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Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

The best way to reach the owner, Laura, is by texting or calling her at 843-708-2228. 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. You book this tour separately with Laura and pay when you attend her tour. Call or text her at 843-708-2228.

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.

More Details

Laura Wichmann Hipp
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, My daughter, Olivia, speaks French and her friend
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Laura Wichmann Hipp

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

Why Laura Wichmann Hipp chose Charleston

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.

What makes this house unique

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 bus 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.


Cannonborough Elliotborough House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) This is a Rice Bed, famous for the carved wood as rice sheathes, a wedding present from our groomsman, George Kanellos., Double Beds (1) New mattress and box are on an old a Jenny Lind bed., Twin or Single Beds (3) Think Downton Abbey. White iron beds with new box and springs., Bunk Beds (1) A day bed is in the sitting room, which could be used as a seventh bed.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Your owner becomes your personal concierge and guide when you go on her tour of her friends' homes and gardens in Historic Charleston. Priority is given first to rental guests who book her tour. Breakfast at 9 is included on her tour in a house on the Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumter. Her tour by van allows you to go through the gates and front doors of historic properties not open to the public. You are then invited to the owner's private home for Tea overlooking the Ashley River to end a morning that becomes the highlight of the visit to Charleston.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
average rating of 4.6896553 based on 29 reviews
Woodbridge, Virginia


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Phyllis and friends. Your spirit of appreciation and joy in living is the spirit of Charleston and Southern hospitality that you take with you in your heart and actions, leaving a sweet aroma wherever you go. Thank you for your kind words and presents you left me on my front porch! Knock on the door and let's have tea next time!
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Charleston apartment

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. Conviently located near The Citadel and shops and restaurants in Historic Charleston. We walked all these places about 1.2 miles one way. Great price for several people.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Quaint apartment home, owner is kind.

  • 4 of 5

Laura was very attentive before and during our stay, even stopping by to try to meet us. There was a lot of information about Charleston inside the property. It is in a good location, very close to MUSC. There were several good restaurants within walking distance. You could walk to the historic district, but we chose to drive. The apartment is on the top floor of a house. It was clean and spacious. The bathrooms are small, but you would expect that as this is an older house. We did experience some noise issues from the downstairs renters. It wasn't bad, just college age kids doing their thing. One member of our family had issues sleeping due to road noise from the street. It was louder than what he is used to. This is not the fault of the owner, just an issue one person had. The off-street parking was wonderful and the home is easily accessed by the major roads in the area. We felt the mattresses/bed linens could use an upgrade. There were plenty of towels provided and there is even an ironing board tucked away inside a nook in the house. The kitchen was well stocked--I enjoyed the electric tea pot quite a bit. The home has wi-fi available, but no television. This worked out fine for us. The showers were good and we had plenty of hot water each day for all four of us to shower.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC, USA

great stay in a great town

  • 5 of 5

wonderful spot in an amazing town. the owner made the stay even more pleasant will her attentiveness. we'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your gratitude especially for your visit in the month of September, 2016.
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The owner was lovely and checked in with us while we were there to ensure our comfort and satisfaction. The location was perfect for us being a block away from a synagogue. Having a fridge, freezer, stove and oven made making our own food easy. Two full bathrooms made it a true family friendly get away. The wood floors also make it comfortable for our family members with allergies. The community has many helpful people. The location is only about 15 minutes from the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great accommodation

  • 5 of 5

I spent a long weekend in Charleston with friends. Laura's home was perfect for us. It represented Charleston perfectly. Everything was within walking distance for us; even the tours and the area. There's a free shuttle that picks up if you don't want to walk. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

Thanks Laura!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
Hominy Grill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Folly Beach
Car: not necessary

It is a great getaway for Citadel, College of Charleston, and Medical University of South Carolina parents and family to visit their sons and daughters and provide a home away from home.


Rates & Availability

Cannonborough Elliotborough House Rental Rates

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Year round
Jan 10 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

changeover cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 10.0%

$125 cleaning fee for the change over after you leave is added. We offer a weekly rate available of $1400 July 6-Sept 30.

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