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Inn of the Month: Charleston's Wentworth Mansion

The 21 guest rooms in this Second Empire Victorian house have all the fashionable frills a Charleston cotton magnate could have desired back in 1886. The social climber who built the mansion, Francis Silas Rodgers, wanted to make an emphatic statement with his postwar wealth. Luckily for us, the original details remain intact more than a century later: Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows, fireplaces of Italian marble, crystal chandeliers, carved paneling, and a rooftop cupola with an exalted harbor view. Ask for the Grand Mansion Suite, formerly the music and living rooms, with its ornate plaster ceiling, whirlpool bath, and king-size mahogany bed. And 100 percent cotton sheets, of course.

WENTWORTH MANSION, 149 Wentworth St.; 888/466-1886 or 843/853-1886, fax 843/720-5290; doubles $275­$625, including breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cordials.

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