Historic Cookhouse Apartment in Garden District

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Last updated: 09/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Are you looking for a unique historic but modernized getaway for an extended stay in 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 short-term Cookhouse rental (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 near the Charleston Museum, the Visitors’ Center, Marion Square’s Farmers and Crafts Market, two historic mansions open to the public (the Aiken-Rhett and Joseph Manigault Houses), the aquarium, the Ft. Sumter ferry, the King Street shopping district, the College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law, and the vibrant, widely-acclaimed cuisine/entertainment district on Upper King. Also within easy walking distance (or via the free trolley) are The Market, the antiques district and several other historic districts, including The Battery/South of Broad neighborhood.
Our professionally-decorated Cookhouse unit accommodates 2-4 persons. It 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 marble-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 cars.
Charleston is full of history, charm and wonderful hospitality. Our Cookhouse unit provides easy access to pristine beaches (15 minutes), historic river plantations (20 minutes), excellent, highly diverse cuisine at different price levels, and allows you to just relax, read, nibble and imbibe your favorite beverages in the garden.
Why not absorb Charleston history and ambience by staying in our unique historic Cookhouse? Illustrated in Bernard Herman’s Townhouse: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City 1780-1830 (2005), the Cookhouse was recently tastefully restored following 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. There is a fascinating article on the Cookhouse restoration in Period Homes magazine (see link below).

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/01/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    22 years of age...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Professionally decorated, canopied four-poster queen bed, antique highboy and other accent antiques...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Spacious marble-tile shower


  • Books:

    A library of Charleston history (including the recently-updated tour guide manual), table books, fiction and magazines...moreless

  • DVD Player


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Centrally-located in Charleston's Garden District for enjoying historic downtown Charleston and the Upper King restaurant/entertainment area...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    A few steps away in the main house above-ground basement...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    2 non-working...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes, with a weekly change of high quality bed linens...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Professionally decorated kitchen/living room with sofa bed...moreless

  • Parking:

    1-2 spaces in our walled garden...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Two sets of towels provided weekly...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A few steps away in the main house above-ground basement...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    See above...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully-equipped with slate counters and storage cabinets, dishes, glassware, silverware, pots and pans, crockpot, rice cooker and ovenware...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Complimentary starter Starbucks coffee, tea, waters, paper towels and napkins, crystal decanter of Bristol Cream Sherry...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Under the counter...moreless

  • Stove:

    Radiant two-burner stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Rentals available within walking distance at a reasonable cost...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Shared garden/patio with a canopied table that seeks 6...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Professionally designed garden with fountain...moreless



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30 night min stay

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Unless waived, a weekly basic cleaning (vacuuming and dusting), change of bed linens and towels are included.

50% deposit (non-refundable) within 5 days of booking, 50% on arrival (if credit card, 3 days prior to arrival)

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 09/01/2016
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Charleston Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ft. Sumter Ferry
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sullivan's Island

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: David is a retired law professor from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Monica is a lawyer licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. They share a long-term interest in historic preservation. They restored a 1760 Georgian country house in West Cork, Ireland. Designated a historically significant building by the Irish government, the owners operated it as a seasonal inn for over twenty years before selling it in 2007.

Why the Owner Chose Historic Old City, Charleston, SC, USA:
In looking at retirement venues, David and Monica searched for a historically significant property to restore. The owners fell in love with Charleston, where David's parents met during WWII at the nearby Joseph Manigault House. The owners bought The John Robinson House, an 1814 Federal double house in need of major restoration but with almost all of its original fabric intact, together with its adjacent derelict Cookhouse. They first restored the main house (featured in several historic tours), which received Historic Charleston Foundation's most prestigious award in 2011. The owners then restored the derelict Cookhouse, which had been seriously damaged by Hugo and two decades of Charleston weather. The Preservation Society of Charleston recognized the owners' preservation and restoration efforts for the main house and Cookhouse by a prestigious award in 2013. The Cookhouse is now open to guests, the lower unit for short-term stays (VRBO #418787) and the upper unit for 30-day or longer stays.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Charleston is full of fascinating history, incredible architecture and gorgeous gardens. Staying in the restored Cookhouse (see the article on its restoration in the attached link) in our walled garden in Charleston's safe and quiet Garden District provides guests a unique opportunity to experience Charleston history, with easy access by foot or the free trolley to Charleston's other historic neighborhoods and to the widely-acclaimed Upper King restaurant/entertainment area.

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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/01/2016

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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