Constructed by Colonel Daniel Reynolds in 1847, The Reynolds Mansion is one of only seven pre-Civil War brick homes still standing in our area. Originally 1,500 acres, it remained in ownership by members of the Reynolds family until 1970. Senator Bob Reynolds and his young daughter, Mamie, who inherited the Hope Diamond, lived in the house during the time he was in Asheville and serving as our US Senator.
Natt Reynolds did a thorough renovation of the Asheville historic Mansion in the early 1900’s. He added a full third story, a kitchen addition and two-story verandahs giving the house a Colonial Revival style. His mother, Susan Adelia Reynolds and his sister, Annie Lee Reynolds ran the house as a rooming house for a few years after his death.
In the 1920’s it was rented and used as an Osteopathic Sanitarium.
In 1972, it was converted into a bed and breakfast and in 1984, placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the early 2000’s, the home sat empty for several years and fell into severe disrepair with porches caved in, a sagging foundation and ivy-covered exterior walls. Fortunately, visionaries and entrepreneurs, Billy Sanders and Michael Griffith saw the potential, bought it in 2009, and spent a year and a half restoring the mansion to its full grandeur.
Boasting the second largest dining room in a private home in Buncombe County, much of the furnishings are original. Owners worked with members of the Reynolds family to acquire items that had once been in the home. Huge verandahs on the home allow Inn guests to take in sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Where the original 1500 acres were all woods, farmland and apple orchards, Reynolds Mountain development and Reynolds Village have taken their place. The grand old house still sits in the center of its small island of existing 4 acres inviting a new generation to step back into time and enjoy a bygone era.
To learn more, visit their website: Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn.