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Cuthbert House Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Beaufort B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife and I stayed for two nights in the Garden Room which was spacious, well appointed, clean and with comfortable beds. Our first impressions of the stunning house and its setting were exactly as we expected from the owners' website. It would be difficult to find a better location just a few minutes walk from the charming small town with its shops and restaurants, surrounded by dozens of historic homes. The view from the front steps across the reed beds and waterway is amazing. The car park is discrete with easy access obtained by punching a 4 digit code into a secure lock. There are a couple of sitting areas in the house with books, information about the area and a collection of DVDs for use by guests..

Unfortunately, we found that the service did not quite live up to good impressions of the house itself. On arrival, before even seeing the room, we were pressed for payment of the balance of our account. Nothing wrong with this you might say, but that was the last we saw of anyone in reception for the remainder of our visit. It was the same with the owners. They appeared for the social hour mentioned by other reviewers but could not be found if you needed something at other times. In fairness, there was a phone number in the room to contact them in the event of an emergency, but somehow you felt that a casual dinner inquiry would not have been welcomed. I contacted the Inn before our visit to check on breakfast times, as I had to choose between two kayaking tours we wanted to do, with different starting times. Breakfast starts at 8.30am which ruled out our preferred early tour. Guests are asked to pick a time for different breakfast sittings on arrival. We picked the first sitting as we had an early start, However, as we returned from our kayaking experience after the social hour, there was no one to recommend a restaurant for dinner nor to ask for a later breakfast sitting for the following morning. Consequently, my wife chose to lie in and I breakfasted alone, which was a pity. As for the breakfast itself, I have to support the comments made by others. It was acceptable but nothing like the meals provided at other B&Bs on our trip. Am I being picky? Contrast this with a similar problem at another B&B where we were offered what proved to be a delicious "packed breakfast" to accommodate an early start. Somehow, the owners at The Cuthbert House didn't seem prepared to put themselves out and make ones stay as memorable as their house. Sorry.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baywatcher, Owner at Cuthbert House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Sorry you were somewhat disappointed. This represents the most difficult issue with being a small business with limited time and staff. How to be available 24/7. It appears you happen to have wanted our attention during the times we carve out for food shopping, meals or other requirements in our full day. As you mentioned, it only required a phone call or a written note to satisfy you breakfast desires.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Beaufort, SC was a lovely surprise. The town was absolutely charming and filled with historic homes and trees dripping with moss. We stayed at the Cuthbert B & B, and were happy we did. It is a lovely, old summer home originally owned by southern plantation owners. It was extremely clean and well kept. We loved the gardens, linens, comfortable bed, decor, porch access, bikes, breakfasts, lovely china, warm and cheerful breakfast room, wine and cheese social hour with other guests, and assistance with arranging tours or restaurant reservations. The employees were very polite. We hope to return someday and will definitely recommend the Cuthbert House to others traveling to Beaufort!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Ballroom. There was a little street noise, but it was so gorgeous it didnt matter.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I just wanted to thank Jeff and Maryann for the most wonderful stay at the Cuthbert House Inn. My sister and I took our first ever sister trip with another set of sister, who are very close friends. We tried our vacation last year and due to the death of a brother, had to cancel last minute. Our hosts were so wonderful and respectful that we just had to give it another try this year and were so thrilled that we did. Our experience couldn't have been better. The home is beautiful, the accommodations superb and the hospitality amazing. We really enjoyed the cocktail hour we spent with our hosts. They were warm, welcoming and we had such a fun time talking about our lives and travels. A special shoutout to Beauregard, for being such a wonderful and welcoming doggie host. We truly enjoyed the feeling of being home with family. Thanks so much. I promise to bring my husband soon!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Jane C
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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Oh the gorgeous Cuthbert House. When my friend heard we were going to Beaufort, she said we had to stay at the Cuthbert House. My friend has always given me great recommendations, so we were happy to secure a reservation. We were more than pleased with our beautifully appointed room and the rest of the public areas are exquisite. We felt like General Sherman would arrive at any moment. We loved the history of the house and the breakfast room was sunny and beautiful. The food was yummy and presented on lovely china and cut glass.

The best part of our stay was getting to know the host and hostess and the other guests at the evening social hour. So much fun. They were very liberal with there wine pours and yummy munchies.

Thank you Jeff and Marianne for providing great hospitality and such comfy and tastefully appointed rooms. We hope to return next year.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank crazy4Hapa
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Baywatcher, Owner at Cuthbert House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Thanks you for your wonderful review, but we have to be careful about inviting Sherman back anytime soon.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We had a fantastic stay at the Cuthbert House and would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. Beautiful house, tastefully decorated, welcoming hosts, great food, great location, lots of privacy -- what is not to like? Can't comment on Robin T's review other than to say it is the complete opposite of our experience. We would highly recommend this Inn and have every intention of returning when we can. The Cuthbert House Inn is a gem!

Room Tip: They are all beautiful and I thing the only question is do you want a king or two queens, and do you...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Patrick H
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Mary Ann C, Owner at Cuthbert House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

Thanks, your comments are well appreciated and it shows that you read all the reviews.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Cozy, well-appointed rooms with comfy bed and nice decor. Enjoy sitting on the lovely large porch overlooking Beaufort's waterfront. Social hours every day where you can visit with the inn owners and fellow guests.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mary Ann C, Owner at Cuthbert House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

All I can say is a special thank you for caring and coming to stay with us.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We have stayed in this Inn three times and each time was an outstanding visit. The Inn and the grounds are wonderful as are the social hours with owners Jeff and Mary Ann who are exremely accommodating and caring. They are also very involved in the community and very helpful in providing information about the town-especially where to eat. The review by RobinT is unbelieveable. Maybe she needs some gluten. Don't let those rants scare you off this place is excellent. They even have a nice dog friendly room which we stayed in this visit. We will be back and we will continue to recommend the Cuthbert House to all our friends.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Mary Ann C, Owner at Cuthbert House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

It's repeat guests like yourself that makes us love our inn life and town. Thanks for the kind words.

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Address: 1203 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902-5401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Beaufort
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Beaufort
Price Range: $206 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cuthbert House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Federal style antebellum mansion located on the water of the South Carolina Intracoastal Waterway,less than an hour North from Savannah/Hilton Head Airport and one hour fifteen minutes South of the Charleston International Airport. Ten beautifully decorated rooms overlooking the water or the courtyard, each with private bathrooms, some with private patios/porches. Several suites available. The inn is located in the historic district of Beaufort, SC which has been the setting for many movies. Walk to shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries and more. Meet the owners and other guests while enjoying complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and tempting appetizers each evening in the parlor. A generous, home cooked breakfast is served each morning in the bright conservatory. ... more   less 
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