We recently returned from a week long stay at 15 Church Street. We had a marvelous time in Charleston, and staying with Jack & Annelise was the perfect choice. The house is in a great location, a quiet residential area about a block from High Battery and White Point Gardens. It is within walking distance of everything, even walking to the Aquarium/Fort Sumter boat is a reasonable half hour or so. There is also a (free) trolley stop a few blocks north at Meeting and Broad. We didn't have a car, but everyone else did. If you parked in their driveway, you simply left your keys in the front hall in case someone needed out. It seemed to work fine. There is also free 24 hour parking around WP Gardens. After walking all over the historic area, we were both very glad to be in a quiet area versus the busier parts north of Broad.
The house is a lovely historic home, and Annelise gives a great little history when you arrive. It is an eclectic mix of low country with historic and personal style. We stayed in the Rose Room on the 3rd floor, next to the Blue Room. Our room looked out over rooftops to the harbor. It was very spacious with a lovely attached full bath. The Blue Room also has an attached bath and looks out over the neighborhood rooftops, notably the Calhoun Mansion. Although we were on the third floor, we had no problem going up and down the stairs. Our room was very quiet. I didn't hear anyone coming or going in the morning or night even though the house was full. The only minor downside (for me) was that the huge, lovely windows in the room also meant that the sun streamed in by about 7am. Being away from our dog and toddler, I wouldn't have minded a little later wake time.
We also toured the carriage house, and it looked to be perfect for a family or friends traveling together. There are 2 living areas, one with a half bath. There are 2 modestly sized bedrooms with a jack and jill bath. I saw that pervious posters mentioned the bedrooms were small. They weren't nearly as large as the main house ones, but I would think more than enough for a trip when you are presumably out exploring the city anyway. It also had a private entrance, as does the Cypress Room. Cypress is in the main house, accessible via an entrance under the front steps or stairs inside the house. We didn't see it, but both the couples who passed through it while we were there liked it.
The main living area is spacious, but we didn't use it much. We were out nearly all day, every day. We enjoyed breakfast in the dining room every morning. Though it may not be a grand spread, the "menu" choices are more than enough and quite delicious. Leanne, Annelise, and or Martha were at breakfast each day. Regardless of who prepared it, the meal and conversation was great. The piazza was really nice for relaxing and reading or having a snack. Due to our dinner reservations, we were only able to attend one of the wine & cheese receptions, but it was very nice. Jack and Annelise truly do treat you like an old friend. When we had dinner leftovers, they even shared fridge space with us! They are also very helpful if you're looking for advice on restaurants, tours, or attractions. Martha, the manager, was also around frequently. She was a hoot and also a wealth of information.
We found the style with which Jack and Annelise run the B&B to suit us perfectly. They are beyond welcoming without being intrusive. Annelise and Martha reminded us to simply ask if we wanted the room serviced or linens changed. Even though we were there for a week, we didn't bother with it. I prefer to save on the energy and water, and we both like our privacy. Even when we stay in hotels, we always have the "do not disturb" sign up for the duration of our stay. We were shown where extra towels were if we desired, and the room was stocked with soap, shampoo, makeup wipes, extra tp, a hair drier, etc. They will even wash personal items for you! There was also a laptop on a small desk in the hallway and secure wifi for everyone's use.
Everyone is very accommodating and thoughtful. When booking, I failed to notice that they have a cat. My husband is horribly allergic. The cat never goes to the 2nd and 3rd floors, is not allowed on furniture (nor is the dog), and stays mostly outside. When my husband started to have a reaction, Annelise shared some of her Zyrtec until we could make it to the pharmacy. They also kept the cat outside for the remainder of our stay. I'd also like to point out that the dog was so sweet. Even at breakfast, with bacon and sausage being served, Frannie was extremely laid back and inconspicuous. She's just a sweetheart.
Disregarding the cat allergy, we would love to stay at 15 Church Street again! We had a wonderful time, and we sincerely thank Jack, Annelise, Martha, and Leanne for welcoming us with open arms. Annelise said it best, "this is just the way we live". It clearly is from the moment you walk through the door. We enjoyed every moment of our visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now the home of Dr. & Mrs. Jack W. Simmons, Jr., the property was originally owned by Captain Timothy Phillips during the Revolution. The Snowden family constructed the present Greek Revival house in the early 1840's and it served as a hospital during the Civil War during which time it was struck by four cannonballs, two of which are now mounted on the gate posts. It is notable for ironwork by Charleston ironwright, Philip Simmons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House Hotel Charleston
- 15 Church Street Bed And Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House