About this listing
Large guest suites, private baths, or private cozy cottage for 2 to 30+ nights rentals! A LEGAL rental approved by the City! SEE OUR 100 RAVE REVIEWS FOR GREAT LOCATION, GORGEOUS HOME, AND SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY!
This historic home is large and inviting and elegantly furnished with English antiques, wool oriental rugs, and lovely artwork. Our guest suites are large and each has a queen bed and private bath. Each room has a TV with DirecTV, a ceiling fan, and comfortable seating. All guests enjoy a den, living room, and downstairs sitting room. Each of these rooms has a fireplace and we often have them on in cold weather. Please note: we not rent to smokers, not even those who promise to smoke outside.
We are offering use of one of our beautiful suites with a large bath. This is not a whole house rental. Enjoy the den and big screen TV. You may have the space to yourself, however, it just depends. We have a big porch on the first floor you are also welcome to enjoy. This is a big house and there are plenty of spaces for as much privacy as you want, or as much fun with the other guests as you desire.
Interaction with Guests
We have a lot of interaction with guests and our rave reviews describe what it's like to be here. Folks are curious about our local culture and history. We usually end up talking about topics ranging from how to make biscuits, to racial issues; it runs the gamut. Please refer to what other people have said.
We are the best location for free parking and easy walking access to all of the historic attractions and great restaurants. The museum is 3 blocks away. The Aquarium and Marion Square are only 2 blocks. Visitors don't need to navigate narrow, confusing one-way streets to get to our house like some of the other rentals in the Historic District. We are one of the easiest locations in the District, just one turn from any of downtown's 3 main traffic corridors.
We encourage guests to walk everywhere. Parking is an issue here and the parking garages are expensive. The entire Historic District is only 1.5 miles long and 1 mile wide, so it is surprisingly small even though it is crowded with wonderful things to do and see. One option is to rent a bike from a local bike shop. With a bike you can certainly cover more ground. Be mindful that parking a bike can also be an issue and you must use a parking corral the city has set up in various spots. Sometimes people take a carriage ride or guided walking tour to get an overview, then they go back later to see things that sounded really interesting. Walking is easiest.
We have a cooler and beach chairs and towels we will loan you if you wish to visit Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, or the Isle of Palms.
Other Things to Note
Included in your rate is a light breakfast of coffee, tea, muffin and fruit.
We also provide free parking and wifi. If you are flying into Charleston, we recommend you take a cab or shuttle downtown and walk everywhere. You can also rent a bike nearby. Most people who think they need a car, end up not using it.
WiFi - We have 2 WiFi networks and the one you will use is Charlotte. The password is Siamese! (Note, you won't be able to sign on unless you capitalize the S and add the ONE exclamation point. Siamese! If you can't see the first wifi network, Charlotte, try Charlotte 2. Its password is Siamese!! (capitalize the S and add 2 exclamation points. Siamese!!) If you can't get on the wifi, then go to the desk in the den and use the cord to plug the wifi directly into your laptop. If that doesn't work, we can't help you, I am sorry. Again, there is a Starbucks just up the street and no one seems to have a problem there, even if you have the new Windows system that causes some people trouble. Guests rarely have problems and the nice lady who commented on it in her review had a brand new laptop with the new Windows system. We are Mac people and cannot troubleshoot Windows, sorry.
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 one two blocks away at the Rite Aid drugstore.
The summer heat and humidity can make our big wrought iron gate at the street feel like it is locked, but it isn't. Just grab the gate with one hand and pull it firmly to you as you turn the knob with your other hand. The heat makes the lock swell, that's all it is.
One other thing: this house was built in 1870 and although it has been expensively restored, it is not perfect. We also do not have an elaborate and gorgeous garden, much as would like to. We love our home's idiosyncrasies and hope you will too.
We must note that the Zoning Office of The City of Charleston requires us 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.
We not rent to smokers, not even those who promise to smoke outside. We are well suited for young professionals, older couples, or solo travelers who want a safe, home-like environment.
If the sun shades are down, it's to keep the sun from fading antique pictures and silk draperies -- so please leave the shades down if you find them that way. Please turn off the front and back porch lights when you go to bed. When you leave for a day of sightseeing, please be considerate and turn off your lights and ceiling fans. Leave the porch lights on if it will be dark when you return. Please close the big wrought iron street gate when you enter and leave the property so it's not standing wide open.
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.
About the Host, Vaughan
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.