MOST INNKEEPERS PROVIDE A ROOM; WE PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE: The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House c. 1842 at 15 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401. Now the home of Dr. & Mrs. Jack W. Simmons, Jr., the property was originally owned by Captain Timothy Phillips during the Revolution. The Yates family constructed the present 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 its Adam style paneling by Thomas Pinckney and ironwork by Charleston ironwright, Philip Simmons, his most recent addition (1998) being the basement gate at the front. The Earthquake of 1886 leveled the 4th story, which was rebuilt with a Mansard roof. Subsequent to this, the structure was reinforced with "earthquake rods", bolts running through the house between the exterior walls. Almost 100 years later, in bringing the structure up to code, this same technology was used with the addition of nine more bolts. *NOTE:This is our only website.*
Top floor bedroom 16x20x10 ft. Queen and day size beds. Artfully decorated with period antiques and original artwork. Magnificent view of antebellum roofscape and harbor. Functioning fireplace.In suite full bathroom. Fully updated heating and air conditioning. Amenities include telephone, alarm clock, radio. Security system includes centrally monitored smoke/fire alarm. $225/night double occupancy; extra guests $50 each/night.
Nightly Rate: $225 - $225
Top floor bedroom 16x20x10 ft. King size or twin beds plus additional twin-size day bed. Functioning fireplace. On top floor with view of the historic roofscapes as well as the Calhoun Mansion next door. Similar to layout of Pink Room but with King size bed, convertable to twin beds if desired. In suite Private Bath. $225/night double occupancy; extra guests $50 each/night.
Nightly Rate: $225 - $225
5 on October 26, 2014
This charming, comfortable Bed and Breakfast is located in a wonderful, quiet location. We stayed in the Carriage House, which we thoroughly enjoyed, and found to be immaculately clean. Jack and Annelise are warm, wonderful hosts, and their friends Martha and Julie (who help them) are equally welcoming. The welcoming committee is completed by their well-behaved pets, Frannie (dog), Drifter, and Clarence (cats)! Breakfast is delicious, and the social hour is relaxed and pleasant. Jack and Annelise have interesting stories to share, and are more than willing to help with dinner reservations, advice on restaurants and places to see, plus historical information about Charleston. In addition, they seem genuinely interested in learning about their guests. If you are looking for a place where you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend, 15 Church Street is the place for you! You will find yourself looking forward to a future return.
5 on October 01, 2014
We stayed at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House (15 Church Street) in September, in the Rose Room. The bed and breakfast, its owners and its staff could not have been more welcoming or helpful. We felt comfortable from the start, as if we were visiting friends who happened to live in a beautiful house filled with history and charm. That includes the two cats and one dog that call the place home. The social hour each night added something special to our stay, and one of the best aspects of the visit was the chance to talk with Jack and Annelise and learn about Charleston. And while the stairs to the third floor are many and steep, the Rose Room was worth the climb - large, attractive, spotless and private. The location is perfect for visiting the many sites within walking distance, and it's a block from the Battery. We wish we could have stayed longer, and hope to return.
5 on September 08, 2014
I was meeting some College girlfriends for a reunion to celebrate all of us turning 60. We planned this trip several month ago and had discussed staying at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House, but decided on another B&B. Because it seems that I am an air head, I got it in my mind that we were staying at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House and gave that address to my cab driver at the airport. Upon my arrival, I entered the home and was met by Jack Simmons. I gave him my name and told him I had reservations along with my friends. He was very confused as he did not have reservations for any of us. I called my friend and found that I was at the wrong B&B. I was mortified and embarrassed and I had to admit to Jack what had happened, Jack was very relieved that it was not him that had made an error in my reservation. Jack was so gracious and kind. I asked if he would call me a cab and I would be on my way ( I really wanted to just sink into the ground as I felt so foolish). Jack would not hear any of it, he lugged my (very heavy) suitcase back down the steps and drove me to the other B&B. We had such a nice chat in the car, he could not have been more accommodating. Talk about Southern charm! I was so very impressed and grateful to him for making such an awkward situation feel so much better. I was only at his establishment for a short time, but could clearly see what a beautiful home it was and felt that if he treated me so well, how wonderful his guests were treated. Please know that the next time I return to Charleston (and I will) I most definitely stay at this most welcoming home. Thank you Jack.
5 on September 02, 2014
We stayed at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House (15 Church Street) for three nights. The owners, Jack and Annelise, are very welcoming and charming. They were gracious and made us feel at home. Both have interesting stories to tell. They also provided valuable touring and restaurant information. Jack even told my husband exactly what table to request at the Charleston Grill. Because they are so charming, please don't miss social hour! The beverages are great but the company is even better! Their house manager, Martha, is a delight: funny, welcoming and so helpful. We stayed in the Rose room. It is on the third floor and the AC and ceiling fan kept us comfortable even when it was scorching outside. We could watch the sun rise over the harbor from our window. Both the bedroom area and the bathroom were exceptionally clean. Breakfast was perfect. Portions were spot on, coffee was great, a great variety of tea was available, and everything was real food - no boxed mixes here! You get a menu to choose from the night before. We had not experienced that at a bed and breakfast before. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made the pancakes heart-shaped for us. The B&B is only a short walk from the water and not a bad walk from everywhere we wanted to go. The free trolley picks up less than a ten minute walk from the B&B and goes all around the city. If you get the chance, try the pedicabs (rickshaws). We took one to our late dinner reservation and got a brief history of the homes on the way to the restaurant. Honestly, it was almost easy to forget we were paying to stay there. Jack, Annelise and Martha treated us like long lost friends. This is the only place we'd want to stay in Charleston!
4.4 on August 04, 2014
This is a lovely B & B in the Battery, a half block from White Point Gardens. We stayed in the Cypress Room. Everything was beautiful. Also there are no steps to negotiate when entering or leaving. The only minor complaint I had was a lack of an accessible electrical for charging phones and cameras. Breakfasts were very good. In fact we usually skipped lunch. Jack and Annalise are very good hosts, and very helpful with recommendations as to what to see and where to dine, and if you need pet therapy, Franny the black lab will be happy to provide it. We definitely would stay here again. Jim & June from NJ.
Dear Jim & June, We thoroughly enjoyed having you as guests and we thank you for your kind review. It may not have been evident, but there are at least four electrical plugs in the room including one on each side of the bed. There is also a convenient plug in the bathroom. We hope you will return and we can then point them out and also provide you with any additional extension cords to make everything convenient.
5 on July 02, 2014
We had a wonderful time staying at this B&B. It is located in the historic district so you're in strolling distance of the lovely homes and attractions. The area is very quiet so you get a good night's sleep. Yet you are only about a 15 minute walk away from all the restaurants and shops. We stayed in the Rose Room, which is spacious and very comfortable. With all the windows you get a lot of natural light. The bed is very comfortable. If you plan on staying a while there are 2 closets and plenty of drawers in the room. The bathroom is roomy and equipped with everything you need, including makeup remover wipes. The only thing my husband didn't like, and was not a big deal, is that the mirror is on another wall and not over the sink (which faces a window-see photo), so it's a little inconvenient for shaving. Jack, Annelise, and their friend Martha, are lovely hosts. It was great to sit on the veranda in the afternoon and share wine, cheese and stories. Their pets Frannie (the dog) and Drifter (the cat) joined the gathering and were very well-behaved. The breakfasts are generous and delicious. You get a menu to choose from, including on Sundays when Jack makes his fluffy pancakes. Sharing the table with the other guests added to the fun. Jack is serious when he tells you in his email confirmation that you should think of using smaller suitcases if you're staying in the Rose or the Blue Room since you have to go up 2 long flights of stairs, given the tall ceilings, and no lift. Charlston is a wonderful city and we would happily go back and stay with Jack and Annelise. Highly recommended!
Many thanks for your wonderful review. We have now added a shaving mirror due to your kind observation. We look forward to your return as we enjoyed you just as much.
5 on May 11, 2014
Every minute from the reservations 'til the goodbye was special. Jack and Annelise could not have been more accommodating. The house is lovely, rooms and baths are clean, spacious and comfortable, food delicious, evening hour extra special and relaxing. Location is quiet and views gorgeous. We will be back!
5 on February 18, 2014
I stayed at 15 Church Street last week while on a long-awaited vacation and it was so lovely! Jack and Annelise are wonderful hosts. Honestly, as a solo traveler, this was a wonderful base from which to explore Charleston. The evening I arrived Annelise sat with me and gave me a history of Charleston and some suggestions of how I might spend my time and they were all worthwhile. While I was there some other travelers arrived and I enjoyed social hour and breakfast with them. All in all, I was really sad when it was time to leave! I could have stayed several more days - but I will be back!
5 on February 16, 2014
This was our 5th visit to 15 Church Street. Before finding 15 Church St,, we tried other hotels and B&Bs. After our first experience with Jack and Annelise Simmons, the owners, and friend Martha at 15 Church St., we have never considered staying at another location! They are so warm and welcoming, it’s as if you are visiting old friends. On each visit they have suggested different sights or venues that infinitely enrich our stay . Their love for Charleston comes through in their efforts to help all their guests enjoy their Charleston visit as much as possible. Whether we needed information regarding the newest restaurants, the haunts most enjoyed by locals, special events, or simply the best location to catch the trolley, Jack and Annelise were always enormously helpful. On a chilly January weekend, returning to the warmth and welcome of their home and their company, was a lovely respite after a day exploring. Add this to the lovely breakfast served each morning and you will understand why this is such a special place. If you want to experience charm, warmth, graciousness and helpfulness above and beyond what you would expect, you will be delighted with this lovely Charleston couple and the location. Our favorite room is the third floor blue room which has ample space and a lovely view of the Calhoun mansion garden from the back window. We follow Jack's advice and pack several smaller bags which make it very easy to get luggage up and down stairs.
5 on January 23, 2014
We stayed here over the MLK Weekend while my wife ran the Charleston Half-marathon. A stay at 15 Church ST is like staying the weekend at your favorite aunt and uncle’s house. This is one of those B&Bs where you are really welcomed into the owners home. Jack and Annelise and their friend Martha are welcoming to Jack’s boyhood home where they live today on the second floor. Parking may be tight on narrow Church ST but we had no problem. Jack backed our large SUV into the driveway and he backs the other guests cars in too and has you leave your keys on the 1st floor so if someone needs their car, you can get it (we walked every day except one and our car was the last in line, but we had no problem getting it). Dinner recommendations were perfect; they were 4 out of 4 for us. We enjoyed the “Happy Hour” each night at 6:00 PM. The guests gather in the living room for wine and beer and light snacks and discuss the day and many issues before drifting off to dinner reservations; usually recommended by Jack or Annelise (he was 4 for 4 for us on recommendations). Due to our crazy schedule, we only were able to eat one breakfast, but it was great. You select your menu the night before and everyone gathers at the large dining room table for the yummy meal; you will have plenty to eat. My wife ran the Charleston Half-marathon and Jack, at 6:45 AM drove us to the start line and offered to come back and pick us up; he didn’t need to do that and we appreciated it. We stayed in the Rose Room on the 3rd floor (as Jack will tell you, it’s the 3rd floor so pack a couple small bags, not a big one) and were comfortable. One sign of a good B&B is repeat business and all the other guests were repeats. We really enjoyed our stay here and when we come back to Charleston, we will definitely stay here.
Charleston, SC (CHS) 10 miles
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services
Bed and Breakfast
Computer, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Piano, VCR, Washer/dryer , Piazza (side porch) and garden, Four bicycles, Custom breakfast available, Afternoon wine & snacks;no cheap wine allowed!, Opportunity to live in history, Off street parking
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Bicycles, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts
Jack & Annelise Simmons
English, French, German
Cats , Dogs
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb.
Crustless sausage quiche; fluffy Virginia pancakes