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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 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 on the Cookhouse restoration in Period Homes magazine (see link below).

More Details

David Elder, Owner/manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017


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
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Marble-tile shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed
  • 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 4.9473686 based on 57 reviews

Old Southern Charm

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying in the historic Cookhouse. Our host was very friendly and accommodating. The unit was awesome. It was spacious, clean and beautifully decorated with old southern charm. The Cookhouse is located at the rear of a historic home. We were able to park near our unit so we didn’t have to leave our car on the street. It is located in a safe, quiet residential area full of beautiful historic homes and not far from charming park. We walked everywhere we went with the exception of the river plantation tours. We will absolutely be back!! Thanks so much for your hosting us and sharing your beautiful home.

~Raymond and Lesley Harst

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having y'all as guests! Thanks for the lovely review!
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Clean, comfortable, historic

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with history and character. Owners were nice, responsive and helpful. Comfy bed, and awesome shower! Clean place that was close to King street. Walked everywhere. Would stay here again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rachael, Thanks for the lovely comments. We enjoyed having y'all as guests! Dave
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Quiet neighborhood. Able to walk to all historic sites in downtown Charleston.

  • 5 of 5

Owners were very responsive to all of our questions before the trip. Monica greeted us upon arrival; unit was available and we were able to check in early right after our flight landed. In fact, the owners had a bottle of champagne chilling for us; we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The Cookhouse was beautiful, clean, spacious, historic yet has all the modern conveniences, and very comfortable. Off street parking, next to the unit, was a bonus. We walked everywhere! Site seeing and restaurants and church. We enjoyed our five day get away, we were extremely pleased with the Cookhouse, and will definitely book here on our next visit to Charleston.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Monica and David are fine hosts. The cook house is cozy and well kept. Location is A+. Will look to stay again on a later visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and Historic

  • 5 of 5

Charming and historic rental in a renovated cookhouse. Filled with antiques including a beautiful four poster bed. A terrific bathroom with a rain fall shower. The separate sitting room also included a small but well done kitchen. Lovely outdoor garden with a sitting area. Plenty of parking and in a great location for walking to downtown Charleston. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We absolutely loved our stay at the Cookhouse! We would highly recommend this place to anyone!

  • 5 of 5

We were positively delighted with our stay at the Cookhouse! This place is just as lovely as the pictures show and we really enjoyed the fascinating history of the property as well. The apartment is tastefully decorated and we found everything to be very clean and in order. The Elders were exceptionally helpful and accommodating to all of our needs. David Elder even provided us with helpful resources of things we could do that could be of interest to our two year old daughter. For those who are interested in history and historical properties, this is the place for you! Staying at the Cookhouse really enhanced our visit to Charleston, giving us a real southern experience. Charleston is steeped in so much rich history and it is indeed a place of beauty and charm. There is so much to see and do here and I feel like we only scratched the surface! I especially enjoyed visiting the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and Middleton Place. It was also fun to go to Folly Beach, which is a quirky little beach town. There are also many good restuarants in town with delicious southern meals. Fleet Landing Bar and Restaurant had very good food, and they even offer seating on a deck outside, right over the water. There are many other lovely places we visited and many more places I wish we could have gone, but we ran out of time. Overall, we had an amazing time! I hope to return to this beautiful city one day and if I do, the Cookhouse would be my very first choice of a place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You were lovely guests! We hope to see y'all again!
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