First of all, I was really nervous booking this B&B after the few reviews I read on here. My husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary and wanted a special experience. I had always wanted to stay in an old historic home south of Broad St and had booked a B&B down the street from here, but 9 days before checkin, the other place called to cancell and we were left scrambling to find vacancy for the right price. I had called Marie (owner, wife) and she was short in response but curteous and directed me to the website for pictures. I booked 2 nights for the weekend in the room with the Queen bed and hoped for the best! She took a cc to hold the room and I received a confirmation several days later.
Upon arrival, I had called and left a message asking if we could check in early, but no one returned my call. We arrived a few hours early and were greated by her husband. He informed us that Marie would be out of town during our stay and her son Carlisle would take care of us. He handed us our keys (front door and bedroom) and instructed us on how to set the house alarm when coming and going. The house is a typical beautiful three tierd south facing porch antebellum white house. The porches were nice. When you enter the front door, there is a stair case and the rooms are on the third floor. You do not have to walk through living rooms etc to get to your room. The room we stayed in was very large with a fireplace, huge flat screen TV, victorian settee, comfortbale leather wingback chair, a sitting room of the bathroom (which we didn't really use) and a fairly roomy bathroom with old iron claw foot tub. The bed was extremely comfortable, the TV cable was fantastic with many options to choose from, no internet, and the room was clean and temperature was comfortable. There is a ceiling fan and extra blankets/pillows if needed. There is a door that leads to the third floor piazza from the room; however, it was a bit tricky to get out onto because the drapes had to be taken down for the door to open since it was an inward swinging door. Not a problem, just some extra work. No dust or dirt in the room. The only problem I saw was there was some water damage to the ceiling and the paint was starting to bubble up and peel and there were water marks on the ceiling around this point. The doors do have extra locks on them for added security though we didn't feel the need to use them.
There are two pets in this house, a cat and a small dog. They do, however, stay out of your way and we hardly saw them while there for the weekend. We love animals and welcomed them whenever we did see them! The dining room is right off the front entrance on the main floor. It's clean and beautiful. Breakfast is served daily from 8:30-9am and Carlisle did a wonderful job. Classical music was playing throughout breakfast and breakfast was served on fine china and silver servers. Options included juice, tea, or coffee with milk, creamer, Truvia, or sugar. There was an assortment of cereals, fresh fruit (strawberries and blueberries), fresh warm biscuits, and a baked sweet bread or cookie assortment. It wasn't huge, but just perfect since we love to experience the grand Charlestonian food for lunch and dinner. We never smelled any fowl smells in the dining/kitchen area, nor the porch area. The kitchen itself was a bit messy, but you have to remember this is their personal kitchen and home, and guests don't go into the kitchen. We just happened to get a glimps of it as we walked by. Otherwise, the rest of the house was clean or orderly.
Checkout was a breeze with Carlisle. He asked for our method of payment and walked back with a receipt in a few minutes. We were allowed to keep our car parked throughout the day of checkout until the next guests arrived in the late afternoon. It was nice having our car parked the whole weekend in the driveway off the street for no additional charge as well.
The location is great. It's just a block north of the Battery or White Point Gardens. It took about 1 minute to walk to the Battery, a few minutes to walk to Broad St. and about 10 minutes to walk to the Water Front Park or the Market.
My husband and I are not the Ritz type people so we didn't expect the Ritz, but we thoroughly enjoyed are time and were pleasantly surprised with our accomodations after reading previous reviews. This place is a great bargain for the location. We were thoroughly pleased with our stay for our anniversary!