THE best Bed and Breakfast we have EVER stayed at was in Chester, SC. The host and hostess were absolutely wonderful. They were from the UK and went out of their way to show us a great time. Their home is absolutely beautiful and the rooms were wonderful. Our bed/bath were comfortable and I loved the shower especially. I could walk out in the morning and have coffee through the french doors onto the upstairs deck. Literally sit outside with the boughs of the trees swaying right in front of me while I lounged, read a good book and drank amazing coffee. (They have an amazing expresso/coffee maker and know how to make a great strong cup).
The breakfast were to die for. They don't just buy muffins from Costco and serve yoghurt. Poached pears, fresh muffins from the oven, followed by such items as eggs Benedict, assorted meats, etc.
While we were there, they also served dinner one night and each course was paired with the perfect wine. How wonderful to listen to a British accent explain the course, the wine, and with a joke or two thrown in.
As I said, the house and the decorating was beautiful and I wanted to just live there permanently! Besides the beautiful house and rooms, there is also an in ground swimming pool for those who like to lounge and swim in the summer months.
Because we are history buffs, we found plenty to do/see. Parts of the movie "The Patriot" were filmed close by and a Revolutionary battle called "Huck's Retreat" is close by with the old homes and buildings preserved. In town, there is a placque noting that Mary Chestnutt (a famous southern woman who wrote a diary during the civil war as she fled from one southern town to the next) stayed in Chester for a short time. Since I have read her diary and heard it quoted during Ken Burn's The Civil War series, that was really kind of cool. I also noted that there is a rock with a placque indicating that Aaron Burr also made a speech there as he was being returned back for his treason trial. If you like history and Southern Charm, then Chester IS a quaint little town. If you adore golf, then you can find that not far as well.
If your goal is to relax and enjoy southern hospitality "British Style", then this is THE place to judge all B&B's. If I EVER am even close to this area again, I would stop and stay in a heartbeat! Trip Adviser only has to April 2012 and I think it was summer July 2011 when we stayed there but any time, any year, any person would love the place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our beautiful Southern Plantation Home, built in 1898 on a street full of interesting historic houses. An Inn on York Street is set in 3 acre grounds, with a large swimming pool and porches on both levels, on York Street in the historic district of Chester, SC. While away a relaxing weekend, curled up with a book or exploring the local State Parks and Historic English District. We're close to Charlotte, NC for all your shopping needs, great theatre and arts. Closer to home, explore the antique shops and beautiful historic buildings all around the area. In any season, the Inn is the place to be. Be adventurous, be yourself, be sporty, be entertained, be relaxed.... or just "be". New this season - try out our outdoor hot tub, set in the grounds of the Inn, on a covered patio. Come and enjoy a relaxing stay in a place that will take you back to a bygone era of grandeur and hospitality. Welcome to An Inn on York Street. ... more less