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Amazing Guest House in Downtown Charleston Historic District

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View of the Sarah Clifford Guest House from the front entrance


Last updated: 08/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Charleston cottage description

The Sarah Clifford Guest House was built prior to 1852 and has been transformed into a home with high end modern conveniences while preserving its historic character. Light-filled, uncluttered and clean, the Sarah Clifford Guest House is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat that also affords easy access to the best restaurants, performance venues, historic homes, museums and shopping in downtown Charleston. The Sarah Clifford Guest House is located behind the main house on the property which is the residence of your hosts, so if any problem arises, help is close by.
In addition to 2 bedrooms with private baths (each with double sinks), the Sarah Clifford House offers a comfortable living room with a large flat screen TV and Blu-ray DVD player. The sun room has a 4 person table perfect for an intimate dinner or a game of cards. A private, quiet patio for evening cocktails or morning breakfast is located right outside the sun room. The stunning kitchen has a Thermador professional 6 burner gas cook top and electric oven, a top of the line Thermador refrigerator and dishwasher, a microwave oven, toaster oven, coffee maker and coffee grinder. In the kitchen a special historic dining table created from thick heart pine floor joists seats 6 people and provides a perfect gathering place. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils, cookware, table wear and flatware.
A cozy study for private reading, a laundry room with a Bosch washer and dryer along with a half bath are also located on the first floor.
You'll find the 2 bedrooms and baths on the second floor of the Guest House, at either end of the house for maximum privacy.
HD Cable television and wireless internet are available at no additional charge. Bed linens, including high count cotton sheets and thick towels, are provided for the comfort of our guests along with toiletries. If you are planning a trip to the beach, please bring your own towels for beach use. Removing the linens and towels from the Guest House is not permitted. An ironing board and iron are provided for your convenience.
One off-street parking space is available for the use of our guests, but a car is not necessary to enjoy the sights, shopping, restaurants and activities offered in downtown Charleston during your stay at the Sarah Clifford Guest House. We are located within a couple of blocks of Marion Square, The Gaillard Auditorium, the South Carolina Aquarium, Liberty Square, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, the Charleston Museum, the Joseph Manigault House, the active Upper King restaurant and shopping area, lower King shopping and the Charleston Visitor's Center. Starbucks and a dry cleaners are even a half of a block away, with a Harris-Teeter grocery store within easy walking distance! If you desire a nice morning or afternoon run with a view, we are close enough to the Ravenel Bridge for a scenic run or walk right where the Cooper River Bridge Run is held in early April each year.
Sullivan's Island is the closest beach, a drive of about 15 minutes or less.
The Sarah Clifford Guest House offers you luxurious accommodations and top-quality amenities on a quiet, tree-lined street Charleston within a few short blocks of the places you'll most want to see in historic downtown Charleston.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Guest Bathroom: combination tub/shower, toilet

            two sinks...moreless

          • Master Bathroom: shower, toilet

            The master bath has a large, walk-in shower and 2 sinks...moreless

          • Powder Room: toilet


          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            We supply spices, Starbucks coffee, half & half, Raw Sugar, Splenda, jelly and butter. Also place mats, paper napkins, paper towels, dish washing detergent, and other basic cleaning supplies....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            10 cup Krups programmable coffee maker with thermal pot that will keep your coffee hot for hours! We also have an electric water kettle available for your use...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Plenty of stainless flatware with serving pieces, plates, bowls, coffee cups and mugs, cutting boards, knives, and all of the basic cooking utensils...moreless

          • Dining:

            Custom made wood table and 6 counter height stools in the kitchen; 4-person table in the sun room...moreless

          • Oven:

            Electric Thermador oven--extremely accurate and professional quality!...moreless

          • Stove:

            Six burner Thermador gas stovetop ...moreless

          • Toaster:

            Cuisinart convection/toaster oven...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people


          • Towels Provided:

            100% cotton bath and hand towels and washcloth; extra washcloths for make-up removal; make-up remover pads also provided...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather bed topper in addition to new Stearns & Foster mattresses...moreless

          • Parking:

            one off-street parking space available...moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • We provide one bathrobe per bedroom; small sized bottles of Aveda shampoo & conditioner; small sized soap; disposable shower caps; toothbrushes and toothpaste...moreless


              • DVD Player:

                Blu-Ray player that plays regular DVDs as well as Blu-Ray disks...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Comcast Cable with 50 music channels...moreless

              • Books


                  • Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Seating for 4--perfect place for coffee or cocktails!...moreless


                      • Romantic
                      • Historic
                      • Tourist Attractions


                      • Churches
                      • Tennis
                      • Swimming
                      • Racquetball
                      • Basketball Court
                      • Fitness Center
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Laundromat
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Shopping
                      • Shelling
                      • Boating
                      • Photography
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Cinemas
                      • Library
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Water Parks
                      • Golf
                      • Live Theater
                      • Synagogues
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Festivals
                      • Walking
                      • Antiquing
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cycling


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                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Tax Rate 4%


                      Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We do not allow pets or smoking anywhere on the property. We are sorry but our property is not well suited for children. Capacity limit of 4 adults.


                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                      Last updated: 08/18/2014
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                      12.3 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Charleston International Airport-CHS
                      9 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak, North Charleston, SC
                      1.9 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      I-26 & Hwy 17
                      8.5 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Sullivan's Island
                      0.4 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      39 Rue de Jean and Hall's Chophouse

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      Centrally located near the vibrant Upper King Street restaurant & bar scene and lower King Street shopping area. The Farmer's Market just 2 blocks away during its seasonal run. Theater, The Gaillard Auditorium, Sottile Theatre & College of Charleston are located within easy walking distance. There is a grocery store, pharmacy, dry cleaners and main library within 1 to 3 blocks of this quiet location. Nearby you will find the Charleston Aquarium, boat tours of the Charleston harbor & Ft. Sumter, the Charleston Museum, Charleston Music Hall, the Aiken-Rhett House and many other noteworthy sights to visit and see. Most events, such as the Charleston Food+Wine Festival, historic home tours, Southeastern Wildlife Expo and the Cooper River Bridge Run are located within minutes of this property.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1993

                      About the owner: Ann and Fred Willis have lived in the Sarah Jane Clifford House (the main house) for 20 years. The Willises renovated the existing houses on the property, which included the main house and a carriage house, and built what is now a third house-a guest cottage. The Willises have been in the real estate business since 1999 through their privately owned company, and have renovated several of their properties and built a country house on an island near Charleston. Over a period of three years, from 2010 through 2013, the Willises completed a second, substantial renovation of the two guest houses on the property. The Sarah Clifford Guest House has the distinctive characteristics of a Willis renovation: the perfect marriage of modern and historic, uncluttered, clean-lined, high quality construction and finishes, and attention to detail.

                      Why the Owner Chose Charleston:
                      Location! The Sarah Clifford Guest House is perfect for 2 couples who want an ideal location and luxury accommodations. You'll enjoy a quiet, peaceful visit with easy access to all of the places you'll want to visit in downtown Charleston, including the venues for Spoleto Festival USA, the Charleston Food+Wine Festival, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, the upper King 'foodie' restaurants, museums, historic home tours, and King Street shopping.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      The quality of this newly renovated guest home sets it apart from all of the others! Beautiful, dark-stained heart pine wood floors, wood walls, 9' ceilings in the modern addition, ceiling fans, a private, enclosed patio, luxury bathrooms, heated master bath floor, and a top of the line kitchen.

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                      • View of the Sarah Clifford Guest House from the front entrance

                        View of the Sarah Clifford Guest House from the front entrance

                      • The Sarah Clifford Guest House--front entrance and side view

                        The Sarah Clifford Guest House--front entrance and side view

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • Patio


                      • Kitchen


                      • Kitchen


                      • Kitchen with view toward study

                        Kitchen with view toward study

                      • Study


                      • Laundry Room

                        Laundry Room

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Guest Bath

                        Guest Bath

                      • Entrance to the Sarah Clifford Guest House

                        Entrance to the Sarah Clifford Guest House

                      • Living Room showing doorway to Sun Room

                        Living Room showing doorway to Sun Room

                      • Living Room with view of Sun Room and through the Study doorway

                        Living Room with view of Sun Room and through the Study doorway

                      • Sun Room

                        Sun Room

                      • View from Kitchen into Living Room

                        View from Kitchen into Living Room

                      • Kitchen


                      • Kitchen with view toward living room

                        Kitchen with view toward living room

                      • Study


                      • Powder Room

                        Powder Room

                      • Stairway to second floor

                        Stairway to second floor

                      • Master Bath

                        Master Bath

                      • Guest Bedroom

                        Guest Bedroom

                      VRBO #562460

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                      This listing was first published here in 2014.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

                      $600 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 08/18/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-4 nights
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