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Historic Beaufort Lowcountry Charm & Hospitality!

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Last updated: 02/16/2015

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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Welcome to Duke of Wilmington Cottage!

Wilmington Street was laid out in 1723 and named after John Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, sometime after 1730. The plot sold to William Kennedy Maull in 1769-—the first owner of record (previously owned by someone in England).

Located a block from Bay Street and several blocks to downtown Beaufort, this home offers all the southern charm you would expect during your visit to the Low Country. Enjoy your stroll by the beautiful live oaks and antebellum mansions facing the Beaufort waterfront to restaurants, shopping, historical attractions, and the fabulous waterfront park where you can relax in a porch swing or sit on a park bench and watch people, boats, activity on the river, or beautiful sunsets.

The house has the charm of a vintage Low Country cottage with all the updated conveniences of modern living. The kitchen has antique cupboards, a large pantry fully stocked with kitchen items, center island, microwave, and an antique cast-iron stove with modern electric cook top. There is a full-size washer and dryer. Wi-Fi is available for guests, 32' flat screen TV in family room and a 19' flat screen in the master bedroom, cable, stereo system with CD player and radio. The driveway can easily accommodate a smaller RV or boat or two cars.

There are three porches: the front porch running the length of the front of the house; a smaller side screened porch off the family room and kitchen (backs to trees, very private); and a large veranda off the living room and master bedroom which opens to a beautifully landscaped side yard with arbor and bench.

There are three bedrooms: The master bedroom is located on the main level and features a beautiful four-poster cherry queen bed and antique furniture along with a full, vintage-inspired bathroom. There are two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs - one bedroom has an antique double bed, the other has two twin beds. Both bathrooms have tubs with showers.

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through historical Beaufort. See where 'The Big Chill' and 'Prince of Tides' wer filmed. The private islands of Harbor and Fripp are nearby as well as Hunting Island State Park which offers white sand beaches, picnic areas, trails, and an historic South Carolina lighthouse. 'GI Jane,' 'Forest Gump,' 'The Big Chill,' and 'The Prince of Tides,' are well-known movies which were filmed in Beaufort and the surrounding areas. Hilton Head is about 30 minutes south; Savannah, about an hour south (take the back roads for a more scenic drive), and Charleston, about an hour and a half north - all close enough for day trips. Parris Island Gateway is 15 minutes. The Savannah Airport is less than an hour's drive. There are numerous historical attractions, antiquing, and fabulous restaurants throughout the entire Low Country area. If you like consignment shopping, there are many of these shops in the area on on HHI.

Thank you for considering Wilmington Cottage for your vacation. I know you'll enjoy my cottage as much as I do!

NOTE: At this time, the cottage is available for rentals of 30 days or more. Short term (less than 30 days) rentals are not currently allowed due to Beaufort City zoning ordinances.

Keywords: Beaufort, Low Country & Resort Islands, South Carolina, USA. Walk to historic downtown along Beaufort Bay, near Parris Island, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Charleston


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years or older...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Welcomed, but house is not completely child proof....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    $100 non refundable deposit. If additional cleaning is required at the end of the rental period, the amount will be taken from security deposit...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are seven steps into the house, from any porch...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Queen size Bed (1) Owner's Bedroom, Double Bed (1) Second Bedroom Upstairs, Twin Bed (2) Third Bedroom Upstairs. All new mattresses. Owners suite is on main level adjacent to a spacious, full bathroom, and has a walk-in closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Cottage is extremely inviting and relaxing and close to downtown - and other shopping areas. Take your pick of the three porches or a picnic table with benches in back yard. Renters who sign a lease of more than 90 days are exempt from paying the accommodations tax. Yard is fenced for your puppy's safety. Only signed leases o/f 30 days or more can be considered as business license does not allow for short term rentals. Thanks for your interest in Wilmington Cottage! You will find my cottage to be your home away from home. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Selection of paperback and hard cover books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    Small stereo in family room. Small CD player and radio in one upstairs bedroom, and a radio in the second upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Television:

    Family Room, Master BR...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Four short blocks on Bay Street from the edge of town, passing beautiful southern mansions. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    One block to Bay Street overlooks the marina...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Separate dining room. Smaller table for two in family room and two bar stools at kitchen island. Place mats available....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Dual zone heat pump...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Wood burning in living room...moreless

  • Garage:

    Available with prior coordination with owner...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking:

    Driveway, garage. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of room in driveway for 3 vehicles...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Room in driveway for small boat/trailer...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    towels provided in each bathroom. Beach towels not provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    front loading...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Hargray wireless...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric with timer...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    pots, pan, baking pans, electric skillet, waffle maker, portable mixer, blender...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of dishes, flatware, cooking utensils, serving pieces, glasses, wine glasses...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Microwave, island, antique cabinets. Antique cast iron wood stove with electric cooktop, large oven, toaster, electric coffee maker, electric skillet, waffle maker, blender, dishwasher...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Boat:

    Available in the area...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Three porches, one screened off family room with wicker furniture. Wicker patio furniture on veranda includes table w/4 chairs and 5 piece sitting area, rocking chairs on front porch. ...moreless



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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 10%


Short term rentals of less than 30 days are not accepted. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Pets are allowed with an additional nonrefundable pet deposit. No smoking on property.

Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the rental. I do not accept credit cards.

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47 Miles
Nearest Airport

Horse-drawn carriage rides through historic Beaufort, many community festivals and activities throughout the year at the waterfront park and in the surrounding area. Google 'Beaufort SC' for numerous web sites full of information. No lack of things to do here! Close to Parris Island (less than 15 minutes), Bluffton/Hilton Head (30 minutes) , Savannah (about an hour), Charleston (about an hour and a half), and many other low country towns. Visit Hunting Island park for nature trails, the beautiful beach, and the lighthouse. Enjoy the numerous local restaurants available within walking distance!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

Why the Owner Chose Beaufort:
I fell in love with Beaufort the minute I arrived to visit friends on Harbor Island. It just felt like home. I purchased this house to be my retirement home, but a family situation keeps me in Virginia for now. I visit at every opportunity and still dream of retiring in Beaufort. In the meantime, I will share it with you... By the way, the house is decorated like a home, not a hotel room!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The convenience and pleasure of living so close to downtown Beaufort and the waterfront park; listening to ringing church bells during the day; the peaceful, friendly atmosphere and ambiance of a small southern coastal town; the many community festivals and activities in the area. All the great restaurants and Low Country food. In the house, I especially love the porches that are on three sides. Please note: Short term rentals of less than 30 days are not accepted.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Duke of Wilmington Cottage

    Duke of Wilmington Cottage

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Foyer


  • Bedroom 2 with double bed

    Bedroom 2 with double bed

  • Upstairs Hall Bathroom

    Upstairs Hall Bathroom

  • Family Room

    Family Room

  • front yard

    front yard

  • at front door

    at front door

  • front yard

    front yard

  • Smaller screened porch, off family room

    Smaller screened porch, off family room

  • Front along street, looking toward the water

    Front along street, looking toward the water

  • Back yard

    Back yard

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen and Family Room. Stove is a converted old iron stove!

    Kitchen and Family Room. Stove is a converted old iron stove!

  • Master Bedroom with Separate Bathroom

    Master Bedroom with Separate Bathroom

  • Veranda off living room.  There is new patio fu furniture - settee, table, chair

    Veranda off living room. There is new patio fu furniture - settee, table, chair

  • driveway at side of house

    driveway at side of house

  • comfortable front porch

    comfortable front porch

  • front walkway to entrance

    front walkway to entrance

  • front yard

    front yard

  • landscaping along the driveway, looking to back of house toward garage

    landscaping along the driveway, looking to back of house toward garage

  • landscaping next to driveway near garage

    landscaping next to driveway near garage

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Minimum stay: 30 nights
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