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“Beautiful Home and Welcoming Owners”
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 September 4, 2017

Loved the tour of the house. Very interesting history and guide was exceptionally good. Really enjoyed meeting one of the home's owners and impressed that she took time out of her day to come and answer questions that the group had about Rose Hill and her home.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 2, 2017

Was extremely informative and entertaining. It was also nice to meet the owner and learn about different people that have visited because family had lived there

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

We were surprised with the warm southern welcome at Rosehill from the gate house to the caddie Resturant where we waited until the 1:30 entrance time, The guide in period costume was excellent with details, laughter and historical stories. We learned that she has written a few books. The home is lovely, well furnished and warm. We were allowed to walk on rugs , sit on furniture and take pictures. At the end a lovely lady invited us to sample treats in the elegant dining room. From grits, bar-b-que and bread pudding to relishes and great peach tea! -before being invited to purchase items at the end. We were allowed to walk around at our leisure after the tour. No rush! Well worth the entrance fee!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

I went to a "scheduled tour" at the Rose Hill Mansion. They had a wine tasting and light appetizers. The cost was nominal for the tour. Very nice function. This tour was held at night, but they also offer day time tours. Something different!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

The chandeliers, the hunt room with all of the taxidermy pieces and especially the hand-made mantle over the fireplace were especially beautiful.

The mansion has been totally restored following a devastating fire. The current owners are constantly bringing in pieces from all over the world to furnish the house. From what our docent told us, the furniture and accessories are bought and sold constantly. If someone on a tour likes anything in the house, they are placed in contact with the owner where they would negotiate on a price.

After the tour, the cook came out and described each one of her buffet items, saying how everyone just raved about her chicken salad, and people still talk about her tuna salad, etc. There was no modesty about her talk and it was a little over the top for us. The buffet included mayonnaise based chicken and tuna salads, pulled pork, grits with cheddar, store bought chips and desserts. Her bread pudding, which she said was everyone’s favorite, was burnt on the bottom. Many of the items on the buffet were either tasteless or just OK. In addition, there was nothing healthy.

Overall, we felt that the tour and the luncheon were pricey at $25 and $15, respectively. This most likely contributes to the owner’s efforts to buy and sell furniture/accessories to maintain the property. There are so many other local historical plantations to visit that are more reasonably priced.

Date of experience: July 2017
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