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Gorgeous Waterfront Town & Country Home on St. Helena Sound

Jan & Eric Horan

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Jan & Eric Horan

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2015
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Gorgeous Waterfront Town & Country Home on St. Helena Sound

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


St. Helena Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-9)

Slip back in time on your drive to ‘Lili,’ our waterfront, private getaway located on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to this private residence includes a half-mile drive along the Avenue of Oaks, listed on the National Register of Historic places. Enroute, you will pass the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800) once the center of Coffin Point, pre-Civil War cotton plantation. Your last right turn is home to a two-story private residence, nestled in a continuum of ancient, Live Oak trees and bordered by native plantings of seasonal flowers on three sides with a spectacular view of the Sound, sunrise to sunset - 100 yards away. If the trees could speak, one could only imagine the stories a hundred-year history might reveal. Indulge in the best of both worlds, the natural beauty activity of the intracoastal waterway whose traffic includes shrimpboats, sailboats, kayaks, dolphins, seagulls and pellican. The surrounding, densely wooded countryside of St. Helena Sound provides a quiet and serene natural setting.

Inside the home, guests enjoy furnishings custom designed by the owners which included extensive renovations using master craftsmen and local artisans to provide the fine details.

Windows open to expansive, scenic views, ever reminding guests of the exceptional natural beauty which they are emersed.

The colors and textures of natural materials mirror the lowcountry environment in fine decor. The ceilings were raised to expose huge, wooden beams acquired from a local cotton mill. The comfy and classic furnishings suggest the sea, land and sky in soft, soothing color pallet. The copper counters in the galley kitchen were added for serious cooking and easy clean up. Wear is designed to be exposed in the ever changing patina. The line between inside and out has been consciously disguised with plenty of open space, large floor to ceiling windows in the great room, windows room by room that reveal life at the seashore with all five senses.

Coffin Point's beachfront is a natural seashore manicured only by the ocean and its contents - twice daily. It's the real deal, rugged with tons of shells, chord grasses and other saltwater, hardy gifts. Teaming with sea life, this beach is not groomed for swimming but rather exploring, clamming, shelling, fishing and hiking. If you want to swim, pack up our beach towels, chairs & your water toys or rent a kayak, surf board etc ...and head to neighboring Hunting Island State Park. It's an easy 10 minute drive.

At either beachfront, ours or the State Park, it is common to see and hear dolphin, working shrimp boats and a range of seabird action. What is truly wonderful about living by the sea, is experiencing the changes hour by hour, day by day, week by week.

While at home, you can enjoy both front or back covered patios; oversize deck chair seaside or rocking chairs forest side, or put on your walking, biking or jogging attire to explore the beachfront and dirt road network of the neighborhood.

Cooking is meant to be fun and easy in this home. All grocery needs can be satisfied within a 10-minute drive with neighboring fish markets, marinas, fresh vegetable farms, grocery stores and quickstop markets.

Local restaurants and chefs offer catered services while a short drive, increases options to five-star cuisine in town as well as casual dinning at most local diners -- that all feature local seafood. Some have recipes passed down through the generations using ingredients from neighboring farms and docks.

Local favorites include Boondocks, Johnson Creek Tavern, Gullah Grub, Sand Dollar, Foolish Frog and The Shrimp Shack (referenced in Pat Conroy’s cookbook) Each with their own specialties and ambiance.

A wide variety of touring opportunities throughout the region include art & culture to serious shopping. For outdoor adventure we recommend Hunting Island State Park, a 10-minute drive away - where you will find five miles of swimming/surfing beachfront - without the traditional residential over-development. There is a minimal gate pass fee. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing gear can be coordinated at the Park's nature center – plus special family activities are scheduled throughout the summer months.

At Hunting, thousands of acres of gorgeous marsh views, tidal creeks, and a dense maritime forest provide an abundant wildlife viewing experience that is becoming rare along our developed coastlines.

Downtown Historic Beaufort is another favorite destination - less than 20 minute drive. In-town destinations include Port Royal, Parris Island and the Marine Corp Air station Military bases and a bit further and over a few more bridges you can reach Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah in a little over an hour drive.

Notable regional/seasonal events: Savannah Music Festival (March/Savannah) Heritage Golf Tournament (April/Hilton Head) Family Circle Tennis Cup (April/Daniel's Island) Soft Shell Crab Festival(Apr/Port Royal) Spoleto Festival (May-June /Charleston), Beaufort Water Festival (mid-July), Penn Center’s Heritage Festival (November/ St. Helena Is.), , and many local activities including ghost & home tours, Beaufort film festival (Feb/Mar) plus ever-present art gallery tours and community oyster roast fundraising fun in the winter.

Lili grounds allow for extensive parking for all your water and camping toys - boat (30ft+) and trailer and/or RV camper. Several boat launches are only minutes away. Or, leave the toys and call on our local, experienced guides. Join a boat or kayak tour, photo safari, dolphin watch, deep sea charter or sunset sail along the Intracoastal Waterway. Watch or participate in a regatta at the Lady’s Island Country Club, spin class at the YMCA or yoga class at One Yoga Sanctuary at Lady's Island Marina.

Keywords: Coastal elegance, lovingly titled (Lili) - you are invited to the comforts of town while vacationing in an elegant waterfront, rural community. Live Oak forest road and walk ways, natural beachfront, lush plantings, abundant wildlife and minutes from State Park, historic and cultural site-seeing.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Jan & Eric Horan (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2015

About Jan & Eric Horan

Owner moved to South Carolina from California and raised her family on Hilton Head. As the family grew up, Lili was purchased as a family retreat. The home was purchased from a neighbor where her own mother once lived. In 2005 a major renovation, raising the ceilings, importing woods and other natural materials were used to expand every space with great attention to detail. Every appointment -- from furnishings to faucets and wall art were consciously and lovingly selected while meeting and befriending local talent.

Jan & Eric Horan purchased this house in 2005

Why Jan & Eric Horan chose St. Helena Island

Overlooking the St. Helena Sound, this property is a blend of elegant, contemporary comforts midst a a rustic and rural, natural environment. This lovely home is part of a unique community that has grown up away from the maddening crown, around the sea and in a friendly neighborhood community in the country that enjoys a safe, quiet and perfect gathering place or getaway for friends and family.

What makes this house unique

Scenic waterfront view, natural shell beach, abundant wildlife viewing, 100-year-old Live Oak forest, National Historic landmark community entrance, nearby Beach/State Park amenities, local and regional shopping opportunities, fine and casual dining, fresh seafood and fresh vegetable stands, events and activities for all ages.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed your lovely space! Thank you!
Feb 2012
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Gorgeous Waterfront Town & Country Home on St. Helena Sound
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 30 reviews
Knoxville, Tennessee

Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

I cannot express how much we loved staying at this house. It is even more beautifully charming than is depicted in the photographs. Everyone who came to the house was very impressed with this hidden gem!

My husband is native to Beaufort but we decided to rent instead of staying with family because we were bringing my parents to the beach for the first time! There were 4 adults and 1 toddler in the home and it was very comfortable. The location is amazing, especially if you'd rather stay closer to the beach rather than in the heart of downtown.

The owners were incredibly helpful and answered all our questions quickly and completely. We had an issue with the WIFI but they made EVERY attempt to solve the issue. We were able to talk with the owner and find out more details on the history of the home and its furnishings (very interesting, indeed).

I would and have recommended this property to many people and I have bragged on my "secret find" in Beaufort to all my friends and family!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Lovely House

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the place are spot on. We loved the roomy, beautifully decorated interior, especially the sitting area for mom and dad to read, and a separate family room for teens to watch television in the evenings. Lots of books and movies for rainy days. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs, but wasn't a problem for us because we went downstairs in early mornings while our teen slept.

The appliances are up-to-date including the roomy washer and dryer. We cooked in for a few meals and found everything in working order. Everything is provided. (Knives need sharpening, however!)

The walk to the water was delightful and we discovered many beautiful shells. The weather was not terribly cooperative, but loved the short drives north to Charleston, and south to Savannah. We also were able to rent a sailboat charter for an afternoon. So many things to do.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Louisville, KY

Perfectly secluded

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our honeymoon. We never saw anyone else on the beach which was exactly what we wanted. The home was spotless and kept well. I wanted to take most of the beautiful, unique furniture home with is! Everything was comfortable and quiet. I will admit if you are looking for vacation with constant outings and close dinners this is not the place. We went to te grocery once and stayed in most of the trip! The porch is wonderful to watch the water. Chairs were already there to take to the beach (which is your backyard!) The trees are gorgeous with Spanish moss surrounding the house. It was like staying in a photograph, that's how perfect it seems. It was fantastic and perfect for our honeymoon. Five stars!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

You won't be disappointed.....fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

This was my 6th trip to Beaufort (I just love this low country town) but my first time renting this property. We had two couples and it was the perfect size for us. Having two living areas allowed each couple to have some private time if desired. We all LOVED the house and especially the view. The back deck area is ideal for all times of the day. I asked the owners ahead of time about what was furnished in the way of kitchen utensils and when she said it was fully stocked, she wasn't kidding! They had everything- I also have to admit the beds were more comfortable than mine at home. It was first rate all the way!! The owners were wonderful to work with and we will definitely be back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
West Columbia, SC

Lili is a charmer

  • 4 of 5

Property is clean and neat with a thoughtful and eclectic decor.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Raleigh, NC

No less than perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was no less than perfect. We very much enjoyed staying at Lili and would love to come back. The neighborhood has breathtaking views of the sound and the oaks. The home is shaded by oak trees which naturally cooled the house and when you walked outside. This house is located right next to Coffin Point plantation house which is also very cool! We came to Lili for our honeymoon and enjoyed going to the local restaurants. Everyone we met on the island or in Beaufort was very friendly. The home was well appointed with fantastic artwork everywhere. We also enjoyed the old antique furniture.. and the beds were extremely comfortable. This home makes for a perfect vacation.. being very close to Beaufort, but also not too far from Savannah or Charleston (you could make a day trip to these if you wanted). We spent the whole time at the beach or in Beaufort, but we would love to come back and explore the area more!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Savannah /HH International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Hilton Head Island -- Ferry to Daufuskie Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Ocean Golf Course - Fripp Island
Nearest Train
30 Miles
AmTrac in Yemassee, SC
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 21
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Publix Grocery
Nearest Ski
355 Miles
Beech Mountain, NC
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Swimming & Surfing at Hunting Island State Park
Car: necessary

Nearby: Wildlife Photo Safaris, YMCA, Spa and Health Center, Yoga Classes, Historic Beaufort downtown shopping/gourmet and southern cuisine dinning - walking tours, Gullah Culture Museum and Community Center at Penn Center - National Historic Landmark, State Park with fishing pier & public boat landings, Waterfront Park and Historic Downtown Shopping District, Horse drawn carriage tours, Active art community with art exhibitions, classes and cultural events including visual and performing arts - community orchestra, chorale and national chamber music series.


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

St. Helena Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2014 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59.00
Pet Fee $10.00 + Tax
cleaning fee $135.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Guests are asked to purchase renters insurance (cost $49) covering up to $1500 damages.

Pets must be approved in advance. Pet fee is $10 daily, per pet.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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St. Helena Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2nd Floor Master and Guest Bedrooms - both with Waterfront Views, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2nd Floor Bedroom with Dense Live Oak Forest View, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 3 Oversize comfy sofas in 1st floor Living areas each convert to single day beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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