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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 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
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Marble-tile shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The private bedroom has a queen-size four-poster bed. 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 entrnace, without going through the other sleeping area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • 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 4.953125 based on 64 reviews
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Canada

Charming and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place. It had modern facilities but historic value. The neighbourhood was beautiful, safe and perfectly situated. The yard was gorgeous with comfortable furniture which we used. Charleston is so lovely. It is an easy walking city and well worth the exploration. Would recommend this home to anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Haddonfield, NJ

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home, well maintained and clean. Not far from King Street, but just far enough away that the noise is not a factor at all. Well positioned to walk to the Battery, walk over the Ravenel Bridge, or pop over to any number of bars or coffee shops. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Morehead City, NC

Cozy, romantic in perfect location to downtown

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I had a lovely stay here for our anniversary. The property is on a beautiful quiet block very close to all the downtown shops & restaurants. We especially enjoyed lunch on their garden patio. The home is very clean, decorated with historical charm but with modern comforts & amenties. The bed was exceptionally comfortable which was welcome after long afternoons sightseeing around town, and the updated bathroom was very nice. David and his family were very friendly & courteous and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exquisite stay!

  • 5 of 5

Upscale decor, very quiet neighborhood, close to beautiful mansions. Dave and Monica made our stay in Charleston a delight!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking: well maintained, great location (can get anywhere by walking) and all necessities included. The host was also so thoughtful (checking in; etc.). Definitely one of a kind and would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful space in great location

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do it no justice. The space is beautifully designed & all the amenities. Walking distance to great restaurants & bars. Highly recommended. Owners were very responsive.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments! We're glad you enjoyed your stay despite the unseasonably cold weather.
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