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

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 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 all inclusive Isle of Palms Marina Complex, 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. Home features 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Kitchen is fully equipped and appointed with granite counters and hardwood floors. The outdoor cooking area features a large 4 burner gas grill, burner with a large pot for those delicious low country boils and an oyster steamer. There is also a custom oyster table adjacent to the cooking area. Wash the sand off from you day at the beach with the private enclosed outdoor shower featuring HOT AND COLD running water. The dock has a large covered pier head, a Tiki bar with electricity and a fish cleaning table. 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

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 Isle of Palms

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:
  • 2000 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
  • 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!


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Goat Island Retreat--The Finest Vacation rental on Goat Island. By boat only.
average rating of 4.946429 based on 56 reviews
Mount Pleasant, SC.

Goat Island vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Harbin's house on Goat Island was perfect. The house was very clean and had plenty of room for a large group to spend time together and also space for privacy. The outdoor spaces were great for cooking and just hanging out around the fire pit. We will definitely be going back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great sunny weekend

  • 5 of 5

Doug and sharon have an amazing home and are very hospitable. We will certainly be returning

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Goat Island Retreat - Goat Tales

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place with a gorgeous view!

Felt comfortable and "at home"

Doug and Sharon are both very kind and accommodating

Our group hopes to come back in the summer!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully Relaxing Home

  • 5 of 5

Goat Tales was just as described and more. The kitchen had everything we needed for Thanksgiving dinner AND an oyster roast. We ate dinner looking out on the waterway. Our family and friends enjoyed the sitting by the fire pit and on the dock. The den had enough room for everyone to have a after dinner nap. Doug and Sherry made sure that our Thanksgiving was truly special.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Wonderfully Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful getaway for our family. Plenty of beds and baths. Ate Thanksgiving dinner looking out on the water. The pictures are accurate but they don't do it justice. Plenty of dishes and appliances for making our big meal. Enjoyed visiting around the fire. Planning to go back.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try very hard to keep the kitchen well stocked. Thank you for you mentioning that. We hope to see yall again very soon. Doug & Sherry
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Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time at Goat Tales! From pre-booking through check out, Sherry and Doug were wonderful. We live locally, but wanted a fun weekend getaway for my husband's 40th birthday and the house on Goat Island was PERFECT! It had everything we needed for a fun weekend on the water, and it felt miles and miles away from the mainland (even though it's only a quick boat-ride away). The cold weather didn't deter us from having an amazing time - the fire pit and deck were a perfect spot for us to enjoy some local shrimp and oysters. Our children absolutely loved exploring the island. We're already planning our next trip to the island!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • 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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

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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