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15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“The best trip I've ever taken!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for my anniversary and annual vacation. Jack and Annelise welcomed us like long lost family. Stayed for the whole week and enjoyed being included in the afternoon social hours along with their visiting family. Had a great view of the Cooper river from our Rose room. Great proximity to the Battery and the Calhoun Mansion. Will most definitely be back to the 15 Church st B and b

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Most tourists visit Charleston to see the beautiful old streets and buildings. And what makes those streets and buildings unique are the number of beautiful "Single Houses" like 15 Church Street. A Single House is a house type found only in Charleston and almost always built in a beautiful Classical style. If you don't know what a Single House is, stay at 15 Church Street and Jack and Annaliese will explain it to you, perhaps over a Planter's Punch.

Room Tip: Personally, I prefer the rooms in the house to the apartments.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

My stay at 15 Church Street was highly enjoyable and I look forward to returning. The house is gorgeous and well maintained, and in a great location. The house borders one of Charleston most impressive homes, the Calhoun Mansion, the largest home in Charleston. You can reach almost anything interesting in Charleston from this house. 15 Church Street sets itself apart from other hotels through it effort at having the guests get to know each other. The social hour and sitting together at breakfast was a great way to relax and enjoy a vacation.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

We frequent B&B's often when traveling. 15 Church Street is now by far one of my very favorites.

The location is superb, located in the historic district on a quaint cobblestone lane. It's a 2-5 minute walk to the water and just under 15 minute walk the Straw Market section of the city.

The homeowners were out of town the weekend we stayed, but Martha, the house manager, was a gracious hostess overflowing with Southern charm.

The rooms (both guest room and common rooms) were beautifully appointed. Our room was very clean, the bed was comfortable and all the comforts of home were provided.

We shared stories of each days adventures with other guests and Martha, all of whom were eager to help one another find the fun, local restaurant, attractions to visit and beautiful walks to take.

Drifter, the resident orange cat, turned me into a cat person. I have never met a cat with so much personality. He is a wonderful addition to the entire experience.

The Simmons were very gracious during booking and corresponding prior to the trip. We look forward to meeting them on our next trip!

Truly a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I loved this B&B- clean, tasteful, spacious. It is located near Battery Gardens, but the Historic downtown Charleston is easily within walking distance. The neighborhood is quiet, charming. Martha was our hostess- talkative, charming, warm. I wish we would have had more time to spend at this B&B. Will plan differently next time we are in town.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

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.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Great experience!! This classic Charleston home is located a block off the Battery and ½ block from White Point Gardens. Your walk to anywhere will be through the most charming residential area of Charleston. Jack and Anneliese were marvelous hosts, warmly welcoming us, filling us in on the background of the house and of Charleston. Their recommendations for sights and restaurants were always right on the mark for our inclinations for the day.

Breakfasts, in the beautiful dining room, were delicious, interesting and generous. Our stay included a Sunday, so we were treated to those wonderful light pancakes of Jack’s. The late afternoon/early evening social hours (sometimes on the piazza and other times in the living room) including wine, cheese and crackers or that day’s offering were very relaxing after a busy day out and the perfect lead-in to a lovely stroll through the historic neighborhood to a Charleston restaurant. We enjoyed the conversations, both at breakfast and the social hour, with other guests – from the US, Britain and France when we stayed. Martha, the house manager, has a grand sense of humor and she and the other staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful.

We stayed in the Cypress Room, on the lower level, which was clean, quite spacious, had a comfortable bed and good chairs for reading (or TV). The décor is more casual than the upper floors but has all its own charm.

We would stay here if in Charleston again and would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

Address: 15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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