What We Love
- Free breakfast and afternoon refreshments
- Southern hospitality at its best, punctuated by smiles and over-the-top service
- Wide private porches with comfy chairs overlooking old moss-draped trees
- Real heart pine floors kept pristine and glowing
- A 19th-century feel with 21st-century conveniences
What To Know
- The waterfront eateries and shops are a block away
- Graces Bistro is opened for lunch Wednesday through Saturday and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays
- The inn is a popular wedding venue, but the noise stops around 10 p.m.
- If narrow, steep stairs pose a problem, request a room on the ground floor
- Pets are only permitted in certain room types; call the property in advance to request a pet-friendly room
- Basic necessities, like ice, are more than a few steps away from the back cottages; plan ahead
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just a block from the waterfront, in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Beaufort Inn is a cross between a bed-and-breakfast and a boutique hotel, offering a large dose of Southern charm. Painted pastel coral, the main house (the Smith Wallace Mansion) has been painstakingly restored and is filled with Victorian decor and architectural details. In the lobby, ceilings are coral-pink with lime-green trim, offset by floral wallpaper and yellow curtains. The manicured grounds feature trickling fountains, and brick paths with wrought iron benches connect all of the inn’s buildings.
Bed and Bath
The 34 luxe guestrooms and suites are outfitted with calming nature-themed decor and plush down bedding that practically guarantee a good night’s sleep. (The Snowy Egret Room has beautifully done paintings of the native bird throughout.) Heart pine floors give the rooms a warm beauty, while large flat-screen TVs and free WiFi provide modern convenience. The surrounding cottages are all done with period furnishings, but without the Victorian excess. Garden Cottages have timber trusses and feature a porch or balcony with views of the garden courtyard and moss-draped oak trees. But the enormous bathrooms are, by far, the best feature, with clawfoot soaking tubs and huge rain showers.
Southern Graces Bistro, on the ground floor of the main building, offers breakfast, lunch (Wednesday-Saturday only) and dinner (Thursday and Fridays only) prepared by award-winning chef Christopher James Hewitt. Start your morning with the delicious (and free) breakfast, which consists of hearty casseroles, French toast, fresh fruit and many other tempting choices. The lunch and dinner menus are appealing, too (think shrimp and sweet potato grits with sauteed spinach and prosciutto cream), and served with quiet efficiency on plates reminiscent of your grandmother’s bone china. Looking for a place to unwind? Make an appointment at the Beaufort Day Spa (no tips allowed), which has a wide variety of services that are all offered at a discount for guests of the inn. Or check out the property’s beautiful Zen garden.
In the Area
Beaufort’s historic waterfront district is best explored on foot or with a horse and buggy. Let trained guides weave a story of the past with Southurn Rose Buggy Tours or enjoy a leisurely stroll with Beaufort Walking Tours. Want more history? Visit the John Mark Verdier House Museum, a Federal-style building constructed in the 1790s. With 20 different wines by the glass and a unique tapas dinner menu, Wined It Up is the place to sate your appetite before a spectacular sunset on the waterfront. And if you’re interested in seeing unique local art, Beaufort has dozens of galleries that are well worth popping into.
How to Get There
The Beaufort Inn is a beautiful old house located in a wonderfully convenient area with free parking. Admittedly we booked one of the smaller, less expensive rooms but still expected it to be really nice. The room was extremely small and the air conditioner in the wall kept us awake all night. The staff was very good about switching us to a different room the next day. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean but the hardwood floors could have used a good scrub. There is no breakfast served on sight, which we knew, but we were given vouchers for a great little diner across the street. We did miss the experience of having breakfast at the B&B with other guests that we have experienced in past travels.
Outstanding commitment to customer satisfaction! We accidentally left behind an item in our room, and thought we would never see it again. Their staff shipped it to us — we never contacted them or asked, they just did it.
Perfect spot to enjoy downtown Beaufort. Our dog really enjoyed the privacy of our room. The early check-in and late check-out were priceless! The only regret we had was we could only stay for 1 night. Next trip to Beaufort will be longer and we will definitely stay at the Beaufort Inn!