House - Entire home/apt · Charlotte Street, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

Beautiful private cottage all to yourselves, in walking distance to great restaurants and downtown attractions and shopping. You do not need a car if you stay here, as our reviews describe. Beautifully appointed interior and fully equipped kitchen.

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Beautiful private cottage all to yourselves, in walking distance to great restaurants and downtown attractions and shopping. You do not need a car if you stay here, as our reviews describe. Beautifully appointed interior and fully equipped kitchen.

The Space

Our beautiful cottage sits behind The Big House, as we say down South. The Cottage is perfect for a couple or a family with young children willing to occupy the sleeper loveseat. We also have a cot and sleeping bags for the adventurous younger set. There is no charge for children under 16.

• The Cottage's open floor plan is furnished with a mahogany queen bed, a full size sleeper loveseat, fine oriental wool rugs, a Maitland Smith mahogany desk, and an executive red leather chair.

• Note: We do not provide breakfast. There is a Starbucks just up the street.

• In the cottage there is a fully equipped kitchen, a microwave, full stove with four burners and regular oven, coffee maker, full size refrigerator & ice maker, cooking utensils, dinner and silverware and everything needed to prepare and serve meals at the marble counter.

• Large bath, rainfall shower, ample counters. All bed and bath linens are furnished. Daily, weekly or monthly housekeeping service for a small additional fee. Note: the picture of the bath shows a washer; it is no longer there.

• Free WiFi, Direct TV, DVD player & large movie assortment, IPod player and Iphone charger, bedside white noise machine.

• Parking is free for an hour while you get your luggage in but you may be ticketed thereafter. There is ample free parking in the streets near our house. We will email you a PDF describing where to park. There will also be a copy in the cottage.

• Central heat & air, gated yard. Easy walking distance to King Street, restaurants and all the desirable downtown attractions.

• For beach lovers, plan to visit Folly Beach, 15 minutes away, or Sullivan's Island or the Isle of Palms, about 20 minutes. We provide two beach chairs with armrests and cup holders, a cooler and beach towels. The beaches are easy to reach and there is public parking in certain locations. All the beaches have great restaurants.

• Cottage guests are invited to enjoy the scenic porch of the Big House. Put your feet up on a well cushioned seat, enjoy a lofty breeze as you sip a cocktail and enjoy the late afternoon breeze. Then head out to one of our incredible local restaurants so mouth-wateringly described in Southern Living or Food Network Magazine. We live here and still can't keep up with them all! Make your reservations early, before you arrive!

• No college students, no pets, absolutely no smokers inside the cottage, but you may smoke on the porch.

• If you stay with us you don't have to drive over a huge bridge from James Island or West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant. Why waste time and money on parking garages? We are where you want to be if you are coming to see Historic Charleston!!

• If you are flying into Charleston and need a dependable pick-up driver, the dependable group we recommend is Charleston Green Taxi. Air BnB blocks their phone number so please, just (website hidden) them. They will be happy to quote you a price.

• Note: We do not provide breakfast. There is a Starbucks 4 houses up the street.

• Note: We do not provide breakfast. There is a Starbucks 4 houses up the street.

• Another note: if you click on the MAPS button, the street view they show is not even our block; it is ridiculous. Our house and cottage are very pretty and what you see there is not pretty. Please don't be discouraged; you will be happy when you get here and see the cottage. I can't do anything about what they choose to show and it is frustrating.

• Let us know how we can help you create a memorable stay here! You will love the cottage; everyone does.

• To plan your stay, we suggest you go to the city's website and check out the attractions and restaurants. It would be a VERY good idea to make supper reservations as soon as possible; don't wait till you get here or you will be eating at 5:30 in the afternoon or 10 o'clock at night.

Some favorite places for lunch include the very casual Fleet Landing on Concord Street.

The Mills House is nice too for lunch and especially for Sunday Brunch, very good.

For supper, consider about Slightly North of Broad or Magnolia's, High Cotton, or Blossom. They're all on the same block on East Bay St. A block away is a more sophisticated restaurant called Grill 225 at the Market Pavilion Hotel - a very classy place to eat. If you go up to the top floor of the hotel at sunset, you can enjoy a cocktail and a great view of the harbor. You are very near other restaurants so a stroll down to the next block for supper is fun. Or just go downstairs to Grill 225 for supper.

HUSK is a new national award winning restaurant over on Queen Street. Hank's in the Market is a great seafood restaurant. Peninsula Grill, also in the Market, is fantastic (don't overlook the coconut cake). Hall's Chop House over on King Street has the best steaks in town.

Let me know if you want me to line up a private tour guide for a walking or driving tour for you.

Renting a bike for your stay (bike shop on Meeting Street) would also be a good idea because you can cover a lot more ground. Several of our guests have recommended that.

Interaction with Guests

We try to be here when you arrive but if we are not because we are out at work, we tell you in advance where they key will be. The cottage sits in the yard and is easily visible from the street. We have a big wrought iron Charleston gate and you are instructed to come in and make your wayto the cottage.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is wonderful because we are right near the 3 main street corridors. You don't have to go down a lot of narrow confusing one-way streets to get to our house. We are within walking distance of all the main attractions too. There are some downtown Charleston rentals that are too far from the Historic District and what people want to see when they come here.

Getting around

Yes, there are free shuttle rides all over town; it's very easy to hop on and off at their scheduled stops.

Other Things to Note

Parking is free for an hour while you get your luggage in but you will be ticketed thereafter. There are a few free spaces on the street, two blocks away, but they are not always available. There is a parking garage one block away. A parking information sheet will be in your room so you can see where the free spaces are, but there is no guarantee you will get one. If you are flying into Charleston, we recommend you take a cab or shuttle downtown and walk everywhere. Most people who think they need a car, end up not using it.

One recommendation: please pack one of those small travel umbrellas. We have loaned all of ours out and they have disappeared into the sunset. If you don't want to bring one, you can buy it two blocks away at the Rite Aid drugstore.

WiFi - The cottage has its own wifi network called Charlotte 2. The password is Siamese!! -- note, you must capitalize the S and add the 2 exclamation points. Siamese!!

We must note that the Zoning Office of The City of Charleston requires me to advertise this unit for a minimum 30-day rental time period. Please communicate your dates of interest when you respond with a profile of your traveling guests and/or questions through the "Contact Me" link. I'll respond quickly, and when we've decided on the finalized logistics, you can then click the "Book It" button.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The cottage is lovely and the host wonderful and easy to communicate with! The location of the cottage is AMAZING! We were able to park our car on Friday and not touch it again until Sunday! :) It was a lovely 4th of July weekend! I would absolutely recommend this host/cottage to anyone! :)

    July 2014
  • The host has played a key role in making my experience in Charleston a truly spectacular one. Not enough compliments can be paid to her and her son and cats for their Southern hospitality, helpfulness, knowledge of the town, and quick responses. The host definitely went above and beyond to make me feel at home!

    The cottage was beautifully decorated, private, and clean with a lovely kitchen. It is located a mere 15 minutes away (leisure walk) from downtown - everything was within walking distance. I would definitely recommend this to others!

    July 2014
  • My experience with the host was great, she was very courteous and kind, always making me feel as if she wanted me to have the most fun, feel safe, and welcomed, most importantly. The cottage is great, close enough to downtown Charleston that you have the city at your fingertips, but also quiet enough to get some much needed vacation rest. Highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • The experience with our host was a pleasant, and we had all the privacy we wanted. The cottage was restful and energizing because you have your own space in a peaceful setting. The cottage is well appointed, very clean and has everything you need. You could easily stay in the cottage for a long stay and be comfortable. It feels like home. The neighborhood is quite, safe and beautiful. We walked all over the historic neighborhood to all of the sights in downtown. The shops and restaurants are a 15 minute leasurely walk so bring comfortable shoes. The host had great restaurant recommendations that made our choices easy.

    June 2014
  • Great cottage just like the pictures! The location is awesome and the host is very helpful with parking if you do decide to rent a car in Charleston. Very secure location and cozy. My husband and I found everything to be in great condition. The bathroom sink placement is bit bizarre. It is situated in a corner and sort of awkward to use, but I would stay here again; no questions asked! I would totally recommend this place if you are coming to Charleston!

    June 2014
  • Mary was a great host and the place was exactly as described in the listing & pictures.
    Great location to stay in Charleston! We walked everywhere you want to see in downtown. We only had to get in the car to go to the beach one of the days.
    We will definitely try to see if the cottage is available again when we go back to visit Charleston.

    June 2014
  • I can recommend staying in this cottage in Charleston. I stayed for 3 nights with my wife and 20-month old daughter. The cottage was large enough for us, contained everything we needed and is very close to the main attractions in Charleston. Our host was great! She was very responsive before our arrival and also checked whether everything was ok for us after our first day in the cottage. We will definitely consider the place again when visiting Charleston.

    May 2014
  • We stayed in the cottage over Memorial Day weekend and we really enjoyed ourselves. It was just right. We parked our vehicle upon arrival and were able to walk to everything. A real bonus. Parking in Charleston near all the sights is not easy. Being able to easily park across the street from the cottage and walk from the cottage to all the sights was fantastic. Everything is within walking distance, for us anyway. Charleston is a beautiful place and rich in history. The cottage was perfect!

    May 2014
  • The location was great, and the cottage was well-equipped: TV, WiFi, full kitchen, and lots of resource books and pamphlets about Charleston. Vaughan was communicative and very helpful, even going so far as to walk out with us to show us where to park. Great time!

    May 2014
  • This host was fabulous! The cottage was just as shown in her posting. The perfect space to get away and not be cramped in a hotel room. We enjoyed staying off the tourist track and being in a more local neighborhood. It was a great location - and easy walking distance to everything. Our host was very friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. Her main house is beautiful. We look forward to seeing the gardens when she finishes renovating the outdoor area.

    May 2014
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We enjoy having guests and we take wonderful care of them! We tell our visitors that we think of them as long lost cousins who have finally come to see us. It's fun to have folks who are seeing our beautiful Historic District for the first time.
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