In 1909 near the foot of Sunset Mountain in north Asheville, Dr. Carl V. Reynolds (1872-1963) constructed a large Neoclassical Revival style house for his private residence. Reynolds, then City Health Officer, was a native of Asheville descended on both lines from prominent Buncombe County families. His father, John Daniel Reynolds, was an early Asheville medical practitioner.
A young Reynolds left Asheville for the City of New York Medical College, and then Brompton Hospital in London, for his medical education and training. He returned to Asheville to set up a private medical practice in 1896 and specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis. At this time Asheville was a popular destination for tuberculosis treatment, due to the pure air quality & optimum climate conditions. Reynolds shifted his interest into public health and was City Health Officer from 1903-1910 and again from 1914-1923. During his career, Dr. Reynolds instituted a number of sanitation measures including: the vaccination of school children, a campaign against the housefly, regulation of Dairy Industry standards, and establishment of packaging requirements for breads sold in bakeries.
The neighborhood was slowly developing as prominent and wealthy individuals built their homes. By 1917, 40 residences were constructed in the neighborhood. Between 1917 and 1925, another 20 houses were built. The mountain ambiance, nearby Country Club, and the existence of a trolley system which connected the northern portion of the city with downtown, were important draws to the new residences.
In September of 1920, Reynolds sold the mansion to the Grove Park School, a prestigious private school for girls. Later that same year, the house suffered damage in a fire. It was repaired by the school. At that time another building, for classrooms, was constructed on the property. It is the present–day home that is adjacent to the Inn.
In 1938 the school changed names to the Plonk School of Creative Arts, headed by the Plonk sisters, the educators and administrators since 1929. The school relocated elsewhere in 1941, and the property was sold to T. Avery & Marie Taylor. Under the Taylor ownership, the mansion became the “Albemarle Inn”, most likely named from nearby “Albemarle Park”. The Taylors operated the Albemarle as a rooming house.
In 1980 the Albemarle was purchased by the Mellins of Florida, who converted the home into a Bed and Breakfast. The Inn changed hands several times until the current owners, Fabrizio & Rosemary Chiariello, purchased it in late Spring, 2012. Thus, the house has retained its name and function over the last four decades & through six separate owners.
The most famous guest at the Inn was the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, who lived here during the rooming house days is 1943. While residing here, Bartok composed his Third Concerto for Piano, also known as the “Asheville Concerto.” It is said that he was inspired by the “concert of birds” singing in the gardens and trees surrounding the Inn.
Meet Our Innkeepers
Fabrizio Chiariello has the perfect combination of business intuitiveness and social grace to be the host of the luxurious Albemarle Inn. His European charm is readily apparent upon entering the Inn. His many years in international banking and private industry assure the smooth running of the operations of the Inn. Before he decided that he wanted to "retire" as an Innkeeper, he was the CFO and head of Human Resources for AGIP USA, an international purchasing company based in New York City. He began his progressively successful career in international banking in Italy following his graduation from Universita' degli Studi in Naples, Italy, with a degree in Law. Not showing any sign of regret at having left the hectic corporate life, Fabrizio welcomes his guests graciously to the Inn.
Rosemary Chiariello has the quiet ability to make you feel as if she were one of your oldest friends, a characteristic which all of the Inn's guests appreciate. She brings to the Inn her artist's eye, finely tuned during her many years in the fashion industry in New York. She's worked with many designer firms and has developed a refined touch, which is apparent everywhere. Although her new-found career in Innkeeping encompasses many aspects, Rosemary has found her niche. She's become an "award-winning" baker. Her apple pie won in two categories in the 1997 Apple Squeeze Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, where the Chiariello's had their first Inn for 15 years. One of these pies was presented to the First Lady, Hillary Clinton, during her tour of the area the following year. She's placed second in each of two national competitions among Innkeepers, one for mint chocolate-chip biscotti, and the other for almond-date granola.
The Albemarle Inn, a property of almost 2 acres, is nestled into the base of Sunset Mountain. Center to the property is of course the Inn itself, a massive Stone and white clapboard structure, built in 1909 in the Classic Greek Revival Style. Its impressive Corinthian columns and wide stone veranda evoke the image of a Southern Mansion, where one enjoys daily reposes outside as much as inside.
Surrounding the Inn is our expansive lawn and gardens, creating picturesque and tranquil spaces within the property. The extensive English style borders and flower beds provide a mix of perennial and annual shrubs, bulbs and flowering plants.
Guests enjoy the gardens and its ever changing color and blooms for nearly 8 months of the year. Seasonal blooms are beautiful and glorious, from the first crocus of Spring to the last golden leaf gently falling, twirling in the air as it departs its majestic Oak tree.
The grounds are a part of the Albemarle experience: Enjoy the morning sun in the herb garden, listening to the birds as the day awakens around you. Later, sit in the afternoon shade of the evergreens and take in the tranquility which envelopes you in our gardens.
Even Winter in the garden is a beautiful and tranquil time. While the floral and herb gardens sleep, the evergreens have their time to shine. Mature holly, spruce and fir trees preside over the property to greet our guests at Holiday time... perhaps even covered with a light snowfall on Christmas Eve.
Press & Accolades
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AAA Four-Diamond Award
In 2013, the Albemarle Inn has once again received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award. This marks ten years in a row that we have been Asheville’s only Bed and Breakfast to receive such an honor.
BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection
Our membership to this exclusive group places us among the top professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury Inns in America.
We are proud to have the distinction of being a Select Registry member inn.
Select Traveler, Summer 2015
Feature about our Talk and Tea evening series showings which were a part of our Biltmore Estate & Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit Visit Package. (Page 29)
Opus Magazine, Spring 2010
Read the article which featured one of our signature rooms, Bartok’s Retreat.
Arrington’s Inn Traveler
“Best in the South”
"Breakfast on the sun-porch could not have been better! My only complaint would be that our stay wasn't longer!" -Trish, Goldsboro NC
"My wife and I spent our first night at the Albemarle Inn on our way to the Smoky Mountains. What a wonderful beginning in a lovely home, beautifully furnished and charming hosts. The breakfast was outstanding and we would come back anytime we are in the area. Thank you Rosemary and Fabrizio." - David & Rosemary, Darien CT
"My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Asheville at the Albemarle Inn. Our hosts Fabrizio and Rosemary made our trip very enjoyable. The house is beautiful and our room very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our breakfasts on the nicely decorated sun porch were delicious. We especially liked the social hour in the evenings, wine and snacks with our hosts and delightful conversations about Italy. I highly recommend this B&B!" - Ron & Mary Ann, Bridgeton NJ
"What a charming place to relax and unwind." - Barbara, Green Bay WI
"I felt like Cinderella at the ball. The house is absolutely beautiful and is immaculate. The guest rooms are very tastefully furnished and are extremely comfortable. There are not enough good words for the staff. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable . The owners are very hands on with the daily operations and are extremely friendly. I would recommend this B&B on a very high level." - Diane, Helena AL
"Not only were our hosts extremely pleasant and helpful, the other guests were equally pleasant. The breakfasts were scrumptious and plentiful and the location was so easy for getting here and there in town. Our bed was super-comfy and boy, did I feel rested!! The room we had was on the first floor (I have issues with walking) and was arranged so that access to the closet and bath was very easy. We'll go back someday I hope!" - Gretchen & Richard, Colfax NC
"We stayed in a number of B&B's on our trip and would say Rosemary's breakfasts were the best out of them all. Thank you Rosemary! Compliments to all the staff as well. Also, Fabrizio was to my mind a very professional Innkeeper, polite, helpful, welcoming - Success to you both." - Susan & John, New South Wales, Australia