The Thomas Lamboll House

19 King Street , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)


The historic Thomas Lamboll House is a Georgian Greek revival residence and is circa 1735. It is located just off the battery in the heart of the historic district. It offers two large handsome bedrooms with private baths and French doors leading from each bedroom onto the Greek revival piazza which has a distant harbor view. The bedrooms are on the third floor. They are centrally air conditioned and heated and have fireplaces, cable TV,telephones and Wi-Fi. Each room is tastefully furnished with antique furniture. An ample Continental Breakfast is served in the dining room on the first floor. Off street parking is available.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.3
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.0

The perfect spot to enjoy Charleston's charm.

5 on July 06, 2016

This treasure was the perfect spot to enjoy the charms of Charleston. The location was perfect for walking everywhere. The Lamboll House made us feel we were living in a time gone by. The house was immaculate and the service was first class. Marie was a most gracious hostess and talked about history and gave us tips on what to do and see. We couldn't imagine staying any place but here and would highly recommend it.

Gracious Hospitality

4.0 on December 23, 2013

I had the privilege of staying at The Thomas Lamboll House B&B in Charleston, SC in December 2013. The historic home is lovely in all respects, and the proprietor is a gracious hostess. Marie Read provided a wealth of recommendations about places to eat and things to do. She also is knowledgeable about local history and lore. With a location that is perfect for treks throughout the historic district and a third-floor suite of rooms that offered grand views of the city, the Thomas Lamboll House B&B provides charm and class at a reasonable price.

The Thomas Lamboll House

4.0 on December 12, 2013

A lovely home with a large bedroom with fireplace. A little colder than expected in the room. The breakfast was adequate but short of its advertisement. Host was very accommodating. Parking easy. Close access to the downtown. We walked almost everywhere.

A charming step into the past.

5 on June 30, 2012

My family enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Read in their lovely 18th century home. Our hosts were so gracious and made us feel most welcome in their home. We had a beautiful room on the 3rd floor with a piazza facing the Charleston harbor. Each night we sat outside enjoying a beautiful breeze. The room was immaculate and decorated beautifully. Mrs. Read prepared a lovely breakfast each morning in her elegant dining room on beautiful china and silver. We can't say enough about how nice our stay was with the Reads and will stay with them again if we find ourselves back in Charleston.

A Gem in the middle of downtown Charleston!

4.0 on June 04, 2012

We stayed at the Thomas Lamboll House on Memorial Day Weekend 2012 and had a wonderful time in Charleston! It's location was perfect for a beautiful walk on the Battery or a nice walk to downtown shops and restaurants. I really got a feeling of what Charleston was all about by staying here. A large room with a piazza made me feel like I lived here. Truely the best way to stay in Charleston. Thank you to the Read's!

My Charleston Visit

5 on March 14, 2012

One of the most relaxing and gentle Southern experiences ever. Great location & wonderful weather... and autumn experience to remember.


3.8 on September 28, 2011

We had a wonderful visit, the Innkeepers were friendly and helpful, gave us a tour of the house and some interesting history facts about it. We had a lovely breakfast and were treated very graciously! Our room was beautiful, neat and clean however; we do understand that these older homes have their problems, but the plumbing needs attention, the toilet did not flush well and was not pleasant to deal with!

The Thomas Lamboll House

3.2 on July 21, 2011

The house was built in 1735. I found it in good condition for a house of that age. We enjoyed our visit and the hosts of the home.

Enchantment of a bed and breakfast

4.0 on July 19, 2011

This was the 1st time my daughter stayed in a b and b. I'm blessed to be the one to share this with her while visiting the one to share this with her while visiting the art institute of charleston. she has enrolled and will start in oct. We hope to visit this b and b again in the future. She loved it! A future photographers dream beautiful backdrop!

Perfect Location

5 on November 26, 2010

After reviewing a lot of B&B's, I was very impressed with the picture of Lamboll House on their website. It looked just like a place I would want to stay. I contacted Marie and she was absolutely wonderful so I decided to pick it and I'm glad I did. We had a marvelous stay....each morning and evening we sat roof top, among the birds and squirrels, where we could overlook just about all of Charleston. The house is near the Battery, easy walk to it...and convenient to everything in the historic district...the market, the restaurants, the historic homes, the rivers....also free parking. Marie and her husband Emerson were perfect hosts...knowing when to greet us and when to let us have our privacy. The continental breakfast was a good start to each morning..., choice of cereals, hot breads, fruit, and wonderful hot coffee served in very fine china in a antibellum dining room...lots of atmosphere surrounding you as you enjoy your morning breakfast. You'll feel like royalty at Lamboll House. For those seeking a relaxing experience and those who enjoy antiques and history, Lamboll House is great. If you are not able to walk a lot or go up and down stairs you should pick another location. We are all in our 60's and were able to do the stairways and walking just fine but for the faint of heart, it might be more difficult. For those who chose to stay here, please know your manners and realities of staying in a B&B. Owners open their houses to you and offer lots of hospitality so it's up to you to respect their belongings....B&B's don't have bellhops, spas and weight rooms nor conference facilities and computer hookups. The whole idea in going to a B&B is to step back in time, enjoy your stay, be treated like a guest and relax.

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Location Type

Historic District, Downtown


Charleston, SC (CHS) 12 miles

Directions to property:

From Interstate Highway 26 take the 221A Meeting Street downtown exit. Go south on Meeting and take a right on Broad Street. At King Street take a left. 19 King Street is located on the right at the corner of Lamboll and King Streets.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 10 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only on piazzas only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some Weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full amount
  • Cancellations: One week cancellation policy. Entire stay deposit lost unless room can be re-booked.
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Marie and Emerson Read

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About the innkeepers

Emerson Read has owned this home since 1965 and is broker/owner of Remax/Realty Services. He has been a realtor for 51 years. Marie is a retired realtor and runs the B&B. She was born in Charleston and reared in Columbia, SC. Both are avid skiers. They are students of classical architecture and are active in preservation movements. Emerson and Marie are interested in the arts and archeology.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Formal Dining Room

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