The Lowry House Inn

206 South Fairplay Street, Seneca, South Carolina 29678
Innkeeper(s): David H. Johnson & Billie J. Grimes-Johnson
  • Bath in Lavender Room

    Bath in Lavender Room

  • Lavender Room tea & dessert

    Lavender Room tea & dessert

  • Serenity of the Green Room

    Serenity of the Green Room

  • Enjoy A Wine & Cheese Tray Special

    Enjoy A Wine & Cheese Tray Special

  • Introduction

    Our home is circa 1916 built by B. A. Lowry, one of the former mayors of Seneca. The craftsman style home was designed by Rudolph E. Lee of Clemson College. This South Carolina native was born in 1876 and died 1959. Lee Hall of Clemson University's School of Architecture was named in his honor and houses the Lee Gallery. This art gallery shows the most current trends in architectural design and construction. We purchased the home in January 2006 and have spent the last year restoring and furnishing it.

    Each guest room has a queen size bed, its own private bath and cable television. We have free wireless internet available for our guests. You may have breakfast in our large formal dining room or on the covered wrap around front porch weather permitting. We also have rockers and ceiling fans on the porch for those warm days when you want to enjoy a peaceful moment. We are currently restoring the exterior of the home and the private back yard gardens for your enjoyment.


    Seneca is located in the Golden Corner of South Carolina. It is known as the Golden Corner
    because of the climate, spectacularly beautiful lakes and foothill mountains.


    ParlorWelcome to the Upcountry

    In South Carolina's Upcountry, located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, you can slow down, enjoy life, stimulate the senses, and refresh the spirit. Here you'll find dazzling waterfalls, sparkling lakes and rivers, lush forests, lovely valleys, scenic highways.

    Experience the excitement of whitewater rafting on the famous Chattooga River, hiking and horseback riding along mountain trails, camping at numerous sites, fishing in crystal-clear waters, playing on championship golf courses. You can also explore the Upcountry's intriguing cultural heritage, and enjoy our world-class art galleries, museums and performing arts centers. From cosmopolitan downtowns to the scenic solitude of mountain trails, our six-county region has something for everyone.

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    Rich in cultural facilities, the Upcountry boasts vibrant theater companies and other performing arts groups ranging from jammers to ballet troupes to symphony orchestras. Festivals, street parties and dozens of other events provide fun for all. Our nationally-recognized museums highlight history, culture, technology and art. With an intriguing colorful heritage, the area is home to more than 500 sites of historic significance.

    Recreational opportunities

    abound for sportsmen, athletes, adventure-seekers and nature lovers alike. The Blue Ridge Mountains beckon the outdoor enthusiast, as do our many lakes and rivers. If you enjoy hiking, hunting and fishing, camping, boating, whitewater rafting or swimming, you've come to the right place. Golfing, cycling, ice skating and horseback riding are also popular recreational pursuits here in the Upcountry.

    For those who prefer sports as a spectator, the Upcountry's college and professional teams - the Clemson Tigers, Greenville Braves, Greenville Grrrowl, and South Carolina Shamrocks, to name just a few - compete in exciting games of football, baseball, soccer, basketball, ice hockey and more.

    Upcountry restaurants serve a gamut of goodies from country cookin' to fine dining, with everything in between. If shopping's your bag, you'll delight in the variety of merchandise found at Upcountry malls, shopping centers, outlet stores and specialty boutiques.

    Best of all, our moderate, four-season climate assures that any time you visit is the right time. Excerpt from

  • 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 David Johnson for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Convenience to downtown Seneca shopping & restaurants, Clemson University, mountains, Lake Keowee & Lake Hartwell

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

    Our amazing breakfasts, bottomless cookie jars, cleanliness of the rooms & our hand ironed sheets

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

    Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee & Clemson University

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

    "It feels like visiting family."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our quaint downtown area & historic district

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

    Visit the SC State Botanical Gardens, visit some of our amazing waterfalls (which we have many of), shop for antiques; take a boat ride on one of our lakes.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, lots of specialty shops, antiques shops, historic homes, museums & restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We love Paesano’s, J Peters & The Spot.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The best resource websites are

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 guest rooms with private en suite baths.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets because too many other people have pet allergies. We do have a list of pet accommodations in the area.


  • Dining Room

    Our guests are treated to a full breakfast around our dining room table each morning.

    Large Formal Dining Room Large Formal Dining Room


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