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Spacious Modern Cottage-Heart Of Downtown Charleston, In The Historic District

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Ansonborough Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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, complete with a large, open living room and a fantastic, fully stocked kitchen a cook will love. The main room is on the second floor and features a Juliet balcony, 14-foot high ceilings, a full bathroom, and beautiful wood floors.

The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed and generous closets. The master bath has a large walk-in shower, double sinks and walnut cabinetry. A washer/dryer is provided for your convenience.

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!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ann Willis and Fred Willis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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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 Charleston

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Spacious Modern Cottage-Heart Of Downtown Charleston, In The Historic District
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this property for anyones stay. It was clean and spacious. You can drive to everything in 3-5 minutes or take a 15 minute walk. I can't wait to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Sarah Clifford Cottage! We look forward to your return visit.
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Way to do "do" Charleston!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I arrived, Ann and Fred were readily available to welcome me with a smile. They explained how everything worked in the property and also offered many informational resources for my visit such as maps, restaurant recommendations, yoga studios, etc. The apartment is immaculate, stylish, updated and has all the amenities any discerning traveler would need. I was there for a month and there was an excellent weekly cleaning service. The fridge was stocked with basic necessities as well! The location is excellent, walking distance from museums in town, the Marion farmer's market and King Street, the main shopping and restaurant hub. Ann and Fred were always on hand to answer my questions and help me out with a cheerful disposition and good old fashioned southern friendliness. I strongly recommend not just the property but also the experience I had with Ann and Fred, exquisite people. I can't wait to come back to Charleston!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston Modern and Historic

  • 5 of 5

This property that my husband and I stayed in for our first visit to Charleston may have spoiled us for life! We arrived via Uber at the property and were immediately greeted by one of the owners, after having multiple email exchanges with Ann about our arrival time and when we might need to be shown around the property. They even offered to help us with transportation if need be! Fred was gracious and lovely and the cottage was in pristine condition for our stay. Fred was also helpful with advice immediately about where to walk to get a bottle of wine and groceries if needed. The kitchen is a work of art and anyone who likes to cook will enjoy the brand new amenities and lovely sitting area with multiple views, seating for dining and full bathroom. The style of the cottage is modern, with very tasteful art and beautiful wood cabinets and tables in the kitchen/living room area. The bedroom was also lovely and comfortable and anyone could imagine using the study to get some work done, while being able to walk practically anywhere and be right in the middle of downtown Charleston. The location is amazing for its access to both restaurants and historic homes, as well as the water and aquarium. We made reservations ahead of time with help from the owners who gave us great recommendations, which were very detailed and helpful. We had dinner on our first night at the Peninsula Grill, and the following night at FIG. Their attention to detail is superb and obvious throughout the property, and they even provided us with breakfast supplies so we could relax upon arrival. I highly recommend this property for anyone who wants to visit the city, or perhaps spend time at the local university and enjoy the proximity to everything one might need or enjoy about Charleston, with some of the best hosts you could have.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, great location in Charleston!

  • 5 of 5

This property is great! Very comfortable for two people, the location is perfect for walking to all shopping, food, sights, etc. We enjoyed ourselves and will for sure go back. The Willis's were very accommodating to our travel schedule for an early arrival, and were helpful with questions and had great information for things to do in the area, places to eat. Highly recommend this property, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay at The Sarah Clifford Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great location! Great place! Great hosts! Thank you Ann and Fred for sharing your wonderful house, it was the perfect base for Charleston. The cottage is an easy walk to most of the wonderful sites and restaurants in Charleston. The house is clean, spacious, beautifully furnished, and has great wifi. I especially LOVED the bed (so comfy!) and the luxurious linens. Ann and Fred were wonderful hosts and kindly answered all our questions (it was our first trip to Charleston) and gave us fantastic restaurant recommendations (can't wait to return to Fig someday!). I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad that you chose to stay with us at the Sarah Clifford Cottage and that you took advantage of our great location to explore downtown on foot. We hope you return soon!
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Impressive Charleston Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great experience in March that my husband and I returned to this Cottage in April. Once again, we were so impressed with the Willis Cottage. Located in a charming Charleston neighborhood, the location is walkable to all of Charleston's highlights. This is a meticulus cottage.Every detail has been considered from the comfortable King Bed, to the coffee and artisan blackberry jam. We will return for the Spoleto festival. Lucky us!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having guests return! It has been such a pleasure having you at the Cottage and we look forward to your next visit. It is fun for us seeing you take advantage of our convenient location downtown and walking everywhere!
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Nearest Airport
12.3 Miles
Charleston International Airport (CHS)
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Amtrak, North Charleston, SC
Nearest Motorway
1.9 Miles
I-26 & Hwy 17
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
39 Rue de Jean, Hall's Chophouse
Nearest Beach
8.5 Miles
Sullivan's Island
Car: not necessary

Centrally located near 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 within easy walking distance. 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

Ansonborough Cottage Rental Rates

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Christmas/New Year's Eve
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Weekly Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are for 2 guests. Monthly rate is $6,500/month with weekly housekeeping provided. One additional guest may be permitted for an additional $50.00/night. Standard nightly rate for 1-2 guests is $350/night. Minimum 3 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ansonborough Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 6 people
  • 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
  • 1 Bedroom, 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.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Monthly price includes weekly cleaning and change of bed linens.

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