The John Robinson Cookhouse Suites


Are you looking for the perfect historic yet modern getaway for a couple or family, a wedding party, a retreat for a group of friends, or perhaps an executive's alternative to a hotel? Why stay in a hotel or motel when you can absorb Charleston history and ambience by staying in one of the historic Cookhouse suites? Illustrated in Bernard Herman’s Townhouse: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City 1780-1830 (2005), the Cookhouse was recently tastefully restored following the award-winning restoration of the main John Robinson House, a historically significant Federal double house (1814) constructed by the wealthy merchant who later built the adjacent urban plantation now known as the Aiken-Rhett House. The owners previously operated a 1760 country inn in West Cork, Ireland, for over twenty years.


The Cookhouse suites are romantic and elegant options located in Charleston’s Garden District near Wragg Mall and its live oaks, the Charleston Museum, the Visitors’ Center, Marion Square’s Farmers’ and Craft Market, two historic mansions open to the public (the Aiken-Rhett and Joseph Manigault Houses), the College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law, and the nationally recognized cuisine & entertainment district on Upper King. Within walking distance (or by free trolley) are the King Street shopping area and antiques district, The Market, and several other historic districts, including the Battery and other South of Broad neighborhoods.


Each professionally-decorated one-bedroom suite accommodates up to four persons. Each is furnished with a queen reproduction historic bed (one has a rice bed, the other a canopied four poster), accent antiques, a spacious bathroom with marble-tiled shower, and a fully-equipped kitchen/sitting room with eating area and full-sized sofa bed. The units share a professionally-designed patio and garden. Each unit has off-street parking for one or two cars.

Charleston is full of history, charm and wonderful hospitality. Recently, it was recognized as the top tourist venue in the United States and one of only two United States venues in the top twenty globally. The Cookhouse suites allow you easy access to nearby beaches (twenty minutes), historic river plantations (twenty-five minutes), the aquarium, excellent, diverse cuisine, or to just relax, read, nibble and imbibe your favorite beverages in the garden.