It was August 2009, and innkeepers Billy Sanders and Michael Griffith reflect on their first visit to The Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn, which was for sale. Michael’s aunt Claudette, for whom one of the many rooms in Reynolds Mansion is named, was their realtor. “We remember getting out of the rent-a-car, planting our feet on the ground and then looking up at the beautiful brick house perched on top of this ridge at the foothill of Reynolds Mountain,” Sanders said. “It was at that moment, I knew that this was the one, that this would be where we would live.”
Little did they know it was fated to become the #1 rated Asheville bed and breakfast.
Two months later on October 28th, Sanders, Griffith and their two English bulldogs, Scarlett and Rhett, took ownership of the Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn from Helen Faber.
History of the Reynolds Mansion
“My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet. She’s now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.” ~Dame Edna Everage
“Colonel” Daniel Reynolds built his imposing “double pile” brick home on a knoll of Reynolds Mountain in 1847. A conservative but substantial house plan built only by the most prosperous of western North Carolina’s citizens before the Civil War. He and his wife, Susan Adelia Baird had 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls. They had 1500 acres given to them by Susan’s father, Isreal Baird.
When Daniel Reynolds passed away in 1878 his son, William Taswell Reynolds inherited the home known as the Reynolds House and the remaining 140 acres, which was left with the estate. William Taswell married Mamie Spears in 1880 and they had 4 children including Robert Rice Reynolds, who was to become a U.S. Senator in the 1930’s.