Gorgeous Waterfront Town & Country Home on St. Helena Sound
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St. Helena Island house description
Slip back in time on your drive to ‘Lili,’ our waterfront and private getaway on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to our private residence includes a drive through a half- mile Avenue of Oaks that is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Another highlight is passing the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800) and once center of Coffin Point, a prestigious, pre Civil War cotton plantation. Your next right turn is home, a secluded two-story private residence, nestled among the continuum of ancient, Live Oak trees, joined with lush plantings and seasonal flowers that span a spectacular view of the Sound, sunrise to sunset. If the trees could speak, one could only imagine the stories a hundred-year history would reveal. It is here where our guests indulge in the best of both worlds, the natural beauty of the intracoastal waterways and surrounding countryside of St. Helena Sound midst the elegant comforts of an uptown home.
Inside our home, guests enjoy surroundings that have been lovingly appointed by the owners with extensive renovations by master craftsman and local artisans. Our home was designed to be used by our families -- and to be surrounded by friends & family in a natural setting whether on retreat or for special occasions, significant birthdays, family vacations, graduations and reunions.
Lili comes with a dramatic waterfront on one side, a spacious lawn enroute to the sea, bordered by ancient native plantings with dramatic Live Oak forest canopy.
We offer Lili for enjoyment to others of like mind and we maintain it impeccably. Windows open to expansive, scenic views, ever-reminding our guests of the exceptional natural surroundings.
The colors and textures of natural materials native to the lowcountry, are mirrored inside the home in fine decor. The ceilings have been raised to expose huge, wooden beams acquired from a local cotton mill. The comfy and classic furnishings suggest colors of the sea, land and sky - soft, plush and soothing. The copper counters in the gourmet kitchen were added for serious cooking and easy clean up. The line between inside and out has been consciously blurred with plenty of open space, large windows for room by room access to scenic and audible outdoor life sea and air bound.
The beachfront is a natural seashore manicured only by the ocean and its contents - twice daily. It's the real deal, rugged with tons of shells, chord grasses and other saltwater hardy gifts Teaming with sea life this beach is not groomed for swimming but rather exploring, clamming, shelling and hiking. If you want to swim, take our beach chairs along with your sun screen and umbrella, surf boards...and head to neighboring Hunting Island State Park an easy 10 minute drive.
At either beachfront -- your own semi-private out the back door or the public beach at Hunting Island, it is common to see and hear dolphin, working shrimp boats and seabird action. What is truly wonderful about living by the sea, is experiencing the changes hour by hour, day by day.
While at home, you enjoy both front or back covered patios; oversized deck chairs overlooking the sea...or rocking chairs on the front side. Or straight outside for comfortable walking, biking or jogging the beach or dirt roads throughout the neighborhood.
Beyond the home and throughout this quiet residential neighborhood, an extensive network of well-maintained dirt roads invites exploring whether driving & site seeing, walking or horseback riding - available from our neighborhood Camelot Stables.
Cooking is meant to be fun and easy in this home. All grocery needs can be managed within a 10-minute drive with neighboring fish markets, fresh vegetable farms and quickstop for all manner of needs. A charcoal grill is avaiable bayside.
Local restaurants and chefs offer catered services while a short drive, increases options to five-star cuisine in town as well as casual dinning at most local diners -- serving up fresh-caught seafood and some have recipes passed down from generations and built with local produce from neighboring farms and docks.
Local favorites include Boondocks, Johnson Creek Tavern, Gullah Grub, Sand Dollar, Foolish Frog and The Shrimp Shack (referenced in Pat Conroy’s cookbook.) Each have their own specialties .
A wide variety of touring opportunities throughout the region including art & culture to serious shopping. For outdoor adventure we recommend Hunting Island State Park, a 10-minute drive where you will find a five miles of swimming/surfing beachfront - minus the typical residential development. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing from shore to pier options – plus thousands of acres of gorgeous marsh views, tidal creeks, and a dense maritime forest and abundant wildlife viewing that is becoming more and more rare along our developed coastlines.
Downtown Historic Beaufort is a favorite destination - less than 20 minute drive. Other in-town sites include Port Royal, Parris Island and the Marine Corp Air station Military bases and little over an hour drive Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah.
Notable regional events: Spoleto Festival (May-June /Charleston), Beaufort Water Festival (mid-July), Penn Center’s Heritage Festival (November/ St. Helena Is.), Heritage Golf Tournament (April/Hilton Head), Family Circle Tennis Cup (April/Daniel's Island), Soft Shell Crab Festival (April/Port Royal), Savannah's Film Festival (October) Savannah Music Festival (March) and many local activities including ghost & home tours, Beaufort film festival, art gallery tours and community oyster roast fundraising fun.
Lili grounds allow for extensive parking for all your water and camping toys - boat (30ft+) and trailer and/or RV camper. Several boat launches are minutes away. Or, leave the toys and call on our local, experienced guides. Join a boat or kayak tour, photo safari, dolphin watch, deep sea charter or sunset sail along the Intra Coastal Waterway. Watch or participate in a regatta at the Lady’s Island Country Club, spin class at the YMCA or yoga class at Yoga Chandra at Lady's Island marina.
Keywords: Coastal elegance, lovingly titled (Lili) - you are invited to the comforts of town while vacationing in an elegant waterfront, rural community. Live Oak forest road and walk ways, natural beachfront, lush plantings, abundant wildlife and minutes from State Park, historic and cultural site seeing.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 6-9
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Beach View:
- Ocean View:
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Outlet Shopping
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Nearby or available from area vendors: Horse & Carriage tours, Lowcountry Wildlife Photo Safaris, YMCA, Spa and Health Center, Yoga Classes, Historic Beaufort downtown - walking tours, Gullah Culture Museum and Community Center at Penn Center, State Park, fishing pier & public boat landings, Waterfront Park and Historic Downtown Shopping District, Active art community offering range of classes, art exhibits, orchestra, chorale and chamber music series. ...moreless
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Thanksgiving with the family
Thanksgiving with the family
It was dark when we arrived at our final destination, "Lili." After settling in and claiming bed space, it was time to revel in the beauty of the renovated building we'd be spending time with. Creativity flowed throughout the house. It was decorated simply and beautifully! We were up at the crack of dawn the next day to explore the beach, gather a "few" shells and go for a run along the oaks - thank you for allowing us the privilege of spending time with "Lili!" Excellent hospitality and very easy to work with - Cap'n Jack and "friends" were very happy to have a few treats, especially for Thanksgiving!
- Guest REBECCA B.
- Date of stay 11/27/13
- Review Submitted 12/04/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, families with young children, sightseeing, pet owners, age 55+.
Manager response: We are so happy you found what you needed and wanted at Lili. It is our added pleasure when guests are pleasantly surprised with the magic of this unique setting. Thank you for choosing Lili...come back soon ..and Captain Jack also thanks you.
This is the perfect place for relaxation. The house is warm and inviatiing. The setting is wonderfull. The beautiful old trees and the sae view. There is space to relax and read and also a space to watch TV. We would love to come back to this lovely setting.
- Guest Linda R.
- Date of stay 11/09/13
- Review Submitted 11/15/13
Seeking the unique
Seeking the unique
Driving past the two old brick columns we were suddenly enveloped in gorgeous moss draped oak trees stretching their long protective arms over the dirt road in ballet like symmetry, a moody passage to the white circle of light in the distance. The white turned out to be the old Coffin plantation named for the occupant Ebenezer Coffin from Boston. What a brilliantly colorful name to play up the mystery and character of our first foray to St. Helena. "Lili" as the owners refer to this rental home, is just to the left of this old home and is itself planted under the protection of these ubiquitous massive oak trees that provide a lacy cocoon around the property. The exterior is a disguise for the surprise inside. The painted concrete floors,plastered walls,timbered ceiling and copper countertop create the perfectly patina'd pallet for the mix of antique anchor pieces, cozy chairs, color punched sofas and fabulous art. It is classy, comfortable, simple but luxurious. The beach is covered in shells and random items washed ashore. If it is ambience, privacy and silence from the rat race, this is the place. We hope to return.
- Guest Louise K.
- Date of stay 10/19/13
- Review Submitted 10/31/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Manager response: Nice to get away isn't it? Love how the country brings out the poetry in one's life. Please come back and enjoy some of our recent additions -- hand-hewn wood railing by our favorite craftsman for added safety out the doors to the beach and a long overdue upgrade to our charcoal grill on the back patio. Come back soon!
Low Country Paradise
Low Country Paradise
Beautiful,peaceful.Amazing sunrise and sunset views . Perfect for our dogs. We enjoyed Hunting Island Beach, kayaks at the house rented at Bubbas ,star gazing,jogging through the Ave of Oaks.We shopped for fresh shrimp and scallops at Gay's on the way to Huntington Island. Dinner at Moondoggies in Port Royal. Shopping,eating , and strolling on waterfront in Beaufort . Loved the games and movies provided. My olders teens loved it! The best vacation ever! We voted to return!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/04/13
- Review Submitted 08/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, pet owners, age 55+.
Beautiful relaxing home
Beautiful relaxing home
The house was beautiful and looked exactly like the photos. It was so nice to have so much room to spread out with 2 grown kids and my husband and I. The house had everything you could want in the way of extras down to the bamboo skewers for shrimp on the barbecue. Beautiful view and location and we loved going to Hunting Island State Park right down the road which has wonderful, uncrowded pristine beaches. Took a day trip to Savannah which is only an hour drive away. Very relaxing home and would highly recommend this vacation property!
- Guest Cindy (Pittsburgh)
- Date of stay 07/06/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Tranquil and Beautiful Natural Setting
Tranquil and Beautiful Natural Setting
Lili was just what my husband and I were looking for - a quiet place off the beaten path to relax, unwind and enjoy nature. The property is just as described. We are so grateful to have had the chance to stay at this magical place. The setting amongst the live oaks is absolutely gorgeous, and you can watch the water in St. Helena Sound from the back porch. The home is very comfortable and was immaculately clean when we arrived. The beach is just as the listing says: it is a natural beach strewn with millions of oyster shells - literally! Just make sure to bring some water shoes and you will be fine for walking. Plenty of wildlife to watch at low tide - dolphins and sharks feeding in the flats, large colonies of fiddler crabs on the shore and a variety of birds. We also enjoyed wandering around the Coffin Point neighborhood in the evenings as well. It is a short drive into Beaufort for dining and for sight-seeing in the historic neighborhoods. If you want to swim, you can drive over to the public beach at Hunting Island State Park which is less than 10 minutes away. We preferred to spend our time kayaking in the salt marshes, however! Eric from The Kayak Farm was fabulous - he was very informative and dropped off our rental kayaks at different put-in points we wanted to explore. We enjoyed some tasty dinners at the Johnson Creek Tavern, Dockside, and Wren, and lunch at Lowcountry Produce Market & Deli. (If you haven't had ever a frankfurter with strawberry pepper preserves, you aren't living right!) We would love the chance to return and stay again. We wish we could have stayed longer! If you like your vacations low-key and lowcountry, this is a wonderful place to visit.
- Guest Jen S. (Bowling Green, KY)
- Date of stay 06/01/13
- Review Submitted 06/17/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
I wish my vacation was longer!
I wish my vacation was longer!
Great place! Not your fancy resort/gated community - rural low country living at it's best. The pictures are accurate - but really don't capture the laid back flavor of the location - very low key. I never needed to contact the owner, all facilities were immaculate and ready to go, everything worked great, including the internet which I used to schedule some activites at Charleston and Savannah. My favorite activity was drinking my coffee on the porch in the morning watching the pelicans fish (it looks like they are falling out of the sky!) - with a dolphin or two swimming by or a shrimp boat going by. My favorite destination was Hunting Island State Park - I preferred the South Beach. Day trips to Savannah and Charleston were fun, and Beaufort was nice and borderline quaint, but sitting at the beach or on the back porch was what I enjoyed the best. My wife's favorite activity was her 4.5 mile run - there is a great 2.2 mile loop on sand/dirt road down the Avenue of Oaks and around and back. We've stayed many places throughout the world and this was on her top 5 favorite runs. Great food at Dockside and Boondocks (not sure why a previous review panned Boondocks - maybe they had the broiled seafood instead of fried - as they say "calories don't count outside of your home zip code." The only negative thing was I wish they had a king sized bed. Anyway - I had a great time, I recommend this location highly, and hope to return. Thanks!
- Guest Doug (Naperville, IL)
- Date of stay 05/05/13
- Review Submitted 05/16/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
St. Helena Stay
St. Helena Stay
We absolutely enjoyed staying at this fabulous home...secluded and by the waterfront and those live oaks made for starting out the day in a very relaxed and private way. We also enjoyed walking the beach and encountering all of the treasures of the ocean! The home has been decorated with lots of artistic qualities and natural materials which we enjoyed experiencing. One suggestion would be to add a bit more lighting in the living room area for night time or even daytime readers...other than that, the home is equipped with every amenity one would need during a vacation stay! Thank you for offering such a fabulous rental!! We loved Hunting Island and it was very easy to get to Savannah, Beaufort and other surrounding areas for sightseeing and antiquing! BTW, please check your DVD player as we had trouble with it skipping and repeating scenes...when we viewed the same DVD on our laptop it worked perfectly. We also enjoyed all of the fabulous books on the coffee table as well as the local artwork and photography. Your place is a perfect destination to rest and restore close to the many elements of nature!
- Guest Laurinda (United States)
- Date of stay 04/13/13
- Review Submitted 04/24/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, pet owners, age 55+.
Our stay at Lili
Our stay at Lili
My wife and I stayed at Lili for the first time, though we have been in the area years before. It is a beautiful house in a beautiful location, surrounded by live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. The ocean is only a walk through the yard, but know it is not a swimming beach, mostly shells. It's a lovely spot for walks, though, and Hunting Island State Park, with great beaches, is about 4 miles down the road. You can stop by the Shrimp Shack on your way. The house itself is very well-maintained, comfortable, with all amenities covered. The kitchen is small, but we figured out how to work around each other. The decor is especially nice, with real artwork by real artists, none of the "seaside decor" common to places on the coast. Very nice. All in all, it's a very comfortable place to stay, out of the way for sure, but still close enough to easily drive into Beaufort.
- Guest Tom (Bloomington, Indiana)
- Date of stay 09/23/12
- Review Submitted 10/08/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car, families with young children, sightseeing, pet owners.
Rest and Relaxation
Rest and Relaxation
This location is perfect for anyone looking to kick back and recharge. The seclusion of the area is so peaceful and only a few minutes from wonderful shopping and dining! The decor is warm and welcoming. The owner has considered every detail with care. I look forward to returning to Lili at my earliest opportunity!
- Guest Tracy (Charlotte, North Carolina area)
- Date of stay 08/29/12
- Review Submitted 09/12/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, pet owners.
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- Nearest Airport: Savannah /HH International Airport at 53 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Hilton Head Island -- Ferry to Daufuskie Island at 50 Miles
- Nearest Train: AmTrac in Yemassee, SC at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 21 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Swimming & Surfing at Hunting Island State Park at 5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Boondocks Restaurant at 2 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Beech Mountain, NC at 355 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Ocean Golf Course - Fripp Island at 5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Boondocks Restaurant or Johnson Creek Tavern at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About: Owner moved to South Carolina from California and raised her family on Hilton Head. As the family grew up, Lili was purchased as a family retreat. The home was purchased from a neighbor where her own mother once lived. In 2005 a major renovation, raising the ceilings, importing woods and other natural materials were acquired to expand every space with great attention to detail. Every appointment --from furnishings to faucets and in particular, wall art were consciously and lovingly selected meeting and befriending local talent.
Why St. Helena Island:
Overlooking the St. Helena sound, this property is a blending of classic, lowcountry southern charm in a rural, natural setting with contemporary comforts. This lovely contemporary home is part of a unique community that has grown up away around the sea and the countryside that is safe and perfect for gathering friends and family.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Scenic waterfront view, natural shell beach, abundant wildlife viewing, 100-year-old Live Oak forest, National Historic landmark entrance, nearby state park amenities, local and regional shopping opportunities, fine and casual dining, fresh seafood and fresh vegetable stands, events and activities for all ages.
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Living Room with entertainment features
Avenue of Oak drive to residence -- Pre-Civil War former plantation grounds
Master Bedroom with waterfront view of St. Helena Sound
Hallway view of Guest bedroom w/Twin beds; view of Live Oak forest
Entrance - House nestled midst Live Oak trees overlooks St. Helena Sound.
Full bath with walk-in shower, 2 sinks & heated towel rack
Live Oak Tree @ National Cemetary
Aerials of Beaufort Waterfront
Carriage Tours in Beaufort
Front entrance overlooks flagstone patio and Live Oak forest
Family and Dining room
Galley-like Gourmet Kitchen opens to living/dining area
Live Oak forest driveway entrance
Waterfront View from house..from patio, living/dining & 2 bedrooms facing east
View of Shrimp boat at sunrise in St. Helena Sound
View from Hunting Island Lighthouse
Gay's Shrimp Docks
Spartina Grass Islands - Morgan Island
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