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FOLLY BREEZE - Spacious and comfortable beach house

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom, Sleeps 12

A premier vacation rental home,Folly Breeze is a classic beach house that compliments the laid-back atmosphere of Folly Beach. Located directly in front of the 9th block beach access, Folly Breeze is the perfect location for your summer vacation, family gathering or college graduation. Originally built in 1935 and renovated in 2005, Folly Breeze is an original beach house with all the amenities of a contemporary dwelling. On the wrap-around screened porch with French doors that open to the ocean you will enjoy the breezes that gave this house its name. From the tower porch you will enjoy the glorious vistas of the ocean, river and marsh. With comfortable accommodations for up to twelve people, Folly Breeze is an ideal vacation home. Folly Island is home to Charleston's original beach community. Folly is the closest beach to experience the rich southern history, vivid night life and famous cuisine of historic downtown Charleston.

Mary Lu Hodgins
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Mary Lu Hodgins

Both Bob and Mary Lu grew up and live in Western NY near Buffalo. They grew up about 3 blocks from each other but only met after their college years. They have three children and are proud Grandparents of 5 Grandchildren.

Mary Lu Hodgins purchased this house in 2004

Why Mary Lu Hodgins chose Charleston Area

Their son went to College of Charleston. While he was there he sailed, surfed and taught sailing while living on Folly Beach. Bob and Mary Lu enjoyed the area so much that they decided they wanted a house on Folly both for their own use and for others to use when they were unable to be there.

What makes this house unique

This house was built in 1935 and had had little renovation since then. It had been used as a summer home. Descendants of the same family that built it were still living in it when Bob and Mary Lu purchased it in 2004. They wanted to keep as much of the original house as possible yet expand it to make room for more overnight guests. It is a combination of the old and new yet has the original feel of the beach house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“This is our second stay at Folly Breeze and our family had a wonderful time. We were welcomed with a nice note and a bottle of wine which we enjoyed. There is ample room in the house for a family of ten. We truly enjoyed the breezes from the porch, the swing in the back, and the yard is lovely and well groomed. Of course, we loved the internet access. Thank you for a wonderful stay and providing everything we needed. We look forward to staying with you again.”
Jul 2009
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Charleston AFB/International Airport (CHS)
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Route 17

Folly Beach is a laid-back community situated just 8 miles from downtown Charleston. There are restaurants and souvenir shops in abundance on Folly Island and just a short drive up Folly Road you will find stores to meet your every need. Kayaking, surfing, fishing and sailing are just a few of the water sports enjoyed on Folly.


Folly Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double sinks
    Master Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tiled shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Enclosed, private shower
  • Both master bathrooms have tiled, glass-enclosed showers. Master Bathroom #1 has double sinks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Sunroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sofabed
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private Bath, cable TV/DVD
  • Each master bedroom has its own private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower. Bedroom 4 is great for a family or child's room with a double bed, bunks and a twin bed. Each room has great views.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen is furnished with modern appliances and all the gadgets needed to prepare a gourmet meal. Five-burner stovetop and double traditional/convection ovens make cooking a delight. Marble countertops add to the visual appeal along with the ease of food preparation and display. 5-bay enclosed garage, a 3-4 space approach and roadside parking on all three sides make parking easily accessible. Fully fenced yard surrounding the house with floral gardens make a safe, picturesque area for play or relaxation. Wedding receptions limited to 70 people and require a 7-night minimum stay, an Event Contract and Event Fee.


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FOLLY BREEZE - Spacious and comfortable beach house
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Greenville, sc

Perfect house and location

  • 5 of 5

The home is situated directly across the street from the beach access and has beautiful ocean views so we basically felt like we rented an oceanfront home without the oceanfront price. The bedrooms are laid out perfectly for a group of multiple families and the bunk-room is perfect for kids. The kitchen has everything you need, and the crib and highchair were a bonus for us with a toddler. We have stayed on Folly nearly a dozen times and this is the best house and location we have ever experienced. Mary Lu is wonderful to work with. Don't look any further- stay here!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review which includes the details that made your trip special. It was a pleasure working with you also. We strive to keep our house maintained and keep the items available that will make your stay comfortable, relaxing and fun.
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Absolutely beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful home with ocean views that photos do not do justice. Very clean. Very easy close walk to beach and easy 1 mile walk to town. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to keep our house in good condition, making repairs and replacing items as needed. Our cleaning crew has been cleaning our house for years, therefore, they know it well. Our house is located on the corner of East Arctic and 9th Street. It is directly across from the beach access so, as I tell anyone who inquires, it is as close to the beach as you can get without being front row.
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Excellent common areas and patio space!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent open spaces for groups. Birds nest at the top of the house has phenominal views for coffee in a robe in the morning or a cigar and cocktail at night. Mary was very helpful through the whole process and our group of 10 guys just absolutely loved this place. If we come back to Folly again we'll be staying here without a doubt. Spacious, practical, and great location.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear that you and your guests enjoyed Folly Breeze, its open spaces, our location and its accommodations. We welcome your return.
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Perfect fit for Girls Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

House was beautiful, extremely spacious and well-kept. The house sits on a great corner lot just across the street from the beach and beach access. The top balcony gives great views of the beach and entire Folly area - we had many meals up there, just beautiful! We had an amazing time at the beach, local bars and restaurants, and of course, visiting downtown Charleston and local sites there. MaryLu was very gracious and timely with communication - overall an A+ - would strongly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing a great review. We were happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at our home and appreciated the location, access to the beach and balcony areas. I hope you have the opportunity to return. We try hard to communicate quickly and concisely with our guests.
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Beautitful home!! Right across from the beach!!

  • 5 of 5

I booked Folly Breeze for my best friends bachelorette party. There were 9 of us girls all in our early 30s. We greatly appreciated the space this house provides, along with being right across from the beach. Must I not forget to mention the roof deck pouch and spacious kitchen. We were all able to have breakfast together in the morning very comfortably. So much better than a stay in a hotel. I speak highly of Mary the owner as well. She answered any questions or concerns I had about the house and location prior to my arrival. Also to future girls who may be renting for similar purposes or just to get away. We loved staying in Folly and then we took transportation to downtown one night and being by the beach was amazing. Thanks so much for your house rental and anyone looking into renting this home do not think twice!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderfully Relaxing Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home couldn't have accommodated our 2 adult families any better. There is plenty of space, a roomy, modern and well-equipped kitchen and a wonderful screened porch that became the go-to spot for a.m. coffee and p.m. cocktails. Also loved the rooftop perch for watching the sun set in the evening. Very comfortable beds by all accounts. We had a minor problem with the fridge on the first day, but it was quickly handled by the property management. Couldn't ask for a better location than this -- right across from the beach and easily walkable into town. Mary Lu was a delight to work with and I look forward to doing so again when we return to Folly Breeze in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.0%

Taxes additional. Cleaning included in weekly rentals. $500 additional security deposit required.
Events: Wedding receptions, family reunions, etc. Minimum 7 night rental. 70 person limit. $500 event fee. Any time except June 2 - August 10.
No Pets. Folly Breeze is a non-smoking home.

If reservation is made prior to January 15 for the following year, a $500 deposit is required to confirm the dates. Second payment is due January 15. If the reservation is made after January 15 a deposit of 1/2 the total is due to confirm the dates. Final payment is due two weeks prior to your rental for all reservations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.