April 03, 2017 07:19 PM

Southern Charms 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.

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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.

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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.

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