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Merhaven Bed No Breakfast: Casual Elegance - Historic Downtown

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Charleston bed and breakfast description

Merhaven Bed no Breakfast, located in the historic Harleston Village section of downtown Charleston, has been described by our guests as 'a delightful, lovely, peaceful place to stay', and 'possessing one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Charleston'.

Come relax in this appealing, home away from home atmosphere. A charming 1920s arts and crafts bungalow-style home. We offer a two-room suite, or each room singly. Enjoy 10' ceilings, lots of windows, hardwood floors, and beautiful, comfortable decor. As a suite, the rooms can comfortably sleep up to 6 or 7 people. When renting only one room, the maximum is 3 people. The beautiful tiled bathroom offers a large, walk in shower. Directions below.

The lush gardens, courtyard, and piazza area with fountains offer the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the soft, coastal air after a delightful day touring, shopping, or playing on the beach. Tables, benches, and comfy lounge chairs are situated near the old pecan tree which will shade you while you sip your favorite drink or enjoy a mid-day snack.

A short, ten minute walk finds you in the heart of the historic, downtown Charleston shopping and dining district. You are within close proximity to the Battery, several city parks, and numerous breakfast cafes and gourmet restaurants. We are near the Medical University of South Carolina and just down the street from the College of Charleston, and a mere twenty minute drive to one of three area beaches: Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island.

One bedroom offers a queen bed, a twin daybed, and a trundle bed. The other bedroom offers a queen bed and a twin daybed. Large windows open to let in fresh air and overlook the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Hardwood floors, air-conditioned, ceiling fans. cable TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, coffee and tea service, bathrobes, and small fridge. Family friendly!

Organic, shade grown coffee and tea service are available in each room. An economy refrigerator is available with bottled water. There are several charming breakfast cafes within an easy 10 minute walk from Merhaven, including Hominy Grill, Smith and Bull, Lana's, Harbor Marina Restaurant, and Queen Street Grocery.

Special Inn Events: Courtyard and gardens may also be rented for a small reception or quiet gathering. Native American flute-making classes offered at Merhaven by owner, Hawk Hurst. Check out his website - Google: Hawk Hurst Flutes

Recreation and Activities: Just a 20-minute drive to three area beaches. Canoeing, kayaking and coastal saltwater fishing. Public tennis courts and 2 city parks nearby. Three beaches, numerous hiking trails and and golf courses - all within a 15 minute drive. Bicycle rentals offered downtown.

Attractions & Special Events: Located in historic Harleston Village neighborhood of Downtown Charleston. You are within easy walking distance of most amenities including: numerous gourmet restaurants and fine art galleries; the King Street shopping district; several home and garden tours; gorgeous Waterfront Park; and so much more. Spoleto Festival and Cooper River Bridge Run.

Recommended Local Restaurants: Husk, Hominy Grill, Fleet Landing, Fish, Lana, Pane e Vino, Queen Street Grocery, Xiao Bao, Rutledge Kitchen, High Cotton, Grill 225, Fulton Five, Vincent Chicco's, Fast & French, Monza's Pizza, The MacIntosh, and so many more!

Recommended Local Best Kept Secrets: Romantic walk along the Battery; French Quarter Art District; Hiking the Cooper River Bridge; Take a Ferry from Awendaw to secluded Bull Island; Climb the giant Live Oak trees at Hampton Park; Spooky ghost tour of the Old City Jail; Quiet walk through the historic neighborhoods enjoying the architecture and gardens; sunset beach strolls; theater and a lovely dinner.

DIRECTIONS to Merhaven Bed no Breakfast: 16 Halsey Street.
We are located on the NE corner of Gadsden & Halsey Streets (NOT Halsey Blvd.!), adjacent to MUSC.
Assuming you are arriving on I-26 East, you will want to stay in the far left lane and take the exit marked Meeting St/Visitor's Center. Follow Meeting St past the Visitor's Center and just past Marion Square (both are on your right), until you reach Calhoun Street. Take a right onto Calhoun Street. Go through 6 stop lights. Turn left 1 block AFTER the 6th light (Ashley Avenue) onto Gadsden Street. Merhaven is on your left 1/2 block from this turn, directly across from the Ronald McDonald House.
IF you miss the Meeting Street exit you will automatically merge onto Highway 17 (known locally as 'The Crosstown'), as it dead ends in downtown Charleston, OR if you are arriving via Hiway 17 from the East or West, you should turn onto King Street, heading (East/South) toward the downtown business district. Follow King St just past Marion Square (on your left) until you reach Calhoun Street. Take a right onto Calhoun Street. Go through 5 stop lights. Turn left 1 block AFTER the 5th light (Ashley Avenue) onto Gadsden Street. Merhaven is on your left 1/2 block from this turn, directly across from the Ronald McDonald House.
Parking is available directly adjacent to the room/s. Please leave a space so that three (3) cars are able to park in the lot. Thanks, and see you soon!


Keywords: 1920's Bungalow, Beautiful Gardens, Fountains, Affordable Rates, near MUSC and College of Charleston, 20 minutes to three area beaches, great for Spoleto Festival, Farmers Market, Southeast Wildlife Expo, and Cooper River Bridge Run, BB&T Food and Wine Festival, and the Family Circle Cup.

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Property Type

      • Bungalow

      Accommodation Type

      • Bed And Breakfast
      • Bed & Breakfast

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Legal Adults...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Children over the age of two are welcome. Parents must be aware of the noise level and whereabouts of children at all times. Two city parks within one block of the house....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Queen size Beds (2) One Queen Bed in the Cypress Room One Queen Bed in the Jasmine Room, Twin or Single Beds (2) One Twin Single Bed in the Cypress Room One Twin Single Bed in the Jasmine Room, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One Trundle Bed in the Cypress Room...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Newly Renovated (2014) guest bathroom features a walk in shower, with double shower heads. Marble basin and decorative tile. Double vanity with matching mirror and light sconces. Linen Cabinet, with towels, located in bathroom....moreless

          Entertainment

          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Games:

            Cards and Reading Books provided....moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            (2) One wall-mounted TV in each room - Comcast Digital Cable...moreless

          • Television:

            (2) One wall-mounted TV in each room with Comcast Digital Cable...moreless

          Theme

          • Away From It All
          • Historic

          Attractions

          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Synagogues
          • Water Parks
          • Zoo

          Local Services & Businesses

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

          Leisure Activities

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

          Location Type

              • Water View:

                A mere 5 minute walk to the Ashley River and City Marina Harbor. You can safely stroll or bike the entire peninsula all the way down to the Battery and the Copper River Bridge following this route....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

                  • Dining Area

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central Heat and Air - each room has it's own thermostat to control temperature. All windows open to let in fresh air, as desired....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central Heat and Air - each room has it's own thermostat to control temperature. All windows open to let in fresh air, as desired....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Highest quality (high thread count) linens, towels, and bathrobes provided....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Free, off street parking located along Gadsden Street, directly adjacent to both rooms. A rarity in downtown Charleston!...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Towels provided for use in Bathroom. Customer must provide their own beach towels....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Available free for customers. Easy login!...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    Delivery available from several downtown restaurants!...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Organic coffee, tea, wine glasses, eating utensils available. Economy refigerator available in hallway. Two tables and seating areas available in outside courtyards....moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Both rooms offer a mini-fridge....moreless

                  Outside

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        (2) Our large, open courtyard and lush gardens offer the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the soft coastal air after a delightful day of touring, shopping, or playing on the beach. Tables, benches, and comfy chaise lounge chairs are situated near the old pecan tree, which will shade you while you sip your favorite drink, or enjoy a midday snack....moreless

                       

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                      Feb 15 - May 20, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $108
                      $750

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                      • Tax Rate 14%

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                      Non smoking. Certain holidays or major events will increase the rate

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                      Location

                      Located in the historic, Harleston Village section of the downtown Charleston Pennisula. Near the Ashley River and the shopping district. 15 minute walk from incredible dining opportunities and historic homes.Fantastic on-site gardens, piazzas, and fountains. 25 minute drive from 3 beautiful plantations. Aquarium less than 5 minute drive! Several museums and art galleries - all within walking distance!

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: Ayal Hurst is an artist, author, and holistic healer. She loves to stroll around the city taking in hidden side streets and sculpted architecture. She enjoys providing a nurturing place of beauty for visitors. Her husband, Hawk, is a professional storyteller, naturalist, and cultural arts educator who enjoys sharing his joy of Native American flute & drum-making and playing. He travels across the country performing and teaching children and adults how to create ancient musical instruments.

                      Why the Owner Chose Charleston:
                      After owning and directing an outdoor education and retreat center in the North Carolina mountains, it was time to celebrate all that a beautiful city near the ocean could offer. My husband and I both enjoy nurturing people, and having a vacation rental in downtown Charleston allows us to share what we love with others. Living here has offered us the opportunity to experience a place where the richness of history and culture matter, where what is beautiful and treasured is preserved, and blends into daily life - a place filled with art and music, plays, great restaurants, beautiful, stately homes, and blue harbors with shining boats anchored only a few blocks away. Charleston is a magical place surrounded by water. People here live with a deep understanding of the tides, with the power and greatness and vastness of the sea. Like the land, they are open hearted and easy going, yet there is a profound sense of community and creativity and aliveness here. A sense that we all value the things that are important. Downtown Charleston is a wonderful place. My husband and I love to be able to walk to dinner, or take a stroll along the Battery at sunset before heading off to enjoy the theater. We are constantly amazed by the outstanding architecture and beautiful gardens. We never seem to tire of walking down the same streets and looking at the amazing houses with fanciful gates, wide porches, and intricate iron work, or walking along the beach and looking for dolphins at play in the sea. It's a colorful and lovely lifestyle here - one that we value and are grateful to be a part of. When people come here, they too get a taste of it - of old world charm at its best, mixed with the fun of a city alive with life.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
                      Our home and property is a sanctuary to us and to all who visit. Our neighborhood is small with lovely, historic homes - only a block long. Everyone knows and cares about everyone else. If we walk in one direction, we come to the Ashley River and the City Marina. If we go in the other direction, we come to King street with all of the designer shops and gourmet restaurants and the French Quarter filled with art galleries. When we bought this wonderful and unique house - the only California-style bungalow of its kind on the peninsula - we decided to create a lush garden with different nooks and crannies in it - including a piazza area replete with a fountain made from old grist mill wheels - a garden with towering banana trees and bamboo, fig and loquat trees, Japanese maples, and a variety of tropical plants. It's lovely to drink a glass of wine under the old pecan tree in the courtyard on a warm summer night. Several species of birds call the garden their home, including cardinals, mockingbirds, purple finches, Carolina chickadees, bluejays, woodthrush, wrens, doves, and a family of Coopers Hawks. We enjoy crafting in our art studio - my husband making his rivercane flutes and drums and other intriguing items, and me creating my art/collage pieces. We are only a short walk, through other lovely, old neighborhoods, to the vibrant heart of downtown. Something interesting is always going on - whether it is the a the BB&T Food and Wine Festival, Spoleto, the Cooper River Bridge Run, or the Saturday Farmer's Market with delicious food booths and crafts.


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                      Photos

                      • Owners entrance along Halsey Street.

                        Owners entrance along Halsey Street.

                      • Free Parking off Gadsden St. & Merhaven Entrance. Wooden gates lead to courtyard

                        Free Parking off Gadsden St. & Merhaven Entrance. Wooden gates lead to courtyard

                      • Cypress Room: Queen, Twin, and (pull-out) Trundle Bed. Sleeps 2-4 people.

                        Cypress Room: Queen, Twin, and (pull-out) Trundle Bed. Sleeps 2-4 people.

                      • Newly renovated bathroom: walk-in shower, marble tile, double vanity, 2 mirrors.

                        Newly renovated bathroom: walk-in shower, marble tile, double vanity, 2 mirrors.

                      • Jasmine Room - another view.

                        Jasmine Room - another view.

                      • Lush Gardens: features 3  seating areas, 2 fountains & abundant plant life.

                        Lush Gardens: features 3 seating areas, 2 fountains & abundant plant life.

                      • Lush gardens & Piazza: banana, fig, & pecan trees, native shrubs & wildflowers.

                        Lush gardens & Piazza: banana, fig, & pecan trees, native shrubs & wildflowers.

                      • Spring time robins drinking at the fountain.

                        Spring time robins drinking at the fountain.

                      • Cactus Garden - front of house.

                        Cactus Garden - front of house.

                      • Spider Lily - Spring

                        Spider Lily - Spring

                      • Ginger Lily - Summer

                        Ginger Lily - Summer

                      • Banana Flower - Summer

                        Banana Flower - Summer

                      • Merhaven Bed no Breakfast, 16 Halsey Street, Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

                        Merhaven Bed no Breakfast, 16 Halsey Street, Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

                      • Stair entrance to Jasmine & Cypress rooms, Gadsden Street side. Gate to Gardens.

                        Stair entrance to Jasmine & Cypress rooms, Gadsden Street side. Gate to Gardens.

                      • Jasmine Room: Queen and Double Bed. View of courtyard. Cable, mini-fridge, etc..

                        Jasmine Room: Queen and Double Bed. View of courtyard. Cable, mini-fridge, etc..

                      • Cypress Room: in room mini-fridge, cable, coffee, free wi-fi. View of courtyard.

                        Cypress Room: in room mini-fridge, cable, coffee, free wi-fi. View of courtyard.

                      • Owner-Innkeepers Hawk and Ayal Hurst, 2013

                        Owner-Innkeepers Hawk and Ayal Hurst, 2013

                      • Adjacent Courtyard is a nice place to relax after a day at the ocean or touring.

                        Adjacent Courtyard is a nice place to relax after a day at the ocean or touring.

                      • Garden Fountain & owners art studio. Ayal: visual artist / Hawk: craftsman

                        Garden Fountain & owners art studio. Ayal: visual artist / Hawk: craftsman

                      • Owners Art Studio, adjacent to gardens and piazza.

                        Owners Art Studio, adjacent to gardens and piazza.

                      • Soapy Aloe Flower - Early Spring through Fall.

                        Soapy Aloe Flower - Early Spring through Fall.

                      • Lady Bank Roses - early Spring

                        Lady Bank Roses - early Spring

                      • Native Wisteria - Spring

                        Native Wisteria - Spring

                      • Bananas - late Summer/early Fall

                        Bananas - late Summer/early Fall

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                      • Bedrooms
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                      • Bathrooms
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                      • Property type
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                      Speaks: english
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                      • Calendar last updated: 02/14/2011
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