Carriage House with Old World European Feel

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Please also see our other 2 bedroom cottages (BLUE COTTAGE -- VRBO #464919, GREEN COTTAGE -- VRBO #479274

Constructed in 1856 as a stable serving a large estate owned by prominent merchant and blockade runner Edward Trenholm (brother to George Trenholm -- Treasurer to the Confederacy and fabled Rhett Butler), GIBBON HOUSE has been beautifully restored today as an elegant home.

Designed by classical architect Randolph Martz, the carriage house was carefully restored and maintains the story hidden in its preserved patina.

The house is comfortably furnished and the bedrooms are each equipped with queen beds and luxury linens. The large arched French doors provide fabulous views of the garden.

Tucked off the street in a private setting with off-street parking, enjoy the patio, grill and outside seating. The garden is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy.

As with much of Charleston, this property has a storied past. It was later purchased in 1888 from Eliza Trenholm by Mary Gibbon whose daughter Maude Gibbon would later form the Charleston String Symphony. The stable served as the founding office for the Symphony in 1919. Ms. Gibbon successfully recruited internationally renowned artists including Spanish cellist Pablo Casals who stayed in the main residence. It all began in this humble brick structure and through the might of a very determined lady, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra would become a testament to her life's work and an ever present cornerstone of the Charleston arts community.

Located in desirable Harleston Village in the heart of downtown Charleston, GIBBON HOUSE and garden encompass an elegant charm. The neighborhood is extremely walkable and surrounded by some of Charleston's most impressive architecture. It is a perfect place for a romantic getaway, family trip, wedding party, reunion, or whatever adventure brings you to Charleston.

Fine dining, art galleries, high end boutiques and retail stores, Colonial Lake, Marion Square with its weekend Farmer's Market, dog park, the Battery, Rainbow Row, and antique shopping…all just blocks away.

Enjoy your time in Charleston as a local in your own exquisite private home and garden.

We require a two night minimum stay Monday-Wednesday and a three night minimum stay Thursday-Sunday. Events are not allowed on the property.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    high-quality linens...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    high-quality linens...moreless

  • As noted in the photos, both bedrooms have exposed beams and hardwood floors, bedside tables, and wall mounted sconces for reading light....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet


  • Upstairs bathroom with glass door and large tiled shower is located in the upstairs hallway. It is accessible to both bedrooms. The shower is stocked with luxurious organic Avalon shampoo, conditioner, and body wash....moreless


  • Television:

    Flat Screen 47 inch. Netflix + Amazon Prime...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining area in kitchen with seating for 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Modern central air...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 Cup Cuisinart, Krups coffee grinder plus fresh coffee...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Place setting for 4, full dishes, glasses, wide array of utensils...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Stocked with Le Creuset cookware...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Place setting for 4, full dishes, glasses, wide array of utensils....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Olive oil, coffee, tea, salt & pepper and other basic cooking spices...moreless


  • Boat:

    Marina within walking distance...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Numerous courses available: Kiawah, Wild Dunes, City...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available on Shem Creek and Folly Beach...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Elegant garden with beautiful brickwork and manicured boxwoods...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Courts available within walking distance...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 8 - Nov 22, 2016
1 night min stay
$400 $450
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Fall 2016
Nov 28 - Dec 22, 2016
1 night min stay
$300 $400
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas & New Years
Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2016
3 night min stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 - Feb 9, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $480
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Presidents Day 2017
Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2017
2 night min stay
Winter 2017
Feb 20 - Mar 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $480
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Cooper River Bridge Run 2016
Mar 30 - Apr 3, 2017
2 night min stay
Spring 2017
Apr 4 - May 10, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $480
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Graduation 2017
May 11 - May 14, 2017
2 night min stay
Summer 2017
May 15 - Jun 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $480
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325 $475
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $175
  • Tax Rate 13.5%


P.S. Rate is based on payment via check transfer or credit card. 2.5% credit card fee applies. This fee will be deducted from your security deposit. Alternatively, eCheck is free and a safe online system set up by VRBO. You put in your bank routing number and your checking account number. It's easy and many of our guests use it.

$125 cleaning fee.

We are happy to consider special requests. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Check In is 3:00 pm and Check Out is 11:00 am.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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13 Miles
Nearest Airport
Charleston International Airport
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Wharfside St
9 Miles
Nearest Train
4565 Gaynor St
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 17
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sullivans Island or Folly Beach

The Gibbon House is located in the absolute perfect location downtown, with most every attraction on the peninsula within walking distance.

-a mere few blocks away from King Street which is nationally recognized for its world-class cuisine, high end boutiques and retail, and antique stores.

-A quick walk to the historic Charleston City Market

-5 minutes away from the weekend Farmer's Market in Marion Square

-10 minutes away from The Battery and Rainbow Row

-Quick 20 minute drive from nearby beaches and an array of historic plantations


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

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Speaks: english



VRBO #510094

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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