Bed and Breakfast at Prospect Hill
A 19th Century Country Home Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
A short walk to the town center of Waynesville, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina


General Information
Room Information
Today's weather

Book Reviews

Guest Comments
Waynesville's Main Street

Things to do and Places to see
A Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
A walk around Lake Junaluska
Saga of Prospect Hill Phil

Schedule of local events
Prospect Hill Flowers 
Mountain Musings


Prospect Hill is currently closed for the Winter


General Information
Prospect Hill, originally known as the "Charles and Annie Quinlan House" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  
In 1866 Prospect Hill was the home of James Cassius Lowry Gudger, who had been an Officer in the Confederate Army, and subsequently of his daughter Annie Quinlan and her husband Charles Quinlan.  The house was constructed on the high point at the edge of the town which was originally known as Mount Prospect. 
Situated in the Great Smoky Mountains and forests of Western North Carolina, Prospect Hill is one hundred year old Victorian Inn providing luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Waynesville, the Eastern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains and the National Park.  Built over a hundred years ago on one acre of the high ground at the edge of town, Prospect Hill Inn has commanding views of the Smoky Mountains and forests in all directions.  At the same time it is just an easy walk from the old town center with its cafes, galleries, gift and antique shops, and a short drive from Biltmore estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherokee Casino. Today the house  has been fully restored.  Air conditioning and private bathrooms have been added to each of its bedrooms.  To learn more about the house, the Bed & Breakfast and our policies, please click here.

Guest Rooms
 Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn has five comfortable air conditioned bedrooms, two of which also have small sitting rooms. The rooms are equipped with king or queen beds and each has a private bathroom. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor, each one has cable television and broadband WiFi and each room has unobstructed views of the mountains.  To see our Bedrooms  click here.

Reviews ?
We've got hundreds of them, We have never asked guests to go online to write them, they leave them in the rooms without being asked,  and here are just a few.

This Morning's Weather
Each morning (well . . . nearly every morning, I've been a bit slack lately) I take a digital photograph of the smoky mountains from the porch or one of our bedroom windows and place it on this page of the website.  If you would like to see a photograph of the mountains, taken from our porch this morning, along with my comment on the weather in Western North Carolina today, click here.

Things to do & places to see
Waynesville is located at 2800 feet on a high plateau in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, high enough to be above the humidity which plagues the eastern seaboard most of the summertime, we enjoy warm sunny days and cool evenings. It's an ideal location for a Bed & Breakfast weekend. The town is surrounded by a dozen or more 6,000 foot mountains many of which can be seen from our front porch.  The Blue Ridge Parkway circles almost entirely around this county, and we're bound by the Smoky Mountain National Park on one side, and the Pisgah National Forest on the other.  Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the US east of the Mississippi is just ninety minutes from our front door.  We're about mid-way between the Biltmore House in Asheville and the Harrah's Casino in Cherokee and just a few minutes from Maggie Valley. On top of all that, its a really neat little town!    If you'd like to see a selection of things to do and places to see, click here.

Virtual Photo Tours
We have made a couple of local tours of places which might interest you,  taking photographs along the way for you to see.
You can see a photo tour of the
Blue Ridge Parkway here,
and a photo tour of
Lake Junaluska here




Never Been to a B&B Before ?
We have had hundreds of first-timers at Prospect Hill.  Bed and Breakfast began in England over 50 years ago when ordinary households with a spare bedroom offered it for rent for a night with a shared bathroom and breakfast with the family.  I remember years ago visiting Stratford on Avon, Shakespeare's home town, and the streets in town were lined with homes offering Bed & Breakfast.  It was the least expensive way to travel at that time.  It has changed and developed both here and in England since then.  Now a Bed & Breakfast Inn in America is normally operated in a larger, more luxurious house, often furnished with antiques and offering all kinds of special perks to make a stay comfortable and enjoyable. In England, many of them are in farm houses.  At Prospect Hill, we have 5 guest bedrooms, each furnished with antiques and each has a private bathroom.  The rooms have either one king or one queen bed, they have comfortable seating, a desk, refrigerator, cable television and free access to the internet on our WIFI broadband network. Every effort is made to insure the privacy of each guest, we've had hundreds of honeymoon and anniversary couples who have come here to spend some quality time together.  Breakfast is served in our dining room, it's a gourmet prepared breakfast including things like Cheese Soufflées, Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles with fresh cream and strawberries, all served with a fruit & yogurt dish and beverages of your choice. We try to arrange the timing so all guests eat breakfast together at our 10-place dining table, but we happily arrange an earlier or later breakfast if desired.  We give you a front door key to allow you to come an go as you wish and during the daytime we tidy your room and make the bed.  There is a large Guest Sitting room with a 60 inch television and a great front porch with rockers to relax after a hike in the mountains or a day on the road in search of that elusive antique. Any questions? . . .  just give me a call.

Where is Waynesville ?
Waynesville is 30 miles west of Asheville on interstate I-40.
Click here to see a map of Western North Carolina.

And where is Prospect Hill in Waynesville ?
Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast is one of only two B&B's which are really walking distance from the shopping center in Waynesville.  Although the photograph on the front of the web site shows the house appearing to be out in the countryside, we are actually right on Main Street about 300 yards from the center of town.  Churches, Shops, restaurants and galleries are all within 300 to 400 yards of our front porch.  You can see the map of town showing the location of the Inn and other facilities here.

Prospect Hill is very easy to find because we're right on Main Street just on the edge of town, however we've prepared  some directions depending on where you're coming from and you'll find them by clicking here.

Book Reviews
Many of our guests are book lovers, and like myself, enjoy a good book.   This section of the web site is an attempt to share our reading experiences and opinions about the books we have read. My most recent review is of  An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris is an excellent book of historical fiction about the infamous Dreyfus Affair in France in 1895,  and The Party is Over by Mike Lofgren the insiders view of a dysfunctional Congress Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, a story of incredible sensitivity about the lives of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English  which is the story of the Mob who controlled Cuba in the 1950's  The Help by Kathryn Stockett which has been made into a motion picture,  and  In The Garden of the Beasts, by Erik Larsson, all very good booksTo see a listing of books reviewed (can't believe I've read all those books), click here

Schedule of Local Events
Aside from the natural beauty of the area, Waynesville, and the nearby communities in North Carolina also offer many planned events to entertain and educate throughout the year, with Antique shows, Craft shows, International dance festivals, Antique car shows, and many others.  To see a schedule of these local events, click here.

Mountain Musings . . .
(Dennis' Steam-letting-off place . . . Anything can happen here.)



Prospect Hill is also a private residence,
we reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone at our sole discretion




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