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Awesome View- Lake Front Cottage- 5 Star - 2 Kayaks- 40 min downtown Columbia

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) 1200 sq ft.

This is a perfect place for a quiet get-a-away for 2 or wonderful alternative to a required hotel stay. The cottage was built totally by hand, by the owner, with trees cut from the property. It is designed for adults and there is nowhere for kids to play.

Due to the setting it's best:

-for only 1 or 2 people-sorry not for visitors unless discussed

-corporate stay in the Lexington area .

-snowbirds in transit or scoping the area

-visiting family in the area, but prefer your privacy

Sorry, but there is no place to dock a boat or park a trailer. If you are renting a boat for a day, then check with the owners about a temporary dock .

TWO KAYAKS are available to enjoy our large cove or to explore Shull Island.

Accommodations: Den and kitchen with island on one floor. Downstairs 600 sq. ft. with a queen bed and sitting area. Sleeps 2- one queen bed downstairs.

Three large windows overlooking the lake. We have all new appliances, including granite counter tops and 2 HD TVs with Dish Satellite.

There is a deck off the lower level for enjoying the lake view and for kayak or swimming access.

Off Season, 2 nights available if less than a month away from arrival.

Keywords: Guest House, Lakefront, Peaceful

If you stay a week and could leave the lake, it's two hours from Charleston, SC. Downtown Columbia is 35/40 minutes away and the zoo (30 minutes) State Museum and children's museum are well worth the visit. Restaurants and many shopping choices are in Lexington which is an 18 minute drive. A few restaurants and grocery stores are an easy 10 minute drive from the guest house. Most renters prefer to shop prior to arrival.

There is a deck off the lower level for enjoying the lake view and for kayak or swimming access.

Off Season, 2 nights available if less than a month away from arrival.

Keywords: Guest House, Lakefront, Peaceful

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About The Owner

My husband, Andy, is a retired airline pilot who flew for Pan Am and then Delta Airlines. He commuted to NY in order to live on the lake. He is now a golfer and can gladly help you with any area golf questions. I am a former French teacher and will gladly help you with lake questions or anything else.

Why The Owner chose South Carolina

My husband cut 100 trees from our property in 1993 and started a 'project' with the lumber he had from the trees. He had planned for it to be a place for projects. Hence-part of the reason for the bathroom upstairs. He would work a while and then quit for a year or so. We finally decided to finish it as a guest house in order to use it for our own personal guests. We have another vrbo on Lake Murray and enjoy sharing it and lake information. That helped us decide to use the guest house as a vrbo also.

What makes this house unique

Use the private dock for grilling or just relaxing by the lake. Some just enjoy the beautiful view from inside the cottage. It is a large space for 2 people-Quiet and cozy. Perfect for relaxation! The kayaks are such fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I cannot thank you enough for your gracious hospitality. This "guest cottage" is more like a well-appointed home away from home. I came with the hope of being with and hearing from God. He was here in his beautiful creation and in the heart of my host. This was just what a weary mom wanted and needed. I enjoyed traveling the world with you through your photos.

With gratitude and praise,
Jan 2017
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Gilbert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower only
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) tv in bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Awesome View- Lake Front Cottage- 5 Star - 2 Kayaks- 40 min downtown Columbia
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 121 reviews

So nice

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay. The property and cottage were exactly as described. Rooms and amenities were high end. The owners, Ellen and Andy, went out of their way to not be intrusive. I had to almost insist we meet just to say hello. In the morning, I could smell the plants and flowers from the beautiful landscaping. The deck was our favorite spot and we enjoyed the kayaks. Walking the area is great; my husband enjoyed golf. Short drive to Columbia. Great value. Very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so blessed to have awesome renters! I appreciate the kind review. It helps other renters choose our property.
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Goose Creek, SC

Quaint cottage with terrific view!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place to get back to the serenity of nature, yet be close enough to towns with a variety of top restaurants, shops & entertainment.

My adult daughter & I had a great time relaxing, reading on the dock, exploring nearby antique shops & enjoying local cuisine. Hosts were welcoming & accommodating.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate our kind reviews and are happy that we had happy renters! Ellen
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lovely location, views were great, ducks were fun to watch

  • 5 of 5

The hosts were very responsive. The booking was easy. The house was very nice. The view was terrific and there was fun stuff to do around the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always appreciate nice reviews and happy renters! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Ellen
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Hahira GA


  • 5 of 5

This cottage is stunning! I rented it for my daughter to stay the night of her wedding. Ellen was just so nice to work with. I reserved the cottage on short notice due to a prior reservstion at another property that fell through. She was so accommodating. If you are looking for a couple's get away, this is your place!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comment. I'm sure the wedding was beautiful and I'm so glad it worked out that they were able to stay here. We love happy renters and you were always so kind via text and email !!
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Enchanting location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and its location along with our hosts Ellen and Andy made this a perfect and relaxing vacation. We had 13 days/nights by the lake and enjoyed every minute. We're from Scotland so the fabulous Fall weather was very kind to us. We particularly loved spotting wildlife from the deck and on our daily walks around Shull Island. Everywhere is so well maintained and yet still 'wild' enough to support some lovely 'critters'. In particular a close encounter with a humming bird will be a cherished memory on the dark winter nights up North! All this and an incredibly comfortable tasteful cottage to relax in. Andy and Ellen could not have been more helpful or generous with their time to ensure we had all the info we needed to enjoy our trip and see as much of the highlights of South Carolina as possible. For us 5 stars aren't a high enough rating for this cottage, it's quite simply perfect. I have no doubt we'll return as there's still so much to see and do in SC!

Michael and Anne, High Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Scotland

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What fantastic renters we are blessed to have in our vrbo home! We were delighted to have met Anne and Michael. We appreciate the kind review.
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Charming Cottage with Beautiful Location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights after dropping our oldest off at USC. The cottage was charming and very comfortable and we relaxed immediately into peaceful tranquility. We loved sitting out by the lake, swimming and kayaking. We had an adventurous and memorable sunset/moonrise kayak on the Saluda! Ellen and Andy were fabulous - attentive and helpful. Would definitely recommend and we look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Columbia Metro SC (CAE)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Ponderosa CC or Lexington CC
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Columbia, SC
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Fisherman's Wharf
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gilbert House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $40

If last minute 1 night ok. Standard season, 2 nights available only if less than a month away. Any time last minute, 2 nights available. Peak season, prefer to not rent only 3 days, if no more than 2 months away.

Masters week minimum 5 nights April 2-April 9-

Please write a check, or add to paypal $200.00, for security deposit. The check will be shredded or returned if you prefer.

Pay half of the fee to deposit along with a separate $200.00 security check. If last minute, cash. If using pay pal, the renter pays the fee. Be sure to add the $40.00 for the cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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