4.4 on May 22, 2018
Loved staying here. Beautiful home and wonderful hospitality. I can't wait to go back again!
5 on May 16, 2018
Our daughter planned the trip to 15 Church Street for a special birthday. Our 4-night stay in the Carriage House was the perfect venue for a family get-together. Driving back to Florida we wrote down some thoughts/memories and couldn’t wait to write a glowing review of our experience. Then we read the other reviews and found everything conceivable had already been said! Southern hospitality at its finest, heart of historic district, beautiful house, accommodating, gracious and elegant, home away from home, lovely and charming, wonderful attentive hosts, silver and fine china, southern social hour (which we now plan to imitate) and the list goes on. Read the numerous reviews and keep in mind, we agree wholeheartedly with them! Please remember, all of this only works because of Annelise and Jack Simmons. They are the epitome of southern hospitality and have mastered the art of being the perfect hosts. These people really know what they’re doing and you will be the beneficiary, as we were. Thank you Annelise and Jack for welcoming us into your lovely home and sending us on our way with many special memories. We couldn’t have been more pleased.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Please know that we enjoyed you just as much and look forward to your return!
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
2.0 on May 11, 2018
We stayed at this B&B recently and although the house was very nice and the owners knowledgeable in the history of the town we found several things that took us by surprise during our stay. We were told that it was a "no frills" and "laid back" type of place meaning we would have to make our own bed and take care of the cleaning of your room, unless we really insisted on having it done for us. There were NO outside locks on our room door meaning that all of our valuables could not be left in the room and were going to have to be carried by us everywhere we went when not in the house, and we were told at breakfast that we needed to use the same linen napkin everyday at breakfast, a new one would not be provided because of Eco reasons. The owner called this being "frugal", we call it being cheap and taking our money for a room and some breakfast food only and not for a safe environment, clean linens and a clean room. We will not be coming back here again.
In light of our many favorable reviews over 15 years this one is certainly unique if not bizarre! While appreciating any feedback, we realize that we cannot be everything to everyone. However, when our guests are checked into their rooms we inform them that we have a “Do not disturb” policy, as most guests prefer less intrusion. We further explain that anything can be serviced at any time if they will just notify us. As this is our home we have kept the old box locks on the doors, informing our guests that they are welcome to utilize the inside privacy lock and, that a vintage “skeleton” key is available to deadbolt their door. So far, as the replacement cost for a lost key is around $150.00, we have had no takers! We encourage our guests to reuse towels; however, we clearly state that it is optional and further instruct guests where fresh linens are stored nearby. The following are two instructions from the laminated sheets in each room: ROOMS We try to run our B&B as low-key as possible and, therefore, do not have a daily maid service. We feel this respects your privacy, thus, we do not enter your room unless requested. However, we are always glad to service the room in any way if so desired. LINENS In order to be “green” and environmentally friendly we request that you consider hanging towels to dry and re-using them the next day. It does save tremendously on water and energy consumption. If this is not your custom there are additional linens in the top floor closet, ground floor pie safe, and Carriage House dining room sideboard. Coming from the old South, with English and French backgrounds, we were raised with our own napkin rings and linen napkins placed in the ring for the next day’s use. Our childhood was not yet plagued by the “throw away” society which has evolved. This is essentially no different than reusing a towel or sleeping on the same pillow case for successive nights. When informing each guest of this custom we explain that their napkin can be replaced at any time. Sadly, there are individuals who neither read nor listen well.
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
5 on May 06, 2018
This was a first visit to Charleston and Jack and Annalise provided an amazing experience. We selected 15 Church Street from reading reviews and their hospitality proved to be a wonderful inviting experience. They were attentive and provided so much history of Charleston and the surrounding area. The house is in a perfect location right off the battery within walking distance of home tours and restaurants. The accommodations were very lovely, well appointed, and spotless. Frannie the dog and Drifter the cat were delightful companions at cocktail hour and breakfast. We couldn't have been more pleased with their hospitality, the breakfasts, the location, and the accommodations at 15 Church Street.
5 on April 29, 2018
My sister, daughter and I stayed here in March of 2018 and absolutely loved it. The location, spacious and light room (the Rose Room) we stayed in, the beautiful house and location, and most of all the hosts Jack and Annelise made our stay there perfect! Our hosts were always available with recommendations and hosted a social hour in the evenings which we enjoyed. Their cat and dog were fun too and we appreciated having bikes to take out on a ride around town.
5 on April 10, 2018
Our stay with Jack & Annelise was one of the most memorable stays we have ever had. They were attentive, charming, and their home is inviting and Charleston elegant. It is right off the battery within walking distance of home tours and restaurants with delicious food like Magnolia's on Bay St. Frannie the dog and Drifter the cat were boon companions at cocktail hour and breakfast. We couldn't have been more pleased and I recommend the Simmons to everyone.
Our most grateful thanks to you and all of our wonderful guests who have honored us with such kind words.
- Jack & Annelise (innkeeper)
5 on March 29, 2018
Our family has traveled and stayed at many Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S. and abroad, and we cannot compare any to our stay here! We stayed at 15 Church St. in August of 2017 in the carriage house and absolutely loved it. We were treated with the most hospitality, as Jack and Annelise sat with us on the porch before breakfast, hosted the most wonderful social hours, and even offered to drive us around town to some of our dinner reservations and/or offered detailed directions. We felt included as family with them and their wonderful dogs as we got to know them throughout the day and the social hours! We have friends visiting Charleston and have already recommended this location!
4.8 on February 23, 2018
4 couples from Tidewater, VA headed to Charleston in February to attend the SEWE Expo and explore the city. We are greeted by our charming hosts, Annelise and Jack, and the fun began. The historic house is beautifully decorated and comfortable and offers 3 large rooms with private bath in the main house and 2 smaller rooms with private bath in attached Carriage House. Every afternoon we gathered on the piazza for Social Hour and shared our day’s activities with our hosts. Annelise’s vast knowledge of the area, its history and culture provided us with much information and suggestions for future activities. The house is conveniently located to shopping, historic sights and restaurants all within easy walking distance. Each morning we were treated to a delightful breakfast southern style seated around a beautifully set table. Sunday morning we were treated to the BEST fluffy pancakes. We had a wonderful 4 day visit to Charleston and all wish to return. Annelise and Jack are outstanding hosts and will make your stay a memorable experience.
These were some of the most delightful guests we have had, although almost all of our guests have proven to be delightful. And, this is one of the best descriptions of our BB and location. We thank all of you so much and sincerely look forward to your return. Jack & Annelise
- Jack & Anneliae (innkeeper)
5 on January 07, 2018
My husband and I have attended Charleston's Spoleto Festival since its inception, and have stayed in various B&B's there over the past 40 years or so. This one has become our favorite.The house is both elegant and homey; the porch most inviting; the breakfasts excellent; the owners very friendly and accommodating. I can't imagine we'd stay anywhere else from here on in!
5 on December 22, 2017
We have been guests at 15 Church St. three times now and it's hands down the best B&B we have ever stayed in and we've stayed in quite a few both here and in Europe. The home is elegant and beautiful, breakfasts delightful, social hour not-to-be-missed and the hosts truly wonderful. We love exploring the beautiful old part of Charleston but the high point each time is our stay at this gracious B&B operated by Jack and Annelise.
5 on December 17, 2017
We stayed at the recommendation of my son and daughter-in-law (guests in 2015). Jack and Annelise were generous hosts not only with the "spot on" sightseeing tips, but also with the daily "cocktail" hour and delicious breakfasts served with fine china and silver. Their beautiful home exuded true southern style and comfort: part heirloom and part local treasures. I could not be more pleased at our accommodations situated in a lovely, historic neighborhood within walking distance to the ocean and so many sites. We will be back for another great escape from Wisconsin.
5 on October 19, 2017
We couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay for our first visit to Charleston than 15 Church St. Our hosts, Jack and Annalise, were very gracious and welcoming...true southern hospitality. We’d reserved the Rose Room for the week but discovered that the Carriage House was available for 4 nights in the middle of our stay, so we ‘upgraded’...worth every penny! Both rooms are lovely. The Rose Room is spacious and offers a glimpse of the harbor and beautiful sunrise views. The Carriage House is more spacious and worked out well for our needs. After a long day of walking (and I do mean walking!) we looked forward to the evening wine social where very nice wines, craft beer, and artisan cheeses were offered. It was a fun, relaxing time to gather with the other guests, along with Jack and Annalise, to talk about our day. And it wasn’t a gratuitous inquiry...they were really interested in what we’d done and seen, where we ate, and recommended other restaurants and points of interest to explore. The house is really lovely; the rooms were well appointed and very clean with plenty of towels. There was a guest kitchen area where we were welcome to put our refrigerated items, a Keurig, microwave, etc. Their helpers, Julie I and Julie II were great, too and eager to answer questions or assist us if we needed something. This was by far my favorite vacation, made extra special by our wonderful hosts, and we’re already planning our next trip!
4.6 on October 15, 2017
We just returned from our first visit to Charleston, an experience we’ll never forget thanks to the hospitality of Jack and Annalise. Right from the start we were welcomed like old friends. The house is lovely, and the accommodations were very well appointed and spotless. We had reserved the Rose Room for the week, but discovered the Carriage House was available for 4 nights in the middle of our stay. Hubby and I looked at each other and said ‘why not?!’ Both were wonderful, and the sunrise over the harbor, which can be seen from the Rose Room, was spectacular. Jack and Annalise’s dining recommendations and suggested points of interest were greatly appreciated. The breakfast delicious and plentiful, but our favorite time of day was definitely the evening social hour! And we’re not talking jug wine and medium cheddar! Craft beer, fine wine, tasty artisan cheese,,,and always lively conversations with our hosts and fellow guests. It was a wonderful experience and we’re already talking about our next visit to this amazing city.
5 on October 10, 2017
We have been making regular visits to Charleston for the last 25 years - and somewhere along the way we found our way to 15 Church St, which was a fortunate thing because now we will not stay anywhere else in the city. Not only are we multiple "repeat offenders" (that's what Jack calls returning guests...), but we have stayed in every guest room at least once. The location is truly ideal, the house is spectacular, and the breakfasts are fantastic - and beyond generous (the fluffy Virginia pancakes on Sundays are always a favorite...) But what makes the place truly special are the hosts, Annelise and Jack. You simply will not find a better way to experience the magic of Charleston.
5 on September 19, 2017
My wife and I had a wonderful stay here. The house is beautiful, the location in Charleston is ideal, and Jack and Annelise are the most welcoming hosts imaginable. We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else if we return to Charleston. (Which we definitely hope to do!) All in all, we thought this was the finest B&B we've stayed at. I can't recommend it highly enough!
4.8 on September 06, 2017
I enjoyed a wonderful birthday vacation in the perfect B & B on Church Street. Jack and Annelise were delightful hosts and enjoyed breakfast, conversation and social hour. Our room was comfortable, cool and had a fabulous view of the river. I was a block away from a terrific waterfront run and bicycles were available for touring as well. Thank you for a great time and hope to return in the future to your beautiful city and home!
5 on September 05, 2017
Located on beautiful Church St exactly a half block from the Battery. It's an easy walk to the best Restaurants and points of interest in Charleston. The home is beautifully decorated in family and Charleston history. I can not say enough about our hosts and proprietors of this wonderful B&B. Jack and Annelise make you feel right at home from your first step inside the door. Our room was the Rose room. Beautifully decorated with a view of Charleston Harbour. They took care of the smallest details of our stay. Jack assisted me in arranging for flowers to be delivered to our room prior to our arrival. The breakfasts were of a variety and times to dine were very flexible. But most of all. What we took away from our stay the most, was the new friendship we had with Jack and Annelise. I highly recommend you give 15 Church St. a visit!
5 on August 18, 2017
Jack and Annelise are the quintessential hosts you would expect when looking for southern hospitality. Their historic home is beautifully decorated and designed to make everyone feel welcome. We were greeted with some chilled wine, tasty cheese, and lots of information about the area and how to navigate it. We stayed in the Cypress Room and it was great. Roomy, well appointed, comfy beds, and a private bathroom. The breakfast offered a lot of choices, from grits to eggs to yogurt to fresh fruit and more. The house is just a block from the water in a quiet and historic neighborhood, and within a beautiful strolling distance to downtown. We will definitely be back to Charleston to drink in more of the sights, and 15 Church Street will most certainly be our home base. Thank you Jack and Annelise for your time, attention, and opening up your beautiful home to us.
5 on July 16, 2017
Hands down the best bed and breakfast in Charleston. Jack and Annelise are the most hospitable couple you'll meet. The house is beautiful, fully furnished and the breakfast is to die for. Some days my husband and I just sat on their porch with their Black Lab, Franny and enjoyed the scenery. Most definitely will return in the future.
To these and all of our previous wonderful guests we sincerely appreciate and are grateful for you taking the time to write such thoughtful reviews. Please know that your presence here has enriched the experience of all of our guests as well as that of us.
- Jack & Annelise (innkeepers)
5 on June 27, 2017
My husband and I could tell right away that this place was going to be one of our favorite places to stay. When we first met Jack, he was warm and friendly. He shared information about the city of Charleston that we didn't know. Later in the evening we met Annelise. She was absolutlely charming. I felt as if I had known both of them for years. Their home was very clean and the food was awesome. I know that if we return to Charleston, we will definitely try to stay at their home.
5 on June 02, 2017
Most reviews reiterate Jack and Annelisa's warm hospitality and the convivial afternoon gatherings on their porch (which now has some "new" furniture). Those reviews are all true, as are the ones citing the house, the history and so forth. My three friends and I (all single women) stayed in the carriage house and were more than pleased with the accommodations. But, I have to cite Jack and Annelisa's driving us to several Spoleto venues, which was hardly what we had expected, but greatly appreciated. They really went above and beyond the call of duty, and we were quite bowled over by their generosity. You won't go wrong by booking into their B and B. (This if the fourth B and B In which I've stayed in Charleston, and it was the premiere.)
4.8 on May 10, 2017
Jack and Annelise provide a very inviting bed and breakfast experience with their beautiful historic home in Charleston. This was my first B&B experience, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The rooms were extremely clean and very inviting. A great value for accommodations in the Charleston area. Jack and Annelise provide a very comfortable dining experience with tasty food. They provide a fun social hour to get to know them and the other guests. Adult beverages, sodas etc provided with cheese and crackers for your enjoyment. We were provided with many suggestions for dining and sightseeing. Jack would even help with reservations if needed. I also enjoyed the Julie's (B&B staff) as well as their dog, Franny and cats, Drifter and Clarence. Highly recommend this B&B.
5 on May 06, 2017
As lovely as Charleston is and as great the restaurants are, it's the people (and animals) you get to know that makes the trip special. The accommodations are fabulous. The ambiance is wonderful. Jack and Annelise are the most gracious hosts. The Julies are two of the sweetest and most helpful people and Frannie, Drifter and Clarence just add to the charm of it all!
4.8 on April 30, 2017
Exceptional hosts and location. Southern hospitality at it's finest. We loved enjoying wine on the piazza with our hosts and other guests. Jack's restaurant recommendations were outstanding and he was kind enough to help us with reservations. Lastly we should mention the "Julies", Jon and the animals (Frankie, Drifter and Clarence) made our stay memorable.
4.8 on March 13, 2017
This was my girlfriend and I's first experience at a bed and breakfast and it was a great one. Both Jack and Annelise were extremely welcoming and friendly and were a joy to converse with. Breakfast every morning was very enjoyable and much better than any hotel. Our hosts went out of their way to direct us to the best places to eat which was very helpful and appreciated. I would recommend staying here to anyone who is considering it.
4.8 on January 01, 2017
My wife and I decided we needed to get away for a couple of nights and we love Charleston, so that was the place to go! What makes this B & B so special is the fact that Annelise and Jack interact with the guests in such a positive way. Their 6:00 "happy hour" time allows you to meet and interact with the other guests, leading to shared restaurant and sightseeing tips that enhance your stay in the city. Great experience, and we plan to return as well.
5 on December 21, 2016
We have lived in Charleston for 72 years and we love our wonderful, Southern heritage. But if you have never spent a few days South of Broad (no initials, please), YOU DO NOT KNOW CHARLESTON. That community lives life in a different way than the rest of the area - bridge groups in the afternoon, social hours in the early evening, gorgeous but hidden away gardens, walking to church - it's life as it was 200 years ago and the way we all know it ought to be. And there is no better place to experience the real Charleston than at 15 Church Street with Jack and Annelise - and Fannie the Lab and Drifter the marmalade - and be sure to spend some time with Julie (cooks, cleans, gardens, grooms pets). We chose the Simmons as our hosts for celebrating our 50th anniversary and we could not have been more delighted.
4.8 on November 11, 2016
Jack and Annelise were hosts extraordinaire. We were there for four nights and really felt part of the family the minute we got there. As first timers in Charleston the location was ideal. Originally had a rental car but quickly got rid of it and walked. Couldn't have been better. Their staff was helpful and friendly and made you feel at home. Take advantage of their suggestions for dinners, tours, etc. They really know the best! We will forever have fond memories of Charleston because of our stay. Although off our bucket list, we look forward to another visit. And, there is only ONE place we will stay. Don't miss out. Richard Allen
Many thanks to all of our wonderful guests for their kind and thoughtful comments. Please remember that you contribute just as much to the experience of all. We give our guests 5 stars!
- Jack & Annelise (innkeeper)
5 on October 24, 2016
What a delightful stay Jack and Annelise provide for all their guests! They provide great service -- anything you want -- and participate fully in the Social Hour each night. They share the history of the area as well as their own unique stories. On top of their great hospitality their B&B is lovely -- great location, lovely home. Jack and Annelise made our experience special. We have traveled to many places. Jack and Annelise are the best hosts we have ever had at a B&B. -- Kathy
5 on August 30, 2016
I can't remember a better experience in a B&B. The Hosts were terrific and the accomadations were perfect. Food was great and the people that we met there were from all over the world. Would highly recommend for location and Southern Hospitality.
5 on August 21, 2016
If you are looking for true southern hospitality, then this bed and breakfast is for you! Conveniently located to all the amenities that Charleston has to offer, the accommodations were just perfect! Our party thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Charleston and welcomed the suggestions offered by Jack, Annelise, and Martha. All were so friendly and accommodating and we loved the quaint, quiet and historic atmosphere offered by the Carriage House! This will certainly not be our last visit to Charleston and we will be sure to return to 15 Church Street!
5 on July 28, 2016
My daughter and I had a weekend getaway here. We were very relaxed here, had a great time visiting with the owners and the other guests, and will always make this place our first pick when traveling to Charleston.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful guests who have been so kind to honor us with their gracious reviews.
- Jack & Annelise (innkeeper)
5 on June 19, 2016
Scott and I stayed over for the Memorial Day weekend, for Spoleto festival. They treated us like honored guests, and we got to chat and just learn about each other like old friends. The food was delicious. They were helpful in navigating us through the city, and the rooms had so much charm, and were clean. The porch was nice, and the view from our rooms to the Barbour reminded me how close we were to the ocean.
5 on June 16, 2016
Jack and Annelise were wonderful hosts. They were so full of knowledge of Charleston history, sites to see, and wonderful places to eat. The house is located in the beautiful historic district. We enjoyed the evening gatherings and met many of their friends and family. It felt like home. The five nights we were in Charleston, we wanted to get the full Charleston feel and this was the place to stay.
4.8 on June 09, 2016
We had a wonderful visit in the Blue Room with our two grandchildren. Jack and Annelise and the whole staff (two Julies) could not have been better hosts. Our flight from LA was cancelled and we ended up arriving after 1 am. in Charleston. Jack arranged for us to be picked up and was waiting to welcome us. The location was perfect--walking distance to great restaurants and the city market past beautiful antebellum mansions and close to the water where you can view Ft. Sumter. The beds were comfortable and so was the room temperature in a beautiful house with a wonderful porch. This is a wonderful place to stay in Charleston!
5 on June 01, 2016
Jack and Annelise are great hosts and made our stay feel like we were part of their family. They are very informative on the history of Charleston and recommended great places to eat and a wide selection of things to do. The house is located in a beautiful historic neighborhood and in walking distance to a lot of great places in Charleston. Their historic home is delightfully decorated with fine antiques and our room and private bath was extremely clean and comforting. We enjoyed the southern breakfasts in the dining room and the 6pm social hour on the piazza and always looked forward to delightful conversations with the other guests, Jack, Annelise and Martha. We loved our time there and will certainly return!
4.8 on May 30, 2016
Jack and Annelise made us feel like we were family on our visit. Annelise give us good suggestions on things to do and the best time to do them. We also had our best meal of the three nights we were there because of her recommendation. The location is perfect, the house is beautiful. We enjoyed our time sitting on the beautiful porch talking to Annelise and Jack. Their hospitality exceeded all of our expectations. we loved our time there and will definitely return.
4.6 on May 28, 2016
Our stay at this B& B was like visiting with old friends. Our favorite memory of this visit was sitting on the porch and learning about the rich history of the home and of the area. Dr., Jack and Annelise are warm and gracious hosts. This is Southern hospitality at its best!
4.8 on May 27, 2016
The home is historically beautiful and beautifully furnished. The location is in the heart of the historic district....Breakfast and cocktail hour were the highlights of our stay due to the engaging hosts and the other guests. The proprietors are southern....congenial, helpful, engaging, generous and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next visit. Don't hesitate to book your stay with Jack and Annelise. You won't want to leave.....
5 on May 16, 2016
This is a delightful B&B with lots of charm and antiques. Jack and Annelise are friendly, informative and welcoming! The breakfasts were delicious served in an elegant European style. It is located in a gorgeous historic neighborhood within walking distance to everything. We would return!
4.8 on April 26, 2016
My wife and I stayed here April 2016 on our tour of southern states with some American friends from NC. We fell in love with Charleston and our stay was enhanced by the terrific welcome we received from everyone at the Philips-Yates- Snowden House. When I say we were treated just like family I mean it. we were made so welcome by not only Jack and Annalise but by all their family. The house is absolutely fantastic and very authentic in every detail but not only that it is in a perfect area for discovering Charleston. Our room ( Cypress) was wonderful extremely clean and tidy with every amenity we wanted, We loved the Charleston Cheese and Wine daily meets with other guests at 6 pm outside on the veranda. If we ever go back to Charleston (Which is likely ) this is were we want to stay! Cant speak highly enough of the house and it,s lovely owners thank you for a wonderful stay. Keiran & Pam ( Manchester UK.)
5 on February 20, 2016
Jack and Annelise were the perfect hosts that welcomed us into their home transforming our visit into a true southern experience. Their insight and guidance led us on an adventure that span culinary, architectural, historical, and cultural aspects of this wonderful city and its people. Starting our day with a great breakfast and always looking forward to the evening discussion over wine which was the end to our perfect day. Oh wait...then they guided our dinner reservations to some of the best places we've ever eaten! Can't wait to return next year...now our favorite city east of the Colorado River!
5 on November 11, 2015
Anneliese and Jack could not have made our trip any better! Along with Martha, we felt like family. The home is lovely, clean, and inviting. Our room was delightful and, although on the lower level, we were never bothered by outside noise. Breakfasts were yummy, and the Southern "happy hour" provided time for conversation and catching up each day. We will definitely return here on our next trip to Charleston.
4.0 on September 21, 2015
Annelise and the house manager, Martha, made my husband and I feel right at home and as welcome as personal friends. Our room on the lower level was lovely and the first floor dining and living rooms are beautiful examples of a traditional Charleston home. We enjoyed the afternoon social time that allowed us to learn more about Charleston as well as enjoying the company of the other guests. 15 Church Street is an excellent location as it is close to the Battery and within easy walking distance of the city trolley system. We hope that we'll be able to return to see more of Charleston and, if so, we'll certainly plan on staying with Jack and Annalise.
5 on September 08, 2015
We stayed here for our 20th anniversary weekend and had lovely time. Jack and Annelise are the most wonderful hosts. We felt like longtime friends! Our room (the blue room) was clean, spacious, bright and had wonderful views. Sitting on the porch in the morning and getting to know the other guests and talking with Jack and Annelise was our favorite part! Breakfast was delicious and the cocktail hour was just perfect. If you want to experience Charleston and meet some fabulous people, stop researching and book here. You won't be disappointed! Thank you Jack and Annelise! We hope to be back soon!
5 on August 27, 2015
Jack, Annelise, Martha, Drifter, Franny, and Clarence were all wonderful hosts. From the moment we arrived, they made us feel like we had known them for many years. We were even afforded an impromptu Harbor tour on Jack's boat on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. We hope to return for many years to come.
4.8 on August 25, 2015
Dr and Mrs. Simmons take great pride in their home and wish to share it with their guests. Not only is the home magnificent but the warmth is evident in everything. By choice, my breakfast was typically Southern but the menu was varied and wonderful. They were helpful to help me plan my days to absorb the Charleston history. Providing local information was invaluable. The stay could not have been better. I would return to 15 Church Street: The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House in a minute, Jo Skibby
5 on August 15, 2015
Jack and Annelise made us feel like welcomed guests in their home. Their home is beautiful and they are very gracious hosts. They helped us truly experience the Charleston culture and learn her history. We will definitely go back again!
4.8 on May 21, 2015
My husband and I stayed in April and enjoyed the stay from beginning to end! We were greeted warmly by the gracious hosts who obviously take great pride in their lovely home. The artwork is amazing and the furnishings are equally impressive. Our room was large, clean and comfortable. They have a social hour on a peaceful porch which provided a relaxing opportunity to get to know the other guests and hosts. Cheese and crackers were provided-a nice touch. Unfortunately, I cannot drink or eat the food sue to food allergies but my husband enjoyed the nice touch. they even had beer on hand for those that drink. their son was very nice and interesting to chat with as well. The location is ideal. We felt safe walking around and were near many attractions and restaurants. We love Charleston and the B and B. We will be back! Thank you!
5 on May 10, 2015
My boyfriend and I spent spring break in Charleston and choose to say with Jack and Annelise because they spoke of giving their guests an experience (and no cheap wine) - we were so glad we made this choice. Every interaction we had with these delightful innkeepers and staff was not only pleasant but something we looked forward to each day. The Charleston social hour held daily on their veranda is not to be missed - it was a time to relax, enjoy, and gave gems of information from our hosts and other guests. Our room was clean and private and full of charm. We enjoyed watching the dolphins play in water - which is a 3 minute walk away. If we return to Charleston I promise we will be staying at 15 Church street. All the best to Jack & Annelise & their guest past and future. ~Becky Beth & Marc
5 on May 10, 2015
We recently stayed with Jack and Annalise two nights. Not only is the home spectacular as well as the breakfast,but they were a wonderful couple to get to know. The nightly social hour is so relaxed and welcoming. A great chance to meet interesting new folks and learn about their adventures both in Charleston and elsewhere. Jack and my husband spent a perfect last night on the porch, discussing a wide range of deep topics. They provided us some wonderful memories of our visit.
5 on March 27, 2015
Recently (March 2015) we had the pleasure of staying at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House and experiencing the gracious hospitality of Jack and Annelise Simmons. The charming house is impeccable in every respect and there could not be a more attentive and charming host and hostess. The bedrooms are roomy and very comfortable, the well appointed living room is inviting, the formal dining room luxurious, but the very unique and spotless kitchen, the nerve center of the operation, tops it all. Guests are made to feel like family and greeted every evening around 6 with a welcoming 'happy hour' of drinks and snacks. And the breakfast is customized to one's taste. Highly highly recommended - you shouldn't miss the experience!!
4.4 on January 23, 2015
Having misspent our youth in Charleston, gotten engaged there and returned as often as possible in the ensuing years, my wife and I consider ourselves somewhat knowledgeable about the city. However, we recently spent our 45th wedding anniversary at 15 Church Street and fell in love all over again--with each other and Charleston! Jack and Annelise Simmons could not have been more charming or accommodating, and we enjoyed their company so much it was difficult to leave the social hour each evening for our dinner reservations! The room was comfortable and inviting, breakfast was delicious and came with lively conversations on a variety of topics guaranteed feed the body and the mind! We certainly hope to return soon, and often. Laurin and Anita Baker Pawleys Island, SC
5 on January 05, 2015
We stayed at this excellent B&B over the New Year's holiday. My family fell in love with Jack and Annelise, Drifter, Clarence, Frannie and the charming Martha. This family does it right in every way- beautiful surroundings, excellent service and an authentically "homelike" experience- only even better! The social hour was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with our hosts who are extremely informative as well as warm, witty and engaging people. We found the Charleston experience very positive with our stay at the Simmon's B.&B. a rare and memorable highpoint. ( We miss them!) Highly recommended!!
5 on November 17, 2014
We stayed at the very welcoming Phillips-Yates-Snowden House in November, for 4 nights. Let me just say that we wished it were longer. We stayed in the Rose Room that was cozy and private. A heartfelt thank you to Jack and Annelise for making a home away from home such a warm and welcoming experience. Each time we entered their home they greeted us with a smile and always wanted to know about our day. I have never met a more hospitable couple. We so enjoyed the warm and caring hospitality of Martha, who was so sweet. I loved her cranberry muffins and asked for the recipe. We were served a delicious breakfast every morning by the always smiling Julie. Sorry we missed the famous Jack's pancakes on Sunday. We will save that for our next visit. Also, a special mention to Franny, Drifter and Clarence for their furry welcome. Charleston is so beautiful and filled with the most lovely people. Our only stay in Charleston will be at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House.
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.
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
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.
- JAck & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
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.
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.
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.
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
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:-))
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.
5 on August 28, 2013
So much more than a place to stay... Whether you have a week, a weekend or a single night, immerse yourself. Experience the best Charleston and the historic south have to offer. The Simmons spare no effort to make your stay personal and unique. You're within walking distance of most attractions in town, and you're a short drive from everything else. Explore, discover and revel. This first visit to 15 Church was about personal business, I extended my stay to relax for a bit longer, and I can't wait to bring my family back with me in the spring. Don't miss the experience!
4.6 on August 05, 2013
We spent three nights at this beautiful, historic bed and breakfast. The owners greeted us at the door and were attentive to our needs throughout the visit. Annelise sat us down in the parlor, talked to us briefly about the B&B (how things work there) and then proceeded to knowledgeably answer our questions and offered suggestions on what to do in Charleston. She provided phone numbers for us to make reservations for tours. We missed the evening (6:00) social hour each night, but were offered refreshments when we did come in. Our room was large, clean and comfortable...with views of the Charleston rooftops (since we were on the 3rd floor). We chose our breakfast from a small menu the night before and were welcomed each morning with conversation, first on the piazza and then in the dining room, with Jack and Annelise and with the other guests. The house is located in the historic area, allowing us to walk everywhere (although you may want to take advantage of the pedicabs after a long day of exploring). All in all...we loved this place and hope to return someday.
5 on August 05, 2013
We so enjoyed our stay in the Simmons' home we wish we could have stayed longer... We were so caught up site-seeing in St. Augustine that we were late checking in and the Simmons were out so we were greeted by Martha, the family's very good friend. She was so very charming while checking us in and helped us select decide a place within walking distance to dine at a late hour. Our sleep in the Cypress Room was very comfortable and restful. The hospitality was superb; with evening social hour and family style breakfast. We think the best B&B's serve family style as this gives us the opportunity to visit with others who are just starting and/or just completing their own site-seeing; we get the best tips at B&B dining tables! Other guests, Annelise and Martha helped us decide places of interest to visit; most within walking distance of their lovely historical home (my husband likened it to a living museum). I just wish we had scheduled more time in Charleston as there is soooo much history to explore there, but this only gives us reason to visit again, and when we do you can be sure we will book our accommodations with the Simmons!
5 on August 01, 2013
We visited Church Street this month at the start of a trip around the Carolinas. What a wonderful place. Close to the tourist mayhem downtown but on a quiet brick street, the house--built in the 1840s-- itself is wonderful. That it was the home the proprietor grew up in made it even more special. Jack, Annelise, and Martha were all so friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, sociable. It felt like what a b&b should be-- a nice time away from your home visiting someone else who you like but rarely get to see. Definitely worth the visit.
5 on June 26, 2013
My husband and I spent 2 nights on a recent trip to Charleston. Originally, we were going to stay at a hotel using points, but decided to treat ourselves by staying at a bed & breakfast. We are so glad we did! Our time at the inn was wonderful. Martha immediately made us feel right at home. It was like visiting with family. The house and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. The location was perfect. It was extremely quiet and we were able to walk everywhere. We didn't use our car once. Breakfast selections were plentiful and tasty. We especially enjoyed the evening social hour. Typically, we would have run from one activity to the next, but socializing at the inn helped us to slow down, relax and unwind. We really missed social hour when we returned home on Saturday night! I would recommend 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast to anyone. It is the perfect spot for couples, families, friends, etc.
5 on June 16, 2013
Our first trip to Charleston was much enhanced by our stay in 15 Church St. B & B.Our hosts Jack and Annelise Simmons keep everything in good working order, clean and comfortable, warm hospitality always, and guests are made to feel at home. The breakfast is excellent. The social gathering each evening on the piazza overlooking a verdant garden or inside when necessary is a time to chat with the guests and the hosts. The location is on a quiet street a short walk to many attractions, restaurants, and a marvelous riverfront view. If I return to the beautiful city of Charleston, I'll be sure to stay in this B & B again.
5 on June 01, 2013
My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our stay at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden house. Jack, Annelise, Martha and LeAnn made us feel at home in this dreamy, beautiful home. We felt as if we'd known our hosts forever. Their genuine interest in their guests... and life, their attention to detail made us and their other guests comfortable. Charleston is a beautiful and fascinating city; staying with people who know and love their city made our vacation even better.
5 on May 26, 2013
We have stayed at this lovely, historic, elegantly restored and well maintained B&B twice now. First time was in 2006 and most recently, the weekend of 5/10-12/2013. It is better than ever. Jack and Annelise continue to treat their guests as if they are family. Jack knows the best restaurants and parking do's and don'ts while Annelise knows what special sights there are to see and what things are best to do and best to avoid. The breakfasts are special and cocktail hour is a great chance to relax and enjoy everyone's company. It is always a memorable experience at 15 Church in one of the most beautiful cities in America. We'll be staying there again on our next trip.
4.6 on April 27, 2013
We were very fortunate to find this B & B and only wished we had been able to stay more than one night. Jack was very helpful when we booked the reservation and offered us several options. We stayed in the Cypress Room on the first floor which is a delightful, spacious room with a fireplace and private bath. It also has its own entrance on the first floor. The property is within easy walking distance of the waterfront and many of Charleston sights. It is also close to Patriot's Point golf course which provides a wonderful views of the harbor. We would recommend this course and the scenery it provides. We enjoyed chatting with Jack, Annelise and other guests during the social hour and really enjoyed the wine and snacks. They offer three different kinds of wine, beer and soda for your enjoyment. Annelise took time to share the important sights of Charleston and the walking tour map. It was our anniversary and Jack made reservations for us at Carolina's Bistro. It was an outstanding recommendation within a ten minute walk. The food and ambiance were wonderful. It was one of the best meals we have had. We were able to select our breakfast entree choice from four different options. We had the frittata which was delicious. The house is filled with antiques and special memorabilia from the family. They have a friendly cat and dog and are very welcoming innkeepers. We only wished we had been able to stay longer and hope to return in the future.
5 on April 22, 2013
My wife and I spent a week with Jack & Annelise and their wonderful staff, Martha & Leanne, in mid April of 2013. Charleston is a beautiful city, especially in early Spring when the flowers are blooming. Our visit to the city was made especially memorable by our stay at 15 Church St. The hospitality, guest rooms, hearty breakfasts, and laid back atmosphere are a credit to this B & B. We stayed here six years ago and when planning this visit knew we would only stay with Jack & Annelise. We have now earned the moniker "repeat offenders" as the staff likes to say. I'm sure their are many repeat offenders for this B & B. House is half a block off the Battery and an easy walk to all of the historic homes, restaurants and shopping. We recommend you visit the Visitors Center and purchase a Heritage Pass ($45 for adult) which gets you into the Charleston Museum, 5 historic homes and 2 historic plantations in the area. If you want a personalized guide to historic Charleston, try Michael Trouche's guided walking tour, only $20 for a 2+ hour tour of the historic district. Also enjoyed several restaurants, S.N.O.B.(Slightly North Of Broad), Carolinas, Magnolias and High Cotton. For a French treat, try Christophe's Chocolate and Bakery Shop on Society St., just off King St. You can't go wrong visiting Charleston and while there spend your time with Jack, Annelise and the gang at 15 Church St.
5 on April 15, 2013
We spend two days last Fall with Jack and now plan to reserve four days next Spring. Highly recommended!
4.6 on April 09, 2013
Jack & Annelise Simmons ; the owners, treated us just like we were family. Heck I felt like we were staying with relatives; just a lot more comfy. The social hour each evening (6pm to 7pm) complete with fine wines and tasty cheeses was such a wonderful way to kick off the time just before dinner. We walked everywhere we wanted to go or there was a pedi-cab a call away. The history of the place is magical. Worth every dollar we spent. Stay here, you will not go wrong.
5 on April 05, 2013
My wife and I spent 2 nights in the Cypress Room in March 2013 - it is spacious with a nice gas fireplace. Martha helped to guide me backing my big SUV into the narrow gated drive and and held her laughter. She helped us carry our bags to our room and provided the initial tour of the home. She gave us the choice of daily room service or privacy.... we elected privacy. 15 Church Street is an active home for the hosts, which is filled with tasteful furnishing and history. I chose our room because it was on ground level and my back is as weak as my mind. Martha prepared the afternoon snacks along with the house wine and I offered to share my single malt scotch. Jack arrived and we had a nice chat. He had already helped me make reservations for upscale restaurants with specific table selections and arranged a private city tour.... and select a pedicab to and from the downtown eateries. We traded opinions on our favorite single malts too. My wife and I felt as though we were part of the family. The breakfast menu has choices to make the afternoon before it is served. The table is set with silver napkin rings for the cloth napkins which remain at your place. We didn't get our napkins dirty so we kept them.... they would be replaced with fresh ones if you are sloppy! The food was great... and we could visit with Leanne and Martha as they prepared it. There were other guests there who were interesting. All in all, we had a wonderful time with lots of laughs and good company, but were sorry we didn't get to meet Jack's wife, Annelise, who was visiting one of their grown children. (I'm sure she's sorry she didn't get to meet ME too!)
5 on March 05, 2013
We stayed two nights at this historic, lovely B&B in an excellent location, less than a block from the Battery and also within walking distance to downtown shops and market. Jack and Annelise, the owners, are wonderful people who make everyone feel at home in their home! We stayed in the Cypress Room, which is on the ground floor with its own entrance. It has a wonderful gas fireplace and private bath. We enjoyed the social time at the breakfast with berries, grits and frittata. You fill out your breakfast choices the nice before. We also enjoyed the Charleston social hour at 6PM and meeting Martha, the house manager, as well as the dog and cat.
5 on February 25, 2013
We greatly enjoyed our stay at 15 Church Street! Jack and Annelise truly made us feel welcome. It's in a great location, and we got great recommendations for restaurants and what to do/what to see in Charleston. I would recommend it to anyone!
5 on December 10, 2012
Everyone at 15 Church Street was wonderfully welcoming. The room had its own fireplace that we used a few nights when it was cold. It was very clean, and the location couldn't have been better. It's right in the historic district, a stone's throw from the battery, down a quiet brick lane. Just an amazing time, with lovely people. The evening happy hour was a highlight. We were welcomed like family, and there was lovely wine and little snacks to eat. Nice breakfast too!
5 on December 08, 2012
After reading numerous reviews here and on trip advisor, my husband and I along with two old friends decided to stay at Jack and Anneliese's beautiful home. Jack warmly greeted us when we arrived and parked our car in his driveway while we unloaded our bags. Needless to say our car stayed there for most of our stay, as their home is situated in the historic district. You are in walking distance to most of the sights. We stayed in the Rose Room which was Jack's boyhood room. This lovely room was equipped with everything you could possibly need: a comfortable bed facing a working fireplace, a daybed, tv, comfy chair, window seats, closet with ironing board and iron, and a pretty bathroom with all the comforts of home. Each morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the distant harbor view. Every evening we enjoyed a social hour with our warm and friendly hosts. They served wonderful French wine with delicious cheese and crackers either on the piazza that overlooked their beautiful yard or in the living room beside a fire and their gorgeous towering Christmas tree. During this social hour each night Anneliese had us fill out a breakfast menu where we could choose the time we would like to eat as well as our food choices. There were lots of yummy choices. I enjoyed the Hominy Surprise and the Crustless Fritata. Other choices were scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels, toast, juice, fresh fruit, coffee, etc. There was plenty of good healthy food to get you off to a day of exploring Charleston. Also during the social hour our warm and friendly hosts shared stories about their charming city, as well as tips on what to do and where to eat. We have done a good deal of traveling, and I would have to say that this is one of our very favorite places to stay. You feel as though you are part of their family. Thank you Jack and Anneliese for a wonderful stay in your beautiful home and for sharing your charming city.
5 on November 29, 2012
We cannot say enough good things about our experience with Annelise and Jack and their family, friends and feline and canine charges. We felt like family, immediately welcomed into their home, joining in with other guests at breakfast which was ample and served to suit our tastes and schedule. The room we stayed in was comfortable and spacious. Their home is beautifully furnished and the walls are filled with wonderful art ( some of it by their very talented precocious children, who are now full grown). Parking was not a problem, and Jack was able to help us out when it was necessary to move from the street. The location is excellent- you are very close to the park at the end of the peninsula and a pleasant few blocks walk away from many of Charleston's attractions. We had wonderful conversations, learned some Charleston history, and received excellent tips on where to dine and how best to make the most of our time. We also appreciate their eco-friendly policies. We intend to return and are so grateful to have found such warm, kind, gentle hosts whom we now happily count as good friends.
5 on November 17, 2012
I recently spent 5 nights at 15 Church Street and didn't want to leave. For me visiting Charleston really is returning home and staying at 15 Church St certainly enhanced that experience. I have stayed in many places and I have never felt so warmly welcomed as I did with Jack, Annelise, Leanne, and Martha. I really felt like I was visiting family. Due to a family wedding taking place I ended up being the only guest towards the end of my stay, this however did not diminish the high level of service one bit. Bkfst was still at the selected time each morning and social hour still took place at 6:00pm. Actually I was able to meet other members of this delightful family, associates, friends, and neighbors which really made me feel at home that much more. My room, Cypress, was quite large, immaculately clean with a large king size bed and a working fireplace. Bkfst is served in the formal dining room at a time you choose and theres always 4 options for the main course. Jack and Annelise truly cannot do enough to make sure your stay is a memorable and comfortable one. I usually walk my feet off when I come back to Charleston and one night ended up hurting my foot, well Annelise seeing this actually offered to drive me to dinner that night which I greatly appreciated! The house is beautiful, but also very warm and comfortable. The piazza is a wonderful place to sit and relax and in warm weather the social hour is held out there. I cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Charleston!
5 on November 14, 2012
We just returned from a wonderful trip to Charleston (our first) for a belated 25th anniversary celebration. After reviewing several B&Bs online, we chose the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House because of all the excellent reviews. Those rave reviews are spot-on for good reason. This beautiful house is located near the south end of Church Street in a picturesque residential area with period homes - the live version of what so many artists have captured on canvas. Our third floor room, the Rose Room, even had a view of boats sailing in the harbor. Jack & Annelise were wonderful hosts, giving us tips and recommendations for things to do and see, as wells a history of Charleston and their home. Breakfasts were excellent - fresh fruit, coffee/tea, juice, and fluffy Virginia pancakes & maple syrup one morning and a delicious frittata & croissant the next. Happy hour speaks for itself - a glass of wine or craft beer, snacks, and great company & conversation on the porch of a beautiful home. Needless to say, we had a fantastic time and we're already thinking about when to take the next trip to Charleston - of course, we know where to stay! Jack & Annelise, Martha, and Leanne were so gracious and made our stay very relaxing and comfortable.
4.8 on November 11, 2012
Reviewed November 10, 2012 NEW Two old friends and I could not have found a better choice than the 15 Church Street for a 40 year reunion during the first week of Nov 2012. We wanted a B&B with charm and character, hosted with true Southern Hospitality, which offered the intereaction with the owners and other guests, yet provided private togetherness for us three friends. The Carriage House was perfect for us (bedrooms close together and a sitting room for our late night visiting), and Jack and Annelise could not have been more gracious hosts, with afternoon Wine & Cheese social hours and tasty breakfasts. We indeed felt like we were guests in their home. Thank You for a memorable stay. We hope to see you again.
5 on October 30, 2012
We loved this Bed and Breakfast. The hospitality was great, breakfast was excellent, and Jack and Annelise were fantastic at recommending tours and restaurants to visit. We stayed for 5 nights in the Carriage House and it was perfect for our vacation. We had a wonderful time in Charleston.
4.8 on September 22, 2012
We have stayed at 15 Church multiple times. This period home "South of Broad" with all the charm of Charleston, is an ideal location with fantastic hosts. You will not need a car to explore great restaurants, museums, art galleries or any of the activities offered in this historic city.
4.8 on September 21, 2012
We had a great 3 night stay at 15 Church St (Rose room). Annelise and Jack were great hosts - social hour on the porch for all the guests, suggestions for restaurants and activities, providing history of the house and neighborhood. It felt like we were staying with family. The Rose room is large and comfortable, with a nice view of the river and neighborhood. Breakfast was good with several choices available. Beautiful house in a perfect Charleston neighborhood. Within walking distance of many sights or the trolley for places farther up. Off street parking is available but can be congested if you need to use your car during your stay (not a necessity with this location). Looking for ward to seeing Frannie and Drifter on a return trip!
2.8 on September 15, 2012
Jack and Annelese were great hosts, evening wine hour, and know their history. Annelese has great recommendations for dinner and sites. What fell short were the breakfast and no daily servicing of the room. To get the service and a breakfast to talk about, you need to pay more money. The cost to stay here is more reasonable than most in the area and now I know why. If you want the elegance of a B&B you need to pay more.
We are always interested in feedback from our guests but find this review perplexing in that when guests arrive we offer to service the rooms when desired. It is not the automatic daily ritual evident in many national franchises as we are truly an owner-occupied bed and breakfast without a full-time staff. We do not promote ourselves as anything else. In addition, house instructions in each room clearly state that the room can be serviced at any time upon guest request. Most guests prefer their privacy and are thankful of the policy. Regarding the breakfast, instead of the usual continental fare we offer a full breakfast selection. A complete menu is emailed upon initial inquiry and menu requests are filled out daily by each guest. Jack is a physician so we make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs. It is puzzling as to why these particular individuals would not let us know that they would like their room serviced and why they would not voice any culinary concerns. Perhaps they were expecting more of an inn or hotel experience. Our sincere regret that we did not meet their expectations; however, based on other reviews, this seems to be an exception.
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
5 on September 15, 2012
15 Church St. is a wonderful place to stay while in Charleston. It is located in the historic part of the city and is an easy walk pretty much everywhere. It is close to many fabulous restaurants and places of interest. Our hosts, Jack and Annelise Simmons, offered just the right amount of support and guidance as we explored their wonderful city.
4.8 on August 23, 2012
It was our first trip to Charleston and it couldn't have been any more perfect. Our stay in the bed & breakfast was so relaxing. We had coffee on the spacious porch & wine in the evenings in the family room. Jack & Annelise were the perfect hosts & we really felt like part of the family. We were able to use their bikes & got great advice on what to see. Breakfast was excellent & we can't wait to go back!
4.4 on July 07, 2012
Our family first stayed with Jack and Annelise on a trip to celebrate my parents' 45th wedding anniversary several years ago. We've been back twice since then and are coordinating calendars for another trip. We were made to feel like part of their family and appreciated their referrals to great food and cultural experiences in Charleston. We tell everyone we know about this place as it is so wonderful. If you are planning a trip, there is no better place to stay!
5 on July 05, 2012
The house is in a great location, a quiet residential area about a block from High Battery & White Point Gardens. It is within walking distance of everything, or there's a free trolley stop a few blocks away. If you have a car, you can park in the driveway or in the free 24 hour parking around WP Gardens. We stayed in the Rose Room on the 3rd floor, next to the Blue Room. Our room looked out to the harbor. It was very spacious with a large full bath. The Blue Room, with its bath, looks out over the neighborhood, including the Calhoun Mansion. We had no trouble with the stairs. It was very quiet even though the house was full. We also toured the carriage house, and it looked to be perfect for a group, with 2 living areas, 1 half bath, and 2 modestly sized bedrooms with a jack & jill bath. It also had a private entrance, as does the Cypress Room. Cypress is in the main house, accessible via a door under the front steps or stairs inside the house. The main living area is spacious & the piazza is lovely. Leanne, Annelise, and/or Martha were at breakfast each day. Regardless of what you ordered & who prepared it, the meal & conversation was great. We were only able to attend one wine & cheese receptions, but it was very nice. You truly feel like an old friend. They even shared fridge space for our dinner leftovers! They are also very helpful if you're looking for advice on restaurants, tours, or attractions. Martha, the manager, was around frequently. She was a hoot & a wealth of information. Everyone is quite welcoming without being intrusive. If desired, they will service your room or change the linens. We were shown the extra towels if needed, & the room was stocked with extra toiletries & paper goods. They will even wash personal items for you! There's also a laptop & secure wifi for everyone's use. Everyone is very accommodating & thoughtful. We enjoyed every moment of our visit, and sincerely thank Jack, Annelise, Martha, & Leanne for welcoming us with open arms!
5 on July 01, 2012
The house, accommodations, location, and hospitality cannot be beat. The house and accommodations are very nice, a traditional Charleston "single house" with double piazza (porch). Secondly, the house is in a great location - right in the battery. You are within 15 minutes walking distance of most restaurants, tours, and attractions. You are also only one block from the East Bay and East Battery Street. Third, the hospitality of Jack and Annelise Simmons are unmatched. They provided recommendations for dinner and tours, and were willing to make reservations if needed. They also hosted an optional and informal wine and cheese gathering every evening before everyone takes off for their respective dining locations. The gathering is particularly helpful for guests because everyone talks about the events of their day and you get ideas of what you may want to do before leaving Charleston. This was our second stay here, and when and if we ever travel to Charleston again, this will definitely be where we stay.
4.8 on June 10, 2012
I stayed with Jack and Annelise for several days in May. They were wonderful hosts - friendly, informative, welcoming. As they say on the website, they provide an experience...and it was a great one. The home itself is light, airy, and cormfortable - with lots of art and antiques while still keeping the homey and welcoming feel. Lovely porches and a huge kitchen that encourages gathering and conversation. And the rooms were delightful as well. Guests are all very friendly. Great location too. It all makes for a wonderful stay.
5 on May 30, 2012
We came to renew our love of Charleston and to celebrate a birthday. Our stay created memories that will last forever and hope that we can repeat before too long. Annelida and Jack became good friends and the four leggers are precious. I can only imagine the joy of living in this house.
5 on May 28, 2012
We stayed at 15 Church and it was wonderful! I could not have been more pleased. Jack, Annilse, and Martha could not have been any nicer. It is close to everything and once you arrive you have no need for your car. Breakfast each morning was delicious. We will be back again soon.
5 on May 15, 2012
If you looked up bed and breakfast in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of 15 Church Street. Jack and Annelise are wonderful hosts, full of information about where to go, what to see, and where to eat. Martha is also a great source of inside information. Social hour with drinks and snacks on the porch is a great way to settle into Charleston and meet fellow travelers. We stayed in the Rose Room on the top floor, which offers a lovely view of the river. The breakfast is delicious. Perfect in every way, really. Highly recommend.
4.6 on May 03, 2012
Four female friends traveling together had a wonderful time at this B&B.We stayed in the guest house (attached to the main house) with two sharing a room with twin beds, one in a room on her own, and one in a pull-out in the living room, with her own bathroom. The inn is charming and a fabulous location. Jack and Annalise are the perfect innkeepers, bringing guests together in a way that's fun and not forced or invasive. A trip to remember!
4.8 on April 25, 2012
We stayed at 15 Church Street on our recent first-time stay in Charleston, and enjoyed our time immensely! Jack and Annelise are excellent hosts and go out of their way to make their guests feel at home in their home. The location, just a block from the Battery, couldn't have been better - a quiet residential area that is part of Charleston's impressive historic district. We are walkers, so it was easy for us to walk to restaurants and other sites. We had driven from Georgia and were happy to turn in our rental car at a convenient downtown location upon our arrival. No cars needed in Charleston unless you want to tour the plantations or other sites outside the city. Jack provides an excellent list of restaurants upon confirmation of our reservation so I was able to reasearch them and make some advance reservations. We had wonderful meals at Carolina's, FIG (book a month ahead) Hominy Grill and a cooking class at Charleston Cooks.
5 on April 14, 2012
We have enjoyed staying at B&B's and historic inns and hotels over the last 25 years or so in our travels across this Great Country and Canada. Some are more memorable than others. Far and away, 15 Church St B&B is the BEST we have ever experienced. Period. Bar none! It IS the home of Jack and Annelise Simmons, and they welcome you into their home. If you can't feel at home here, you probably ought to just stay at the Day's Inn downtown and eat breakfast at McDonald's! Ironically, we did THAT 13 years ago on our first trip to Charleston. We're older and wiser now and appreciate the best things when we travel. 15 Church St B&B is simply the best. Well located in the Historic District in easy walking distance of all local attractions and wonderful restaurants. Leanne and Martha and Jack and Annelise are more than happy to help you with anything you need. The breakfasts are wonderful. Wine and cheese and social hour in the evening. They even have beer on tap! My kind of place! If you don't feel at home here, you probably can't feel at home at home. No wonder it's rated #1 of the B&B's in Charleston on Trip Advisor. J.T, and Martha Chapman
4.0 on February 16, 2012
I wanted to thank you for sharing your home with Kevin and I on our stay in Charleston. We had a lovely time, the accomodations were perfect as was the location. The city is absolutely lovely and we cannot wait to return! I'd like to say a special thank you to "Martha" who took care of us, gave us suggestions and couldn't have been a more perfect hostess! She was wonderful and full of interesting history...loved listening to her while sharing a glass of wine!! The only con was the stay was way too short! We will be back! Be well!
5 on January 09, 2012
When visiting Charleston, there is no better place to stay than 15 Church Street. The hospitality, location, and accommodations are unbeatable! Jack & Annelise have a wealth of knowledge of Charleston’s history and the various tours and historic homes to visit. There are many choices for breakfast each morning, and you must plan your dinner reservations around social hour because it is a wonderful time with great company that is not to be missed! My mother and I visited around the holidays and by the end of our trip all their adult children had come into town and we felt just like members of the family. I told my mother we should spend every Christmas in Charleston with the Simmons.
5 on December 13, 2011
My family stayed here at the end of October to celebrate my fathers 80th Birthday. Jack and Annelise were perfect hosts, their home was a wonderful destination. I highly recommend their B&B to anyone. Thank you, Becky
5 on December 13, 2011
If you plan to visit Charleston, you MUST stay at 15 Church Street. It was my first experience with a B&B, and I was so impressed! The company, the conversations, the food, and the accommodations were all stellar. We arrived just in time for the social hour and had a great time getting to know our hosts as well as the other guests. We immediately felt like family friends! Breakfast in the morning was a great start to the day, with a comprehensive menu of offerings. My friend and I stayed in the blue room and found it to be perfect for our needs. It was comfortable and cozy! Annelise and Jack were great in helping us decide on things to do in town as well as places to eat. They are great resources.
5 on November 30, 2011
We recently enjoyed our second stay at the B&B with my father-in-law, and the experience was nothing short of perfect. Annelise Simmons is delightful, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the city, history, and homes of Charleston (and the South). She and husband, Jack, are warm, welcoming, and charming, just the kind of hospitality you’d expect of gracious Southerners. They made us feel so at home. The inn, located just two blocks north of the Battery, is a perfect location, within walking distance to almost everything. The home itself is lovely but very comfortable, and the rooms are quite spacious, spotlessly clean, and beautifully decorated with family antiques and some fun, unique artwork. Breakfast is delicious, with fresh fruit every morning and a choice of selections. Do try the hominy surprise – YUM. The early evening social is enjoyable and something we looked forward to each day. Be sure to ask Jack and Annelise for their recommendations for local, off-the-beaten-tourist path restaurants, all truly fine dining experiences. You can’t go wrong at this inn, and we look forward to our next visit.
4.0 on November 20, 2011
We lucked out...some ladies couldnot make their trip and we got a room! What a get place!! The owners are so friendly felt so inviting and welcomed. Breakfast was outstanding. Bed and linens fantastic. The next weekend we stayed at 36 Meeting Street and was disappointed after our stay at 15 Church street. This B&B offers it all great price, friendly owners, great food, walking distance into town, supper room. We can't wait to go back!
5 on November 14, 2011
Without a doubt this was the best experience I've had staying in a B&B. It's impossible to beat the personal attention, location, quality of rooms or food that was provided dilligently by Jack and Annelise. There were several times throughout the stay when I felt I was on the verge of taking advantage. I shared drinks with Jack and he offered me a cigar. They were attentive without being intrusive. They are the paragon of Southern hospitality. It was definitely a first rate experience. Thank you both very much!
5 on October 23, 2011
Can't normally be bothered to write reviews but this B&B is outstanding. The owners who run it could not do enough to make our stay really enjoyable. Jack and Annelise were very kind to us - giving advice about what to see, lending us their telephone, booking restaurants etc. Our top floor room (Rose) was very comfortable and quiet because the street outside has no traffic. Like many good B&B's the antique furnishings in this period home were beautiful and comfortable, but what really makes this B&B stand out above the rest is the friendliness and hospitality of the hosts, Annelise and Jack. Jonathan S - Oxford UK
5 on September 27, 2011
The Phillips-Yates-Snowden house is a lovely home filled with history and beautiful antiques. Jack & Annelise are charming hosts who make you feel immediately welcome. Their knowledge of local restaurants and places to visit in Charleston were appreciated. We enjoyed the afternoon get togethers on the porch where we sipped wine, ate snacks and exchanged good conversation with other guests. We loved meeting everyone. Frannie, their very friendly dog added to the warm feeling of this stunning home. The breakfasts were delicious - our favorite was the fluffy Virginia pancakes on Sunday! We stayed in the rose room which was on the 3rd floor. It was extremely comfortable, clean and very quiet. You would never know there was anyone else in the house. If you want to stay in a delightful, historic home, stay with Jack & Annelise. They, along with Leanne & Martha, go above and beyond to make you feel like royalty! You won't be disappointed. Thank you Jack & Annelise for a truly fantastic stay. We are proud to recommend you to family and friends!
3.8 on August 18, 2011
We so much enjoyed our time at 15 Church Street - we will be back again and again. Jack and Annelise became friends as opposed to innkeepers within 24 hours. The location is fabulous, the house a marvel, and they are just wonderful!!!
5 on August 13, 2011
Charleston on its own is a delightful place to visit, but Jack and Annelise Simmons, along with Martha and Frannie, have made our trips so much more memorable. This was our third stay at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House, and it definitely will not be our last! From the moment you enter their home, the Simmons make you feel welcome. We chose the Blue Room on the fourth floor for our stay. It is airy, spacious, scrupulously clean and extremely well appointed. Even in mid-August, the room was wonderfully cool and quiet! The history and charm of the house only add to the enjoyment of a visit! Each morning starts with wonderful coffee and conversation followed by a delicious breakfast which you select the prior evening. The afternoon social hour on the piazza (porch) is a delightful experience. Excellent wines, beer, along with non-alcoholic offerings are provided. There are always excellent treats or cheese to accompany the beverages. At times the conversation became so enjoyable; we were nearly late for our dinner reservations! Fortunately, 15 Church Street is within an easy walk to nearly every restaurant we selected. Jack and Annelise were so very kind. They provided invaluable assistance with everything from dinner reservations to directions on where best to catch the trolley to get to the historic sites. They even provided umbrellas and bicycles if needed! The Simmons seem genuinely interested in helping all of their guests enjoy Charleston to the fullest. Their knowledge and love of their city are very apparent as they make suggestions tailored to the interests of each guest. We would never have experienced Charleston so richly without their guidance. Staying with Jack and Annelise is an experience to be treasured.
5 on July 31, 2011
Dear Jack, Annelise, Martha, Leanne, and Frannie, I would like to thank you for having me and for making my trip to Charleston an enjoyable one. Before I embarked on my trip I said that I wanted to experience the city. Reflecting on the past week I feel that the goal was achieved. This was not because I saw or did everything but rather because I left with a better understanding of what Charleston is like. Even more important I got to see what the people are like. Not only everyone who worked at the Bed and Breakfast but also the guests and visitors as well. They all brought a different perspective that shaped the experience. From the moment I got there to the moment I left, I was continuously charmed by the atmosphere and conversation. When Annelise asked me what my favorite part of the trip was I said walking around Charleston and observing the beauty of the city. But the other thing is the people I met and the stories I heard. Going away by yourself, along with staying at a bed and breakfast, forces one to converse with people other than their family and friends. I depended upon others for what to do, where to eat, and occasionally to entertain me. It was not so much what I was told, although the recommendations were all good, it was more how I was treated. It is hard to explain what I mean but it was little things, little things that make a big difference. Overall, I thought the house was lovely, the food I ate throughout the trip was great, but the people were special. It is hard for me to think of Charleston without thinking about everyone I met. I hope to see everyone again some day. I will be back. I do not know when or with whom, but I will be back. Thanks again for everything. Sincerely, Andrew
4.6 on May 02, 2011
Annelise and Jack Simmons are so welcoming, open and knowledgeable about their beautiful city that we instantly felt at home. They provided the difference between being a tourist in a city and being immersed in its warmth. Unlike at many B&B's, here we felt like we had made friends. Their house really feels like a home where you belong. It also happens to be located in what is probably the most charming and lovely part of Charleston. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.
5 on April 05, 2011
Our group of four long-time friends spent 3 days visiting Charleston for the Festival of Houses and Gardens. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay than 15 Church St.: The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House. I have visited Charleston several times and have stayed in hotels and other B&B's, but our time spent with Jack, Annelise and Martha was my most outstanding experience. Nothing else compares to their hospitality. They are exceptional hosts in an exceptions home. As other reviewers have remarked, we felt as if we were treated in the same manner they treat their family and personal friends. Our group stayed in the Carriage House, which was clean, quiet, homey and private. The beds were comfortable and we felt as if we were in our own cottage, not an extension of the main house. All 3 hosts went out of their way to ensure that our every need was attended to. Jack and Annelise are warm and charming.....as is Martha. Martha is the life of the party! The four of us are planning future visits and intend to schedule our visits based on Carriage House availability at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House. I'm looking forward to visiting with my husband and trying out one of the single rooms! Even though the weather was uncooperative during our stay, we couldn't have had a better time, mostly due to our wonderful hosts and their charming accommodations......all true jewels.
5 on March 27, 2011
Location, comfort, hospitality--what more can you ask for in a B & B? This historic home is only steps from the waterside, and an easy stroll into the business district. Sitting in the comfortable living room furnished with genuine antiques, you are invited to sip wine & nosh on cheese before you head out to dinner. In the evening, choose from the breakfast options & let Jack & Annelise know what time you'd like to eat. You'll want to linger over your coffee in the gorgeous formal dining room, visiting with other guests. Every room is exquisitely furnished and exceeding clean.Their friendly dogs are not allowed in guest quarters. If climbing steps is an issue for you, request the spacious Cypress Room on the ground floor. Still, there is short staircase to the first floor where meals are served, and a couple of more flights if you choose the Blue or Pink Room. Families or larger groups might prefer the Carriage House. The Simmons will happily recommend restaurants, tours, and other happenings in town, though it's tempting to sit & chat with this very delightful couple!
5 on March 16, 2011
If you want to be a treasured guest instead of a typical vacationer, this gem of a B&B is a wonderful home base for Charleston. We arrived on the cobblestones in front of the home at night and in a downpour only to be greeted with utmost care and hospitality-more like visiting a relative than a business. Jack and Annelise are charming, FUNNY, and historians of their hometown. The Simmons, along with Martha made our visit one we will compare to all our other travels. Denise from Seattle.
4.0 on February 26, 2011
My husband and I chose this Bed and Breakfast after reading all the reviews posted here. The room we stayed in was the Cypress, which is on the first floor, so it is quiet and secluded, and has a private entrance. It was comfortably and elegantly furnished, without being opulent. Our hosts Jack and Annelise were away when we arrived, but we were received by Martha, who is perhaps the most charming lady we have ever met, and Fran the dog. All the reviews talk about Jack and Annelise (and rightly so), but I think Martha has been sadly omitted, because she is awesome! She quickly made us feel welcome and recommended an excellent place to have dinner (Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe). The next day, we met Jack and Annelise, who are really warm and hospitable folks. We had a wonderful day touring Charleston, thanks to some great recommendations by Annelise and Martha, and a great social hour where we enjoyed some good conversation with Jack, Annelise, Martha and their friends. Thanks for making our anniversary so special!
5 on January 25, 2011
My teenage daughter and I had such a great time we signed on for an additional day at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House. If you want to get a feel for the beauty, grace, warmth, and hospitality of the old South, spend a few days with Jack and Annalise Simmons. Usually I like to explore new places, but this is one of the few places I most definitely want to revisit as soon as possible!
5 on January 17, 2011
I am delinquent in not posting a review earlier in a very busy year. I stayed with friends in the Carriage House of the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House for several days last August (2010) and found both house and hosts to be completely charming. The location is perfect if you are interested in Old Charleston and its many historic streets, and the Simmons's are the delightful epitome of Southern Charm. They also make excellent restaurant recommendations and are wonderful, intelligent and well-practiced conversationalists. I would stay with the Simmons's at any opportunity I have to visit Charleston.
4.8 on November 08, 2010
First, scroll down the reviews prior to ours and you are hard pressed to see anything really negative. Two years ago there were some people concerned about some things but Jack and Annelise were apparently very responsive because when we showed up for 3 nights in November, this was all we had hoped it would be. If you want the European feel where its like you are guests in someone's home, they are attentive hosts but don't smother you, the rooms are clean and the food is tasty, this is the place you want to be. Like others have said we really appreciated its closeness to the Battery and easy walking to other historical sites and nice restaurants. They've got ample parking, let you choose when and what you will eat for the next day's breakfast and at the end of the day there are drinks and good conversation in the parlor with Jack and Annelise and the others in the house. And a big bowl of M&Ms. They're environmentally conscious so they don't barge through the door to change sheets or towels everyday but if that's what you want, they'll do it. They've got lots of advice and tips for tourists but the conversation can drift anywhere. But here's the best part - he's a doctor, she's a teacher - so they have kept their day jobs and aren't hard pressed to cut corners or hard sell you so they can hit the bottom line. Now, they're not a charitable organization but they do think of guests as visitors who they can have good conversation with and learn from rather than customers rotating the turnstiles as they come in the door.
5 on November 06, 2010
We stayed for 2 nights in Oct during a 6 week trip of the States and Canada and this stay was definitely one of the highlights. We would loved to have stayed longer. Analise and Jack made us feel right at home, helped with dinner and lunch suggestions, even made reservations for us. Early evening wine and cheese on the 'piazza' with other guest and our hosts was a wonderful way to relax after a days sightseeing before heading off to dinner. Their home is beautiful and our room, downstairs, was very spacious and comfortable.We could not recommend this B&B highly enough, just fantastic! Thanks Analise, Jack and Martha for making this such a memorable stay & a big cuddle for Frannie (the dog).
4.8 on September 29, 2010
I stayed here sept 14-19 with an old college friend and it was fantastic. Stayed in the Cypress room and loved it. Jack and Annelise are friendly and make you feel right at home. They are full of suggestions and take the extra time to make dinner reservations etc. Sincere thanks to them, Martha and Amy, and I cannot forget Frannie the dog! They all made our first time to Charleston memorable and enjoyable. We will definitely be back!
4.0 on August 16, 2010
We had an incredible experience! The host were more than gracious and very hospitable. The Cypress Room was so quaint and comfortable. I really enjoyed breakfast with the other guest and heart pancakes were a very sweet sentiment from Jack!
5 on August 09, 2010
If you're planning a trip to Charleston and want to live for a while like a Charlestonian, look no further than the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House at 15 Church Street. Jack and Annelise Simmons, who own this lovely home, love sharing it with guests from all over the world. They not only offer expert recommendations for the must see historic homes, museums, churches and restaurants, but they happily make reservations for you. They even offered to drive us to a Spoleto event. The rooms are exquisitely furnished, clean, and extremely comfortable. Local art pops from the walls. Their home is within walking distance of all the best historical, cultural, and culinary destinations, and the scrumptious full breakfast provides fuel to wander around for hours. Guests are offered wine and cheese each afternoon on the piazza, and Jack and Annelise join them to talk about the day's experiences. The stimulating conversations there and at breakfast became some of our most treasured memories. By the time you leave, you feel like you have known the owners forever. They are respectful, genteel southerners who went out of their way to please us. And Martha is an absolute gem! I wouldn't think about staying at a chain hotel when, for less money, you can live with the locals in an elegant home and be treated as old friends.
5 on August 09, 2010
Charleston is a beautiful place with outstanding architecture. This is a lovely old historic building with superb rooms.Jack & Annalise are an extremely friendly & welcoming couple who were excellent hosts. We had a wonderful time in Charleston & would definitely like to return some day.
5 on June 12, 2010
This was our third time staying at this great B & B. It is our favorite place to stay and our favorite historic city to visit. We never get to see everything we plan to in Charleston and that is why we keep returning. This city has so much to offer and Jack and Annelise have been so helpful in recommending which restaurants to go to, tours to take and places not to miss seeing. We love "our pink room" on the fourth floor which is very spacious and has a view of the harbor and antebellum rooftops and we feel like we are returning each time to a most comfortable and historic home. We have enjoyed our conversations with Jack and Annelise at the social hour out on the piazza and also during breakfast which is delicious with many choices and we never feel rushed. All you could ever want in a B & B is right here! Gracious southern hospitality and a beautiful home right in the historic district.
4.8 on May 10, 2010
We had a wonderful stay with Jack and Annelise (gotta include Martha as well) at the 15 Church Street B&B in Charleston. It's quite unique to have a B&B owner who grew up in the house he's running. The willingness of our hosts to help us get the most out of our brief visit was outstanding! We could and did easily walk to most of the historic places and restaurants we wanted to see. "Cocktail hours" there were among the highlights of our trip.
5 on April 04, 2010
This review has been long overdue. My wife and I honeymooned in Charleston October 20-24 in 2008 and stayed the entire time at 15 Church Street. From the start we knew the location was going to be perfect...right in the heart of the Battery, walking distance to almost anywhere downtown (or a short bike ride). The exterior was straight out the picture books of classic Charleston architecture. The interior far exceeded our expectations from the entrance way to the dining room to the sitting room. The bedroom (Blue room) was gorgeous and private. It was always kept in great condition and clean every day. Even though other guests were in the house, we never heard them. Breakfast was a morning delight and plentiful (I loved the grits). The afternoon happy hour with the owners and guests on the porch was a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and before dinner. Quality wines were opened for us as we sat around and revisited our daily activities...the weather worked in our favor here as the evenings were delightful. Speaking of the owners, you could not ask for more friendly and gracious hosts (and a great collection of canine companions). Jack and Annelise went above and beyond just providing a place to stay and food to eat. They joined us for wine and shared in our conversation in the evenings. They made many good recommendations for daily or evening activities. They provided constant feedback as we were booking a room in order to accommodate our travel plans. Jack even provided us with a timely referral for a minor medical emergency while we were out playing tourist (all was okay). If you are planning a honeymoon, a getaway for two, even a vacation for a family (I believe there is a room that can hold a small group), you will not find a better bed and breakfast in downtown Charleston.
5 on March 14, 2010
This is a beautiful house in a A1 part of Charleson. It also has lovely hosts. After 3 days you feel you would be free to drop in any time (even if a trip from England might be a long way!) Nothing was too much trouble. We benefited from a personal taxi after an exhuberant happy hour. We also had guidance on tours and restaurants which was very helpful. Having the bikes was very useful and good fun. Strongly recommended.
5 on March 10, 2010
Jack and Annelise's home was as advertised. We spent our first anniversary there this past week. We stayed in the Carriage House. It was very nice, clean and spacious. Someday I will have to build a house with wood flooring like that. Even though this was our first time in Charleston we really felt like family. They were very hospitable. On Sunday morning Jack whipped up his famous fluffy Virginia pancakes and surprised us with heart shaped pancakes. That was a very pleasant surprise. They definitely know the places to visit and the top restaurants. We highly recommend their suggestions. We really enjoyed the food at both Magnolias and Peninsula Grill. For lunch make sure you visit the Hominey Grill (dont leave without getting their chocolate pudding, it is to die for). Oh and finally make sure you take a carriage tour. You will fall in love with Charleston's history. It really helps you understand how Charleston came to be as you see it today. Thanks very much Jack and Annelise for the great time. We miss your pooches already! Perhaps we will see you again.
4.2 on February 14, 2010
I treated my bride (of 21 years) to a surprise Valentine's Day weekend in Charleston and chose this B&B purely on the reviews of other guests. We tend to prefer the warmer, less formal kinds of places and based on what I read this sounded ideal. Jack and Annelise were returning from a week out of town the night we arrived, so we had the pleasure of spending our first few hours in town with Martha, who took very good care of us, and Franny, the family dog. We visited in the living room in front of a nice fire, while enjoying a little wine and cheese before dinner (Martha's restaurant recommendation was absolutely perfect.) We met Jack and Annelise the following morning over coffee in the kitchen. It became pretty clear that this was no ordinary B&B experience, it was more like a visit with old friends who happened to live in a fabulous historic home in a great location in Charleston. As the other guests made their way down to breakfast we realized that they were what Jack affectionately referred to as "repeat offenders" (people who find their way back to this wonderful place. As hosts they simply could not be more gracious. This B&B prides itself on following the more informal European tradition, which feels more like a home stay than a stuffy, museum-like setting. For the B&B enthusiast who enjoys the true human connection (and occasional canine connection with Franny...) this place is ideal. We shared big hugs with Jack and Annelise upon our departure -- knowing that when we return at Charleston we will be back for another visit.
5 on February 12, 2010
Dr. Simmons treated my wife and me to a terrific 4th of July on the water at his club was beyond our wildest expectation. We could see fireworks from 8 different sites. The location of his home is only 1/2 block from the battery. Great room and breakfasts. You will not be disappointed.
5 on February 03, 2010
My husband and I recently stayed w/Jack and Annelise as a special treat for my 40th birthday. We had such a wonderful time, and Jack and Annelise were definitely a big part of it. They went out of their to make sure we were comfortable and had a good time, striking the perfect balance between being gracious, social hosts and respecting privacy. My husband and I lived in Charleston briefly and had lots we wanted to see and do while we were there, yet we found ourselves arranging our days to make sure we got back to the house in time for the wine social w/the two of them. Not only were they warm and sweet, but they taught us so much about the history of Charleston; just full of information and anecdotes. Breakfasts were varied and filling, rooms were clean and beautiful (and loved that we were able to have a fire in our bedroom every night!). Both Jack and Annelise gave us great recommendations for dining, along with making our reservations for us, and even dropping us off at the restaurant if we wanted (although their house is close enough to walk to just about anything, which is very nice). We would highly recommend staying here and will do so the next time we're in Charleston- may even bring our children and stay in the Guesthouse. Don't hesitate to arrange your stay here - Jack and Annelise will really open their home to you.
5 on December 28, 2009
We have been staying at Jack and Annelise's B&B house for over the past 4 years during the Bridge run, and we look forward to the visiting with them every year. Charleston is a beautiful place to visit, but it is the people you meet at your travel destination that will touch your life forever. That is why we recommend staying at 15 Church Street. The hospitalilty, happy hours on the porch, and insight into Charleston life is exemplary. Not to mention Jack's pancakes. I don't see why he has not won any awards as of yet in this department but it is easy to see why they were voted "The Best in the South". Look forward to our upcoming stay in 2010!
4.4 on December 16, 2009
What a wonderful weekend we just had! This place is everything you have read about. First class. The house is beautiful and our room was perfect. The Rose Room was exactly what we wanted...Jack even furnished us logs for the fireplace each night. Jack and Annelise were in the middle of decorating for Christmas and the house was even more charming. Our breakfasts were delicious; the dinner reservations they made for us were perfect. Jack and Annelise obviously know how to be the most perfect and gracious hosts. Can't wait to go back.
4.8 on December 15, 2009
My husband and I spent a delightful December weekend at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House and will definitely return! Jack and Annelise are interesting people who take obvious pride in their beautiful house and lovely room accommodations. We stayed in the blue room, which was VERY large, and enjoyed wine, cheese and crackers at 5 with Jack, Annelise, and the two other couples who stayed at 15 Church Street. We enjoyed talking to the other guests. The breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday were very good and no one could eat as much as was offered. Annelise and Jack are wonderful raconteurs and and engaging conversationalists. They know and love Charleston and were very helpful. The inn is centrally located in the Battery, a 1/2 block from the water and an easy walk to fabulous restaurants. There's so much to do; a weekend barely scratched the surface. Jack and Annelise respect their guests privacy and are wonderful raconteurs and and engaging conversationalists when we wanted to be around the inn. They know and love Charleston and were very helpful. Thanks for a lovely weekend! Judy and Robert
5 on August 24, 2009
This was our second stay at 15 Church Street (the Phillips-Yates-Snowdon House) and the experience was as special as we remembered! We make every effort to stay in highly rated bed and breakfasts whenever possible during our travels. We have not received a more gracious welcome, or more assistance, than that offered by Jack and Annelise Simmons. From the moment you enter their home, you are treated with warmth, graciousness, and charm. It is difficult to sum up all the positives in a concise manner! The rooms are spacious, scrupulously clean and well stocked. If more towels or other items are needed, you have only to ask. Breakfast was always delicious and very filling. The most difficult decision was making a choice between entrees! All were exceptional. The main fare was always supplemented with endless juice, coffee, and the freshest fruit available. Each morning Jack or Annelise checked to make sure that all at the table were satisfied and asked if we would like anything else. The evening wine hour and the conversation were particularly nice. We have stayed at several very nicely appointed bed and breakfasts in a number of states and nowhere else did the hosts join the guests in the evening. It is a lovely custom! One evening we were enjoying the company so much, we were nearly late for our dinner reservation. Jack was kind enough to give us a lift across town to make it in time! We greatly appreciated the tips regarding things to do and see while in Charleston. The suggestions for restaurants, assistance with reservations, background and special interests information at the historical sites were all invaluable assets. During both our stays at 15 Church Street, the Simmons went to great lengths to help each of their guests find the activities they were interested in and enjoy their time in Charleston. We are eagerly anticipating a return visit. This would be a lovely location to gather the family for a reunion or holiday.
5 on July 22, 2009
We recently had a wonderful experience staying for a weekend at the Phillips-Yates-Snowden House. The house itself is spacious and inviting, and the location for walking to the main areas of downtown Charleston can't be beat. The owners, Jack and Annelise are warm and knowledgeable, and truly make you feel as if you are a part of their home, not just a weekend guest. Nightly gatherings for drinks downstairs and morning chats on the porch are a nice touch. We would definitely consider our next stay in Charleston to be here.
5 on June 29, 2009
Recently, we were fortunate enough to spend an entire week in Charleston on a writing assignment. Even more fortuitous was our stay at the Philips-Yates-Snowden House (PYSH). One travels to Charleston for its elegance, gentility, fine cuisine and stunning architecture. Our stay at the PYSH made our immersion in old Charleston complete. Our hosts, Dr. Jack Simmons and his wife Annelise, provided a true southern welcome. They exemplify the civic pride and cordial manner that multi-generational families in Charleston are famous for. Their knowledge of the town is surpassed only by their knowledge of southern history, which always made for great conversation over wine and cheese each afternoon on the porch. And helpful? Mon Dieu! One night we were late for dinner (after lingering over wine and cheese) and Jack drove us right to the door! The house is the real deal - right in the heart of the Battery area, 3 stories of comfortable elegance. Poseur that I am, it was fun to step out of our "very own" mansion, acting like we owned the place, as less fortunate tourists passed by as they admired "our" neighborhood. Our HUGE room on the third floor overlooked the gardens of the Calhoun mansion (Charleston's grandest)! And parking was not an issue, ever. Need I say more? OK, I will. Each morning featured a wonderful gourmet breakfast, nicely balanced for a day of perambulation through the markets and neighborhoods. You know, one can tell who one's friends are after a week of proximity. And I'm happy to say Jack and Annelise are our friends now, and I hope they can say the same for us. Jeff and Suzanne
5 on June 16, 2009
Agree with all the superlatives. We had a wonderful stay in the carriage house, felt welcome (almost as part of the family), enjoyed the gatherings on the piazza each morning and evening, followed Annelise's restaurant recommendations with spectacular results, played with the dogs, met friends and other guests over delicious breakfasts, and enjoyed life below Broad Street. Jack and Annelise really make a visit to Charleston special. Just have to figure out when we can get back to visit again.
5 on June 08, 2009
Over the years, we've stayed at many B&B's, but none can hold a candle to this one. It wasn't just the perfect location, amenities, and ambience. What really made our vacation was the one thing that is unique to the B&B experience -- an absolutely wonderful host and hostess -- Jack and Annelise Simmons. They welcome their guests into their home -- and it is their home first and a business second, as it should be -- and make them feel a part of their family. Thanks to them, we had a truly matchless Charleston visit. From the tour with Mrs. Jane Thornhill -- to the yummy restaurants -- to Drayton Hall and Middleton Place -- to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir performance on the opening night of the Spoleto Festival -- each recommendation added special memories to our 8-day sojourn in the gracious South. By our second day, we were already talking about our next trip there, so we didn't push ourselves to do everything in one visit, knowing we'd be back again and again to see our new friends, Jack and Annelise, and their incredible city.
5 on May 16, 2009
As lovely and comfortable as The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House is, the best things about this B & B are the owners, Jack and Annelise Simmons. They are the most interesting, gracious and knowledgeable host that we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Their magnificent home has been in Jack’s family for two generations and is located in the most beautiful section of Charleston just steps away from a historic waterfront. Annelise was kind enough to make our dinner reservations for us to four unbelievable restaurants. We were absolutely delighted with every one of them. Both Jack and Annelise KNOW and LOVE Charleston so well they were able to suggest numerous museums, forts, historic sites and tours including the incredible Gullah Tour with Alphonso Brown. Every night we looked forward to our social hour on the porch. It’s a time to share your Charleston experiences and more with Jack and Annelise and other quests. We are grateful to Jack and Annelise for sharing their beautiful home and their southern traditions. Two Yankees From Massachusetts
4.0 on May 08, 2009
My husband and I recently spent a delightful weekend at the 15 Church St. B&B. The location was outstanding, the accommodations were charming, and the hosts made us feel like lifelong friends. We can't wait to go back.
5 on March 28, 2009
Jack and Annelise Simmons are such wonderful hosts. I have stayed in other B & Bs but I felt so at home at this one. It is great way to feel Charleston. Our daughter gave us this chance. Janice Hixson
4.8 on March 22, 2009
15 Church St. is a glimpse of Charleston's finest in warm friendly hosts, historical homes and convenient locations. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the food is excellent. Annelise and Jack are the B&B's unadvertised concierge service and do an excellent job! Charleston lived up to its' reputation of a beautiful southern city, Jack and Annelise are a large part of what made it so enjoyable and memorable.
5 on March 15, 2009
This was the first time my wife and I stayed at a bed and breakfast. We found Jack & Annelise to be gracious host and epitomize the phrase Southern Hospitality. The accommodations were better than we ever expected. Their home is beautifully decorated. I would recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy Charleston at its finest to stay there.
5 on March 01, 2009
I tend to prefer staying at B&B's whenever traveling, but I have to say that 15 Church Street is the best B&B I have ever encountered. Jack and Annelise went out of their way to make our stay memorable from sharing information about the local history, recommending places to visit, suggesting restaurants, to just make us feel very much at home. Their 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour became a highlight of our day. They have set the bar for B&B's to an all time high. I can't wait to go back to Charleston and visit with them again.
5 on February 21, 2009
My husband and I visited Charleston for the first time in Feb. 09. Jack and Annelise made our stay so enjoyable and are a fountain of information about the city, its history, customs etc. Their home is gracious and very much "old Charleston". Truly a wonderful experience and a great B&B
4.8 on February 06, 2009
The Simmons were southern hospitality at its best. My husband and I went to Charleston wanting an authentic experience of the city's culture. Our stay at 15 Church made our trip. Annelise was full of helpful information about the history of the neighborhood and city, which supplemented our trip and helped us to appreciate Charleston to its fullest. We're already decided to plan a trip back and this is the ONLY place we would consider staying. We highly recommend 15 Church St.
4.6 on January 13, 2009
We had a wonderful relaxing experience recently staying at the 15 Church St. bed and breakfast. The location is one of the best in the city, right in the heart of the historic district, but within easy walking distance of restaurants and places of interest. Our hosts, Jack and Annalise, were the reason I would come back!!...They opened their home and made us feel like houseguests, not paying guests. Annalise shared tips on restaurants and tours, and basically helped us plan our visit. They hosted a wonderful social hour with the other guests every night, which was a fun way to compare notes on Charleston, and life in general!...The home is beautiful, but the hosts are the best!
5 on December 10, 2008
The house and atmosphere were amazing. We felt most welcomed; Annelise and Jack were very hospitable and accommodating to every need. We will definitely make many repeat visits. It was the BEST! Kristie Smith
5 on December 10, 2008
My wife and I chose to stay at the Simmons' home to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Being within the historic district was a real treat for us, but more importantly, we felt welcomed to the Simmons' home. Annelise went out of her way to make sure that we were settled in and took care of dinner reservations for us each evening. We enjoyed the wine social shared each evening with the Simmons and other guests. We were within walking distance to everything and Annelise was more than helpful in recommending certain attractions etc. We will certainly go back again! Bryan & Joy
5 on December 06, 2008
My husband and I were married in Charleston and it seemed fitting that a visit back would be a great way to celebrate our 21st anniversary. I had always wanted to stay in a B and B but in the past, we had always ended up in a hotel. I wanted this anniversary to be special so I did my research and chose 15 Church St. Bed and Breakfast. I am so glad I did. The entire trip was a surprise for my husband. Jack and Annelise helped by making restaurant recommendations and reservations for us, which proved wonderful. Jack is a true southern gentleman and Annelise is a sweet soft-spoken southern belle. Early evenings begin with wine and snacks in the living room where they make you feel like an invited guest, not a patron. They are so knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was truly a pleasure being able to sit and talk with them. As with all good and warm homes, this one comes with the most delightful dogs, Pappy, Snickers, and Madeline. They complete the 'home-away-from-home" feeling. Our room (the rose room) was very comfortable. You can feel the history as you look out over the roof tops to the harbor. Last but certainly not least, the food . . . If you like a traditional southern breakfast, this B and B is for you. We had Jack's mother's recipe "Hominy Surprise" the first morning and we both loved it. That was my favorite. Our second morning we tried the frittata. It was also very good. Breakfast is served with plenty of fresh fruit, good strong coffee, and your choice of breads and sides. It goes without saying - we will go back! The Simmons are warm and gracious and the home is beautiful. I highly recommend 15 Church St. B and B to anyone.
4.4 on December 04, 2008
Jack & Annelise made us so welcome, our luggage was delayed in transit so Jack lent us nightware and gave us toothpaste etc, nothing was too much trouble. He even drove us to a restaurant and picked us up later as it was raining ! We liked having drinks in the evening on their veranda together with the other guests. We have returned to the UK with so many happy memories of our all to short stay in this wonderful city, and of the kindness and real Southern hospitality shown to us by Jack and Annelise.
5 on November 14, 2008
My wife and I stayed with Jack and Annelise for three days in the Cypress Room. We could not have been more pleased with our choice. Jack and Annelise are such warm and gracious hosts. We particularly enjoyed the evening cocktail hour where we had an opportunity to review the day, discuss possible plans for the next day and probe Jack and Annelise's encyclopedic knowledge of the Charleston area. Their home is located in the heart of the historic part of Charleston, adjacent to the Calhoun Mansion. Very close (walking distance) to the market, many wonderful restaurants (ask for recommendations from Jack and Annelise) and historical points of interest. Accomodations were very comfortable, the breakfast was great and the company was wonderful.
5 on November 12, 2008
This was our third visit to stay with the Simmons. This time we tried the Rose Room. It was the most elegant of the fine accomodations we had enjoyed there. Nothing in our experience equals the hospitality and concern for our welfare as that shown by our host and hostess. Always ready with advice on where to go and how to get there, and an incomparable source of dining advice, they always make our stay most enjoyable. We've grown especially fond of beginning our evenings sharing wine and stories of the day with fellow guests and our congenial hosts.
5 on November 11, 2008
Jack and Annelise are the perfect hosts to make their guests feel welcome and comfortable. They have a long history with the city and wonderful connections with tour guides and restaurants. Interacting with other guests during breakfast and late afternoon social hour provides additional opportunities to get to know the jewels that this beautiful, historic city has to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
4.6 on November 03, 2008
Jack and Annelise truly make you feel at home. Social hour includes wine and they happily poured more than one varietal and offered cheese and crackers. The grits for breakfast are completely delicious - made from an old family recipe! And if you are there on Sunday, the Virginia pancakes are also fabulous. The innkeepers are knowledgeable and social without being nosy. They offer directions, dining suggestions, and stories! Madeleine is the resident canine and she is sweet as a southern pie. I almost took her home : ) The beds have lots of pillows which is fab! The house is walking distance to plenty! A fabulous southern experience!
5 on October 23, 2008
This is the best experience we could have had. We have stayed at B&Bs all over the world and had many wonderful experiences but this was the best. Jack and Annelise know everything and everybody and recommend appropriate places to visit. They are there for you every morning and again at social hour. We were able to enjoy the lovely porch with them and other interesting guests. Everything is nicer than in the pictures.
2.2 on October 14, 2008
Recent stay with my friend. We are experienced with stays at B and B's - both as friends and with our spouses. 15 Church B and B felt like we were staying with family. Annelise and Jack treated us like family and were extremely gracious and hospitable. Unfortunately, we feel that we would rather be treated like company. Although they were delightful and the room was large and comfortable, there were several small items that need to be improved. (The location was great, too). No interim cleaning (we were there for 5 days and 4 nights), no drinks available during the day and really needed access to something because there were no stores nearby and even if there were, there was no refrigerator, no alarm clock, the room still contained 'junk' leftover from when their son lived there, inadequate light in the bathroom, the toiletry products were 'mass produced' in pumps (only shampoo and liquid soap), the hairdryer was too dirty to use, and the breakfast was a bit meager (1 piece of toast, a small square of frittata, OJ, tea/coffee, and fruit). We are used to more elaborate breakfasts and more offerings, too. Altho they had cocktail hour, we didn't know about it until our last day there. I have stayed at 4 B and B's this year alone (South Carolina, Canada, Michigan) and this one was the most expensive and just OK. We wanted to know more about the house, but no info was offered, even when we asked. Again, they are wonderful people, but appear to be inexperienced B and B owners.
Glad they liked our hospitality, large comfortable room and “great” location; oddly they felt like “family” but preferred to be only “company” (in the South the logic of this escapes us). We are a true B&B, not a commercial hotel with full-time staff. To protect our guests’ privacy we do not enter the rooms unless asked. This bathroom has a large overhead globe plus a bank of four lights above the mirror. The hairdryer has been inspected and nothing found amiss. Soap bars are wasteful so we provide quality liquid soap, and shampoo from Greenwich Bay Trading Company: www.gbsoaps.com There is a full sized refrigerator for guest use. Breakfast includes coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, frittatas, grits, Hominy Surprise, plus the usual carbs. We try to exceed expectations; an all-you-can-eat breakfast bar we are not. Hard to miss our 6 PM Charleston “social hour”; it is listed on the BedandBreakfast.com website under “other amenities”. We invite guests to participate so it seems difficult to ignore eight others sitting around having a good time! When these guests returned from an evening out, they even joined us at our dinner table for wine and dessert. A brief history of our house is listed on the website; another is sent via email, and, in our living room and bedrooms, there are several magazine articles featuring the house and it’s famous War of Secession occupants, one of which Jack researched and published (¬GS Magazine), Nov/Dec 2007, p.93-95). Any guest inquiring about the house is swamped with this information. Our rates are competitive since they include a full breakfast, parking, and wine. The house is authentic, C. 1842, not an ersatz historic looking venue of concrete block and steel. With all of the above said, we remain sincerely honored that these guests still felt we were “wonderful people”. We wish them well in their quest for the perfect B&B to suit their needs.
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
5 on October 09, 2008
As stated by most reviewers, Jack and Annelise were perfect hosts. They were a wealth of information on restaurants, activities and history. Jack has lived in this home his entire life and their love and devotion to the area are apparent. We stayed in the third floor "Rose Room", which was much larger than most hotel rooms. The bath was also large and equipped with all the amenities. The only drawback of being on the third floor was climbing the stairs after a full day of walking the streets of Charleston. We were particularly appreciative of the use of their bikes and were able to cover lots of territory on them. Our only negative comment would be a lack of any stores/restaurants within several blocks of this location. Returning from a long, hot day of sightseeing, there was no place close to get a coke or even bottled water. Breakfasts were sufficient and allowed time to visit with other guests. The 6:30 "social" time on the veranda with wine and snacks was a great way to touch base and get to know our hosts and other guests. Any return stay in Charleston for us will definitely be at 15 Church Street.
4.0 on October 07, 2008
This was "Southern Hospitality" at it's finest. Jack and Annelise were very welcoming. They were both lovely to talk to. Their knowlege of Charleston and the home that they live in is amazing. Ask Jack to see the article that he wrote! Annelise is a gem and her recomendations on dinner were superb. She also suggested the "Gullah" tour and she was right on the money. Snickers, Pappy and Madeline are so sweet...beware that you will get kisses from Snickers if you ask for them!! The walk to Market street took about 20 minutes. Be sure to bring good walking shoes, cause you will need them. Both Jack and Annelise are busy, but they always had time to talk to you. The breakfasts were good and Dawn was fun to chat with. There is so much to do in Charleston and the surrounding area that I don't think that 3 days were enough. Hominy Grill was great for Shrimp and Grits as well as their Buttermilk Pie. Tommy Condons has the best Potato Chowder and Bread Pudding. Don't forget to purchase your Sweetgrass Basket. To Jack and Annelise....THANK YOU!!
5 on October 07, 2008
We stayed at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House October 1st - 5th in the Cypress room, and we could not be more pleased with our stay. The house is beautiful, and in a perfect location. It was nice to be a bit south of the main congested area and in the beautiful residential part. (But it's a quick walk to get to anywhere) Our room was very clean, and equipted with everything you would expect. However, our favorite part was our gracious hosts Jack and Annelise. They both went above and beyond to make us comfortable and assist us in making the best of our Charleston trip. I can't image staying anywhere else in Charleston. We look forward to returning soon! Thank you Jack and Annelise!
5 on October 04, 2008
Jack and Annelise were excellent hosts. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and made great recommendations for tours and dining and even made reservations for us. We enjoyed their "Charleston Hospitality Hour" before dinner every evening. It was nice to visit over drinks with Jack, Annelise and the other guests. We also enjoyed having the three dogs around-it reminded us of home. Their home is beautiful and well-located. It was an excellent B & B experience, very reminiscent of our travels in the British Isles and we recommend this one.
3.4 on September 30, 2008
The Inn was lovely and furnished according to the age of the home. Parking was ample and the place was large enough for all the family. However, the owners had three dogs who seemed to have the run of the common areas including the dining room. In addition, the breakfasts were small portions and not served on time.
We have been honored by all of the kind comments our guests have posted, so one such as this is both interesting and odd in that it seems so out of place. We are all dumbfounded as the dogs are restricted from the dining area by accordion gates and venture there only at the will of the guests. Also, we have doggie photos on the web site to alert potential guests to their presence in case someone has a particular allergy or aversion. At breakfast, we always ask our guests if they would like anything else and, in five years, we have only had two requests for an additional piece of toast. Our guests set their own eating time the evening before and are served as soon as they are seated, often, by their own choice, at a later than stated time if they decide to socialize over coffee on the porch. As we try to be very hospitable and accommodating, we do not understand why these particular guests would not first approach us regarding their concerns so we would have had a chance to address any issues immediately. We encourage any future guests to not hesitate to do so. We want your stay to be wonderful.
- Jack Simmons (innkeeper)
4.0 on September 28, 2008
We just returned from three wonderful nights at the Philips-Yates-Snowden House. It's in a great location to walk to restaraunts and attractions. The accomodations are comfortable and pleasant. The best part of this inn is the innkeepers (and their helpers) who make you feel like one of the family and offer excellent suggestions for places to eat and things to see. Only avoid 15 Church Street if you have dog allergies, since you get to share the place with three beautiful, well-mannered canine friends!
5 on September 21, 2008
From the moment my college girlfriends and I stepped into the house, we felt at home. Annelise and Jack Simmons are wonderful hosts who define Southern hospitality. The room (all three of us stayed in the Blue Room) was clean and spacious. The breakfast was so relaxed and so good that we really had to force ourselves to get out of the house. We were always welcomed back warmly as well as given outstanding recommendations for going out (you must go to the Hominy Grill). I hope that the Simmons will always remember the Tar Heel Girls! We will always remember our hosts and the wonderful accomodations.
2.4 on September 20, 2008
The decor of the room was not as expected. There was personal clutter surrounding the furniture: a bookcase with books and other items strewn into the shelves with a tablecloth covering it. There were children's trophies packed in the bathroom cabinet and boxes filling the closet shelves. Too much furniture to manuever. We were accused of tracking in mud (we didn't). We were expected to reuse our linen napkins for the second breakfast. No clock radio as see as in the advertisement. After the first morning, we didn't see the hosts again and someone served us breakfast the second morning (we had no clue as to who she was and she didn't offer an introduction). The house was nice-old Charleston-had great potential. The owner's dog was very sweet and behaved. The two visiting dogs were well behaved too. No personal attention such as bed make up or checking on our needs for the second night. I will find another place to stay for my next Charleston visit.
It is always disconcerting when a guest does not have a positive experience. However, perhaps their expectations were more of a commercial “Inn”. Being a true bed and breakfast in that guests are staying in our home, by necessity, there will be some personal items in the rooms which have been hidden out of sight in bathroom cabinets, in covered bookshelves, and in the top of closets. We commend these guests on their curiosity in finding such family “treasures”. So as not to invade our guests’ privacy, we do not enter their rooms unless requested (again, we are a B&B, not an Inn with a full-time staff). We follow the European custom of using personalized napkin rings with which to identify one’s napkin for the next day, feeling this more environmentally friendly than using paper or washing every day. If one is particularly messy, fresh napkins are always available; we now make it a special point to so inform our guests. The clock radio had “wandered off” and has been replaced. Since most of our guests now use their cell phones for time and alarms, we had become lulled into forgetting about this amenity, an oversight on our part for which we do apologize. Always glad to rectify any omission if notified, we prefer to do so during the visit by making an effort to always tell our guests, “Please let us know if you need anything.” We sincerely appreciate all constructive comments and are so glad they liked the dogs!
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
4.4 on September 06, 2008
15 church was a great experience. jack and annaliese are really great people who make you feel right at home as if you are visiting family. they offered great suggestions about restaurants. provided bikes to tour the historic district. and the house is very charming, as are the dogs. a great time. highly recommended.
5 on August 27, 2008
We have stayed in many B&Bs over the years, and I can honestly say that this is the first time we truly felt like we were honored guests of an authentic Charleston family rather than customers in a B&B that worked hard to create the feeling of home. Not that there is anything wrong with the latter--and the distinction may seem subtle--but it is another thing altogether to feel like your hosts are deeply connected to the town, to the home, and to you! I have not met better hosts than Jack and Annelise, and being from the South I have seen up close what Southern hospitality looks like. Yes, the location is great, the home is gorgeous, the rooms and amenities are well-thought-out. But I have to say that what I will remember most (and for a long time I'm sure) is Jack inviting us onto the porch to chat after we returned "home" for the day, and Annelise seeing us off for the day with a uniquely Southern admonishment to "Behave". Truly a one-of-a-kind gem in a one-of-a-kind city, and highly recommended for your next visit to Charleston.
5 on August 13, 2008
We had a wonderful time staying at the Phillips-Yates Snowden House - we stayed in the Carriage House which was very comfortable. Jack and Annelise helped us plan our day with tours, getting around the city and recommending restaurants for lunch and dinner - all their recommendations were perfect and much appreciated. We would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to everyone who is visiting Charleston - its perfect!
5 on August 11, 2008
This was our first visit to a B & B . . . Jack and Annelise have set the bar high! They were warm and thoughtful; the house beautiful and our room great; the food delicious and the conversations fascinating! Thank you, Jack and Annelise, for making us feel so welcome. Beth and Jeff
4.0 on August 11, 2008
Everything we could have hoped for in a B+B!
5 on August 06, 2008
My wife and recently stayed with Jack and Annelise Simmons, and could not have wished for a better experience in Charleston. You do not just get a room and lovely breakfast in a beautiful house, you get to be a Charlestonian, if only for a while! They are active in civic affairs, know the people and shops and restaurants and the good and bad of Charleston, and share their knowledge as if you were visiting family members. They referred us to Mrs. Jane Thornhill, a tour guide with an encylopedic knowledge of Charleston homes and history (much of which she was a participant in for the past 75 years), who provides a not-to-be- missed two hour drive around the city. We stayed in a large and comfortable room at the front of the house on the third floor which even provided us with a view of a beautiful rainbow over the water, since the house is less than a block from Charleston Harbor on a narrow brick-paved street of historic homes. When we left, Jack and Annelise very movingly told how how much they enjoyed our visit and that they hoped that we would return. If you want to experience the city like a native, 15 Church Street
5 on August 04, 2008
Felt at home in this gorgeous place! What great people Jack and Annelise are. I have stayed in many B&B's before and this one is at the top of my list. Love, love, love it! We stayed recently for four days and will return again.
5 on July 27, 2008
Fabulous location, beautiful home, wonderful amenities (bikes, computer with internet, etc), great food, dogs, but most of all wonderful southern hospitality. You cannot go wrong here. My husband and I have stayed at many B and Bs on both coasts and 15 Church street has no equal. We will be back!
5 on July 09, 2008
We came during the weekend of July 4th and had a wonderful time! Jack and Annelise were fantastic hosts! They offer a very relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, mixed with Southern charm. The breakfast was great all 3 mornings! Highly recommended place to stay!
4.6 on July 04, 2008
We had a fantastic time. Highly recommend, the breakfast was excellent. Order the quiche-type egg casserole. It was amazing! Be sure to ask for local recommendations, they have lived in Charleston for years, and know the best local restaurants and tours to take, especially the "gullah tour" - ask for more details.
4.8 on July 02, 2008
Outstanding B&B, everything was perfect and far exceeded our expectations. Jack and Annelise are wonderful and very welcoming - both go out of their way to make your trip perfect. The rooms are beautiful, clean and very inviting. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Charleston!
4.0 on June 22, 2008
Best location in Charleston. Greeted like family and left wishing we were. Beautiful surroundings, great food, super atmosphere. Easy walking distance to almost everything we saw while there. Loved it!
5 on June 09, 2008
We just arrived home from a wonderful 3 night stay with the Simmons in Charleston. We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary & wanted to do something different to mark the occasion. We could not have asked for a better trip! The house is beautiful & the hospitality was more than we could have asked for. We had a fantastic Southern breakfast each morning in the dining room where we were able to talk with our hosts and other guests. In the late afternoon/early evening we had drinks & snacks in the parlor, which Jack called the "social hour" - it was a fun time to socialize & learn more about Charleston. When we decided to book our stay in Charleston, our goal was to find a place that we could have some peace & quiet but also be close to restaurants, activities, etc. We got exactly what we had been looking for!! Church street is just a few blocks from the water & lots of good restaurants, but when you're at the house you feel like you're a little more secluded. Jack & Annelise have created a place where you truly feel like you're "home away from home" - they genuinely care about their guests. We will definitely visit Jack & Annelise again in the near future - next time we might bring some friends & stay in the carriage house!! Thanks for an amazing stay!!!
4.4 on June 01, 2008
Jack and Annelise were gracious hosts. Highly recommended. You won't be dissappointed. We stayed in the blue room. There're two rooms on the top floor. Many stairs to traverse so if you're adverse to that be advised. Dog(s) so if that bothers you. But, none of this bothered us, and we were quite pleased with our stay.
4.8 on May 31, 2008
We stayed 3 nights. Jack and Annelise are very gracious hosts. Their dining recommendations were consistently on the mark. I had a medical situation come up and they were extremely helpful in recommending a highly qualified Doctor who made a house visit - thereby enabling me to avoid long wait times in an emergency room. We tried all the breakfast options and found they were a great way to start the day. The early evening gathering with other guests to share some wine was a nice way to relax before going out for dinner. The location is terrific - downtown Charleston within easy walking distance. I would highly recommend you visit 15 Church street - Jack and Annelise are experts on Charleston. Bob and Peg
4.6 on May 29, 2008
My wife and I stayed five nights with Jack and Annelise for a pre-baby getaway. Everything about our stay was excellent, beginning and ending with the hospitality of the hosts. I cannot express enough the warmth we felt during our stay and their willingness to just sit around and visit. Specifically about our accommodations, we were in the basement room to keep my wife from doing flights of stairs. The room was quaint and private -- exactly what we wanted for our trip. I think the other rooms may be better for most guests, but this room suited us just fine. The breakfasts were modest, but excellent. Even with the limited selection we did not get bored over our five days. Restaurant suggestions were right on -- they had excellent ideas for everything from upscale to economy. All in all, I highly recommend this bed and breakfast, especially if you are looking for an "experience". This was our second time to Charleston (first time was in a hotel) and we will be back again staying with Jack and Annelise in the not too distant future. Jack and Annelise -- you were great and I will be sending you baby photos once she comes along!
4.4 on May 17, 2008
Annalise and Jack were great hosts. We had a 1200 square foot apartment, which was great for privacy, and enjoying a glass of wine around our own table. The downstairs hide-a-bed was not real comfortable. Our suggestion is that they put a real bed downstairs, so that 2 couples could "comfortably" stay.
4.0 on April 21, 2008
Five girlfriends stayed with Jack and Annelise at their bed and breakfast for 7 days. It was truly an experience none of us will soon forget. Jack and Annelise's hospitality made our vacation an 'out of the ordinary' experience. We left feeling a part of the Simmons family. We hope to go back.......
4.6 on April 18, 2008
We stayed 4 nights with Jack and Annelise in March. We were charmed by their graciousness and warm hospitality. They have a beautiful home to which they welcome you as friends. The location is peaceful and quiet and yet within easy walking distance of all Charleston has to offer. Our room was spacious, very clean and comfortable and most importantly the mattress was super comfortable. Jack and Annelise host a social hour every day when you have the opportunity to meet other guests and also learn more about Charleston from the hosts. They kindly recommended restaurants and made reservations for us every evening and we had fabulous meals. We highly recommend this B&B.
5 on April 18, 2008
"Southern hospitality and graciousness trumps all." Joan and Bob We came for our 25th wedding anniversary four years ago and have had a standing reservation ever since.
4.8 on April 16, 2008
My wife and I recently returned from our 3-day/2-night stay in Charleston SC -- our first time to this wonderful city to celebrate our 20th anniversary. After searching the internet and talking with friends about where to stay in Charleston, we decided on staying in the Phillips-Yates-Snowden home of Dr Jack and Annelise Simmons. It was the perfect combination of accommodation, location, hospitality, and price. The home is nicely located on a bricked street in the historic homes area of Charleston, just a short walk from the waterfront, shopping, and great restaurants. There is off-street private parking -- in fact we parked our car in the Simmons gated driveway and did not move it until we had to leave. We stayed in the "Blue room", located on the fourth floor, which had a private bath and great view of the roofs and chimney tops of many historic homes. You also have a beautiful view of the Calhoun Mansion and its tranquil fountain from the room. The owners and hosts -- Dr Jack and Annelise -- work a tireless pace to ensure each of their guests feel welcomed and share the passion of Charleston's charm. We took them up on their dinner suggestions and offer to make reservations at SNOB and Carolina's, and were definitely pleased. The people at SNOB greeted us with surprise anniversary wishes and complimentary glasses of champaign to celebrate it. The breakfasts offer a variety of healthy and hearty menu items, prepared to the custom request of each visitor. Be sure to remember your napkin ring style, as with old-time tradition you will re-use your napkin each day. Also, each evening around 6:30pm don't miss the social hour on the huge porch, complete with conversation with other guests, and your choice of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic drinks. My wife and I have only stayed at a handful of B&B's in our lifetime, but I would be hardpressed to find a better experience than we had in the Simmons' home in Charleston.
5 on April 13, 2008
We recently spent 4 fabulous nites here. The common areas downstairs are beautifully decorated. We were in the Rose Room, located on the third floor. Huge room nicely decorated. The bathroom is also large and has a nice shower. Very quiet room. They don't provide a daily maid service for your room, which we really liked. Also, they don't take credit cards, cash or pay pal only. And this site is as close as they have for a website. For breakfasts, they have a fixed menu with various choices and you make your selections the night before. Nothing real elaborate or fancy but very tasty. On Sundays, you can also choose pancakes. The location is great. It's in the Battery, the quiet residential section of the historical district where you'll find all those gorgeous mansions and a nice park. It's an easy and beautiful 15-20 minute walk to the commercial part of the district where most of the restaurants and shops are unless you're slow of foot, in which case allow about 25. We never got tired of walking those incredible streets. Parking was unexpectedly easy. Just a block away at the end of the street, there's tons of free parking around the park. Based on my extensive research, I don't think there's a better value in Charleston. For those who have never been to the Old South and have no idea what's meant by "Southern Hospitality", you'll learn here. Dr. Jack is originally from Charleston and he's a true southern gentleman. Annelise is equally charming and gracious. Their nightly 6pm social hour with wine or cocktails is great fun. They're a fun couple who enjoy people. They live on the second floor of the house. While you're there, they treat you as family. They are also extremely helpful with all things necessary to have a great visit. On two occasions, they drove us to our restaurant when it looked like we might be late. Just another example of their wonderful hospitality. We'd definitely go back.
4.2 on April 09, 2008
Jack & Annelise provide a unique experience. I must come clean and state a degree of bias as I am an innkeeper. From the moment you arrive you feel like old friends. Some folks might find this 'hands on' approach a little too intrusive, you do meet and chat with the other guests, often with a glass of vino. Our clean bedroom (Blue) was less indulgent than I had hoped. The rooms still reflect the family members that used them. This can have a charm but I felt there was perhaps too much personal nostalgic clutter in our room. The hosts could not be more accommodating,not only suggesting things to see and do, but also booking them for you. The Gullah tour in particular was one of our trips highlights. Breakfast on our second morning was a little strange. Jack was as usual going out to work. Annelise had to leave the house. We were not actually informed of this clearly the night before. When we came down to breakfast we found notes regarding our choices (you select the night before) about what we should prepare/eat along with the ingredients. I cooked my own eggs (which if I say so myself were very good!) and sat with the other interesting guests chatting etc. One of the guests eventually cleared the breakfast table (which in a paying establishment is strange, and she commented she had happily done this on other mornings) and later on that morning a staff member, appeared to actually tidy up. My criticism is that had I clearly known this I would have accepted it (though I must say I find it unusual). In principle I feel that if you stay in a B & B you should get a breakfast prepared by the innkeeper or a staff member. That is the deal of a B & B! Another minor negative point was that our bedroom was not serviced during in our stay. The stay overall was more than acceptable but I feel it could have been amazing with a more professional approach. A mention for little old Madeleine.....a wonderful old girl who loved having her tummy tickled......she is their dog!
4.0 on March 11, 2008
Our party of four were guests with Jack and Anneliese for a total of three nights. The home is lovely and beautifully located for convenient access to the Battery area and adjacent areas. The hosts are most gracious, the breakfasts exceptional and the rooms well appointed with up to date facilities. Overall quiet, comfortable, convenient and a real treasure.
5 on March 05, 2008
My mother, sisters and I spend a weekend at 15 Church Street. Jack & Annelise Simmons are genuinely warm and gracious hosts. We stayed in the carriage house which were perfect accommodations. I will definitely be back!
4.2 on February 28, 2008
My husband and I had a wonderful time at this B&B. Jack and Annelise were great hosts. We had a very relaxing cocktail hour every night and Jack and Annelise were able to recommend great restaurants that we never would have found ourselves. They informed the staff at the restaurants of our evening plans and they provided us with directions from the restaurant. They really went out of their way to ensure we had a nice stay. We will definitely return to this B&B.
3.8 on February 26, 2008
My fiance and I were very pleased with the service that was provided by Jack and Annelise. It was the little things that counted. My fiance is from Canada so they hung up a Canadian flag for us outside the house. They had tums provided for him because of his upset stomach when we awoke. The breakfast was fantastic along with the sweet dog that greeted us. We would recommend this to our friends. Thanks Jack and Annelise!! Love Kim and AJ
5 on February 23, 2008
Thanks to Jack and Annelise for a fabulous February getaway from the cold! They are such gracious hosts and their home is very lovely and couldn't be better situated. We will return someday!
4.8 on February 20, 2008
There's no better way to experience Charleston than to stay with Jack and Annelise in their beautiful historic home. Everything was superb and exceeded our expectations. We hesitate to add to all the good reviews on here as we fear we won't be able to get a room with them next time we're in Charleston! What a great find. We hope to see them again soon.
4.8 on November 02, 2007
We enjoyed our stay very much in this beautiful antebellum house in Charleston. We felt highly welcomed from Annelise and Jack and they were the most friendliest hosts we ever had. We would like to come back at some point of time and enjoy once again the freindliness and engagement of our host. We recommend this B&B without any constraints, it is superb.
4.0 on October 31, 2007
We stayed here in the heart of Charlston at the begining of October to explore the wonderful city and celebrate the 50th birthdays of 3 of us. We have known each other since university days and said we would party in style at the appropriate time. Staying at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House was a wonderful treat and provided an ideal base, Jack and Annelise work hard to lookafter their guests and were perfect hosts, we hope to return before the next serious birthday milestones! Philippa from England
4.6 on October 11, 2007
Jack and Annelise are great hosts and their historic Charleston Side Hall single is great! The breakfast is wonderful, the happy hour splendid - they even stay to chat with the guests, and are very welcoming.
5 on September 28, 2007
My friend and I stayed at this wonderful B&B for her birthday celebration. We were welcomed like members of the family. The Simmons were experts at Southern Hospitality and we could not have asked for a better Charlestonian experience! Will definitely come back!
5 on August 22, 2007
My husband secretly planned a trip for the 2 of us for our 15 year wedding anniversary in June. He chose 15 Church Street B&B, Jack and Annelise's home. We couldn't have been more pleased! We were welcomed so warmly, and they even had champagne for us for our anniversary that evening! Jack made dinner reservations for us each night, more complementary champagne at the restaurants, and the best food ever! One morning we accompanied Annelise to find her favorite spot to purchase the sweetgrass baskets! The house is in a perfect location, everything you need is provided for, within walking distance to all the historic sites, shopping, and Charleston Harbor. The breakfasts were marvelous, you can choose what you want each morning from a menu the night before. This was our first taste of true Southern Hospitality and we loved it! We truly felt like very special guests in their home! Thank you for helping to make our 15 year wedding anniversary special!
4.8 on August 18, 2007
Annalise and Jack are the consummate hosts and their home and family welcome guests openly. The rose room was large and comfortable with windows on two sides and a view of the harbor. The Simmons' recommendations for restaurants - both 'fancy' and 'neighborhood' were perfect, and afternoon wine in the living room felt like visiting old friends. Must visit the Calhoun Mansion (Simmons' back neighbor) and then talk with Jack and Annalise about its owner. And..if you stay for Sunday morning - enjoy Jack's homemade pancakes for breakfast.
5 on July 03, 2007
Jack & Annelise Simmon's home at 15 Church Street is truely a working piece of art and history! My wife and I stayed in the "Rose Room" for our first B&B experience. We woke up to the sun rising, a fantastic view of the Harbor and surrounding homes, and a terrific breakfast. Jack and Annelise are both very knowledgeable in Charleston's wide variety of restaurants and historic sites. For them to open their doors as a B&B was a treat for us. Thank You!
5 on June 28, 2007
My wife, son and I stayed with Jack and Annelise for 5 days in late June 2007, and enjoyed their home and their friendship, yes friendship. You feel more like a friend than a guest. The room was wonderful and the breakfasts were more than enough to keep you going until your evening meal. Staying in this historic Charleston home added meaning to our vacation trip. We will definately stay here the next time we visit.
5 on June 26, 2007
Beautiful property, terrific location and very personable, accommodating and kind hosts! Enjoyed our stay tremendously!
5 on May 28, 2007
Jack and Annelise cared for us as if we were family. Jack had helped us make reservations for two outstanding restaurants before we even arrived at their door. My husband and I (like other reviwers) enjoyed the wine social hour on the porch and appreciated meeting the friends of the family. The city itself is certainly a gem, but our stay would not have been half so memorable if it had not been for the charm, energy and grace of the wonderful couple who own the B and B. THANK YOU! - Tara and Mike Shaffer
5 on May 28, 2007
Our stay at Jack & Annelise's was a truly unforgettable experience. You are welcomed with true southern charm and hospitality the moment you arrive. Their home is your home and you feel like part of the family. You are included in the evening wine socials and be sure to have Jack serve you his French Rose` wine. Breakfast is second to none and the rooms exhilarate all the charms of the south. Thanks for a memorable experience!! Shane & Wendy
5 on April 26, 2007
We had a greawt trip, we felt so at home and we loved meeting all your diverse friends and guests. It was such a unique experience and we are thankful for that. Brandon went back to Iraq feeling thankful for a restful break! Thanks for everything!
5 on April 26, 2007
My husband and I visited Charleston for the first time and staying at Jack and Annelise's beautiful house made our trip a wonderful experience. From the moment we entered their home, they made up feel like we were visiting family. Our room was delightful, full of interesting things to look at. Our hosts invited us to share cocktail hour with them on the piazza. They gave suggestions for restaurants for dinner which proved to be fanantic. We would definately recommend this B&B to our friends. Pat and Jack
5 on April 24, 2007
While my husband and I were in Charleston we stayed at 15 Church St and had a wonderful time. We rented the carriage house which gave us all the privacy we could want. The Simmons were the best host and hostess. From the moment we got to their b&b we were treated as family. They were very attentive to our needs and always including us in there activities. They gave us wonderful restaurant recommendations and they were correct---they were great. They gave us directions to places we wanted to see and helped us find transportation to them as well. They suggested tours that we found interesting and worth the money. Jack and Annelise really try to attend to all your needs and I hope to stay with them again, as I cannot wait to return to Charleston. There home is located so close to all of the areas you would probably choose to partake in as well.
5 on April 09, 2007
Our stay at 15 Church St was the highlight of our visit to Charleston. The Inn is beautiful, and the rooms are spacious, comfortable, and immaculate! But, most important, Jack and Annelise make you right at home with their gracious hospitality and helpful knowledge of the city.
5 on February 28, 2007
My husband and I stayed at this lovely, historic home last weekend. We experienced the true flavor of downtown, residential Charleston. Southern hospitality is shown by the innkeepers, Jack and Annelise Simmons, who enjoy sharing afternoon wine, cheese and delightful conversation with their guests. The Battery is a brief, enjoyable stroll from their home. An added bonus for me, dog lover that I am, is that the Simmons have three personable pooches! Thank you, Jack and Annelise, for opening your home to guests.
5 on February 22, 2007
Jack and Annelise have the most hospitable, kind and welcoming home in Charleston. Stay here if you have the chance. ::Daphne
4.8 on February 19, 2007
My wife and I went to Charleston for my 30th birthday and stayed here and loved it. I was near the Battery and all the places you really want to go in Charleston. On top of that the hosts were amazing and helped us in finding some of the best places to go to eat and see. I would recommend this place to anyone visting Charleston and if I ever get back this is where I will stay again.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to having you back as welcome guests.
- Jack & Annelise Simmons (innkeeper)
5 on February 18, 2007
We recently spent a weekend at 15 Church Street in the carriage house. What a pleasant experience! We've stayed in other very nice B&Bs, but Jack and Annelise treated us as if we were good friends. The afternoon socializing was particularly enjoyable as it was obvious that our hosts were interested in us. They took very good care of us for our entire stay. If you happen to be in Charleston, a stay at 15 Church St. will definitely enhance your visit. Kathy and Randy Rabourn Ann Arbor, Michigan
5 on February 12, 2007
Jack and Annalise were the most hospitable, friendly people. Their home was gorgeous, and impecably clean. Every night we were invited for cocktail hour and of course, we partook! My husband and I learned so much about Charleston from Jack and Annalise, and from their historic home in itself. Not only will we go back to Charleston soon to visit the city, which we loved, but to visit 15 Church Street. You couldn't ask for a better location, right in the heart of historic Charleston, and nicer, more knowledgable house guests. We'll be back for sure, but will make sure to book in advance, because I'm sure we're not the only ones who had such a great time! Zak and Sara p.s. make sure to take up Jack and Annalises' dinner recommendations, they really know the city, and recommended some great 'local' restraunts that we loved!