Before my big trip to the States I researched the Palmer Home as part of my holiday tour. Being a history buff I was excited to visit Charleston. My eyebrow was raised by what people had written, I am staying here anyway b/c I got a great deal. Upon arrival I was introduced to Southern Hospitality by the owner & staff invited to Happy Hour & given a tour with wine in one hand & a camera in the other, the owner who lives in the home gave a historically accurate tour.
I stayed in the Carriage House, the former barn & had a great stay. The people who wrote the negative reviews are clearly ignorant & feel they deserve to be treated like Queen Elizabeth. Yes there's construction so a bedroom & bathroom were compromised. Did these people realize that you can't use something under construction? The owner explained cable was out due to construction but will be restored upon completion, but I didn't travel all this way for TV. I found the bathroom to be quite tidy. It's a 150 year old historical home with a converted barn to expand it's offerings. I also enjoyed the outdoor pool with the lovely weather that tends to be rare in Ireland. I found the pool to be clean & functional. For educational purposes when city roads need repair, engineers patch it to reinforce it's structural integrity, same for this half century old pool. It does not matter that the patch colors do not match the original concrete but the integrity of the pool was just perfect & the water was clean as can be. A young family seemed to be enjoying their pool time & not finding fault with the pool.
Food complaints: here in Ireland you can have a Full Irish Breakfast or nothing, same thing in the South a historic southern breakfast or nothing & the food was very good . Again for those who don't think history is important the Carolinas take their culinary influences from African culture due to the past slave trade, hence simple hearty meals on limited groceries. The breakfast was pretty authentic to the old times with modern conveniences which fits with the historic theme. This again is a bed & breakfast, a person's home not a restaurant & the food was perfect.
It seems to be forgotten this is a historical home which means it's very old! Charleston is well-known in history circles for preserving history & this place did so quite lovely. If travelers understood preservation they would know there are strict historic City codes for renovation & painting same in Ireland. It's a wonder what people now-a-days would do if they didn't have power tools. This home was build before the invention of the sawzall, power drills, and cranes. The porch is structurally designed to be slanted to dispel water. The porch itself is exposed 24 hours a day to the harsh demands of the salty Harbor & for those who are under-educated, salt water over time is destructive so the people who complained about the tattered wicker are legally insane.
It really disturbs me that a few bad apples or shall I say naturally grumpy whiny negative people have to be so destructive about such a wonderful place with such great staff. For future travelers if you want a place with marble everywhere & butlers & spas, then stay at the Ritz, but if you truly appreciate the beauty of history & it's romantic story this old home tells, then this is your place & it's quite lovely on the wallet. I highly recommend the Palmer Home Bed & Breakfast to ANY looking for a wonderful Southern place to call home. Job well done, I will be back.
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