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15 Church St: The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

15 Church St , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)
4.8
164 Reviews
$225 - $325
per night

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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.*

Rooms & Rates

Rose Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Blue Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 3 Twin

Carriage House

The Carriage House is 1200 sq ft with private entrance and garden. It has two bedrooms (Queen, King, or Twin beds), 1 1/2 baths, LR & DR both with functioning fireplaces. Full kitchen, washer,dryer. Can accommodate 1-6 guests. Decorated with vintage family furniture, antiques, original Charleston artwork. Fully updated electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems. Has cable TV in both rooms.Note: Taxes at our facility are only 4%.Not set up to accept BedandBreakfast gift certificates; however, we do offer our own.$325/night double occupancy; extra guests $50 each

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Cypress Room

This room is on our ground floor with tongue and groove cypress paneling dating from the 1930's. It also has vintage heart of pine flooring and a private bath. There is a functioning fireplace and private entrance. The King bed converts to twin beds if desired. Private bath.$225/night double occupancy; extra guests $50 each/night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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Lovely home in Charleston!

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!


Made to feel like a special friend

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!


I didn't want to leave!

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!


Our only B&B choice in Charleston.

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.


A visit to your favorite relative

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.


Wonderful experience

5 on December 09, 2013

We stayed at 15 Church St over the Thanksgiving holidays and could not have felt more welcomed or been more pleased with our experience. We have stayed at about a half-dozen B&B's, but have never experienced the personal involvement of the proprietors as we did with the Simmons. We were the only guests at the "social hour" on each of the three nights of our stay, but Jack, Annelise, and Martha entertained us as if we were family. Since our 16 y/o son was with us, we stayed in the Carriage House and found it to be immaculate. The sitting room of the CH has a fireplace which Jack repeatedly offered to show us how to operate, but we were so busy exploring Charleston that we declined only due to our lack of the time to enjoy it. However, we did enjoy the fire in the living room during social hour as did the resident dog and cat. Our son was made to feel like an adult during the entire stay. The beer and wines that were available during social hour were better-than-expected quality. The CH is actually part of the house and not detached as I had mistakenly anticipated. We ran into absolutely no unpleasant surprises during our stay. One of our party has a cat allergy but experienced no difficulty at all as the pets are not permitted in the CH. Of course, YMMV in that regard. We were pleasantly surprised to find that coffee (and tea, I think) was available prior to breakfast. We were invited to sit down and socialize in the living room or the kitchen while breakfast was being prepared. The three of us truly hated to leave 15 Church, which is not a feeling we've had after "checking out" of any other B&B or hotel. We undoubtedly will stay there again if we ever return to Charleston.


Gracious hosts in a historic setting

5 on October 13, 2013

We enjoyed a 5 night stay at this lovely, historic bed and breakfast. The hosts are so gracious and accomodating. The breakfast served daily is delicious and very substantial. Jack and Anneliese make sure their guests are comfortable and suggest activities and restaurants to enhance the Charleston experience. The residence is home to 3 precious animals,who love to interact with guests. I would highly recommend this bed and breakfast for anyone visiting Charleston.


First trip to Charleston....wonderful time!!!

5 on September 28, 2013

We have stayed at B&B's all over the country from Napa to Nahlin's to Michigan....this was like staying with family....great accommodations, delicious breakfast and wonderful hosts. Annelise starts your stay with a history lesson of Charleston (she teaches school BTW), Jack is a practicing Dr. so Martha and LeeAnn run the house during the week. Around 6pm or so its wine and beer on the veranda and conversation and they are genuinely interested that you enjoy their home and the city. If you have the good luck to stay over a Saturday you really should visit the Farmers Market at Meridian Park....best we have ever seen.....and the food tents are amazing. Both Jack and Annelise know the restaurant scene very well and made superb recommendations which we enjoyed immensely. We will be going back for the flowers blooming next spring....enjoy. Mike and Cindy, Louisville KY


The GroovyGirls Loved It!!

5 on September 27, 2013

For the last 14 years, my mother, her 'other' daughter (my good friend Dana) and I, have gone away together. This is always a very special weekend for "The Groovy Girls" (as our family calls us) and staying in a wonderful B&B is part of what makes the weekend. This year we went to Charleston and fortunately my friend Dana selected the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House for us for 5 nights! We all stayed together in the large, comfortable 'Blue Room', on the top floor (featuring two beautiful antique twin beds, a day bed and en-suite with shower). The room has lots of windows and high ceilings. It is bright, airy, and surprisingly easy to regulate the temperature. Staying at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden house was like being welcomed into Jack and Annelise Simmons' family. They are excellent hosts. The breakfasts were abundant but a good balance of healthy and hearty. We loved Charleston and the surrounding area, but sitting on the verandah late in the afternoon or after we returned from dinner and chatting with Jack and/or Annelise was every bit as enjoyable. Even the animals are great. This is the B&B to stay at in Charleston: the location is perfect (being 1/2 block from the battery and a quick walk through historic neighbourhoods to the downtown), the food is excellent, the hosts are warm and welcoming, and the rooms have all the elements for a comfortable and restful stay (even comfortable pillows). I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Charleston and I hope to return. (As to the walk up two flights to the top floor and our room? It didn't bother my mother and she is 91, and besides you'll need to work off the breakfasts:-))


An outstanding B&B in the heart of Charleston

5 on September 03, 2013

I loved this B&B! Excellent location, wonderful breakfasts, very friendly hosts, and very comfortable beds. The house and gardens themselves are beautiful. Easily one of the highlights of our trip to South Carolina. It was very hard to tear ourselves away when it came time to leave 15 Church Street.


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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

Charleston, SC (CHS) 10 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycles, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Welcome if well behaved; please discuss with innkeeper first
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum /Not set up to accept BedandBreakfast.com gift cert
  • Deposit Amount Required: One-half of total.
  • Cancellations: Fourteen days. Not set up to accept BedandBreakfast.com gift certificates; however, we do offer our own.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jack & Annelise Simmons

Languages spoken

English, French, German

Resident Pets

2 Cats , 1 Dog

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Porch/Garden, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb.


Signature Dish

Crustless sausage quiche; fluffy Virginia pancakes


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