South Battery Home, Historic (C1795),Spacious, Downtown, Yard, Garden
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- Minimum stay:1-4 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Charleston house description
This is an authentic Charleston 'single-house' (c 1795) which means a Charleston house that is a single room in depth, designed to catch the ocean breezes. In 1795 South Battery was a water front street along the Ashley River. The builders of this property were in the shipping business and a wharf was built into the river to accommodate the owner's ships. Property taxes at that time were based on a front footage assessment and the typical single house was placed so that the narrow side of the house would be on the street side. This property was an exception in that the long side of the house faces South Battery which made it even more accessible to the prevailing summer southwest breezes. The two piazzas on the south side provide a dual purpose: to provide a comfortable place to enjoy the afternoon breeze and sunsets and to provide shade for the house itself from the afternoon sun.
On the main floor is an elegant dining room with beautiful hand made mahogany table, sideboard, and hunt-board. Just across the central hall is a less formal living room. It is furnished with comfortable upholstered sofa and chairs and accented with fine antiques including a mahogany chest, fold top desk, French farm table with 6 chairs and a magnificent highboy. The new kitchen with marble counters, lovely light filled windows on three sides, all new appliances and conveniences is accessed through two nine foot entrances from the living room. All of these rooms open onto the main floor piazza and offer wonderful opportunities for family fun and entertaining. A gracious central stairway leads from the piazza to the large and lovely Charleston garden.
The next floor houses the main bedrooms, baths and closets. The two large bedrooms each with four poster mahogany queen beds and adjoining bathrooms open onto the upper piazza overlooking the garden and Charleston Harbor.
The upper floor consists of two large dormer bedrooms with wonderful windows on the north and south sides. Between these rooms is a bath with a shower. All have windows providing a spectacular panoramic roof top view of the landscape below.
The garden is spacious and charming. The areas adjoining the house are terraced in old Charleston bricks and provide fabulous area for containers of flowering plants. The planting in the main garden is a balanced mixture of evergreens which provide shape, texture, and definition on a year round basis, and flowering shrubs and plants which provide a bouquet of color and scent as the seasons evolve. In the center of the front garden is a shallow reflecting pool with an Italian fountain. The fountain is automatically lighted at night and bathes the whole area with the ambiance of warm light and gurgling sounds. It is completely private from the street and fully enclosed and offers wonderful opportunities for entertaining or for children playing.
The house sits directly on South Battery. South Battery is the southernmost street of the Old City. It along with East Bay Street and Broad Street define the historic boundaries of the Old City's finest residential area. The other prominent streets such as Church, Meeting, King and Legare Streets all begin with South Battery and are all within very short walking distances to the property. White Point Gardens and the Harbor are within one half block of the house. The house is in easy walking distance to the historic house museums, antique shops, art galleries, boutiques and famous restaurants.
- 3200 sq. ft.
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
The back yard is very large and fully enclosed. As grandparents we enjoy sitting on the porch as the children happily explore the garden. There is a very shallow reflecting pool so we do keep a very close watch on the crawler/toddlers ...moreless
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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There is no off-street parking. The area fronting the house is in a residential parking zone which permits unrestricted parking at night. 65' feet from the house is unrestricted parking all the time...moreless
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- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
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- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Water View
- Car Not Necessary
- Hunting Small Game
- Equestrian Events
- Basketball Court
- Deepsea Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Pier Fishing
- Outlet Shopping
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Surf Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Winery Tours
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Recreation Center
- Botanical Garden
- Theme Parks
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Charleston was voted for the second consecutive year 'Top City in the United States' in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. While we would like to keep the secret of Charleston a little more to ourselves, we can't help but be proud of our ambiance (rooftop bars, narrow, tree-lined courtyards, fabulous harbor tidal creeks), our culture and sites (notable historic neighborhoods, antique shops, fall and spring house and garden tours), our renowned friendliness ('legendary hospitality and graciousness baked into our way of life'), our lodging opportunities described as 'a dream come true for travelers'. our restaurants which 'shine bright on the national food scene' and shopping that lets you 'spoil yourself or someone else with unique treasures only found in Charleston. Antique shops, local boutiques, name brand outlets, art galleries and jewelers awaiting your arrival'...moreless
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What a perfect location, right near the Battery, walking distance to all the great sites and restaurants. We were even on the carriage tour so we waved to tourists as we did dishes. We walked to a nearby playground and Waterside Park, had dinner at Magnolia's and lunch at Hyman's. We were a short drive to Folly Beach (lunch at Rita's), the Angel Oak, and plantation gardens. We enjoyed wine on the porch--not sure we realized there would be a water view! Everything in the house was clean and well-cared-for. It was so nice to have spices, etc. in the kitchen, and toiletry kits in the bathrooms for any forgotten items when packing. Harris Teeter was a nice, local store to buy the basics. The owner's representatives answered all our questions in advance and while we were there, giving us tips for activities. The beds and linens were comfortable, the neighborhood quiet and safe. This was a great home for our large group, in town for a wedding.
- Guest LJGEM (Arlington, VA)
- Date of stay 10/11/13
- Review Submitted 10/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad that you all had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again.
The home was in impeccable shape, updated kitchen essentials but basically true to its historic period. Great location within walking distance to historic Charleston and two beautiful verandas overlooking a private yard provided much relaxing enjoyment and partial views of the bay. Plenty of private space and bathrooms to comfortably accommodate all.
- Guest Lisa (Connecticut)
- Date of stay 07/07/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Sweeping and lovely historic mansion
Sweeping and lovely historic mansion
A truly charming and spacious place by the Battery in the historic district, with lush gardens, comfortable rooms, and lots of original glass and balconies. You can see the Battery off the second floor. The family takes fine care of the house, and the manager, Jamie, is efficient and wonderfully friendly. The kitchen has all conveniences--including two fine coffee-makers and a gas stove. The beds are elegant and delightfully comfortable, high off the floor. A Federalist house with antiques and modern conveniences! We so savored our stay. Atmospheric, perfect.
- Guest bruce (Abingdon VA)
- Date of stay 05/20/13
- Review Submitted 05/21/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: We have been so fortunate to meet such wonderful guests that are charming and so interesting. We look forward to seeing you again.
This luxurious home did not disappoint. We rented the house to be able to enjoy all the beauty of Charleston. The house is full of history and has plenty of room for everyone. The three floors offered privacy between rooms and each room was individually decorated with care. We definitely felt as if we were home, not at a cookie cutter decorated rental or just nice hotel in the downtown area. It was also clean and very comfortable when we arrived. With our family of six the rental rate was less than we could rent two rooms at the nicer hotels in the Downtown area. The kitchen allowed us to eat as we are accustomed to, although the near-by restaurants were magnificent. We walked almost everywhere we wanted to go during the day and loved strolling the Battery at night. The back yard is fabulous and surprisingly large, I had no idea the amount of room that can surround these Charleston Single Houses. My children enjoyed having somewhere to run and play and the gardens were very nice. Sitting on the porch sipping sweet tea and watching the kids play was so relaxing. I could not help but think what a wonderful backdrop for a special event. That may be my next venture if they will allow it. The owners were extremely accommodating with all our requests during the entire stay and rental process. I asked many questions and they were always available and willing to help with advice, directions, and special requests. I do not know what more I can say to let you know that the house is as wonderful as it seems. We will stay at this house anytime it is available when we visit Charleston as we had the gracious Charleston experience through the southern hospitality of the owners and the wonderful people and area that surrounds this beautiful home.
- Guest Ginny (Salisbury, North Carolina)
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 05/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: We so appreciate the kind comments and would love to have you back again. We have enjoyed raising a family in the home and hope that anyone renting feels that same warmth and love. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to a return visit.
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|SEWE and Valentine's Weekend
Feb 10 - Feb 24, 2014
4 night min stay
|Monthly Nightly Rental Rate
Feb 26 - Feb 26, 2014
1 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
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**Small Family Rates Will Be Considered for Weekly/Monthly Rentals
- Cleaning/all linen fees: $400
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
- Tax Rate 12.5%
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- Nearest Airport: Charleston International Airport at 14 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: I-26 at 3.7 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Sullivans Island at 10 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Blind Tiger Pub at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Husk Restaurant at 0.5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: We are a retired couple who raised our 3 children in this house. In 2001 we sailed our boat to Europe. We now spend part of the year on our boat in Europe and other part of the year in Charleston.
Why the Owner Chose Charleston:
We bought this property because the property is one block from White Point Gardens, in walking distance of anything on the pennisula and is a lovely, historic, large, gracious home. It is an exciting and happy place to be.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Fabulous location, authentic Charleston 'single house', spacious and comfortable, lovely garden and piazzas. Close to the battery, house museums, Spoleto Festival events, antique shops, fabulous restaurants. Beaches and water activities are nearby. Licensed Bed and Breakfast.
- Primary: 843 345 6120
- Fax: +1 843-577-7460
Halway between Living Room and Dining Room
Powder Room off Dining Room
Kitchen from Street Windows Toward Porch
Main Porch Outside Kitchen Area
Master Bedroom from Bath Area Door
Walk-in Closet Toward Vanity and Bath
3rd Bedroom Top Floor Right
4th Bedroom From Corner Toward 3rd Bedroom
Back of House and Garden From Tellis
Back Yard View From Bottom of Steps
Formal Dining Room with Powder Room
Hallway Door to Back Yard and Porch
Kitchen Taken from Porch Door
Porch Doors from Kitchen Plus Entry into Living Room from Kitchen
Master Bedroom Walk-in Closet
Guest Bedroom with Bath Across from Master Bedroom
Hallway and Stairs from Main Level to Main Bedrooms
4th Bedroom Top Floor Left
Bathroom Betwen 3rd and 4th Bedroom
View of Back Yard from Back Porch
Fountain Statue in Back Yard
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