At Home in HartnessStay Awhile at this A Mayberry-Style Village in Greenville, South Carolina

Written By: Sherry F. Popovic

There is something about the sunrise in South Carolina that wraps you up in a warm, Southern hug. My dad is a South Carolina native and attended Clemson University. While our family normally vacations every year in the Lowcountry, a recent trip upstate to Greenville offered a new, luxurious experience a short distance from the Georgia state line. Close to downtown, Hartness, named for a prominent Greenville family, encompasses almost 500 acres of serenity. With a boutique hotel on site, an upscale residential neighborhood development, and 180 acres of preserve to wander and play, Hartness is the perfect retreat when you need to escape and unwind. 

Hart(ness) and Soul of Greenville 
A true visionary in his time, Tom Hartness created a new and faster way to bottle Pepsi back in 1940. From his manufacturing success, the Hartness family put down roots in the Greenville community and moved the company to its current location in the 1980s. The family built a French chateau-style house on the property with a modern design inviting in outdoor elements of natural light. The intentional plan to bring the outdoors in created an oasis of comfort in the midst of a verdant Carolina landscape.With plenty of land to live and work, the Hartness family extended an invitation to the community into their Hartness haven. Hosting benefit concerts on the grounds, they worked with famous music artists in a charitable partnership with the American Cancer Society.  In the 2000s, they decided to downsize but continue the family tradition of sharing their home and land with Greenville residents. They converted their beloved home into a boutique hotel and began developing a Mayberry-style village right on their property.     

Illusion of Seclusion 
Hartness might be minutes from the regional airport and downtown Greenville, but you don’t sense the hustle and bustle of urban living when you arrive. Surrounded by isolated tranquility, Hartness is a growing area with endless possibilities to offer those who are looking for a slower pace and intentional lifestyle. Within the property, Town Planner Lew Oliver was hired to develop the community for 800 homes in a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). Oliver is known for other planned areas such as Avalon in Alpharetta, Vickery Village in Cumming, Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills plus similar community designs across the South. Embracing small town walkability, the Hartness project integrates with other features of Hartness, including shops, restaurants and the newly opened Hotel Hartness.  

Heavenly Hospitality 
As you step through the lobby of Hotel Hartness, the bright natural lighting escorts you into a true Southern setting. Despite being surrounded by fine art and boutique decor, experience a warm welcome during your posh yet personal stay. The helpful and professional staff assist each guest with high-class professionalism and greet you by name throughout your stay, reflecting genuine Southern hospitality.Whether you book one of the 69 rooms or suites in the main hotel or reserve one of the four new spa suites located on-site, the Southern comfort and elegance of each room will linger after you leave. Modern touches with upscale accents invoke the warmth of the South Carolina sunshine. Enjoy conveniences with in-room Italian coffee and espresso makers and Smart TVs. Suites with soaking tubs and plush bedding and bathrobes will keep your dreams sweet.Start your day in The Breakfast Room with a continental breakfast, including farm fresh offerings from the community garden. Linger in the courtyard over a made-to-order latte or cappuccino. After a busy morning touring Hartness and downtown Greenville, guests have two dining options for lunch and dinner. The Captain, located inside the hotel, is the perfect place for cocktails and conversation. Decorated with accents of reclaimed wood, guests partake of lighter fare with a vast wine and spirits menu available against the backdrop of an intimate ambience. Across the courtyard, enjoy a more vibrant setting for dinner at Patterson Kitchen and Bar. From surf to turf, book your next celebration with a modern menu full of culinary creations reflecting a trendy South Carolina palate. Whether diners reserve a high-top table for two or a large birthday party, the hotel restaurant welcomes guests celebrating every occasion. Go ahead and pamper yourself with a luxury treatment at Spa Hartnesslocated a short walk from the hotel lobby. While traditional body treatments are available, have your cares scrubbed away with the unique bourbon body polish, 80 minutes of heavenly exfoliation and integrated massage with vanilla-scented oil. Afterwards, head to the Relaxation Room in a soothing environment that brings the outdoors inside with botanical and wildlife touches. A connecting private outdoor patio allows you to linger in spa serenity.  

Path to Tranquility
For active guests with a wanderlust spirit, get lost in nature by exploring the property on foot or on two wheels. Hotel bicycles are available to reserve at the main desk. Traverse the protected nature preserve that encompasses 15 miles of trails, fishing ponds and lakes. On your outing, stop by the community garden and see what’s growing for the Hartness residents. Greet the chickens and roosters that crow for the hotel guests each morning. After your trek through Hartness, dip your toes in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, open year-round. Convenient to downtown and the local airport, this local Greenville gem is the perfect peaceful getaway. Whether you come for a short visit or plan to relocate to Hartness, you are invited to explore the 180 acres of nature preserve, complete with 15 miles of community trails. Dogs are welcome to share the stay at this pet-friendly hotel and community. Thanks to this generous Greenville family, Hartness is more than just a place to visit. It’s a place to call home.   

Get away to Greenville and experience the Hartness Hospitality. Book your stay at When you want to wander downtown, book a walking tour at


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