Slip back in time on your drive to ‘Lili,’ our waterfront, private getaway located on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to our private residence includes a half-mile drive on the Avenue of Oaks, listed on the National Register of Historic places. Pass by the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800) once the center of Coffin Point, a prestigious, pre-Civil War cotton plantation. Your next right turn is home, a secluded two-story private residence, nestled in a continuum of ancient, Live Oak trees and joined with lush plantings and seasonal flowers on three sides with a spectacular view of the Sound, sunrise to sunset - your constant companion 100 yards away complete with sound and breeze affects. If the trees could speak, one could only imagine the stories over 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 the surrounding densely wooded countryside of St. Helena Sound in the elegant comforts of an uptown home.
Inside our home, guests enjoy furnishings that have been lovingly appointed by the owners that include extensive renovations by master craftsmen and local artisans. This home was been custom designed to be enjoyed by friends and family whether on retreat or special occasions.
Lili comes with a dramatic and secluded natural waterfront, a spacious lawn, bordered by native plantings and shaded by a Live Oak forest canopy.
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, inviting, 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 is consciously blurred providing plenty of open space, large windows room by room allowing access to 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, take our beach towels, chairs & 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's, 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; oversized deck chair seaside or rocking chairs forrest side or put on your walking, biking or jogging attire to explore the beachfront or extensive dirt roads throughout the quiet, residential 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 feature local seafood. Some have recipes passed down through the generations 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 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. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing gear can be coordinated at the Park's nature center – plus special family activities planned 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: 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 (Feb/Mar), ever-present 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 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 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 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.
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.