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

Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

The best way to reach the owner, Laura, is by texting or calling her at 843-708-2228. Relax with a cup of tea or a Mint Julep in your downtown Historic Charleston apartment while others are fighting traffic. The Peninsula of Charleston is where you want to be if you are weary of the syncopated unrest of a crazy world. Come here and set your feet to a saner tempo, where Dubose Heyward and George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess, the first American opera. The streets of Charleston have some thing to give them that walk them in a receptive mood that will make life forever richer. Charleston is America's best kept secret.

This is a spacious three bedroom, two bath apartment, with full kitchen and dining room. The back bedroom has a queen size reproduction Old Charleston Rice Bed, antique chest of drawers with inlay, and matching bathroom.

The front two bedrooms are of a double bed with a single, and another with twins. Bedside tables and lamps are on each side. Attention to details is visible in embroidery of white linens, carefully chosen period furniture, and vintage china and silver. The purpose is to give you an Old Charleston experience, as if you lived here. There is a two car garage in back for off street parking.

The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour gives you a chance to get to know the vacation rental owner, a native Charlestonian, and have her as your own personal concierge. She takes you to the Battery, to private gardens, to the highlights of the historic district, and to her house for Tea at lunch time. You book this tour separately with Laura and pay when you attend her tour. Call or text her at 843-708-2228.

Keywords: A 3 bedroom, two bath second floor apt in a two story house sleeps up to 7 in historic Charleston within walking distance of Ashley Hall, home of cotton shipping merchant and CSA Treasurer Trenholm, and near Hominy Grill restaurant. Spacious and carefully appointed with fine touches of historic Charleston. Exposed beams in main room. Full kitchen and dining room.

More Details

Laura Wichmann Hipp
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, My daughter, Olivia, speaks French and her friend
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Laura Wichmann Hipp

My husband had the wisdom to buy this property while we were dating. I never dreamed my Charleston Tea Party Private Tour and this property would marry. It is for those who want to savor Charleston like a local and perhaps go on my tour. We live downtown in a separate location on the Ashley River near the Battery. We have two children in college and one teaching French at Ashley Hall girls school around the corner where our girls attended. We have an English Springer Spaniel, Chesterfield, who honestly reflects being made in the image of God better than we do. I invite you into our home for Tea at lunchtime at the end of my tour. We are born and raised Charlestonians, a privilege money cannot buy, but the blessings of which can be shared. We recommend you consider going to one of our many historic houses of worship here in The Holy City. Spiritual awakenings happen here like magic in the air, alignments that are tailor made for each person, at least for those who come here in a receptive mood. The beauty and balance of Historic Charleston architecture and gardens sing to the soul of order and symmetry, bringing a harmony within.

Laura Wichmann Hipp purchased this house in 1987

Why Laura Wichmann Hipp chose Cannonborough Elliotborough

My husband and I are both from Charleston, grew up here, and never desired to live anywhere else. He was living in the large historic house across the street from this vacation rental, renting from the childless couple who lived there and loved him, when this rental house came on the market. Instead of living the high life while dating me, he wisely invested in this property. I thought this property would provide an opportunity for people who love Charleston to come with family or friends and stay longer at a more reasonable price than is typically found downtown and with the Old Charleston charm. I cannot stand looking at pictures of generic rooms that look like they could be Anyplace, USA. You definitely feel you are in Old Charleston in my vacation rental. The views out the windows, the architectural beams within, the old Charleston furnishings, and the local art work create an experience with Historic Charleston that comes inside with you. Parking is a tension in the peninsula of Charleston. Our vacation rental is one of the only houses in the neighborhood with a 2 car garage and additional parking in the back.

What makes this house unique

Everywhere you want to go in the historic district is within walking or bicycling distance. There is a trolley bus a minute walk to the left around the corner on Cannon St that is free throughout the historic district, enabling you to hop on and off where you want to be to save your feet some walking. Our historic peninsula is bigger than other cities as it is bounded by two rivers and was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The spacious apartment is clutter free, each being a room with a view of Historic Charleston houses. I encourage you to bring or rent bicycles. There is room in the private garage for them and your car in the back. A washer and dryer are also in the back. It is a vibrant neighborhood of young medical professionals, historic houses, and popular restaurants and bakeries nearby. There is a big picnic basket in the kitchen you can fill for a picnic to a plantation or Hampton Park. SUGAR bakery on Cannon St around the corner and Saffron's on East Bay are great for collecting baked goods for a tea party picnic. The history of Charleston is to be savored, the visual richness of English architecture and garden designs to be enjoyed. One lifetime is not enough.


Cannonborough Elliotborough House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please leave your used linens in the large baskets in the hall. Ladies with makeup, please use cotton balls provided.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full baths with porcelain bathtub and shower head and curtain. Roman shade curtains in each.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) This is a Rice Bed, famous for the carved wood as rice sheathes, a wedding present from our groomsman, George Kanellos., Double Beds (1) New mattress and box are on an old a Jenny Lind bed., Twin or Single Beds (3) Think Downton Abbey. White iron beds with new box and springs., Couch (1) A is in the sitting room, which could be used as an eighth bed in a pinch.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Your owner becomes your personal concierge and guide when you go on her tour of her friends' homes and gardens in Historic Charleston. Priority is given first to rental guests who book her tour. Her tour by van allows you to go through the gates and front doors of historic properties not open to the public. You are then invited to the owner's private home for Tea overlooking the Ashley River to end a morning that becomes the highlight of the visit to Charleston.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

73% Complete
21% Complete
2% Complete
0% Complete
2% Complete
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
average rating of 4.631579 based on 38 reviews

Convenient, comfortable and cute with a caring owner!

  • 5 of 5

Laura, owner of this property, is so personal and provides you with a wealth of knowledge about her beautiful home state of South Carolina. Don't miss out on taking the private garden tours and tea she offers. Our experience with Laura was the highlight of our week in Charleston!!! Thank you, Laura, for your radiant Southern beauty and sharing your legacy of the South.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved our special time carved out to get to know each other. I have been taking tiny sips of the Amish maple syrup Mary left me. The two books you published are life changers! Thank you for your experience passed on to me. I loved having y'all.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming old world !

  • 4 of 5

Love how close this place is to the city easy walk , and close to some wonderful restaurants . Charming old world decor and warm welcome from owner .

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location in charleston

  • 5 of 5

This was a great apartment, very walkable to downtown (~a mile) restaurants and bars. Laura, the owner, was so sweet and left a couple little toys and bubbles for our son and a loaf of bread and homemade marmalade for us. We would definitely stay again if returning to Charleston

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charleston house

  • 4 of 5

It was perfect.

Needs a microwave.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's a great idea. I forget how dependent others are on a microwave. Having heard possible negative health reports about their effects on food and us, I moved ours out of the house years ago and don't think about it. Thank you for the reminder.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A Taste of Charleston Past

  • 4 of 5

Laura was an excellent hostess. She left us a loaf of fresh bread and her special orange marmalade. The second story apartment was everything we needed for a family of 5 and Nana. It was convient to downtown and the roads we needed to get to the plantations and the beach. The two parking spaces in the back were an added convenience. It was nice not to have to find on-street parking! Our only complaint was that the chairs and day bed provided in the den were not comfortable for relaxing after a long day of activity. We would rent it again!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the appreciative comments. I am glad you would stay again. Having read your constructive criticism, I have a couch I am considering moving to the vacation rental that would take the place of the day bed. It is very comfortable. I was going to sell it, but now I will reconsider. Thank you for planting the idea.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Would not stay here again

  • 3 of 5

Owner was very gracious and the size of the unit was great for 3 people. However, the furniture, mattresses and chairs were uncomfortable. One of the dining room chairs was broken; there is a hole in the rug in the living room. Everything needed a good cleaning and updating.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


The Battery
"You must promenade along The Battery to have been here like a Charlestonian. The link to th..."
Fort Sumter National Monument
"Ft. Sumter is where the War of Northern Aggression began. Major Rbt. Anderson of the Union A..."
Fort Moultrie National Monument
"Founding Fathers thought June 28, 1776 would be remembered by us as well as July 4th. Once ..."
Marion Square
"Every Saturday from April to Christmas from 8am to 1pm the Farmers Market takes place. Here..."
Rainbow Row
"Rainbow Row is where the preservation movement in Charleston began, and Charleston formed th..."
Nearest Restaurant
Hominy Grill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Folly Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ashley Hall,
Nearest Point of Interest
Hominy Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Remedy Locavore
Nearest Point of Interest
King Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Farmers Market on Sat 8-1
Nearest Point of Interest
Second Presbyterian Church
Nearest Point of Interest
The Gov Aiken--Rhett Mansion
Nearest Point of Interest
The New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church
Car: not necessary

It is a great getaway for 3 couples, or a girls trip, extended families, or for Citadel, College of Charleston, and Medical University of South Carolina parents and family to visit their sons and daughters and provide a home away from home.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

$125 cleaning fee for the change over after you leave is added. We offer a weekly rate available of $1400 July 6-Sept 30.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties