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St Michael's Place Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bed 1 bath bungalow minutes to everything

Bring your food, clothes, pet and beach towel and stay in this adorable home in the heart of the Island. St Michael's Place is an updated bungalow in the heart of old James Island with a sweet living dining combo and fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, 1 double bed, three twin beds, 2 fold out futons, and 2 Pack-n-Plays for the little ones. WiFi, board games, acitvities for the little ones plus a sitting room with lifecycle cardio-fitness bike. Out back is a private deck overlooking a lovely garden complete with gas grill. In the garage you'll find two bikes, two beach chairs, boogie boards, beach cooler, umbrella and mats for your convenience. Fenced in front and back yards for your kids and pets.

Unlike most VRBOs, this home is fully equipped with incidentals: paper products, trash bags, foil, spices, etc. so you wont need to trouble yourself with extras. Just bring your personal toiletries, cloths and food and enjoy.

Or stroll down the street to the Terrace theater or the Sunday Farmers Market.


Medical rates available for patients and families - please ask.

More Details

Trish Bender - owner/manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Trish Bender - owner/manager

I moved to Charleston in 1991 and fell in love with James Island immediately. It has that perfect combination of small town atmosphere and large city amenities. St Michael's Place was my quiet home and garden retreat for 12 years until I built another home around the corner. You just can't beat living so close to everything Charleston without feeling like a tourist.

Trish Bender - owner/manager purchased this house in 1993

Why Trish Bender - owner/manager chose Riverland Terrace

St Michael's Place is a true retreat located in Riverland Terrace, THE OLD VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD close to Folly Beach and Historic Charleston. Amazing golfing, boating, biking, walking, shopping, restaurants and farmers' market all within walking distance.

Unlike other properties, this one is equipped with just about everything you'll need to stay and have fun. Just bring food and clothes.

What makes this house unique

Historic Avenue of grand live oak trees

Historic Fort Pemberton

Waterfront neighborhood with boat landing

Two play parks

Walking distance to everything essential -movies, restaurants, bars, spas, etc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here during the Christmas holiday while visiting our children. The home was well appointed and it was even decorated for Christmas, complete with stockings and goodies.

Everything worked great and the owner was very accommodating. We lived in Charleston for several years and never knew about this wonderful neighborhood. I'll remember it for our next visit.
Dec 2013
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Riverland Terrace House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Marble Tiled Bathroom with Marble Tile Tub/Shower combo
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Brand New Firm Mattresses
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Brand New Firm Mattresses
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Fold out Double futons in family room and sun room
  • Note that this is a classic 3 bedroom home that has extra rooms with fold out beds.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
**Special Discount for patients of MUSC. If you are coming to town for treatment, please let me know.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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St Michael's Place Retreat
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 15 reviews

The house felt like home to me.

  • 5 of 5

It was comfortable. My dogs were happy. I had family visit and there was plenty of room. The neighborhood was peaceful. I was out and about, mostly at my daughter's home. She lives in Charleston and was my main reason for visiting the area. Being from the northeast, the warmer temps were great. I would just sit and have my coffee on the back deck in the mornings and loved the "early spring" for me. Thanks Trish.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brenda. We try to make this home as peaceful and comfortable as possible so our guests feel completely at home. I hope you come back to visit again soon.
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Warm and comforting.

  • 5 of 5

Trish's place was like having a home away from home. It was obvious that lots of love went into it and it was exactly the kind of place we needed for our stay. We were there for medical treatment at MUSC and Trish made our trip a little less stressful because of her understanding and generosity. I would highly recommend it if you prefer to be away from the tourist areas or are in need of a refuge for medical care.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good place for a family, lovely neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We loved it

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, California

Amazing oasis close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect in every way. Although I travelled just by myself, it would be ideal for families with children. The layout of the house is very open, much bigger than in photos, with many choices for sleep and play areas and lots of parking. I brought two large dogs, one an escape artist, and both the front and back yards were secure and fun for them. It's great to be able to park right in the long driveway by the front gate for unloading the pups and luggage. The backyard goes back more than you see in photos, and the natural landscaping provided them a cool place to sniff and explore. The street is shady and only one block from famous Wapoo Drive, and very close to a lot of well known eateries. You could walk to many. Easy and fast to downtown Charleston and beaches. You could just tell that it would be awesome to live in this neighborhood. The best for me was that steps away is a perfect park to take dogs for shaded, leash- free play, as there is a fenced in portion of the park. To top it off, the most amazing dog park I've seen in my life is not far at James County Park, with its lake for dogs. Because it was so hot while I was there, Trish's central air was a godsend. Everything worked perfectly and was spotless, with ample provisions for cooking, cleaning, linens and entertainment. You can tell Trish takes a lot of care in her home and is thoughtful about details. She is very responsive to any questions. Thank you for a magical place to rest my road-weary bones and fall in love with Charleston!! Thank you for being a truly pet friendly place

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly! We really try to accommodate every possible requirement for a truly relaxing vacation for our guests.
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Absolutely great place to spend a vacation. Close to everything best that James Island has to offer.

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained, clean and neat on a quiet, neighborhood street. We loved this place!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for the month of June while doing some graduate course work through Clemson and College of Charleston. The location of the house is absolutely perfect, only 15 mintues to downtown and about 20 to the beach. It says a lot about a city when after a month of checking things off the to-do list you've ended up adding more than you've done as well as a lot about a house when after a few short hours you feel very much at home.

A word of caution, the beds are very, very hard and springy. If that's not what you're used to pick up a mattress pad before you go. Everything else, including Trish were so lovely it would not deter me from another stay, I'll just plan accordingly next time.

Check out the Tattooed Moose on Johns Island for a laid back lunch. Sweetwater Cafe on James Island for breakfast. LB sweets and treats on James ISLAND for croissants or pastries. Crust also on James Island for brick oven pizza, fresh salads and a good beer selection.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Charleston International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pour House
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Charleston Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Mustard Seed
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Folly Beach
Car: necessary

Riverland Terrace is the most popular waterfront neighborhood on James Island. Perfectly situated between the City Municipal Golf Course and the Intercoastal Waterway, recreational opportunities abound! Walk to antique shopping, movie theater, 3 restaurants, a coffee shop, 1 night club and a day spa or bike to the 700 acre County Park for rock climbing, dog park, biking, camping, fishing, crabbing, kayaking.

Drive to Historic Charleston in under 5 minutes or Folly Beach in 10.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 12.0%

Additional fees may apply for more than 4 persons, more than 1 pet. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $500.00 Deposit is non-refundable after 7 days from booking date.
If stay is for medical reasons, please ask for the Saint Michael's Medical Rate Form. Patients and their families get priority on all bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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