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Over the years thousands of people have stayed at The Firehouse Inn in Rutherfordton, NC. We are always happy when guests give us feedback because it gives us the opportunity to evaluate what we are doing, and how we are doing it. It is the goal of everyone at The Firehouse Inn to ensure our guests have a relaxing and enjoyable stay and evaluating guest feeback allows us to do that. We understand that for some people, this might be their very first Bed and Breakfast Inn experience, and they might not know what to expect. We hope that by including these guest comments you might choose to stay at The Firehouse Inn, one of the most original, if not the most original Bed and Breakfast Inn in all of Western North Carolina.


"I booked a room at the Firehouse Inn while in Rutherfordton for my 30th high school reunion. There was a blue grass festival (with Doc Watson!) in town on the same night and both hotels were booked. Did I mention this is a small town? The Innkeeper was away for the afternoon but left a welcome package with key for room #1. The room was just off the main living room and kitchen area but we never felt a lack of privacy. Our room was 5-star. It was huge with a large whirlpool tub, beautiful shower, separate dressing areas and a huge closet. It was apparent that the closet was once a safe but more on that later.

After my reunion festivities, we returned to the inn for the night and wanted a snack. Our Innkeeper left the most wonderful crumb cake on the kitchen counter for guests to enjoy. We also found the coffee maker for guests so we knew where to get our cup of coffee in the morning. Our welcome letter said that breakfast would be seated promptly at 8:30.

We woke up as is our normal routine, around 7:00. After getting dressed, my husband ventured to the kitchen to fetch coffee. He was gone for 20 minutes or so and I thought I should see what happened to him. I found him embroiled in conversation with the Innkeeper, David ,who was busy preparing our breakfast. You would have thought they were lifelong friends. That is how David made us all feel during our stay. We learned that our suite was formerly the office of the Police Chief and our closet was his evidence safe!

David served wonderful fruit, egg casserole, sausages, toast and juices for breakfast and even shared the recipe with us. We enjoyed getting to know the other guests at the breakfast table and hearing about the music festival that they all attended. David continued to captivate us with his colorful stories from all around the world. He was most recently the Assistant Head Butler at The Cloister hotel on Sea Island. He is a top notch professional.

The rates are more than reasonable and the property is beautiful. They have a total of 6 rooms and a lovely courtyard for guests to enjoy. I would highly recommend The Firehouse Inn. I am sorry we could only stay one night. I can promise that when my Mom's house is full again, we will be at the Firehouse!


"We had a great time at The Firehouse Inn.Great breakfasts, great value and doubly great employees. David is the Innkeeper and is a real life English butler. His Assistant Innkeeper is Sandi and between them they kept us entertained at breakfast. We'll be back soon!" (October 2009 - This review was posted on

"This was our second stay at The Firehouse Inn and we were not disappointed. Once again, the breakfasts were varied and plentiful, the living room was perfect for curling up for reading and our guest room was awesome. The pillow top bed was so comfortable we didn't want to get up for breakfast, but we did! The Firehouse Inn staff are very welcoming and friendly, it's more like staying with family. We also enjoyed visiting the new design center and gift shop downstairs. We purchased some nice candles. David is a wonderful inkeeper and host, as is the housekeeper/assistant innkeeper/Jill of all trades Sandi. Thanks guys for yet another wonderful stay, we miss you already!" (September 2009)


"Room was so great, bed was extrememly comfortable and we were well taken care of. It was the perfect stay and I will highly recommend this inn to others."  (August 2009)


"This was our first stay at an authentic bed and breakfast. My husband and I loved everything about The Firehouse Inn. We got to see each lovely room as we were the first guests to arrive for the weekend. Our room, room 2 was so lovely and peaceful. The living room/dining area was spacious and well appointed. We most enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Innkeeper David. Breakfast was fantastic and so was the coffecake provided throughout our stay. We chose this particular Inn because there was not one complaint about it listed on the internet. I must say we now concur with those who have found this little slice of heaven in Rutherfordton, N.C." (July 2009)


"We have never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast before so we were hesistant about our first time. We needn't have worried, the room was awesome, pillow top beds with Egyptian cotton Italian made sheets, fluffy towels made in Turkey and breakfasts that were outstanding and delicious. The people who work there went out of their way to help us feel comfortable and at home. David is the Innkeeper and he is a real life English Butler. Sandi is the Housekeeper and she helped out with breakfast and took great care of our rooms for us. With both of them there at breakfast time, we were thoroughly entertained and pampered (quite a skill set when you think about it!) We will return and in the meantime, we will tell our family and friends about this wonderful place." (July 2009


"Everything Was Perfect

"This was our first stay at an authentic bed and breakfast. My husband and I loved everything about The Firehouse Inn. Upon arriving, Sandi, the housekeeper showed us around and gave the history of the beautiful Inn. We got to see each lovely room as we were the first guests to arrive for the weekend. Our room, room 2 was so lovely and peaceful. The living room/dining area was spacious and well appointed. We most enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Innkeeper David. Breakfast was fantastic and so was the coffecake provided throughout our stay. We chose this particular Inn because there was not one complaint about it listed on the internet. I must say we now concur with those who have found this little slice of heaven in Rutherfordton." (June 2009)


"My wife and I live only forty minutes east of Rutherfordton, NC and frequent it on our way to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. I happened upon The Firehouse Inn by search engine and have wanted to stay there for a while now.
This B&B is the nicest, cleanest, friendliest staffed and most economical of any we've ever visited (hotels included). Going the extra mile seemed easy for the staff who were always more then accommodating. It was the cleanest, most detailed place as well (I actually began TRYING to find anything out of place or overlooked!). We stayed in room number five, which happened to be the most artistic room. The previous owner (wife) was a talented artist and painted every square inch of the room and adjoining bathroom (will add our own pics of the room).

THE BED WAS FABULOUS! Neither of us have ever slept in a more luxurious bed (Ballantyne Resort being second)!

The Firehouse Inn had great breakfasts. We loved the egg quiche!

Overall, Rutherfordton is a very slow-paced, quiet, small town which is exactly why we chose it for our  getaway. We did not want to go to a destination that made us feel like we should get out of bed earlier than usual and be pressured into seeing all the sights of a tourist destination. We wanted it simple and straightforward. I'm certain you won't find a better deal than The Firehouse Inn. The price is comparable to lower-end hotels with incredible, upscale appeal and amenities.

The Firehouse Inn is well worth the price and more (DON'T INCREASE YOUR RATES!), the staff is wonderfully hospitable and COMPETENT and obviously care about the Inn and love their duties. The breakfasts were excellent and all aspects of the Inn exuded excellence and indulgence." (May 2009)


"Grand Elegance & Gracious Hosts

My wife and I travelled four hundred miles to spend a long weekend at this Bed and Breakfast . We arrived to find our hosts had surpassed all expectations . The Firehouse Suite is appointed with a Bose radio , cable television , raised spa / tub (rose petal bath is optional) , walk in closet , wall closets , nice stone tiled shower , vanity sink with mirror , private water closet and sink , robes , slippers , writing desk , excellent king bed , tasteful antique furnishings throughout , high ceilings , tall arched windows , more than ample lighting , and let us not forget the fireplace . A most relaxing retreat .
Proper breakfast daily , coffee and espresso available at all times , as are water , juices , sodas , etc.
Our hosts are without peers in my eyes . David and Sandi are among the finest people I have ever met . They are the most gracious innkeepers I have ever encountered with an exemplary staff to pamper you into sublime relaxation. David is the Innkeeper (a REAL life Butler too!) and Sandi is the Ass't Innkeeper/Housekeeper and while not related, they are a great double act!
The inn itself is an important part of the local history and architecture . The town of Rutherfordton is more of a quaint village with interesting shops , art studios and galleries . Easy walking distance from the inn . We spent a day on walking the town and touring the shops ....... excellent . Several dining options are close by with M2 being our favorite . The chef is very creative with a fusion of styles and an excellent wine selection .
Another easy day trip is Lake Lure and Chimney Rock . I Highly recommend this 30 mile jaunt to everyone .
We already miss the inn and are planning a return visit . David will offer suggestions , recommendations , conversation , dinner reservations , and accommodations upon request . Do not miss this hidden jewel." (April 2009)


"Beautiful Inn, Charming Hosts, Complete Relaxation

My wife and I spent a night here recently in the company and at the suggestion of a close friend, and were delightfully surprised to find such lovely accommodations in perhaps a relatively unlikely place. Rutherfordton is a lovely little town close to popular destinations (Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Asheville, Biltmore etc) -- but not exactly on most people's way to anywhere. The Inn -- which formerly housed this small town's firehouse and city hall -- has been beautifully restored and luxuriously furnished with antiques and designer pieces. We stayed in room 2 or 3, can't remember for sure, but the room was spacious, incredibly high-ceilinged with huge windows, full of nice touches like swiveling / reclining armchairs, a gas fireplace, Bose stereo and so on. Closets, dressing and bath areas were similarly spacious and well-equipped. David is a gracious host, and as a former head of private butlers at The Cloister hotel (Sea Island, GA,) David is a hospitality professional as well as a friendly and engaging English gentleman. Our breakfast included fresh fruit, a delicious frittata (or some such thing), sausage, juice, bread and a wide selection of individually brewed coffee, expresso or teas, served in the beautifully-decorated living room. The Inn is located in the heart of downtown Rutherfordton, but it was quiet, calm and relaxing. We had a very good dinner at the M2 restaurant in Spindale, and have had great meals previously at the Water Oak in Rutherfordton. Prices seem quite reasonable for the value. We would highly recommend the Firehouse Inn as a home base for someone seeing friends, traveling on business, visiting nearby tourist attractions, or just looking for a relaxing getaway." (March 2009)


"Perfect! Spent our Honeymoon night here

This B&B is located in the town of Rutherfordton, NC. My wife and I were married and stayed our honeymoon night here. We actually live in Rutherfordton, so I think it says a lot that a couple would want to spend there honeymoon night at a place that is local.
David, the Innkeeper is an English Butler and really goes out of his way to make you feel at home here, he has great stories to share. He really added to the already amazing atmosphere.
The decor in the place is beautiful. I've lived in this area all my life and actually used to go to this location for little league baseball signups when it was still the fire dept. and city hall. Boy a lot has changed.
Our room (room 4) was the smallest in the inn, but is no smaller than a typical hotel room. In fact the ceilings, in my estimate are about 15' high, so by no means do you feel closed in. Rather, you feel very comfortable as the setting is very intimate. Each room has a Bose Wave Radio as well as TV, though we never watched it. Our bathroom had a large walk-in shower and had robes and slippers for our use.
The Living Room is a large open room with several seating areas. My wife and I sat together and read some of the books provided while enjoying a snack from the pantry and a cup of coffee.
I would highly recommend this Inn to anyone who wishes to escape for a night or several. It will provide you with an intimate, yet not closed-in feeling where warmth and simplicity abound." (February 2009)