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The Cortland Cottage – Dog Friendly Haven at Applewood Manor

The Cortland Cottage – Dog Friendly Haven at Applewood Manor

I just plain love dogs. In fact I have found that sometimes I like dogs more than their owners!  If I had my way I would make every room at Appelwood Manor dog friendly BUT that would cause my housekeeping staff to faint.  And the possible damage to furniture and rugs a bit overwhelming.

 

cortland cottageWe do allow dogs to stay with their families in the Cortland Cottage.  The Cortland Cottage sits about 30 feet away from the Manor house.  It is like a studio apartment (without the kitchen).  It has it’s own small refrigerator/freezer, two ceiling fans, a wet bar with a small coffee maker, a Tudor heater (gas heater made out of porcelain and granite), an air conditioner (when needed), two person air jet heart shaped tub, designer vanity, separate shower, king size bed and plenty of space with the size 18 feet by 20 feet.  Of course there is a flat screen TV/DVD player with direct satellite, an antique ice cream table and chairs , iHome/iPad clock radio, ironing board and cortland cottage gateiron, separate instant return hot water heater, one whole mirrored wall opposite the bed, separate padded chairs and sofa and a private patio.  Parking is directly in front and all guests get a key to the manor House to enjoy the common area and breakfast is served to them with the other Manor guests.

 

The location 30 feet from the manor house removes the worry that a four legged guest who might get upset with their family leaving them in the cottage, can express themselves freely with barking or even whining and not disturb other guests in the Manor house. Our huge yard of slightly over an acre also affords them freedom to roam, sniff, play catch and they do not have to be on a leash as long as they do not run after the abundant tempting squirrels.  Our location just under a mile from downtown Asheville provides walking pleasure and the joining of their family to sight see.   The neighborhood is family and dog friendly as is downtown.

cortland cottage front

We have had very little damage from our little or big family members, we have lost or replaced a few blinds from eager greetings.  But the Cortland Cottage is also prepared for guests without a third or fourth wagging tailed member.  In that case after a dog visit the walls, ceiling, fan blades and all linens are replaced to remove any dander or dog hair.  Therefore there is a daily charge for the dog stay in regard to that extensive clean up required.  Dog guests do not have to be caged unless that is their norm and are allowed to sleep with their parents in the king bed!   The four legged guest are not allowed into the Manor house, especially since Lila and Maggie claim that as their private territory.  We have yet to get a single complaint so we think we have provided a happy place for those special guests to enjoy.  Lastly our housekeeping staff LOVES dogs too, and always spend too much time arguing over just who gets to make the bed, freshen the bathroom and just how many treats they will need to have handy when there is a dog in the cottage!

cortland cottage walkwayfull gate at Cortland cottage

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B&B for Vets program

 B&B for Vets program

Vets day 2014

Veteran’s Day is Tuesday November 11th, 2014.  Once again we have joined with fellow ABBA members and other B&B’s around the country who participate.  We are offering a free night’s stay at Applewood Manor Inn B&B to any Veteran (proof of honorable discharge required or proof of Active Service, required). A credit card will hold your reservation.

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Past and Present Celebrities Who Chose Asheville as Their Home

Asheville is a small and unique city, especially the number of buildings still in use from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau centuries.   The exteriors as well as interiors are wonderful back ground for films, as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate.  But we are also unique in the number of novelists, actors and musicians who were born or raised in and around Asheville.  From the Past my favorite was Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She resided in Asheville for the last 12 years of her life.  She was beautiful, an author, ballerina, an icon of the Flapper of the 1920’s.  Unfortunately she also had mental illness which was exacerbated by her being married to F Scott Fitzgerald.  She admitted herself to Asheville’s Highland Hospital, off and on during her last years, as well as continued to write.  She died in a hospital fire here.  There is a plaque on Broadway (the next street over from us)  pointing our where she burned to death.  Other celebrities are the iconic Thomas Wolfe (author-Look Home Ward Angel- early 20th Century) the boarding house he grew up in is in downtown Asheville.  He is buried in Riverside Cemetery which is located in the Montford Historic district where we are.

Current Celebrities is our Caleb Johnson, the 2014 American Idol winner.  Andie McDowell lives in Biltmore Forest (Cedar Cove series on Hallmark channel), Warren Haynes, vocalist and songwriter for The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead- holds Christmas concerts in Asheville to giving  proceeds to charity attracting national acts and featuring local artists for the last 20 years. Gladys Knight, lives in Fairview just outside Asheville city limits, know for her music in the 60’s and 70’s called the ‘Empress of Soul’.  Steve Martin resides in Brevard, just 45 minutes away from Asheville.  Besides an accomplished comedian and actor, know around here as an accomplished musician with his Banjo. Roberta Flack singer and songwriter was born in Black Mountain just aoutside of Asheville.  Her music is legendary in Jazz, R&B, Soul and folk.  Harry Anderson just lives down the street from us on Flint.  Harry was one of my favorites on the TV show Night Court, as the judge, but is also a well known magician.

So as you walk down the street keep your eyes open.  You may bump into your favorite basketball player, actor, author or musician…or you may have dinner right next to them……..but don’t stare or interrupt…….just smile and nod with a gentle “I see you, welcome’ and respect their privacy.  We love to protect and allow any celebrity a normal life.

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