Breeden Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Celebrating our 24th year!
Located 22 miles off I-95, Breeden Inn Bed & Breakfast serves as a favorite NY-FL halfway stay for many. Enjoy a memorable stay on your way to or from Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Pinehurst or Raleigh.
With four 19th century houses and thirteen guestrooms, including three suites, guests have a wonderful variety of options to choose from! Such as nine first floor bedrooms, three suites and four bedrooms with Whirlpools for two, surrounded by heart of pine flooring and wainscoting. The Main House (Circa 1886) mansion, The Carriage House (Circa 1895), The Garden Cottage (Circa 1895), and Retreat on Main (Circa 1881), provide a quiet retreat for travelers seeking something more than the expected. The Inn is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and the property is certified by The National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat .
This is a house that love built... In 1886, on land gifted by bride to be, Shadie Townsend's father, Thomas Bouchier, a prominent attorney, farmer and politician, had the house built as a wedding present for his bride. This during an era when cotton was king and with the proceeds from one cotton crop. In 1981, the house was restored and became a bed and breakfast. The Inn was named in honor of the Archie P. Breeden family who resided in the home for 54 years. Between 1988 - 2006, the present owners restored and added three additional 19th century houses as part of Breeden Inn. The houses are connected by winding garden walks. Today, this beautifully restored Beaux Arts Main House mansion, located in the heart of Bennettsville's Historic District, along with The Carriage House, The Garden Cottage & Retreat on Main, serve as a comfortable and quiet retreat from everyday busy-ness.
There are two lodging rooms located in the Main House at Bennettsville, South Carolina's Breeden Inn Bed and Breakfast. Click on the room name to view a complete description and pictures!
The Heart Room: 2 full size beds (sleeps 4), 2nd floor, large private bathroom with a tiled shower closet and large separate tub
Hunter's Retreat: 1 king and a twin (Sleeps 3), 2nd floor, private bathroom with a shower (Hunter’s Retreat is the Inn’s only guest room that does not have a bath within the room itself. The bath is solely for Hunter’s Retreat, is located 8 feet from the room, and is very well connected.)
The Heart Room and Hunter's Retreat can be booked together as a suite.
For your enjoyment there are several common rooms located in the Main House including the Upstairs Center Hall just steps from both guest rooms.
The Main House Common Rooms
Upstairs Center Hall
This large common area is located just outside both bedrooms. Though each bedroom has its own cable TV with VCR/DVD, guests often enjoy gathering in this spacious room, for movie watching, reading or board gaming. Main Street is viewed through an impressive arched, beveled glass door, with side transoms.
A hospitality area in the center hall provides a microwave for warming. Complimentary coffee/teas, and a basket filled with various packaged snacks, line an English tile and marble washstand. The refrigerator is stocked with bottled water and soda.
Downstairs Center Hall
Guests relax in this space to read daily papers, peer through magazines, gather to chat, or play a game of Checkers on a period game table. A sofa, parlor benches and French chairs... one with down feathers, are within the seating area of the center hall.
The Victorians surrounded themselves with things of interest and meaning. The Inn's music parlor is sunny and decorated with Victorian pieces and furnishings.
Two breakfast tables for two are within this beautiful and peaceful room.
Breakfast can be enjoyed looking out to Main Street in this begonia colored parlor. Borrow a book or catch up on the news. Several newspapers, including our own twice weekly local Marlboro Herald Advocate, find their way to breakfast tables, comfy spots on the veranda, or guest rooms. A chess table is within the library parlor. Other board games can be spread out on one of two dining tables for fun filled memory making.
Six can enjoy breakfast in this bright and cheery room, which also serves as our Welcoming parlor. A beautiful six foot hand carved sofa with matching lady and gent chairs are regular landing spots for the tired and weary. Guests can peek at numerous old American pottery vases such as Roseville, Weller, Hull and McCoy, and cabinets lined with colorful depression glass and dinnerware, collected by the innkeepers for decades.
The Inn’s full breakfast is served at The Main House in four rooms as well as on the veranda. Guests are seated in private settings, unless staying as a group preferring to dine together. Breakfast serving times are: M-F 7-8:30 Sat & Sun 8-8:30.
A delicious new menu is planned daily and may include various homemade breads, such as chocolate chip scones, muffins, Bonnie’s wonderful stuffed whole wheat honey oat bread, coffee cakes, and biscuits.
Numerous egg dishes are prepared with side servings of choice breakfast meats. One of the most requested recipes is the Inn’s cinnamon French toast, which has been described as “legendary”.
Served everyday, our fruit sampler consists of 6 to 10 fresh fruits. Potato sides or grits are options. The Inn offers a Mexican fiesta, various casseroles, waffles and numerous other delicious selections. Hazelnut, Café DuMonde, and de-caf coffees are served. In addition to orange juice, tea lovers can choose from a wonderfully broad selection of teas.
“Annie’s Cakes” were created in honor of Annie Short Harrington, of Marlboro County, a former Aunt Jemima. Though not a real person, beginning in 1893, Aunt Jemima was brought to life by a series of actresses. Annie Short Harrington was one of the chosen who has lovingly endeared hearts and pleasantly satisfied appetites in households throughout the world for over a century.
Breakfast is very colorful, elegant, and garnished with freshly picked herbs and flowers selected from the Inn’s gardens. Each day the table settings bring new surprising and fun color schemes.
When advised the night before serving: We are happy to meet special dietary needs, including diabetic, low carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian/vegan dishes. Guests choosing to slumber late, may enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast in the privacy of their rooms or in the guest kitchens. Those leaving prior to serving time may choose from a continental breakfast or our breakfast to go!
South Carolina Corporate Travel
Corporate guests traveling in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina appreciate the many pleasant amenities and surprises found at Bennettsville's Breeden Inn. The Inn is located on Main Street in the downtown Historic District. Bennettsville is the county seat of Marlboro County and is the hub for industrial sites, medical centers, education and government offices and church and law.
While away from home: Choose comfort, buildings with history and upscale amenities. Surround yourself with interesting decor, grounds with lush foliage, numerous areas for relaxation, and porches where you will be serenaded by songbirds and hourly daylight church bell chimes.
- Great corporate rate
- 13 Guest rooms within four restored 19th century houses
- 9 Convenient first floor guest rooms, with quick access to parking
- Comfortable and impressive bedding, including down comforters and feather beds
- Bed and breakfast decor that is unmatched in the Pee Dee Region
- Breeden Inn opened its doors to guests in 1982 and is the largest and longest running bed and breakfast in the Region. Owned by present owners since 1988.
- All private bathrooms. Some with shower/tub combinations.
- Four with whirlpools for two + large Kohler showers
- Central AC/H + in-room individually controlled thermostats
- Upscale ceiling fans (suites have two)
- 27" Cable TV with VCR/DVD (suites have two)
- Wireless Internet throughout the Inn
- Private in-room phone lines with free long distance calling within the USA
- Guest FAX/copy machine with free outgoing faxing within the USA + supplies
- Guest library + an Authors Cabinet, filled with books written by writers who have stayed at the Inn.
- Outer guest houses have convenient fully equipped kitchens with period decor
- Outer guest houses have convenient laundry facilities for guest usage
- All houses have guest hospitality areas with complimentary coffee/tea services, packaged snacks and fridges stocked with bottled water and soda.
- Looking for a larger event center for your corporate meeting or event? Consider The Skye, a convenient downtown Bennettsville facility for corporate meetings. Meet at The Skye and stay at Breeden Inn!
- Numerous places for before or after work relaxation Click here to see Areas of Relaxation
- Large in-ground POOL
- Walk one block to the City of Bennettville's FITNESS CENTER
- Walk or run Bennettsville's sidewalk and tree-lined streets or the trails of Lake Wallace.
- Numerous local restaurants, ATM machines, pharmacies and grocery stores nearby
- A delicious full breakfast is served in four Main House rooms from 7:00-8:30. You can enjoy your first meal of the day in your own quiet and private setting with one of several morning papers, including our twice weekly local Marlboro Herald Advocate. Click here for more BREAKFAST details.
What To Do While You Are Here
The porches at Breeden Inn are true Southern, with rockers, swings, ceiling fans, a vintage glider, container plantings, and a long piece of the Inns history… a joggling board. Hourly church bells during daylight chime heavenly seasonal appropriate tunes from French Schulmerich electronic bell carillons.
Plan to de-stress
Brick and gravel walks lead to the Inn's in-ground swimming pool in a private setting of trees, plantings and quaint outbuildings, original to The Main House. A lovely, peaceful place is the best description of this area of the grounds. Several seating areas surround the pool. Swim, sun, or just relax. The only noise you will hear are the songbirds. Chaise lounges are placed in both sun and shade. The pool is open from dawn to dusk, typically from April – September. Flowering Spring, Summer and Fall aquatic plant life thrives in a period Koi pond located behind the pool. Another pond sides the pool for whimsy. Here you can relax, observe the fish and are welcome to feed them.
A calming woodland garden is located behind Retreat on Main, as well as both cottages. Winding gravel & brick walks connect the houses. Benches and paired seatings are found throughout this serene garden area. A prayer walk provides a resting bench for quiet time in a quiet place. In the center of the woodland garden, a shaded circular picnic area views a lovely fountain. Many varieties of trees and plantings, including a period camellia garden are along the walk.
Game tables and boards can be found in each house. The Main House has a chess table, a period checker table and both vintage Chinese checkers and Monopoly sets. Collector’s Edition Scrabble and for a blast of fun – Apples to Apples are popular games guests play. Card and croquet sets are available for the asking.
Retreat on Main has a chess board and croquet. Croquet can be enjoyed on the front lawn either there or at The Main House (front or rear grounds). The Carriage House has a game table in The Gathering Room for chess or checkers. Scrabble, puzzles and cards can also be enjoyed.
The Garden Cottage has a checker/chess board at one of the kitchen tables. Guests are welcome to play on the porches and in the pool and woodland areas.
The Main House has five common areas for guests to relax:
THE MUSIC PARLOR: The Victorians surrounded themselves with meaningful favorites. The Music Parlor is Victorian. Furnishings and decorative pieces reflect the era in which the house was built. A family piano is in the Music Parlor. The Music Parlor...where musical guests are invited to share their talents...anytime. See “Special Packages” for scheduled local performing art events held at The Marlboro Civic Center, located within walking distance from the Inn.
THE DOWNSTAIRS CENTER HALL: In the heart of this central hall guests enjoy relaxing with a cup of coffee prior to breakfast, reading the morning papers, chatting with others and lounging in the evening.
LIBRARY PARLOR: Where breakfast is served, books await the reader, meetings are held and guests enjoy a challenging game of chess.
BREAKFAST PARLOR: This sunny breakfast and lounging room has a beautiful Venetian chandelier brought back from Italy by Bonnie’s sister, then gifted to her. Framed French tapestries reflect the colors in the room. A picture of Bonnie’s great grandfather hangs on the wall. One of Tarpon Springs, Florida’s earliest settlers, he was known as “the Daddy of Pinellas County and the father of good roads.” For history buffs, the story about his life, Once Upon A Bayou, The Life & Legacy of Tarpon Springs Pioneer, G.E. Noblit, Sr. is in the Inns library.
THE MAIN HOUSE DINING ROOM: In addition to enjoying breakfast in this very English room for dining, corporate and group meetings for up to thirteen can be arranged for guests staying at the Inn.
UPSTAIRS CENTER HALL: Located just outside both Main House guest rooms. This area for relaxation has a TV, sofas and a hospitality area with self-serve coffee/teas, packaged snacks, a microwave and a stocked fridge.
A calming woodland garden is located behind Retreat on Main, as well as both cottages. Winding gravel & brick walks connect the houses. Benches and paired seating are found throughout this serene garden area. A prayer walk provides a resting bench for quiet time in a quiet place. In the center of the woodland garden, a shaded circular picnic area views a lovely fountain. Many varieties of trees and plantings, including a period camellia garden are along the walk.
Couples love romantic moments in the evening on the swing under the old magnolia. It’s not unusual to catch a glimpse of a guest, with a book across their chest, lulled to a nap by the tree swing.
Envelope yourself in hammocks located in The Main House pool area and between the cottages. Allow the sun which slightly pierces through the tree branches to serve as a reminder, for the moment, you are not held captive to the workplace!
Within The Gardens
Many private areas for relaxation can be found throughout the grounds. Winding garden walks lead the way to hammocks, chaise lounges, tables and chairs in group, single and duo settings, benches, and a swing under a century old magnolia.
Surrounded by lush foliage, a Koi pond, and outbuildings original to The Main House, the large in-ground swimming pool is open from dawn to dusk. A lovely peaceful place is best described as this area of the grounds where you can enjoy a good swim, soak in summer breezes, retreat to both shady and sunny settings for relaxation, and get a tan!
A serene woodland garden is located behind Retreat on Main as well as both cottages. A fountain and circular resting/picnic spot encourage guests to slow down, breathe deep and enjoy! The Garden Cottage has a lovely front boxwood garden with picket fencing and perennial blooms. Within the gardens at Breeden Inn, seemingly endless varieties of trees, period plants, flowering vines and plants, and aquatic plant life abound.
This area...is best described as a lovely, peaceful place. The Inn's large in-ground swimming pool with old world tiling is framed by lush foliage and a seemingly endless variety of plantings. A period koi/goldfish pond with flowering plantlife and a sunken pond for whimsy, encourage quiet reflection. Quaint original outbuildings and gravel and brick paths enhance the area with charm.
The pool is open from dawn to dusk.
How to Find Us
From South Myrtle Beach, SC - Take Hwy 501 north. Remain on 501 north until it becomes SC 38. Follow the Bennettsville signs, remaining on SC 38 to Main St. at the Courthouse Sq. Turn right on Main St. Inn is 1/4 mile on right.
From Myrtle Beach North - Take SC9 West. Remain on SC9 to the SC/Hwy 15-401 intersection. Cross over 15/401 to stop sign at Main St. Turn left on Main St. Inn is 1/2 mile on left.
From Columbia, SC - Take I-20 to Exit 116 in Bishopville. Turn right on Hwy 15-401-N at Bishopville,SC. Remain on 15-401 to left @ SC38/Hwy15-401 intersection in Bennettsville. You will deadend at the Courthouse square. Turn right on Main St. Inn is 1/4 mile on right.
From Charlotte, NC - Take the 485 Expressway to Exit 51-B(Monroe,NC exit). Turn right on Hwy 74. Remain on Hwy74 to Bennettsville Exit 319. Turn right on Hwy38. Remain on Hwy 38 to Business 38. Turn left @ SC9 intersect. Turn left on Main St. @ light. Inn is 1/2 mi. on right.
From North - On I-95 South, take exit 193 @ Dillon,SC. Turn right on SC9 West for 23 miles. At light, cross over Hwy 15/401-SC9 intersect. You will deadend @ Main St. Turn left onto Main St. Inn is 1/2 mile on left.
From South - From I-95 North, take Bennettsville Exit 181-B onto SC38-N for 22 miles. You'll deadend at the Courthouse square. Turn right on Main St. Inn is 1/4 mile on right.
From Fayetteville, NC - Take & remain on Hwy 401 heading S to Bennettsville. At 3rd light, turn right on SC38. You'll deadend @ the Courthouse Square. Turn right on Main St. Inn is 1/4 mile on the right.
From Greenville, SC - Take 385 to I-26 S in Clinton,to I-20 E in Columbia, to Bishopville exit. Turn right on Hwy 15-401. Take Hartsville By-Pass. Remain on 15-401 to Bennettsville. Turn left at 15-401/SC38 (Broad St.). Turn right on Main Street. Inn is 1/4 mile on right.
From Laurinburg, NC: - South on Hwy 15-401 for 15 miles. Turn right at the first Bennettsville light onto Tyson Ave. Go to stop sign and turn left on Main St. Inn is 1/2 mile on left.
From Raleigh, NC - Take I-40 heading East to Exit 293 & then (immediately 293-A). Take US HWY 1 South. Remain on Hwy1 to left on Hwy501 in Aberdeen,NC. Remain on Hwy501 to right on Hwy401 in Laurinburg,NC. Remain on Hwy 401 to Bennettsville. At 3rd light, turn right on SC38. You'll deadend at the Courthouse Square. Turn right on Main St. Inn is 1/4 mile on right.
About Your Hosts
Wesley, a CPA, was raised on a New Jersey farm where he established a love for both woodwork and hard work. He later moved with his family to Florida. In addition to inn keeping, he is the CFO for the county school system and has a private CPA practice office at the Inn. He is recognized locally as a visionary and enjoys the challenge of old house restoration and making interesting furniture pieces using period wood.
Bonnie is a third generation Floridian who has been cooking since age ten, and as a child, dreamed of someday owning a restaurant. Her interest in decorating was very wisely encouraged by her mother at age nine. By fifteen, an interest in antiques and vintage American and English dinnerware developed into what has since become a vast collection of collectibles and period pieces dating to the 1700s. A Master Gardener, with the assistance of the Inn’s gardener David, she is ever creating new resting spots throughout the grounds for guests to call their own.
Their love of restoration...In 1978, the Parks met. Their engagement period was spent completely restoring what became their first home. It was during this initial project that restoration got into their blood and appears to have remained. They have restored five houses since their marriage in 1979 and both enjoy the seemingly endless avenues a project of restoration encompasses.
In 1988, while on a three week vacation/search for an old treasure to restore, Wesley and Bonnie discovered the Inn for sale in the Real Estate Sampler section of Country Living Magazine. They purchased the Inn, Wesley sold his practice, Bonnie closed her antique shop, and they, along with their two children, moved from the West Coast of Florida into a world that would never be the same…the enriching world of innkeeping.
ENJOYING THEIR 20th YEAR AS INNKEEPERS! 2008 marks 20 years of welcoming guests from literally all over the world into their four homes. Their lives are deeply enriched on a daily basis by those who choose to rest their heads for a night, or two, or three, or more. A question once posed to their daughter Jenny Alyssa while a child says it all…When asked how she felt about having “strangers” in her home, she quickly replied, “Oh, they’re not strangers, they’re guests.” The Parks extend an invitation for folks to come to this restful place of lush gardens, Southern porches and quarters of comfort. “Let us spoil you with our Southern hospitality by lodging in historic downtown Bennettsville.”
Thank you for your hospitality, your kindness and for allowing us to use your beautiful Inn. The two of you could not have been more kinder or more thoughtful. You made our visit so much more pleasant and our work so much easier. Thank you for everything.
Xanthipi Joannides, Fashion Director, Glamour Magazine
Conde Nast Publications, NY, NY
Thanks so much for your kindness. We loved your B&B! Much love, Glamour Magazine team
I feel so much at home here that I am reluctant to leave. Thank you so much for these beautiful surroundings, your warmth and friendliness, and for all the "extras" that you do, including the cuttings from your plants. You're wonderful. Thanks for everything. We'll be back! p.s. The breakfasts were fabulous! C & J Crusco - Delaware
This trip was a birthday gift from my husband. A visit to Pinehurst...U.S. Open practice round and 2 nights at Breeden Inn. Haven't stopped smiling since my arrival. Thank you Bonnie & family. You are special people. R. Cotter We came to view the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and found staying at your inn the most pleasureable part of our vacation. J. Cotter - Augusta, GA
Thank you for waiting up for us and letting us into your home. It was immediately peaceful once inside your doors. This is the respite that holds no monetary exchange. Our future traveling accommodations will always pale in comparison to your stately mansion. The Ive's - Tampa, FL
Thank you so much! The suite was lovely. Your attention to detail when remodeling and decorating was exquisite. T. Sykes - SC
I think if you look up the words Peace & Serenity in the dictionary, you will find The Breeden Inn Bed & Breakfast. Your hospitality has been such to be remembered until we meet again. B&D Russell - Ohio
We thank you for your hospitality and graciousness to us during our sojourn. Your home exudes warmth and charm in every nook and cranny. It was a delightful experience. The Eziekiels - Tennessee
We so enjoyed our honeymoon stay. Every detail to the room was exquisite, especially the bedding. The breakfasts were great and the fireplace cozy. Thanks so much for your hospitality. R&H Beckett - Florida
Thank you so much for your warm hospitality! Everything was absolutely perfect! I cannot wait to come back! P. Bruck - Ohio
Breeden Inn is truly a haven - a rejuvenating one. It will be an honor for me to feature you in my next issue of "The Innside Scoop". Many thanks for your gracious hospitality. Maxine Pinson, The Innside Scoop - Savannah,GA
The Garden Cottage is an absolute delight! I wish we could live here, with the quiet street and the birds and squirrels entertaining us. You've thought of everything! Dan Harmon, Sandlapper Magazine - SC
Thank you for a wonderful stay at your beautiful bed & breakfast. We're sorry it was for only one night. Next time we will plan a more extensive stay over. Here we are at the end of our week-end B&B hopping, & so delighted to discover we saved the best for last! Your Loves Bouquet is serendipity! Everything, right down to the smallest detail was noticed & appreciated very much. You are wonderful hosts. Thanks for your kindness, your recommendations & the delicious breakfast! R&D Dooley Myrtle Beach, SC
Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with us! The linens are exquisite. We truly appreciate what you've done with your place since we are in the hospitality industry also. The Winburn's certainly found a great spot for us to spend the night in their quaint little town. T&R Petit - Treasure Island, FL
I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay. In my two years traveling the state of S.C., this has been my most pleasant trip. I appreciate your warmth and hospitality. My husband & I have stayed in many B&B's across the U.S. and I give you a 10 on a scale of 1-10. You've done a great job with your B&B & you're both great role models for those of us whose dream is to someday have a B&B of our own! M. Decker, SC
Thank you for letting us share your home for all too short a time. On our tour of the Carolina's & Georgia, it has provided a very welcome change from the usual hotel/resort type amenities, which are inevitably totally impersonal - quite the opposite of the warmth we felt here. If you are ever in the U.K., we would be very happy to see you. J. Martin, England
Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend. As usual, your hospitality and great cooking keep us coming back. We look forward to our next visit! J. Waldron - W.VA
You are truly ambassadors not only for Bennettsville but also for the state of S.C. Your hospitality is so generous and warm. What a great night's sleep. I felt like the princess and the pea in the "big" bed. It meant so much to stay in a Christian home. B. Baird, SC
Your hospitality is true Southern. Thanks for such a great stay and for welcoming us so graciously. You treated us like family. J&R Digby - SC
What a wonderful experience staying at The Breeden House! You made our special occasion even more special and we appreciate it. As your brochure says, we found peace, quiet and comfort here, but so much more. Your warmth and hospitality is blessed by the Lord and touches lives in a memorable way. S&T Parker
Never were there such accommodating innkeepers! What a joy it has been to be under your roof for the last seven days. The room was perfect (The Nest) and all three of us enjoyed your decor and the added touches that made our stay so rewarding! Thank you for the delightful repasts each morning and your flexability with our wild "sons wedding" schedule! You two are great - and we highly recommend you! Much affection A&B Crane, CA
FROM ONE GUEST TO ANOTHER
Here is a poem a guest penned, had framed and sent to us as a gift. We liked it so much, she sent one for each guestroom.
"Welcome", fellow traveler.
"Come in", ye weary guest,
to the Inn of Breeden
and treat yourself to rest.
No finer place to nestle.
No grander home you'll find.
Rich in Victorian splendor,
clothed in history and time.
Suites in an array of color,
filled with charm and grace.
Retreat to a by-gone era
of hospitality and lace.
With placid ponds and gardens,
porches long and wide.
Tis as lovely out upon the lawn
as it is inside.
A visit you'll long remember.
A stay I recommend.
For God smiles down upon this place
they call the Breeden Inn.
Penned by J. MacGregor, a guest