Prospect Hill, originally known as the "Charles and Annie Quinlan House"
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Prospect Hill was the home of James Cassius Lowry Gudger, who had been an Officer in the
Confederate Army, and subsequently of his daughter Annie Quinlan and her husband
Charles Quinlan. The house was constructed on the high point at the edge
of the town which was originally known as Mount Prospect. Situated in the
Great Smoky Mountains and forests of Western North
Carolina, Prospect Hill is one hundred year old Victorian Inn
providing luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation in
Waynesville, the Eastern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains and the National Park.
Built over a hundred years ago on
one acre of the high ground at the edge of town, Prospect Hill Inn has
commanding views of the Smoky Mountains and forests in
all directions. At the same time it is just an easy walk from the old town
center with its cafes, galleries, gift and antique shops, and a short drive from
Biltmore estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherokee Casino. Today the house has
been fully restored. Air conditioning and private bathrooms have been added to each of
its bedrooms. To learn more about the house, the Bed & Breakfast and our
policies, please click here.
Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn has five comfortable air conditioned bedrooms, two of which also have small
sitting rooms. The rooms are equipped with king or queen beds and each has a
private bathroom. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor, each one has
cable television and broadband WiFi and each room has unobstructed views of the
mountains. To see our Bedrooms click
We've got hundreds of them, We have
never asked guests to go online to write them, they leave them in the rooms
without being asked,
and here are just a few.
This Morning's Weather
Each morning (well .
. . nearly every morning, I've been a bit slack lately) I take a digital photograph of the smoky
mountains from the porch or one of our bedroom windows and place it on
this page of the website. If you would like to see
a photograph of the mountains, taken from our
porch this morning, along with my
comment on the weather in Western North Carolina
Things to do & places to see
Waynesville is located at 2800 feet on a high
plateau in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, high enough to be above the humidity which plagues the
eastern seaboard most of the summertime, we enjoy warm sunny days and cool evenings.
It's an ideal location for a Bed & Breakfast weekend. The
town is surrounded by a dozen or more 6,000 foot mountains
many of which can be seen from our front porch. The Blue Ridge Parkway
circles almost entirely around this county, and we're bound by the Smoky Mountain National
Park on one side, and the Pisgah National Forest on the other. Mount Mitchell, the
highest point in the US east of the Mississippi is just ninety minutes from our front
door. We're about mid-way between the Biltmore House in Asheville and the Harrah's
Casino in Cherokee and just a few minutes from Maggie Valley. On top of all that, its a really neat
little town! If you'd like
to see a selection of things to do and places to see, click
Virtual Photo Tours
We have made a couple of local
tours of places whiuch might interest you, taking photographs along the way for
you to see.
You can see a
photo tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway here,
and a photo tour of Lake Junaluska here
Been to a B&B Before ?
We have had hundreds of first-timers at Prospect Hill.
Bed and Breakfast began in England over 50 years ago when ordinary households
with a spare bedroom offered it for rent for a night with a shared bathroom and
breakfast with the family. I remember years ago visiting Stratford on
Avon, Shakespeare's home town, and the streets in town were lined with homes
offering Bed & Breakfast. It was the least expensive way to travel at that
time. It has changed and developed both here and in England since then.
Now a Bed & Breakfast Inn in America is normally operated in a larger, more
luxurious house, often furnished with antiques and offering all kinds of special
perks to make a stay comfortable and enjoyable. In England, many of them are in
farm houses. At Prospect Hill, we have 5 guest
bedrooms, each furnished with antiques and each has a private bathroom.
The rooms have either one king or one queen bed, they have comfortable seating,
a desk, refrigerator, cable television and free access to the internet on our
WIFI broadband network. Every effort is made to insure the privacy of each
guest, we've had hundreds of honeymoon and anniversary couples who have come
here to spend some quality time together. Breakfast is served in our
dining room, it's a gourmet prepared breakfast
including things like Cheese Soufflées, Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles with
fresh cream and strawberries, all served with a fruit & yogurt dish and
beverages of your choice. We try to arrange the timing so all guests eat
breakfast together at our 10-seater dining table, but we happily arrange an
earlier or later breakfast if desired. We give you a front door key to
allow you to come an go as you wish and during the daytime we tidy your room and
make the bed. There is a large Guest Sitting room
with a 60 inch television and a great front porch with
rockers to relax after a hike in the mountains or a day on the road in search of
that elusive antique. Any questions, just give me a call.
Where is Waynesville ?
Waynesville is 30 miles west of Asheville on interstate I-40.
Click here to see a map of Western North Carolina.
And where is Prospect Hill in Waynesville ?
Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast is one of only two B&B's which are really walking
distance from the shopping center in Waynesville. Although the photograph
on the front of the web site shows the house appearing to be out in the
countryside, we are actually right on Main Street about 300 yards from the
center of town. Churches, Shops, restaurants and galleries are all within
300 to 400 yards of our front porch. You can see the map of town showing
the location of the Inn and other facilities here.
Prospect Hill is very easy to find because we're right on Main Street just
on the edge of town, however we've prepared some directions depending on where
you're coming from and you'll find them by clicking
Many of our guests are book lovers, and like myself, enjoy a good book.
This section of the web site is an attempt to share our reading experiences and
opinions about the books we have read. My
most recent review is of
Black House by Peter May a novel about a grisly murder on a
remote island in the Outer Hebrides, and
The Party is Over
by Mike Lofgren the insiders view of a dysfunctional Congress. Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi,
a story of incredible sensitivity about the lives of women in the Islamic
Republic of Iran. Havana Nocturne, by T.J.
English which is the story of the Mob who controlled Cuba in the
The Help by Kathryn Stockett which
has been made into a motion picture,
In The Garden of the Beasts, by Erik Larsson, all very good books. To see a listing of books reviewed (can't believe
I've read all those books), click here
Schedule of Local Events
Aside from the natural beauty of the area, Waynesville, and the nearby communities
in North Carolina also
offer many planned events to entertain and educate throughout the year, with Antique
shows, Craft shows, International dance festivals, Antique car shows, and many
others. To see a schedule of these local events, click
Mountain Musings . . .
(My Steam-letting-off place . . . Anything can happen here.)