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Big Chill on the Waterfront! -Kayaks | Hot Tub | Dock | VacationRentalCharleston

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 28 nights


About the property

Superb Waterfront 4 BR / 3.5 BTH / 2 Dens | PLUS 2 SofaBeds | Dock-Kayaks-HotTub

Unwind after your day of sightseeing.

Sip Mint Juleps in a Rocking Chair after a Beach Day.

Walk out to the Dock with your glass of Wine.

Soak in a tub, Chill out on the porch, Watch freighter ships go by....

Spot Dolphins from your Kayak, Catch your dinner off the dock.

Be active - Be lazy - Be comfortable -

Welcome to this LEGAL rental property...on the Waterfront .....

.....immerse yourself in the full Charleston experience at our Big Chill.

Enjoy the entire Charleston Lifestyle.

Luxuriate in the natural beauty of the LowCountry....

Located near the foot of the famous Ravenel Bridge...

.......the best central spot to have it all!

KEY FEATURES of this wonderful "Big Chill on the Waterfront! ":

- Clean and Comfortable!

- Kayak - Paddleboard - SUP - Crab Traps - Fishing

- Outside Hot Tub with gorgeous marsh and water views

- Inside Soaker Tubs in Luxury Bathrooms

- Main level bed and bath

- Gourmet Kitchen

- 2 Dens

- Wrap around Porches and decks

- Working fireplace

- Weber Grill

- Hardwood Antique Pine floors

- Ceiling fans in all rooms.

- Two full HVAC dual systems for extra comfort upstairs and downstairs

- Satellite HDTV flat screen in nearly every room.

- Wi-Fi throughout

- Front loading Washer / Dryer

- Mosquito Eradication Treatment

SLEEPING = 5 Beds + 2 Sofa Beds + 1 portable twin

- 1 King Master Suite Upstairs

- 1 Queen Bedroom Main Level

- 1 Queen Bedroom Upstairs

- 2 Double Beds Upstairs

- 2 Sofa Sleepers

- 1 Twin extra mattress

BATHROOMS = 3.5 Bathrooms

* Indulgent Spa Marble Bathroom ensuite for Master Suite Upstairs.

Soaking Tub, Glass Shower, Dual Vanities, Private Toilet Closet.

* Large Tiled Bathroom Main Level ensuite for Queen Bedroom.

Walk in glass shower tiled with grab bar.

* Luxury Bathroom Upstairs shared by the Queen and Doubles room.

Soaking Tub and Glass shower. Marble and Stone designed

- Powder room off the kitchen hallway on Main Level.


- couples groups

- caring and considerate adults

- tourists for sightseeing

- women's getaways

- families- ( only well behaved and supervised children please )


With prior approval Small CRATE TRAINED dog may be accepted.


Ask before booking or requesting a reservation. EXTRA PET FEE!

"This is a neighborhood conscious property"

Is your group a good match?

- NO Stag Bro groups.

- NO Young Hen get down wild and stumbling pre-wedding groups.

- NO student groups.

- No Spring Breaker type Getaways.


We want you to be sure that you have chosen the right rental for your important visit.



*NO EVENTS at this property! This house is for your group only.

-NO weddings onsite.

-NO rehearsal dinners, oyster roasts, shrimp boils, or wedding breakfasts.

* Please support our local businesses, venues, and restaurants for your event needs.

Please read and be aware….

Note from the Owners, Laurie and George:

**We live in a full Private Owner's Apartment over the garage. We have separate “everything". We have our own deck area, grill, gated walkway, fenced garden, separate HVAC, and parking area. Our Pomeranian Dog loves playing and barking in our garden with our Manx Cat. We want to ensure that you are fully informed in advance of booking. We like our space, and we like to give you privacy. We don’t need to interact with you unless you want our attention. Our goal is your comfort and enjoyment. Thank you for making the right choice for your group.**

More Details

Laurie Bixler - George Bixler
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Laurie Bixler - George Bixler

Laurie Bixler is proud to be involved in local town politics and works to ensure the rental properties are Legal and approved by the town. Laurie is on the Accommodations and Tax Committee for the Town of Mount Pleasant. She is also proud to have been chosen for the HomeAway/ VRBO Owner's Advisory Council. In February of 2017, this house won a National Contest by showcasing the gorgeous Master Bathroom. Laurie is a part time travel specialist for international all inclusive resorts, European River Cruises and upscale travel. Laurie brings her professional hospitality experience and expectations into the rental properties.

About George Bixler:

After a high powered corporate career, and then owning a successful retail chain, George now is thrilled to welcome you to our rental vacation properties. George ensures that your visit is comfortable and smooth. He oversees the maintenance and improvements of the house, and keeps the grounds manicured. George takes pride in seeing that the house meets, or exceeds, your expectations. You will find George out on his boat in the waterways surrounding the house, or walking our Pomeranian dog, Gus.

Laurie Bixler - George Bixler purchased this house in 1987

Why Laurie Bixler - George Bixler chose Mount Pleasant

We have pride in this large home and surroundings. We ensure that the house is always kept and maintained as a upscale establishment through detail and supervision of cleanliness and updating. We live on the property and so, of course, treat it with extra loving care. We were drawn to the unique waterfront property with the southern feeling and privacy, with location, location, location. The waterfront private dock combined with beaches and downtown make this a perfect spot. ** It is very important to us that you are aware that we live in a full and private apartment attached to this house.

We live on this unique property in a private and separate apartment with a private entrance. We like our privacy, and we like to give you privacy. We love renting the house and we appreciate it if you choose this rental. We want you to be comfortable and we want to earn your 5 star review. **

What makes this house unique

This house is so close to Charleston, and with the boat landing at the end of the street, but also upscale. Everyone loves the outside and the dock. Aside from the private property peninsula, it is surrounded by water and has water views of the creeks, the rivers, and the marshes. It is the water views and the tidal changes that really make this property spectacular. It is all about the fabulous waterfront location, the ebb and flow of the tides, the natural wildlife, and the privacy, combined with a comfortable savvy home. What a way to enjoy Historic Charleston, the Beaches and the marshes! The location can't be beat, as is evidenced by the mega multi million dollar homes in the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yes, we spent every evening on that beautiful wrap-around porch, telling stories and singing songs. A gathering of 6 friends from far-flung areas of the country gathered together for 6 days of Southern Hospitality from Laurie and George. That porch also provided the spot for early morning cups of strong coffee as we waited for everyone to arise before breakfast was served.

The home is as described by many; spacious, comfortable, well-decorated and well-stocked. It is impossible to add an original thought. It's all been covered. We all thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully landscaped property, the water access, the privacy, the tips given to us for beaches and tourist destinations, the kayaks and the WiFi access.

One of the highlights of our stay was when we were surprised one afternoon to a cooler full of crabs at our front door. This provided a whole host of wild laughter and entertainment as we novices tried to figure out how to steam and clean them. Fortunately, the homeowners provided much needed guidance and assistance when they discovered our ineffectiveness surrounding the extraction of the meat from the crusty shell. It gave us all a new appreciation for the amount of work it takes to create a crab cake and the amount of money you spend at a restaurant for such a meal is a reflection of that labor.

Another memorable night was when we all gathered in the living room to watch the movie, "The Big Chill" - a DVD copy is (not surprisingly) available in the home. It was a reminder of how important friendships really are, and the time to gather is not only at a funeral or a reunion, but anytime you can.

- Review posted on Trip Advisor site a flipkey site on internet by guest
Jun 2013
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Scanlonville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • STOP NOW and READ the TERMS and RULES - download the RENTAL AGREEMENT attached below. You must sign a personalized agreement and provide copy of ID.
  • $200 dog fee max one SMALL dog. Must be crated if left in house alone. Housebroken. Non-Shedder. No Puppies. Fee waived ONLY for legit Service Dogs.
  • Tell us about YOURSELF AND YOUR GROUP! Please state your FAVORITE COLOR- so that we know that you have read, and agree with, all TERMS and RULES.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1. Bathroom Ensuite for King Master Upstairs - toilet , tub , shower , Marble & glass luxury. Toilet Closet. His and Hers vanities.
    2. Bathroom Main Level Large Ensuite for Queen BedRoom - toilet , shower , Large Luxurious Walk-in Tiled shower with safety bar.
    3. Bathroom Up. Luxury. Shared by Queen and Double Bedrooms - toilet , tub , shower , Gorgeous deep soaker tub and glass and tile shower.
    4. Bathroom Powder Room on Main Level - toilet , Charmingly snazzy Powder Room. Custom.
  • 1. King master suite upstairs has private attached bathroom. Toilet Closet, Glass Rain Shower, Marble Walls, Soaking Tub. Luxury. 2. Glass Rain Shower and Pedestal Soaking Tub for the Upstairs Queen and Doubles Rooms. 3. Large tiled bathroom attached and private for the Main Level Queen Bedroom. Walk-in shower with grab bar. 4. Snazzy Powder room in the hallway of main level.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • 1. Queen Bedroom - Main Level - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan. Attached Private Bathroom w/ walk in shower.
    2. Master King Suite plus Sofa Bed. Upstairs. - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , French doors to deck. Extra Sofa Bed. HDTV. Ceiling Fan.
    3. Queen Bedroom. Upstairs - 1 queen , Shares Hallway Luxury bathroom. HDTV. Ceiling Fan.
    4. Doubles Room. 2 Double Beds. Upstairs. - 2 double , Shares Luxury Bathroom. HDTV. Ceiling Fan.
    Extra Sleeping - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep Sofa is in Open Small Den. Twin can be set up anyplace
  • 1 = King Master Bedroom- Upstairs, huge oversized Master. French Doors to private deck overlooking marshes and waterways. Also has a sitting area, with a Queen sized sofa bed. Attached Bathroom. HDTV cable and DVD. 2- Queen Bedroom – Main Level. Attached bathroom 3- Queen Bedroom – Upstairs. Shares a Bathroom.HDTV cable and DVD. 4- Dual Doubles – Two full long double beds. Shares a Bathroom. Ceiling fan and HDTV. ALSO FOR SLEEPING: * Queen sofabed #1 Downstairs in the open smaller 2nd den. Lacks privacy - open area. * Queen sofabed #2 Upstairs in the King Master Suite sitting area. Lacks privacy. Open to Master Suite. * Twin Cot. Can be placed where you choose. Most likely is in Master Suite, or in the Family Room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Arrival time: 4 PM or later Departure time: 10 AM


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Big Chill on the Waterfront! -Kayaks | Hot Tub | Dock | VacationRentalCharleston
average rating of 4.880342 based on 120 reviews

Like a dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at The Big Chill House in Charleston! Laurie and George were great hosts and the home and surroundings were absolutely gorgeous! The house itself is beautifully decorated, well laid out, and it's obvious that the hosts had their guests comfort in mind. We also loved sitting outside and watching the cargo ships go by.

I look forward to my next trip to The Big Chill House and I fully recommend staying there to anyone traveling to the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We never get tired of watching the ships on the river. ....It is an amazing sight to see from the porch out the back....and a very spectacular scene at night while relaxing in the hot tub and watching the ship lights move by. Maybe next time you will also see some Dolphins visiting in the creek off the dock. Thank you for enjoying yourselves, and please do come back again....I am so glad that you and your friends were comfortable in the house, touring in Charleston, and enjoying the fabulous restaurants. We appreciate our guests and our goal is to provide a fantastic house, and to exceed expectations. Thank you!
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Mount Pleasant, SC

Classically, Quintessential, Charleston

  • 5 of 5

Porch & views are to die for! Such a wonderfully appointed & impeccable property. Pics don't do it justice. It's really gorgeous. We adored it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our stay was amazing! This was a great waterfront property with many ammenities!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time here!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our property and for having a wonderful time. Come back again!
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Home has a beautiful view. Made a few recommendations to owners for the 1 star reduction. .

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view and peaceful. Our party of 10 left a few recommendations of areas needing some attention for owners upon our departure. Our hopes are, the owners will view our feedback/recommendations as beneficial to future renters. Our family enjoyed our stay and would recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guest feedback is always encouraged. We have responded to your suggestions =: A portable ladder has been purchased for the dock. A fire pit has been purchased for the backyard. It is a disappointment that we failed to earn your 5 star review; our goal is to always exceed expectations. We are pleased that your family hauled in lots of crabs for your crab boil, and spent lots of time kayaking and fishing from the dock. Thank you for enjoying the backyard and the hot tub and for recommending this property.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Big Chill was awesome. It was perfect for our family.

  • 5 of 5

George and Laurie are great owners. Everything from the ambiance of the interior of the home to the exterior setting on the river / harbor was beyond what we expected. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for enjoying all that this wonderful house offers. We love knowing that a family that is located all over the country - like yours - can get together here and have quality time together. Come back again !
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  • 4 of 5

The house and grounds were OK, but we found the house dark. We have two complaints: The pillows were bad as they "deflated" to almost nothing when your head hit them. There were no pillows for side-sleepers, that is, I had to stuff blankets in my pillow case to give it the height needed. This is not good for sleeping and I had five nights of poor sleep. The second issue is that the owners live above the first floor bedroom, so walking about by them made it difficult to sleep in the first-floor bedroom. Finally, the clothes washer smelled of mildew. It stunk.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All online descriptions and photos are accurate. It is unfortunate that our property did not meet expectations. I did appreciate getting some positive written feedback from you. ........ You emailed to me: .........“The kayaks were great for the grand kids. They had never been in one before, but learning progressed well during the week. We enjoyed your back porch and the short distance to Charleston. We also watched the container ships - a joy”........... *** RE: IMPORTANT INFO for Future RENTERS: * - FOOTSTEPS: This house is constructed with a totally separate owner apartment. All parking, entrances, decking, porch, fenced area....etc etc.... are completely separate from the rental house - there is no usage overlap between the rental and my apartment. Renters have full privacy. The 3000 sf house is the rental. The owner's apartment entrance is on the opposite side of the house. Within the owner's upper level apartment there is a 5 x 8 foot corner area that is over the main level bedroom and bathroom, ( the balance of the apartment is over the garage) so it is possible to hear footsteps from that 5 x 8 portion of the apartment. * -PILLOWS: There are 24 assorted good pillows in the house for each rental group. Each bed is made up with a minimum of 4 pillows. I agree that No guest should be uncomfortable, and should choose a more suitable pillow from a different room. * - WASHER: The gasket in the front loading washing machine definitely had mildew. Thank you for pointing that out. It has been deep cleaned and deodorized and the issue is fully corrected. Our goal is to exceed expectations. We correct issues and problems immediately, especially during the visit if we are made aware.
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Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Boone Hall Plantation
"Tourist attraction"
Water's Edge
Carter's Kitchen -- CLOSED
Isle of Palms (Beach)
Fort Moultrie National Monument
Poe's Tavern
Creek Club At I'On
Lowndes Grove Plantation
Sullivans Island Beach
"Down the road"
Visitors Center
Husk Restaurant
Red's Ice House
R B's Seafood Restaurant & Bar
Boone Hall Plantation
"Tourist attraction"
Basil Restaurant
Shem Creek Bar & Grill
Patriots Point Golf Links
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge
Palmetto Islands County Park
Whole Foods Market
Coastal Cupboard
Obrions Pub
Langdon's Restaurant and Wine Bar
Trader Joe's
MT Pleasant Seafood Company
Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar - Charleston -- CLOSED
College of Charleston
The Citadel
Medical University of South Carolina
Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Patriots Point
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Patriots Point
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak North Charleston
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
sullivans island
Car: necessary

isle of palms, sullivans island, i'on, creek club

Other Activities: Kayak, bicycle, fishing, shrimping, crabbing off the dock. Stand Up Paddle board too. Very centrally located to downtown and beaches.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $200

Friday & Saturday night stay required when weekends involved. * *No Saturday arrivals or departures please. *Small well behaved crate trained dogs may be accepted for extra fee. * REFUNDABLE SECURITY DEPOSIT IS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO OWNER via Check.* .These are quoted rates only, subject to a final quote and agreement. *. Valid picture ID required with reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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