A Word from Marianne and Steve Harrison, the Owners of the Rhett House
Welcome to The Rhett House Inn and the South Carolina Lowcountry – one of the most beautiful and historic spots in America. Our goal for 26 years has been simple – to provide superior accommodations and service in an atmosphere of comfort, style, and grace as you enjoy what we feel is one of the finest vacation destinations in South Carolina.
After visiting friends in Beaufort and touring the historic Thomas Rhett House, built in 1820, we made the decision to change careers – a midlife opportunity. We were both in the fashion industry in New York, but were so enchanted by the town and people we bought this romantic landmark inn in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District in 1986 and began the restoration process. We set out to create an experience of Southern Hospitality unparalleled in Beaufort: an inn that reflects the elegance and amenities of a luxury hotel, with the intimate comfort and service of a sophisticated bed and breakfast. With the addition of the Cottage and the Newcastle Cottage Suites, the Rhett House Inn has grown from 5 to 19 rooms over the years, while maintaining the 2nd longest-running AAA Four Diamond rating in S. C. (and the only Four Diamond rating in Beaufort) – 16 straight years.
It has been an amazing and gratifying journey, and we have met so many interesting people over the years who have returned as guests many times. We love how the Inn has become a wonderful place for guests to meet and make new friends from all over the country and the world.
Because of Beaufort’s stunning natural beauty, it has been a favorite with filmmakers since The Edison Company filmed “The Southerners” here in 1914. Since then, some of our movie star guests have included Robert Redford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, and Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick. Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte stayed here during the filming of “The Prince of Tides”, as did Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock while working on the film “Forces of Nature”. Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Dennis Quaid, Meatloaf, and Randy Quaid have also shared and enjoyed our hospitality. Every guest who stayed at The Rhett House, famous or not, was special to us and treated like part of our extended family.
Marianne and Stephen Harrison, Owners
The Rhett House Inn