The Palmer Home

5 East Battery, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Innkeeper(s): Francess Palmer
  • Summary

    Southern Hospitality Topped with Spectacular Views

    Enjoy spectacular views, fascinating history, and the best of southern hospitality along with a convenient historic district location.

    The Palmer Home of Charleston, South Carolina is an American Historic Inn situated in the heart of the Charleston Historic District with views of the exquisite Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. The home, built in 1848, is furnished and decorated wih two hundred year old antiques and consists of five fantastic guestrooms as well as a separate two bedroom carriage house.

    Guests of The Palmer Home have access to plenty of off street parking and Charleston's first swimming pool, when the weather permits. Snacks and beverages including homemade cookies, fresh muffins, and pink lemonade are available throughout the day.

    An unforgettable full southern breakfast buffet is served each morning and also includes a variety of healthy options. Each afternoon, you are invited to the Drawing Room to enjoy wine and cheese served from 4:00PM until 6:00PM.

    For those who wish to explore the area, there is much to do and all within walking distance of The Palmer Home's wonderful piazza. Take a stroll along the beautiful downtown streets, visit the Charleston Plantations and civil war sites, or take one of the many local interesting and knowledgeable tours available everyday.

  • Introduction

    The Palmer Home, StaircaseGIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! Perfect gifts for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Holidays! Call us at 843-853-1574

    The Palmer Home carriage house was selected by the Travel Channel (Samantha Brown) as the best vacation spot in Charleston, South Carolina. You can still see the program some mornings between 10:00 and 12:00. Check your local listings. The Palmer Home was voted as The Home with the best Front Porch-2002, The Home with Most Historical Charm-2003 and one of the top 25 B&BS (in USA) by Arrington Publishing.

    The Palmer Home has also been featured in the February 2006 issue of Travel Leisure Magazine as one of the prominent places to stay while visiting Charleston!

    The Palmer Home was built in 1848 by John Ravenel, whose son designed the "Little David", the first semi-submersible vessel and the forerunner to the submarine.

    The Palmer Home, View of Charleston Harbour at sunsetThis private home is now operated by third generation owner, Francess Palmer. The house is furnished and decorated with antiques dating back two hundred years. The Palmer Home has been in operation since 1977.

      The Palmer Home has:
    • Spectacular views of Charleston Harbour
    • Center of Historic District
    • A Full Southern Buffet Breakfast Daily
    • Afternoon Wine & Cheese
    • Location, Location, Location
    • Off street parking (Plenty of..)
    • Swimming Pool
    • 4 great units
    • A separate carriage house
    The Palmer Home, Dining Room
    Breakfast Buffet is served and fresh cookies & muffins are out all day!
    The Palmer Home, Pool and Carriage House
    View of the Pool and Carriage House from the main house

    The Palmer Home, View of Charleston HarbourGuests enjoy spectacular views of Charleston Harbour

    All of the guest rooms are located on the third floor and offer spectacular views of the Charleston Harbour and historic Fort Sumter.

    Interested in a tour of the Palmer Home? Let native Charlestonian Tricia Hartley guide you through the streets of Charleston and into the Palmer Home. For more information please call 843.720.TOUR (8687)

    Please visit our Sister Inn Palmer's Pinckney Inn

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Libby and Francess for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests choose us for our fascinating history and unbeatable views.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We have the best piazza in Charleston with great views of the harbor; Old Charleston family, Old Charleston charm, Old Charleston house. The one thing I love most is that I have the opportunity to fulfill the legacy of my ancestors and their beautiful home every single day.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We are the friendliest city in America!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Walking into your home was like magic."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    If I told you, it wouldn't be the best kept secret! You'll have to come visit to decide for yourself.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Walk our beautiful downtown streets, visit our plantations and civil war sites, take one of the many great tours, RELAX on our piazza with a glass of wine and the harbor breeze, dine at as many of Charleston's award-winning restaurants as you possibly can! The list is never-ending, so you'll need to book your next stay with us as soon as possible.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All of the above!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    It's so hard to choose! Slightly North of Broad, Pearlz, Hank's, Sermets Corner. If you're here between October and April, try to make it to one of our local oyster roasts!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Charleston Visitors Bureau has a wealth of information, including interactive maps. Michael Trouche and Linda Wohlfeil are two of Charleston's finest tour guides; their knowledge of Charleston spans multiple generations.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 rooms in the Main House, our Carriage House (which has 2 bedrooms), and our quaint Country Club Room, which is a separate unit that is attached to the Carriage House

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, in our Carriage House and Country Club Room. Also, our sister property, Palmer's Pinckney Inn, has 5 rooms that are all pet-friendly!

  • Guest Comments

    Dear Francess, Mary & Kristin, I can't thank you enough for all that you did for us at The Palmer Home. Libby and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you. It was a perfect place to be while in Charleston, and we appreciate all of your efforts to make our visit so memorable. I look forward to staying at the Palmer Home in the future. Best Wishes, Governor George Pataki

    The Palmers, Thank you for allowing us to marry and stay in this beautiful Home. It's wonderful!

    The Barringers - Charlotte

    Dear Francess, Thank you for the most relaxing stay away from home my grandmother and I have ever had! Your home's beauty is only surpassed by your kindness and cheer. Thank you for providing the foundation to our best vacation. Kate Balkenohl - Morton, IL

    Dear Francess, Staying with you last week at the Palmer Home made our 1st visit to Charleston even more special than we could have imagined. We loved Charleston and the Palmer Home and are looking forward to many more visits. Your home and hospitality are endearing and our happy memories will be long lasting. Can't wait to visit again! Sincerely, Joy and David Cheek - Acworth, GA

    Dear Francess, Our weekend turned into "magic" upon entering your home. Thank you for your outstanding hospitality and kindness. Tom and Debbi Johnson - Jupiter, FL

  • Drawing Room

    The Palmer Home, Drawing RoomThe Palmer Home, Drawing Room

  • Favorite Restaurants

    • Pearlz: 843-577-5755
    • Carolina's: 843-724-3800
    • Magnolia's: 843-577-7771
    • Blossoms: 843-577-7771
    • Slightly North of Broad: 843-723-3424
    • Poogan's Porch: 843-577-2337

    A full list of Restaurants in Charleston can be found at

    We will be more than happy to make reservations for you during your stay at the Palmer Home.

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