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The Cabell House

8 Church St. , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)
40 Reviews
$185 - $255
per night

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Your stay at The Cabell House puts you at the heart of the Old South just steps away from the High Battery and views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. A stroll up lovely brick paved Church Street to stately Broad Street and on to the famous Market Street area offers a variety of unique shops, unforgettable restaurants, and lively night spots. Inside this charming Charleston family home, the antique furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and broad verandas create an elegant restful environment. Large guest rooms have king size beds, private baths, small flat screen cable TV's and Keurig coffeemakers in every room (for coffee, chai tea, green tea, cocoa, etc..). There is plenty of free parking available and a soothing garden to rest in at the end of the day. Native Charlestonian, Randy Cabell, will help you with recommendations and reservations, for restaurants, tours and entertainment. We serve a full breakfast every morning; eggs as you like them, bacon or sausage for most breakfasts, always a variety of fresh cut fruits, melons and berries, hot croissants and muffins, locally canned preserves, fresh squeezed orange juice, etc... A glass of wine or iced tea is available in the afternoon either by request or serve yourself.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.2

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Very Convenient Location

3.0 on May 05, 2014

This bed and breakfast is in a perfect location and that is really the best part about staying here. It is both quiet and convenient to just about everywhere in Charleston. There is parking on the side of the house; but it can be quite tight.We stayed in the Randolph Room which is very small and the bathroom is outside of the room. There was construction on the veranda outside of the room, so that could not be used. The fixtures in the bathroom were rusty and really need to be updated. Perhaps because of the veranda construction, the side porch seemed to be dusty and cluttered and some of the furnishings appear to be worn. The breakfasts which were good.


5 on November 02, 2012

My wife and I live in Charleston and come here when we need to get away. We love the rooms and the hospitality. No complaints, everything is great!

Past Prime, but nice

3.4 on September 15, 2012

We stayed three nights. The furniture is noticeably worn and the piazza out our bedroom had broken furniture so you couldn't use it. The first level piazza is nice so we used that instead. The room was nice and the cleaning gal did a great job. There is individual coffee servers in the room which is great because I need my coffee first thing. Breakfast was good, but not great. Had fresh fruit and yogurt every morning and a meat/eggs/bread. No special recipes or homemade breads....The front yard was dug up and have to walk across the dirt to get to the front steps....overall a good value for the area.

Very pleasant stay!

4.8 on February 27, 2012

We stayed three nights and did not want to go home. Pleasant clean rooms and great B&B atmosphere overall. The bathroom sink in our room was on the small side, but it worked out well once we got used to it. The breakfasts were fabulous and offered a welcome opportunity to visit with both the B&B staff and other guests. The location is an easily manageable walking distance to historic downtown Charleston. We hope to stay here on future visits to Charleston.

Oh-la-la! Adore Cabell House!

5 on July 30, 2011

In such a competive market, this place is stellar on every front. It's relatively inexpensive (one would expect to pay much more for such amenities). The accommodations are plush and filled with ambiance (ours was a large corner room with dressing room, anteroom, and gorgeous bath). Were the other culinary offerings in Charleston not so enticing, one could almost exist for the day on Ms. Cabell's copious breakfast. This spotless auberge is a short pedicab away from Charleston's prime offerings, provides parking, encourages pets, and shelters an extremely friendly staff. You can't find any better in the Low Country. Book early as these precious rooms go quickly!

Couldn't be in a better location if you tried!

4.0 on June 05, 2011

This was our first time in Charleston and we could not have picked a better place to stay! The location is perfect, right across the street from battery park and the water! We rode our bikes every! The room was wonderful! We actually had a door to go out to the upper deck and were able to go sit out there and drink our coffee in the morning; it was really lovely. Randy and Nikki were wonderful, very accommodating. We will definitely stay there again! Beautiful house, huge breakfast; you will love it as much as we did!

the perfect inn

5 on March 10, 2011

my daughter and i stayed at this delightful and gorgeous b&b in historic downtown charleston for 2 nights. the room was beautifully appointed, roomy and comfortable. the cabell is in a perfect location (church street) - near the battery and a short walk to all the wonderful attractions charleston has to offer. randi - our gracious and hospitable hostess, and a true charlestonian - was a wealth of information. nikki -the very pleasant inn manager- turned out a delicious breakfast both mornings we were there. we were made to feel like family and didn't want to leave. we will definitely go back there and hopefully the near future!

Incredible Cabell Retreat

5 on January 07, 2011

I stayed in the Cabell House last spring, and found the experience wonderful. Randy was so helpful, hospitable and welcoming, and made our stay most enjoyable. The Inn itself is perfectly located in the historic district, and is beautifully maintained. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone seeking to enjoy all Charleston has to offer.

Great Time and Location

4.8 on April 28, 2010

The Cabell House is truly in the heart of historic Charleston. It is located on Church St. just three houses off the battery. Church St. in this area is a lovely one lane street with hardly any traffic. Great location to walk to all the area sites and restaurants. We were able to enjoy walking to all the garden tours during our April stay. My wife and I stayed for four nights and got to know Randy and her staff. Randy is truly a Charlestonian and had many stories to tell us about growing up in Charleston. We truly enjoyed getting to know her and look forward to going back.

A relaxing weekend!

5 on March 06, 2010

Thank you Randy for a relaxing weekend. I needed a get away from hectic Atlanta; you and your wonderful Charleston filled the bill. I left that Sunday feeling like I spent the weekend in the home of a old family friend. Walking at daybreak on the battery, walking to lunch, dinner and shopping, I did not crank my car until it was time to leave. Driving through town does not do it justice. Walking is the way to feel the history of the area. Please keep my room for me; I'll be back soon.

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Rooms & Rates

The Nathaniel Room

The Nathaniel Room has hardwood floors, a Georgian mantle, ceiling fan, 2 floor-to-ceiling windows, and a King size Charleston Rice bed made with Egyptian cotton sheets. Views are (west) of Church St., an ancient narrow brick street with 18th c. houses and (south) of the trees-y white-columned piazza (porch). The private bath (tub/shower) offers handmade herbal soap. A dressing room combines with the bath & bedroom to form a private semi-suite. The room has a flat-screen cable TV, coffeemaker, central heating and AC. (Twin bed doubles as a daybed - addtional person $50/night.)

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $285

The Witsell Room

The Witsell Room opens onto the main hall upstairs, has hardwood floors, a Georgian mantle, two floor-to-ceiling windows (one that is a door to the upstairs porch) and a king size mahogany four-poster bed. The room faces south onto a white columned porch ("piazza" in Charleston). It has a small digital flat screen cable TV, a Keurig coffee (and cocoa, various teas (chai, green, Eng. Breakfast, etc..) maker, central heating and air conditioning. There is a small private bath accessable from the room that has a shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $210

The Claiborne Room

The Claiborne Room has hardwood floors, a Georgian mantle, floor to ceiling windows to the south and a window to the east. It has a king size sleigh bed. There is a private bathroom with a shower accessible from inside the room. There are views out the windows to the east and to the south, of a white columned porch. The bedroom has a flat screen cable TV, a coffee maker, central heating and air conditioning as well as an overhead ceiling fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $210

The Randolph Room

The Randolph has hardwood floors and 3 windows that look out to the north and east. It a queen size mahogany four-poster bed. Our smallest room, it is approximately 11’ x 14’ and another door that opens onto the end of the upstairs porch. It has a private bath beside the room. A folding wooden screen is placed across the width of the hall blocking off view of this end of the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $185

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Location Type

White Point Gardens, High Battery, East Bay St., The Battery Park, Steps to Charleston Harbour, Close to Beaches, City, Downtown, Oceanside


Charleston, SC (CHS) 12 miles

Directions to property:

From I-26, take the MEETING ST exit- EXIT 221B- on the LEFT. Turn RIGHT onto MEETING ST / US-52. Continue to follow MEETING ST almost to it's very end. )You will see the Battery Park ahead of you.) Take the last possible Turn LEFT onto ATLANTIC ST. At the next corner, Turn RIGHT onto CHURCH ST. Go almost to the end of the street. On the Left you will see a yellow house with the number 8 on door. Pull into driveway on either side of the house (Left side as close to the house as you can get. The Cabell House, 8 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401-2744

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, 4 Historic Houses on Tour only 1-3 blocks-WALK!, The Battery Park - steps away (get married there!), WALK TO EVERYTHING-tours,galleries,carriages,shops, Tour the 4 Plantations Nearby- just a short drive., Only 15 to 20 mins to the BEACHES!, Take the Boat to Fort Sumter!, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Okay on the porch downstairs IF OTHER GUESTS DO NOT OBJECT!
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Chilren are allowed at the discretion of the innkeepers.
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Our priority is quiet in the house. Older children may be ok
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Some pet acceptance. Little quiet dogs are often accepted
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A 2 day minimum stay is required for most weekends (check with innkeeper).
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A fifty percent deposit is required to hold a reservation. All credit cards are accepted or please call to arrange another type of payment.
  • Cancellations: For Reservations Held Longer Than 1 Month(even 1 day): the deposit is forfeited upon cancellation. Within 2 weeks of the approaching arrival date, the entire amount of the reservation is forfeited. For Reservations Held Less Than 1 Month: Cancellations forfeits the deposit. [Innkeepers note: Please consider that we have 4 rooms. A 1-room cancellation is 25% of our income. From the time you make your reservation, we turn away all comers for that room.]



Randy Cabell, Manager

Languages spoken

English, French

About the innkeepers

We do accept pets at our discretion (i.e. only if we think they would be appropriate for the house). We love discussions of restaurants and crefully consider our selection of which ones to recommend for each guest.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Downstairs Porch (weather acceptable: ask kitchen), Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Request Specia Needs


8 Church St. , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)

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