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Review of Rose Hill Mansion

Rose Hill Mansion
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Rose Hill Mansion Tour in Bluffton SC
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Bluffton
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The historic Rose Hill Mansion, known as the most beautiful plantation house in the Low Country, has long held a treasured place in Southern history. Originally built in the late 1850s by planter and physician, Dr. John Kirk and his wife Caroline, the plantation was a wedding present from Caroline's father, James Kirk. Work was halted by the Civil War, and while occupied through the years, the interior was not completed until 1946, when new owners John and Betsy Gould Sturgeon finished it in grand style. In 1980, the Welton family purchased the land and the house was later listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, a fire devastated the house & it sat in a state of ruin until purchased and restored by The Middleton White Foundation. After a decade long restoration, the home is now shared with the public each day, via guided history tours. Reservations are required for all tours.
Reviewed February 8, 2017

Great tour filled with lots of southern charm. Our docent Joanne was very knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. Gorgeous setting among the century old live oaks dripping Spanish Moss. Very enjoyable. We are moving to the area and I plan on including this tour when guests come to visit.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

Our visit to Rose Hill was extraordinary. As we drove up a lady was waving to us and said "Welcome, come join us." Little did we know that the lady was Robin, the owner of the house and the person responsible for the restoration of the beautiful Gothic Plantation House. We were offered a glass of wine as we entered the house. After a brief introduction and Robin answering many questions about the house we were given a tour of the lower floor. The house is full of period appropriate antiques and artifacts. The tour concludes with special treats from Miss Pat. The treats included a number of finger foods, all great, and peach tea. Robin again joined us and answered even more questions. I guess what impressed us most was that we were treated as special guests in the house as opposed to just tourists. Rose Hill is well worth a visit the next time you are in the area.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

My mom & I were touring Savannah and decided to visit a "plantation" while we were in the south. A quick internet search led us to Rose Hill Mansion.

Upon entering, we were offered a glass of wine for $5. My mother commented that the website advertises "free glass of wine with a tour". They then gave us each a complimentary glass.

We were encouraged to look around the other rooms while waiting for the tour to begin. Unfortunately there were only 2 additional rooms not shown to us on the tour. It would be nice to see more of the four story home and not be restricted to one level.

The guide, Kim, was in a full period costume. She told us about the history of the mansion and a lot about the current owners.

Towards the end of the tour, we were mostly told about the current owners. The man of the house loves to paint and his artwork is for sale and on display. There were many displays of jewelry for sale (with obvious price tags). We were also told that the antique decorations are for sale. At this time, Kim told us to be sure and check out the butlers pantry where the novels she wrote were for sale.

We were then led to another room with a spread of food that we were invited to try. The catering manager was there to explain each item and to promote her cookbook that was for sale. You may have guessed it, each item we tasted was for sale. We politely tried the food and then left as quickly as possible. We felt so uncomfortable that we were trying to sell us so much on the tour.

Overall, this could be nice if tours were led through the entire house (or at least more of it). More history of the area and of the south would also be great. I also suggest not trying to sell so much to customers. The $25 fee should be sufficient.

Until improvements are made, I would suggest visiting an actual plantation.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

Very enjoyable tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and Miss Pat's treats at the end of tour were awesome, especially the Sweet Potato Pie. To top it off, the owner Robin came down to visit with our group and shared so much information. She is so passionate about the history of the house and their dedication to rebuilding it over the years. We loved it and would highly recommend it

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

My recent tour of the Rose Hill Plantation House was a surprise. Although I've lived in the area for several years, this was my first trip to Rose Hill. If you are a history buff, this visit is a must. The knowledgeable docent talked about this Civil War Era plantation as well as the effect of the war in the area. I especially enjoyed the antiques which included both American and European pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Take time to enjoy the setting among the south's impressive live oak trees.

Date of experience: January 2017
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