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The interior design project for the walls of the Hideaway Suite got underway last week. Here you see a wallpaper with an 18th century French motif of images. That beam sure needs to be painted, doesn't it?
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A Snippet History of the Hill House (courtesy of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County)

“Doubleday’s Addition,” was one of the first planned suburbs of Asheville, predating Montford. This new community was developed in 1883 by General Ulysses Doubleday, a retired Civil War general and the younger brother of the famed General Abner Doubleday, the founder of the sport of baseball. Doubleday moved to Asheville (for his health) in 1882 after a long career as a banker and broker in New York City.

After moving to Asheville, he went into the lumber and building business with a business partner named George F. Scott. In April of 1883, Doubleday commissioned civil engineer (and academy founder) S. F. Venable to draw up the official plat for his new community. I suspect that Doubleday immediately began building spec houses on the lots, as the 1883–1884 Asheville City Directory records over twenty residents occupying houses in the “Doubleday Addition,” which only contained forty-five lots.

The 1883 Directory also gave a brief description of the new development: “Doubleday’s Addition” From one-half to one mile N of court-house, embracing a large number of houses, and intersected by many streets, none which, however, have been named.3 The streets were named shortly thereafter as they appear on the 1883 plat-as Center Street (now Forsythe) running north-south, flanked on each side by East and West Streets, all crossed midway by Hillside Street, running east-west. Seney Street (now Woodrow Ave.) ran east-west on the southern border of the development.

The Rev. Postell, a local Episcopalian priest who was ministering in that area at the time, observed that most of the new residents were of the working class.—their occupations, which were listed in the 1883 directory, were mostly carpenters, painters, laborers, and a number of “wagoners.”

In August of 1885, John J. Hill and his wife Mary Elizabeth purchased lots 25, 25-A and 27 to form a large lot on the eastern boundary of the new development. J. J. Hill was a merchant and owner of J. J. Hill & Co., which sold “Cabinet furniture, bedding, wallpaper, sash, doors and blinds”. The Hills erected a stylish two story Queen-Anne styled home in the center of their large lot.
J. J. Hill apparently was not successful businessman, as by 1890 he was working as the general manager of the N. C. B. and L. Association out of Charlotte, NC. In 1896 his occupation was listed a “trav”, meaning traveling salesman, however a search of the deed registers show that he also during this time was making some speculative land purchases. As early as 1895, Hill was experiencing
financial troubles and had applied to lawyer Theodore Davidson for a promissory note, agreeing to 5% interest. However, Hill defaulted on the note, and thereafter Davidson began legal proceedings to recover his money. On March 21, 1898, Hill’s property (including the house) was sold at Public auction for $4,000 to James Starnes. The Hills moved out of their lovely home, never to return again.

The birds-eye view below (Hill House at center right) is from 1890. The photo, 1978.
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The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County held its annual party at Hill House this year. More than 100 friends of the group caught up on preservation news and learned a think or two about Hill House.
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Winter blew into Asheville on Thanksgiving Eve.  Not a whole lot of snow, just cold and windy and overcast for a few days. Yet it was more snow than Hill House had seen either of the past two winters.
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Brian and Emily take a break from their tablets and books on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon on Hill House's porch.
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Hill House had some surprise visitors last week. This big cub had a sibling and mother hanging out in other trees at the back of the Hill House property that late afternoon.
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Over the Feb 7-8 weekend Phil P. Sr and Andrea, Phil P Jr. and Christine, and daughter/sister Kimberly and her three children joined us at Hill House. Phil and Andrea live in far western North Carolina, Phil and Christine fly internationally for work and are thinking of settling in Asheville, and Kimberly lives north of Charlotte.

In the left photo, that's Matthew (not part of the family) reading the paper while two of Kimberly's play Chinese Checkers.
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Hill House guests are feeling festive on New Year's Eve.
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Tim and Jamie stop by to pick up the weekend milk supply before heading back to the little ones in Atlanta.
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What do you think Nat and Eva did this past week when David took a couple of days off after nonstop October?
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Check out this link about Hill House's neighborhood, generally known as Five Points.
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Autumn's peak colors came to Asheville in the final days of October, a couple of weeks behind the nearby mountains. This tree above the Hill House sign seems to shimmer, doesn't it?
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120 Hillside St Asheville, NC 28801
120 Hillside StreetUSNorth CarolinaAsheville28801
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Hill House is a casually elegant bed and breakfast one mile from the center of downtown Asheville. We offer morning yoga on our large, secluded lawn, fresh, local food, and long intimate evenings on our big wraparound porch.
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Country-chic quarters in a 19th-century lodging offering free breakfast & WiFi, plus wooded gardens.- Google
"In particular the creme brulee french toast...I can't stop thinking about it!"
"Hill House was an ideal B&B. Convenient location."
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Benjamin Steger
a month ago
Nice staff, great accommodations, amazing breakfast. Walking distance to downtown. Definitely worth the stay.
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David Krebs
8 months ago
Hill House was an incredible Bed and Breakfast experience. Great concierge (excellent advise for Asheville food/ experience), beautiful space, great location (nice, short walk to downtown). My wife and I were there for one night, and we had a great time. The breakfast was just icing on the cake!
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Don Stoner
2 years ago
Hill House was an ideal B&B. Convenient location. Beautiful clean room. Friendly and courteous staff. Interesting and amicable guests. Wonderful living room and porch for relaxing after a long day of walking at the Biltmore Estate. Delicious unusual breakfasts. Parking right by the entrance. We chose to tour the Biltmore Estate the day of arrival and the following day. The tickets were available before check-in. I accidently dropped my wallet under the table at breakfast the day we were leaving, but didn't realize it until hours and hundreds of miles later. Dave and Vanessa were great about searching for it. They packed it up and shipped it to me. The wallet and all of the contents, including the cash, arrived safely by UPS. A great two night rest on our drive North from Florida. Jackie and I can't say enough great things about Hill House!
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Tammy Tolbert
3 years ago
Crystal was the perfect hostess! My husband and I went in late January for our 5th Wedding Anniversary. We were taken great care of and the food was out of this world! Look forward to another visit soon!
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Ashley H
a year ago
The Hill House B&B was a great place to stay! They were located close enough to the downtown area to walk but far enough away so you weren't right in the middle of the busiest areas. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast each morning was delicious and unique (and accommodating for my dietary needs). We brought our dog with us and enjoyed that he did not have to be crated while we were out. We look forward to staying here the next time we visit Asheville.
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Katherine Stange
2 years ago
We visited for a long weekend and had a fantastic stay. David, Nat and Crystal were extremely accommodating and provided great recommendations on things to do/see in and around Asheville. The Inn itself is beautiful, homey and very convenient to downtown. We will definitely stay here on our next trip.
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Joe Barry
3 years ago
We visited Asheville for a long weekend, Thursday through Sunday and had a wonderfully relaxing time at the Hill House B & B. We were met by Nat who showed us to our beautifully decorated room, The Flat Iron Suite. Plenty of space with warm fireplace, (we had chilly weather), chairs, a settee and a daybed in which to spread out. Our bedroom was comfortable and cozy with an ample bath too. We met David, the owner, the following morning who served us a tasty apple pancake and we chatted about the area and what brought each of us to Asheville. The Inn was full the weekend so Crystal, Nat and David helped cook and serve the two other delicious breakfasts. My husband and I found the Hill House Inn accommodating, warm and gracious. We will surely recomend this place and return when in Asheville again. (I really don't understand the previous reviewers issues) Thanks David, we'll see you again. Bambi and Joe Barry
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Emily Brown
2 years ago
I gave my parents a night at the Hill House Bed & Breakfast as part of their their anniversary present. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay, the staff was excellent to work with and my parents said the breakfast was delicious. I would recommend Hill House to anyone looking for a weekend or night away!