Looking for a unique experience at a historic property for your extended stay in downtown Charleston? Our Cookhouse suite is the perfect retreat. Your hosts previously operated a seasonal inn in a restored 1760 country house in West Cork, Ireland for over twenty years. We also have a licensed short-term Cookhouse unit downstairs (see VRBO #418787).
Our Cookhouse unit is a romantic and elegant option located in Charleston’s Garden District just off Wragg Mall with its live oaks and fountain, and within easy walking distance to the Charleston Museum, Marion Square’s Farmers and Crafts Market, the Gaillard Center, Charleston Music Hall, the historic Aiken-Rhett and Joseph Manigault House Museums, the aquarium, the Ft. Sumter ferry, the King Street shopping district, the College of Charleston, and the vibrant cuisine/entertainment district on Upper King.
Our professionally-decorated Cookhouse unit, located on the 2nd floor, accommodates 2-4 persons, has a private bedroom with a queen-size reproduction historic rice bed, two non-working fireplaces, accent antiques (including a highboy), a spacious bathroom with tiled shower, and a fully-equipped kitchen/sitting room with eating area and full-sized sofa bed. The Cookhouse boasts a beautiful, professionally-designed shared patio and garden and off-street parking for 1-2 guest cars.
Charleston is full of history, charm and wonderful hospitality. Our Cookhouse unit provides easy access to pristine beaches (15 minutes for Sullivan's Island and 20 to Folly Beach), historic river plantations (30 minutes), excellent, highly diverse cuisine, and allows you to just relax, read, nibble and imbibe your favorite beverages in the garden.
The 1814 Cookhouse is llustrated in Bernard Herman’s Townhouse: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City 1780-1830 (2005) and was recently restored and has been designated as a "certified rehabilitation" project by the National Park Service. The Cookhouse restoration received a prestigious preservation award and was also featured in Period Homes magazine (Vol. 14, No. 6, Nov. 2013), a copy of which is availabe in the unit. The Cookhouse restoration followed the award-winning restoration of the main John Robinson House, a historically significant Federal double house (1814) constructed by the wealthy merchant who later built the adjacent urban plantation known as The Aiken-Rhett House.