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Historic Downtown Cookhouse Apartment in Garden District

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (sleeps 2-4) in historic downtown cookhouse

Are you looking for a unique yet modern getaway as an alternative to a hotel? The fully-licensed (City of Charleston license #51022) .Cookhouse suite is the perfect retreat for any occasion. Your hosts previously operated a seasonal inn in a restored 1760 country house in West Cork, Ireland.

The Cookhouse is a romantic and elegant option located in Charleston’s Garden District near Wragg Mall and its live oaks and fountain, the Charleston Museum, the Visitors’ Center, Marion Square’s Saturday Farmers’ and Crafts Market, two historic mansions open to the public (the Aiken-Rhett and Joseph Manigault Houses), the College of Charleston, the Charleston School of Law, and the nationally-recognized cuisine/entertainment district on Upper King. Within walking distance (or by free trolley) are the King Street shopping area and antiques district, The Market, and several other historic districts.

The spacious professionally-decorated Cookhouse unit accommodates up to four people. The unit has a queen reproduction historic rice bed, two large fireplaces (the original kitchen and laundry rooms to the main house), accent antiques, a spacious bathroom with marble-tiled shower, and a fully-equipped kitchen/sitting room with eating area and full-sized sofa bed. The Cookhouse boasts a professionally-designed patio and garden and has off-street parking for 1-2 cars.

Charleston is full of history, charm and wonderful hospitality. The Cookhouse allows you easy access to beaches (15 minutes), historic river plantations (20 minutes), the aquarium, excellent, diverse cuisine at different price levels, and allows you to just relax, read, nibble, and imbibe your favorite beverages in the shared garden.

Illustrated in Bernard Herman’s Townhouse: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City 1780-1830 (2005), the Cookhouse was recently tastefully restored following the award-winning restoration of the main John Robinson House, a historically significant Federal double house (1814) constructed by the wealthy merchant who later built the adjacent urban plantation now known as the Aiken-Rhett House. There is an interesting article with several pictures on the Cookhouse restoration in Period Homes magazine (Vol. 14, No. 6, Nov. 2013), a copy of which is available in the Cookhouse.

More Details

David Elder, Owner/manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About David Elder, Owner/manager

I'm a retired law professor with a fascination with and love of old buildings. Before retiring and moving to Charleston, my family restored Sea Court, a 1760 country house in West Cork, Ireland, which we operated as a seasonal inn for over 20 years before its sale in 2007. The house and family were featured in "The Essential History of Ireland," a documentary shown widely on British and Irish television in the early 1990's. Sea Court and its 10 acres of grounds were designated as of significant historical merit by the Irish government.

David Elder, Owner/manager purchased this apartment in 2010

Why David Elder, Owner/manager chose Historic Old City

When we were looking for a retirement home after selling our Irish property, we came across the John Robinson House, built in 1814, located in the Mazyck-Wraggborough historic district and sister house to the Aiken-Rhett House, also built by John Robinson and now a house museum operated by the Historic Charleston Foundation. The main John Robinson House had 95% or so of its original fabric intact but was in need of a major restoration. The Cookhouse was derelict. (There is a photo in the unit of the Cookhouse before our restoration efforts). We have enjoyed restoring both and making the Cookhouse available to short-term guests.

What makes this apartment unique

You can enjoy Charleston history and architecture by staying in the Cookhouse, which is exceptionally well-situated for walking around Charleston's beautiful historic districts, and is just a short distance from many of Charleston's finest restaurants.


Historic Old City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tile shower with marble seat
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Has a queen-size four-poster bed, and other furniture, including a chair, a chest of drawers and closet. There is also a full-size sofa bed in the living room/kitchen. Both sleeping areas have access to the bathroom, which is off the front entrance, without going through the other sleeping area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Downtown Cookhouse Apartment in Garden District
average rating of 4.964706 based on 85 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Dave was so helpful and went beyond to help and make sure our stay was perfect! We will be back again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful! Our second visit!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location! Beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments! We hope to see y'all again! Dave
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Beautiful, charming, unique.

  • 5 of 5

This property was beautiful!! From the grounds to the house itself. Extremely well kept and cared for. Everything about it was adorable!! The bed was very comfortable. It was quiet and in the perfect neighborhood and location. Our friends staying at other rentals we’re jealous. We will definitely come back!! Many thanks!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We have been to Charleston many times over the years, but this was by far our favorite visit!

  • 5 of 5

We love Charleston, but staying at The Cookhouse surpassed all other accommodations we have tried. We felt like we were visiting our favorite vacation locations in Tuscany. The property is so beautifully restored and maintained that it was hard to believe that just a few years prior, it was a 200 year old ruin. The location is very convenient to King and Meeting Street so we were able to walk to many of our destinations. We had some of the best food we have eaten in Charleston. We drove out to Kiawah and Folly beaches on two of our days there and enjoyed them both. I don't see how our hosts David and Monica could have made our stay any more enjoyable, and we certainly hope to return to stay with them again in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, Thanks for the lovely compliments! We hope to see y'all again! Dave
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Very close and convenient to everything!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 3 stayed at Dave and Monica’s place and found it very cozy and inviting. The first floor apartment was spacious, clean and well equipped. Quiet and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

This immaculate, perfectly appointed guesthouse is an historical building. Quiet and serene, we had a wonderful stay, and were able to breakfast on site in the kitchen/living quarters. Everything we needed was at the house, including coffee and coffee maker, dishes, tourist info, etc. The guest house is nicely situated just 2 blocks from the Visitor's Center and shuttle stops, and steps from at least two lovely parks. If we make it to Charleston again, we will surely stay here!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments! We hope to see y'all again sometime!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

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