Library Apartment and Studio

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Entire rental unit hosted by Ellen

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
Great for remote work
Fast wifi at 81 Mbps, plus a dedicated workspace in a common area.
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Take a break and unwind at this peaceful oasis. Part of an international artist community, with a workshop/ studio space and adjoining a shared 4000 book library, private waterfall trail and nearby pasture. Isolated rural location but five minutes from a world class weekly flea market and ten minutes from town.
The area is legendary for its hiking trails and magnificent waterfalls.

The space
The Library Apartment and Studio have hosted countless artists and writers looking for a peaceful retreat. We are seeking environmentally-minded tenants the year through. The library apartment measures 375 square feet and includes a private, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The conjoined Studio measures 563 square feet and has two 4’x 8’ rolling tables in addition to other smaller ones that are perfect for your creative endeavors.

The apartment and studio are 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 Libary Apartment connects directly to our 4000-volume library, however, you can lock the door for privacy and security.

The Library Apartment 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 Main Hall 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

Kitchen
Fast wifi – 81 Mbps
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
Window AC unit
Shared patio or balcony
Shared backyard – Not fully fenced

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Where you’ll be

Pickens, South Carolina, United States

This apartment is one of three that have been part of a creative/ environmental residency program, on a very rural road, but ten minutes from town. There is a total of 27 acres, 10 of which is pasture, with a private nature trail that leads to an 80 foot gradual waterfall.

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.
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Co-hosts

  • Kathryn
  • Evelyn

During your stay

I am a mere text message away and my house is a couple of hundred yards across the property. We often swap kitchen tools and spices with residents.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy