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 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.
Immediately they began to clear the overgrown landscape and the arduous task of removing years of Boston ivy growth from the three stories of the mansion that it covered. Repairing the front porch which had deteriorated from drainage problems caused by the ivy, and hiring many Asheville locals to remove wallpaper and begin repairing of the plaster walls. David Griffith, Michael’s father was the master carpenter who was tasked with repairing all the woodwork that needed attention in and around the mansion property.
“We opened the main house on April 15th 2010 and the Carriage house and Cottages by July of that same year. Although our restoration of Reynolds Mansion was nothing compared to Fred and Helen Faber’s restoration of the house in the 70’s, I’m not sure we could do it again; it’s all a blur now. All of us have an innate need to touch something and leave a little bit of us behind, a small part of ourselves which is what saving Reynolds Mansion is to me,” says Sanders.
Now, Sanders, handles the hospitality, gardening, and cooking, while Griffith handles the marketing and business aspect of running the 13-room Ashville bed and breakfast.
“We have so many people to thank for getting where we are today,” says Griffith. Endless help and advice from the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association, friends and family who contributed enormous amounts of time, energy, and support, Don and Claudette Childs for donating antiques to help fill the halls of Reynolds Mansion, Jim and Jane Sleeva for marketing Reynolds Mansion before we were even open and holding the first event ever at Reynolds Mansion.
Sanders and Griffith are dedicated to being the top Asheville Bed & Breakfast Inn and are committed to preserving the original parts of this wonderful home, while providing visitors with modern comforts and warm Southern hospitality.
We wholeheartedly thank those first guests of Reynolds Mansion for taking a chance and letting us be their host, and we look forward to all those yet to visit our home and extend a big Reynolds Mansion welcome!
“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” ~Oscar Wilde