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Lovely Home on Deep Water/Dock/Short walk to Beach/Pets Considered.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Folly Beach/Deep Water Dock, Private Fenced Yard,4 bedrooms,2 1/2 Baths(Sleeps 9

Enjoy the best of Folly Beach in this home. Private dock on the Folly River and only 1 block from the beach. This unique home is nestled under a natural canopy of live oaks, magnolias and palmetto palms. Panoramic views of the River throughout the house.

River Retreat offers a unique experience in coastal living. This 4 bedroom and 2 1/2 bath home invites you to kick your shoes off and stay a while. As you enter the home you are welcomed with a large open floor plan, along with Panoramic views overlooking the Folly River. Modern Kitchen appliances include a 4 burner gas stove top and Dacor oven, side by side stainless steel refrigerator and full capacity dishwasher. The kitchen opens up into a spacious living area furnished to comfortably seat a crowd. Watch a game on the Flat Screen TV, create special memories with friends and family or curl up and read while enjoying the views. Avid Bird Watchers have even found that it's not even necessary to leave the home to appreciate the diverse feathered friends visiting the surrounding marsh.

The Master Bedroom is furnished with a magnificent King Bed, private deck overlooking the river and luxurious bathroom. The Master Bedroom has a King Bed and private bath, fitted with a jacuzzi garden tub, separate shower and his/her vanity. The Marsh Bedroom has a Queen and twin bed along with a 1/2 bathroom directly across the bedroom entrance. On the other side of the living room is a Queen bedroom with a full bathroom directly off of it, equipped with a shower/tub combo. The upstairs has a large open loft with a Queen Bed and wonderful views! A game room on the far end of the home holds a combination pool/ping pong table. The dining room table can comfortably seat 8 with additional seating at bar top in kitchen

Enjoy your private boardwalk to the River leading to a covered dock with an enclosed dock house. The dock is equipped with electricity, running water refrigerator and fish cleaning station. Under the covered dock you will find a picnic table, the perfect spot to enjoy a light meal. There is also a floating dock and jet dock...just BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BOAT) At low tide this dock has s solid 3 ft. of water. Cast for red fish, speckled trout and flounder right off the dock. Pull in blue crab and shrimp for a little Low Country Boil. Bring your own boat, kayaks, paddle boards or rent them from local shops to help you explore the surrounding estuaries. Morris Island is just a paddle away and is only accessible by boat.. Watch dolphins as they frolick and play in the River. Take in a exquisite sunset. Observe an Osprey expertly snatch a fish for lunch.

Want to catch a wave? We are an easy stroll or bike ride to the shaded path leading to the white, hard packed sands of Folly. . Our beach is perfect for long walks, shelling, bike rides, pushing your little one in a stroller and catching a little R&R. Folly beach surf breaks are typically welcoming, rolling waves. On occasion the surf can increase, offering a wonderful day of surfing, boogie boarding and body surfing. Center St. on Folly Beach offers a wide assortment of restaurants and shops. Have a dog? Most restaurants on Folly allow pets on leash, as long as they have outdoor seating. If you've never visited the Historic town of Charleston, hop in the car, it's only 15 quick minutes away. Explore cobble stone streets lined with hidden gardens. Visit the open air market. Take in a 5 star restaurant. Enjoy a guided carriage tour. Visit the unique shops.

Whatever your heart desires, you are sure to find something for everyone in Charleston and on Folly. Plantations, County Parks, Beaches, Boat Charters, Shopping, Dining. But if relaxation is your goal, 1220 Tabby Drive is your destination. Escape from it all in this beautiful home or venture out, the choice is yours. This is the vacation destination you've been looking for!

More Details

Property Manager
Michael Ray
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Michael Ray

This beautiful home is managed by Surffish Realty. Surffish Realty is locally owned and operated by Michael Ray. Michael was born and raised in Charleston SC and has owned and lived on Folly Beach with his family since 2006. A small boutique real estate company, Surffish Realty caters to the individual needs of homeowners and guests. Joined by wife Dianne in 2014, we hope to offer a more personal experience to those visiting Folly and the surrounding Charleston Area. We have raised our two children in the surf and pluff mud of the lowcountry and feel extremely blessed to live in this unique community. We are fortunate to be able to offer a variety of homes to those visiting our Island and are grateful to be of service.

Why Michael Ray chose Charleston Area

River Retreat is a rare gem. This home is owned by a unique and loving couple who go to great lengths to offer a home that guests will want to return to time and time again. Jim and Lynn have enjoyed a lifetime of travel and once they discovered Folly Beach they knew they had found a community that they hoped to one day call home. This home on Tabby Drive spoke to them with it's shaded canopy, deep water dock, diverse bird life, inspiring sunsets, visiting dolphins, proximity to the beach and of course the character and charm of the home itself, decks and unique views from almost every room! The eclectic and laid back community sealed the deal. It is their hope that you too will love and appreciate their home and Island and hopefully make it a memory that you want to revisit time and time again.

What makes this house unique

Almost too numerous to list, this home has a plethora of unique qualities and benefits. It is located on Deep water which means you can bring boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, etc. If you don't have these items you can rent or just kick back on the covered dock and wait for the dolphins to come visit you! Manatees have even been known to make a swim by! The abundant and diverse bird life will keep you entertained for hours, with the occasional hawk and osprey making a grand appearance. If the beach is what you seek then you need only walk a short block over to the canopied public beach access at 13th block. The Atlantic Ocean will greet you with rolling waves and hard packed white sands that you can ride a bike or push a stroller on at low tides. If the Atlantic is in the mood to offer a bit of excitement, this stretch of beach is known to hold a nice swell when available, offering a fun ride for the more adventurous surfers in the crowd.

Want to just relax? Stay on the property. Enjoy the privacy and three outdoor decks. Visit inside with family and friends while still feeling at one with nature while having the comfort of the indoors. Plenty of beach houses and interiors homes on the Island but VERY FEW who offer the Folly River with such a quick hop over to the beach access located on a more private stretch of the Island.


Folly Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold Water, Private, Enclosed
  • Bathrooms are all supplied with 2 rolls of toilet paper, liquid hand soap and 1 bar of bath soap.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4/Loft - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • This home boasts a spacious, open Master Bedroom complete with it's own private deck, flat screen TV and luxurious bathroom. The Master Bath includes a jacuzzi garden tub, separate shower, his/her vanity sinks. The Marsh Bedroom(Bedroom 2) has a Queen and twin bed, there is a partition between the queen and twin bed that allows for additional privacy. Directly across from this room is a 1/2 bathroom. Bedroom 3 is located on the other side of the home and has a Queen bed with a full bathroom (tub/shower combo) directly outside the entrance to the room. Bedroom 4 is a spacious loft with magnificent views. The loft is open to the downstairs living room but has a six panel divider that adds additional privacy. All beds are prepared with 100% cotton sheets.
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We do have a charcoal grill but do not provide the charcoal. You are welcomed to bring charcoal with you. Please make sure you clean the grill after using it or there will be a $50 fee. Thank you.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Lovely Home on Deep Water/Dock/Short walk to Beach/Pets Considered.
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 52 reviews

Home and Location could not be beat!

  • 5 of 5

This year we planned a family vacation at Folly Beach. We decided on a rental home "River Retreat" and it was the best choice we made. Easy access to the beach, great walkway and dock on the Folly River, best of both worlds. The girls loved the beach and the guys fished the dock daily. Bike rides were a hit and all the local restaurants were friendly and good food. Back at this lovely home you never felt cramped or crowded. Everything you could think of is taken care of and Dianne and her staff are second to none! After returning from town the game room is great for games of pool, ping pong and beer pong tournaments. Evenings on the dock a great breeze, dolphins feeding all over the river and sunsets that were golden made this family vacation very relaxing and one to remember. When we return to Folly Beach "River Retreat" is where we will stay for another great week. The Morgan's

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is our goal, along with the owner's of this home, to develop lasting relationships with our guests! We know how important vacation time is with family and friends. This home continues to deliver, time and time again. If you love nature and the can not pick a better home. The dock offers an ever-changing landscape. The sunsets are phenomenal and the dolphin are eager to impress! The home is spacious and very if you need a little quite can always find a little nook. A wonderful environment to build lasting memories with family and friends.
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Great Family Vacation!

  • 4 of 5

My family had a great time. We especially liked the fishing pier and dock. We brought our kayaks and paddle boards and enjoyed the peace and quiet. The fishing was good. The adult children played pool. A quick walk to the beach. The location was perfect! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! The dock is perfect for launching your paddle boards, canoes and kayaks. Don't own these items? There are several reputable companies on the island that will deliver them. This home offers something for everyone!
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We loved it and didn't want to leave! Relaxing, quiet and the sunsets are beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

We were here for my son's graduation and all three of my boys stayed here with us. We all enjoyed our stay. The location is wonderful. Even though we stayed here last year I had forgotten how beautiful the view is out the back windows of the house. Watching the tide go in and out and the wildlife on the marsh is so interesting and the sunsets reflected on the river are breathtaking. And of course we love watching the dolphins!

The kitchen is well equipped. The oven light needs to be fixed but that is minor. We enjoyed all the extra space in the master bedroom, closet and en suite bathroom, as well as the private patio. The outside decks are great for getting some sun and the fenced yard was great for our dog. The guys enjoyed playing ping pong and pool and having friends come over. We appreciated having a gas barbecue available this year. It certainly helped for meals.

We had a wonderful vacation. Only wish we didn't have to leave.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Home and View!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about this rental. The house is very eklectic and fun! It felt like the owners had thought of everything that you might need for a week at the beach. Very, very comfortable! The pingpong/pool table provided much entertainment in the evenings. The kitchen was well stocked and it was wonderful to be able to spend our vacation with our dog. The fenced in yard made having him along so much easier and the house was very dog friendly.

We watched dolphins and enjoyed picnics on the spacious dock, which included a covered area with a refrigerator. The sunsets were beautiful! We had to leave shortly after our first night due to a death in the family. We returned near the end of the week, and it was a very comforting place to grieve. We attended Easter services at a precious little church off of Center Street. We will definitely rent this house again and bring our boat. This rental was perfect for our family!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anderson, IN USA

Great Home!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! We didn't want to leave! We really loved that the place is far away from the hustle and bustle but close to so much! The home was a perfect fit for our family, that included our adult daughter, preteen and nephew. They all had their own space! We loved the view! So tranquil! We visited the aquarium, Fort Sumter, the Yorktown, the H.L. Hunley and the Charleston Tea Plantation. We ate at Woody's and the Crab Shack while on the island and the Tattooed Moose( from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), Zia Taqueria and the Tomato Shed Cafe. We enjoyed them all! Our favorite trip was out to Bulls Island! What can we say- alligators, cool beach with all the trees and some terrific shelling! Definitely a trip we will do again! This house was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cleveland, OH area

Great Location!!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week there with my kids and another family. The views are better than the pictures! So relaxing looking out over the marsh and river 24 hrs a day. The house was plenty big for 2 adults and four kids ages 8-16. Everyone could have their space and come together when they wanted. The beach is minutes away and you're just far enough from town to be away from it's hustle and bustle but enjoy all it has to offer. And, the dock was a great place to relax either fishing or enjoying an adult beverage as the sun went down.

The bedrooms were more than big and very comfortable. The kitchen had everything you could want- more than my kitchen at home- for whatever size feast you wanted to create.

The house made a good vacation great!

Dianne ad Michael were easy to reach and very helpful setting up bike rentals!

I look forward to coming back!!


  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Charleston International

1220 Tabby Drive. 1 block from the beach. Deep Water.


Rates & Availability

Folly Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Sets
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Folly Fall
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weeek
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Linens $225
Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 17.0%

*Saturday to Saturday rental from June-August.
Check In is 4 PM and Check Out is 10 AM.
Deposit is refunded within 30 days of departure provided there are no damages.
Maximum occupancy is 9..
No Events or Parties permitted.
No Smoking.
Pets permitted with 75 fee per animal. Please be aware of leash laws for pets.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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