Saturday, November 30, 2013

Visit to Rose Hill Mansion (2 of 3)

On my last post, I wrote about the relaxing trip we took to Hilton Head Island on the coast of South Carolina early in November.  The weather was great except for one day that was cold, 54 degrees, and rainy.  We planned a house tour that day to stay inside. Come join us!

We drove about 30 minutes from Hilton Head to historic Bluffton, SC, to visit beautiful Rose Hill Mansion. It was built in 1858.  The history is incredible and well documented so visit this website,  for the background.  I just wanted to share some pictures we took with you.
The house is a 10,000 square-foot Gothic Revival  that borders an inland waterway at the back.  The front yard is several acres.  Oh, the house looks so romantic with the Spanish moss blowing in the cold wind!  The owners live upstairs and the tour is of the downstairs areas.
 The ceiling on the porches are in a barrel shape to keep the air cool.

The owners lived in the gardener's cottage for three years while the house was renovated.  Yes, you can rent the cottage!

When you enter the wide double doors, this beautiful staircase is the first thing you see.  Yes, you can rent the house for weddings!

This table and gorgeous rug is at the bottom of the stairs!
The furniture was bought by the current owners to complement the house.

Next are pictures of the office.  This is my favorite room.

Next is the ladies parlor!


It was about this time in the tour when the guide reminded us of The Great Depression when squatters lived in the house.  In each room was a family with no electricity or running water.  Families even kept their chickens in their room. .

Now, the dining room....where we were served wonderful refreshments: pound cakes, cobblers, pimento cheeses, etc.

There was a sun room off the dining room and a men's parlor that was huge!  After I ate a few refreshments, I forgot to take many pictures:-).  Here are a few pictures of some of the large furniture in the men's parlor.

Now for the rest of the story.  During the civil war, Union forces occupied Hilton Head.  When they fired on Bluffton, they spared Rose Hill.  History says they didn't burn the house because the troops thought it looked like a church.  In fact, the same architect designed the Church of the Cross in Bluffton.  But others say no.  Dr. John Kirk, the builder of both Rose Hill and the Church of the Cross, was a beloved doctor who took care of both Confederate and Union troops who were wounded. 

A beautiful day in the low country....Thank you for joining us!



  1. Lottie, how glad you took us along with you. The owners should be applauded for such a grand restoration and how nice it is a home that is still lived in.

  2. What a beautiful home and story behind it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. What a pleasant way to spend a cold and rainy day. I can see why that one room was your favorite; it has a richly cozy atmosphere.

    :) Hope

  4. Oh wow, beautiful!!! Love all the Victorian furniture and the dark woods that they are made of. Thanks for sharing the history with us too.

  5. My first impression was that it had to have been a church! It is gorgeous! What a visual treat it must have been to view it. I'm in love with those 2 pink wing chairs! Or are they a light red? It is wonderful that the current owners took the time and funds to restore it so beautifully.

    1. Yes, they are pink! I'm in love with them, too!

  6. We have not visited either Bluffton. AND we have not been to Hilton Head either and we have lived here in SC for over 30 years!! We have talked about it....but we end up going elsewhere. That house is beautiful on the outside....I thought it was a church at first. BUT I do not really love the old furnishings on the inside of the home--I like more comfort, lol!

  7. I love this house, it is so pretty. I would love to visit it one day. I must put in on our future to see list. I am making a list of places to visit when Hubby retires, maybe sooner if we ever it the house done.