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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 and matching bathroom.

The front two bedrooms are of a double bed and another with twins. Bedside tables and lamps are on each side. Attention to details is visible in tatting and embroidery of white linens, carefully chosen period furniture, and vintage china and silver. The purpose is to give you an affordable 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

Confederate Treasurer Trenholm, and 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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 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. We keep it affordable for those who want to savor Charleston for a week while they go on my tour and get to know Charleston. We live downtown as well on the Ashley River with our 3 teenagers and English Springer Spaniel, Chesterfield, who 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.

Laura Wichmann Hipp purchased this house in 1987

Why Laura Wichmann Hipp chose Charleston

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 opportunities for people who love Charleston to come with family or friends and stay longer at a more affordable price.

What makes this house unique

Everywhere you want to go in the historic district is within walking or bicycling distance. The spacious apartment is clutter free, each being a room with a view. You can 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 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. You will find a gallon jar for sweet iced tea from Charleston grown tea. The trolley bus is free and picks up on Cannon St, a one minute walk from the house, taking you all over the peninsula of historic Charleston. A map with its stops in a guide book awaits you in the kitchen. 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • Babysitter
  • 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.


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(36 traveler reviews)

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Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
average rating of 4.638889 based on 36 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.
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Charleston house

  • 4 of 5

It was perfect.

Needs a microwave.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 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.
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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: Jun 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.
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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: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An oasis in Charleston

  • 5 of 5

We loved our cozy Charleston retreat! Laura had everything ready for us, thinking of many details and making us feel at home. Thanks Laura !

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful town

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay at this rental.... it gave me a sense of home without distractions...if you're wanting to get away to explore the history of Charleston and be able to stay in a home that has been apart of this culture I would recommend this property...I love the style of this house.... it takes you back to a more relaxed time and invites you to explore the history of Charleston. It is very close to all the main attractions of Charleston..and it is in walking distance to a popular restaurant Hominy Grill, The Wickliffe House, Halo...and it's near the waterfront, The Market. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have enjoyed having you and your family and am glad you keep returning to our property as a home away from home. Your Easter week visit was a special time I too will cherish being a part of. I'm glad you made it to our Easter Egg Hunt! Thank you for the gift of the beautifully framed picture saying HIPP from Charleston ironwork. Having thoughtful, appreciative folks like you makes it worth the trouble. Thank you for what your family has given back to Charleston and to MUSC pediatric cardiology families in memory of precious baby Everett. God bless you and your daughter and son in law!
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Nearest Restaurant
Hominy Grill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Folly Beach
Car: not necessary

It is a great getaway 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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.