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If you love nature this is the place for you. Our waterfront property is ideal for folks who are seeking quiet time in a beautiful natural lowcountry setting. We have a gorgeous expansive water front with sunset. View dolphins along with extraordinary bird life. Enjoy the best view in Beaufort from the 528 sq. ft. deck. Bring your kayak, paddleboard or other small craft and enjoy McCalley Creek! Tandem kayak and canoe available upon request. Swing on the tree swing or bench swing. Our landscaping is beautiful, we are at our beauty peak with gorgeous green tones in the marsh grass and gorgeous green lawn. It maybe hot but we have a wonderful sea breeze. Kids love the swing, volleyball, badminton, tetherball, the dock, toys in the outdoor toy box, the outdoor chalk board, sidewalk chalk along with games in the house.
Excellent central location for exploring the Lowcountry. Home is in-between Charleston and Savannah. At our home you get the best of Country and Downtown Beaufort is an easy 12 minute drive. 15 minutes from Parris Island. Our home is strictly limited to 6 guests total, adults, children and visitors combined.
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We say Waters Edge is a vacation perfected by nature. Here is what our guests say. These are taken verbatim from the home guest book or an email, each guest also thanked us profusely.
'Your home & setting are beautiful & so peaceful. We couldn't have chosen a better place.' Georgian 1-24-15
“We had an awesome time at Waters Edge, a lowcountry house with a waterfront that would allow us to put in the kayaks and paddle boards at the back door! The manuals were very informative.” Teresa
“The view was gorgeous, the grass lush, the landscaping beautiful with all the plants & sculptures. The house was immaculate & had everything we could ever need!” Deborah
“Hate to leave, everything was perfect!" Mary (Grandma!)
“We enjoyed our stay immensely.” Traci
“This is one of the most awesome places we have stayed in. The quiet evenings & natural views will never be forgotten. So home like! Loved it!” Donna
“We loved the house. The space was great & the location was amazing. Everyone was blown away by all the attention to detail; it seems that you have thought of everything & put lots of love & time into the house. Everything was perfect. I would take a great view of the marshes over oceanfront any day, they're so interesting & beautiful!” Casey
“We had a wonderful family visit & everything about Waters Edge was perfect for our stay. We found the place 'speckless' (my daughter's word)! The sun on the marsh at 7am is beautiful. All info was clear, concise & extensive. We might have chosen a house in town had it been available but having now stayed at your place, we’ll be back. Price is more than reasonable to boot.” Sumner
“We loved the home and the view, which has the greatest sunsets ever! This was a very enjoyable respite for us.” Barbara
“The brief stay was so much more than we expected! It was serene, yet flavored with adventure. We love everything about this place & will return again for a longer stay. The swing is great! The dolphins spectacular! This little home will provide memories of a lifetime.” Jeff
“What a wonderful find to celebrate 50 years of marriage! So peaceful & tranquil, a retreat from our busy lives. We feel blessed.” Saundra
“Your place lived up to everything you posted & beyond. Definitely have to experience Water's Edge first hand to fully appreciate it. The cleanliness & the clean lines of your furnishings is exemplary. We talked about other vacations when we have been by the ocean & never noticing the tides as we did here. The marshlands are beautiful & they gave us the opportunity to see the rise, fall and currents.
“Wow! What a beautiful place. Better than the photos online. Best of all we saw a dolphin swim by us while we were on the dock. Sublime!” Sharolch
“We had a wonderful time. It was so beautiful, a little slice of paradise.” Robbie
“We really enjoyed our stay here. Some of our favorite things – tether ball in the yard, the ring toss game on the deck & finding sharks teeth at Sands Beach.” Angie
“Everything was well-thought-out, serene & squeakily clean (puts our house to shame). It was perfect, thanks to you Cheryl.” Judy
“Felt like a home away from home, very relaxing, with a beautiful view.” Nancy
'If I win the lottery tonight, I'll make you an offer you can't refuse!' Donna's husband
“We had a wonderful time, your place is great!” Rose
“Beautiful place. You went out of your way with so many thoughtful touches - the homemade chocolate chip cookies, the fire pit all ready for marshmallows. All the info & tips about the area, the well stocked kitchen & bathrooms. Everything was perfect. My granddaughters especially loved the swing! We had a wonderful time.” Deborah
“Beautiful Place! Your hospitality is wonderful & we will be back soon! Our entire family really enjoyed the peaceful surroundings & beautiful views.” David
“You have a little piece of heaven. The views were amazing!” Giovapnoli, Rome, Italy.
“Beautiful view to wake up to everyday & enjoy at night.” Stephen
“Such a lovely property & lovely view. The house is well apportioned, stocked & house instructions couldn't have been clearer. A HUGE bonus were the cooking supplies- having coconut oil and a few spices made deciding to cook a snap - this is RARE in rental properties and MUCH appreciated.” Karen
“Your home is lovely.” Scott
“The kids ages 15, 27, 29 loved the place & were pleased to see that you had so much set up for them to do. We enjoyed our first vacation home rental.” Marla
“This was a much needed break for our family. Thanks for putting so much thought & effort into this place! We can't wait to come back & stay longer!” Tarra
“We so enjoyed your piece of HEAVEN! You were a great HOST, incredibly organized, accommodating and genuinely welcoming. When looking at possibilities, your place was a slam dunk. The price is very reasonable & the accommodations perfect. The free use of kayak and canoe provided a tremendous savings as well as enjoyment to my family. I would like to share one more thing with you regarding my wife. She likes to be in the middle of things. To be in close proximity to the market as well as other stores. Well let me tell you, Waters Edge opened her eyes to what something off the beaten path can provide. Not that Waters Edge is that far removed from things but to her it was OUT THERE, this opened the door for future possibilities for our family. I share this with you because you touched us all in ways that you probably didn’t realize.” Norm
“We couldn't have picked a better place to have a family vacation. We so enjoyed your beautiful deck & awesome views! You have a little slice of heaven here.” Patty
“What a beautiful place to enjoy the beauty of nature & the zen of life. We love the coastal life & Hunting Island is unmatched.” Karen
“Loved your place. Nice big deck with an awesome view! The fire pit was a plus. This is a great place for a family picking up their marine to come back to each night.” Ivy
“I just wanted to say THANKS for helping to make our 22nd anniversary a special one. The house is way better than the description on the website and the pictures just don't do it justice. We enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to & watching nature especially the wildlife in the mornings & evenings. Getting to watch dolphins from the deck was a super treat.” Angie
“Loved everything. Seeing dolphins so close was wonderful. Everything was perfect.” Katherine
“We enjoyed our stay so much. The place is beautiful & so relaxing.” Ellen
“We enjoyed your beautiful place very much. We really appreciated your notebook with things to do, places to eat & the Hunting Island ocean front pass.” Susan
“The views are awesome. The sculptures outside the home are beautiful.” Ginny
“Your generous spirit exudes everywhere! I loved the area & your little slice of heaven was just what I needed.” Debbie
“We were impressed by this beautiful house, its view and were thrilled with all of the exciting activities you suggested for us. We have many wonderful memories.” Langer
“A beautiful view. The decor made us feel right at home.” Gina
“Wonderful experience, it was a memorable vacation for all of us. We enjoyed all of the extra effort that you put into our stay.” Chad
“We really loved our stay on McCalley Creek. You are a truly wonderful host. It is reassuring to know that an area with such natural beauty & wonder has people like you who are passionate about it and help to ensure it is protected.” Rebecca
“Beautiful house. We spent a lovely Christmas here, capturing the view from your wonderful deck. We can't wait to come back.” Karen
“Little piece of heaven! It was truly a wonderful time & you guys couldn't have been more welcoming. We'll be back in the spring!” Alex. While these quests were here we all watched a bald eagle eating a fish in the tree right in front of the houses. It was spectacular. From the house I have seen a bald eagle 5 times and a pair once.
“What a charming home and lovely view! Your home was the perfect getaway.” Andrew
“What a beautiful property! It's a little slice of heaven with everything we needed... kitchen stuff, outside stuff, & a fantastic view! We enjoyed the fire pit & your place is so clean!” Kim
“We had a lovely, peaceful weekend in this extraordinary retreat. Much time was spent watching the changing light from the deck while our girls happily played in the yard. You have the most perfect swing!” Jami
“Perfection! A beautiful setting & accommodations. Thank you for allowing a 1 night stay, next time a week!
Sunsets over the water. Dolphins are common. Watch the marsh illuminate at sunrise. See the tide go in and out. A haven for relaxing on the water. Hammock has a water view! Sunbath on the dock....moreless
One loveseat, 4 chairs, coffee table, end tables, lamps, cable TV, DVD. Streaming through the DVD player. Lots of games. Wireless and wired internet. Overhead lighting on dimmers. Ceiling fan. ...moreless
Dinner & salad plates, bowls, serving bowls, mugs, silverware, utensils, pots, pans, baking dishes. If need something specific please request. Stemware includes wine, champagne and beer glasses....moreless
The home sits on half acre with a 1 acre forest behind it. Flowering shrubs and plants. Bronze sculpture. Beautiful grass. Shaded by live oaks. Dock. Lawn chairs. Fire ring, wood & kindling provided....moreless
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1 night min stay
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Must be 25 years of age to rent our home.
When stay includes a Friday or Saturday night I require a two night stay (no one night stays available on Friday or Saturday). One night stays are available for 4 guests or less. 5 or 6 guests require a two night stay.
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This home and property lends itself to folks wanting to relax in a gorgeous natural setting, where dolphins and wader birds are plentiful. The unobstructed view has gorgeous sunsets and lively marsh grass that changes color by the season. Enjoy the view from the hammock, rocking chairs or picnic table on the spacious 528' deck shaded by 300 year old live oaks. Relax on the dock, a special place at sunset or sunrise. Behind the house is a one acre of forest with path for strolling.
We are located on the edge of the ACE Basin. One of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the United States. The ACE (Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto rivers) Basin consists of approximately 350,000 acres of diverse habitats including pine and hardwood uplands, forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and salt water tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches. Boating, bird watching, hiking, biking, fishing, and driving tours are available in the ACE Basin. The Donnelley WMA (wildlife management area) and Botany Bay WMA are beautiful and close to the home.
Hunting Island State Park is 28 miles east. It is 5,000 wooded acres with 4 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach. Hunting Island has hiking and biking trails, fishing pier, nature center with excellent classes and events, lighthouse, marsh board walk and as much sun as one can take! House comes with a pass (without pass entry fee is $5./per person). December, January and February horse back riding is allowed on the beach. Deep Sigh Horse Farm will take the horses out for you to ride on the beach.
Downtown Beaufort is 10 miles east. Beaufort has 304 acres on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark District. Carriage, walking and boat tours available. Beaufort has many delicious restaurants, unique shops, art galleries, antique and thrift shops. The Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort is lovely, with a play ground and lots of adult swings.
Beaufort Kayak Tours has historic and nature based tours that are excellent. No experience required.
Beaufort Arts Council sponsors many art and music events.
There are many ruins as close as 5 miles.
A fishing piers within 2 miles.
Check out the Farmers Market in Port Royal on Saturday morning.
Photo Safaris available with Eric Horan that are excellent.
Drive-In movie theater with current films 5 minutes from the house.
Skateboard park Port Royal.
Bruster's Ice Cream oh so yummy 10 minutes.
Geocaching in the area.
Have a massage with Phoebe at Organika Salon.
Take a yoga class at One Yoga Sanctuary.
Beaufort has many golf courses.
There are many fellows who offer fishing charters.
Or bring your own boat Beaufort has many free boat ramps. Plenty of parking for your boat at the house.
This is what Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Rowland, our local historian and author has to say about our area. 'This coastline has more aesthetic tourist values than if you were to combine Yellowstone Park and Williamsburg. The Lowcountry is one of the most aesthetic places in America. Every person who comes here mentions that. You have tidal water and land and sea and sky. You've got this very unusual atmosphere. This is the most humid part of the United States...from Charleston to Jacksonville. So what it creates, as a 19th century poet said, 'is a sky of a softer blue.' The colors become muted. And that creates an imagery. It creates an aesthetic in people's mind. The colors merge together. And, since it is semi-tropical, you have all these flowers and birds that you do not have anywhere else in the United States. Then you see these oak trees that do not grow anywhere else. These are the densest, largest, and oldest trees in America outside of California. So you have this unusually romantic aesthetic that just strikes people.
It's not just the visual. It's actually the tactile feel because you come here and you smell the marshes. Then all of a sudden you see the oysters the size of your hand. All of these things just affect people. These things don't exist anyplace else in the United States. So it is very unique. When people visit us they see and witness a culture that is uniquely different. It is so different that they almost feel as if they are visiting another country. The food is distinctive. The church, and its music, are more important. Our dialect, and even our manners, are different. The Gullahs are our neighbors. It is these aesthetics that people react to without even being able to describe them.
Then, you have a historic aesthetic. We have 500 years of history that is actually here. America started here...not in Jamestown, Plymouth Rock, or St. Augustine. And we have the icons, the artifacts of that history visible to us all over the place. It's this total effect that strikes people. We have 300 years of commentary that says the same thing in every generation. 'This area is so unusual.' 'What a volume of history is here.' And everybody has the same human reaction to it.' - Larry Rowland
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: Cheryl and Norman Mansson love living on McCalley Creek next door to our guest home. We are both nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who are smitten with living on the tidal salt marsh of McCalley Creek. Cheryl has lived in the Lowcountry for 33 years and Norman for 14 years. We have seven grandchildren we enjoy. Norman has 3 married children in Portland, OR, Charlotte, NC and Mt. Pleasant, SC. Cheryl has a masters degree in Counseling. Norman has a masters degree in Engineering. Norman has a small manufacturing company in Varnville, SC. Norman is also a sculptor, you will see 4 of his life-size children statues in the yard of the guest home and one in front of the library in Downtown Beaufort. Norman grew up in Mt. Kisco, NY and has lived in CT, WA and WY. Cheryl grew up in Litchfield, NY, a dairy farming community on the edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Cheryl lived on a 26' Columbia sailboat for 7 years and spent many years cruising. Downtown Beaufort was Cheryl's home for 25 years, and briefly in Yukutat, AK. We have traveled extensively and are delighted (through experience) to provide what travelers need. Our favorite place is home sweet home on McCalley Creek.
Why the Owner Chose Beaufort:
In a nutshell, pristine nature in a quiet private setting is why we live here and bought the home next door which is the vacation rental. We are smitten with our place! The view is priceless as is the wildlife. This is the ideal place to unplug and relax in the natural beauty of the lowcountry. The 800' view of expansive tidal salt marsh on deep McCalley Creek was just what we were looking for. The sunsets take our breath away. For early risers the sunlight illuminates the marsh as the sun rises. We love the serenity of our private setting. Dolphin sightings are common, especially in the summer. We have many wader birds i.e. blue and green herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks. We also see and hear osprey, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, king fishers, hummingbirds, bluebirds, cardinals, wren. Cheryl has seen a bald eagle 5 times and a pair once. There is a one acre forest with a board walk to enjoy. Ancient mighty live oaks provide a wonderful shade canopy. We have created a great deal of landscaping which we enjoy. The home is clean as a whistle and completely furnished. Only 8 minutes to Bruster's Ice Cream yummy! 5 miles to a great drive-in movie theater with current movies, it is a great drive-in. 11 miles to downtown Historic Beaufort with many delicious restaurants, unique shops and art galleries. Hunting Island State Park is a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach is 28 miles from the house. The property boarders the ACE (Ashepoo, Combahee, Edisto Rivers) Basin 350,000 acres of diverse habitats including pine and hardwood uplands, forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and salt water tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches. The ACE basin offers hiking, boating, bird watching and sceenic drives. We have seen white pelicans and rosette spoonbills at the Donnelly Wildlife Management Area in the ACE Basin I have never seen them elsewhere in Beaufort County. We are a central Lowcountry location, right in between Charleston and Savannah. Many ruins in our area also.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
The waterfront view is outstanding, unobstructed by docks, a rarity in Beaufort County. The sunsets are stellar. The marsh is ever changing. The flow of the tide in and out is peaceful. Kayaking and canoeing from the front yard. At high tide take a swim in the creek. The night sky is gorgeous. The moon beams on the water. Many species of birds. Dolphin. We shrimp and crab. The live oaks shade the deck and make it a great place to lay in the hammock and enjoy the view, meditate, contemplate, be inspired, read... Great place to be artistic, art and collage supplies available. A nature lovers dream with all the essentials. Within 10 minutes is anything you may need, yet at the house it's you and nature.
Tranquility on the creek.
Dolphin right in front of the house.
Great room has a sliding glass door view to the right.
Master suite with sitting room, full bath and W/D.
XL twin bedroom.
Sunset at high tide. Pink sky at night occupants delight!
Enjoy the deck. Picnic table and hammock with a stellar view.
Cloud at 18 McCalley Creek
Hydrangeas greet you in the summer.
Yucca blooms cover the bank in July.
Enjoy a stroll through the forest.
Tree swing in the front yard, ah this is the life!
Sunset on the dock or deck is waiting for you!
Master suite, king bed.
Bathroom for the queen and xl twin bedrooms.
Relax in the hammock, have a picnic, put your feet up.. on the 528 sq.ft. deck.
Relax in the hammock with a stellar water view, shaded by the live oak canopy.
Bird life is abundant on McCalley Creek.
Winters day sunrise. Marsh grass is golden in the winter.
Osprey with a flounder it caught. Taking a rest in front of the house!
Exquisit sunsets, grab a chair, head for the dock and experience the awe!
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