About this listing
Beautiful and private cozy cottage in the heart of the Historic District. Perfect location for walking to nearby restaurants, King Street shopping, or historic attractions.
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. There is no additional 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 mahogany desk, and DirecTV.
• Note: We do not provide breakfast for long term rentals. There is a Starbucks a half-block up Alexander Street, and Saffron restaurant is one block away, great for any meal. Our big Harris Teeter grocery store is three blocks away.
• 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 bedside charging tower for phones and tablets.
• Parking is available on site.
• Central heat & air, gated front 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 smoking or vaping anywhere on the property, in or outside.
• 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? This is 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 or Seven Star. Air BnB blocks their phone number so please, just do an internet search on them. They will be happy to quote you a price.
• 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.
People naturally gravitate to the beautiful porch of the big house in front of the cottage if the weather is nice. You can use your laptop out there, read the paper in the morning, have a glass of wine there in the evening -- it has comfy sofas and chairs with big footstools.
Interaction with guests
We interact with guests a lot, if that is what they seem to want. We are as available as they desire, or as invisible as seems appropriate. Some people want complete privacy and others want to get to know us and learn about Charleston and what it's like to live here. You can read our reviews to get a sense of how we interact with guests. Most people are very friendly and we really get to know them and feel a genuine pang when they must finally leave; it has been quite amazing.
Our neighborhood is wonderful because we are right near the 3 main street corridors. 3 blocks from King Street, 2 blocks from Meeting Street, 1 block from East Bay. To get to us, you don't have to drive down a lot of narrow confusing one-way streets. 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.
The Historic District has a wonderful free trolly that you can hop on or off as much as you like at their various stops located in convenient places. Catch a free ride all over town as it makes it loop. We suggest you not rent a car if you are flying to Charleston. Take a cab downtown and just walk everywhere. Most people who think they need a car, end up not using it. However, you will need a car to go to the beach, however -- Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island or the Isle of Palms.
Other things to note
There are a few free parking spaces on the street a block from our house and we may also have parking in our rear driveway, it just depends. We have never had a problem with guest parking, be assured, it is not a problem! If you are flying into Charleston, we recommend you take a cab or shuttle downtown and walk everywhere.
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 or at the Harris Teeter grocery.
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. We also offer other accommodations for shorter periods beginning at two night minimums. However, during some times of the year and for some special events, we require a longer stay. 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.
Absolutely no smoking inside the cottage but you may smoke on the porch of the cottage, on the patio, or on the porch of the Big House. Let us know if we should put out ashtrays, they are not always there otherwise. Thank you for your understanding. Please shut our big wrought iron street gate each time you come in or out. During hot weather and high humidity, the gate can feel as if it is locked, but it is not locked. Grab it with one hand and as you pull it toward you, turn the knob. The heat makes the metal swell and the knob gets tight, that's all it is.
Tanning Products and Acne Medications. If someone has an airbrushed tan, uses tanning cosmetics or Accutane (Isotretinoin) or similar meds, our sheets, towels, and even upholstery will be ruined. Please bring your own bed linens and towels if you use any of these products. If you’ve forgotten, we can give you some permanently discolored but clean sheets for the bed or to drape on the sofa and chairs. Ruined sheets, towels or upholstery will mean we’ll keep your damage deposit.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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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.