The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast




ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Innkeepers Steve and Karen Wilson share what there is to see and do in Asheville, the Montford Historic District, and surrounding area, as well as the highlights of their B&B including its rich history and architecture, delicious breakfasts, and gardens. Listen in the SoundCloud podcast player below.

The Lion and the Rose is a stunning pink lady in the Montford Historic District. The manicured lawns, luxurious decor, and welcoming innkeepers invite you in for an unforgettable stay at an exceptional value. This 1898 residence is located in a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance to downtown Asheville and its many attractions. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate are just minutes away.

The Queen Anne/Georgian style inn has been restored to its original splendor, evoking the classic architecture of the times, and earning the privilege of being the first stop on Asheville’s historic trolley tours. With original leaded and stained glass windows, period antiques, four fireplaces, and a golden tiger oak foyer and staircase, The Lion and the Rose lets you experience the opulence of a bygone era, but with modern amenities for a comfortable and unique experience. Five beautifully appointed guest rooms invite you to enjoy the romance, privacy, and enchantment that can only be found in such homes rich in history and character.

As one of Asheville’s longest-operating inns, The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast offers amenities to rival any hotel or inn around, including free, lighted, off-street parking, gourmet breakfasts, plush bedding, and unpretentious hospitality. We do our best to meet, and even anticipate your needs, and are available for assistance at any time.

Innkeepers Steve and Karen fell in love with North Carolina 18 years ago. The time for a new adventure was calling and they were determined to continue their love affair with NC. Becoming innkeepers had been in the back of their minds since their first B&B experience for their wedding.

They searched from the ocean to the mountains for the right place to call home. The beautiful pink lady of The Lion and the Rose stole their hearts and the charm of the historic Montford district of Asheville made for the perfect combination for these outdoor, nature lovers.

Steve and Karen, are affectionately known as “Mr and Mrs Wild” for their love of wildlife and crazy travel adventures. They have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and meet so many wonderful people along the way. They love to hear and share travel stories and connect with their guests. When asked how they would describe The Lion and the Rose, they will happily quote William Butler Yeats, “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

The inn is also home to Oreo and Ozzy, the friendly family pets. They are both Shih Tzus and they enjoy time in the beautifully landscaped yard. They are happy to say hello to guests who request to meet them but they are never allowed in the guest room areas.

The Lion & The Rose B&B is located at 276 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. For more information or to make reservations, call: (828) 255-7673 or visit


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