Forge Apartment

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  1. 2 guests
  2. Studio
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Fast wifi at 60 Mbps, plus a dedicated workspace in a private room.
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The Forge Apartment at the Rensing Center is a serene apartment in Upstate SC, adjacent to a 4000-volume library, in a 27-acre forest. The decor combines mid-century furniture with a rustic cathedral ceiling whose oak beams were original to the blacksmith shop. A perfect place to retreat and reflect in nature.
Easily accessible to Clemson, Greenville, Lake Jocassee, and the highlands of NC, it offers a blend of solitude and community.

The space
This apartment, known as "The Forge" honoring its original use as a blacksmith shop, has hosted countless artists and writers looking for a peaceful retreat. We are seeking environmentally-minded tenants the year through. The forge measures 350 square feet and includes a private, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. It is contained within the Main Hall at the Rensing Center. Also in the Main Hall are the communal library, atrium, and laundry room, with a washer and dryer. The Forge connects directly to our 4000-volume library, however, you can lock the door for privacy and security. The Forge includes a large covered porch as well as a private brick patio with a grill.

The Forge is near our working garden and nature trail on our 27-acre campus. Our waterfall trail begins just up a short driveway which leads hikers on a 20-minute journey through a magical forest to a series of cascades totaling 80 vertical feet on a small creek.

The Forge adjoins a small forest, barn, and pasture, and the lower organic garden which includes a working compost, which we strongly encourage guests to contribute. We also encourage guests to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible.

Located just south of the NC/SC border, the apartment is within 2.5 hours of Atlanta and Charlotte, 1.5 hours from Asheville, and less than an hour from Brevard and Greenville.

You may also visit rensingcenter.org for more information about the history of our site.

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What this place offers

Mountain view
Kitchen
Fast wifi – 60 Mbps
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
AC - split type ductless system
Private patio or balcony

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Pickens, South Carolina, United States

The treasure of this unique space is how remote and surrounded by nature you are, yet just a whiff away from everything you need, including the countless magical sites that the Carolinas have to offer...
Every Tuesday the Clemson Area Food Exchange (CAFE) delivers fresh, organic produce from local farmers' gardens to your plate; Just place your order online on Saturday, and you'll pick it up Tuesday at our favorite local health food store and coffee shop: Bee Well Honey Market in Pickens.
Pickens is a quaint and charming little town that boasts a church fish fry (Soapstone Church) and corn grinding (Hagood Mill) every 3rd Saturday of the month... do what you can to catch them both!Just a 10 minute drive from the Forge, Main Street Pickens is where you'll go for all your basic needs. Wednesday morning is the weekly flea market in Pickens and not to be missed! You'll find everything from freshly caught shrimp and seafood, to a farmer's market, antiques, and many other random offerings. This is a HUGE flea market and true Southern theater. :)
Located just off Lake Keowee, we are just 15 miles from Clemson, 18 miles from Lake Jocassee, 28 miles from Greenville, and 36 miles from Cashiers/Highlands... we are surrounded by countless waterfall hikes, national parks, bike trails like Doodle Trail in Pickens, and popular tourist destinations/swimming holes such as Sliding Rock.
The nature lover in you will never run out of things to do!

Hosted by Ellen

  1. Joined in September 2015
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In a career spanning over 40 years, Ellen Kochansky has actively promoted the arts, the preservation and extension of craft traditions, and environmentally responsible practices. She founded The Rensing Center to further these goals, and to connect the creative process to our need to live more gently on the earth. Her artistic practice is rooted in her experience as a textile artist, designer and quilter, and her work has always stretched those definitions to include experimental fiber and mixed-media art, public and private commissions as well as community-based and site-specific installations. For her company, EKO, she designed and manufactured custom quilts for 20 years. She has been an American Craft Council Trustee, a National Endowment for the Arts panelist, and a founding Director of Ripple Effect Sustainable Design Group. She has twice been chosen Craft Fellow by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She currently sits on the Executive board of the SC ArtsAlliance, and the Artist Services Committee of the SC Arts Commission, and has served on the Pickens County Cultural Commission and on the City of Clemson’s Green Ribbon Commission. Ellen has shared her experience through teaching and workshops, including Penland, Arrowmont, and the Innovation Institute (McColl Center, Charlotte, NC), and as a juror for national art shows such as Cherry Creek, Evanston, and American Craft Council, as well as South Carolina’s Verner Awards. Her work is included in The Mint Museum, The American Museum of Art and Design in NY, and the White House Collection, and she has been cited in various books, articles, and television programs, notably CBS Sunday Morning and the book Six Continents of Quilts.
In a career spanning over 40 years, Ellen Kochansky has actively promoted the arts, the preservation and extension of craft traditions, and environmentally responsible practices. S…

Co-hosts

  • Kathryn
  • Evelyn

During your stay

Ellen is the owner of the land and founder of The Rensing Center, which, until recently hosted a creative residency program and continues to be an eco-community. Her house is just a walk down the road, and she is available by phone or text to offer her support in any way needed - whether answering questions pertaining to the Forge Apartment, bringing by freshly grown treats from the garden, offering stories from the historically rich area of Upstate SC and Pickens, or just providing sweetly inspiring conversation... Ellen will be available when needed, or respectfully distant if not. :)
Ellen is the owner of the land and founder of The Rensing Center, which, until recently hosted a creative residency program and continues to be an eco-community. Her house is just…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Pets are allowed

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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