About Us

The Cottage Café is located in the historic district of Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina, on Calhoun Street. It exemplifies both old world charm and the warm hospitality of the South.

It is the original Carson Cottage that was built in 1890.  Today it is surrounded by four other, more recently-built structures. These five cottages are now known as The Carson Cottages.

The original owner, J.J. Carson, is known for the battle of Chancellorsville. He braved the gunfire on the battleground to rescue the mortally wounded General Stonewall Jackson. Placing Jackson’s body in a buckboard, Carson drove back through enemy lines to the Confederate’s side. After the Civil War, he returned to Bluffton and built the cottage about 1890. In 1900, he organized the First Baptist Church of Bluffton and services were held in the house until a church building was completed. This one-story house on short piers has a charming front porch. The structure was recently moved forward and renovated.  In 2007, it was finally restored to its fullest potential.

Now The Cottage, with charming Calhoun Street as its backdrop, is home to those who dine daily. We hope you enjoy your time in historic Bluffton!

The Cottage has been voted:

“BEST DESSERT”
2013 Hilton Head Monthly Reader’s Choice Awards!

“BEST CAKES AND PASTRIES”
2013 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANT”

2013 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST BOILED PEANUT”
Runner Up, 2013 Peanut Festival

“BEST RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH”
2012 Hilton Head Monthly, Reader’s Choice Awards!

“TOP TEN RECIPES 2012″
Pistachio Cake, Bluffton Today.

“BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH”
2012 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANT”
2012 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST QUICK LUNCH”
2012 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH”
2011 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANT”
2011 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“BEST LUNCH”
2011 Hilton Head Monthly, Reader’s Choice Awards!

“BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH”
2011 Hilton Head Monthly, Reader’s Choice Awards!

“BEST DESSERT”
2011 Bluffton Today, Best of Bluffton (BOB) Awards!

“FAVORITE NEW RESTAURANT”
2010 Hilton Head Monthly, Reader’s Choice Awards!

THANK YOU!

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The Cottage is proud to be a part of South Carolin’s Fresh on the Menu!

 

 

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