Columbia is not a city noted for B&B's but the website for this one looked very nice. However once we arrived we quickly discovered that The Chesnut Cottage has a lot of potential but it doesn't bear much resemblance to what we saw and read about on-line.
We stayed in The Jefferson Davis Room, which appeared to be decorated with a hodgepodge of Goodwill items. The bed linens were old and worn, the towels ragged and mismatched, and the bathrobes were in such bad shape that a thrift store would've rejected them (one had a 3" diameter hole in the sleeve). The room was cooled by an old and noisy a/c window unit. And when I turned on the jets in the whirlpool tub, water shot straight up in the air like a geyser (not sure what on Earth was going on with that). While we had a new bar of soap to use the other toiletries were old, half used bottles of shampoo and lotion. Yuck! Even the most basic of amenities- water glasses- were not provided.
At breakfast we were served cold coffee (not lukewarm, but cold) and orange juice that was so old it had a metallic taste to it. Breakfast consisted of overcooked, rubbery, scrambled eggs colored with what looked like a ton of paprika, fresh fruit (surprisingly, this was good), sausage, burned bacon, and untoasted stale bread. Or at least, my companion got a slice of bread; I did not. He laughingly cut his piece in half to share it with me, and when Gale, one of the Innkeepers, passed our table midway through our meal he commented, "Oh, did you want a piece of bread, too?".
Top all of this off with a spider infestation (a large one in our bed, some in the bathroom, and another flicked off on my companion's arm at breakfast) and I would have to say that these folks don't put much effort into the little gem that this house could become. In it's current state it has all the charm of a rundown, small town rooming house next door to a bus station. The price of $179.00 a night was beyond ridiculous