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Goat Island Retreat--The Finest Vacation rental on Goat Island. By boat only.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,980 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Large Dock & Covered Pier Head Directly on Waterway

Sitting on the Intercoastal Waterway, just a brief 5-minute boat ride from the friendly Isle of Palms Marina, sits an island get-away that is secluded while touting a rustic freshness that can’t be matched. “Goat Tales” is the perfect home for those seeking a time to refresh and enjoy themselves among the history, beauty and lore of Charleston’s fabled Goat Island – a hidden island gem along the South Carolina coast. A 'by boat only experience' that boasts a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System which means clean, pure and odorless water to enjoy. Waterfront features 2 floating docks, 4' wide aluminum "sure grip" ramp, large covered pier head with water and electricity, fish cleaning sink and table, lighted walkway and Tiki Bar. Our dock is located inside the seasonal NO WAKE ZONE.

You will enjoy the morning sun, a vivid sunset and bright stars and the ever-changing tides. Mesmerized by the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll experience life on the water, the ever-changing salt marsh, fiddler crabs, sea birds, deer, and, two miniature prized goats, that truly make Goat Island’s name authentic.

Friends and family will enjoy a designer-styled home that has all the ultra modern amenities amidst 2,000 square feet of spacious and open living with views of the water and nature from all vantage points. Photos will be a must from your Adirondack chairs while burning the custom fire pit situated on a new seating deck. Or sit on the covered porch high above ground level with a decorative ceiling fan humming and all the acquirements that make comfort King. Enjoy the postcard view...

The property is constantly being groomed and updated. Enjoy the dock, the fire pit, the porch and all the appointments and the amenities for an on-the-water Intracoastal experience. Floating dock can accomadate three boats with ease. Water touring ideas and specific information regarding the Intracoastal area is easy to come by from the owner who has extensive knowledge and the knows the surrounding waters.

Walking the nature trail behind “Goat Tales” you’ll experience first-hand the dense forest of palmetto trees, ferns and natural beauty at the doorstep of the famous Grey Bay and the stunning Charleston Skyline. Ask Sherry about the women who walk the trail for exercise - join in!

This property is very unique as it’s suitable for a number of destination getaways. “Goat Tales” is perfect for a family reunion, wedding event, anniversary, birthday celebration, guys or gals weekend, romantic hideaway, teambuilding event and more. Recent guests include a fishing team, sorority sisters, family reunions, birthdays and more. Custom packages and transportation can be easily arranged to suit your needs.

Bring you own boat or rent one. The owners will buzz you around for a daily rate for trips back and forth to the marina, restaurant and ship’s store. Numerous in shore fishing guides operate minutes away. Explore the uninhabited famous barrier islands of Capers and Bull situated about a 15-minute boat ride away where you will experience the beauty of Lowcountry treasures.

If it’s an oyster roast, shrimp boil or a Lowcountry BBQ that you want that can be arranged. Just tell us what you want or let us surprise you with an authentic Lowcountry evening. Your wish will be granted. Book today and begin planning for your stay away from it all… Your island retreat is awaiting you.

If your are considering a Goat Island vacation in your future we encourage you to compare Goat Tales to all the other rental properties on Goat Island. We think you will like what you see. Our property stands up to any other property on Goat. Questions, concerns and inquiries are encouraged.

More Details

Doug & Sharon Harbin
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Doug & Sharon Harbin

We are life long South Carolina residents having spent the majority of our lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Our dream of having a place on Goat Island came true 5 years ago when we were able to be able to purchase our island getaway.

We have been blessed with numerous glorious reviews of our guest's stays with us. Please read all the numerous reviews before you make your decision. We try to make each and every guest to Goat Tales feel welcome and comfortable - please join us.

Doug & Sharon Harbin purchased this house in 2012

Why Doug & Sharon Harbin chose Charleston Area

The house has been remodeled and updated throughout. All the modern conveniences of the main land are included in the house. Did we mention, the reverse osmosis water purification system? Clean, pure and odorless water for you and your party. If you have ever been to Goat Island and visited a property without it, you know what I mean.

Goat Island offers a peaceful serenity unlike any other coastal location in South Carolina.You will be amazed with the property and location while enjoying all the modern amenities of the mainland but without the noise and hassle of traffic. The attention to detail is amazing and the property is always clean and updated.

What makes this house unique

ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT ONLY. Scoot over to the mainland and retread back to the island in just minutes. Water sports (jet skis,para-sailing and banana boat rides) are just across the Intercoastal Waterway. Dining is available with temporary boat parking available at Morgan Creek Grill less than a half mile away. The Marina Store offers a wide variety of grocery and drink items, along with clothing, fishing tackle and of course a wide variety of cold adult beverages. Be sure to visit Salt Works Deli and tell Mark the head chef and owner that we said hello.


Isle of Palms House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Dual vanities
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Large vanity area and large walk in ceramic shower w/seat
  • Bathrooms are maintained to the highest degree of cleanliness. New fresh towels are presented and each bathroom is private and high quality. The owners are proud of their commitment to details.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Room 20X18 w/Queen & single bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , Beds are 1 queen, 1 double and 1 trundle (2 singles)
  • All bedrooms are very spacious and offer high-quality towels and bedding. Each room has been decorated in a Lowcountry feel with hard woods floors that are kept immaculate.You will feel comfortable and relaxed. This may be a "rustic" setting but you'll never know by the top-notch amenities and house. Bedrooms at Goat Tales are serene and restful.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Pack in play included for the small ones in the family. If we don't have it I'm sure we can get it!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Goat Island Retreat--The Finest Vacation rental on Goat Island. By boat only.
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 41 reviews

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend out on goat island here! The house was clean and had lots of room to spread out. The master bedroom has the most amazing view of the intercostal that was a dream to wake up to! Loved spending the day on the dock, grilling out on the deck and watching the sunset on the bay out back! Doug and Sharon were so warm and welcoming and really made sure we all were situated! Can't wait to return for another long weekend here!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having all 10 of you. For our future guests, just know we can accommodate you with ease. Please come back to see us soon!!
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Roswell, GA

Third Stay at Goat Tales, Still A Charm...

  • 5 of 5

This was the third time we have rented Goat Tales and it was just as awesome as ever. The layout of this house is absolutely perfect for two couples and four kids. There are two suites (one with a King, the other with a Queen) and then a great "Bunk Room" with beds to sleep four kids. Everyone has their own bathroom, which is another huge plus. Doug and Sherry are great and available to answer any questions. For two years in a row now, Doug has let us use his big pot and propane burner for a shrimp boil. (We even added crabs we caught off their dock with the crab traps!) Make sure to walk the mile or so path behind the house to see the whole island. We did this for the first time this year and it was a very unique experience! Everything about this house is wonderful. My only hesitation about writing this review is that the secret will get out! Until next time!...

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you, your family and your friends and children. We loved seeing everyone having such a great time playing in the yard and dock - catching your crabs! Can't wait for your return visit.
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Doug and his wife saved my wedding! I had booked another vacation rental the weekend of my wedding only to find out it was a scam the very day of. I was turned down by so many other places with no ahead notice time for booking, but when I talked to Doug he made it happen and took us in. He picked us up in his boat from the marina, which he latter showed us to use as the boat comes with the property. The house was gorgeous! Every room was beautifully decorated and the beds were incredibly comfortable to sleep on. The view the next day of the sunrise and sunset were breath taking. Doug and his wife were of constant help to us that weekend. When we later left and my husband forgot his protea able speaker Doug was quick to mail it to us. Never will forget that weekend, Doug and wife are lifesavers!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hartwell Ga

Fun time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on goat island for my sons wedding. It was very nice, Doug did anything we needed. The house is plenty big for big family's . Great time !!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mount Pleasant SC

Location Loaction Location on the Intra Coastal Waterway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Doug & Sharon for sharing your wonderful home. We had a group of 7 guys who get together from all over the US each year for a boys fishing trip. It was my turn this year and I thought what fun to be actually on the water. We had 3 boats lots of provisions and a lot of hopes!

The house is perfectly placed and had every amenity you would need from WIFI to a low country boil pot.

The location is epic and you can be fishing in less than 5 minutes, obviously you need a boat or 2 but don't let that stop you!

Sitting on the outside porch at 7:30pm you cannot explain how quiet & peaceful the ICW was.

This is not just a rental but actually a home and you can tell, it is truely wonderful and we hope that Doug and Sharon will allow us back next year as apparently this is everybody's favorite spot from the last 15 years!



  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. The pleasure was all ours. thanks again!!
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Great Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great Location and excellent house for those looking to simply relax or get out on the water and do some fishing. This was a guy's fishing trip for us and the house was a perfect fit for what we were looking to do. House is located a short distance from the marina (if you need supplies) and has all of the amenities one needs to enjoy their stay. Loved the fact that the home had cooking pots, a grill, propane and everything else one might need to enjoy their stay. Doug and Sherry were excellent hosts and Doug even showed off his cooking side by baking us a Key Lime Pie! Would definitely recommend and will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Charleston International CHS
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Morgan Creek Grill
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Wild Dunes Golf Resort
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 526 and Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Morgan Creek Resturant
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Tidal Water Sports
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Isle of Palms
Car: not necessary

Isle of Palms Marina 1/4 mile. Boat rentals available.

Parasailing, jet ski rentals, paddle board rentals 1/4 mile.

Shuttle service available. Eco tours available.

The Isle of Palms offers full amenities for visitors.


Rates & Availability

Isle of Palms House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 25 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Sep 11 2017 - Dec 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200

Check in time is 4:00 PM. Check out time is 11:00 AM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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