Leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind and step into a peaceful life of simple pleasures. This vacation home is located on a small, private island nestled deep in the pristine beauty of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Tidal Grace offers stunning views of ocean, ever-changing marsh, and quiet, saltwater creek.
Relax on the upper balcony, overlooking an expansive marsh view to Edingsville Beach (a private, 2-mile beach just north of Edisto Beach) on the Atlantic. Be refreshed by sea breezes, as flocks of pelicans and great egrets fly over. View magnificent sunsets on the creek dock where skimmers fly low, great blue herons and ibises feed, and dolphins frolic in the ebb and flow of Frampton Creek. This unspoiled sanctuary hosts a wealth of wildlife including endangered and threatened species such as bald eagles, wood storks and loggerhead sea turtles.
Tidal Grace, built in 2002, is designed to resemble an early 20th century Lowcountry cottage, complete with reproduction hardware and bead board paneling walls and porch ceilings. Our home offers a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere, with deep, full-length, screened porches on front and back that make the most of the spectacular ocean and creek views. Five pairs of French doors open to the porches, allowing the cool breezes to flow through whispering pines and rustling Palmetto fronds, creating the feeling of a secluded tree house.
The open floor plan downstairs provides a spacious living area and fully-equipped kitchen. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed and bathroom with walk-in shower. Two upstairs bedrooms each have twin beds and share a bathroom with a tub/shower. A center “play area” fully equipped with shelves of books and board games connects the 2 bedrooms – great for kids! Balconies on each side open to the ocean or creek views.
A large screened gazebo, with a ceiling fan, picnic table and adjoining deck, connects to the dock and offers additional dining space with a view of the creek. Swimming, crabbing, shrimping and fishing are great right off the dock. Frampton Creek is perfect for small boats (kayaks, jon boats, etc.) and is accessible by boat except during low tide.
The private, 2-mile beach (Edingsville) is reached by boat (from the dock through Frampton’s Creek) as well as by foot - about a half mile walk through Jeremy Cay (a gated, residential community). This beach is known for an abundance of beautiful shells, shark’s teeth, and fossils. Edingsville Beach was the site of a summer village in the early 1800’s. Planters and their families escaped the heat and mosquitoes of their Sea Island cotton plantations and summered here to enjoy the cool ocean breezes. A hurricane in 1893 destroyed most of the village, and by 1911 it was completely gone. Pottery fragments, old glass bottles and bricks from this lost village are frequently found along the water’s edge.
Edingsville Beach is one of the most prolific sites along the coast for loggerhead turtle nesting. Each year from May to August, the females crawl up to the beach to lay their eggs. About 60 days later hatchlings make their way out from under the sand, to the ocean to begin their long journey out to the Sargasso Sea. Members of Edingsville’s Turtle Conservation Team set out on early mornings to find and mark the nests. Later in the summer, inventories are done in early evenings on the hatched nests, and often the tiny, stranded hatchlings are found and escorted to the sea. Visitors are able to accompany these trained volunteers, and encounter the miracle of these gentle, protected creatures up close.
Just north of Edingsville Beach lies spectacular Botany Bay Plantation, a nearly 5000-acre, centuries-old, oceanfront Wildlife Management Area opened to the public in 2008. Here you’ll find over 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, birding and horseback riding, plantation ruins from the Civil War era, crop fields, salt marshes, hummock islands, and a maritime forest beach with a “boneyard” of dead trees in the surf. There is also a 3-mile motor trail, as well as a launch area for paddle-powered boats.
The town of Edisto Beach is 5 minutes away, with plenty of gift shops, restaurants, a grocery store, and an outdoor store where bicycles and kayaks, among other things, can be rented. Edisto Beach State Park offers wonderful hiking and biking on nature trails through a lovely maritime forest, as well as beach access to the public beach, and an informative Interpretive Center with information and exhibits on the spectacular ACE Basin.
The Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto (ACE) Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the United States. Over 350,000 acres of pristine public lands, including cypress swamps, salt marsh beach, and woodlands, offer a variety of outdoor recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, boating, bird-watching, hiking and bicycling.
Charming, historic Charleston, lies just 45 miles north. There you’ll find many cultural and entertainment activities, fine dining and great shopping.
Retreat to Tidal Grace! Experience the unparalleled beauty and peace of this unique Lowcounty vacation home!