Private Historic Charleston Home and Garden (C.1851), Downtown
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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The Jacob Rabb House (c.1851), located in the exclusive Annsonborough Neighborhood in the Heart of the Historic District, is your unique opportunity to experience Charleston the way the locals do, in your own Historic Private Home and Garden. Enjoy your next vacation or event in Charleston style and make once in a lifetime memories for you and your family.
The elegant three story property and walled garden is beautifully maintained and offers an unbeatable combination of quiet luxury, privacy and safety during your stay in the City of Charleston. All of this and off street parking for our guests, an extra not easily found! The home as been extensively renovated and is tastefully furnished for our special guests. We offer Gilchrist & Soames Bath Products upon arrival,as well as fine coffee/teas!
The Jacob Rabb House is a "one of a kind" alternative vacation destination for your next visit or event in Charleston. The elegant property is perfect for family vacations, weddings, small functions and events or meetings. Teas, luncheons, dinner parties, oyster roasts, whether inside and/or in the garden, are just a planning session away. Make your special time here the most memorable ever.
We offer the Jacob Rabb House for nightly, weekly, or monthly visits. We also offer the property for daily or evening events and functions. Special rates for the use of the property for one day or evening events are available. Be sure to ask about our special "Concierge Service" we offer, if you so desire, at an additional cost. Have all the grocery shopping done and in place prior to your arrival, or fresh flowers throughout the home. The sky is the limit on your needs, just request and it will be done prior to your arrival. We can accommodate almost any type of event or function as well, even your Christmas Holiday; imagine the home decked out in grand decorations down to gifts under the tree!
History: The historic antebellum brick home was built in 1851 by Jacob Rabb, who purchased the lot from the neighboring Methodist Episcopal Church. He constructed the present building, a typical brick single house with a plastered brick gable end and slate roof. Our home is the only survivor of its kind of the Fire of 1861 in Annsonborough, which is evident by the smaller more modest wooden dwellings constructed after the Civil War, such as the freedman's cottages at 14 and 17 Pinckney Street, and the small wooden single houses at 18 and 19 Pinckney Street.The property has had extensive renovations over the past 15 years, receiving several awards for historic preservation, and the Carolopolis Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston. The Jacob Rabb House is protected by a Conservation Easement Donated to Historic Charleston Foundation, 2004.
The charming Annsonborough Neighborhood itself was conceived in 1696 as the first "suburb" of the original walled City of Charles Town. It came to be known as Annsonborough for the colonial naval officer George Anson, the future First Lord of the Admiralty. It was said that he won the rights to the property in a card game with a wealthy local merchant. What great luck! A stroll through the neighborhood will give you examples of amazing historic architecture, grand columns and piazzas, original wrought iron gates, lovely gardens and courtyards, massive live oaks and one of the few original cobblestone streets left in the City.
The property is located on Pinckney Street at Church Street, just one block off famous Market Street. Our perfect location enables you to enjoy every aspect of Charleston's Historic District. Step right out your front piazza door and this grand City is yours! Walk through the Old City Market on your way to stroll the famous Battery on East Bay Street, or take up a few art galleries and antique shops along King Street before a quiet, lovely dinner at one of Charleston's many fine restaurants. Pack a picnic and head to the Waterfront Park or take a private ride around town in a Horse-drawn Carriage. Museums, the Aquarium, The Dock Street Theater, famed House and Garden Tours, and even a evening Ghost Tour are all within walking distance of your vacation rental home.
The Property: Upon entering the property via a gated drive into the well kept garden, you begin to experience the real feel of your visit to Charleston. Take some time to relax a bit in the garden, then ease on up to the piazza, drop into a rocker and take in the sights and sounds of the City. Lets go inside . . .
The first level of the home consists of a formal yet cozy Drawing Room (or sitting room), a formal Dinnng Room, the well appointed Kitchen, and a Powder Room. Moving upstairs to the second level, you come upon the Library, stocked with over 300 great books for your reading enjoyment. Also on the second level you will find the Master Suite, consisting of a beautiful bedroom and stunning bath with a shower, separate tub, and double sinks. The washer/dryer is also located in the master bath for your convenience, although cleverly hidden from view. With the second floor piazza enterance located just outside your bedroom door, you will be tempted to grab a book and rock away while enjoying the views of the garden and City. Finally, up to the third level you will find two well appointed Guestrooms, one with a futon added for a young adult or child. We also have a full bath (shower only) on this level, as well as a small sitting area at the top of the steps.
We are confident you and your family will find our property to be exactly what you are looking for in a rental property for your next visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The experience in our home will send you home with memories for a lifetime. We look forward to meeting you soon. Take care.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN CHARLESTON-2008:
Keywords: Private Historic Home, 3 Story
- Vacation Rental
We offer our property to pets, on a case by case policy only. Generally, most family dogs are allowed. NO LARGE DOGS. We do charge an extra pet deposit, half of which IS NON-REFUNDABLE, the remaining shall be refunded if no problems, or pooh, are found. We do have the option to not allow certain pets....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Personal Concierge Services available for you during your stay, if you desire, at an additional cost. Ideas for you to consider would be grocery/drink/gift shopping, fresh flowers, decorating for special holidays/occassions, all prior to your arrival. Just think, arrival at your vacation home and no running around getting "stocked" for the week. It's all there waiting for you to enjoy. We have access to a full range of catering, activity and entertainment services as well. Just ask when booking....moreless
The kitchen has everything thing you need for your stay in Charleston. Whether cooking for the family or having a larger event or dinner party, the kitchen is stocked for your convenience and use. China, serving dishes, and a large assortment (and quantity) of glasses are available for your use. No need to rush out for morning coffee or tea, I have stocked these items for your enjoyment and use during your stay....moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Parking Off Street:
(8/07-We are currently replacing the drive way, to be completed by 10/07.) We can accommodate up to two cars in the gated off street parking area. There is also a parking garage located down the street for additional parking....moreless
- Air Conditioning:
- Washing Machine:
- Gas Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Computer Available:
- Wireless Internet:
Deck / Patio:
The property has a lovely patio area in the garden, where you can enjoy your morning coffee and paper while watching birds take their morning bath. The entire property is VERY shaded in the Spring and Summer, which is a must in Charleston! Enjoy your evenings on the patio in the garden as well with the glow of soft light throughout. Great for outside dinning....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Monument View
- Car Not Necessary
- Basketball Court
- Water Tubing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Hunting Small Game
- Surf Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Roller Blading
- Water Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Live Theater
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Historic Charleston Foundation's Festival of Houses and Gardens, Family Circle Cup Women's Tennis, South Eastern Wildlife Expo., Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Preservation Society of Charleston Fall Candlelight Tour of Homes and Gardens, Horse-drawn carriage tours, walking tours, Plantations to visit, International Antique Shows, Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston Food & Wine Festival and much, much more (Home presently still available for rental for 2012 PGA)...moreless
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A Perfect Venue for the Beauty of Charleston
A Perfect Venue for the Beauty of Charleston
Rabb House is as delightful as the pictures and description suggest! The house is perfectly located for exploration of the city on foot and sets the tone for enjoying the beauty of this charming city. It is handsomely decorated and well furnished in every element. The house is very comfortable for three couples. The piazzas are especially delightful for relaxing in the late afternoons on the rocking chairs, and the garden table is a great location for breakfast. The owner was extremely helpful and accommodating. Staying in this beautiful home was far superior to a hotel, and it gave us a real sense of gracious southern living. We all recommend it enthusiastically!!
- Guest Judy (Baltimore)
- Date of stay 10/18/12
- Review Submitted 10/22/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, sightseeing, girls getaway.
Great location,plenty of space inside the home,beautiful courtyard.Interior warm and inviting,all the comforts of home.Would recommend to family and friends.We stayed as guests with great friends who included us in their SECOND summer rental at Jacob Rabb House.
- Guest maria (bradenton florida usa)
- Date of stay 07/02/12
- Review Submitted 07/31/12
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
NOT TO BE MISSED AMAZING RENTAL
NOT TO BE MISSED AMAZING RENTAL
This house is truly one of a kind. We have traveled throughout the US and rented VRBO homes and have never stayed in one of this caliber. The house is very well appointed (and we are designers so we don't use that term loosely) and in walking distance to everything that matters. You truly feel like you are a local in the heart of the historic Charleston. You can have a glass of wine on the second floor balcony, watch the horse carriages go by, rock in the rocking chair and bask in the sun with your friends in family. Or if it's too warm outside you can sit in the parlor and have sweet tea and revel in the stories that the walls could tell throughout the year. Seriously, if this house is available, book it without question! Michael was a true pleasure to work with as well. He was relaxed, comfortable and charming. They would do whatever it took to make your stay memorable. They also treated it like a home as opposed to a business so you truly felt welcome, not rushed and that it was yours for the time you were there. Run, don't walk to this amazing home!
- Guest Nathan (Seattle)
- Date of stay 09/28/11
- Review Submitted 10/05/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Beautiful Home - Perfect Location
Beautiful Home - Perfect Location
The Rabb House is a gorgeous home right in the heart of downtown Charleston. We just spent a fantastic weekend there, and the location could not have been better. We were within walking distance of great restaurants, carriage rides, upscale shopping, nightlife, and the beach. The home itself has all the amenities and reflects the traditional Charleston style. The owner was available to answer all of our questions and made the transaction easy. I highly recommend the home - you will definitely not be disappointed with your stay here!
- Guest PK (Chicago)
- Date of stay 02/11/11
- Review Submitted 02/16/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Guest comment entered by owner
Spring is here, the garden is looking grand! Charleston is the best in the Spring, book soon for the best dates.
- Guest Owner
- Date of stay 04/01/08
- Review Submitted 04/01/08
What a privilete it was for myself, my sister, and my brother (plus spouses) to stay in our great, great grandfather's house on our sibling reunion in Charleston. The house is elegant, and beautifully appointed. We are so appreciative of the wonderful care that Shay and Michael have given to the home. We are still "pinching ourselves" to know that we could stay in the Jacob Rabb home. Thank you, Shay, for looking after all the details that made our stay in your home so enjoyable and meaningful. Earle Rabb and siblings
- Guest Earle Rabb (Brevard, North Carolina)
- Date of stay 03/09/08
- Review Submitted 03/09/08
Our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Charleston and the thanks must go to Shay and her lovely Charleston home. The welcoming flowers, the special touches throughout the home, the soaps, fabulous towels, sheets, etc. made for a fabulous stay. We walked everywhere, left our car parked at the door, and had a most pleasant stay. Thanks, Shay!
- Guest Joyce P. (-)
- Date of stay 12/09/07
- Review Submitted 12/09/07
Wonderful House !!! Excellent condition, very comfortable, a pleasure to stay at the Rabb House, the owner was very attentive to detail. We were in Charleston for a wedding and the Rabb House just added to a wonderful time!!! Most Highly recommended!! Off-street parking, and wireless internet just a few of the extras. Thank you Shay.
- Guest Kevin58 (Boston, NY)
- Date of stay 11/26/07
- Review Submitted 11/26/07
Our family (5 adults) stayed at the Jacob Rabb House from November 8-11 2007. The house is beautiful: tastefully furnished and decorated, spotlessly clean and centrally located so within easy walking distance of all the sightseeing, shops and restaurants. We did rent a car so the off street parking was great. The owner Shay was a pleasure to deal with and added lovely touches such as fresh fruit and flowers. It even had wireless internet access which is a must have these days. I will be sure to recommend it to friends who might be visiting the area as it is rare to find such a lovely, spacious house for the less than the cost of three rooms at a decent hotel.
- Guest Jubbly (Boston MA)
- Date of stay 11/15/07
- Review Submitted 11/15/07
We stayed at this beautifully restored house for two weeks. It has everything you'll need. The owner, who went out of her way to be helpful, has decorated and outfitted the house at a level far above what you usually see in a vacation rental. The location is perfect. It is within walking distance of everything in the historic district and downtown area of Charleston.
- Guest Len Horton (Deep Gap, NC)
- Date of stay 08/13/07
- Review Submitted 08/13/07
Jan.- Dec.2010...$900./Night (2 Night Minimum)... $3000.-$7000./Week Special Rates: Events, Monthly, Easter, Spoleto,SEWE, July 4th, Labor/Memorial Day Thanksgiving,Christmas,New Years.Contact For Rates,Events are separate to rental. Discount for Multiple Weeks Booked! Rates do not include Cleaning Fee. Deposits Required for Booking. Pet Deposit Required (1/2 is non-refundable). House Security Deposit of $500 Required.Multiple Weeks Require Weekly Housekeeping Please Add 12.5% Tax to Rates. Arrival Time 3pm/Departure Time 12 noon(flexible). Events are additional to the rates above. Cleaning fee ($140)in addition to Rates.
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The Jacob Rabb House (c.1851) Historic Downtown Charleston, South Carolina
The street view of The Jacob Rabb House property, Charleston, South Carolina
The lovely formal drawing room on the first level of the home.
Everything you could possible need for your stay, the first level kitchen.
The Master Suite located on second level, gas fireplace and private bath.
Guest room on third level. Great sleep when it rains. Tin /SlateRoof.
Gated off street parking and lovely shade garden at the Jacob Rabb House
Garden at The Jacob Rabb House, Charleston, South Carolina
The formal dinning room, the Jacob Rabb House.
Our fully stocked Library awaits you on the second level. Please enjoy!
Master bath with W/I closet, fireplace, double sink, W/D, marble shower and tub.
Third level guest room on back of home, also a futon for sleeping space.
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