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Experience Eighteenth Century Elegance In A Georgian Mansion

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, one bath apartment opening onto a screened porch and large garden.

The Philip Porcher house, built circa 1765, is one of Charleston's oldest residences and has a superb garden. Ideally located in the center of the peninsula's Historic District, this charming property is within short walking distance of house museums, historic sites, award-winning restaurants, antique shops, the City Market, and the fabulous shops on King Street. It is also only a few blocks south of the College of Charleston.

The spacious ground floor 'garden apartment' is available seasonally for short term rentals at the stated rate, but IF ONLY ONE BEDROOM IS USED, THE RATE DECREASES. This rate change will not be reflected on the VRBO instant quote. Please call us for accurate rates and to book.

The apartment is furnished with antiques and good reproductions and has Italian tile floors throughout.

There are 2 bedrooms; one with a queen-size canopy bed, the other with twin beds. There is one bathroom with a glass shower and double sinks. A paneled living room with a gas fireplace is connected to a brick-walled kitchen. There is also a screened gallery porch with a dining table and chairs. This gallery leads out into a large formal garden. Guests are welcome to enjoy the garden and its several fountains and seating areas.

A continental breakfast of breads, fruit, yogurts, and cereals, as well as coffee and tea, is provided.

Our amenities include free wireless internet service, free off-street parking for one vehicle, a refrigerator, a microwave, bathrobes, a hairdryer, and a small lending library.

We do not allow pets, cooking, or children under the age of 12. The entire property is non-smoking, including the driveway and garden. Multiple level changes in the old building and the garden make it unsuitable for those who are unsteady on their feet.

More Details

Mrs. Price Cameron (Louisa)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Mrs. Price Cameron (Louisa)

Both Charlestonians by birth, Price and Louisa Cameron have lived in the Porcher House for over thirty years. Dr. Cameron is a retired plastic surgeon; Louisa Cameron is the author of several books on Charleston gardens.

Mrs. Price Cameron (Louisa) purchased this house in 1982

Why Mrs. Price Cameron (Louisa) chose Historic Old City

We have enjoyed the restoration and stewardship of an eighteenth century house steeped in history. The house, built by the French Hugenot, Philip Porcher, survived the devasting fire of 1861 and is beautifully located in the center of Charleston's Historic District. The size of the property allows us to pursue one of our favorite hobbies, gardening, on a large scale.

What makes this house unique

We can never take the stunning views of the Baroque and Gothic church steeples and facades across the street for granted. We enjoy our garden and porches nearly all year long in our temperate climate.


Historic Old City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Not suitable for those unsteady on their feet No parties or events or non-paying guests using garden Only one parking space available
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , There are 2 sinks in the bathroom with mirrors.
  • Glass and tile shower. Marble counters, two sinks with mirrors. Tile floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Canopy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • We often have guests who share the twin bedroom in order to receive the one-bedroom rate, but we do not allow cots or other temporary bedding in either room.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
We provide a personal touch. There is no staff.


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average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

A Fantastic Charleston Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay at this lovely, clean, comfortable and historic home. Guests have their own entrance and private space, but the owners are wonderfully gracious hosts who stock the kitchen with everything you could want for breakfast and snack. They are well versed in the history and cultural attractions of the area. We were grateful for the opportunity to stay in this incredible location, to relax in the amazing garden, and to admire the antiques and art in this beautiful home. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So looking forward to your return! Guests like your family make it a joy to welcome visitors to Charleston and share some of its history.
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Wonderful, elegant, yet cozy, rental. We'd gladly return.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful and unique property, nestled a historic part of town. The owners are gracious and welcoming, and they have put both their hearts and their fine taste into designing and furnishing their guest accommodations. We will certainly return for our next trip to Charleston.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you and your family stay with us. We particularly enjoy guests who are interested in the historic and cultural aspects of our city and we very much look forward to your return.
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Much better than a hotel

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts were wonderful, the two bedroom apartment (complete with living area and kitchen) was beautiful, and the yard/garden was simply amazing. Walking distance to just about anything Charleston has to offer.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for soaking up the atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

For two couples, the bottom floor of this elegantly preserved historic home could not have been more perfect! Louisa and Price were the most lovely hosts.

We can't wait to come again!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed meeting the four of you and were delighted that you enjoyed the apartment and the garden. We look forward to your return.
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Paradise Gardens

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed twice with Price and Louisa Cameron at their gorgeous Phillip Porcher House and amazing gardens. What we love most is the privacy and small home away from home feel of their adorable apt. We also love to walk around and sit out in the gardens, have a glass of wine or cup of coffee in the morning. It is so nice to have a little kitchen to have breakfast, lunch or a snack when you return from walking the streets of Charleston. Everything is so close you just head out in any direction and see the town! At night it is quiet and cosy. Have a drink by the fire, sit in the comfy chairs or sofa and talk. We will most definitely be back again! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and lovely southern hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with this rental. The location in the heart of historic Charleston can't be beat with an easy walk to the city market, great restaurants on Queen St. and fantastic shopping on King St. There was off street parking for our rental car which we needed to visit attractions further afield like the historic plantations. The well appointed accommodations were comfortable, clean and spacious with nicely equipped kitchen and big bathroom. We loved the beautiful and secluded garden where we could sit out with coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. Finally, our hosts could not have been more hospitable. They were very welcoming, responsive and knowledgable about historic Charleston with many great recommendations on where to go during our stay. They also generously provisioned the kitchen with fruit, yogurts, water, coffee, tea, etc and freshly baked easter bread. We were very fortunate to stay in such a beautiful historic home and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Charleston International
Nearest Train
10 Miles
North Charleston
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
Dozens of restaurants within one to 10 blocks
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Folly Beach
Car: not necessary

In the center of the historic district. Within walking distance of award-winning restaurants and museum houses. One block from the retail antique district and a few blocks from the College of Charleston.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The rate is $600 per night plus 4% accommodations tax if only both bedrooms are used; however, the rate drops to $400 per night plus 4% tax if only one bedroom is used. Unit rented to one party of no more than 4 guests at a time and no cots or other temporary bedding may be used.
Rates are not negotiable. Please call owner to make a reservation.
Our cancellation policy: You must cancel within 21 days or forfeit one night's tariff.
Absolutely no smoking anywhere on the premises.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.