I am a Canadian senior, female, happy solo traveler, who planned a mid-January trip to Savannah and Charleston to escape our icy winter. When several people told me I absolutely had to stop in Beaufort, I decided to stop for one night and emailed 2 or 3 B & Bs for info. I chose the Cuthbert House Inn based on the reviews and the very pleasant email response from the owners. Taking a Greyhound bus from Savannah, an hour away, I arrived in the pouring rain to find the bus station closed and no taxis. When I phoned the owner, Mary Ann, she immediately hopped in her car to come and get me.
As soon as I saw the house and my wonderful Courtyard Room, I immediately decided to stay an extra night and changed my Charleston reservations. I found the house absolutely beautiful throughout. My favourite spot was the cozy sunroom, overlooking the water and Spanish Moss hanging from the huge live oaks on the front lawn. The house is part of the Heritage Tour of Beaufort and certainly is one of the most beautiful houses on the tour.
My room, the Courtyard Room, was delightful. It had a completely separate entrance. Decorated in the bright yellow and blue colour combinations of Provence, it was welcoming, cozy and impeccably clean: comfortable bed, ironed sheets, great reading lamps on both sides of the bed, TV and DVD player, music CDs, a comfortable easy chair, a desk, a curio shelf, bottled water. There were very attractive blue and yellow pieces of pottery on the wall and furniture. The bathroom was spectacular, almost 12 feet deep and 10 feet across, with a small fridge (so convenient!), coffee pot, nice shower, a thick and fluffy white cotton bathrobe, plenty of towels, and bottles of toiletries in pretty blue cardboard boxes with a drawing of the house, avery nice touch. There was even a small jar of high quality lip balm.
The dining room is lovely, as is the living room where wine and cheese is served. It was very pleasant to talk with Mary Ann and the other guests.
I walked to the center of town in a few minutes and took a very interesting Heritage Tour with "The Spirit of Old Beaufort", with a well-informed and very pleasant guide. I had lunch at nearby Plum's, great sandwiches and nice salads. It was great just to walk around and admire the houses and fascinating graveyards. The location of the Cuthbert Inn is perfect.
At one point, my camera card became full and I had to have my pictures transferred onto a CD. Although she was very busy, Mary Ann took the time and had the patience to clear my card by downloading all my pictures onto her computer and subsequently erase them so that I could continue to take pictures for the rest of my trip. I was very grateful that she helped out that way.
Although the weather was cloudy with some rain and drizzle, I had a wonderful time in Beaufort, throroughly enjoyed my stay at the Cuthbert Inn and hope to return some day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cuthbert House Hotel Beaufort