Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Miles of Fabulous, Uncrowded, Hard-Sand Beach, Very Close by!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

This is an architecturally modern house with old-world Charleston-style. Three bedrooms have bath en-suite. Guest suites are on second floor to give you privacy from the main living areas--sleep late if you wish! Fourth Bedroom is a spacious loft area on the third floor where 3 can sleep. The spacious Master Suite is on the main floor and has a king-sized bed and its own HVAC system. The upstairs guest floors can sleep up to 8 (2, 2, 3, 1) and has 2.5 baths. This is a great house for a family. There is an office area in a second floor suite, complete with wireless internet and USB ports to charge phones, for those who blend vacation with work.

Master suite is on main floor and has own deck access and spacious bath.

Living area is bright and VERY comfortable and expands onto the deck or screened porch. It has three seating areas for intimate gatherings, plus a round table for games!

Dinner seating for 8 persons in dining room and 6 in the kitchen and 4 on the porch makes this house a FABULOUS place for a family vacation.

Our house is on the lagoon, and surrounded by natural areas, so that you feel the charm of the low-country embracing you. Kids and adults will enjoy riding bikes on the paved 30 miles of bike paths. Get out the chalk and let their imaginations will go wild--play hopscotch and have a side-walk-artist-contest at the house without leaving the comfort of your vacation home!

Our kitchen is well stocked and comfortable, and spices, wraps, paper goods, etc. are supplied. It features a gas stove, so bring your specialty recipes and enjoy one another. Or, have your family-dinner catered by one of the fabulous specialists in the area.

Come take your vacation with us and come back often!

Also look at VRBO listing #330336, SkyHigh, our Cashiers, NC vacation home for cool mountain breezes!

Keywords: Hear the Surf, 5 minutes bike to Beach, Lagoon View, Beach House, pet friendly, fresh, clean, open, views, wildlife, biking, shells, hard sand beach, wireless internet

More Details

Elisabeth St. John
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Elisabeth St. John

Friends took us to lunch at the Ocean Club, and I said: 'Give me a kayak and a bike and pick me up in 5 years.' That is how we fell in love with Kiawah, and we want to share our lovely home with you. Coming from Aruba, Hilton Head and Fripp, we found Kiawah has the ambiance and the beauty we thought was no longer available. Come bike and walk on the beach with us, kayak with me, watch the deer graze in our yard.....alligators cruise the shore of the lagoon, the water-fowl make their graceful landings, golf on the most gorgeous courses, and fall in love with Kiawah with us! Kindest Regards, Elisabeth and Wade St. John

Elisabeth St. John purchased this house in 2016

Why Elisabeth St. John chose Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island .... what's not to love!

We also love the cool NC mountains--check out vrbo listing #330336, our 7 BR lodge-style home, named SkyHigh!

What makes this house unique

We hear the surf and can see the tidal changes in the lagoon--we don't need a tidal clock! The golf course surrounds our property, yet does not intrude, and the wild-life you see when just sitting on the porch is such a gift. Do you know what a Oster-Toadfish is? Neither did I until I saw this unusual creature in the lagoon. And, the Kiawah Nature Center identified it for us!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the fire place! It was so cozy with the lower temperatures outside. The guys played golf and had a great time.The home is very well equipped and very clean. Everything was great.
Dec 2010
  • 1 of 7


Vanderhorst Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Suite #1 bath - toilet , shower
    Guest Suite #2 Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Convenient to kitchen, living and laundry is a 'powder room'
    Bathroom 5 - shower , Rinse off the salt and sand when you come in from the beach!
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot and cold, the shower head is also a faucet rinse feet
  • 3 full baths, one powder room. Three bedrooms have its bath en-suite. Outdoor hot/cold shower has removable magnetic shower head so the small fry and sandy things and feet can be washed before entering the house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite
    Guest Suite #2 - 1 king
    Guest Suite #1 - 1 queen
    The "Tree House" - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , This cheerful and spacious bedroom is on the third floor
    Mezzanine - 1 twin/ single , A 30 x 75" daybed serves to accommodate a single guest
  • Each bedroom has its own TV. The Master Suite on the main floor has a King Bed.. On the second floor, there is a King bed in the large Guest Suite with walk-in closet and an alcove.. A great room for the cousins to share, or to use as an office. There is a Queen bed in Guest Room 2, which has walk-in closet so you can bring all your stuff' and keep it out of view! On the same level, opposite the mezzanine TV, is a daybed to accommodate a single sleeper. The Tree House is on the third floor and is a spacious and fun bedroom. It has a King bed, a single day bed, a comfy recliner chair, and its own HVAC system..
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Lagoon bird-watch migratory and water-fowl. 'Alli' the alligator entertains for hours, at a distance, of course, in the lagoon. Deer and other wildlife abound on this property surrounded by natural areas. It is a short and shaded walk to the beach on a beach-path, fabulous walking or biking on 30 miles of paved trails or the beach, 20 station Fitness trail, oh so many Shells on the beach, plus a fabulous sunset over the ocean from Beachwalk #32. Golf on beautiful area courses, ocean swimming, windsurfing, kayak or canoe on the creeks, Horseback Riding is nearby. Sightseeing, Restaurants, Parks, Boating, Fishing, Nature Center, Camp Kiawah for Kids, if you can do it out-of-doors you can probably do it here!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Miles of Fabulous, Uncrowded, Hard-Sand Beach, Very Close by!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful property - perfect place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Sort walk (or bike ride) to the beach...perfect layout in home for family groups...great entertainment just a step away! Owners are caring and great to work with...why stay anywhere else???

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful care you give our home. We love having you!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Vestal, NY

The Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed with the St. John's at Sweetgrass 1 and this unit far surpasses our hopes. After years of dealing with Wade and Elisabeth they are a pleasure to deal with both in business and personally. After all these years we call them friends. You can count on them, their word is gold.

The house Is perfectly located and close to beach access. The house is well equipped with everything you an possibly need. The multiple seating areas are great for having multiple conversations.

Do yourself a favor and book it. We sure will again and again.

Bob & Diane Davis - Vestal, NY

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, and we are so glad you like the new Sweeter-Grass. You are like family to us, and we so appreciate you choosing to let us host you over the years. Cheers to you both, to Riley, and to many happy returns! Best Regards, Elisabeth
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A piece of Heaven on a bed of Sweetgrass!

  • 5 of 5

This is our fifth year of Bi-Annual visits to this place of perfection. If you are looking for a quite, relaxing venue surrounded by the sea, a plethora of cuisine choices and lots of natural adventures...this is the place. The house has privacy with convenience to activities - well equipped and comfortably appointed. A great layout for multiple couples or family gatherings, yet still appealing to the lone couple who wants some away-time! Book today, don't miss your chance!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Sweetgrass is a beautiful home and perfect for three "older" couples visiting Kiawah for a wedding. The home's set up was perfect as each couple had their own private area. Also, the homes where Sweetgrass is located are not close to each other so there is quiet and privacy. The home is immaculate and every comfort provided.

The St. John’s are so wonderful, kind and considerate, they are willing to do anything within their powers to accommodate visitor’s request. They even gave up their weekend to us when a scheduling error, not their fault, occurred. The St. John’s truly went beyond anything I have ever experienced to work with us, I cannot thank them enough.

Alli, brought us many hours of entertainment and to see her babies was amazing. Having a garage to store our bikes and beach “stuff” was wonderful. This is a perfect home for any age group to stay in but even more so when couples are sharing, no one has to comprise.

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, and it was our pleasure! We adore having wonderful guests and please come back again! Best Regards, Elisabeth
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great house for family

  • 5 of 5

As a family of 5, with three children under 8, we loved this house. The kids had their own "wing" and bathrooms - which allowed for nice privacy for the parents as well. The layout is very open, so you can munch in the kitchen, talk and watch the living room or the kids on the porch. The porch is truly wonderful, with the tree growing thru it and the wildlife and alligator right there for you to watch ! Beach is less than 5mins of comfortable bike ride and the kids were able to free bike around the cul-de-sac and driveway as well. Great location, well furnished and equipped house - would definitely come back again. Everything you need is here... so fabulous introduction to Kiawah for us! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when you love our home. Please come back soon and often!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Houston, TX

Excitement in Kiawah

  • 5 of 5

This house was excellent for our use. There were 3 married couples in our group. We each had our own bedrooms and bathrooms, a large living area, well stocked kitchen and a large screened area, which was very nice in the cool mornings. It is situated overlooking a bayou so that we could see aquatic life anytime we went out on the back deck. It was very nicely furnished, clean and had the amenities that suited us just right. The house is only a short bike ride to the beach and the other people that we met in the area were friendly and helpful. Thank you for allowing us to stay at your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being wonderful guests! Please come back soon and often.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cherrywood Grill
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Turtle Point, Osprey Point
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Savannah, GA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US 17
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cherrywood Grill 1 mi., Atlantic Room 5 mi.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kiawah Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
The Sanctuary 5* Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
The Plantation House
Nearest Point of Interest
Fine Dining
Car: necessary

Bird Watching (over 150 Species), Biking on Beach, TEN miles of hard-sand beach on which to ride bikes, find shells, read a book, or go for a swim; concierge for beach-chairs and parasols, golf golf golf, tennis, Nature Center, and Kamp Kiawah for Kids!


Rates & Availability

Vanderhorst Plantation House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $500

Dog Deposit of $500 is refundable upon satisfactory check out. We love our many responsible pet owners!
June 1-Sept. 1 Rental is weekly only.
Rates includes exit cleaning!
Returning guests receive a 10% discount on the listed rental rates. Payment is only by check to Wade Properties, LLC, saving the guests the $ fee that vrbo now charges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Enter dates for accurate pricing

Send a Message Send a Message

You might like these similar properties