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Downtown Asheville's Historic Biltmore Village; Griffin's Lair, shopping, walk.

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cozy & sophisticated; this 1-bedroom Biltmore apartment is pure LUXURY.

Cozy, sophisticated, and conveniently located, this historic apartment is in the Biltmore Village Historic District. Built in 1895 and designed by R.S. Smith, the supervising architect for The Biltmore House, Griffin's Lair is located on an upper terrace bordered on the West by the 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate grounds.

Views from the private terrace overlook Biltmore Village, The Cathedral of All Souls, designed by Richard Morris Hunt and peek a boo view of Grandfather Mountain.

Griffin's Lair is located next door to Ruth's Chris steakhouse and is just 3 doors away from Starbucks cafe and the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina's most popular tourist attraction. Bring your bicycles to explore the estate after touring the largest French Revival Castle in the U.S.

Griffin's Lair is located upstairs above Biltmore Lamp and Shade and next door to the Gardener's Cottage, Mountain Oak Realty and Atlantic Bay Mortgage which are also located in the same complex.

The apartment has been fully restored and enhanced by owner Robert S. Griffin, AIA of Griffin Architects PA . Griffin and his partner Ron Clemmer moved the cottage to its current location 30 years ago to save it from demolition. Griffin personally petitioned The City of Asheville to create the Biltmore Village Historic District, was Co-chairman of the Biltmore Village Historic museum (which raised private funds to restore and add brick sidewalks and historic street lights to the village), and authored the Biltmore Village development plan for the city of Asheville Historic Resources Commission and The State of NC Department of Archives and History.

Griffin's Lair located in Historic Biltmore Village is in the perfect location for guests, moments to downtown, 15 minutes by car from Asheville's Regional Airport and within a few minutes walking distance from bus stops and all of Biltmore Village's attractions.

One king bedded comfortable and private bedroom complete with black out curtains, custom lighting and a 40" LED smart tv. A queen sleeper sofa with custom air mattress a 50" LED smart tv and a twin day bed with a view of The Cathedral of All Souls. All sleeping areas are equipped with blackout shades or curtains. Serenity and a peaceful stay at Griffin's Lair is assured by the recent installment of sound deadening glass panels on all windows.

The apartment features numerous works of art from local artists such as Ann Vasilik, Bee Sieburg, Wendy Whitson, Lisa Oberreuter, Scott Lowrey, Lucy DeLaugerburg Wallace, and more. These works of art include paintings, prints, and Appalachian pottery. Stay here to enjoy an interior of local artistic flair.

Other specially shopping experiences in Biltmore Village include The New Morning Gallery, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Southern Highland Craft Gallery and Dwellings. Restaurants within walking distance include Starbucks, The Red Stag Grille, Rezazs Restaurant, Ruth's Chris, The Corner Kitchen, Figs, and the Well Bred Bakery and Cafe. Nearby Katuah Market offers the finest local and natural foods, charcuterie meats and delicious prepared foods for takeout.

Apparel shopping within the Village includes Bellagio, Lilly Pulitzer, Ann Taylor, Chicos,

Joseph A. Banks and much more! Biltmore village offers shops featuring antiques, books, art, children's apparel, home accents and furniture, jewelry, nature and outdoors, and speciality gift items.

Come Stay in the one of George Vanderbilt's original Cottages restored and furnished by Robert S. Griffin, Asheville's Noted Architect and Interior Designer. Regrettably the quality, location and luxurious furnishings of this unique property are not child or pet friendly. Access to the adjoining rooftops is not allowed, yet possible, so care must be given to monitor & supervise children, as is direct proximity to 8,000 acres of wilderness of the Biltmore Estate, creating hazards for the unsupervised child.

The entrance to the historic Biltmore Estate, Asheville's most popular tourist attraction is just outside your door and literally bordering the massive estate. Bring your bicycles to explore the grounds, or have a picnic after touring the Vanderbilt family's picturesque estate.

Set right in the heart of Biltmore Village, Griffin's Lair affords all the highlights of downtown Asheville within minutes of your front door. Fine dining like Corner Kitchen & Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is just a few steps away for an evening out on the town without the hassles of parking, traffic, or being unable to enjoy a cocktail (or two) with dinner. Awaken to fresh mountain air and take a leisurely stroll down to Starbucks or Well Bred Bakery for the New York Times, Asheville Citizen Times, or just to relax and watch the passersby.

You deserve to vacation where you can relax, unwind, & be absolutely spoiled! Griffin's Lair is that vacation of indulgence.

Additional Rate And Fees information:

*3 night minimum required for all holidays & special events

*3 night minimum stay if a Saturday is one of the nights.

Holidays require a 3-night minimum and have a $350/night rental rate.

These observed holidays and occasions are subject to holiday rates: New Years, MLK, Valentines, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

PETS: Many of our guests have allergies so we have maintained a pet-free environment so they can enjoy their vacation without the potential of an allergic reaction. If you have a pet we can recommend some alternatives nearby.

$95 Cleaning Fee**

** - Yonder openly shares & clearly posts our Cleaning Fees in a manner of full disclosure, as we think this is the most honest and forthright approach with respect to our guests. Our Cleaning Fees are backed by our Clean Guarantee, which reflects the highest level of standards, pristine environments for our guests, and a level of clean that surpasses any other vacation homes; we literally guarantee it!

3.45% processing fee

Current local tax rate 13%

$1,000 Refundable Security Deposit

Early Check In and/or Late Check Out may be possible, depending on cleaning schedules and other reservations. If it is possible, there may be an additional fee that would be determined based on the time that you wish to check in or out and the seasonal rates.

Military Discount

We have tremendous respect and gratitude for former and present military personnel. Yonder would like to offer a 5% discount on this home. Some restrictions apply, not valid with any other offers. The only thing we ask is that you present identification in the form of an "CAC" card or a "DD Form 2" card (Blue & Green). Please inquire for details.

Please inquire for details regarding payment, the cancellation policy, and trip insurance.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Yonder

Celebrating 10 years in Western North Carolina, Yonder provides relaxing and personalized luxury homes for vacation rentals in and around Asheville; from 1 bedroom loft apartments in the heart of Asheville to 8 bedroom timber frame estates homes. Perfect for romantic weekends to multi generational family gatherings, corporate retreats to weddings, Yonder dedicates itself to providing the ultimate mountain vacation experience. Our promise to you is an easy booking process, a guaranteed clean home and our availability to offer local knowledge and answer any questions you might have.


Why Yonder chose Biltmore Village

This Property has a very unique location and luxury amenities. The interior furnishings are professionally designed and decorated. Architectural LED lighting and local art enhance the well appointed apartment.

A Large private patio backs up to the 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate Property and has great views looking over Biltmore Village and The Richard Morris Hunt Cathedral of All Souls.

It is conveniently located near over a half dozen quality restaurants and many specialty shopping stores.

What makes this apartment unique

Unique Benefits are 2 designated parking places, the patio is in the shade by 2:30 in the afternoon and is cool in the summer, The 50' flat screen in the great room area is controlled by an easy to use Harmony remote as is the 40' flatscreen in the bedroom. Interior laminate glass magnetic storm panels contribute to soundproofing and temperature management. The King size bed in the bedroom floats with night lights under and is controlled by switches on both sides of the bed. There are convenience outlets designed into the headboard and daybed for electronic devices. The sleeper sofa has a luxury air mattress that automatically inflates and deflates with th touch of a button.


Biltmore Village Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Single King bedroom with closets, big screen TV, directional
  • Single King bedroom with closets, big screen TV, directional reading lamps; Sleeping area includes 1 Queen luxury sleeper sofa with integral air mattress,1 twin daybed outside the Master
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available ...
  • Chauffeur ...
  • Concierge ...
  • Massage ...
  • Private Chef ...
  • Staff ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter ...
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This luxurious gem is perfect for a couples Asheville get-a-way! Come enjoy all that Asheville has to offer, all within walking distance. You are also .1 miles from the bus stop with local service all around Asheville, and a direct line to the airport as well. This newly renovated and updated cottage affords a relaxing atmosphere to return home to after a long day of enjoying all that Asheville and the Blue Ridge have to offer. Come enjoy Asheville in the Historic Griffin's Lair!!


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Downtown Asheville's Historic Biltmore Village; Griffin's Lair, shopping, walk.
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews
Knoxville, TN

Our Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We went for a small romantic getaway without the kids and ended up with big unforgettable memories. The accommodations were positively meticulous, and every last detail was perfectly laid out in the user's manual. We felt safe, entertained, and comfortable all at once. I watched the sunrise over the Cathedral while journaling, and we enjoyed our wine out in the rooftop courtyard after a wonderful day at the Biltmore. We will definitely stay again. The only complaint we have is that our standards are now set so high because of Griffin's Lair and Asheville in general. The people, the property, and the experience were better than we could've imagined.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. Conveniently located at the entrance of the Biltmore. Impeccably decorated and well provisioned. It has everything you need for a great stay. Just so you know, It is located above an antique shop next to a room Chris steakhouse.Walking distance to Starbucks! Which is always a good thing.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a gem this place is! We loved the Biltmore Village location, the reserved parking spot (a BIG deal in a city where parking can be hard to find), the design, lighting and original art ... and the fact that our every need had been anticipated.

Coffee, tea, cooking oil and more were in the cabinets. Laundry detergent was there for our use. Pots, pans, a corkscrew ... there was *nothing* we needed that wasn't provided for us. The bed and daybed are ridiculously comfortable. And as many have noted on this site, the hidden/pop-up TV is a fun feature.

I love visiting Asheville and am happy to have found a new favorite place to stay. Griffin's Lair is gorgeous -- and a great value.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Page, Thank you for the kind review of Griffin's Lair! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Asheville, and the wonderful amenities this property offers. We hope you will come and stay with Yonder again soon!
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Griffin's Lair - Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Griffin's Lair. The house was beautifully decorated and came with everything we could ever need/want. The linens were super soft and cozy and the house was impeccably clean. The location was fantastic - we could walk to shops/restaurants and were just around the corner from the Biltmore and only minutes from downtown Asheville (less than $8 Uber ride). We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amanda, Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Griffin's Lair! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed a cozy stay at this beautiful property, and that the cleanliness was up to your standards. We would be happy to have you back any time! Thank you for choosing Yonder.
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Loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and comfortable accommodations!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location and even better place.

  • 5 of 5

Griffin's Lair was absolutely perfect for our stay in Asheville. Great amentities and the condo was very nice. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 star review! We're glad that this property was a good fit for you! Would love to host you again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Catawba Brewing
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Biltmore Forest CC
Nearest Train
140 Miles
Amtrack; Charlotte, NC
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Wolfe Laurel Resort
Nearest Beach
280 Miles
Charleston, SC
Car: not necessary

The Biltmore Estate is just around the corner, since you are located right in the heart of Biltmore Village. Shopping, restaurants, bars, micro-breweries, and other local events are right outside your doorstep. You can walk to almost everything, and even downtown. Asheville Tourists games in the Summer time, Asheville micro-brewery tours, the Wicked Weed, Pisgah Brewing, Highland Brewing, The Wedge, and many others are just a short distance. Dine at The Corner Kitchen, which is frequented by President Obama whenever he comes to town, and is one of his favorites, along with 12-Bones bbq, which is only a short distance from the house in the River Arts District.


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