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Oakland Cottage – Biltmore

01/01/2011

During our Anniversary trip to the Asheville area, we bought season passes to the Biltmore and decided to visit again around Christmas to enjoy the decorations. I have a hard time staying twice in the same spot – there are too many spots to discover! This time, we chose the Oakland Cottage, a mere 10 minutes from the Biltmore entrance.

We were not disappointed! We also decided to bring our daughter Puddin’ (2) when we found the Cottage was a rare child-friendly locale. I was very impressed with the many small details that had been thought of – Green/Natural cleaning products and soap, plush robes in the room, extra blankets in the beautiful antique bureau, cotton swabs and balls in a little jar in the bathroom, use of the laundry room and butler’s pantry which were well-stocked with detergents and fans, plastic plates and wine glasses.

This is not to ignore the home’s cozy and unique atmosphere of early century (the last one!) architecture and design. I loved the sitting area complete with fireplace, diamond-pane leaded glass windows and built in bookcases and cushioned window seats. Our room was very cute, stocked with a coffee maker, electric kettle and assorted teas.

The innkeeper was especially helpful and kind, and we thoroughly enjoyed his hearty breakfasts (fruit, juice, homemade granola and yogurt, mushroom and spinach quiche, french toast, it was all positively delicious!). The owners also have another inn (The Brigman House) which is honestly my architectural dream house and I hope to stay there one day just to enjoy it!

I must say that the Oakland Cottage is one of the high-ranking stays at a B&B that we have had…and the pricing was very reasonable. Considering that they are pet and child friendly, this makes them a top contender for your stay in addition to the many other aspects we appreciated.

All in all – it is definitely the place I would recommend for a stay in Asheville, near the Biltmore in particular.



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