Rocky Retreat Bed & Breakfast

1000 Milwee Creek Road, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
Innkeeper(s): Mark Ligon

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction


    "A Place for Peace of Mind"

    This fully restored, 166-year-old home is perfect for weekend getaways, retreats, receptions or comfortable overnight stays. You're always welcome here.

    Known locally as the Boone-Douthit House, Rocky Retreat is near historic Pendleton, South Carolina  and less than ten miles from Clemson University, Lake Hartwell, and the town of Anderson.



    A Piece of History

    Boone-Douthit House was built in 1849 on a 310-acre farm for the Boone family of Charleston who were seeking a more healthful climate and lifestyle. The farm was named Rocky Retreat because of the abundance of natural granite outcroppings in the area.

    The house and farm were purchased in 1857 by James G. Douthit and remained in his family until 1930. Additional bedroom and kitchen ells were added around the turn of the century. Both James Douthit and his daughter, Rebecca, taught music here, while maintaining a working farm.


    The house was home to a number of tenants over the years and even saw use as a hippie commune in the sixties and seventies. It was neglected and fell into disrepair before being purchased by Jim Ligon in 1994 as an “early retirement restoration project.” After five years of loving and historically-accurate renovation and the addition of modern conveniences, Boone-Douthit House, now Rocky Retreat Bed and Breakfast, has gained its rightful place of honor on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Area Attractions...

    Clemson University Sporting, Educational, and Cultural Events
    Lake Hartwell Boating, Skiing, and Fishing
    Blue Ridge Mountains · Historic Pendleton · Golf Courses · Garrison Livestock Arena

  • How to Find Us


    • Rocky Retreat Bed and Breakfast is midway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, or halfway between Clemson and Anderson, South Carolina, just 4 miles off I-85.
    • From Atlanta or Greenville, take exit 19B towards Clemson. Go 2.5 miles to the traffic light in Sandy Springs.
    • Turn right onto Milwee Creek Road and go 1.3 miles.
      You will see Rocky Retreat Bed and Breakfast on the right. If you cross the creek, you’ve gone too far.