Bernibrooks Inn

Bed and breakfast in Abbeville, South Carolina.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Sleep in a bed fit for a king. Soak in a Jacuzzi tub. Sit in front of a fireplace or on a private veranda. It’s all possible at this historic bed and breakfast. In fact, in the guestroom that I was lucky enough to snag—the Royal Room—it’s possible to do all these things…if not quite all at once, at least in quick succession.

Bernibrooks Inn was built as a private home in 1860, shortly before the Civil War. It’s located in Abbeville, known as the birthplace and deathbed of the Confederacy, in South Carolina’s Old 96 District.

Founded in 1785, Abbeville County today is comprised of six towns and communities, the largest of which is Abbeville, which boasts a historic square that remains a vibrant hub for modern-day activities.

Bernibrooks Inn is a short distance from that square, so it’s a short and easy walk to the Abbeville Opera House, a food market run by Mennonites, City Hall, plus several boutique shops and restaurants including The Village Grill.

Bernibrooks Inn feels like home—even on a first visit, host and innkeeper Karen seems more like a long lost friend than a stranger. The place is cozy, clean, welcoming, and historic yet offers modern conveniences. You might be the only guest, as I was, or you might mingle with other travelers. People who stay at Bernibrooks tend to become such fans of the place they return on a regular basis.

“I love what I do!” says Karen, who become the innkeeper after marrying the owner who she met on a blind date (fun story!).

“I meet the most interesting people,” she says of her guests, who’ve come from as far away as Hong Kong, Sweden and Wales, though Southerners are the most frequent visitors.

“Breakfast is my favorite part,” says Karen. “People who have never met sit and tell stories and there’s always six degrees of separation.”

Stay here and feel connected to people, history and current times in Abbeville.

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  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Four guestrooms – two guestrooms have private baths while two guestrooms share a bathroom; the host will book visitors into both of those rooms only if they are traveling together and don’t mind sharing a bathroom
  • The two guestrooms with private baths each have a Jacuzzi tub
  • Multi-course breakfast included
  • All guestrooms are up stairs; there is no elevator
  • Guests are invited to relax in their guestroom as well as in the main floor living room
  • The owner has a small dog not permitted in the guest quarters
  • Complimentary parking
  • Guests who attend a performance at the Abbeville Opera House are treated to dessert afterwards
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but slim. If you absolutely don’t want to risk the chance of hearing the pitter patter of any little feet not canine, let the host know and book a reservation on her recommended dates.
More Information…

Bernibrooks InnBernibrooks Inn
200 W Pinckney St.
Abbeville, SC 29620

Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce

Discover Old 96 District
The Old 96 District is located in the western part of South Carolina bordering Georgia. It’s comprised of five counties—Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick—and home to South Carolina’s “freshwater coast,” a series of lakes stretching over 60 miles.

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More of our Old 96 District Coverage…

Read more about Abbeville’s high points.
Read about Edgefield Pottery.
Read about Old 96 District’s train sites.
Read about the National Wild Turkey Center & Winchester Museum.

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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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