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Walk to Downtown Asheville, Montford Historic District, on quiet alleyway.

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

2 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 4, 30 day min (check calendar for shorter available opening)

This cozy 1905 Carriage House was renovated over the last 30 years to function as a modern home while retaining historic integrity and charm (the main house burned down in the 70's). This was my architectural design studio while I lived in the cottage next door, during the construction of my new home on the front part of the property about 8 years ago (featured in Fall 2010 Fine Homebuilding magazine).

Accessed by a quiet old carriage alley, within 10 min walk of our vibrant downtown and UNCA, and convenient to the I-240, in the middle of a historic neighborhood of lovingly restored homes and B&B's.

Wood floors and windows throughout, tastefully furnished with leather couch, table for 6, W/D, fully equipped kitchen (incl utensils, pots/pans, cooktop, microwave, etc), but no DW, two sets of linens, comforters, etc.,CATV, wireless internet, and all utilities included. 12mb wireless network is private, but shared with the cottage tenant.

The House is on two levels, with the larger master bedroom and bath (with shower) on the lower level (unfinished storage bay is adjacent), with a door to the covered stone patio. Other rooms are upstairs, including a second bedroom and bath, with clawfoot tub, the living area spilling out to a large elevated deck tucked under a mature tree canopy, surrounded by lush landscaping.

The Carriage House is adjacent to my 1940 rental cottage.

30 day minimum, unless gaps between reservations allow shorter stay.

Also within 10 min walk to Wholefoods grocery, several neighborhood restaurants, parks, a historic cemetery, YMCA, etc. Perfect place to live while relocating.

See VRBO 431599 for adjacent cottage rental

The driveway from the one-way alley is between two stone walls, and is tight, smaller cars are easier. Parking for three cars is shared with the cottage, so one car each unit is preferred.

More Details

Property Manager
Michael McDonough
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Michael McDonough

Architect, single father of two teenage boys, active in local issues, President of neighborhood association, tennis, volleyball, mountain-biking.

Michael McDonough purchased this house in 2002

Why Michael McDonough chose Historic Montford

In the center of the Historic district, 10 min walk to downtown, quiet alleyway location, Owner lives next door.

What makes this house unique

near everything


Historic Montford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , snug
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Just added
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • upstairs BR - 1 queen , armoir, no closet
    Downstairs BR (bigger) - 1 queen , Bathroom with shower
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Walk to Downtown Asheville, Montford Historic District, on quiet alleyway.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Perfect Asheville Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House (CH) was perfect for us. We were there for two weeks in September. One couple had the upstairs bedroom with the living room, kitchen, bathroom and TV. We had the downstairs bedroom with the privacy. Two bathrooms really made a difference with a group of four. The hosts were friendly, helpful, and generous. We didn't see a lot of them as they left us to ourselves, which we prefer, but we knew we could reach them at any time through the VRBO website or text. A nice manual was left with hints about the WIFI, TV, parking, eating - all kinds of things. Meals on the second story deck are like eating in a tree house. Having an in-house stackable washer and dryer also made the trip so much easier. The fun, active, good-eats downtown is walking distance if you can do 6-8 blocks, and there were a couple of cafes much closer for lattes and snacks. We liked Tod's Tasties. Also the grocery store and Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are all about a mile away. We had a sweet time there!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

We reserved the Carriage House for 3 months and liked it so much that we extended our stay for two more months. The location is excellent for taking in all Asheville has to offer. We hardly used our car because we could walk everywhere. Michael and Lisa gave us the privacy and independence we wanted but were available when we needed them. We became very attached to their dog, JJ, and even took him on our walks. All in all a very comfortable stay. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carriage House in great location

  • 4 of 5

The carriage house is an excellent choice in historic Montford, a short walk to downtown. Michael did a good job making the early 1900's house into a rental. The 2 bedrooms and living/dining room are spacious but the 2 bathrooms and the kitchen are small as you would expect from that era. Everything worked and did not require owner maintenance/repair. He also nicely allowed us to have a daily paper delivered to his driveway on Montford Ave. Be very careful of the carriage house driveway on Cumberland Alley if you have a larger car like an suv. The Alley is a narrow single lane and the driveway is also very narrow (probably made for smaller vehicles of course) and flanked by a stone wall on both sides. Despite always going very slowly we scraped our car. Otherwise we enjoyed our stay and recommend the carriage house.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Montford Carriage House

  • 5 of 5

I so enjoyed the nearly two months that I stayed at this charming carriage house. It really felt like home. The layout of the apartment was carefully designed and furniture was a comfortable blend of antique and new pieces. The rental was extremely clean, with a small, but well equipped and very workable kitchen, a very large dining room table for easy entertaining, and super comfortable bed and lovely linens and bedding. I enjoyed the great sunsets from the living room and deck and the vibrant sunrises from the upstairs bedroom. The location was great - easy walk to downtown, Trader Joe's, and a terrific Montford cafe. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Montford perch, cozy and central!

  • 5 of 5

We give this rental unit our highest, enthusiastic recommendation. Easily walkable to downtown Asheville, and with two very different but equally satisfying eateries a block away, the Carriage House is an ideal landing spot from which to sample and immerse yourself in Asheville culture. UNC-Asheville is less than a mile away as well, as are some very fine grocery stores. The house is comfortable and the owners have it well-equipped for short- or long-term visits, If you're bringing work with you, the location itself is a quiet respite, even though minutes from "the scene." Montford is a pleasure to explore on foot, and the neighborhood is friendly -- we always felt safe anytime of day or night. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
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Charming Carriage House with Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House was absolutely perfect! My husband and I, along with our two children, stayed for the month of July. The listing description is very accurate. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to cook meals and there are plenty of extra towels and linens. It is also very clean and tastefully decorated. Michael is a very kind and accommodating landlord. The location is the best! We walked downtown often even with our 5 and 6 year old! Very, very convenient location to downtown Asheville yet with privacy! We would definitely stay here again and hope to stay here again in the future! We would recommend the Carriage House to anyone looking for a nice, clean house to rent close to downtown! Loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Asheville, North Carolina

within walking distance to UNCA, Downtown, Grocery stores, restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning $100
Pet Fee $100

30 day minimum, $1600-$2100/mo

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.