"This house is located in a small Kiawah neighborhood outside the main security gate of Kiawah. It's big plus is access to the Kiawah River--beautiful river, marsh, and sunset views plus a floating boat dock and a community swimming pool. There is a view of the river from the porch looking down a narrow tidal creek. However, you can get more spectacular views by walking or cycling to the dock--a short distance away.
The Kiawah beach is one of the most beautiful in the U.S. It's 10 miles long, is not marred by ugly beach-side buildings, and can be ridden upon with a bicycle except at high tide. There are pelicans, dolphins, wading birds, crabs, etc. The beach is close to the house, but be sure to follow the owner's instructions for finding it because the street and bicycle path network is confusing. Due to construction, beach access via Beachwalker Drive may be blocked, but other routes are equally close.
If you want to see all of Kiawah, be sure to rent a bicycle. Two-thirds of the island are off-limits to cars for renters at Inlet Cove. You can get restricted car access to the rest of the island by making either a restaurant reservation or a golf reservation in the car-restricted area. There are no limits for bicycles, and bicycle trails and the beach provide unlimited access.
Bicycling hint: Ride on the beach with the wind at your back; return on an inland bicycle trail. The wind is much stronger on the beach! The printed Kiawah map doesn't show all the bicycle trails, so find the pdf version on-line, which has much better coverage of the trails.
The kitchen is unusually well-equipped. High-quality pots, skillets, plates, bowls, etc. We added a colander, but it didn't have potholders.
Beds are very comfortable.
Economy note: You can save a lot of money by eating at home. Visit the Harris-Teeter at the nearby Fresh Fields shopping area which is located just off the traffic circle about 2 miles down the road towards Charleston.
Charleston is only about 35 minutes away. It's a must-see with beautiful and historic architecture, hidden gardens, parks, and river and harbor views. Buy a guidebook or go the Visitors Center.
Caveats: Driveway is in bad condition due to tree roots pushing up the pavement and creating large puddles extending all the way across the driveway when it has rained. Also, access to the house is via a two-flight stairway (see picture) which can be challenging for persons with mobility issues"
Date of Stay: April 2017
Review Submitted: April 12, 2017