The Classic Folly House at the Fort - Private Island Retreat
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Private Homes cottage description
"THE FORT" is 13 acres located on Folly Beach, a barrier island only 9 miles from downtown, historic Charleston. The property encompasses 9 acres of marsh land and 4 acres of high ground. On the high ground there are two small houses and private dock; very private living space with great ocean and marsh views, yet accessible to everything. No houses within 1500 feet on oceanfront or marsh.
NO COMPARABLE PROPERTY AT FOLLY BEACH! The Fort is connected to the main road, East Ashley Avenue, by a private causeway. The swimming and surfing beach, known as "The Washout" to locals, is right across the street with unobstructed ocean views. On the river/marsh side the property has a private dock for crabbing and shrimping. Lots of room to walk and play; 52 different birds sighted; dolphins swim right up to dock.
The Fort was originally a Native American Island. In the Civil War the Union Army used it for storage and fortified it, including building the causeway to the main road. The Union Army used the end of Folly Island to blockade the port of Charleston and a Parrot gun was put on The Fort to shell Fort Sumter. The Main House on The Fort was erected shortly after World War II. The Cottage was constructed in 2003.
The Classic Folly House at The Fort:
Newly renovated bathroom with shower/tub and three bedrooms. The first bedroom has a queen size bed, second bedroom has two twin beds, and the third bedroom has a full size bed. This house sleeps 5 people. It has a full kitchen and living room/dining room combination; enclosed porch overlooking the ocean.
Comfortably furnished as a classic Folly beach house with newly redone hardwood floors. It has new central heat and air conditioning, large refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, microwave, coffee maker, washer/dryer, dishwasher and outside hot/cold shower. THIS IS A NON-SMOKING PROPERTY.
NO PETS ALLOWED. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
The Fort is also the home to The Cottage at The Fort. The Classic Folly House and The Cottage can be rented together for groups of 8 to 10 guests.
NO RENTERS UNDER THE AGE OF 25. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
GUEST CAPACITY CAN NOT EXCEED 5 INCLUDING CHILDREN.
IF GUEST CAPACITY IS EXCEEDED YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. NO REFUNDS.
Keywords: Secluded, Peaceful, Near all events
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 2-5
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Gas Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- On Marsh with spectacular views. Wonderful wildlife and nature.
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Water View
- Beach View
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
This was our first time trying anything like this, and it was a great experience. The house was all we hoped it would be -- quaint, well furnished, quiet, and clean. Having all the amenities of home is nice, so you can cook (if you prefer that to eating out), do laundry as needed, etc. The dock is really nice, although in late July you really don't want to be out there after 9 am or before 7 pm - it's just too hot! The location is perfect. The beach is a short walk away, and this is a section of the beach that doesn't see as much use as the main Folly Beach area. Not having to load up the car, drive somewhere, find parking, hike to the beach, and then reverse the process on the way home is grand! Note that this section of beach is frequented by surfers. It was not a problem sharing the ocean with them. We ate at several of the Folly Beach restaurants, including the Crab Shack, Lost Dog Cafe, Rita's, Tokyo Crepes, and Locklear's (listed in our order of preference). Downtown Charleston is readily accessible via Highway 30, the James Island Expressway. Dealing with the owner was pleasant and with no hassles.
- Guest Craig W.
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 02/11/12
Owner response: It is always a pleasure to know our guests have enjoyed their stay at The Fort. We strive to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. When we receive a review like the one Craig sent it inspires us to continue to improve and and continue to ensure The Fort remains the unique experience it has become for so many of our guests.
Your Own Piece of Paradise
Your Own Piece of Paradise
We visited here last summer and really enjoyed the place. It was like we were on our own little island. My kids enjoyed fishing and crabbing off the dock and there was always something interesting to see as the tide rolled in and out. It was a short little walk to the beach and we found we were far enough down to be away from the crowds. The cottage was just the right size with plenty of places to relax and read a book. We had problems with the a/c while we were there but they had a maintenance person in that afternoon to fix the problem. This was a great vacation place!
- Guest Joan (Michigan)
- Date of stay 07/31/10
- Review Submitted 05/15/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Nothing better on Folly
Nothing better on Folly
We just spent a week at The Fort in the Classic Folly House and it proved to be more than expected. We were looking for a quiet, secluded beach experience within reach of the frivolity of Folly Beach. Turns out, we didn't need the frivolity, but it's there if need be. The solitude of the Fort won over and we experienced the relaxation of a classic beach vacation. Very easy access to the beach and great views of the broad marsh. Constant breezes and great surf. Birds galore, even a hawk enjoying it's meal within 20 feet of the deck. In this day of extravagant coastal development, it was a pleasure to experience the refined, rustic feel of the Fort at Folly.
- Guest Brooks & Martha (Spartanburg, SC)
- Date of stay 06/19/10
- Review Submitted 06/29/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
The Fort at Folly Beach is a naturalist's dream. Surrounded by acres of undeveloped land, ocean to the front of the property and river behind, this spot is nothing short of a magical place. Be prepared for sightings of beautiful local birds and gorgeous sunsets over the river and marsh. Words really can't capture this spot's natural richness of plant and animal wildlife as well as it's natural beauty. The Classic House is a very comfortable and clean home, complete with conveniences and everything in working order. Peter and his family are lovely! So pleasant and helpful! They really made us feel very welcome. Since returning home, we haven't been able to stop talking about our time at The Fort! In short our experience here surpassed our expectations and my family (including our Berner, Sasha!) and I really look forward to returning to The Fort!
- Guest maryann g. (Chester, NJ)
- Date of stay 07/17/09
- Review Submitted 07/17/09
We stayed at The Fort Ole House last week and were very impressed with the amount of privacy, cleanliness, and comfort of the house. The Fort was more like a private island with a private drive and dock. Because of it's location on Folly it provided a tranquil and relaxing week. The short walk to the beach was also rewarding as we did not encounter high beach traffic. The Fort is only a mile and a quarter to the North end of Folly, which made getting to the Morris Island Lighthouse lookout very easy. Access back to downtown is very easy, but with the wonderful beach, fishing of the dock, surfing, beautiful beach and dunes, wonderful breeze for kites, and wildlife galore (expect to see fiddler crabs, blue crabs, turtles, sandpipers, seagulls, etc), it's hard to tear yourself away to head into town. We fell in love with the Fort and my son did not want to come home.
- Guest The Brady's (Greensboro, NC)
- Date of stay 07/02/09
- Review Submitted 07/02/09
The 'Ole House' at The Fort is what visiting the beach is all about. The house has a sense of history and South Carolina charm. This house represents what staying at the beach was like before the condo/McMansion invasion. The house is very comfortable with a great sitting porch. The property is unbelievable- peaceful, private yet convenient to the beach and historic Charleston. Folly Beach is a great laid back, dog friendly beach town. Peter is a wonderful host who cares about the quality of your stay.
- Guest David R. (Athens, OH.)
- Date of stay 04/27/09
- Review Submitted 04/27/09
I rented the Ole House for our relatives when my son graduated from The Citadel in May 2008. They absolutely loved it! It is private and peaceful and only a short walk to the beach.Also, a short walk or drive to other ammenities. I would rent the Ole House again.
- Guest Lark Hiser (Charleston, SC)
- Date of stay 02/15/09
- Review Submitted 02/15/09
We stayed in the Ole House the last week of July and truly loved it. The house was very nice and clean and comfortable. I loved the privacy of the house but yet still so close to the beach! It was definitely worth it and we would stay here again.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/05/05
- Review Submitted 10/05/05
The Fort has the best of both worlds, the quiet, peacefulness of the marsh and the energy of the local beach. Since it is right accross the street, it is perfect for an after dinner walk. The sunsets off the private dock were beautiful. We were able to catch fresh crab right off the dock. The house is fully equipped and comfortable. The property is truely unique and magestic. A true gem!
- Guest Darcy Wallace (Asheville, NC)
- Date of stay 09/15/05
- Review Submitted 09/15/05
A wonderful beach house on a very special property. The house is a classic, and full of charm and lots of comfortable furniture. The dock is a beautiful retreat at all times of day - the kids caught shrimp and blue crabs. The beach is a short walk down your private causeway and the surfers are lots of fun to watch. The beach was practically empty the last week in August and we found lots of neat shells. You'll fall in love with Folly like we did!
- Guest Sally Marshall (Washington, DC)
- Date of stay 09/09/05
- Review Submitted 09/09/05
The Classic Folly House only sleeps 5. Fall, Winter, and Spring 3 night min. stay 200.00 per night Mid-Sept to Mid-May. Plus 12.5% SC Acc Tax Higher holiday rates SUMMER: ONLY WKLY RENTALS-$1500.PER WK plus 12.5% SC Acc. Tax wks run SAT/SAT 50% dep. required to hold rental. Balance due 1 week prior to arrival. Cancellations: full ref. If 30 days prior to arrival less $75 cancellation fee. If after 30 days-no ref. unless unit rented for same time/amt. (less $75 cancel. fee) $500 Sec Dep req on wkly rent.$300 Per-night rent. Linens/Towels Included Additional Fees: Clning Fee $100. on all rentals. NO PETS ALLOWED
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THE CLASSIC FOLLY HOUSE AT THE FORT
LIVING ROOM - PHOTO 2
Enclosed Air-Conditioned/Heated Porch With Marsh Views
SECOND BEDROOM WITH FULL SIZE BED
FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
THE FORT: PRIVACY, SERENITY, PEACE, AND IN TWO MINUTES THE BEACH AWAITS YOU.
THE DOCK ON THE FORT
Living Room - Photo One
READING AREA IN LIVING ROOM
Dining Area On Enclosed Porch With Marsh Views
MASTER BEDROOM READING AREA
THIRD BEDROOM WITH TWIN BEDS
FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
THE FORT: WINTER PEACE
Deck With Marsh Views
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