The Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast

For nearly forty years, the Cottage has flourished as an inn for travelers visiting South Carolina's capital. Today, The Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast offers 5 rooms, each with its own unique character and history, and an additional personal owner's suite. As one of Columbia's "best-kept secrets," you'll be able to take a step back in time and experience the same enchanting space that Mary Boykin Chesnut and her husband, General James Chesnut, called home for years.

Modern Historical Elegance

Significant Antebellum Home that is currently a successful 5-bedroom Bed & Breakfast that is ideally located in the Historic Distict of Downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ideal as a Small Life Style Bed & Breakfast Inn or as a large 7-bedroom single family ''Estate Home''. Walking distance to Restaurants and the University of South Carolina housing.


Arrive Down Town Historic District Columbia, South Carolina. From Main Street intersects with Hampton Street. Then take Hampton Street to 1718 Hampton Street. The Home will be located on your right. The House is located at 1718 Hampton Street look for the Sign for the Chesnut Cottage.

Chestnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast


  • MLS: #176471 (click to see many more images and the full listing information)
  • Category: Commercial/Industrial
  • Status: Active
  • List Price: $950,000
  • Address: 1718 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC  29201
  • Sub-Type:Commercial
    Major Area:Adjacent Counties
    Minor Area:Other Adj Co.
    Unit/Apt/Bldg #:
    Total # Units:1
    Year Built:1850
    Sale/Rent:For Sale
    SqFt Imp:4518
    Apx. Acres:0.33
    Lot Sqft:14,375
    Parking Space #:8
Shared Interest Y/N:No
Size of Shares %:
# of Stories:2
Approx Acres:0.33
List Price/Acre:2,878,787.88
Lot Dim:56.58 X 194 X 104.45 X 35 X 48 X 169
Front Ft of Land:68.45
Gross Annual Income:
Dock Permits in Hand:No
Annual Rent Per SqFt:
Rental Duration:90 Days or Less
Projected Use:Bed & Breakfast Inn
Present Use/Bus. Title:B and B Inn
Var Comp:No
Comp $/%:3%
Bank Owned:No
Short Sale:No
View Desc:Historic District of Columbia
Property Taxes:
Tax Database ID:R11402-08-03
Legal Desc:Known as 1718 Hampton Street, Columbia, County of Richland state of SC
Key Code #:000000
Approx. Age:16 Or Over
Ceiling Height:8 To 10 Ft.
Cooling:Central Electric
Construction:Brick; Frame
Documents on File:Boundary Survey; Furnishings List; Legal Description
Flood Insurance:Not Required
Flooring:Tile; Wood
Heating:Central Electric; Central Oil; Fuel Oil
Imp. w/Structure:Yes; With House
Land Status:Land Included
Miscellaneous:Outside Storage
Parking:Parking Lot; Street Parking
Possession:At Closing
Road Frontage:City Street
Roofing:Asphlt/Built Up
Showing Inst.:Appt. Only
Sub Agencies Offered:No
Utilities Avail.:Cable; Public Sewer; Public Water
Walls:Plaster; Sheet Rock
Will Sell:Cash; Conventional; Exchange
HOA Fee:$0
HOA Fee Addl Info:N/A
HOA Fee Contact Info:N/A
Regime Fee:$0
Regime Fee Contact Info:N/A
Transfer Fee:$0
Transfer Fee Contact:N/A

Welcome to The Chesnut Cottage

Built-in the 1850's, the Chesnut Cottage was home to Mary Boykin Chesnut and her husband, General James Chesnut. Mrs. Chesnut, a woman of wit and high intelligence, knew intimately the leading men and women of her day. She herself was a daughter of one of the finest families of the South and her husband was before the war a United State Senator.

While the façade of Columbia has changed drastically since the 1850s, the Chesnut Cottage still stands strong on Hampton Street and invites guests of all ages to enjoy.

Interested in Learning More About This Property and/or Other B&B Inns for Sale?

Contact Licensed Realtor, Rob Sales, of B&B Consulting. Rob, and his wife Jane, previously owned successful B&B inns. Rob specializes in helping people buy and sell bed & breakfast real estate properties.

Call (912) 655-7674 or Email (

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