Meet the Staff at The
1898 Waverly Inn
John and Diane Sheiry own the inn and have
been the innkeepers since 1988. Darla has worked
here since 1991, Debbie came in 2000 and Bridget
has worked here off and on since she was 14
years old. Sandi is the newest addition to the
team, starting in 2012 when we opened the spa
services room. We are a seasoned crew that works
well together to make your stay a good one.
John is the creative force behind the breakfast menu
and service. He cooks breakfast if it is a busy
morning and we have more than fourteen guests.
He leaves it to Diane if there is less than
half of a house full of guests. Do not panic,
he has taught Diane everything she knows about
the cooking of a great breakfast experience.
John has another full time job as a commercial
real estate appraiser so he definitely needs
a little relief from the kitchen when he can
get it. He is always playing with a new recipe
or tweaking another so be assured that he is
always interested in your breakfast experience.
John is also the long term planner for the inn.
He always sees everything as it should be five
years from now. He will always make sure that
we are thinking ahead. Whether we want to or
Diane runs the inn on a daily basis. If you are missing something let her know. She is always looking for everything to be perfect and will fix any troubles as quick as possible.
She also paints, is a decent fix-it person and does the renovation work that the inn always needs. She pays the bills, does the shopping, manages the schedules, and generally makes sure that
the inn runs smoothly. It’s exhausting watching her keep it all together so well!
Darla is the reason we all have a hard time controlling
our weight. She bakes all of those lovely and
delicious cakes and cookies that we all find
so luscious and irresistible. She also manages
to make lemonade an art form with honey and
raspberries in her recipe. She picks out the
cheeses and puts the nibbles together that we
use during the tasting hour. She hires the staff,
takes care of the laundry, and cooks breakfast
when John is out of town. You will see her walking
her Havanese dog "Casey" on the streets of downtown and her family's
favorite name for her is "Auntie My Darla".
She is Diane's sister and is Christie and Tori's
Debbie is our brains, sanity and cheerleader at the inn. If you like what you see on this website, she is the reason why. She is also the best concierge on the planet!
A normal day for her may include writing an itinerary just for you, serve you breakfast, answer the telephone, take care of all of the emails coming into the inn, make sure that you have tickets,
reservations and anything else that you have asked for and keep all of us on the staff laughing and cheerful. She is always there to remind us what we are doing well and what we still need
to do before our day is finished. If all that isn't enough for one person, she also works for John at his appraisal business and keeps him organized there as well. She has three growing children,
a husband that loves to cook, and a huge garden that needs to be frozen and canned. How she does it all we will never know.
Bridget is the youth and energy of this organization. She cleans this house, plays the dishwasher, serves you breakfast and uses her university education to tell Diane when,
where and how to decorate the house and rooms. Her ability to choose color, know a good piece of furniture and the best placement of a picture have been a wonderful addition to the inn. As large
of a job as it is to keep this large building cleaned well, she also does interior design jobs on the side to keep her skills fresh, and works at a shop in Brevard in the evenings!
Her sense of humor, her sarcasm at just the right moment, and her ability to be pulled in three different directions at all times makes us truly appreciate how amazing she is.
Sandi is our newest addition to the landscape.
As our spa services coordinator she is a calming
force of nature. Her sheer determination has
created this new department and service for
our guests. And, she must know every massage
therapist in Western North Carolina! She always
finds the perfect person for every guest and
their needs. Her work with lymphatic cleansing
and facials is one of the the most popular services
that we offer. She makes everyone feel ten years
younger! She is funny, a great listener and
will pull us into the wellness attitude that
we all need. We have found that she may be little
but her personality and attitude make her a
big asset to this organization.