Still a private residence, the house is furnished with the 18th and 19th century family heirlooms of the present owners, the Beattie's, who can usually be found around the plantation and look forward to meeting with guests. Mrs. Beattie is often in the tea room, cooking up another delicious dish and Mr. Beattie is busy working on various projects about the grounds.
During your 1-hour guided tour you 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.
What Is Not Included?
- Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. All guests who purchase tickets in advance get a $2 credit to use in the tea room. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
- Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 12-17 and Child ticket for ages 5-11. Children 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.
- What about rainy weather?
- These tours go out rain or shine. Please note that a portion of the tour will take place on the plantation grounds, so if it looks like there is rain in the forecast, please dress appropriately and remember to bring your umbrella.
- How long is the tour?
- Our guided tours of the plantation house and grounds are about one hour long.
- 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?
- We suggest that 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. Those who are unable to participate in the tour do not need a ticket. 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 make a reservation for the tea room on the day of my tour?
- Yes, when purchasing your tickets, you can also select an option that will guarantee your seating in the tea room on the same day as your tour. This option also gives you a $5 credit per person toward your purchase in the tea house, so including the $2 credit for purchasing your tickets in advance that's $7 toward lunch or tea. A seat should be purchased for everyone in the group including all children, except babes in arms. When selecting this option, if you know your preferred reservation time, either before or after your tour, please let us know. Regardless of what you select, your seats will be guaranteed any time that day. If you plan to dine before your tour, please allow about an hour for your meal.
- Is the plantation open all year round?
- Public tours of the house and plantation are available from February through November. At other times of the year, tours are available upon request. As we get requests, we will post the tour availability on the calendar. If you don't see a tour available for a time you can join us during December or January, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to discuss availability.
- When is the tea room open? How do I make a reservation?
- The tea room is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from February through November. Guests can enjoy the tea room anytime from 10am to 4:30pm, Tuesday - Friday, or 12pm to 4:30pm on Saturdays. The last seating is at 3:30pm. We ask that our guests finish eating by 4:30pm so our staff can close on time. During December and January, the tea room is also available for groups of 10 or more by reservation only. If you'd like to make a reservation, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link and let us know when your group is interested in coming.
- 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.
- Can I bring food and drinks to the Plantation?
- No food and drinks are allowed in the Plantation house and we recommend stopping at the tea room if you are in the mood for a bite or need to quench your thirst. We have soft drinks and a moderately priced menu. If you prefer to dine outside rather than in the tea room, we will be happy to pack your meal for a picnic on the grounds.
- Is there parking available?
- Yes, there are a couple of parking areas available. There is parking available near the tea room as well as in front of the slave cabins near Highway 17. We just ask that people obey the signs and do not park on the grass.
- Are pets allowed to come?
- No, other than service animals, pets are not permitted.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes. If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link on the left side of the page.
- Do you do weddings or other private parties?
- Yes! We have a beautiful venue that can be used for private affairs including weddings, parties and banquets. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to discuss setting up a private event.
- 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!
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, they 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.