Welcome The Freeze House Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy our B&B in a village setting, among centuries-old oaks and mountain scenery. We offer spacious rooms, private baths, cable, and AC. Two guest houses, with fully equipped kitchens, are also available for weekly or monthly rentals.

A complimentary swim club and fitness center is available to all guests.

The Freeze House, on Freeze Hill, is five miles north of Western Carolina University, and 1 mile east of Dillsboro’s shops, boutiques, and the Great Smoky Railroad. The Great Smokies National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Harrah’s Casino, are all within a twenty minute drive.

The many area activities include hiking, birding, rafting, canoeing, gem mining, and seasonal hunting and fishing.


The Freeze House, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, with a tradition of hospitality dating back to the 1880’s, offers guests many options.

Spacious rooms, private baths, cable TV, public rooms, plus swimming, tennis, and health club, as well as two vacation cottages.

Want to rest and relax ?- – sit and read on the porch, or by the fire – – shop for antiques and crafts – – take a leisurely train ride down the beautiful Tuckasiegee Valley or the spectacular Nantahala Gorge.

Like the active life ? – – swim, lift weights, do aerobics at our complimentary health and swim club (pool heated all year) – – tennis – – fishing – – mountain biking – – raft the Tuckasiegee – – hike the Appalachian and Bartram trails — or try your hand at fly fishing.

Prefer sightseeing ? – – the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway- – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – – the Cherokee Indian Reservation – – Biltmore House and Gardens – – waterfalls, lakes, and forests.


  • Bed & Breakfast – Three rooms with private baths, AC, TV
  • Single occupancy – $65.00 per night. Two nights minimum
  • Double occupancy – $75.00 per night. Two nights minimum
  • Ivy Cottage – one bedroom, bath, fully equipped kitchen, AC, cable, TV, deck. $400.00 per week (refundable security deposit – $100.00)
  • Rhododendron Cottage – two bedrooms, 1 ?baths, fully equipped kitchen, AC, cable TV, deck, $600 per week (refundable security deposit – $150.00)
  • All prices are subject to 9% state and local taxes.
  • Full breakfast included with B & B rates. Breakfast optional with cottages.


The Freeze House was constructed during the first World War, between 1914 and 1918, by Jessie Williams Freeze and Jacob Frank Freeze. The architecture is modified bungalow, i.e., a central hall with three rooms on each side. The modifications include a second floor, again with a central hall, and six additional bedrooms. During the winter, the house was a private home, but during the summer it was opened to summer guests from the warmer cities and towns.

In those early days, the Freeze House served breakfast and dinner, and was happy to pack a picnic lunch for the guests, who spent their time touring the scenic attractions of the area, including Whiteside Mountain, Black Rock Mountain, and Water Rock Knob, all of which are much more accessible today!

Many of the visitors in those days before air conditioning, returned every summer to enjoy the much cooler mountains, and the Freezes hospitality. Evenings were spent on the porch watching the fireflies, or in the living room playing bridge, setback, or pinochle. Occasionally, someone would sit at the piano and everyone would join in a chorus of “In the Gloaming”, or “Little Brown Church in the Wildwood”.

During the Second World War, passenger trains stopped service to the area, and the tourist trade languished. Mr. Freeze died in 1946, and Mrs. Freeze began to take in boarders – construction workers and business people in town who needed lodging for a month or so. She kept this up until her final illness and death at age 96, in 1973.

The house reverted to private status under the ownership of Patrick and Mary Ellen Montague, and their family. Patrick is the son of the Freeze’s daughter, Margaret, who died in 1938.

The Freeze House was restored and modernized in 1994-1995, by the Montague family, with Michael Montague, the great-grandson of the Freezes as the principal builder and contractor.

Today the house, in addition to being a bed and breakfast, remains in use as a private home.