The Story of Our Asheville Inn
In 1913 Richard Sharp Smith, the lead architect for the Biltmore Estate, was commissioned to design an addition to the house for Mrs. Alexander Cowley. Initially the house was an asymmetrical cottage that included only the right turret and a simple entrance. When the sister of Mrs. Cowley moved into the residence in 1907, she requested a bedroom in an identical bayed turret. While in the planning stages of the left turret, Richard Sharp Smith included the rear ‘sleeping porch’ and redesigned the front porch and entrance. The end product is a symmetrical front facade, something Mr. Smith refused in other Montford designs.
The name ‘Pinecrest’ was officially deeded to the house in 1928. Garland and Eunice Wible purchased Pinecrest in 1941 from the heir of Mrs. Cowley’s estate and operated it as a rooming house for many years. In the 50’s the upstairs was turned into an apartment. Descendants of Garland and Eunice Wible lived in Pinecrest until 1997. Richard and Barbara Newell purchased Pinecrest in 1997 and began renovations to restore the house to its previous elegance. Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast began operations as an elegant Asheville inn in 1999.
In 2003 Janna and James Martin and their daughter Stacy Shelley purchased Pinecrest and are the current Owners/Innkeepers. The family is originally from the Midwest. All three graduated from Indiana University.
Janna and Jim were enjoying retirement when Stacy, then living in Florida, proposed that they buy a bed and breakfast inn. Having stayed in B & B’s throughout Europe, developing affection for cooking and a sincere enjoyment of people, running an inn sounded like a marvelous idea. After researching many cities, drawn by its natural beauty, they settled on this marvelous Asheville inn in the summer of 2003.
Janna and Jim are the resident innkeepers. While they all wear many hats, over the years Jim has primarily taken care of the gardens and property, while Janna is the smiling face at the front door greeting guests as they come into our Asheville inn. Stacy manages the business and is responsible for almost all of the food preparation. Stacy is also married and has three children living in north Asheville. Rounding out the family is another daughter who lives with her husband and two children in Aiken, S.C.