Merhaven Bed no Breakfast, located in the historic Harleston Village section of downtown Charleston, has been described by our guests as 'a casual, lovely place to stay', 'peaceful beyond belief', 'highly affordable', and 'possessing one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Charleston'.
Come relax in this appealing, home away from home atmosphere. A charming 1920s arts and crafts bungalow-style home, we offer ONLY a two-room suite with 10' ceilings, lots of windows, hardwood floors, and beautiful, comfortable decor. Rooms can comfortably sleep 4-5 people. The bathroom offers a choice of either an antique tub/shower. Directions below.
The lush gardens, courtyards and fountains offer the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the soft, coastal air after a delightful day touring, shopping, or playing on the beach. Tables, benches, and comfy chaise lounge chairs are situated near the old pecan tree which will shade you while you sip your favorite drink or enjoy a mid-day snack.
A short, ten minute walk finds you in the heart of the historic, downtown Charleston shopping district. You are within close proximity to the Battery, several city parks, and numerous breakfast cafes and gourmet restaurants. We are near the Medical University of South Carolina and just down the street from the College of Charleston, and a mere twenty minute drive to one of three area beaches: Folley Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island.
One BEDROOM offers a Queen Bed, a Twin Daybed, and a Trundle bed. The other BEDROOM offers a Queen Bed and a Twin Daybed. Large windows open to let in fresh air and overlook the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Hardwood floors, air-conditioned, ceiling fans. Cable TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, coffee & tea service, and small fridge. Family friendly!
Organic, shade grown coffee and low country tea service are available. An economy refrigerator is available with bottled water. There are several charming breakfast cafes within an easy 10 minute walk from Merhaven, including Hominy Grill, Bull Street Gourmet, Halo, and Queen Street Grocery.
Special Inn Events: Courtyard and gardens may also be rented for a small reception or quiet gathering. Native American flute-making classes offered at Merhaven by owner, Hawk Hurst. Check out his website - Google: Hawk Hurst Flutes
Recreation and Activities: Just a 20-minute drive to three area beaches. Canoeing, kayaking and coastal saltwater fishing. Public tennis courts and 2 city parks nearby. Three beaches, numerous hiking trails and and golf courses - all within a 15 minute drive. Bicycle rentals offered downtown.
Attractions & Special Events: Located in historic Harleston Village neighborhood of Downtown Charleston. You are within easy walking distance of most amenities including: numerous gourmet restaurants and fine art galleries; the King Street shopping district; several home and garden tours; gorgeous Waterfront Park; and so much more. Spoleto Festival and Cooper River Bridge Run.
Recommended Local Restaurants: Husk, Hominy Grill, Fleet Landing, Fish, Lana, Pane e Vino, Queen Street Grocery, Bull Street Gourmet, High Cotton, Grill 225, Fulton Five, Marina Seafood Restaurant, Fast & French, Monaza's Pizza, La Fourchette and so many more!
Recommended Local Best Kept Secrets: Romantic walk along the Battery; French Quarter Art District; Hiking the Cooper River Bridge; Take a Ferry from Awendaw to secluded Bull Island; Climb the giant Live Oak trees at Hampton Park; Spooky ghost tour of the Old City Jail; Quiet walk through the historic neighborhoods enjoying the architecture and gardens.
DIRECTIONS to Merhaven Bed no Breakfast: 16 Halsey Street.
We are located on the NE corner of Gadsden & Halsey Streets (NOT Halsey Blvd.!), adjacent to MUSC.
Assuming you are arriving on I-26 East, you will want to stay in the far left lane and take the exit marked Meeting St/Visitor's Center. Follow Meeting St past the Visitor's Center and just past Marion Square (both are on your right), until you reach Calhoun Street. Take a right onto Calhoun Street. Go through 6 stop lights. Turn left 1 block AFTER the 6th light (Ashley Avenue) onto Gadsden Street. Merhaven is on your left 1/2 block from this turn, directly across from the Ronald McDonald House.
IF you miss the Meeting Street exit you will automatically merge onto Hiway 17 (known locally as 'The Crosstown'), as it dead ends in dowtown Charleston, OR if you are arriving via Hiway 17 from the East or West, you should turn onto King Street, heading (East/South) toward the downtown business district. Follow King St just past Marion Square (on your left) until you reach Calhoun Street. Take a right onto Calhoun Street. Go through 5 stop lights. Turn left 1 block AFTER the 5th light (Ashley Avenue) onto Gadsden Street. Merhaven is on your left 1/2 block from this turn, directly across from the Ronald McDonald House.
Parking is available directly adjacent to the room/s. Please leave a space so that three (3) cars are able to park in the lot. Thanks and see you soon!
Keywords: 1920's Bungalow, Beautiful Gardens, Fountains, Affordable Rates, near MUSC and College of Charleston, 20 minutes to three area beaches, great for Spoleto Festival, Farmers Market, Southeast Wildlife Expo, and Cooper River Bridge Run, BB&T Food and Wine Festival, and the Family Circle Cup.
My daughter and I visited Charleston for a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Merhaven. The accommodations were perfect for our needs, and our bathroom mates were very friendly (of course they were...they were 3 gals from NJ!!). The location was very convenient, just a few blocks from the beautiful university campus. We took in a couple of Spoleto events, and shopping and dining were great experiences. We intend to return for another visit; next time I would like to spend more time in the lovely garden at Merhaven!
Ayal Hurst is an artist, author, and holistic healer. She loves to stroll around the city taking in hidden side streets and sculpted architecture. She enjoys providing a nurturing place of beauty for visitors.
Her husband, Hawk, is a professional storyteller, naturalist, and cultural arts educator who enjoys sharing his joy of Native American flute & drum-making and playing. He travels across the country performing and teaching children and adults how to create ancient musical instruments.
After owning and directing an outdoor education and retreat center in the North Carolina mountains, it was time to celebrate all that a beautiful city near the ocean could offer.
My husband and I both enjoy nurturing people, and having a vacation rental in downtown Charleston allows us to share what we love with others. Living here has offered us the opportunity to experience a place where the richness of history and culture matter, where what is beautiful and treasured is preserved, and blends into daily life - a place filled with art and music, plays, great restaurants, beautiful, stately homes, and blue harbors with shining boats anchored only a few blocks away.
Charleston is a magical place surrounded by water. People here live with a deep understanding of the tides, with the power and greatness and vastness of the sea. Like the land, they are open hearted and easy going, yet there is a profound sense of community and creativity and aliveness here. A sense that we all value the things that are important.
Downtown Charleston is a wonderful place. My husband and I love to be able to walk to dinner, or take a stroll along the Battery at sunset before heading off to enjoy the theater. We are constantly amazed by the outstanding architecture and beautiful gardens. We never seem to tire of walking down the same streets and looking at the amazing houses with fanciful gates, wide porches, and intricate iron work, or walking along the beach and looking for dolphins at play in the sea. It's a colorful and lovely lifestyle here - one that we value and are grateful to be a part of. When people come here, they too get a taste of it - of old world charm at its best, mixed with the fun of a city alive with life.
Our home and property is a sanctuary to us and to all who visit. Our neighborhood is small with lovely, historic homes - only a block long. Everyone knows and cares about everyone else. If we walk in one direction, we come to the Ashley River and the City Marina. If we go in the other direction, we come to King street with all of the designer shops and gourmet restaurants and the French Quarter filled with art galleries.
When we bought this wonderful and unique house - the only California-style bungalow of its kind on the peninsula - we decided to create a lush garden with different nooks and crannies in it - including a piazza area replete with a fountain made from old grist mill wheels - a garden with towering banana trees and bamboo, fig and loquat trees, Japanese maples, and a variety of tropical plants. It's lovely to drink a glass of wine under the old pecan tree in the courtyard on a warm summer night. Several species of birds call the garden their home, including cardinals, mockingbirds, purple finches, Carolina chickadees, bluejays, woodthrush, wrens, doves, and a family of Coopers Hawks.
We enjoy crafting in our art studio - my husband making his rivercane flutes and drums and other intriguing items, and me creating my art/collage pieces.
We are only a short walk, through other lovely, old neighborhoods, to the vibrant heart of downtown. Something interesting is always going on - whether it is the a the BB&T Food and Wine Festival, Spoleto, the Cooper River Bridge Run, or the Saturday Farmer's Market with delicious food booths and crafts.
Located in the historic, Harleston Village section of the downtown Charleston Pennisula. Near the Ashley River and the shopping district. 15 minute walk from incredible dining opportunities and historic homes.Fantastic on-site gardens, piazzas, and fountains. 25 minute drive from 3 beautiful plantations. Aquarium less than 5 minute drive! Several museums and art galleries - all within walking distance!