Review: The Yellow House, Waynesville, NC

Review: The Yellow House, Waynesville, NC

Nestled among the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the Yellow House Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC, is more than just a historic inn. It’s a gateway to a bygone era of charm, warmth, and serenity.

Our stay here was nothing short of wonderful. Upon arriving at the Yellow House, we were greeted by the timeless beauty of a structure that has stood since the late 19th century.

The captivating history of this splendid property traces back to 1885 when it was commissioned as a summer retreat by the renowned Lykes family. Sitting by Plott Creek Rd, the Yellow House stands as a testament to an era marked by opulence and architectural grandeur.

Originally conceived as an escape from the bustle of city life, the residence has witnessed generations of the Lykes family creating cherished memories within its walls. The Victorian Yellow House's architectural nuances reflect its original owners' elegant taste.

The exterior exudes a classic elegance, hinting at the rich history contained within its walls. The bathroom in our suite, for instance, once served as a covert chamber for concealing bootlegging operations on the property from the FBI.

We were fortunate to secure one of the 10 luxurious rooms and suites that the Yellow House offers, each meticulously designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Our suite, The Carriage House was adorned with tasteful decor and thoughtful amenities.

The allure of the Yellow House extends beyond the confines of your room. The property’s five rolling acres form an enchanting backdrop for moments of tranquility. We reveled in the beauty of nature, enjoying private decks with breathtaking views and the soothing sounds of the surrounding mountain landscape.

What truly sets the Yellow House apart was the attention to detail that permeated many aspects of our stay. Chad and Josh, the gracious proprietors of the Yellow House, have elevated hospitality to new heights over the past five years.

From the comfortable, huge beds to the gourmet breakfasts served fireside in the dining room (or outside on the veranda during warmer months), our stay blended indulgence with authenticity.

The three-course homemade breakfast, a daily ritual at the inn, became a cherished part of our morning routine. The love and dedication put into the culinary offerings mirrored the essence of western North Carolina.

The Yellow House blends history with modern comforts and stands as a testament to the enduring draw of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you seek a quiet mountain getaway or a romantic retreat, it invites you to immerse yourself in the traditional charm of yesteryear while enjoying the conveniences of today.

Facts & Info


  • Safe and secure parking on the property, directly outside or near your room.
  • Upon request, the host will provide good local restaurant recommendations two to four miles away.
  • Three-course breakfast served in the dining room or on the veranda. A "grab and go" breakfast or room delivery option is available for an additional $20.
  • King-sized bed suites feature a soaking tub or a jetted tub.
  • Premium coffee, teas, and assorted snacks from popcorn, fresh fruit, cookies, and energy bars are available all day.
  • A roomy wardrobe for organizing and ventilating your gear.
  • A refrigerator in each room, with microwaves in communal areas.
  • Selection of books, complimentary booklets showcasing nearby attractions, and beautifully illustrated paper maps of the locale.
  • Yoga mat available upon request.
  • MyDesktop Pro on each nightstand with a 10W wireless charger and three USB ports for charging devices.

Nearby Attractions

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Cherokee, NC
  • Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Nearby Roads

Whether you enjoy the curves and twists of a winding road, some down-and-dirty single-track, or something mellow, there is something immersive for every rider here. The rolling, mountainous Blue Ridge Parkway at various elevations is the perfect place for a spin (at a maximum of 45 mph).

Along the route, riders can access numerous attractions, overlooks, and points of interest. You’ll find opportunities to stop, rest, and absorb the scenic beauty, making the journey enjoyable and memorable.

Many areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway are motorcycle-friendly, offering designated parking spaces and facilities that cater to the needs of riders, fostering a sense of camaraderie among the motorcycle community.


Rooms start at $179 per night


Find the Yellow House at 89 Oakview Drive, Waynesville, NC, (828) 452-0991

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