The Applewood is one of the longest continuously operating bed and breakfast style hotels in Asheville having transformed from a private residence in the late 1980’s. The house was completed in 1912 by Captain John Adams Perry who was the great nephew of brothers Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and Commodore Matthew Galbraith Perry. The former relation defeated the British Navy on Lake Erie in the War of 1812, and the latter relation opened free trade with Japan in 1853.
In 1908, Army Captain John Adams Perry purchased the large acreage site on Cumberland Circle located on the northern edge of what is now the Montford Historic District adjacent to downtown Asheville. At the time, the cleared knoll overlooked the rolling agricultural lands stretching north along the old Buncombe Turnpike and offered a wonderful view and site for Perry’s new home. Captain Perry hired the versatile Asheville architect William Henry Lord to design the residence. Many of the original century-old architectural house plans with changes and notations in pencil are on display throughout the house.
The house was completed in 1912 and served as Captain Perry’s home until his death in 1939.
In the parlor hang two pictures (circa 1912), one showing the newly completed house and the second is a panoramic picture from the northern second floor balcony looking over the vast farmland and mountains from the north to the east, even displaying a sign advertising Cumberland Circle lots for sale. Captain Perry’s deed restriction stated that his new home must cost at least $2,500 to build, records indicate that he spent $8,000.
The New England Style Colonial Revival two-story structure is frame construction with a stone masonry foundation, cedar shake siding featuring a pediment entrance supported on Doric columns and flanking porches. The main level of the Manor consists of a large entry hall from front to back, parlor, living room, formal dining room, butler’s pantry, half bath, kitchen and basement stairs. There are fireplaces in the parlor, living room and dining room. The second level consists of a large hallway, built-in linen storage cabinets, stairs to the third level, and four of our 6 guest rooms (Granny Smith, Northern Spy, York Imperial and MacIntosh) each with its private bathroom. There are fireplaces and balconies for all rooms except the Northern Spy on the second level. The third level consists of the large one room Winesap Suite with a luxury bath and sitting area. The house is approximately 6,000 square feet in size.
The Applewood Manor is owned and operated by Stephen and Robin Collins along with the help of their three daughters Grace, Emma and Julia when they are home from university. You will also enjoy the occasional visits of their playful French Bulldogs, Byrum’s Ballad of Cleopatra “Cleo” and Byrum’s Somebody to Love “Pearl". The Collins’ family moved to Asheville in the summer of 2018 once they became empty nesters. Prior to moving to Asheville, the Collins have lived, worked and extensively traveled throughout the United States and globally.
Stephen is a long-time software technology entrepreneur and leader with over three decades of global business experience (www.linkedin.com/in/srcollins). A former elite amateur competitive cyclist, Stephen remains an active member of the global cycling community through his global cycling organization Velo Roussillon (follow on Instagram @veloroussillon), long term support of the USA Cycling Development Foundation and other related endeavors. Stephen is also an owner of As Is NYC a craft beer bar and restaurant in New York City.
Robin began her career as a commercial interior designer in New York City and then focused raising the couple’s three daughters. Robin is responsible for breakfast service as well as the yummy fresh-baked homemade cookies placed in every guest room. Over the last 25 years, Robin has become an outstanding bread baker whose efforts our guests will surely enjoy during their stay.
In addition to hundreds of hours practicing in her in-home bakery, she has taken baking courses at The French Culinary Institute in New York City along with many other classes and workshops in the USA and Europe.
Our live-in innkeeper and leader of guest services is Crystal Starre. She is responsible for all aspects of guest experience day-to-day. After spending two decades working in Hospitality and Event Management, Crystal Starre understands what it takes to uphold the highest standards for organization, communication, and cleanliness to provide an excellent guest experience, every time.
Our cycling program leader Jonny Brown, is a professional cyclist riding with the Ireland based UCI professional team EvoPro Racing (www.evoproracing.com). In 2018, he won the USA National Professional Road Race Championship and if you go on a ride with him you’ll see the stars & stripes insignia on his Applewood cycling jersey sleeves in recognition of his status as a national champion.
Grace Collins serves as Marketing Manager for Applewood Manor with responsibility of all aspects of marketing and advertising to build a respected brand built on the foundation of exceptional guest experiences. Grace is a recent graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in international business with a concentration in marketing.
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