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Near Beach - Premier Luxury with Attached Guest House, Perfect Multi-Family Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,543 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Professionally decorated by Red Element Designs of Charleston. The home is near the beach and centrally located on Kiawah Island by the corner of Flyway and Bufflehead in the exclusive Vanderhorst Plantation. The home is only a short walk to the beach and is convenient to shopping and restaurants at Freshfields Village as well as all the on-island amenities. This spacious residence offers the best of everything. The outdoor-living spaces are as fabulous as the indoor areas. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac inside the Vanderhorst Plantation, this 5,543 square foot home offers 5 bedrooms, 5.75 baths and is the ideal getaway location for a family reunion or multi-family vacation.

Walk through the mahogany front door to your own private sanctuary. The columned gallery leads you to the pool area with its lush vegetation. A beautiful, private pool invites you to relax. To one side is the main house, to the other is the three bedroom, three bath guest house. The 2nd story of the guest house also includes a large living room with 60" 4K Smart TV, card table, built-in cabinet w/ refrigerator and covered balcony overlooking the private heated pool.

The main house has two huge master suites with king beds. Spa like bathrooms with large separate tiled walk-in showers and soaking tubs adjoin each bedroom. The large living room features a built-in media center with a 75" Sony 4K HDR Smart TV, Sonos Home Theater and fireplace. Guests can dine in the formal dining room or the roomy breakfast area. The beautifully designed and equipped kitchen will satisfy the casual or gourmet cook. Listen to the Sonos Play 5, using the free wifi, while enjoying your morning coffee, open the french doors to watch the sunrise or catch the evening breeze. Hardwood floors can be found throughout both professionally decorated houses.

**Please see rental agreement for owner's cancellation policy.

Optional heating of the pool, $75/per day.

Address: 147 Hooded Merganser

Photographs taken in 2018

More Details

Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Erin

Aside from managing my family's rental property, I am a part-time Physical Therapist for my community's school system. In addition, I have two teenage daughters who play sports. Like many people, we are very busy and treasure our family vacation time together. We understand this time is very important to our guests as well. We work hard to minimize issues and we partner with on-island property management. I will be your personal point of contact throughout the booking process and during your stay. Please take a moment to look at our 60+ 5-Star reviews.

Erin purchased this house in 2006

Why Erin chose Vanderhorst Plantation

We love Kiawah! My family has been coming here since the mid 90's. We often travel with large groups, other family members, friends, young children and grandparents. We wanted to build a home close to the beach that would accommodate these groups. The design incorporates large gathering spaces but also private areas to get away and relax. The spacious layout with the main house and guest house centered around the pool is perfect for this.

What makes this house unique

This is a family run business and we take personal pride in making sure all of our guests have a wonderful time. We are constantly making improvements, most recently we've added custom twin xl bunk beds, KitchenAid appliances, a 75" Sony 4K Smart TV and Sonos Home Theater system, great for movie night. As I mentioned, the home has a perfect layout for large groups and we are close to the beach. I hope you will consider our home for your next visit to Kiawah! -Erin


Vanderhorst Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5543 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pool Bathroom -
    Outdoor Shower -
  • Note: master bathrooms 1-3 have large walk in showers
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bunk Room 4 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of Twin XL Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double
    Guest House - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Notes: pillow top mattresses, queen size sleep sofa, Pack & Play
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • tennis


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Near Beach - Premier Luxury with Attached Guest House, Perfect Multi-Family Home
average rating of 4.957143 based on 70 reviews
Scottsdale, AZ

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We have vacationed at Kiawah 15 times since the early 80's with this time being the first with our daughters and their families, including three grandchildren. The Duncan's home is overall the nicest accommodation that we have rented there. It is a perfect design for multiple families with young children, as well as a great location for easy beach and bike trail access.

Erin Duncan was excellent to work with, particularly her quick responses to all questions.

We were totally satisfied with this rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2007
  • Stayed: August 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful home. The perfect size for our large family. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing HUGE House- Perfect for large groups

  • 5 of 5

This is my second time staying at this property and I found it in pristine condition with some attractive upgrades since my last visit. As someone who likes to cook, I could not have been more thrilled with the top of the line appliances and gadgets in the kitchen- it is a chef's dream! I could find anything at all I needed including a kitchen aid mixer, cuisinart, blender, juicer, and even a margarita machine!

The bedrooms are spacious and beds are comfortable. The bedrooms each have an adjoining bathroom and were all spotless upon our arrival. The upstairs bedroom off a second TV/game room is perfect for families with children- the new bunk beds with a full flight of stairs will be a thrill for the little ones.

While on the island, we enjoyed use of the beach cruiser bicycles (all in great condition) and rode them to the beach and up the beach a short way to the famous Ocean Course golf course which was even more beautiful in person than in photographs. We had a drink and appetizers and watched the sun set over the Atlantic ocean from the clubhouse.

The drive from Orlando was easy and other friends arriving via the Charleston airport from locations all over the US remarked on how close and easy the airport access was. They arrived at the house within an hour of touchdown!

Communication with the owners was a delight! Any question I had was answered promptly by Erin who always seemed happy to help.

What a great place for a relaxing getaway! I look forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We're happy you enjoyed the house and thought the kitchen was a dream to cook in. Also, I'm glad to hear the rental company I referred you to provided nice bikes. We would love to have you stay with us again!
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Great house location perfect for multiple families

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home! The pictures are beautiful but it looks even better in person. The layout with the main house and guest house around the pool was perfect for our group. There are large rooms for group gatherings but also plenty of space for alone time. The kitchen is large and by far the most well equipped of any home we've rented. The kids loved the built-in bunk beds. The location is great, short walk or bike ride to the beach. Erin was very responsive and great to work with. What else can I say? We can't wait to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

We spent our Winter Break at this property. With 5 bedrooms and spacious living spaces, the house was big enough to comfortably accommodate our family of nine. The kitchen is big, well designed and well equipped. The breakfast table was large enough for all of us to eat our informal meals together. We only used the formal dining room for our Christmas dinner.

Although we remember Kiawah being warmer during Christmases past, my grandchildren enjoyed the heated swimming pool and the playroom in the guest’s wing of the house. The beach was a very short walk away and we all loved biking, strolling, and playing soccer there.

Erin, the owner, was gracious and helpful. She responded to all our communications immediately and made sure we didn’t have any difficulty during our vacation. We all hope we can return to this house.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We're so happy you enjoyed the kitchen and the home's close proximity to the beach. We'd certainly love to have you back for your next trip to Kiawah.
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Amazing Thanksgiving!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful home the week of Thanksgiving. From start to finish, things couldn't have been better. Erin was delightful to work with and quick to respond to my questions. The house was perfect for us. We had 4 adult children ages 19-26 and the guest house was perfect for the 3 boys. The house was clean and well equipped to make a Thanksgiving feast! We will definitely be returning for future vacations. It was truly one of our best family vacations!!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed the house and made a Thanksgiving feast to remember!
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Car: recommended

Vanderhorst Plantation is located through the second gate on Kiawah Island. While vacationing on Kiawah Island you are sure to enjoy the many miles of bike trails, the 10 miles of pristine beach, the World Class Golf and Tennis facilities, dining opportunities, and local shopping. Historic Charleston is also located about 40 minutes away where you can enjoy live theater, antiquing, low country cuisine, shopping, and visiting many historical sites around the city.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Departure Clean $295 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

* There are no refunds or credits for Hurricane evacuations or other acts of god. We highly recommend guests purchase travel insurance.
* The number of renters at the house is not to exceed the number stated on the VRBO inquiry and reservation.
* No parties, events or gatherings are allowed at the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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