The popular historic inn, known today for it’s southern hospitality, beauty and loads of charm, was built in 1820 by Thomas Smith Rhett, a prosperous planter, and his wife Caroline Barnwell Rhett. Operated as an inn since 1987, the spot is nestled in along Craven Street and is a short walk from the historic district, shops and world class restaurants.
Reader’s Digest swooned over the inn and said it “looks like it’s straight out of Gone With the Wind.” However, it’s quite the opposite. While many assume the name of the inn comes from the famous character Rhett Butler in the quintessential Southern film, Margaret Mitchell, the author, named the character after the prominent Rhetts of Beaufort and Charleston and the Butlers of Atlanta.
The magazine also noted that the Rhett House has seen lots of celebrities over the years as well, “including Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Robert Redford.”
Add a strong dose of Barbra Streisand and that rounds out a particularly profound list of visitors.
The food at the inn also got a mention in the article. “Come hungry for breakfast: Chef Beverly is famous for her hearty Southern dishes like grits, hash browns, bacon, country ham, sausage, biscuits, and more,” it said.