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.........what we require of our guests. You absolutely MUST serve Charleston Tea (we furnish it) to your spouse in bed at sunrise. It gets 'worse'. Did you notice the bar stools and table in the first picture? That is from our upstairs balcony. You are also required to drink wine from our local vineyard (we furnish it) at sunset. This is all included in the contract that we will both sign. Intrigued? Please continue reading… I have been in the enviable position of owning two other properties at Wild Dunes - Seascape and Ocean Club. The Seascape property was valued at $700,000 and the Ocean Club property was worth $1,200,000. That was certainly ‘tall cotton’ by anyone’s standards. Alas - herein lies the rub - I was not happy. My greatest desire was to awaken in the morning, propped up on my pillow with a steaming cup of tea or coffee in my hand, look out a massive window directly onto a scene of waves crashing on the beach. Visualizing myself opening the sliding glass doors, I would hear the hypnotic crescendo of the rise and fall of the waves and feel the mist as it seeped gently into the room. The crowning touch was to watch the sun’s golden orb edge upward over the water as I sipped my morning beverage and basked in the glow. However, at both of the other properties, if I propped up on my pillow and looked straight ahead, I had a glorious view of the.....TV. I could have done this back home.
As you can surmise, I am a dreamer. My web site does not have a lot of meat and potatoes. VRBO when I last looked had 7 Port O’Call listings (#661, #41704, #20357, #7381, #9703, #52420 and #46431.) I would suggest that you check these out and compare. All of the owners have a common goal - we want to meet your needs and insure that you have a wonderful vacation experience. What makes us unique vs other Port O' Call villas is we are DIRECTLY on the ocean and have a third floor unit (no over head noise and better angle) allowing us a second story 'widow's walk' that leads to a deck above our screened-in porch overlooking the beach and ocean for miles beyond. The screened in porch below the deck provides a distinct advantage for the top floor units. (Elevator provided at no additional cost!) We can truthfully brag that we have the best view of the beach from both our deck and porch, without exception!
Our villa has been completely redecorated and updated from top to bottom when we purchased it in 2004 - we cordially invite you to enjoy our new furniture, ultra modern appliances, freshly painted and newly carpeted vacation haven. A large portion of the wall displays an original painting of a beach sunrise, while other signed and numbered prints create interior beauty that is only rivaled by the real and actual breathtaking oceanfront view. If you are reading about us on VRBO, take note of the first picture. At the top of it click on the video icon. That will help pull together all of our still pictures. If you are reading about us on HomeAway, I will send you a link to the video when you send in an inquiry.
We are proud to boast that we have the finest housekeeper in Wild Dunes. If you are so inclined, you may picnic off our floor without the benefit of a blanket. If you are one who loves a deal, let me assure you that if you can quote me a better price from someone else, I will happily beat it. ---Apples to apples---
We provide needs of those wishing WiFi that wish to use our wireless, high speed Internet connection to stay in touch with their offices. In one of the pictures you will note a desk that you can work from. We have installed a special screen for the window, that filters out the sun but not the vision of the waves lapping at the shoreline. Sorry, but you cannot stay beyond your week even if your boss calls me and says it is the most productive week of work you have ever had.
No one that knows me well ever accused me of embellishment! But since you and I are total strangers, and my writing may have an embellishing tone you are urged to click on 'comments' further down on the web page. None of them stand to gain financially from you renting our place. Their words come from the heart.
Location, location, location ! If your desire is to be at the beach, if you want to know it will be there right in front of you, all around you, 24/7, then this is the location for you. You can eat out at some of the finest restaurants in the South, play golf, tour Fort Fisher, or ride the bikes that we have provided for you. But what it all boils down to is the setting of our condo is all about the beach and one’s love for the ocean and certainly mine. Imagine our sadness for the past two years of watching the ocean slowly laying claim to our beach. But in the end it took us nine million dollars, two months, working 7/24 to claim it back.
The South has two major cities that reek of culture, the arts & history: Savannah and Charleston. It never ceases to amaze me I can have the beach and Charleston at the same time...two very different worlds, 25 minutes apart. They say Heaven is going to be a pretty nice place. In my opinion, it has some competition!
My first priority is to make sure we meet your needs. Much as we would like to have you rent from us, it is meeting your needs that is more important. To that end I have additional information to email you. Just fill out the form adjacent to this text. Ask any particular questions you might have. Hopefully I can answer them. Along with the answers will come the additional information. We only rent by the week all year round, Saturday to Saturday. There is one exception: you can rent January or February (four weeks) by the month.
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My name is Peter Cole, and I am the owner’s representative. I went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Presently live in Davidson, just outside of Charlotte, NC. I wear many hats: an oceanfront, resort, rental condo owner; property manager; rental agent; dog tender (That is Mazie in the picture. Spends most of her day on the rug by me at my desk.) and my favorite; loving husband to the beautiful woman in the picture with me. As a Medicare card carrying senior, I look back over a full life. My chosen life ‘occupation’ (my Mother could never bring herself to call it a job) was to take teens on a cross country camping trip; 3000 teens in all, spanning 33 years. My nephew, Doug Gill, slipped into my shoes as I stepped into my retirement. Now he has passed it on to Sassy Smyth. Curious? Do a google search, 'tctw'.
My friends and relatives worried about my having too much time on my hands in retirement so they gave me their resort properties to manage. My reputation as a good manager/agent grew. Now 12 properties fill my stable. It was 1967 when I took ownership of my first rental property. In the years since, I have bought and sold 11. I come to you with a lot of experience. I do not take lightly the importance of your vacation. I want to match your needs with the properties I represent. There are 24 pictures, a video and lots of verbiage. I am here to answer all your questions.
Peter Cole purchased this villa in 2004
Oceanfront. In a gated resort community with everything at your finger tips. Easy drive into Charleston.
As you can imagine there is not a property owner alive that would not try to put their place in the best possible light.....their best foot forward. I want you to know if you have not already figured it out, I have perfected BS to an art form. You would be best to take anything I say, and anyone else about their property for that matter, with a grain of salt. The proof is in the pudding....the acid test is what past renters have to say. With no ax to grind; you can take what they say to the bank.
You have thought of everything to make your renters feel welcome. We enjoyed the bottle of wine, the Charleston tea, and we brought home the pen and pad you provided.The condo is beautifully decorated and furnished, very clean, and stocked with an entertainment center, movies, books, and two very nice televisions. We enjoyed our relaxing stay immensely.
Absolutely LOVED F-302! It is beautifully and exquisitely decorated and yet extremely comfortable, homey & cozy. Peter thought of everything from bath & kitchen towels and soap products to hand mirror and night lights! They went WAY above and beyond to accommodate and make our stay wonderful. A lot of nicely done personal touches, too. LOVED the tea!!! Made a pot every day to enjoy on the screened in porch in the mornings and iced tea in the afternoon on the beach and/or pool. Shared the wine with our family that also stayed at Wild Dunes. Thank you Peter. The condo, the beach, the pool, the fishing, sight seeing in Charleston, the restaurants...we truly enjoyed our stay and hope to return F-302 next year.
We've been to Port O Call on the Isle of Palms in other condo's several times, but nothing begins to compare to this condo. It had everything we could have ever wanted, and then some! When we are on vacation we look forward to nights out, exploring different restaurants and foods, but this trip, we found ourselves getting take out 3 of the 7 nights just so we could eat on the porch, overlooking the ocean. Then took our wine up to the copula to watch the sun set. We felt like we were in paradise! We highly recommend you book this condo. In fact, we've already booked our next trip for later this year, and looking forward to it!!
It has been over three months since my visit and I'm still stewing. I stayed there for two weeks. The owner failed to tell me that there was major construction going on and that the elevator would be out of service for my whole stay. I took photos of the construction. It was horrendous. Parking was challenging (as the construction was quite extensive and included the parking lot) and there was no good way to walk to the unit, unless one went way around via the beach (not fun when you are carrying groceries). Everyone knows that owners are notified way in advance of construction intentions. The owner knew. Second, the owner knew about the elevator. This unit is on the third floor. I am an elderly woman by herself. I should have been told. It took me hours to carry my luggage up the stairs, and two weeks later, to carry it back again. I pulled some muscles in my back, and generally, the whole thing, elevator and construction, really put a damper on the whole entire trip. I should have been told and then allowed to make up my own mind as to whether or not I would rent a place like that for my one and only annual vacation. I definitely would have chosen not to stay. I noted that a few other places up for rent on VRBO explicitly stated that the elevator was broken. I bypassed them and opted for this place. Ha Ha. So the joke is on me. I brought these issues to the attention of the owner and he brushed it off, not even agreeing to a discount after I suggested it to him. Since I had already paid him by check, I was out of luck.
Aside from the construction and broken elevator (which colored my whole entire stay), I strongly recommend you take your own pillows. The pillows on the bed are at least 30 years old and are flat as pancakes. Also, if you are staying for longer than one week, as did I, make sure to take extras of everything like toilet paper and the like. The unit is only stocked for a stay of one week.
I spent a good deal of my time there making a list of everything bad. I waited until I was in a better frame of mind regarding my vacation to submit anything here. This is the best I will ever be able to do in reporting about my stay there. It would have been different had the owner made some attempt to compensate me for the construction and elevator.
It has been an unbelievable week! That is primarily due to this awesome condo with all the attention to details. The wine, tea, views ( which are unparalleled), decor, bikes, DVD's, magazines, newspaper, etc. (I could go on and on) make this particular condo the best in Wild Dunes. I have been here several times in the past, but none could measure up to F-302! From the moment I read Peter's description, I was sold. And there is no better view than from the screened in porch or upstairs balcony. But his description doesn't do it justice. I guess there are no words to describe the serenity and feeling of home. You must come and experience it yourself! I can't wait to start planning the next trip here and can tell you that I would only stay in this unit!!! Thank you Peter for sharing your home!
Peter Cole's description of this condo understates how wonderful this condo actually is .... we have never stayed in a beachfront condo that we enjoyed more. Words can't describe the unbelievable view. The screened porch was awesome. The condo is decorated very tastefully & is very clean. The new LG washer & dryer were great. The wine, tea, DVD's, daily newspaper, beach chairs, magazines, bikes & discount grocery cards were very much appreciated. We couldn't ask for more. We have already made our reservations for our next visit !
BIKES (new each Spring) PROVIDED by us for the enjoyment of our guests, Golf (Wild Dunes), Tennis (Mt Pleasant), For particulars please check Google mentioned above, *Reference from the Charleston Tea mentioned above, please do a google search for 'Charleston Tea Garden', We provide you with Charleston Tea for your drinking pleasure either hot or cold, We would be very grateful your researching it BEFORE you come, so you can more fully appreciate the experience, It is the ONLY Tea Plantation in the United States, The owners and I strongly urge you to visit while you are in the area
There is Accommodation Sales Tax of 13.5%. We do NOT use the 'Book It Now' feature offered by VRBO/HomeAway because we do not want you to have to pay the service fee associated with it. Weeks at Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years have a $200 surcharge. Rent by the week only, Saturday to Saturday. January/February rent by the month. Housekeeping is included in the rental rate. You may pay with a credit card (5% service fee).