Our River Oak Cottage provides a beautiful venue for dining, meetings, board retreats and other special events. Whether coming from Myrtle Beach or Charleston we offer a unique location with Southern Hospitality for your next private event!
Consider Hopsewee Plantation for your next event including the following:
- Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Showers, Banquets, Retreats and Parties
- Experience an elegant Southern Tea. Visit our River Oak Cottage Tea Room for a Southern Tea with a selection of savory items, tea sandwiches, and home made desserts accompanied by a large selection of fine teas – our tea menus are our own creations inspired by traditional southern recipes – all served with fine china, silver and beautiful linens.
- Retreat to an intimate Lunch or Dinner meeting. We can provide a private dining experience with state of the art audio/visual equipment for your presentations. Our banquet room seats up to 64.
- Enjoy a Lowcountry dinner on the grounds. Oyster roast, Lowcountry shrimp boil, chicken pileau, Barbeque - the possibilities are endless – view the sun setting over the Santee while enjoying some of the tastiest dishes of the Lowcountry.
- How do I schedule a private event?
- If you are interested in discussing a private event, we are excited to help you plan it. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to talk about the details.
- 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.
- What should I wear? What should I bring?
- For groups interested in a special event we suggest guests wear comfortable shoes but do not wear high heels if they are planning to tour the house or grounds, 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.
- What kind of food can we have at our event?
- The River Oak Cottage can provide a variety of different foods for your group, from savory to sweet. Outside catering companies can also be used based on approval and sometimes incur additional costs. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to discuss your private group tour.
- Are the plantation and tea room open all year round?
- We can schedule groups or private events at almost anytime except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day, 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.