15 Church St: The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

15 Church St , Charleston, 29401 USA (Show map)
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We charge only 4% tax and include a full hot breakfast, parking, and social hour. ***MOST INNKEEPERS PROVIDE A ROOM; WE PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE:*** The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House c. 1842 at 15 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401 (843-722-7602; www.fifteen.church) Also on Tripadvisor. Now the home of Dr. & Mrs. Jack W. Simmons, Jr., the property was originally owned by Captain Timothy Phillips during the Revolution. The Yates family constructed the present house in the early 1840’s and it served as a hospital during the Civil War during which time it was struck by four cannonballs, two of which are now mounted on the gate posts. It is notable for its Adam style paneling by Thomas Pinckney and ironwork by Charleston iron-wright, Philip Simmons, his most recent addition (1998) being the basement gate at the front. The Earthquake of 1886 leveled the 4th story, which was rebuilt with a Mansard roof. Subsequent to this, the structure was reinforced with "earthquake rods", bolts running through the house between the exterior walls. Almost 100 years later, in bringing the structure up to code, this same technology was used with the addition of nine more bolts.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Lovely Bed and Breakfast!

4.4 on May 22, 2018

Loved staying here. Beautiful home and wonderful hospitality. I can't wait to go back again!


2 grand people and an amazing B&B!

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.

Innkeeper Response
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)


Disappointed!

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.

Innkeeper Response
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)


Fabulous Stay at 15 Church Street

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.


Perfect B & B

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.


Charleston's Best

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.

Innkeeper Response
Our most grateful thanks to you and all of our wonderful guests who have honored us with such kind words.

- Jack & Annelise (innkeeper)


Our Family's Best B&B Stay!

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!


Happy Days in Charleston

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.

Innkeeper Response
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)


Lovely place to stay

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!


A Magical Jem in Charleston

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.


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Rooms & Rates

Carriage House

The Carriage House has a private garden entrance. Single rooms available at $235.00. It can accommodate 1 guest or a family of 6. Decorated with vintage family furniture, antiques, original Charleston artwork. Fully updated electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems. Has cable TV. Note: Taxes at our facility are only 4%. Rates: $235.00 to$325/night double occupancy; extra guests $50 each. If you stay four or more nights there is a 10% discount. Included in the rate is a full breakfast. There is no charge for parking, or the 6 PM Charleston “social hour” with wine, craft beer, soft drinks, snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $325

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

Charleston, SC (CHS) 10 miles

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Piano, VCR, Wired internet , Piazza (side porch) and garden, Four bicycles, Custom breakfast available, Afternoon wine & snacks;no cheap wine allowed!, Opportunity to live in history, Off street parking

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only May smoke outside on porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Welcome if well behaved; discuss with us.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jack & Annelise Simmons

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Jack is a retired OB/GYN and Annelise still teaches twenty 4 year olds! We started the B&B in 2004 when Jack went to GYN only. (He gave up OB for the B&B!) We love socializing with th diversity of our guests and consequently have made many friends from all over the world who now consider themselves family. We are developing our own website at www.fifteen.church . Please visit us there.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Low Carb.


Signature Dish

Crustless sausage quiche; fluffy Virginia pancakes


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