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FOLLY BREEZE - Spacious and comfortable beach house

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


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Folly Beach House Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Mary Lu Hodgins
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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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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based on 19 traveler reviews

FOLLY BREEZE - Spacious and comfortable beach house
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

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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This was a fantastic rental for our family of 11

  • 5 of 5

We rented Folly Breeze for a multi-family vacation for 11 people. The house was so clean and well done and the kitchen was amazing.

Great under house parking, easy walk across the street to direct beach access and awesome front porch for nightly family gathering. Two very spacious master bedrooms on main floor and two bedrooms up. Also has a tv sunroom with a double pullout. Only one bathroom upstairs and thats the only improvement I would make in this house. Easy bike ride to town center of Folly Beach.

We would stay here again without hesitating.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the terrific review of Folly Breeze. When we "remodeled" this 1930s house our intention was to rent primarily to families. With that in mind we tried to incorporate the amenities that would make it comfortable e.g. spacious rooms, kitchen where food could be prepared easily for large groups and a front porch that almost always has a Breeze (thus the name "Folly Breeze"). We hope you and your family have the opportunity to stay at our house again sometime. Mary Lu & Bob
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Amazing house and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

I hosted my best friend's bachelorette at this house with eight of our friends and it couldn't have been a more perfect place! Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly and we had a massive storm during what was supposed to be our beach day, but we just headed to the beach bars to weather it out.

The views are spectacular and the photos don't do the upper porch justice! It's the perfect place for sunset drinks. The house is spacious and clean, with true SC beach charm. Absolutely recommend and would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like to accommodate groups of friends who travel from distant places to get together. Our house provides areas such as the tower porch and the front porch for sitting, relaxing and catching up with each other's lives.
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Lost Dog Cafe
"Best place for breakfast. Unique atmosphere, outdoor seating, specialty items e.g. quiche, B..."
The Wooden Spoon at Bert's
"Only market on Folly. Their motto is "We may doze but we never close" Open 24/7. "
Folly Beach Fishing Pier
"View the dolphins. Go Fishing. Watch the surfers. Bring a picnic and enjoy it on the picnic ..."
Pirate Playground
"Fun for kids of all ages."
Bowens Island Restaurant
"Great for oyster lovers as long as you realize it is a casual and fun atmosphere."
Tokyo Crepes
Surf Bar
"Best bean burgers ever. Thrilling surfer videos."
Folly Hideaway Bar & Grill
"Amazing sunset view."
Sushi by Lisa
"Very pleasant sushi maker. Delicious, fresh sushi."
Folly Beach Crab Shack
"Best seafood on the island. Relaxed, casual atmosphere."
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.


Rates & Availability

Folly Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016-2017
Oct 15 2016 - Mar 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 4 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $220 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.5%

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.

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Folly Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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