|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Relax with a cup of tea or a Mint Julep in your downtown Historic Charleston apartment while others are fighting traffic. The Peninsula of Charleston is where you want to be if you are weary of the syncopated unrest of a crazy world. Come here and set your feet to a saner tempo, where Dubose Heyward and George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess, the first American opera. The streets of Charleston have some thing to give them that walk them in a receptive mood that will make life forever richer. Charleston is America's best kept secret.
This is a spacious three bedroom, two bath apartment, with full kitchen and dining room. The back bedroom has a queen size reproduction Old Charleston Rice Bed and matching bathroom.
The front two bedrooms are of a double bed and another with twins. Bedside tables and lamps are on each side. Attention to details is visible in tatting and embroidery of white linens, carefully chosen period furniture, and vintage china and silver. The purpose is to give you an affordable Old Charleston experience, as if you lived here. There is a two car garage in back for off street parking.
The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour gives you a chance to get to know the vacation rental owner, a native Charlestonian, and have her as your own personal concierge. She takes you to the Battery, to private gardens, to the highlights of the historic district, and to her house for Tea at lunch time.
Keywords: A 3 bedroom, two bath second floor apt in a two story house sleeps up to 7 in historic Charleston within walking distance of Ashley Hall, home of
Confederate Treasurer Trenholm, and Hominy Grill restaurant. Spacious and carefully appointed with fine touches of historic Charleston. Exposed beams in main room. Full kitchen and dining room.
My husband had the wisdom to buy this property while we were dating. I never dreamed my Charleston Tea Party Private Tour and this property would marry. We keep it affordable for those who want to savor Charleston for a week while they go on my tour and get to know Charleston. We live downtown as well on the Ashley River with our 3 teenagers and English Springer Spaniel, Chesterfield, who reflects being made in the image of God better than we do. I invite you into our home for Tea at lunchtime at the end of my tour.
Laura Wichmann Hipp purchased this house in 1987
My husband and I are both from Charleston, grew up here, and never desired to live anywhere else. He was living in the large historic house across the street from this vacation rental, renting from the childless couple who lived there and loved him, when this rental house came on the market. Instead of living the high life while dating me, he wisely invested in this property. I thought this property would provide opportunities for people who love Charleston to come with family or friends and stay longer at a more affordable price.
Everywhere you want to go in the historic district is within walking or bicycling distance. The spacious apartment is clutter free, each being a room with a view. You can bring or rent bicycles. There is room in the private garage for them and your car in the back. A washer and dryer are also in the back. It is a vibrant neighborhood of young medical professionals, historic houses, and popular restaurants and bakeries nearby. There is a big picnic basket in the kitchen you can fill for a picnic to a plantation or park. Sugar bakery on Cannon St around the corner and Saffron's on East Bay are great for collecting baked goods for a tea party picnic. You will find a gallon jar for sweet iced tea from Charleston grown tea. The trolley is free and picks up on Cannon St, a one minute walk from the house, taking you all over the peninsula of historic Charleston. A map with its stops in a guide book awaits you in the kitchen. The history of Charleston is to be savored, the visual richness of English architecture and garden designs to be enjoyed. One lifetime is not enough.
204 Ashley was the perfect vacation rental for my mini-reunion with friends. I am from Charleston and knew right away that it's location was about 10 minutes by car from EVERYTHING anyone would want to do or see! On our visit we went to The Market for shopping, the Nathaniel Russell House, the Edmondston-Alston House, Fort Sumter, The Citadel, Middleton Plantation, Rainbow Row, my favorite ocean destination.....Folly Beach, and Many more! On Laura's Charleston Tea Party tour we got a wonderful look into several private homes and a wonderful Tea Luncheon at the end. 204 Ashley was the perfect size for my husband and I and 2 couples that wanted to see our home town. Every roIom was like being in a private home and was decorated "Charleston Style"! Fresh flowers everywhere and special breakfast fixing...including fresh bread, eggs, tea, coffee and Laura's homemade Calamondin Marmalade! There are 5 or 6 local restaurants that are within walking distance.....Hominy Grill and Five Loaves were both excellent. Did not get to Sugar, a noted Bakery...but I will definitely next time. Laura was so helpful and answered every question we could throw at her. Her private tour was fantastic and I must say, even as a Charlestonian, she gave us all a glimpse of real history.....from quoting lines from real diaries to telling stories handed down by family and friends! For a step back into history her tour is perfect......and 204 Ashley is the perfect place to start your journey. Thanks Laura!
Great location for Spoleto and restaurants! The apartment was charming, spacious and clean. I stayed here with four others and we had plenty of room and privacy. The owner (Laura) left beautiful fresh flowers in every room, stocked the kitchen with local coffee, fresh eggs, fresh bread, and homemade marmalade. We had two cars (and were grateful for Laura’s off street covered parking), but we ended up walking to many activities - and used hassle-free pedicabs and uber when we felt like it. Restaurants nearby included Halo, Fuel, Hominy Grill and Five Loaves. Laura was a wonderful and generous host. Thank you Laura for all of your kindness!
We felt like we were staying at a friend's apartment - a little home away from home when we recently stayed here. The living room space is not large, but the kitchen works well and the dining table was set beautifully, which made us feel very welcome. Laura left us bread, marmalade, fresh eggs, and fresh flowers. Being able to park off the street was a big plus. We loved being able to walk to shops and restaurants. We will be back soon. Thank you for your hospitality.
This was the PERFECT stay for our family for my sister's wedding weekend. We travelled with a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old, and my inlaws. The kids room with twin beds had a door adjoining to our room, and we had a bathroom that we shared, and on the other side of the living room, my inlaws had their own master and own bathroom. The house was extremely well-kept, with nice antiques/furnishings and was obviously very well cared for.
Laura had left us fresh eggs, freshly baked bread, homemade marmalade and a variety of teas upon our arrival. She was wonderful to work with and even left us information of places to eat & things to do. It felt like we were guests in a friend's home or a B&B. Would definitely stay here again, it was our first time in Charleston and we certainly felt very welcome with Laura's southern hospitality.
This apartment turned out to be the perfect location for our family while one of our little ones was undergoing surgery at MUSC. It truly was only a two minute walk to the hospital and allowed us not to waste time in transit. There is also a two car garage that allowed us to park off street and not worry about moving the cars the rest of the trip. The owner, Laura, is so gracious and generous! We had stayed the course of our reservation and she then allowed us to stay 3 extra nights for free! (before the next guests checked in) She knew we were going through a tough situation and did everything she could to make it easier on us -- it really meant so, so much to our family. Thank you, Laura! I encourage anyone having to spend some time in Charleston for a visit to MUSC or anyone getting to be there for vacation to stay here!
My husband, children, and I once lived in Charleston for a short time. We love every chance we get to make a trip back to visit old friends. This was by far our favorite visit over the past 30 years! Laura's rental could not be better located for resting quietly, walking, and dining in the neighborhood. Our favorites for dining were The Hominy Grille and Saffron. Laura's apartment is bright, cheerful, clean, comfortable, and so authentically Charleston. She placed fresh flowers in every room, had the fridge stocked with goodies, and treated us to her homemade Calamondin marmalade to spread on the yummy loaf of cinnamon raisin bread she placed on the kitchen counter just for us. One great feature of this rental is access to off-street parking for 2 cars. That is very rare in the city! Laura's Charleston Tea Party Tour was definitely a highlight of our visit. Laura was born and raised in Charleston, loves her city, and tells its story with accuracy, humor, and heart. She is well known and loved in Charleston and so is invited to bring her guests into so many lovely, private homes and gardens. I am so excited that Laura has made this rental available to the public. We will seek this one out first for every visit we make to Charleston whether it is a time for just the two of us, a family trip, or a reunion of friends. Can't wait!
It is a great getaway for Citadel and College of Charleston parents and family to visit their sons and daughters and provide a home away from home.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|changeover cleaning fee||$125|
$125 cleaning fee for the change over after you leave is added. We offer a weekly rate available of $1400 July 6-Sept 30.