This large cherry table is loved by writers. They enjoy working in the natural light with tall hemlocks in view.
[Click on my name to view my two other private and separate guest apartments. Scroll down, on the left. Apt # 2 and Apt # 3. To get a better idea of what staying here is like, check out the 270 great reviews!]
"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 six goofy chickens.
"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
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 QUEEN bed has a new high quality mattress and 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. I am a former professional chef and baking instructor (pastry chef at The Biltmore Estate) and so recommending great food is my passion. After booking, guests receive a list of all my 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
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 I share with guests. You can 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 nine chickens:
Audrey Hepburn (feathered white hat)
Jane Goodall-lays green eggs
Sally Ride-lays dark brown speckled eggs
Sister Teresa (all white)
Michelle Obama (black bangs)
Pecky Williams-lays blue eggs
Ellen Deheneres-lays copper colored eggs
Interaction with Guests
As I live in the downstairs apartment on the left I'm around when needed or only a text away. If I'm traveling, I will always have someone living on the premises who can assist you. I make a special effort to not be intrusive but close in touch if something is needed. You might see me working in the garden or tending to The Girls. There are time times even though I'm here we won't necessarily run into each other...just the way the apartments are situated. I will check in periodically but won't intrude on your privacy. For those looking to possibly move to Asheville, I have 26 years of experience living in Asheville and would be happy to give you a guided tour of my favorite neighborhoods or provide a list of recommended builders and/or real estate agents. I don't receive kickbacks from any of these folks...I recommend them because they are professional and good at what they do.
Arriving late and want an easy dinner? Perhaps you'll walk to one of our two neighborhood pubs, Tod's Tasties, four 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" three times opt to walk to downtown and take a $10 taxi ride home.
Other Things to Note
Because I place a value on vacation tranquility and the apartments weren't decorated with "child-proofing" in mind, they are not well suited for children under the age of fourteen.
The beauty of the property is it's solitude and peaceful setting. There are mature trees, song birds, hummingbirds and chimney swifts. You'll see hawks gliding overhead. Please know that your comfort is of primary concern so no question is too small or insignificant. So as 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. 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. 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.
We have been staying at Cathy's for years now and we always feel like we are at our home away from home. Cathy is a wonderful host and who knows how to balance the anticipation of her guest's needs with the ability to provide them with the privacy they need. We look forward to seeing her and the girls ( hens ) each year and anticipate many years of visits in the future.
Sweet perfection! We enjoyed our stay at Cathy’s immensely. The apartment was well-kept, bright and cheerful. The bed was unbelievably comfy and everything we needed was available. It was nice to unwind in the kitchen after two long days of sight-seeing. The apartment was a short distance away from downtown Asheville and the Biltmore (we highly recommend visiting both!). Her backyard was very charming and it was fun to watch the chickens. We had a chance to meet Cathy and she made us feel like we were old friends.
Cathy is a fantastic host and we had a great stay in Asheville! My husband and I stayed in the bottom unit with friends staying in both upstairs units. It was perfect for our group. The unit itself was immaculately clean and very well decorated. There is a chicken coup out back and fresh eggs and fruit waiting in the fridge as well as coffee and other cooking essentials. The neighborhood is really beautiful and all in all we had a fantastic stay. Thank you Cathy!!
We loved staying in Cathy’s apartment. The bright, clean apartment is located on a quiet street in the historic Montford neighborhood. It was close to downtown Asheville. Cathy was very responsive and accommodating during our stay. We also enjoyed exploring her backyard oasis spending time with her chickens and exploring the gardens. Cathy gave us fresh eggs from her chickens that were delicious. We would definitely stay here again.
It was absolutely beautiful!!! A great little neighborhood. Close to everything and even a pretty good spot to bring a bike. Cathy was very welcoming, however we never actually met. She was promt to communicate through texting and was able to take care of us very well. Felt so welcomed and wanted to just stay and relax at the house rather than go out on the town becasue it was so warm and comforting.
We loved our stay here. Cathy made us feel very welcome. The apartment is very nice and spacious and the grounds are delightful to walk around. The neighborhood is wonderful. If you like walking or jogging there's a nice path along a creek nearby. Very easy to get to downtown from here.
We had an amazing time in Asheville over the weekend and would like to thank Cathy for this. The apartment was beautiful, clean and most of all relaxing, which is exactly what we were looking for. Everything was ready for us when we arrived Friday night. We got in a little late due to traffic, so it was really nice to be able to relax upon arrival. We enjoyed sitting in the back yard and watching the chickens while we had our morning coffee. Everything about the location was perfect for us. We were close enough to downtown to do lots of exploring, but also tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. We loved how close we were to tennis courts and were happy to get in some practice over the weekend. Cathy was a great host, she checked in a few times throughout the weekend to make sure we were comfortable and finding everything we needed. We also took a few of her restaurant recommendations and were not disappointed one bit! We will definitely stay with Cathy again when we come back to Asheville.
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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. I'll be in Denmark and Sweden in April. If you have family living abroad I am open to a reciprocal home share trade! You and they come here and I stay in their home. I've done this with folks in Manhattan, Prague and Berlin and it's work out well. Win-win!
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 with you more fun things to do in our beautiful mountains.