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We want to thank each of you for your very kind comments.  These inspire us to continue to open this ole house, our home, for public viewing as a way to help preserve the history of this region. Thank you also for your recognizing the presentations of our wonderful docents - they are each fantastic ladies.  We appreciate many of you sharing photos you took while here, and we have tried to include at least one next to your comment.  For those who found us not meeting your expectations, please understand that we know we cannot please everyone, but the overwhelming number of positive and enthusiastic comments make us feel that we are accomplishing our goal of providing Southern Hospitality. 



Franki7766 of Arlington, Virginia, on February 28, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Epitome of "Southern Hospitality!"”

This was just the most delightful many times have you heard, "oh, please sit on the furniture"...and beautiful furnishings there were. And the dessert to all of this...yup, dessert (fantastic bread pudding!) and other homemade delicacies. The cou de gra...Robin, the owner joined us and was just the epitome of "Southern Hospitality!"


Corinne F of Bluffton, South Carolina, on February 26, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“More than I anticipated.”

It was more lovely than I anticipated. I had herd from others that it was a nice tour, but, my visit exceeded my expectations.



3Whites of Punta Gorda, Florida, on February 26, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Interesting & Entertaining”


Really enjoyed the history and being able to tour the lower level of the mansion. It takes you back in time. Wish they had kept the touring group to a minimum; some of the rooms could not accommodate the entire group.



paulfC787SN of London, Ontario, on February 25, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Gothic Revival Estate Visit”


A very interesting tour of the house. The very informative tour guide walked us though the history of the house before and after the fire. The furnishings are wonderful. The owner of the house is very personable. Having refreshments (wine lemonade) and Miss Pat's delectable treats after athe tour were a delightful touch.



c0ndie514 of Jackson, MI, on February 22, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Well worth the visit”

I can't think of a BETTER way to spend an afternoon! The history of the plantation was explained in depth by our docent and we even met the mistress of the plantation. So much to learn about this period in history with regard to how people lived before and after the civil war. Beautiful pieces of furniture, clothing and keepsakes that we can learn from even today. I can't say enough about what a beautiful plantation this is and how we enjoyed it!! Don't want to forget about the delicious treats and wine that we received too.


stevepolk1 of Stockbridge, Georgia, on February 22, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“The tour of Rose Hill plantation was very interesting and I highly recommend  it!                                                                                                                                                             

This tour was more interesting than others I've done because the lady who owns the house lives in it and was there greeting the guests. She was very gracious and added unique information that we may not have heard otherwise. The tour guide was excellent; very knowledgeable and accommodating. There were numerous artifacts throughout the house that made the tour very memorable and we were allowed to take photos of everything in the house except for one historic document. One word of caution: the house is part of a gated community and the sign to the house is small; just be on the lookout for it and you won't miss it.    (Photo by stevepolk1)


loribp56 of South Lyon, Michigan, on February 22, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Different Kind of Home Tour”

I really enjoyed my visit to Rose Hill Mansion because it was very different from other types of historic home tours I have taken. The home owner was with the tour guide greeting everyone as they came in, offered us a glass of wine and genuinely welcomed everyone into her home. The guests were able to sit on the sofa's and chairs in each of the rooms, which is very unusual in historic home tours. At the end of the tour there were just homemade snacks (sweet potato pie, dips and breads) from the family cook. The home owners were also there answering any questions and you were able to re-visit any rooms in the tour and grounds taking as much time as needed. This was truly a unique and enjoyable experience!


loribp56 of South Lyon, Michigan, on February 22, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Different Kind of Home Tour”

I really enjoyed my visit to Rose Hill Mansion because it was very different from other types of historic home tours I have taken. The home owner was with the tour guide greeting everyone as they came in, offered us a glass of wine and genuinely welcomed everyone into her home. The guests were able to sit on the sofa's and chairs in each of the rooms, which is very unusual in historic home tours. At the end of the tour there were just homemade snacks (sweet potato pie, dips and breads) from the family cook. The home owners were also there answering any questions and you were able to re-visit any rooms in the tour and grounds taking as much time as needed. This was truly a unique and enjoyable experience!


LMOlson80 of Atkinson, Nebraska, February 15, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“South Carolina Family Trip”

Very nice tour with wine and snacks. We met the owners and they were so welcoming. So happy to see that someone cared to save this home after a fire.


Mariana R of Paris on February 15, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Nice 10,000 sf home”

Worth the visit as it is a beautiful home. Very scripted. Very few furniture pieces are museum. Tour ends with a "tea", but it is a sales pitch for very good home-made jams and baked goods.


Debra C of Fayetteville, on February 15, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Very nice!”

We enjoyed our visit to Rose Hill very much. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It is a beautiful property.


Dld0209of Dublin, Ohio, on February 15, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“History not to be forgotten”

Two years ago we were fortunate to have a tour guided by the gr-gr-granddaughter of Dr Kirk. Her knowledge of the home, its history and the people that lived here was superb. She spoke of her family with emotion and made them come to life. Now we understand that Cynthia Kirk is no longer giving the tours and we were saddened by this. The new tours are more about the current owners and some historical aspects were lost. We were able to meet with Robin White, owner of the home with her husband Robb. No doubt in our minds that she loves this old home and respects it. I just feel that the history is the story to be told..



achsahs2017 of Grosse Ile, Michigan, on February 8, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonderful tour”

Great tour filled with lots of southern charm. Our docent Joanne was very knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. Gorgeous setting among the century old live oaks dripping Spanish Moss. Very enjoyable. We are moving to the area and I plan on including this tour when guests come to visit.



Terry B of Hickory, North Carolina, on February 8, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Most personal house tour in the south!”

Our visit to Rose Hill was extraordinary. As we drove up a lady was waving to us and said "Welcome, come join us." Little did we know that the lady was Robin, the owner of the house and the person responsible for the restoration of the beautiful Gothic Plantation House. We were offered a glass of wine as we entered the house. After a brief introduction and Robin answering many questions about the house we were given a tour of the lower floor. The house is full of period appropriate antiques and artifacts. The tour concludes with special treats from Miss Pat. The treats included a number of finger foods, all great, and peach tea. Robin again joined us and answered even more questions. I guess what impressed us most was that we were treated as special guests in the house as opposed to just tourists. Rose Hill is well worth a visit the next time you are in the area.


marysuek K of Winona, Minnesota, on February 1, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Very enjoyable tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and Miss Pat's treats at the end of tour were awesome, especially the Sweet Potato Pie. To top it off, the owner Robin came down to visit with our group and shared so much information. She is so passionate about the history of the house and their dedication to rebuilding it over the years. We loved it and would highly recommend it.


jennifersB8561RL of Bluffton, South Carolina, on February 1, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Historical South at Rose Hill”

My recent tour of the Rose Hill Plantation House was a surprise. Although I've lived in the area for several years, this was my first trip to Rose Hill. If you are a history buff, this visit is a must. The knowledgeable docent talked about this Civil War Era plantation as well as the effect of the war in the area. I especially enjoyed the antiques which included both American and European pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Take time to enjoy the setting among the south's impressive live oak trees.


Debi B of Bluffton, South Carolina, on February 1, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A great Bluffton excursion”

We have lived in Bluffton for about 9 years and I always thought about going to Rosehill Mansion but never got around to it. Friends are visiting this week from Maryland and she too likes old houses so we booked the afternoon tour. Everything about it was delightful. The docent was very interesting and seemed to know so much about the history and the present day of the house. It was lovely (and different from other historical houses) to be able to sit comfortably on the furniture (except some heirlooms) during the tour. The glass of wine beforehand and Miss Pat's treats were a wonderful addition. We loved the entire tour, the house, the grounds, and most especially the care in which the present owners are putting into the restoration. This is a "must see" on any visit to Bluffton.


dickgull on February 1, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Don't forget your wine coupon”

We highly recommend the tour of Rose Hill Mansion. It provides a great mix of historical insights from before and during the civil war (great discussion of why Rose Hill wasn’t burned when it was controlled by the Union Army), family histories, and trials and tragedy’s all too familiar to anyone who has remodeled a house (e.g. the catastrophic fire in 1987 and the nine years the White’s had to live in the adjacent servant’s quarters while Rose Hill was restored to its former glory). The house is architecturally beautiful and full of interesting European antiques. Our tour guide was excellent, we appreciated the snacks and the discussion of how they were prepared by the lady who did so, and it was an honor to meet the owner, Robin White, who, along with her husband, has put so much into restoring the house. Remember to print the on-line coupon from the website (or have it on your phone) to get your free glass of wine. Also, visit the Church of the Cross in Blufton while you are in the neighborhood.



Sandy Van Houton on January 31, 2017, commented on Kim Poovey's photo of Rose Hill on Facebook:

Russ and I loved this place/tour...the staff here are warm/food great /history is so amazing. Sandy

               (Photo by Kim wiegel Poovey on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page)


cdanddr of Chattanooga, Tennessee, on January 25, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Impressive mansion tour and delightful afternoon tea”

Restored mansion is a private residence filled with period pieces, some originals, and items found on the estate. Truly beautiful and in outstanding condition! Our tour guide, Kim, was costumed to fit the era and very knowledgeable about the original family, the mansion and its history, and the area history. We stayed for the afternoon tea served in the dining room--it was delightful! The delicacies served with the tea were made on site by the catering manager, Pat, and were very tasty!


William T of Centerville Georgia on January 17, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Fun afternoon to give a look back in time. Guide was very informative and open to some crazy questions. Owners were welcoming--it is a private residence. Miss Pat's cooking is yummy!


jeanettec279 of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, on January 7, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Mansion-Outstanding”

The attention and detail to this mansion by the current owners is outstanding!!! Through all of its history it maintains a beautiful southern charm.


dianesur of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on January 6, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Mansion is an Unexpected GEM in Bluffton, SC”

The home and grounds are beautiful! The docent is passionate about sharing the history of the home and its inhabitants in a thoughtful and lovely way. There are interesting artifacts discovered on the property on display. The current owners have lovingly restored the home over 9 years and it shows! At the end of the downstairs tour there is a delicious tea for the visitors.


Ollie201550 of Salem, Oregon, on January 4, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Lovely property and interesting experience”

First, the folks who now own this mansion had a huge vision and project. I respect that. It was an interesting experience to "tour" a home that is being occupied by the owners. It was a bit off-putting to be nickled and dimed (wine upon entry for $5 on top of the tour fee!) and the snacks were a selling opportunity for the chef. My suggestion is to lighten up on the "selling" and just let that be an afterthought or option that you gently offer.

Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, January 6, 2017

Thank you for responding and posting on trip advisor. I do apologize if you felt put off by the additional items that we sell during the tour here at Rose Hill Mansion. These items do help with the maintenance and upkeep on the home. I do believe we are the only tour that allows our guests to enjoy a glass of wine while touring the 158 year home.

We also do make a FREE coupon available for our guest on our web site for a free glass of wine if the book on our web site or cut the coupon out in our local paper. We do try to create a very welcoming feel for each of our guests. This is why we allow guest to sit within the home on the furniture and enjoy food and beverage after the tour. Again, the additional product sales at the gift shop help with the upkeep of the mansion.


yayajlg on January 2, 2017, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful and Unexpected”

The historical tour incorporates only the first floor of a 10,000 sq ft mansion, but the docent is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent story teller. The histories of the land, it's current and previous owners, visitors during the war, and found items on the property can keep you interested for hours. Sampling many southern favorites from sweet potato pie to their own jarred jams and salsas was a surprising delight we did not expect. I have not seen such a beautifully unique plantation home done in Gothic revival style.     (Photo by yayajlg)


fernandez21 of Baltimore, Maryland, on December 31, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Unexpectedly fun! ”

We had an afternoon to kill while in Bluffton and decided to book a last minute history tour of Rose Hill Mansion on the Rose Hill Plantation. We initially thought that the fee ($25) was a little steep, but for that we had a very informative two hour history lesson about Bluffton during the Civil War, the Kirk family that founded Rose Hill, the disappearance of Sea Island cotton, the 1987 fire that devastated the Mansion, and her purchase and revival by her current and very artistic owners, Rusty and Robin. The house is beautiful, especially around Christmas, and at the end of our tour, our group was treated to a delicious buffet of cheese grits, macaroni and cheese, pound cake, cornbread, cheese and crackers, sweet potato pie, salsa and chips, and jalapeño sweet pickles, plus sweet peach tea or lemonade to drink, all lovingly arranged and described by the talented "Miss Pat." After the tour, we were at our leisure to explore the first floor of the house on our own, take photos, and chat with the tour guide in the kitchen. There were also wonderful gifts for sale by local artists at a reasonable price in the "pantry" and conservatory. All in all, it was a great value and a fun way to spend an afternoon.

                       (Photos by fernandez21)

W5583IApatriciab of Anza, on December 29, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Review”

Great experience; very informative!!! Tells a lot of history of the plantations in the south. It also went into the Civil War Era!!!



nkormendi of Beaufort, South Carolina, on December 27, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Worth the visit”

This is a lovely spot. More of a museum than a house tour. Filled with lovely antiques from all over. They also offer their own line of condiments that are delicious



Jonet J on December 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Staying in Hilton Head we decided to head to Bluffton, SC to tour the Rose Hill Plantation. Our guide, Joan was outstanding! She was a wealth of information on the history of the home, owners, and furnishings and artifacts of this home. We went away with a much better appreciate of the low country. The tour ended with samplings of jams, bread and the best sweet potato pie ever. We had to purchase one. A great afternoon on a beautiful December day. Highly recommend this tour.


Mary Donaldson Anderson on December 16, 2016, wrote on Facebook:

The tour was informative and delightful - we loved it!


laurenaa44 of Wilmington, Delaware, on December 16, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Interesting tour”


This was an interesting tour of a gothic style plantation home. Unfortunately much of the original home was burned down in a fire several years ago but the current owners did a good job of restoring the house mostly true to its original time period. The current owners have a really great collection of historical pieces and artifacts, although not all of the pieces coincide with the time period of the house. More information about the time period and specific details about key pieces in the home from the tour guide would be helpful but



Rostijr of Herndon, Virginia, on December 14, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Mansion is stunning and the tour extremely enjoyable”

We enjoyed the tour of the Mansion and the historical perspective provided by Kim Poovey, dressed in a lovely turn of the century gown. Kim brought Rose Hill Mansion to life through her wonderful stories, We had the pleasure of meeting the current owners and let them know how much we appreciate their sharing their lovely home with us for a short period of time. As a wonderful end to the tour, we were treated to delectable and delicious snacks and desserts after which we had an opportunity to leisurely browse the gift shop which was brimming with lovely treasures. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.



KS L of FV, on December 13, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“This tour is like no other...Absolutely amazing!”


This tour is absolutely amazing!. As you enter the mansion, you have the option to purchase a glass of wine and you are allowed to leisurely browse around the various rooms on the first floor and even encouraged to sit on the furniture. Then the group tour began with our docent, Kim Poovey, who was very knowledgeable, entertaining and she answered so many questions. At the end of the 1 hour tour, there was an assortment of delicious refreshments from appetizers to desserts for you in the dining room (all included in the admission to the mansion). We even met the owners of the mansion. A very nice gift shop of homemade items, jewelry, books, baked and canned goods are available. Sit outside on the patio, or on a front porch rocker, or take a look at the beautiful landscape. This is a must do!!!! Be sure to have your camera with you. Enjoy every moment at Rose Hill Mansion!



jlytwyn1 of Kissimmee, Florida, on December 13, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Exceptionally beautiful & educational experience touring Rose Hill Mansion in SC.”

The sampling of the homemade local foods & beverages following the tour was outstanding. The mansion owners and the catering manager were so graciously hospitable, and the docent was most knowledgable in relating the families' & mansion's history.



Sheila of Dayton, Ohio, on December 12, 2016, wrote in an email:

Hi Robin,

My husband and I along with some other family members had a tour of your Historic Mansion in mid Oct.  We so enjoyed our time there and we were able to sample - taste some of the food items Pat had made for "the Tea".  I've been trying to find out if the cookbook she wrote is out in print yet and, if so, how to buy a copy.  I especially wanted a grits recipe that we tasted that she said would be in in her cookbook that would be out in mid- November.  

I would appreciate your letting me know how I can purchase a copy.  I had bought some grits that day and some chow chow both for myself and for my sister as a Christmas gift.  She like me loves grits and I would love to have a recipe book before  Christmas.

Thank You for your reply,


Gary H of Melbourne, Florida, on December 9, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Very enjoyable & educational”

It was fascinating to see an antebellum plantation house which was meticulously restored by the owners. It was filled with artifacts and the guide, Joan, was very interesting.


Tamra57 of Hendersonville, North Carolina, on December 8, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful Rose Hill”

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day in Hilton Head today. Perfect day to go on a tour of Rose Hill Mansion. To look at the outside of the building you would think that it was once a church, but that was not the case. Interesting history, lovely antiques, southern hospitality, well-kept grounds, and some tasty appetizers all contributed to making this an excellent tour. So glad I went. Oh, one other thing - make sure you check out the bathroom. It's unique.


Brownbo of Newmarket, Canada, on December 2, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Somewhat disappointed”

Having vacationed on Hilton Head Island several times over the past five years we have always said one day we should visit Rosehill Plantation House? This time along with our son and daughter-in-law we booked online for a visit. Our tour was scheduled for 2:00 and we arrived at the main gate at 1:40 to be greeted by the individual at the gate. When I told him that we had a tour at 2:00 he said somewhat rudely "at which time you may enter, until then you may park outside the estate" we were somewhat taken aback by this but none the less we reversed and located somewhere to park before being allowed into the grounds. It wasn't until afterwards when I checked the tickets did I see that we were actually meant to arrive early not really a good start to our visit.

Upon arriving at the beautiful house we parked the car and were met by our tour guide. We were offered a glass of wine to bring along with us on the tour. Normally it is $5 per glass, but they had a special online offer and so it was complementary. So this balanced out our initial poor e peri eve at the gate. The tour itself lasted about an hour. Our tour guide clearly loved her job and was full of interesting information, both about the house itself and the family who currently own the house. Tour is limited to just three rooms on the ground floor. Would have been nice to see more of the house, but given that it is also a private residence I can understand why not. Lots of interesting items on display. At the end we sampled some home made treats and had a chance to purchase some.

The mansion itself is a beautiful place do steeped in history. I just don't think that it was worth the $25 a head for what we got to see. Left somewhat disappointed.


Ann S, Webmaster at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, December 3, 2016.

Thank you for responding and posting on trip advisor. I do apologize if you felt put off by the guard at the Security Gate.  The POA had some new employees at the time of your visit, and we are sure this "rude" greeting is NOT the norm.

The tour includes the entire first floor of the which has 5 rooms plus the kitchen and Butler's Pantry and 3 bath rooms - guests are free to see all of these even after the tour if one wishes to explore more detail.  Our fees are in line with most tour venues of this type.

We are sorry that this slightly dampened your visit to Rose Hill.


Linda B of Orillia, on December 2, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful restoration”

We arrived on a beautiful warm sunny day and were greeted by Miss Kim dressed in period costume. Her narrative on the history of the mansion took you back in time and made you feel part of the history. Her knowledge of the house and area was extensive. She made you feel like you were a guest rather than a tourist. At the end of the tour we were treated to some delicious snacks including jams and preserves from the estate. Miss Pat described each snack she had prepared. All in all I would highly recommend this tour.


Steven H of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on December 1, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Colorful Past”

Expansive, well kept grounds greeted us as we pulled into the makeshift parking lot. Was glad to see it unpaved, retaining the inherent charm of this 'Grand Dame'. The Gothic exterior gable soared before us as we strolled to the front door. We were greeted by a self-confirmed yankee, who was delightfully knowledgeable about her history...both the good and not so good (namely her [the house] catching fire)...of this southern treasure! We were allowed by the gracious owners and residents to tour the lower level of this home and we're surprised and delighted to see many historical vestiges and artifacts adorning the several rooms. It would have been a special treat to visit the upstairs, but given the owner's residency, their request for privacy is completely understood and appreciated. Another topic, though an uncomfortable one...the house fire...provides another interesting page to this home's history. The restoration was done quite well and visually undetectable were it not for the shared story. Well worth the $25 entry fee!!



ltw52 of Arlington, Virginia, on November 30, 2016, wrote on Trip Advisor:

 “Superb in-depth Tour!”

Ms. Jean Kirk (no relation to the former owners!) gave a simply sensational tour of this marvelous mansion and former plantation that is clearly a labor of love for her! While you only tour the bottom floors of the house (current owners actually live upstairs), she spent enough time in each room with the history and background of each, you almost felt like you lived there when you were done! Ask about the ghost stories!! Also, best tour I've ever been on as you can either get an online coupon for a glass of wine at the start of the tour or buy one as you go and then you get snacks at the end made by the kitchen staff with good old fashioned southern flavors and charm! You can also buy some to take home if you'd like. Furthermore, you're allowed to walk the grounds or sit by the reflecting pool to enjoy your snacks afterwards if you'd like! All in all, make an afternoon out of it and enjoy the outside as much as inside. However, tours are generally only offered weekdays by reservation and in the afternoon, so make sure you call ahead. Also, pay attention for the small sign on your left as you drive in the main entry road past the gate house (where you will have to show ID) to find the mansion entry, as it's easy to overlook and then get lost among the houses.



Dawn M of Churchville, New York, on November 28, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Excelelnt tour and wonderful tour guide!”

We enjoyed our tour to of Rose Hill Plantation. It was wonderful to be greeted with glasses of wine and a very thorough understanding of the history of the plantation. The goodies at the end of the tour were incredible!


rmhMelbourne of Melbourne, on November 26, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Worth the Tour”

A very good tour guide, and interesting narrative about the house and it's contents. Also, you get to sample delightful foods at the end of the tour. Need to book online, for which you also then get a glass of wine on arrival


Bella6302 of Houston, Texas, on November 26, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Enjoyable Visit”

We decided to visit Rose Hill Mansion as it was on the way to Savannah from Charleston. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was really interesting to learn about the history of the house and how it came to its current glory. The rooms are decorated with very interesting historical artefacts and the local food / teas after the tour were delicious.


Bea L of Andover, Connecticut, on November 22, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Well worth the trip.”

This attraction was not very close to our resort, but we decided to make a day of it and it was very worthwhile. The guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.


Marilyn C of Waterford, Connecticut, on November 18, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Southern Hospitality”

Rose Hill Mansion is a stately mansion that was lovingly restored by its current owners who actually live in the mansion. Although the tour price is steep ($25), it was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and informative. Our very knowledgeable guide Joanne was also lively, humorous and interested in providing guests with the best possible experience. We were never hurried and if you arrived early you could meander through the downstairs rooms and take photographs leisurely (the tour is of the first floor only) and/or do the same after the tour is over. Small samples of several foods were served after the tour and all of the foods were described in detail by the delightful cook. Several food items were available for purchase. Reservations for the tour are required (offered at 2 pm only) and online I found a coupon for a free glass of wine. Be sure to take a look at the restrooms, too!


staceyspringob of Charleston, South Carolina, on November 17, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“One-of-a-kind mansion tour!”

I am from Charleston and have been on MANY house tours in the south. Rose Hill Mansion tour was different from any tour i've been in on, in a good way! Most tours you can't take pictures or touch anything; from the second you enter the home, you can check out the rooms, sit on furniture, take pictures, and sip a glass of wine. You learn so much about the home, great tour guides. The best part is at the end, when you get to sample southern cuisine, homemade by a chef who KNOWS southern cooking! Great way to enjoy the beauty of the lowcountry, try southern food, learn history, and relax!

Webmaster for Rose Hill Mansion responded:  Thank you for your comments.  Miss Pat will be thrilled to know you enjoyed her presentations.


george p of Front Royal, Virginia, on November 15, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Nicely restored plantation house”

Nice history lesson as well as viewing a nicely restored house and furnishings. This is the only Gothic Revival plantation house we have seen. Our tour guide and the local food at the end of the tour were Excellent.


Terri05446 of Bluffton, South Carolina, on November 10, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Fascinating tour!”

Unique southern mansion and a truly fascinating tour. The tour guide was professional and able to easily answer questions, not just about the building and the families who owned it, but also about the history of the region as it related to this area of the south. The tasty treats offered at the end of the tour were delicious! We not only purchased many of their wonderful condiments but also purchased a book about some of the mansion's ghosts - written and autographed by the lovely and gracious owner, Robin White.

One of the nice things about this tour was that at the end of the hour we were not rushed out, but rather encouraged to go back to each room to more closely examine whatever caught our eye. Mrs. White and many of the staff members were available to answer questions and expand on the stories told during the tour.

We will definitely take this tour again and highly recommend it to travelers and residents alike!


webmaster of Rose Hill Mansion responded:  Thank you for you comments.  We will look forward to seeing you again!


Bruce M of Renton, Washington, on November 9, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Over-subscribed tour of half the house.”

Our tour guide was awesome in her knowledge of the house and its history, but there were a few negatives regarding the tour. First, there were 33 people in our tour, which we felt was at least 13 people too many. Some of the rooms are small and we barely fit into them when she was discussing them. Second, we were unable to see the upstairs. Very disappointing. Finally, the tour ended with a sales pitch from the chef regarding the ingredients and the products she used for the small bites she served at the end of the tour. Fairly expensive at $25.00 per person.

webmaster of Rose Hill Mansion responded: Thank you for responding and posting on trip advisor. I do apologize if you felt crowded during the tour.  Guests are free to see all of the rooms even after the tour if one wishes to explore more detail. The upstairs is the living quarters of the owners and are not open to the public.   Our fees are in line with  most tour venues of this type. We are sorry that this slightly dampened your visit to Rose Hill.


Ann G G of Norfolk, VA, on November 9, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Lovely house. The story of the house is very interesting and the docent did a great job. The owner visited us after the tour and was quite charming. Local snacks were served after the tour which was very nice.


fred_m_devries of Simon's Town, South Africa, on November6, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Unique experience”

This was a great outing, with lots of useful information, and a lovely meeting with the hostess and host. Very nice little snacks afterwards. Would have loved to see more of the compound...


Kevin H of Bluffton, South Carolina, on November 1, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Good Food in an older golf clubhouse”

The lunch menu is very good, not sure about dinner. The atmosphere is an older golf clubhouse they are renovating soon. Food and service are good at a reasonable price.


Ginny D of  Haddonfield, New Jersey, on October 31, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Lovely Plantation and Hospitality”

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Rose Hill Mansion. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the powder room to the right of the foyer is not to be missed - an actual throne. We loved the welcome glass of wine (for purchase) and the delicious lunch presented by Miss Pat. Unlike other homes we visited, pictures were allowed, as well as wandering wherever we desired in the open rooms, with food and wine in tow no less. A true gem.


Sue B of Penryn, California, on October 27, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Gorgeous Plantation house and grounds!”

Worth the admission and time it takes to drive out to see! Incredible architecture and interior details take your breath away! The only downside was the mosquitos outside were huge and everywhere! Take your repellant with you.


Sidney M on October 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“History tour”

The History Tour of the beautiful grounds and interior of the 10,000 sq. foot mansion was a delightful way to spend an afternoon! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the artifacts, furnishings and decor provided a vivid picture of the last 200 years of life in the low country! The live oak trees surrounding the house have stood the test of time for the last 200 to 430 years! At the the conclusion of the tour, a wide selection of homemade delicacies for our dining pleasure were provided! This is a wonderful tour which is well worth the cost!


nadia809 of Shaker Heights, Ohio, on October 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Plantation Experience ...”

Upon entering the property, you are stunned by it's takes you back to a different time. You are greeted by a knowledgeable Host giving you all the details of the history of this amazing Plantation. We were offered to purchase a glass of wine and permitted to tour the 1st floor with it in hand. Afterwards, were treated to tasty bites. If you are as lucky as we were, you will have the pleasure of meeting the VERY GRACIOUS present Home Owners....This visit is a "Must Do" Event!


Amy M of Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 24, 2016. wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonderful tour!”

We enjoyed our tour of Rose Hill Mansion. What a beautiful home and grounds! The tour is interesting and the history of the mansion and plantation was moving. The wine and snacks were delicious! Thank you for opening your home to us!


Gazie N of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on October 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill Plantation”

A perfect day with the weather and a wonderful tour of the house and grounds. The curator was very knowledgeable. There was no rush, and the group was encouraged to sit on the furniture. Most of all they were gracious in allowing photographs, and served the group homemade treats and beverages after the tour. It is very obvious the owners are sensitive about the house history and of all owners who came before them. They had the vision for bringing the house back to life. Kudos


Almost-retired08 of Trenton, NJ, on October 18, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“What a gem in Bluffton”

A little history, add some unique architecture and delicious snacks and you have a very enjoyable and informative afternoon. Rose Hill is a must for every visitor to the Hilton Head area. Only takes about 2 hours and is so well worth it.


Toni F of Poway, California, on October 7, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful piece of Southern Charm”

We enjoyed the beautiful Rose Hill Mansion, and it's lovely area with stately homes. The visit inside the house was personal and tasty, thanks to Miss Pat. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and gave us lots of time to ask questions. We highly recommend a visit.


386joyceb of Altoona, Iowa, on October 5, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful Restored Plantation Home”

The mansion and grounds were wonderfully restored, and the home was decorated beautifully in the victorian style. The tour guide was very informative. She knew a lot of tidbits to make the history come alive! We also met Robin, one of the home owners, who kindly answered our questions. The sweet little lady who made the great southern refreshments shared some of her secret ingredients. We would highly recommend Rose Hill Mansion!


bcbest of Palm Desert, California, on October 5, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:


This tour helps to bring history to life. The challenges of the people who have lived here are sobering.


Judy G of Kentucky on September 22, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A wonderful surprise!”

This tour was a pleasant surprise. When we made our reservations we were not aware of the luncheon that followed. The fact that the family who now owns this home actually lives there is unusual and I found it so generous that they opened the first floor up to strangers! One thing that I really liked about this tour was that you did not feel rushed to leave when it was over. You could go back into the rooms, take pictures, walk the property and sit on the porch. I have never experienced such a casual atmosphere on a tour before. Our guide was excellent, the grounds beautiful and the food was very good. It is not a sit down meal but very nice. We saw a family group taking pictures on the front porch which was a nice setting for pictures. It didn't take long to get there from Hilton Head where we were staying.
                            (Photo by Judy G)


Wayne B on September 13, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill a working, caring plantation.”

On our visit to Rose Hill Mansion we learned about the owner, and his care for his slaves, whom he cared for as family. This gave me a different not often publicized view of some slave owners. The local history of Bluffton and the beginning of the Civil war are very intwined.


janec03445YP of Palm Coast, Florida, on September 8, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Not to be missed!”

Our tour guide Kim Poovey was very knowledgeable about the history. We appreciate the owners love for their home. The luncheon following the tour was unexpected but very tasty!


Weasel122013 of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on September 2, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Really cool”

This was a very interesting tour. A very beautiful grounds and knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. The history of the mansion was fascinating. If you are looking for history and Southern plantation beauty, this is for you!!


AztecJoe of Orleans, Ontario, Canada, on September 2, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Trip back in history”

The owners of this plantation graciously open their doors to expose all of us to the past. This home is lovely, filled with antiques and period pieces. The tour guide was very informative and educated us not just on the home but on the area as well. It is set up in such a way as to be able to sit on the furniture, touch some of the pieces.
The staff were very friendly and open to questions. At the ed of the tour, they had prepared refreshments. The mac and cheese beet Kraft Miss Pat!


Tjehle of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on September 1, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Lovely afternoon!!”

Wonderful docent Joann and Miss Pattys snacks wonderful. Well preserved and lovingly restored. Thank you!


keith s of Greater London, United Kingdom, on August 27, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Simply a must see”

We took our 2 boys to this house not really knowing what to expect. As frequent visitors to old houses in the UK, we have high standards.

This exceeded these with a delightful guide who was very professional and enthusiastic. The trip ended with some food cooked by the very cheerful Miss Pat, and we immediately bought someof  her produce: pecan pie and apricot jam were beyond delicious.

So if you are in the area, you must go along


Teachgz of Greer, South Carolina, on August 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Wonderful Journey Of a Historical Mansion”

We were in Hilton Head for a Girls' Getaway when a member of our group suggested we visit the Rose Hill Mansion. After looking it up on Tripadvisor, we made reservations online for the next day. The mansion holds tours Monday-Friday at 2 pm. and has a $25 admission fee. You must check-in between 1:30 and 1:45 pm at the Rose Hill Plantation front gate. At the gate you must show your reservation and driver's license. The mansion is located past the equesterian center at the back of the neighborhood. We were all awed as we pulled in the driveway and parked at the front of the Gothic inspired home. As we walked up to the front door, we were greeted by our tour guide, Joan. She was so inviting and friendly offering us a glass of wine or other refreshment. While we waited, she explained to us what the tour would include and gave us some instructions. We were not allowed to take pictures during the tour, but she welcomed us to take as many pictures as we wanted at the end. The tour would only include the first floor because the owners live in the house and the upstairs is their private area. She invited us to sit on the furniture except for a few museum pieces. By the end of the tour all four of us agreed that this was the most informative, interesting one that we have ever taken. When we entered the dining room we were introduced to Miss Pat that prepared a table full of goodies for us to taste. It was hard to pick a favorite as we tasted items such as sweet potato pie, macaroni and cheese, chips and salsa, dill dip, and bread pudding. The southern delights were delicious, and we were happy to learn that Miss Pat had a cookbook that would be available soon. It was a wonderful afternoon and would recommend the tour to any of our family and friends.                  (Photo by Teachgz)


Carl B of Savannah, Georgia, United States, on August 12, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A charming afternoon, from Savannah, GA”

A 35 minute ride from downtown Savannah, GA is the Rose Hill Mansion. We had a wonderful one hour tour full of history of the plantation and its owners going back to colonial times. The building, which had a fire, has been restored and is full of things that you would see in a museum. After a one hour talk and walk we were served some great snacks and refreshing drinks. I would recommend this for children or adults. It's a fun afternoon.


Russ V on august 11, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“What a nice and unusual history!”

We toured the mansion on a Monday afternoon. Such a beautiful home (still being lived in by the way). Very unusual...Gothic rather than Victorian as most antebellum homes were. Guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Treats after the tour were fantastic.


AngelBAK of Bluffton, South Carolina, on August 10, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful Setting”

We went to Rose Hill as a group of women. We had a tour, tea and talk. Rose Hill has beautiful grounds that display wonderful live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. It is a very romantic setting. The tour of the house was wonderful even though we only got to see the downstairs.The tea and talk were great. The tour guide was also our presenter and she was wonderful and very knowledgeable. It was a delightful afternoon.


shadygro of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on August 6, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“visit to Rose Hill Mansion”

We visited Rose Hill while at a conference. It was a beautiful home, and the tour makes you feel welcome. I have never been on a tour were I was told to sit anywhere and make myself at home. the story of the house is wonderful. Miss Pat's snacks were a surprise and are wonderful, although she will not give away her secret recipes!


mcmahonjodie of Bluffton, South Carolina, on July 27, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Nice tour, but only get to see the downstairs”

The tour is nice. Loads of interesting facts/history. The tea party was also a nice touch. However, the house is rather small and you only get to tour the downstairs. The admission price is a bit high for 7 rooms.

webmaster for Rose Hill Mansion responded:  We appreciate your commenting on your visit.  You are referring to a house that is over 10,000 sq ft and 4 levels.  The upper levels are not available to the public because this is a private home and the owners occupy the upper levels, with art studios on the top level.  We are sorry that this slightly dampened your visit to Rose Hill.


StevenandRenee C of Savannah, Georgia, on July 24, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Gorgeous property with a really charming, welcoming feel.”

The tour is of the first floor of the house, although guest are free to self tour the grounds. The house is amazing in construction and restoration - the story alone is worth the trip. Gorgeous views of the river from the bluffs and surrounding equestrian landscape. 400 yr old live oaks dot the landscape around the house. Fabulous snacks and lovely conversation with the owners at the end (this doesn't always happen).

 Managing Director at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, July 26, 2016

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoy the Mansion.
Hope to see you back again on your next trip.



Jan S of Bluffton, South Carolina, on July 19, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Truly enjoyed this visit to a former plantation!”

A casual yet informative tour. Went with a large party but we all had a wonderful time. Thanks to the owners who have invested their time and energy into restoring this beautiful property!


deannwl of Miami, Florida, on July 18, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“What an amazing place”

My family and I visited this plantation and really loved it, our tour guide was very informative. We took lots of great photo's. The gift shop at the end were also great. The desserts at the end of the tour were amazing and meeting the cook that made them. We were very impressed by the paintings in the house. It was all in all a very enjoyable experience! Thank you Rose Hill.



CNH0623 of Georgia, on July 17, 2016, wrote:

“Beautiful Home”

I loved visiting this historic home. The old trees around the home are beautiful and so is the house. I enjoyed being welcomed into the tour like I was a friend. We were invited to sit on the furniture and explore the first floor at our leisure until the tour started. If you enjoy southern history, the tour was very informative. You are not able to tour the second floor though, because the owners of the house reside there. The best part were the snacks at the end. Ms. Pat is an amazing cook. Her sweet potato pie is THE best! I highly recommend this tour. The house, the staff, and the food were amazing.

webmaster of Rose Hill Mansion responded:  Thank you for your kind comments.  Miss Pat will be elated to know that you enjoyed her efforts!



maguccichild of Bluffton, South Carolina, on July 14, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Neat place to check out if you are in Bluffton, The home is old, and the care takers are very kind. If you enjoy southern history,this would be a great place to stop off. Beautiful .


Marc G on July 7, 2016, on July 7, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“True southern hospitality”

Let me start by saying "wow". My family and I travel often and we are all history lovers. I have lost count of the mansions, plantations, and castles we have been blessed to visit. We spend a large amount of time in cities like St. Augustine, Savanah, and Charleston. We have never experienced the hospitality that we found in this beautiful home. We were met by a lovely, knowledgeable, and passionate tour guide that explained this is still a private home. There is only one tour a day, starting at 2pm so making reservations is recommended, but not necessary.

The tour starts with complimentary wine and ends with wonderfully prepared southern dishes that everyone is encouraged to sample along with tea and lemonade. We have to say that Pat is the most entertaining and wonderful cook and the only thing more enjoyable than her upbeat and friendly personality is her amazing food.

webmaster for Rose Hill Mansion responded:  Thank you for your most complimentary comments.  Our tour guides are fantastic ladies and we strive to show Southern Hospitality.  Miss Pat will be thrilled to know you enjoyed her efforts.


Laura M on July 5, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Not worth the cost”

This should be a highlight of a trip to the Lowcountry, but instead, it's an expensive walk through a redecorated, rebuilt version of an antebellum home. What they show is nice, but extremely limited, and far too impressed with themselves.

Visited September 2015


Aileen M, Marketing Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, July 7, 2016

Hi Laura, we're sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Rose Hill Mansion. We are proud of our restored antebellum home. As far as the cost goes, we think that it is a fair price. Guests receive an hour+ history tour of the first floor of the mansion (by a knowledgeable and well-trained docent); guests are permitted to explore all areas of the first floor by the end of the tour and can get comfortable on many of our sofas and chairs; and guests are treated to authentic southern cuisine in the form of Miss Pat's snacks and refreshments after the tour. Guests can stay as long as they like and take photos and visit with one another. In fact, most guests do not even start to leave until they've stayed at least 1.5 hours -- most stay for a full 2 hours. $25 for 2 hours of history and entertainment (plus food) is a great summer alternative to the beach.


jjarvis47327 of Cambridge City, Indiana, on June 29, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Great experience”

This plantation is beautiful, very friendly and welcoming. You are permitted to walk throughout the downstairs of the home and the grounds. You are allowed to take all the pictures you want. They treat you like their guests. The refreshments were wonderful, cucumber and tomato salad, chips and salsa, peach and apple cobbler, bread pudding, banana pudding and more. You were told to eat all you want until it is gone. You can eat where ever you wanted throughout the house. The home is beautiful, beautiful wood fireplaces, beautifully decorated. The staff did a great job presenting the tour. I highly recommend this attraction.


jjtTemecula on June 28, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Come on in and enjoy the surroundings!!!”

Thought this was going to be one of those tours that you admire from "the carpet runners and behind the ropes", but not at all... you get to walk all around the downstairs, sit on the furniture, and admire the beautiful surroundings and with a glass of wine if you choose. At the end of the tour Ms. Pat has some homemade snacks, the cobbler is amazing. We purchased one in each flavor. The homeowner, Mr. White, is a very talented artist. Several of his paintings are on display, including a couple of his beautiful wife, Robin. The White's have done a great job of restoring a wonderfully historic house. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made us very welcome. Dont miss seeing (or using) the downstairs bathrooms, both of them.




Kate8976 of Minnesota on June 26, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rosehill is a gorgeous and unique experience close to Savannah and Hilton Head!”

If you are looking for a historic home to tour close to Savannah and Hilton Head, this is a great choice! The beautiful home and grounds are complemented by a fascinating history. They have set the experience up to be like you are an invited guest in their home. You are free to have a glass of wine on the tour, sit on the furniture and ask plenty of questions along the way, and they have prepared a variety of treats at the end! I can't say enough great things about the docent and Ms. Pat! If Ms. Pat could cook every meal for us, we'd be in heaven! Finally, there is no official ending time! Walk the grounds, take pictures, and enjoy the visit!



mmchaplin of Clifton, Virginia, on June 19, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Best mansion tour ever!”

Met the owner and she is fascinating! They do one tour per day. There were about 24 of us. You can purchase a glass of wine for $5 to sip on the one hour tour. At the end they serve refreshments all made by Ms. Pat in the mansion kitchen. They sell food products and all sorts of cute gift items at end of tour. Oh and you can sit on the furniture. Felt like a guest of the owners! Such history. Our docent Joan was really great!!!



LenaLouisa of Westport, Connecticut, on June 11, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Our serendipitous visit to Rose Hill Mansion”

Beautifully restored, elegant mansion. Informative docent, lovely meeting with the owners, Robin and Rob White. I think they enjoyed their visitors as much as we enjoyed our visit! To top it off, there was a tableful of homemade foods by Miss Pam for us to sample. Couldn't resist taking home a sweet potato pie made in their kitchen.



Geneviéve Arwen of France, on June 9, 2016, posted on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page:

"Products sold in this plantation are excellent, qualitative and well arranged presentation."


"Superb planting, benefits up to what represents "Rose Hill Mansion" in American history. An idyllic South carolina, I intend to visit in two years. I live in France, but I know the united states I show this site to French friends who are interested to go there as visitors. Thank you for inviting Mr. Thomas Roush, which I know the music and his passion for the "history of the period of the civil war that is the heritage of all Americans. Thanks to the leadership that remains alive, these beautiful plantations of South Carolina."



Karl R of Bluffton, SC, on June 8, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Great mansion to visit they offer wine during the tour”

This is a beautiful mansion you will not be disappointed the tour guide was wonderful and we got to meet the owner of the mansion at the end and served us homemade snacks.



blessedhappily of Pigeon Forge, TN, on June 6, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Hidden Gem”

We went to the Rose Hill Mansion due to it being a rainy day with nothing else to do. So glad we did. We drove up to the property to these beautiful trees with Spanish moss covering the trees. We were greeted when we walked in and offered a "generous" glass of wine for the tour. Our tour guy Jan was so entertaining and knowledgeable about the rooms and the items in the rooms. At the end of the tour you are given an opportunity to taste some of the delicious foods and purchase the products. You have to try the sweet potato pie. It is so good! The love the owners have for the home show by the details they have done to refurbish the property. The crown molding down to the bullets they have found on the property show the time they have put into it. I would recommend going to see this Mansion that is truly a home.


idlehourny of Hilton Head, SC, on June 5, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“FUN Experience!!!!”

Joann is Wonderful!!!! We enjoyed the property tour!!!! It was a pleasure meeting the proprietors and their parents were delightful!!!!!


MNTraveller45 of Maple Grove, Minnesota, on June 4, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A Little Disjointed, But Well Done”

Rose Hill Mansion is referred to as a plantation house. While it was built in the 1860's and has its roots as a plantation house, the tour highlights the entire history of the house...starting with the Civil War, thru the Great Depression, and the numerous changes of ownership throughout the years. Even a good part of the tour focuses on the fire that occurred in the 1980's and the remodeling that the current owners did (which is quite extraordinary). I think some reviewers are focusing on the plantation house aspect, and expect the tour and house's furnishings to reflect the time of the Civil War. While there are a few artifacts in the house from the Civil War, alot of the furnishings were gathered from the owners travels thru Europe and their appreciation of gothic styles. That said, the people conducting the tour do a wonderful job highlighting the changes the house has seen since the 1860's. But don't go on the tour and expect a house that strictly adhere's to the look and feel of a plantation house during the Civil War. At the end of the tour, there are wonderful snacks prepared by "Ms Pat", who made an unbelieveable sweet potato pie!



KathyLB of Kelowna, Canada, on May 28, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Delightful tour and staff”

I made our reservations by email and they were very friendly and helpful. This is a home where the owners live there full-time.

We were running a little late and then ran into traffic issues so were quite anxious when we got there that we were late. We walked in the door and were greeted by 3 lovely ladies offering us wine for purchase to take with us on the tour. The charge was $5 and the pour was "Southern" generous, good size glasses filled to the top with good white or red wine. Great start to the tour.

The tour guide was super and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the history of the home and looking at the architecture and furnishing. The house was heavily damaged in a fire in the past but was restored to its original beauty. It is a gorgeous home.

Unbeknownst to us one of the ladies that greeted us was one of the Owners. She was delightful and happy to spend time with everyone at the end of the tour talking about the restoration and history. As well at the end of the tour they offer a lovely selection of snacks to enjoy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it was well worth the charge.

Visited April 2016



Im4ever39 of DeWitt, Michigan, on May 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Replicated; not Historic home”

It was a beautiful property which is now in the middle of a developed subdivision. It was originally a plantation home and one of the few spared during the civil war. The history of its occupants was interesting. The current structure however has been rebuilt following an electrical fire during development of the subdivision; I believe in the 80's. The current owners are antique dealers so you will find many European antique features not related to plantation days! You will only tour the main level as the owners occupy the home. If you are looking for a historic home; this is not it!! It is however, a lovely place.

Aileen M, Marketing Manager & Docent at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Im4ever39. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to Rose Hill. It seems as though we disagree on semantics: this is a "historic home". Although pieces of the home had to be restored after the fire, many parts of the home are authentic. A historic home typically is over 50 years in age and has an uncommon architectural style for the area. In addition, historic homes often are associated with important events in history. Since construction began in 1858, our house is indeed old and its Gothic revival architecture style is certainly unique for the area. Not only was the home (and area) a hot-bed of secessionist activity, it housed union troops during the Civil War.

I don't want to give too much away -- for others who may be taking our tour soon -- but to say that the home is not historic is unfair. Not all of the artifacts and furniture are original to the home, but we have many artifacts donated back by the families and many features of the house are original. We are sorry that this slightly dampened your visit to Rose Hill.



Milt R of Beaufort, SC, on May 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Good 'ole southurn charm”

The mansion is filled with artifacts and period antiques and the owners have done alot to restore it. It is beautiful from the outside with its unique Gothic style. A little disappointed that there isn't more of the "plantation" history or remnants displayed but interesting regardless.



Donna Hinson Temple, on May 19, 2016, posted on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page:

"Lived in Rose Hill Plantation for 8 years...this is one of my favorite places on the planet :) "


Sarah & Steve Forman of Chelmsford, MA, on May 19, 2016, emailed:

My wife and I have been visiting Hilton Head Island for the past six years.  We love the low country, the history, culture, people, food...all of it.  We have had a tour of Rose Hill Plantation on our To Do list for a number of years.  We are so grateful that you have opened your house to visitors.  We loved the tour.  The tour guide and chef were delightful, informative, warm and welcoming.  I bet every piece in the downstairs has a great story and we plan to come back and explore/learn more about the rich history of your home.
I have just started to learn to paint and was amazed by the paintings on display.  You are creating your own history to add additional chapters to the Rose Hill story.  The tour guides in the future will be describing the renovations, expansions, and charm of the White ownership years.

Thank you again for sharing your home and hearth.

Sarah and Steve Forman
Chelmsford, MA




Sandra S of Bonney Lake, Washington, on May 14, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Stunning House and Knowledgeable Staff”

Rose Hill Mansion is located about twenty minutes outside of Savannah. The house and property are stunning and filled with beautiful furnishings, with just a few pieces belonging to the original owners. Despite a fire, the house has been nicely restored to it's original state by owners who live on the property and enjoy sharing the history of this lovely property with others.

Wine is available before and during the tour, and after the tour, they offer samplings of food items they sell in their gift shop. The tour guide was very good and this is home is worth a visit.


Kathleen Svoboda of California, on May 5, 2016, wrote in an email:

We had the privilege of touring this lovely, lovely home today! Our docent Jo Anne and Miss Pat made it a memorable hospitable occasion!
“If these walls could talk” was the impression we had…the incredible American history, along with the personal stories of generations of families and fortunes, losses & sagas were richly detailed as we walked from room to room. From the continuity, legacy and grandeur of a bygone era to the loving preservation for future generations, we had a moment to step back in time.
Thank you for a marvelous experience and indelible memory of our first visit to South Carolina.
Warm regards,
Kathleen & Ed Svoboda


Kat W of Aiken, SC, on May 4, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful old plantation home”

Rose Hill Mansion is a beautiful old plantation home that has been restored. Full of antiques. My son was recently married there. It made a beautiful location for a wedding. They also rented the adjoining carriage house. Worth seeing!

Visited April 2016


Kathy P of Garnerville, New York, on May 1, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Get To See The Inside!”

RoseHill Mansionis a beautiful plantation home. It is privately owned and lived in by the owners. The original home burned in the 1980's and was rebuilt according to old records. It is furnished with period pieces, fireplaces and antiques. The 1 tour daily has a cost of $25 per person and the number of people per tour is limited to around no more than 40 people. If you wish, you may purchase a glass of wine to take with you as you tour. You are allowed to sit on most of the sofas and chairs except where posted otherwise. At the end of the tour, which is in the dining room, you are offered a variety of southern desserts and hot dishes to sample.....for free! These treats are made right there on the premises. This is such a lovely way to look into the past and hear about the history of a southern plantation home, family and grounds.


Rose Hill Mansion  Published on April 28, 2016, on Facebook:

Meet the one and only Miss Pat! She is the wizard that cooks up the best lowcountry cuisine for our tours and luncheons. We’ve been told that her Sweet Potato Pie can beat Patti LaBelle’s any day…and her bread pudding is to die for!

And the following comments were added the same day.:

Melissa Eliseo Giampietro Miss Pats food is delicious! Glad we had the opportunity to have it!!!!

Paulette Caron Patenaude Yes it was delicious and Miss Pat sure can cook!

Donna Muratori Eliseo It was delicious!



Cindy S of Edina, Minnesota, on April 28, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Lovingly Restored Mansion, a Must-See”

This is a unique tour of a mansion that was restored to beauty after a tragic fire. The home stood in partial ruin until it was discovered by the current owners, who spent many years restoring it to its current splendor. The minute you walk through the doors, you are treated like personal guests. First, you are offered a glass of wine at a nominal fee. Such a warm and welcoming gesture! At the start of our tour in the foyer, the docent gave an introductory talk about the history of the house and its succession of owners, which we found very interesting. From there, the tour moved through all the rooms on the first level. (The upper level is the owners' private living space.) The house decor is particularly interesting because the current owners collect antiques and really know how to display and harmonize them. In each room, the docent pointed out available seating and made sure everyone was comfortable. The tour ends with a lovely spread of Southern treats and beverages in the dining room. At this time, you are welcome to wander around the house and the outside grounds. The very gracious owner, Robin, visited with us during this time. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and are grateful to the current owners for restoring this treasure and sharing their beautiful home to us. We highly recommend visiting Rose Hill Mansion!



meghansmom of Michigan, on April 27, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Fascinating tour of this beautiful southern mansion.”

A fascinating tour and history lesson involving this beautifully restored southern mansion and the people who have lived there. Very well done with much attention to details- like offering the opportunity for a glass of wine and providing chairs for those that need them as we moved through the rooms. The tour leader was very knowledgeable and gave lots of interesting anecdotes. A wonderful mini-luncheon was supplied at the end in the gorgeous dining room. I and my friends enjoyed it very much and felt it was well worth the money.


Amy Rosemond Smith on April 26, 2016, wrote on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page in response to the post below:

[ James Kirk, one of the original founders of Bluffton, SC, inherited Rose Hill Plantation in 1799.  Learn more about the Kirks on one of our plantation home tours!]

Amy posted:  [This is] "My great great great great grandfather"


Melissa Eliseo Giampietro also posted a response:

"Miss Pat's food is delicious!  Glad we had the opportunity to have it!!!!"


Paulette Caron Patenaude also posted a response:

"Yes.  It was delicious and Miss Pat sure can cook!"


Donna Muratori Eliseo also posted a response:

"It was delicious!"


Tremblant110 of Ottawa, Canada, on April 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“One of the historical mansions to see”

A good visit to see one the historical mansions. It is not totally authentic on the interior but still great to see. Upstairs is off limits as its the living quarters.The guide was very good and provided a thorough history of house. The grounds are beautiful



Melissa Eliseo Giampietro on April 20, 2016, reviewed on Facebook:  5 star

We absolutely loved our visit to Rose Hill Mansion. It was our last stop before leaving Savannah for our girls trip and we are so happy we did! The house is stunning and the history is very interesting! Robin and her staff made you feel right at home with their very gracious southern hospitality especially at the end of the tour with the homemade goodies for their guests. You feel like home at Rose Hill, a must see in the South!



BevnJer of Bluffton, South Carolina, on April 18, 2016, wrote on Trip Advisor:

“Beautifully Restored Plantation Mansion, circa 1858”

Located just off busy Rt. 278, in Rose Hill Plantation, this is a beautifully restored plantation mansion. You can arrange tours (generally scheduled for larger groups) for the tour alone, or for the tour and a luncheon. Our docent, Jo Anne, was wonderful. She had a great many interesting facts about the home that really made it "come alive" over the course of its history, dating back to Civil War days. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, with many Spanish moss-draped live oaks. Although our tour didn't include the luncheon, it is home-cooked right there on premises in the kitchen (the pies I saw for the luncheon that day looked delicious!). A bit pricy, but well worth it.


Vicky Buck on April 13, 2016, wrote on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page in response to the post below:

"Happy Birthday and Anniversary!  We sure enjoyed our tour and lunch on Monday!"


Carol Craddock on April 12, 2016, wrote on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook page in response to this post:

Happy 19th Anniversary to Robert and Robin White, proprietors of Rose Hill Mansion!  This photo was taken at rose Hill during theri wedding in 1997.  Also - happy birthday to Robin as well, who was married on her birthday.

Carol posted, "Congratulations! We attended your Wedding and last year our Grandaughter was married at Rose Hill Mansion! Awesome!"


Thomas & Kim McCoy of Alabama, on March 31, 2016, wrote in an email:

My wife and I want to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit to your home.  The fact that you were there greeting guest made it all the better.  Thank you for your work on the house and hospitality.  You are truly the definition of "southern hospitality".

Your Alabama friends Thomas and Kim McCoy


Dianne Faucette on March 24, 2016, wrote on Facebook:

I'll say it again for the umpteenth time: I LOVE Rose Hill Mansion! Thanks, Robin Ann White.



Charleneg7 of Crystal River, Florida, on March 18, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Southern Hospitality”

Rose Hill Mansion is settled in the relaxing and beautiful area in the Low Country of South Carolina. Settled in the old oaks dripping with Spanish moss. One feels at peace as you walk around the grounds, then enter the beautiful gothic style home. At first you think you have driven up to a church. The original home was first constructed in 1850. The home has a long history which I will not divulge as I hope you will visit and meet Robin who lives there and let you see and hear for yourself. Reservations are required for tours. We had a lovely lunch and met our gracious host, Robin, who made us so welcome, not us a tourist but as a guest of her home. Beautiful setting for weddings. You will not be disappointed.



Scott R of Westfield, Indiana, on March 11, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A slice of Old South history”

Despite going to HHI regularly over the last 10 years my wife and I had not stopped at the Rose Hill Mansion. We finally did so last month (February '16) and what a treasure we discovered.

This home dates back to the Civil War and was one of but 7 or so mansions in the Bluffton area not destroyed by the Union army (the possible reasons for that are discussed on the tour --fascinating). The home has a rich heritage and the artifacts preserved give great insight to the times and the issues surrounding secession and the Civil war.

The tour costs $25/person but was well worth it. Our docent (originally from New York!) was outstanding and made the history come alive. There is plenty of time to tarry following the guided tour and ask questions as well as revisit portions of the mansion. The tour is of the main floor of the house as the current owners live in the second story. The grounds just exude the Old South with their sprawling live oaks and hanging moss. You can truly feel like you are going back in time.

An additional bonus, as mentioned by other reviewers, is the wine offered at the beginning of the tour and beautiful (and delicious) buffet offered at the end of the tour. True southern hospitality!

Despite my tour being solely adults I was told by the docent that young people really engage with this tour. I would suggest children 10 years or older. The education they will receive in one hour will be more meaningful and real than a semester in school on the subject.



Violet1340 of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on March 7, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Family home among antiques”

Outstanding elegant home that is actually a private residence. Wine offered at the beginning of the tour and tea afterwards with treats made by the owner. Exceptionally friendly and relaxed guides. Felt like we were invited guests and allowed to wander around and sit wherever we wanted. Amazing history and lovingly restored by current owners. Other family favorite antiques mixed in with pieces appropriate to the time span that covers the mansion from original land purchase to present day. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience.



SavantIII_11 of Centerville, Ohio, on February 26, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Call for reservations”

Rose Hill Mansion is the opposite direction from the golf course.

Reservations are necessary, and tour groups are limited to small groups.

Take some time to see a "renovated" antebellum southern home.

We are grateful to the family, who restored this treasure.

Probably the only "real plantation"near Hilton Head.



Katherine B of Rothesay, Canada, on February 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Worth the Visit!”

If you enjoy history as I do then don't miss a visit to Rose Hill Mansion. The tour takes about one hour and included the complete first floor of the Gothic Revival style mansion. Our tour guide was excellent and went into great detail of the property back to the original land grant from King George of about 12,000 acres right up to the present date. Details included the family and estate history through America's break with England, the slave trade and the civil war (even a few ghost stories about the property). Extremely interesting.

Main areas of interest for me were the exterior styling of the house, the huge foyer with 40 foot ceiling and enclosed spiral staircase, and the 16th century carved fireplace mantle and surround in the men's library.

Guests are invited after to tour to hang around and enjoy a nice lunch with ice tea and lemonade in the formal dining room. You may even meet the owner.

Very enjoyable visit.

The grounds are stunning with 400 year old live oaks, sweeping lawns and picturesque ponds.

Located in Bluffton, very close to Hilton Head Island where we were staying.

(Photo by Katherine B of Rothesay, Canada)


Cathy P of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Visiting Rose Hill Plantation”

It is a beautiful home and restoration. All the staff were knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions. You must make a reservation and there is only the one tour per day but it was worth putting it on our schedule. Following the tour, where you hear a history of the property, the families who've lived there and a little of the area's history, you have a lovely tea with many homemade snacks. Very nice way to spend an hour or so.




Maggie B of Sarnia, Canada, on February 25, 1016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Lovely Southern Mansion”

Excellent tour of this historical home. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable providing a wonderful history of the mansion. What I found especially interesting was the information on the house during the Civil War. The tour ended in the dining room with snacks for the guests and being invited to take your snack and sit wherever you want. The lovely owner Robin was there to answer any questions you may have, and she made you feel very welcome



BillandVicki E of Columbia, South Carolina, on February 25, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Delightful Tour and Luncheon at Rose Hill”

We took a group of 26 ladies (plus our bus driver) to the mansion for a tour and lunch. This unique Southern mansion is set among beautiful, very old live oaks that were just dripping with Spanish moss --- a true sight to behold in itself. We also saw two alligators that were sunning themselves by the pond as we drove out -- which added to the setting :) The mansion itself had been totally restored to it's full glory. The Gothic style was just exquisite! As we entered the foyer, there was a beautiful staircase that seemed to just float as it ascended up to the second floor and behind that was a large curved, arched door. We were greeted by the owner and the docent and were invited to "make ourselves at home." Our tour was very informative as we learned about the history of the house and the people that built it and lived there. The current owners purchased the house after it sat in a sad state following a devastating fire. They have brought in pieces from all over the world to furnish the house and it is truly magnificent! The ladies were in awe of the beautiful chandeliers, the manly hunt room with all of its taxidermy, the garden conservatory, the office and even the bathrooms! After our tour, we were treated to a lovely lunch with barbecued pulled pork, chicken salad, tuna salad, slider buns/croissants, tomato & cucumber salad, kettle chips, assorted desserts and lemonade or iced tea ---- and were told to pick our favorite room of the house and take our lunch in there to eat! The owner and docent circulated among us to make us feel right at home. There was a little gift shop in the hallway between the dining room and the kitchen that we enjoyed shopping in and then most of us spent time in the kitchen visiting with the owner as she was cleaning up from lunch. They were in no rush to have us leave; as a matter of fact they kept encouraging us to stay and relax. This made for quite an unusual experience and was actually the highlight of our yearly ladies' "overnighter." This definitely is a winner and well worth the price of admission.


Elizabeth Reine on February 2, 2016, wrote on Facebook:

Stunning outdoor #wedding #ceremony setting at Rose Hill Mansion.

Looks like a dream...  Beautiful picture by Aislinn Kate Photography at Rose Hill Mansion

#fairytalewedding #weddingphotography




WireWrapGems2 on January 22, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“In-depth insight into the excellent restoration”

The tour of Rose Hill Plantation exceeded our expectations and is well worth the tour ticket price. It is more appropriate for adults and older children. In learning about the history of the house and it's occupants over the years, you also learn general history of the times through which the house has existed. That the beautiful house still stands in all it's glory is an amazing story. The current owners have patiently and lovingly restored the home for the public to enjoy through their gracious hospitality. We met one of the owners and our tour was led by an outstanding articulate tour guide.
We were treated to a delightful assortment of jams, relishes, cookies, breads, etc. following the tour. The blackberry jalapeno jam was especially yummy!
We were allowed to roam over the entire first floor of Rose Hill, even the beautiful kitchen. The curved arched doors, the spiral staircase, the beautifully decorated tall Christmas tree, the airy garden room, the manly hunt room, the large crystal chandelier, were fascinating, but most of all we enjoyed the interesting stories of survival of a beautiful unique southern mansion.
A practical tip is not to arrive early at the gated entry into the community. The gate attendant will have you wait in a parking area until the time given for arriving for the tour (1:30-1:45 pm in our case). Be sure to take a camera as the 200 to 400 year old live oaks around the home make a lovely setting for pictures. We were made quite at ease by being allowed to sit on furniture during the tour, and carry food around the house & use the bathrooms after the tour. Wine was offered for a modest cost at the beginning of the tour.


Tina J of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on January 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful setting.”

Very accommodating and knowledgable staff. Open to the public for tours and private events. Just scheduled my daughter's wedding there.


DJL_59 of Boston, Massachusetts, on January 21, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonderful restoration”

This is an excellent example of an antebellum mansion. It was very well restored after a fire with many original pieces from descendants. The tour was fascinating and we were delighted to have the chance to speak with the new owners. Visiting here was the highlight of our trip!


j0nni5 on January 20, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A gem in Bluffton!”

The tour is very informative and the house is beautiful!
If you have time make reservations and take a tour!


Tina J of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on January 19, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful setting.”

Very accommodating and knowledgable staff. Open to the public for tours and private events. Just scheduled my daughter's wedding there.



DJL_59 of Boston, Massachusetts, on Janurary 17, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonderful restoration”


This is an excellent example of an antebellum mansion. It was very well restored after a fire with many original pieces from descendants. The tour was fascinating and we were delighted to have the chance to speak with the new owners. Visiting here was the highlight of our trip!



j0nni5 on January 17, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A gem in Bluffton!”

The tour is very informative and the house is beautiful! If you have time make reservations and take a tour!



Santosvaca of Miami, Florida, on January 6, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Disappointed ”

This was definitely a big disappointment. It's $25.00 per person, and take cash.... the true history could have been wrapped up in 20 min. The tour shows only 4 rooms and focuses too much on the current owners, I expected a lot more history. ... Oh and it was really boring, everyone was standing in one place for at least 20 min at a time. The house is very nice but tour worthy.

              - - - - - -   Laura F, Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to read Mr. and Mrs. Santos' review that they were "disappointed" with their tour experience of our historic plantation home. Our tour is a one hour historical experience presented by our wonderful trained and knowledgeable docents. Sorry but it cannot be wrapped up in 20 minutes. Anyone looking for Civil War history to be wrapped up in 20 minutes is not realistic and has unrealistic expectations. Our guests tour 6 rooms--not 4--plus the homeowners' kitchen and back hall which is full of memorabilia and artifacts. As far as the Santos' expecting a lot more history I wonder if they just were not paying attention. Our docents take their time sharing their love of this house and all its history pointing out original artifacts in every single room on the tour. As far as too much about the current owners: if it weren't for the current owners this home would be lost to history. They bought it in a devastated condition, spent 9 years restoring it and are now as much of the history of this Grande Dame as any generation of family who lived here previously. Why shouldn't they be mentioned? Standing around for 20 minutes? What does that even mean? We don't rush our guests through the tour, their refreshments or off the property. If Mr. and Mrs. Santos are referring to "standing around for 20 minutes" before the tour started well that's too bad that they chose to be bored. Many of the rooms are available to wander through before the tour or if they had rather sit on one of our rocking chairs on the front porch enjoying the Low Country atmosphere that would have been a nice way to relax and get into the spirit. Instead it sounds as though they chose to have an unpleasant time and that's too bad. Perhaps next time instead of airing a grievance on Trip Advisor guests as disappointed as they were should have just asked for their money back. We would have happily refunded it and wished them on their way. We truly hope they enjoyed the rest of their vacation in our beautiful Low Country.



Sheryl S of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on January 5, 2016. wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Need a non-golf alternative?”

Rose Hill Mansion is an interesting glimpse into antebellum life in SC. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, no rushing through the home, wine and treats make you feel like a welcome guest. We met the home owners (who live there in the home) and enjoyed a delightful afternoon of personal and regional history. It was a cold day here and we enjoyed the warmth of a step into the past.



Sheryl S of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on January 4, 2016, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Need a non-golf alternative?”

RoseHill Mansionis an interesting glimpse into antebellum life in SC. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, no rushing through the home, wine and treats make you feel like a welcome guest. We met the home owners (who live there in the home) and enjoyed a delightful afternoon of personal and regional history. It was a cold day here and we enjoyed the warmth of a step into the past.



Jim J of Charlotte, on December 23, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:


Lovingly restored Antebellum Mansion. Great experience with knowledgeable staff. CROWN GLASS is the name of the antique glass our guide couldn't recall.



Michelle L of Bluffton, South Carolina, on December 15, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful home with lots of history.”

Definitely a must see. This tour is unique because you can actually get close and touch items in the home. You are taken through the home by a guide and after that, you can go back and look at items in detail. The homeowner spoke to us after the tour and was very nice. There is a lot of history to learn!


Posh Petals and Pearls  on November 17, 2015, wrote on Facebook:

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kerry k of Chardon, Ohio, on November 3, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“great way to spend an afternoon”

What a nice place to visit! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Loved looking at the photo album of the before and after pictures. We were able to take our time after the tour and tea and look at the house and grounds. The high point was when the owner of the house, Robin, joined us to answer questions. Her and her husband have done a remarkable job restoring their home. I am glad they share it.


Ter B of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 2, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Southern Charm”

Wonderful tour. It is rare to visit a historical home that you can actually sit in the chairs and feel the presence of the room. The tour guide was warm and friendly providing the history of the mansion and those who lived there. Her presentation was entertaining and engaging. The tour ended in the dining room with snacks for the guests. 



Cynthia Kirk Glendinning of Bluffton, SC, on November 1, 2015, wrote on  Facebook:

Thanks for including me in the evening's festivities. It was great fun!  The jams and preserves are wonderful!

Rose Hill Mansion

Night of the living Zombie Joan, JoAnne the WWII nurse, Robin, the Gray Lady Ghost of Rose Hill, the lovely Mrs. Cynthia Glendinning, Jan, the "not so wicked' witch & Holy Lois! smile emoticon Rose Hill Mansion ghost tour nights. Good friends & good fun. Thanks ladies!




Lori Fogel La Forgia on October 30, 2015, wrote on Facebook:


Awesome place! Bummed that we did not dress up for this, but just wait 'till next year! Right Vincent???? �� HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! ����

Photo by Lori La Forgia


Michcy, on October 26, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Private home open to the public”

Great local history and Southern hospitality! We had a rainy day on Hilton Head and took an excursion to Bluffton. Very enjoyable.



jocar99 of New Jersey, on October 26, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Disappointing and Not worth the $25 fee!”

The Rose Hill plantation mansion is a very attractive and historical property. The grounds are natural and beautiful to stroll around. I arrived at 1:45 and waited in a line outside as each person paid by credit card or cash. I'm glad that I paid by cash because I saw one of the women in charge collecting several cards at once and took them away to be charged!( not a secure policy!)
The tour began with a lady standing on the steps of the main room giving a casual history of the mansion. Her speech ran about 20 minutes while as many as 50 of us stood and listened. On to the next room for the same kind of a very casual manner of giving history with the 50 of us crammed into a smaller room , and then the next. We only saw three rooms because the upstairs is the private residence of the owners. Many of the contents of the home were replicas or just in the style of the civil war era. Not too much of the furniture was authentic, which people were allowed to sit on (with a glass of wine an extra $5.)
The mansion was also decorated with some silly halloween things like spider webs and cobwebs and a witch, that had nothing to do with the history.
The finale was in the dining room which was supposed to be a tea. With 50 people there in a crowded room, there certainly was not enough things to eat or punch to drink for everyone , (by the way, served on small paper plates and plastic cups!).
I really feel that this experience was very disappointing and a way for the plantation to make some extra money. We were also told that several events such as weddings are held there if ay of us were interested.
I had read another negative review of this attraction before deciding to come here and thought to myself, "how could somebody not give it a good review?" But now I understand why. It just was not the experience I was expecting, especially at $25 a person.  


Laura F, Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review:

I’d like to thank jocar99 for taking the time to write the review of his recent experience at Rose Hill Mansion. Before I address the concerns listed, let me correct the misinformation: We don’t allow 50 people on our tours. We max out around 40 because several of our rooms are on the small side. We encourage all our guests to go back to any room with the tour guide or the homeowner and we will share any and all info they think they may have missed.

There are no “replicas” in this house. There are numerous authentic, original museum pieces, antiques and personal furniture of the current homeowners.

He was horrified he had to stand in line. I hope you never go to Disneyworld, a popular restaurant, a public restroom or a grocery store. We welcome each and every guest into our home like the friends they are. As they are greeted, checked in, payment made and wine offered, it does take time.

Multiple credit cards run at once being a security policy? Our credit card machine is in the back in the kitchen. Each card is run and returned to the owner with a receipt and slip to be signed. I certainly hope jocar99 never pays with a credit card at a restaurant when the server manages several tables at a time. If there was no problem with charges on his card, what is the point of this comment?

Our tour guides don’t make speeches. They stand on the stairs so all our guests can clearly see and hear them when they share the extensive history of this original plantation home. Perhaps that was overlooked by this reviewer since he must have been so distracted by our Halloween decorations.

Come to a 150+ year old Plantation Home in the Low Country in the month of OCTOBER when it’s all about HALLOWEEN and be shocked that it’s decorated? So what if it doesn’t have anything to do with history? How about it being about fun? There’s always that one house that serves vegan treats to Trick or Treaters and tries to spoil the fun for everyone else. I can say with confidence with the hundreds of guests who visited us this month you are the ONLY ONE who refused to see the fun in our decorations. Really too bad.

And lastly, the absolute horror and breach in etiquette in serving our treats and drinks in plastic cups and on paper plates. Mon dieu! Quel horreur! If you were expecting china and silver I suggest a restaurant. You were a guest in a private home. We serve people every day here—it’s more economical. When invited to the neighbors for dinner do you criticize their choice of dinnerware? Wait…nevermind.

And as far as not having enough to eat or drink I say again, we are not a restaurant although some guests do mistake us for Golden Corral. Robin and I enjoy putting together a dining room table full of fun recipes for our guests each and every day. We make enough treats so everyone can sample some of our baking and our jams and relishes. Not everyone understands that and some take more than others. It’s called courtesy and not all practice it.

We truly appreciate that jocar99 did visit us as we are one of the top tourist attractions in the Hilton Head area. We are blessed with that designation and appreciate every single guest who walks through our front door. It doesn’t sound like jocar99 understood our personal touch, warm welcome and Low Country hospitality. I do hope the rest of their vacation was more to their…standards.

Happy Halloween!  


tthymefoodie55 of Bluffton, South Carolina, on October 21, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“What a Gem!”

I can't believe I have been coming to this area for over 25 years and have lived here for three years and never visited this place. The home and property are gorgeous! Our docent was very entertaining and informative. The history of the home is very interesting and the fact that they have so much of the original portraits, furniture, and artifacts adds to the charm of the tour. The couple who own and live at the mansion have lovingly restored it after a fire seriously damaged the home in 1987. Truly a labor of love. Highly recommend touring this historic home.  


Pauline_LonUK of London, United Kingdom, on October 17, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A gorgeous house”

We booked on the 2pm tour and turned up at the mansion not knowing what to expect. We were really surprised to be met by two lovely ladies who invited us to join them on the porch. Then, just before 2pm we were invited into the house, offered a glass of wine (small charge) and then invited to look round the rooms until everyone was ready. We then had a talk about each of the downstairs rooms and the furniture in each. Unusually, visitors are invited to touch and sit on the furniture, even though much of it is antique. (The upstairs rooms are not accessible to visitors.) We also learnt about the history of the mansion and how it was rescued from ruin by a very brave couple. The tour was fascinating. At the end of the tour we were offered snacks and refreshments and then given the chance to look round the gardens. The house has a small gift shop with food items, jewellery, postcards etc available for purchase. We really enjoyed our afternoon in this beautiful house. (If you visit the mansion then do look in the restroom that is to the right of the main hall. It is furnished in a really unusual way but is not covered in the tour.)  



Jane Marcotte of Houston, Texas, on October 16, 2015, wrote in an email:

I visited your plantation on September 21 with my 3 girlfriends.  I can not say enough about your home and the idea that you and your husband are willing to share it with the public.  My girlfriends and I take a yearly trip and choose a different place each year.  This will definitely go down in our memory book as spectacular.  The lady ( and now I forgot her name) that was the guide did a fantastic job.  Thanks again for sharing your home with us and allowing the pubic to
take pictures and share the beauty and history.


Dennis720 of Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 10, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Outstanding Attraction”


We spent more time than expected at this beautiful home. If you are expecting to see a working plantation, it isn't. However, the history behind the beautiful mansion is exciting. The scheduled one hour tour is only the beginning as after the guided tour you are free to browse the home and property. The tour guides are very knowledgable and we were fortunate to have the owner, who lives in the home, add to the tour. Refreshments were served at the end of the tour and they do have gift items for purchase. This is a must see if you are in the area!


Liz B of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 4, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“'Dynasty' Meets 1858”

If you are looking for an authentic restoration with period furnishings, this isn't the tour for you. It is very much a private home-- the owners' modern furniture and wide-ranging personal memorabilia are interspersed with a handful of authentic touches. The basic bones of the house are intact, but still, it is difficult to step back into the past when for example you're in the "plantation office" and the homeowner's macbook is sitting on the desk. The docents make the most of what they have to work with-- the stories are engaging, even the ones about the current owners. Though there was a little too much Lost Cause for my tastes. When briefly touching on slavery on the plantation (125+ slaves-- these were big time enslavers!), the docent actually said that the slaves were treated well. She did acknowledge that "slavery was still slavery"...but she'd rather think about the "happier stories." So, back to Christmas parties on the eve of the Civil War. Yikes. All that to say, it is an interesting experience, but $25 seems a little steep for what you're actually getting.

Laura F, Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, October 6, 2015

I had to read Liz B's comments a few times to try and figure out how to address them. Let's start at the top. First, her assessment of this not being a tour for those looking for an authentic restoration with period furnishings is a bit off base. That's exactly what Rose Hill Mansion is.

Built in 1858, burned almost completely in the 1980s, fully restored after 9 years of hard work, Rose Hill Mansion now stands all her former grandeur. "Personal memorabilia and a handful of authentic touches": this is a private home. Or course there is personal memorabilia; there are authentic touches in every room ranging from artifacts that are over one thousand years old, to Civil War era ammunition, buttons from various military regiments, farming equipment, pottery and much more showcased in shadow boxes in every single room on the tour. Original furnishings have made their way back to the mansion as well--donated by family members of previous owners.

Liz B. was distressed because she saw my Macbook Pro on my desk and that distracted her from experiencing the past. I shudder to think how the electricity, plumbing, air conditioning and modern kitchen appliances distracted her.

As far as our Tour Guide "briefly touching on slavery on the plantation" I have to say that is not an accurate assessment of our presentation. This is a Plantation House located on what once was a 2000 acre cotton plantation. Yes there were slaves on this plantation. Yes they were treated better than slaves on other plantations. Are all the stories pretty? No. Do our guides share the sad with the happy? Yes. Do they share the sour with the sweet? Yes. Anything less would be dishonest.

I refuse to respond to her inflammatory choice of wording--"big time enslavers." This is a rather sarcastic and off hand comment over a very serious time in our history. One cannot apply 21st century attitudes to any time in history: it does a disservice to the men and women, white and black, slave and freed and lessens the import of the life and death struggles they all had to deal with. Situations that we can neither imagine nor fully understand.

We at Rose Hill Mansion present our history honestly and with the respect it deserves. We honor the human element and talk about the generations of homeowners, the plantation owners and the slaves who were part of the success of the plantation, an integral aspect of the economic viability at that time. By honoring those who made history and lived and died on this plantation we honor their memories, their lives and we are proud to share that with all our guests.

In spite of all we have to share, Liz B's interpretation is disappointing to say the least. We at Rose Hill Mansion will continue to share our stories and our love of history with all who want to learn and understand what it took to live during the Civil War era. It is a story of survival and needs an honest understanding to truly appreciate it.

Report response as inappropriate Thank you. We appreciate your input.

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.


Angela Dawn Haywood on October 2, 2015, reviewed on Facebook:  5 star

Took a tour this past Tuesday, and it was amazing! Robin and Laura made it so interesting and informative, and I learned a wealth of information! I will definitely be visiting again. Now that I am home, I am enjoying my ring, sugar scrubs, and soaps from the gift shop. DEFINITELY a tour worth taking!



Karen Gehrlein, on September 22, 2015, wrote on Facebook:

        I Finally got to see The Rose Hill  Mansion!!!! I loved it!!! 

Photo: Me & George at Rose Hill Mansion !!         I love it!!

Below: Me on old cannon:



Leslie R on September 22, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“don't forget your camera”

This is picture taking at its best! Just driving up to this plantation was impressive. My friends and I went on this tour and we all loved it. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. Here we were encouraged to sit on the furniture and to take pictures after the tour. We were able to wander around the rooms after the tour - and the outside grounds. We did not feel we were hurried through the tour. The rooms were beautifully furnished. Staircase was spectacular as well as all the chandeliers. It was truly a step back in time. We also enjoyed the snacks after the tour. We enjoyed meeting one of the owners of the home too, she was very friendly.


David R of Columbia, South Carolina, on September 20, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“In all fairness.....”

RoseHill Mansionis a labor of love for Mr and Mrs White. The home is unusual in that its Gothic style was an unusual choice for a home in that time period but I think that you may find that though the exterior and some of the furnishings are original there are better examples of an antebellum plantation elsewhere. They do some things that I wish a few other home tours did and the treats at the conclusion of the tour are a bonus but unfortunately a disastrous fire that destroyed much of the original interior prior to the White's purchase and loving restoration burned more than just the structure. Perhaps its location in a toney gated community and a tour size that was uncomfortably large was a turn-off for me but two hours ride to the north near Charleston there are better examples of antebellum plantation life!


Richard H of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Septermber 17, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Hilton Head, South Carolina

“Excellent Tour!”

Not to be missed, original plantation house. If you are a lover of civil war era history, this is a must. The owners did a marvelous job of making time stand still.



Bobbe L of Bluffton, South Carolina, on August 29, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Low Country Gem”

Beautiful old plantation house and grounds. We went to a wedding there last year ( I took the tour a few years ago).....everything is first class.....great way to spend a few hours....antiques and civil war artifacs in every room.


Cassie on August 22, 2015, emailed:


My name is Cassie and I just went on the tour of the mansion yesterday afternoon and did not get a chance to tell say thank you! Joan was our tour guide and did a beautiful job, thank you so much Joan for taking us on a wonderful tour! It was such a beautiful place, I have such limited exposure to this part of the U.S. and I was just in awe of the whole place!

Thank you so much again,



We were greeted by Robin, the owner of Rose Hill, and Joanne, the docent. Robin left us at the beginning of the tour and Joanne continued. It was an interesting and informative hour tour of a home that went through the Civil War and a devastating fire. The house was rebuilt to its former antebellum state. Joanne was enthusiastic and conveyed her passion for the house. Robin rejoined us for tea and homemade goodies.

It was a very informative, interesting, and mellow afternoon.



GrandmaHaz of Pittsburgh, PA, on July 29, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“An awesome tour of a beautiful mansion!”

The mansion was beautiful and situated on perfectly groomed grounds. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly who knew the history of the mansion completely. The owner of the mansion, Robin, joined us during the tour to answer any questions we had. A perfect end to the tour was a tea party with delicious salsa, spreads, cookies and crackers. The pineapple pepper relish was so delicious that I had to buy a jar to take home with me. We were so very glad that we chose to take this tour as it was a perfect way to spend the day.



Becky T of Troy, Michigan, on July 18, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Pricey but a unique tour of a glorious home!”

I've toured many great homes and mansions around the country but touring Rose Hill Mansion was like visiting with old friends. Tours run once daily and you need to call and make reservations. My girlfriends and I called an hour before tour time and were able to get on the 2:00 tour. We walked in the front door of the beautiful house and were greeted by two very friendly ladies. They checked us in and then offered us a glass on wine (red or white at $5.00 a glass) which we were invited to sip as we toured. Our tour guide was informative and very interesting. as she took us through the ground floor of the mansion. The history of this antebellum home is very interesting. Old mixes with new here as you learn about the history of the original owners and today's owners who still live in the house. At the end of the tour a"tea" is offered. Laid out on the dinging room table is a nice array of sweets and savory dips, all using ingredients you can also buy in the mansion's store. While nibbling, guests are invited to walk through already toured rooms to see anything they may have wanted to get a closer look at or to take pictures. The cost of the tour is a bit high especially since the food items make you want to spend even more money in the store --but it is such a unique and fun way to see a house like this, that I didn't even care! The guide told us t hat the owners were upstairs and that at times they come down to visit with guests touring the house! The grounds of the house are just beautiful with some amazing live oak trees and beautiful Spanish moss.


Mark C on July 14, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“This was more about Rob & Robin White than the history of Rose Hill.”

I would not recommend this tour unless you want to learn about the owners. This is a beautiful place with a ton of history that we never found out about in the tour. Maybe 30% of the tour was about the Mansion and it history; the rest was about the current owners. Why was Robin’s wedding dress and wedding photo in the house, why was a self-portrait of Rob and an entire room devoted to Rob? I really wanted to learn about the whole history not about the current owners.

                  Laura F, Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review, 2 days ago

I politely take exception to Mark C.'s review of his tour experience here at Rose Hill Mansion. Our Tour Guides are a wealth of historical information of the generations of families who lived at Rose Hill Mansion, raised their families, survived the Civil War as well as the Reconstruction Era, the Secession Movement which was based here in Bluffton and to a great degree in this Plantation House, the devastating fire and the extensive restoration of this beautiful mansion by the current homeowners. All of this information is shared in great detail during the one hour historic tour. The key word here, and what I'd like to gently remind Mark C., is that not only are we the only fully restored original Plantation Home still in existence between Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, and not only are we on the National Historic Registry of Places, we are a private home. When viewed from that perspective, as in other private homes, homeowners have their own artwork, their own antiques and historical pieces that make their home their own. This home is no different. Each generation has left its mark on this beautiful home. So too have the current homeowners. They deserve to be recognized for their commitment to the restoration of this landmark but also because every Monday through Friday at 2 pm they open their front door and welcome each and every tour guest into their home to share a love of architecture, restoration, history and the South. Keeping that in mind, we would welcome Mark C. back to take another tour anytime he's back in the area.



dueyp2014 on July 5, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“What a wonderful tribute to the memories of the past.”

This is an awesome afternnoon experience. The tour, and so many interesting stories about the past. I visited Rose Hill years ago when it was first put on the Historic Register.....then there was a fire......but it has been restored to the splendor Rose Hill enjoyed all those years ago. There is so much history there. You will enjoy the stories, the wine, the furniture, the turn of the century memories they tell so well.


Donna Rowe on July 13, 2015, wrote on Facebook:

The tour of this home is a must.. It is a beautiful home, the guide and owner were wonderful.
I loved it.  Beautiful home, wonderful people.


Karen Young Gehrlein on July 13, 2015, wrote on Facebook about the photo on right:




HiltonheadIslandCarl of Hilton Head Island, SC, on July 2, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Fun walk back thru time”

We are civil war buffs and seeing this old mansion brings all kinds of memories back from school studies and books we have read


TravelingSister75 of San Diego, CA, on June 15, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:


My sister and I love to visit historical homes and this was one of the best we have seen. We had read some of the history of the house before we visited so had background. But the docents were so well informed and shared so much history that you wouldn't need to do that to enjoy your visit to the house. Since the house is occupied your tour is of the ground floor and the outside grounds only but that doesn't matter because you see plenty. The house is full of amazing furnishings that have been donated by family members of the original owners. At the end of the tour refreshments and you are free to take all the photographs you want. This is a real treat as it is not allowed in some historical homes. Put this attraction on the top of your list when you are in the area.


Jill Davis Kahle on June 10, 2015, wrote on Facebook:

Such a beautiful place! Haunted?!



whatkey of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on June 8, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Beautiful home, great tour guide, fascinating history”

Gorgeous interior and grounds, interesting 1858 southern home with Gothic European original plan, interesting story of construction halted, how Civil War affected family and house, fire in 1987, and marvelous restoration by current owners who occupy the upper floors. 10,000 square feet, but you tour the first floor only, pretty typical of tours in homes that are in use by thier owners from my experience. Furnishings and collections are terrific, Swavroski crystal chandeliers (originals destoryed in fire), but the entrance way stringer staircase with no visible support is just stunning. At the end of the tour, peach iced tea was divine along with a table filled with tea breads, cookies, crackers, cream cheese/pepper jelly, that provided a genteel ending to the tour. Beyond the dining room is a butler's pantry area where you can buy some of the foods you sampled plus many other gifts priced under $20 and some well above. The family kitchen was also open and restrooms around the corner were charmingly decorated. Not a cheap tour - $25 each and we purchased a glass of wine ($5) at the beginning of the tour, but we really enjoyed the 2 hour visit. It's about 30 minutes to drive from Hilton Head to Rose Hill, and the tour begins at 2 pm sharp, so you need to plan ahead and leave by 1:15 if you're all the way down inside Sea Pines. Terrific tour guide and one of the owners visited with us at the end of the tour - kind and friendly!


Carol Craddock on June 5, 2015, wrote on Facebook/Rose Hill Mansion:

We just had a Grandaughter's Wedding there this past September. Absolutely Gorgeous! They were wonderful to work with.


Galen P on May 29, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Summer vacation 2015”

Great visit this afternoon. Excellent staff. Very fun and friendly. Outstanding grounds around the Mansion. Excellent tour


Dee N on May 25, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisot:

“Beautiful historic plantation home.”

Very beautiful historical mansion tour. The tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting. There were many historical items to see in the house and the grounds were beautiful. From the wine upon arrival to the tea after the tour, it was a lovely, relaxing afternoon.


Tom R of Lady Lake, Florida, on May 19, 2015, wrote:

“Wonderful tour of a beautiful mansion”

My wife and I recently spent a couple of hours touring the Rose Hill Mansion. Built in the 1850's it has recently been totally restored to it's original beauty. The tour was conducted by the great, great granddaughter of the original owner. After the tour we were treated to a delightful tea party along with an opportunity to wander through the house and yard to take pictures.


rmrtravel of Naples on May 19, 2015, wrote:

“Lovely Afternoon in Bluffton Antebellum Mansion”

Enjoyed learning the history of the mansion. The docents, Cynthia and JoAnne, were very well informed and entertained us with stories of the various owners and especially about the latest owners who have brought the mansion to its currently fine state. The first floor only tour lasted about an hour and then we enjoyed a veritable feast of cold salads and baked goods with some light liquid refreshments made I think mostly by Kim in the first attached kitchen to the house. We were told we could continue to wonder through the first floor to get a closer look at the furniture and artifacts after the tour of which we took advantage. We must thank Mrs. White, the owner, who offered us an umbrella to get to our car when she saw how wet it was out. Laura was very helpful on the phone when we made the reservations. She made sure we understood that the owners live at the mansion and there is only one tour and you have to have a reservation to even get on the property. Overall I had a lovely afternoon at the mansion.


Margaroot73 Savannah, Georgia, on May 9, 2015, wrote:

“Great Plantation”

This was so informative about the Southern Plantation, as being from the North, Cynthia did a great job with information on what life was like back in the 1800. We have lived in the South for 3 years gives us a great perspective of what life was like for the South. Plus after the tour you have a Tea Party with great pastry's from Kimberly great job buy all, will be back!



Leonard M of Naples, Florida, on May 5, 2015, wrote:

“Beautiful Antibellum Mansion”

A beautiful revival of an old souther mansion. The grounds are magnificent. A must visit when you are in the area



casabar of Austin, Texas, on April 24, 2015, wrote:

“American gothic”

The mansion is in an exclusive residential area with little signage ( it is not allowed). The guard at the gate said to go past the equestrian center and turn left. We ended up in a dead end circle but found the right road at the first street on the left as we started back. The mansion is not typical in its architectural style neither is it typical in its restoration which though well done, is really more about all things gothic. Our guide was excellent and very interesting. Wine is served for $5 a glass after you are checked in and tea is served after you have seen the downstairs rooms. Bathrooms are through the arched door under the spiraling staircase-either to the left or the right. Choose the right side, it is very dramatic! The afternoon was lighthearted fun, enjoy!



Chickadeecroydon of Croydon, on April 21, 2015, wrote:

“Southern Hospitality!”

One enters this beautiful house by the front door and finds oneself in the main hall where visitors are queuing up to register. At the time of registration (entrance fee $25 per person) one can purchase a glass of red or white wine ($5 per glass) which helps the historical to go down that much more smoothly! The first talk on the history of the place is delivered in the main hall . Thereafter the tour proceeds from to room with lucid and entertaining narrative until after visiting the Conservatory visitors are invited to partake of refreshments including various dips and cookies washed down with a choice of either iced tea, cranberry juice or lemonade.

All in all this visit gives good value for money and provides a both interesting and enjoyable afternoon. As has been pointed out elsewhere visitors are permitted to walk or drive around the grounds after the visit.

One caveat. "Walk-ins,are not available and reservations are necessary. It is best to make reservations a few days in advance since the tours are very popular. For anyone who has not previously experienced "Southern Hospitality" this a great place to start. Everything is done with both charm and polish by both the owners, the guides and the chef Laura. Highly recommended.


Pamela M of Atlanta, Georgia, on April 9, 2015, wrote:

Amex Traveler Contributor

“Charming and personal tour of a beautiful southern plantation home”

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and the personal aspect to the same. You feel welcomed and like a guest in this home rather than a tourist. This mansion is not the largest plantation home, but it is a beautiful home. One that survived the civil war and a later fire in the 20th century. Do not expect your typical mansion tour, but instead a warm personal welcome into someone's home which contains a lot of history. The tour host is a descendant of the original owner of the home and this just adds another special touch to the tour. Each room is filled with historic artifacts. Too many for all to be explained but plenty to give you a feel for the history of the era from which it comes. The tour begins with a lengthy description of the homes history and the history of area surrounding the plantation. The introduction is well delivered and filled with interesting history I found it enjoyable and appropriate and needed. I liked the fact that it is presented in the entrance hall because it gave you time to notice and enjoy the stunning stairwell and the grandeur of the home. at the end of the tour you are treated to a delightful high tea surface filled with deliscous home prepared items and drinks. The tour host and the chef join you during this time and continue to answer any questions you may have. I Would reccommend you take the time to visit.



Avlem of Penticton, B. C., on April 4, 2015, wrote:

“Don't miss this!”

This is a very unique place to visit. A nice tour was given. We were encouraged to sit on the furniture, yes really! They provided us with a lovely tea at the end of the tour. They encouraged us to go back to any of the rooms we had just viewed to see anything we may have missed or wanted to have a closer look at. The owner is a magnificent artist so make sure to watch out for his works of art that are displayed in various places. Your guide will be sure to point them out to you. There is a small gift shop there should you wish to purchase a souvenir. The only slightly negative thing is I felt there were too many in the tour. Make sure to leave enough time if you're driving from Hilton Head Island - I had looked it up on MapQuest but the traffic was heavy and we just barely made it on time. Nice grounds to wander through if you care to. One of the highlights of our 3 weeks in the area.


nittoToronto of Toronto, on March 31, 2015, wrote:

“We touched history!”

The tour guides make this the best ever. Cynthia, the great grand daughter of the original owner James Kirk (yup they have heard all the Star Trek jokes!) and Joanne a new volunteer who came for a visit and then signed on, are the icing on the cake. Cynthia's personal stories bring the house alive through it's ups and downs. The restoration after a devastating fire and years of being neglected are amazing. And hearing about how some of the original treasures from the house started finding their way home, especially the tobacco box in the front foyer, well it chokes one up!

The tragedy of slavery is not glossed over and the archeological finds on display are really worth the visit. We were served yummy snacks which included a cheesy mess made with preserves sold in the gift shop.

AND We were there during the wisteria blooms in late March. The back of the property trees were covered in purple.

Kudos to Robin and Rob White for saving this treasure. We were delighted to meet Robin at the end of the tour when she came over to say hello to the folks from Canada. You can see and hear her passion about her home. And Rose Hill is a home. April 12 is a special day for Robin, many happy returns! Make the trip to Rose Hill Mansion and touch a bit of history.


William H of Trenton, New Jersey, on March 26, 2014, wrote:

“What a wonderful tour”

We love to tour houses and plantations. Rose Hill Mansion is unique. First the docent was Cynthia (5 X great grand daughter of the original owner's family. She is knowledgeable, very interesting and funny. This house was nearly destroyed by fire and probably should have been torn down. The current owners saw it and saw the potential and took on the task to rebuild it. It is their home and they live in it today. There is a tour each day but only at 2pm. We did not meet the owners but were told by some who had taken the tour before that the owners did come meet them on a previous tour. The tour takes about an hour. After the tour they serve food. It can be desserts or we had a light meal with cookies. The food was very good. During and after the food you are free to walk around an take all the pictures you like and ask any questions you may have. A very enjoyable and different experience and I would very highly recommend it.


Erica K  of Boston, Massachusetts, on March 26, 2015

“Best afternoon of our vacation”

We came here one rainy afternoon during our visit to the area, and basically, we were delighted. Long and short of it is that we enjoyed it so much that - while fantasizing about our vacation this summer from still-winter in dreary old Boston - Rose Hill is at the top of our list of places to return, and we can't wait to take the entire family with us !
Beyond welcoming would be the best way to describe both the docent and owner, who were knowledgeable and hospitable. For the tour, we enjoyed a reasonably-priced and generously-poured glass of local wine from old Hugenot vines. Afterwards, we took advantage of the chance to stroll the grounds and revisit rooms, with treats provided. Ample opportunities to take memories and souvenirs home abound in the charming, well appointed gift shop.
This gorgeous restoration is worth a look, to be sure. No detail goes unnoticed in the renovations, decorations, or contextual historic description. How fortunate we are for the owners to have found this house, and not only gone to every effort to return it to full splendor, but moreover share it with the public!

A shout out to Robin and Cynthia for making the most memorable afternoon of our time in the Lowcountry.


Sbueb, a Top Contributor, on March 11, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonder piece of history!”

Tours are by appointment only. Call to make a reservation and to see when they are scheduled. The week we were here they only had 2 tours for the week. Don't shy at the $25 tour price. We thought it was worth it. This is not a museum, but a house that is lived in. The owners have done a remarkable job at renovating this plantation and probably spent a fortune doing it. How great it is that they shared this with us. THANK YOU!!


buff3226 of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on March 9, 2015, wrote:

 “Great Story, Great Tour!!!”

Cynthia (one of the docents) is the great grand-daughter of the former inhabitants of this old plantation. The current owners live here and open up their home for people to come and see & learn. Big highlight of our current visit to Hilton Head. They even have wine!!!!!

Take a couple hours and go enjoy this tour.


JFischer143 of California, on March 6, 2015, wrote:

“Beautiful southern Mansion”

I think we picked the best mansion to visit. Privately owned, full of history, and guests are welcomed. Received with a glass of wine, toured through 6 or more rooms filled with lots of historic articles, and information from the guides. Finished tour with sweets and refreshments; and welcomed to wonder the rooms/grounds and photograph whatever we'd like.


Jen H of Chowchilla, California, on March 6, 2015, wrote

“Take the short drive off Hilton Head to See”

"Now that you are here, you are family," docent begins. And we were treated as such. After paying $25 pp for the visit (which isn't much), we were then offered a glass of wine from local grapes for $5. Great, another nickle and dime place, or so I thought. I bought the glass, which was very liberally poured, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our hostess offered to top our glasses as we began the tour with glass in hand.

Visiting 6 to 7 rooms on the lower floors of this private home was fantastic. The history, artifacts, beautiful decorations were all wonderful. The house has had a fascinating history and it was told well by the great, great, great grand daughter of the original owner. We also had a new docent who did a fabulous job.

After the tour we were offered "tea" and visited with the current owner and restorer of the house. Lovely lady. We were invited several times to wander the house and gardens, and stay as long as you like. We rocked on the front porch for a spell.
Lovely couple of hours of true Southern Hospitality!!


Jbehan88, on March 4, 2015, wrote:

“Great Day Trip”

My husband and I were looking to go to a local plantation house while in the area and Rose Hill was really the only one around. It ended up working out great and we loved the experience! They served wine during the tour and at the end their are treats and punch to enjoy while you wander around the house and property on your own. We even met the current owner of the home who came down at the end of the tour to answer questions and mingle. One word of advise is that you must book your tour ahead of time. They do not accept walk ups so be sure to call at least a day in advance to reserve your tour.


DownersDoll of Downers Grove, Illinois, on February 27, 2015, wrote:

“Wonderful afternoon visiting gorgeous, historical mansion!”

My husband and I recently toured the beautiful and historical Rose Hill mansion. From start to finish - we were so impressed with the gracious southern hospitality, knowledge and professionalism of our lovely hostess Cynthia - a direct descendant of the original owners. The home is stunning - and the tour was very interesting and informative! We took advantage of their offer of purchasing a (very generous pour!) glass of wine to sip and enjoy thru-out the tour! They provided delicious desserts/snacks, tea and punch after the tour - where you could walk with snacks and drinks in hand back thru the first floor and examine each room in more detail - at your leisure. They also have a charming gift shop with an eclectic and fun mix of various gifts and souvenirs. Our hostess went above and beyond - we were never rushed - you could spend as much time as you liked... and we truly enjoyed visiting with Cynthia - as well as with her fiance. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the Hilton Head area! Well worth the visit! Thank you for your kindness and sweet southern hospitality, Cynthia! We truly enjoyed meeting you! Warm Regards - Michelle and Charles - Chicago


zsazsa2015 of Bartlett, Illinois, on February 26, 2015, wrote:

“A Beautiful Tour with a Glass of Wine”

This beautiful home was completely resorted after a devastating fire. The guides are very knowledgeable about the home and its past.. Be sure to look at the book which contains pictures of the fire to truly appreciate what the current owners have done to restore the property. There was an historical vintage wine offered for purchase ( a bargain at $5 a glass )at the start of the tour. They allow you to enjoy your wine as you go on the tour. At the conclusion of the tour, you are offered a variety of cakes, cookies ,jams ,tea , punch and lemonade as refreshments. A bonus the day we toured, the current owner greeted us at the conclusion of our tour, very gracious.


WisconsinHunter of Wisconsin, on February 20, 2015, wrote:

“beautiful home, charming tour”

One of the best tours we took while staying in Hilton Head. Tour was lead by relitive of the original owner. She shared with us a lot of history of the home and the contents of the home from a southern point of view. We were told to go ahead and sit on the chairs as we were guest. There were no ropes to stand behind and no orders to keep our hands in our pockets.We were told we could that as many pictures as we wanted. After the tour the homeowner joined us for tea and deserts and answered any questions she was asked and we were allowed to wander around the house and grounds as long as we wanted.


dajawor48 of Jacksonville, Florida, on February 13, 2015, wrote:

“A lovely tour of a beautiful plantation home!”

Our group of five visited Rose Hill Mansion on our recent stay at Hilton Head. The hour and a half wonderful tour was given by a granddaughter of the original owners of the plantation, and the new owners join all of their guests at the end of the tour for tea and desserts in the mansions dining room. We even had a glass of local wine to carry along during the tour! A visit to Rose Hill Mansion is a must for all that enjoy Civil War history.


Maureen K of Boylston, Massachusetts, on February 12, 2015, wrote:

“Historical Site - Worth the Stop”

Had the opportunity to visit this beautiful home, lovingly restored by its current and talented owners. Hubby and I really enjoyed the warm reception and historical information about the house, the local area, and how it survived burning during the Civil War from one of the Kirk family descendants (Cynthia).

We enjoyed a lovely tea after the tour, hosted by the current Mistress of the house whose talent has restored the home to its former grandeur. The grounds are also lovely and worth a linger!


SFGregory, on February 10, 2015, wrote:

“Gracious Southern Hospitality”

Absolutely beautiful southern plantation mansion. Cynthia gave us such a informative tour of Rose Hill. I was so surprised that one of the owners was at the home to greet us as well as talk and share with us after the tour. The delicious scones, pastries and savory items offered and so beautifully displayed in the grand dinning room table was such an elegant touch. Truly wonderful southern hospitality at its best. This was my first trip visiting South Carolina and I will always have such fond memories of my visit to Rose Hill.


Jane S of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on February 10, 2015, wrote:

“Outstanding Opportunity to understand this area's history”

We've been coming to Hilton Head Island for more than 40 years. Finally visited Rose Hill Plantation House and were delighted with the warm welcome from one of the Kirk family descendants (Cynthia) and the current owner. She has clearly lavished extraordinary time, effort and money on restoring what is a unique plantation home; what is wonderful is that while furnishings may not be original to the home, which suffered great depradations due to fire and neglect, the integrity of the building has been completely restored, and the links to history are profound and tangible. The connection to the past through the family makes the visit both poignant and informative. The period furniture in a house that is also a home evoke the era of its ascendancy and the relics from the ante-bellum and post Civil War periods are very special indeed. If you're a "purist" this may not be the place for you,but to see the fabric of this home so lovingly restored and in pristine condition is a marvelous experience for anyone who would like to feel the past and imagine what it might have been like to live in such a house in times past. Absolutely recommend the visit for the warmth of welcome, the outstanding local wine on offer and the piece de resistance - a bountiful "high tea" at the end of the tour!


MarylandMreed, of Maryland, on February 5, 2015, wrote:

“Ups and Downs of Southern Aristocracy”

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour led by Cynthia, one of the descendants of Rose Hill owners when it was a plantation. I hadn't done my homework, though, so I was surprised that the early-Victorian style mansion had been rebuilt after a 1987 fire and that very few of the furnishings were from the ante-bellum, civil war or Reconstruction days. Fascinating to learn of the twists and turns of ownership over the centuries. Huge wealth in the early 1800s from Carolina Gold (rice) and Sea Isle (now extinct) cotton, followed by devastation after the Civil War. And then some more ups and downs. We had two tour leaders, each of whom was wonderful, but they repeated each others's stories. The owner (who wasn't available today) apparently focuses on the rebuilding which would be interesting, but I am glad that our guides talked about slavery and the hardships of life in this area in the last half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. I do think the $25 price is a bit steep, and wine is additional....Still, definitely worth a side trip from Hilton Head.


Maureen J of Carver, Massachusetts, on February 5, 2015, wrote:

“Highly Recommend!!”

I just recently visited the Rose Hill Mansion with a friend and we were very impressed. The pictures do not do it justice. The furnishings are beautiful and the history behind them are very interesting. One of the plantation's ancestors gave us the tour, which added a very personal touch to the plantation's history. However, we were really pleasantly surprised when the owner joined the tour to answer questions and meet the "guests". This is their actual residence and we were so impressed at their generosity and graciousness to open their home to the public. It truly makes for a unique experience. Also the wine and refreshments were excellent and added to the entire experience. A truly must see!! Well worth the trip!


Evil_E207 of Savannah, on February 4, 2015, wrote:

“Beautiful place”

After all the time we had lived in Bluffton, we had never visited this place. We were very pleasantly surprised at what we found. A must visit for anyone who loves this part of history.



Joan C on January 29, 2015, wrote:


Private residence open to the pub!ic for tours. House destroyed by fire in 1987 and restored by current owners to its former magnificent beauty.


pinkdonna48 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 28, 2015, wrote:


Fantastic tour with the owner and another family member, sharing their home and its history. They then served refreshments, after which, we could walk around inside and outside at our leisure while they answered questions.


jacquelynn605 of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, on January 22, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Living Southern History”

What a delightful, informative afternoon of living history! Four of us were enthralled by the friendly, competent docents and the owners of Rose Hill today. Their in-depth knowledge and personal connections to the original owners (one docent was the fifth generation granddaughter of original owners) provided a lovely afternoon. We had wine from grapes grown from strains of vines from 18th century France. The Gothic style architecture is like a church from the outside,
Afterwards, we lingered for conversation around the dining room table filled with cakes, jellies, candies and beverages. The owners were there ready to share and answer questions.
I Highly recommend this tour as you will learn alot with personal touches.


howard009 on January 16, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“5 star lowcountry tour”

the owner, Robin and and original family member Cynthia lead the tour and oit was wounderful. The restored building and history lesson ,made our day. At the end of the tour they serve a southern tea and started the tour with a glass of local wine, both were great and just topped off our visit to this unusual southern mansion. Y'all come and see it. Howard M


Kay D of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On January 16, 2015, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“True Southern Hospitality”

Came down to Hilton Head to spend a week in the sun, and the weather was miserable. After three days of shopping malls, lunches, and rain, we decided to tour Rose Hill Plantation, on the advice of a local homeowner. Our day at Rose Hill was wonderful, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. As soon as we walked through the grand front doors, we were made to feel at if we were long time family friends over for a visit. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, and walked us through the home, explaining the history of the place, and we were told that after the guided tour was finished, we were welcome to wander around the house on our own taking photos, sitting on furniture, and studying up close all of the various artifacts throughout the house. When the tour finished up in the dining room, there was a very nice spread of snacks and sweets laid out on the table, and we were invited to help ourselves and eat and drink as much as we wanted while enjoying life in this grand home. It was a truly delightful day, and I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area for sure. Although my husband and I came down to Hilton Head to golf, we realized that there is a lot more to offer here in South Carolina than just golf and beach, there is also an incredible history lesson here as well. Well worth the 15 minute drive from Hilton Head, and a step back in time to another life.


Janet Johnson of Minnesota on December 31, 2014, wrote email to Robin:

On an earlier December tour visit she had bought these cotton boll tree ornaments to give to members of her family for Christmas.  Pictured in the 2 photos are family members with their cotton bolls.




ChambersburgParagon of Chambersburg, on December 21, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Top Contributor

“Worthwhile tour and history lesson”

Beautiful old restored mansion that has been in the family many years and one of the descendants actually still gives the tours on a daily basis. Wonderful treats at the end all made on the spot at the Mansion. The setting is quintessential Southern charm!


JoAnne M of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 27, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Senior Reviewer

“Southern Hospitality at its best!”

I am kind of addicted to history, architecture and old house tours in general and have attended and volunteered at many. Take it from me, the Rose Hill Mansion tour is absolutely wonderful and unique and not to be missed if you are in the Low Country! The tours are usually led by either the home owner herself or an actual descendant of the original builders. Where else are you invited to carry a glass of wine around the tour with you, sit on the furniture, partake in a charming tea party, and then linger and take as many photos as you want? The history lesson is authentic and respectfully presented.

Visited October 2014


Joe G on November 6, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Absolutely Enthralling”

The presenter, a fifth generation descendant of the original builder of this plantation, did what my best history teachers did-bring me back into the era under discussion. She is an admitted "history nerd" and helped us appreciate conditions immediately after the Civil War. Her extensive research is the basis of an interesting and insightful presentation. Photography was allowed after the tour when we revisited the rooms at our leisure.


E D of Bluffton, South Carolina, on November 3, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Interesting and unique”

Great unique tour. Personable and informative. Wonderful rainy day visit for visiting relatives, young and old.

Visited December 2013




John R of London, United Kingdom, on November 1, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Senior Reviewer

“"you're family this afternoon'”

My wife and I visited Rose Hill this week. We have never been made as welcome on a tour as we were by Cynthia and Robin. They said 'we were family' and should feel free to sit in any chair and touch any of the exhibits, which was such a refreshing change from other visits. Cynthia gave a fascinating and very interesting tour around the House. We were hugely impressed by everything that Robin and her husband have done to rebuild this old plantation house. The visit finished with complementary drinks and a snack. The trip is thoroughly recommended and was one of the highlights of our recent holiday.

Visited October 2014




CTheWorldNJ of New Jersey, on October 31, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:


RoseHill Mansionis an absolutely restoration of an antebellum plantation house. The building and grounds are magnificent in their own right, but the tour is given by a direct descendant of the original owner, as well as the current resident, and they give a poignant human touch to the information they share. This is definitely not your typical "fluff" tour that only talks about the hoop skirts and elegant living of the plantations. The "souls" of all the people who touched that plantation are honored and respected - by far the most meaningful presentation I have ever attended.


Georgia B of Canton, Ohio, on October 24, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Well worth the trip!”

On our way home from Savannah, we decided to make our way over to visit Rose Hill. It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Cynthia was our tour guide and she just made everyone feel so welcome. She and the owner, Robin, both shared not only the history of the house but also gave insight to the lifestyles of both the wealthy and the poorest of poor who at one time or another made Rose Hill their home. The refreshments included in the tour were delicious, and some were available for purchase, such as jellies and mixes. It is such a beautiful place, and one you don't want to miss!



bhaddock2 of Fort Pierce, Fl, on October 20, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Senior Contributor

“Amazing mansion with very involved owners 7 tour guides.”

While visiting my Brother in beautiful Beaufort, S.C. we took a trip to Bluffton, S.C. to have a guided tour of the mansion. The grounds while being amazingly beautiful are often a setting for scenic weddings. The inside tour was fascinating. I learned so much about the true south and the worker who cared for and lived in the mansion. It went through many hard times. It was purchased back in 1996 and began it's amazingly beautiful transformation into a once again beautiful mansion. Cynthia was an excellent guide using her wit and factual stories. We toured 4 main rooms in the main floor of the mansion. I have experienced many tours in the past. Rose Hill Mansion presentation was by far the best I have ever experienced. Snacks and drinks were provided after the presentation. Robin, present owner, joined us. She very pleasantly told us more stories about the mansion. A must do while in the Hilton Head area.


Debbie S of York, Pennsylvania, on October 14, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Elegance of the South”

My husband and I toured Rose Hill when we were celebrating our 40 th wedding anniversary. It was very informational. Cynthia was very gracious and entertaining. It was nice to have someone telling the story that is involved with preserving the home. It was also great meeting the owner, Robin. The snacks and drinks at the end were quite nice.
This tour was well worth the time and money.


Michele B of Aurora, Illinois, on October 13, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Informative and hospitable!”

My mom and I were visiting my sister, whom just moved to the area, and this was a perfect afternoon tour to learn about the history of the area. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed Cynthia's, the tour guide's, candor and charm. At the end of the tour the homeowner, Robin, joined us and told us more stories. We had a wonderful time! Thank you to the homeowners for sharing this wonderful, beautiful gem!


Sonia L of Union, Illinois, on October 9, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Outstanding Tour Guides”

The ladies that gave the tour were amazing. Excellent, knowledgeable and fun. It was a decendent of the Kirk family I believe. Super job. Worth the drive


jhrkkrkcr on October 7, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Restored elegance”

We had a wonderful visit & tour @ the Rose Hill Mansion. The history associated with the plantation was fascinating, and Cynthia the guide (a descendent of the pre-Civil War founder) was knowledgeable, interesting, & a gracious host. The mansion is filled with local antebellum artifacts, & the tour finishes with an unhurried light tea. The pre-tour wine was a hospitable touch. It is well worth an afternoon visit.


Ed D on October 1, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:



What a wonderful experience!!! Tour guide Cynthia and owner Robin were delightful in sharing their experiences related to this mansion. So much history and interesting stories. I would recommend this tour to anyone

Visited September 2014


Adrienne P of New York City, NY, on October 1, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Excellent time at Rose Hill - Warm Hosts”

I just wanted to say thank you for the historic tour. Hospitality was excellent! Thanks Robin and Cynthia. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area. We may see you again.

Visited August 2014


Richard L on September 28, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Wonderful time. ”

Great location, incredible views, excellent hostess. Work a wedding Herr and it was a pleasure. I would recommend for any event. Cynthiana went out of her way for our clients and us.




Jeri G of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 25, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“We totally agree - this was a highlight of our trip!”

Please see the next review - it was exactly the experience we had - both Cynthia & Robin were fascinating, warm, welcoming and thoroughly engaging! We would do this tour again in a heartbeat!


Erica K of Boston, Massachusetts, on September 23, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Better than Imagined ! ”

Not just worthwhile, but highly recommended!! We arrived at Rose Hill on what turned out to be a rainy Tuesday on the second day of our vacation. We were part of a large group, and we both found the tour charming and delightful. Both Cynthia and Robin (docent and owner) were wonderfully hospitable and made all feel at home immediately. In the beginning of the tour you are seated in the grand entrance and glasses of wine are offered at $5 per glass. I chose the white Pinot Grigio style, a local wine from ancient vines, and I must say, I was quite impressed with the generous pour of a pleasant easy drinking wine. Definitely this tour is worth the $25 per person. Cynthia is very friendly and charming and a wealth of knowledge regarding the family, the history, and the area. She has a gift for presenting vignettes about the house and family and many relevant factoids. We both learned a lot on this tour and better still the lively, lovely Cynthia kept it interesting enough to maintain our attention and help us remember the details. The owners are so gracious as to lay out a significant spread of refreshments for their guests to sample at the conclusion of the tour. At this time, all are welcomed to lounge and relax while they enjoy their treats, as well as to continue touring the house and grounds individually so you may take a closer, longer look at whatever captures your fancy or those things you may have missed. I found the gift shop to be perfect - I got some lovely African Shea butter handmade locally. There is a small, well curated selection of local gifts and goodies such as body products as well as chutneys, jams, ornaments and etc and also the delicious wine we sampled at the outset of the tour is reasonably priced and available for purchase. This was one of the highlights of our ten day break to Savannah and The Lowcountry. Cynthia and Robin are wonderful and the tour is very comprehensive and compelling. A must see if you find yourself in the area!



STETSONANNE of Ringwood, New Jersey, on September 19, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Amex Traveler

“rose hill”

Interesting tour of a restored pre civil war plantation house. Only includes the first floor of the house, but the history is very interesting. The style of the house is a little different than what I expected of a southern plantation. The tour guide is a descendant of the original owner family and the new owner joins the tour at the end. it is a home that is lived in and we were invited to sit on any of the antique furniture in the rooms.
Lots of yummy treats in the dining room at the end of the tour and you can stay and revisit any rooms you like.



Not sure what dsa_honey expected but we thought the mansion was just stunning and the fact the tour guide, Cynthia, had a direct link to family history made it all the better. She was fantastic - knowledgeable and interesting. And the fact that the "new" owners have put so much love, labor and certainly a lot of personal money with no grants into rebuilding this beauty just boggles the mind. I thought the white wine was quite good, and the treats after the tour were great, especially the sweet potato pie! Yum. We very much recommend that people go - a good way to spend a couple of hours being entertained and learning about the history of the south.

[note: the review Sue R refers to has evidently been removed by TripAdvisor]


Val065 of Montreal, Canada, on September 16, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

Senior Contributor

“A really enjoyable tour”

Today we took a tour of this lovely Mansion. It is a restored plantation...... Restored that is, after a pretty devastating fire in 1987. The present owners have done a wonderful and loving restoration. The owner is available and very willing to answer questions, she quite obviously loves her house. The house is open to the public, by appointment, for a daily tour. It really is one of the most pleasant tours that I have ever taken. Wine is sold at the start of the talk (the talk is given, by the way, by a descendant of the original Kirk family) and guests are encouraged to enjoy and take their wine along on the tour. The tour is of the ground floor and the history is well explained by Cynthia. The tour culminates with a tea in the dining room. I encourage anyone to visit this lovely house.



erijane of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, on August 27, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“The Best Tour on the East Coast”

We've had our share of mansion tours all along the eastern coast from New Port to Georgia. While the Rose Hill Mansion itself pales in comparison to ones we've seen, the tour was the best we'd ever experienced! Our tour guide, Cynthia, was charming and passionate about the house, its family, and its history. Being a distant relation, her guide through the house was also personal, which was a rare experience considering how many mansion tours are now guided impersonally via technology.

There was wine from Rose Hill's vineyards that were offered at the beginning of the tour for $5 a glass--poured to the brim--as Cynthia says she always likes to give people their money's worth. And not only that, but we were actually allowed to sit on the antique furniture throughout the various rooms of the house! (My sisters and I felt crazy fancy!) At the end of the tour, we were invited for tea and an assortment of awesome treats with jams and goodies provided by the plantation itself. And then instead of rushing us out, she invited us to peruse the rooms and hang out a while at our leisure. In fact, the tour felt more like we'd been invited to some fancy southern-style tea party than a stiff-laced, room to room history tour. It's definitely recommended, and I actually wouldn't mind going back again! It was a refreshing experience of southern hospitality.



DqPA on August 22, 2014, wrote on August 22, 2014, on TripAdvisor:

Fantastic Home Tour

Parents and I did the tour of home. Tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the home and local history. The owner of the home was so kind and eager to answer questions about her home. Treated like family with homemade desserts and treats after the tour. Well worth the money and can't wait to go back and visit at Christmas when the home will be decorated.



PhiladelphiaSbb123 of Philadelphia, on August 6, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Unique for northerners”

Beautiful mansion and grounds. Very friendly docents who happen to be current owner and relative of previous owner. The two ladies really knew the history! Wine was for sale at a reasonable $5 per very generous glass. Bathroom was amazing. After tour we were invited to partake in a tea. Provided was yummy homemade sweets as well as chips, dips, hummus, etc. we were invited to stay as long as we wanted to. Picture taking and sitting on the antique furniture was encouraged. Must go!!


Lois B of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, on August 5, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Enjoyed by young and old”

Six of us from age twenty to sixty eight thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Both the owner and guide were very welcoming and relaxed. No leaning over roped off doorways on this tour. The first floor is open to all. Sit anywhere, have some wine. Take pictures inside and out. After the tour enjoy soft drinks and baked goods in the dining room. Ask questions. Recommend you use the bathroom!

Visited July 2014


Gena Perkins on July 23, 2014, wrote:

     My sisters and I visited Rose Hill Plantation in July 2014 and were absolutely amazed at the mansion as well as the hospitality of the owner, Robin White and Cynthia who guided the tour.  

     Cynthia is a 5th generation family descendent of the plantation and was highly knowledgable of the plantation, family and mansion history.  She was extremely willing to answer questions about this amazing history and beautiful mansion. Robin, the owner, opened her home to us as guests instead of as tourists. She also offered a lovely afternoon tea afterwards and encouraged us to spend as much time as we wanted visiting the mansion rooms in the tour and the grounds. She was a gracious hostess. We happened upon this tour by passing a sign on the main highway to Hilton Head as we were discussing going on a plantation tour during our visit.  Lucky for us since it certainly provided a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon, along with what we agreed was the best plantation tour we have ever experienced.

Thank you to both Robin and Cynthia for their hospitality.

G Perkins



Riverblues63 of Tyaskin, Maryland, on July15, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Refreshing House Tour”

As a couple who seeks out historic houses, we were pleasantly surprised by the intimate, welcoming atmosphere at Rose Hill Mansion. This was not a stiff, "don't touch anything" tour! current owner(a historian) was present and the docent is a descendant of the original family. The tour started with offering glasses of wine produced on the plantation(for sale at a very reasonable price) This made for a relaxed atmosphere! The presentation and tour were very thorough; history was covered from the beginning of the property to present owner. Delicious goodies(for sale in the gift shop) were served after the official tour and questions and conversations continued as were opportunities to explore the home and grounds individually. Only dislike would be: we would have liked to seen some part of the upper floors.(But this did not detract from the overall experience). Highly recommend this tour!


Tamjoda of Joplin, Missouri, on June 11, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:


On a whim we headed to Bluffton on the last day of vacation because of the amazing reviews on trip advisor. We are so glad we did. The descendant of the home owner gave a fantastic tour. The current owner was available to answer questions, she shared a collection of her husbands with my 15 year old son and it made his day. Thanks so much for the true southern hospitality.



Barbara H of Bluffton, South Carolina, on May 29, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

We were there with a group and really enjoyed the tour with a descendent of the original owners. It has an amazing history and is beautifully restored. There was also a great lunch.


mzgrizzSantaFe_TX of Santa Fe,TX, on May 28, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 stars

This was one of the most interesting mansions we have visited. The home was beautiful and the history was fascinating. The hospitality from our guide was fabulous. We were met at the door with a smile by one of the descendents of the original owners and offered a glass of wine. We could tell that the family was genuinely happy to have us visit and see the mansion. We were allowed to carry the wine with us as we toured and take all of the pictures we wanted. We were even invited to sit on the furniture! The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. At the end of the tour we were treated to a tea party including flavored tea, lemonade, water, jellies & jams that were made on the plantation, homemade salsa, and pecan pie. We sat in the dining room to eat and had a chance to talk to the other visitors or ask more questions from the guide. Such a fabulous experience. I would recommend it highly. You need to make reservations ahead of time since this is a private residence.



LoieJo of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

My husband and I recently took the tour of the Rose Hill Plantation. We enjoyed this tour so much and the tour guide, a relative of the original owners of the house, was very informative. The furnishings were beautiful. After the tour was over a spread of refreshments was offered. I would highly recommend taking the time to see this beautiful plantation.


Tim & Sheryl Curran of Stillwater, MN, on May 1, 2014, wrote:

Robin  and Cynthia,
Just wanted to take this moment to thank the both of you for the work that you do for the Rose Hill Mansion /Plantation .
Thank you very much for the marvelous job of not only laying out the stories  of the owners of  the Rose Hill Mansion ,but also about the social and political forces during each time period. For me it was interesting about  the fires, the family faith in the importance of also building the church, and the swatters after the depression  We appreciated the family ties  and personal input that you had to offer. We are from the Midwest so it is hard to imagine all the happenings in the south, but you made it come alive for us to better understand what was happening during each time period .  Yup, you are a history nerd, but a good nerd!!!!!!! Thanks
Thank you for taking the time and resources to restore the Rose Hill Mansion. It was so nice to meet you after the tour and not only see your portrait.  Also thank you for being willing to share your home with others so we can learn about this important  time in history .
Tim and  I both  enjoyed it and will definitively  tell others about this great  opportunity to learn about the plantations, and the civil war, and the current  history .
Blessings ,
Tim and Sheryl Curran
Stillwater, MN


Bharris63 of Panama City, Panama, on April 30, 2014, wrote:

We were in Savannah and decided to drive over to Hilton Head. We happened to see the advertisement for the plantation in a flyer and decided to go last-minute. Cynthia, the tour guide, is a direct descendant of the original owners. The home has been beautifully restored and we loved hearing the personal family history. You have the option of a glass of wine which you are allowed to carry along during the tour, and they serve lovely treats at the end and allowed free time to revisit each room and browse at your leisure. Don't miss this - it's a great way to spend a relaxing two or so hours. One of our favorite experiences of our trip!



andiandi1 of Pinehurst, North Carolina, on April 28, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:


What a great way so spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours! Bluffton has some interesting spots, and Rose Hill Mansion tops the list. Designed by the same architect as the Church of the Cross in Bluffton, the "Carpenter" Gothic style home is charming and so different from the usual antebellum mansion. As others commented, the woman giving the tour is a descendent of the original family, and her information-packed tour is excellent. She brings the history and tragic story of slavery on the rice plantation to life. The mansion is full of an eclectic collection of local and European art. Very worthwhile trip.


Steven N of Eatonville, Washington, on March 25, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

I've been to many house tours, but never one like this. People live here! We met one of the owners and the tour. We saw what this antebellum home looked like when they purchased it and what state it's in today. Wine was offered by the glass before the tour and you could take it with you room to room. After the tour of this remarkable home, they served refreshments(did you catch that). We were told we could eat anywhere and just mosey around the house to see anything you may have missed on tour. The tour included most of the main floor. All the upstairs was excluded and some of main floor. To top it all off, the tour was conducted by a descendant of the original family and she had personal experience that she shared. Thanks Cynthia. Wow, what hospitality!



Charles W of Avon, Connecticut, on March 25, 2014 wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Well worth a visit”

We visited Rose Hill after reading an article in a local magazine and then checking out the web site. Reservations are required in order to get on the guest list to get past the gate house of this plantation development. The mansion was built around 1859, and the docent giving the tour is a decendant of the founder. The admission price includes refreshments; estate wine is also available for $5 in a very generous pour. The house and grounds are beautiful and the docent is a serious historian and very entertaining. If you are staying in the Hilton Head - Beaufort area be sure to see this fine property.


BFR1920 of Grand Forks, North Dakota, on March 23, 2014, wrote on TripAdvisor:

I always try to learn more about the places I visit and decided to visit Rose Hill. While not what typically comes to mind when you think of a southern plantation, the mansion was beautiful and the tour guide was great. I appreciated her candid nature and not trying to sugarcoat slavery and what that meant for African Americans working the land. They also offer an afternoon tea with the tour and for an additional $5, a glass of wine (very generous pour) to drink with the tour.


Cherryl Kimber of Bluffton, South Carolina, on February 14, 2014, wrote:


Such a delightful tour...everyone enjoyed it and an added bonus meeting Robin. I will definitely spread the word to others who did not attend. You did a terrific job!

Cherryl Kimber


Frank and Linda B of Bluffton, South Carolina, on December 11, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 stars 

I went with 15 other women in my community for our Christmas luncheon and tour of Rose Hill Mansion. It was so enjoyable and went way beyond my expectations! Our tour guide, Cynthia, a descendant of a family that once lived there, and Robin, the resident owner of the home, were just wonderful. They were so welcoming and the tour was both fascinating and educational in regards to the history of the home, from pre-civil war days to present. Robin and her husband purchased the mansion which had been abandoned after a devastating fire. They spent years renovating the home and the results are exquisitely beautiful! We spent three hours there and enjoyed every moment. The luncheon was light and delicious! I will definitely be returning there to share this experience with visiting friends and family. I highly recommend it!
                                                                   Photo by Frank B



BCWEST of Tryon, North Carolina, on November 27, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Treasure Trove of Memories”

The description of the Rose Hill Mansion in Bluffton, SC was right at the back of the thick tourist guide for Hilton Head Island. I decided it sounded interesting. There's one tour an afternoon, with a limit to the number of tourists admitted. Over nine years the owners have not only repaired the terrible damage by an electrical fire, they have restored much of the original look--and added treasures they've collected on the grounds and in the mud flats of the adjacent May River, including Indian artifacts from hundreds of years before the plantation owners arrived. The fourth floor is now the art studio of the owner. After the tour we met the owner's wife, who had baked goodies for the visitors. My wife was most intrigued by the massive fireplace brought in, the large old-fashioned iron stove in the kitchen. I could have spent hours with the artifacts in glass-covered displays. While the tour was an hour, visitors were encouraged to dawdle, enjoy the refreshments and just walk around looking at the main floor attractions. 


SMTulso of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 18, 2013, posted on TripAdvisor:


We attended a wedding at Rose Hill Mansion. It was an outdoor event, but the docents were there to give us history and show us around. There was also a small gift shop where items were made by locals with beautiful skills with proceeds helping those in need. The scenery inside and outside was simply breathtaking. The trees and foliage were fabulous. Everything was pristine.

Visited November 2013


y2kshel of Elkton, Maryland, on November 8, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:


If these walls could talk, they would tell you a story similar to that which you'll hear from one of two knowledgeable and gracious tour guides. Robin is the owner (and restorer) of the mansion. Cynthia is a descendant of one of the early owners of the plantation. The tour is well worth your investment of time and money. You'll learn a lot, have plenty of time to explore the home and grounds, and enjoy delicious homemade goodies and beverages afterward. You may even carry and drink a glass of local wine on the tour! As if this weren't enough, portions of the proceeds benefit Palmetto Animal League, a local no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. A "must" for all Hilton Head area visitors and residents!


Shelley Evans on November 8, 2013, posted on Facebook:

"If you live in or are visiting the area (Hilton Head, Savannah, Charleston), please reserve a tour at Rose Hill Mansion!  You'll be glad you did!"


Pamela R of Bluffton, South Carolina, on October 10, 2013, wrote the following review on TripAdvisor:


Rose Hill Mansion is the only historic site of its type in a private neighborhood. Owned, operated and currently inhabited by a lovely couple from Atlanta who have restored and continue to improve this amazing gothic home. Robin, lady of the house, conducts the tours herself and is a more than gracious hostess with oodles of history and artifacts displayed throughout the house. She invites all who visit to sit on the furniture, touch most everything and tops off a wonderful entertaining tour with refreshments served in the dining room atop antique period dining furniture. Do not miss this often overlooked gem. I can say all this with authority because I happen to live in this beautiful best kept secret plantation in Bluffton. I have toured the mansion on more than one occasion and when I have guests visit I try to persuade them to see it as well.

Visited November 2012


19Lucy75 on October 7, 2013, wrote the following review on TripAdvisor:

Our family of 5 took one day to go exploring. Son-in law found this place on the web. It was a tour I won't forget. The tour guide was, very friendly, knowledgable, and funny. A picturesque plantation lovingly rebuilt by the new owners. We also got to meet and talk to the lady of the house herself. They served light refreshments after the tour. They even allowed you to go back by yourself and tour whatever you missed on your own. It is probably not a place for small children but the owner was very nice and engaged any questions you might have. It was definitely a different plantation tour that I have been on and I must say, quite nice. A must see if your in that area or, Savannah. We actually used the GPS and no trouble finding it. Take plenty of pictures and you must also make reservations. Enjoy!

Visited September 2013


fitterSaddleRiverNJ on October 6, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Make a date Monday -Friday only 2 PM”

Gosh I wish we could hear the walls talk, as I sat in the room and heard the lecture, I could not help but think this, what a beautifully restored piece of property . Having past this place so many years, this private mansionin a very gated community Rose HILL. it was a pleasure to finally come in and see it.
The owners have poured their heart into this magnificent home, and made everyone feel very comfortable letting all just sit down and enjoy the place. What a grand place for a wedding for sure, and they do that as well. We did meet the owner Ms. Robin she is a genuine Southern Belle who has created a very welcoming home for all to visit, Her tea and jams were lovely treats to be shared by all who came.They did sell home made food and crafts in their boutique area.

Visited September 2013


Holycow97 of Brookville, Ohio, on October 5, 2013, posted on TripAdvisor:

"Loved Rose Hill!!"

While visiting Hilton Head and having rainy, cloudy weather, we were looking for something fun to do in the area. So we decided to take a trip to Bluffton to Rose Hill Mansion. Just a short drive to get there, beautiful old historic home. The owners have done a great job of restoring what was a real fixer upper after a terrible fire. We had a great guided tour, with some great history and stories, and then got to enjoy refreshments fixed by the owner. It was wonderful, and the food and drink was a real added pleasure! We got to meet and talk to one of the owners and ask questions. The grounds are beautiful as well, and we really enjoyed our time there! Well worth the time!

Visited September 2013


jamesmorton of Vancouver, Canada, on October 4, 2013, posted on TripAdvisor:

A remarkable place and worth the visit. A little hard to find and only open by reservation Monday to Friday at 200 pm. But lovely building and grounds, knowledgeable guides and delicious snacks. Worth it in every way.


Nancy Baler Watts on August 8, 2013, wrote on Facebook:

Robin's tours are really interesting.  You will learn SO MUCH


of Etowah, North Carolina, on August 15, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“outstanding home”
5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2013

We visited the house on Thursday and were lucky enough to have a guided tour by the owner. She and her husband purchased the home in 1995. They have done a beautiful job restoring the home. We really enjoyed hearing the family history and learning about the wonderful antiques throughout the house. I definitely recommend this stop on your next visit to Bluffton.
                                                photo by guv11 posted with the review on TripAdvisor


Dave Abernethy on August 9, 2013, wrote:

As a Rosehill Resident I can say I take great pride in what you guys have done with this fantastic home!


Lisa Kenward on August 9, 2013, wrote:

Thank you for the wonderful tour today!


Nancy Baker Watts on August 8, 2013, wrote on Facebook:

Robin's tours are really interesting.  You will learn SO MUCH !


Ann Roberts on August 8, 2013, wrote:

Thank you for our tour [12 in our extended family group].  We really loved the tour, especially your passion for the house.  It's always beautiful to see people doing things they love.  Thank you.



Ngeri3 on August 1, 2013, posted the following review on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 stars

A must see while in Bluffton...You are invited into the home of the residents and warmly greeted by the Mrs. of the house as you approach the front porch, complete with rocking chairs. Explore the sitting room, dining room, conservatory and even the kitchen...antiques, gems and antique bottles found on the plantation are beautifully displayed.

Enjoy the music of a soloist or trio as you enter the massive entry hall. Hear the history of the house and mass renovation after a fire from the current owner. Your encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. Enjoy tables of food widely spread through out all the rooms. The wine tasting evening is the best tourist attraction and well worth the money.

Spend a few hours in southern hospitality and charm. Let your mind wonder back in time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing property.

Visited April 2013


Crystal Demsky Graham on July 30, 2013, wrote on Facebook:

My mother-in-law Areta Graham and I really enjoyed our tour today.  Thank you for making it such a pleasant experience.

throughout the house. I definitely recommend this stop on your next visit to Bluffton.


Gaylen D of Arvada, CO, on July 25, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2013 

This tour is unlike any other, and I am so glad I included it in my vacation plans. A descendent of the original owner gave the tour and the current owner was present to meet with us. Both ladies were very informative and gracious. We were offered wine prior to the tour and invited to take the wine with us as we went from room to room. We were encouraged to sit anywhere we would like in each of the rooms. Tea was a delightful variety of sweet and savory. When the tour was complete I was invited to enjoy the grounds and rest in one of the porch rockers as long as I liked. This is a beautifully restored mansion, and I am grateful to the current owners for their care of this historical site.


travelblossom99 of Florida City, FL, on July 19, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2013

For those of you who are into history, art, and/or architecture this is a must. For those of you who aren't, you should still do this (there are wonderful refreshments served at the end). We were driving through Bluffington, on our way to Savannah, and on a whim decided to check out what other people had to say about Bluffington. I am so glad I came here. It was amazing and absolutely fabulous. Rose Hill Mansion is a museum and a home. The current homeowners live on site and the lady of the house came out and talked to my group, telling us about the history of the mansion and how she and her husband came about restoring and rebuilding it. The tour guide, Cynthia, was absolutely wonderful. She's a great story teller, intimately knowledgeable about the house and its prior owners, a treasure trove of history, and much more interesting and entertaining than an history book.
The charge for the tour was $25 per adult and $5 for a child. During the tour we were able to touch the items, sit on the sofas and couches, take as many pictures as we wanted to, etc. The whole amazing experience was topped of by wonderful refreshments (cakes, crackers, chips and dips, light croissant sandwiches, iced teas, etc) and an informative question and answer session. Some of us in the group wandered off and avidly snapped photos. I didn't feel like a paying guest of the mansion, but rather an acquaintance who has been privileged enough to see this beautiful living piece of history.
This mansion stands as testimony of the pride and endurance of all its previous owners and the love of the current home owners for each other, place, and history.


Billy L of Leesburg, Ohio, on Juy 1, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Rose Hill revisited”

I last visited Rosé Hill plantation 38 years ago. My parents were good friends of the Sturgeons and they were guests many times. I have been to Hilton Head on vacation a couple of times and each time I would inquire about it. I was never able to see it, as it was in disrepair after a devastating fire and was undergoing a massive restoration. I was thrilled to discover the restoration has been completed and tours are being offered. The house looks very different from when I last visited, but is beautifully furnished. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. It was a very relaxing, informal tour. A glass of wine was offered at the beginning of the tour, which we could carry from room to room. Delicious refreshments were offered in the dining room following the tour, which included peach tea and peach cobbler. It was a wonderful tour and I would highly recommend it!


Lynda Johnson on June 19, 2013, wrote on Facebook:

Amazing plantation to go and visit!!!

throughout the house. I definitely recommend this stop on your next visit to Bluffton.


TNTraveler2011 of Morristown on June 4, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

"Take the tour even if you don't stay there"

We were looking for a plantation to see in the Hilton Head area and I searched the Internet and found this site. The tour started with a glass of wine ($5 and optional). We were led through the tour with a great granddaughter of one of the owners. If you are looking for an restored estate with amazing history and furnishings--this is the place. If you are looking for a plantation home with genuine family furnishings from the owners, you will be disappointedly; but we were in no way disappointed with this tour. We were told to sit down anywhere. To explore as long as we wanted on our own. The front bathroom furnishings were amazing! I would recommend this tour to any and all adults. I would not recommend this for children because everything is out in the open to touch. 


JMMom819 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

"Attended a wedding here"

Large, beautiful property. The owners are friendly and answer questions but did not pester. A beautiful piece of history that the current owners have managed to display immaculately. They have a little shop in the back and some old newspaper articles on the mansion.


Patricia488 of Swan Point, Maryland, on May 24, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

"Worth the short drive to [Bluffton] SC"

While in the south we wanted to visit a mansion and chose Rose Hill. This is quite a lovely experience. Never before have I visited a mansion where the guests are permitted to sit on the furniture and, after the guided tour, wander at will from room to room. After the tour, the owner joined the group of about 25 and chatted with each person. Also, light refreshments were served in the family dining room along with lemonade, ice tea, etc. It really was a southern experience and I highly recommend it. Not for young children as there are many family heirlooms sitting everywhere. The family lives on the second floor so only the first floor and grounds are included in the tour. The price of the ticket was $25.00 but well worth it.


Allanobrien of Hilton Head, SC, on May 19, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

"Great Time"

This is a must see when visiting Bluffton and HHI. They have great wine and charming atmosphere well worth the visit.


sv336 of North Carolina on May 13, 2013, wrote on

“Visit Friends in Bluffton”

Call ahead, book you visit, come a little earlier, get a glass of wine and sit in a rocking chair on the porch overlooking magnificent trees. This place is not a "museum". You feel like visiting your new friends and hearing real stories about the events that took place in and around this wonderful house and property through the last 150 years till present. Each period of history is linked through furniture, paintings, documents, photographs, rooms, walls with the present day's living people. The atmosphere on the tour is very relaxed and informal. Although, get prepared for it and be ready to share the special moment with others. We were lucky to have a relatively small group, enjoy easy flowing conversations and quiet one-on-one moments with the surroundings. This is probably not a tour to bring a van load of small children to or a group looking to see an "exemplary southern plantation". This is an interesting vision of its present owners multiplied by inspired contribution from the tour guide Cynthia that creates such an unusual place to visit and enjoy when vacationing in the area. A real jewel, thank you.
By the way, the entrance to the driveway is not marked as clearly as one could wish. Don't mind, you'll get there - just go slow, you're in the South.

(Note from owner: The gated community POA does not allow signage at driveways - sorry).


Chris Nussbaum of Denver, PA, on May 6, 2013, wrote:

Good Morning Robin,

My husband and I vacationed in Hilton Head last week and on Thursday afternoon we took the mansion tour at your most beautiful home. We just wanted you to know that this was the highlight of our vacation. You very warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere made the tour just something we will never forget. We will share with all our friends what a wonderful experience we had and hope that they too will come visit your home for the tour Thanks again for opening your home to us and for the wonderful afternoon we spent there We learned so much and enjoyed every minute. Have a wonderful Spring and Summer!!! We will definitely come back when we are in the area!



Kim B of Toronto, Canada, on May 2, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Visit to Rose Hill Mansion”

This is a fun way to spend an afternoon ......especially if it happens to be raining, since the tour is indoors and the house is air conditioned. Reservations are required in advance for entry and the tour. The guide (Cynthia) is excellent and tells a lot of both fun and interesting tidbits about its original and current owners. At the end of the tour there are wonderful snacks and refreshments. If you love a bit of history (not too deep) and have an appreciation of restored (but made to look old) houses, you'll find this one well worth the visit !!



JohnRiolo of HIlton Head, SC, on April 28, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

“Unique southern mansion with interesting artifacts”

The ambiance of this tour is unbelievable - you feel like you've been invited into the personal space of the owners with a descendent of the original owners as a tour guide ( and indeed this is the case). Our tour included wine and lunch and we sat at some of the antique tables that were a part of the tour. Be sure to check out the kitchen and both bathrooms.


Julie S of Westcliffe on April 22, 2013, wrote on"

“Great Southern hospitality”

Make reservations to tour this lovely gem of a gothic style plantation. The guide is a direct descendant of the original owners, and she pours a mean glass of wine made from grapes grown on the property. Guests are welcome to sit on the furniture while hearing tales about the construction and reconstruction of the home, civil war era stories, history of the area. At the end of the tour, small treats were served, and we were welcome to wander around and look at whatever we wished, take photos, and relax. We loved this tour!


BHarris63 of Panama City, Florida, on April 12, 2013, wrote on TripAdvisor:

We were in Savannah and decided to drive over to Hilton Head. We happened to see the advertisement for the plantation in a flyer and decided to go last-minute. Cynthia, the tour guide, is a direct descendent of the original owners. The home has been beautifully restored and we loved hearing the personal family history. You have the option of a glass of wine which you are allowed to carry along during the tour, and they serve lovely treats at the end and allowed free time to revisit each room and browse at your leisure. Don't miss this - it's a great way to spend a relaxing two or so hours. One of our favorite experiences of our trip!



Lee D of Jacksonville, Florida, on April 8, 2013, wrote on

"Best kept secret in Bluffton"

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the grounds are beautiful and the area is really close to daytrip to surrounding points of interest. The Guest house is great, full kitchen, one and a half bath, overall it is very cozy and peaceful. The mansion is amazing and the tour is excellent, they welcome you in and make you feel right at home. We will be back every year.


Alan & pricilla Densham of Ontario, Canada, wrote on April 7, 2013:

"Great Tour!"


Andrea DeRaddo  of Willington, Delaware, on April 5, 2013, wrote:

"Thank you!  This home is beautiful."


Lee D of Jacksonville, Florida, on April 8, 2013, wrote on

“Southern experience”

As you approach the home and catch a glimpse through the oaks hung with Spanish moss you know this is special. It only gets better. Cynthia welcomed us as we were guests and with a glass of wine the tour began. House is eclectic and filled with a marvellous collection from around the world. You hear the long history as you walk room to room. Finish with a full afternoon tea and the take your time to have a close look inside and outside. Definitely worthwhile and another insight into the past


Gretchen Wenderski Weber on April 3, 2013, wrote on Facebook:

Toured the mansion today and had a delightful time! The stories of the Old South told in that setting make it so real. The southern hospitality was beyond compare, especially being able to sip a chilled glass of wine during the tour! Thank you.


Russell-Rosebud of Rosebud, Australia, on March 29, 2013, wrote on

“Southern experience”

As you approach the home and catch a glimpse through the oaks hung with Spanish moss you know this is special. It only gets better. Cynthia welcomed us as we were guests and with a glass of wine the tour began. House is eclectic and filled with a marvellous collection from around the world. You hear the long history as you walk room to room. Finish with a full afternoon tea and the take your time to have a close look inside and outside. Definitely worthwhile and another insight into the past      

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
                              Photo posted with review on


Alan K of Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 26, 2013, wrote:

“Hidden Jem”

We were rained out for golf, so were looking for something to do. Book in the room mentioned Rose Hill Mansion, so after a little searching, we booked the tour. We were so glad we did! This is a restored Gothic style mansion, which is inhabited. The owners allow tours in which you tour the lower floors while being enchanted by the hostess, who is the great great granddaughter of one of the founders of the plantation. Afterwards, you're treated to a snack in the dining room, and encouraged to ask questions, go back and look at the rooms again, and even have a glass of a local wine! We thought it was the highlight of our trip.


PeelBee of Sydney Australia on March 14, 2013, wrote this review on

“A Wonderful Taste of the Genuine South”

Pick your own superlatives! This place earns them all and manifests all that is great about the South. The house is superbly restored and furnished to transport you back to "Gone With the Wind". And to be escorted on the tour by the present owner and a descendant of the original owner added immensely to the experience. What's more, they invite you to wander at will, touch the ornaments and sit on the furniture - just like you're a guest in their home. And we were their guests, staying overnight in the lovely guest cottage adjoining the main house - bedroom, 2 baths, living room, kitchen and office all ours to enjoy. Wish we'd had more days to spend there - but we'll be back! . Thank you so much.. PeelBee Sydney Australia

                                                             Photo from by PeelBee


Peter Bradhurst of Sydney, Australia, on March 11, 2013, wrote:'

Tracey, we enjoyed our visit to Rose Hill Mansion immensely. It was a great opportunity for us to get some feeling for the history of the South and the gracious living that goes with it. The tour of the Mansion was outstanding, Cynthia was a great guide and Mrs White an extraordinarily gracious hostess.

We have just got off the plane in Sydney, but be assured we will come back next time we are in your area - and we will be telling many friends about our experience with you.
Thanks again and please pass on these thanks to Cynthia and to Mr and Mrs White.
Peter Bradhurst

McGarvey of Cleveland, Ohio, on March 1, 2013, wrote:



Joy Michalson of Plymouth, Michigan, on February 27, 2013, wrote:

Absolutely Fabulous!


jzosh of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on February 22, 2013, posted on TripAdvisor:

“History lesson from gracious hosts”

Our tour guide was a great great granddaughter of the original owner who built the home before the start of the Civil War. She did her homework and taught us so much about the home but also about Bluffton and the South. We were lucky to be there when the owners visited.  Top it all off with a glass of wine and some delicious treats and ends up one of the nicest afternoons we have had in a long time. Certainly worth your time to visit.


Gerry Kissner of Zionsville, Indiana, on February 20, 2013, wrote:

...We enjoyed the tour so much & you (Cynthia) are the best tour guide we have ever had during our many travels.  Your personal stories & touches about the house & families who lived there made everything come alive & relevant.  Again thank you for that experience.


Gerry Kissner


Deborah Lee of West Chester, Pa, on February 13, 2013, wrote:

Was great!


Antoinette Debblett of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, on Ferburary 12, 2013, wrote:

Great, thank you


Sandy & Ted Tholburn of Bluffton SC on Ferburary 5, 2013, wrote:

Thank you for a great experience!


Caitlin DePue of Bluffton SC on February 5, 2013, wrote:

Great time!


Lee Marcacci of Alta Loma, California, on February 5, 2013, wrote,

Best tour in SC


Dave & Anne Elson of McMurray, Pa, on February 5, 2013, wrote:



Frank & Elizabeth Pope of Sioux Falls SC on February 1, 2013, wrote:

Rose Hill is Carolina's finest!


Betty & John Wahlig of Corning NY on January 11, 2013, wrote:



Maggie Knock of Saskatoon SK, Canada, on January 8, 2013, wrote:

Thank you for letting us tour your beautiful home!


Scott & Jana Waltman on January 2, 2013, wrote:

Lovely.  Thanks for sharing.


Kristen & Rochelle Jeffery of Bluffton SC on December 22, 2012, wrote:

Great tour!


Paul & Sandy McCravey of Columbia SC on December 22, 2012, wrote:



Joe & JudeAnn Yehl of Houston, Texas, on December 22, 2012, wrote

Wow!  Beautiful!


Lisa Weede of Peoria, Arizona, on December 22, 2012, wrote:



Micheal & Stephanie Erisiedel of Andover, Connecticut, on December 5, 2012, wrote:

Wonderful.  Very appreciative of the work that went into the restoration of this beautiful home (we know first hand what it takes).


Larry & Holly Sowerby of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on December 5, 2012, wrote:

Great story, house & history.  Amazing.


Brittney Stowe of Sterling, Virginia, on November 21, 2012, wrote:

Thank you for allowing my family to visit.  :-)


Jen Rollins of Ramansville, Pa, on November 21, 2012, wrote:

So beautiful!  Thank you!


Linda F of Vail, Colorado, on November 20, 2012, posted on TripAdvisor:

“Loved this look into Southern past”

This unique Gothic-style plantation home has been restored to "better than new" condition, as it was never fully furnished before the Kirk family fled the Union Army in 1863. Current owners live in the mansion and a Kirk family decendant provides a riveting narrative of the beautiful home. One of the most interesting tours offered in the area.



Barb and Tim on November 17, 2012, wrote:

Hi! Cynthia - I know you must be soooo busy today, but I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated your expertise and your tour last evening of the Mansion and it was so nice to meet with you and reserve our date!! We are so excited to be able to have Rose Hill Mansion as our venue and appreciate the time you spent with us and all your ideas. We will be in touch and I will call you in the next week ..., but so looking forward to our wedding being held there! So happy we could reserve that date with all the history too!  And the history of the date with Caroline’s Birthday 152 years ago and that they were married there also. Tim just loves all the history and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it looks in person. So excited! Have a great evening tonight! I know it will be a great time for the fundraiser.

Thanks so much,

Barb and Tim
Tretheway/Ladd Wedding



Melissa Roberts of Hilton Head Island, SC, on November 14, 2012, wrote:

Magnificent home!


Randy & Marcia Hunter of Bluffton SC, on November 14, 2012, wrote:



Stacey Rillorazio of Ontario, Canada, on November 7, 2012, wrote:

Just as I would imagine of the South


Pamela Blahesle of Walnut, California, on November 7, 2012, wrote:

Beautiful !



Shannon Monro of Gaylord, Michigan, on November 6, 2012, wrote:

A true treasure


Linda Faos of Mesquite, North Carolina, on November 6, 2012, wrote:

Thank you for preserving history!


Margaret Norris of Decatur, Alabama, on November 5, 2012, wrote:



Bruce & Rhonda Merritt of Aurora, Colorado, on November 2, 2012, wrote:

Loved it!


Marilyn & Lou Schroer of Destin, Florida, on October 31, 2012, wrote:

We loved it.  Great hospitality & presentation.


Marilyn Witte of St. Louis, Missouri, on October 31, 2012, wrote"

Beautiful !


Wayne Guirl of Simpsonville, SC, on October 30, 2012, wrote:

Very hospitable & informative tour.


Bob & Donna Witherspoon of Latrobe, Pa, on October 29, 2012, wrote"

Wonderful house & tour.


BRDYBNCH2010 of Niagara Falls, Canada, on October 26, 2012, posted on TripAdvisor:

“Really nice southern plantation home” 

Open for tours, but must be reserved. A little pricey, but refreshments are included. Well informed guide and lots of photo opportunity.


Zach of Chicago in September 2012, wrote: 

Nice cottage and beautiful grounds! 

[review @]


 Debbie Ann Delozier on September 5, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

"My grandparents lived in this mansion as care takers for a decade in the 80's.

"My grandparents, The McKnights and Aunt Peg and Uncle Gene Clouse lived here in the 80's and [early] 90's.  What a time we had in those days at Rose Hill Plantation.  My parents was the First Family to Live in Rose Hill [cottage].


Llisa J. Hailey on September 3, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

"Oh...this takes my breath....beautiful!!!"


Donna S Everett on September 2, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

"That's about the most beautiful house I've ever seen!"


Linda J Catona of Charlotte NC, on August 28, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

"This is without a doubt a wonderful and informative tour I was so impressed I think i will go back before I leave !! I just love it!! Everyone should experience the Rose Hill Mansion! "


Amy Singstock of Milwaukee, Wi, on August 23, 2012, wrote on Facebook's Rose Hill Mansion page:

My parents, boyfriend and I visited Rose Hill earlier this year.  I just was going thru 'my year in photos' and remembered that I meant to write and tell you what a great time we had.  Not only was the tour wonderful, but so were the goodies & wine.  Both you and your guide were so hospitable and friendly - we didn't want to leave!

Thanks again for a wonderful time and memory.


Christine Kennedy of England, on August 15, 2012, wrote:

Hi Robin,
We are the party of Brits that visited today & we we just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit.
The house restoration was magnificent & the visit was made even more special by being conducted by yourself with all your passion & enthusiasm for the project. We will certainly recommend friends to visit & wish you all the best of luck with your plans for future development. With kinds regards from the Kennedy Party.

P S Peter says thanks for the cookies



Randy Reynolds on August 15, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

To Mrs White I commend you on the restoration's that you have made on this find southern jem, And I should know growing up there as a boy, working and learning what it means to become a young man. And I can thank two men for that and that was John Sturgeon and my father.  And that find southern old lady that you call home may it bring you as much happiness as it has brought me over the years, I want you to know that I will always call it home.

*Note - Randy is the son of Lonny Reynolds, a former caretaker of Rose Hill Plantation House.



Debbie Ann Delozier on August 21, 2012, wrote on Facebook:

"I have had so many wonderful times at this house.  Family Thanksgiving Dinners, Birthdays, so many celebrations with my Family here.


edenl of Hilton Head, South Carolina, on July 14, 2012, wrote this review on TripAdvisor:

"Amazing Piece of History!"

This tour of Rose Hill Mansion won't disappoint on any level! First of all, the guide is a direct descendant of the original owner from the 1800s. She makes the journey through the mansion so interesting and I find it amazing that the owners actually live there and open up their home for people to tour and to learn about the history of this beautiful mansion and this area. After the tour, a delightful southern tea is served with cookies, sandwiches, mints, tea. There are also wine and gifts for sale. Absolutely a must do while in the area! You have to make so don't wait til the last minute!


Margo Woodruff of Franklin, Tennessee, on July 10, 2012 wrote:

To whom it may concern: Diane Wolf Dolginow and I have been friends ever since college. Her mother loved everything about Rose Hill. Even though I have not been there yet, I felt a contribution in her memory would be the best.
Margo Woodruff
Franklin, Tn. 37069


kramerkat on July 7, 2012, wrote this review on TripAdvisor:

"A wonderful rainy day during tropical storm Beryl"

What we thought was going to be a wash out of a day ended up being one of the best days of our vacation! This tour is a WONDERFUL way to spend an afternoon. Not only is the mansion gorgeous, the tour givers are truly living history books of knowledge. They are family members of the original plantation owners and it's their personal touch that made this terrific experience truly unique from any other plantation tour we had ever taken. They are the true examples of "southern hospitality" and add value to this tour matched by no other. Great snacks afterwards. The value highly exceeds the very reasonable ticket price; they truly gave us a wonderful afternoon and some great vacation memories to take back home with us.


Utrecht, The Netherlands on June 17, 2012 wrote on this review on TripAdvisor:

[Translation]:   Great Experience:

I have very much enjoyed and was very impressed with how the slaves once lived.  The tour of the House was also very interesting.  Found it also very nice that here the series north and south.  Definitely worth to go view.


HapyGuy of Bluffton, South Carolina, on June 9, 2012, wrote  this review on TripAdvisor:

"Old time charm and a good story"

Happen on this experience. I am a huge fan of the Ashley River Plantations especially Middleton, so when I saw this on Tripadvisor I decided to give it a go, I was not disappointed. Very good tour, relaxed and extremely informative. It is expensive in my mind.


Pat Farrand of Bluffton, SC, on April 25, 2012, wrote the following on the

A Southern acquaintance once asked, after my move from CT to the South, "How could I leave my family and land." Well, it's cold up there and my family is scattered over the US. Bluffton was such a beautiful place, I had to relocate here. I learned a lot more about my new Southern land when the RH Lunch Bunch enjoyed a delicious lunch and tour of the RH Mansion. Cynthia Glendinning, a direct descendent of the original owners of the Mansion, gave a highly detailed and enjoyable tour. We really are lucky to live in this beautiful and historic place. We are fortunate that the Whites have graciously opened their home so all of us can enjoy and appreciate the meticulous and extensive reconstruction, and historic research they have done of their unique property. Everyone in RH should tour at least once. It is the story of the land we call RHP. We should all learn more about it.
Enjoy and be proud of Rose Hill Plantation. 
Pat Farrand


Carmen & Phillip Markham of the UK, on April 19, 2012, wrote:
Hello Robin,
We are back in the UK now after a great trip to Georgia and the Carolinas, it hasn't stopped raining since we landed and we wish we were back in the US. We thought we would drop you a note to say how much we had enjoyed staying in your guest cottage next to your lovely home. It really was a highlight of our trip and we are sure we will return. The tour of the house was excellent and we are certain that many of your guests find your story inspirational - we kept looking for ruined plantation homes as we moved up the coast.
With every best wish
Carmen and Phhillip Markham


Erin Rollins on March 10, 2012, wrote:

"I don't think that I could imagine a more beautiful wedding than the one I had at Rose Hill! The staff there is outstanding and the landscape is simply beautiful! I would choose them every time! They made my wedding an absolute dream!"

[review on]

[same review posted on on March 10, 2012


Gloria Tuten of Robertville, SC, on March 5, 2012, wrote:


Thank you for the wonderful job you did hosting my 70th birthday. The whole day & the time we shared ranks high on my list as one of the mosts wonderful days of my life!! Your tour, the beautiful house,  the delicious food and the love that I felt from family & friends made everything perfect! I would like to come back someday & take another tour.

Gloria Tuten
Robertville Baptist Church
Robertville, South Carolina                  


Peggy Vojuodich of Steubenville, Ohio, on February 12, 2012, posted on TripAdvisor:

Hello Cynthia & Robin,

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the tour of Rose Hill Plantation. The house was so beautiful & I enjoyed all the history. Also, the antiques made it feel like you went back in time. I believe Rose Hill Plantation was the highlight of our vacation.

Peggy Vojuodich
Steubenville, Ohio


Ruby Irvin on February 12, 2012, wrote:

Dear Robin,

My daughter, three cousins & myself  visited your beautiful home last August & enjoyed it tremendously. You made our visit so worth our time...   If ever we are back in Georgia or South Carolina we will definitely schedule another visit.  Again, thank you for a wonderful part of our vacation.

Ruby Irvin


Heather Wilcauskas of Hilton Head, SC, on February 2, 2012, wrote:

Thank you for your hospitality
Robin - I visited your wonderful house today with the Palmetto Dunes Women's Club's "Island Hoppers" group and just wanted to thank you for your gracious hospitality.  You and your husband are very special people to allow strangers to invade your privacy, but the history lovers amongst us appreciate your generosity in sharing this special place with us.  I know it was a long painstaking process to restore the house after it was so tragically destroyed by the fire - the results are spectacular!  Cynthia's historical information was fascinating and lunch was scrumptious.  We all appreciated how special you made us feel.  
I have been singing your praises to everyone and encouraging them to take the time to visit you.  I for one intend to come back and see you when decorated for Christmas.
Many thanks and best wishes for many more years of enjoying your treasure!
Heather Wilcauskas


lowcountryblonde of Bluffton, SC wrote this review on Trip Advisor:

3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

A beautiful venue for a special party or event. Elegantly restored.


Skinzin Makeup on January 14, 2012, posted on Rose Hill Mansion's Facebook Wall:

"Thank you for having us the other night!  The mansion is just gorgeous!"


Ddlybarger of Massachusetts wrote this review on Trip Advisor:

Reviewed 5 January 2012 about visit of July 2011

"Don't Jiss This Opportunity"

Probably one of the best house tours we have taken... seriously! The home owners are the tour guides so they have personally lived everything bit of the careful and detailed restoration process of the home. It's incredible to see what this husband and wife team have done to bring this magnificent property to its former beauty. From the moment we arrived and were greeted with a complimentary glass of wine to the end of the tour we were truly amazed at the passion these two have for the property. A must see!


Amy Singstock of Milwaukee, WI, on December 6, 2011, wrote:

My parents, boyfriend and I visited Rose Hill earlier this year. I just was going thru 'my year in photos' and remembered that I meant to write and tell you what a great time we had. Not only was the tour wonderful, but so were the goodies & wine. Both you and your guide were so hospitable and friendly - we didn't want to leave!

Thanks again for a wonderful time and memory.

Amy Singstock
Milwaukee, WI

Don & Wendy Moyer of Aiken SC, on November 18, 2011, wrote:

To: The Whites & Ms. Kirk (Cynthia),

  Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed the tour, hearing about the history, and the delicious refreshments after the tour.
 My husband and I were very happy with our choice to see Rose Hill on 11/11/11. We talked about it for days after. Also, kudos to the baker on the pumpkin squares. Just delicious!

 Thank you for opening your home up and sharing the history.

Don & Wendy Moyer
Aiken SC



Cake_of_Liberty of Washington State wrote this review on Trip Advisor:

*****  5 Stars    Reviewed October 18, 2011

“Gorgeously restored, with such a friendly tour!”

My brother and his wife wanted to tour a plantation house. Of course, they were none around Savannah, but they found the Rose Hill Mansion, so we drove up. We were offered a beverage while getting checked in and paid. I tried a sweet wine from the area. What I liked about the tour was that it was informal and laid-back. We were allowed to sit on the furniture (how personal) while Cynthia entertained us with the history of the house, it’s occupants and their struggles. The house is beautiful itself, but it is also loaded with beautiful items. They have pictures of the mansion after the fire, so we could appreciate all the work that went into its loving restoration.

After the tour ended, we were allowed to wander the grounds (and back through the house). But before we went outside, we were surprised with an offer of beautiful food and drink: peach tea (fabulous), lemonade, and a lot of home-baked goodies, including pie and cookies. I had peeked in the kitchen and marveled at their old-fashioned appliances. We got to meet Mrs. White in her kitchen. While we were chatting, I mentioned the appliances. She showed me that they were modern appliances with a façades. We were all four really pleased with the tour.

(photos by Ask_Cake_of_Liberty, courtesy of


SavantIII 11 of Centerville, Ohio, wrote this review on Trip Advisor:

***** 5 Stars    Reviewed October 18, 2011


Rose Hill Mansion is a living museum. The demographic who appreciates history, architecture, restoration, and family stories will truly enjoy this experience. Perhaps this is not the best tour for children. Rose Hill Mansion was constructed prior to the civil war, and was occupied by union forces. Rose Hill Mansion was not on Sherman’s list of destruction, although a construction error in 1987 resulted in terrible damage. Rose Hill Mansion has been restored.

We have enjoyed the privilege to visit many historical properties in the U.S., Europe, and China. Rose Hill Mansion is a fine day visit from Hilton Head. 


Larry Sterpka of Kent, Ohio, on September 28, 2011, wrote:


My name is Larry Sterpka and my wife, Betty, and I took the tour of Rose Hill Mansion.

We wanted to let you know what a wonderful job both Cynthia and Lacey did to make us feel at home.

Lacey was very sweet and friendly, representing your business very well.

Cynthia was an absolute sweetheart.

She was so friendly and her knowledge of the history and willingness to share numerous anecdotes made the Rose Hill Mansion tour a highlight of our trip to Hilton Head this year.

Both young ladies are wonderful at what they do.

Beautiful gems.

We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed and appreciated them.

Thank you for your time. 

Larry & Betty Sterpka


Andy Jacobs of Cedar Grove, NJ, on August 16, 2011, wrote:

"fantastic tour, information & goodies!"


A Group from Paris, France, on August 6, 2011, wrote:

[translated from French]: "A very good memory of South Carolina and this jewel set with diamonds remains."


Mr. Pawel Snyder of Poland, on August 6, 2011, wrote:

"Thank you for the wonderful tour!"


Dave & Yvonne Oliver of Palmer, Alaska, on August 3, 2011, wrote:

 "Loved the experience!"

[Here with Porche group]


Tommy & Joan Conch of Perry, GA, on August , 2011, wrote:

"Fantastic Place !"


Kathy Bourassa of Jupiter, FL, on July 19, 2011, wrote:

Hi Robin

I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed my private tour of Rose Hill Mansion. You are a lovely person and I will always cherish the day I spent at your home.

I live in Jupiter, FL north of West Palm Beach. My husband and I raised our children in a small township called Tequesta, FL. We are in a neighborhood on the Loxahatchee River which opens to the inlet at Jupiter Beach.  I am in a historical club called the Loxahatchee Guild and we fund historical projects such as the Jupiter Lighthouse, The Dubois House and original home called The Tindall House.

I read your website and your booklet and find them very thorough.

I googled Oakhill in Rome Ga and hope to visit there someday. I hope to return to Middleton Place again as well(esp. now that I know your husband is a relative).



Ladies Getaway of Georgia on July 18, 2011, wrote this review on TripAdvisor:

The hosts of this property could not have been more accomodating or available.  Touring the adjacent plantation home is a wonderful historical experience; the guide was outstanding, and hoving tea served at the end of the tour is a wonderful touch....


Michael Caudill on July 11,2011, wrote:

Just in case you scrapbook, and I suspect you might, I am sending you a photo of our daughter-in-law playing your piano. Her name is Erin Mays Caudill (Mrs. Marshall Caudill). We visited you Wednesday, July 6. It was a pleasure to see your beautiful house and hear your narrative.
Thank you,
Michael Caudill

[Please see "Tour" section for larger photo with more information]


Deborah & David Lybarger of Plymouth, MA, on July 6, 2011, wrote:

The South at its finest!  Thank you.


Lynne & Tony Rodwell of Plymouth, England, on July 6, 2011, wrote:

A fantastic house.


Nancy Clayton of Lexington, Kentucky on July 1, 2011, wrote:

Cynthia was very gracious!


Patricia Steele of Virginia on May 26, 2011, wrote:

Dear Robin,
My friend, Caroline, and I just spent a week in Hilton Head and toured the Rose Hill Plantation house the day before we left and we were thrilled with the beauty and charm of the mansion.  You and your husband have done a spectacular job and the young woman who gave the tour was wonderful, knowledgeable and quite endearing to our group.  Walking in those gothic doors and seeing wine waiting on that grand piano promised us we were in for quite a day and we were right.  Each room seemed to be alive with the love and caring that made it the place it is today.  The artwork your husband painted was wonderful and seeing the little bird girl in the atrium made me smile as if she was in my own home.  Thank you for welcoming your guests in such a way by allowing us to sit on the chairs and divans instead of the 'do not touch' syndrome in so many other plantations.  Here in Virginia, we have the Charles City plantations on the James River and they are fabulous but nothing to compare to Rose Hill in its welcoming and the addition of such glorious snacks at the end of the tour in the dining room as the icing on the cake!  I loved the peaches sitting on the bottom of the peach tea carafe!  Bravo on a beautiful home and giving me the end of a trip that I will not forget.
Patricia Steele


Mary V. Raffaele of Massapequa, NY, on April 27, 2011, wrote:

My husband, friends and I were at your beautiful mansion this past week and fell in love with the whole place.  The tour was wonderful and the food and wine were terrific, too.
I left my name with your gift shop so you could notify me when there are prints available of your husbands beautiful painting of the house.  At the time, you hadn't any available, just the geclee.
Please notify me when those prints become available.  I can just picture it above my fireplace and dream.  I would love one the same size or larger of the geclee.
Thank you so very much for your time and allowing the public into your beautiful domain.
Mary V. Raffaele


Paul Seagrave on April 20, 2011, wrote:

Hi Robin:  Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour we had of your lovely home on April 11.  The young gal who made the presentation did an excellent job - the historical information she passed along was greatly appreciated.
Thanks again for opening up your home to us. 
Joyce and Paul Seagrave 


Debra424 of Sandusky, Michigan, on March 25, 2011, posted on TripAdvisor:

So Glad We Went!  After reading [a negative] review [on Trip Advisor], we weren't sure if we wanted to go. We came away very happy that we did. It is true that just the main level is shown because the owners do live there. What a gift to those of us who are interested in the history of the home/plantation that they welcome people in to share what they have preserved and restored. Our tour guide, Cynthia, is a descendant of the family that once lived in the home. She did an amazing job of informing and entertaining us.

Thank you to Rusty and Robin White for a delightful afternoon!


Linda Elrick on March 24, 2011, wrote:

Hello Robin,
My husband and I took the wonderful tour of Rose Hill today, and as I mentioned, I was so glad we came here instead of driving all the way to Charleston to do a plantation tour!
This lovely home has such a personal feel...and it is obviously so loved by it's owners.  Rose Hill's history is amazing, and 
"reads" like a novel, but it's all real!
By the end of Cynthia's tour, we felt like friends! 
Best of luck with your future work...and we will return...
Our regards,
Linda and Alan Elrick  


Barbara Long of Lakewood, Colorado on March 6, 2011, wrote:

Hello Robin:
I hope you didn't think I had forgotten about my promise to e-mail you the two pictures I took of you. I came back to Colorado very ill with the cold/flu virus that seems to be bothering so many. It took all I had just to get through the work days.
Today I had enough energy to sit down, review and edit the Rose Hill Mansion photos I took. I have attached those of you, some I took of the house and grounds, and even one of myself on the steps. I'm sure you have many, many photos, but I fell in love with the house and all that it means to you and your husband; I couldn't resist sharing these photos with you. I completely understand your passion for this wonderful, regal structure. And the grounds are so beautiful, even at this time of year.
I send well wishes to you and yours.

With Warm Regards,
Barb Long
Lakewood, Colorado                              (photos right courtesy of Barbara Long)


Bill Kirk of Overland Park, MO on March 3, 2011, wrote:

This post [  ] was written by Robin White, of Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton, South Carolina, for the subscribers to their website, With her husband Rusty White, they have spent years to restore the plantation home to its former glory. 

Since the time we “discovered” the Whites a few years ago, Kathryn’s work and friendship with them, and the kindness and love they showed her, enriched the last years of her life in ways they will never know.  I can never thank them, along with Robin’s parents, Ann and Robert Sumners, enough for how much joy they gave to her life. Kathryn and I are very proud to consider all these fine people as cherished members of our family.

If you are ever near Bluffton, which was originally called Kirk’s Bluff, please try to see the home.  Any mention of Kathryn will ensure you receive very special treatment.

Bill Kirk

[ brother of Kathryn Kirk ]


Lynn Hummell of Bluffton, SC, on February 2, 2011,  wrote"

I thoroughly enjoyed Robin's tour yesterday. She has such a passion for the house and its history and is genuinely eager to share it with her community. I will try to help her do that.
Thanks again.

Lynne Hummell
The Bluffton Sun / Coastal Sport & Wellness

Jo Ann Kingsley of Beaufort, SC on December 20, 2010, wrote:

Fran, please convey to Robin and Rusty how much we enjoyed coming to Rose Hill on the tour on Saturday.  Your hospitality was perfectly in keeping with that beautiful home.  I am sure the tour was worthwhile for you as well because I know several people who are returning with guests.  Thanks again.


Tisha Johnson Martin on November 23, 2010, wrote:

My husband, son and I LOVED the ghost tour we attended last month! The history and ghost stories were great! A must for all Rose Hill residents!! I want to attend again soon :)


Pamela Ryan of Bluffton, SC, on October 20, 2010, wrote:

Hi Robin,
I never got around to thanking you for your fabulous tour back 
in May. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it and could 
have listened to your stories for a few more hours!! :)
My cousin, I brought with me from Arizona, was intrigued and 
loved every minute of it.
My sister is here now visiting from Oregon and I would love to 
bring her over.  Do you have any tours scheduled between now and the 29th?
Pamela Ryan


Jerry Meyer of Coldwater, Ohio, on October 20, 2010, wrote:

We had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful home today and we want to thank you for opening your home to people that enjoy historic architecture.  We very much enjoyed the tour of this wonderful historic home and enjoyed the artifacts that make the home feel so comfortable.  Being able to learn about the history of the home gave great insight into the original stature of this proud lady of the south.  And then too have the opportunity after the tour to spend some quality time to probe for additional insight into the many special attributes of the home that caught our attention, was very generous and unexpected.  It takes a special caring person to have the foresight to recognize a treasure like the Rose Hill Mansion, plus a person with a strong inner strength to take on the unusually tough task of returning a forsaken treasure to its former stature.
Jerry and Nancy Meyer



Jeanette Ruano on October 19, 2010, wrote:

Dear Mrs. White,
I want to thank you for allowing me to return to Rose Hill and photograph the wood storks. I am sending you a few of the pictures for you to use as you wish. 
I really enjoyed visiting the plantation and most likely when I bring new visitors to Hilton Head we will return for a visit. 
Again, accept my appreciation of your hospitality.
Jeanette Ruano


David H Gwaltney on August 19, 2010, wrote:

I wanted to share this painting with you, my family took your tour a year ago. Just finished the painting....David

Hi Robin, so glad you liked the painting....this original was created on my iPad and titled it "The Note". ....finger painted...  All my current work in online at

                                                                                                                         (For larger image of this painting .....


Felice Boehmcke on August 18, 2010 wrote:

Hello Robin,

I just wanted to thank you for a very lovely day yesterday.  All of the ladies were so impressed and just loved your tour and your beautiful home.  Many of us are new to the south and are eager to learn all about our new surroundings and its beautiful history.  We are all planning to come back in January to see the holiday decorations and I am really looking forward to that.

Thanks again for everything.



Karen Kirk Reeder on August 1, 2010, wrote:

Robin, a wonderful tour and beautiful home I have just watched on my computer. I hope to tour your home soon in person .  My family is Stephen Kirk they settled in  Chester County,  South Carolina  in 1822. Our families had several plantations in North and South Carolina.  Karen Kirk Reeder


Mindy Sauer on July 28, 2010, wrote:


My name is Mindy and me and my sister did the Rosehill tour on July 21. We greatly enjoyed the tour and the ample knowledge you had to share with us. Your love and passion for the house and the history was very evident and made the tour so much better. I think it is so gracious of you to open your home up for hundreds of people to visit and share the great history of the house. Thank you for the tour and the hard work you put into it. It is a beautiful home and you can sense the specialness when you are there. If I am every in the area again I will be sure to do the tour again. Thanks again!
Mindy Sauer



Judy and George Reuscher of Bluffton, SC on July 23, 2010, wrote:

Thank you so much for opening up your home last night.  My husband and I invited four other neighbors to join us for the evening.  George and I were taken back to see not only a beautifully restored historical home with wonderful entertainment but also enjoy a variety of delicious food. 
Please extend our appreciation for this lovely evening to your staff as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Your southern hospitality was absolutely delightful and warmly received by all.
Thank you again,

Judy and George Reuscher

Bluffton, SC  29909



William Taylor of England on July 7, 2010, wrote:

Dear Mrs. White,
just to say many thanks for the tour yesterday.
Fascinating, and do hope that over time you manage to complete your amazing project to your complete satisfaction.
William Taylor and family.


Cecelia Shannon of Stone Mountain, GA on June 4, 2010, wrote:

Dear Robin,
Many thanks for the beautiful tour of your historic Rose Hill!  I was there last week with two of my friends from Atlanta, GA and YOU and your home were the highlights of our vacation on Hilton Head Island.  We all agreed that we had never experienced such a delight previouslyon any tour both here and abroad.  Your graciousness, charm, and passion for what you are about made our time spent with you unforgettable.  What a unique walk through the history of the home, its people and the countryside.  As you suggested, on our way back we stopped at the graveyard at the corner of Matthews and walked among the grave sites of the Kirk family.  Awesome.
Please extend our thanks and gratitute to your husband Rusty.  As you so often pointed out, he is not only your "helpmate" but with his many talents, is an integral part of every room in Rose Hill and its surroundings.
Cecelia Shannon


Karen Renfold on May 26, 2010, wrote:

Dear Robin,
Once again thank you for the most enjoyable afternoon! Your wonderful 
tour, full of historical information is so interesting we wanted to 
say forever! Thank you for sharing many of your ghost sotries with 
us!  My friends loved it all!
Karen Penfold


Jill Tillison on May 27, 2010, wrote:

We are so excited about the upcoming celebration out at Rose Hill Mansion! The owners are extremely gracious to open up their beautiful home for weddings! I know it will be a beautiful weekend!
Jill Tillison


Rachelm1205 on May 22, 2010, wrote:
Rose Hill Mansion is the most beautiful venue to get married at in the Lowcountry SC region.  If you are looking for true southern elegance then Rose Hill Mansion is it.  Robin, has done an amazing job at keeping the Mansion true to its roots and the grounds are immaculate!  You must visit and tour the Mansion to get a true feel of its beauty!
[review on]


Deleane Miller on May 20, 2010, wrote:

[Enclosing] a picture for you from our visit.  We had a wonderful time.  Thank you so much for your southern charm.


Jo Bailey on May 15, 2010, wrote:
Hi Robin,
Here is the picture taken in front of your beautiful home. ...
Everyone had such a wonderful time and we all were in awe of what you and
your husband have done. What you have done to the home is spectacular and
his painting are incredible. You two compliment each other so much. What a
great couple!!! ...
Thanks again for your hospitality.
Jo Bailey

Lenore & Bob Langlois of Iowa on May 6, 2010, wrote:

We toured your beautiful mansion on April 28, 2010.

I was there with my husband Bob, my sister Diane & brother-in-law Hugh. We were in South Carolina celebrating our 50th & my sister's 40th wedding anniversaries.  We saw many sites but we were most impressed & pleasantly surprised by your gracious  hospitality.  We felt like family! 

The treats were not expected, but we enjoyed them & they were delicious!

Thanks for being the highlight of our trip! 

Lenore & Bob Langlois (Iowa)
Diane & Hugh Smith (


Amanda Schielke of Manhattan, KS on April 8, 2010, wrote:

Thanks so much for your time and for the the tour back on February  22nd.  My mom, aunt and I had the best time! 

You have got to be one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met.  :)  
Thanks and best wishes from Kansas!
Amanda Schielke
Kansas State University


Rene & Tim Brodeur of Winter Springs, FL on April 7, 2010, wrote:

Tim & I enjoyed your tour immensely. You are a treasure! Thanks again  for waiting for us to arrive. We hope something wonderful comes your  way on your birthday. We do think that you have found many wonderful  things in life already though. Enjoy!


Polka Dot Petunia on April 1, 2010, wrote:

I'm finally home after a wonderful trip to South Carolina and Georgia for Spring Break. My mom and I had a fabulous time with Carol, my mother-in-law. We did the 75th Home and Garden tour in Savannah. The homes, furnishings, gardens, and owners were over the top. The history is unbelievable! We spent time in Savannah, Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Sheldon.

[posted on her blog -]
Photo by Polka Dot Petunia


Bonnie on March 25, 2010, wrote:


Thanks so much for a wonderful, educational afternoon.  Our group had a great time!  You are as amazing as your beautiful estate :o)



Ron May on March 24, 2010, wrote:

We enjoyed the tour.  It's a beautiful place.

Ron May


Time Green on March 24, 2010, wrote:

Hi Robin,

I was part of your tour Tuesday 3/16/2010.  We all greatly enjoyed your tour and your trip through history you so vividly portrayed during the tour.  When my wife and her friend were planning on visiting your plantation house I had NOT planned on going, but I had a internal prompt that kept nagging at me to go ahead and go with them, and as they were leaving I quickly got my things together and said I was going with them. I'm very glad that I did.

We enjoyed the "handson" approach of the tour, being able to get up close and personal with your home and its relics, too often we've been in similar situations with everything roped off etc ... so this was a pleasant treat.

Time Green


Karen E. Penford on March 13, 2010 wrote:

Thank you for the delightful tour yesterday in your most lovely & significant home! It was so informative & beautiful. I will be back with my friends in May & again in August! 
Thank you for your labor of love!
 Fondly, Karen E Penford
 March 13, 2010


Un-Reconstructed String Band on March 10, 2010, wrote on their webpage photo album:


"Thanks Robin....That was a great event!  Your house is awesome.  Great to hear from you!  Hope all is well with you and your family.  Please tell your Dad hello from all of us.........Susie

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Doug & Sheila Beesley of Ontario Canada on March 4, 2010, wrote:


Just a note to thank you for the great tour that you gave of your home on Wednesday February 24th, 2010 to my family.
We thoroughly enjoyed the history, your beautiful home, and the refreshments that you provided to us during our visit.
Also while we were  there, I purchased a print of your home, and have since had it framed and hanging in my home, to share the history on how I obtained it, and carefully got it back to Canada.
We hope to come back to Hilton Head Island next February 2011.
Thank you again.
Sheila, Doug, and Robin Beesley
Barrie, Ontario.


Marietta Winchester on March 3, 2010, wrote:

Dear Robin
I cannot thank you enough for the most wonderful, history filled afternoon... you are a superb hostess and very passionate about your cause - preserving the history of the magnificent Rose Hill!  Thank you for your hospitality and generosity and God Bless all your efforts (digging/ploughing in the marsh for the relics and today - freezing while graciously greeting your guests!).  Your house is a dream!
PS As a retired nurse, educator and mother,  and having dealt with young women all my life... just curious , what motivated you to take this route and do what you do?  It is amazing, most young women don't have a definite goal, when did you know that you wanted to take on this monumental task?
Thank you for allowing us to photograph, I have some great ones! The subdued light was just perfect!
Marietta Winchester


Pat and Dave Wood of Strasburg, Ohio on February 15, 2010, wrote:

Visiting The Rose Hill Plantation Mansion was without a doubt a magnificently wonderful experience. We enjoyed the history and picturesque setting as Ms. Robin took us back in time and shared her home with us. A combination of here and now with there and then was what settled into my mind. I gazed at not only Robin and her family ancestry, but the love that went into restoring this wonderful home and maintaining its ancestry.

I certainly could go on about all of the fabulous paintings, décor, antiques and so on, but I just want each of you reading this to take the time to go to Rose Hill Plantation. You won’t be sorry.

Thank you so much Robin for sharing another look at the history of the “old south”.

Pat and Dave Wood

Strasburg, Ohio


"buddygirl" of New Jersey on February 12, 2010, wrote on Trip Advisor:

"Fabulous Tour of Rose Plantation"

Fabulous Home and Tour. The best part is the owner conducts the tour herself. Robin is a an enjoyable hostess - so informative and knowledgable about the history of the plantation and local area. The personal touch she adds is so rare in todays world. We had a party of 9 people adults, teenagers & kids and she kept all of us entertained. The tea party at the end of the tour was a wonderful end to a fabulous tour. 

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family


John Maxwell on February 8, 2010 wrote:

Hi Robin,
We toured your home last Thursday and enjoyed it very much.  You were very gracious.  We were the 2 couples from CO and IL.  At the end of the tour, I asked you about ghosts.  You said you thought there was a ghost because ghostly things happened from time to time.  When we left I told the others that I wanted to stop at the old cemetery at the corner of Matthews and 278.  I had seen it earlier in the week but never stopped.     Much to our surprise, we found many members of the Kirk family at rest there.  I thought it was quite a coincidence that we went straight from RoseHill  to the cemetery . Coincidence?  Ghostly thing?
It is something to think about.




Robin White on January 2010 said:

We have just added this second Guest Bookpage to the website. We welcome your comments about the website and/or the Rose Hill Plantation House. If you have actually toured the plantation house, we thank you for visiting us and welcome your comments.


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