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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
Adelaide, Australia
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Olde worlde charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

An imposing building just bulging with history, this B&B has oodles of charm and history. The hosts were delightful folks who were always up for a chat and the full bottle in providing adivce sights to see in this gorgeous city.
We loved the afternoon drinks and snacks on the back verandah and the chance to meet other guests. The B&B is in a terrific location, on a cobbled street just a short distance from a lovely park and the seawall.
As well, it's just a short walk to the shopping and dining district - although we indulged on a trishaw ride one night and it was a lovely way to check the city centre.
Our only quibble about our acccommodation was lugging our suitcases up three flights to our Blue Room but, of course, that was our choice so we had to grin and bear it. The positive was the lovely view our room afforded.
As a postscript, try as we might, we simply couldn't get a taste for the hominy at breakfast! Like our Vegemite, it's an acquired taste.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Langbank, Scotland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We loved the situation of this historic 'bed and breakfast' in Charleston, South Carolina. It was very central for the riverside and also for the sights and shops of the city. It was a lovely area in which to walk with amazing architecture and history. A great location.
The house itself felt very historic and the owners and hosts, Jack and Annaleise, went out of their way to make you feel welcome and advise you on where to visit. Unfortunately, our room, the Blue Room, was situated on the top floor (4 storey house, no lift) and our luggage presented a small problem for us. Given that we were at the start of a three week transatlantic holiday we were not travelling lightly! The house was quirky due to its age and our bedroom floor ran off at a noticeable angle. My bed appeared to do so too! However not enough to cause a real problem and is one of the memories of our holiday. We found the bedroom basic though and while clean there was no luxury or comfort there.
Would recommend the house for it's location, history and attentive hosts but two nights was long enough.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JackandAnnelise, Owner at 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Being of Scottish heritage and wearing the Fraser tartan we always love our eccentric Scottish guests! A quirky room for a quirky guest! We are only sorry that she did not read all of our descriptions regarding the rooms on the top floor outlining that there is no elevator and that it is wise to pack in two small bags. Many of our international guests who choose these rooms leave their luggage at ground level and just unpack what they would use for a two day stay. When this guest booked the room in February 2012 the ground floor Cypress room was available and could have been chosen instead. Our home is vintage 1840 and has weathered well through a major earthquake as well as multiple hurricanes. There are porch or roof exits from all rooms in case of an emergency. This is our home and we offer our guests the same luxury that we offer ourselves: warmth, comfort, genuine hospitality. Jack & Annelise Simmons
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We arrived very late and very tired on our first night because our train was delayed. Jack took care of us, gave us something to eat and drink and sent us to bed after a few instructions about the place and breakfast. So quiet, beds soooo comfy, we slept like logs every night. Annelise, Jack and Martha were fab hosts. We met their son and his family who were very warm and social, too. Felt like part of the family. We had only booked for two nights but after the first night asked if we could stay two more. So glad we did. My girls loved the place, the family, Martha, Bella the dog and Drifter the cat, who they took for walks. Jack found out my younger daughter was interested in medicine and organised a visit for her at the College of Charleston. Other things: restaurant and tourist attraction recommendations were spot-on and did I mention we slept like logs every night? Want to go back very soon.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houma, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I had an amazing time in Charleston complete with a real bed and breakfast experience. Jack and Annelise were the perfect hosts. We staying in the Cypress Room which was very cozy. They made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Their home is beautiful and is in walking distance to most attractions. The house was very clean. All of the staff were friendly and went out of their way to help. Jack and Annelise treated us as family. When they advertise that "most innkeepers provide a room; we provide an experience", it is so true. We had to stay at another B&B our first night in Charleston because they did not have a room available until the next day. That was just a room. Jack and Annelise provided an experience. Would definitely return!

  • 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Great experience to feel the city a little bit as a resident. The couple Jack and Annelise were hospitable and worried about all! In each detail we feel that! The mood was a warm family home with caring and delicious breakfast. The room we stayed was the cipress room, very confortable, rustic decoration, huge bed and huge space in the room. The bathtub and the shower also is very good and confortable.The house is near from the historic neighborhood, main streets, best bars and restaurants, we went to almost all places walking and that way you are going to see the most beautiful houses you never seen before.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Massachusetts
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134 reviews 134 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

After reading several reviews on trip advisor my husband and I along with two old friends decided to stay at Jack and Annelise's beautiful home. Their B&B. is located on a quiet residential street in the historical district. Upon arriving jack warmly greeted us and parked our car in his driveway where it stayed for most of our stay, as you can walk to just about everything from their location. We stayed in the lovely Rose room which was Jack's boyhood room. The room was large, clean and tastefully decorated with a distant view of the harbor. Along with a beautiful bathroom that was equipped with everything you could possibly need our bed faced a working fireplace. Also provided in our room were Duraflame logs, iron, ironing board and a tv. All the comfort of home in a beautiful setting. You could not ask for two more warm and friendly hosts. Jack and Annelise made us feel like old friends. We enjoyed the evening social hour with the two of them and Martha their house manager. They held these social hours on their piazza and living room and served very good French wine along with delicious cheese and crackers. We were able to learn about their charming city as well as tips on what to do and where to eat. Their home was beautifully decorated for the holidays along with a towering Christmas tree which their friendly and well behaved lab, Franny, liked to lay under. Each night during the social hour Annelise had us fill out a breakfast menu for the following morning. We were able to choose the time as well as what we wanted to eat. There were many choices and everything was delicious. I personally enjoyed the Hominy Surprise and the Crustless Frittata. Other choices were numerous: bacon, scrambled eggs, bagels, toast, fruit, juice, coffee, etc. Plenty of good healthy food to get you off for a day of exploration. Breakfast was served in the beautiful dinning room where you could also meet the other guests. Leanne who served us our breakfast was very friendly and helpful. After spending three nights with Jack, Annelise, Leanne, Martha, Franny and Drifter the cat we felt like we were part of their family. My husband and I have done a good deal of traveling, and I would have to say this was one of the best places we have stayed thanks to our wonderful hosts and the charming city of Charleston.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

My husband, brother and I stayed in the carriage house. It was one of the most comfortable places we have ever stayed. Jack and Annelise Simmons were the most gracious hosts and we felt like family. We are looking forward to our next visit to Charleston just so we can visit with them during breakfast and happy hour. They offered the best suggestions for tours and restaurants, which really added to our total enjoyment of this trip.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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