History of the Inn

The Bromfield Inn represents a unique part of Transylvania County’s history. Situated in an historic neighborhood in a community renowned as a popular tourist and visitor destination, it is ideally suited for the role it plays today as a host to visitors from near and far.

The house sits on two wooded and beautifully landscaped acres between two other historic buildings: St. Philips Episcopal Church and the Silvermont mansion, now part of a city park.

The house was built in 1926 in the colonial revival style. The original fireplaces, pocket doors, wavy lead glass windows and hardwood oak floors have been preserved and restored. The original owner, James S. Bromfield, was a prominent Brevard resident with holdings in laundry, coal, oil and ice companies. He was also instrumental in the development of the Citizens Telephone Company which still provides service to the community.

In 1964, Cecil and Elizabeth Hill purchased the house. The Hills added ceiling molding, rough plaster walls and wainscoting and purchased crystal chandeliers at auction from the Battery Park Hotel in Asheville. They hang in the dining room and parlor. In 2003, Reginald Heinitsh acquired the house and began a three-year restoration project to return the house to its 1920’s glory. In 2017, Abe and Pam Pallas purchased the house and transformed this lovely home into a luxury bed and breakfast inn, adding additional bedrooms and baths, and a library to serve discriminating guests. In 2022, daughter and mother Kari and Sandra Kurtz became the new innkeepers, when Kari bought the Inn.   They continue to run it as a 5-star Bed and Breakfast to this day.

The 6,400 square foot house sits on a rise that comes into view as guests pass through the wrought iron gates and climb the short drive onto the grounds. A large foyer welcomes guests with a sweeping view of the long, wide hallway, staircase and leaded glass transoms. Rich woven wallpaper and creamy, detailed wainscoting provide a feel of luxury and warmth. Fireplaces in the parlor, dining room and two of the bedrooms add to the ambience.

The Bromfield Inn is listed as a city landmark and has been recognized in multiple publications, including Carolina Home and Garden; Windson-Salem Journal; Southern Living Magazine.