Submitted: April 21, 2012
Stayed: April 2012
Kiawah Island came highly recommended to me by friends. This home, the area, and the beaches were completely peaceful and a great way to recharge the batteries. Although it was Easter week, it was still quiet. The people here, as well as SC in general are very friendly.
The owner, Sam, was really helpful and generous with his time sending emails and answering quest from the very beginning provided ample and accurate information about the area. The house was very well appointed including every appliance and cooking implement you would ever need.
Plenty of high quality plates and silverware, large coffee cups, and tons of glassware made cooking easy and enjoyable. Seating for 6 both inside and out, plus,a gas grill on the deck, screened in porch and sunny deck. This was a perfect spot for enjoying a bloody marys while you watch the wildlife such as flying fish and even eagles. A deer came though on our first night. The entire area is very lush with huge foliage. We did not even see any of our neighbors, so it feels very private.
The master suite was brand new and appointed like a luxury hotel. The other rooms were a much smaller by comparison, so with 3 adult couples we really had to decide who would get the royal treatment. But, all of the beds and linens were comfortable.
The living area also featured super comfy couches and chairs, with cable TV and free WIFI -- which was a real bonus. The management company offered free DVDs, but we did not take advantage of them.
There are tons of bike rental companies offering cruiser bikes. The bike paths are really the best way to get around. There are boardwalks that provide access to the extremely long stretches of beach. The sand is hard packed enough to ride right on the beach. Really fun!
There was plenty to do on the island, but since we were there to relax, we didn't look into too many activities. Chez Fish has awesome food-- a real highlight. the Freshfields Market is outstanding. It is pricey, but they offer a lot of made to order pizzas, sandwiches, soups, plus all the usual upscale groceries you would need. Outstanding selection of cheese, desserts and even a candy counter. Also, full offering of meat, fish and fresh produce that made your mouth water. Starbucks is inside.
The shops are really cute, and offered a fun day browsing around. Check out the local artist pottery gallery.
I highly recommend this property. Thank you, Sam for sharing your lovely home.
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