The Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast is for Sale
(Partial owner financing available)
After twenty-one years and thousands of wonderful guests, the Chesnut Cottage is offering a historic property to new proprietors.
History The Chesnut Cottage is one of the few antebellum homes that has survived in Columbia’s downtown historic neighborhood. Constructed about 1850, the Cottage was placed on the National Historic Register more than 50 years ago and a historic marker designated the Cottage as tour site # 4 in 1936. Its famous guests are detailed in Mary Chesnut's Diary from Dixie and on its website, chesnutcottage.com. The Cottage is located across the street from the Woodrow Wilson boyhood home and the recently restored Preston Lorick House and is two blocks from the Robert Mills house and the Hampton Preston house, both beautifully restored house museums. Available with the sale of the Cottage are first editions of Mary Chesnut's Diary, the Saturday Evening Post magazines announcing it's publication with its first printed pages in 1905, numerous artifacts and furniture from the Victorian period as well as a library of more than one thousand books for the pleasure of our guests.
Location The Chesnut Cottage is located in downtown Columbia at the north edge of the University of South Carolina campus. The lot has ample offstreet parking. It is a little over 4 miles from Fort Jackson and about a mile from all three of museums and its finest dining and shopping districts--Five Points, The Vista, and Main Street. The B&B is fifteen minutes from the Columbia International Airport and about the same to the smaller Owens Airfield. Charlotte, Charleston, and Greenville are each an hour and one half from Columbia and it is about 2 1/2 hours to the beach and mountains.
City Information Columbia's metro population is comprised of several small towns and significantly the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson.. In addition to Columbia there are West Columbia, Forest Acres, Cayce, Irmo, Chapin, and Lexington. For such a large area and diverse population it still has a small town atmosphere. The University provides cultural, visual, musical, and theater venues in addition to two ballet companies and four private theaters. The riverfront is in the process of being developed in the downtown are and a three mile long riverwalk is popular with a beautiful view of both sides of the river and canal. Topretirements.com in its April, 2011 newsletter noted that "Columbia has frequently been rated as one of the top retirement towns in the USA. CNN Money included it in its 25 Best Places to Retire for 2009 because it has the amenities of city life, Southern Hospitality, a low cost of living, outdoor recreation, and a temperate climate. Consumer Reports compared the CNN Money list with the U.S. News list of best places to retire and found only one city common to both lists - Columbia, South Carolina. U.S. News described it as "a colorful capital city with a riverfront esplanade" with relatively low median prices."
Opportunity: Often B&B’s offered for sale are already all they can be in profitability. The Chesnut Cottage currently has 5 guest rooms but also offered is an adjacent property with enough parking and space for an ambitious innkeeper to expand up to 14 rooms if desired. The B&B is offered as an ongoing business and a turnkey operation.
Weather: The Columbia area (except for the rare snowfall that lasts 24 hours) enjoys some of the best weather in America, allowing year round golfing and outdoor enjoyment.
Legal The Cottage is zoned for an Bed and Breakfast, and has met all required state, local and insurance inspections for 21 years.
Gale and Sherwood Garrett
803 414 1718