Whether traveling by bus or for a special activity while in Myrtle Beach or Charleston we offer a unique excursion with Southern Hospitality! Consider Hopsewee Plantation for your next group tour.
We offer Private Group Tours of the original plantation house from Attic to Cellar – Groups over 16 are divided into smaller groups and begun in different locations so everyone will be finished with the tour in about one hour.
During your 1-hour guided tour your group will have the opportunity to:
- Visit each room of the house, from attic to cellar, as your tour guide shares the rich history of Hopsewee, its previous owners, and the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation.
- Spend time on the grounds viewing the two original slave cabins.
- Enjoy the natural beauty of the area and its moss draped trees and the majestic Santee River flowing by.
Or explore other possibilities with us - just contact us to let us know what you have in mind!
- How do I schedule a group tour?
- If you are interested in discussing a group tour, we are excited to help you plan it. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to talk about the details.
- Do you have group rates?
- For groups larger than 16 people, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" for group rates and scheduling. Bus groups are welcome!
- How many people can tour the house at a time?
- For group tours over 16 people, we divide the group into smaller groups, beginning at different points of the tour so that everyone is touring at the same time in different locations and enjoys the entire house in a smaller group. We can tour up to 64 people in about 1.5 hours with 4 tour guides.
- Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
- Yes, children are welcome at Hopsewee and can attend the Plantation tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. We do offer a reduced prices for children and kids under 5 years old can come for free, but a parent may be asked to step out of the tour if they become disruptive.
- How far are you from Myrtle Beach?
- We are located about 50 miles south of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17. Just follow the signs like you are going to Charleston and you will find us 12 miles south of Georgetown on the right hand side of the road.
- How far are you from Charleston?
- We are located about 50 miles north of Charleston on Highway 17. About 10 miles north of McClellanville, you will cross the Santee Delta. Turn left immediately after the second bridge, into our front gate or turn at the second opportunity onto Crow Hill Road which parallels US 17 and come in our back gate.
- How long is the plantation tour?
- Our standard guided tours of the plantation house and grounds are about one hour long. We can customize your group tour for a longer or shorter tour if desired.
- Can we continue to explore after the tour is over?
- After the tour is over guests are welcome to continue to explore the plantation grounds. They can further explore the slave houses, take a relaxing stroll or just sit on the dock and take in the beauty of the Santee River.
- What should I wear? What should I bring?
- For groups interested in a tour we suggest guests wear comfortable shoes but do not wear high heels, as they can damage the hardwood floors and are not ideal for touring the grounds. Also, since the plantation is located in a beautiful natural setting, there are unfortunately mosquitoes. We do spray for mosquitoes regularly, but insect repellant is helpful for those who are sensitive.
- Is the house handicap accessible?
- Unfortunately, the house itself is not handicap accessible, but the tea room is accessible. Most of the tour takes place on the main floor of the plantation house and access to the main floor requires climbing up seven steps. If your are unable to stand for the duration of the tour, we do have chairs you can sit in. If you are unable to navigate the stairs to the main floor, you are welcome to wait for the rest of your party in the tea room where you can view a video on the plantation, the area and the production of rice. In addition, please note that while the plantation grounds are flat and clear, there are no paved pathways.
- Do you allow photography?
- Guests are welcome to take pictures while they are in the tea room or out on the plantation grounds. Because Hopsewee is a private residence, we request no photography inside the house.
- Can I include reservations for the tea room for the day of our group tour?
- Yes, we can schedule your group in the tea room when you schedule your group tour. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to the left to discuss the menu options with you.
- Are the plantation and tea room open all year round?
- We can schedule groups or private events at almost anytime except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, and 4th of July which are private days for the Beattie family.
- Do you have a gift shop?
- We have a small gift area in the tea room which includes Sweetgrass Baskets, tea items, cookbooks, jellies and other hand-crafted items. Guests are welcome to stop and purchase gifts before or after their tour or event.
- Is there bus parking available?
- Yes, buses should come in the ancient entrance from Crow Hill Road and park next to the white fence between the Tea Room and the first Slave Cabin. The bus will then be able to drive around the circle and exit onto U.S. 17 after the tour.
- Are pets allowed to come?
- No, other than service animals, pets are not permitted.
The present owners, Frank and Raejean Beattie, purchased Hopsewee in 2001 and although it is still a private residence, guests are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the plantation house as well as the plantation grounds. In 2008, the built the River Oak Cottage Tea Room so that guests can also enjoy lunch or a Full Southern Tea in the tea room while taking in the natural beauty of the grounds. The tea room is ranked in the top three tea rooms in South Carolina by Teamap.com.