Southern Charm‘s rowdy stars are hardly the first notable names to be found within Patricia Atschul’s Charleston, South Carolina, mansion.
The straight talking society dame gave ET a tour of her historic home, including her many pedigreed possessions — a silhouette of George Washington that the president sat for, a dog portrait that hung in the Kennedy White House.
The 1853 house, which covers 9.500 square feet and boasts 10 bedrooms, according to a 2014 feature in Architectural Digest, was built by a wealthy cotton planter for his fourth wife. “So, I felt a kinship immediately,” Altschul, who’s been married three times, jokes.
She purchased the home eight years ago for just under $5 million and worked with legendary decorator Mario Buatta, who counts Mariah Carey among his clients, to restore the place.
Some of Altschul’s additions include four bars — a necessity for “southern hospitality,” she says — and a round sofa with a hidden ice bucket in the center for champagne emergencies. “I just fill it with ice and have a great big champagne bottle, and people walk by and help themselves,” she explains of the secret feature.
The “best room in the house,” according to Altschul, is actually the rear “piazza.” A site fans of the show will remember from the infamous flamingo party. It also holds a pair of meyer lemon trees, which the hostess, “of course,” says she uses in cocktails.
Southern Charm season 4 premieres Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.