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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:
May 23, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • 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 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
  • 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., Bunk Beds (1) A day bed is in the sitting room, which could be used as a seventh bed.
  • 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. Breakfast at 9 is included on her tour in a house on the Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumter. 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! 4.7/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
average rating of 4.71875 based on 32 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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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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New Orleans, LA

Awesome house and amazing tour!

  • 5 of 5

I searched through hundreds of VRBO and Airbnb listings trying to find the perfect place for our Charleston vacation. My sister and I surprised our mother with a trip for her Birthday and secretly invited all of my mom's college friends, so I wanted to find the perfect place for these southern belles! I loved the idea of having a house instead of two or three separate hotel rooms so they could stay up and talk and reminisce (and they did!). Laura's house was perfect. Very spacious with two bathrooms which is a must when you have 7 ladies in one house! The only thing I would say is a "con" is that you have to climb up a flight of stairs to get to your part of the house. There is a wall and railing, but just FYI in case you have someone that wouldn't work for. My mom personally has a bad knee and I was worried about that, but she made it ok...just a little slower!

The location is great! Around the corner from Hominy Grill (we ate there twice!), Fuel and Sugar Bakeshop. We mainly took Uber everywhere and it never took more than 10 minutes or cost more than $10 a ride. There is also a trolley stop right by the house that can take you for free downtown or other places during certain hours. We walked to Charlie's grocery/convenient store and got breakfast food and snacks for the house, which was nice. It was just lovely and Laura makes it feel like home. She is so easy to work with and if you have any questions you can just give her a call! There is a covered garage in the back of the house so if you do have a vehicle that is really nice.

I also signed us all up for Laura's tea party tour for our first day in Charleston. It was awesome! She is so knowledgeable about history and especially Charleston history. She showed us some things off the beaten path that we definitely wouldn't have been able to see with any other city tour. We went to gardens and in the homes of some of her personal friends, which were just beautiful! She even stopped off downtown at her daughter's work and had her come outside just so we could meet and talk with her. We ended the tour at her home with a light lunch and tea. She even made my mom a delicious birthday cake! Just such a sweet and thoughtful gesture. We had great conversations and we were all so glad that we did the tour and got the chance to meet Laura and learn from her.

I would definitely recommend! I will rent this house again the next time I take a trip to Charleston!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston apartment

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. Conviently located near The Citadel and shops and restaurants in Historic Charleston. We walked all these places about 1.2 miles one way. Great price for several people.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Quaint apartment home, owner is kind.

  • 4 of 5

Laura was very attentive before and during our stay, even stopping by to try to meet us. There was a lot of information about Charleston inside the property. It is in a good location, very close to MUSC. There were several good restaurants within walking distance. You could walk to the historic district, but we chose to drive. The apartment is on the top floor of a house. It was clean and spacious. The bathrooms are small, but you would expect that as this is an older house. We did experience some noise issues from the downstairs renters. It wasn't bad, just college age kids doing their thing. One member of our family had issues sleeping due to road noise from the street. It was louder than what he is used to. This is not the fault of the owner, just an issue one person had. The off-street parking was wonderful and the home is easily accessed by the major roads in the area. We felt the mattresses/bed linens could use an upgrade. There were plenty of towels provided and there is even an ironing board tucked away inside a nook in the house. The kitchen was well stocked--I enjoyed the electric tea pot quite a bit. The home has wi-fi available, but no television. This worked out fine for us. The showers were good and we had plenty of hot water each day for all four of us to shower.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC, USA

great stay in a great town

  • 5 of 5

wonderful spot in an amazing town. the owner made the stay even more pleasant will her attentiveness. we'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your gratitude especially for your visit in the month of September, 2016.
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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

Cannonborough Elliotborough House Rental Rates

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Year round
Jan 10 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

changeover cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 10.0%

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

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