Meet the Innkeepers
Lisa and Madelyn are new to Asheville but have already fallen in love with it. The mother-daughter team chose The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast as their home and livelihood. Lisa is a physical therapist and also has experience in the food service industry including restaurants and catering. Madelyn has worked as a wedding planner and has experience with hospitality through event planning and marketing. Together they bring their unique style and southern charm to this beautiful inn and popular vacation destination.
The inn is also home to Luna and Cooper, the friendly family pets. Luna is a Saint Berdoodle and Cooper a Maltese. They enjoy time in the beautifully landscaped yard but are never allowed in the guest room areas.
In 1896, Elmer and Charity Rush Craig* moved from Wisconsin to what is now Asheville's Montford Historic District. Hoping to help Mr. Craig's deteriorating health, the couple built this beautiful Queen Anne neo-Classical home as their permanent North Carolina residence.
*Charity Rush Craig was once the National President of the Woman's Relief Corps, a charitable organization dedicated to honor the Grand Army of the Republic, assist U.S. Veterans, and demonstrate patriotism to the U.S.A.
In 1913, the house was purchased by the Toms family. In honor of these first two families owning the property, the Craig-Toms Suite was named to preserve their memory.
The Toms' son, Charles French Toms, was the basis of character Tommy French in the book Look Homeward Angel, a fictional story of Asheville by Thomas Wolfe. We have been privileged to welcome Charles' daughter and granddaughter as guests and have enjoyed their stories and photos of the home and their family.
The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast has been fastidiously restored to her original splendor. Some of the more notable architectural details include the ornate golden oak columns in the entrance, and the Inglenook (a fireplace area), which is flanked by antique church benches to let you enjoy the warm fire during cool months. The sitting parlor appointed with comfortable sofas within is a popular destination for book-lovers, and the formal parlor's bay window offers sweeping views of the veranda and our gardens.
Throughout its existence, this stately residence has been the home to single families and is one of very few homes in the Historic District to boast this fact. We welcome you to our home and hope you enjoy your stay.