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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 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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 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.


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.


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
  • 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 4.9347825 based on 46 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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We didn't want to leave!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Doug and Sherry are wonderful host and only a phone call away. I feel like we gained a friend not just a vacation house. The home is beautiful and very clean! We have stayed at a few houses on goat island and this is our favorite by far! From the outdoor space to the dock to the wonderful porch. I can't say enough about this wonderful home. We had a blast and will definitely be back! I'm already planning my next trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay at the Goat

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house with wonderful host! We look forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great fun and very comfortable accomadations on Goat Island!

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back again for another stay at this great house! Our family of five (three teenagers included) had a wonderful time at the Harbin's home. This spot on the island is ideally located within the no wake zone and just a quick boat ride to the marina if you need anything. Plenty of water for swimming in the waterway and the views from the front porch and dock are exquisite. There is ample room in the home with three large bedrooms and three baths. The kitchen has everything you need. We enjoyed crabbing and fishing and boating with lots of relaxing on the porch. Friends came out for a crab crack one evening and Doug was kind enough to bring us his big cooker to use. Doug and Sherry are the perfect hosts! Highly recommend this home and if you are lucky enough to stay here you may get to enjoy one of Doug's delicious Key Lime Pies!! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it ~ Didn't want to go home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Goat Island Retreat! Sadly we could only stay 4 nights but it was a great home with everything we needed to be comfortable. Plenty of room for more people! Fresh towels, wash clothes, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. We only need to bring our food and toiletries. Doug made sure we got to and from the marina as needed and swimming off the dock was fun! He even made us a homemade key lime pie! Doug and Sharon were very friendly and easy to work with. As we were boarding his boat to leave the rental my daughter dropped 2 necklaces into the water, and he fished them out for us with a net. Thanks again Doug!!! Great home, great view, great owners, great memories made!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you and your family. Can't wait for your return to our little paradise island.
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Our stay June 11th-18th

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the best time! The house was very clean & spacious.we have 4 boys and they had plenty of room even when we had friends over. My 1year old had plenty of room to run around. We fished & swam off the dock. Seen dolphins everyday right in front of them house. We caught mullet, baby shark , shrimp & crabbed. At night the house and dock are beautifully lit up. As far as Doug or as my boys know him as "captain Doug" he is very friendly with a wonderful sense of humor.It was like having the best neighbor ever. My boys loved him from the moment the met him and they was happy to see him everyday. Even my 13 year old would yell. Out hey its captain Doug. He taught us a lot while there. Showed us how to get to capers island. He is full of knowledge in many areas my husband and i both enjoyed our talks with him and we learned a lot from him. The treated us as family . Needless to say we had a blast. Also got to go up the water way and see patriots point and cargo ships which was cool as well. It was definitely a vacation to remember. Oh and the key lime pie was to die for ..THANKS DOUG! The kids already miss seeing you

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
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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