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.
- children welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- smoking allowed
- pets considered
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.