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About Our Beaufort, SC Historic Inn

Cuthbert House Inn History

The Cuthbert House was originally built for the Cuthbert family as their summer home. It was a cool retreat along the water situated to take advantage of the fresh breezes of the coast. The now historic bed and breakfast also provided an escape from the swarm of insects that invaded further inland with every warm season. The Cuthbert family spent the summer in this home receiving visits from other prominent families of the area.

It is believed that this historic mansion was built around 1790. In 1861, fearing the arrival of Union troops, the Cuthbert family fled Beaufort. Then, two days later, the Union army, led by General Rufus Saxton, sieged Beaufort and Saxton took this beautiful house as his own. His duties included the continual and successful operation of all cotton plantations confiscated on the Sea Islands. General Saxton was responsible for managing, housing, paying and recruiting the newly freed slave population for the remainder of the war. Several young soldiers who came into the house left some of Beaufort’s earliest graffiti behind when they carved their names in the marble mantle of one of the fireplaces. Their signatures can still be seen today.

It was in this house that General Saxton entertained his old boss from the western Indian wars, General W.T. Sherman, in late January 1865, after his drive to the sea and the night before his infamous march through the Carolinas. After the war, General Saxton purchased the Cuthbert House at a tax auction for two thousand dollars. He made it his home for the next 10 years and then sold it to a prominent hardware and lumber yard owner, Mr. Duncan Wilson, who expanded it to its present day 10,000 square feet with a unique adaptation from its Federal roots to a masculine Victorian style – the Adams style.

When the National Historic Landmark Program began in 1960, the Cuthbert House was one of the first homes in Beaufort to be listed on the National Register of Historic places. After a close call with destruction in the late 1960’s, the Cuthbert House has been lovingly restored by several families to the grand manor you can enjoy today.

To learn more about the history of Beaufort, SC and of the Cuthbert House Inn, please click here: The Founding of Beaufort and Cuthbert House History.

Our amenities and services are provided for your comfort during your stay at the Cuthbert House Inn. Come experience true rest, relaxation and Southern hospitality at our historic, waterfront inn in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Amenities & Services

  • Free private parking lot, off-street
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Concierge services
  • Verandas overlooking Beaufort Bay
  • Complimentary gourmet breakfast
  • Evening social hour
  • Coffee available 24/7
  • Two blocks from boutique shops, casual and fine restaurants and art galleries
  • Beach towels & chairs
  • Robes, hairdryers & luxury toiletries
  • Iron & ironing boards
  • Mini refrigerators & coffee makers

Optional Enhancements

  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Flowers and chocolates
  • Flowers and champagne
  • Chocolates and champagne
  • Charcuterie board and bottle of wine

Cancellation Policy
Should you need to cancel a reservation outside of seven days prior to your stay, you will be refunded your deposit, minus a $25 processing fee for each room. Should you need to cancel within seven days of your stay, you will forfeit your deposit. Please contact us with any cancellations so that we can work with you to reschedule your visit and avoid a cancellation fee.

*Please note, the cancellation fee for weddings is $150.00.


Reservation Information
Check-In: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Check-Out: 11:00am

  • A two-night minimum reservation is required for weekends and for suites at various periods throughout the year.
  • Cancellations must be made 7 days prior to scheduled arrival.
  • All major credit cards are accepted.
  • Advance deposit of one night is required at the time of reservation and will be refunded (less $25 cancellation fee) if cancellation is made before 7 days prior to arrival.
  • Cuthbert House Inn is a non-smoking environment; however, outside smoking areas are provided.
  • Some pet-friendly rooms are available for dogs, but dogs are not permitted in the indoor common guest areas. Service dogs are welcome. Our pet friendly rooms are the Mariner Suite and the Courtyard Room.

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