Willow Lake

Willow Lake Bed & Breakfast

About Us

Willow Lake Bed and Breakfast

Willow Lake Bed and Breakfast is located in the beautiful Belle Reve building, meaning “beautiful dream”. A Frenchman, Jacques Francois, in 1823 built the building in the town of Charleston; he named it his “beautiful dream” because he dreamed of coming to America and building his own house. When his son, Hugo, converted the building into a bed and breakfast in 1857, visitors flocked from all over to view this magnificent building. Abraham Lincoln, in 1859, stayed in the Willow Lake Bed and Breakfast while campaigning for his election in 1860. After 150 years of business, many famous people have come and gone, from Elvis to Marilyn Monroe to even the basketball superstar Ray Allen. All have graced Willow Lake Bed and Breakfast with their presence.

What makes this place special? Come see for yourself. With our luxurious dining rooms to the peaceful relaxation of our master bedroom, Willow Lake offers honeymoon and anniversary packages, extended stay packages, and general one- or two-night accommodations for travelers. Our wonderful French-inspired breakfast includes fruit and cheese crepes, various croissants, as well as gluten-free options. For special occasions, we have an afternoon tea party service. This service includes high-end custom teas and finger sandwiches with an assortment of finger-food dessert options. Come and enjoy our authentically-furnished living and dining rooms, with a fire place in each room, and an outdoor patio with formal gardens perfect for entertaining. Come and enjoy the Willow Lake Bed and Breakfast and all we have to offer.


Tours of Historic Charleston, SC

"Gray Line of Charleston offers a choice of guided mini-bus tours of the historic, charming city of Charleston, designed to give you a fun and informative look into the city’s well-preserved past."

Charleston Family Fun

"Family oriented activities that will turn your family's visit to the Charleston area into a prize-winning vacation."

Things to do in Charleston

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Local Restaurants

Cypress- "Refined, creative American fare in contemporary environs with an open kitchen and an upstairs bar."

Hank's Seafood Restaurant- "Bustling eatery and bar serving up seafood, including raw-bar items, in a grand, classic setting."

Peninsula Grill- "Renowned eatery serving elevated Southern fare in a roomy, velvet-walled space at Planters Inn."




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