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. Just minutes from Downtown Asheville locations, Griffin’s Lair rivals Luxury Cabins in North Carolina.

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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 rooftops is not allowed yet possible as is direct proximity to 8,000 acres of wilderness for the unsupervised child.

Property Type:

Historic Cottage Apartment 810 sq ft 

Accommodation Type:

Vacation Rental


Guest provide their own meals in a well appointed kitchen with induction and convection range, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator/ freezer. 


Nonsmokers only, pets not allowed, long term renters welcome, well mannered supervised children allowed with additional arrangements.


1 king bedroom, 1 queen luxury sleeper sofa with integral air mattress, 1 twin daybed.  Microfiber sheets and  both feather and foam pillows provided for all beds.


1 bathroom with combination tub shower and garden view.

Kitchen and Dining:

Refrigerator, range, microwave, dishwasher, dishes and utensils, art pottery place settings for 6, dinning area seats 6, coffee maker, toaster and a magic bullet blender.


Central air and heat, parking for 2 cars, stack washing machine and dryer, linens provided, towels provided, great room with open plan for kitchen, dining, and living, 50” diagonal smart TV on lift, ironing board, hair dryer, free long distance telephone calls, free WIFI

Outdoor Features:

Spacious private gravel terrace with Dining table for 6, seasonal plantings and views over Village


Historic, romantic, private, nature, antiques and art, convenient, tourist attractions close by, spa services near by, Dining for 6 available in great room.


Seasonal Rates And Fees:
$250/night     $1,500/week

* 3 night minimum required for all holidays
** 2 Night minimum stay if a Saturday night is one of the nights

October rate:
$375.00 per night with a 3 day min stay if one night is Saturday

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

Pets policy: NO pets.

$75 cleaning fee
3.15% Processing Fee
Current local tax rate 11%
$1,000 Refundable Security Deposit