Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Relax with a cup of tea or a Mint Julep in your downtown Historic Charleston apartment while others are fighting traffic. The Peninsula of Charleston is where you want to be if you are weary of the syncopated unrest of a crazy world. Come here and set your feet to a saner tempo, where Dubose Heyward and George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess, the first American opera. The streets of Charleston have some thing to give them that walk them in a receptive mood that will make life forever richer. Charleston is America's best kept secret.
This is a spacious three bedroom, two bath apartment, with full kitchen and dining room. The back bedroom has a queen size reproduction Old Charleston Rice Bed and matching bathroom.
The front two bedrooms are of a double bed and another with twins. Bedside tables and lamps are on each side. Attention to details is visible in tatting and embroidery of white linens, carefully chosen period furniture, and vintage china and silver. The purpose is to give you an affordable Old Charleston experience, as if you lived here. There is a two car garage in back for off street parking.
The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour gives you a chance to get to know the vacation rental owner, a native Charlestonian, and have her as your own personal concierge. She takes you to breakfast on the Battery and to her house for Tea at lunch time.
Keywords: A 3 bedroom, two bath second floor apt in a two story house sleeps up to 7 in historic Charleston within walking distance of Ashley Hall, home of
Confederate Treasurer Trenholm, and Hominy Grill restaurant. Spacious and carefully appointed with fine touches of historic Charleston. Exposed beams in main room. Full kitchen and dining room.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
- Queen size Beds (1) This is a Rice Bed, famous for the carved wood as rice sheathes, a wedding present from our groomsman, George Kanellos., Double Beds (1) New mattress and box are on an old a Jenny Lind bed., Twin or Single Beds (3) Think Downton Abbey. White iron beds with new box and springs., Bunk Beds (1) A day bed is in the sitting room, which could be used as a seventh bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
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- Towels Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- Your owner becomes your personal concierge and guide when you go on her tour of her friends' homes and gardens in Historic Charleston. Priority is given first to rental guests who book her tour. Breakfast at 9 is included on her tour in a house on the Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumter. Her tour by van allows you to go through the gates and front doors of historic properties not open to the public. You are then invited to the owner's private home for Tea overlooking the Ashley River to end a morning that becomes the highlight of the visit to Charleston....moreless
- Wireless Internet
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Pier Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Water Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Water Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
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204 Ashley was the perfect vacation rental for my mini-reunion with friends. I am from Charleston and knew right away that it's location was about 10 minutes by car from EVERYTHING anyone would want to do or see! On our visit we went to The Market for shopping, the Nathaniel Russell House, the Edmondston-Alston House, Fort Sumter, The Citadel, Middleton Plantation, Rainbow Row, my favorite ocean destination.....Folly Beach, and Many more! On Laura's Charleston Tea Party tour we got a wonderful look into several private homes and a wonderful Tea Luncheon at the end. 204 Ashley was the perfect size for my husband and I and 2 couples that wanted to see our home town. Every roIom was like being in a private home and was decorated "Charleston Style"! Fresh flowers everywhere and special breakfast fixing...including fresh bread, eggs, tea, coffee and Laura's homemade Calamondin Marmalade! There are 5 or 6 local restaurants that are within walking distance.....Hominy Grill and Five Loaves were both excellent. Did not get to Sugar, a noted Bakery...but I will definitely next time. Laura was so helpful and answered every question we could throw at her. Her private tour was fantastic and I must say, even as a Charlestonian, she gave us all a glimpse of real history.....from quoting lines from real diaries to telling stories handed down by family and friends! For a step back into history her tour is perfect......and 204 Ashley is the perfect place to start your journey. Thanks Laura!
- Guest Phyllis (Woodbridge, Virginia)
- Date of stay 05/07/12
- Review Submitted 06/07/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you, Phyllis and friends. Your spirit of appreciation and joy in living is the spirit of Charleston and Southern hospitality that you take with you in your heart and actions, leaving a sweet aroma wherever you go. Thank you for your kind words and presents you left me on my front porch! Knock on the door and let's have tea next time!
Fabulous trip for girl's weekend
Fabulous trip for girl's weekend
We were a party of five women who stayed at this lovely rental for a girls weekend get away. Our first day we took the owner's tea tour and would highly recommend this tour at the beginning of your stay. She gave an informative foundation of history that brought Charleston to life. The rental was spotless with wonderful thick linens in each bath. We are from south Texas and we like it nice and cool for sleeping. This unit definitely met that requirement. Location was superb. We were within walking distance of Hominy Grill, 5 Loaves, Lana, Sugar, a wonderful bakery, and Fuel, for a drink on the patio. Other wonderful eateries downtown included our favorite Magnolias, Jestine's, macaroon boutique, and Kimenskie's bakery. Even though we are mature, we do love a nightcap. Our favorite nightlife was a sunset drink at vendue rooftop bar, Henry's rooftop, and you must try the Bangtang cocktail at Boones on King. The jazz at the cotton club was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the harbor boat tour, Magnolia plantation, and Folly beach. We didnt have time for Rockville and Kiawah island, but next time. Laura's charm and grace along with a large dose of Southern hospitality made our trip memorable. Thank you from from the Texas 5.
- Guest Kim O.
- Date of stay 10/10/13
- Review Submitted 11/07/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Loved our digs
Loved our digs
We drove up from Stuart Florida for a wedding, not expecting much more than a place to sleep and shower. What a super place! We enjoyed our stay at the rental as much as touring the beautiful city. Loved all the welcoming touches. We will be back when the weather cools down for more.
- Guest floridians (Florida)
- Date of stay 08/29/13
- Review Submitted 09/08/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Perfect Fit For Us !! It's a hidden secret !
Perfect Fit For Us !! It's a hidden secret !
This was perfect fit for us, it was welcoming to come home to at night. We arrived to fresh eggs, milk, coffee, fresh bread, butter, it was charming and equipped for our needs, 3 very large bedrooms, high ceilings, we were on the 2nd floor, so away from the street noise. Wonderful conversations around a large family table. So, close to everything, easy to find, drive down the street and you hop on Hwy 26. It's a hidden secret, thank you Laura !!
- Guest FAMILY TIES (South Carolina)
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/13/13
Charming, classy, and affordable in the historic district. Bigger than it looks!
Charming, classy, and affordable in the historic district. Bigger than it looks!
3 moms and 6 kids stayed here as part of a larger Southern tour. When we unlocked the door, we were SO surprised! We found the apartment so much more spacious than the pictures portrayed, and we found the historic furnishings quite lovely! The kids immediately had a tea party with the tea service and tea that Laura set out for her guests. The kitchen, though small, was roomy enough for 2 adults to cook in together, and we made some wonderful meals in it! Laura was very helpful to us in our quest for fresh-caught shrimp, and contacted us several times to make sure we were finding what we needed. We never actually met her, as the kids were too young to go on her tour, but she was in close contact with us throughout our stay. The light in the bedrooms, especially the twin room, was just wonderful, and the rice bed was very comfortable, according to the friend who slept in it. We found the apartment to be clean and neat, stocked with fresh eggs, bread, sweet tea, and homemade preserves, which really made us feel welcome. The flight of stairs is somewhat steep, but being upstairs also gave the apartment a feeling of spaciousness and great light inside that otherwise wouldn't be possible. We all had plenty of room to spread out and relax, and it was a happy place to come home to after a long day out touring. It was also nice to be able to walk to the Hominy Grill, where we had a delicious authentically Charlestonian dinner on the patio. We found the free streetcar to be confusing (and actually it was just the city bus), but we did take it to the Aquarium one day. Unfortunately that was also the day of a flash flood at rush hour, which made getting back home a bit difficult. I am happy to report, though, that Ashley Ave. does not appear to be one of the streets that floods! I recommend this apartment- it is a great value and truly a very pleasant place to stay. Laura is an excellent hostess, and I hope that next time we return, we can take her Tear Party Tour!
- Guest Alison K. (Decatur, Georgia)
- Date of stay 06/18/13
- Review Submitted 07/12/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
In October 2012 we (three 62+ females) reserved a vacation rental for a one week triple birthday celebration for April 2013. Imagine our surprise to drive up to a 'historic' vacation rental that resembled student housing and absolutely no mention on the rental website that the apartment was on the second level. This was obviously going to be an issue for bringing luggage up and down the interior stairs not to mention the dangerous front stoop and stairs sans railing. Due to this factor we decided to inspect the premises prior to bringing in our luggage. Three bedrooms, yes; two bathrooms, yes but with what appeared to be soiled towels and used toothpaste/toiletries in the linen closets. Even more disconcerting was the so called family room/sitting room/dining room. The website photographs were very misleading based on the reality of the room. The large dining room table with wood seat/back chairs took up the majority of the room. The photograph of the daybed was taken without the large dining room table in view nor the historic wood frame arm chairs that were perpendicular to the daybed, one of which had springs poking through the fabric. Keep in mind we were three mature ladies spending a relaxing week with basically only one uncomfortable historic chair and a daybed seating surface that was 24" off the ground - unless we wanted to each sit on the bed in our respective rooms. We found this to be unacceptable accommodations for a week long stay. The owner refused to return our deposit so in closing beware of internet postings that claim to be more than they are. We also had booked the owner's tea tour which we promptly cancelled and left the premises to find alternate lodging.
- Guest lanij (Fort Mill, SC)
- Date of stay 04/10/13
- Review Submitted 04/29/13
Owner response: As I thanked you on the phone, I want to thank you again for drawing my attention to the two antique arm chairs with inlay. I have had them restuffed and recovered to my great delight and the delight of others with matching comfy, gold pillows. I also am inspecting the vacation rental myself after the cleaning lady leaves to ensure perfection. I am sorry it was not your cup of tea. I had been looking forward to meeting you and your friends for a long time.
The perfect fit!
The perfect fit!
We stumbled upon this vacation rental while looking for an affordable and economical choice in Charleston. My husband and I were planning a week-long stay with his parents, as well as his two little siblings ages 9 and 12. Our goal was to absorb as much of Charleston as possible, and so we were looking for a place with a kitchen to prepare a few breakfast and dinner meals for the week, and the well stocked kitchen allowed for us to accomplish this goal. Laura, the owner of the rental, also left us farm fresh eggs, a pitcher of her delicious sweet tea, her loquat liquor, as well as her homemade calamondin marmalade! We felt at home instantly! The bedrooms were spacious, as well as the closets, and the beds were very comfortable. Another nice feature was that the master bedroom and bath were on the opposite side of the other two bedrooms with the living room and kitchen area separating the two, which afforded everyone privacy. The bathrooms were adorable, retaining their 1920's charm, and the furnishings, most antiques, were comfortable and the decor pure "Charleston elegance." The hardwood floors were beautifully original retaining their time-worn character (hardwood floors are more sanitary than carpet, so they are a must for me when I travel). The central air conditioning was wonderful to come home to after a long day of exploring. We also had private parking, and were able to walk or take the trolley everywhere we wanted to go (except for the plantations and the beach, of course). We were right around the corner from a delicious, well-rated restaurant "Hominy," breakfast and dinner were delicious, as well as a well-known bakery "Sugar." We spent our lazy mornings sitting out on the stoop of the little old house drinking our coffee and tea watching friendly neighbors walk by...It felt like home, and I can't wait to return!
- Guest Meridith (PA)
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 07/26/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: I love it when our guests make use of the amenities such as the kitchen and appreciate the subtle Old Charleston charm of our vacation rental. I never realized how much the humble old herringbone brick front steps and little grassy knoll would be the link to the neighborhood, making you feel and look at home in Charleston, as if you have always lived here. To live here for a week is dangerous! Charleston gets into your blood. If you go boating or crabbing and get the pluff mud between your toes, you have to come back!
The description was very good, we were back in childhoods 1950s with it's charm. The bathrooms were a bit small and for elder people maybe there should be at least one shower without a bathtube. The photos made us recognize the reality. It was clean and well maintained. The beds we very good and we slept like logs every night. We got all help we needed included that we together with owners husband managed to get wifi going. We really felt well and at home and would surely like to stay there again. Perfect location and we went to Homily, Lana, First Landing and Tristan for really nice meals. Tristan was absolutely perfect. Walking the Battery on a warm late summer afternoon is fantasic, talk to the sellers at the market is great fun och one can do one or another bargain there. There are a lot of spectaculary buildings, a street full of antics and art. Yes, one can do things and buy things all day long. Charleston is one of the most charming City we have been too, with it's history, beauty, charm and pride. We loved the whole concept! Don't miss the tea party private tour!
- Guest Annika (Skillinge, Sweden)
- Date of stay 04/12/12
- Review Submitted 04/23/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.
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Urban plantation of George Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury for Confederate States of America, blockade runner, had a monopoly on shipping cotton, was the inspiration for Rhett Butler. Sherman offered it to Caroline Pettigrew Carsen, but Trenholm got it back. Note the Shell House and the Bear Cave. It is now used as a girls school. It is where Barbara Bush went to boarding school and became a steel magnolia....MoreCollapse
A local upbeat, counter lunch and bar, tiny and where young professionals go and artistic and musical youths. Some nights they have Liz Kline show up playing her guitar or fiddle, a college girl who has a strong local following and a folk song-ballad voice. When crowded, they expand music to the back yard, something timeless and unpretentious of the Old South where you forget what year it is. You think you are in the country, not in the city. It is owned by a young brave visionary couple who live above....MoreCollapse
The Farmers Market in Marion Square is a chance to buy locally grown fruit and vegetables and to mingle with the locals. Come early as it gets crowded. It is also a great place to buy a hot breakfast from many vendors. They have cider donuts worth popping in the tea picnic basket if they make it past your mouth. Beautiful flowers grown on John's Island can be bought to put in the vase under the kitchen sink. In warm weather, college beauties sunbath in the park. It is a great place for a picnic. It is named after Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, who out smarted the British in the SC swamp lands in the Rev War....MoreCollapse
Out of this church came the Jenkins Orphanage, from which came the Jenkins Orphanage Band, out of which came The Charleston Dance. This is a congregation of the Gullah Geechie nation, whose church was almost rezoned commercial to become a theater when the Dock Street Theater was being restored and was closed. This owner led a fight to preserve it as a church. It has an active though poor congregation today. Before air conditioning, it was the coolest church in town and the most popular with its tall stained glass Gothic arched windows, which beveled to open the windows....MoreCollapse
Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: My husband had the wisdom to buy this property while we were dating. I never dreamed my Charleston Tea Party Private Tour and this property would marry. We keep it affordable for those who want to savor Charleston for a week while they go on my tour and get to know Charleston. We live downtown as well on the Ashley River with our 3 teenagers and English Springer Spaniel, Chesterfield, who reflects being made in the image of God better than we do. I invite you into our home for Tea at lunchtime at the end of my tour.
Why the Owner Chose Charleston:
My husband and I are both from Charleston, grew up here, and never desired to live anywhere else. He was living in the large historic house across the street from this vacation rental, renting from the childless couple who lived there and loved him, when this rental house came on the market. Instead of living the high life while dating me, he wisely invested in this property. I thought this property would provide opportunities for people who love Charleston to come with family or friends and stay longer at a more affordable price.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Everywhere you want to go in the historic district is within walking or bicycling distance. The spacious apartment is clutter free, each being a room with a view. You can bring or rent bicycles. There is room in the private garage for them and your car in the back. A washer and dryer are also in the back. It is a vibrant neighborhood of young medical professionals, historic houses, and popular restaurants and bakeries nearby. There is a big picnic basket in the kitchen you can fill for a picnic to a plantation or park. Sugar bakery on Cannon St around the corner and Saffron's on East Bay are great for collecting baked goods for a tea party picnic. You will find a gallon jar for sweet iced tea from Charleston grown tea and Confederate mint. More mint is growing in the flower box out front. The trolley is free and picks up on Cannon St, a one minute walk from the house, taking you all over the peninsula of historic Charleston. A map with its stops in a guide book awaits you in the kitchen. The history of Charleston is to be savored, the visual richness of English architecture and garden designs to be enjoyed. One lifetime is not enough.
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Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Guide, Laura, welcomes you to Charleston.
Restored antique chairs with inlay
Antique china and silver with contemporary dishes in the cupboards
Kitchen with dishwasher, stove, oven, and full fridge and freezer
Antique twin beds as in Downton Abbey. Twin room has adjustable blinds.
Jenny Lind bed
Room With A View
The rooftops of Charleston as seen from the kitchen window
After your deposit check is received you will be given the keyless entry code
Main living and dining area
Original exposed beams with wooden peg construction restored by owners
Dining area looking to kitchen with original heart pine flooring
vintage old Charleston china and silver for family dining in
Master bathroom and shower
Reproduction of old Charleston Rice Bed
Historic Charleston mahogany chest with ogee feet; bed linens with hand tatting.
Can you see yourself in Charleston?
Historic detailing of earthquake bolt of 1886 as seen from the kitchen window
Laura's Zinnias grown from seed in her home garden
your hostess in her own home welcoming you for tea after your tour
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