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Spacious Modern Cottage-Center of Downtown Historic District-30+ Day Stays Only

Ansonborough, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Cottage1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay28 - 30 nights

1 Bedroom w/King bed, 2 Full Baths, off-street parking, walk to everything!

*****Check out our Sarah Clifford Guest House (562460) on the same property!******

The Sarah Clifford Cottage is a new modern 1 bedroom cottage in the heart of downtown Charleston with a large, open living room and a fully stocked professional kitchen that a cook will love. The main room is on the second floor and features a Juliet balcony, 14-foot high ceilings and a full bathroom. The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed and generous closets. The master bath has a large walk-in shower and double sinks. A washer and dryer is provided for your convenience.

Outside the front door is a cozy sitting area for enjoying beautiful weather.

If you are looking for a quiet retreat with modern amenities in the middle of downtown Charleston, within walking distance of the best restaurants, house museums, the Harris Teeter Grocery Store, Starbucks and all of the places in downtown Charleston you'll want to see and visit, this newly renovated cottage is just the place for you! Come stay with us for a month and enjoy living in Charleston like a local!


Ann Willis and Fred Willis

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Feb 26, 2018
About Ann Willis and Fred Willis

Ann and Fred Willis have lived in the Sarah Jane Clifford House (the main house) for 20 years. The Willises renovated the existing houses on the property, which included the main house and a carriage house, and built what is now a third house, the Sarah Clifford Cottage. The Willises have been in the real estate business since 1999 through their privately owned company, and have renovated several of their properties and built a country house on an island near Charleston. The Sarah Clifford Cottage has the distinctive characteristics of a Willis renovation: modern, uncluttered, clean-lined, high quality construction and finishes, and attention to detail.

Ann Willis and Fred Willis purchased this Cottage in 1993

Why Ann Willis and Fred Willis chose Ansonborough

Location! The Sarah Clifford Cottage is perfect for an extended stay in downtown Charleston for 2 people who want an ideal location and modern day conveniences. You'll enjoy a quiet, peaceful visit with easy access to all of the places you'll want to visit in downtown Charleston, including the venues for Spoleto Festival USA, the Charleston Food+Wine Festival, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, the upper King 'foodie' restaurants, museums, historic home tours, and King Street shopping.

What makes this Cottage unique

The quality of this newly renovated cottage sets it apart from all of the others! Beautiful, wood floors, 14' ceiling on the main upper floor, 2 new, modern bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen. The Cottage is located at the back of the property which affords a private and quiet place to get away and yet is within walking distance of the best restaurants, house museums and other popular sites and venues in downtown Charleston.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Master Bedroom is on the first floor
      • One King sized bed, dresser, plenty of closet space.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Upstairs Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower, located on first floor; large 5 ft walk-in shower; 2 sinks
      • Master Bathroom has 5 foot tiled walk-in shower, two sinks and plenty of counter and drawer space; Upstairs bathroom has small sink and walk-in tiled shower

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Located in the Historic District of downtown Charleston, within the Mazyck-Wraggborough Neighborhood which is known as The Garden District because of its parks and green space.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central Heat
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                      High 400 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      One off-street parking space
                    • Towels Provided
                      Thick 100% cotton bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Gourmet kitchen, fully equipped; stainless counter tops and appliances
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Thermador electric oven--very accurate!
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, salt, pepper, Raw Sugar and Splenda
                        • Refrigerator
                          Jenn-Air refrigerator with French doors
                        • Stove
                          Thermador 4-burner gas stove top
                        • Toaster
                          Cuisinart Toaster Oven


                            • Dining
                              Dining Table which seats 4 and Counter height table seats 3
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  HD Cable
                                • Television
                                  Large Flat Screen HD Television


                                    • Balcony
                                      Juliet balcony
                                    • Golf
                                      There are several public golf courses in the Charleston area.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Small private lawn with a table and chairs to enjoy the outdoors!


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Indoor pool available at MUSC Wellness Center. Temporary membership required and can be purchased.
                                            • Indoor Pool


                                                • live theater
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • cinemas
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • photography
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • Monthly price includes weekly cleaning and change of bed linens.

                                                                  28 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Pure Comfort & a Gem of a Home!!

                                                                  Heidi D.

                                                                  I am FUSSY. This cottage was the perfect for us for so many reasons: a quiet and private location within an easy walk to almost everything in town and included parking! The interior and surrounding grounds were immaculate and the amenities top notch. The high end mattress and luxury linens gave us 7 nights of perfect sleep. The extra touches, thoughtful details and hospitality from the Owners, Ann and Fred Willis made this our best trip to Charleston ever! We will be coming back for sure!!

                                                                  A rare Charleston "5 star jewel"!!!

                                                                  John B.

                                                                  A rare jewel was discovered during our recent visit to Charleston, SC residing in the Sarah Clifford Guest House & Cottage. We chose to stay the week in the 2 story cottage, beautifully appointed with all of the modern amenities and comforts, privately recessed off the street in a quaint, quiet residential neighborhood. Near King Street in the downtown area, the cottage is within walking distance to numerous fine & casual restaurants as well as many historic points of interest. It is also concentrically located just north of the French Quarter's bustling market with more choices in dining, shopping, & historic tours. Our hosts, Ann & Fred Willis, were gracious and helpful providing us with essential information, prior to arriving, regarding all aspects of exploring this unique city. They remained available concerning any needs or questions throughout our stay while yet being unintrusive and were extremely kind & attentive when our initial arrival time was delayed due to a rock cracking the windshield of our car in route, not to mention the follow-up repairs required. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending these vacation gems, notable in both the owners and the property!!!!! Bev & John, Clearwater, Fl

                                                                  Spacious luxury in the middle of Charleston

                                                                  Kerry T.

                                                                  There are not enough superlatives to describe how great our stay was. Ann and Fred are very gracious hosts and the property is one of the best VRBO places we have ever stayed. Literally everything has been thought of to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable. Clean, modern, good living spaces including a fantastic kitchen, etc.

                                                                  Nicely located to walk or lyft to anywhere you want to go in Charleston. Thank you Ann and Fred!

                                                                  A Perfect Place to Stay While Visiting Charleston


                                                                  We'd planned a trip to Charleston last year, but it was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew. In the category of "every cloud has a silver lining" (and those are serious clouds!), a benefit of this delay is that we didn't go to our originally booked hotel, but chose instead to stay at the gorgeous place! Situated on a quiet residential street lined with eclectic 19th century architecture, the cottage is a short walk to the great sites, restaurants (!!!), and shopping of Charleston. It is immaculate, comfortable, beautifully designed in a modern style, offers great privacy and quiet, and even has a gourmet-level kitchen equipped with excellent cookware and appliances. (We ate simple breakfasts and lunches here in and then had sensational dinners out.) There is a spaciousness to the property that makes it feel quite luxurious for two -- it's also a nice place just to hang out. Anne and Fred went out of their way to make our stay here easier, providing guidance on what to do and where to go, and could not have been nicer. They even put a delicious chocolate cake in the refrigerator for my wife's birthday, and Ann helped us get a reservation at one of the top restaurants in town! Bottom line: we have stayed at several VRBO or AirBNB properties over the years, and this one goes right to the top of the list.

                                                                  This is truly a home away from home!

                                                                  Caroline N.

                                                                  This property is immaculate-like we were the first ones that had ever stayed. Everything you could ever need is available. Wonderful location for shopping, eating, enjoying all that Charleston has to offer. Ann and Fred are wonderful hosts. Will look forward to a return visit!

                                                                  Historic Charleston and the Volvo Tennis Open

                                                                  Jerry S.Chapel Hill, NC

                                                                  My wife and I stayed at the Sarah Clifford Cottage during the weekend of the Volvo Tennis Open and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. This well-appointed two-story cottage with its contemporary interior was simply ideal for our stay. For those who enjoy cooking as we do, the kitchen was indeed gourmet. Likewise, the master bedroom suite was furnished with a very comfortable king bed, high quality linens, and ample storage space. Located in a quiet section of Charlotte St., the cottage is within easy walking distance of East Bay, Meeting, and King Streets. Ann and Fred were excellent hosts, responsive to our questions and offering an array of recommendations for enjoying the Charleston experience, including the Volvo Tennis Open on Daniel Island.


                                                                  Ansonborough, Charleston, SC, USA

                                                                  Ideal location for exploring downtown Charleston, the Sarah Clifford Cottage is located within easy walking distance of the vibrant Upper King Street restaurant & bar scene and lower King Street shopping area. The Farmer's Market just 2 blocks away during its seasonal run. Theater, The Gaillard Auditorium, Sottile Theatre & College of Charleston are located close by. There is a grocery store, pharmacy, dry cleaners and main library within 1 to 3 blocks of this quiet location. Nearby you will find the Charleston Aquarium, boat tours of the Charleston harbor & Ft. Sumter, the Charleston Museum, Charleston Music Hall, the Aiken-Rhett House and many other noteworthy sights to visit and see. Most events, such as the Charleston Food+Wine Festival, historic home tours, Southeastern Wildlife Expo and the Cooper River Bridge Run are located within minutes of this property.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Rates are for 2 guests. Standard Monthly rate is $5,000/month including weekly housekeeping. One additional guest may be permitted for an additional $75.00/night. Standard nightly rate for 1-2 guests is $350/night. Minimum 30 night stay. Our sister property, the Sarah Clifford Guest House (VRBO#562460) is available for short term rental (minimum of 3 nights) for up to 4 guests. No parities or events allowed. Up to 2 visitors permitted during the day. One off-street parking space provided for guests' mid-size vehicle.

                                                                  28 Reviews
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