About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Waterfront Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Front & back covered patios, Sleeps
Slip back in time on your drive to Lili, our waterfront, private getaway on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to this private residence includes a half-mile drive along the Avenue of Oaks, listed on the National Register of Historic places. En route, you will pass the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800), once the center of Coffin Point, a pre-Civil War cotton plantation. Your last right turn is home to a two-story private residence, the driveway alongside ancient, Live Oak trees. The home is bordered by native plantings of seasonal flowers on three sides with a spectacular view of the Sound, on the fourth. If the trees could speak, imagine the stories a hundred-year history might reveal. Indulge in the best of both worlds, the natural beauty of the intracoastal waterway with shrimp boats, sailboats, kayaks, dolphins, seagulls and pelican and more. The surrounding, densely wooded countryside alongside St. Helena Sound provides a stunning backdrop filled with the natural sounds of the coastal environment.
Inside the home, guests enjoy custom designed furnishings by the owners which includes an extensive renovations using master craftsmen and local artisans and the natural setting as guides.
Windows open to expansive, scenic views and ever remind guests of the exceptional natural beauty they are immersed.
The colors, textures and fibers of the decor mirror the calm yet dramatic lowcountry environment. The ceilings were raised to expose huge, wooden beams acquired from a local cotton mill. The comfy furnishings suggest the sea, land and sky in a soft, soothing color pallet. The copper counters in the galley kitchen were added for serious cooking and easy clean up. Ware is part of the design exposing its ever changing patina. The line between inside and out has been consciously blurred with plenty of open space inside and natural daylight with floor to ceiling windows in the great room, and more windows room by room revealing the natural life at the seashore that impact all five senses.
Coffin Point's beachfront is a natural seashore. It is manicured only by the ocean tides and its contents - twice daily. It's the real deal, rugged with tons of shells, chord grass and other hardy saltwater treated 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, pack up our beach towels, chairs & your water toys or rent a kayak, surf board ...and head to nearby Hunting Island State Park -an easy 10 minute drive.
At either beachfront, ours or the State Park, 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; oversize deck chair seaside or rocking chairs forest side, or put on your walking, biking or jogging attire to explore the beachfront and dirt road network throughout the 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, fishing marinas, fresh vegetable farms, grocery stores and quick stop 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 -- and most feature local seafood. Some have recipes passed down through the generations using ingredients from neighboring farms and docks.
Local favorites include Johnson Creek Tavern, Gullah Grub, Sand Dollar, Foolish Frog, Bella Luna and The Shrimp Shack (referenced in Pat Conroy’s cookbook.) Each with their own specialties and ambiance.
A wide variety of touring opportunities can be found throughout the region from art, history & culture to active sports, sight seeing or plain serious shopping & dinning.
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. Miles of woodland & seaside biking and hiking. There is a minimal gate pass fee. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing gear can be coordinated at the Park's nature center – or in town, plus special & educational family activities are scheduled throughout the summer months right at the park.
Hunting Island has thousands of acres of gorgeous marsh views, tidal creeks, and a dense maritime forest. Here you will find excellent bird watcching and other wildlife and scenic natural views that is becoming rare along our developed coastlines.
Downtown Historic Beaufort is another popular destination - and less than 20 minute drive. Destinations include Port Royal - with it's own beachfront you can drive you car onto plus a boardwalk, Parris Island and the Marine Corp Air station and military bases welcome visitors to their museums with dining options...and a bit further and over a few more bridges you can reach Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah in little over an hour for fun day trips.
Notable regional/seasonal events: Savannah Music Festival (March/Savannah) Heritage Golf Tournament (April/Hilton Head) Family Circle Tennis Cup (April/Daniel's Island) Soft Shell Crab Festival(Apr/Port Royal) Spoleto Festival (May-June /Charleston), Beaufort Water Festival (mid-July), Penn Center’s Heritage Festival (November/ St. Helena Is.), , and many local activities including ghost & home tours, Beaufort film festival (Feb/Mar) plus ever-present art gallery tours and community oyster roast fundraising fun in the winter.
Lili grounds allow for parking with room for your boat or RV. Several boat launches are only minutes away. Or, leave the toys and call on local, experienced guides. Join a boat or kayak tour, photo safari, dolphin watch, deep sea charter or sunset sail along the Intracoastal 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, private waterfront, rural community. Live Oak forest road and walk ways, natural beachfront, lush plantings, abundant wildlife and minutes from State Park, national historic landmarks, regional and international curltural events.
Jan & Eric Horan
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- May 27, 2018
About Jan & Eric Horan
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 used to expand every space with great attention to detail. Every appointment -- from furnishings to faucets and wall art were consciously and lovingly selected while meeting and befriending local talent.
Jan & Eric Horan purchased this House in 2005
Why Jan & Eric Horan chose Saint Helena Island
Outstanding view of St. Helena Sound, this property is a blend of elegant, contemporary comforts midst a a rustic and rural, natural environment. This lovely home is part of a unique community that has grown up away from the maddening crown, around the sea and in a friendly neighborhood community in the country that enjoys a safe, quiet and perfect gathering place or getaway for friends and family. This property is made available for the strict purpose of family use. It is not available for special events or parties larger than the registered guests.
What makes this House unique
Scenic waterfront view, natural shell beach, abundant wildlife viewing, 100-year-old Live Oak forest, National Historic landmark community entrance, nearby Beach/State Park amenities, local and regional shopping opportunities, fine and casual dining, fresh seafood and fresh vegetable stands, events and activities for all ages.
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You won't be disappointed.....fabulous place!
This was my 6th trip to Beaufort (I just love this low country town) but my first time renting this property. We had two couples and it was the perfect size for us. Having two living areas allowed each couple to have some private time if desired. We all LOVED the house and especially the view. The back deck area is ideal for all times of the day. I asked the owners ahead of time about what was furnished in the way of kitchen utensils and when she said it was fully stocked, she wasn't kidding! They had everything- I also have to admit the beds were more comfortable than mine at home. It was first rate all the way!! The owners were wonderful to work with and we will definitely be back next year.
Beautiful, cozy, peaceful place with great views and great charm!
Highly recommended if your looking for a place to disconnect and unwind.
Home is beautiful, perfect for a short stay.
Great wooden floors, not sound proof though. Back patio is great for your morning wake up to enjoy the peacefulness of the property. Loved the walk on beach and sitting near the property. Thank you for opening up your home.
The house was perfect for our family to meet for the week. Photos can not do justice to the setting. Very relaxing and a great vacation spot. Thank you from NY, LA and FL.
A Magic Place on A Magical Island.
Beach walks & Relaxation.
Attentive and supportive hosts.
Clean. Crisp. Inspiring.
I Could Sit in the Sun in the Blue Chairs & Read Forever.
Beautiful setting on the water with a huge yard, quaint house, great accomodations
My three girlfriends and I enjoyed our stay very much. The house is beautiful, the setting is fantastic, the porch had four good chairs and a fabulous view of the water. Kitchen was well equipped. Beds very comfortable. Owners nice and responsive to questions. We can't wait to go back!
Waterfront property overlooking St. Helena Sound. Quiet, , residential neighborhood. Friendly neighborhood that enjoys the natural scenic beauty and rural setting. Shopping, restaurants and diversity of indoor and outdoor activities from Eco tours, horseback riding, surfing, biking to pampering Spa and Health Center, Yoga & dance classes, Historic Beaufort tours, Gullah Culture Museum and Community Center at Penn Center, Hunting Island State Park with fishing pier & public boat landing, Waterfront Park, playground and Historic Downtown Shopping District and local wildlife photo safaris. Downtown Beaufort has an active art community with exhibitions, classes and cultural events, a YMCA and public tennis courts and clinics through Scheper Tennis academy.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
CHECK IN: 4PM CHECK OUT: 11AM Guests are asked to purchase renters insurance (cost $49) covering up to $1500 damages. Lilis is a private residence located in a quiet, residential and rural neighborhood made available for family use of the registered guests. It is strictly prohibited for special event gatherings of members outside the registered guests. Pets must be approved in advance. Pet fee begins at $10 daily, per pet.