A Special Place
Ottis Green, the proprietor of a successful hardware company in downtown Asheville became the very first owner of the property on which Sweet Biscuit Inn now stands. Sweet Biscuit Inn began as a single family home in 1915. Having had more than 15 different owners, the house has been used as a single family home, Asheville’s first rest home, several apartments and finally a bed & breakfast.
Sweet Biscuit Inn opened to guests in 1999 after extensive renovations. Each of the three different innkeepers has lovingly maintained the history and charm of the house while adding their own special touches.
Susan Shah and John Meyer purchased the inn in January 2020. Susan was born and raised in Asheville. After graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh, she spent the next two decades working in hospitality with her family’s hotel business and commercial real estate and property management. Her passion has been hosting parties for family and friends. She’s happy to be back in the mountains near her family and excited to welcome guests who want to explore her hometown’s beauty and charm.
John spent his first ten years in Northeast Ohio before calling North Carolina his permanent home in 1986. An NC State University graduate, he worked in golf, landscaping and health care, before finding his passion in the kitchen. With a fondness for being in the mountains, John is excited to explore regional culinary traditions and call Asheville home.
Named after Castle Kenilworth in England, Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood remains a shady oasis of mature trees and plants nestled between historic Biltmore Village and vibrant downtown Asheville. Residences sprang up around Historic Kenilworth Inn, a Tudor Revival stone building originally built in 1890 as a luxury inn. Since then the building has burned down and been rebuilt to house a military hospital, resort hotel, mental health facility and finally apartments. In addition to a 19-acre lake, Kenilworth is home to many architectural styles including bungalows, Arts and Crafts cottages, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor and Prairie.