Herren House
Bed and Breakfast
& Bridget's Bistro
A Historic Inn located in downtown
Waynesville, NC
Bed & Breakfast
and Bridget's Bistro Restaurant
Sunday Brunch
Open to the Public

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About the Innkeepers

Michelle Briggs became Herren House’s innkeeper after successfully operating a large Inn in Hendersonville for many years. Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality business and is very excited about this new opportunity.

Michelle and her husband Phillip view their mission as upholding the beauty and charm of this historic Inn, built in the eighteen hundreds and sharing their passion for hospitality and service. They promise to make your stay at the Herren House a wonderful experience and fond memory. They are working hard to make the beautiful garden area an inviting retreat for a little stroll or the perfect spot for an afternoon glass of ice tea or wine.

Herren House Awards:
1st place runnerup for Peoples Choice Bed and Breakfast in Haywood County for 2012 & 2013
3rd Place Taste of Chocolate Contest
Top Rated Restaurant **** rating 2012 on Restaurant.com
Award of Excellence 2012 from TripAdvisor.com

Phil and Michelle look forward to meeting you and sharing their wonderful Inn.

History of the Herren House (In Continuous Operation Since 1897)

Herren House was constructed as a boarding house in 1897 by M.J. Ownby, who named it the Savannah. It was given the name Herren House around 1918 by its second owner, Mollie Herren, and her daughters, Jessica and Lucile. Lucile married Henry Bowman Foy, Jr. and in 1924, Henry B. Foy III, previous mayor of Waynesville, NC, was born in an upstairs bedroom. Herren House continued in operation as a boarding house through the years with two more owners, Dollie Ferguson from 1935 to1970 and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Grahl from 1970 to1989.

The enormous restoration project began in 1989 with Henry B. Foy III as the architect and local resident and historian, Nancy Dodd, doing most of the work. They saved many of the original features, including the solid oak central hall stairway, the old downstairs parlor (now a bedroom), and fireplace fronts and mantelpieces. What could not be restored — like the unique porch railing — was painstakingly replicated. The outside is painted a soft coral pink trimmed in porcelain and eggplant. Take a look at the huge sugar maple tree by the parking lot as Henry B. Foy III remembers it as a sapling when he was a boy!

You can spend your time relaxing on the front porch, in the gazebo or gardens. Good conversation and laughter fill the air just as they did many years ago. Michelle & Phil Briggs acquired the inn in April 2011 with the mission to continue the traditional heritage of the Herren House with the charm and grace of years gone by. When the temperatures get cooler, the warm and inviting parlor is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. You might just see Henry B. Foy III and his lovely wife, Mary Lu, stop by for a bite to eat and share stories!

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