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

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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!

More Details

Ann Willis and Fred Willis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2017

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.


Ansonborough Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 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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Spacious Modern Cottage-Center of Downtown Historic District-30+ Day Stays Only
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

A Perfect Place to Stay While Visiting Charleston

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is truly a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC

Historic Charleston and the Volvo Tennis Open

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern elegance downtown

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely pleased with the lodging on this trip to Charleston. Owners are amazingly helpful and friendly, and the cottage is impeccable. Mid-century modern style and totally functional. Everything you need inside and just steps from King street and all that downtown Charleston has to offer. There's plenty of room for two and just a comfortable, beautifully styled cottage. Wonderful value. We happened to be here for the Cooper River Bridge Run and couldn't have pick a more convenient location. Plus the most amazing weather! We enjoyed it tremendously.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Southern Charm Personified

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to Ann and Fred for another fabulous stay. The Cottage is absolutely wonderful. It is very spacious, gorgeously decorated and perfectly located. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great find and a wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO and I'm worried we were spoiled by such a great experience! The house was impeccably clean and well maintained. The kitchen is well stocked for making meals. (Although Charleston's restaurants are so great it's hard to cook when you're there.) The house is well laid out and great size for two people.

The owners, Ann and Fred, are delightful. They were helpful to point out things to do and places to eat, and available to answer any questions we had about the house and city. They were very quick to respond or return a phone call, email or text. We could not have asked for better hosts.

I would gladly stay here again the next time we're in Charleston!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

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 $375/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.