Asheville, North Carolina Reclaims Classic Hotel

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October 2005 will be memorable month for Inn Keeper, and preservationist, Howard Stafford. After more than a year of renovations and restoration, the Princess Anne Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina will again be open for business. Listed as a premier, historic boutique inn, it will again accept guests for the first time in 50 years.

October 2005 will be memorable month for Inn Keeper, and preservationist, Howard Stafford. After more than a year of renovations and restoration, the Princess Anne Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina will again be open for business. Listed as a premier, historic boutique inn, it will again accept guests for the first time in 50 years.

“We are very proud of the outcome of this project,” says Howard Stafford, Proprietor of the Princess Anne Hotel. “Asheville and Western North Carolina have always been places where people have come to relax, recover, and enjoy the abundance of natural beauty here in the mountains. The Princess Anne is a new and unique example of the excellent accommodations available here in our area.”

The three-story Princess Anne Hotel was built by registered nurse Anne O'Connell in 1924. According to long-time resident Edith Holmes, O'Connell was remembered as having long red hair and "her head was set on her shoulders perfectly beautifully and her patients called her Princess Anne." The hotel played an important role in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Asheville was known as the Nation's most famous location for the treatment of tuberculosis and the hotel was located in close proximity to the home of Dr. Karl Von Ruck, the world-renowned tuberculosis specialist. O'Connell ran the hotel for several years before selling it in 1929.

Asheville is also home to the Biltmore Estate, which is the largest privately held residence in North America. This small city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the birthplace and childhood home of author Thomas Wolfe as well.

Princess Anne Hotel

The Princess Anne Hotel has an enviable location in the Chestnut Hill National Historic District of Asheville, North Carolina. The Inn is situated on a quiet residential street within walking distance to downtown and is just minutes by car to the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah National Forest. The hotel was built by the father of Johnny Mercer (writer of the classic melody “Moon River”) for Miss Anne O’Connell, a charismatic worker at a nearby tuberculosis clinic. The three story shingle style hotel was completed in January 1924. Over the years, the hotel has been utilized as a hospital, retirement home, training facility, and an apartment building. Today the owner and innkeeper, Howard Stafford, an award winning preservationist, has lovingly restored this building. The hotel still retains its original ambiance and charm, with modern amenities available to create a memorable stay.            

For more information: Howard Stafford, Toll Free: 866.552.0986

For more information on the hotel: http://www.princessannehotel.com

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