About this listing
Montford is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Asheville.
"Cathy is a WONDERFUL hostess and a DELICIOUS person! She was overwhelmingly welcome, left us our special eggs from "the girls," helped us make arrangements for a zip line tour and a Biltmore visit, provided us with lots of Asheville reading materials and gave us a wonderful tour of our precious little home for the week. The bed is comfortable, sheets clean and cozy, space heaters available should you get cold, and hot water for your shower or bath in the sweet claw foot tub. She is quick to respond to texts and available whenever you need her. It was the perfect getaway from our NYC living and Cathy did all but convince us to move there! I highly recommend staying with her in any of her 3 charming apartments!" ~ Emilie, Manhattan
Experience Asheville's premiere Montford Historic District in a completely private, quiet, spacious guest apartment. I have THREE AIRBNB APARTMENTS located in a beautiful two story, owner-occupied home. This location can't be beat; each is close to town but QUIET without the street noise. This apartment is on the ground floor on the right hand side of the house. The 3,000 sq. ft. home is on a quiet side street and offers off-street parking and a SAFE and FRIENDLY neighborhood. On site eco-considerations: organically raised CHICKENS (no roosters=no early morning noise), rain barrels for water cachement, organic vegetable gardens, composting, and vermiculture. Worms eat my garbage and provide me with their nutrient rich castings for the garden. Enjoy the lovely back yard gardens in the hammock under the shade trees or resting in the sun. Be entertained by my five goofy chickens.
As a special treat, The Girls provide complimentary fresh eggs for your enjoyment. If you've never had a real egg from an organically fed chicken, it's something special.Your kitchen is FULLY STOCKED with pots/pans/cooking utensils, wine glasses, toaster, coffee bean grinder, blender. It has a SUNNY LARGE KITCHEN with dining table and chairs and a full size refrigerator and full size gas stove/oven. The bath has a newly resurfaced deep porcelain tub and shower with plenty of hot water and EXCELLENT WATER PRESSURE. Fluffy wash cloths, hand towels and towels are provided. Little extras like shampoo, conditioner and bath salts also! The bed is a high quality QUEEN BED covered with lots of pillows for propping up and reading in bed. It's draped in HIGH THREAD COUNT QUALITY LINENS.
"Now I am totally spoiled. No more Asheville motels for me as long as Cathy has such lovely and spotless accommodations. Charming host and home." Gail, Auburn, Alabama,
Come see for yourself why Asheville has been called "THE PARIS OF THE SOUTH" and Trip Advisor lists Asheville on the Top 10 Destinations for Food and Wine. Cathy is a former professional chef and baking instructor (pastry chef at The Biltmore Estate) and so recommending great food is her passion. After reservations are confirmed, guests receive a list of all Cathy's favorite places to eat, to see and fun things to do.
"I can hardly wait to get back to Asheville and stay with Cathy again in her great location in historic Montford. I felt very much at home in the spacious, attractive apartment with windows all around, including the one overlooking her beautiful garden area and hen house. The fresh eggs were delicious in the morning, too. I found Cathy very warm and attentive to the big and little things that made the stay memorable. Thank you, Cathy, for making me feel so welcome and comfortable!" ~ Scottie, Raleigh, NC:
Cathy's apartments in her home are a great and affordable way to stay in Asheville. They're located just north of downtown Asheville and are within an easy drive to many surrounding sites and attractions. Our apartment was exactly as advertised including fresh eggs upon our arrival which were some of the best eggs I've ever had. Cathy is very quick to respond to questions and needs and had spot-on recommendations for restaurants, cafes and the like. I highly recommend Cathy and this listing." Hiram, New York City
"Cathy was a stellar host and the room was perfect for what we needed. It was a wonderful blend of privacy, space, proximity to downtown and helpful tips from Cathy of where to go and what to do based on our interests. We look forward to our next stay! This is the best place we've stayed in our numerous trips to Asheville." ~ Jon
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 she shares with guests. You can relax and enjoy a book or afternoon nap in the back yard hammock or watch the goofy antics of her five chickens:
Sister Teresa (all white)
Michelle Obama (black bangs)
Pecky Williams-lays blue eggs
Interaction with Guests
As Cathy lives in the downstairs apartment on the left, she is around when needed or only a text away. If she is traveling, there will always be someone living on the premises who can assist you. A special effort is made to not be intrusive but close in touch if something is needed. You might see Cathy working in the garden or tending to The Girls. There are time times even though she is at home, guests might not run into each other...just the way the apartments are situated. She will check in periodically by text but won't intrude on guest's privacy. For those looking to possibly move to Asheville, Cathy has 30 years of experience living in Asheville and she is happy to recommend Town Mountain Realty agent, Gretchen Lewis. Gretchen has worked with several of Cathy's guests to find just the right spot to enjoy mountain living.
Arriving late and want an easy dinner? Perhaps you'll walk a few blocks over to one of our three neighborhood pubs, Tod's Tasties or Chiesa, or Nine Mile Cafe.
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" three times opt to walk to downtown and take a $10 taxi ride home.
Other Things to Note
This is a place for vacation tranquility and the apartments have not been decorated with "child-proofing" in mind . As such, these properties are not well suited for children.
The beauty of the property is it's solitude and peaceful setting. There are All properties are LGBTQI and Straight-but-not-Narrow friendly. Please know that your comfort is of primary concern so no question is too small or insignificant. So others enjoy the same peaceful setting, you are invited to kindly use SOFT VOICES outside and TIPPY TOES in the common hallway entrance. When one imagines a partying scene, this house would not be in that picture. 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 have travel in my blood and love meeting folks from all over the world. Some of my favorites places visited include, Lagos de Atitlan, Uxmal, Merida, San Cristobal, Antigua, Ambergris Caye, Chichicastengo, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Cologne, Berlin and Prague, Dingle Peninsula. I prefer to travel off the "gringo trail". 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.