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Wentworth Mansion

Address: 149 Wentworth St.

Neighborhood: Upper King

City: Charleston

Phone: 888-466-1886

Website: www.wentworthmansion.com

Expert Review

Most of the original features of Francis Silas Rodgers' opulent French Empire estate were preserved when it was converted into Wentworth Mansion, and it's easy to see why: Light streams in through original Tiffany stained-glass panels, crystal chandeliers hang from high ceilings, and ornate marble mantles frame fireplaces. The house is, using the old phrase, quite a pile of bricks - red ones from the Victorian era, to be specific - and they're topped by a mansard roof straight out of an Edward Hopper painting. (Rodgers had 13 children to house.) Inside, rooms are large and well-appointed with a warm and friendly atmosphere; most have working fireplaces. Staff members are warm and welcoming, there's a wine tasting each evening and a delightful breakfast served on the sun porch. Take time to explore the grounds which include a horse stable that's been transformed into a luxury spa and a carriage house that's now home to the inn's gourmet restaurant, Circa 1886.

Tags: luxury | spa | historic | smart splurge | b&b

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