Slip back in time on your drive to ‘Lili,’ our waterfront and private getaway on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to our private residence includes a drive through a half- mile Avenue of Oaks that is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Another highlight is passing the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800) and once center of Coffin Point, a prestigious, pre Civil War cotton plantation. Your next right turn is home, a secluded two-story private residence, nestled among the continuum of ancient, Live Oak trees, joined with lush plantings and seasonal flowers that span a spectacular view of the Sound, sunrise to sunset. If the trees could speak, one could only imagine the stories a hundred-year history would reveal. It is here where our guests indulge in the best of both worlds, the natural beauty of the intracoastal waterways and surrounding countryside of St. Helena Sound midst the elegant comforts of an uptown home.
Inside our home, guests enjoy surroundings that have been lovingly appointed by the owners with extensive renovations by master craftsman and local artisans. Our home was designed to be used by our families -- and to be surrounded by friends & family in a natural setting whether on retreat or for special occasions, significant birthdays, family vacations, graduations and reunions.
Lili comes with a dramatic waterfront on one side, a spacious lawn enroute to the sea, bordered by ancient native plantings with dramatic Live Oak forest canopy.
We offer Lili for enjoyment to others of like mind and we maintain it impeccably. Windows open to expansive, scenic views, ever-reminding our guests of the exceptional natural surroundings.
The colors and textures of natural materials native to the lowcountry, are mirrored inside the home in fine decor. The ceilings have been raised to expose huge, wooden beams acquired from a local cotton mill. The comfy and classic furnishings suggest colors of the sea, land and sky - soft, plush and soothing. The copper counters in the gourmet kitchen were added for serious cooking and easy clean up. The line between inside and out has been consciously blurred with plenty of open space, large windows for room by room access to scenic and audible outdoor life sea and air bound.
The 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 and hiking. If you want to swim, take our beach chairs along with your sun screen and umbrella, surf boards...and head to neighboring Hunting Island State Park an easy 10 minute drive.
At either beachfront -- your own semi-private out the back door or the public beach at Hunting Island, it is common to see and hear dolphin, working shrimp boats and seabird action. What is truly wonderful about living by the sea, is experiencing the changes hour by hour, day by day.
While at home, you enjoy both front or back covered patios; oversized deck chairs overlooking the sea...or rocking chairs on the front side. Or straight outside for comfortable walking, biking or jogging the beach or dirt roads throughout the neighborhood.
Beyond the home and throughout this quiet residential neighborhood, an extensive network of well-maintained dirt roads invites exploring whether driving & site seeing, walking or horseback riding - available from our neighborhood Camelot Stables.
Cooking is meant to be fun and easy in this home. All grocery needs can be managed within a 10-minute drive with neighboring fish markets, fresh vegetable farms and quickstop for all manner of needs. A charcoal grill is avaiable bayside.
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 -- serving up fresh-caught seafood and some have recipes passed down from generations and built with local produce 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 have their own specialties .
A wide variety of touring opportunities throughout the region including art & culture to serious shopping. For outdoor adventure we recommend Hunting Island State Park, a 10-minute drive where you will find a five miles of swimming/surfing beachfront - minus the typical residential development. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing from shore to pier options – plus thousands of acres of gorgeous marsh views, tidal creeks, and a dense maritime forest and abundant wildlife viewing that is becoming more and more rare along our developed coastlines.
Downtown Historic Beaufort is a favorite destination - less than 20 minute drive. Other in-town sites include Port Royal, Parris Island and the Marine Corp Air station Military bases and little over an hour drive Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah.
Notable regional events: Spoleto Festival (May-June /Charleston), Beaufort Water Festival (mid-July), Penn Center’s Heritage Festival (November/ St. Helena Is.), Heritage Golf Tournament (April/Hilton Head), Family Circle Tennis Cup (April/Daniel's Island), Soft Shell Crab Festival (April/Port Royal), Savannah's Film Festival (October) Savannah Music Festival (March) and many local activities including ghost & home tours, Beaufort film festival, art gallery tours and community oyster roast fundraising fun.
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 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 Intra Coastal Waterway. Watch or participate in a regatta at the Lady’s Island Country Club, spin class at the YMCA or yoga class at Yoga Chandra 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.
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 acquired to expand every space with great attention to detail. Every appointment --from furnishings to faucets and in particular, wall art were consciously and lovingly selected meeting and befriending local talent.
Overlooking the St. Helena sound, this property is a blending of classic, lowcountry southern charm in a rural, natural setting with contemporary comforts. This lovely contemporary home is part of a unique community that has grown up away around the sea and the countryside that is safe and perfect for gathering friends and family.
Scenic waterfront view, natural shell beach, abundant wildlife viewing, 100-year-old Live Oak forest, National Historic landmark entrance, nearby state park amenities, local and regional shopping opportunities, fine and casual dining, fresh seafood and fresh vegetable stands, events and activities for all ages.