Grand Tour of Calhoun Mansion in Charleston
Travel back in time to the Gilded Age of riches and robber barons on this 90-minute guided tour of the famous Calhoun Mansion. See why this home is the jewel in the crown of the South with VIP access to the Italianate cupola.
What You Will Do
- Bask in the opulence of the mansion's Tiffany glass, 14-foot ceilings and astounding collection of original paintings
- Go beyond the typical 2-story tour to explore every room in the house under the VIP "no ropes" tour policy—including access to the cupola, overlooking part of Charleston and the Cooper River
- Discover the secret history behind every piece of art in the mansion's vast collection
- Wander through the stately gardens adorned with numerous statues and fountains
- Ninety-minute guided tour of the entire Calhoun Mansion, including cupola access
- 68 Ratings
I took the short tour a month ago which sparked my interest to see more of the mansion. I had family in town and we all did the full house tour on Wed June 5. I apologize for no being able to remember our tour guide’s name but she was exceptional. Not only did she have a wealth of knowledge about the mansion and it’s contents but she expressed enthusiasm and took pride in her job. She made the tour feel warm and welcoming because of her sincere delivery. As we were on the tour she noticed something in the child’s room for the very first time. It was some sort of walking stick with an inscription. We were all very excited by her discover. I live in Mount Pleasant and I get quite a few visitors throughout the year. I am going to recommend a tour of the Calhoun Mansion to all of them.Thank you for sharing the mansion to the public. It’s magnificent. Sonja Teichner
Great info! Do the Grand Tour if you really want to learn and see the collection
What a perfect way to see a gracious mansion along with incredible artifacts from bygone eras. A real joy!
The tour guide was the best!
Personalized attention - outstanding collection.
I loved the grand tour! My guide was so knowledgeable and nice! I will be back. Thanks!
Great tour! The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable on the mansion and art work inside!
Great to have full access to mansion! Loved going to cupola and seeing full view of Charleston!
We were welcomed as soon as we approached the the main gate and made to feel very welcome
Unbelievable collections! Just Beautiful! We enjoyed the tour so much. The tour guide, which right at the moment, I can’t think of her name, young dark hair young lady, was so informative and answered all our questions. She was very polite. She made our tour very special for us. When we were in gift shop I met the owner and he was delightful and very proud of his beautiful collections and home. Rightly so!!! Also, we met his Whippets on our way out the gate. They were so sweet. Just a beautiful morning to spend in a beautiful home. I will definitely bring any of my out of town guests when they are visiting and tell all our friends! A real Jewel in Charleston!!!
Our guide, Kelsey, did an awesome job. She was very personable, professional, knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. She made us feel "special" on the Grand Tour. We will definitely recommend the Grand Tour to everyone. THANK YOU, Kelsey. :)
Interesting and beautiful items, and a very good guide.
Such a thorough tour to the magnificent collection. Really appreciated the in depth Q&A. Can’t wait to return.
great behind the scenes peek. Kelsey was an excellent guide.
The only way to truly see this mansion. Kelsy, our guide, was a wonderful host and source of information
The Grand Tour of the Calhoun Mansion was more than we could have asked to receive! We were thrilled to have the owner personally tour us through his home, provide detailed history of the home and his thoughts in purchasing and organizing the collectables in each room. We highly recommend this wonderful tour!
The house is a grand combination of art museum and emporium. My guide was very knowledgeable and personable.
Our guide Kelsey was excellent and laid foundation to what was inside
Being able to take the Grand Tour, learn about the history of the mansion, and seeing the owners collection. Truly Amazing!
- Sarah Lee
The Grand Tour is wonderful and allows access to the entire mansion. You learn not only about the property's history, but also about Charleston in the era. The house itself is beautiful - with incredible woodwork in every room. It is full of art, furniture and other items that are remarkable; a rare collection to be appreciated. This is a very fun tour! SL Beck
My friend Courtney and I took a private tour this morning and was able to tour with the owner!What an honor to meet and spend so much time with him! An absolute gentleman with such a passion for this home and everything in it!As a true lover of Victorian history I felt like I was in a dream! To see so many beautiful things in one place was an opportunity you seldom get to enjoy! Charleston should be honored and grateful for someone to come in and save one of it's most treasured gems! Will go back over and over! The owner made us feel like we were at home! The owner made us feel like we were at home! We left there feeling like we owed a whole lot more than we paid! Thank you Mr.Stahl for sharing your beautiful home!
This was my 4th Grand Tour, and I've loved each and every one. Having the owner of the home as our tour guide was a rare and wonderful experience. I was able to learn new things about the house and its history, and I loved hearing about the recently acquired pieces. The array of beautiful antiques, rare pieces and oddities are a delight to see and hear about. This is a tour without compare and an opportunity to see not only a wonderful historic home, but also collection of art and artistic pieces you will not find elsewhere. This is a simply amazing tour with each one being different. I look forward to going again next year.
My name is Lori Bobo and I am a concierge at the Wentworth Mansion. I am writing on behalf of our guests, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. Mr. Lewis raved this morning about how much he enjoyed yesterday's tour. Thank you so much for your special attention to every detail- the guests thoroughly appreciated your time and enjoyed their visit to Calhoun Mansion. We will certainly recommend many times again!
Fascinating history of home, its owners and construction as well as the many artistic treasures inside. Having Howard as the guide added depth and interest overall. ..would recommend highly. Howard 's love of the beauty in art was so refreshing in a society which has little or no appreciation for such things.
Amazing tour. The art collection has to be seen to be believed. Totally worth the $75.00 for a private tour. Our guide , Howard, made the place come alive!
Howard did a great job of taking us through his home on the Grand Tour. Thank you.
It was a wonderful experience having a tour from someone who is so passionate and knowledgeable about his collection. It was a wonderful adventure that my husband and I will never forget.
Best house tour my husband and I have ever been on!
House itself and its bizarrely overcrowded collection were highly interesting, even fascinating, but the young lady doing the tour talked so fast it was hard to understand and comprehend all she was saying.
This tour far exceeded our expectations.
My crew and I returned for the hours tour and couldn’t have been more satisfied. A real treat to be able to see the exceptional collection in an enhanced and thorough tour. Freddie remains the consummate host/guide/manager and allowed us to experience this treasure trove of a house in an informative and professional way. Definitely the highlight of our most recent trip to Charleston and a must for historians, decorators or the the plain curious! Thank you again, Sean, Kathy and Tony
Great to get a tour of the whole Mansion. Guide is extremely knowledgeable of the antiques in the home. The home is very interesting to tour.
Freddie our guide was fantastic! so well informed and so warm and friendly
You get to see more areas of the house, and Frankie was able to tailor his presentation to the things that interested us most.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the home, history, and the pieces that decorated the home. He was very attentive to our questions and offered additional information. I will definitely recommend this tour to all my friends and family.
My friend and I were lucky enough to have a private tour. Frankie was an excellent tour guide and we were able to see many more rooms and areas on this tour. Probably the best Mansion tour I've done in years. To add to the experience, every room was so interesting and filled with so much history. Thank you.
The Calhoun mansion grand tour was worth every penny. You get to see MANY areas that the normal tour does not even touch upon. Every inch of the house has history from almost every part of the world and different era's. From the Ming Dynasty to early American history. Got to see 3rd floor, attic living quarters and up to the open area on the roof. The view of Charleston from that height was spectacular.
- Mike & Mona
We did the private tour. Frankie is an excellent docent and provided a very informative tour describing the many antiques and artifacts acquired by the current owner, as well as giving a history of the house. We were able to see the public and private rooms, and the cupola which provides a breathtaking view of Charleston and the harbor. Highly recommend this tour if you love and appreciate antiques and old houses. You won't be disappointed. There is so much to see. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful, historic home.