A unique, romantic, and whimsical fortified home on the western end of Sullivan’ s Island. Together with Forts Sumter and Moultrie, Mugdock Castle guards the entrance to Charleston Harbor - the most historic North American port of the Atlantic Coast.
Mugdock Castle consists of two buildings joined by a central stair tower and bailey. The Winter Hall and North Tower are located in the Gothic portion of the fortress. The Winter Hall is constructed of two foot thick Georgia granite walls. It houses the kitchen, dining hall, library, buttery, throne room, and minstrel gallery. The North Tower accommodates a small bed chamber as well as the casemate above. The northern ramparts of the tower are reached via ship's ladder from the casemate.
The Summer Hall is located in the more recently constructed Norman Keep. The Keep has battered masonry walls, two and a half feet thick at the base. It houses the undercroft, the castle laundry, six bed chambers with associated wardrobes, and 5½ garderobes. There are two south facing porches, which provide access to additional dining facilities located atop the southern ramparts.
Mugdock's grounds feature the Morning Courtyard to the east and Summer Lawn and Olive Groves to the south.
Mugdock Castle and its surrounding grounds are available for rent. Six bed chambers and five and one halfgarderobes (baths) accommodate 12 in two queens, two fulls, and four singles (two pair of bunk beds) decorated in a shabby chic style. It’s fully equipped kitchen features an Aga stove. The A/V and technology equipment includes stereo, wireless internet, and a TV with cable in kitchen area. Another small TV with cable is in the hallway in the back part of the house, perfect for children or quiet viewing. Mugdock comes with two kayaks to explore Sullivan’s Island’s waterways. Arrangements can be made for house keeping and concierge/chef services.
The eastern end of Sullivan’s Island offers one of the best places for wind surfing and kite boarding on the east coast. Surfing is best at nearby Isle of Palms and Folly Beach. Arrangements are easily made for in-shore and off-shore fishing charters. Power boats and paddle boards are also available at nearby outfitters. The closest golf course is seven miles from Mugdock Castle. Hunting charters for quail, dove, turkey, and deer, can also be arranged. The area offers an endless number of potential day trips. Cultural, environmental, and historical resources abound.
A warm welcome awaits you at Mugdock; I will be delighted to show you around this majestic property and help familiarize you with the local area. Your experience at the castle can be personalized based on your interests; fishing charters, historic tours, catered dinners, and gourmet picnic packs can be arranged.
Stepping into Castle Mugdock one instantly feels the passion of the skilled craftsmen and designers who helped preserve the sanctity of Mugdock's history, while still accounting for the comfort needs of the modern day resident. No detail has been overlooked in the venture of building this fortress.
Intimate stargazing from atop the North Tower, stunning views.
A geothermal powered range means that the stove is always on and ready to use.
Explore the Island's backroads and waterways with one of kayaks or bikes.
Sullivan's Island sits at the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. The Island provides the setting for a laid back island vacation while giving easy access to the charm and attractions of Charleston. Sullivan’s Island is a bedroom community of Charleston, which is five miles by water or nine miles by road from Mugdock Castle. The island has served as a tranquil sanctuary for Charlestonians and visitors “from off” for more than three hundred years. An honest to goodness beach town with full time population of 2,000, Sullivan’s Island is served by a Mayor and Town Council. It has its own elementary school, library, playgrounds, tennis courts, post office, fire station, and four churches. In addition to art galleries and small shops, eight restaurants are located on Sullivan’s Island. A boat ramp and three miles of sandy beach are but a short walk from the castle. Sullivan’s Island is a family-oriented place and does not have hotels, neon lights, and loads of tourists. If you’re seeking that, best to look elsewhere.
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