Cathy was so helpful and available for anything we needed. She always responded within minutes of receiving a text from us. She guided us to great restaurants and sites to visit. The apartment was adorable and so clean and well equipped. We loved the old claw foot bathtub! The bed was so comfortable with very high quality soft sheets and an assortment of pillows to choose from. The location is the best! Close to Downtown, River Arts District, and easy to get to everything. The chickens are great! The backyard is so nice with lounge chairs and places to gather. Although it was just the two of us, the apartment would have easily fit 3 people. The 3 apartments together would be great for a group of people. All of the apartments are lovely! Cathy showed them all to me before we left. I just can't say enough positives about this experience. A Quiet, restful retreat. We feel like we went away with a new found friend in Cathy and can't wait to go back" ~ Sandy
Come see for yourself why Asheville has been called "The Paris of the South".
"We had a delightful stay with Cathy and the "girls" this past weekend. The apartment is so peaceful, quiet and relaxing, we found ourselves just laying in bed in the morning listening to the light breezes and birds chirping. Cathy is a wonderful host and made us feel right at home and provided several nice recommendations on things to see and do. The apartment is clean and as described on the website. Her house is about 1 mile from downtown so it's an easy walk and enjoyable as you walk past some beautiful homes in the Montford historic district. We would definitely stay here again should we return to Asheville! ~ Mark
After booking, guests receive a list of Cathy's favorite places to eat, to see and fun things to do! She has lived in Asheville 30 years and this isn't her first rodeo.
There are beautiful mature trees and shrubs on the property: tall hemlocks, a large Japanese maple, white pine, rose of sharon, walnut, serviceberry, native shrubs like laurel, rhododendron, native fern, hydrangea as well as over 500 flowering spring bulbs.The LARGE BACK YARD has organic raised beds for veggies, herbs and flowers which guests are welcome to share. Relax and enjoy a book or afternoon nap in the back yard hammock. Play bocci ball or croquet or just watch the goofy antics of my six chickens:
Sally Ride-lays dark brown speckled eggs
Sister Teresa (all white)
Michelle Obama (black bangs)
Pecky Williams-lays blue eggs
Make yourself at home.
Interaction with Guests
As Cathy lives below in the downstairs apartment she is around when needed or only a text away. If she is traveling, she will always have someone living on the premises who can assist you. Cathy makes a special effort to not be intrusive but close in touch if something is needed. Guests might see her working in the garden or tending to The Girls. There are times even though she's on site, guests may not necessarily run into each other...just the way the apartments are situated. Cathy will check in periodically but won't intrude on your privacy. For those looking to possibly move to Asheville, she has 30 years of experience living in Asheville and would be happy to give you a guided tour of her favorite neighborhoods or provide a list of recommended builders and/or real estate agents. She doesn't receive any favors from any of these professionals.
Arriving late and want an easy dinner? Perhaps you'll walk to one of our two neighborhood pubs, Tod's Tasties, four blocks or Cheisa, three blocks or Nine Mile Cafe, which is just two blocks from your apartment.
Within walking distance from your apartment: The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, the University of North Carolina campus, downtown is a mile-20 minute walk or 5 minute car ride. Montford Park is half a block away and has a basketball court, tennis courts and park benches. Riverside Cemetery is one of the coolest places to view Civil War and Spanish American War grave sites. The Biltmore Estate and Village is approximately 3 miles away. Everything is easy access.
Enjoy a lovely walk to town through wide boulevards of the historic district with turn of the century mansions on both sides of the street. Drive five minutes to town and park in any one of several parking decks-1st hour is always free! Many of my guests who want to enjoy the benefits of Asheville being called "Beer City USA" four years, opt to walk to downtown and or take an UBER taxi for around $5. Ask me for your discount code.
Other Things to Note
When one imagines a partying scene, this house would not be in that picture. Because I place a high value on tranquility myself and choose not to dampen the enthusiasm of little ones, these apartments aren't well suited for children.
The beauty of the property is it's solitude and peaceful setting. There are mature trees, song birds, hummingbirds and chimney swifts. I've seen wild turkey in my back yard and even bears like to stroll through in the spring late and early fall. You'll also see Cooper's hawks gliding overhead. Please know that your comfort is of primary concern so no question is too small or insignificant. So others can enjoy the same peaceful setting you are invited to kindly use SOFT VOICES outside and in the common hallway entrance. All properties are LGBTQI and Straight-but-not-Narrow friendly. Please: No smoking. No pets. For those of you who might have dander allergies, I have one cat and she IS NOT allowed inside Guest Apartments. I value integrity and respect.
Asheville is wonderful, if you have not been but are thinking of it pull the trigger! Cathy's place is so inviting and cozy my girlfriend and I had a hard time getting out of bed as early as we hoped everyday. This is okay though as the Montford neighborhood is located close enough to downtown to not miss brunch. We rode bicycles into the city and West Asheville without hassle (10-15 mins) and were close enough to the highway to get to great trails within 30 minutes.
Cathy's place is very safe for bicycles and although it would be hard to store them bedside (as some of us crazies prefer) with some creativity and planning they can be stored safe and secure. Next time we plan for Asheville Cathy will be the first person we contact!
We knew this place was the one when we discovered the exact Homedics SoundSpa noise machine we own in the bedroom. Everything was perfect and the space was very comfortable, especially given the heat during the time. The bed was very comfortable and the window unit AC did a good job keeping the place cool. If we ever stay in Asheville again, we'll definitely come back here. Cathy was a sweet lady and the perfect host you'd expect to have on a trip.
Words cannot describe the awesomeness that is Cathy! Our stay was absolutely perfect! They apartment was immaculately clean and cozy, with fresh eggs awaiting in the refrigerator. The backyard was adorable and inviting-"The Girls" (chickens) made great hosts! Cathy was easily reached by text at all times. The check-in and check-out process was simple and painless. The neighborhood was beautiful and all neighbors were very friendly. Cathy's place will be our number one choice for our next stay in Asheville! Thanks, Cathy!
We stayed here while visiting Asheville for our 6th wedding anniversary. The place was great! Very clean. Room had everything we needed. She even had Scrabble and Boggle that we played one night. There was no TV, which was not a problem. We had just brought a couple movies to watch. My wife really enjoyed the claw foot tub. Cathy's guidebook was great too. We ate at Tupelo Honey and the Corner Kitchen. They were both great! We never met Cathy but waived at her pulling out one day. She was very easy to communicate with via text. I definitely recommend this apartment.
The photos don't do the place justice. It is very well put together. The kitchen is well stocked with what's necessary. The neighborhood is a jewel and very close to a park and to town.
The linens are impeccable, the kitchen and bathroom sparkle. A haven to come home to. No tv but the wifi works great.
Cathy is very conscientious and responsive. I would return without hesitation.
Much to my surprise, I got to meet your mother as Michelle drove her by the house one day! How wonderful that she is doing so well. Maybe next time you come to Asheville it will be under happier circumstances and you can explore our little jewel rather than get to know our hospital inside and out. Best, Cathy
We just had a fantastic 2 night stay with Cathy. The place is charming, well-appointed, spacious, and comfortable. We loved having tea down in the garden, close to the chickens. We thanked the chickens for their eggs that morning (which Cathy provided). They looked confused by the compliment. Cathy's communication was great! Everything about the experience was warm and generous. We especially liked the proximity to downtown, yet the feel of a farmhouse. The raised "bed" garden in the back is also a plus.
I have been an enthusiastic AirBnb renter for three years and Cathy is by far the most generous and accommodating host I've met. The neighborhood is hilly and beautiful with lovely mature trees. Downtown is a quick drive or a good walk and the bike path is right down at the bottom of the hill.
The apartment is charming and quintessentially Asheville with lots of quirky, adorable character. Kitchen is small but provides everything a traveler would need with the added bonus of fresh eggs from the ladies who live out back. Bedroom is airy and comfortable and the bathroom has an inviting claw foot tub that makes me wish I would have had time for a soak. Everything is clean and well appointed, and the selection of books and magazines is terrific.
Cathy is so warm and friendly. I had such a nice chat while she watered the garden and I communed with the chickens. I really cannot say enough good things about my visit and I'm already looking forward to coming back!
Mary, it was my good fortune to meet you in the back yard while doing my garden chores. I haven't gotten to eat at the new curry restaurant yet but when I do, I will say hello to your son! Thanks for the kind review. Guests like you make hosting the rich experience I enjoy....connection with other like-minded travelers. All the best to you and hopefully next time you come, we'll share an adult beverage in the garden. I feel like we have lots to talk about.
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About the Host, Cathy
I have travel in my blood. I was born in Chateauroux, France. My sister was born in Germany and I learned to speak German when my family lived there for four years. Some of my favorites places include, Lagos de Atitlan, Uxmal, Merida, San Cristobal, Antigua, Ambergris Caye, Chichicastengo, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Cologne, Berlin and Prague. I prefer to travel off the "gringo trail" and have many more places to visit. Open to house trade.
I am a passionate student of compassionate communication (NVC). Two important things I've learned is that other people's behavior rarely has anything to do with me and that with patience and compassion, most all our needs can be met.
For fun around here I have ridden a hot air balloon over our mountains, taken a mountain top zip line tour nearby, seen our ancient mountains during a flying lesson, rented a scooter and rode the blue ridge parkway, took a few archery lessons so I could pretend to be like Katniss from The Hunger Games, which was filmed nearby. I also enjoy sitting in the backyard watching my chickens do goofy things. What do you like to do for fun? Let me share more fun things to do in our beautiful mountains.
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