Barksdale House Inn
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- Barksdale House InnFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
This handsome, yellow house with its soft red, metal roof, gables and peaks is a landmark on George Street, just one block from King Street. One would think that is was still someone’s home if it wasn’t for the inn’s sign. Constructed in 1778, it was a private residence, where a wealthy planter and politician, George Barksdale and his family lived when not at their country estate, Youghall Plantation. It was the year before the Revolutionary War shifted into South Carolina. You’ve seen Mel Gibson, in “The Patriot,” which was filmed in our Lowcountry?
Alas, over the centuries the house changed hands until it sat in a derelict condition in the early 1980s. It was salvaged by caring new owners, who lovingly restored it.
Still its small lobby/reception area is not memorable, like the parlors of the more elegant inns, but the rates are among the lowest. Guestrooms are a generous size and many have romantic, gas fireplaces, high ceilings with paddle fans and whirlpool baths. The carriage house in the back, which was not original to the home, has rooms as well. Guests comment excitedly on all the little extras that they receive – like house-made brownies and strawberries with afternoon tea or sherry.