We often talk about the quintessential aspects of a Charleston home. From traditional architecture elements such as heart-of-pine floors and wrought iron gates to the painstaking efforts their owners take to preserve the original structures, historic preservation is a key component in many residences and businesses across Historic Charleston. The work that is put in on a seemingly daily basis often goes unnoticed but it is an integral part of why Charleston is one of the most historic cities in America.
John Rutledge built this house for a wedding gift to his wife. What could be more romantic than staying in a home that was built as a wedding gift? This romantic gesture left no expense spared. One of the most popular features of the John Rutledge House Inn are the original fireplaces, which date back to 1763. The fireplaces were added to each room as a means to warm the house long before central heating was ever thought of. Of course, in the house of John Rutledge, functional elements were also made to be beautiful. The next time you stay with us, take a closer look at the stunning craftsmanship and intricate details of these fireplaces.
Our rooms invite you to take a seat and get a glimpse into the life of one of America’s founding fathers. When you stay with us, you have a chance to sit where the Constitution was drafted and take in the rich history of Charleston. On those rare chilly Charleston nights, you can do just that, glass of sherry in hand, roaring fire in front of you.
Plan to take advantage of these beautiful fireplaces on your next trip to the Lowcountry. Our Romance Package offers elegance, charm and romance at Charleston’s most historic bed and breakfast with a two-night, three-day romantic getaway. Upon arrival, slip into plush robes and indulge in a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Choose an afternoon to retreat to your cozy guest room for two private one-hour massages. Enjoy an exquisite fine dining experience with a $100 gift certificate to Circa 1886 Restaurant, via round trip rickshaw ride. Reconnect and refresh at the John Rutledge House Inn.