Stand in the driveway of the Battery Carriage House Inn and you’ll be gazing out onto White Point Garden, with the Charleston Harbor just beyond. The cozy bed and breakfast—housed, as its name suggests, in the carriage house tucked behind a Battery manse built in 1843—offers simple lodging. a light breakfast, pleasant courtyard, and killer South of Broad location.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some suites are said to be haunted, such as room number eight, where “The Headless Torso” is rumored to roam. In fact, the inn offers a Ghost Adventure Package that attracts spirit hunters from around the world.
Guest rooms—which you enter motel-style—are clad in 1800s period reproductions (think four-poster beds, heavy wooden armoires) and bold, of-the-era wall colors and drapes. Choose between standard queen or king rooms, or the ground-level suite, located beneath the porch of the main house.
Bathrooms are small but sufficient. Some hold a walk-in shower with a sliding glass door, others, a shower-tub combo.
A petite lobby with a striking original fireplace welcomes you to the historic property. Plush sofas and local magazines invite you to sit and stay a while.
Coffee and a light continental breakfast are served in the lobby.
We suggest taking your food outside and dining beneath the well-maintained courtyard’s pergola.
At 5:30 p.m., a wine-and-cheese reception held in the lobby encourages mingling with fellow travelers.
Find street parking for your car (spots along the Battery are free). From there, sightsee South of Broad via foot. Hop aboard the complimentary DASH trolley for a quicker tour of historic Charleston or hail a pedicab ride. Drive or ride-share to the upper end of the peninsula and beyond.
Classic Lowcountry fine dining is just a walk away on East Bay Street. Head to High Cotton (19-minute walk) or Magnolias (18-minute walk) for scrumptious seafood entrees rife with local ingredients.
East Bay has a lively bar scene, as well. For an al fresco cocktail with sweeping views of downtown and the Cooper River, head to The Rooftop Bar (18-minute walk) at The Vendue hotel. Find expertly crafted craft cocktails at The Gin Joint (19-minute walk)—and bravo if your score a seat in the courtyard.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For travelers open to the lived-in vibe of an older bed and breakfast, the Battery Carriage House Inn is a sweet spot that puts you literally across the street from one of the most famed areas of town.