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“It Felt Like I Lived There” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

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15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Columbia, Md
Senior Contributor
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“It Felt Like I Lived There”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I stayed at 15 Church St in early November and cannot imagine a warmer or more gracious welcome. I spent 5 wonderful nights in the Cypress room which was immaculately clean and very large. The king size bed was extremely comfortable and while being located on the ground floor surprisingly quiet.

For me visiting Charleston, SC isnt just visiting, its coming home and I could not have made a better choice to enhance that experience than 15 Church Street. Honestly, you cannot imagine a nicer group of people than those that you'll meet here. Often times when staying at smaller inns and B&B's you feel as if you are visiting old friends, but here you actually feel a part of the family! Even the two resident "fur children" do a wonderful job in making you feel at home.

Because they were preparing for a family wedding I was actually privileged to meet several family members, friends, and neighbors. Social hour is a very nice time and gives you the oppty to chat with the other guests, Jack and Annelise and the delightful Martha. It's a very friendly, warm environment without being intrusive.

I can't imagine staying anywhere else when visiting Charleston! Thank you for a wonderful visit!
J. Elliott

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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233 reviews 233 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We chose this B&B for a number of reasons. Location, off street parking and good reviews on tripadvisor. Our room was HUGE. We stayed in the Cypress Room which, while not on the top floor offered a private entrance and much privacy. We only had to walk up the stairs for breakfast. The parking is a bit tight but this IS Charleston and that's the way it is. The B&B's location was close to the Battery and within walking distance of the entire historical district if you are even remotely fit. For instance, we walked from the B&B to the water taxi that takes you to the USS Yorktown. We also walked to dinner every night, not concerned about distance or safety.
If there is any downside to 15 Church Street it is the breakfasts. Every day you are given a menu with the same items on it for the following day. I believe there were about 4 dishes to choose from with an additional one added for Sundays. This was a bit of a letdown for us as the choices were very basic and the portions were small. I would equate the breakfasts with what we were served in Fairfield Inn's while traveling to Charleston.
If you are driving to Charleston, please give this B&B a look.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the Cypress room. You are alone on the bottom floor and have your own entrance...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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JackandAnnelise, Owner at 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
We thank these very nice guests for their thoughtful review. Regarding our breakfasts, we would like to remind future potential guests that while most Charleston B&B’s serve only a continental breakfast, we just do not “throw a doughnut at you” but offer a daily hot breakfast. Being a small B&B and not a commercial hotel or inn, we do have what we consider to be a comprehensive menu of eggs, bacon, homemade crustless frittatas, a Hominy Surprise casserole (Jack’s Mother’s recipe) as well as craft bread (sourdough and whole wheat from California), croissants, bagels, grits, oatmeal, and cereals. Fresh fruit is available with every meal and Jack cooks homemade fluffy Virginia Pancakes every Sunday. He, being a physician, and Annelise, being into good nutrition, do not use processed foods or sugar in the recipes. Instead we substitute honey and serve pure maple syrup as the substance to go with pancakes. While portions are in the eyes and appetite of the beholder, we try to be sensible and can always accommodate a guest who desires more. Please ask. Now, we need to check out those Fairfield Inns!

Jack & Annelise Simmons
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The property is owned by a very hospitable couple and they do a lot to make you feel at home. We stayed 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our room, the other guests and our hosts. The location is perfect and located on a quiet street but within walking distance of the entire historical district. The "cocktail" hour is a very nice touch and wine (hosted) is served and converstation is encouraged. We made all of our dinner reservations for 7:30 or later to be able to enjoy the visit each evening and we recomend that you consider doing likewise.

  • Stayed November 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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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Charleston (our first) for a belated 25th anniversary celebration. After reviewing several B&Bs online, we chose the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House because of all the excellent reviews. Those rave reviews are spot-on for good reason. This beautiful house is located near the south end of Church Street in a picturesque residential area with period homes - the live version of what so many artists have captured on canvas. Our third floor room, the Rose Room, even had a view of boats sailing in the harbor. Jack & Annelise were wonderful hosts, giving us tips and recommendations for things to do and see, as wells a history of Charleston and their home. Breakfasts were excellent - fresh fruit, coffee/tea, juice, and fluffy Virginia pancakes & maple syrup one morning and a delicious frittata & croissant the next. Happy hour speaks for itself - a glass of wine or craft beer, snacks, and great company & conversation on the porch of a beautiful home. Needless to say, we had a fantastic time and we're already thinking about when to take the next trip to Charleston - of course, we know where to stay! Jack & Annelise, Martha, and Leanne were so gracious and made our stay very relaxing and comfortable.

  • Stayed November 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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Valley, AL
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely anniversary vacation in Charleston. Charleston is a beautiful city perfectly suited for those who don't mind walking a bit. The gorgeous 200 year old houses along the live oak shaded streets make every stroll a pleasure. This is a city full of history and beckons every would be explorer of the past. You can literally experience the rich history with each step and around every corner. We parked our car in their driveway on arrival and didn't use it again until we left for home.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Jack and Annelise. The Carriage House accommodations were awesome! Privacy and spaciousness were abundant. The gas fireplace downstairs in the private sitting room was especially nice when we arrived chilled from our return journey in the cool November night. Our king sized bed was very comfortable and cozy also. The room and neighborhood were really quiet. We could have been a million miles away when we were sitting in front of the fire relaxing before bed.

The breakfast served each morning was superb. We ate in the dining room amid wonderful antiques and family paintings. The piazza was also a nice place to relax while sipping coffee or wine and while meeting the other couples staying there.

Jack and Annelise were very gracious hosts. We were greeted very warmly by Annelise when we arrived. Their hospitality was superb throughout our stay.

We would highly recommend the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House to anyone wanting to experience a truly exceptional stay in Charleston.

Room Tip: The Carriage House was excellent in every way! An indulgence not to be missed.
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  • Stayed November 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Two old friends and I found more than we had expected at 15 Church Street this week. We booked the Carriage House with its private sitting room so we could visit late into the night, but the gas fireplace made the evenings even more special. We knew Jack and Annelise hosted a daily wine and cheese social hour, but their Southern hospitality lured us away from early dinner plans. We were not expecting a gourmet breakfast buffet, so we were pleased with the tasty, simple morning offerings prepared for each of us personally. (My early rising friend did have to ask for coffee before the breakfast hour, so a coffee maker in the Carriage House kitchen would be convenient.) Factor in the perfect location as mentioned in other reviews, and the recommendations from Jack and Annelise for exploring and dining, and we truly had a home away from home, complete with the resident dog Franny and cat Drifter! We can't wait until our next visit with the Simmons!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Indianapolis
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Jack and Annelise are just wonderful BnB hosts. They provide tips and advice during your stay and are very accommodating. There may not be a better place to stay in historic Charleston than 15 Church street for the price, location, ambiance, etc...

Room Tip: room is located on third floor. Not for seniors who have troubles with stairs/steps.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 #2 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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