The Skelton House

97 Benson Street , Hartwell, GA 30643 USA (Show map)


Come Rise With Us!" Welcome to the Skelton House, where history and traditional elegance embrace contemporary comforts and grace! We are located in historical Hartwell, Georgia. We offer elegant comfort throughout our house and fine southern cooking in our dining room. The Skelton House is a beautiful Victorian built in 1896, and completely renovated in 1997. We offer a beautiful antique filled home, with spacious grounds, for your comfort and relaxation. Take a step back in time, when life was less hectic, where charm, grace and hospitality and this beautiful home find its roots. On the National Record of Historic Places.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Short but delightful stay

4.6 on October 16, 2016

Room was very comfortable and breakfast was incredibly delicious!


4.4 on October 17, 2015

Was a wonderful place to stay. Our hostess was amazing. Breakfast was delicious.

Absolutely perfect.

5 on September 03, 2013

If you ever find yourself in the Lake Hartwell area and need a place to stay, look no further than the Skelton House. Everything from the beautiful exterior of the house and garden to the cozy romantic rooms and home cooked breakfast, you just can't go wrong. To top it all off, Ed and Jenna made us feel like we were family. We'd recommend the Skelton House B & B to anyone. Thanks again Ed and Jenna. We'll be back. Shawn and Tracie

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Rooms & Rates


The Kelly Green walls enhance the Wilma bedroom that is located on the first floor, with art deco antiques, a queen bed, thermostatically controlled heat/air, with en suite bath. The front foyer leads to the large porch that is equipped with rockers to help wile away the time reading, relaxing, planning or just enjoying the small town atmosphere that Hartwell shares. All rooms have internet access, with television available in the sunroom. Local phone service, hair dryers, and other modern conveniences also are available in the Wilma Room.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120


The Bunk room sits at the top of the stairs, named after one of the original Skelton children, as are all the room names derived. The large queen bed, period antiques, en suite restroom, fireplace give a wonderful ambiance. The large window facing the back, gives a wonderful view of the English gardens...gardens that you will certainly want to walk, view and sit for a spell and read that favorite book, or just relax...and enjoy the quiet surroundings.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120


The Joe room has been called the Golf room room at times. This large room with its comfy queen bed, en suite bathroom, fireplace, and lovely garden view, can be used as an adjoining room if guests have an extra large family. Each room has individual thermostats for guest control. Telephones for local calls, hair dryers, ironing boards upon requests. This room does for an additional guest with a fold out bed provided.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

Annie Grace

This quiet, spacious room was once the resting place of Annie Grace. Located next to the upstairs balcony, its beautiful peach colors make one think of spring and the renewing of life. All rooms offer the charm of yesterday, with the modern amenities of today. A cozy queen bed, fireplace, en suite bath, allow for a stay at the Skelton House to be totally relaxing. The sun room downstairs is the place for TV, games, reading or quiet conversation.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120


Just across the hall from the Annie Grace room, and next to the upstairs balcony, that has rockers for a time of rest and relaxation. This comfortable room shares its warmth of days gone by...a comfortable queen bed, en suite bath, can individually even control the temperature of this and all rooms.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120


This wonderful, extra large suite is the best that the Skelton House offers. While all rooms are large, this one is by far the most attractive room in the house. The Parke room comes with a private entrance, private balcony, large sitting area, fireplace, queen bed, fireplace, an extra large en suite bathroom with Jucuzzi tub, shower, and size. This room would make a wonderful wedding suite, a romantic place for retreat, or for someone that wants the best that the Skelton House offers....a remarkable room in a remarkable home.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

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Location Type

Lake Hartwell, Close to Anderson, SC, Close to Athens, GA, and Clemson, SC, and Anderson, SC. Close enough to Georgia and Clemson Football game locations., Downtown, Small town


Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield Intl.) 110 miles

Directions to property:

1. Take Interstate 85 South 2. Take GA-77s exit. 177 toward Hartwell/Elberton 3. Turn left on GA-77-368 Whitworth Rd. continue to follow GA-77. 4. Continue to go onto Lavonia hiway/GA-ff 5. Turn left onto GA-77/GA-366/GA/51 6. Keep right at fork to go GA-77S 7. Stay straight to go onto US_29N/GA-8N 8. Take the first right onto GA-77/S Carter Street, 9 97 Benson Street is on the left,,,Large white Victorian. +

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historical Hartwell, GA, S. Carolina..20 miles away, Mountains of N. Georgia, Atlanta, GA 90 miles away, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , English Gardens..2.2 acre site, Elegant, comfortable rooms, Antique filled home, Two blocks to Historic Hartwell, Porches and balconies with rocking chairs, Queen size beds,

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Historical sites.,, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed on the porch outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Special circumstances considered.
  • Childcare Provided: No We do not provide babysitting services
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Local kennel available for fee
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 1 night minimum - 2 on special event weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Confirmed reservation requires min. 50%,balance to be paid on arrival. if paying by check,please allow ten days to process before reservation.
  • Cancellations: 1. Two day notice of cancellation.2. Room is re-rented for the same dates.;3. Special consideration on a case by case basis.;4. If conditions meant less 10% service charge based on the total rate, will be refunded



Alan Bolt

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About the innkeepers

Following a lengthy career in the corporate IT world, I decided a change of pace was in order.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Notify of dietary restrictions at time of reservation