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The Chestnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 5 Columbia B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 September 2012

This 1820's cottage, the home of General and Mary Chestnut during the Civil War, is charming. The five bedrooms are themed and tastefully decorated. The bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom appeared to have had some updating but was really in need of more renovation. There is a pleasant garden at the back of the cottage with garden furniture and garden swing. There is also ample parking behind the cottage. The owners are very friendly, recount tales of the Chestnuts and are happy to give you a tour of the cottage. Breakfast, orange juice and Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, followed by eggs, ham and French toast was delicious; coffee extremely good and apparently limitless. This little cottage is a very interesting place to stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Jefferson Davis room which was very nice but the fan and air conditioning unit were...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

This is an excellent B&B in a well restored historical cottage. Gale and Sherwood went out of their way to make us feel welcome and her breakfast is worthy of any 5 star restaurent. (too bad they do not do dinner). The room was very well appointed and comfortable. Only complaint is the the ghost of Mary Chestnut did not make an appearance but she was probably at the ball park cheering for the Gamecocks.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Charles C
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

The chestnut cottage was the first stop on our honeymoon and we were not dissapointed! Our room was charming and the breakfast in bed was delicious! We look forward to returning on our anniversary!!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank m r
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The innkeepers greeted us upon arrival at 9pm and served us a wonderful breakfast the next morning (strawberries and cream, eggs, sausage, tomatoes, cereal, milk, juice). We enjoyed touring the historic property after breakfast and learning about Mary Chestnut. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Boykin_Chesnut for a preview.

Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
2  Thank Brandon508
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

I personally love the history behind the Chesnut Cottage, and likewise me and my wife adore the hospitality of Gale and Sherwood. The rooms are quite nice, and breakfast is really, really good. We have taken at least two anniversary trips while staying at the Chesnut Cottage, and have stayed there on several other occasions. It is genuinely our home away from home, and when we go to Charleston we would rather stay in Columbia at the Chesnut and drive in for the day than to deal with anyone else.
Great breakfasts, great museums, and great hospitality from great people !

Plug: You simply MUST take the state house tour and the museum while you are there. It is FANTASTIC.
Just ignore Mark and Maria.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay at Chestnut House. I never want to leave Columbia when I visit my son attending USC. Gail(sp?) and Sherman are intuitively attentive, allow privacy, and lived up to everything promised. They have an ability to feel your needs whether its alot of attention, need for conversation, or to be left alone---they can help conversation with other guests at breakfast or decide to leave us be if it's happening. Or if compelling conversation, ring in! Breakfast was a comforting highlite after an early morning walk through this historic district. Those of us (from the North) with a poor teaching or memories need to find out what happened in Columbia.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 September 2010

We stayed in the Jeff Davis room and did not experince any of the problems of the prior reviewer although the lights could have been brighter and I had to borrow a glass from the kitchen for the bathroom. The food was fine and the inn keepers freindly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank John G
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Address: 1718 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201-3420
Region: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Columbia
Number of rooms: 5

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