We stayed at 15 Church St over the Thanksgiving holidays and could not have felt more welcomed or been more pleased with our experience. We have stayed at about a half-dozen B&B's, but have never experienced the personal involvement of the proprietors as we did with the Simmons. We were the only guests at the "social hour" on each of the three nights of our stay, but Jack, Annelise, and Martha entertained us as if we were family. They not only provided numerous suggestions regarding food and sights that seemed tailored to our interests, but they seemed to seek our feedback about our activities so that they might adjust their recommendations for future guests if necessary. Since our 16 y/o son was with us, we stayed in the Carriage House and found it to be immaculate. The sitting room of the CH has a fireplace which Jack repeatedly offered to show us how to operate, but we were so busy exploring Charleston that we declined only due to our lack of the time to enjoy it. However, we did enjoy the fire in the living room during social hour as did the resident dog and cat. Our son was made to feel like an adult during the entire stay. The beer and wines that were available during social hour were better-than-expected quality.
The CH is actually part of the house and not detached as I had mistakenly anticipated. We ran into absolutely no unpleasant surprises during our stay. One of our party has a cat allergy but experienced no difficulty at all as the pets are not permitted in the CH. Of course, YMMV in that regard. Breakfast was terrific and the selections were exactly as anticipated after reading reviews. We were pleasantly surprised to find that coffee (and tea, I think) was available prior to breakfast. We were invited to sit down and socialize in the living room or the kitchen while breakfast was being prepared. I was shocked to read a recent review complaining about the breakfast. There was a varied selection, and the preparation, presentation, and setting were terrific. Charleston seems to be a "foodie-haven", so if someone requires a more exquisite breakfast menu than is offered at 15 Church, it should be easily found after a short walk.
The three of us truly hated to leave 15 Church, which is not a feeling we've had after "checking out" of any other B&B or hotel. We undoubtedly will stay there again if we ever return to Charleston.
- Also Known As:
- 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House Hotel Charleston
- 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House Hotel
- 15 Church Street Bed And Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House
- 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