By Hope S. Philbrick
Among all the reasons to stay at Cuthbert House Inn—not least of which is the simple fact that it’s in Beaufort, South Carolina, and you definitely need to go to that most charming Lowcountry community—are these compelling gems: It offers a front row seat to the sunset, and owners Pierre-Edouard (Ed) and Connie Binot are, quite frankly, some of the world’s nicest folks.
Check out this view from the veranda on the first night of our visit—and, I swear, no filters!!!
Got your bags packed yet? Get moving!
The Cuthbert House Inn is historic antebellum mansion, built around 1790-1810. Each room is individually decorated with thoughtful attention to comfort and convenience while maintaining the historic integrity of the place.
The Inn faces South Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway, and is one of few overnight accommodations in Beaufort in that enviable position. To savor the view, the front porch is where to be each evening, and—as if you need any extra enticement—it’s when the owners bring out the drinks and snacks. Grab a seat, sip some wine (or whatever strikes your fancy), nibble on some cheese, and relax in front of the spectacular view.
“The best part about owning The Cuthbert House Inn is hosting the social hour for our guests,” say Ed and Connie. “We love to meet and talk with them about their travels and share a bit about Beaufort and the Low Country with them.”
Feeling shy? Push yourself out there anyway. I tend to avoid mingling because once word leaks out that I’m a travel writer I’m bombarded with questions. No worries here! Ed and Connie skillfully included me in the conversation only to the extent I felt comfortable. They have such interesting lives and stories—they’ve visited five continents!—they can keep the conversation rolling with ease.
The inn is located within easy walking distance of Beaufort’s marina, waterfront park, and historic downtown. Whether you stay for an overnight, long weekend, or longer, it’s easy to stroll the streets and leave your car parked behind the inn.
21 Point Inspection…
1. Adults Only/Odds of Encountering Children—Children age 12 and older are permitted, but odds are good that you won’t see any during your stay. This is especially true during the work week when school is in session.
2. Parking—Free! The Inn is located within walking distance of historic downtown Beaufort, so you can park in the private off-street lot and ignore your car until it’s time to leave if you’d like.
3. Clean—Clean, non-smoking property. Rated AAA Four Diamond Bed & Breakfast.
4. Space—Guestrooms are spacious and offer tables, shelves, and closets to stash your personal belongings. Choose a King or Queen guestroom.
5. Kitchen(ette)—Guestrooms offer a mini ‘frig and are stocked with some bottled water. Some rooms also offer microwave ovens and coffee makers.
6. Coffee/Tea—A refreshment station is available 24/7.
7. Glassware/Ice—If you need a glass, you can readily get one (and they’re real grownup glasses, not plastic). Ice is provided.
8. Tub/Shower—All guest rooms have private bathrooms. A clawfoot bathtub, whirlpool tub and/or an oversize shower are available (varies by room). Good water pressure. Robes are provided in addition to towels.
9. Temperature—Adjust the room temperature to suit personal preferences. Some rooms have gas fireplaces that can also help warm up the space.
10. Linens/Mattress—Microfiber sheets dress the cushion-y mattresses.
11. Hooks—Some hooks are in the bathroom; there’s also a closet, and a luggage rack.
12. Hair Dryer—Provided. There’s also a magnifying mirror.
13. Window Treatments—Draperies/blinds help darken the room and offer privacy.
14. Seating—Our guestroom was furnished with an upholstered settee and two upholstered chairs in addition to the King bed.
15. Work-Friendly—Free Wi-Fi access.
16. Outlets—In a historic house, electrical outlets can be difficult to find, but we kept our gadgets charged easily using the plug near the bathroom sink.
18. Service—The owners and all staff members are all very friendly and helpful.
19. Pool/Hut Tub—Some guestrooms offer large bathtubs; book one of those if you enjoy a good soak.
20. On-Site Amenities—Breakfast is included with your stay; breakfasts alternate between savory and sweet. Complimentary bicycles, beach towels, beach chairs available. Complimentary evening snacks and adult beverages (limit 2 drinks per person per night). Cable TV and DVD player available (choose one of the movies filmed in Beaufort SC from the library!) Complimentary sweet treat (e.g., cookies, brownies, etc.)
21. Accessibility—One mobility-accessible room is available. Discuss options that can accommodate your specific needs when making a reservation.
Rates from $155/night.
Cuthbert House Inn
1203 Bay St.
Beaufort, SC 29902-5401
This home is listed on the Register of National Historic Places. It was once owned by Union General Saxton and visited by Gen. W. T. Sherman. In 1882, it was sold to Duncan Wilson, who added Victorian-style elements like gingerbread trim and porch expansions.
– Photos © HSP Media LLC
Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to Visit Beaufort for hosting my recent visit.