2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
About Gary Rakestraw
I grew up vacationing every year at a South Carolina beach. For my family, it was the ONLY place we would consider going. After graduating from college, I had an opportunity to move to Beaufort, where I thought I'd work for awhile and go on to grad school. After two years, jobs worked out well and I was able to finish a graduate degree right here at USC. That was several decades ago, and I never left! I fell in love with the coast, the history, the charming people, and the balmy climate.
Gary Rakestraw purchased this Villa in 2016
Why Gary Rakestraw chose Saint Helena Island
Harbor Haven is my "Happy Place." I think it will be yours, too! I always wanted to own something at the beach, but I'm still very active in work near downtown Beaufort. I'm not yet ready to completely give up my home on Lady's Island. When I starting looking for something to buy, I discovered Harbor Haven was for sale. It has been a popular rental on VRBO since 2001, and it had a perfect 5-star review rating with 40 glowing reviews! Upon closer inspection, I found that it was recently renovated with high-end furnishings and was equipped like no other property I have ever rented myself. The former owners had moved to the state of Washington in 2005, and it was a bit much for them to come twice a year to maintain the property. Currently, it has bookings through October of 2024. Since this villa has been so successful as a rental and enjoyed by so many, I look forward to continuing the tradition of making it available to old friends and new friends who consider Harbor Haven to be their own coastal island retreat.
What makes this Villa unique
Harbor Haven is the perfect getaway in a perfect location. For those seeking a quiet, restful vacation, this is the place! The furnishings are cozy and comfortable just like home. The property is currently managed and maintained by the owner.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
No parties or events are allowed.
Smoking is not allowed inside the villa.
Small pets may be considered. Ask the owner.
The villa is suitable for children.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Cosy and Relaxing
The property was immaculate and well supplied with misc kitchen and bath room items one needs. We loved the easy access to the beach and the quiet atmosphere. There are miles of beaches to explore. This is an ideal place for those seeking a beautiful place to unwind. Gary was extremely responsive to our questions and went out of his way to be helpful. We hope to come back.
We loved everything about this rental from the beginning stage of renting to when we had to leave. Gary was very kind and available for anything we needed. He even checked in upon our arrival to ensure we had everything we needed. Everything was so clean and the location was awesome! Gary has everything in this condo you can even think about needing. We had to unexpectedly leave due to a sick dog and he was very gracious about it. I would love to come back!
Thank you, Charis, for your kind words. Harbor Haven is my "second home" as well as my "happy place," and I am delighted to have shared it with you. I am so sorry your dog became ill during your stay. I would be honored to have you back in the future.
What a beautiful and peaceful place!
This was our first time visiting the area. I absolutely loved it and would definitely go back and stay at this location! Check in and check out was a piece of cake! I loved the balcony that we had...it was a very good size! I loved that we overlooked the pool, my 14 year old could swim and I could easily see him from our balcony. I was very impressed with how many amenities Gary had left for his renters. There was everything from soap for the shower, to planty of spices, trash bag, laundry detergent, etc. This was a nice bonus that many rentals do not offer. The private beach access was very close, an easy walk. This particular beach does not have very large waves, but I actually enjoyed the peacefulness of it and it kept me worry free with the kids. If you want waves, Hunting Island State Park has them. It was only a few miles down the road and definitely worth it!! Thenseason pass did not work for us, as it is a senior citizen pass. We ended up having to pay to get in but it's so inexpensive that it wasn't a big deal. I have to say that the beds were amazingly comfortable and I slept soundly each night...everything was just great!!
One of our best trips yet!
From the time we reserved the property, until the time we checked out we were completely satisfied! We have been coming to Harbor Island for about 5 years now and come multiple times per year! This is by far the cleanest and most equipped unit we’ve ever stayed in! We had a great view of the ocean, it was close to the boardwalk, and we were right by the pool! There was more than enough room for 6 people! We had a fantastic week and didn’t need for anything! The owner was very easy to work with, kind, and was easily reached for any questions! This unit does NOT disappoint!
Thanks so much for your kind review, Holly. It is my pleasure to offer my guests a clean, comfortable, well-equipped villa, and that's why I do my own cleanings and management. It was a joy to have you and your wonderful family here last week. GR
The condo was perfect. Extremely close to the boardwalk to the beach and to all 3 of the pools. The inside was great. Could not have asked for a better place to stay. Gary checked up with us during our stay to make sure everything was going good. Could not have asked for a better vacation.
Saint Helena Island
We had a wonderful time! Everything was perfect!
Thanks for your kind words, April and Wesley. I am honored that you chose Harbor Haven for your honeymoon destination!
Beaufort County is made up of 64 islands, and Parris Island and Hilton Head Island are probably the most well-known. Harbor Island is a coastal barrier island near Fripp Island, Hunting Island State Park, and St. Helena Island.
Since the post office that serves these islands is located on St. Helena Island with a zip code of 29920, that is why the location of the listing may say St. Helena Is. After you cross St. Helena Is. on Hwy. 21, Harbor Is. is just across the Harbor River bridge.