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Historic Cookhouse Apartment in Garden District

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

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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David Elder, Owner/manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About David Elder, Owner/manager

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.

David Elder, Owner/manager purchased this apartment in 2010

Why David Elder, Owner/manager chose Charleston

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


Historic Old City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Spacious marble-tile shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Professionally decorated, canopied four-poster queen bed, antique highboy and other accent antiques
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Cookhouse Apartment in Garden District
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Great Location at a Reasonable Price!

  • 5 of 5

March is typically yet another month of miserable upstate New York winter. So, my wife and I decided to spend March 2015 in Charleston, SC, a lovely city with a far more hospitable climate. We wanted a property in or near Charleston’s Historic District, ideally with enough space to set up our respective computers. And peacefully co-exist.

We chose the Cookhouse in the northeastern corner of the Historic District. This location is superb! So many places are within easy walking distance – the 1820 Aiken-Rhett House, the Charleston Museum, the Charleston Visitor Center, King Street (with its diverse restaurant and shopping options), you name it. The Battery is a pleasant, twenty-minute walk. The area is quiet, and seemed safe day and night.

Free trolleys run frequently, with a stop just a short walk from the Cookhouse. On that topic, if you don’t plan to travel outside the city, you really don’t need a car. Of course, a car certainly is convenient for grocery shopping, and there really is a lot to visit outside Charleston proper, such as the great plantation homes and gardens west of the Ashley River. Happily, the Cookhouse comes complete with free, off-street parking; do some research and you’ll see that this a significant attribute.

The Cookhouse property is small: one bedroom, one bathroom, and one combination kitchen and living room. At home, my wife and I live in a three-level house. Yikes! Can this marriage be saved?! Yes, it can!

The kitchen is well-equipped, and has new appliances. The bathroom is surprisingly spacious, with a modern, roomy shower. The bedroom is comfortable, with period furnishings and filled bookshelves. The Wi-Fi is weak, but serviceable. Really, in no time at all, this comfortable little place felt like home.

Guests have access to a nice outdoor patio, as well as laundry facilities. Also included is a weekly cleaning of the unit, complete with a change of bed linen and towels.

The owners are available to respond as needed – but are not at all intrusive. When we arrived, fresh flowers and – oooo! – a decanter of sherry awaited us.

Bottom line: the Cookhouse was perfect for us! Shop around, but I cannot imagine that you will beat this location with its amenities for this price.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Charleston Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Ft. Sumter Ferry
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Sullivan's Island


Rates & Availability

Historic Old City Apartment Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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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